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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! 🙂

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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!

    WP online counter

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting the update to this plugin! When I first used it, you had to go create the table in your database manually! Now, the plug in takes care of that for us, and it even has a widget capability! When you’re selling advertisement space on your blog, it’s handy to have your stats visable like this.

    Learn more about the WP online counter here.

    Do follow

    Since most of my clients use blogging to bring targeted traffic to their sites, allowing your commenter’s external links to be followed by search engine spiders is important. This plug in gets rid of the “no follow” command for external links that is built into WP. If you’re using your blog to market your business, this plug in is a MUST HAVE.