Worldwide WordPress Security Admin Attacks: Secure Your Blogs Now

WordPress Security is always an important part of running your blog, but right now it is even more important than ever.  There is a severe Worldwide Attack going on against all WordPress Installations and it is getting more and more intense.  It is very important to understand that this is happening to everyone who is using WordPress for their websites (which is 60-70% of all sites on the web). The Attack The details of the attack has been covered far and wide. Hostgator was one of the first big names to break the news about the attack with their Global WordPress Brute Force Flood post. The WordPress security team at Sucuri has as series of blog posts about the topic covering how to protect your site, the reality of the attacks, and the consequences of such attacks. Security blog Krebs on Security has a good post covering the topic in depth. The short and simple explanation of what is happening is that one or more illegal botnets (a network of hundreds, thousands, or millions of compromised computers that are being exploited to perform attacks, send spam, etc) are being used to brute-force attack WordPress sites. The goal of a brute force attack is to try as many username and password combinations as possible in order to find valid login credentials. It’s as if someone was trying to guess the combination on a combination lock, but rather than being limited to a single guess every few seconds, they could make hundreds or thousands of guesses a second while never getting tired. The Goal As described above, one or more botnets are being used to perform these attacks. While the actual goal of these attacks is...

Upgrade Alert: FB Member Lock is Now Social Member Lock!

We just released a new update for our FB Member Lock plugin.  We have incorporated the use of both Google Plus and LinkedIn into the plugin.  Now, along with the Facebook Connect features of the plugin you can now connect new members on your WordPress blog with both of these other Social Networks as well.  This was a high demand set of features and we have listed to what you wanted from the plugin.  Now you have it. Because of this change, we are now changing the name of the Plugin from FB Member Lock to Social Member Lock.  Same Plugin, just new and very powerful features. In case you are are new or just unfamiliar with what Social Member Lock does, allow me to give you a brief overview.  Social Member Lock will allow you to create Socially Connected Memberships on your blog using Facebook, Google Plus, and LinkedIn Connect.  Much more than a Content Locker like the WP Social Traffic Blaster, SML allows you to use any Content on your site as a way to convert Visitors into “Members” while simultaneously adding them to Your Mailing List.  You can use Multiple Pages of Content just like any Member Area you would create with any membership plugin or you can use small slices of content like a Video, Download, or other select content from inside a single page using SML shortcodes.  There is really no limit to what you can do with it. I personally like to call it the only plugin which allows you to turn any content, page, post, or custom post type into a Squeeze...

WPSocial.com Gets a Facelift. Check Out the New Digs!

In our quest to make the user experience at WP Social better and more professional, we made quite a few changes to the layout and design of the site.  You spoke and we listened.  From tons of Customer Feedback requests we implemented a series of changes which are all meant to make WP Social better for the casual visitor, new customers, and current product owners alike. We have completely redesigned WPSocial.com with a new Theme and a new shopping cart.  Both are from WooThemes.  We are now using the SuperStore Theme and we are using WooCommerce 2.0 for our Shopping Cart.  The integration we already have with the Social Review Engine and WooCommerce made it a no brainer to add and the integration of WooCommerce with the Superstore Theme made it a match made in heaven.  We have another upcoming project site and we plan on using this combination again because it simply works well. The Superstore Theme allows us to really put everything happening at WPSocial.com front and center, right on the Home Page.  It also allows us to make Navigating and finding everything you need here a lot easier as well.  One of the things we love about it is the ability to allow Customers to login to your Account Dashboard at the top of every page on the site.  You can also change your password there as well.  You still will need to manage your Personal Profile through the links in the Member Dashboard, but other than that, this new feature has made accessing your account a lot easier than before.  *The Edit Address button in...

Major New Social Review Engine Update and Upcoming Changes

A New Social Review Engine Update was uploaded today and you should see it in your WordPress Updates list.  Be aware though, it will look drastically different on your WordPress blogs and this is a good thing.  You see, we took the bland look of the Review Submission Form and we made it “Social” as it is supposed to be.  This new look is coupled with some great functionality which will help increase the number of Reviews you receive on your site due to ease of use and the Trust factor which we have increased with this update as well. Take a look at the New Submission Form: Don’t worry, the functionality hasn’t changed at all.  You can still pick and choose what Social Services you want to use and the order the Social Icons are listed in.  You can also decide if you want to allow WordPress Submissions (which is what the Name and Email form submission in the picture above is for). Dynamic Presentation Now, this form presents itself Dynamically.  You have to see it for yourself to understand.  When you see it at first you might say, “I think there is something wrong with my installation”.  No, you see, the form is dynamic which means it doesn’t display all its options until a Star Rating is chosen and the Reviewer starts to write the Review.  Once these 2 things happen, the Social Icons and Name form field will appear.  In fact, the email field shown in the picture above won’t even display until a Reviewer types in their Name in the Name field.  The best way...

Social Review Engine Bonus Offer Expiring March 31st!

A Complete Social Review System that will Create a Never Ending Flood of Viral Traffic to Your Blog! Increase Conversions by 396% by Automatically Posting User Review Submissions to their Facebook Wall, Your Facebook Fan Page, and Your Twitter Account Creating Massive Viral Traffic!! Social Proof Turns Social Proof on your blog into a never ending cycle of Viral “Buyer” traffic.  Every time a Review is submitted on Your Blog, Social Review Engine Auto Posts to Facebook and Twitter instantly! Google Optimized Automatically adds the Google Rich Snippets (Microdata) to every submitted review and turns Google Structured Data into instant rank boosting and conversion increasing Indexing and Ranking in Google Search and Google Custom Search. Optimized Social Connect Allow Reviewers to Connect with Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, LinkedIN and WordPress. Build a Buyer Mailing List Builds a buyer mailing list, allowing you to re-engage reviewers for more follow on and backend sales. Increases Conversion Rates Increases conversions between 34% & 396% targeting the buyers who WANT your products NOW. Built in WooCommerce 2.0 Integration Instantly replace the WooCommerce Review System with One Click using the Social Review Engine built in Integration. Even if you are already using WooCommerce for Reviews, simply Import Your Reviews into SRE with One Click! For All Skill Levels Easy to use for beginners, but powerful and feature rich enough for power users to implement on ANY blog. Fully Customizable Everything can be Customized. The look of the review form, the reviews and you can also pick and choose the exact Facebook Wall Message formats, the exact links and images shown on Facebook and custom...

