AffiliateWP vs Better Links Pro which is better? (2020

Easy Product Boxes for WordPress (WPWS)

A couple weeks ago I saw this thread, where someone asked for a plugin that lets you easily create product boxes for offers/products you promote outside of Amazon. Looking at the comments, there wasn't really anything that filled the need, so I just started and built a solution. I hope someone finds use in it.
WP Window Shopper is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to easily manage and create fully customizable product boxes without any coding knowledge. Using a shortcode system, you can place them anywhere on your website, including Gutenberg blocks (HTML) and sidebars (HTML widget).
There are three main features that I would like to explain:

1. Template/Box System

After installing the plugin, the first thing you'll want to do is create a styling template. You'll be able to style that template to your liking by adjusting box size, colors, font-size, borders, badges, buttons, etc., and select which elements of the box will link to your target. Once you've created a template you can use that template to build boxes. Start by selecting one of your templates and choose title, description, image, CTA and target link. Before saving the box you'll have the option to assign one or more categories to it, which can make it easier to organize your boxes later on. Click "save" and go to the box dashboard of the plugin. Here you'll see the shortcodes you can place in your content or sidebars.

2. Global Templates

As explained above you'll use styling templates to create your boxes. Now if you later on decide that you'd rather have a blue border instead of a red one, want a different font size, or want anything else changed, all you have to do is go to your template dashboard and click "edit" next to the template you want to change. After you've made the changes and clicked "save", all boxes you've created using this specific template will receive the styling update. Additionally each template has a unique CSS class, so if you feel like there is something missing in the styling options, you can easily add it with CSS. If you forgot which template you used to create a certain box, you can check that in your dashboard.

3. WPWS Dashboard

In the dashboard you'll be able to see all your product boxes in a single list. You can sort, categorize, edit and manage them in an intuitive and scalable way. You'll see shortcodes, which template a box is assigned to, which categories they are in and when they were last modified. If you want to change a link, an image, or something else, you can easily do that here.

If you want to see some boxes head over to the live demo (please view on desktop, due to responsive design there are no vertical boxes on mobile). Everything you see is fully customizable, I tried to give some decent examples of what is possible. On mobile I'd recommend you check out screenshots over here.
If you want to give WPWS a try, you can install it right from the WordPress repository.
Uninstalling WPWS won't leave anything behind and will truly delete all data associated with it. The only thing you'll have to do manually is remove any shortcodes you placed in your content.
I tried my best to make this plugin as lightweight as possible. It adds virtually no weight to a page and with 5 product boxes on a page I was able to get 350ms load speed and a score of 100 with Google PageSpeed Insights for mobile and desktop (using a $5 VPS and no caching/optimization plugins).

At the moment I think the plugin got all the basic features covered, but I have a list of things I'd like to add. If you decide to use this plugin and feel like there is something missing, you are welcome to post feature request in this thread or in the support section and I'll see what I can do. I also welcome any feedback. :)

Known Issue: There seems to be an issue where the link won't work until you "re-save" the box. I'll push an update for that ASAP. UPDATE: I am about to push an update fixing it now.

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4(+1) Cool WordPress Plugins And How We Use Them On Our Affiliate Websites

Since every article you find on Google is simply a list of paid affiliate plugins ranked by how much they pay in referral commission, I thought it would be helpful to get a thread going where people recommend plugins they actually use, free or paid.
I am going to start with four(+1) plugins we use on pretty much every affiliate website we manage.
Thirsty Affiliates (FREE): A link management tool allowing you to cloak links making them look nicer (domain.com/link/healthy-dog-food/). This way you only have to switch out one link in their dashboard if an offer expires or if you want to switch merchants, instead of having to replace several links all over your websites. Just make sure to uncloak Amazon links (there is an option for that), since cloaking is against their TOS.
It also tracks all your affiliate link clicks and displays them in a handy report. This is essential if you work with new partners and don't want to rely on their click-tracking. The paid version is $50 yearly and IMO not worth it. In fact we have a paid subscription but disabled it after we noticed that we don't use any of the pro features. The more popular alternative would be Prettylinks, but their free version is inferior in every way and they aggressively push you to buy their premium which is something I hate. While you might get away with pasting affiliate links straight into your articles at the beginning, once your website reaches a certain size good link management is essential so I recommend you start early.
One cool thing their premium version does is checking for 404s and notifying you of broken affiliate links. That's definitely a nice feature to have, however you can get it for free with the "Broken Link Checker" plugin. Don't download the one from the WordPress repository as the developer abandoned it and some bugs never got fixed. Instead get the one from Github, which is a forked version of the original and works perfectly. It'll check all internal and external links on your website and shows you what's broken. It even checks for redirects and lets your replace the old URL with one click. During the initial run it can be a little resource heavy, but on most hosting plans you won't notice it.
WPWS (FREE): Lets you easily create, style and organize product boxes and shows them all in a dashboard. You can then place them in your content with a shortcode. Before we had something custom coded for this purpose but are currently replacing all product boxes on our websites with those created with this plugin after I saw a post about it in this sub. I am fortunate enough to have access to quite a few very big sites, so we can split test on single articles over different websites and still get large enough sample sizes in a short period of time. After running tests on a couple of articles for 5 days we gathered data from about 250k impressions (1MM+ by now) and found that the new boxes increased CTR by about 10%-20%, depending on the site. Generally boxes convert a lot better than buttons or text links for us and we use them for pretty much every product (physical and digital) we advertise. This plugin is the best solution we've found so far. Again, once a website reaches a certain size having all offers you promote in one place is a huge advantage and will save you a lot of time.
Shortcodes Ultimate ($39 one-time): The free version is good to get some lightweight layout/styling options for your articles, if you don't want to code them yourself. However, we've been mainly using their premium Add-on ($39 for the bundle, which is usually cheaper than buying their "Shortcode Creator" Add-on) that allows you to create custom shortcodes. You'll be able to create code snippets (HTML or PHP) in the dashboard and then place them in your content with shortcodes. This allows for very advanced stuff, but a simple use case would be to place 2-3 shortcodes in each article and then use them to test CTAs like newsletter signups or offers you are promoting site wide. You can then just A/B test different CTAs or offers in all your articles by simply switching out the code snippets. Once again, you'll see all your CTAs in a single dashboard, which makes organizing and testing so much more easier.
AAWP ($43 yearly): If you are exclusively pushing Amazon products, AAWP is the easiest plugin for creating product boxes and tables. It pulls product info by using Amazons API so all you need to add to your content is a shortcode and the ASIN. You can also pull product lists by keywords and bestsellers, but those never really converted for us. While it can pull the price of a product, we noticed disabling the price and instead using a "Check Price Now" CTA increased CTR dramatically and revenue by about 20%. I know some people say it's bad for UX, but what can I say, I just like money.

These plugins easily save us $$$$ in man-hours per year and are highly scalable. Especially the latter is something we look for, since switching out a link management tool on a big website can be a huge pain. You want to pick something that works right from the start. Additionally, if possible I like to avoid subscription style plugins. $20 a month might not seem like a lot, but this stuff quickly adds up and if you want to sell eventually, you'll try to get costs down as much as possible to make the site look more attractive.

Would be very interested to hear other plugin recommendations that make your life as an affiliate easier. I'd be especially interested in what you guys use for popups/opt-ins as I am not 100% satisfied with our current setup.
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4(+1) Cool WordPress Plugins And How We Use Them On Our Affiliate Blogs

Since every article you find on Google is simply a list of paid affiliate plugins ranked by how much they pay in referral commission, I thought it would be helpful to get a thread going where people recommend plugins they actually use, free or paid.
I am going to start with four(+1) plugins we use on pretty much every affiliate website we manage.
Thirsty Affiliates (FREE): A link management tool allowing you to cloak links making them look nicer (domain.com/link/healthy-dog-food/). This way you only have to switch out one link in their dashboard if an offer expires or if you want to switch merchants, instead of having to replace several links all over your websites. Just make sure to uncloak Amazon links (there is an option for that), since cloaking is against their TOS.
It also tracks all your affiliate link clicks and displays them in a handy report. This is essential if you work with new partners and don't want to rely on their click-tracking. The paid version is $50 yearly and IMO not worth it. In fact we have a paid subscription but disabled it after we noticed that we don't use any of the pro features. The more popular alternative would be Prettylinks, but their free version is inferior in every way and they aggressively push you to buy their premium which is something I hate. While you might get away with pasting affiliate links straight into your articles at the beginning, once your website reaches a certain size good link management is essential so I recommend you start early.
One cool thing their premium version does is checking for 404s and notifying you of broken affiliate links. That's definitely a nice feature to have, however you can get it for free with the "Broken Link Checker" plugin. Don't download the one from the WordPress repository as the developer abandoned it and some bugs never got fixed. Instead get the one from Github, which is a forked version of the original and works perfectly. It'll check all internal and external links on your website and shows you what's broken. It even checks for redirects and lets your replace the old URL with one click. During the initial run it can be a little resource heavy, but on most hosting plans you won't notice it.
WPWS (FREE): Lets you easily create, style and organize product boxes and shows them all in a dashboard. You can then place them in your content with a shortcode. Before we had something custom coded for this purpose but are currently replacing all product boxes on our websites with those created with this plugin after I saw a post about it in a different sub. I am fortunate enough to have access to quite a few very big sites, so we can split test on single articles over different websites and still get large enough sample sizes in a short period of time. After running tests on a couple of articles for 5 days we gathered data from about 250k impressions (1MM+ by now) and found that the new boxes increased CTR by about 10%-20%, depending on the site. Generally boxes convert a lot better than buttons or text links for us and we use them for pretty much every product (physical and digital) we advertise. This plugin is the best solution we've found so far. Again, once a website reaches a certain size having all offers you promote in one place is a huge advantage and will save you a lot of time.
Shortcodes Ultimate ($39 one-time): The free version is good to get some lightweight layout/styling options for your articles, if you don't want to code them yourself. However, we've been mainly using their premium Add-on ($39 for the bundle, which is usually cheaper than buying their "Shortcode Creator" Add-on) that allows you to create custom shortcodes. You'll be able to create code snippets (HTML or PHP) in the dashboard and then place them in your content with shortcodes. This allows for very advanced stuff, but a simple use case would be to place 2-3 shortcodes in each article and then use them to test CTAs like newsletter signups or offers you are promoting site wide. You can then just A/B test different CTAs or offers in all your articles by simply switching out the code snippets. Once again, you'll see all your CTAs in a single dashboard, which makes organizing and testing so much more easier.
AAWP ($43 yearly): If you are exclusively pushing Amazon products, AAWP is the easiest plugin for creating product boxes and tables. It pulls product info by using Amazons API so all you need to add to your content is a shortcode and the ASIN. You can also pull product lists by keywords and bestsellers, but those never really converted for us. While it can pull the price of a product, we noticed disabling the price and instead using a "Check Price Now" CTA increased CTR dramatically and revenue by about 20%. I know some people say it's bad for UX, but what can I say, I just like money.

