How to automatically add the same text before or after every post in WordPress

wordpress-logoHave you ever visited a blog and noticed that every post has the same block of text before and/or after the post content? For example, some bloggers include a message asking the reader to subscribe to an email newsletter or share the post they are reading on social media sites.

If you have a block of text that you’d like to display before and/or after the content of each blog post, all you have to do is edit your WordPress theme’s functions.php file and add one or both of the following code snippets at the bottom. This post will tell you how to do that. [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Why won’t Facebook show the photo from my blog posts?

facebook-logoQuestion from Caroline:  I recently made a Facebook page for my “women’s issues” blog and I’m having a problem with it.

Now every time I write a new blog post I paste the link to it in a Facebook status update.

The problem I’m having is sometimes Facebook won’t display the photo from the blog post. All it will display is the title and a short snippet of the text.

Is there something I’m doing wrong? Or is there a trick to getting Facebook to pull in the image from my blog posts?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Review: WordPress Security: Protection from Hackers and Crackers

WordPress SecurityIf you write a blog that runs on the WordPress platform, I don’t have to tell you how important it is to keep your blog safe and secure from hackers.

I’ve written about WordPress security several times in the past, but I’d like to tell you about a great Kindle ebook that explains in detail why hackers want to break into your site, how to prevent it, and how to recover if they ever do.

I’ve been using WordPress for many years, and I thought I knew everything I needed to know about keeping my WordPress blogs safe and secure. I was wrong.

In WordPress Security: Protection from Hackers and Crackers, author Lambert Klein provides tons of information that you can use today to ensure that your blog will remain up and running smoothly for years to come. Among other things, you will learn: [Continue Reading]

Q&A: Can using Bitly to shorten URLs hurt my blog’s Google rankings?

google-logoQuestion from Kevin:  For about a year now I’ve been using Bitly to shorten my blog post URLs before I post them on Twitter because it lets me put more text in my tweets.

Yesterday I heard that using a URL shortener can cause a website to rank lower in the search engines. Is that true? And if it is true how can I get all the shortened links removed from Twitter?

I’m asking because my blog’s Google rankings took a nosedive a few months back. Do you think Google is penalizing my blog for using Bitly?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Blog stats: The differences between Hits, Page Views and Visits

internetMany new bloggers take a look at their blog’s traffic stats and become confused while viewing the stats for “Hits”, “Page Views” and “Visits”.

Even worse, they often become more confused when they see other bloggers/webmasters bragging about how many “hits” their sites receive every month.

If you find all of this traffic terminology confusing as well, I hope to clear it all up for you in this post. [Continue Reading]

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