35 WordPress SEO Tips to Succeed In Blogging

35 WordPress SEO Tips to Succeed in Blogging
35 WordPress SEO Tips to Succeed in Blogging

In this ever changing field, you can stay ahead of the curve with my WordPress SEO tips designed to provide you with what works to achieve results.

A great way to start the New Year – I heard from a very trusted colleague and want to share these wonderful search engine optimistion tips with you.  Over at www.onblast.com he got in touch to say Hi and Happy New Year.  We’ve not spoken for a wee while and really happy to hear from him and guess what?  Even though it has been longer that it should have been he wanted to share his latest post about WordPress and the secret tips of how to get success with blogging.  I am so grateful to him for sending me this I had to share it with you…ssshh don’t tell him!

So with that being said, welcome to the ultimate resource for WordPress SEO tips this side of a Tibetan monk who understands the mind of Google (I’m fairly certain he doesn’t exist).

WordPress is arguably the best blogging platform in existence, and it provides us with a lot of SEO tools that many of you may not know about.

Of course, there are an abundance of other practices in your structure and content that will also lend to a more optimized website, but we’ll get to all of that in due time.

For now, as the salad said to the dinner: “lettuce begin!”

The Secrets to Successful WordPress SEO (You’re Welcome)

“Optimizing your WordPress site is the first step toward real blogging success” [click to tweet]

It’s hard to believe anyone would give this out for free, but I’m Matt Banner, and although most people know me through my brother Bruce, you know, the big green guy (the Hulk) I’m sporting a brain that’s equally powerful and like him I want to use my power for good.

Hulk

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Here’s what you’re going to learn by the end of this article:

Today’s Roadmap
  • A massive list of the best SEO practices out there
  • WordPress exclusive tips to maximize your blog’s potential
  • A sneak peek at the future of SEO and how you can prepare today
  • Step by step on How to Optimize WordPress with the Yoast Plugin

35 WordPress SEO Tips to Chew On

1) Pay attention how you structure your URL: as you create phenomenal posts, remember that WordPress allows you to tailor the structure of your permalinks (or URL) under the settings > Permalinks. You can utilize a custom structure (my recommendation) or pick something different.

Just know that the shorter, the better (i.e. onblastblog.com/get-more-traffic). You don’t need to fit every single word of your article title in the URL.

2) Install the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin: Of all the plugins out there, this is the one you need for your blog. This will help you keep track of your optimization and allow you to tailor other features of your blog without the need for multiple plugins. Yoast will keep your website clean and on track.

Yoast

3) Add Internal Links: When you’re working on a new post, make sure you link to other relevant ones on your blog to increase the networking structure and keep the other posts in the limelight.

This is one of those blogging best practices you should make a habit of doing when you first start your blogSee what I did there?

4) Optimize Images: This is relatively easy and comes included with WordPress. When you’re uploading and inserting an image on your blog, there are fields to provide an alternate text, caption, and description.

Use them all. These all add to the organic visibility of the image, so don’t forget to use them.

5) Content is for People First: Some bloggers get all caught up in throwing as many keywords into a post as possible, and while having your primary and LSI keywords present is certainly needed to help people understand what you’re talking about, ultimately the usefulness of your content will decide how well it performs in search engine results.

Make it well-written, unique, and above all else, useful for your readers.

6) Generate More Brand Mentions: Brand mentionsHaving your posts linked on other blogs is an important step in building a strong organically-focused blog.

Essentially, they are 3rd party recommendations that scream “What you’re doing is awesome”. That being said, you don’t need links from sites that aren’t in your niche or don’t relate to your topic.

Remember, your goal is ultimately about judging the usefulness of your site for users.

7) PageRank isn’t as Important as You Might Think: The way pages are viewed and ranked by search engines is part of a huge machine like algorithm. It’s been widely noted that using page rank as a ranking factor is no longer recognized.

8) Ensure your Title Tag Contains the Most Important Words: The title tag, which displays on Google and other search engines, shouldn’t just be the company name or the name of your blog. Each title tag should accurately describe what will be on that given page.

Practicing this will better improve your SEO and proudly display the content of the post.

Title tag example

9) Make Your Hyperlinks Keyword Phrases: This is a simple tip, but an important one. If you’re linking to an article about common mistakes bloggers make, don’t just say “click here”, use the phrase so readers know what they’re clicking on.

10) Long-Tail Keyword Phrases Beat Lonely Ones: Long tail keywordsYou can pick and choose keywords like you’re the king or queen of the apple bobbing contest, but the real way to utilize these keywords is by placing them in phrases that are relevant to your topic.

