How to Open All External Links in New Tabs (WordPress Tutorial)

In this post, you will learn how to open external links in a new tab easily through the WordPress Edit Post page or using a simple plugin.

Manual Method

This is the manual way to add links within your WordPress post.

  1. Highlight the link you want to open in a new tab then click the gear icon
  2. Check the box called “Open link in a new window/tab

Automated Plugin Method

This is the way to automate the process using this awesome plugin called External Links.

  1. Go to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click Plugins -> Add New
  3. Type “External Links” into the plugin search field
  4. Click Install
  5. Activate the Plugin

Watch my video tutorial for a more in-depth look

Siteground Review: 10 Reasons Why I Left Godaddy for Siteground Hosting

Web Hosting is one of the most important aspects of your online business. There are many reasons why choosing the right web host is crucial to your success.

Back in 2008, I experienced my first lesson in choosing the proper hosting. I was using Bluehost at the time and lost over $1,500 in revenue when the Bluehost web server went down for over 48 hours.

It showed me the importance of not owning finding a good web host, but picking a host that has 99.9% uptime and provides 24/7/365 customer support. Quality is more important than price because you want help when sometimes goes wrong (and eventually something will).

Before I switched to Siteground, I owned a Godaddy VPS server for a little over a year. Godaddy is great for managing your domain names but really lacks in the web hosting department.

I suffered many problems including sites being down, javascript errors in my WordPress database, corrupted WordPress installations, and too much spam to deal with.

So far, I’m using the Gogeek plan for Siteground and I’m very pleased with it.

Also, Siteground has the best customer support I’ve ever seen. You get a customer support agent within seconds and I always get my problem solved.

There are more reasons why I switched to Siteground and I’ll share them blow.

#1 – Free Website Migration from Your Old Host

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Let’s be honest: moving your website to another web host is annoying and often dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.

For complete beginners, you could end up breaking something on your site or losing all of your data. I think fear of messing up your site is one of the biggest reasons why most people never switch hosting (even if they are unsatisfied).

Another reason is not knowing how to migrate a website to another host. It’s tricky and complicated. However, Siteground provides this service for FREE to all new web hosting accounts.

Give them your Cpanel username/password or hosting account informaton and they will migrate ALL your sites at no cost. Your Cpanel username must be 8 characters or less for them to migrate your sites.

Most hosts charge a fee for this service so I appreciate Siteground understanding that most people want to make money with their sites, not worrying about all the technical stuff.

#2 – Your Website Loads Really Fast

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Godaddy, in all its arrogance, blamed my slow loading web sites on my WordPress installation. My sites were so slow. I used a caching plugin like WP Super Cache, but nothing really worked.

When I asked Godaddy about my VPS server, they mentioned it was a shared hosting environment. That’s when I realized that Godaddy simply puts too many sites on 1 server. They are extremely greedy with all their upsells and don’t really care about your site performance (they offered me another upsell to speed up my site).

Once I moved my sites to Siteground, I noticed a HUGE improvement in site speed. My pages loaded faster. Things that used to hang over like Adsense ads appeared within seconds.

My Google Pagespeed test showed significant improvement. Web hosting affects your site  speed a lot. If you want to speed up your website, then I suggest choosing a better web host.

Siteground has 4 major datacenters all over the world, and they don’t put so many sites on 1 server. Your site will load much faster, especially if you are using a much better web host like HostGator, Bluehost, or Godaddy.

#3 – SuperCacher Speeds Up Your WordPress site without needing a plugin

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This is another benefit for WordPress users because you are probably familiar with caching plugins like WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache or WP Fastest Cache.

I’ve used all 3 plugins and each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. If you aren’t using a caching plugin, then I recommend WP Fastest Cache because it’s the easiest for complete beginners to set up.

The question is: Why use a caching plugin if my web host understands the importance of site speed?

