Limit Spam Comments On WordPress in 3 Simple Steps

Anyone familiar with WordPress knows that combating spam comments is a daily chore. This seemingly endless battle continuously gets tougher and tougher every day as spammers are using more clever methods. Although this battle is far from over, there are many ways we can at least attempt to limit the amount of spam our websites receive.

Here are 3 options you should utilize to avoid those useless comments on your blog or website:

1. Adjust your current settings

Many of us simply put comments in moderation and when we find a minute of free time we’ll review them little by little. While there is nothing wrong with this method, spam will still find its way to slip on through not to mention the large amount of time you will spend reading and moderating dozens and maybe hundreds of comments.

Users who leave real comments are far less likely to return just to throw spam on your site. Of course, this assumption may change as the spammer’s mindset evolves. But at the moment this seems to be true. With this in mind, we would be much better off checking the “Comment author must have a previously approved comment” option under Settings -> Discussion.

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Protect Your WordPress Website From Hackers

There is no disputing the popularity of WordPress. As the leading CMS platform available (more than 70 million websites depend on WordPress), it is also under constant attack from hackers. Many of us have learned the hard way about just how vulnerable the CMS giant can be. If you run a large website or multiple websites with WordPress, it is likely you have been hacked or compromised at some point. Even if you were hacked before and managed to fix it, the threat may still be there silently waiting to attack again. This can happen by means of “backdoors” created by the original hacker.

My WordPress website was hacked AGAIN!

As I just mentioned, when your WordPress site gets hacked after you successfully diverted a previous attack, it’s usually because of a backdoor created by the hacker. Backdoors give hackers access to your website and files by bypassing normal procedures and getting authentication without you even knowing they are there. In this article, I’ll try to explain what a backdoor is, how to find it and hopefully how to rid it from your WordPress website.

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Online shop has to be more than a great database of available products

Words to the wise for data-crazy online marketers: Databases – the operational backbone of e-business – are great tools for simultaneously structuring and storing sets of information and describing the relationships among those sets in almost infinitely complex ways. But they don’t define a representation of an item or object in a conceptual manner that matches a consumer’s desires.

That might seem obvious at first glance, but most e-commerce sites today treat the database as the alpha and omega of their existence: The data they present to users are week-old mussels slathered in light oil, gently tossed, and presented as bouillabaisse.

Almost no online stores, and certainly none of the major brand names, leverage the power of the information relationships contained in their product databases in a way that benefits the consumer, or even reflects the manner in which consumers make choices.

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What is online reputation management?

Like it or not, people talk. Sometimes they say things that are true, sometimes they make up lies, but either way, negative information about your company is downright lethal. Whether it’s a customer who had a bad experience, an ex-employee who wants to get their own back or a direct competitor who wants to take you down, negative information can quickly spread around the local community via the internet.

Before you know it, you’re losing sales. That’s why reputation management is fast becoming one of the most popular services for all kinds of businesses, big and small, national and local. It’s a way to protect your online reputation from negative reviews, false claims, and other social threat, ethically and legally.  Reputation management involves a wide range of activities to keep your name in good standing.

Activities include responding to customer complaints, asking sites to take down incorrect information and using online feedback to improve your products and services. In short, it’s about monitoring the social media & web. Probably you are aware of all this stuff and already monitor your brand mentions. But there are new threats and this post is about to show you how to check if your brand reputation is in danger and how to protect it.

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Website Optimization Tips for Improving Web Site Traffic

To have your web pages recommended by the search engines, you must optimize your web pages for keywords. Here are some website optimization tips. Search engines can only read text. The keywords in the text tell the engines what the pages are about; therefore, you should have many pages of text on your website. Optimize the articles on your website for different keywords. Optimizing more than one page for a particular keyword is like buying two lottery tickets for the same number.

Remember, images and videos are opaque. The search engines cannot see the contents. However beautiful a flash-only website may be, it cannot attract searchers. Use text pages.Optimize each page you are promoting for one main page keyword. Some people also accept up to two additional secondary keywords. An exception will be noted below. Read more

How Online Branding Strategy Helps Growing A New Business

Branding is all about the perception customers have about your company, and your brand is the promise that you intend to make to the customers.  The ultimate goal is to spark an emotional connection in order to create a positive feeling with the result of loyalty to a specific product or service from the customers.

