Our website was missing from Google search results for almost 2 weeks, and in this blog post you can find all details about what caused this penalty and how we fixed it.
In Moldova, Easter is celebrated according to the Orthodox calendar. This year, I took a 2-week vacation with my family and flew back to see our family and friends in Moldova. The night before Easter, on April 27th, Saturday, we’ve been hanging with some friends who were visiting us, when suddenly a Slack notification appeared on my phone. This was probably the worst nightmare one could have on a vacation. It was our colleague Hasan from Bangladesh who noticed the first one that pages from our website are no longer listed in Google search results.
I jumped quickly to open my laptop and check if there are any emails from Google about this issue. To my surprise, there wasn’t anything at all. The website, however, was missing completely from Google.
Only after I opened the Search Console, I found that there is an issue with our website, and we have been penalized for Unnatural links to your site:
I didn’t know how to react, as such a penalty seemed very confusing, knowing that we have never done anything that could cause something of this kind, like buying links or participating in link schemes.
What was more frustrating, is that Google notified us by email about this
2 new add-ons released for GeoDirectory V2. An embeddable widget to display ratings of a listing owner on its website. An SEO machine for backlinks and an add-on to fully integrate GeoDirectory with WP All Import.
These are the 1st two add-ons that we release since GeoDirectory V2 was officially launched. Both add-ons are designed to maximize the potential of your directory.
The first, by acquiring organic backlinks from the websites of your listing owners. Those are gold for SEO purposes.
The second to help you manage imports, exports, and edits in a more flexible way.
One of the best ways to get Google to rank you on top of your competitions is to create a widget that other webmasters want to embed on their sites.
Some examples of very famous widgets that website owners embeded on their sites are:
Weather Forecast Widgets
Trip Advisor Rating Widget
The Embeddable Ratings Badge, mimics the functionality of the Trip Advisor rating widget for your directory.
The directory admin can style the entire widget.
Or allow its users to manipulate some of its styles to adapt to their websites.
Many of you requested integration with Wp All Import, but we never had time to work on it.
We found the time and we also worked with the developers of WP All Import to make sure they approved what we did.
That said, the add-on has not been tested with massive numbers such as a real
WordPress plugin and theme businesses at all stages can benefit from reading this handbook that will help reprioritize your marketing goals.
It’s not a secret that product people, especially developers, tend to focus most of their time & attention towards their plugin/theme, while neglecting marketing. Analyzing the psychology behind it, the main showstopper when it comes to dealing with marketing is — uncertainty. Marketing is widely seen by developers as an activity that doesn’t provide a predictable return. General marketing activities such as having a blog, posting on social media, or sending email newsletters do not have guaranteed results. Furthermore, paid advertising on different platforms like AdWords or Facebook has a Return on Investment (ROI) that’s difficult to forecast, many times even difficult to calculate. These “vague” activities simply don’t compute in the world of development where actions are planned, programmed, and executed to get defined and predictable results. Since no one wants to waste their time and resources towards unpredictable outcomes, WordPress plugin and theme developers invest most of their time heads down, focused on the development of their product.
As a marketing consultant for WordPress businesses, I see it happening all the time. When
If your business still doesn't use WordPress, check this out!
The most popular website builder and content manager are WordPress. Millions of users have already created their sites with its help, and their amount continues to grow. The reasons are obvious – it is free, convenient, and allows you to create a professionally-looking page even if you don’t have either design nor technical skills.
Considering the convenience and the number of features WordPress has to offer, we suggest that you should try using it as well. Here are 25 reasons why your business should switch to WordPress.
Ready to Use
Once you install WordPress, you can start using it right away. It means that you don’t have to search, download, install, and adjust any features you may need for your blog or site. They are already there! The add-ons for editing, comments, and feed are in-built.
There are several supporting plugins you can add later. However, all the core functions are accessible right after installation.
Whether you are launching writing services, online shop, or just a personal blog, you can use WordPress for free. No hidden charges or surprises will appear in the long run. What is more, the platform has an open code, so you can change it to your
From 4-day workweeks, fishing tournaments, to building a successful WordPress company! Check out this interview with Adrian Spiac, co-founder of Cozmoslabs.