SEO Booster, Social Review Engine, and Social Review Theme Updates Available Now

Daniel has just finished the latest updates to the SEO Booster, Social Review Engine, and the Social Review Theme. We fixed some small bugs and also added some great new features in some cases. For the SEO Booster, this is was a small fix for the Image Upload function for the individual settings for Open Graph, Google Plus, and Twitter. It is now working just fine for those of you who had issues with it. For the Social Review Engine, a few small bugs were fixed, but we also added some great features. We now have an Editor Ratings Shortcode which allows you to place the Editor Ratings wherever you want in your Posts and Pages. We also added a date formatting option for those of you who wanted to be able to customize this feature. For the Social Review Theme, we added several major features which have been requested by users. You now can add your entire Blog as a Tab inside Facebook. While the Fan Page Engine allows you to create targeted pages, this feature will simply add your blog to Facebook where it can be browsed just like as if visitors were on your main site. For Business Users, we added the ability to add a Phone Number or Custom Text to the Header. Another major feature request was to be able to add Video to the Home Page Slider. This has now been added as well. You can now also use Custom CSS on the theme to format it any way you want. Plus, you can now add your Social Icons to the Mobile Versions...

SEO Booster Pro Plugin for WordPress New Upgrades

Over the last month we have really worked hard to analyze the best way to increase the effectiveness of the WP Social SEO Booster Plugin and the Social Media Signals it sends out.  Search Engine Optimization has really shifted to Social and optimizing everything your WordPress blog outputs is extremely important.  Ranking in Google is a high level competition in case you haven’t realized it yet.  Their are literally millions of sites trying for the top spot and the only way to do it is to set yourself apart by giving Google exactly what it wants.  This doesn’t stop at Google though.  Bing is still a major traffic driver as well and they have really incorporated the “Social” Signals into their Search algorithm as well.  So our update here is not just focused on one entity.  We are focused on the entire spectrum of possible Social SEO Traffic drivers for your WordPress blog. *This Plugin integrates seamlessly, replaces, and adds to the minimal Social SEO capabilities of both the WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast and the All in One SEO Plugin. Take a look at the Video which not only details the Updates and Upgrades we have made to the SEO Booster, but also details the overall capabilities of the Plugin as a whole.  *Please note, these Updates are for the Pro Version only, not the Free Version of the SEO Booster which can be found on WordPress.org:  WP Social SEO Booster Free Version)   SEO Booster Plugin Updates A lot of what is now included in the WP Social SEO Booster is “under the hood” so to speak....

Optimizing Your WordPress Blog for Facebook Graph Search

Since Facebook announced they were launching their New Graph Search feature last week, many Social Media and SEO Experts have been clamoring to be the first to tell everyone the best way to optimize your website in order to take advantage of this new feature. First off, Graph Search is simply a new way to Search for content which is already on Facebook.  Items which have been Liked, Shared, or added by users themselves.  So the content is already there and can be searched for, but Facebook is now optimizing this search to give you relevant results for things you might not have thought about using Facebook for previously. Things like finding a good restaurant which has been recommended by Friends.  A Movie, Music, Videos, a Website, etc.  All of this can be searched for now, but in the coming weeks and months, you will be able to get even more from your Facebook searches than ever before.  Take a look at the Facebook Graph Search page. As a website owner, or even more importantly in this case, as a WordPress blog owner is it important to ensure all the content which is shared from your blog Socially is shared the exact way you want it to be shared.  You also want to be able to make sure that when your content is shared, it is shared showing potential visitors and customers exactly what you want them to see. Every time we share or “Like” something using Facebook, the link from the blog URL in which they clicked is used.  Then, if you are NOT using Open Graph settings...

Increasing WordPress Blog Traffic and SEO with Social Media

Now that we are cruising into 2013, one of the newest dynamics in SEO is the arrival of Social SEO.  Social Media is now integrated into our daily lives more than ever and because of this Google has increased the power of “Social” into its algorithm.  Now while none of us will aspire to knowing the ins and outs of Google, what we can do is look at Ranking Factors which are working to increase the rank of WordPress Blogs.  Right now, what we are seeing is a huge boost being given to Social Media Signals, Links, and Shares in relation to Search Engine Rankings. What we have found is Google is looking at both Passive and Active Social Media Signals.  Passive being Social Media Signals sent to Google behind the scenes via Meta Tagging, API’s, and Feeds.  Active being Social Media Signals sent via active in content links, Likes, Shares, Pins, +1’s, Retweets, etc. There are several ways you can use this knowledge to your advantage. First, you can add Social SEO implementations to your blog.  Social SEO is a relatively new phenomenon which allows us to use behind the scenes coding, Meta Tagging, and API implementations to passively send Social Media Signals to Google and other Search Engines. Right now, the most commonly used Social SEO tools are Facebook Open Graph Meta Tagging (which includes connecting a Facebook APP and Facebook Insights to your WordPress Blog), Google Authorship and Publisher statuses, using Google Structured Data, and the use of Twitter Cards. You can add these Social SEO tools to your blog and implement them easily using WordPress...