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Review of Covert Social Press theme

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Thought I would do a quick review of
Covert Social Press Theme for WordPress.
I picked up a copy yesterday and I gotta
say I’m really impressed. You are going to
want to get the Covert Social Content Plugin that
goes with the theme, its an extra or OTO…..I hate
those OTO’s wish they would just post the price of
the entire package but I guess you don’t need the plugin
to make the theme work.

 

You are going to be amazed at what these guys did with this
wp theme, and you’re never going to guess it was a wp theme.

Click Here to pickup a copy, they have the usual warranty but
you’re gonna want to keep this one and make it work for you.

I’d be interested in knowing how you are using the Covert Social Theme
leave a comment if you would please.

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But you can use Covert Social Press to build sites on ANY topic you want!

… including single niches or a big site covering multiple topics like for example Digg.

Anyway… I’m sure you’ll have to agree that the design looks very crisp, clean and professional!

However, the best part is that I did not write a single word on that page myself! It’s all bookmarked content from other sites and I’ll show you how that works in a bit.

The look above is how a Covert Social Press site looks “out of the box”… Yep, your first site will look this good without you having to fiddle with any settings to achieve it!

But of course we built in the option to customize anything you want… all the options are on one simple page and can be changed with just a few clicks of your mouse!

Many uses. Traffic being number one.
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Amazing New Theme Does It All
http://jvz5.com/c/12062/27825

The new Covert Social Press theme
just went live…

…and this is really some amazing,
cutting edge stuff… Calling
it just a “theme” hardly does it justice!

Watch the demo video and see for yourself:
http://jvz5.com/c/12062/27825

Covert Social Press lets you run a
fully functional social network,
straight from your WordPress blog!

Complete with…

– Real members joining your site
and building it for you.

– Automatic traffic integration with
Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest

– You can fill your sites with quality
content in minutes – without ever
writing a single word yourself

– It has all the functionality of a
billion dollar site like Digg – and
it looks like a million bucks too!

– Full monetization, including a very
clever feature I have never seen in
WordPress before.

In fact I have NEVER seen any of this
in a WordPress theme before.

Covert Social Press is totally unique,
cutting edge and insanely powerful.

Yes so simple to use it makes sending
an email seem clunky.

Review of Backup Creator vs. WpTwin For WordPress Blog Cloning


You’ve probably heard about cloning a blog and maybe wondered how to do it or exactly what a cloned blog was.

I’ve been using Jason Fladlien’s WpTwin since it first came out for cloning and backing up my blogs and blogs for clients. At first the blogs I would clone and move were fairly simple. I liked Jason’s software and it seemed to be doing a good job. The few times I ran into problems they had a support system that responded never less than 24 hours…. usually within 12 hours.

One thing I found with any software or plugin that claims to backup your WordPress Blog, you had better do some traditional backups. I don’t mean one backup, I mean go to cpanel and backup everything. Use the export/import feature of WordPress and at least download your posts. I even installed a couple of plugins that automatically backed up the database and some that backed up the rest of the blog, themes and plugins.

In other words, I didn’t want to get caught with my pants down. Sure, the salespage for these magical cloning plugins and software promise the world…. but you better bet your pants that the first time you don’t check to make sure it will work on your particular site and you just jump into cloning and moving a blog…… it will puke all over you and you lost your blog….. or better yet, a customers blog.

To stay safe, this is what I do when it comes to cloning a blog.

Since both WpTwin and Backup Creator require new WordPress installations I’ll create a new WordPress installation on a new domain in a new directory …..something like wwww.newblog.com/test where ‘test’ is the directory that I will then install a new instance of WordPress …this is where I will move the clone to.

So…. next I’ll go through the process of cloning with WPTwin and will then try to install it in the new directory. You’d be surprised how many times it hasn’t worked. I would spend days messing around with support, deleting plugins, themes etc only to find out WPtwin just would not work.

Now that said, I will still highly recommend WPtwin for cloning blogs. But…..

Next I bring in the big guns and use Robert Planks Backup Creator. I was partial to WPtwin but after using Backup Creator I’m getting ready to dump my favorite cloner.