Adrian Spiac is the co-founder of Cozmoslabs, a WordPress company that focuses on delivering premium WordPress plugins you can rely on. These include Profile Builder, Paid Membership Subscriptions, and their newest success: TranslatePress. Their plugins are well supported, maintained, and used on over 100,000 WordPress sites around the globe. You can find Adrian on Twitter or LinkedIn. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series.
Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
I graduated from Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, specializing in Multimedia. An analytical person at heart, I started writing code in 9th grade and quickly fell in love with it.
Unlike other hosting providers, Kinsta doesn't have level 1 or level 2 support reps. Our entire support team is made up of highly-skilled WordPress developers and Linux engineers, available 24x7 to help!
My WordPress journey began around 10 years ago when I teamed up with Cristian and decided to start a web development agency. Due to its simplicity, WordPress became our main focus quickly. The things we learned were shared on our Cozmoslabs blog, which eventually
Interesting read highlighting the impact false positives can have on WordPress site admin. I wonder if non technical site owners end up paying for loads of services they might not need in the first place.
Apparently, Bluehost partnered with a company called SiteLock sometime last year. Supposedly Sitelock is a “website scanner that proactively checks for malicious threats and vulnerabilities”. I guess the service operates on Bluehost servers, and today they sent a scary email letting me know that “malware was detected” on my Bluehost site. Here’s the thing though. I host only one site at Bluehost, and it is a simple one-page site with only a few simple files. So I was surprised by this “malware detected” alert from Sitelock. I mean, the site is so simple as to be practically identical to the default Bluehost setup.
For example, if you sign up for a new account at Bluehost (or any web host), and then don’t do anything at all with it, just leave it entirely as-is in its default state, right. Then say the server gets hacked. It MUST follow that the default hosting setup is insecure. And this is why I found the malware alert so puzzling, because the site is only a few files away from the default state of the server. So:
Either Bluehost itself was compromised or the malware alert was bogus.
Nothing to hack
Let me put it another way..
On May 19, Marcel Bootsman will begin his long 465 mi. trek on foot to WordCamp Europe. Proceeds go to DonateWC. Follow along on his adventure!
On May 19, Marcel Bootsman will begin his long 465 mi. (748 km) trek on foot from his hometown of Berkel en Rodenrijs to WordCamp Europe in Berlin. That’s right, he’s walking across Germany. And better yet, he’s donating all the proceeds to DonateWC. We love it when people think, or should we say step
The annual performance benchmark of companies specializing in WordPress hosting
WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks is designed to create a consistent set of benchmarks showing which web hosting companies offer best in class performance. The focus of these tests is performance, not support, not features, not any other dimension. Review Signal's web hosting reviews has insights for some of the companies with regards to these other aspects. These benchmarks should be looked at in combination with other sources of information when making any hosting decision. That said, for the performance conscious, these benchmarks should be a good guide. Previous years testing can be found at the following links: original, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
1&1 IONOS [Reviews]
A2 Hosting [Reviews]
Incendia Web Works
For a full visualization of companies that have participated in previous years and their performance please see this table.
A simple peek into Managed WordPress hosting option, especially considering normal Elementor type user. The motivation of this post seems not earning affiliation fees as I don't see any affiliate link. This seems a purely suggestive post for loyal user.
With over 2 Million active installs, Elementor offers the most unbelievable page building experience for WordPress websites. Thanks to its user-friendly and drag & drop approach, even a newbie can design a stunning landing for their website under a few minutes. However, to get the best out of Elementor, you need to make sure that your pages load in a lightning fast pace. Besides, you are likely to get server side errors as well if you are using a cheap & low-quality host. To achieve this feat, you will need a top-performance hosting provider that can deliver the highly speed-optimized & secured website. According to Amazon, a one second page delay could potentially cost them over $1.6 Billion sales per year. That just explains how severe the page loading is. This is exactly why you need a fast and reliable Hosting Provider. We have already given you an idea of how a poor-quality host can lead to a horrendous Elementor page building experience. Well, the same can be applied for our Essential Addons too. So, you really must concentrate on getting an excellent host service before getting started.
It's quite remarkable how people often fail to realize the importance of picking
Does GDPR impact you? What do you need to do for GDPR compliance? This guide is for you.
