WordPress Membership Plugins for Affiliates

The wildly popular blogging platform and CMS WordPress is the host to dozens of affiliate marketing sites and blogs, but for some marketers, there is a desire to take their business to the next level by making it membership or subscription based, which means finding the WordPress membership plugin that is right for them. While there isn’t a huge market for WordPress membership plugins, there are a few that really standout as far as their capabilities and features go. Below is a list of ten of the top WordPress membership plugins available, and they range in price from totally free to about $200. Magic Members Don’t let the (I assume) unintended innuendo of the plugin’s name drive you away, because Magic Members is chock full of cool features that many plugins lack, and it is perfect for any type of…

Social Ads Come to LinkedIn

Last June, the rapidly growing professional social networking site LinkedIn updated its privacy policy and made clear in that statement that social advertising was coming to LinkedIn, and that some personal information could be used in targeting these ads. “The effectiveness of these recommendations is related to the people in a trusted network that it is shared with,” wrote LinkedIn’s Eric Heath in the message, “and one of the upcoming privacy policy changes lets us share your public actions, like recommendations, following companies, etc. on the site with your business network in a commercial context such as an ad.” And so they did. While many on the Internet were sent into a dizzying rage at the thought of LinkedIn pulling “a Facebook,” the site did, to their credit, create an opt-out setting on accounts if users absolutely do not want…

Monster Brings Semantic Search for Talent Matching

Job search and “matching” engine Monster.com announced the launch of SeeMore, a cloud-based semantic search and analytics platform for managing resume databases. “Our philosophy on innovation is simple – we focus on products and solutions that deliver breakthrough technology to address a real market need. SeeMore(TM) is no exception. It solves a complex problem that many employers are facing — not having strategic visibility into their internal and external talent pools because they are using a range of technologies in an increasingly fragmented recruiting environment,” said Darko Dejanovic, EVP, Global CIO and Head of Product for Monster Worldwide. The SeeMore platform allows companies to search recruitment information to identify, access and match up appropriate talent with available positions. The platform enables HR to score and compare candidates, and mine current employee population to understand talent needs among other features. Minimizing…

Facebook Marketing Through DesignPax

DesignPax is a new on-demand design model that creates websites, banner ads and social media designs such as Facebook and Twitter landing pages for Web marketers in less than 48 hours. Founded by former Advertising.com executive Ayal Ebert, DesignPax is experiencing significant growth in its first year and includes Adroll, Retargeter and MyBuys as clients. The fastest-growing service provided by DesignPax is the company’s seamless creation of Facebook pages for Web marketers, accounting for 15 to 20 percent of the firm’s overall business since launching in June 2010. DesignPax is creating an interface that will allow customers to order the product through their platform and enable the firm to install it for them on their Facebook accounts. The design components include half a page (the teaser) and then a full page that is exposed once a user clicks on the…

Marketing in the Morning

Ericsson, the Sweden-based mobile company, recently conducted a survey that found 35 percent of U.S. Android and iPhone users “…interacted with such non-voice apps as Facebook on their smartphones before rising.” In other words, many smartphone users check Facebook, Twitter and very likely email, before even getting out of bed in the morning. Of course, this is just one study and 35 percent is still a minority. But it’s not hard to imagine that this is exactly the case. And perhaps that number goes even higher after the user is out of bed but not yet on the way to work? Think about your own habits – what are you doing with your smartphone early in the morning? I, for one, check my email before I leave the house — with the push of a button on my smartphone and…

Increasing Time on Site – 3 Simple Steps

The Time Has Come to Increase Your Time on Site Most online marketers and website owners tend to measure the success of their online business by the amount of traffic they are able to generate (and, of course, revenue). While increasing the number of unique visitors is most definitely important (and something that everyone should be concerned with), it is arguably only half the battle. Unique visitors and visits alone should not be the only means by which you are measuring success. It is easy to understand that there is little in the way of benefit from attracting a visitor to your website that quickly clicks the back button and leaves. Often, website owners and online marketers spend more time thinking about how to attract people to a site and less on how to encourage those visitors to spend considerably…

Search Marketing Trends for 2011

Few Web professionals should be surprised by the 2011 forecast in SEMPO’s recently released State of Search Marketing Report. If the words “social” and “mobile” are at the top of your business plan, pay close attention to the following. If they are not, drop what you’re doing and pay even closer attention. With over 900 companies and agencies participating in the global online survey, the report estimates that the North American search marketing industry will grow by 16 percent in 2011 to a value of $19.3 billion, up from $16.6 billion in 2010. Just under half of the respondents said they use Facebook for pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns – 47 percent in North America and 45 percent outside the U.S. and Canada. The rising popularity of Facebook is even more apparent within agencies, as nearly 74 percent of North American agencies…

Visitors, SEO & Marketing

I’m happy to see that Google is starting to give page ranks back. While I’m not back to my PR6, the PR3 is just as good for the time being. I do hope to get my original rank back but that’s something I’ll have to take up with them in the future. I know what I’m going to have to do in order to make that possible so I’m not too concerned with it. In the meantime, I’ve been going through quite a few resources to help me with my SEO techniques. I’d like to properly market my portfolio. Word of mouth is always great advertising, no matter who you are, but it’s also nice to have a constant flow of unique users coming to your site thanks to major search engines and directories. I’m considering getting in touch with…

Vista Print – Best Printing, Best Price!

For the past six months I’ve been a member of Vista Print. I haven’t spoken about them very much but I can honestly say that if it weren’t for their services, I probably wouldn’t be able to effectively run my design business. I have everything from personalized stationary to business cards and I’m even in the process of creating car decals as well for those interested in advertising for me (which there are a few of, thankfully). Working with Vista Print has been amazing for me and now is the time to give back and let the rest of the world know about them! You can get absolutely anything you could need from Vista Print. I started with their Free Products which include everything from business cards, rubber stamps and even pens with your name and logo on them. They…

MaxWebDesign.eu

As I noted in a previous entry today, I’ve been floating around a lot of different websites in search for new and interesting ideas. I would also like to add a few more websites to my RSS reader (courtesy of Google of course) so finding any sites that will spark my interest are more than likely going to make it into my bookmarks. Today I found maxwebdesign.edu, it’s a blog for web design and being as I’ve done the same thing here on my own site. While there isn’t any major “Web Design” going on with this particular site, there are a lot of resources here for everything from improving your Google rankings to SEO. Based on it’s description, it’s a magazine styled web design related blog where the owner – Robert G – writes as much as he can…