Siteground offers ALL hosting plans a cool feature called SuperCacher. SuperCacher is a built-in caching plugin exclusive to Siteground users. It works for all types of websites: static HTML, WordPress, Drupal or Magenta.

Best of all, you can activate it using 1 click and you don’t need to install a 3rd party plugin.

It’s a nice benefit for me because I need 1 less plugin and can manage my caching for all my sites under my Siteground dashboard.

#4 – Free WordPress Staging Saves You Time & Embarassment

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Staging is a feature that allows you to clone a WordPress site and move it to another location with 1 click of the mouse. This feature came in handy when I accidentally installed WordPress in the wrong domain.

I built a new WordPress site and began adding content to it. It was early in the morning and I wasn’t paying attention when I selected the domain in Siteground 1 click WordPress installation.

Anyway, I added 5 posts then started sharing them on Facebook. That’ when I noticed something odd. I installed WordPress on the wrong domain!

I panicked and prepared to move everything over manually from the wrong domain to the new one. But it’s not easy. You have to change everything in your wp-config.php file and other stuff. It’s a pain in the you know what.

Bingo! I remembered the Staging feature and Siteground moved the entire WordPress site to the correct domain without breaking anything. This saved me at least 30 minutes of unnecessary work.

It’s also a great feature if you want to test a theme or plugins on your WordPress site. Clone your WordPress site then move it to a fresh location. You can make all your theme changes, etc. When you are ready to update your site, just move the updated WordPress site to your domain!

Now you have an updated site that’s working properly! It’s mostly useful for developers or people who manage a lot of sites like me. I love this feature and thank Siteground for adding it.

Staging is only available to GoGeek plan users so be sure to purchase the GoGeek plan if you want this feature.

#5 – No CDN Needed! Store Your Site in Chicago (USA), London (UK), Amsterdam (NL), or Singapore (Asia)

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Do you know where your site server is located? I asked Godaddy where their server was located and they refused to tell me. Shocking, right!

I’m paying you monthly yet you won’t tell me where my server is located. I suspected Scottsdale, Arizona but wasn’t 100% sure.

Storing your site at a datacenter that’s close to your visitors is a great way to make your site load faster to your most important customers.

Let’s say you are a luxury real estate agent who serves mostly wealthy investors from China. Most of your visitors access your site from China looking for real estate to invest in. I recommend choosing the Singapore data center because your site will be closer to your visitors.

If you operate a Yoga studio in New York City, then choose the Chicago data center. It’s a small feature, but really helps you save money on a CDN (Content Delivery Network).

A CDN is a 3rd party service that stores your site on their server then loads your site as close to your visitor as possible. If you operate a major site with visitors all over the world, then maybe it will work for you.

I know most of my readers operate niche websites and get the majority of their traffic from a few countries. Siteground will save you money by storing your site as close as possible to your target market!

#6 – Customer Support Answers Your Question Quickly and With Instruction!

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After using many web hosts, I think Siteground offers the best customer support I’ve ever experienced.

They have a few advantages over much bigger web hosting companies that allow them to offer the best customer support in the business.

  • They are a smaller company headquartered in Bulgaria
  • They only sell web hosting (unlike Godaddy who offers 1 million services)
  • They use Live Chat to answer simple questions much faster
  • Phone Support is fast and has zero long wait times

As an Ex-Godaddy user, I spent a lot of time waiting for a customer support again. Last year, Godaddy experienced a hosting outage and I waited over 30 minutes for customer support until I finally gave up!

Siteground offers both Phone & Live Chat to answer any question you have. You will talk to someone in less than 1 minute plus they teach you how to do stuff as well.

I needed to fix my WordPress installation and a Siteground customer support agent sent me a screenshot with instructions. Incredible!

Another customer support agent showed me how to change my Cpanel password even though it’s the easiest thing to do if you know where to look.

I also like Live Chat because I see the following things:

  • Their Picture
  • Their Full Name
  • # of requests they have answered
  • Their 5 star ratings

Siteground offers a personal touch that many web hosting companies lack. Every other host is like a faceless corporation that’s only interested in getting more of your money.

