According to a lot of the blogging experts, the one thing you should never do is apologise for not having posted for a while. Apparently it makes you look like some kind of blogging numpty.
Nuts to that!
I’ve been busy working on some client sites, updating a few of my own as well as travelling up and down the country with my corporate role play work so I’ve not had a chance to sit down and spend time writing anything for Twenty Steps.
So despite what the ‘experts’ say, I’m saying sorry to you for not having made the time to update the site over the last few weeks. Hopefully you’ll stick around and continue subscribing to the site because, let’s face it, the place wouldn’t be the same without you
Anyway, in between spending hours on trains or in front of my PC monitor, I have managed to find a few WordPress plugins which you might be interested in.
Firstly I have installed a great WordPress plugin on this and a couple of my other sites. It’s called the Shylock AdSense Plugin and what it does is control the position of ads (not just AdSense, by the way) on your site without having to modify your template. Here’s a quote from the developer:
Shylock Adsense is a WordPress plugin that allows you to insert Adsense ads on your blog without modifying the template. More then that, you can set it up to show different Adsense ads for articles older then X days (x is the number of days you decide).
On Twenty Steps I’ve set the date threshold to 45 days so that my regular readers (i.e. you) don’t have to wade through any on the page ads for my fresher content. After 45 days the plugin automatically inserts AdSense code onto the page so that any readers who pick up the post via the search engines will then see an ad displayed.
So far I’ve picked up a few dollars using this plugin which I would otherwise have missed out on.
Here’s a tip: create a custom channel called ‘shylock’ so that you can monitor how well the plugin is performing.
Whilst we’re talking about plugins, here’s a nice one which allows you to insert email addresses complete with a ‘mailto:’ link without fear of those nasty spammers getting hold of your address. It’s called Email Immunizer and here’s what Guff, the developer, has to say about the plugin:
Inspired by a support forum thread, I wrote Email Immunizer, a little WordPress plugin which provides protection against email harvesters by taking email addresses and mailto links on your blog and converting their text to numeric character references.
Some of the other plugins I use on my sites are listed below.
- CoolPlayer – play multimedia files on your site without your users having to install additional software.
- DoFollow – give your commenters some link love by removing the ‘no-follow’ tag. Once you’ve installed the plugin, join us at the BUMPzee DoFollow community.
- Google Sitemaps Generator – generates an XML sitemap of your WordPress site.
- Permalink Redirect – a useful plugin for those times when you decide to change your WordPress permalink structure but don’t want to lose search traffic.
- Related Entries – keep visitors on your site for longer by presenting them with a list of posts which relate to the one they’re reading.
- Spam Karma – the Daddy of spam killing solutions for WordPress.
- Subscribe to Comments – let your visitors subscribe to comments via email so they need never miss a thing.
UPDATE: I forgot to add a link to the Shylock AdSense Plugin tutorial so..ermm..here it is!