Check out iGloo!

It’s cheaper and as good or better than Leadpages and Clickfunnels plus you can get my BLOGGING UNDERGROUND BONUS!

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Click this this link and get Igloo and you will get my bonus!

http://www.bloggingunderground.com/igloo

If you are like me you have been waiting for the kind of software that could do all the cool stuff that marketers and affiliates like us need – like building amazing sales pages, landing pages, one time offer pages, funnels, optin squeeze pages and such – at a fixed price that doesn’t require a giant expensive monthly commitment like the leading products do.

With iGloo you’ll be able to create killer looking high converting offer pages for anything you want without the hassle or high cost of LeadPages, which in my opinion has it’s share of problems and is hard to use creatively!

You have got to see what iGloo does! It’s a marketers dream!

> See the videos and demo squeeze pages HERE

If you make money from online marketing you absolutely must look at iGloo – especially before the price goes up.

MY BONUS!

If you buy from my link I’d like to give you 3 months of full access to post in the hundreds of blogs in the Blogging Underground network! Just make sure you get it from this link:

http://www.bloggingunderground.com/igloo

Normally 3 months of Blogging Underground would cost $67. per month ($201) but you will get it free when you send me your receipt via the BU SUPPORT DESK after you buy from my link.

iGloo is already worth it – but you also get my bonus so you can get powerful links in the BU Blogs!

That is a NO BRAINER!

Best wishes for your online success!

Jun 16th by Mike L

Have you ever had to move domains from one host to another? Doesn’t that suck?

If you are like me and have a lot of domains which you need to spread out over multiple hosts for the benefits you get by having IP Diversity, you need a hassle free host that will not waste your time with their odd quirky ways.

> WordPress Tuned Web Hosting (it’s hassle free!)

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I am an expert at setting up hosting accounts with lots of different web hosting companies. Some hosts end up being huge time wasters and make me do extra work or even force me to move my domains elsewhere like I am doing now because a host changed their “security settings”.

If you have ever had to move several websites off of a web host you know how frustrating of an experience that is. What a hassle! And unfortunately it happens too often.

Fortunately all hosts are not bad and I do have one “hassle free” host I want to share with you that is a pleasure to work with and has everything we need.

> WordPress Tuned Web Hosting (it’s hassle free!)

The above hosting company shines for shared type hosting. The best thing about them is they never hassle me and my sites have run perfectly with them for years.

I never have problems with that host, unlike some loser hosting companies which will
make me do all kinds of extra work to keep them happy.

Some hosts do sneaky stuff like disabling sites because of what they call “malicious” wordpress plugins (they’re not by the way), or “suspicious activity”, too much traffic or any number of problems they want me to solve to keep them happy.

In some cases I just have to dump the host and move the sites.

There is nothing worse than getting set up on a host and finding out that they don’t want to give us what we need.

If you want to set up inexpensive shared hosting that will not drag you down and waste your time I suggest you check out this link:

> WordPress Tuned Web Hosting (it’s hassle free!)

The package they created for Blogging Underground is just $10.95 a month and has all the features we need.

I’ve been hosting with them for years and can truly say they offer the best shared hosting for WordPress sites! Check out what they offer!

Enjoy the holidays!

Best wishes for your online success!

Dec 10th by Mike L

There have been a few recent headlines about brute force attacks on WordPress sites and I would like to share an excellent free security plugin that will help prevent your blogs from getting attacked!

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The WordPress plugin is called Wordfence and it’s free!

Here at BU we have a lot of blogs and we do NOT disable XML-RPC on our WordPress blogs.

The main reason we don’t worry about XML-RPC being vulnerable is because we have Wordfence installed on all of our WordPress blogs, but also we don’t disable it because we rely on XML-RPC for our Blog Post Utility to post articles from our members.

We also do not disable XML-RPC on our blogs because we often use apps on iPhones and such to do all kinds of things with our sites such as checking comments etc.

XML-RPC attacks and most others for that matter are done in brute force style where people try to guess your login and password to gain access and if you have Wordfence it prevents those attacks by limiting the number of login attempts and page views.

Make sure you have the free Wordfence plugin installed.

It’s an amazing tool for security and has prevented a lot of evil activity by blocking excessive logins, brute force activity and even limiting crawling and indexing by attackers.