I had some pre-configured blogs that I purchased and installed. WPtwin would not clone them, Backup Creator came in and said, “Move over little guy” let me do the heavy lifting. Anyway, BackupCreator went to work, cloned and moved the blog in a couple of minutes.

Of course you will want to test Backup Creator just like WPtwin. Set up a dummy directory with a new WordPress installation and see if the new clone will take before you do anything to your primary blog. Never do anything to the primary blog (blog you want to clone) until you’re sure one of these gizmos will work. If you don’t and it gets screwed up or lost forever then you’re an idiot and you deserve the heartache :)

I see people promoting both of these programs. Lot of guys are selling premade blogs and include the wptwin files for easy installation…. they usually work just fine. Plank’s Backup Creator came a little latter on the scene and works differently….. in fact, different enough that I didn’t even want to figure out how to use it except when I got in a jam with WPtwin. As time goes on I’ve began to favor Backup Creator….. although there are extras you can buy, Robert usually keeps his products up to date and his support has always been excellent.

I have one big blog and I wanted to make sure that cloning blog would be perfect.

It’s been around for 10 years or so, can’t say how long its been as a WordPress blog but I converted and changed things around. there are 1000’s of posts and I tried to clone it with WPtwin. No dice. Contacted support and screwed around for days. Finally fired up Backup Creator, it took a little while to clone everything, I then attempted to move it to another domain, plus I moved it into a directory of that domain. Backup Creator worked perfectly! All links worked, plugins worked …..I couldn’t of asked for more.

If you were to ask me what I would recommend. I would tell you to get both. You might want to use Backup Creator for heavy lifting. They have some funky rules for using BC for client sites, I think you have to buy another license….. all this license crap is bullshit. If you want to move client sites, say you’re doing offline marketing sites, WPTwin would do the job easily and you don’t have to purchase any extra licenses or crap.

A good carpenter has many saws in his toolbox. A good website developer needs to keep his/her toolbox full so don’t be afraid to add these to gems to your toolbox for cloning a blog for backup or moving.

Click Here to get Robert Plank’s Backup Creator

Improving Your WordPress SEO

Search Engine Optimization applies to all webpages but you can do some special SEO work with WordPress CMS and blogs. Take advantage of the great seo benefits of proper wordpress seo!

Improving Your WordPress SEO

image for improve your wordpress seoWordPress has several built-in features that help it rank well with the search engines. The default settings aren’t fully optimized, however. Let’s look at a few strategies for improving your WordPress SEO.

The first thing you should do after installing WordPress is to change the permalink settings. This is the structure that WordPress uses when creating the URLs to all your content. By default, your permalinks will be something along the lines of www.yourdomain.com/?p=123 where the 123 is the post ID. You will improve your WordPress SEO properties by simply allowing keywords and keyword phrases in your urls…. these are then spidered by the search engines which will then use these keywords to determine the content and value of your blog……don’t miss this step!

Permalinks Will Boost
Your WordPress SEO

There are two things wrong with this type of permalink. First, even though the search engines have gotten much better at dealing with these types of links, they still don’t get indexed as quickly sometimes. And second, these type of links don’t include any keywords in the URL to help improve your SEO. Keywords and keyword phrases in your urls have been found to get your pages indexed, ranked and placed faster and higher in the SERPS.

A better choice is to include the title of your post as part of the permalink. This change can be made on the Permalinks page in the Settings area of the admin dashboard. Use something like this instead:

/%post_id%/%postname%

That will use the post ID so you are sure you won’t run into duplicate post names (which is more likely than you think as time passes and you add more and more posts) and the postname which will make the URL more visitor friendly as well as get your keywords into it.

The next thing you should do is install an SEO plugin such as All In One SEO or install a theme that includes this functionality by default. These plugins improve the source code by optimizing your title tag, meta keywords and description tags, etc. This data can either be generated automatically from the content of the posts or you can manually enter them for each post you make.

Improved WordPress SEO Is Affected
By Duplicate Content…..Be Careful!

