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How to Keep Your Website’s Content Fresh

When thinking of how to keep your website fresh, don’t underestimate the value of evergreen content, especially in a world where the pace of consumption moves as fast as it does.

If you publish on a weekly basis, you know it can be hard to keep up. Some days you’re strapped for time or resources or maybe the creative well has just run dry. But new content is what’s expected of you and your website, right?
Well, instead of fretting over the task of creating something from scratch every day, put some of your older, more popular pieces back to work.
Here are three ways to get more out of what’s already on your site:

1. Update and refresh.

I like to think of this as “content-riffing”. Dave Matthews has probably played Crash more times than he cares to think about, but I’m willing to bet he performs it slightly differently each time, and it’s still just as good. How can you do the same with your content?
One of our most popular blog posts is about the best times and days to publish on social media. It did well when we first published it, and we’ve continued to promote it on outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. But, while still applicable, it doesn’t necessarily count as a fresh piece of content that we could promote in, say, our weekly newsletter.
So, what’s one way to riff off this post? One thing we did was create a winter holiday edition. Posts that are styled in list form easily lend themselves to this strategy. Have a rundown on your Facebook best practices? Facebook is always changing, and there’s probably room for what you’ve written on the subject to as well. You could also expand and do a deep-dive, etc.

2. Think about how your content works on different platforms.

In a space that started with just a few players is now full of different platforms for you to share what you’ve created. And most times each of these social networks requires different tweaks. Think about how what you create on one platform, or even the different media you’ve used, can play to the strengths of other platforms.
For example, if you have a podcast, consider how you could take a show and put together a 300 word blog post summary. Break that down further by pulling out some quote-worthy lines, make it into an image or graphic, and now you’ve got great fodder for social media. Do this a few times, track your increases in engagement, and you have a blog post about how you improved your strategy. These types of micro-content can be easily digested by your followers.

3. Use content recommendation tools.

You’ve refreshed a post, promoted it on social media, and it’s brought visitors to your site. Now you want to keep them there. Content recommendation tools are a powerful way to do this. It’s also a way to surface older content. In addition, you can even use a Welcome Bar or Marketing Overlay to promote a particular post if you’re looking to drive traffic to a page.
These are just a few ways to start reviving older content. What issues are you facing with your content marketing and what’s your fix?
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15 SEO Best Practices for Structuring URLs

It's been a long time since we covered one of the most fundamental building blocks of SEO—the structure of domain names and URLs—and I think it's high time to revisit. But, an important caveat before we begin: the optimal structures and practices I'll be describing in the tips below are NOT absolutely critical on any/every page you create. This list should serve as an "it would be great if we could," not an "if we don't do things this way, the search engines will never rank us well." Google and Bing have come a long way and can handle a lot of technical challenges, but as always in SEO, the easier we make things for them (and for users), the better the results tend to be.

1: Whenever possible, use a single domain & subdomain

It's hard to argue this given the preponderance of evidence and examples of folks moving their content from a subdomain to subfolder and seeing improved results (or, worse, moving content to a subdomain and losing traffic). Whatever heuristics the engines use to judge whether content should inherit the ranking ability of its parent domain seem to have trouble consistently passing to subdomains.
That's not to say it can't work, and if a subdomain is the only way you can set up a blog or produce the content you need, then it's better than nothing. But your blog is far more likely to perform well in the rankings and to help the rest of your site's content perform well if it's all together on one sub and root domain.
subdomain vs. subfolders

2: The more readable by human beings, the better

It should come as no surprise that the easier a URL is to read for humans, the better it is for search engines. Accessibility has always been a part of SEO, but never more so than today, when engines can leverage advanced user and usage data signals to determine what people are engaging with vs. not.
Readability can be a subjective topic, but hopefully this illustration can help:
scale of url readability
The requirement isn't that every aspect of the URL must be absolutely clean and perfect, but that at least it can be easily understood and, hopefully, compelling to those seeking its content.

3: Keywords in URLs: still a good thing 

It's still the case that using the keywords you're targeting for rankings in your URLs is a solid idea. This is true for several reasons.
First, keywords in the URL help indicate to those who see your URL on social media, in an email, or as they hover on a link to click that they're getting what they want and expect, as shown in the Metafilter example below (note how hovering on the link shows the URL in the bottom-left-hand corner):
keywords in urls
Second, URLs get copied and pasted regularly, and when there's no anchor text used in a link, the URL itself serves as that anchor text (which is still a powerful input for rankings), e.g.:
url as anchor text
Third, and finally, keywords in the URL show up in search results, and  research has shown that the URL is one of the most prominent elements searchers consider when selecting which site to click.
urls in serps

4: Multiple URLs serving the same content? Canonicalize 'em!

If you have two URLs that serve very similar content, consider canonicalizing them, using either a 301 redirect (if there's no real reason to maintain the duplicate) or a rel=canonical (if you want to maintain slightly different versions for some visitors, e.g. a printer-friendly page).
Duplicate content isn't really a search engine penalty (at least, not until/unless you start duplicating at very large scales), but it can cause a split of ranking signals that can harm your search traffic potential. If Page A has some quantity of ranking ability and its duplicate, Page A2, has a similar quantity of ranking ability, by canonicalizing them, Page A can have a better chance to rank and earn visits.

