WordAds – It’s Time to Make Money from WordPress.com Blogs

WordPress.com  (a free blogging platform) users are making money since long through different Ad agencies or by serving affiliate links. Advertisement platforms like Google Adsense are there to start with by placing the ad code through widgets. So the big news is not that WordPress.com users can now start making money but the big news is that they are going to have a unique and native advertisement platforms probably with more dedicated ads related to their blog. Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has launched an advertisement platform named “WordAds” in partnership with Federated Media. Right now, they are accepting the application from WordPress.com users to enroll their blog for ad placement. How WordAds is going to be different from Google Adsense According to the release note from Automattic, around 50,000 new blogs are created on each day and blogs are different from the normal websites on web. They are actually or should be thoughts and expressions or views about something and they should be treated differently than normal websites (corporate, shopping, applications etc.). Google Adsense serve relevant ads on blog or normal website but it doesn’t differentiate between these two. As per the release note, it seems that Federated Media and Automattic are planning to serve ads related to blogging or views about the topic of your blog. We will have to wait for the first serve of WordAds on a WordPress.com blog. WordAds and Adsense – Both on Single Blog? WordPress.com users can insert Google Adsense ads in their theme template using Widgets as they don’t get access to edit the theme file. And WordAds are optional service which they can choose to have on their site as well. So I don’t think Automattic company is going to restrict earning from WordAds only. That means you can use WordAds and Google Adsense both on single blog after getting approval for WordAds. How to Get for WordAds on WordPress.com Blog? If you are having a WordPress.com blog with custom domain and if the blog is visible to public, then you can apply for WordAds from this page. Here you need to login with your WordPress.com user-id and password and then choose the blog that you want to enroll for WordAds. Then you need to provide few details about the blog, for example the niche of the blog, current traffic etc. Then WordPress.com team will review your request and will notify you about the approval status. WordAds approval depends on the level of traffic, language of the blog, niche (topic) of the blog and user engagement. WordAds – WordPress Plugin Currently the announcement is only for WordPress.com users. Self hosted WordPress users will have to wait to see if the...

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3 Ways to Add Google+ Profile Widget on WordPress Blog

New social networking platform Google+ is getting popularity day by day. Many of us are already using this awesome platform and increasing the circle. Features like Hangout, Notification on search engine homepage, Spark and much more are really good in Google+. Even Facebook and Twitter are facing the heat and they are planning to come up with new features to compete with this new kid from search engine giant. Recently Facebook launched the video chat feature in collaboration with Skype to compete with Google+ hangout but early reviews are showing Google+ hangout quality much better than Facebook video chat application. Anyway, if you are using Google+ and own a WordPress blog and want to increase the followers, then you should try embedding the Google+ profile widget in sidebar of the blog. This way you status updates and shared links will reach to more and more users and will help you in spreading the content of the blog to maximum people. There is no official update from Google about releasing a widget for blogs but there are few WordPress plugins and online service to add the profile widget in blog for free. Here are few of them that I tested on few test blogs. 1. GoogleCard WordPress Plugin It add a simple box in sidebar or any other widget enabled area of the WordPress template. Once you will activate the plugin from dashboard, you can see a new widget option in widget area of the blog. Drag and drop that option named “GoogleCard” to the widget area and provide the Google+ profile ID of your account. You can find the profile ID (21 digit number) in your Google+ profile URL. For example my profile ID is 101186485812857061482 where my Google+ Profile URL is “https://plus.google.com/101186485812857061482”. 2. Scriptrr Google+ Profile Widget Plugin This is more advanced and option rich plugin for the same purpose. Apart from “Add to Circle” option, it also shows the social networking links available on your Google+ profile. It also shows the details about you that you have entered on about page of Google+ account. You can hide the social media links from the Widget area. Here also you just need to drag and drop the widget of this plugin to widget area on WordPress dashboard. 3. Google Plus Widget This is a web service and not a plugin. It can be used on WordPress or any other HTML/PHP Websites. You just need to go to this page and provide your Google+ Profile ID. You can also provide other details to customize the look and feel of the widget. Now click on “Get Code” to get the JavaScript code that you need to paste on theme template or...

