Bad Behavior Plugin – WordPress Plugin Inserts Unwanted Links

Bad Behavior Plugin – WordPress Plugin Inserts Unwanted Links

We’ve seen this behavior on different blog posts on some specialized websites.

Now we’ve witnessed the same with one of the site we are working to optimize.

We are using Semrush, which is the best tool available for optimization on websites and SEO.

While running the site audit for one website with a wordpress blog, we’ve noticed significant amount of external links which were pointing out to an external site : http://mecraftsman.com/24-christmas-fireplace-decorations-know-not………

It was strange as we do not have any links to this website.

We started to investigate on the reasons and we’ve notices that in the web pages code, there were references to the same pages with the /?page_number_0=7, 8, etc.

This website page with the extended /?page_number_0=7, was a different page with hidden links towards the above website.

http://mecraf……

At this point we have been checking on another site which used to have the same plugin installed.

We are seeing that this site had also hidden links. The links hidden were pointing to another site.

We were checking the website code  when we have noticed that the malicious code was present with the wordpress plugin : Facebook Feed WD

Once we have decided to deactivate and delete this plugin, these hidden links have been disappearing.

We have run the site audit in Semrush and all the bad links were gone. See below the results.

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wordpress bad behavior plugin

 Notes about bad plugin bad behavior

Not sure what is the reason, but we suggest, if you have the same issues, to give a negative review on WordPress plugin’s review.

This bad behavior plugin would not be recommended anymore by us or installed on any of the WordPress blogs we are working on.

This was easy to spot because of this great tool called Semrush, we suggest you check them out their optimization tool.

We are considering this tool set an all-in-one software suite for monitoring everything that factors into an online presence.

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Blog Sites Use SSL and HTTPS

Best blog sites use SSL certificates and the HTTPS Protocol

Summary

  1. Switch with your hosting provider to SSL certificate. Some hosting providers provide Free Shared SSL like InmotionHosting
  2. Install the WordPress login Really Simple SSL.
  3. Activate the plugin in your blog admin dashboard
  4. Add in Search Engine Console the new property with the HTTPS protocol. See here : Setup a new property in Google
  5. Make sure you submit again the sitemap index file to allow Google bots to crawl your site. See below a Youtube video on how to use Yoast to submit your sitemap to Google.
  6. Change the Google Analytics settings of your website to use the HTTPS protocol.

Let’s describe more in detail what you need to do. Most of the information is from the internet and there is good other information out there.

1.The first step is to check with your hosting provider that they have the possibility to activate a free shared SSL certificate on your domain or to acquire a full SSL Certif. You need to check that before you proceed with WordPress settings.

A known hosting provider with which I have good experience is Inmotion hosting.

If you need help in activating the SSL certificate with your hosting provided, I recommend to see this article.It’s describing how to do this  with Inmotion Hosting Cpanel, but it should be similar with other hosting providers as well.

 

2.Once you have activated your SSL certificate, you need to install on your WordPress blog a plugin called Really Simple SSL.

There are multiple Youtube videos which describe how to do that. You can search here : Really Simple SSL

 

3.After the plugin is installed, you need to activate it.

Please note that you will need to login again as your site will automatically switch to the https version.

 

best blog sites use ssl and https

 

Check under settings/SSL that everything is working properly. You should see a screen similar to below.

 

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Once everything is working correctly with SSL and your site blog has switched to HTTPS, you need to do some additional steps so that you maintain your presence on Google.

Best blog sites use SSL and do some additional steps to improve their SEO ranking.

 

4.You need to add your HTTPS property to Google Search Engine Console. Even if HTTP and HTTPS are just different protocols, Google see them as different properties. If you need to understand the difference between HTTP and HTTPS, I recommend to read this article.

Check here for more information on how to setup a new property in Google.

When everything is done, you will have in your Google Search Console both properties, with HTTP and with HTTPS. Unless you have different information on the HTTP property, you might want to remove it.

best blog sites use ssl and https

 

5.As you have setup a new property in Google Search Console, you will need to submit again your sitemap index so that Google bots can crawl your pages.

