Category Archives: Wordpress
For the past 5 months, Huzzer Magazine has provided you with all articles about WordPress from WordPress news, themes, plugins, tools and tips. There are basically 72 published post that I have specifically made for WordPress communities since I launched Huzzer Magazine on 6th August 2009.
If you are interested in knowing all of the post that I have published, you can head to the archives page through the link below the header.
Good bye 2009. Welcome 2010
After 5 months, Huzzer Magazine has reached to the level that I have not expected as it has grown extensively. The major reason behind this success is due to the support and contribution from the readers and commentators which I really appreciate.
So, before 2009 closes its stage, I would like to share best resources for WordPress blog that you may have missed and hopefully by knowing those resources, you can improve your WordPress further.
Best WordPress Resources are…
If you are looking for screencast software, this post will be handy. Screenr is online screencast software which can help you to produce HD screencast video out of it.
Now, you can have perfect video tutorial for your WordPress blog’s readers.
Tweaking the styling of our WordPress can be hard for us who does not have any programming skills or background. With CommentBits, it let you to have customized styling for your WordPress blog’s comment section.
CommentBits helps you to have better looking and structure of comment section at low cost. Check it out – you will probably love it.
Having testimonial can boost our credibility as a blogger as It will show what others think about us from their experience with us. In this post, I am sharing about testimonial plugin that can help you out to integrate testimonial section into your WordPress blog.
Meebo Bar will help you to integrate social networking sites in more sophisticated way. With Meebo Bar, it will integrate the Mashable’s “Drag and Share” feature and footer bar which have social media sites button and chat box by Meebo.
It has just been opened for public download. So, give it a try because I really love it.
It is important for WordPress bloggers especially for those who use their blogs to share knowledge and skills to have FAQ system. It is because rather have to wait for blog post t solve their problem, your readers can simply use the FAQ system to help them to get some assistance.
This post will share what plugin you can use to set up your very own FAQ system in your WordPress blog.
Tips on the process that you can use to find and get hundreds dollar sponsorship for your blog contest. Therefore, you can make the process of organizing contest easy; it will also make it more attractive for your readers.
Hacks on how you can tweak your WordPress blog to make it to be more appealing for your readers and make the monetization process of your WordPress blog to be more effective. Sometimes it is hard of doing something without knowing proper methods right?
If that is the case, this article can be handy for you.
Sometimes, among us have spent a lot of money on advertising campaign but unfortunately, the results i.e. the incoming traffics can be dreadful. This article can help you by giving you the idea on what may have gone wrong and what is actually to hold an advertising campaign for our WordPress blog.
Perfect timing in publishing article for our WordPress blog can play a crucial role in getting huge traffics and buzz in the social media sites. This article is base on the method that I’m using at the moment in knowing roughly what the busiest period which is the best time to publish our article within one particular day .
Logo is the most important tool for our WordPress blog’s branding. Without having suitable logo, the process can be slow and maybe ineffective. The article is being made base on my observation on top blog’s logo such Shoemoney, JohnChow and Problogger.
Getting fresh and new idea for our WordPress blog is important to ensure that our blog can, not only maintain the current readers but attract new readers. This post will give you the guidance on how to get fresh idea for your WordPress article that everybody will love.
What is your say?
Which post that you think the best article so far? Do you other article that I have published in your mind?
Feel free to share thoughts and opinion. I am eager to know more about it.
Couple weeks before, I have shared with all of you about how can you have Mashable’s ‘drag and share’ feature in your WordPress blog. In case you have missed the post, below link can be handy for you.
For your information, the developer behind Mashable’s ‘drag and share’ feature is Meebo.
What is Meebo?
In case you have no clue at all what Meebo actually is, basically Meebo lets users gather their friends on a single buddy list where they can talk and share content in real-time across different IM platforms, communities, and traditional social networks.
Previously, Meebo’s main focus is providing online chatting platform for major chatting services such as Yahoo Messenger, Gmail and MSN. For you information, there are about 100 million people sharing over 6 billion messages and 75 million links every month through Meebo which have made Meebo as Web’s fastest growing social media companies.
Meebo Bar – Latest Awesome Tool from Meebo
This tool has been put into testing in Mashable in since early September this year which since then it is not opened for public use yet. However, this tool has just recently opened for public use.