5: Exclude dynamic parameters when possible

This kind of junk is ugly:
dynamic parameters in urls
If you can avoid using URL parameters, do so. If you have more than two URL parameters, it's probably worth making a serious investment to rewrite them as static, readable, text.
Most CMS platforms have become savvy to this over the years, but a few laggards remain. Check out tools like  mod_rewrite and ISAPI rewrite or MS' URL Rewrite Module (for IIS) to help with this process.
Some dynamic parameters are used for tracking clicks (like those inserted by popular social sharing apps such as Buffer). In general, these don't cause a huge problem, but they may make for somewhat unsightly and awkwardly long URLs. Use your own judgement around whether the tracking parameter benefits outweigh the negatives.
vanity domain urls click volume
Research from a  2014 RadiumOne study suggests that social sharing (which has positive, but usually indirect impacts on SEO) with shorter URLs that clearly communicate the site and content perform better than non-branded shorteners or long, unclear URL strings.

6: Shorter > longer

Shorter URLs are, generally speaking, preferable. You don't need to take this to the extreme, and if your URL is already less than 50-60 characters, don't worry about it at all. But if you have URLs pushing 100+ characters, there's probably an opportunity to rewrite them and gain value.
This isn't a direct problem with Google or Bing—the search engines can process long URLs without much trouble. The issue, instead, lies with usability and user experience. Shorter URLs are easier to parse, to copy and paste, to share on social media, and to embed, and while these might all add up to only a fractional improvement in sharing or amplification, every tweet, like, share, pin, email, and link matters (either directly or, often, indirectly).

7: Match URLs to titles most of the time (when it makes sense)

This doesn't mean that if the title of your piece is "My Favorite 7 Bottles of Islay Whisky (and how one of them cost me my entire Lego collection)" that your URL has to be a perfect match. Something like
would be just fine. So, too would
or variations on these. The matching accomplishes a mostly human-centric goal, i.e. to imbue an excellent sense of what the web user will find on the page through the URL and then to deliver on that expectation with the headline/title.
It's for this same reason that we strongly recommend keeping the page title (which engines display prominently on their search results pages) and the visible headline on the page a close match as well—one creates an expectation, and the other delivers on it.
clear vs unclear url on facebook
For example, above, you'll see two URLs I shared on Facebook. In the first, it's wholly unclear what you might find on the page. It's in the news section the BBC's website, but beyond that, there's no way to know what you might find there. In the second, however, Pacific Standard magazine has made it easy for the URL to give insight into the article's content, and then the title of the piece delivers:
We should aim for a similar level of clarity in our own URLs and titles.

8: Including stop words isn't necessary

If your title/headline includes stop  words (and, or, but, of, the, a, etc.), it's not critical to put them in the URL. You don't have to leave them out, either, but it can sometimes help to make a URL shorter and more readable in some sharing contexts. Use your best judgement on whether to include or not based on the readability vs. length.
You can see in the URL of this particular post you're now reading, for example, that I've chosen to leave in "for" because I think it's easier to read with the stop word than without, and it doesn't extend the URL length too far.

9: Remove/control for unwieldy punctuation characters

There are a number of text characters that become nasty bits of hard-to-read cruft when inserted in the URL string. In general, it's a best practice to remove or control for these. There's a great  list of safe vs. unsafe characters available on Perishable Press:
safe vs unsafe characters in urls
It's not merely the poor readability these characters might cause, but also the potential for breaking certain browsers, crawlers, or proper parsing.

10: Limit redirection hops to two or fewer

If a user or crawler requests URL A, which redirects to URL B. That's cool. It's even OK if URL B then redirects to URL C (not great—it would be more ideal to point URL A directly to URL C, but not terrible). However, if the URL redirect string continues past two hops, you could get into trouble.
Generally speaking, search engines will follow these longer redirect jumps, but they've recommended against the practice in the past, and for less "important" URLs (in their eyes), they may not follow or count the ranking signals of the redirecting URLs as completely.
The bigger trouble is browsers and users, who are both slowed down and sometimes even stymied (mobile browsers in particular can occasionally struggle with this) by longer redirect strings. Keep redirects to a minimum and you'll set yourself up for less problems.

11: Fewer folders is generally better

Take a URL like this:
And consider, instead, structuring it like this:
It's not that the slashes (aka folders) will necessarily harm performance, but it can create a perception of site depth for both engines and users, as well as making edits to the URL string considerably more complex (at least, in most CMS' protocols).
There's no hard and fast requirement—this is another one where it's important to use your best judgement.

12: Avoid hashes in URLs that create separate/unique content 

The hash (or URL fragment identifier) has historically been a way to send a visitor to a specific location on a given page (e.g. Moz's blog posts use the hash to navigate you to a particular comment, like  this one from my wife). Hashes can also be used like tracking parameters (e.g. randswhisky.com/lagavulin#src=twitter). Using URL hashes for something other than these, such as showing unique content than what's available on the page without the hash or wholly separate pages is generally a bad idea.
There are exceptions, like those Google enables for developers seeking to use the hashbang format for dynamic AJAX applications, but even these aren't nearly as clean, visitor-friendly, or simple from an SEO perspective as statically rewritten URLs. Sites from Amazon to Twitter have found tremendous benefit in simplifying their previously complex and hash/hashbang-employing URLs. If you can avoid it, do.

