Archive for August, 2015

Yoast SEO 2.3 – What’s New in the Popular SEO Plugin?

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Yoast SEO 2.3 (previously named WordPress SEO by Yoast) is probably the best SEO plugins around. It is light, user friendly, and helps you optimize SEO like a boss. All you need to do is just type in the keyword, and do what it says.

A new version called the Yoast SEO 2.3 was launched recently, and I liked it a lot, especially because it made the plugin even more awesome. The annoying meta description in the ‘ all posts’ section was removed. This was a big problem for previewing featured images and it also made the whole entry looked elongated and disgusting. But in Yoast SEO 2.3, you do not have it.

An overview widget is added to the dashboard, so that you could know how many of your posts need SEO. Don’t bother optimizing the very old ones though, it is of no use. Yoast SEO 2.3 will also give you a warning about the default tagline “Just another WordPress site”. It even says that an empty one is much better (seriously).

But this is the most important part of Yoast SEO 2.3. If you had noticed, Google’s Webmaster tools was recently renamed to ‘Search Console’ and s API was updated. Yoast SEO 2.3 is now completely integrated with Google, and that means better search engine rankings for your posts.

There are even better options for this plugin if you upgrade to premium, but if you put the basic version to good use, you can score some amazing results. Don’t leave any field empty, because that would cost you a lot.

The remaining parts of the Yoast SEO 2.3 are the same. The premium version also allows you to redirect broken URLs and, they will be marked as ‘fixed’ in the Search Console. Try out the plugin, and let us know your experience in the comment below.

Thanks for reading btw. 🙂

Broaded.net – Get Unlimited Traffic Without Search Engines

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

When it comes to blogging the main goal of bloggers is to find all possible ways to get more traffic to his blog or website. To achieve this most crucial goal, we spend a lot of our time in doing SEO and blog promotion through social media. Though search engines and Social media are a great source of website traffic, but these require a lot of hard work and time.

What if you get continuous traffic to your blog without search engines and social media? I am not kidding; you can really get traffic to your blog without search engines and social networks with help of Broaded.net.

Broaded.net – Unlimited Traffic Without Search Engines

What Is BROADED.NET?: 

Broaded.net first started by Enstine Muki (a famous blogger and SEO consultant), now owned by Praveen, is a blog promotion network to deliver you much targeted traffic without Google. With Broaded.net you can drive significant amount Google friendly traffic to your blog. This is the website that offers the service of getting good quality traffic to your blog in a Google friendly manner from other blogs without social media or search engines.

How Broaded.Net Works

To receive unlimited traffic from Broaded.net, bloggers will have to download and install a widget on their blogs. Currently widget is available only for WordPress and other platform will be added soon. To better understand the working of Broaded.net just have a look at below illustration. When you will submit your link (blog post/banner link), it will be shown on other blogs (those of other registered members at Broaded.net). You will receive traffic to your blog/banner link whenever visitor from other blogs, click on your links.

GETTING STARTED With Broaded.net

Getting started with Broaded.net is very simple, all you need is to signup a free account on www.broaded.net. As a beginner you will get 100 credits for as signup bonus. You will spend these credits to get clicks or impressions to your blog links. Upon successful sing up log into your account and click on create a campaign. Add your article/banner link and set credits for clicks or impressions. Your campaign will need approved by admin before going live. Once campaign is approved, you’ll start getting traffic.

How To Get Credits

You can get Broaded.net credits in two ways;

  • By installing widget to your blog, you will get credits when your visitors will click on the links inside the widget.
  • Secondly you can also purchase credits as well

Banner Advertising

Broaded.net not only allow you to drive unlimited traffic to your blogs but it also allows you to submit banner links and get clicks on your banners links.

How To Backup Your WordPress Site To Dropbox

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

We bloggers put a lot of hard work to build our blogs or websites and surely don’t ever want to lose all our hard work. But what if something goes wrong with your hosting server? What if some intruder manages to hack your site or your site gets infected by virus? Any one of the above adverse conditions will make it difficult for your to get your site back unless you have a backup. Having a backup can save your from these sort of dangers!

It’s a must for you to backup your WordPress site. Many bloggers and website owners store their site backup on hosting server, which is not a good idea because your hosting server may crash any time. Here are ideal criteria to back up your WordPress site;

  • Ability of backing up both database and files.
  • Maintaining a backup schedule.
  • Keep backups in different places (cloud storage, hard drive etc.).
  • Backup shouldn’t be saved on the same server.
  • Easy to access backups.

While looking for above criteria, Cloud Storage is without doubt the best choice. Now a days, Cloud Storage has become the best solution to store your backup files because it’s reliable, secure and easy to use. There are no of Cloud Storage providers like Dropbox, Amazon S3, iCloud, Box.net etc which allow you to backup your files. In this post, I will talk about how to backup your WordPress site to Dropbox.

