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The WordPress Codex says that “WordPress, straight out of the box, comes ready to embrace search engines“. Well, that may be true … to a certain degree, but there is more than enough work that you’ll need to do after you’ve installed WordPress in order to get it playing nicely with Google (and other search engines).

Nathan Rice has published “The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Theme Search Engine Optimization” which is a list of tips for bloggers that will help them embrace the natural flow of good SEO in the form of a well optimized theme. This guide can’t guarantee you first page rankings, and certainly can’t get you quality links, but it will teach you every step you must take to ensure that you’re site is completely search engine optimized. The post has been divided into the following topics.

  • Generating a sitemap for Google
  • Getting your site indexed by Google
  • Getting Google to index and follow the right stuff
  • Using Keyword-Rich Permalinks
  • Optimizing your  <title></title>
  • Optimizing your header tags
  • Using META descriptions
  • Using META keywords
  • Keyword Density
  • Deep Linking

Source: The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Theme Search Engine Optimization

WPtouch is a complimentary theme installed as a plugin on your WordPress blog or website that will formats your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects. The theme only shows when viewed from an iPhone or iPod touch.

With WPtouch you can customize many aspects of its appearance in the WPtouch admin panel, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site to your iPhone and iPod touch visitors, without modifying a single bit of code on your regular site.

The theme also includes the easy ability for visitors to switch back and forth between the WPtouch view and your site’s regular theme.

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Pricing: Free
Requirements: WordPress 2.1+
Source: http://www.bravenewcode.com/wptouch/

Moderator is a WordPress Plugin and associated desktop application, built using Adobe AIR, that allows you to view and moderate comments from your desktop. Some of the features of this early release of the application include:

  • Viewing unmoderated comments.
  • Dock and system tray notifications of the number of unmoderated comments.
  • Accept, delete, and spam comments from within the desktop client.
  • Close application window, or minimize it to the system tray while running.
  • Shows the Gravatar icons for the user who posted the comment.

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Pricing: Free
Requirements: WordPress 2.6+, Adobe AIR 1.1
Source: http://www.danieldura.com/code/moderator.

Everyone knows that WordPress is one of the most, if not the most, popular blogging systems on the internet today. With its out of the box features, plugins, and great theming community, its no wonder WordPress has been accepted as today’s standard. However, sometimes you just want to add a little more.

It seems the latest fad to hit the WordPress scene is adding thumbnails into a blog post. This is fairly easy to do with some knowledge of custom fields, but can be a little complicated if your client is new to WordPress, or blogging. Function taught us how to create custom write panels with add_meta_box.

WordPress Custom Write Panels

Source: Tutorial: Creating Custom Write Panels in WordPress

WordPress Version 2.0 introduces the concept of Roles. Each Role is allowed to perform a set of tasks called Capabilities. Role Manager Plugin allows you to define and manage multiple subscriber profiles – called Roles and their Capabilities. Also you can create new Roles and Capabilities.

If you use this Plugin to manage your WordPress, Users can belong to only one role and can have individual capabilities assigned to them outside of the context of a role.

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Pricing: Free
Requirements: -
Source: http://www.im-web-gefunden.de/wordpress-plugins/role-manager/

Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008 Report has gone beyond the numbers to deliver insights into bloggers and the state of blogging today. They analyzed the trends and themes of blogging. They surveyed bloggers directly about the role of blogging in their lives, the tools, time, and resources used to produce their blogs, and how blogging has impacted them personally, professionally, and financially.

The majority of bloggers they surveyed currently have advertising on their blogs. Among those with advertising, the mean annual investment in their blog is $1,800, but it’s paying off. The mean annual revenue is $6,000 with $75K+ in revenue for those with 100,000 or more unique visitors per month. Note: median investment and revenue (which is listed below) is significantly lower. They are also earning CPMs on par with large publishers.

Bloggers are sophisticated in using self serve tools for search, display, and affiliate advertising, and are increasingly turning to ad and blog networks. Many bloggers without advertising may consider it when their blogs grow – the inability to set up advertising will not be a factor.

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Source: State of the Blogosphere / 2008

Simple Balance 2.0 – a free, simple WordPress theme with enough options to make it “premium-like”. Simple Balance 2.0 is launched under a new slogan: “More Power. More Style. Your Style!” Why? Because that’s what it has to offer! More control over it’s options, advertising space, layout and color, and with each future update you’ll be able to tweak it more and more to your own style.

Simple Balance 2.0 - Free Simple WordPress Theme

To adjust the settings closer to your needs, Simple Balance 2.0 comes with a clean, informative control panel that becomes available under the “Design” tab as soon as you activate the theme. Here’s a screenshot of the control panel:

Simple Balance 2.0 - Free Simple WordPress Theme

Pricing: Free
Requirements: -
Source: http://blogsessive.com/blogging-tools/simple-balance-free-simple…

Better Comments Manager is an extension of the default WordPress comments manager. It adds two new features to the default WordPress Comments Manager. You can reply to comment from within WordPress Admin Panel. The title says it all, you can reply to every individual comment from within the WordPress Admin so you do not have to go to individual posts to reply to comments.

Also, you can view All Comments based by posts. It simply lets you view all the comments based on a particular post. So if you want to see the reactions for a particular post only then you can simply click the View All link in the Better Comments Manager.

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Pricing: Free
Requirements: WordPress 2.x+
Source: http://techie-buzz.com/wordpress-plugins/better-comments-manager…

Tabbed interfaces are the most common on newspaper type website where they can save a lot of vertical space and make it look less cluttered.

Accordion type tabs were made popular by Apple, who use them for grouping different types of content in a very narrow sidebar. They are particularly useful if you want to have longer tab titles or more tabs that would not otherwise fit into the given horizontal size. Tabbed Widgets can create tabs for you easily. The following are the main features.

  • Use other widgets for the tab content and specify a custom tab title.
  • Make tabs rotate in a set interval so that they become more noticeable and prominent.
  • Set a random start tab on each page load so that all tabbed content gets equal exposure.
  • Make unlimited number of tabbed widgets that can be then used as regular widgets under ‘Design’ > ‘Widgets’.

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Pricing: Free
Requirements: WordPress 2.5+
Source: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tabbed-widgets/

One of the most successful ways to bring in new subscribers to your blog is to give away a bonus when people sign up. If you’re like most people, you haven’t had time to write a great book to give away as a sign-up bonus. Well, Darren has has shown us two very easy ways to get free books to give away on your blog:

  • Create Your Own eBook In 48 Hours With An E-book Template
  • Use someone else’s book that is in the public domain (you’d be amazed how many great books are out there for free!)

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Now you have no excuse NOT to give away a great sign-up bonus for your new subscribers! Set aside some time this week to get this together, and start watching your subscriber numbers climb!

Source: How To Get Free Books To Give Away On Your Blog

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