13: Be wary of case sensitivity

A couple years back, John Sherrod of Search Discovery  wrote an excellent piece noting the challenges and issues around case-sensitivity in URLs. Long story short—if you're using Microsoft/IIS servers, you're generally in the clear. If you're hosting with Linux/UNIX, you can get into trouble as they can interpret separate cases, and thus randswhisky.com/AbC could be a different piece of content from randswhisky.com/aBc. That's bad biscuits.
microsoft vs unix case sensitive urls
In an ideal world, you want URLs that use the wrong case to automatically redirect/canonicalize to the right one. There are htaccess rewrite protocols to assist ( like this one)—highly recommended if you're facing this problem.

14: Hyphens and underscores are preferred word separators

Notably missing (for the first time in my many years updating this piece) is my recommendation to avoid underscores as word separators in URLs. In the last few years, the search engines have successfully overcome their previous challenges with this issue and now treat underscores and hyphens similarly.
Spaces can work, but they render awkwardly in URLs as %20, which detracts from the readability of your pages. Try to avoid them if possible (it's usually pretty easy in a modern CMS).

15: Keyword stuffing and repetition are pointless and make your site look spammy

Check out the search result listing below, and you'll see a whole lot of "canoe puppies" in the URL. That's probably not ideal, and it could drive some searchers to bias against wanting to click.
keyword stuffing urls
Repetition like this doesn't help your search rankings—Google and Bing have moved far beyond algorithms that positively reward a keyword appearing multiple times in the URL string. Don't hurt your chances of earning a click (which CAN impact your rankings) by overdoing keyword matching/repetition in your URLs.

Best of luck with all your URL creation and optimization efforts! Please feel free to leave any additions, ideas, or observations in the comments below.
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How To Insert Tables In WordPress Without Plugin

When you are doing a comparison or writing a detailed post, sometime adding a table helps to deliver the message in the right way. In WordPress, there are multiple ways by which you can add tables in your blog post. One of the most popular plugin to add table in WordPress is TablePress, but you might not like to be dependent on a plugin for adding tables in 1-2 blog posts. Is int it?

There are few alternate ways by which you can insert tables in WordPress, and today I will be sharing about one WordPress plugin which you should install now and it will enhance the functionality of your WordPress editor. If you are wondering why I used “insert tables without plugin”, here is the explanation: The plugin which I’m talking about is TinyMCE Advanced which enhances the feature of WordPress WYSIWYG editor, and even though you use this plugin to insert tables or do advance formatting, disabling the plugin will not affect your formatting. This plugin just helps you to do advanced customisation in post editor with the help of HTML and you can disable the plugin anytime.

How to use TinyMCE Advanced to add Tables and format your blog post?

After using this plugin I realised how essential this plugin is and it should be a part of your WordPress core features. Since it’s not, you should add this plugin in your WordPress blog (Plugin link) and it will enable advanced formatting feature in your WordPress post editor.
In this guide I will show you how to insert tables using this plugin, and some more features that you get after activating this plugin. Once you have downloaded and activated the plugin, you can configure the settings from Settings > TinyMCE Advanced and this is what configuration page looks like:
TinyMCE Advanced WordPress plugin

You can drag and drop buttons from Unused buttons section to toolbar and click on save changes. This way, you will be able to see the buttons in your WordPress editor section for advanced formatting. Once you are done with this, click on create new post and here you can start with advanced formatting along with inserting tables into your WordPress post.

Inserting Table into WordPress post :

Go to write new post> and select the tables and select the number of row and column you need for your tables. (See below screenshot)
Insert tables into WordPress

Once the table is added, you can click the corner of the table to resize the table to fit perfectly into your blog post. That is it, now starting filling the row and columns, and you can add new rows or column into existing table anytime. You can always click on tables > Table properties and define the background and border color to beautify it.
Don’t limit yourself with only adding tables using this plugin, as there are more advanced formatting feature which you will love after using this plugin. Here are few features which I liked the most:
  • Font size: Select ant text and you can define the font size of the text.
  • Subscript and superscript.
  • Background color : Select any text and add background color to it.
  • Horizontal line: With one click add a horizontal line.
As I mentioned above this plugin should be a part of WordPress core features, and since it’s not, go ahead and install it to enjoy advanced formatting in WordPress. If you know of similar plugin do let me know via comments.
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How To Increase Blog Traffic In Any Niche Without Google

Many new website owners and bloggers hope to use SEO to generate floods of traffic.
More often than not they fail to get any rankings or traffic and often destroy their own site through spamming it with links.
This article is meant to show you some of the possibilities outside of Google and SEO.
I also want to emphasize the power of guest posting and also tell you about some lesser known traffic generation techniques. In the end, it all comes down to the people you know and the network you're able to leverage.
Find out how to tap into traffic sources you might not have heard of before or just never thought it would benefit your business.
These exact tactics enabled me to jumpstart my blog and get over 15 000 visitors in the first three months online without having a mailing list or other connections.