If you’re talking about cooking dessert dishes, then expand on that like so: “Our detailed recipes will help you craft the finest dessert dishes.”

11) From the Beginning, Your Design Should be SEO Focused: Your blogs design, whether it’s done by you or by a web designer, needs to be focused on organic search traffic.

While fancy colors and animations are nice, the search engines are looking at text and image descriptions, they might as well be color blind. Bottom line: Don’t get too cute or too fancy with flash and javascript.

12) Get your Site Indexed: Using a tool like Google Search Console will help you establish a clear connection between your website’s content and the Google search engine.

Navigate to Search Console and submit an XML sitemap to make sure your content is indexed as quickly as possible. You can easily create an XML sitemap with the Yoast plugin I touched on earlier.

13) Structure Your Site With Simplicity: A complicated and disorganized blog isn’t going to get a lot of readers or backlinks.

Don’t go crazy with folders and subfolders. Keep things organized and if people want to look at older posts, make sure that’s easy to do as well.

14) Always, Always Reciprocate: Sourcing other contentNot only is it common courtesy to link & reference other sites that have furthered the topic conversation you’re writing about, but doing so will help build your popularity and improve your authority (so long as they’re quality trusted sites that are applicable to the same topic) in your particular niche.

15) Content Needs to be Unique and of High Quality: You can write about the psychological profile of the common household cat all you want, but if the content isn’t of high quality (meaning no keyword stuffing, or a litany of grammar and punctuation issues) then you’re not going to see the results you want.

Creating content that does both of these things will be infinitely more noticeable to Google.

16) Choose a Single Main Keyword Phrase: Don’t try to create a single post that addresses multiple keyword phrases. Find one that most represents your content and use it sparingly in the post.

Branch off of that keyword with secondary keywords and relevant topics to further expand on the subject matter.

17) Your SEO Must Lead to a Strong CTA (Call to Action): Much like dousing logs in lighter fluid, it’s all for naught if you don’t light a match to ignite the flames. At the end of your posts, you should always leave the reader with something to do.

It could be a sign up for your newsletter, or an invitation to comment. It could also be an opportunity to purchase your products or services. Make sure this is present, and that it’s clear and concise.

18) Never Stop Researching: IdeasAnything involving SEO is only a present solution or tactic.

The landscape of this is always changing. With new updates to Google and Yahoo, the methods by which pages are displayed and ranked is always changing. Staying current on these trends and algorithms is the best way to stay ahead of the curve.

19) The Text Around Your Images Matters: As mentioned earlier, the caption, description and ALT-Text attached to your images helps them rank well in search engines.

What you’re saying when the image appears (the text around it) also matters. SEO is relying more on how things connect and less on specific keywords, so remember to make everything fit together.

20) Your Social Media Presence is Huge: Having your blog posts present on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites goes hand in hand SEO. Installing a social media plugin on your WordPress blog will also allow people to share your posts on their networks, further spreading the influence of your site.

21) Mix-Up the Types of Content on Your Blog: It’s not about text and pictures, you need to get more creative than that. Publish videos, record podcasts, and try new things with your posts. You never want to shatter the style or voice you’ve established, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stretch the types of content you deliver to other forms.

22) Use Clean and Simple Themes: Designed ThemeThink minimal.

The more code that search engines have to search, the harder it’s going to be for your content to stand out.

Use simple themes that are light on coding and run fast. This way your content is found faster and easier by search engines and ultimately by your readers.

23) Create an XML Sitemap: This is essentially a map of your website that Google can use to properly understand what pages you have.

Creating one of these can be done using an SEO plugin, or with other sitemap specific plugins, but regardless of how you do it, this is an essential action that will make your site infinitely more readable for search engines like Google.

24) Don’t Index Every Single Page: All the pages of your blog don’t need to be indexed as some of them are just, well, there. The ones that provide value to readers, the ones with content are the ones that should be viewed by search engines. That being said, if you index your category pages on your blog, consider adding a paragraph or two about what’s in that category.

This adds value to the page, and being that’s a detailed description, it will only show up for that category, this is key because simply placing a post teaser or teasers on the page will still allow that content to appear in other searches.

SEO WordPress Tips for 2015

25) Keep Your WordPress Up to Date: The updates for WordPress that come down the pipeline are important.

They ensure that your security is solid, but they also alter any possible errors or glitches in the coding that could be hurting your SEO ranking. You don’t want anything holding you back, but more than that you don’t want your site getting hacked.

26) Remove Defaults from Your Site: Configure SettingsWhen you’re first developing your WordPress blog, you’re going to see defaults that can hurt your SEO. For example, in the beginning, the posts are categorized.