You might have heard of the term “GDPR” being discussed around the web. It’s still a pretty hot topic, especially with all that is going on with data breaches and security in the news. To put it simply, GDPR is a privacy law designed to give citizens back control of their personal data. Hands down, GDPR is impacting how the entire internet deals with data. The scary part is that the deadline was last year (May 25th, 2018) and many questions regarding GDPR are still plaguing people: What exactly is GDPR? In layman’s terms.
Does GDPR impact me?
What do I need to do for GDPR compliance?
Many have a tendency to put off what they don’t understand. Taxes are a good example. For a lot of us, GDPR has simply been a lower priority on our checklists. But the GDPR deadline has come and gone and you really should take a few moments and determine whether or not you need to make changes to the way your business and or website operates. If you don’t there could be hefty fines involved.
Don’t worry, we’ll try and explain everything you need to know about GDPR below, as well what you can do to prepare. But we aren’t lawyers, so we’ll try not
Excellent number-crunching: popular plugins on the WP directory, essential plugin data for developers
A few days ago I started brainstorming some ideas for my first WordPress plugin. After going back and forth with some options, I decided to see if there is some public plugin data that I could use in my research. And what better source than the official WordPress.org plugin repository? My first roadblock was a weird WordPress.org website issue in the Plugins section: there is no easy way to access a list of the Latest/Newest plugins that were added to the repository. You can do it for Themes, but not for Plugins.
On the main Plugins page, you can see a list of Block-Enabled Plugins, Featured Plugins, Beta Plugins and Popular Plugins, but no Latest Plugins block. No worries though, a minor issue like this won’t stop us.
All these pages have the URL in the form of https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/[blocks|featured|beta|popular]/. All we have to do is manually type in the URL https://wordpress.org/plugins/browse/new/, so now we can see the most recent plugins and how well they are doing.
Using Public WordPress.org Plugin Data
I decided to go through some existing WordPress.org plugins and see if I could spot some common characteristics of popular plugins. Some plugin stats are
The biggest killer of your productivity is if you are working on something you are not interested in or you find boring but check out hese 10 tips that might save some time and help you be more productive
You wake up, and the first thing that comes to your mind is “I gotta finish that WordPress plugin or theme.” While you still love your job and it is an excellent source of income, sometimes it just looks like you’re not getting anything done, and it’s driving you crazy. It is simple; if you don’t finish the project, you won’t get paid, and if you don’t finish enough projects you won’t get paid enough. You have to find a way to wrap up projects faster, and we’re here to help with some easy-to-implement advice.
There are several tricks that you can master to ease this pain and make you love your job again. Read on to see how you can speed up development and get your plugin or theme out there in record time.
1. Develop Your Focus First
There is no point in trying to start anything if you’re head is not in the game. You’ll just end up endlessly scrolling the internet while simultaneously trying to avoid spoilers for the new GoT episode. Five minutes in, you are probably frustrated, and getting things done is impossible.
Procrastination is not an easy thing to tackle, but you’re not alone, and there are methods to deal
When it's time to reset a WordPress site, you don't have to deal with databases and code. Just use this simple & free plugin.
Being the IT guy sure does seem just perfect. With all the digital nomad craze and salaries that rumour says they have, diving into the IT world could have crossed your mind at least several times by now. Luckily, you have read a bit up and realized that making WordPress websites sounds like something you would genuinely enjoy working on for days on end. You have discovered several excellent courses on Udemy and Youtube. And you have decided to get that show on the road.
Still, it doesn’t quite matter how many tutorials you have watched. If you don’t put your newly acquired knowledge to practical use, you are getting nothing out of them. Also, even the birds on the trees know by now that learning by trial and error is the best way to learn with common WordPress errors
So you have set up a demo environment for your WordPress studying efforts, and you are going back and forth between the course and your working environment. You try this, and you decide that. By the end of the day you sigh, proud of what you have created.
Still, at one point, you will inevitably end up with a mess. It could be sooner, or it could happen later. And by the mess we mean 67 must have installed
Start with a free API account right now and use all the available APIs to improve your business
When starting up, or already running a site there is a lot of aspects to consider. You need to do a lot of prep work before getting yourself into a project like this and even once it’s up the work doesn’t stop. Aside from concerns about content which are obvious, you’ll also need to contend with various security issues. None of this can be done manually, so you’ll need some sort of software to help you out. Normally there are different solutions to the software required because most sites go through large amounts of data from a vast amount of sources. However, there are solutions that encompass practically everything you’ll need while running a site from this standpoint. One of these solutions is WhoAPI.