2 Use Stumbleupon

There are several things you can do to open the floodgates for Stumbleupon traffic each time you hit the publish button. I have written about them here are the main tips:

  • Write awesome content of 700+ words
  • List posts with lots of images do very well
  • Choose the right category. Food, animals and photography is huge on Stumbleupon
  • Make your content visual using unique pictures and videos
  • Have a catchy headline
  • No ad stuffing (AdSense)
  • Pay for Stumbles, when you see it gains traction
There's a lot more to it, but you are off to a good start when you implement these quick tips. Even Neil Patel used this network to push his content to the blogging world.

Email Your List

3 Email Your List

No matter how big or small your current list size is, send them an update about your new posts.
It happened to me and it also happens to the big boys:
You're busy doing "stuff" and forget to mail out! That's a no go.
Having an email list is your most important asset and you should definitely use it.
Even when you have set up an autoresponder sequence you can still send out newsletters.
Those guys opted in because they WANT to hear from you and read your stuff.
If you are still on the fence and didn't start your own list I highly recommend getting started with email marketing and pump up your subscriber conversion rate like Stuart recommended to Matthew Woodward.

Images and Image Hover Plugins

4 Compelling Images

This is one of my biggest traffic drivers right now.
Just install a plugin like Frizzly or Monarch to get nice sharing buttons on image hover.
I create images to illustrate posts, use them for internal linking through post thumbnails, featured images and more.
All of these also show up in my Twitter cards, Facebook updates and so on.
These days it's quite easy to create nice images without being a graphic designer. Here are my favorite resources:

It depends on your preferences, but with some stock photos and Canva you can come a long way. To make them even smaller and load faster on the web I use a free webresizer and the Kraken image compression tool.  

Share Content Multiple Times on Social Media

5 Share Content

The folks over at Buffer recently posted an article where they analyzed the benefits of sharing content more than once on your social media channels.
Especially on Twitter this works exceptionally well.
You can reach followers in multiple time zones this way or just people who weren't online when you shared it the first time around.
This can result in more re-shares, increased blog traffic, higher CTR and many other positive effects.
Bufferapp can help you to automate this, but there are also several other tools you could use. 

Social Metadata (Twitter Cards, Facebook Open Graph...)

6 Use Social Metadata

One traffic generation technique that is totally passive - but works really well - is applying social metadata. Like rich snippet markup for Google there are equivalents for social networks.
Here are the most popular I use and I recommend for you too:

  • Twitter Cards
  • Rich Pins
  • Facebook Open Graph
This will set you up to get more traffic from Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and even Google+ without working harder. It allows your shared articles to include images and look nice.
I use a plugin called WP Social (Pro) which allows to customize nearly everything related to social metadata. You can also get some of the above-mentioned benefits using Yoast WordPress SEO which is a popular free plugin.

Improve Site Speed

7 Improve Website Speed

Improving your website speed can be a legit method to get a lower bounce rate which in return can lead to better conversions and higher rankings in Google.
You should aim to get any WordPress site to load under three seconds to achieve the best results.
I recommend installing a caching plugin like W3 Cache or WP Super Cache.
On top, you should lazy load images and have a pretty clean coded theme. Premium hosting can also help to improve your site speed and traffic a lot.
No matter which plugins you use, keep in mind every plugin may slow down your site if not executed properly.
As a rule of thumb, one could say lesser plugins installed equal a faster website.
No need to geek out on site speed, but it is something very important you should check from time to time in your online journey.

Guest Posts

8 Guest Posts

Often talked about and often done wrong.
I'm talking about guest posts. This is one of the best traffic generation strategies I know of, but also one that needs more work on your side.
Put out your best work and publish it on another blog to get the biggest results.
Your own blog may have no traffic yet, but the popular blog you submit your post to does.
If you establish a relationship with the blog owner he might even allow you to post again (thanks, Stuart!) or promote some content on your blog.
You could also work together on future projects, do interviews or roundup posts and more.
Guest posting often is the next step after commenting and helps a lot with networking.
Maybe the blogger can introduce you to somebody you didn't know before? A single influencer connection can make it or break it.

Google+ Communities

9 Google Plus Communities

This is something I recently discovered while I joined a niche Google+ group founded by Jon Haver.
These kind of communities can drive some serious traffic if you get your hands dirty and give value to the group.
You need to participate by answering questions from other members, help out with links (not your own links only!), +1 other peoples comments and so on.
After some time, you will earn respect from the group.
Now you can start spreading your own links into the discussion, but never stop interacting on other posts.
I already recognized large groups aren't necessarily the best, sometimes small groups are more active.
Share free tools you know of, posts from authority blogs and simply be helpful.
It may be some work in the beginning, but it definitely pays big time. Similar tactics can work for Facebook groups, but I'm not experienced there.

Be Effective by Using Tools

10 Tools New

Most marketing and outreach can be done manually, but that's not always the most effective way.
It can take you longer and be ineffective because your time probably is spent better elsewhere.
I always recommend tools like Buzzbundle, TweetAttack, Buffer, Hootsuite and others to automate parts of your daily tasks. This will help you to get more done in less time.
In the end, it definitely will bring you more short term visitors to your blog and traffic will even increase over time.
Many of those tools are either available in a free version or you can get a free trial. Start with those and pick the software or web app you like best and see success with.

