NGFB, WPSSO, SSB — Adds a Header Check

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NGFB version 7.7.2.2, WPSSO version 2.7.2.2, and WPSSO SSB version 1.1.1 have been released — NGFB and WPSSO include a new ‘Check for Header Tag Conflicts’ option on the Advanced settings page. This new feature checks the Post / Page header for duplicate meta tags from themes and/or other plugins. NGFB and WPSSO SSB also include a new ‘Position in bbPress Single’ option on the Sharing Buttons settings page (Pro version), to include buttons above or bellow the bbPress “single” templates (forum, reply, and topic). Additional bbPress button locations will be included in an upcoming version.

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Social SEO: WordPress SEO vs WPSSO

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In the distant past (a few years ago), most website visitors came from Google Search results. Plugins designed to optimize your content for Google Search became increasingly popular, and part of many “must have” plugin lists. Recently though, that trend has been shifting, as the percentage of visitors coming from social websites is increasing — often matching and sometimes out-pacing — the number of visitors from Google Search. Traditional Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugins, like WordPress SEO by Yoast for example, have adapted to this change by stepping away from their designed purpose, and re-using the SEO content they gather to generate additional meta tags for social websites.

What happens when someone shares a URL on a social website like Facebook, Twitter, etc.?

To understand how social websites describe a webpage, and how you can influence its display, you have to know a little bit of what happens in the background. When someone shares a URL on a social website (either by using a “share” button or copy-pasting a URL), the social website then connects back to the shared URL to gather information about its content, such as its title, description, main image, etc. If no structured information is available within the webpage (aka schema markup and/or meta tags), the social websites must “take a guess” — and this is where things can get a little weird. Without proper guidance, social websites may use a sidebar advertisement as the main image, menu or banner text as a description, etc.

Social Sharing Optimization (SSO) plugins like WPSSO, and some Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugins like WordPress SEO, can provide structured information about the webpage for social websites — providing them with a specific title, short description / summary, one or more images, embedded videos, product information (price, color, size), etc. In the case of Twitter, you can even describe the content as a photo gallery, and provide several images for it to expand the tweet as a Gallery Card (just one of seven available Twitter Card types).

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New Plugin for FB “Location” and Pinterest “Place”

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Do you have location specific webpages on your website, like contact information, store locations, products, etc?

WPSSO Place and Location Meta (WPSSO PLM) works in conjunction with the WordPress Social Sharing Optimization plugin, extending its features with additional settings pages, tabs, and options, to include Facebook / Open Graph Location and Pinterest Place Rich Pin meta tags in your webpages. WPSSO PLM is fast, efficient, and — using WPSSO as its framework — provides accurate information about your content to social websites.

You can download the Free version of WPSSO PLM on WordPress.org and purchase Pro license(s) on SurniaUlula.com (includes a No Risk 30 Day Refund Policy). The Facebook / Open Graph Location meta tags are available in the Free version, and the Pinterest Place Rich Pin meta tags are provided with the Pro version.

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New Plugin for Apple & Google Store App Meta Tags

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Do you have a mobile App for your website that you’d like to promote as a banner in Apple’s mobile Safari?

Do you sell Apple Store Apps, and you’d like to support the Twitter App Card for your product pages?

WPSSO App Meta is a new extension for WPSSO that provides Apple Store / iTunes and Google Play App meta tags for Apple’s mobile Safari and Twitter’s App Card.

WPSSO AM works in conjunction with the WordPress Social Sharing Optimization plugin, extending its features with additional settings pages, tabs, and options, to include iPhone, iPad, and Google Play App meta tags in your webpages. WPSSO AM is fast, efficient, and — using WPSSO as its framework — provides accurate information about your content to social websites.

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How Fast is the WPSSO Social Sharing Buttons Plugin?

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Plugins that add social sharing buttons should be fairly light and fast — they generally don’t need to fetch much information about a page, like an SEO or SMO / SSO plugin does. Here are some example “execution time” metrics from the P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin, using WP Test Data, and several popular social sharing plugins (along with the WordPress Core and Twenty Fourteen theme for reference). The plugins were configured to include the Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest sharing buttons at the bottom of single posts and pages.

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