Siteground only answers my questions and NEVER asks me to purchase additional services. I wish I had switched to them years ago. My online business would be running much smoother but it’s never too late to do the right thing!

#7 – Access All Your WordPress Sites in 1 Location

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Another cool feature that saves time is Siteground’s dashboard setup. They show all your WordPress installations in 1 place so you can go straight to your WP Admin Dashboard with 1 click.

There are entire 3rd party services like ManageWP that offer this same feature for a monthly fee. Siteground offers it to all accounts at no additional charge.

If you manage multiple WP sites, then this feature is a huge time saver.

Need an additional WP site? It’s easy to add it with just one click. Most of you won’t need this feature, but if you’re a pro blogger with many sites, you will LOVE Siteground because they save you time and money. No 3rd party assistance needed!

#8 – Feel Safe and Secure with Free Daily Site Backups

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Backing up your website is the most important technical task that most people ignore. I learned my lesson the hard way when I lost one of my first WordPress sites.

I spent years building up the site & traffic until my web host cancelled my dedicated server without notifying me. I had a backup of my site but it was an older copy.

I lost so much data that I closed down the site permanently. It was in the video game niche, but I don’t play video games as much anymore. I would’ve outgrowned the site eventually but I wish I backed it up so I could either keep the archives online or sell the site for a profit.

Godaddy offered me daily backups for a $5 monthly charge. Are you serious, Godaddy? How greedy can you be? Daily backups should be FREE!

Make sure you have daily backups for your website because you never know when something could go wrong.

Never worry again about losing data or accidental problems. Gain a peace of mind as a Siteground customer.

Siteground offers FREE daily backups no matter which plan you sign up for. This is a must for any website owner. Backups not only keep your site safe, but give you the option to resell your site if you lose interest. Don’t let your site get deleted if it gets traffic.

You can sell it on Flippa for a nice profit. If you site gets traffic, then it’s worth something to the right person. Always keep backups so you don’t lose everything you worked so hard for.

#9 – My Site is Always Online! Finally, A Truthful 99.9% Uptime Claim!

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If you’re looking for a new web host, you will see 99.9% uptime claims everywhere. Let’s be honest: Most of these claims are complete lies.

You probably don’t monitor your uptime so you have no idea how much you’re getting screwed over.

If you want to know the truth about your website’s uptime, then sign up for Uptime Robot. It’s a free service that emails you whenever your website goes down.

My Godaddy server used to go offline a lot. In fact, I had to reboot my website all the time. There was a period when I rebooted my server at least once per week.

Uptime Robot showed me that my sites were down too many times. I’ve added many client’s site to their tool and their sites were down a lot.

Here’s the truth: There are lots of shady web hosts looking for your money. In fact, many of these hosts don’t own any servers and act as middlemen.

You need to be careful because your online reputation is at stake and nobody likes a down website.

Not one of my Siteground sites have been down so far. Finally, a 99% uptime claim that rings true!

#10 – I Finally Like my Web Host After Years of Disapointment

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I spent years being unhappy with my web hosting. I was too lazy and scared to leave Godaddy because they manage all my domains. I chose the easy path instead of the correct path.

You should be happy with your web host. Don’t suffer like I did staying up early in the morning to fix issues that should have never happened.

Siteground is the perfect web hosting for me and my online business. They make things easy for me and solve my problems with ease.

They don’t upsell me on extra features or blame me for my website problems. Instead, Siteground fixes my problems then shows me how to do it in the future. They treat me with respect and not like a customer number (I’m talking to you, Godaddy!).

I know my customer support rep by Name and see their faces online. My sites load faster and my traffic is up. Facebook likes are up, shares are up, comments are up. Everything is going up!

I wish I switched much sooner!