As mentioned above, you can create category pages with their own unique content and index them for an SEO boost.

In addition to things like that, consider changing default messages like “Hello World!” and others that are put there as placeholders. These look unprofessional on a live website and your readers will recognize them as they stand out from the rest of your blog’s style.

27) When Customizing your URL, Remember Keywords: I mentioned earlier changing the URL from the default setting, but there’s something to be said about customizing them yourself to include the title of your blog post that remains as small and simple as possible.

Focus on the keywords and remove things like “and” “a” and “is” from the permalink.

28) Avoid Duplicate Content by Creating a Static Homepage: Identical content is the bane of any blogger’s existence. When you setup your WordPress site, the default is posting your latest content on the homepage. The problem with this is that showing the content on the homepage and in the respective post creates that dreaded duplicate content.

To fix this, create a page for blog posts and go to the reading settings. Once you’ve done this, choose between latest posts or a static page for the front page displays.

Each article you post should be represented by an excerpt, then double check that the discourage search engines from indexing this site is not selected.

29) Track Your Progress with Google Analytics: Analytics & GrowthUsing an analytics tool such as Google Analytics will help you monitor your progress.

you should always be aware of how well you’re doing, and this is the way.

The results of a tracking program will help you find 404 pages, see how long people stay for, and how much traffic you’re getting from search engines.

All of this information will help you better understand what’s working, and what isn’t. When you finally find that ‘secret sauce’ based on all of your efforts and the results to prove it, then your analytics account should look something like this:

Good Analytics Screenshot

30) Make Sure You’ve Got the Date Right: New and fresh content is great for SEO, but WordPress uses a default UTC time zone when you set it up. If this time zone isn’t correct for your location, your new content may not be noticed by search engines.

When searching for new content, Google check the time set on your WordPress, not the time and date it actually went up.All you have to do to fix this, is head into the settings > General and you’ll see the time zone. If you need help figuring out which time zone is yours, Wikipedia has a handy chart.

Looking Into the Future: How SEO is Evolving (And How You Can Stay Ahead of The Curve)

As time goes on, the way that Google searches changes constantly. In 2013 there were a number of updates for example, some small, and some large.

With each of these updates the SEO landscape changes and we must in turn change with it. While the changes are beneficial and contribute to the overall whole, they are still radical in some aspects. Here are the updates issued in 2013:

Panda #24: First update of the year issued on January 22nd.

Panda #25: This was the last update before the Panda update was added into the core algorithm.

Hummingbird: This was a major update to the core algorithm, modifying semantic search among other SEO tactics in a big way.

Penguin 2.0./2.1: These were both minor updates that didn’t touch the main algorithm.

So, why did I show you a list of oddly named updates? Well, of the five updates, two of them were fairly major. This means that several times per year, the way we understand SEO changes. I know, that seems scary, but you needn’t be afraid.

When it comes down to it, Google is just trying to make their search results the best they can be for users. Speaking of users, don’t forget to use a handful of these WordPress plugins to improve your reader’s experience on the site.

SEO Cycle

Staying ahead of the curve isn’t about reading every last update note (that would help though if you can understand them) it’s about understanding what Google defines as a high-quality website. If you meet these standards, then the search engine is looking for you instead of you looking for it. That’s gotta be a nice confidence boost.

So, with that in mind, here are characteristics of a high-quality site in Google’s eyes:

  • Original, Quality and Correct Content
  • Trustworthy and Credible
  • Nothing biased or one-sided (use perspective)
  • Minimal to zero consumer complaints
  • Content should be comprehensive and thorough

 

A low-quality or unoptimized website has paid links everywhere, way too many ads, and little to no content.

And you know what proves all of this? Your analytics account: The average amount of time a reader stays on your website, how many pages do they visit, etc.

What About the Future?

With time flying past us, we’ll be talking about 2015’s update logs before you know it, but we’ve already seen some big changes coming down the pipeline.

In order to keep you on top of how things are going, I’m going to give you some final tips that will help you stay at the forefront of these constantly changing times.

31) Promote Your Content

Promotional outreachI know, you’re probably thinking that you’ve heard the word “content” enough times to make your ears bleed, but hear me out on this one.

Older SEO resources will tell you that proper structure, keywords, permalinks, site mapping, and so on will be enough, but they’re not anymore. Those things are still important, in fact, they keep you afloat. They don’t, however, elevate you to greatness.

The SEO tips I’ve provided will act as your life jacket in the ocean of the internet, but you’ve got to reach out and grab something to hold onto if you want to take off.

This is done through marketing. When you write your posts, make them unique, powerful, and irresistible. Give people the power to share it with social media plugins, and spread the word! This is one of the best ways you can promote your blog and increase traffic to it.