These plugins easily save us $$$$ in man-hours per year and are highly scalable. Especially the latter is something we look for, since switching out a link management tool on a big website can be a huge pain. You want to pick something that works right from the start. Additionally, if possible I like to avoid subscription style plugins. $20 a month might not seem like a lot, but this stuff quickly adds up and if you want to sell eventually, you'll try to get costs down as much as possible to make the site look more attractive.

Would be very interested to hear other plugin recommendations that make your life as an affiliate easier. I'd be especially interested in what you guys use for popups/opt-ins as I am not 100% satisfied with our current setup.
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Silver Bullet on Slowness?

I have a Wordpress site that seems to have slowness issues constantly. I'm a web developer, but don't know the Ins and Outs of Wordpress.
The most recent issue is that I was having an issue where the stylesheet for the site was randomly not loading (every 10 refresh of a page or so). So that was obviously bad. Since I switched from W3 Total Cache to WP Fastest Cache, it doesn't seem to be a problem.
Someone pointed out that my site was getting terrible marks from GTMetrix, so I investigated. The page in question is pretty heavy on images and video. I switched the video to load from YouTube and GTMetrix liked that better, but Google PageSpeed Insights has me in the gutter now at 18 mobile/71 desktop.
When I use images, I create the image, then I compress with compressor.io before adding to the Media Library. I'm also using the Smush plugin.
I KNOW that I need to clean up the plugins. I know. I will. I'm just including the list in case any of you gurus out there are like, "Whoa! That plugin is the problem right there."
Thanks for taking the time to read this! I appreciate it.
Theme: GeneratePress
Plugins:
Add From Server All in One SEO Pack amr shortcode any widget Async Javascript Autoptimize BackWPUp Column Shortcodes CPO Companion Duplicate Page Facebook for Woocommerce Flexible Checkout Fields Google Analytics for Wordpress by MonsterInsights Google Tag Manager for Wordpress Jen's Custom Easypost Jetpack by Wordpress.com Mailchimp for Woocommerce MC4WP: Mailchimp for Wordpress Ninja Forms Open Graph and Twitter Card Tags Page Builder by SiteOrigin Pixel Caffeine Redirection Redux Framework Simple 301 Redirects Simple CSS Simple Custom CSS and JS Simple Follow Me Social Buttons Widget Simple Share Buttons Adder SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle Smush Strong Testimonials SUMO Affiliates Top 10 Ultimate Member WooCommerce WooCommerce Admin WooCommerce Blocks WooCommerce Paypal Checkout Gateway WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips WooCommerce Services WooCommerce Square WP Fastest Cache WP Mail Logging YITH Pre-Order For WooCommerce YITH WooCommerce Gift Cards
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Slowness Issues That Seem Unresolvable

I have a Wordpress site that seems to have slowness issues constantly. I'm a web developer, but don't know the Ins and Outs of Wordpress.
The most recent issue is that I was having an issue where the stylesheet for the site was randomly not loading (every 10 refresh of a page or so). So that was obviously bad. Since I switched from W3 Total Cache to WP Fastest Cache, it doesn't seem to be a problem.
Someone pointed out that my site was getting terrible marks from GTMetrix, so I investigated. The page in question is pretty heavy on images and video. I switched the video to load from YouTube and GTMetrix liked that better, but Google PageSpeed Insights has me in the gutter now at 18 mobile/71 desktop.
When I use images, I create the image, then I compress with compressor.io before adding to the Media Library. I'm also using the Smush plugin.
I KNOW that I need to clean up the plugins. I know. I will. I'm just including the list in case any of you gurus out there are like, "Whoa! That plugin is the problem right there."
Thanks for taking the time to read this! I appreciate it.
Edit: So I obviously need to include Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, and other Javascript code. I feel like this is a stupid question, but can I just put that code in the footer myself instead of using plugins? What's the best practice on that?
Theme: GeneratePress
Plugins:
Add From Server All in One SEO Pack amr shortcode any widget Async Javascript Autoptimize BackWPUp Column Shortcodes CPO Companion Duplicate Page Facebook for Woocommerce Flexible Checkout Fields Google Analytics for Wordpress by MonsterInsights Google Tag Manager for Wordpress Jen's Custom Easypost Jetpack by Wordpress.com Mailchimp for Woocommerce MC4WP: Mailchimp for Wordpress Ninja Forms Open Graph and Twitter Card Tags Page Builder by SiteOrigin Pixel Caffeine Redirection Redux Framework Simple 301 Redirects Simple CSS Simple Custom CSS and JS Simple Follow Me Social Buttons Widget Simple Share Buttons Adder SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle Smush Strong Testimonials SUMO Affiliates Top 10 Ultimate Member WooCommerce WooCommerce Admin WooCommerce Blocks WooCommerce Paypal Checkout Gateway WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips WooCommerce Services WooCommerce Square WP Fastest Cache WP Mail Logging YITH Pre-Order For WooCommerce YITH WooCommerce Gift Cards
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Simplify Building Product Boxes (AMZTA)

A few months ago (at the beginning of quarantine), I decided to spend as much time as I could creating new content for my latest Amazon Affiliate site. Even though the commissions dropped, most of my sales still come from Amazon so I’m focusing my time there regardless.
I use AAWP for product tables and boxes. For those of you that don’t use AAWP, you can insert display boxes by using shortcodes (i.e. – [Amazon box=“ASIN”] ) This will display a box like this: https://imgur.com/a/QV2X17H
Here’s the typical workflow to create 1 display box:
  1. Type out the shortcode template into my blog post (i.e. - the shortcode without the ASIN).
  2. Switch tabs and go to Amazon to find the ASIN. Copy to clipboard.
  3. Go back to my blog post, find the shortcode template, and paste the ASIN between the parenthesis.
Now, let’s say I’m writing a review with 7 products. I will need to go through all that 7 different times! And for creating 3-product grids – I have to go back and forth 3 different times just for that one shortcode.
As you can see, that can quickly become a time-consuming process. I was surprised to see that there simply wasn't a quickemore efficient way to build these shortcodes.
As a sysadmin myself, I knew there had to be a way to automate this. So, I created a Chrome extension called AMZ Table Assistant!
AMZ Table Assistant works by overlaying “Shortcode buttons” on each Amazon product listing. Just click one of the buttons – and it will automatically insert the ASIN into whatever shortcode you want to use. Here's what it looks like: https://imgur.com/a/C0RqAsa
Other features include:
It’s also universal which means it works with any product box plugin that supports shortcodes (AAWP, AmaLinks Pro, Azonpress) Hopefully WP Window Shopper one day.
There are both free and paid features (which are outlined in my details on my site), but I’m giving it away completely for free to anyone reading this post. Just trying to spread the word and hopefully help you guys write content just a little bit quicker.
You can download from the Chrome Web store and get your license key for free here: https://amztableassistant.com/ You'll use coupon code amzta100 on the Gumroad checkout page.
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The Outer worlds PC [Epic Games Store VPN Brasil and a clear tuto] £6.07 @ EpicGames