Signing Up is Easy

Here’s how you sign up:

Choose Your Hosting Plan

Siteground offers 3 plans to choose from:

  • Startup – Perfect for you if you have 1 website
  • GrowBig – Perfect for you if you have multiple sites and get more traffic
  • GoGeek – Perfect for Ecommerce, Affiliate Marketers, Developers and people with larger sites. Offers more benefits like Staging and places your site on a server with fewer sites
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Choose Your Domain

Siteground offers free domain registration (Saves you $15 per year) or you can use an existing domain.

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Review and Complete

Siteground offers a 50% discount if you purchase hosting anually. You save a lot of money if you purchase 1, 2 or 3 years in advance. The discount applies to all billing levels as well, not just a long term plan.

HackMonitor is optional if you want to prevent hackers from installing spam scripts on your site. I use Sucuri to protect my sites so I leave it unchecked.

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Now, click Submit Order and your account will be setup!

You will receive a confirmation email along with your login information to access your Siteground dashboard. Siteground provides tutorials and documentation (text + video) to help you navigate their Admin panel.

If you already have an existing website, don’t forget to use their free migration service.

Go to My Account -> Support -> Transfer My Website

Send them your Cpanel or Hosting username and password to get your site moved from your old hosting to Siteground. It should take between 1 to 6 hours depending on the size of your Cpanel account.

That’s it! I hope this article helped you understand the benefits of using Siteground and why I switched to Siteground from Godaddy.

If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments. I’d love to help you succeed and spread your mission online.
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How to Create a Website like Yelp

In this article, you will learn how to create a website like Yelp and turn it into a successful local business directory portal.

1. Market Research

Yelp is a local business directory portal with reviews & information on millions of business around the world. “Yelpers” create profiles and submit personal reviews on dining, hotels, transportation and any other service they used in specific cities.

When you start a website like Yelp, it’s important to understand who the average “Yelper” is. Here’s a screenshot of Yelp.com’s demographics:

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From this data, you know that the average Yelp visitor is:

  • Mostly female
  • College educated
  • Browsing from work and/or school

I use Yelp and I know the website is around 66% female, if not more. Think about building a website that caters to the female audience because they will be your average visitor. Females use social networking sites more than average so remember this when you think about your domain name and brand logo.

2. Get a Domain Name

You will need to acquire a short yet brandable domain name for your new website. Brainstorm a bunch of domains then try to select a domain that is:

  • Short
  • Easy to Remember
  • Brandable
  • Avoids any trademarks
  • .COM extension (or a country level domain if you want to target a certain country)

Domain Name: $9.95 per year

gd_logo1I use Godaddy for all my domain needs. Every website needs a good domain name from a reliable company. I’ve registered my domains with Godaddy ever since I got started back in 2006. They offer the best pricing and deals for repeat customers. You can also get private domain registration for an extra $3 per year. It’s the best investment if you want to keep your identity secret to the public.

What if my domain name is unavailable?

Type your desired domain in your web browser to see if it’s available. If you land on a blank internet service page, then the domain is available.

If not, then you can either choose another domain or buy the domain name from someone else.

Get a custom logo

Every website needs a custom logo to establish their brand. If you are on a limited budget, get a cheap logo from Fiverr for $5. If you have a bigger budget, I recommend 99designs.

3. Get Dedicated Hosting

Web hosting allows your users to access your website on the internet. Most people don’t have web servers in their homes, but many companies provide access to their servers for a monthly fee. Your website is 100% dependent on good reliable web hosting. If your web hosting goes down, then nobody can visit your website.

Managed dedicated hosting will handle 100% of your server’s tasks without you having to lift a finger. Good managed dedicated hosting costs between $100 to $500 per month.