How it works: we recently helped the client’s website to drive revenue and reach their business goals by utilizing web 2.0 technologies. By implementing a full social strategy, we were making sure they would have had a consistent brand presence approach, and we creatively used many presence-building tools to surround consumers (students who prepare for the GED test) with the brand message. Our toolkit ranged from advertising, social PR, internet marketing, communities and social CRM.

We monitored the interaction among them (e.g. the impact blogs have on the effectiveness of promotions). Finally, we used “brand scorecards” that monitor presence-building tools and measure the impact of spending against the brand’s key objectives.

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Rich?

By some argument, using a percentage of GNP, John D. Rockefeller, the oil monopolist who died in 1937, was the richest man in American history; his net worth at its peak was some 2 percent of America’s annual income. Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropic steelmaker who died in 1919, may have been the second wealthiest American, with a similar slice of the GNP.

Bill Gates’ net worth amounts to less than 1 percent of the current national income. An economy that has grown into the trillions of dollars makes it less likely that any individual can own a substantial part of it. That fact alone means Bill Gates will probably never enjoy the political power that Rockefeller and Carnegie wielded at the peaks of their careers.

A third way to compare wealth across time is to look at the ratio between the earnings of the richest people and the earnings of the average citizen. By that calculation, the gap between Bill Gates and the Main Street man or woman is wider than at any time in history. In fact, calculations performed in 2007 suggest that for Bill Gates, $350,000 spent to buy a Lamborghini, for instance, would be the equivalent for the average American to spending 73 cents.

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Is My Strategy Really Broken, Or Did I Break It On Purpose?

The Beginning of Something New

I was watching a video the other day on TED with Seth Godin, and he was talking about things being broken.  I had no idea what I was in for when I heard the title, but I did know that anything from him is always thought provoking, so it would be good. And I was right, it wasn’t just good it was AWESOME!

This video had me cracking up and I found myself sitting there nodding agreeably with him every step of the way. Until we got to about the 18-minute mark and he started talking about the difference between something simply being broken and something being broken on purpose to only attract those that you want to attract.
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How Being A Rebel Gets You Your Desired Results

It was a very busy and very emotionally draining week for me last week. I didn’t get any posts done and nothing done towards my new direction or new product for that matter. So today is the beginning of a new week and a new chapter here at Natalie Louise, so I thought I would start off with sharing a few things with you that I have done over the last 4 months, since starting blogging, that have helped me create the success I have so far.

A Rebel Is Born

As far back as I can remember, I have always been the person to do everything different from everyone else. Yes, this drove my parents crazy and got me into trouble at school for not just doing what I was told to do, even if I could see a better way or another way that made more sense. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate to what I’m saying. When someone tells me “we do this because that’s they way it’s always been done” well you can imagine what that does to me. I immediately go into “well too bad” mode and start doing things the way I want them done. Maybe that’s why I have never been able to stand working for someone else! So I got kicked out of high school but later (fortunately) found my way after I had taken a free career quiz at the website MyCareerTools.com.

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Are You Missing The Most Important Strategy Of All?

I know when you first get started blogging, there seems to be a strategy for everything, right? Aside from all the technical stuff you have to get your head around, there is also all these strategies that people are talking about that you need to have in place to get yourself started or at least to give you a plan of action to help you achieve your goals.

From strategies for Personal Branding to Social Media to Monetization to Traffic….. and many more I’m sure.  But there has been one important strategy that I believe is the most important one of all.

Without this strategy you can’t possibly have a solid Personal Branding or Social Media strategy… or any other strategy for that matter! So what strategy am I talking about, that I never read about anywhere…. Your “Content Strategy”.

So What Is A “Content Strategy”?

A Content Strategy is exactly what it sounds like, a strategy put together or developed upon the content your target market, community or customers are screaming out for. Pretty simple right? Well this is the bones of the strategy, if you will.

What happens next is the meatier part of the strategy.  After you have done your research and know just what your target market is in need of or found where there is a hole in the market that needs filling, this is where the strategy takes on its life. Read more