£6.07 - Epic Games
Hello all,
Here a group of offers on the EGS Brazil.
VERY important Note : Regarding Ubisoft games on EGS Brasil >> U have to affiliate them to a Brasil Uplay account in other words you cannot play, U can see how here if U want :
https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/assassins-creed-odyssey-ultimate-pc-epic-games-store-brazil-vpn-and-a-clear-tuto-3474987
Other games, U need only a VPN Brazil to buy your games.
I bought for exemple The Witcher 3 GOTY 4,55£ and The Outer Worlds 6,07£
And do not forget to use voucher -40 BR ! (-40 BR from 59,99 BR).
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[
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Satisfactory 56,69 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491124) 8,61£[
Borderlands 3 59,95 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491125) 8,65£
Red Dead Redemption 2 BRL191,20 BRL -40BR : 22,96£[
The Outer Worlds 79,94 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491127) -40 BR : 6,07£[
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition $29.98](https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt) 4,55£
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 59,39 BRL 9,02£
Gold Edition 65,99 BR -40BR : 3,95£[
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Tetris® Effect 52,49 BRL 7,97£[
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Assassin's Creed Origins 44,99 BRL 6,83£
Deluxe Edition 52,49 BRL 7,97£
Gold Edition 74,99 BRL -40Br : 5,31£
[
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Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey 59,49 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491135) 9,03£
Far Cry New Dawn 47,99 BRL 7,29£
Shenmue III 59,49 BRL 7,29£[
The Crew 2 44,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491138) 6,83£[
Dangerous DrivingThree Fields 28,49 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491139) 4,33£[
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands 79,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491143) -40BR : 6,07£[
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Superliminal 28,87 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491145) 4,38£[
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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered 28,79 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491148) 4,37£[
YagaBreadcrumbs 33,59 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491149) 5,10£[
Overpass 59,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491150) -40BR : 3,04£[
Slime Rancher 14,79 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491151) 2,25£[
Assassin's Creed III Remastered 64,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491152) -40BR : 3,79£[
Assassin's Creed Rogue 19,79 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491153) 3,01£[
Assassin's Creed Syndicate 26,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491154) 4,10£[
Assassin's Creed Unity 26,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491155) 4,10£[
Trackmania Turbo 59,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491156) -40BR : 3,04£[
Metro: Last Light Redux 9,49 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491157) 1,44£[
Metro: 2033 Redux 9,49 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491158) 1,44£[
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Surviving Mars 19,37 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491160) 2,94£
Anno 1800 79,99 BRL -40BR : 6,07£[
Complete Edition 179,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491162) -40BR : 21,26£
[
John Wick Hex 30,39 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491163) 4,61£[
Observation 23,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491164) 3,64£[
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Genesis Alpha One 28,49 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491166) 4,33£[
Operencia: The Stolen Sun 42,74 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491167) 6,49£[
Far Cry 3 23,99 BRL](https://www.chollometro.com/visit/threaddesc/348320/491168) 3,64£
How to buy ?
STAR WARS : JEDI Fallen Order for exemple.
Voucher - 40 BR from 59,99 BR.
Step 1 :
Create a Brazilian account with a VPN, I use HOLA free VPN, extension for Chrome.
epicgames.com/sto…ome
Choose english language on EGS settings.
Step 2 :
Add Fallen Order
Step 3 :
Use Voucher -40 BR
Step 4 :
PayPal : 17,52£
Step 5 :
Install, Choose English language and play.
Thanks for watching and good game !
You can find this hotukdeals link here: https://ift.tt/2TOLsWP
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50 Plugins

My Wordpress website has 50 plugins. I just mentioned that in a Facebook group and got completely roasted for that.
Is it really that bad and insecure? A lot of them are very lightweight.
The thing is, I need these features on my website, because this is what I want to offer my visitors. I already have quite a good amount of visitors (60k per month, growing quite quickly). So far nothing bad happened. Obviously, I don't know much about web development and just hacked everything together in the process. Is it time for me to find an expert who can take care of the website?

Those are my plugins currently:
404page - your smart custom 404 error page: 9 a3 Lazy Load: 1.9.2 Advanced Ads: 1.11.2 Antispam Bee: 2.9.1 Asgaros Forum: 1.13.0 Borlabs Cookie - Cookie Opt-in: 1.9.6 Broken Link Checker: 1.11.5 Classic Editor: 1.4 Code Snippets: 2.13.2 Colorlib Login Customizer: 1.2.7 Contact Form 7: 5.1.1 Crayon Syntax Highlighter: 2.8.4 Delete Me: 2.8 Disable Emojis (GDPR friendly): 1.7.2 Download Monitor: 4.2.1 Favorites: 2.3.1 GP Premium: 1.7.7 Header and Footer Scripts: 2.1.0 Lightweight Social Icons: 1.0.1 Login Logout Register Menu: 1.0 Menu Icons: 0.11.4 Nextend Social Login: 3.0.17 Open external links in a new window: 1.3.2 Page-list: 5.1 Page scroll to id: 1.6.4 PHP Code Widget: 2.3 Profile Builder - Email Confirmation Field: 1.0.4 Profile Builder - Labels Edit Add-On: 1.0.9 Profile Builder Hobbyist: 2.9.6 Q2W3 Fixed Widget: 5.1.4 Redirection: 3.7.3 reGenerate Thumbnails - advanced: 1.6.3.2 Related Posts: 5.12.88 Remove Dashboard Access: 1.1.3 Shariff Wrapper: 4.5.3 Shortcodes Ultimate: 5.2.0 Simple CSS: 1.1 Simple Page Ordering: 2.3.2 Smush: 3.1.1 Temporary Login Without Password: 1.5.14 TinyMCE Advanced: 5.0.1 Two Factor: 0.3.0 UpdraftPlus - Backup/Restore: 2.16.5.24 Widget Context: 1.1.0 WordPress Popular Posts: 4.2.2 Worth The Read: 1.4 WP Affiliate Disclosure: 1.1.3 WP User Avatar Pro: 4.1.6 Yoast SEO: 9.6 YouTube Pro: 13.0.1
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7 Must Have WordPress Plugins For An ECommerce Store

7 Must Have WordPress Plugins For An ECommerce Store

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There are so many eCommerce WordPress plugins available in the market. But, not all plugins offer the same features and functionality. let's understand in this way, some e-commerce plugins are suitable for selling digital items like music, photos, eBooks, etc, Others are suitable for physical products that require shipping.
Below are the factors to consider while choosing eCommerce for your e-commerce platform:
Payment Solution:
Your eCommerce plugin must have various payment gateways. This can be by default or through some extension.
Design and customization:
Your store's appearance is the first and the last interaction of your service. So make sure there are bulk of templates as well as easy customization feature available.
Apps and integrations:
make sure to check out integrations accessible for third-party apps like CRM Software, email marketing services, accounting software, and so on. All these tools are a must to manage and grow your e-commerce business efficiently.
Support options:
Support is most important, a plugin must have support options. As good support can save a lot of money and time in the long run.

List of e-Commerce plugins:

WooCommerce:

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WooCommerce is the king of the eCommerce plugin. it makes building and managing an online store simple, with affordable levels of flexibility and various major features like shipping integration, secure payments, tax management, and inventory management.
WooCommerce is unarguably the most popular and best eCommerce plugin, and its integration comes with both eCommerce ability and high SEO value.
WooCommerce is a highly customizable WordPress eCommerce plugins, enabling you to change your WordPress website into an amazing e-commerce hop based on what you require. No matter, you sell physical or digital services, products, this WordPress lets you do all that on their efficient and simple platform.
Why WooCommerce is considered as the best eCommerce WordPress plugin?
It enables you to:
  • Take unlimited orders
  • Sell affiliate products
  • Embed products on any web page
As Woocommerce plugin is a very big platform, there are a number of themes and extensions for WooCommerce is one can make sure your online store do anything they want it to.
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Easy digital downloads:

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If you are creating an e-commerce site for only selling digital products, then trust no other than Easy Digital Downloads. Its a great eCommerce plugin for WordPress.
it's a user-friendly plugin that comes with hundreds of extensions for varied payment gateways, services, and platforms. It can work efficiently with any theme, it also has its own responsive and beautiful themes that are made mainly for the plugin.
Why EDD is considered as the best eCommerce WordPress plugin?
Whether it is documents, songs, ebooks, graphics, software, EDD offers a complete system for selling your digital products effortlessly. Easy digital downloads were specially created to manage digital products.
As mentioned above, its best for selling digital goods, and has more superior solutions for things like Music and eBooks.
Its extension library is filled with hundreds of add-ons. Thus, you can build any simple or advanced online store, just by enabling frontend submissions.
There are tons of options for selecting your payment gateway.
Advanced developers can take the help of RESTful for entire control over customizations.
It comes with major feature include customer management, e-commerce shopping cart, data reporting, and discount codes. You will also get tools for affiliate systems, refund tracking, mailing lists and many more.
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Wp eCommerce

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Wordpress eCommerce has usually been seen as the straight option to WooCommerce. The actual reason behind this is as the plugin is set up very similar to WooCommerce, including the pricing model, and dashboard interface.
You can buy other features of this WordPress plugin.
Why Wp eCommerce is considered as the best eCommerce WordPress plugin?
This WordPress e-commerce comes with high customization that let you use PHP tag mainly to shortcodes, WordPress, and widgets.
All data of the visitors regarding the cart content, delivery address, billing items are all on a single page to offer your site visitors better user experience.
Different payment gateways are supported by wp e-commerce: Paypal, google checkout, payment express and authorize.net. it even enables you to import your goods from google marketplace or Facebook so your customers can share them on popular social media platforms.
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Wp easy cart

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It's a very powerful and useful eCommerce plugin that permits you to simply install the car to any online store. It lets you download the software on your Mac, PC, Android, iPad, to control your shopping cart wherever you are.
It supports various payment gateways, currencies, and multiple languages as well as promotions and coupons system. It comes integrated with Google Analytics in order to get perfect reports and build share icons for your products.
WP EasyCart has three unique shopping cart versions to meet every need of the online store: Free, Professional, and Premium.
Why Wp EasyCart is considered as the best eCommerce WordPress plugin?
It lets you control print sales, orders, delivery notes, and receipts, add shipping notes, send email to purchasers and see order information at only one place.
It is optimized by SEO for each menu, category, and the product you build to assist sell your goods. It also supports sharing on social media platforms and lets your users link the goods immediately you sell.
It supports multiple payment modules. It also has a broad table shipping rate for systems based on quantity, weight, price, as well as percentage based on countries and states.
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Jigshop