The Yoast SEO plugin allows users to create an XML sitemap. See  some youtube videos on how to use Yoast to create sitemaps

6.Change the Google Analytics settings of your website to use the HTTPS protocol. More on how to get started with Google Analytics in this article.

Six steps for your WordPress blog to become one of the best blog sites which uses SSL and HTTPS

Please share our article if you like it or leave a comment if you need some help.

Best blog sites use ssl and https and you need to improve your SEO ranking and switching to HTTPS protocol will help.

[Solved] Disable WordPress Plugins Manually

Disable wordpress plugins manually can help you to bet back your wordpress blog admin dashboard

Ups,

so I have connected to my WP plugins page and upgraded the MainWP Dashboard plugin.

After setting it up to upgrade to the latest version, 3.4.2, I lost the possibility to see anymore my WP Admin page, as the redirect was to a link where there was no page. “https://seorom.info/wp-admin/admin.php?page=mainwp_about&do=whatnew” . “The page isn’t redirecting properly”

how to disable wordpress plugins manually

Hmm, as I am not a WP coding guru, I went on Google  and found this nice workaround on how to disable wordpress plugins manually

For me it worked the changing the folder name  under /wp-content/plugins/ folder.

Check it out.

Still looking to figure out how to get back my MainWp dashboard plugin back as it is a useful tool to keep track of all the blogs managed with wordpress.

Tried to uninstall and install again the MainWp Dashboard plugin but still no use, it is not working…

So I thought that maybe there is a conflict with another plugin.

So I went and disabled all active plugins, activated just the  MainWp plugin and surprise, it worked!

After this I started to activate one plugin after another to see which one was conflicting with MainWP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identify Your Top 5 Competitors

Identify Your Top 5 Competitors

You’ll want to see which competitors rank the highest in Google for keywords specific to your industry. Make a list of the top keywords that bring you traffic, and enter them into Google. If you don’t have an ecommerce store yet and are doing pre-launch research, simply search for relevant keywords. Make sure you’re browsing incognito and you’re in the appropriate regional zone (if you want US search results and you’re outside the US add &gl=us to the end of the search URL). Make note of who is ranking on the first page. You should also type “related:www.yourURL.com” in the Google search field to get a list of companies that are similar to yours. http://ow.ly/e7Pa307vKwA

[Solved ] : Use Google Keyword Planner Without Paying And Creating Ad Campaign

How to use the Google Keyword Planner without paying for my first ad campaign

I wanted to use the Google Keyword Planner and I was not able to use the Google keyword Planner tools, which is according to many online marketing experts one of the fundamental tools to find useful keywords for successful content marketing.

Use Google Keyword Planner without paying for first Google adwords campaign

After logging into my Google Adwords account, somehow I’ve been asked to create a first ad campaign before being able to use the main dashboard.

But I want to start using the Google Keyword Planner tool without paying.

Read below to find out how I’ve managed to solve the issue and to Use Google Keyword Planner without paying for my first ad campaign

Google Keyword Planner without Google Adwords Campaign
Google Keyword Planner without paying

I’ve tried going back but there was no use, somehow I was stuck and asked to create my first campaign.

The only workaround I have found is the following.

I went ahead and created my first Google Adwords add campaign. For those who want to see a complete video guide on how to use Google Words I recommend the below video:

 

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Ok, coming back to our issue, after entering all details and creating my first ad campaign, I was finally able to access my  Google Adwords account.

 

How to use the Google Keyword Planner Without Ad Campaign

After finalizing this step,  I was able to use my Google Adwords account where my recently created campaign was active.

use google keyword planner without paying

I have removed my add campaign and then voila’ :-), solved!  I was able to use my Google tools and the keyword planner without spending the add campaign. Of course, this solution requires that you have a valid credit card.

use google keyword planner without paying

 

Final note, this article is not about how to avoid using the Google Adwords, which I use and retain very useful for my online blogs promotion, it’s just about how to start using these Google great tools and in particular to use Google Keyword Planner without paying some money on your first campaign.

After mastering Google Adwords dashboard, I encourage to use Google Adwords to create add campaigns since it will provide you the necessary online promotion to make your blog successful.

 

Please feel free to rate below or share my article if you find it useful.

Happy Blogging!