Wordfence is free so there is no reason you shouldn’t have it installed on every one of your blogs!

If you have a minute – we suggest reading up on XML-RPC at this excellent article on the Wordfence blog.

> Should You Disable XML-RPC???

Oct 12th by Mike L

If you’re a webmaster and you have a WordPress blog or two (or 20!) you most certainly have experience with comment spam. It sucks, right. Don’t worry – it’s not hopeless – I have a couple of solutions I think you’ll like!

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Turning comments off is a bad solution.

Hey – we need to keep comments open so there are some social signals being sent on our blogs, but geez the people who are spamming comments are ruthless (and stupid).

They just keep hammering away and problems occur. Fortunately I found 2 really simple but effective solutions for out of control comments on WordPress blogs that you must take a look at if you want to save time and keep your sanity.

1. Delete Comments By Status – Delete all comments by selecting the comment status from your WordPress admin.

This free Delete Comments By Status plugin is so simple and effective it makes me feel warm all over!

Simply install it and never again have to waste time deleting thousands of comments 10 or 20 at a time (repetitive stress anyone?).

Now all you do is select Delete pending comments and boom they are suddenly all gone!

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I wish I would have found this earlier. I’ve wasted more than my share of time deleting comments page after page.

2. Math Comment Spam Protection – Asks the visitor making the comment to answer a simple math question. This is intended to prove that the visitor is a human being and not a spam robot. Example of such question: What is the sum of 2 and 9?

You need Math Comment Spam Protection to make sure you don’t get as much comment spam in the first place. Requiring spammers to do math cuts the spam submitted drastically.

Now the only caveat is that some blogs won’t work properly. I am pretty sure it is the themes and there might be a fix -but I haven’t figured that one out yet.

If you run across a solution for stubborn blogs where you get it to work – please let me know!

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That said it works on about 80% of the blogs I install it on.

So – that should save you some time waging war against those stupid comment spammers polluting the internet with garbage.

Oh – and I do have a request – what is a good Akismet alternative?

We need something like it that is simple and blocks out the spam in the first place but doesn’t have a scheme to get us to pay for using the plugin. I am sick and tired of playing games to get it to work and don’t way to pay to use Aksimet. There must be something else… right?

 

Mar 14th by Mike L

In SEO – sometimes TOO MUCH of a GOOD THING can be BAD!

Let’s discuss sitewide factors in WordPress Blogs that you may not notice – but Google does!

While on page SEO factors may have dropped slightly in their overall importance for rankings since the algo updates the past year or so, it is still very important to structure your site the right way and make sure that what you are putting on your pages is not hurting your overall reputation with Google.

One way to make sure that websites that are made using WordPress blogs are Google-friendly is to make sure that what we do that appears site wide on our blogs does not make them appear “over optimized” – keyword stuffed – or made for SEO purposes instead of building our sites and adding content for the purpose of pleasing our visitors.

Sites need good on-page SEO but MUST also be visitor friendly.

Very often when I evaluate websites that BU members are building, I will notice an overly aggressive presentation of what the site is about. Sometimes the webmasters of the sites are taking what is taught in the Blogging Underground 12 Step Success Strategy too literal. They go too far!

What I mean is that while I may say _____ is very important and you should do ____ – it does not always mean that if a LITTLE IS GOOD a LOT is better!

When something important is HAMMERED or done to EXCESS it can work against you!

I know I keep harping on this but the algo updates that hurt a lot of people with exact match keyword web sites do not like it when web pages or links are TOO PERFECT or overly optimized or simply have too much of the same thing!

One example would be having an out of whack keyword density on your page for excessively used keyword phrases that are too high.

In other words if Google sees your main target phrases are being repeated excessively it will hurt you!

This especially applies to keywords that are THREE WORDS or longer!

While your intention may not be to stuff keywords, it is very easy to get an excessive keyword density when you start adding up the various components that make up web pages. This is especially true when you use a CMS like WordPress or Joomla where they do things for you on every page of the site (widgets – sidebars – headers – footers etc.)

If your site has dropped in rankings are you are struggling to get it back on top – it may be that your on page SEO is too good! Your pages and site (or even links) may be over optimized for SEO!

So let’s look at how categories and tags can help you or hurt you.

