Archive for August 9, 2006

SEO and web development

I posted some great, informative articles that I found during my morning coffee eMail chores this morning. If you run your own commercial based WP blog, you may find them helpful so I wanted to share! 🙂

CG-PowerPack 1.5.3.1 – PHP Scripts and WordPress Plugins

I just found this, and was impressed because it all came in one package. I will be testing this on a 2.0.4 blog this afternoon, I’ll report back through comments as to how it worked for me. I see most aspects of this package as having a definite marketing advantage, especially to those of us looking to increase their ad sales on commercial sites due to referrer and trafficing information being displayed to potential advertisers.

  • * CG-Amazon
    Live amazon data feeds, product links, wishlist links, keyword lookups, all product types/catalogs, article inlined and sidebars, keyword lookups, admin interface, caching system.
  • * CG-Inline
    Powerful macro system for embedding auto-generated items within your posts/articles. In combination with CG-Amazon, allows for quick insertion of Amazon links/images within a post. Flexible image inlines, for floating/embedded thumbnails or image links. Powerful permalink creation.
  • * CG-Feedread
    RSS/Atom aggregation script, for pulling from other site feeds. Ability to CSS/style sort of like WordPress so it ‘looks like your site’. UTF-8 international feed support. Multi-feed-intermix support. Feed-Refeeding support.
  • * CG-Referrer
    Stats tracking. Referrer list, bot tracking, intra-site tracking, unique user IP tracking. The most comprehensive referral-search/query string breakdown and search/query tracking. Shared Blacklist with CG-AntiSpam for referrer-spam filtering.
  • * CG-AntiSpam
    NEW FOR 1.5: Awesome Comment/Trackback spam fighting toolset, using the shared Blacklist with CG-Referrer, which supplements the built-in WP 1.5 spam combatting tools. Uses a number of new approaches to detecting spam, plus ability to show (and flush) accumulated spam held in the comments database.
  • * CG-WhatTunes
    Tying music player/watcher http POST updates to CG-Amazon, to show the current music you are listening to, the current album cover, and link to Amazon for purchase. Proven with iTunes, WinAmp, and other blogger tools.
  • * CG-Samecat
    Simple script for listing posts within a given category or categories (such as: posts in same category as the one currently being read…).
  • * CG-Related
    User-assisted process for building a table of related posts, and function to list them (sidebar, under post, etc.). Create connections between your posts!
  • * CG-PageName
    NEW FOR 1.5: Allows the [nextpage] tag to have textual page names for article blogs, shown on each page, ability to show text table-of-contents links in sidebar.
  • * CG-PostOrder
    NEW FOR 1.5: Allows fixed post-order on homepage (and others). ‘Sticky’ posts, but with yet another level of order control – have as many ‘Sticky levels’ as needed, or just explicitly number-order the sticky posts. Currently requires minor hack to wp-includes/classes.php to allow proper hooks into the post-retrieval process. (WP 1.5 version STILL IN DEVELOPMENT…)
  • … and associated helper files and functions.

    Some of the above are lacking in documentation – still working on it!

    Also note that many of the scripts are NOT dependent upon WordPress in any way, and can be tweaked to work with any PHP-based website!