It gives you the options of working with ten different APIs to get the most from information regarding domains, visitors, emails, geolocation, etc.
Ten in one
The WhoAPI service is, as we’ve mentioned, segmented into ten parts that work just as well individually and as a whole. This is a great way for anyone to get exactly what they need without any extra baggage they won’t use but have to pay for as a package deal.
We’ll go through each
Puneet Sahalot on building a sustainable WordPress plugin business. He put his savings to start his agency, IdeaBox Creations.
Learn how to improve your business reputation with a strong web presence. Here is a quick guide to build reputation as a web developer.
If you are a developer and are looking for a way to build your reputation as a web developer, then you are at the right spot. The world of developers is ever evolving, and with its evolution, the competition in the market for web developers is getting difficult day by day. With the advent of the digital era, a whole new generation of tech-savvy developers and professionals have entered the market of development.
With this raging competition, it has become a necessity to make yourself stand apart from the crowd and present yourself in a good manner.
No matter how good your code is, if your targeted customers are not able to find you, then it will be really difficult for you to get good clients or that job that you are trying to land for a long time. So, to fix this issue, we need to give a little more focus on how you can improve your presence.
So, how can you present yourself in a better way and build your reputation as a web developer?
There are many ways by which you can build your reputation and here we are going to have a look at the ways which have been widely used in the industry and how you can implement them as well.
So, without any further ado, let’s jump in!
The new WordPress 5.2 version gives you even more robust tools for identifying and fixing configuration issues and fatal errors.
WordPress 5.2 is right around the corner and currently scheduled for a target release date of May 7, 2019. This version comes packed with a lot of exciting changes, the biggest one being the new Site Health check tool which will help both educate users and give developers the essential information they need. Other improvements include PHP error protection (fewer white screens of death), block editor improvements, new dashicons and emojis, and various developer and accessibility updates. As the WordPress team describes it:
WordPress 5.2 gives you even more robust tools for identifying and fixing configuration issues and fatal errors. Whether you are a developer helping clients or you manage your site solo, these tools can help get you the right information when you need it.
This will be the second major release since the launch of the WordPress block editor (AKA Gutenberg) in WordPress 5.0. Below we’ll dive into all the new improvements and the most important changes you will see with this latest WordPress release.
Site Health Check
We saw the first site health check features back in WordPress 5.1 when they added PHP version compatibility checks for plugins and themes. In WordPress
Did you know that you can add or remove users from a place other than your WP dashboard? Also, did you know that you can disable themes and plugins or fix errors outside of your admin dashboard?
Did you know that you can add or remove users from a place other than your WordPress dashboard? Did you know that you can disable themes and plugins or fix errors outside of your admin dashboard? Managing your site from the dashboard is simple and intuitive; it’s one of the reasons behind WordPress’s huge expansion. However, you can accomplish a lot of tasks by accessing your site’s database, usually via phpMyAdmin.
Many users are reluctant to handle databases. Manipulating a database requires an average knowledge level, and the chances of making a critical mistake are high.
This article is for you if you want to learn more about WordPress databases and how to get the most from them. Read it carefully to learn some tricks that could help you in stressful situations.
What is a WordPress Database?
Before delving deeper into this matter, let me introduce the concept of a WordPress database. In plain English, a WordPress database is an entity that stores all the data required to make the site functional. It handles the WordPress files to provide the desired output.
MySQL is the open-source software used by WordPress for database management, and it allows users to perform
When it comes to marketing, your affiliate website is key to drawing in the crowd. Learn what you need to do in order to make the magic happen.
Affiliate marketing accounts for 15 percent of total digital media advertising revenue. If you’re not using affiliate marketing to promote your business, you’re missing out on a lot of potential earnings. The key to successful affiliate marketing is a high-quality affiliate website. Whether you’re just getting started in the affiliate marketing world or your current affiliate website could use a little sprucing up, this article is for you.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Before we get into the specific ways to make your affiliate marketing website stand out, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what affiliate marketing is. Affiliate marketing involves paying a certain individual a small commission when they refer people to your business.
For example, many online businesses work with bloggers or social media influencers and hire them as affiliates. Every time a customer makes a purchase from the business based on the affiliate’s recommendation, that affiliate earns money.