Take categories and tags in a WordPress blog for example.

Category Links on a WordPress blog lead to menu pages for posts that have been categorized and linked for that word or phrase.

This is a category page for “backlinks”:

http://blog.bloggingunderground.com/category/backlinks/

I suggest creating 2 or 3 Categories for each post that you make – however you can go up to 5 or even more – but be careful and don’t do too many – it may be too aggressive.

Every category you create for a blog post will add a MENU PAGE to your site.

Tags are similar and are links to menu pages for blog posts that are “tagged using words and phases.

I suggest up to 5 tags for each post that you make. Anything between 1 and 5 is good – just don’t do too many because every tag you create will create a WEB PAGE MENU for that tag. Your site can grow and start to get cluttered with a lot of the same or similar content on pages. Especially if there is just one post on each tag page!

It’s easy to get overly ambitious and try to include as many of your keywords in a lot of the categories and tags you create when you publish posts on your blog.

If done in a smart way this can help you, but if done too aggressively, over using your keywords in categories and tags can throw your on page keyword density way too high.

And the bad news is that if you have widgets and such that show your category links and tag links on the page you can screw up an entire site as the links may be on every page site wide!

When I evaluate sites I often see this “over optimization”.

The categories are TOO SPECIFIC and not BROAD enough. The categories are often too long and often identical to the main target keywords of a site and in some cases DUPLICATES of TAGS on a site.

Categories should be BROAD and represent the related words that Google associates with a topic – ie LSI (latent Semantic Indexing) – not merely repeat the site keywords!

For example – if you have a site with a main keyword target of “Search Engine Optimization Tutorials” you should try NOT to over use any of the sub phrases repeatedly in your categories!

Categories = broader related topics

Tags = very specific keyword phrases

Instead of using the sub phrases from your site name or primary target keywords – try to create broader categories using words that make sense and help organize your site and don’t simply appear to be efforts to repeat your keywords as often as possible.

For the main keyword target of “Search Engine Optimization Tutorials” I would use broader categories to organize my site posts such as:

SEO Software

Web Traffic

Search Engines

Search Engine Optimization Tips

Promotion Techniques

Social Marketing

etc.

Just don’t hammer SEO and Search Engine Optimization in every category! That can radically change the on page keyword density!

Too much of a good thing is not good.

By the way – quick tip – if you want to check your web page URL’s to see what the keyword density is try out the free AUKDAT tool!

It’s a Keyword Density Analyzer Tool that shows how often 1 word – 2 word and “3 word phrases” appear on a URL.

http://www.articleunderground.com/webmaster/

AUKDAT will also show you other things like how many times the keywords are in your anchor text and so forth. Good stuff!

OK – so the categories should be for helping visitors and not entirely for SEO – make them broader and help people find your articles. Google will score your page higher and you’ll also get the added benefit of ranking for more different keywords because your pages will have more variety!

What about tags?

OK – this is a big one!

I often see people over doing the tags and hurting themselves by being too aggressive.

What do I mean?

Well – tags are similar to categories in a blog in that they are LINKS to menu pages that list the posts that have been tagged for those words.

Every tag links to a menu page for the keyword that is tagged.

Here is a tag page for pinterest:

http://blog.bloggingunderground.com/tag/pinterest/

There are links to articles that have been “tagged” for pinterest.

It’s good to be a little more specific on your tag keywords – however if the keyword is so specific or unusual it may just add a lot of extra junk pages to your site.

A good rule of thumb is that if the keyword you are tagging is likely to be used again – go ahead and use it. If it is unlikely you will ever add another post for that tagged keyword – don’t do it.

Also – hold back on the overly long keyword phrases in tags. Yes – tags can be more specific than categories – but still – you don’t want your site to end up with too many similar menu pages for the tags that have only one post on them.

Also – since the tag links may appear in tag clouds in widgets and/or at the bottom of post pages – you really need to be aware that if your tags are too similar they will change the keyword density and possibly push your pages into the over-optimization zone!

So tags are good when done right but be careful to not over do it!

Just remember that SEO can be good in moderation – but sometimes TOO MUCH of a GOOD THiNG can be BAD!

> Have you seen the Layers of Links Video? It’s filled with SEO tips!

Feb 27th by Mike L




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