Dedicated Server Hosting: $279 per month
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LiquidWeb is my recommended dedicated server hosting company. Their clients include: MTV, ESPN, Michigan State University, Audi and Home Depot. LiquidWeb’s Intel Dual Process Dedicated server is the best web hosting for websites. The Intel Dual Xeon E5-2603 v2 comes with:

  • 8 Cores Total @ 1.8 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM (DDR3)
  • 250 GB SSD MLC, RAID 1 (Primary Drive)
  • 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA (Backup Drive)
  • 5 TB Outbound & FREE Incoming Bandwidth

The server is fully managed. LiquidWeb takes care of everything so you don’t need a degree in Computer Science to get started. Don’t worry about server administration because they have 24/7 phone customer support and will even help you install your website script on your server.

4. Purchase a Business Directory Script

There are several options available when you build a website like Yelp. Many people choose a Yelp clone script or business directory portal script.

You can purchase a ready-made website script or hire a developer to build a custom solution.

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Hire a Developer

If you want a custom solution, then hire a freelance developer to make a website like Yelp. Here’s a few recommend websites to find a developer:

5. Add Local Businesses

In the beginning, nobody will visit your website. Creating content is the most important thing you must do yourself or outsource.

Gather a list of local businesses then begin adding them to your website. You should add at least 1,000 businesses (if possible depending on your niche/location) before you think about driving traffic.

Yelp is popular because people can leave reviews about millions of businesses. Don’t wait for people to add business. It’s your job to add them.

Use this list of local business directories to find many local businesses. These websites are your competitors as well.

6. Drive Traffic to Your Website

Once you populate your website with lots of business, then your next goal is to drive traffic to your website.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) should be your main focus for traffic generation. When people want information about local businesses, they search on Google. Here’s a few SEO tips to help your website attract organic search traffic.

SEO Tips

  • Create clean static URLs – Don’t use dynamic URLS with ? in them
  • Use the footer of your website to link to your most popular cities (New York, Mumbai, Bangkok)
  • Use Breadcrumb navigation to help users get around your website
  • Setup Google Markup to show star reviews on your website and Google SERP listings.
  • Add as many business images as you can find. If you are building a local directory, visit each business and take a picture yourself.
  • Contact local businesses and ask them to link back to your website.
  • Search for “local business directory list” and ask the author to add your website to the list.
  • Build social signals to your homepage. Buy a $5 Fiverr campaign or use DripRevolution.

7. Make Money with Your Website

When your traffic increases, you can think about generating revenue with your website. Yelp makes money with advertising campaigns that drive traffic for local businesses.

Another potential revenue source is Google Adsense. If you earn a $5 CPM, then you can make some decent income if you have lots of traffic.

Help! My Blog Traffic Sucks…6 Tips to Increase Traffic

Blogging is an important piece to any traffic generation puzzle.

When you first start your blog, you are full of excitement and energy with all your goals in mind. Soon, you start writing a bunch of articles until… You realize nobody is reading them.

Sometimes, you write blog posts for a month and barely get 10 visitors per day.

So what’s the problem? The problem is you need to breathe life into your platform.

Writing is not enough. Yes, content is king. However, you need smart marketing along with good content to increase your traffic FAST.

Some people tell people to wait years to get good traffic. That’s silly.

Instead, I recommend you try to increase your traffic every week. Daily is too volatile because you will experience up and down days.

Your goal is to increase your blog traffic every week. View your Analytics per 7 days and make sure the chart is going up.

6 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic Quickly

Now here’s a few SIMPLE tips to make it happen faster:

1. Post Daily – Yes, many bloggers don’t recommend this but I have seen over and over again that daily posting works. If you are in a super small niche, then it’s harder. That’s why I suggest picking a broader niche with lots of topics to write about.

2. Write Shorter Posts – There’s a lot of talk about writing 2,000 word blog posts to get a #1 Google ranking. The problem is every topic doesn’t deserve 2k words. Instead of adding filler content, I recommend breaking up a boring 2k article into 5 400 word articles. More targeted information is better than longer, boring content that doesn’t really address 1 main problem.

3. Post Your Content to Social NetworksUse Jetpack to handle this automatically. You will get a bit of social media traffic if you write decent headlines.

