Author: Demo User posted in Joomla Related on 2014-10-01 16:18:00
Blogging became an effective marketing tool last year and, it seems, going to stay as such. According to Matt Cuts, the head of Google’s Webspam team, the stress should be put on quality of posts & offering value to the readers. Qualitative content not only drives traffic to your Joomla! website and increases SEO results, but improves your brand, helps to build long-standing relationships with your clients, keep them updated with recent company’s events, discounts and offers.
However, blogging will become effective, if and only if your posts are engaging, provide useful information, attract customers and encourage them to share and comment. How to achieve such outstanding results? One of the solutions here is working on blog’s interactivity.
Joomla! CMS is a rather flexible platform and making your articles interactive is a simple matter. There are a few advices that can help:
Embed CheckList into your post to share your expertise in a unique way. Let's look at the example below:
Is it easy to read information on your pages? Check your pages for color contrast.
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Number of mobile users is growing each day, so make sure that your website is friendly enough for mobile devices.
W3C mobile checker
Google provides a number of rules to optimize your page load. And be sure they use it while ranking your website in search results.
Google Page Speed
There is also a number of parameters you may optimize with tool from Yahoo. Unlike Goole they have documentation that shows how score is calculated.
Use the service to find out what can you fix in server response headers to optimize page load.
Make sure you have the latest version of Joomla! If not, update it!
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You may perform periodic checks to be sure that site is clean of malware.
When you develop or customize an extension be sure to protect your site from CSRF attacks.
Explanation and walkthrough
Rename htaccess.txt to .htaccess and make sure RewriteEngine is set to "On".
Check configuration.php file permissions. Set it to 644, or much better to 444.
If you still on Joomla 1.5.x, do not use the standard jos_ table prefix.
Do not promote that website is built on Joomla! and its version for security reasons.
Remove Joomla generator tag
If you go live with the site being established on development environment, a good idea would be to check /log and /tmp folders paths in "configuration.php"
You do not use them and do not update them. So they are potentially dangerous.
Vulnerable extensions list
Look in your website structure for staging/development files and delete them (.psd, .bak, IDE files, copies etc.)
Check most important SEO criteria and calculate your grade for every page of website.
SenSEO for Firefox
Make use of 404 page by offering useful links and site structure.
A more useful 404
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It allows users to participate in discussions, share opinions and gives you a valuable feedback! A blog platform either has its own built-in comment section or can be integrated with third-party plugins. As an example JoomBlog component in addition to its own commenting system with anti-spam captcha is Disqus service compatible.
It will diversify presented information and make it engaging and interesting for your audience. You can do it by using a bunch of plugins: Content plugins allow the files integration while Button/Editor-XTD plugins simplify integration for non-tech users.
By using surveys you will be able to find out site users’ opinions on a particular topic, ask for advice or even gather useful information for your research or future blog post. By means of polls your blog readers can quickly share their thoughts without spending time on writing comments. In case you would like to know site visitors’ opinion, using native Joomla! features, Survey Force Deluxe extension is the easiest and most appropriate way to do it.
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By inserting online quizzes into your blog articles you will be able to engage with your audience, start up a competition or test users’ knowledge on products, goods or services you provide and then reward a perfect quiz passage. For instance, check Joomla! Quiz Deluxe integration!
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Describe or compare products’ features by means of attractive charts! Instead of long plain text, present the information differently using colorful rows & columns. Have a look at Joomla! Comparison Chart interaction:
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CheckList Standard Subscription
CheckList Professional Subscription
|Checklist creation, editing, deleting by an administrator|
|Advanced Checklist permissions|
|Social Media integration|
|Content & xtd-plugins|
|Different display options|
|Checklist Front End Authoring|
|Drag & drop edition option|
|Checkbox tips & notes adding and deleting options|
|Guests/registered users access rights and permissions to comment set-up|
|Disqus commenting system integration|
|Star Rating System|
|Printing & PDF conversion|
|Copy to my Checklist option|
In addition to comparison charts, integrate testimonials into your article to show clients’ reviews of described products. Visitors will receive a full picture and gain knowledge of other users’ experience. Here is an example of Joomla! Testimonials Component insert:
Infographic is trend nowadays! It allows presenting statistics and huge amount of data easily and in a fun manner. JoomPlace team has integrated an “Embed” & “Share” buttons into JoomBlog component to give you a chance to share created infographic separately from the rest of the content, not losing traffic leading to your website.
It should be noted, that any other tool, that encourage users to interact with your blog posts, encourage them to share and comment, is worth using! You will find the right one only by trial-and-error method!
What tools do you use? Share with us!