Google is changing the way how to display ads on desktop Search results worldwide. Right side ads are not shown anymore. Before the change, 3 ads were shown on the top of the desktop search result and a bunch of ads on the right side. The roll out is starting today with showing 4 ads on the top of the desktop search results and no ads on the right side. Google Local Business information and Google Shopping results will still be displayed on the right side.
Facebook will open Facebook Instant Articles to all publishers, effective April 12, 2016. Facebook Instant Articles was built to solve the problem of slow loading times on the mobile web created a problematic experience for people reading news on their phones. With Instant Articles, publishers will have full control over the look of their stories, as well as data and ads.
iTunes Connect added the ability to refresh Podcasts online and without re-submitting the Podcast. iTunes on a computer is not mandatory any more, just go to your web browser following the iTunes Connect Podcasts link.
Previously, there was just the option to submit a new Podcast feed. Now the Podcaster is also able to modify an existing Podcast feed address. Due to a so-called not changeable Apple given Mirror URL, the Podcaster can change the RSS feed URL without loosing user subscribed to the Mirror URL. Further more, you get an overview about all submitted Podcasts assigned to an Apple ID.
Adblockers are boon and bane. A boon for more and more website visitors, a bane for all bloggers. Most bloggers deliver their content cost-free to website visitors. And most bloggers earn money by affiliate links or ads like Google Adsense to compensate hosting costs, domain costs and so on. Adblockers are killing that links, leading to ad-free website pages, arguing that most ads are intrusive and are dissipating data plans. But that’s not true. Read more
A lot of websites are using Google Analytics for tracking traffic. And also, a lot of Websites are using Facebook Ads to promote their website or to drive potential customers to their online shop. Wouldn’t it be great to measure the success or return of investment of on ad on Facebook by analyzing the click through rates? However, it doesn’t work natively to track Facebook ads in Google Analytics. What you need for tracking is an ad specific custom Google Analytics URL. Read more
bbPress is a fantastic and simple WordPress forum plugin for a website running on WordPress. By Default, WordPress does not allow users to upload their own avatars to your WordPress website, but uses a third-party host called Gravatar. If you want to add a custom profile picture to your website or bbPress forum, the WordPress plugin ‘Basic User Avatars‘ adds custom profile picture, both to the back end via dashboard and the front end via your profile of your wordPress and bbPress Website. Read more
bbPress is a fantastic and simple WordPress forum plugin for a website running on WordPress. However, the defined bbPress user roles (keymaster, moderator, participant, spectator and blocked) cannot distinguish between different forums. Further more, there are only three levels of different forums types available in bbPress: public, private and hidden. In order to get a more spread differentiation of user right, the WordPress plugin ‘Private Groups‘ is a simple and easy solution the solve this problem. Read more
I had always been wondering how bloggers gain k’s of Facebook Likes and Twitter followers. My blog miApple.me stagnated at around 100 Facebook Likes and 100 Twitter followers for years, although the traffic increased to thousands of page views per day.
Learn how to create your own iTunes Podcast using your WordPress.org blog without any plugin and a podcast RSS feed made with Google feed burner. This podcast RSS feed is submitted to iTunes. After approval from iTunes, the podcast is published on iTunes and available for subscription on iTunes for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read more
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