It's no secret. We live in a digital age that is becoming more and more visual. People like to scan articles rather than reading. Content is king, but unless that content contains pictures? It's quickly passed over. We see daily the growth that platforms like Pinterest are experiencing and many of us are noticing that our stats reflect that growth. When my incoming traffic made the switch from mostly Google searches to mostly Pinterest clickthroughs I knew it was time to change something. Is it time for you too?
If you have recipes on your blog and you're not using a plugin that automatically formats your data so it can be picked up by Google Recipe Search and others, you're missing out. These plugins optimize your recipes for SEO and for Rich Pins on Pinterest! Trust me, you want to use them! Below are some of the most popular recipe card plugins for WordPress. They are all highly rated and create beautiful recipe cards for your blog posts. These recipes can be printed without printing the whole post which is a feature I love cause I cook a lot and I find most of my recipes online!
As Bloggers we know, commenters are few and far between these days, and let's face it, so are return visitors. When we get comments, we get excited and often reply to those lovely people. But do they know we've replied? Most of the time no. If you took the time to comment, maybe asking a question, on someone's blog and never heard a word, would you return to see if they answered? Probably not. Building community and engaging an audience that returns again and again doesn't just happen. That's why third party commenting systems that allow real engagement and easy threaded commenting with
You've worked hard on your blog. You would be so sad if something happened and you lost your content or design. There are lots of WordPress backup plugins out there, but how do you know which one to use or what it backs up? What Should You Backup? Content WordPress stores your content in a database. All your post and page titles, content, categories, tags, SEO info, etc are all in one place. Databases aren't accessible via your control panel's file manager or by FTP. But, they are hackable and therefore vulnerable and should be backed up regularly.
You've written a beautiful piece and you've got some pretty good attention grabbing quotes, but getting people to share your content has always been the hurdle. You have social sharing icons, sure, but people are lazy and they're not going to click to share an article. They will, however, share a really good quote or thought provoking message, especially if you make it easy. For a while now some of my favorite bloggers have been using a tool called Click to Tweet. It's a great concept... you create a catchy phrase or sentence, visit clicktotweet.com and put in your message and the link you want to
Every so often I find a plugin that completely revolutionizes certain sites. One of my recent finds was a custom search plugin for WordPress, known as Swiftype. Swiftype actually creates a custom search engine for your site. When you set it up, you give the tool some time to index all your posts. After that, it automatically indexes every post you write. When readers use your search bar they start typing and Swiftype starts suggesting posts! What's even cooler is you can login at Swiftype, type in a search querey and rearrange the results. This way if you know your apple pie recipe should be the