JVZoo WooCommerce Extension Released

Today we just released our latest WordPress Plugin for WooCommerce, it is the JVZoo WooCommerce Extension.  If you have ever wanted to use WooCommerce to deliver products you sell through JVZoo or if you have ever wanted to sell products from your WooCommerce powered storefront, then today is your day. If you are not familiar with it, JVZoo is an Affiliate Marketing and Payment Processing platform which allows Vendors to sell their products through Affiliates and Joint Venture (JV) Partners.  It has become one of the largest marketplaces on the web for selling digital products, much like Clickbank.  With JVZoo however, their primary payment model is the use of PayPal Adaptive Payments.  This allows Vendors to pay Affiliates both instantly or in delayed status when a purchase is made.  Vendors can also split pay between several JV Partners for the products they sell and pay Affiliates simultaneously, making it a very powerful system for Vendors and Affiliate Marketers. WooCommerce is the most prominent ecommerce store builder available for WordPress with over 500,000 downloads to its credit and counting.  WooCommerce allows you to sell both physical and digital products; along with Affiliate products as well. For months now we have been using this Extension for WooCommerce right here on our site for offers like our Social Media Optimizer course, with Upsells through JVZoo for the SEO Booster Pro and the WP Social Lifetime Developer Bundle (which I am sure is the way some of you have made purchases recently for our products). The Extension we have built for WooCommerce and JVZoo works seamlessly between the two.  You can install the...

How to Avoid Google’s New Rich Snippets Manual Penalty

Last week Google started enacting a new manual penalty for Rich Snippet SPAM.  Now for just using Rich Snippets, but for those websites which are blatantly abusing the system so to speak.  The question in most people’s minds is:  What constitutes Rich Snippet SPAM and how can I avoid getting myself and my website into trouble? The update is aimed to target websites that use rich snippets in a black-hat, spammy manner. But the exact factors triggering the new penalty are not yet known. And as lots of our plugin users send us worried emails, asking if their sites can get de-ranked by mistake (because they don’t know how to manage rich snippets properly), we put together this quick check list to make sure your rich snippets are in order.   What are Rich Snippets? Rich Snippets are enhanced displays of web page results, including images and other extra information about the website. As Google puts it, “rich snippets are designed to summarize the content of a page in a way that makes it even easier for users to understand what the page is about in our search results.”  Some people call this Schema, microdata, and even Google calls it Structured Data as well. Obviously this extended information is likely to attract attention and stimulate higher click-through rates. Thus if you haven’t already heard of rich snippets or incorporated them in your site, you’re missing a great chance to attract extra organic traffic.   What Data Gets Into Rich Snippets? There are types of rich snippets you can use, depending on the type of your site’s content. These types...

Social Deals Engine Updates and Feature Requests Implemented

In case you haven’t noticed, we have been plowing through the Updates for the Social Deals Engine Plugin for WordPress and have now implemented tons of small bug fixes and have added a ton of new features requested by our Customers here at WPSocial.com. Since the beginning of December 2013 we have gone through 4 New Versions and Implemented a slew of the recommended features our customers have provided to us.  Almost 20 of the Social Deals Engine Extensions have also been updated and have had new features added as well. Here is the Change Log for the Social Deals Engine as of Today since the beginning of December: = Version 1.0.9 (2014-01-02) = * Added Currency ( Indonesia Rupiah (Rp) ) * Added option to hide the empty shopping cart widget * Fixed meta box issue on multisite if network activated * Added new product type bundle * Added sorting for Deals by price or date an option to turn it on or off = Version 1.0.8 (2013-12-22) = * Optimized code for handling sessions * Added code for the ability to add fees to the cart * Optimized timer script to prevent conflicts with other timers * Changed design for settings page to better fit WordPress 3.8 = Version 1.0.7 (2013-12-09) = * Fixed css issues = Version 1.0.6 (2013-12-09) = * Fixed some issues * Changed time calculation, so now it supports the time set in WordPress *Plus, you can see all the New Features which have been implemented across all our Products via the Feature Request Forum since the beginning of December. We have more updates...