A post on Quicksprout from Neil Patel stated that 95% of your SEO is attributed to your link profile.

What’s that about?

Essentially it means that you must produce top notch content and market it to your targeted audience, as well as similar websites in your industry.

This will help contribute to building up a link profile that Google approves of, which in return will allow your site to rank higher in the search engine results pages.

32) SEO and Public Relations Are Merging

I know, it’s scary, but this is the way of the future. In a video posted by Matt Cutts of Google fame, he spoke about the importance of integrating PR tactics into your SEO:

“Over time, backlinks will become a little less important. If we could really be able to tell, you know, Danny Sullivan wrote this article…or Vanessa Fox wrote this article, something like that, that would help us understand — okay, this is something that we can tell, 1) it’s an expert, 2) it’s an expert in this particular field.”

In essence, people want to know who is writing these articles. When Google Authorship was still around, these profiles would rank incredibly high, along with Wikipedia pages, and expert news articles.

Suddenly it became about more than the content, it was about who wrote it and what their presence is on the internet. While it may seem hard to grasp, it’s important that going forward, your content is optimized, marketed, and that the author of the post has an equal presence and profile.

33) Google’s Algorithm is Smarter Than You

Blast offYou may be a certified genius, but it means nothing when compared to the might of Google.

In May of 2014 they celebrated 16 years and in those years, numerous changes and modifications to the search algorithm have resulted in one singular truth: you can’t trick Google.

Back in the early days, there were tricks and workarounds that you may still see online, but check the date on those articles, because those things don’t work anymore.

A great example is co-occurrence which is one of the recent developments. This concept allows the search engine to predict how one phrase will spark other ones.

If those phrases are present, the page ranks higher for relevancy. So if I were to say “Mickey Mouse” then other phrases like “Disney World” “Magic Kingdom” and “Minnie Mouse” will relate to that original term.

34) Social Profiles Matter More Now Than Ever

Social

When looking at sheer numbers of search inquires, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have upwards of two billion searches per day.

With all of these incoming searches, SEO is now becoming more social than ever. We always want to market our content, but now we need to market ourselves.

Just like the rise of PR in SEO, people are going to look for your presence on Facebook, Twitter, and so on.

Your persona and your reputation online through these sites will greatly affect the success of your blog.

Obviously you don’t want to be fake, but just like an embarrassing picture can sabotage a job interview, the same principle now applies to your readers. Put your best face online.

35) Future Concept: Entity Salience

A Google Research paper recently mentioned the concept of entity salience. This is some future level stuff but you can prepare for it now and it will pay off in the long run.

Beyond using keywords to determine relevance, this technique uses “entities” on the page, examining the known relationships between them to better understand the content.

Anything that is distinct or well-defined is an “entity.” If the relationship between entities is strong, it adds more relevance to the overall page.

Entity Salience

For example, if we’re writing about HBO, we could go into shows that the channel broadcasts like Game of Thrones, but we could go even further and establish entity salience by mentioning specific characters like Jon Snow or Arya Stark, or Ned Stark, thereby strengthening the relationships between these entities.

Setting Up Your WordPress for Success

Like me, if you’ve ever tried to fully optimize your WordPress blog for success then you would know first hand that you’ve driven yourself crazy trying to figure it out.

“What chu talkin about Matt?”

What I’m talking about is the irritating plugins, themes etc. that get in the way of our optimized WordPress blog.

Here’s a quick step by step tutorial on how to optimize it specifically using Yoast:

Step 1: Descriptions & Titles

Titles & Descriptions

WordPress SEO by Yoast features very useful settings that give you ultimate control over title & descriptions. This applies to all post & page types.

Step 2: Indexation

Indexation

Under “post types” ensure that posts and pages are both left unchecked so they are indexed. There’s no need to keep media indexed, however.

Indexation 2

Categories do not HAVE to be indexed. Deciding whether or not to index your category pages depends on whether you anticipate those pages to rank on search engines.

In addition to that, a category page (like any indexed page) HAS to have unique and valuable content that can’t be found elsewhere.

Meta Settings

Step 3: XML Sitemaps

XML Sitemaps

Please make sure you’re not using any other plugins that handle XML Sitemaps – this can cause confusion for your WordPress.

When you’re excluding post types and taxonomies, only check mark the types of pages you DO NOT want indexed. Performing this step the right way will help you with an optimized XML Sitemap.

Step 4: Permalinks

Permalinks

I would strongly advise you to strip the /category/ off of category URLs. The shorter and more succinct your URLs are, the better.