Lastly, be careful that you don’t create duplicate content issues within your own site. For example, let’s say you add a widget to your sidebar that shows the monthly archives. If those archive pages show the full content of each post, you could wind up with two different URLs that each have the same content. So, just to be clear, avoid full content being duplicated on another location in your WordPress theme.

Always display snippets on those types of pages, leaving the full content for only the main post page. That way you’ll avoid any duplicate content problems. Improving your WordPress SEO isn’t that difficult, spend some time, read some books, watch a few videos and engage in learning exactly how you can take your WordPress SEO one step higher and you will be on your way to being a wordpress master!!

Review of Theme Rabbit

Theme Rabbit has 10 variationsI just can’t resist a good WordPress Theme! Theme Rabbit is one hot WordPress Theme.

I stumbled over an introductory offer of Theme Rabbit, maybe one of the easiest and best looking WordPress Themes I’ve seen to date.

As time goes on, wordpress theme developers are making it easier and easier to customize a wordpress theme. I remember when it was an absolute necessity to know how to hack away at your theme if you wanted to add some custom content. Well…. Theme Rabbit comes with 10 basic themes, all have unique areas for content, sliders, images, optin forms etc.

If you are into offline marketing, the Rabbit Themes could be perfect for just about any local business. You could use if for resturants, service people, construction, professionals, local stores …..and I could go on. By the same token, you could easily use the Rabbit Themes for any of your internet marketing needs. Set up and affiliate site, sell a book, use it for a membership…. once again you are limited to your imagination.

The developer’s seem to be sincere with their desires to further develop the theme rabbit….. but then again, they all do. Only time will tell. Although, I did get some personal correspondence from them and they seem excited to implement some of the suggestions that have been forwarded to date. They’ve got a winner here, if you are a complete newbie, I really think you could get these themes working with little effort…… and if you are an experienced WordPress Developer and User, you’ll find these a nice change and pleasure to use.

Click Here to check out Rabbit Theme.

Stay tuned, I’ll be doing a video of this theme and how easy it is to use in the next couple of days.

I did a quick video review of Theme Rabbit…. take a look!

Blogging Tips

affiliate marketing themeNowadays, blogging has been gaining a great deal of popularity because of the current trend of publishing every thought or opinion on the internet. Since our technology is starting to become really advanced these days, setting up a blog site isn’t that hard anymore. Starting a blog before has been a lot of work. You had to know the technical details before you could start one or hire someone to put a new blog up….and heaven help you if you ran into problems. Nowadays, practically just about anyone can start one, thanks to the revamped easy to use interface.

WordPress For Blogging

WordPress is one of the most common self-hosting blogging platforms and has completely dominated the way we currently build websites. WordPress can be as simple as imaginable or it you can add numerous addons called themes and plugins which will make your blog more complex but effective. If you’re new to wordpress you can learn these techniques…. like anything good, it will take time and study. But you can buy a domain, get it hosted, install wordpress and start blogging within a half and hour if you wanted to…. nothing fancy, just sharing of information. Once you learn a little more about wordpress and blogging you can install a new custom newspaper theme such as the one in this post and start your own directory or portal….. sky’s the limit!

Maybe you are brand spanking new at this web business and blogging. Maybe you’re completely broke and don’t have the cash for a domain or hosting. Well …..don’t be dismayed because there are several good alternatives that are completely free. You can start a Blogger blog just by going to www.blogger.com and signing up for a free account. You’ll be blogging in 10 minutes. Or you can go to www.wordpress.com and sign up for a free account. Use your keywords or a variation of your keywords when picking out a name. For instance I started a free blog at wordpress.com and its hosted by folks at wordpress.com and my site is on public domain images, so this is the url I was  able to get http://publicdomainimages.wordpress.com and I talk about public domain images and materials on the blog.

