LinkedIn is Experiencing Network Issues

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When sharing a URL on LinkedIn, you may find that the share box does not display the Open Graph image and text as it should — simply showing a grey image with the website’s domain name instead. It appears that LinkedIn’s crawler is unable to connect to the shared URL, so this may be a network issue with LinkedIn, their network provider, and/or a bug in their crawler. LinkedIn is aware of the issue and their response on 2015/03/16 was:

I heard back from my research team and they were able to isolate the issue. Our engineering team is working on it but there’s no estimate as to how long that might take. We’ll do our best to keep you posted.

https://help.linkedin.com/app/ask/from/question

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NGFB / WPSSO — 36 New Options in Free Versions

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NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) version 8.0 and WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) version 3.0 have been released — These are major version releases and include many new features and improvements. If you use the Free version, you’ll notice several (36) new options on the General settings page. These options were previously only available to Pro users, but my hope is to provide more functionality to Free version users, while still maintaining an attractive feature set for Pro version users (3rd-party plugin integration, Twitter Cards, custom Social Settings, and Advanced plugin settings).

What’s the difference between NGFB and WPSSO?

WPSSO is a fork (aka child) of NextGEN Facebook (NGFB). They have the same author, many of the same excellent features, but WPSSO is distributed without the sharing buttons and their related features. As a result, WPSSO is 25% smaller and is often preferred for websites that already have (or don’t need) a set of sharing buttons.

The previous versions of NGFB and WPSSO offered a Basic Options View on settings pages by default — with a button as the only way to switch to an alternate All Options View. The current versions now include an additional link under the settings metaboxes to “unhide / show all” the options when using the Basic Options View. This should make the Basic Options View more usable for advanced users that also prefer a cleaner / simpler settings page.

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Social SEO — WordPress SEO vs WPSSO

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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 core purpose, and re-using their SEO content to generate additional meta tags for social websites. But how good is an SEO plugin at addressing the needs of social websites? We compare WordPress SEO to WPSSO, a dedicated social sharing optimization plugin to find out.

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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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