By installing this tool into our WordPress blog, your readers can easily share your blog post by dragging any pictures in the blog post.
Unfortunately, Meebo Bar only allows you to drag blog post’s picture and share it to limited sites which are Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! Updates and Email. There is no option which allows you to other social media sites such as Digg, Del.ic.ous or Reddit.
What Else Meebo Bar Offers?
Besides the “Drag and Share” feature, Meebo Bar also offers two other features. It will definitely make your WordPress blog as a great place for your readers to gain new knowledge and interact with you and other readers with the same interests.
Along the ‘Drag and Share’ feature, Meebo Bar also comes with footer bar which will always appear in your WordPress blog regardless your readers scroll up or down your WordPress blog’s page.
With this bar, it complements the weakness the ‘drag and share’ feature. You can add the button of StumbleUpon, Digg, Flickr and YouTube which your readers can make full use of them. You can also add your Facebook Fan Page in the footer bar which makes the interactions between you and your fans easier.
Meebo Bar also integrate its chatting service into the footer bar. With the chatting service in the footer bar, you and your readers can chat with friends and the best thing is you can use the ‘drag and share’ feature with it. Users just need to drag blog post’s image into the pop up chat box if you want to share blog post with their readers.
What do you think?
When the first time I heard about Meebo bar is open to public, I straight away installed it into Huzzer Magazine as I find it great.
How about you? Are you feel the same thing or have the opposite view? It would be great to know your opinions from your own point of view.
I am eager to know your feedback.
P/s it would be great if you can add me as your Meebo’s friends so that we can be closer and interact in better ways. Plus, what do you think with Huzzer Magazine’s new footer bar?
By having and just simply looking at our WordPress blog’s traffic statistics will not bring any value to us. The things after having and looking at the statistics are the one that are important. If not, it is simply a waste of our time which we can use for better purposes.
Where Are Your Traffics Heading?
Rather just knowing from where your visitors come from and to where there heading to, it is crucial to know what area of your WordPress blog that most of traffics are attracted to. By knowing this, you can restructure your blog so that the area that has low exposure can get enough exposure that it deserves.
This can be done by installing script that will inform you in graphics which area has more traffic as compared to others. The area that has more traffic will be in red as it will be blue if it has low traffics.
What are the tools that you can use?
There are two tools that you can use for your WordPress blog – free and paid tools.
For the free clicks heat map tool, you can use ClickHeat. This tool is an open source tool and launched under GPL licence.
With ClickHeat, there is option that you can choose from that let you view the clicks heat map base on your needs and interests.
However, if you want better tools that have more features and better interface, you can give a try on Crazy Egg.
Due to the fact that it provides more advanced features, Crazy Egg will charge you on monthly basis. The cheapest plan is at $9/month that entitle you to track up to 10000 visits per month. The rate will get higher base on the visits that you get for you WordPress blog.
Which one suits you?
Personally, I think the free tool is good enough for WordPress bloggers who so not heavily monetize their blog. It is because it still can give you the rough image on the area that most of your traffics focus on.
However, if you have WordPress blog that mainly focus on selling products and want to convert most of your leads to customers, Crazy Egg is a great tool and the money spent will definitely give positive returns.
What do you think?
What do you think? Will clicks heat map help us to improve our WordPress blog? It would be great if you can share your thoughts and experience if you have tried one of these tools.
Comment is definitely an important element that will determine success of WordPress blog. Interactions between blog authors and readers are essential as this is what blog is all about. If not, it will simply a normal website.
Appreciate your commentators
Without our commentators, we will definitely feel that the time we have spent on our WordPress blog is a waste and start to feel demotivate to keep blogging. Therefore, it would be great idea to at least say ‘Thank You’ to our commentators after they left their comments for our WordPress blog post.
By saying ‘Thank You’, I am sure that we will not lose anything but will get more loyal readers and followers. It is because if I’m the commentators, I will definitely feel happy and being appreciated by the blog authors for the comment that I have left if the author says ‘Thank You’ to me.
Comment Redirect is the answer
There is plugin that let you to redirect your commentators after they hit the “Submit” button in the comment section. With this plugin, you can redirect your commentators to any page of your choice.