Content Aggregation Sites

11 Content Aggregator Sites

Spending some time on research you can find several places to submit your links to.
Submit your site to aggregators like AllTop.com, Affposts.com, AffBuzz.com, and AffDaily.com.
Some of them are paid, some free. I have good experiences with AllTop.com which took some time to get approved, but sends quality web traffic now. Just a trickle, but it adds up.
Here are some other popular sites you could give a try:

On top of the free traffic and exposure, you will gain some high-quality links to improve your off-page SEO. I think it's time well spent to check out those sites and pick the ones that are helpful for you.

Paid Traffic

12 Paid Traffic

Don't be afraid to use paid traffic. If done right, paid advertising can result in a crazy ROI and earn you decent money. Almost every social network has its own ad platform built in.
Here are some of the leaders right now:

  • Facebook Ads (best targeting options of all networks)
  • Twitter Ads (useful to collect leads)
  • Reddit Ads (can be cheap if done right)
  • Stumbleupon Paid Discovery (drives huge amounts of traffic in a short time frame)
  • Pinterest Ads (quite new on the market, try it yourself)
I'm sure you can find more on your own if you need to.
There are also classic options like banner advertising on the Google Ad Network or BuySellAds.com.
You could even go out and find individual blogs to advertise on or use someone on Fiverr.
Content Discovery Networks also can be interesting for "viral news" type sites. These are more advanced, but can work well.
For example:

  • Outbrain
  • Taboola
  • Gravity
  • MGID
  • Disqus
  • Content.ad
  • nRelate
I would recommend these only if you can afford a decent budget. Paid content discovery networks can be a lot of trial and error to find converting headlines to make them profitable.

Recycle Old Posts

13 Recycle Old

One of the most effective strategies to get the most traffic out of each post you write is to re-purpose it on other sites. This doesn't mean content syndication, but changing the medium.
This means in case of a blog post you can do the following after publishing it on your own site:
  • change it into a PDF as leadmagnet
  • submit the PDF on doc sharing sites
  • create a Slideshare
  • turn the Slideshare into a video
  • turn the video into a podcast
  • rewrite your notes as a guest post
Many of the above-mentioned steps do not take much time to complete, but the traffic you will get can be worth it.
I like to call this satellite marketing because you not only get traffic from your own domain, but several satellite sites also.

Traffic Generation Summary

No need to be an SEO professional, you can still make it.
It's all about being consistent and putting the work in.
It may take you several hours or even days to write a guest post, submit content to third-party sites or implement social metadata on your blog.
Believe me, your time is not wasted. The word will spread, your blog traffic will grow and so will your income.
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Best Android apps for saving content to read later

There’s no shortage of news on the internet no matter what topics or hobbies you’re into, and sometimes it can be tough to stay on top of keeping up with it, especially if you’re busy with families, jobs, or anything else. When you’re browsing your Twitter timeline on a break at work, you might see an interesting article about a new Android phone, but you might not have enough time to actually read it right then and there. You could always bookmark the page in your favorite web browser, but then you’ll end up with a ton of clutter, and managing those would be a headache.
Fortunately, there are several apps and services that try to tackle this problem. These apps give you a separate area to save and bookmark content to read later so they’re not muddled in with your regular bookmarks in Chrome. Plus, they offer a few different things that your typical browser won’t offer, like easy tagging and archiving of articles. We’ll go over a few of the best options to get you started.


pocketPocket, which actually used to be called Read It Later, is one of the best apps for saving content to check out later. The app itself takes a very simple approach to keeping up with your stuff. Just ind the website, video, or link that you want to save, and share it like you would if you wanted to email it to a friend. Instead of emailing it, though, just use the Add to Pocket button in Android’s contextual sharing menu. Poof, Pocket will hang on to that article indefinitely.
Once content is in Pocket, you can do a few things with it. If you’re an organizational person like I am, you can tag articles and content with any number of user-defined tags to make everything easier to find later. You could tag your saved Android articles with “Android” and “technology,” for example, and then browse through all of your tags later to read up on that particular topic. Once you’re done with an article, you can mark it as done so it’ll disappear to an archive of things you’ve read, or you can favorite it to further separate it from other articles. That’s useful in place of actually bookmarking something you think you’ll come back to more than once.
Pocket also offers a few other nifty features, including being able to save articles for offline viewing, and once you’ve saved enough articles, you’ll have access to the Highlights feature that displays and organizes all of your content in a way that makes it easy to read the important stuff first. It’s almost like your own personal curated news source.
One of the best things about Pocket is how widely available it is. There’s an Android app, iOS app, plus tons of extensions and web pages for any browser you’re using. There’s also a Pocket Premium subscription that brings a few extra features to the app, including quicker tools to organize your library of random articles and videos.
Play Store Download Link


readabilityReadability is another fantastic “save for later” app that focuses on building a clean, de-cluttered reading list based on what you want to keep up with. Like Pocket and other apps, all you have to do is add an article to Readability, and let the service handle the rest.

Readability keeps up with saved articles in your reading list, and whenever you want to catch up on your reading, the app will display everything in a very clean style without all of the clutter that’s normally coupled with websites. It removes lots of the extra visual fluff on sites and puts all of the content into a single column view for reading. It can sometimes be distracting to read an article with tons of links and ads all over the sidebar, especially if it’s an article that requires some critical thinking. Readability solves that problem in the most elegant way possible.