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Jigoshop eCommerce is another most popular e-commerce plugin that provides a set of solutions for almost any type of eCommerce shop. The plugin is supported by a team of expert developers, with years of experience and accessible at any time to offer you best tips and strategies.
This eCommerce plugin is made for all types of products; variable product, digital products, bundles products, and affiliate products. It offers detailed and accurate reports based on your e-store performance.
Why Jigshop is considered as the best eCommerce plugin?
It provides detailed reports on the performance of your store, it can help you manage your inventory, and offer you other extensions to optimize your Jigoshop experience.
It eve offer extensions of various marketing enhancements and Payment gateways.
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Ecwid

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Ecwid means eCommerce widget, its a free eCommerce plugin for WordPress, highly customized and easy to install. the plugin is highly customizable and flexible with some amazing features, this includes the purchase of premium versions that are usually of three types: Unlimited, Business and Venture.
Why Ecwid is considered as best eCommerce WordPress plugin?
It's an affordable eCommerce solution that involves mobile, web and social shops. Ecwid makes it simple to access and control your online shop.
It works well with big carriers, UPS, FedEx, and manually calculates the cost of shipping for each shop product.
Lets you sell through the facebook page, smartphone app, and popular markets like eBay. you can easily manage your online shi from anywhere in the world on any device.
manage, edit product features and combinations based on your goods options. Update the change the stock and rating, weigh as well as availability with just a few clicks.
It comes with around 40 secure payment gateways.
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BigCommerce

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BigCommerce recently launched an eCommerce WordPress plugin that integrates straightaway with Bigcommerce engine. it adds the flexibility of platforms, letting numbers of merchants using wp to strengthen and customize their eCommerce websites. The plugin also offers order management, invoice tracking, shipment, online transactions, and catalog.
Why BigCommerce is considered as best eCommerce WordPress plugin?
It comes integrated with all the amazing features required to expand a large-scale business online without compromising user-experience and site content.
The developers have made a personalized experience for purchasers, making sure that the payment process is as simple as possible. from a single control panel, one can control shipments, orders as well as catalog updates for more than one websites.
This eCommerce plugin controls security aspects, providing you a safe eCommerce shop with no risk and huge resources to use.
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So, these are our 7 WordPress eCommerce plugins that you require for a successful eCommerce website. if we have missed any of the best plugins? Do mention it in the comment section below.
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Wordpress Plugins (Weight)

Just started up a site and it's already pretty slow. When adding plugins, I went on various affiliate 'best' lists and added what seemed useful. Obviously, this is no good and led me to having too much. I would like to know which I can get rid of or if there are any conflicts (I've already run into a few). Also any other ways to speed up would be great. Thanks yall!

Autoptimize'
---Buddy Press
Elementor (Want to get rid of in the future)
Essential Addons for Elementor
---Events Manager
---GEO my WP
MonsterInsights Google Analytics
Livemesh Addons for Elementor
Login LockDown
LoginPress - Customizing the WP Login
---Orbit For Companion (Theme Companion)
Paid Member Subscriptions
Shortcodes Ultimate
ShortPixel Image Optimizer
UpdraftPlus - Backup/Restore
User Menus
---WooCommerce + Blocks
---WooCommerce Stripe Gateway
Sucuri Security
---WP FullCalendar
WP Super Cache
WPForms Lite
Yoast SEO

So, clearly far too many. Many are currently disabled/not set up, but I can't find much on the internet for what I actually need. For example, are both Sucuri and Login Lockdown both needed? How about Autoptimize and WP Super Cache?

Edit:
What would you guys recommend or what do you use for your sites? I only need a few of these for sure, which I've indented. The rest are expendable/combine-able. I want to get to a minimum, I just don't know what I actually need.
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Scaling a $650 a month site to 5K a month - Part 8

Ok im not going to lie, I was pretty excited about writing this months case study.
Here are the numbers
As far as visits and earnings go, this was a gang buster of a month. The funny thing is that I did less work this month than any previous month (family and getting into crypto has taken up most of my time).
For the month of December I posted 2 informational articles and 1 small money post. On a whim I decided to share one of the informational posts to Reddit before I went to sleep. Didn't think much of it at all..... At best was hoping for a few direct visits.
Little to me knowledge, during my sleep the article crept up to the front page of Reddit thanks to all you beautiful freaks! My poor little site was handing the traffic for about 10 hours before Reddit gave it a really big hug and sent it to sleep. All in all the site received around 56,000 direct visitors before passing out. Overall a great day!
Since then I have added some internal backlinks within the article to get some of that link juice flowing. It's quite early, but seems there is some residual positive effects on the overall website.
As far as sales were concerned, it was also a pretty good month. Im putting this down to the pre Christmas rush in which my conversion rate almost doubled before teetering off after Christmas day.
Other than posting 3 articles, nothing else has been done to the website. Sorry to be a bore :/
Since I have acquired so much knowledge from this community, It was time to give a little bit back.
Here is a little list of the things I use and do that makes my life easier with affiliate marketing. This is a growing list so if you feel I have missed something that I should be using, feel free to add it on.
Content management system: Wordpress
Theme: Any StudioPress theme (about $100) there are heaps of good ones to choose from. I was getting by with free themes for the longest time but investing in a great theme is seriously worth it. It will save you hours of frustration and the end product is fresh with regular updates while having an SEO optimised backend.
Google Tools: The obligatory Google Analytics, Google Search Console and Google Adwords for keyword research tool.
Other tools/plugins/web apps: Ahrefs, Wayback Machine, SemRush, Keywords Everywhere Plugin, GTmetrix for website optimisation, Gmass, hunter.io and Plagiarism Checker.
Wordpress Plugins: SEO by Yoast, Ewww Image Optimiser, SumoMe, Sticky Side Bar Widget, Akismet, Jetpack, Shortcodes Ultimate, TablePress, WP Super Cache.
Post layout structure:
"Top 5,7,10 etc best xyz" "What is the best xyz for..." "Best xyz for under $100" $200, $300 etc etc "Blah Vs Blah" "Best beginner xyz for blah" "Best affordable xyz"
When I first started writing, my average post count was between 700 - 1000. As time has gone on I have moved to the 1500-5000 word count for these type of posts. Currently the sweet spot seems to be 2,000ish words.
In almost all these posts I will add a table and a index which improves your chances of getting a featured snippet result on the big G.
Logo: Canva is a fantastic online tool for creating anything graphic design. You can easily whip up a logo in 5 mins. I would also reccomend the book the E myth revisited which talks about how the colour scheme can effect buying decisions and increasing conversions.
Writers: UpWork
Keyword research tool: Ahrefs, keywords Everywhere Plugin for Chrome, Keyword Shitter, Google Adwords.
Picking a Domain name: Brandable is the way. Instead of bestskateboardsupplies.com, I would try and go for something like skateambition.com, skately.com, skateology.com or something similar. NameMesh.com is fun to use for finding great names.
Hosting: bluehost and hostgator are both good. I would reccomend getting the upgraded plan which allows you to host multiple websites for a few dollars extra. And yes I know these are not the best hosting providers, but they are good for starting out.
Niche selection: I try to go for things I am interested in as it makes it easier to write about. Also if you are interested in starting a new hobby, that can also work well as there will be that hunger to learn and even get some products to review.
From there I will research the products that are selling in the niche and research the associating keywords that could be monetised, monthly search volumes, other websites in the niche and the competition.
Anyway thats me for this month.
Keep up the great work everyone! Lets crush 2018!
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A lesson on caching plugins and why you might not want to use them

