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Why use a content spinner?

There are a lot of content spinners out there (I won’t even bother linking to them, most are for spamming, not for SEO). The existing products allow you mass-export articles then submit them across content networks to build links using spammy articles. That is not what this plugin does. This plugin allows you to enhance your site’s SEO by reducing duplicate content.

Google has been improving its handling of duplicate content by implementing use of the canonical tag and updating its algorithm. They don’t punish a site for duplicate content, but having unique content is still better than duplicate content.

Different content in different context

Each of those pages will show the full content or an excerpt (summary) of the content on this page. Each will show a title for this article. The SEO WordSpinner plugin allows you to mix things up so that on each page, users will see different content that means the same thing, therefore avoiding duplicate content issues if done properly. Continue reading “{SEO WordSpinner Plugin – A Killer SEO Plugin for WordPress|Kick SEO Ass with SEO WordSpinner Plugin for WordPress|WordPress Content Spinner Plugin – SEO WordSpinner}”

Add Custom Titles for Tags and Categories in WordPress

The Best WordPress SEO Plugin? A combination of two.

All in One SEO Pack (AIOSEO) is the leader in WordPress SEO plugins. It offers great functionality and simple integration into the process of writing a post. AIOSEO is not a perfect plugin, however, because it lacks some very important functionality:

  • Custom category title tags
  • Custom tag title tags
  • Mass editing of page, post, tag and category title tags/slugs

The plugin that has all of the features above (but lacks AIOSEO features) is SEO Title Tag, an imperfect but elegant solution to the list above.  This article shows how to use both plugins and have them combine forces to create a powerful solution for getting custom titles on all your site’s pages. Continue reading “Add Custom Titles for Tags and Categories in WordPress”

Save Coding Time by Creating Special-Case Categories in WordPress

When you would use excluded categories:

When using WordPress as more of a content management system (CMS) than a blogging platform, there are many things that you need control over. One of them is special-case categories.

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Testimonials
  • Case studies
  • Press releases

When you have a category of posts that you don’t want to have comments, publishing dates, post author, etc., you can define a list of excluded categories. In most cases, you should use Category Templates to achieve this functionality, but that is not always practical or the best option. Continue reading “Save Coding Time by Creating Special-Case Categories in WordPress”

WordPress Comment Form 404 Error – Now Fixed!

Disabling the Cookies for Comments plugin broke the comments form.

On the recommendation of Matt Cutts, I added the Cookies for Comments plugin to this blog, and also added their recommended .htaccess modifications:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_COOKIE} !^.*XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.*$
RewriteRule ^wp-comments-post.php - [F,L]

When I realized that Cookies for Comments was slowing down my blog considerably, I disabled the plugin, but did not think to  remove the .htaccess rewrite rule. The remaining .htaccess rules broke the comments on this blog (for two weeks now, could it be!?). Continue reading “WordPress Comment Form 404 Error – Now Fixed!”

How to Prevent Loading WP-DownloadManager's CSS File

Stop loading WP-Downloads CSS File

If you want to disable the WordPress plugin WP-DownloadManager‘s download-css.css file from being loaded, add the following code to your functions.php file:

remove_action('wp_print_styles', 'downloads_stylesheets');

Alternatively, if you would just like to use your own stylesheet, you can add a file named download-css.css to your theme’s directory, and the plugin will automatically load your stylesheet instead.

Improve Gravity Forms – Gravity Forms Addons Plugin

Download Gravity Forms Addons Plugin on WordPress.org

Gravity Forms + Directory Capabilities

Since Gravity Forms came out, it’s been transforming how WordPress can be used. It makes a contact form more than a contact form. It makes a contact form the basis for anything you can imagine.

The Gravity Forms Addons plugin has added Directory capability to Gravity Forms.

The directory shortcode

You can add a directory for any form using the directory shortcode. When you add the plugin, you’ll see a new button to the right of the Gravity Forms “Add Gravity Form” button. This pop-up has lots of configuration options. Click the “Show advanced settings” link for tons of configuration options.

Gravity Forms is Great. Let’s Make it Better.

To view one pane, the other panes close. What a pane in the ass! :-)
To view one pane, the other panes close. What a pane in the ass! 🙂

I really enjoy the Gravity Forms plugin. It’s a great form generator seemingly based on making a Wufoo-style experience for a WordPress form plugin.  It’s super-simple to use and set up, and I’ve set up my website request form using Gravity Forms.