 

 

Post Screenshot Online – How to Decrease Time Spent Writing Blog Posts

How to post screenshot online

nativeshot share screenshot online

Internet blog posting is about information and how to write content online. I am looking for easy ways to share screenshots online which will help me to improve the time required

One of my favorite tools is to use the Nativeshot plugin directly in  Firefox browser.

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post screenshot online on blog post

 

If you are still new on how to install Firefox add-ons, you can find a good guide  here: Install Firefox add-on

On Youtube you can find many useful sources of information on Youtube on how to install a firefox add-on:

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Coming back to our tool, Nativeshot is a simple way to copy screenshots directly on your blog posts.

First, you need to go and install it and make some small adjustments once it is installed. You can find a good video on how to configure and use the Nativeshot plugin below :

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NativeShot is not your typical screenshot addon. The typical screenshot addon takes an image of the HTML content in your current or other tabs.NativeShot features a system wide hotkey (and also a toolbar button) which takes screenshots as you would by pressing the “Print Screen” or “Screenshot” key on your computer. Everything on every monitor is captured and then opened up for editing.

You can copy to clipboard, save to file on your PC or you can save in cloud on Dropbox, Google Drive and Imgur.

Very useful for blog posting is the Imgur option, where you can add in your blog posts image links you share automatically from Nativeshot in your Imgur account. The image shared here is copy and pasted directly from our Imgur account. If you click on the image below you will be directed to the link of this image.:

post screenshot online and share images saved as screenshot in your imgur account
post screenshot online and share images saved as screenshot in your imgur account

This is an easy and fast way to post screenshot online by using Nativeshot add-on in your Firefox browser.

There are several other options like sharing it on Facebook or Twitter directly, but normally I use it to add useful image information to my blog posts.

Nativeshot comes also with the option to optical character recognition, based on GOCR,  OCRAD and Tesseract. I recommend searching on the internet the capabilities of OCR Algorithms.

Nativeshot tolbar

There is a toolbar with all options. It will automatically open when you click the button on the Firefox toolbar.

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post screenshot online – nativeshot toolbar.

In Editor Hotkeys

The demonstration of how to use all the keyboard shortcuts can be found here:

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(these are the hotkeys not shown in the screenshot above – screencast)

  • Alt + C when Element Selected – Copies the element
  • Alt + V – Pastes the element at where the cursor is
  • Scroll Wheel with Zoom View Enabled – Increase or decrease zoom level
  • Arrow Keys – Move the selection by 1 pixel
  • Arrow Keys + Shift Key – Move the selection by 10 pixel
  • Arrow Keys + Alt Key – Increase height/width by 1 pixel
  • Arrow Keys + Alt Key + Shift Key – Increase height/width by 10 pixel
  • Shift Key + Click Drag Corner Point – Makes a perfect square/circle
  • Shift Key + Drag Corner Point of Line – Draws at 45-degree angle
  • Ctrl + V when Typing – Pastes text
  • Double Click Text – Edit mode
  • Double Click Element – Updates the palette with the properties (color, line width, etc) of the element
  • Click Tool or Tool Hotkey Again – While element is focused, it will apply the palette properties to the element (color, line width, etc)
  • Ctrl + D when Element Selected – Deselects the element
  • Escape while Eye Dropper Active – Cancels the dropper
  • Alt Key during drawing with Select/Window Wand tool – Adds another selection, without clearing the previous one. Version 1.8 has some bugs, with the Window Wand tool selected, you need to use the Shift key.
  • Delete key when Element Selected – Deletes the element

I found it very handy when I need to post screenshot online and I do it while writing my blog posts directly from my Firefox browser.

Sadly there is no Google Chrome version yet and I am not aware of other browsers.

 

Yoast Plugin and Facebook Open Graph Not Working. How to solve this ?

Yoast Facebook Open Graph not working

yoast facebook open graph not working
yoast facebook open graph not working

By installing Facebook Open Graph plugin the Yoast SEO plugin gave an error.

The Facebook Open Graph, Google and Twitter Card Tags plugin might cause issues when used in conjunction with Yoast SEO.

Both Yoast SEO and Facebook Open Graph, Google and Twitter Card Tags create OpenGraph output, which might make Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks use the wrong texts and images when your pages are being shared.

