You Asked… Plugins I Use (Part 1)

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I’ve had a lot of questions lately on which plugins I use on my blog so I thought it’d be fun to do a plugin post and share everything I currently have activated.  Let me know which ones you’re using, too, which ones you’re going to add, and if you’ve got suggestions on what else I should consider I’d love to hear your thoughts!

My plugins change regularly, so this is just what’s active today.  :)

Akismet: Eats spam.  I don’t recommend blogging without it!  My blog gets 200+ spam comments a day but with this plugin active 99% of them go straight to spam and it rarely catches a good comment accidentally.

All in One SEO Pack: Lets you add custom titles, descriptions and keywords to your pages and posts.  Helpful if you want more control over your search engine optimization.

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Understanding “Do Follow” and How to Tell

After my recent post on rewarding your blog commenters I got several questions asking what “do follow” meant and how to tell if a blog has “no follow” or “do follow” on it’s comments.

What is “No Follow”

By default most blogs are setup so that the links to a commenter’s website are marked “nofollow” – that means that the search engines won’t follow the link and won’t count it towards the linked site’s PageRank or popularity.

Here’s what a no follow link looks like:

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Are You Rewarding Your Blog Commenters?

I’m sure that if you’ve got kids you’re familiar with the concept of rewarding desired behavior.  It works so much better than other parenting strategies.  Have you thought about applying that in your business?  Are you taking the time to appreciate and thank those who take time to leave a comment on your blog or interact with you?

Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you send handwritten cards to a few dozen (or hundreds) of people a month.  That’d be time consuming and costly.  Here are some easy ways you can show your appreciation.

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