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Vladimir Prelovac has published “WordPress Optimization Guide” which is is a collection of useful tips and tutorials on how to speed up your WordPress site. If you ever experienced slow WordPress admin panel, “MySQL server has gone away” message, pages taking forever to load or you want to prepare your site for a major increase in traffic (for example Digg front page) this is the guide for you. The followings are the main points of the article.

1. Check the Connection
2. Check your (Vista) System
3. Check the Plugins
4. Check your Theme
5. Optimize Database Tables
6. Turn off Post Revisions
7. Implement Caching (WordPress Cache, MySQL Optimization, PHP Opcode Cache)
8. “MySQL server has gone away” workaround
9. Fixing posting not possible problem
10. Other reasons for slow posting

Source: WordPress Optimization Guide

Most bloggers love their RSS readers. Not only that, but they also love to gain new RSS readers. It is such a joy when you wake up one day and see that your Feedburner count jumped by 200 or 300, right?

Those days are quite rare though, and most people seem to have a hard time gaining even a small number of new RSS subscribers consistently. Is there anything you can do about it? Any way to efficiently attract more RSS subscribers?

Sure there is. Many people wrote about this topic in the past, but DailyBlogTips wanted to give his take on the issue too. He wrote “50 Simple Ways to Gain RSS Subscribers” as they were coming to his head, as briefly as possible. Apparently, Blog Perfume are doing most of the them now. Therefore, we have successfully gained over 2500 readers in the past months.

Source: 50 Simple Ways to Gain RSS Subscribers

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

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

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

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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Most of the blogger are using WordPress as their blogging platform. I recommend WordPress to all people who would like to start blogging, because it is so powerful but easy to use. WordPress themes are premade designs that can be installed seamlessly and effortlessly to any site.

Elegant WordPress Themes provides WordPress themes of quality and integrity. They craft their themes with a goal of simplicity and professionalism, and strive to inject each design with a dose modest elegance. Each of their WordPress themes come widget readt and coded in valid XHTML 1.0 transitional and CSS. Every theme is made in compliance with the latest version of WordPress, and are compatible with Firefox 3.0, Internet Explorer 6/7, Safari, Opera, and Netscape.

You can have a look at the gallery page which contains all of the themes you can use after joining the Elegant WordPress Themes membership. Each theme comes with a unique set of features, click “feature” to view a list, and click “preview” to see a live demo of the theme. You get downloadable access to all of their themes immediately, as well as all themes released during 1 year following your purchase after you sign up! It is only $19.95 per year. Do not miss the chance and join now today!

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They do provide support for all themes as well. If you have experienced any problems with the themes, you can contact them immediately for a quick fix.

Want To Start a Website – Choose WordPress Hosting

Starting a website is for the inexperienced person an almost impossible task. Understanding coding in html, ASP or PHP can seem like climbing the Chinese wall, even for the accustomed Internet user. And as a natural result of a high demand with little know-how, web hosting companies have stepped in to assist beginner website builders in creating professional and good looking websites. But even so, there are far too many terms and available options for the inexperienced not to feel confused. However, with wordpress hosting all you need to do is choose a web host, register a domain and the host will take care of the rest.

The Misconception of Blogs

We are talking about the prospect and benefits of starting a blog. A general misconception is however that a blog isn’t a real website, only fit for people like Perez Hilton to use as a daily online dairy. This is of course not an accurate observation. A blog is a simplified CMS, content management system used by most dynamic websites today, allowing the webmaster to login and easily administer the website from a user-friendly control panel. Getting a blog is the best way to get started if you do not know so much about developing websites. It will give you a proper website and a platform from which you can control web design, content, settings and additional features.

What does a WordPress Host do?

A WordPress host is simply a web host that offers free tools to help you install a blog. WordPress is, if you don’t know already, the most popular and used blog developer with a unique control panel and management system, adapted to the beginner user. The 5-minute installation that is advertised by WordPress can however be quite tricky, seeing as you have to create a MySQL database and edit the config.php-file, and letting someone else handling this is advised. That’s hence where your WordPress web host enters the picture. With one click and a few steps the host will install the WordPress blog for you – in less than 5 minutes.

Don’t even think about it anymore. Trust us – if you want to start a website but lack knowledge, time and money to set one up yourself – choose this hosting type. If you want a website to easily manage, with the aspect of choosing between hundreds of design templates, adding video and image slideshow content, banners, your own header/logo, pages, posts and so on. Choose this type website hosting.

Beautiful Blog Designs

When it comes to online publishing, most of us are firm believers of the same old rule – Content is king. We’d like to argue a point that, even with the greatest blog that constantly pumps great contents, it’s not to overlook the importance of interface design. This includes overall color matching, the typography, attractive logo, proper text and paragraph alignment, clear navigation, etc. Another way to look at things is when you put an image and a row of text side by side, image is where the eyeballs are while the text plays a supporting role.

HongKiat has spent weeks going through hundreds and hundreds of blogs in the blogosphere, looking for blogs with nice and interesting design. They marked down those with great interface, graphically beautiful, unique personalities and styles. Here they bring you – 100 Nice and Beautiful Blog Design. You might learn something or perhaps inspired by these designs. Full list after jump and get prepared to scroll.

Source: 100 Nice and Beautiful Blog Design

Your company has decided to launch a blog, and you’re the lucky blogger. Maybe you’ve even asked for this pleasure, suggested it to the boss yourself. Only now, you have to deliver, and you have to stay consistent. It’s not always easy to keep up a steady blogging pace, and there are days when you might run into a roadblock or two that might keep you from delivering on your schedule. I am sure a sample blogging workflow will definitely help you.

Here are some ideas on how to build and maintain a steady blogging rhythm, be it for your personal blog or your business blog. Chris Brogan has covered goals, tasks, tools, and some bonus secrets for blogging

Source: A Sample Blogging Workflow

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