Google Authorship Changes and How it Affects You

In October Matt Cutts from Google announced there would be some radical changes to how Authorship is shown in the Search Results.  This is important to note since we have received some queries from SEO Booster users asking why their Author Photo and other information is no longer being displayed in Google Search.  I have personally seen the same thing, but there is a reason for it and its NOT because Authorship isn’t working and it is NOT because the SEO Booster is not working.  Read below. In December many of us noticed this drastic and almost instant change implemented by Google for Authorship in Search. For example, this side-by-side before and after SERPs comparison for the same query, posted by Cyrus Shepard on Google+: Further evidence that this change is underway can be seen in this screen cap from the new Moz Google Features Graph. It shows the amount of Google Authorship snippets showing in the SERPs for the past 30 days (up to 18 December 2013). As you can see, it appears Authorship snippets started to decline around the beginning of December, then took a nose dive around the 12th, and after a couple of days of leveling off, have taken another plunge. It’s true that if you look at the scale of the graph it’s only about a 3% reduction overall so far, but given that Authorship has been pretty steady in the SERPs for a long time, that’s still a significant change. Reduction in Authorship in SERPs Was Promised by Google In his keynote speech at Pubcon Las Vegas this past October, Google’s Matt Cutts said that they...

ShareGrab: Find and Post the Most Viral Content on Facebook for Free

There are not a lot of 100% Free Tools out there which will give as much as the Facebook Marketing tool, ShareGrab.  This is a tool I literally use each and every day to help find new and insanely viral content for my Facebook Fan Pages.  It allows you to search for and group other people’s Facebook Fan Pages into Pods and then see which content is currently the most active and Viral.  They give you the top 8 across all your selected Fan Pages from your “Pod” and you can grab, share, and post from there. Post by WP Social – Premium WordPress Social Media Plugins.   If you are looking for great content and want to manage your Facebook Fan Pages with the best Facebook has to offer and you are on a limited budget, I highly encourage you to start using this great, 100% Free tool now.  There is no Upsell to a Pro Version or anything.  this is it....

Video SEO Plugins Compared: Yoast Video SEO vs SEO Booster Pro

While most will agree that the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin is the best SEO Plugin for your WordPress blog (and we agree), there might be some things to think about when comparing Yoast’s Video SEO Plugin to our very own WP Social SEO Booster Pro Plugin (which will be renamed to just the WP Social SEO Plugin shortly).   While we love Yoast’s work, we have done a huge amount of testing on the use and lack of use of Video Sitemaps for websites and how it reflects on Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  What we have tested is the effect of using a Video Sitemap versus simply using Schema.org Video Object Markup (which Google fully supports).  We have also used them together as well. Simply put, we have seen the exact same results from simply using Schema.org Video Object markup (Microdata) on our sites. Does this mean we think you should not use Video Sitemaps?  No.  We believe that any time you can submit information directly to Google about your site via a Sitemap, it will be beneficial.  That being said, right now we are seeing no difference between the 2, but we also are seeing almost immediate indexing and displaying of the Video Thumbnail next to our listings in Google. For Example, on our Deals Plugin Page, we are only using the Schema.org Video Object Markup.  If you do a Google Search for “social deals engine” you will see that our Social Deals Engine Plugin page displays right below the YouTube listing for the Video almost identically with the Video Thumbnail showing next to it. As you can...

October Plugin Updates, New Releases, and a Special Weekend Offer

We have been hard at work here at WPSocial.com with tons of Updates and New Releases here for you in October.  On top of the new Support system and Knowledge Base we have transitioned to, we have just released major Updates for the Social Review Engine, the Social Deals Engine, and several Social Deals Engine Extensions. Here is the Change Log and Update list for what we have just released as Updates over the last 2 days: Social Deals Engine: = Version 1.0.1 (2013-10-09) = * Fixed buy now button issue * Optimized code * Added extra security * Fixed some JavaScript issues for the admin pages * Hiding the “Add to cart” button when a deal hasn’t started yet * Added more actions and filters * Added common error class * Fixed buy now button for affiliate deals * Optimized code to work better with caching plugins * Added cheque payment getway * Added more settings for social login features * Added more email templates for admin emails * Updated .po file Claim this Offer Extension: = Version 1.0.1 (2013-10-09) = * Fixed HTML saving issues PayPal Adaptive Payments Extension: = Version 1.0.1 (2013-10-09) = * Optimized Code * Fixed some small issues Simple Shipping Extension: = Version 1.0.1 (2013-10-09) = * Optimized Code * Fixed some small issues All Mailing Extensions: == Changelog == = Version 1.0.1 (2013-10-09) = * Added optin form widget Social Review Engine Plugin: = Version 2.2.0 (2013-10-09) = * [+] Added option to disable the rating stars * [+] Added option to customize messages * [+] Added function to display the average...