Dropbox is a popular cloud storage provider that allows you to store your files and access those files from anywhere. It is a great backup solution for your WordPress site or blog. You will get 2GB of storage for free; however, you can get 16 GB of free storage by referring others. For more storage space, you can upgrade to Dropbox Pro plan for $9.99/month or Dropbox Business plan for $15/month.

How to Backup Your WordPress Site to Dropbox

You can automate the process of backing up your WordPress site with the help of WordPress Plugin. There are plenty of WordPress plugins that allow you backup your website to Dropbox automatically. WordPress Backup to Dropbox is the best plugin that performs an automatic backup of WordPress database (posts, comments etc) and WP-content folders (themes, plugins, images etc). Below are steps to set up this plugin.

a. First Go to Dropbox.com and sing up for free account if you don’t have one.

b. Now login to your WordPress Dashboard. Go to Plugins > Add New and search for ‘WordPress Backup to Dropbox’. Click on ‘Install Now’ button and activate the plugin.

c. Once you’ve activated the plugin, you’ll notice a new menu item named ‘WPB2D’ under your WordPress Dashboard. Hover the cursor over theWPB2Dmenu and click on ‘Backup Setting’.

d. It will prompt you to authorize the plugin with your Dropbox account. Just click on the ‘Authorize’ button.

e. Then a new window will open and Dropbox will ask you to authenticate and grant the plugin access. Click on ‘Allow’ button.

f. Once WordPress Backup to Dropbox Plugin is connected to your Dropbox, it will automatically create backup folder named ‘wpb2d’ to store all backup files.

Now go back to ‘Backup Setting’ and configure setting according to your need.

Store backup in a subfolder of the wpb2d app folder: If you are planning to back up multiple sites in the same Dropbox account, check this box and give a name to the subfolder.

Day and Time: Set the day and time the backup to Dropbox is to be performed. If you are running a large WordPress blog, choose a day like weekend when you get less traffic.

Frequency: Set how often the backup to Dropbox is to be performed. I personally prefer weekly backup. You can choose a daily backup as it only backs up the increments.

Excluded Files and Directories: Select the files and directories that you wish to exclude from your backup. Normally you can exclude ‘wp-admin’ as you can obtain it from WordPress installation. You can also exclude cache folders. Most of the time, they named as wp-content/cache/, wp-content/tmp/, wp-content/w3tc/ etc.

The most important folder is ‘wp-content’ as it contains all your uploads, themes, plugins etc. You shouldn’t exclude it. Click on ‘Save Changes’ and it will show you the Next backup schedule time. Now it’s time to take your first backup. Just click on ‘Backup Monitor’ under ‘WPB2D’ menu. Then click on ‘Start Backup’.

It may take time from several minutes to hours depending on the size of your site. Once the backup is completed, login to your Dropbox account and check the backup.

Other WordPress Plugins To Backup WordPress Site To Dropbox

WPB2D is one of the best WordPress plugins for backing up WordPress site to Dropbox.  However, below are some other plugins that you can try to Backup your WordPress site.

a. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is one best WordPress backup plugins by iThemes. It’s a complete backup solution for your WordPress site. It allows to backup your site to your own hard drive, Dropbox, Stash, Amazon S3, FTP, Rackspace and Email. You can easily connect it to your Dropbox account. BackupBuddy is not free. Prices start at $80 per year for 2 sites, $100 per year for 10 sites, $150 per year for unlimited sites and $297 for lifetime access.

b. BackWPup

BackWPup is free WordPress plugin that schedules complete automatic backup of your WordPress site to Dropbox and other cloud storage services like Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure etc. It creates a backup in .zip so that you can easily restore your WordPress site. It has both free and premium version. The free version includes database backup, WordPress XML export, file backup, optimize and repair database etc.

 c. ManageWP

ManageWP is both a website and plugin to manage and backup your WordPress sites. It allows you to manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard. It also allows you to schedule backup to cloud storage services like Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Drive, and FTP / SFTP. It has both free and premium service. For Dropbox backup, you have to buy the premium plan which will cost you $2.40/month.

d. UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus is another popular WordPress plugin for backup and restoration. It offers complete backup to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others. The best thing about this plugin is Quick restore. You can restore your backups with a single click. It has both free and premium version. For premium version, prices start at $70 for two sites, $95 for 10 sites and $145 for unlimited sites.

e. WordPress Backup & Clone Master

WordPress Backup & Clone Master is a premium plugin for backup, restoration, cloning, and migration. It creates full WordPress backups including database, settings, themes, plugins, and image. It will upload backups to your Dropbox account automatically. This plugin will cost you $32. The price is perfect as it has so many features.