With this feature, you can use the plugin to redirect your commentators to your own ‘Thank You’ page. Therefore, rather losing them right after they leave the comments, you can use the “Thank You” page to show your appreciation to them and use the chance to convert them from one time visitors to loyal blog readers.
Creativity is the key
Besides thanking them, you can also use the “Thank You” page to promote other posts by categorizing them under “Most Popular Post”, “Related Post” or “Most Recent Post”. With this, you can ensure them to stick longer and give exposure to other blog post especially the good one.
For me, this method will work well and better as compared to the plugin that will send “Thank You” email to your commentators as through this method, you can show your appreciation straight away and use it as a tool to retain and let the commentators enjoy your WordPress longer.
What you should do now?
If you are interested with this plugin, you may find below links to be handy:
After you have downloaded and activated the plugin, you have to its setting page. From there, you can select the redirect page you want to use from the list of pages that you have created before. Then, you are good to go.
What do you think?
Appreciating your commentators is definitely a good way to convert one time visitors to loyal blog readers. So, what do you think about this plugin? Will it works great for our WordPress blog?
And have you used it before? It would be great if you can share your experience with us.
Alongside Facebook, Twitter has become increasingly and ridiculously popular and gains a lot of users. This is definitely good news for us as WordPress bloggers as we do not have to rely only Google to gain massive incoming traffics.
Social networking sites V Google?
We can now rely more on social networking sites as we can easily gather friends and fans that have same interest and would love to keep supporting us. Rather just reading our blog post, I am definitely sure that they would not mind to help us to promote our post if the post deserves to be shared with others.
Through this, we can diversify our source of traffics and reduce the risk that we have to face by relying too much on Google for example to be too focussed on SEO and improving pagerank at the expense of, for example the quality of our WordPress blog contents.
Here are your bullets…
Realising the importance of Twitter in the success of WordPress blog, I would love to share must-have Twitter Plugins and Tools for WordPress blog.
With these tool and plugins, hopefully they will help you to effectively integrate Twitter with your WordPress blog, improve your interactions with your fans and followers and make use at the fullest the potential that Twitter has for your WordPress blog.
Tweetmeme is a digg-like site which let you to share your blog post and for others to retweet it. The site will record how many ‘digg’ your blog post get.
Tweetmeme also provides you plugin that let you to place retweet button i.e. Tweetmeme in your WordPress blog.
Tweetable Twitter let you to update and manage your Twitter profile from your WordPress blog’s dashboard. Rather tjust let you to only tweet your latest blog post and update your Twitter, you can also display your latest tweets and number of followers in the sidebar.
With this plugin, it let you to add another extra field in your comment form for the commentators to enter in their Twitter ID. This plugin is actually an improved version of WP Twitip ID plus the WordPress plugin no longer supported by its developer.
Sometimes interactions related to our blog post do not only happen in our comment section. It can be also happened in Twitter. Therefore, this plugin will help you to bring the interactions in Twitter right back to your comment section as it brings tweets about your post as comments.
This plugin has been developed to compliment the TweetBacks plugin. With this plugin, it will add two new widgets to your WordPress blog – “Most Tweeted Post” and “Recently Tweeted Post”.
However, to let this plugin works, you have to install the TweetBacks plugin first.
This plugin let you to add Twitter-like reply icon for your readers to reply on any comments on your comments section. Their replied comments will then, have @user id – exactly the same with Twitter.
This plugin integrates Twitter avatars in the comment section of your WordPress blog. Rather just only use Gravatar, this plugin let your commentators to use their Twitter profile picture in the comment section.
This plugin will definitely help you to promote your readers involvement in Twitter with you.
This tool let you to know who are the persons that you have followed but not following back and user that have followed you but you are not following back. You can also check out the growth of Twitter users and couples of interesting statistics.
With this Twitter tool, it can help you to find others in Twitter within your niche and industry as WeFollow groups out Twitter users into different categories base on their interests. The informations about the interest are being gathered during registration – therefore the categorization can be considered accurate.
Twitterless tells you who stops following you and graphs your follower history over time, making this info available in a variety of useful views. You can also filter your followers by keywords in their description, sort them by a variety of attributes, and search for terms in their tweet history.