New Support System, Knowledge Base, and Support Forum

You have talked and we have listened.  In our continuing goal to provide our Customers with the best Support we can, we have moved our Support System from the UserVoice Platform to FreshDesk.  With this change comes an easier way to manage Support Tickets, a very robust integrated Knowledge Base, and even a Support Forum where you can now ask questions and get answers which not only will help you, but help others. We have also added a red tab on the side of each page labeled Support so you can quickly submit support tickets or browse Knowledge Base solutions to get the help you require. While we are currently transitioning over to this new system, there may be a hickup or 2 and we are still finishing up the Knowledge Base, so their may be a link missing here or there, a Video which needs to be added, etc.  Please just realize all this is being worked on and will continue to be upgraded and made better each and every day.  A lot of work has already gone into making our Support and Help mechanisms for You better and better. We understand their are links in the plugins to the old System, but these are being changed and updated as well, so please be patient with it while this transition is completed over the next week or so.  We apologize for any inconvenience you might experience during this transition, but if you use the links here in the Main Menu above and the Support tab on your left you shouldn’t have any problems at all. Our New Support...

Update Notice: New Licensing System for WP Social Products Complete

We have finally completed the licensing update for all of the WP Social Plugins. If you have not seen it already, you will see automatic Update Notifications in your WordPress Admin for all of the Plugins you currently have installed from WPSocial.com within the next 24 hours (depending on Your Hosting account it might be available right now).  This post is a follow up to our previous update about the new Licensing System here and the follow up about it with the release of the Social Deals Engine here. Important: Download and Update to the New Licensing Plugin Now. Everyone Needs to Download this new Version. You need to do this even if You have downloaded it already. We have done a minor update and fix to the plugin so the Update Plugin will also Auto Upgrade when Updates are available for it. You will need this or the new Updates for all the WP Social Plugins will not work for you. It is important to add the WP Social Updates Plugin (Licensing) before you Upgrade to the latest versions of the Plugins. This will ensure a seamless transition to the new setup and will keep everything on Your site running without any issues. You will notice when you login to the WPSocial.com site that things are a little bit different. Gone is the old Member Area with the Buttons for each Download. Now, all your Downloads and Licensing are on one page and it is easy to navigate and access all of your purchases. *Note:  In order to login to Your Customer Account, either Click the My Account link or Icon which...

Social Deals Engine Plugin Released Along With New Licensing System

Last week we quietly changed the My Account Dashboard to include the new licensing system and Download setup for WP Social Customers. We also finally received approval from WordPress.org and now the Social Deals Engine Plugin for WordPress is available for Download for Free. But, before you go and download the plugin there are a few things you should know. If you already are a Social Deals Engine Plugin Bundle owner or a WP Social Developer Bundle Owner, the Downloads of all the extensions are now available in your Account area. If you are already actively using the Plugin, **DO NOT** download and start using this new version until we release the new Import Settings Plugin on Friday. There are some Meta Settings which have changed from the old version to the new version and you need to import your current settings into the new plugin or you will lose your settings and customizations. If you are starting a new site or using the Social Deals Engine plugin for the first time, you also must download and use the New licensing plugin and Your new Licensing Key which is available with instructions for use on the My Account page. Not all Plugins have been updated to use the new licensing plugin yet, so understand it is NOT required for all plugins yet. It is required for the new Social Deals Engine plugin ONLY if you are using Extensions. *If you are using the Social Deals Plugin by itself (it is Free and can be used without any Extensions) you DO NOT need to use the licensing plugin. You only...