I would also enforce a trailing slash on all category and tag URLs as well as removing stop words from slugs. Slug is another word for URL.

After configuring the permalinks, your Yoast plugin is all set and optimized for success! Now, on to the meat of this article, my very own WordPress tips for you to keep in your back pocket.

Some Final Thoughts

SEO is always a subject that constantly changes. Just about every tactic sticks around in one form or another, but they always evolve.

Constant changes on a yearly basis can be seen, and things that worked six months ago won’t work now. It’s not something to be afraid of, but it is something to be aware of.

We can prepare for the future by staying abreast of changing elements in SEO and always focusing our content on being unique and high-quality for our readers. If you’re writing for them, you’ll never fail.

Keep these tips in mind, but never let them leave yours. Now that we know how PR is affecting SEO, we can also seek to improve our social media presence as we market our content.

These are all great WordPress SEO tips, so make sure you’re using them all as your make your mark.

It’s a lot to take in, especially the concepts of Entity Salience, but I promise, you’ve got this. Keep this blog bookmarked as we continue exploring the best ways to blog, and as always don’t forget to tell me about your opinions and your SEO tips in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

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Beginner’s Guide on How to Add a Link in WordPress

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Beginner’s Guide on How to Add a Link in WordPress
Last updated on January 8th, 2016 by Editorial Staff

Do you want to add a hyperlink in WordPress? Recently, one of our users asked us how to add a link in WordPress. In this beginner’s guide, we will show you how to add a link in WordPress posts, pages, text widgets, navigation menus, and more.

Since this is a very long and detailed tutorial, please use the navigation below to get to the appropriate section:

How to Add Links in WordPress Posts and Pages

WordPress comes with a user friendly post editor called the Visual Editor.

You can see the visual editor by going to Posts » Add New or by editing an existing post or page.

To create a link, you need to click on the Link button in the visual editor.

Insert link button in WordPress visual editor

When you click on the insert link button, it will bring up a popup window. In the URL field, you will enter the actual hyperlink, and in the link text field you will add the text that will be linked.

Default insert link popup in WordPress post editor

You also have the option to check the box next to ‘Open link in a new tab’ option. This will open the link in a new browser tab. It’s recommended that you use this option if you are linking to an external site.

WordPress also allows you to quickly link to posts and pages that you have published on your own website by using the content search feature.

Simply click on ‘Or link to existing content’ option and WordPress will show you recent content and a search field.

You can search for a post or scroll down to find it from the list. You need to click on the post title to select it and then click on Add or Update Link button.

Link to your existing posts and pages in WordPress

Take a look at our 14 tips for mastering the WordPress visual editor to learn more.

How to Add Links in WordPress Text Widgets

WordPress allows you to add Widgets to your site’s sidebar or other widget ready areas.

Most of these widgets are automated and do not have many options. For example, the recent posts widget will automatically show links to your recent posts.

If you want to add some custom text with links in your sidebar, then you can use the Text Widget.

Text widget allows you to add text and basic HTML inside it.

There are two ways you can add a link into a text widget. First method requires you to write some very basic HTML.

Method 1: Adding a Link in HTML

Creating a link in HTML is very simple. Take a look at the following example.

<a href="http://www.wpbeginner.com">WPBeginner</a>

It will now show WPBeginner linked to wpbeginner.com.

The href tag is where you add the URL. Make sure to add http:// before the domain.

In between the anchor tags, you can add any text that you want to link, in our example WPBeginner.

Here is a screenshot of a text widget with an HTML link inside it.

A text widget in WordPress with an HTML link

Method 2: Using a Plugin

If you don’t want to write HTML, then you can enable visual editor for your text widgets.

You would need to install and activate the Black Studio TinyMCE Widget plugin. If you need help installing a WordPress plugin, then follow our step by step guide to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, simply go to Appearance » Widgets page. You will notice a new widget titled ‘Visual Editor’ under available widgets.

Drag and drop this widget to a sidebar where you want to add your custom text and links. The widget will expand to show a text area with the same Visual Editor as your WordPress posts and pages.

Adding a visual editor widget in WordPress

You can now add links and format your text just like you would do in the post editor.

How to Add Links in WordPress Navigation Menus

Do you want to add links in your site’s navigation menu? WordPress comes with an intuitive menu editor which allows you to create and manage navigation menus on your WordPress site.

Simply go to Appearance » Menus page. If you don’t have a navigation menu setup, then you can create one by entering a menu name.

Creating navigation menus in WordPress

If you already have navigation menus set up, then you can add, edit, or delete links from it.

Take a look at our beginner’s guide on how to add navigation menus in WordPress.