Affiliate marketing is a very popular way for people to make money online, and it’s a highly effective way for businesses to spread the word about their products and
Do you know how to analyze user activity on your WordPress site using heatmaps?
Did you know something cool about WordPress? Well, that fact is, above 413 million people worldwide view pages hosted on WP every month!! And it is projected to rise! So if you have a WP powered website, it should make you pretty excited! Well, there is a catch. These views are distributed over 21.1 billion pages. Meaning you have lots and lots of competitors.
Thus you must be wondering how to stay ahead of the competition. Therefore I am writing this piece for you!
As the expectation of your users for a seamless web experience is rising every day, you have to have infallible (in case you thought my vocabulary was limited) data on how they perceive your website. Stacey Martinet, VP of marketing strategy and communications at Adobe, also agrees to this and says,
“Data is important in getting the customer experience right. A data-driven approach to creativity helps marketers work more productively, create the right content faster, and deliver that content to the right customer, across the right channels, at the right time.”
And analysis of your users’ activity data, my lovely and honored readers, is where using heatmaps can be extremely useful! Would you like to know
Just because Tom McFarlin joined our team on April Fool's Day doesn't mean it was a joke! Read this interview with him to learn more about why this longtime WordPress community leader and WordCamp speaker made this surprising career move.
What seems like an April Fool’s Day joke, certainly is not. It’s true, folks. Tom McFarlin, longtime WordPress community leader, WordCamp speaker, and the person behind Pressware, has joined WebDevStudios (WDS) as a Senior Backend Engineer. (Pause for response.)
To set the record straight, Tom took some time during his first day of on-boarding at WDS and shared the story behind what propelled him to make this surprising career move and offered advice to anyone thinking about doing the same.
WDS: Hi, Tom. Welcome to your first day at WDS! What prompted your decision to make this big change in your career?
Tom: For the majority of the time I’ve worked with WordPress, I’ve known that I wanted to make a career out of it. In terms of how, though, I wasn’t sure.
Over the past few years of building custom solutions for small businesses and individuals, I wanted to begin applying much of that knowledge and increase my learning and experience in an enterprise setting with a great team who also allow me to pursue interests both inside the company and out.
This means that I can still moonlight on WordPress projects that are pertinent to Pressware, but I can focus
Freemius is meant for WordPress theme and plugin businesses who want an easy, pay-as-you-go solution to bring their freemium and premium products to market.
Brexit may have wide-ranging effects for WordPress plugin and theme sellers with customers in the EU. Learn how the upcoming tax changes may affect your business and what you can do to prepare.
The UK’s imminent departure from the EU (European Union) has left businesses across Europe struggling to understand how this change will affect them. For WordPress theme and plugin businesses, it makes EU VAT collection and payment even more complex than it already is. If you’re accounting for VAT on your own, you may be dealing with hundreds of invoices, difficult requirements for filing in each EU state member, and generally wasting plenty of time and money on bookkeeping. We’re here to break down the upcoming changes and explain what Brexit means for developers selling software to consumers or businesses in the EU. Let’s get started with the basics:
What’s the current state of VAT collection in the EU?
When selling digital products to consumers in Europe, you have to manage and collect the correct amounts of VAT rates from each and every one of your WordPress product sales. Your specific tax situation for the EU depends on where your customers are located and you’ll have to collect tax for each sale depending on whether you’re selling to businesses or consumers. Here are the different possibilities:
If your WordPress business is based INSIDE
Our resident WordCamp expert shares tips and advice on making the most of your first WordCamp experience.
So, you’ve decided to attend your first WordCamp—a nonprofit, volunteer-organized conference about WordPress and related topics. That’s great! WordCamps are excellent places to learn a new skill, get up-to-date on design trends, meet potential clients and partners, and geek out about WordPress in general. Having attended countless WordCamps across North America, here are my top tips on how to maximize your WordCamp experience.
A laptop is *optional*
It may not be apparent, considering this is a conference about technology, but unless you are planning on using your laptop to actively debug or work on your website, such as at the Happiness Bar, or participate in a live workshop, consider leaving your laptop at home. It’s widely accepted that written notes result in higher comprehension levels than typed notes; some sponsors even give away notebooks and pens to use. Leaving your laptop at home means one less thing to carry around and think about all day. As a presenter, I’ll often take a minute to store my laptop back in my room for just this reason.
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