Facebook Open Graph plugin inserts Facebook Open Graph Tags into your WordPress Blog/Website for more effective and efficient Facebook sharing results.

It also allows you to add the Twitter Card tags for more effective and efficient Twitter sharing results.

It also allows you to add the Meta Description tag and Schema.org Name, Description and Image tags for more effective and efficient Google sharing results.

What is Facebook Open Graph?

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The Open Graph protocol

The Open Graph protocol enables any web page to become a rich object in a social graph. For instance, this is used on Facebook to allow any web page to have the same functionality as any other object on Facebook.

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While many different technologies and schemas exist and could be combined together, there isn’t a single technology which provides enough information to richly represent any web page within the social graph. The Open Graph protocol builds on these existing technologies and gives developers one thing to implement. Developer simplicity is a key goal of the Open Graph protocol which has informed many of the technical design decisions.

One solution to this problem can be to deactivate social settings for Facebook.

Disable Social Settings in Yoast
Disable Social Settings in Yoast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seo Social Settings
Seo Social Settings

 

You can find these settings under SEO.Social

 

 

 

 

This will hep canceling the warning from the Yost panel and still use the Facebook Open Graph Plugin.

 

How To Access Google Drive In Ubuntu Using Nautilus

How To Access Your Google Drive in Ubuntu 16.04 http://ow.ly/dx3o307kh2j

If you need to access Google Drive in Ubuntu the easiest way is to use the web browser, like in the video below.

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Want to access your Google Drive files natively on Ubuntu? Sure you do, and you can.


If you read this site regularly (or are fairly up-to-speed in all things Linux) then you’ll know that GNOME 3.18 brought with it the nifty ability to access your Google Drive files on Linux through the Nautilus file manager.

This article is explaining how to access your google drive in Ubuntu using Nautilus. This is quite handy when you need to save and use later pictures. In my case, Google drive is not the main remote location for private files. I use it for saving images than I am reusing later in my blog posts.

 

Access Your Google Drive in Ubuntu using Nautilus
Access Your Google Drive in Ubuntu using Nautilus

Ubuntu Desktop 11.04 started from Live CD with Install window open (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can find good videos on Youtube about how to access your Google Drive in Ubuntu using Nautilus:

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Google Docs WordPress Integration Posting

Google Docs WordPress Integration posting

This is a blog post to be posted on my seorom blog from my google docs specially created for this type of articles. I’ve been looking for ways to use an editor to create original content from outside my WordPress self-hosted blog. Google Docs WordPress Integration is not that simple and I have found ways to deal with it.

First I’ve tried to use the automated tool called Zapier.

I’ve created a zap

Google Docs WordPress Integration in Zapier
Google Docs WordPress Integration in Zapier

Unfortunately for some strange reasons I cannot authenticate my google docs account.

So I’ve seen some of examples on twitter about using Wordable as a tool.

Adfinis SyGroup AG (@adfinissygroup)

15-Dec-2016 09:03

@LibreOffice is now online. A big thank you goes out to our colleagues from @CollaboraOffice. https://t.co/CoLS03NvtF #Techblog

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► WPThemesClub ◄ (@WPThemesClub)

13-Dec-2016 04:58

How to #Import #Blog Posts from #GOOGLE Docs to #WordPress in One Click >> https://t.co/M2cYbIg0yK #Guideline #Tutorials #Wordable #Ad

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WordPress 3.0 (@WordPress3_0)

13-Dec-2016 16:50

How to #Import #Blog Posts from #GOOGLE Docs to #WordPress in One Click >> https://t.co/L2QFPqEK9N #Guideline #Tutorials #Wordable #Ad

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So I’ve made an account  on wordable.com, connected it with my google docs accounts and published in my seorom.info WordPress blog directly from the dashboard.

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Google Docs WordPress Integration

Note the post is being saved as Draft so that I can edit the content using my favorite my blog post editor.

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So this seems an easy way to post google docs directly to your WordPress blog.

There are also couple of others ways directly from Google docs by using some add-on, however looking at each of them, it seems they are not updated recently.

I will update this post once I will sort it out with Zapier, which is a great tool for automation tasks.