How to Add Title and Nofollow in WordPress Links

Many experts recommend adding a nofollow tag with links pointing to external websites. It improves your SEO score and protects your site’s link juice.

Here is how you can add title and nofollow options to insert link popup in WordPress.

Simply install and activate the Title and Nofollow for Links plugin. Upon activation, the plugin will add title and nofollow options to insert link popup.

Next time you add a link, you will see an insert link popup like this:

Title and nofollow options in insert link popup

Take a look at our guide on how to add title and nofollow to insert link popup in WordPress for more information.

How to Add Link Buttons in WordPress

Want to add a button to your WordPress posts or pages? There are many ways you can do this. You can write your own HTML and CSS for your buttons, or you can try a plugin.

The problem with most plugins is that they want you to use shortcodes to add buttons and links. Adding different parameters to a shortcode is very much like writing HTML.

We have a better solution.

Simply install and activate Forget About Shortcode Buttons plugin. Upon activation, create a new post or edit an existing one.

You will notice a new button in the visual editor menu to insert buttons into your post or page.

Menu button to insert a button into your post

Clicking on the button will bring up a popup where you can customize your button, choose colors, borders, add text, and links while seeing a live preview.

Design your button

For more information and details take a look at our guide on how to add buttons in WordPress without using shortcodes.

How to Add Link Content Cards in WordPress

Have you noticed how Twitter and Facebook automatically display thumbnail images for the links you share? You can make your WordPress site do the same.

WordPress can automatically embed links as content cards for other WordPress powered sites. This functionality was added in WordPress 4.4.

Simply paste a link in the post editor and if the URL is from a WordPress site, then WordPress will automatically embed it.

WordPress Embeds

But if you don’t like WordPress’s implementation of content cards, then you can try Content Cards plugin.

It allows you to whitelist this feature for select few sites, and it uses the Facebook open graph meta data, so it will work on non-WordPress sites as well. See our tutorial on how to add links as content cards in WordPress for details.

How to Add Affiliate Links in WordPress

Do you want to increase your site’s revenue by using affiliate links? Affiliate marketing provides a steady income to many blogs and websites.

All you need to do is add your referral links to products and services that you recommend, and when your visitors purchase these products, you get a commission.

The problem that most beginners face is that each product or website they want to recommend has a different URL. Keeping track of all these URLs is not possible specially if you are recommending multiple products.

The best way to add and manage affiliate links is by using an affiliate management plugin.

Simply install and activate ThirstyAffiliates plugin. Upon activation the plugin will add a new menu item labeled Affiliate Links in your WordPress admin menu.

Click on it to add your affiliate links.

Add and manage affiliate links in WordPress

Once you are done, you will be able to easily insert affiliate links into your posts and pages by clicking on the add affiliate link button.

Insert affiliate link in WordPress posts and pages

For detailed instructions take a look at our guide on how to add affiliate links in WordPress with ThirstyAffiliates.

You may also want to read this article about: Top affiliate marketing mistake you need to avoid.

How to Add an External Link Icon in WordPress

Many sites like Wikipedia, adds an icon next to links for external websites. The purpose of this icon is to tell users that clicking on the link will take them to a third-party website.

Here is how you can do an external link icon on your WordPress site.

First, install and activate the External Links plugin. Upon activation, simply go to Settings » External Links page to configure plugin settings.

add icon to indicate external links in WordPress

You need to check the box next to ‘Mark outbound links with an icon’ and save your settings. You can now visit your website, and you will see an icon next to all external links on your website.

Icon indicating external links

For detailed instructions, take a look at our guide on how to add an external link icon on your WordPress site.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you learn how to add a link in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to fix most common image issues in WordPress.

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8 Best WordPress Form Builder Plugins 2016 Reviewed (Free & Paid) – 85ideas.com

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8 Best WordPress Form Builder Plugins 2016 Reviewed (Free & Paid) by Nitish Singh

We look at some of the best WordPress form builder currently available. With a ton of advanced features from payment integrations optin, lead capture and more.

Forms are the part of any website, and it constitutes as the gateway between the readers the webmasters. Well-designed forms always play a significant role in any website and provides the right aesthetics. On the other hand, forms also represent an important signal to the visitors of the website. The forms act as a clue to the visitors that the webmaster is open for conversation or suggestion. Incorporating a form is easy, all with the help of WordPress Form Builder. Today, we will go through the best WordPress Form Builder out there on the WordPress plugin market. The Best WordPress form builder, we are trying to cover can be free or paid (or a mix of both, where some features are locked for the paid version).

As a webmaster, you need a form that works wonders with site functionality and also provide esthetics.

