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Choosing the Right WordPress Themes

One of the things that many new website owners spend a lot of time on is choosing a WordPress theme for their site. Since there are thousands of themes available, it can be tough deciding on which one to choose. The following are a couple of tips for those looking to actually make some money with their site and not just using it as a personal blog about quotes and cats and what you had for lunch.
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WLTC: How to Track RSS Subscribers in a Blog Contest

RSS icon girl
photo credit: GeekMom Heather

As some of you may know, I have been writing on Weblog Tools Collection (WLTC) quite a bit lately. In this post, I would like to highlight a good tutorial I wrote on WLTC in case you guys might have missed it. The tutorial talks about one of the most important components of a blog contest: tracking RSS subscribers.

Blog contests are great tools for helping you gain readers. There are many great theories out there on the web about how to run a blog contest, but there are no tutorials that talk about how to track RSS subscribers in these contests. The tutorial will show you two simple WordPress hacks that is needed to be able to track RSS subscribers in a blog contest. Check out the full tutorial here.

Weekend Links – Apr 4, 2009

Announcing Winners of the $600+ Giveaway Contest

Here are the winners from the previous $600+ Give Away Contest.

First Place Winner

  • Frederick Ding wins a custom banner design.

Second Place Winners

  • BFG 9000 wins a 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.
  • Ajay wins a 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.

Third Place Winners

  • Kathy wins a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.
  • Mek wins a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.

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Weekend Links – Mar 21, 2009

$600+ in Prizes to Give Away

This contest has ended! Thank you everybody for participating! Here are the winners.

I am excited to announce that I am running my first blog contest on OMNINOGGIN. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Prizes

  • One 1st place winner will get one custom banner design from buytemplates.net ($149 value)
  • Two 2nd place winners will each get one 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days ($30 total value)
  • Two 3rd place winners will each get a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days ($20 total value)
  • Every contestant will get a 185 icons pack at the end of the contest from icongalore.com ($134 value)
    Icons from IconGalore.com
  • Every contestant will get 10 premium exclusive templates immediate after subscribing to the buytemplates.net newsletter ($290 value)
    Templates from BuyTemplates.net

How to enter

Here are the things you need to do to participate in this contest:

  1. Subscribe to the buytemplates.net newsletter.
  2. Subscribe to the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed.
  3. Open the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed it in your feed reader, scroll down to the footer section of this post, and write down the special code for this contest (it should be highlighted in burgundy)
  4. Comment on this post saying that you have subscribed to the buytemplates.net newsletter, subscribed to the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed, and make sure to include the special code for this contest.

This will earn you 1 entry into this contest!

Increase your chance of winning

After performing the above required steps to enter, you can increase your chance of winning by doing any of the following.

  • Stumble this post (+1 entry): Make sure you include your StumbleUpon user name along with the entry comment above.
  • Digg this post (+1 entry): Make sure you include your Digg user name along with the entry comment.
  • Vote this post up on Reddit (+1 entry): Make sure you include your Reddit user name along with entry comment.
  • Blog about the contest (+3 entries): Make sure include the URL of your blog post in the entry comment.

When does the contest end?

This contest has ended! Thank you everybody for participating! Here are the winners.

This is a 2-weeks long contest. It begins 3/9/2009 12:00AM PST (-800 GMT) and ends 3/23/2009 11:59PM PST (-800 GMT).

Sponsor

This contest is sponsored by Website Templates from buytemplates.net. Buytemplates.net is a one stop shop for all your website requirements. They offer the following products and services:

  • Professional pre-designed website templates
  • Template customization
  • Custom template creation (custom web design)
  • SEO/SEM services
  • Website Maintenance Services

You can download hundreds of templates with a small membership fee. Their membership fee starts as low as $49 for budget, $69 for standard, and $99 for premium plans. You don’t have to hire a web designer or external web design studio and pay enormously to design a single web template.

Weekend Links – Jan 23, 2009

  • Photo Dropper: Easy, Free Images for Your Blog – Written by Jonathan Bailey from Plagiarism Today. If you want to spice up your blog posts with a few images, you may find yourself in a bit of…
  • You’ve Only Got 10 Seconds – to impress or your visitors will fade away…….
    Make no mistake about it. It doesn’t matter if you have a powerful arsenal of promotional tech…
  • Intellegence is the future – For some time now I have been talking about adaptive themes. I wrote about this not too long ago in a post about setting your theme into mod…
  • Weblog Tools Collection: Plugin Review: WP Greet Box – Last week we reviewed Referrer Detector. This week we review a similar plugin called WP Greet Box.
    What is WP Greet Box?
    This plugin lets yo…
  • Pulling custom fields from outside the loop – In the last post I showed you how to create a custom widget. Well in this post I will show you how I used my custom widget to display all po…

Read on…

Weekend Links – Jan 9, 2009

  • 148 Icons Free To Use – I love icon packs that are free not only in price but from restrictions as well. Introducing Bright! which is an icon pack featuring 148 han…
  • How To Display Feed Count For Google FeedProxy In Text – Everyone knows that feedburner had merged with Google. This also lead to the previous feed counter in text doesn’t work. I just found out th…
  • 10 Killer WordPress Hacks – by Jean-Baptiste Jung. 2008 was a very good year for the WordPress community. The software was updated numerous times, lea…
  • Design Your Way to More Blog Comments – StylizedWeb has an interesting post up on increasing the number of comments on your posts. It covers a lot of ground, and has some tips wort…
  • The Essential Guide to Growing Your Blog on Minimal Time – This is a guest post from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, author of the new best-selling book, The Power of Less.
    If you’re like most bloggers, y…

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Weekend Links – Jan 1, 2009

Lazy Blogging with Postalicious

Weekend Links ScreenshotYou guys have probably noticed [and hopefully found useful] my “Weekend Links” series that I post at the end of every week.  In this post, I would like to share my method of doing these posts quickly and efficiently.

Problem

I want to share my Google Reader shared items on a weekly links posts.  Generate these weekly links posts manually takes a lot of time.  Postalicious lets you do this all automatically, but the newer version of Postalicious was buggy for me when I tried it (2.5rc4 at the time).  Postalicious version 2.0rc6 has an option for you to use Google Reader, but this option is grayed out by default unless you overwrite one of the core WordPress files (rss.php).

Solution

I used version 2.0rc6, and got around modifying the core WordPress file by feeding my Google Reader feed through Yahoo! Pipes and then back to Postalicious.  Let’s go through the setup step by step. Read on…