Free Blogging with Blogger.com and WordPress.com

One very important fact to consider is this. Free hosted blogs like blogger and wordpress.com have complete control over your blog. If you do something they don’t like your blog will be gone in a puff of smoke. The issue is you are not in control over your blog and it can be taken away in a flash….all your hard work gone. That’s why I always recommend buying a domain, use your own hosting and install WordPress from wordpress.org or the Fantascio feature on your hosting cpanel. You’ll be in complete control and noone will take your blog offline. When I first started I set up a blog on internet marketing on Blogger…… it was about 2 years old, I was starting to get a good following and making some money….one day it was gone! Same thing with wordpress.com, I had a site set up to review and teach on how to use Xsitepro….. it was going well, over a year old and same deal. I was getting traffic, people joining my list and buying products and WHAMMM it got taken down. I still use these types of blogs but I don’t put a lot of effort, I don’t try and sell a lot of product but I use them as backlinks to my various other sites…… so far I haven’t lost any of these free blogs and I probably have about a 100 or so.

Why Should I Blog?

Exactly why do people get into blogging? There’s a lot of reasons why. Viewpoint about everything can expressed without delay. Many make use of it as a personal gateway to express their thoughts and opinions towards anything and everything that catches their attention. Marketing a business through blogs are frequently being done these days, although in my opinion not enough offline businesses are taking advantage of blogging to promote their businesses, sell more goods and get more clients. Showing what your business can offer online is a great way to get to people to make the phone ring or in the door. While other people use blogs as a profitable business…. that is, selling products or services directly through the blog.

Successful Blogging

Building a blog is just a part of becoming successful in this kind of business. It’s another story to get individuals read them. The objective is to get them to read your posts, and make them revisit regularly. In blogs, loyal readers are every important. Locations reasons why they are important. Your web blog generates more money when you’ve got more loyal readers. To help you to get that first spot in the online search engine, you’ll need loyal readers. They help you become “popular” with regards to the topic you are catering. By having loyal readers, eventually it can attract other users, thus helping you have that first spot on yahoo, google and bing results. As other people read your blogs they will link back to your blog and on the internet, links are the mother’s milk of good website traffic. You want links… you want lots of links. As a writer, these factors will help you as well. Once you get a hang of these top three factors, you will be blogging your way towards success in no time.

It’s going to be quite a challenge to keep your readers from wandering off, especially if you have used them for revenue. Constantly updating your site content can pave your way towards successful blogging. You simply won’t have a hard time writing if you discover something which you’re interested in. If a topic doesn’t get your interest, then find something that could. It’s imperative that you provide accurate information along with defining the content and tenor of your topic and having that consistency in posting. People will come back to your web site for information, only if it’s good so don’t waste your time posting dribble or nonsense …. be a blogger with substance, after all so you may as well enjoy it. You might be surprised how soon you’re going to succeed if you take these matters into account.

Optimize WordPress Permalinks Makes Money

optimize wordpress permalinks is the first step for targetted trafficBlogging is an unbelievable way to drive traffic for your website. So, today we will take a look at blogging and how you can certainly use blogging to start driving more and more traffic. Most people conventionally look at blogging as just a blog. I tend to look at blogs a lot differently I look at blogging as a way to filter site visitors to web sites that make me a bunch of money. Today we will take a look at how to do just that.

First, you need to understand that a blog is not just a place to share your content. It takes a lot of work to get your blog to rank highly in the search engines. You need to correctly optimize it so that you can filter the site visitors the way it needs to go so you can make money on your blog. So the first thing you need to do is optimize your blog.

It is very important that you optimize your permalinks structure. A permalinks is a url for your blog post. It directs you to a specific page on your blog….or better yet it directs a visitor to a specific blog post on your blog. It really is also the urls for your blog pages. Now, customizing your permalinks is fairly easy. You just need to go to the settings and set the permalinks to a custom value. You want to add value to be the title of the blog post. If you need instructions on where to get the code simply click on the link in the settings section to get that code. Then, you want to optimize your:

  • blog title
  • blog description
  • blog keywords

These are important to make sure that the search engines know just what you are blog is all about. So, don’t slack when it comes to setting up your blog in the correct manner.

