WordPress Plugin – Duplicate Post

Wordpress Plugin - Duplicate Post
WordPress Plugin – Duplicate Post

Did you ever want to reuse parts of a post in a new one, or just use it’s format, or reuse the tags of a post?

Well, you could enter “WordPress templates” into Google … and end up with links to thousands of WordPress themes … you could refine your search query to “WordPress post templates” … and end up with descriptions on how to adjust the post part of themes …

… but there is a much simpler way … just copy the post you want to reuse

… which is again, easier said than done. If you use the WordPress hosted version – they include tons of plugins – you don’t have to worry … there should be a plugin called Writer Helper … it will help you with copying & reusing posts 😉

… if you host your own WordPress blog, there is a nice plugin which will make your day. Duplicate Post does what it’s title says. You can duplicate (clone) complete posts or parts of it …

Which plugins do you use?

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Smart Passive Income #255 – Three Words

Pat involves his readers once again:

What three words will you choose that make you stand out from everyone else? 

He derived his question from trying to describe his web site using only three words … Why that might be useful? Have you ever heard about elevator pitches? …

Try to explain your business/project/orSomeThingCompletelyDifferent to a stranger (a potential investor) during an elevator ride (note, that would be a “normal” building not a 500-storey one) … Being able to describe your web page in three words really helps …

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Smart Passive Income #254 – Security through Obscurity

Pat describes in great detail how to tell Google not to index a certain page, and how to remove it from Google if you do not want it there …

For the first part you create a file called “robots.txt” and place it on  your web site e.g. with the following content:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /NAME_OF_THE_PAGE_YOU_WANT_TO_KEEP_HIDDEN

Most likely your service provider will have an online tool to create this file automatically. If not, there are tons of free tools online …

Nevertheless, please note this does not keep Google or any other search engine away from your “secret pages”. It just asks “in a friendly way” not to do so … Google might follow your pleading, others might not … the fun part is that you can actually browse those files yourself and you will know immediately which sites the owner of that webpage does not want to show everybody 😉

For the second part, Pat’s description is a little bit outdated … Just google for “remove page from index” and you will find an up to date documentation …

… again this helps for pages indexed by Google, other search engines might not provide such a service …

Why did Pat actually want to remove a page from Google?

Normally – in the business of internet marketing – you might think that the opposite is the case, we like to get indexed by Google …

Google had indexed Pat’s download page … people just had to visit that very page to get the download link for his eBook(s?) …

This is very bad if it is an eBook you charge money for, but it’s still bad if it is one which you give away for free in exchange for an email address for your newsletter …

In both situations it is a really bad idea to protect your property just by not telling everybody where to find it. … there is a term for it: Security through Obscurity … and it does not really work …

Imagine you lock your house door, and keep the door in your backyard open … nobody knows, so you are completely safe, aren’t you? Nobody would dare to go around your house and enter from the back entrance …

Please, please, please – you wouldn’t do something like that in real life – please don’t do that on the Internet …

Even when Google follows your request, not to tell other people about your page … what happens when you provide the link to that page to your “customers” … what keeps them from sharing your link?

If you want to protect your pages, protect them using passwords:

  • … use different usernames and passwords for every single user
  • … use the email address of your customers as their usernames
  • … use scripts that do that automatically for you …

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Smart Passive Income #252 & #253 – RSS & Mobs

Another of Pat’s secrets is that he involves his readers. This time he asks them whether he should include the complete post in his RSS feed or only a summary …

… the answer:

Pat’s readers want the complete post included in the RSS feed …

… Pat calls this Social Proof – that if everybody likes it, it must be right! It might be correct, that “groups of people have influence“. But does that mean they have to be right?  What about mobs? What about

The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its most stupid member divided by the number of mobsters. (Terry Pratchett)

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Smart Passive Income #251 – Being Everywhere

… we know already that Pat recommends bloggers to mingle with YouTube … but that is not enough for Pat, you should be everywhere!

Pat’s seven ways to heaven/hell:

  • Leave your comfort zone … only you are limiting yourself … (of course there is a reference with an affiliate link to Tim Feriss’s book The 4-Hour Work Week)
  • Be consistent … it helps people to recognize you as brand whether you are on twitter, FaceBook, or on your blog …
  • Use other forms of media … videos, eBooks, real-paper books, …
  • Use social networks
  • Write guest posts on other blogs …
  • Deliver quality content
  • Create fans

… actually … there is nothing Pat has not already told us in the past … and what those seven items have to do especially with “being everywhere” slips my grasp … but that’s why Pat is a marketing mastermind, and I am not 🙁

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WordPress Plugin – Social Media Feather Updated … again …

Not long ago I mentioned the social media plugin Social Media Feather for wordpress …

Remember it automatically creates those little buttons with link to various social networks:

https://ramble.m2m.at/

… it’s free version supports:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Linkedin
  • Tumblr
  • Mail
  • RSS
  • Youtube
  • Vimeo
  • Instagram
  • Flickr
  • Foursquare

Guess what! It updated again ……..

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Smart Passive Income #247 to #250 – YouTube for Bloggers & Income Report

Pat advises that all bloggers should be on YouTube. If you follow his advise you should

  • provide quality content
  • provide quality videos (1280×720 … please note that HD does not actually mean that your video is high quality, it’s just it’s size … don’t just upscale your video …)
  • be different … don’t upload the same stuff others do …
  • don’t be afraid … the worst that could happen is that you are getting sued for copyright infringement … so please upload only content you own the rights to do so …
  • add a watermark to your video … not to ensure your copyright, but that people know who’s content they are watching, and maybe want to visit your site/blog …
  • start with an overview … which allows your viewers to stick around for the interesting parts 😉 … otherwise they might run screaming away after the first ten seconds …
  • add calls to action … you know the “buy now”s and “click here”s …
  • use screen casts … (don’t forget the copyright part!)
  • add an intro, outro and music … but don’t go overboard …

… and he continues:

  • be concise … 10 minutes is enough …
  • split your video into (multiple) equal parts if it is longer …
  • embed the keywords in your title but make sure it still makes sense …
  • start the description with the URL of your blog
  • use keywords as tags
  • add an additional tag to link all your videos, e.g. using the name of your blog … “passive income” might be to general, but “smart passive income” or “spi” might be nice …

… and he continues further:

  • place the video inside your blog
  • post links to your blog/video to all possible social-media platforms
  • use your video in comments to other popular (of course suitable/similar) videos
  • add annotations to your video, e.g. a call to action …
  • make sure to choose a suitable thumbnail for your video …

… and we reached July 2010 … Pat’s income for June 2010 tumbled down nearly 3.500,- USD … to about 13.000,- USD …

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