Top WordPress Plugins

cbnet Ping Optimizer
GetSocial
SEO Smart Links
Simple Tags
W3 Total Cache
WordPress SEO
WP-DBManager
StatPress Reloaded

I first install Plugin Central, this allows me to auto install the above. Which can save a huge amount of time when installing a large number of WordPress installs.

What Plugins would you add to the above?

Pinterest, C'mon Guys Get a Grip

Look, before you start running around the place with your knickers on your head screaming about how Pinterest is going to solve all online marketing problems known to mankind, I suggest you take a deep breath and consider a few things.

Maybe it’s the young, cool and froody crowd over at Mashmumble who are whipping up the frenzy over what is a generic system like Pinterest.

Pinterest is fantastic if your niche is visually stimulating, such as cat calenders, kitchen taps, motorbike paintwork, bathroom tiles etc. And I have a few friends who are really working Pinterest to their own advantage who happen to be in these niches. I myself have, ahem, a few accounts that focus on certain niches.

As far as I can see, it has the same flavour as Stumbleupon, Flickr etc. of course it’s not exactly the same. But if you found that these types of systems did not work for you in the past, I doubt it’s worth a look in.

There is no social media system which everyone should be a member of. I am a member of all I can be, but then this is my job. I can’t advise clients if I don’t join and try to game these systems to my own advantage.

6 months ago, G+ was the next big thing, as far as I can tell it’s definitely not. It shows some interesting aspects, but it’s not captured enough critical mass for it to be a Facebook killer.

If there are two social media systems to use it’s Twitter and Facebook. But they are no longer new and exciting and so maybe not worth the Maserati raving about them. Twitter and Facebook are established enough to easily work out if they are for you. With Pinterest, unless you are a social media professional or a middle aged women making cupcakes, I would look at all the social media systems that are on offer and chose the one that benefits you the most.

Thinking of Making an Infographic? Don't

I’m not going to name names, but some people need to stop making infographics.

Look, if you don’t know what the goldern ratio is, or colour psychology or the juxtapostion of narrative elements in current popular culture against sub-conscious societal relationships, you really need to step away from the Photoshop.

Not that you wont get success, if you have an adoring network you would probably get a link if you posted a picture of a turd in the shape of John Wayne. But then you probably have a link from these fans anyway.

I know infographics have been hot for a couple of years, but what you may not know is that the kick ass infographic you just saw was made by a team of graphics graduates and researchers. Each specialising in a specific part of the production process.

I’m not going to go into a step by step guide to creating a killer infographic right now, I’m just blowing one off as I just saw a derisory infographic being pushed by an A lister.

Heres a tip, if you don’t want brown hands don’t push crap.

I put out regular, killer infographics. I do this by giving the work to people who eat, drink and breathe this stuff. And it’s very expensive, the best people always are.

BTW, if you think I am talking about you, I’m not. I am sure no one who has the intelligence to read this blog would think to put out something so gash.