Now we need to talk about just what you put on your blog. It is important to optimize your blog for your visitors, for the search engines, and ultimately for conversions. You want to make certain that your blog focuses on these three things when you’re producing the content. First, is the search engines. If you set your blog up the correct way as we discussed in the last paragraph this will be easy. You just need to add a keywords you are targeting inside of your blog post. Then, you must make sure you’re writing for the visitor. You want visitors to come back to your blog over and over again. If you’re just writing for search engines the visitors are going to be able to see that and they will lose interest in your blog. So, make sure your content is easy to read and very conversational. Next, you want to write for conversions. This is as simple as telling the visitor exactly what you want them to do. If you want them to click a link tell them to click a link. If you want them to sign up for something tell them that.

Doing just these different things on your blog can truly assist you to optimize the conversions are getting out of a blog. People that tell you that you cannot make money from a blogger wrong. It is definitely easy to make money from running a blog you just need to know just what you are doing. That’s why you need to blog with a purpose and make sure that your targeting the correct things with your blog. Like I said, make sure that your blog is optimize, it’s easy to read, and it tells the reader precisely what you want them to do.

Five Benefits Of Using WordPress Software

using wordpress softwareWordPress software is software that you can download for free and install to create a blog or website instantly.  The developers of this program have made this software so easy to use that you will not even need computer knowledge to use it.  You can have a website up and running in less than 15 minutes with the WordPress software. There are several different reasons why you should use WordPress in your new website. Besides the great price of free there are other benefits as well.

1. Unlimited Uses

WordPress has unlimited uses and capabilities. It can be used to create a personal or business website as well as setting up a blog. With your business website you will be able to market new products as well as publishing your marketing materials on the internet.  You can use a blog with WordPress much in the same way.

2. Stand Alone Software

WordPress is also standalone software.  This means you do not need to go out and learn other software to work with it.  Once you have installed WordPress all you will have to do is login into the Admin page and set it up any way you wish too.  You will also be able to use the Admin page to publish new posts and articles to the internet.  You do not even have to know basic HTML to run it.

3. Open Source Software

WordPress is open source software which is what allows you to use the software for free.  You will be able to use for any personal or business use that you wish without having to spend a single dime on the product itself. WordPress is built as a PHP programming language and the MYSQL database server which are both internet standard systems that offer a high degree of both security and reliability.

Click Here! to learn all about WordPress Software and WordPress Blogging.

4. User Friendly

You will not need any computer experience to use the WordPress software for your website or blog.  A lot of the hosting companies of the internet today allow you to install WordPress with just a few simple clicks. HostGator is a great site to get your WordPress software from. Their administration section is not hard to navigate and it is also easy to add articles as well as web pages to your sites.

5. Theme Support

Themes are templates that you are able to apply to your WordPress site that will change the look of your site. If you do not care for the templates, which come with the WordPress Software, you have the ability to download others from the internet.

These are just some of the benefits of why you should use WordPress for your marketing site. There are many other benefits that people have found with using this site. You may even discover a few of your own after using this wordpress software.

Tips To Understanding WordPress-Blogging Softwate

WordPress is probably best known around the internet business world as a blogging software but in reality it is much more than that. It also has amazing earning potential capabilities as well as a complete content management system.  If you are an affiliate marketer it can mean increased productivity and less site maintenance that you will have to perform over time.  If you are still trying to decide if wordpress marketing is still for you stop and take some time to think of the following tips.

Flexibility:
Wordpress is a very flexible program to work with. No matter if you are choosing to use a post or promoting a product wordpress is able to do both of these.  You also have the option to choose whether you will allow comments on your product page which will allow user generated content on your website which will appear in the form of reader’s comments.  It will also allow you to further customize by choosing if you would prefer to have either a static generated page so that you are allowed to highlight certain products or your mailing lists.

Themes:
You need to remember you only have one chance to impress the visitors to your site. If they are not impressed they will simply not return. With the wordpress software you have the ability to upload the theme of your choice and click a button and you’re done. This saves a lot of time when you consider the option of picking theme after theme just to find the right one which is very time consuming.

The capabilities contained in word press make modifying your site simple and saves you loads of time.  You will be able to customize the look of your wordpress on whether your visitors will look at the home page, a category page, or a single entry page. The choice is yours with a simple click of your mouse.  This gives you the power to optimize each area of your site which will lead to higher conversion rates.