Full disclosure - I don't develop any WP plugins, let alone anything as complex as a caching plugin, but I do have a Bachelors in IS and work as a developer. This is a long read, but if you're really interested in caching and having links to multiple Amazon markets, it will be worth your while. I promise it's not too technical.
There's a lot of misinformation on this subreddit over the past few days stemming from people installing caching plugins and not fully understanding how they work. This isn't meant to be an attack on anyone; I only know all of this because I fell into the same trap and I want to help you guys out so you don't lose sales.
Here's a helpful breakdown of what caching plugins do and why they might cause problems.
What does a caching plugin do?
As you probably know, caching plugins are meant to speed up your website. If you read Humble's stuff, he always talks about how load speed is more and more important, so I'm sure most people here have turned to caching and other "speed enhancing" plugins that seem like quick fixes.
Some ways a plugin may speed up your site is "minifying" your HTML/CSS/Js files - that is, removing all the whitespace from your files that is only there to make it easier for humans to read. This lowers the overall size of the files and makes them faster to download/process for the browsers.
A plugin might enable Gzip, which compresses files to smaller sizes so the browser can download them faster.
A plugin might enable browser caching. This will have your site tell a browser to cache certain files on the local disk for a set amount of time (days, weeks, months, etc) so that a returning visitor can use the local copies and not have to download the file again, speeding load time.
Enabling browser caching for things like images and css is a smart move as long as you understand that if you make a change to them, a return visitor might not see the change right away. You probably don't want the browser to cache HTML, or they won't see changes to the content of the post.
All of the above methods are pretty safe to use.
The Problem
The problem with caching plugins comes in when you enable static HTML caching. Ironically, this biggest threat is often the biggest feature of caching plugins.
What is static HTML caching?
In your posts, if you look at your "text" tab, you'll see the HTML of the text that will eventually be delivered to the reader's browser. Plugins you use to assist you in inserting content will typically use shortcodes instead of HTML. A shortcode to insert a table might look like
[table id=1 /] 
But "[table id=1 /]" is not valid HTML, and a browser won't have any idea what to do with it other than display the text "[table id=1 /]".
So when your page gets served, Wordpress will look up the plugin responsible for that shortcode, request the HTML that it represents, and replace the shortcode with something like "....", and now the browser can display the content to your users.
If you were to visit that web page and look at the page source, nowhere will you see the shortcode because as I stated, it was already converted into HTML.
With caching enabled, your plugin will save the resulting HTML file to your server, and the next time any visitor visits that web page, they will be served that static HTML file instead of going through all of the processing of looking up the plugin, retrieving the corresponding HTML, and inserting it with the other HTML.
This static HTML file may be saved on disk for days or weeks (it depends on your plugin settings). Eventually, the cache will expire, another user will visit and the shortcodes will be processed again, and that resulting HTML file will be saved as the new Static HTML file to serve to visitors.
Here's how the plugin WP Super Cache describes their plugin -
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
...
99% of your visitors will be served static html files
You're probably thinking, "all that processing must really add up, caching to speed things up will be great!", and you're not entirely wrong. Caching is great, as long as your content is made for STATIC (non changing) HTML. But what if your content is DYNAMIC, that is to say, it should change depending on who the visitor is?
Dynamic Web Pages
Take this web page for example - http://www.whatsmybrowser.org/. Every time a user visits, it gets information from the browser to display to visitors what their specific web browser is.
But what if this page was cached? Then it wouldn't be telling me about my browser, it would be telling me about whoever the person was who visited and had their resulting HTML file cached. Not useful right? Clearly we don't want caching if the content is meant to change depending on the reader.
Link Localizing
One of the most popular plugins for affiliate marketers like us is a "link localizer". I use "Amazon Link", "EasyAzon" is another popular choice.
What these plugins do is look at the IP address of the visiting user, and compare it against a database of known IP address ranges and what countries they come from.
Most people probably don't know that there's a governing body that distributes IP addresses to different regions.
If you have a proper database to lookup IP address values against, you can pretty reliably tell what country a person is visiting from. Here's a list of Nigerian IP addresses, for example.
You probably see where this is going.
Let's say I enable caching, and the first user to visit my page is American with a US IP address. I have a shortcode in my post -
[amazon text=The best gift my mom ever got me&asin=B01HOM7T32] 
When WP is processing the shortcode, it goes to my Amazon link localizer plugin. It sees my user is in the US after comparing the IP address against its database, and it returns the HTML for an Amazon.com link with my Amazon Associates tag I specified in the plugin settings.
Very cool! But now what happens if most of my readers are actually in the UK?
Since my caching plugin just saved that static HTML file from a US visitor, all my UK readers are going to be served the Amazon.com link!
So now you lose sales!
It's still the Link Localizers fault, they should account for this!
Nope, it's not their fault.
If you understand the process above, when you turn on caching you COMPLETELY BYPASS THE PLUGIN once the page is cached. There's literally NOTHING a link localizer plugin can do here, and there never will be because their plugin isn't even being used until the cache expires!
It's not a bug, it's not a glitch. The plugins are working as designed. You've just configured them in a way that has given an undesired result.
But my plugins were compatible for months, and it's only now broken!
This comes down to luck. Maybe 95% of your readers are in the US, so 95% of the time when the cache expired, you had an American who visited next and thus the static HTML remained an Amazon.com link and everything seemed fine.
But you always run that small chance that the cache expires and the next person to visit is from India, killing your links.
But I still want static HTML caching for max speedz!
Too bad! Turn it off or lose the Link Localizer!
The only way I could see caching working with link localizing is if your caching plugin had its own localizer, and cached different static HTML by region (static US page, static UK page, etc.)
This would actually be a pretty cool feature, but I haven't seen it done. At least not in the major WP caching plugins that are popular.
TL;DR- If you're using an Amazon Link Localizer (EasyAzon, Amazon Link, any other link management service that will change links based on user region), turn off caching.
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Set And Forget White Hat Authority Site Case Study - Feb 2017 Month 2.

Here is part one if you missed it.
Keyword Progression
I have now fully screened all of the initial keywords I harvested for this project using my method I shared here. I have a short list of around 70 ultra low comp keywords and around another 600 that I would class as low comp. I have no idea how many keywords I dropped throughout this process. I currently have no additional plans to complete any further keyword research for this project and doubt I will use all 600 for this project but may break them down into batches of 200-300 for multiple sites.
I have also duplicated my simplemind project and SILOed the initial 70 ultra low comp for a potential black hat project to run side by side this one but I will see how much free time I have.
Plugins
Here are the plugings I have added to the site along with what I use them for.
Amazon Affiliate for WordPress - PAID
Easily pull product data via the amazon API and geo-target my links to the visitors to send them to their correct amazon stores. I will share some screenshots of this later in the report.
Disable Comments - FREE
Quickly and easily disables comments on the site everywhere with the click of a button. I have seen arguments for both sites of the argument when it comes to comments, I personally disable them as I have no intention of replying to user comments on this site and it helps reduce footprints for bots for automated submissions.
EWWW Image Optimizer - FREE
Help's reduce image size automatically when uploaded to the site to help with page speed.
Flexible Posts Widget - FREE
Not part of my usual plugin installs but I am currently using a free theme on this site and it lets me show the thumnail of the posts in my recent posts widget.
Google Analytics - FREE
Quickly and easily adds the Google Analytics code.
Google XML Sitemaps - FREE
Easily creats XML Sitemaps to make Google and Bing aware of all posts when they crawl the site.
Q2W3 Fixed Widget - FREE
Adds a button to my widgets so I can sticky them. On this site I put some of the Amazon shopping ads into it so once the user has scrolled down the article enough and past the recent posts widget in the side bar the amazon shopping ad is floats down the screen with them.
W3 Total Cache - FREE
For caching to help speed the site up, not yet configured as I haven't had time yet.
WP Word Count - FREE
Shows the total word count on the site to track it easier.
Yoast SEO - FREE
I am not actually a fan of Yoast but decided to give it another chance on this domain.
TablePress - FREE
Quickly and easily set up my product comparison tables. No high-quality tables added yet as I haven't had time but there are placeholders that will do for now.
Advanced Ads - FREE
Not yet installed on this domain as its more for display advertising, if I start putting up infomation based articles I may install it to display ads where I want via shortcodes.
WPS Hide Login - FREE
Not yet installed but if it starts getting high traffic volums I will add it. Its more from my adsense sites once they started getting better traffic people would attack them.
Basially your wordpress login will probably look like domain.com/wp-admin. Its not hard for a wannabe hacker to guess that and target it. This plugin lets you set your admin login to anything you like. I just go to a random number generator and get a random 20 character path.
Wordfence Security - FREE
Not yet installed but like above if the site becomes a potential target I will add it. Essentially, it emails you when an admin logs into their site with their IP. It also has a backend with a database of IPs that are stored for potential brute force stuff and it will stop them and give you a montly round up of how many it stopped.
Content
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20 posts online so far totaling just under 50,000 words with an average post length of just under 2500 words per post. This is not the only project I have my writing team working on right now so its not as far forward as I had hoped but I am happy to take my time.
I have my posts set up in a specific way, here is how is the basics of how I set it up as well as why.
Title
150-200 words. A few years back people would place ads at the very top of their content so thats all the user could see when they hit the site and increase the chance of the user clicking the ad, Google added an algo penalty if they detect this so I always put at least 150 words at the top of my content.
Product Comparison Table I make this with TablePress and AAWP it compares all the products featured in the article. Although I only have one ranked Amazon based site right now it is where the majority of its earnings come from. *Demo Example From the AAWP site *Comparison Table earnings on my ranked Amazon site
Keyword/LSI based H2 For Product One
AAWP Product Box *Demo product box *All Five product box earnings from other site
300-500 words of Special Features, Pros/Cons, FAQs for Product One
Repeate the above upto product 5
Buyers Guide
300-500 or so words on a buyers guide for the products
Conclusion
100-200 word conclusion
I also use AAWP to add my text based links Earnings from other site.
I hope this shows how highly I value my comparison tables.
Traffic
Now this is a set and forget case study, I actually enjoy keyword research and editing the site so don't mind doing those tasks but I hate article writing and can't see myself enjoying outreach either. The whole Set and forget idea for this comes from me doing keyword research and article posting/editing while outsourcing the article creation and not doing any outreach so I can move onto the next site and let this one age out.
Personally, I believe there are two sandboxes and I believe this site is in the first one of them, using this term caused a bit of a shit storm in the first part of this case study so I will clarify what I mean by it.
The first sandbox is where I believe fresh domains are held by Google for the initial few month, potentially upto 6 months or more before they receive any real traffic. Some people here have other names for this effect. During this period the site will receive little to no organic traffic and it will be hard to rank the site. Another quick clarification, personally, I use the term "rank" and "ranked" for first page/top three, not page Seven as someone commented in part one.
Here are some screenshots of my analytics of other sites that may better display it
There are ways to avoid the sandbox or reduce its duration. Using an aged domain as your money site may do it but there are conditions to this. Pointing private blog networks or bribing authority links for your domain may also help with this.
The second is a place Google send sites that have received a manual/algo based penalty but I hope this site will never be in there.
As expected the site has received no real traffic.
Analytics Screenshot
The Directs are probably me or people I have told to check the site for various reasons. I suspect the hits from Google are bots/crawlers as they have a session duration of 0:00. Blocking none search engine crawlers is on my list I am just crazy busy.
Keyword Tracking
Primary Keyword Initial Entry Possitions
Secondary Keyword Initial Entry Possitions
Nothing impressive as expected, I will probably stop tracking the secondary keywords, I expect the primaries to dance in and out of the top 300/index for a while yet but I'm not worried as I don't expect the site to start climbing for another 5 months or so.
Earnings $0.
Things To Do
*Get backup writers, one of my team has already stopped writing due to exams/work placements. Another is pregnant and due to give birth.
*Block crawlers for none search engines.
*Work on site speed.
*Add more content.
*Start making high-quality comparison tables but it's not high on my list until I know what pages will get the bulk of the traffic.
*Consider my options on running a black hat case study side by side to this one.
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Combining Review Plugins for MEGA PLUGIN