4. Target Long Tail Keywords – Go after the low hanging fruit. Find a solid group of long tail keywords that doesn’t have too much competition. Go for “Organic Tree Houses” instead of “Tree Houses”.

5. Schedule Your Posts in Advance – A BIG tip is to use the post timestamp feature to schedule blog posts to publish in advance. This will keep your blog posting fresh content in case you forget, get sick or lose internet access.

6. Use Facebook Pages – Make Facebook your main social media goal. Spend time building up a following then interacting with them on a regular basis.

There’s more advanced stuff later but these 6 tips will cure your blog traffic problem in a hurry. Stay consistent and follow these strategies.

Tell me what you think in the comments. Are these tips working for you? What do you do to increase blog traffic?

SociallyViral Review: Create Your Viral WordPress Website

In this SociallyViral review, you will learn how to increase viral traffic, boost social shares and make more Adsense revenue.

SociallyViral Theme: Increase Viral Traffic & Adsense Income Easily

First, click here to purchase SociallyViral and download the WordPress theme. You will come to an order screen where you will be asked to create a Mythemeshop account then submit your payment method.

Mythemeshop accepts Paypal and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover). Once you enter your payment information, you will receive an email with information on how to download the theme.

Mythemeshop provides comprehensive documentation and instructions on how to install the theme. Here’s a video tutorial on how to Install the theme:

You can easily download the zip file then upload it to your WordPress blog under the Themes -> Add New -> Upload Theme section. If you need help, I will upload the theme to your hosting account if you purchase through my link.

How Does SociallyViral Increase Your Traffic & Adsense Income?

SociallyViral increase your social media traffic by copying a proven website template for increasing Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, and Google+ shares. When you drive lots of social media traffic, Google notices and sends you more search engine traffic. Every person who visits your website boosts your Adsense income because they generate ad impressions and click your Adsense banners.

Without traffic, your website goes unnoticed. Traffic is the #1 problem for most websites. I know exactly how you feel…

You create content for your readers but nobody is reading your site. How do you change this? Copy the viral traffic model.

Viral social sharing websites are making a FORTUNE right now. Here’s a few sites you probably know:

  1. Buzzfeed
  2. Upworthy
  3. Viral Nova

Right now, people love to share these kinds of websites on their Facebook feeds and twitter accounts. If you own a website like this, then you will get a lot more free traffic from social media.

What is SociallyViral

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SociallyViral is a WordPress based theme that is proven to increase social shares, boost traffic, improve SEO and make you more money.

Who is this theme perfect for?

  • Bloggers
  • Viral Traffic Websites
  • Magazines
  • Developers
  • Entrepreneurs

List of SociallyViral Features

  • Mega Menu Compatible
  • Show Featured Posts
  • Add Reviews to Your Content
  • Show Share Buttons
  • Different Loading Effects
  • Bulti-in subscrption box
  • Adsense Ready
  • Optimized for Social Media
  • 100% responsive
  • Fast loading
  • Built for speed
  • Parallax scrolling
  • SEO optimized
  • 630+ Google fonts
  • Translation ready
  • Widget Ready
  • Unlimited Colors
  • 1 Click Theme Updates
  • Unlimited Backgrounds
  • Ajax loading
  • Retina ready icons
  • Breadcrumbs enabled
  • Author box (optional)
  • Dedicated 24/7 direct support

SociallyViral is a completely loaded WordPress theme with lots of options to build your perfect WordPress website. Now, I’m going to take you underneath the hood and talk about the things I like and dislike about the theme.

SociallyViral loads extremely Fast

Website speed is an important SEO factor according to Google. Plus, visitors love fast websites. If you want to increase pageviews and Adsense income, you need to ditch your slow loading WordPress theme and download SociallyViral.

I tested the SociallyViral demo on Pingdom for page speed. Take a look at the results:

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SociallyViral loads under 1 second. If your WordPress blog is very slow, then you should consider much quicker theme. SociallyViral will not only make your website faster, but save you money on bandwidth and memory usage. More pageviews = More Adsense income.