Of course, the app wouldn’t be complete without a few customization and sharing options. You can adjust how large or small text is, plus change the fonts completely and use either a day or night mode. And once an article is in your reading list, you can save it as a favorite, archive it for later, or send a link to your friends. Like Pocket, there are apps for most ecosystems and browsers, so you’ll never be without access to your reading list.

If you’re looking for something a little more clean than Pocket, Readability offers an excellent, completely free alternative.
Play Store Download Link


instapaperInstapaper started as a paid iOS app before transitioning to a free model, then finally making its way to Android. Since then, it has grown into a clean, effective way to manage articles and information on multiple devices. It sits somewhere between Pocket and Readability, as it offers more features than Readability but a cleaner, simpler interface than Pocket.

Like the other apps, you can quickly save an article to your Instapaper account, which can then be accessed later on the web or any other device with the Instapaper app installed. Instapaper typically only saves the text portions of web sites, so you won’t see the excess clutter or anything else when you’re viewing it later. This cleaned up, text-only look perfectly matches the white interface that Instapaper sports within its app.

Instapaper has a very well optimized tablet interface, plus a slew of customization options for viewing your articles. You can adjust font sizes and types, margins and line spacing, and switch between a light and dark mode, depending on your preference. You also get a handful of sorting options for looking through your clips, such as article length, popularity, or date. There’s also a completely random shuffle mode for articles, too.

A very cool feature that Instapaper offers is its highlighting tool. Since the app only displays site’s text, you can use the tool to highlight specific sentences, paragraphs, or quotes, and save them for later or share them. It’s just like using a highlighter in real life, but significantly more versatile.

Instapaper will hold 500 articles on your device at one time, but on the web, there’s no limit on your account. Pretty cool for a free service.
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Any guide isn’t really complete until Evernote manages to work its way in, and yep, the note-taking, jack-of-all-trades application does make a pretty decent bookmarking/read later service. It’s not specifically designed to handle your web content like that, but it does it well enough that it might be just what you need to integrate with everything else you already have on Evernote.

Evernote has complete web clipping functionality built right in, although it’s not quite as obvious to access as the other apps. If you’re looking at an article, you can share the content to Evernote with Android’s built-in sharing menu. If you don’t do anything, Evernote will save that URL in a note with the web page as its title. If you tap the Evernote icon right after sharing it, you’ll have the option to add some tags to your note and clip the entire article instead of just the URL. This works pretty similarly to how the web clipper extension does with a desktop browser. The only problem is that you cannot save a simplified version of the article from your mobile device, but you can on the desktop.

Aside from that, Evernote goes toe-to-toe with all of the other apps with its feature list. You’ll still get a very robust tagging system, simple ways to organize different links into different notebooks, and complete integration with the rest of your Evernote items if you already use the service for other things. This can be extremely useful to have everything in one place, especially if you use it for things like cooking recipes or any kind of research.

Like all of the other apps, Evernote has a presence on every major platform, and there are tons of extensions and add-ons for it, too, so you’ll have complete access to any articles, videos, pictures, or anything else that you need to save. Plus, with some of Evernote’s more advanced tools like Skitch and their Web Clipper, you get more fine-tuned control over exactly what you’re saving. That might be overkill for some people, but power users may appreciate the extra features.
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These apps all do an excellent job of saving the important stuff that you want to read. Each one offers something a little different from their competitors, but they’ll all help to keep you organized and on top of your favorite stories.

Do you have another favorite app that I missed? Let me know in the comments.
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How to sync Chrome tabs across your phone, tablet, and computer

Being able to take an existing tab and reopen it on another device is a beautiful thing that Chrome allows. All that is required is a Google account and devices with Chrome installed. Tabs are then able to be reopened on any phone, tablet, or computer. Chrome Tab Sync is handy in various situations that users will encounter. Whether it is because browsing abruptly stopped or viewing would be ideal on another device, Chrome Tab Sync provides users with a versatile option for moving tabs.
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The first thing to do, regardless of the devices being used, is making sure that you are logged in. On an Android phone or tablet, there is a good chance that you are already logged in; however, just make sure by heading into the settings of Chrome and locating the appropriate account. Computers with Chrome installed all have the same menu button in the top right corner. There, select Settings and the sign-in option is the first item on the list. Users of Chrome OS devices have nothing to do in this area because the system requires a Google account. The most important thing to remember is that the same Google account will be needed on multiple devices.
Using a phone or tablet:
The setup of Chrome Tab Sync for phones and tablets is identical because the Chrome app for both form factors does not differ. So the directions provided here, from a Nexus 9, will match any other Android device that has the latest version of the Chrome app. Head into the settings of Chrome and, along with adjusting everything else, select which account(s) will be synced or not.
The items that can be synced by Chrome include Autofill, Bookmarks, History, Passwords, and Open tabs. If all of those sound appealing, go right ahead and choose Sync everything. The Open tabs option is necessary for Chrome Tab Sync because that is what gives Chrome the capability of identifying a tab from other devices. Also, choosing History can be useful as well because any page ever opened on any device will always be accessible.
Now everything is prepared for Chrome Tab Sync to work.
Launching a new tab in the Chrome app will show the familiar Google page with search, recent visits, Bookmarks, and Recent tabs displayed. Plenty of options are provided but only Recent tabs is valuable (bottom right); however, the only way that it will actually be valuable is if tabs have been opened on other devices. With nothing else opened, there is nothing to see. You can also get to the recent tabs by tapping on the three dot menu at the top right and selecting Recent tabs.
Every tab opened through Chrome on my Acer Chromebook 13 and HTC One (M8) can be seen above. To test the accuracy, just open a tab on another synced device and monitor the page. It should be updated within three seconds; the URL appears first and then refreshes with the link’s title. Select anything listed to see it mirrored just as it was before.
Using a computer:
Getting everything setup on a computer, no matter the operating system, is almost identical to doing so on an phone or tablet. We can thank Google for making a pretty uniform experience between our devices. Underneath the menu button, select Settings and then find Advanced sync settings. Look familiar? That is because the same items were listed in the Chrome app! Yet again, Open tabs is necessary. Make sure that the check box is checked and save the settings.
There are multiple approaches to viewing tabs on a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. The method that will take the most amount of time is opening the History page. That will show everything from open tabs to a full history from every device. The more efficient and sensible way to view these tabs is to find Recent Tabs after selecting the menu button. It keeps everything organized in a tight space rather than covering an entire page.
Simple enough, right? Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
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Important points to remember when you are planning to migrate your old website to WordPress