Hi all -- first, thanks to everyone for the great content on this sub. Been a lurker for awhile. Greatly enjoy the discussions.
Quick backstory: I'm entering the affiliate marketing arena after 6 years of running a Wordpress site & seasonally selling my own information product. Never really tried to do KW research or SEO but through sheer power of great content, I was able to build up to 600,000 annual sessions and 2 million annual pageviews. Last year I terminated the venture and now I'm doing this. I know Wordpress very well and I have some degree of skill (certainly not expert-level) in HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, and R.
The point of this post: While I'm not keen on spending insane amounts of time obsessing about every stylistic detail of my new site, I recognize the importance of look and feel from a user experience perspective. To that end I spent some time investigating the many available review plugins in hopes of finding one that would meet my needs. Instead of finding one do-it-all plugin, I found two do-mostly-everything plugins: WP Product Review by ThemeIsle and Amazon Affiliate for Wordpress (AAWP) by, well, someone else.
WP Product Review is great because it has a professional ratings interface.
Pros:
Cons:
AAWP is great because it allows for affordable Amazon integration ($39 / year)
Pros:
Cons:
Individually, neither was 100% what I wanted. Together they are. With the help of shortcodes and some custom CSS, I was able to nest the WP Product Review plugin within the AAWP plugin. This is the result: http://i.imgur.com/vR3A6BT.jpg
The top table provides a ton of great, consolidated information for the buyer. The pricing information on the bottom is connected to the Amazon API and updates at the interval you choose, staying in compliance with the TOS. If there's a sale, it shows the original price, savings, current price, and a "SALE" marker in the top-right. If it's a prime item it shows the prime icon.
Some coding required: To get the two plugins to play nicely together, you need to do a little bit of coding. First, you need to add shortcode for both plugins to the post editor where you want the review table to appear. You also need to wrap them in a
element with a custom CSS class (I called it "aawp-lite"):
*opening tag for custom div* [amazon box="YOUR-ASIN-HERE"] *opening shortcode for the AAWP plugin* [P_REVIEW post_id=YOUR-POST-ID-HERE visual='full'] *shortcode for the WP Product Review* [/amazon] *closing shortcode for the AAWP plugin*
*closing tag for custom div*
This takes the AAWP plugin and replaces the Amazon description, which is usually a little lacking, with my super-awesome pros/cons/ratings table created with the WP Product Review plugin.
There's still a lot of bloat/excess Amazon content imported from the AAWP plugin (product image and title -- remember, it's connected to the Amazon API) that I don't want. Really, all I want is the price integration stuff. To remove this duplicated info, and to fix some of the formatting issues by nesting two plugins that weren't meant to be nested, I had to add some custom CSS to my theme using my newly-created "aawp-lite" CSS class. This code is below (some of it is for stylistic stuff too, like increasing the font size on the "Buy on Amazon" button):
.aawp-lite > .aawp > .aawp-product { padding: 0px; border: 0px; } .aawp-lite > .aawp > .aawp-product > .aawp-product__ribbon { font-size: 20px; top: 0px; right: 0px; padding: 5px 20px; } .aawp-lite > .aawp > .aawp-product > .aawp-product__thumb { display: none; } .aawp-lite > .aawp > .aawp-product > .aawp-product__content { margin-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; } .aawp-lite > .aawp > .aawp-product > .aawp-product__content > .aawp-product__title { display: none; } .aawp-lite > .aawp > .aawp-product > .aawp-product__footer { text-align: center; margin-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; } .aawp-lite > .aawp > .aawp-product > .aawp-product__footer > .aawp-product__pricing { text-align: center; } .aawp-lite > .aawp > .aawp-product > .aawp-product__footer > .aawp-button { font-size: 20px; line-height: 25px; } 
Cost of all this: Using a promo code I bought the WP Product Review plugin for $60 (normally $75). I bought the AAWP plugin for $39. Total investment: $99 + like an hour of my time. You might be able to do this without purchasing the more expensive WP Product Review plugin as they have a Lite version (not sure if it has all of the needed functionality to do this...it might), but I wanted the additional functionality the Pro version offered and view it as a worthy investment.
If you're so inclined, you should be able to steal all of the above code and be up and running pretty quickly on your site. While I'm far from a CSS expert, I'd be happy to try to troubleshoot if anyone is interested.
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not rocket science part 3

first post second post  
With the variety of posts on here sprinkled about of people explaining different internet marketing schemes for different revenue streams I sometimes find myself veering off target mentally from my original goal to make a $2000/month straight-up basic affiliate marketing site. Stop writing such great content everyone! I figure it's best to continue posting as I go to avoid any black hole of magical undocumented time I fail to post about and miss any important details as a consequence.
 
First off, what a slog. To me, nothing sucks more than to research, research, research about a particular widget, create a product table about said widget, write ~1000 words about said widget, find and post images about said widget, publish post about said widget, pat yourself on the back about completing said widget and go on to repeat the cycle for a slightly different alternative widget and on and on. Since my last post I've written a total of roughly 10k words for 9 out of 50 of my widget reviews. I haven't gone as fast as I've liked because I'm currently spending half my time stumbling my way around Wordpress and customizing the site to not look like shit, gathering and creating decent images, and spending enough time on product research to make the posts worthwhile. My V1 system for a post from start to finish is as follows:
 
Initially I google the product and find every major retailer in the search results that sells the product and I read the reviews. Some products in a category have over 1000 reviews, most of which I read/scan individually. In a previous post I mentioned I would pay particular attention to 3 star reviews but good or bad, right or wrong, I've since adopted an "eh-lets-read-them-all" mentality. As an aside, I also make a quick note in a separate google doc for each unique online retailer I gather user reviews from so in the future when this is all done I can have a customer FAQ explaining where exactly some of my review information is sourced. This step gives me a solid understanding of what people like and dislike about each widget including various tips and tricks to make the product better, make the product easier to set up, etc.
 
Next, I go to the manufacturers site to check on a variety of metrics (more on this later) that I use to determine the company's support for their product and their customers. Once I've finished this step it's time to get writing.
 
I'm structuring my blog posts in the following format:
 
At the top underneath the title I place a pricing table with the picture of the product and a bright shiny "check price on amazon" button underneath it (controversial I know). My hypothesis for this is that placing the pricing table at the top of the post and an associated "check Amazon" button gives my low-hanging fruit late-in-the-buying-cycle website visitors the most convenient opportunity to click right through to Amazon. Before I move onto what I put after the pricing table I want to digress a bit. In my experience a lot of the pricing tables I see on the less than spectacular affiliate websites are in my opinion unicorn figures. 4 star this, 2 star this, but nothing backing them up. Maybe affiliate marketers know more than me and have data that shows that people don't care about how those ratings were generated but I'm planning on playing it a bit different. I have 4 ratings that I calculate, each one on a scale from 1-100:
 
  • Price
  • Public Opinion
  • Functionality
  • Company Support
 
Here is a spreadsheet for an actual page I'm using to calculate my scores. Column B is the regular MSRP of the product on Amazon. Columns C-G represent the aggregated 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 star reviews found across all major online retailers for each widget. Columns I-T represent various meta-data and information about the widget and/or manufacturer and widget brand. All this information is used to calculate my review table scores starting on row 28. I intend to pass this information on somehow on my website for visitors to be able to read about in some kind of FAQ about how scores are calculated with the goal of establishing an extra layer of trust with them. Ok, digression over.
 
Underneath the table and the Amazon button is my blog post written in the following way:
 
Overview: A general overview paragraph of the product and an incentive to read on What's Included: A bulleted list of the items included out of the box for each widget Widget Setup: A longer section that details the steps to get the widget up and running with any tips or tricks to help ease the process and explaining where users might have trouble The Court of Public Opinion: An even longer section that dives into what other widget owners think about it and what I've deducted as vital pro and con information about the widget Company and Customer Support: A shorter paragraph analysis of how supportive the manufacturer is in regards to returns, responsiveness, etc (see spreadsheet above). Bang for Your Buck: A few opinionated sentences that compare price to value from everything learned in my research The Verdict: A short paragraph summarizing the key points and whether the widget is worth it or not.
 
That's basically what I have going on for content at the moment. I have two more menu items in my website's navigation menu for a blog and another informational tab but I haven't planned content for those yet. I'm just working on attacking these reviews. One possibly controversial opinion I'd like to disclose is that I've decided that I'm not afraid of spending time and writing a review on a product that is bad and displaying it in a bad light. Some widgets in my list of widgets to review are simply not that good or overpriced or have bad company and customer support. Rather than spin them on their heads and talk about the positive points in the hopes that users will click the Amazon button, my belief is that its not necessarily bad to write honest bad reviews. This leads to another hypothesis I have that viewers will appreciate the bad reviews and again help establish trust. The key for me is to include links to better alternative widgets within the widget's category to funnel visitors to a product with a higher chance at converting. Onto Wordpress.
 
