How To Setup PayPal Subscription & Recurring Payments

If you need an easy way to accept credit card and bank account payments for content site subscriptions, newsletter fees, club dues, or recurring donations, PayPal offers an easy way to do it. I recently started selling private advertising spots on my blogs and needed a way to automate the monthly hassle of recurring payments. Luckily I already had a PayPal account so all I needed to do was figure out how to set it up.

To be honest, it was a real pain to read and try to figure out how to set it up via PayPal. Their site has too much information and it’s very clear what features come included with my current account setup. I spent a few hours searching Google and the PayPal website only to eventually find the best solution which I’m not sharing with you. Continue reading How To Setup PayPal Subscription & Recurring Payments

How to Upgrade Your TinyMCE WordPress WYSIWYG Editor

The WordPress blogging platform is simply the best available product out there today but it’s not perfect. I can rant and rave about how cool and customizable WordPress is but you already know that. What I’d like to talk about is the WYSIWYG toolbar and how it’s great for professionals, it’s in need of an upgrade for the average joe user.

I’ve been working with a client to build her new web site and we agreed WordPress was the best CMS available for the price she was willing to pay. As we got closer to completing the project, it was time for her to learn how to post. I walked her through a basic example and she found it very easy but wondered why the WYSIWYG editor didn’t have an H2 or H3 html tag available. Good question and so my quest began on how to customize the toolbar. Continue reading How to Upgrade Your TinyMCE WordPress WYSIWYG Editor

Highlight the Current Page In WordPress Using CSS

I’m building a new website for a client who’s requirements were to highlight the current page you’re on. The system is using WordPress so I needed to build something that was php-based. After much thought and lots of Googling, I came up with the following solution:

Here’s the code I used in header.php for the sidebar. This basically checks to see which page you’re on. If it’s the current selected page, assign the css class ‘current_page_item’ to the li node. Continue reading Highlight the Current Page In WordPress Using CSS

One Simple Technique To Double Your WordPress Blog Page Views

For those of you who use WordPress as your blogging platform, you know it’s the best blog platform out there hands down. I personally run several blogs, all of which run on WordPress version 2.0 or greater. And the great thing about WordPress is the availability of additional plug-ins that anybody could potentially write to improve the WordPress blogging platform.

So what’s the one simple technique to double your page views? It’s actually a free plug-in that you can download and easily install into your existing WordPress environment. This plug-in is called “Related Entries” which basically finds other similar posts within your blog and lists them. If you think about it, it’s nothing really special — the trick is all about where you place it on your blog.

As someone’s reading one of your articles or posts on your blog they scroll down and continue reading until the end of the post. At that point there looking for some new content or something else that they could benefit from based on what they just read. Now, most bloggers lose the reader at this point, as they found the information they needed and they move on to another site. The trick here is to add this plug-in at the end of your post, and it literally will double your page views overnight.

Now this might not be the case for everybody so you can’t hold me responsible if you don’t double your page views. I do promise, however, that your page views will increase (assuming you at least have decent content). As soon as I added it to my CRM blog I notice a 63% increase in page views per visitor! How’s that for a free bump in traffic? Not only did my page views go up, but my ad sense revenue also increased as well. Pretty nice huh?

Side note: You won’t notice the related entries plug-in on this blog because I just don’t have enough content (yet) to support related entries. But I urge you to download the Related Entries plugin and give it a try for yourself. If you’d like to see it in action, go to my CRM blog and click on any post. You’ll notice at the bottom of the post underneath some strategically placed ads (feel free to click on those too! :-0).

Good luck with the plug-in and let me know how it ends up working out for you.

WordPress Yahoo Hosting Comment Notification Fix

I use WordPress for my blogging platform and I LOVE it. I’ve used them all (Typepad, Blogger, etc) but nothing compares to WordPress. So up until a few days ago, I’ve had zero problems but little did I know I was never getting emails when someone posts a new comment! Turns out this is a Yahoo hosting restriction not a WordPress bug (I’m on WP v2.0.2).

Basically Yahoo email doesn’t allow you to use the wp_mail function located in the /wp-includes/pluggable-functions.php file….well at least not out of the box. Here’s the change I had to make in order to correct this issue. Continue reading WordPress Yahoo Hosting Comment Notification Fix

Google AdSense: 7 Tips For Creating Blog Sites That Make Money

Having a Google AdSense site is a great way to make money. And to create an AdSense site, all you have to do is have a Google AdSense account (which is free), a website or a blog (which is free), and some articles (which are free if you write them yourself). Once you get your site up and running, the AdSense ads will be targeted to your content.

Therefore, those looking for your content will come by, read your articles, and have a high probability of being interested in the targeted ads. Every time someone clicks an ad, you get paid! That is, as long as you have designed your site to maximize AdSense clickthroughs!
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Highly Effective Blog Ad-Ons – Track, Monetize, and Generate Traffic

Here is a list of things I’d highly recommend doing to your blog to help increase traffic and tracking.

1) Syndication – Make it easy for people to subscribe to your blog. Sign-up with Feedburner and then create a “syndication” area on your site.

2) Analytics Anyone? – Sure some blogging software has visitor traffic data but nothing compares to Google’s free analytics package. It’s amazing how detailed their reports get and you’d be surprised at how people find and view on your site.

3) Targeted Advertising – Who knew that someday anyone could build a site and generate revenue from it. Yes, it’s possible by using Google AdSense to display highly targeted ads on your site. Once you’ve setup an account and placed the ads on your site, just sit back and watch the cash come in. Cha-Ching.
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10 Tricks to Optimize Your Blog

As fancy as “blog” sounds, a blog is just a website that uses a content management system. While most blog software is more search engine friendly out of the box than many web sites, the opportunities for blog optimization are readily available.

1) Optimize your templates – You need to understand HTML and template language to edit the source code, but it pays off.
2) Use keywords in your blog post titles – This is a freebie for SEO. Most blogging software uses the post title as the url so take advantage of it.
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