Firstly you need to understand some basic points about WordPress. WordPress is one of the leading content management web software ,and you can build so many kind of websites and web portals with WordPress. Itincludes news / media websites,business,tourism portals,shopping cart websites and so on.When you are planning to migrate your website with such a powerful software you have to keep so many things in your mind.

1.Choose WordPress supported hosting services.

When you planning to buy a new hosting service or you already have a hosting services with you,in both conditions you have to check few things in your web hosting services. WordPress recommend a web host which meets minimum requirement for the smooth working of the software.
For better performance select a Linux based hosting services which supports php (5.2.4 or greater ) and Mysql (5.0 or greater).and the web host must support mod_rewrite Apache module.Please never use a free hosting service for hosting your website. It will really affect your website in so many ways.
WordPress itself recommend few hosting services Bluehost, Dreamhost, Laughing Squid,etc. these hosting services are affordable as compared to other hosting services. But my personal recommendation is Godaddy wordpress hosting service, may be this will be little expensive as compared to other hosting services,but i am quite satisfy with this hosting services and never encountered any problem like server down or any kind of bandwidth related problems.
Best WordPress hosting services and their comparisons based on Price,features,Performance.

2.Extract all the existing files and folders from the old server

if your existing server satisfy all the required features then its OK but you must back up the entire website because if there is any error encountered during the installation process the data will be safe.

3. Download and install latest WordPress Software

Download the latest stable version of wordpress from wordpress.org site and upload it to the server and install the software.

4.Configure your New WordPress site

Don’t think everything is OK after installing WordPress software.Its just the beginning. A Search engine friendly website is very important. WordPress itself is not search engine friendly.You need to configure it
with SEO plugins. Generally Yoast SEO plugin is used for it.There is also some other plugins that is very important for a website which publish news and articles.

5.Select a theme for your WordPress website. 

By default every WordPress site has 3 basic themes.You can select any one of them,May be these themes are not satisfy your requirements; in such condition ,you can buy any premium theme from premium WordPress theme selling sites like themeforest,Template monster, WordPress.com etc.

6.Migration process.

When you are ready to migrate your old website to WordPress. one thing is important that which kind of software you used to create your old website.If you create it with custom script or software tool which is not so popular then you must do all the process manually by copying the content and paste to the new website.Then there will have the possibility to change the URL structure,that may really affect the search engine ranking.so you need to do one important steps to avoid the drop of traffic from search engine. For this you need to redirect the old URL to the new URL. 301 permanent URL redirection is recommend in this condition.
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13 Rules to Correctly Optimize Your Blog in WordPress

WordPress is a great tool for your website and blog hosting. It can help you create great posts that rank well, but you need to make sure you do a few things to optimize your WordPress posts correctly in order to get the most out of your blog ranking possibilities.
There are some great ways to optimize it and some are quite simple. I am going to take a look at the top rules to follow when it comes to correctly optimizing your blogs in WordPress to help you succeed in bringing in awesome clicks and revenue.

1. Use SEO Themes and Plugins for WordPress.  

When you create a WordPress blog, you have the ability to use themes and plugins that were created by various WordPress designers. Some of these are made to be SEO optimized for users, which can greatly benefit you. Look through and find the ones that could work for your business and blogging purposes. However, you should remember that, even though you use an SEO optimized theme or plugin, you will still need to do some manual SEO tricks to get the best results.

2. Make Sure Your Permalinks are Readable.  

When you create permalinks in WordPress, you will have a default link that comes up, but it doesn’t look very attractive, nor is it readable. WordPress gives you the option to change the permalink title to make it readable and match your headline. For example, if you are writing on snowy weather safety items, you can create a link that looks similar to www.yourcoolsite.com/snowy-weather-safety instead of the jumbled default that is usually just a bunch of numbers and letters. You can also add the date format to your option if you want, but either way is fine and will help make your link readable.

