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SEO No Duplicate WordPress Plugin

A lot of SergiosToday I would like to announce the release of ‘SEO No Duplicate’ WordPress Plugin, a plugin that helps tell search engine bots the preferred version of a post page by specifying the canonical properly within your head tag.

Why would you do such a thing? Simply because many black-hat SEO consultants abuse duplicate content to gain search ranking and search engines try really hard to detect and penalize them. The last thing you want to do is present yourself as an SEO spammer to search engines.

This plugin is based on my previous post on how to automatically deal with duplicate content. Please feel free to use the comments section for bug reports, feature requests, and suggestions.
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Released Buy Sell Ads WP Plugin Version 0.2

Buy Sell Ads optionsBuy Sell Ads WordPress plugin version 0.2 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of Buy Sell Ads WordPress plugin has two minor enhancements.

  1. Previously the nonce key is automatically generated every time you visit the Buy Sell Ads plugin options page. Now the nonce key automatically regenerates every half hour by default and this interval is configurable. This enhancement helps combat people who visit your blog, comment “It took all of 2 seconds to block all ads from this site”, and run off. When they return more than half an hour later, they will see the advertisement again because the nonce key has changed.
  2. Previously advertisement URLs were redirected through the plugin’s proxy but most of the URL was still unshielded. Now the entire advertisement URL is encrypted into a random string. This enhancement combined with one above officially makes this plugin too smart for AdBlock Plus to figure out.

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Plugin Review: “Where Did They Go From Here?”

winter @ your door
photo credit: duplamox

Ajay D’Souza who regularly writes on Weblog Tools Collection had recently updated a plugin called ‘Where did they go from here?‘.  Originally developed by Mark Ghosh, this plugin keeps track of where your readers go after reading a post and displays this list at the end of your post.  This works just like Amazon’s “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature on their product page.

I never noticed this plugin before and I’m quite surprised that I have missed it considering how useful it is.
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Buy Sell Ads WordPress Plugin

This plugin is deprecated in favor of the official BuySellAds plugin.

Buy Sell AdsToday I would like to announce the release of ‘Buy Sell Ads’ WordPress Plugin, a plugin to help you easily integrate your Buy Sell Ads zones and includes anti-AdBlock meaures to help prevent AdBlock (and similar software) from blocking Buy Sell Ads advertisements.

You might ask “Why would I want to do that?” Here is why:

  1. AdBlock lowers your ad impression statistics tracked by Buy Sell Ads, which makes your advertisement spot lose value.
  2. Buy Sell Ads advertisers will have an extra incentive to advertise on your site because AdBlock will not be able to block their ads.

Again, feel free to use the comments section for bug reports and feature requests/suggestions.

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Weekend Links – Feb 6, 2009

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WPGB Troubleshooting: Greet Box Doesn’t Show Up

Is it me?
photo credit: id-iom

This post is one of my WP Greet Box Troubleshooting Guides series (more to come).

Symptom

You have installed WP Greet Box and found that your greeting messages do not show up.

Note that this troubleshooting guide should only be used for WP Greet Box with cache compatibility mode enabled.

Step 1: Check code embed

  1. Visit one of your post pages.
  2. Make sure there are no javascript error messages when you visit a post page.
  3. On your post page, do a browser View > Source on the page, then check if the following text are there:
    • wp-greet-box/css/wp-greet-box.css
    • id=”greet_block”
    • wp-greet-box/js/functions.js
    • wp-greet-box/js/onload.js

If all is there, then proceed to next step.

If wp-greet-box/css/wp-greet-box.css does not exists, it could mean that your theme does not make a call to the standard wp_head() function. You can fix this issue by manually inserting the follow between your <head> and </head> tags:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/wp-content/plugins/wp-greet-box/css/wp-greet-box.css" type="text/css" />

If wp-greet-box/js/functions.js & wp-greet-box/js/onload.js does not exists, it could be that your theme does not make a call to the standard wp_footer() function. You can fix this issue by adding <?php wp_footer(); ?> into your theme’s footer.php or manually inserting the following towards the bottom of your HTML (near the </body> tag):

<script type="text/javascript" src="/wp-content/plugins/wp-greet-box/js/functions.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="/wp-content/plugins/wp-greet-box/js/onload.js"></script>

If any of these are not there, you might have not installed the plugin properly. Please read the readme.txt file and then retry the installation.
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Weekend Links – Jan 29, 2009

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…

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Automatically Cycle/Rotate Fun With Sidebar Tabs

Tabbed WidgetOne of my favorite WordPress plugins that I use is Fun With Sidebar Tabs, coded by the awesome Andrew Rickmann. This plugin lets you easily tab your sidebar widgets so you can solve your sidebar cluttering issue.

The only addition I would want from such a wonderful plugin is the ability to cycle (or rotate) through the tabs automatically, so here it is. My implementation is just a simple jQuery javascript that should just plug-and-play[pray] with Fun With Sidebar Tabs.

I will also be submitting this to Andrew for possibly patching Fun With Sidebar Tabs. Stay tuned by subscribing to the RSS feed and I will let you know when the changes become official. For now, installation is easy as pie.
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Weekend Links – Jan 16, 2009

  • 45+ New jQuery Techniques For Good User Experience – by Noura Yehia. JavaScipt libraries have made huge leaps and bounds in helping developers write code and develop products …
  • Display custom url if comment authors url is blank – Here is a nifty trick for your comments.php template. If someone comes to your site and leaves a comment but doesn’t leave a url back to the…
  • Anti-AdBlock Plugin – Ty Bone, maker of the useful WP Greet Box Plugin, has just released Anti-AdBlock, a WordPress plugin that detects if the user is runn…
  • How To: Integrate Twitter into Your WordPress Blog – Although I personally am not a major Twitter user, I do see the value in the service and have made several attempts to use it more often. Fo…
  • How to: enlight searched text in search results – Open your search.php file and find the the_title() function. Replace it with the following:
    echo $title;
    Now, just before the modified line,…

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