Choosing the right form builder can change the scope of your website and bring the necessary call to action for different stakeholders including the visitors of the website. Also, forms are a great source of feedback. From the revenue point of view, the website can grab the attention of the advertiser and bring more traction to site revenue.

Best WordPress Form Builder

Let’s start with the best WordPress Form Builder List.

  1. Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms Form Builder

There is no doubt in my mind that Gravity Forms have made it to the number one WordPress Form Builder plugin. According to the official site, the plugin has been installed and used by more than One million websites all over the world. The statistics are generated from one of the leading ranking websites, Alexa, and the number itself speaks for the plugin.

The Gravity Forms come with a custom visual builder that will help you to build fast and beautiful forms in a matter of minutes. Other features include standard and advanced fields, limiting entries and schedule forms and more.

Pricing of Gravity Forms is slightly tricky. You can easily build basic forms with the free version, but if you want advanced features, the paid version starts for $39 for one year, followed by business license and developer license. You can check this page for detailed pricing schemes.

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  1. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 Plugin

Looking for a form builder that is free and awesome? Then, contact form 7 is for you. The plugin is completely free and has already topped 18 million downloads from the WordPress official repository.

The form builder comes with tons of features including CAPTCHA, Ajax-powered submitting, Akismet spam filtering (so that the website doesn’t get spammed). The form builder can also be used to create multiple forms, which are extremely customizable.

Fiddling with the form code is easy and forms can also be modified with the help of the code editor.

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  1. Formidable Forms

Formidable Forms Plugin

Looking for a simple drag and drop form builder? Look no further than Formidable Forms that can be used to create forms quickly and efficiently.

The form builder falls in the category of advanced form builder as it supports database querying perfect for reports, retrievals, and display. The forms built using the plugin can be used anywhere, including posts, widgets or sidebar.

The Formidable Forms Pro can be bought for only $47 and includes tons of advanced features such as MailChimp, Signature, and PayPal Integration.

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  1. Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms Plugins

The name itself speaks for the form builder. Ninja Forms are one of the best form plugin available in the WordPress marketplace. The plugin offers easy-to-use drag and drop interface with options to create forms that support emails, captcha, and Ajax.

The plugin can be used to create multiple forms and the free version brings a lot of value to the webmasters. Additional features include styling and layout options, anti-spam fields, customizable fields, re-usable fields, import and export options, from preview and Ajax.

If you are a WordPress Developer, then you can further enhance the plugin using the form building framework. This clearly showcases how powerful the plugin is.

Like any other plugins available, Ninja Forms also available in paid version. The paid version lets the users integrate PDF form submission, PayPal, Mail Chimp and more.

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  1. JetPack

Jetpack WordPress Plugin

JetPack is a popular plugin, hosted and maintained by WordPress. The plugin offers tons of modules, and one of the modules that bring beautiful forms on the front desk is the contact form module.

The contact form module can be used to create flexible and powerful plugins for your website. All the basic form fields are supported by the plugin, which includes, drop buttons, name, email address, and check boxes.

To get started, download Jet Pack and activate the contact form module. Simple and elegant.

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  1. Fast Secure Contact Form

Fast Secure Contact Form

Fast Secure Contact Form can create powerful and elegant WordPress forms in a matter of minutes. It is also one of the popular form builders on the WordPress plugin Marketplace.

Fast Secure Contact Form is easy to use with the option to create multiple forms at the same time. Furthermore, the plugin also helps to modify confirmation emails and protect the websites from spam using the Akismet Spam Plugin.

With this plugin, you can create simple to advanced forms using fields such as date, time, name, comment, checkbox and more. The forms can be easily integrated into any part of the site using the shortcode generated by the plugin.

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  1. GuiForm

GuiForm WordPress Plugin

GuiForm offers a great form building capacity free of cost. The forms that are created using the GuiForm are flexible and good to look at.

Forms can be created fast and easy with the help of GuiForms integrated drag and drop form builder. The form builder is intuitive and helps you build forms pretty fast. The form builder also supports basic fields and some advanced fields such as attachment uploads (Great for building recruiting forms/feedback forms).

The forms created using the plugin are responsive and customizable using the color setting available in the form builder. Furthermore, it also supports changing of email notification and tons of other changeable options such as time and date of submission, IP address, and OS.

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  1. QuForm

Quform WordPress Form Builder

Looking to build complex forms? Then, QuForm can help you with the creation. The form supports everything from the simple to the complex entity. And all of this can be done without touching any code. The form builder is powerful enough to let the user create forms that have tons of advanced fields with great customizability options.

QuForm premium version lets you take more control of the form with drag and drop interface and other features such as extensive styling options, 15 element types and more.

