Tips Tuesday and Better Conversion from Site Spring Cleaning

Tips TuesdayHello Happy Site Owners! This week’s tips are full of WordPress plugins and SEO tidbits you certainly want to know about. Plus, as loyal tips readers, I’m going to give you a sneak peek at a big package launch that’s coming soon. Shh, it’s our secret.

Featured

Super post on 5 Ways to De-Clutter Your Website for Better Conversion Rates by Sherice Jacobs on CrazyEgg. The first step is to plan your website backwards, which is exactly what I teach in my WordPress Training Classes because it really does lead to a successful site.

WordPress

The WordPress Beta 2 version is out. In the week since the Beta 1 version, 60 bugs have been found. Expect at least two or three more Beta versions before the final public release sometime in June.

WordPress Plugins

The links below are to the plugin developer’s page, but you can find most if not all of these plugins in the WordPress plugins repository.

Recently Updated
Bad Behavior is a comment spam blocker that I’ve been hearing good things about from users. However, it’s not made to work alone. Best if used in conjunction with Akismet.

Fast and Secure Contact Form has been updated twice since last week’s tips post, and has been updated on a near weekly bases since the release of WordPress 3.3.1. I used this form for a couple of years, but it’s gotten so unstable that I had to switch to Contact Form 7. How about you, are you seeing issues with it?

I really feel for these developers. It has been such a great plugin and easy to use. But, sadly, I may have to remove it from my recommended plugins list at this point.

Plugins to Check Out
Google Reader makes it possible to view what’s on the 80-100 blogs I surf each week to keep up with the website and online marketing industry. Most of those feeds have images that look great on the original blog post but are misaligned in the feed. I use the Align RSS Images plugin to take care of that issue on the BlogAid feed.

The above plugin is great for most blog post images in feeds, but what if you use a featured image? Many times they don’t even show up in the feed. To solve that issue, see this review by Sarah Gooding on WPMU about the a plugin that will let you Add WordPress Featured Images to Your RSS Feed.

SEO

Pat Flynn has a very good take on the recent (and still to come) changes in Google policy toward black-hat link building tactics in his post A Step Towards Ethical Link Building – What Happened and What Now?

Everybody is guessing as to what the new Google algorithm that penalizes for over-optimization really means, including professional SEO folks. Here’s Amanda DeSilvestro’s take, What Does the New Over-Optimization Crack-Down Mean For Your Blog? on Blogging Pro.

There’s one guess about it that is going to be a huge problem for some folks, and that is Google’s crackdown on domains that reference a brand. That’s going to hit folks who have words like Facebook or WordPress in their domains between the eyes.

It takes 2-3 months to see the results of any Google algorithm change. So, expect more posts on this topic over the next month or so.


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