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WordPress and Feedburner: A Great Match

FeedBurner Flame (© FeedBurner, Inc.)How does Feedburner help you get your blog posts out there and in the hands of interested people?

Here are some suggestions:

Publicize

Headline Animator: Create and customize an animated banner that cycles through your feed’s five most recent items. It’s an easy way to promote your content anywhere you can place a snippet of HTML.

BuzzBoost: Do you maintain more than one blog, site, or podcast? BuzzBoost helps you cross-promote your content by repurposing your feed as go-anywhere HTML.

Optimize

Enhance and extend your feed with FeedBurner’s array of services.

FeedFlare™

Build “interactivity” into the content you create, making it simple for subscribers to tag, email or share their content with others.
Give your subscribers easy ways to email, tag, share, and act on the content you publish by including as many or few of the services listed below. FeedFlare places a simple footer at the bottom of each content item, helping you to distribute, inform and create a community around your content.

SmartFeed

Reach the widest possible audience while publishing a single feed on your blog or site. Translates your feed on-the-fly into a format (RSS or Atom) compatible with your visitors’ feed reader application.

BuzzBoost

Have feed, will travel. BuzzBoost republishes your burned feed’s content as go-anywhere HTML. Want to promote your blog on another site you manage? BuzzBoost gives you a snippet of JavaScript you can paste into your page templates.

Email Subscriptions

Give your biggest fans another way to keep up with your blog or podcast feed by placing an email subscription form on your site.

PingShot

Most web-based feed reading services will check for updates on their own time. Give ’em a push with PingShot.

Analyze

FeedBurner Stats is our analytics offering for blogs, Web sites podcasts and feeds of all kinds. The service is free with every FeedBurner feed and provides publishers with a comprehensive view of their audience.

Monetize

Earn revenue by displaying relevant text and image ads using AdSense for feeds.

Configure Ads

Activate Google AdSense for feeds and choose options that control how these ads display in your feed.

“Troubleshootize”

It’s true, some good feeds go bad. Learn how to diagnose and solve the most common problems FeedBurner encounters when working with your original feed. The best part? We also notify you about any issues we discover using our FeedMedic and PodMedic reporting services.

Oh Dear, What Kind of Trouble?

Troubleshootize contains general tips and a couple of quick-fixes to try with any malfunctioning feed. And yeah, we’re sticking with this tab title. For now.

Fouled-Up Feeds, and Quick Ways to Fix ‘Em

The most common problems that affect your FeedBurner feed are:

The trouble: Your FeedBurner feed isn’t up-to-date with your Original Feed.

The fix: Try pinging FeedBurner using our Ping page. This action tells FeedBurner to go check your feed for updates immediately.

The trouble: Invalid characters or XML markup in content items, often introduced by composing your posts in Microsoft Word
or embedding JavaScript code in a post.

The fix: Check your feeds for validity problems: Original Feed Validity, FeedBurner Feed Validity. See if any errors are reported,
Then, check out this help topic for removing unwanted characters from your posts if mysterious characters seem to be to blame.

The trouble: Connection timeouts between FeedBurner and the web server that hosts your original feed. If FeedBurner can’t
reach your Original Feed for any reason, we will report it as a FeedMedic item here on Troubleshootize.

The fix: Try a ping once your website service has been restored.

The trouble: For podcasters, the web server hosting your audio does not report the correct content MIME type for your
podcast files; FeedBurner doesn’t create podcast enclosures for these files.

The fix: Make sure your web server is configured to return “audio/mpeg” as a MIME type for your audio files (or whatever the
appropriate type for your podcast media may be). This confirmation may require some help from your hosting provider if you
do not manage your own web server.

The trouble: Your Original Feed is too doggone big! FeedBurner does not process feeds that are larger than 512K. Remember,
your feed is an update on your content — not an archive for it — and you should use your publishing tools’ controls to make sure
your feed doesn’t grow like kudzu possessed.

The fix: Follow this help topic to control feed file size with Blogger; other publishing tools have similar controls.

The Nuclear Option: “Resyncing” your feed:

As a last resort with a regular feed or a podcast, you can resync your feed. You should only resync if your feed is more than 1 hour out-of-date and pinging FeedBurner does not update it or your podcast files are not being turned into enclosures by our SmartCast service.

WordPress Tip: How to create a hyperlinked reference to a Wikipedia article in a blog post or page

WordPress Tip: Now available – a plugin that simply and easily submits your blog posts to Ezinearticles.com

I like EzineArticles.com so much...If you submit articles to ezinearticles.com, then you will appreciate this new feature. They have created a WordPress plugin that submits your blog posts directly to their site.

First released in late March, it’s been tweaked to perfection and ready to use.

Click on this link plugin_howto to get complete instructions on how to set this up on your site.  If you run into any trouble, contact me directly at 800-921-4812

How to post-date your WordPress blog posts

Step 1: Complete your blogpost adding SEO, categories, and tags

Step 2: Go to the “Publish” area over to the right of your title field

Step 3:  Go to the “Publish Immediately” choice  and click “Edit”.

Step 4: A date and time option will open where you can choose any future date and time that you wish to have your blog post published.

View the how-to YouTube video here:

Happy blogging.

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WordPress: 10 Best Plugins for Ecommerce

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Plug Life

Plugins

There are some cool WordPress plugins for ecommerce that can make your online business effortless. Using the plugins you can boost your ecommerce in a jiffy and that even without spending a hill of beans.