General Settings

Once you download and install the theme, you can customize it under Appearance -> Theme Options.

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  • Logo image: Upload your logo easily
  • Favicon: Favicon appears in the address bar next to the URL. Upload yours easily.
  • Twitter username
  • Feedburner URL
  • Header Code: Add any header tracking scripts
  • Footer Code: Add any footer tracking scripts
  • Copyrights Text: Change the footer text without touching any code
  • Pagination: Choose between default (Previous/Next, Numbered (1,2,3), Ajax load more or Ajax infinite scroll)
  • Ajax Quick Search: Instantly show search results in real time below the search form
  • Responsiveness: Toggle responsiveness on/off

Styling Options

You can change the colors and appearance of your website without touching any CSS code. Here’s a look at this section of the theme.

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  • Primary Color: Change the color of your theme
  • Secondary Color: Change the secondary color of your theme
  • Layout Style: Use either a left sidebar or right sidebar layout
  • Footer: Enable/disable footer widgets
  • Background Color: Choose a background color
  • Background Pattern: Choose from 37 different background patterns
  • Custom Background Image: Upload a custom background image
  • Custom CSS: Enter your custom CSS here
  • Lightbox: Whenever a visitor clicks on an image, you can enable/disable the lightbox

Header

Customizing your header normally requires editing HTML code. Luckily, you can edit your header without touching any code!

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  • Floating Navigation Menu: Turn off floating navigation
  • Header Search Form: Enable/Disable the header search bar
  • Show Primary Menu: Turn on/off the primary nav menu
  • Show Logo: Show/Hide your logo
  • Social Media Icons: Customize the social media icons in the header

Homepage

The homepage section comes with a few nice options.

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  • Featured Categories: Change the featured posts that show on the homepage
  • Meta data: Turn on/off the Author name and date on the homepage

Single Posts

Posts is where the majority of your traffic will land. This section is one of the most important to customize properly to increase Adsense income and social shares. Here’s how to do it:

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  • Post Meta info: Turn on/off the Author name and date
  • Meta Info to Show: List your select Author Name, Categories, Date and Comments
  • Breadcrumbs: Enable/disable breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs are good for SEO.
  • Highlight Author Comment: Whenever your respond to comments, your name will be highlighted
  • Tag Links: Show a tag cloud at the bottom of every post
  • Related Posts: Showing related posts increase page views. Toggle this on/off.
  • Author Box: Display your author box at the bottom of each post
  • Date in comments: Display the date in the comments section

Add Social Sharing Buttons To Each Post Without Touching Any Code

Social sharing is the major source of traffic for viral traffic websites. SociallyViral makes it easy to enable/disable Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Stumbleupon, and Linkedin buttons on your post by clicking the slider on or off.

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Increase Adsense Income

The easiest way to make money with your viral website is through Google Adsense. In order to make good money from Adsense, you will need a lot of impressions and clicks.

SociallyViral makes it easy to add your Adsense code. There are two main places to places to add it: Under Theme Options -> Ad Management & Widgets Sidebar.

Just copy and paste your code either below or above your content under the Ad Management section.

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There is also a Widget available to add a 300×250 Adsense banner to the right sidebar.

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2 Things I Don’t Like About SociallyViral

1. Sidebar Links Need Customization

Sidebar links are a greyish color and you need to customize them in the custom CSS section under Styling section. If you aren’t familiar with CSS, then you need to read a tutorial or outsource this task.

2. Homepage Shows Blank Image if You Don’t Attach a Featured Image

If you don’t attach an image to your posts, you will get a big blank image on the homepage. I haven’t seen anyway to make a default image show up.

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7 Steps to Improve Your Alexa Rank

How to increase alexa rank

Want to increase your Alexa Ranking? For starters, let’s quickly explain what Alexa rank is and why it’s important.

