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  1. Connecting Disqus with Your Site or Blog

    November 20, 2012 by blairstover

    When Disqus arrived, they stated that they were a global comment system that is casually was the built-in WordPress system created (via JavaScript) and was intended to improve the integration between website operator and visitors. However, any comments can still be managed by the Disqus website. Blair Stover has more on this below.

    According to Disqus and WordPress, installing Disqus doesn’t mean that your own system of WordPress is replaced. The status quo, as they say, can be restored any time. The old as well as the glut of post-installation comments are entered into the database of all 1:1 WordPress blogs. So you can keep track of all of your comments, even if they are spread across multiple blogs, because Disqus allows you to do so.

    So far, the advantage points to Disqus on so many levels however many WordPress users are not ready to give up their easy way of doing things. Here is how you can connect Disqus with your blog.

    1.  Go to the Disqus website and then register for a new account by clicking on the top right link. You will want to create a “commenter” account.

    2.     It will give you a choice of signing up with a Google, Twitter or Facebook account or you can sign up using your email.

    3.     You will now edit your profile and this is where you edit your personal info.

    4.     Now click on the “services” link and choose which ones you want to connect with.

    5.     Next, visit sites that support Disqus and start making comments.

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  2. Choosing the Right Comment System for your Blog

    November 1, 2012 by Blair Stover

     Blogging comments, in the old days, were much simpler than they are today. For instance, if you were a user of WordPress, your comments were on WordPress as well. Times change, however, and with them so do blogging platforms and comment systems. Disqus showed up and became the alternative to WordPress and some people took to the change but most people turned right back around after a few months. Blair Stover has more details below.

    Disqus wasn’t all bad when it first came out. It came out with the integration of social media which was a huge step in the comment system world. However, it just wasn’t enough to keep a lot of people from turning back to WordPress’ easy to use system.

    Facebook stepped in and decided to come out with its version of world domination (as if Facebook knows how to do anything else).  The great thing about Facebook’s comment system is that it was easy to integrate with WordPress’ blog system.

    Now you have LiveFyre and IntenseDebate along with several other options. In a matter of words, you have several confusing options.

    Based on a poll, 60% of people actually preferred WordPress over everything else on the market. In fact, most of the people that used WordPress hated Disqus. This is not a good thing for marketing efforts unless you are WordPress. When asked about LiveFyre, no one said a nice word about the blogging company. Some even hated the company as much as Disqus. Yet all things considered, Disqus and Facebook were neck and neck in the race.

    Which commenting system do you like best, and which do you use on your blog?

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  3. WordPress Plugins that can Increase Your Conversion Rate

    July 31, 2012 by Blair Stover


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    If you have a news site or any other site involving contributors powered by WordPress then you may want to consider installing the following plug-ins. Why? Because if you want to boost both the ergonomics and the referencing that goes along with your site you want to increase your conversion rate.


    The following is a summary of a list of WP plug-ins that Blair Stover Designs highly recommends for your news portal or multi-author site.




    –       Peter’s Collaboration E-mail: Send a mail to the admin (or admins) when an article is submitted, send an email to the contributor when the item status changes from “pending proofreading” to that of “draft” (for cause of change request, with maybe a small note from the previous plug-in) but also, even especially, when it is released. In the latter case, the referrer will be very happy to receive it because it is super convenient for monitoring/reporting.

    –       SEO Smart Links: Insert links to other articles to your categories or tags directly in the articles of your contributors. It should be installed from the start of your portal.

    –       Yet Another Related Posts Plug-in (YARPP): YARPP displays a particular relevance index after each link that can help point your readers to other posts on the same topic or similar topics to keep them on your site longer.

    –       Facebook Social Twitter Share: This plug-in displays buttons of social networks at the beginning of your article. This allows your visitors to follow you on a number of social media sites as well as helps promote your brand new content.

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  4. Use WordPress and Build a Successful Email Marketing List

    June 5, 2012 by Blair Stover

    English: The logo of the blogging software Wor...

    English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Email marketing brings many online publishers to a common troublesome dilemma. It is known that email subscribers drive traffic, thus building the long-term customer relationship you hope for your brand. However, many websites find that only a small portion of their online visitors chose to sign up. In order to grow, you need the loyal customer following. To build this, your customers need to value the subscriber content they receive after signing up. Use these WordPress themes to enhance the subscriber content your email opt-ins receives from you, so that they will find it valuable.

    Begin by minimizing distractions with The Focus Theme. Encourage your audience to pocus on one thing. With a simple page outline and minimal distractions, your key content will become the main focus. This is especially important for the tablet and smart-phone user.

    With the Streamline Theme, grab the reader’s attention and hold it. Utilize enticing fonts and bright colors to draw the reader into your content. Make it clear what matters most in your emails. Highlight your best along with the design of two opt-in forms.

    Focus on building your email list quickly. If this is your main goal, make it the focus of your content. The Generate Theme places your email opt-in as the main focus while giving your site a refined yet simple design.

    Let customers know the email opt-in will be easy. The more stylish and simple it appears, the more your customers will want your valuable content. The Décor Theme is mobile responsive and draws the attention to the laser-focused opt-in sign up amid the sophisticated and spacious platform of your services and products.


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