There are a number of revolutionary plugins that can help you in selling anything from digital products to content to arts. To aid your business efforts we had already provided more than a dozen of ecommerce application.

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This time we have a well-researched list of 10 best WordPress plugin for ecommerce.

1. eShop

It is an accessible shopping cart plugin for WordPress packed with sophisticated features. eShop uses WordPress pages, or posts, to create products. There are various methods available for listing the products. Various methods available for listing products. It allows you to download data and upload downloadable products. The basic statics and sales data provided by the plugin is quite handy. The Admin has access to an order handling section. It sends automatic emails on successful purchase. The emails templates are user configurable. Various discounts options are also available.
eShop offers a number of payments options that include- Authorize.net, Paypal, Payson, eProcessingNetwork, Webtopay and Cash/Cheque. What’s more it offers several shipping options.

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2. Shopp Requirement Check

This plugin has been designed to ensure that the web hosting environment has the technologies to support Shopp. Shopp was a much needed ecommerce plugin solution for WordPress. It provides an online commerce platform that can easily handle larger online store operations without any complexity. For any small online shop owner it’s a great asset. The plugin is simple to use and focuses on balanced, efficient, and stable feature set to provide best ecommerce experience. Further it also extends the powerful flexibility and adaptability required by developers and designers. It offers advanced Thickbox product image galleries with smooth transition

Some of the key features in Shopp include

  • SEO shopping pages with pretty-url permalink support, product and category names in the page title, and more
  • Dynamic categories that highlights new product additions, featured products, on-sale products and bestselling products
  • Product RSS feeds for every category (including dynamic categories) enhanced for Google Bas
  • Run time-limited promotions like price discounts, free shipping or even buy 1 get 1 free support
  • Easy to set up multiple shipping methods with an intelligently simplified shipping rate manager
  • Options for payment through credit cards easily and securely
  • Offsite checkout through PayPal Express and/or Google Checkout

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3. WP e-Commerce

This sophisticated plugin for WordPress is a simple and easy to use fully featured shopping cart application that can be used to sell your products, services and fees online. It is a Web 2.0 application designed to offer usability, presentation and aesthetics. WP e-Commerce could be a one stop shop for those dealing with bands & record Labels, clothing companies, crafters & artists, books, DVDs & MP3 files.

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4. WP osCommerce

WPosCommerce or the WP.osC  plugin for WordPress is a modified version of the popular ecommerce solution osCommerce. WP.osC allows you to integrate osCommerce with existing WordPress website.
The plugin displays latest products, random products, top 10 best sellers all on your WordPress blog post page. It adds a dynamic widget in your blogs sidebar to display the products.

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5. Quick Shop

QuickShop supports any WordPress that has the Sidebar Widgets installed. Quick shop adds the SideBar widget that shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to remove the items. There is a TinyMCE button that allows you to add products to your posts/pages. It offers two widgets – Paypal and other for custom solution. It features both Paypal Subscription and Donation tags. Users can create different product options in a drop-down. It features an inventory listing tied in to TinyMCE and a full range of formating for widget layout in Quickshop. In addition, it provides a checkout page.

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6. flshow Manager

This WordPress plugin for ecommerce could be a handy solution for sites developed with static flash galleries, headers, menus and intros. In such case, it is hard to determine which parts of the site can be changed within WordPress, and which cannot be changed. flshow Manager has been designed to manage the  fantabulous flShow Photo Carousel within the comfort of WordPress dashboard. The carousel offers an excellent platform to display the products of eCommerce with attractive header. Else you can simply show off your photography portfolio.

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7. WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart

Paypal is one of the most widely used ecommerce applications. This WordPress plugin allows you to add an Add to Cart button on any post or page.  The shopping cart is displayed on any post or page or side bar easily. In the shopping cart users can see what they currently have in the cart. It also allows the to remove any item from the cart, if required.

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8.   Are Paypal

It’s a unique WordPress plugin that allows monitizing WordPress blog content using Paypal. That’s a cool way of making money by selling your knowledge. It allows you to set the Post/Page to contain hidden content. To visitor willing to view the content has to perform a given task provided in a message.The content might be set as hidden for unregistered users and visible for registered. In a similar way the content can be set as hidden for unregistered-unpayed users and visible for registered-paid users. The search engines will only see the visible content. The administrator can grant the users access to content for certain payment. These features can be configured using the administrative screens. The plugin uses Paypal IPN – Instant Payment Notification protocol to offer a fully automated payment/content delivery.


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9. WP Auctions

It’s one of the most innovative ecommerce plugins for WordPress that allows users to host auctions on their blog or website without any expenditure. It doesn’t require listing fees, seller fees, final value fees, gallery fees or any other type of fee for anything you wanna sell online. Once the auctions is listed, user can register your plugin with the WP Auctions Live page and generate some traffic for your website. Some of its exclusive features include uploading multiple images for each auction; selling items only on Buy It Now basis; RSS feed for your auctions and shows 3rd party ads when there are no auctions. It’s only payment option is PayPal.

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10.  ArtPal

It’s a free ecommerce WOrdPress plugin for artists who wanna sell their work online. It allows easy PayPal integration with just the address. Artpal offers real time sales updates as soon as the item sells and disables it so that it’s not sold twice. ArtPal gets more powerful with support from businesses mean business. It’s Digital Sublimity offers commercial support ensuring that the critical application will stay up and running when its needed.