3. Use Title and Meta Tags.  

If you are new to blogging and SEO, you might not realize that it entails a lot more than just writing and publishing posts. When you use WordPress, you are able to use title and meta tags that can help your site rank on the search engine. You need to make sure you are using these with every post to get the best results. Be sure that you use the same keyword in your tags that you use throughout your blog!

4. Always Write Quality Content.  

When you are writing blogs on WordPress, you need to make sure they are quality. This is common sense for all forms of content and blog hosting, but it is something you really want to do on WordPress. What can happen with awesome blog posts is you can increase your readership, and other bloggers might just link back to your posts when they write their content. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Quality is important on all content platforms, keep it great for WordPress.

5. Optimize Your Images and Other Content Formats. 

 You’ve written your content, you’ve used your meta and title tags, so you’re done with optimization, right? Not completely. WordPress gives you the chance to optimize various aspects of each individual post, helping you to get the best results. One thing you need to make sure you optimize is your images. Images are important to have on your blogs because they can add a sort of emotional connection between you and the reader. Images also help encourage someone to read a blog post once they’ve clicked on an enticing headline. This means that you will want to use images on each and every post. When you do that, you get the chance to optimize your post further.

6. Use Links Correctly.

 Adding links to blogs is a great way to get people to visit other places on your website or other resources. This is great because it can help your website rank higher on the search engines. When you link to outside resources, always make sure it is a high-quality source. The best way to tell is to get Moz’s MozBar, which helps you learn the domain authority of a website. I usually aim for ones that have a domain authority of 80 or more. However, if that is a challenge, I always make sure never to go below a DA of 50.You should also make sure you are not linking to your own site too much, as this can look like spam. Consider only linking to three pages to get good coverage without posting too much.

7. Utilize Different Plugins for Your Site.  

WordPress has a lot of great plugins that you can use on your blog. Make sure to use these for the results you want and need. Before choosing one, however, you need to make sure it is one that will truly benefit you. You don’t want to install one that wouldn’t be beneficial. One of the main reasons you need to make sure it is a plugin that will help you is because plugins will make your website run and load slower. Having your website load quickly is important in both ranking and user experience. Do some research into the available WordPress plugins and see if any can help your website.

8. Use Low Competition Key Phrases. 

 The best way to get great results from your WordPress blog is to optimize it with low competition keywords and phrases. This can help you generate more clicks and ranks on the search engine results page (SERP) while keeping you from being buried by a keyword that has high competition. You can figure out which keywords you can use by doing some basic keyword research or hiring a professional to do full keyword research for you.

9. Get an SEO Consult to Get the Best Results.  

Sometimes, many people think that they can easily handle the SEO needs on WordPress either by doing a few basic things or by installing the SEO plugin. However, you may need more information on the top keywords for your business, knowing which ones are lower competition and can bring in more clicks and views. SEO consults can do this research for you, helping you find the best keywords or phrases for your business, helping you craft excellent pages and blogs.

10. Put Blogs in One Category.  

You are given the option to put your blogs into multiple categories on WordPress, which seems like it can be very helpful. However, this can become troublesome for you because each category you file your blogs into creates a new URL, which then leads to the dreaded duplicate content. You know full well that you need to stay away from that, but what if you really wanted to use multiple categories? You can actually inform Google of which pages are being filed away and link them to the original blog to index. This will help keep your site from getting penalized. If you find out that you can file your content into different categories without a new URL, then you are safe, but you need to make sure of it first before taking that step.

11. Make Sure You Use the Language of Your Users.  

Another problem some sites encounter when optimizing for WordPress is not using the language of their users. For example, if you have a business that is attempting to reach people in Japan or Mexico, you need to make sure you write in their language. The same goes for if you are a company from Japan who is aiming to get an English audience. Now, if you’re not sure on how you can accomplish this, WordPress does allow for you to create the capability of having your blogs translated into the reader’s native tongue. This can also help immensely if you randomly start getting visitors from Russia or other countries that do not speak your native language. These users can use WordPress to translate your site, which might make them become clients!

12. Choose a Keyword or Phrase and Stick With it.  

You can have a couple different keywords that you want to focus on, but when it comes to optimizing your WordPress blogs, you should always choose one and stick with it. This allows you to use it in the best ways possible, creating better results. For example, if you are selling vegetable hair dye and are focusing on the keyword “safe hair dye,” you would use that particular one when you write your blog. Make sure you include it in your title, meta tags, and as an anchor text.

13. Use Your Anchor Text Correctly.  

You need to make sure you are also using your anchor text correctly. What is anchor text? It is typically your chosen keyword or phrase that links to whatever it is you are talking about. For example, if you are a tea company and you are talking about green tea, your key phrase might be “health benefits of green tea.” This is what you want to use as your anchor text and then link to the green tea you sell. Wham-bam, you have correctly used anchor text! Make sure you only do this sparingly; too much anchor text usage can get you a penalty from Google.

Optimize Your Blogs for Some Awesome Results

When you follow these great rules for optimization, you will be able to see some incredible results when it comes to ranking. Great ranking will help you bring in more readers, and eventually clients, which is something we all want, isn’t it? Just like anything else, WordPress does make changes when it comes to things such as optimization. A great way to stay on board with everything is to either follow WordPress’s news or keep Yoast’s The Definitive Guide to Higher Rankings for WordPress Sites bookmarked to see the latest changes.