Ok so Wordpress. I'll disclose I'm working off the Genesis framework. In my previous post I mentioned my site structure and linked a google doc to my planned pages, posts and categories. It hasn't really changed enough since that post to warrant discussion. Mainly I've just been beautifying and structuring the content within each page and post. I've already discovered my weakness on Wordpress and it's plugins. I know plugins are bad news if one whores themselves out to them but I like activating them, messing around with them and removing them once I realize they aren't that useful. It gives me a chance to become more familiar with the Wordpress system too. I plan on purging non-useful widgets as I become more knowledgeable about modifying things myself.
 
So far this is what I have installed, some for explicit reasons, some due to peer pressure and I don't know what they do yet, and others by default so they must be important?:
 
Askimet: I installed because it kept bugging me to. It apparently helps with spam which I hope will be useful when I actually have traffic Contact Form 7: Creates a simple contact form with a shortcode Custom Sidebars: To display different sidebars depending on the page being viewed. I'm using this because I want to display certain reviews in the sidebar that relate to what the user is viewing. If they are on the main thingy widget directory of reviews I want to show the top thingy widgets in the sidebar, etc. Disqus Comment System: I saw this on thesweethome.com and I just mimicked them. It wasn't too hard to set up and it looks a bit nicer than the default commenting system Wordpress provides IMO. Genesis eNews Extended: I forgot what this was for Jetpack By Wordpress: Another default plugin I think does a lot but I haven't explored much yet Magic Action Box: I have an email opt in on my home page that's all connected to Mailchimp and I use this plugin to display it. More often than not I read that it's important to start an email list from the get go so that's what I'm trying to do. I haven't planned an email strategy yet beyond just capturing emails. Remove Category URL: I don't want the word "category" in the URL. Mainly because I'm probably OCD Show IDs: Shows post and page IDs in the admin section since I don't have them displayed in the permalinks. W3 Total Cache: I don't know what this is but I installed it because some say it's pretty useful. WP Product Review: What I use for pricing tables
 
Pro tip #1: if you're going to style css directly, create a new css file and upload it via FTP! I made the mistake of modifying some css for the pricing table plugin and got it all looking better. Later on I went to update the plugin and it all reset. Don't make that mistake.
 
At this point all the posts I'm writing I view as rough drafts. Once I get all the posts published I will go back and link posts to other posts to create a healthy "linkified" site ecosystem, fix grammar, rewrite sections to be more engaging and add all the proper tags and crap to the images I eventually settle on for each post. For now I just want that text up there.
 
A couple other things I did was create and xml sitemap and submitted it to Google. There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to do this. I don't know whether I did it too early or too late or whether I need to keep submitting it as I add or remove pages but nonetheless I did it. I also am beginning to email manufacturers for press packs and/or permission to use their photos on my website. I don't want to run into any trouble down the road. I set up 3 social media accounts for my new brand and linked them all to my site where they're displayed on my home page.
 
Ok that's all I have off the top of my head. I'm going to continue writing reviews and I'll be back when I'm further along with that.
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33 Must Use Tools for Bloggers

