What a pain this week has been!
As some of you know I had emergency root canal surgery last week. Turns out my nasty habit of clenching my teeth cracked a tooth in a few places. The root canal was no big deal – I have no fears of the dentist.
The dentist told me all would be good by that night and I would be back to normal the next day. He then set off for two weeks holiday…….
What followed for me was 10 days of agony!
Far from being back to normal, I gradually became worse and, of course, being sick on a public holiday in Australia (Anzac day) is just no fun!
Well, the long and short of it ,is that I managed to catch an infection and after 10 days of painkillers and antibiotics I’m almost back to normal! Now, I’ve managed to catch a cold! Things tend to happen this way …
I have come out from my prescription med haze every now and again to check out what the real and virtual world is up to though. I can’t say that I’ve been very good at checking my emails though …so If you have emailed me and I haven’t replied you might want to try again, as it may be lost in the inbox overload.
When coming out of my haze I’ve also noticed that this week has been a good week for free and paid WordPress Plugins for Internet Marketers (but themes are again on the slow side).
Without further ado, let’s round them up …
Google Adwords Remarketing – If you use Google adwords you probably are also using the remarketing feature. Remarketing allows you to continually show your ads to people who have visited your site before.
If you have ever clicked through on an ad …and then everywhere you go on the web you feel you are being followed <del>stalked</del> by that advertiser then you’ve experienced remarketing!
The plugin makes it easy for you to copy and paste in your adwords code. Of course, you don’t need a plugin for this, but some people aren’t comfortable with code related stuff so it’s useful to them.
GoToWebinar – WP Personal – a lot of businesses and marketers are using webinars to educate their prospects and customers and provide valuable information. You can use this plugin to get users to sign up for registration for your webinar on your WordPress blog (without taking visitors to the usual Go To Webinar sign up page). Think about adding some pre – webinar homework or an offer on your page to test conversions.
WP- App Studio Plugin – when I first discovered this plugin I mistakenly thought that it generated a mobile “app” shortcode, a bit like a desktop shortcode to a website. In fact, I think I misled myself with the name 🙂
Diving into this plugin, I discover that what it really does is help non developers/coders create a WordPress plugin.
You install the plugin, and then use the interface to design a custom plugin for use on your WordPress blog or sale in the Marketplace.
The plugin is very well documented and there is paid support available should you run into difficulties.
Opportunites abound with uses for this plugin.
If you want to get some ideas of what other users are creating then visit the WPAS Marketplace.
Exit Page – One More Pageview by Keepify this simple little plugin allows you to add an offer to a page when your visitors are leaving your site. Use it to promote an offer, ask them to subscribe to your list or just rediret to another page on your site.
Rather than being an exit pop up it works by generating an overlay over your site.
I would have liked to have seen a demo or at least some screenshots in the repository for this plugin
Print Press – There are a number of WordPress plugins that allow you to print pages/posts of your site or convert them to pdf. This little plugin allows you to filter a number of elements so you generate a nice, neat version of the content.
Paid WordPress Plugins
There are only a few plugins worth mentioning this week.
WP Truly Free SEO Pix is yet another pretty picture plugin. This plugin not only searches for free images but also allows you to optimize the image for the search engines. You can insert the images direct into your blog or download for use on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr etc
You can also create memes with the images direct from your WordPress dashboard
Are we tired of pictures of kittys yet on the internet? No 🙂
This plugin is developed by a well known developer of Internet Marketing style WordPress plugins. Reviews from users have been all positive and the developer has been using feedback to make improvements to the plugin.
Some concern has been raised about image attribution and the ability to check the licensing terms of an image before posting. It appears that the developer is taking this feedback on board and is set to release an updated version of the plugin.
Some of the features to be added in a future release appear to be option to preview the licensing source (so you can check that it is okay to post with/without attribution) and the ability to add a watermark.
Adding a watermark is particularly useful if you use the plugin to create memes for Facebook and Pinterest. No doubt, you’ll want to have a watermark of your site’s url on it to pick up some traffic.
At the time of writing the plugin is on launch discount.
WP Solo Tracker – allows you to track and monitor all your solo ads in one place.
This product is due for release on 14 May 2013 and has an “early bird” sign up. Will be interesting to see the reviews once it is in the wild.
I’m not a fan of WordPress plugins for doing random tracking. I prefer to have things in one place, preferably browser based and not WP. Each to their own 🙂
Manage WP is having a sale this week where you can get 30% off their service (lifetime discount!). The offer only applies to new users 🙁 I’ve been a Manage WP user for a long time now and love it. Although there are a lot of other services that are cheaper than Manage WP or one time payments the knowledge that Manage WP is a stable, reliable company means that I’m with them for the long haul.
tooth icon courtesy of Pixabay.