The 101 Best WordPress Plugins — For Anything & Everything

WordPress

You may already know that WordPress is the darling of bloggers, and that it is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress powers more than 17% of the web and its users produce about 41.7 million new posts and 60.5 million new comments each month. Amazing, huh?

If you are completely new to WordPress, and is serious about blogging, then you would have heard of WordPress Plugins and must be wondering what a ‘Plugin’ is!

A Plugin is nothing but a tool (or an extension) that allows you to enhance your WordPress blog. It makes your blog more functional, useful, and powerful. Be it managing your Comments, Traffic Stats, SEO, Social Sharing, Security – ‘the Plugins’ does it all.

WordPress is an Open Source project. So you can either choose a plugin from among thousands of already existing ones, or you can create your own plugins to suit your specific needs. Almost all the plugins that we need already exists, so you don’t have to think about creating a new one.

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7 Blogging Years. 7 Blogging Lessons. 7 Blogging Tips.

Blog

Yes, that’s right! It’s the 7th Blogoversary of Minterest. I started Minterest (minterest.com) as a personal finance blog back in 2006 and later in August 2007 I started blogging about “Money, Internet, Investing” (yes, that was the first tagline of Minterest and now as you can see it’s — tech. marketing. mashups.).

To be honest it was “Just another WordPress site” literally and I was simply rehashing topics that were of “My interest“. But there is one thing… I was learning. I loved WordPress and that experience from Blogger.com to WordPress.org was awesome.

Read: WordPress vs. Blogger.com

I started creating blogs on Blogger.com back in 2004 and was treating it like a simple publishing tool. I guess the reason why it didn’t impress or motivate me much was its inability to customize things the way I wanted.

And when I tried WordPress I started loving almost all of its aspects and started liking coding as well. Yes, I’m a software engineer by education but it was not the coding that inspired me – it’s the magic in “technology“. Thanks to Microsoft.

Coming back…  I’m going to feature here 7 blogging lessons and tips that I have… learned, realized, or experienced in one way or the other over the past several years.

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The Email Marketing Handbook – 101+ Resources, Tips, Strategies & Tools

Email Marketing Handbook

If you’ve been following Minterest for some time, you might have noticed that I haven’t published any blog posts related to “Email Marketing” till date. The primary reason is that I do not have a newsletter… yet. In fact, I hate email marketers,  as I consider 90% of them as spammers.

But it’s also true that email marketing is more important now than ever. It’s like we live in a new era of Email Marketing 2.0. That exactly is the reason why your favorite blogs and websites are too keen to collect your email so that they can add you to their email list. Email is the best way to communicate directly with the customers because 91% of Internet users check their email at least once a day.

Email marketing moves the conversation about your business to a more personal environment – the in-box. — Copyblogger

Let’s say you’re a blogger and is starting a new business. So in that case you can send an email to all your readers and say about your new venture and can even offer something valuable that regular customers won’t get.
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Write Today; Monetize Tomorrow! [Blogging Tips]

Blogging Tips

A recent blog post by Jim Connolly inspired me to write this blog post. In that blog post he mentioned about a best selling Kickstarter book written by the awesomest Seth Godin. When people said it took Seth 3 hours to write that book Seth said it took him around 8 years.

Yes!

That’s how long it took him, writing blog posts almost every day, to build a big enough community to reach his Kickstarter target in 3 hours.

You know what? It applies to blogging as well. [Read more...]

Bye-bye Windows Live Writer, Hello WordPress Editor! After 7 Years…

I’m a huge fan of Windows Live Writer and it  has been my favorite blog publishing tool since 2007. In fact, all my blog posts over the past 7 years on this blog were written using Windows Live Writer except this one. This is the first ever blog post of mine written by using ONLY default WordPress Visual/Text Editor.

Windows Live Writer vs. WordPress Editor

The user interface of Windows Live Writer is the primary reason I (and probably everyone else) loved it. Why? Because it’s literally a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor. When we add our WordPress (or Blogger.com) account to Live Writer it will analyze our blog’s content and will then download the blog theme (including the stylesheet) so that we can write as if we’re writing using the front-end of the blog.
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13 Digital Media Resources That You Don’t Want To Miss [July 18, 2014]

Friday the 13th

Minteresting Friday is a digital media mashup by Minterest that compiles the finest Blogging, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Tech, and Web 2.0 resources that you don’t want to miss.

My Picks – #Freelance

Blogging – #Tips

  • The Biggest Myth In Blogging: Why Content Is Not King @ Blog Tyrant
  • Here’s a Simple Strategy To Seduce Readers And Win Clients @ Copyblogger

Internet Marketing – #Content #SEO

  • 17 Insanely Actionable List Building Strategies @ Backlinko
  • 7 Marketing Lessons Learned From Acquiring A Startup @ Quick Sprout

Social Media – #SMM #Tips

  • Build Your Personal Brand & Why I Have Never Had To Look For A Job @ Quick Sprout
  • The Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand @ LinkedIn

Tech – #News #Startup

  • My Startup Failed, And This Is What It Feels Like… @ Medium
  • Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life @ Fast Company

Web 2.0 – #Design #Tools

  • The Ultimate Guide To Font Pairing @ Canva
  • 6 Awesome Apps and Services Integrated With Todoist @ Todoist

Get the awesomest digital marketing & technology content, curated and tailored for you! Subscribe to Minterest via RSS (or just Minteresting RSS), Email, Twitter (curated by @maheshone), Facebook, or Google+.

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The Internet Marketing Handbook – 101+ Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is huge and it’s getting bigger. If you’re looking for internet marketing resources then you may be confused about where to start since you’ll come across a lot of jargons and terms. So here are over 101 resources that you will ever need as an internet marketer. It’s your starting point so I’m sure that you can take it forward from here.

101+ Internet Marketing Resources, Tips, Guides & Tools

I’ve organized the resources into the following categories: Content Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Web Analytics, Landing Pages, Conversion Optimization, Internet Marketing Blogs & Forums, and Internet Marketing Tools.

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15 Blogs You Should Really Read If You Are A Freelance Writer

Write

I love reading blogs that offers tips for freelancers (especially freelance writers). Primarily because these blogs publish awesome content on productivity, writing tips, and marketing tips too. So many interesting blog posts are there on these blogs, which might interest you as a writer or even as a marketer.

Do you want to become a better writer? Then start reading a lot. I mean a lot.

15 (+ Bonus 5) Must-Read Blogs For Freelance Writers

In this post, I have decided to feature some of the blogs that I care to read any time. These blogs lets ideas to flow. Infact, there is never a dull moment when you read any of them.

I’ve also included some blog posts from each blog, so that you can get started. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newbie or an experienced writer. They have immense value.
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