With Qwitter, it will inform you if there are Twitter users that have stopped following you. With this tool, you can then look to the matter in depth especially the reason why they have stopped follow you.
Nearby Tweets let you keep up to date with the latest tweets that have been sent by Twitter users around your area by integrating Google Maps and Twitter.
Therefore, rather just focussing on online networking, you can get more serious in building your network through the conventional networking such as through meet up with Nearby Tweets’ help.
Sometimes, Twitter users that we are following not exactly a Twitter user as after using after a while, couple of users will abandon their account and will hardly use Twitter. Therefore, to keep us update with the actual status of our friends, Twitoria can help us to check who are the Twitter users have never tweeted or hardly tweeted.
Then, we can take necessary action from there.
How about you?
Do you have any WordPress Twitter plugins or tools that you would like to add? In case you have tried any of the plugins and tools that I have mentioned above, it would be great you can share your experience and opinions.
And you can keep up to date with what is going on with Huzzer Magazine through Twitter. Follow Us.
Holding contest for our WordPress can be a brilliant idea especially for a newly developed blog as it can help to build strong foundation made from huge followers and loyal readers. It is because by having only good content for out WordPress blogs, it will not necessarily guarantee you huge incoming traffics.
Sweetener For Your Blogs
You need to have something to attract your prospective readers before you can retain and convert them into your loyal followers. This is the part which contest plays its role.
Realising the importance of contest for WordPress blog, I had previously hold a contest which I considered a huge success. You can have give it a look through below link:
However, by only holding contest without prizes that will match the efforts that your readers will put on, there are high chance that your contest will fail miserably. Unfortunately, in ensuring such thing will not happen, it can cost us a lot especially those who just started blogging.
Sponsorship For Contest
One of the ways that you can take in helping you to have great contest for your WordPress blog is by looking for sponsors for your contest instead of you are the one who will bear the cost of having the contest.
Rather just focussing on cash prizes, you can look for sponsors that will provide sponsorships in terms of advertisement spots, online products such as web hosting, sponsored tweets, eBook, discount coupons and WordPress themes.
Hundreds Dollar Sponsorship
However, you should know 3 methods in getting sponsors for your WordPress blog contest as without it, you will find it hard to get even one sponsored prize.
The methods that I’m going to share are proven to work as I had successfully used them in the contest that I previously held in Huzzer Magazine. I managed to get sponsorship worth more than $700 although on the date I launched the contest, Huzzer Magazine is only merely 2 months old.
Here are the 3 method that will help you to get sponsors for your WordPress blog’s contest:
If you are an active member in the forum which specifically for the market that your WordPress blog is in, try to create a new thread asking others to sponsor the contest that you are going to launch. In the post, try to briefly elaborate what actually your WordPress blog is all about and how will the contest runs.
Do not make the details to be too long – try to make it as brief as possible as it will help to send your message easier and faster. It will ensure that other forum members who are your prospective sponsors not get irritated with your long winded ‘brief’ elaboration.
Usually, through this method, you can easily get sponsorship in terms of advertisement spots especially the 125×125 ad spots and in certain cases, eBook from couple forum members. It is because rather remain idle, it is better for them to use the chance as their free promotion tool and possibly get free back links.
# You can also pitch your request directly to popular and active forum members. Sometimes, they don’t have such great amount of time to contact you to show their interest although they don’t mind to throw couple sponsorships for your contest.
Contact form + email
Another method is you can directly contact persons or companies through the contact form in their sites or by emailing them. The critical element of the success of this method is you must ensure that there are possibilities that they will get interested in sponsoring your contest especially if they are within or related to your niche.
The easiest way that you can get the list of persons or companies is by looking at the contests that had been held by other sites and check out their sponsors.
The approach that you should us should be the same with the first method which give brief overview on your sites and your contest.
# Usually this type of sponsorships wants only reputation and their brand all over the market i.e. indirect return. They hardly ask for direct return such as want certain amount of sales through the contest page in our blog.
The last method that you could use is by stating that you are looking for sponsors for the contest of your WordPress blog. It can be done at the same page which you announced about the contest or by creating specific banner which you put in your WordPress blog for example in the sidebar.
Through this method, those who are interested in your contest and visited the contest page may want to sponsor your contest if they feel the contest will go further and therefore help them to promote their site.
