Wordpress Plugin: Social Bookmarks

Warner Todd Huston of Publius Forum just installed the Social Bookmarks plugin on his blog so I decided I would go ahead and post about it in case anyone else was interested.

The Social Bookmarks plugin for Wordpress is one of my favorite plugins and I use it on a good 50% of the blogs I run. Basically, the plugin places image links to all the major social networking sites at the bottom of every post or page of your blog. This allows any reader to click the image and submit your story to the social networking sites. It’s a great way to get your stories published on other sites, and if you make it to the front page of one of these sites, you’ll find up to 10,000 visits within a few hours.

You can see the plugin in action here.

Social Bookmarks (formerly known as Social Bar) is a WordPress plugin that adds a list of XHTML compliant graphic links at the end of your posts that allow your visitors to easily submit them in a number of different social bookmarking sites. You can see the plugin in action at the end of the article (just before the comments section). Furthermore, the plugin adds a page in the WordPress admin section that lets you customize it.

This plugin is free and available to all ConservaBloggers.

Using Directories for Backlinks

I belong to a private mailing list that sends out daily tips and hints for search engine optimization. While I find most of the techniques discussed to be morally bankrupt, it’s always fascinating to read what the latest cheats and hacks for search engines are.

Today a quick blurb about directories dropped in and I find it quite intriguing. The e-mail mentioned the use of web directories, such as the famous Site Sift directory, for the purpose of creating backlinks that can boost search engine rankings.

Using web directories for link bait is old news, but I thought Google had taken preventative measures to ensure these kinds of links were devalued in an attempt to cut back on spam? According to this particular e-mail, web directories still play a valuable role in SEO.

I guess black hat SEO is still OK with Google. Shame isn’t it?

8 Tips On Making The Front Page Of Digg

I personally have made it to the front page with two stories, so I understand what the wave of traffic and attention feels like once you’re there. I also now understand what all the fuss is about, thanks to having one of my blogs crash in the middle of the day. The traffic Digg can shoot to any URL should have anyone who tracks this sort of thing drooling on their shoes.

Making the Digg homepage is no easy feat. The community is bulging with new users and user “clubs” that bounce around looking for stories to Digg. You can rest assured knowing that the chances are pretty good you won’t be hitting the front page anytime soon. Unless of course, you find a groove.

How do you find that groove? Well, very few people know the true formula for Digg.com, but there are some proven tips that seem to hold sound logic. One of the best lists of tips I’ve found to date was posted over at SEO Egghead.

Read the list of 8 ways to get your story Dugg.

Conservative Blogosphere Growing

Well, this is the third day in a row that I’ve seen ten or more Google alerts for “new conservative blog” come into my Gmail inbox. The news gets even better! Each one of the alerts actually led to solid blogs being launched in some very Liberal parts of the country.

We’re starting to see a lot of right leaning blog networks come in to play and a lot more opinion writers are getting online. I truly believe that 2008 is going to be covered by the blogosphere in numbers we can’t yet grasp.

Anyone else excited?

Blogger Import Problem

Earlier today it was discovered by one of our bloggers that Wordpress is having issues importing from blogger. Publius Forum attempted an import from his Blogger blog and it looks like Blogger has server issues that cause timeouts when uploading post content into Wordpress. When the posts that did make it to Wordpress finally came in, the archives were completely wrecked and posts were stuffed into months and dates that were not at all anywhere close to accurate.

I haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem, but from what I can find it looks like an XML/Wordpress Script/Blogger Server combination that somehow isn’t working together during the import. I found a comment in Wordpress support that said if you disable your XML/Feed in Blogger before the import you’ll have more luck.

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