Plugins:
As most people know wordpress is considered a lightweight software program therefore it does not have a lot of capabilities that comes with it.  You can however add plugins to the software.  With these plugins it gives the wordpress program to do a number of different things including, create mailing lists, create affiliate links and track those links, and even allows you to import the affiliate product feeds directly to your site.
Author Management

One important factor of running your affiliate marketing site is learning when and how to delegate. WordPress allows multiple authors you have the authority to easily have other people create as well as add content to your site without having to give out your personal administrative information to these other authors. This will also not give them too much power to your site to where these other authors could just basically take over. They will only get enough power to get their job done and that is it.
Huge Community

Since wordpress is so popular that there are people all over the world who develop add-ons to the wordpress software. These add-ons can include new themes and plugins among others. Some of these people also understand the intricate problems associated with wordpress and will be able to assist you if you would happen to encounter an error. Along with the huge community around the world there are also books that will help you get started with installing and how to use the wordpress software effectively.

As you can see there are a variety of benefits that you can gain from using wordpress software.  What was once used for blogging has now grown into a very powerful program to help you create a site that will draw in the traffic and make money for you.

Clickbank Affiliate Marketing Basics

Clickbank Affiliate MarketingClickbank is an extremely popular and profitable affiliate network on the worldwide web and many clickbank affiliate marketing individuals make a lot of money with it. This article will give you the basics on how to go about using this powerful website.

Signing up with Clickbank is fast and easy and there are several tutorials, tips and training that show you exactly how to get started.

Next you’ll want to look for your first product or service–keep in mind that Clickbank is generally geared for digital products. Try to pick something that you are interested in, or that is in a niche that already involved in. It’s easier to stay focused on what you are doing if the topic actually interests and even inspires you. If you already have an established site on a certain topic, it’s very easy to incorporate some clickbank products to sell there. The more specifically targeted the product to your site, the better. Look for products and services that have good gravity and popularity stats. If you find something that you really like but the stats don’t add up, then it’s really not worth the effort you’ll have to spend on it.

You can decide to promote your product directly with the salespage given to you by the merchant, or you can do it by setting up a blog or website and positioning the product there. Most experienced marketers will agree that you can do the direct ad to merchant website as a newcomer to affiliate marketing, and it is a way to learn the ropes, so to speak. But it is worth your time to eventually set up your own blog or website. WordPress is very popular and professional looking, and it’s quite good in terms of SEO (search engine optimization) as well.

Just some general pros and cons of Clickbank affiliate marketing:

One big pro, especially if you are a newcomer to affiliate marketing, is that Clickbank is extremely easy. The second big pro is that the commissions are on the high end when compared to other affiliate networks.

One con is that many of the products offered on Clickbank are not of the best quality, although they can be expensive. There are really a great deal of rags-to-riches types of products and e-books. You can also find many good products but you do need to do a bit of digging, depending on the niche you are working in.

Another con is that the Clickbank stats are really nothing special, especially if you compare them to sites such as Adsense and Amazon, just to name a few. Also, you can only create text links automatically with Clickbank. Other types of links are not available.

Clickbank affiliate marketing is a good place to get started in affiliate marketing and many experienced marketers are successful with them as well.

Automatic WordPress Backup Setup

I ran across a  good tutorial on how to automatically backup your wordpress database, plugins and site files. There are many different ways to backup your wordpress sites and most importantly you’ll need to make sure your database is being backed up and it really comes in handy to have copies of your wordpress site files……these would include the plugins, uploaded files such as images and the theme you’re using. Since most of us are negligent when it comes to backing up our sites I would recommend you use a script or plugin that automates the process.

Guess what?

I found a really easy way to set up your backup process. This tutorial also shows you how to store your backed up files on Amazons S3 system.

Did I mention this was FREE….. (slight cost for S3)

First download the backup plugin at: Automatic WordPress Backup

Also you should consider hosting your wordpress blogs at Site 5 since they are one of the few hosting providers that allows you to configure the settings of your plugin files and folders correctly.

Don’t forget to backup your wordpress installation and database before you do something like move your wordpress blog from one domain to another.