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Warning: Ignoring These 7 WordPress Plugins Could Seriously Damage Your Blog

Warning: Ignoring These 7 WordPress Plugins Could Seriously Damage Your Blog

No doubt you’ve seen them.

The eye-catching posts that promise to reveal the 5, or 10 or even 57 WordPress plugins you absolutely must use on your blog.

You click the headlines and scroll through the posts, your jaw hanging open at the seemingly endless opportunities to transform your blog.

And inevitably, you find yourself installing every single one.

But soon after, you realize that most of these plugins don’t live up to the hype.

In other words, you’ve wasted your time.

Worse still, your site has become noticeably slower. Your newly sluggish dashboard means tasks that used to take a few seconds now take a full minute. And your readers are getting a poor experience too.

It’s a common situation – “shiny object syndrome” is difficult to avoid.

But you must need some plugins installed on your blog, right?

So the question remains:

Which ones do you really need?

And wouldn’t it be great if someone could just tell you exactly what they are?
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4 Ways to Slash Comment Spam (Before It Kills Your Blog)

4 Ways to Slash Comment Spam (Before It Kills Your Blog)

It’s a Monday morning, and you’re sitting down with your first cup of coffee.

You open up your blog, and you’re excited to see that someone commented on your latest post.

“Fantastic!” you think. “I’m finally starting to get some traction with my site!”

Then you look closer, and you slam your coffee mug down in disgust.

The comment isn’t from an excited, engaged reader who enjoys your writing and wants to join the discussion on your site.

It’s from a spammer.

Yuck.

Comment spam is an annoying, disappointing part of life online.

As you start your blog and begin to grow it, comment spam becomes a daily hassle. Dealing with it is a lot like playing an endless, wildly irritating game of Whack-a-Mole. The game never ends, you waste a ton of time, and no one ever wins.

Perhaps it’s time you got yourself a better hammer.
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27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know

27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know

Let me take a wild guess.

Your days aren’t exactly overflowing with free time.

You dedicate as many hours as you can to your blog, but it never seems enough.

If only you could spend more time on the stuff that really matters.

Like writing. Or researching. Or connecting with other bloggers.

Surely you must be able to save a little time somewhere.

Well, how about WordPress?

As a blogger you camp out in WordPress for hours, even days.

But are you really working as quickly, efficiently and productively as you could?

Probably not, right?

Of course, you could always research a few nifty shortcuts. But that will take time – which is exactly what you don’t have.

Fortunately, you can undo any time-wasting habits with these little-known WordPress hacks.

Each one is guaranteed to help you wring every last second out of your blogging routine.
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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Site More Mobile-Friendly

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Site More Mobile-Friendly

Traffic.

That’s the good stuff, right?

And naturally, you want more of it for your blog.

But did you know that constantly striving to gain traffic can actually lead to a problem?

It’s a problem that can undermine much of the hard work spent building and monetizing your blog.

Want to know what it is?

By focusing on ways to gain traffic, you may be completely ignoring certain factors that cause you to lose it.

Because sending traffic to a blog that makes readers bounce is like pumping water down a leaky pipe.

In that situation, what’s the smarter move – pumping more water, or fixing the leak?

Exactly. Fixing the leak.

And these days, one source of traffic is more likely to bounce than any other:

Mobile.

So, is your blog leaking traffic?
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9 Plugins for Growing Your Email List That Work So Well It Feels Like Cheating

9 Plugins for Growing Your Email List That Work So Well It Feels Like Cheating

As a blogger, you’ll have heard the advice a hundred times before.

Build your email list.

But you haven’t done it – yet.

Of course, you understand why it’s good advice.

When you have a growing list of subscribers who already know, like and trust you, it’s easier to do the following:

But the practical side of things has you stumped.

Sure, signing up to an email provider like AWeber, MailChimp or Mad Mimi is easy enough, but what happens next?

How do you go from proud owner of a shiny (but empty) new email list, to happy blogger with an active and growing subscriber base?

In other words, how do you actually get people to sign up to your list and make them profitable for your blog.
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