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Wrap Up

Finding the best WordPress Form Builder is a tough task, keeping the fact in mind that there are tons of WordPress plugins that help you to build forms. The above list will surely cut down your search, and you will be creating forms in a matter of minutes.

Any WordPress form builder that worked for you and is not listed above? Comment below!

Source: 8 Best WordPress Form Builder Plugins 2016 Reviewed (Free & Paid) – 85ideas.com

Beginner’s Guide to Using Rich Snippets in WordPress

Not sure what are rich snippets, and why you should use it on your WordPress site?
Not sure what are rich snippets, and why you should use it on your WordPress site?

Do you want to add rich snippets on your WordPress site? Not sure what are rich snippets, and why you should use it on your WordPress site? Rich snippets allow you to have custom search listings for special content such as reviews, recipes, events, etc. In this article, we will show you how to use rich snippets on your WordPress site.

Why You Should Use Rich Snippets on Your WordPress Site?

Rich snippets provide site owners another way to communicate with search engines. Structured data allows search engines to see different types of content on your site, and use rich snippets to show additional information in the search results.

A recipe in search results with rich snippets data

This additional information in search results make your listing more noticeable in search, which means more organic traffic for your site.

It also helps you build authority in your niche, as your site becomes more visible in the search.

Rich snippets are not just for reviews or recipes. You can use rich snippets for events, products, people, video, music, apps, articles, blog posts, etc.

Now that you know how beneficial rich snippets can be, let’s take a look at how to add rich snippets in WordPress.

We will show two methods: manually adding rich snippets in WordPress as well as using a rich snippets WordPress plugin.

Adding Rich Snippets in WordPress Using a Plugin

Maintaining rich snippets manually can be difficult even for the most experienced site owners. Luckily, there are several WordPress plugins that will make it super easy for you to add rich snippets in your WordPress posts.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets plugin. Upon activation simply click on the Rich Snippets menu icon in the sidebar to continue.

All in One Schema.org supported content types

You will be able to see different content types that you can create with the plugin. The list includes:

  • Item Review
  • Events
  • Person
  • Product
  • Recipe
  • SoftwareApp
  • Video
  • Article

Clicking on any content type will show you the fields that will be available when a user is writing a post/page or any custom post type.

Now you need to create a new post or edit an existing one. Just below the post editor, you will see a new meta box labeled Configure Rich Snippet. Inside, you will see a drop down menu where you can select content type for the post you are working on.

Choose a content type to add rich snippets to a WordPress post

Selecting a content type will display the rich snippet fields you need to fill. In the screenshot below, we selected the article content type, and it showed us article name, author, short description, and article image fields.

Rich snippets for article content type

You can change it to recipe, event, or whatever content type you are creating and then fill in the fields. You are not required to add all fields but some of the fields are required by Google to display rich snippets.

Don’t forget to save your post to store the rich snippets data.

Adding Rich Snippets Manually in WordPress

Rich snippets or structured data markup can be written into three different vocabularies. These vocabularies are microdata, RDFa, and JSON-LD. You can use any of them on your site. However, most beginners find RDFa to be more beginner friendly.

Here is an example of a user’s about page in WordPress. Normally the text of the page will look something like this:

John Smith rich snippet post

 

 

 

 

 

This can be easily transformed with rich snippets. If you are familiar with HTML, then you can easily understand the following example:

Rich snippet image 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

For each content type there are some special properties that need to be defined. Schema.org is the organization that helps maintain the standard for different content types. You will find extensive documentation with examples for eachcontent type on their website.

Here is another example of a recipe with rich snippets.

Rich snippet image 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are manually adding rich snippets into your WordPress posts, then you will need to use Text editor so that you can write the required markup. You may also need to refer to Google’s Developer resource on structured data to understand which properties are required for a content type.

Testing Your Rich Snippets

Google and other search engines may not immediately pickup your rich snippets or show it in search results. How do you know that you are using rich snippets correctly on your site?

You need to simply visit Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool. You can either paste your markup in the tool box or click on the Fetch URL link to enter a URL. Click on the Validate button and the tool will review your markup.

Testing your rich snippet markup

We hope this article helped you learn how to use rich snippets on your WordPress site. You may also want to checkout our list of the 9 best WordPress SEO plugins and tools that you should use.

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Two weeks ago, Neil Patel published a list of 11 tools and services every blogger should use to make their journey “a bit easier and more successsful.” In his post, Neil shares tools that will help you with your writing, building links, and getting better understanding on what works for your blog.

Today, I want to share with you 9 WordPress plugins and one tool that will help your blog posts, almost magically, get more clicks, more shares and higher conversion rates.

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