I've posted this on my own personal blog and these are my must use tools for any blogger.
I use many of these in my day job as a Digital Marketer, so it would make sense to share this with all of you guys as they certainly can help make a difference to your personal blogs.
Images & Video
Stock Photos
For stock photos, I use a couple of resources. These are all free and all incredibly high quality. None of your awkward looking people holding laptops or giving a thumbs up.
Librestock
This one almost renders the following sites I've mentioned below, useless.
Librestock is fantastic and is pretty much a free search engine for stock photos. Type in your keyword and it will return a bunch of super high quality and free stock images for you to use. I used to use many of the resources mentioned below, but things have changed and I just use Librestock now.
Stocksnap.io
They are all free to use without having to give credit, so make fantastic blog headers or social images. Adding some of these to your blog will really give you that high standard that a lot of blogs can sometimes lack.
Unsplash.com
Similar to Stocksnap.io this is another site that offers some great free stock images. The cool thing about Unsplash is that you can sign up for their mailing list and have 10 new images emailed directly to you every 10 days.
Freepik.com
Freepik is fantastic as it is almost a mini search engine for loads of graphics. Vectors, PSD files, Icons and Photos are all included on this site. The only downfall is that most that I’ve seen, if not all, require some sort of credit in order to use the free versions. This means leaving on the freepik logo, which isn’t ideal.
Fancycrave.com
Yet another brilliant resource for free stock photos. All photos are incredibly high resolution and free to use in both personal and commercial projects. 2 new photos are added every day, so check back regularly.
coverr.co
Slightly different this one. Coverr.co specialises in free stock video. You know those really fancy looking headers/backgrounds on websites at the moment. Coverr can hook you up with some free videos for just that purpose. Well worth checking out if you want to add that professional touch to your site.
I think that just about covers it for Stock images. Of course, there are thousands of other resources, but these are the highest quality ones that I have found. If you have any others, then feel free to suggest them in the comments.
Canva.com
Want to create some beautiful blog header graphics or eye-catching social posts but you lack in photoshop skills like myself? Not to worry. Canva is here to save the day.
Canva is a really simple to use drag and drop image creator. Using some of the free templates and importing one of the images from the links above you can quickly have a really stunning image to use on your blog or on social media.
It’s the only tool that I use to create all of my graphics and the results are only getting better as my comfort levels with canva increase. It’s a must use.
Social Tools
In here you will find all the tools that I have used or would use to help grow my audience on the major social networks.
Instagram
Instagress.com
If you’re looking to build up your Instagram following then this is one of the best tools that I’ve found to help you do so.
Instagress allows you to automate your Instagram activities so that you can carry on liking photos even when you’re not there. You set the system to track certain hashtags and then like or follow based on these tags, setting limits to the speed you want it to go and a limit to do in a certain timeframe. This allows you to keep your account looking natural and avoid being blocked or banned.
It comes with a really cheap pricing package meaning you can get a lot of activity for much less than most services would charge for the same thing. Pricing starts from $1.39 for 3 days worth of activity, which you can start and pause whenever you like.
Twitter
Manageflitter
Let’s face it, who doesn’t find their twitter feed often cluttered up with rubbish? Manageflitter will let you manage your twitter account from one dashboard. Giving you the ability to clean up your account in just a couple of clicks.
Multiple Social Accounts
Buffer.com
Automating your twitter feed has never been easier than it is with Buffer. You compose some tweets, pull in some content, add some images and add them to your queue. Your schedule is already pre-loaded with some timeslots for posting and that’s it. Spend half an hour or so at the start of the week getting everything ready and you won’t have to open twitter again for the next 7 days if you wanted.
Obviously, I would still recommend logging into twitter and engaging with others normally, but it’s entirely up to you.
Not only does buffer allow you to manage twitter, it also supports Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Feedly.com
Sometimes when it comes to automating your twitter feed you run out of your own things to say. This is where sharing content from other bloggers is great for increasing engagement.
Feedly is a way of curating all of your favourite blogs into one place so that you can see their latest posts. What makes it the best is the ability to hook directly into your buffer account. This means that you can quickly schedule content from other bloggers into your automated buffer stream ready to share
Drumup.io
This is a tool that I’ve only stumbled upon very recently. It basically does what buffer and Feedly do, but combines the two tools into one. Allowing you to link Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts into your dashboard you can micromanage each account individually allowing you to post different content to each. There doesn’t appear to be a way of linking all three accounts to run from the same content easily, perhaps I’m just missing a step but it’s a great free tool anyways.
Email Tools
Mailchimp
One of the most well-known email marketing tools out there. Mailchimp is great for anyone just starting out with building their list. Templates are super easy to create using their simple drag and drop editor, or by using one of the built-in layouts.
With Mailchimp, you can email up to 2000 people per month and send out a total of 12,000 emails each month completely free. That is a fantastic offer for anyone just getting into blogging and testing the waters with email list building.
What’s the point in extra expense where it’s not needed? Use the free options whilst you can.
Aweber
For those of you who are reaching the breaking point of the free tier of Mailchimp, you do have the ability to update your account to a paid package, or explore something completely different.
Aweber would be my recommendation to try. It’s extremely powerful in terms of building an autoresponder sequence. This will allow you to send out a set sequence of emails to new subscribers regardless of when they sign up to your list. No two people will receive the same email on the same day and their journey will be unique to them and them only.
With AWeber there’s no more missing out on your greatest content for these new subscribers.
WordPress Plugins
W3 Total Cache
Now you’ve got your site up and running, the first thing you want to do is get the page load time down to a minimum. Using a caching plugin can help with that.
W3 Total Cache will allow you to tweak every minor detail of your blog allowing you to serve up a cached (stored) version of your site to visitors rather than sending them the brand new version every single time. This drastically reduces the time taken for your website to load and gives the end user a much slicker experience.
Oh, and google loves a faster website btw.
Yoast SEO Plugin
On-site SEO is pretty simple when it comes down to it. Change a few tags, create content based around your target audience with your keywords included. Figuring out where each tag goes and how to access each bit, when you’re not too familiar with code can prove troublesome.
The Yoast plugin allows you to quickly and easily add in optimised Title and Description tags as well as allowing you to rewrite both of these to suit facebook shares directly within the post edit screen. No more fiddling about with code.
It does a lot of other clever stuff including creating sitemaps, opengraph tags, social profiles, author tags and many more of the under the curtain stuff specifically for search engines.
Use this plugin and you’re onto a winner.
Optin Cat Widgets
To tie in with your earlier signing up of an email marketing software, you need some way of getting people to subscribe on your blog.
The built in forms for both Mailchimp and Aweber aren’t too great. This is where Optin Cat widgets come in. These widgets work with a number of other email marketing systems too.
With the ability to create sidebar widgets, footer widgets and popups this is an all in one when it comes to subscription forms for your site. There’s also a number of basic styles to choose from or you can completely code your own if you’re comfortable to do so.
Need analytics to see which form is converting best? No problem. That feature is also included.
Pretty Link
So you’ve signed up to all these affiliate programs to make money advertising products on your blog and the link looks like a jumbled mess. That’s not really going to make people feel confident clicking on things on your website.
Pretty link allows you to take any affiliate link and “prettify” it. Turning it into a much nicer looking link.
There’s a heap of other features included in this plugin like click tracking, so you can see which links are getting most exposure and doing their job vs those that aren’t.
Contact Form 7
Everyone needs a contact form. It’s the perfect way for your readers to get in touch with you and is much nicer than those clickable links where it opens your email client and just causes all sorts of issues.
Contact Form 7 allows you to quickly create a contact form and generates a shortcode for you to stick into any page that you wish the form to appear.
Every aspect of this form is customizable, right down to the style if you’re confident with CSS.
Want to track your conversions? You can also track goals with any analytics platform you use. It’s a great free plugin that definitely jumps out on my list of must haves.
Infinite WP
This is probably more suited for those who are running multiple websites that use the wordpress platform and because I fall into that category it is definitely a must have for me. Managing multiple sites means maintaining updates on each and every site. This can be incredibly time consuming in terms of having to log in to each site individually and manually updating plugins/themes/system etc.
Infinite WP allows you to manage all your wordpress sites from one portal. Installing the system on your own server and then linking each of your sites to it will give you the easiest way to update your sites.
A notification of updates will pop into your inbox when there are some, log in, hit the update button and all sites will be updated at once. No more logging in to each individual site.
A+ for time saving
Thrive Leads
The biggest tip that any professional successful blogger always gives someone starting out is to build a list. You’ve probably heard it so many times that you cry when you read it again. Sorry about that, but it’s true.
Thrive leads is exactly what you’re looking for to help you build your list.
Install the plugin and it will give you an incredible number of different lead capture elements to put to use on your blog. Whether it’s sidebar signup areas, popups, bars or in content call to actions, it’s got it all.
Best thing is that it works with all major email marketing systems.
It’s the system that I use on this blog and all my other ones and I can’t recommend it enough.
Communication Tools
Google Hangouts
Hangouts is a fantastic free tool from Google that allows you to video chat and text chat with anyone on your contacts list. It’s along the same lines as skype, but I just find it a bit smoother.
The major win point for hangouts is that you can have multiple people in the video chat all at the same time and you can also record your hangout or live stream it. A great example of using this would be if you knew a few other bloggers and wanted to chat together for a brainstorm, but fancied recording it for later instead of taking notes. You could just go back and watch the recorded hangout again whenever you fancied.
Skype
Everyone knows skype these days, so it’s almost not even worth a mention. On the off chance that you’ve been living under a rock it makes the list simply because it’s great. I still think it’s second to google hangouts for me at the moment simply because Hangouts integrates with your normal google/gmail account which most people have anyway.
Many people still rely on Skype though so if you’re doing collaborations with other bloggers then you may need to have skype at the ready to have video calls.
Productivity Tools
Trello
Organisation is a must when it comes to running a successful blog. Trello can allow you to plan every little detail of your blog in a super simple way. Create a board for whatever you want to plan and then create columns within there to break it down further. Lets say you wanted to create a content plan for your blog. You could create a board for your website if you have multiple then create some columns called “Ideas”, “Writing” and “Completed”
Then you can create cards on the ideas column when you come up with some great blog post topics. The card will then be moved along the process depending on where it is throughout your planning stage.
There’s a whole load of uses you can put trello to, so you must check it out if you haven’t.
Oh and did I mention that Trello allows you to give cards deadlines on a calendar. Now you have your own content calendar too. 😉
Google Docs
Free and fantastic. Google docs is like your very own web-based version of the Microsoft office suite, but you don’t have to pay for it and you can access it from anywhere.
All the documents you create can be collaborated on in real time if you have a team of writers working on the same thing.
I love google docs as it ties in well with Google Drive to keep everything in one place and well organised. My main use is for writing out draft content ideas or just general note taking. It has the web app as well as the mobile versions, perfect for on the go working too.
Google Drive
Tying in with Google docs comes Google Drive. Drive is an alternative version of Dropbox, your own cloud storage portal. I think that standard users get around 5gb of free storage space, but it is incredibly cheap to upgrade. Currently I’m paying a couple of pounds a month and have 100gb of online storage space, which I use to store pretty much all my files as a backup and so that I have access to them anywhere in the world.
If you’re a backup junkie, then I would highly recommend Google Drive. The ability to grant other users access to files and restrict them from others is also fantastic.
Wunderlist
Having a to-do list will help you immensely in keeping to deadlines and for your blog. No deadlines can often mean that things don’t get done or just get forgotten about.
Wunderlist lets you create lists of tasks that need to be completed. It really is as simple as that.
The slick user interface makes it one of the best to do apps out there and it just keeps getting better as time goes on.
Hosting
A Small Orange
This is the hosting company that I use for all of my websites now. The cloud VPS option is extremely reasonable and the fact that they allow you to pay on a monthly basis rather than an up front lump sum which can often be quite a hit on the bank account when you’re not really expecting it.
With A Small Orange, I know that I’m paying around £30 every month to get my own hosting space that isn’t going to be overloaded with hundreds of other users on the same server possibly getting themselves blacklisted which in turn will affect mine.
There’s also the ability for me to resell hosting accounts which can be a nice little money maker.
It might just be me but paying out a small amount each month has a hell of a lot less of an impact on my bank account than it does when paying out a couple of hundred pounds every 2nd October for most other hosting companies.
Justhost/Bluehost
Effectively these are both the same company but with different presences. You will find that most other bloggers advertising them as their number 1 recommended choice for hosting, but more often than not they are likely using a much more expensive package than the base shared hosting.
Justhost are the company that I used to use but have moved away from due to the number of files I had uploaded impacting on the load times of my websites. The plan I was on just couldn’t cope with my usage levels. For any other user it will be perfect for running a single text blog on, with few file uploads, but a few years down the line you might start to run into trouble.
Two sides of the coin here are that yes the hosting is cheap, but due to the inability to pay monthly it can be a fair whack on your bank account all at once.
SEO Tools
Long Tail Pro
The keyword research tool that everyone seems to be using and there’s extremely good reason for it. This one was on my radar for years but I could never justify the cost as I was using free alternatives to do the work of keyword research. Only very recently did I make the leap into buying this one and god I’m glad I did.
Long Tail Pro lets you put in a seed keyword and it will not only give you the keyword search volume, competition levels and keyword cost but it will also generate suggestions and ideas of related keywords that you could put to use, potentially finding some absolute goldmines.
There are free tools that do the same job as I said, but many of them have restrictions and really don’t do as much of a leg work for you that this one does. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to start digging into keyword research.
Woorank
Want to audit your website and see where any basic issues lie? Woorank does the job perfectly for you. It’s good for one run of the audit for free before it tries to get you to sign up. Just run through a proxy service and you should be able to bypass the one audit limit.
This audit will tell you the main issues with your websites front page that are causing it to possibly not rank as well as it could if you corrected them.
MySiteAuditor
MySiteAuditor is similar to Woorank in terms of the information that it provides. You need to enter your email address in order to run an audit which possibly might give you a little bit of spam in your inbox, but I think that I’m yet to receive anything.
ProRankTracker
Want to track your ranking position for a number of keywords? ProRankTracker is right up your street.
This tool will allow you to track your website position for a number of terms in multiple search engines and over different regions (.co.uk/.com/etc)
It will automatically crawl the listings every day and generate emails to inform you of any position changes if you request to have an email sent every time. This can become a bit annoying though so I suggest sticking to a weekly summary email, or just logging in when you want to check.
You can also see how a keyword’s position has changed over a certain time period, to track whether you’re going up/down or staying the same.
There you have it. My own personal toolbox of recommended tools for any budding or seasoned blogger looking to increase their blog reach. I would love to hear some of your tools that I may not already know about, so please leave comments below.
Let me know what you think of my list and which tools you found most useful.
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Is there an easy way to add a product box?

Hi all!
I was looking for an easy way to add product boxes to my posts. Something similar to the ones used on Wirecutter. I searched in the old posts but I only found a discussion about API and geo localization, so not very interesting to me. Also, searching the internet the results are mostly about woocommerce and affiliate plugins which pull info from Amazon, and not much about the look & feel.
I'm still tinkering with a local WP install (via XAMPP), so I haven't decided any theme yet, even though the best options seem to be Genesis and Divi. Are there plugins which allow to add these boxes easily with a shortcode, or the only option is to create them from scratch? And in the latter case, any suggestions where to start from? (I know the basics of html and css, just some advices where to look at)
Sorry if this is a very basic question, as said I looked around and I couldn't find any good answer.
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[question] Featured products will not display at all - no matter what i do

I have woocommerce installed with mystile. I'm using shortcode to try to have featured products displayed on the main page of my site. No matter what i do, the short code will not work. I've been googling trying to find an answer and there just isn't one. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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[featured_products per_page="12" columns="3"] [recent_products per_page="12" columns="2"]
This behavior happens no matter which theme i use. I have also imported products manually and with the amazon affiliates wordpress plugin. Neither way seem to work (i thought maybe there was an issue with the amazon plugin, so i manually entered some products..nothing).
Plugins installed: WP eCommerce Amazon Affiliates - Wordpress Plugin WP e-Commerce WooCommerce W3 Total Cache SlideDeck 2 Lite <---- not configured / no sliders in place askimet hello dolly
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