Some little things make a big difference

One thing that has frustrated me about the plugin is that when selecting the type of field to add to the form, I had to click a box to show it, like the image to the right.  I knew that it would be a simple thing to fix…so I did.  Enter the Gravity Forms Addon plugin. Continue reading “Improve Gravity Forms – Gravity Forms Addons Plugin”

Add Canonical Tags to Shopp Plugin for SEO

I am building a store using the Shopp plugin, and I noticed that there are possibilities for duplicate content issues:

  • A product can be accessed both by /shop/{productID} and /shop/{product-slug}
  • A tag can be accessed using /shop/?shopp_tag={tag-uri} and /shop/tag/{tag-slug}
  • A tag can be accessed using /shop/?shopp_category={category-id} and /shop/{category-uri}

Should Google somehow find it’s way into indexing these pages, the value of the identical indexed pages may drop.  Canonical tags aim to remedy this situation, and are implemented by the hugely popular and awesome All in One SEO Pack plugin (see my other SEO tips regarding AIOSEO Pack plugin).

The Shopp plugin does not feature canonical tag support, so here’s a modification you can make that will add support for it without changing any core files in All in One SEO Pack, or in Shopp. Continue reading “Add Canonical Tags to Shopp Plugin for SEO”

Strip Extra ImageScaler Attribute from Plugin-Generated Code

I am using the ImageScaler plugin for WordPress on a project, and I like what it does, but it adds a non-standards-compliant attribute to images, such as:

<img class="" src="http://www.example.com/imagescaler/generated-image.jpg" alt="Example" width="258" height="234" imagescaler="http://www.example.com/imagescaler/original-image.jpg" />

To strip imagescaler’s imagescaler attribute, add the following into your functions.php file:

add_filter('the_content', 'strip_imagescaler');
function strip_imagescaler($content) {
	$content = preg_replace('/imagescaler="(.*?)".?/s','', $content);
	return $content;
}

Edit Product Link for Shopp Plugin

Shopp PluginIf you use the Shopp plugin for WordPress, you’ve likely found something frustrating: you click on the “Edit Post” link, and you get to edit the Store page, not the product in Shopp.

Here’s a quick fix: add the following to your theme’s functions.php file: Continue reading “Edit Product Link for Shopp Plugin”

Add Custom Taxonomy Title Tags Support to All-In-One SEO Pack

Get control over your custom taxonomy’s Title Tag

With Yoast’s Simple Taxonomies plugin, you can set up a custom categorization system for posts on your site known as a custom taxonomy. When trying to optimize these pages, I realized that the All in One SEO Pack plugin doesn’t have support for custom taxonomies, so it will not format the title properly. I’ve slapped together some code to improve the formatting of the title tag. See this code in action. Continue reading “Add Custom Taxonomy Title Tags Support to All-In-One SEO Pack”

Rich Text Tag, Category, and Taxonomy Descriptions for WordPress

Rich Text Tags Plugin on WordPress.org

Taxonomies, baby!The Rich Text Tags plugin allows you to use the WYSIWYG TinyMCE text editor (the WordPress default editor) while editing Categories, Tags, and taxonomies (custom categorization created by the Yoast Simple Taxonomies plugin). Continue reading “Rich Text Tag, Category, and Taxonomy Descriptions for WordPress”

Simple Taxonomies Formatting — Improve the Plugin's Code Output

Making the Simple Taxonomies WordPress Plugin Semantic

I’ve been using Joost de Valk’s Simple Taxonomies plugin for a couple of projects, and I’ve been very disappointed by the formatting of the terms output code.

When configuring the plugin, you have the option of choosing “Add terms to the end of posts” or “Add terms to the end of excerpts.” If you do, you get a <div> and a couple of spans. Not very semantic. Also, the code uses an #id, instead of a .class, meaning that if you have more than one post on a page with taxonomies, it no longer validates.

Simple Taxonomies uses terms, so let’s make a list of them!

Here’s a way to reformat the code and prevent overwriting in future plugin updates. We’re going to strip the code and use a definition list instead (<dl>). Definition lists in HTML have a term and description; just as a custom taxonomies creates a taxonomy and its terms. Continue reading “Simple Taxonomies Formatting — Improve the Plugin's Code Output”

Get Adjacent Images – More WordPress Functions

Get the adjacent photo, man.

WordPress, just get the adjacent image links. I’ll tell you what to do with them!

WordPress is normally great about providing functions that have a return and an echo version.  In WordPress, if a function has the prefix get_, then it does not echo (print it into the content), but rather returns the result so that it can be saved as a variable, like so:  $example = get_example();

There are some functions that only have echo capability, so I wanted to share my work-around with you all.

Updated image_link functions

  • adjacent_image_link() » get_adjacent_image_link()
  • previous_image_link() » get_previous_image_link()
  • next_image_link() » get_next_image_link()

Continue reading “Get Adjacent Images – More WordPress Functions”

WordPress Digg Shortcode Function – As Seen on WordPress.com

When moving from WordPress.com, my Digg shortcodes broke.