What is Alexa Rank?

Alexa rank is a global estimation of your website’s daily traffic. Alexa determines its ranking with a downloadable toolbar that tracks visits to your website. It’s a rough estimate of your website’s popularity online. Alexa rank is calculated using a combination of daily average visitors and pageviews over a 3 month span.

Currently, Google is the top rated Alexa website so it’s a pretty good indicator of website traffic.

Why is Alexa ranking important?

Here’s a couple reasons why you should pay attention to your Alexa rankings:

  • Increases social proof for your website.
  • Attracts advertisers and encourages them to spend more money buying ad slots on your website
  • Lists you higher up in directories and lists that rate websites based on Alexa rank
  • Increases your backlinks because lots of bloggers create top 100 lists based on Alexa rating
  • Helps you notice traffic spikes when your content goes viral

Sometimes, a high Alexa rank will open A LOT of doors for you and soon you will have people begging you to post their content, advertise their products/services or help you make more money through joint ventures.

7 Steps to Increase Your Alexa Rank

Ok, great! You probably are wondering how to improve your Alexa ratings quickly and easily. There’s lots of widgets, traffic exchanges, viral techniques and tips to increase Alexa rank but some are better than others. I’m going to show you exactly step by step how to boost your Alexa rank quickly.

Step 1: Install the Alexa Toolbar on your Web Browser

The Alexa toolbar tracks visitors and pageviews for every ranked website. Download the toolbar and Alexa will start tracking every website you visit.

Your Alexa rank will increase because you must visit your website often to write new content, make changes and respond to comments. This is the quickest way to boost Alexa rank for free.

Step 2: Add the Alexa Widget to Your Website

Not every visitor to your site will have the toolbar installed, but you can overcome this by adding the Alexa widget to your website.

Simply grab the code here or install the Alexa Rank Plugin if you use WordPress.

Step 3: Update Your Website Regularly

You need lots of repeat traffic to improve Alexa rankings so update your website on a regular basis. Weekly is the bare minimum while daily or even multiple times a day is best.

Everytime you make a new webpage, it’s like a new pathway to your website. The more pathways you have, the more changes someone will find your content useful and helpful.

Regular updates also increase search engine traffic, too. SEO is a great way to increase Alexa rank as well as overall visitors to your site.

Step 4: Buy Alexa Traffic

Check out this Fiverr gig for increasing Alexa rank. $5 is enough will boost your Alexa rankings fast enough to get you under the 1 million mark. If you want to improve Alexa rank even more, try a premium service like YourAlexaRank.

Step 5: Join AlexaBoostup

Next, you want a passive way to get real traffic to boost your Alexa rating over time. Sign up with Alexa Boostup and you can drive over 2,000 Alexa hits to any website for just $2.

There’s also a free traffic exchange option that requires you to keep a window open on your computer. If you don’t have the funds, then opt for the free option. I prefer fast results so just spend the $2.

Step 6: Create a Facebook Page and Optimize Your Website for Facebook Sharing

Facebook is the #1 social media referring website so you need to focus your efforts on driving lots of Facebook Traffic. If your content goes viral, you can get thousands of visitors for literally no cost. Add a social media plugin to your website or add the Facebook share button manually if you don’t use WordPress. You will see a big increase in Alexa rank and overall traffic once you get your Facebook page setup and start sharing your content on the world’s largest social network.

Step 7: Focus Your Efforts on Viral Content

After you implement these 6 steps, you will see a HUGE alexa rank improvement in just a few days. But to go from top 100,000 to top 1,000, you need to focus your time on creating viral content or outsourcing content creation to a skilled writer or video editor.

Viral content is emotional, engaging content that you can’t help but talk about and share with your friends. Videos, infographics, stories, images and How to articles are great examples of viral content.

Not only can viral content improve Alexa ranking quickly, but it can make you a lot of money. Check out how 1 blogger made $100,000 from 1 viral blog post.