# It is important to clearly state our intention and put it at area that others can easily notify. This method will not work well if your intention is well-blended with the contest page’s contents.
What You Should Write?
In order to make it easier for you to pitch your request for sponsorships, below template can be handy for you. This template is created by Corey Freeman who have helped to improvise my original ‘brief note’.
My name is Helmi and I blog over at Huzzer Magazine – Making WordPress Seem Easy. It’s a blog that focuses on articles all about WordPress.
Anyways, I’m planning on holding a contest on my blog to generate some buzz and promote interactivity between others in my niche. With that idea in mind, I’d really appreciate some sponsors. In return, you’ll get some backlinks and some information about yourself and your website on the contest page.
I have to be honest…I don’t have massive amounts of traffic. However, I’m hoping that this contest will bring more exposure to my blog, and by extension, to yours as well. Something is better than nothing, right? And hey – relevant backlinks!
So if you have a request, please reply to this thread or PM me. I seriously appreciate your help and support!
What Else You Should Know?
The key of success in getting sponsorship for your contest is do not feel that you are too small to get huge sponsorships from huge sites and companies. There are a lot of success people who would love to help and have others to be at their side.
Plus, do not easily get demotivated by others who ridicule your efforts.
How About You?
Are you ready get huge sponsorship for contest? What do you think on the above 3 methods? Will it work well as what they did for my contest? And do you have other tips to share?
Share your thoughts and opinion in the comment section below. It would be great to have constructive ideas and discussions with you.
WordPress has now bec0me a platform that suits everybody. It can be the platform for blogging, internet marketing, online business, online classifieds site and even for conventional business which want internet presence via their own online portfolio site.
How could this happen?
This is happening due to the huge communities that keep supporting WordPress by not only using it but also have actively developed plugins and themes for the WordPress which bring WordPress to the position that it is at, at the moment.
Due to the active development, it has changed WordPress rather just be a simple blogging platform, it is a platform for everyone.
How about photographer?
So, for today post, I would like to share list of WordPress themes (free and premium) that will transform WordPress to a site for those who would like to showcase their photo collections to the online communities.
The themes that I am going to share has been developed with the support of WordPress plugins which have made process of showcasing our photo to be swift, user friendly and can bring huge impact to those who are viewing.
Although there are a lot of themes that suits the purpose i.e. showcasing out photos and artwork, I only select few (free and premium WordPress themes) out of the bunch as not every photo WordPress themes have the quality and give good value for our money especially if it is a premium WordPress theme.
I am going to share with you the list of free photo WordPress themes first and then follow with list of premium photo WordPress themes.
Free Photo WordPress Themes
Premium Photo WordPress Themes
Photo + Blog
What is your take?
What do you think about the photo WordPress themes that I have compiled above? Which one do you think have the greatest design and structure?
And which one would you choose – free or premium themes?
Feel free to share your opinions and suggestions. Cheers!
Online portfolio site is definitely crucial for the success of freelancers as that is the best way to showcase our portfolio to our prospective customers.
By creating portfolio site using WordPress; it will definitely make the process of making the site faster and easier. It is because WordPress users are ‘blessed’ with huge collection of WordPress themes.
By the way, if you have missed my previous blog post, I have shared with Huzzer Magazine’s readers 7 WordPress portfolio themes that you may be interested with.
You can check it out through below link:
Theme Forest – Home of Great WordPress Portfolio Themes
If you are looking for WordPress portfolio themes, Theme Forest is definitely the best place you should try. It is because it has the biggest collection of WordPress portfolio themes.
The best part of Theme Forest you should know is it offers great WordPress portfolio themes at cheaper price as compared to other premium WordPress themes developed by others. The price of the WordPress portfolio themes that are being offered are within the range of only $10 to $45.
WordPress Portfolio Themes You Should Know
So, I would like to share 12 best WordPress portfolio themes for freelancers that you can find in Theme Forest:
SOFA – One Page Portfolio
Clean Modern Simple
How about you?
Have you purchase any theme from Theme Forest before? What do you think? Or do you think that is there any WordPress theme developers that have created better WordPress portfolio themes?
It would be great if you can share it with us in Huzzer Magazine.
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