I wanted a simple way to transition my Digg chicklets to a WordPress.org installation.

I created a function that does nothing special, except for reproducing the Digg shortcode functionality on WordPress.com. All you need to do is enter [digg=http://digg.com/path_to_story_on_digg], and it will create a Digg This chicklet for you. Here’s the code in action →

Continue reading “WordPress Digg Shortcode Function – As Seen on WordPress.com”

How to Tell if Your WordPress Widget is Active

Check your  widget activation & settings

Also, How to Check Plugin Status

Ever wonder if your widget is activated on an external site?

Here’s how to find out.

When you register a sidebar widget, you use code like this:

register_sidebar_widget(array('Name of Widget', 'class-of-widget'), 'widget_function');

If you want to check whether the widget is activated (you may want to for a variety of reasons), you can do it like this (the “class-of-widget” value from above will be used in the code below): Continue reading “How to Tell if Your WordPress Widget is Active”

How to Create a Custom RSS Feed in WordPress in 12 Lines of Code

Custom RSS feed me!

Custom RSS feed me, Seymour

Recently I wanted to create a feed for Google base that used a bunch of custom fields that I had created. It wasn’t easy to find what I was looking for online, so I thought I’d show how simple it is to make a custom feed & feed template in WordPress. Continue reading “How to Create a Custom RSS Feed in WordPress in 12 Lines of Code”

Incorporate WordPress with Interspire Shopping Cart

I’m going to elaborate on this further (and about Interspire in general), but for those of you who want to make WordPress functions available throughout your shopping cart, here’s how:

Before the closing ?> in the init.php file, add the following code:
require(realpath(ISC_BASE_PATH).'/blog-directory/wp-blog-header.php');, where /blog-directory/ is your WP installation. If you installed it in the root directory, then you’d simply need require(realpath(ISC_BASE_PATH).'/wp-blog-header.php');
(see Update below).

Update: There is a bug that happens when the include is placed at the bottom of init.php; instead, add require(realpath(ISC_BASE_PATH).'/wp-blog-header.php'); on the line below require_once(dirname(__FILE__).'/lib/init.php'); (line 3).

Voila! That simple. Any questions?

Interspire + WordPress Update:

I don’t know if it’s because WordPress has been updated, or if it’s because Interspire has been, but there is a function conflict going on between the two softwares. Unfortunately, you need to replace your WordPress installation’s wp-includes/formatting.php file to have if(!function_exists()) for every function.

Here’s the file:
[download id=”6″]

Interspire + WordPress Update 2:

So, after searching Interspire Shopping Cart for each function in formatting.php, I found there are only two conflicting functions:

  • convert_chars()
  • stripslashes_deep()

If you wrap these functions found in /wp-includes/formatting.php in function_exists, everything works just dandy.

A very, vitally important note:

After some frustrating hours trying to figure out why adding products to the cart wasn’t working, I discovered that the WordPress function wp_unregister_GLOBALS() was screwing up the works. I also found another article with the same problem, and the solution: turn off register globals. You need to update your php.ini file with register_globals Off. You can also search Google for more info on how to do that.

SEODenver.com is new home of Denver Web Design & SEO Blog

Denver Web Design & SEO Blog has moved!

I’ve taken the plunge: the katzwebdesign.wordpress.com site is now mapped to seodenver.com, a domain I purchased last year. I’m not sure what the long-term plans are for this domain, but at least I’ll be building links to my own domain, not to WordPress.com…

SEO Randomizer: Save the Value of Your SEO'd Links

Search engines attribution link value is falling for SEOs and web designers.

Update: Now use the SEO WordSpinner plugin to implement this concept.
Use the get_seo_spin() PHP function in your theme’s footer.php file.

Footer links are dropping in SEO value

How to stay relevant while getting great links

As a web designer and SEO, I place links in the footers of most of my designs. Clients don’t mind (I always request the link), and it’s a high-quality link. Most small web design and SEO companies do.  Footer links have become very spammy, however, and sites try to stuff as many links there as possible.

SEOmoz has an article about footer link optimization and claims that

Footer links may be devalued by search engines automatically
Check out the evidence – Yahoo! says they may devalue footer links, Bill Slawski uncovers patents suggesting the same and anecdotal evidence suggests Google might do this (or go further) as well. Needless to say, if you want to make sure your links are passing maximum value, it’s wise to avoid the footer (particularly the footer class itself).

The era of the PageRank-passing footer links are coming to an end. The search engines have a good reason for devaluing the links — but how can we get the juice back?

Let’s consider the following issues: