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Best Free Visitor Statistics for a WordPress Blog

You have placed your new flashy wordpress theme, you have added a few quality articles and you are a proud man now. You are sure there are some visitors reading your blog posts already but you want all the details and you are right. Visitor tracking and detailed statistics is a vital parameter you need to follow so your blog can grow and head towards the right direction. I can help you about this by recommending some tried and tested tools/plugins.

1) If you are running wordpress blog, chances are you have met Statspress plugin. It is a great real-time tool for counting daily and monthly visitors with all the small details like: browser, Operating System, Country, IP, and complete referring details also . It is very practical and detailed for a new blog, but once your blog starts getting more than 1000 unique visitors a day, it becomes quite a burden on your server with huge database load it causes with constant writing and queries to the database.  The plugin’s database table (wp_statspress) gets so large, many hundreds of megabytes and the only solution I found around this is to empty the table each week, which is manual job and so boring.

Statspress plugin:
statspress plugin visitors

2) Statcounter.com is a great free tool, widely-used all across the world and it needs just a simple JavaScript code inserted in all pages of your website/ blog and provides you with simple real-time, easy-to-study stats information and referrers. it is worth mentioning that it is a web-based service and doesn’t take any of your server’s resources.

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Top 11 WordPress Plugins for 2012 for your site

I have recently read that WordPress powers 14.7 percent of the top million websites in the world. I think that this number is even bigger with the new sites popping-up each day, and this is our way of helping WordPress users, by listing the most useful and recommended plugins for the 2012 based on my experience in running over 200 WordPress Blogs :

  • Platinum SEO Pack -- Most powerful free SEO plugin that enables On-Page SEO Optimization Out-Of-The-Box with the default settings. No need to edit its settings if you want to start blogging immediately and you can come back later and fine tune some options.
  • Contact Form 7 -- Every wordpress blog needs a contact page and you should not delay installing this plugin. Just copy and paste the html code provided and name your new page “Contact” and you have a nice looking contact form.
  • Syon Easy Privacy Policy And Terms Of Use Plugin -- Similar like Contact Form 7 but provides a code which enables you to have Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in under 5 minutes total. It is recommended for any type of site, but IT IS A MUST for an Adsense site.
  • Google XML Sitemaps -- Simple to use plugin -- it creates a XML sitemap of your blog posts and pages so your sites is easily crawlable and SEO friendly (RECOMMENDED).

A glance into plugins section of this blog:
list of wordpress plugins

  • Quick Adsense -- Plugin that allows you to define up to 10 ads which will be shown in various positions in the blog post body and up to 10 sidebar ads. So flexible and allows you to experiment and get the best position for your text based ads or banners in no time and spend your precious time on writing more quality content.
  • Smart Update Pinger -- It adds to the pinging functionality of wordpress and pings the services only when you first publish the blog post, and not when you are doing updates later, so you can’t be banned for spamming.
  • Ultimate Google Analytics -- Just insert your tracking number and Google Analytics is installed on every page and blog post.
  • Pretty Link Lite -- It enables you to create (structure) pretty links and hide your affiliate links in this manner -- http://www.blog.com/product, it looks more professional and appealing.
  • Hyper Cache -- just enable this plugin and you are good to go (you don’t have to tweak and read extensive documentation to make it work), you have a professional caching enabled at loading and database performance on your server is greatly improved.
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin -- this stuff works so nice -- it brings your similar posts under the current article increasing the pageviews and improves the linking structure of your blog.
  • Scrolling Social Sharebar -- You can see it in action on this blog by the left border. It allows your visitors to share the content easily and they can’t miss it!

Feel free to comment and suggest some other plugins so we can add them on this list. If you like this list, please share it with your friends and coworkers!

 

 

The Most Important Micro Investment for the previous year

I have an excellent advice that I want to share. Analyzing my stats and revenue data from the previous 8 -- 9 months I have come to a conclusion for what has been my best micro investment in the previous 12 months.

It has a simple name: HP Laser Jet P1102 🙂 and here it is:

HP Laser Jet P1102


I know it sounds funny at first, but let me explain. During the previous few years and more, I regularly browsed internet marketing forums, blogs and expert resources related to this industry -- making money online and internet marketing.

So many times I would stumble upon some useful resource, like an excellent forum thread, 2-3 pages long informative blog post or a short eBook I just purchased. But all that would eventually be stored in some folder and collect digital dust. Sometimes I would read a part of it, the other times I would place it in a folder called “to do” or “eBooks for reading”….

But the end result was always the same, even if you read some useful resource, you don’t usually have time to take action at that exact moment when you finish reading the book/thread/blog post and when you actually do have time to do the execution part you have already completely forgotten about it.

But last summer I have found a solution for this problem. (more…)

Top 4 Books on Entrepreneurship you don’t wanna miss

Hello guys and gals.. I was thinking about what is the best way to start my money making blog and have come up with an idea to present you the books that have helped me a great deal on my road to financial freedom and entrepreneurship and literally transformed me from a lazy disorganized person to its opposite.

The books should be read in this order for a maximum effect.

Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill

01) Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – absolutely brilliant, all aspects of life --  a motivation, a proof that you can achieve anything you can imagine by deeply embedding that idea into your brain, firmly believing, making a detailed plan, setting a goal and taking action. The secret described in this book is being used by many famous and successful people in all aspects of life and industry!

Buy “Think And Grow Rich” on Amazon! (more…)