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Google Webmaster Tools Showing WordPress Update Notification

Google has started notifying webmasters about updating the software platform they are using. For example, if you are using older version of WordPress for your blog then you may receive notification in Google Webmaster Tools message section saying that you should update WordPress to latest available version. This initiative from Google will help webmasters in keeping their backend up to date and secured. Actually the updated version of software comes with security fixes and other enhancements. Features and newly added options are not critical but the security fixes are. That’s why it is really important to keep the updated software platform for your website. This is true for blogs, e-commerce sites and other application based websites or CMS. What I received from Google in Webmaster Tools is as below, Dear site owner or webmaster of http://clickonf5.com/, Your site appears to be running an older version of WordPress. Google recommends that you update to the latest release. Older or unpatched software may be vulnerable to hacking or malware that can hurt your users. To download the latest release, visit the WordPress download page. If you have any additional questions about why you are receiving this message, Google has provided more background information in a blog post about this subject. Best wishes, Google Search Quality Team This message came for one of my other site which is not very active. The above message contains link to WordPress download page and the blog post by Google about this initiative. Here is the screencast of my Google Webmaster Tools where you can see the WordPress Update...

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WordPress Installation via SimpleScripts

Popular web hosting service providers like Hostmonster, Bluehost etc. gives you cPanel where you can find SimpleScripts service icon to install application platforms in few clicks only. That way you save time in manually creating databases, FTP etc. for installation of applications. This is true for WordPress installation as well where you need to create database and then FTP files to the server. If WordPress setup is not able to create wp-config.php then in that case you will have to create the same manually. But if you are having SimpleScripts on cPanel, you don’t need to do these things as SimpleScripts will take care of everything. For WordPress installation through SimpleScripts on hosting servers, you need to select WordPress from the list of available applications under SimpleScripts. Then select the domain name from dropdown where you want the WordPress installation. You can set the blog name and authorization like User ID and Password before installation of WordPress. Once you will click on “Install”, the automated process will run and complete the installation within few seconds. You can open the WordPress dashboard and the homepage with default theme just after the complete installation. Your blog is ready to go. You can start writing blog posts using the dashboard panel. I recommend to install few important plugins like All in One SEO, WP Super Cache, XML Sitemap Generator, Contact Form 7 etc. You can change the theme of your blog and have free or premium theme for the same. Whatever customization you want to do, you can do that using FTP or automated process available on WordPress Dashboard. Here is the screencast that I created while installing WordPress for one of my blog using SimpleScripts avaialble on cPanel on...

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Authorship Markup rel=”author” tag coming with WordPress 3.2 in Twenty Ten, Twenty Eleven Themes and Core

Google has announced that they are going to support authorship markup i.e. rel=”author” tag in website’s html. It will be a way to tell the search engine about the author of the content. Based on the data, Google can organize the author’s content in their index system and let people browse that from search results. Google is also going to use this data in finding out the originality of the content. You can add this rel=”author” tag in WordPress theme template to showcase the author’s page. WordPress team has also started working on this task to add the tag by default in Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven themes. These two themes are the default theme of WordPress. Twenty Eleven is coming with WordPress 3.2 where you will also see the Twenty Ten theme. WordPress is also going to add this tag in core files so that users can use the same in other themes. You can find the ticket on WordPress Trac for this task. It is still not clear whether this authorship markup is going to help in recovering from Google Panda update, but still it will be a good practice to add this markup in html. Are you a frequent guest blogger? If you are a frequent guest blogger and write for other websites too, then you should use rel=”me” on the guest blog site and provide the link to your website. Now use rel=”me” on your website’s profile page and provide the URL of the guest post saying that you have written this past as well. This way Google will know that the post was written by you only. Where to add the Markup in Theme? Wherever in the article you are mentioning the author’s name, just add the rel=”author” tag. For posts, the most common template file is single.php file. Try finding “author” in that template file and then you can add the rel tag over there. Now the link attached with the author’s name should go to the page where people can read something about the author and can also find posts written by the same person. The link should be from the same domain...

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