Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

UPDATED 1/8/12: Thanks to the launch of Google+ Pages for brands, Google+ traffic hit an all time high in December 2011 and it’s likely that the trend will continue in 2012. If your nonprofit has yet to get on Google+, now would be a very good time to start.

Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Also, since the Google+ Pages launched after the release of Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits , please consider this blog post a supplement to the book. Finally, I will be offering a Google+ and Google Products Webinar for Nonprofits on February 28, 2012.

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7 Easy Fixes to Get Your Nonprofit Ranking Higher on Google

John Haydon

The post 7 Easy Fixes to Get Your Nonprofit Ranking Higher on Google appeared first on John Haydon. Your Website ranking higher on google Search Engine Optimization SEO wordpress I’m sure you’ve heard a thing or two about search engine optimization (SEO).

Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Now that Google+ is open to everyone, all nonprofit staff can start experimenting and familiarizing themselves with Google+ before the brand pages, also known as Google+ Business Profiles , are launched later this month. Sign up for a Google Account. Join Google+.

Being Human: Google’s New API Solves an Internet Annoyance

Byte Technology

Google recently unveiled their “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” feature that works on a simple and logical premise: it just asks users whether or not they’re robots. If you frequent Snapchat or WordPress it’s likely you’ve already encountered the new No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA security feature.

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Know Your Audience: How to Use Google Analytics With Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

By using the absolute go-to tool for digesting feedback: Google Analytics. Therefore, to join the ranks of successful website owners you need to get up and running with Google Analytics. First you’ll need to create a Google Analytics account by visiting the signup page. Next click on the “sign up” box on the “start using Google Analytics” page and choose “website” when asked “what would you like to track?”. Now it’s time to install Google Analytics on your site.

12 Ways to Make Your Website More Pinnable

John Haydon

WordPress users can use the Open Graph Meta plugin to sniff out the problems. Here’s an awesome plugin to create rich pins for WordPress. If you don’t use WordPress for your website, check out the Buffer Button.

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Google Media = Nonprofit Grants, Blogs, Video and Maps Galore

Connection Cafe

The first full day of NTC 09 kicked off with a special dance (mad props to @ntenhross ), a great keynote and a session full of Google representatives spreading the (free!) The session covered four different programs Google offers at no cost to the nonprofit community. Google AdWords.

Fact versus Fiction: A Q & A on WordPress Plugins

Byte Technology

When it comes to WordPress sites, designers and admins—when asked what is one of the most confusing aspects of the platform—will most likely put “plugins” somewhere on their list. Indeed, plugins are fantastic and, in many cases, a must-have when working on a WordPress site.

Paired Up: Must Have Smartphone Apps for WordPress Bloggers

Byte Technology

The best and most noticed bloggers working on the WordPress platform no doubt attribute much of their success to being able to post, update and edit on the go. So what are some of the best smartphone apps that WordPress users should install and use immediately?

The Buddy System: Going Social with Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

The best WordPress bloggers, site owners and administrators know that one of the keys to having a fantastic and wildly successful web page is to integrate everything you post and promote with some sort of social media component.

On Alert: Signs that Your WordPress Site Has Been Hacked

Byte Technology

Many WordPress site owners and administrators have no doubt experienced an unease or wariness at one point or another when it seems that something just isn’t right with their site.

The Starting Line: Great Tips for Beginning a WordPress Blog

Byte Technology

And although that number includes a lot of fly-by-nights sites and those who don’t have staying power, blogging—especially via a WordPress site, an innovator and leader in the technology—is still a force to be reckoned with on the Internet. Tools like Yoast Suggest and Google Trends can greatly aid you in determining what’s abuzz on the Internet and in popular culture, and it will look impressive to your visitors who’ll recognize that you’re on top of ongoing trends.

Useful Hacks, Tricks & Tips for WordPress Users: Part 2

Byte Technology

In Part 1 of this column we learned that, thanks to the vast and incredibly helpful community of WordPress users, there are countless hacks, tricks and tips to make designing, building, editing and administering a WordPress site a lot easier and, often, a lot more fun.

Bad Ideas: The Most Common Mistakes for Rookie WordPress Users

Byte Technology

It’s little wonder that some 76 million websites worldwide are designed and administered via the WordPress platform given the ease with which any one—from tech newbies to Internet and design pros—can get their blog or e-commerce site up and running. Indeed, WordPress powers a staggering 26 percent of the Internet and offers tens of thousands of plugins, themes and more that allow users to express themselves through myriad designs and customizations. WordPress

Why WordPress is the Best Choice for your Website CMS

Byte Technology

Not so with the behemoth of the Internet, WordPress. Today nearly 75 million sites are constructed and managed on the WordPress platform—which first debuted in 2011—and there are some very good reasons why. Here are the top five reasons while WordPress is a no-brainer choice no matter the vision you have for your website. While many CMSs come and go, for more than five years WordPress has shown itself to be a reliable—and therefore lasting—platform for web design.

59 Useful Mobile Apps & Online Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Social Warfare is a WordPress plugin that adds visually compelling social share buttons to your website or blog. VivaVideo Pro :: Google Play. LinkedIn Snapchat Instagram Social Media Facebook Twitter Google Plus YouTube Mobile Media Fundraising

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Bookmark Your Browsers! The Official Blogs of the World’s Most Popular Social Media Sites

Nonprofit Tech for Good

WordPress. BONUS: Google for Nonprofits Blog :: googlefornonprofits.blogspot.com. Facebook Google Plus LinkedIn Social Media Twitter YouTube

16 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising and Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

42% of nonprofits use WordPress as the Content Management System for their website. Facebook Fundraising Google Plus Instagram Mobile Media Snapchat Social Media Twitter YouTubeIt’s true that social media is in transition. Facebook Reach is at an all time low.

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36 Useful Apps & Online Tools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

VivaVideo Pro :: Google Play. Tools like WordPress (website and blog content) and MailChimp (email marketing) are much easier to work with if users understand the premise of HTML and can make simple edits to WordPress or MailChimp generated HTML code.

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Wondering About Widgets? How to Use Them in Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

It may be a funny sounding word to many beginning WordPress users, but widgets can be—and should be—a vital component to any WordPress design. In simple terms to the uninitiated, widgets are small blocks that provide very specific functions on your WordPress page. For those ready to start experimenting with Widgets, you should first visit the “Appearance, Widgets” page within your WordPress admin area. Web Design WordPress

Cutting the Cord: Converting Your WordPress Site Into a Mobile App

Byte Technology

Hence, WordPress site owners who are truly serious about the success of their site need to be thinking about taking an important step: converting their pages into a mobile app that their visitors can view from anywhere. Now, WordPressers can take their site to a mobile app version via some great plugins. In a few minutes you can turn your WordPress content into a beautiful mobile app that displays posts, pages, products and social media connections. WordPress

The Q&A: Great FAQ Plugins for WordPress Sites

Byte Technology

And there’s an added bonus: people tend to use search engines in a question format, so having an FAQ can actually help improve your site’s visibility to the complex algorithms of Google, Yahoo etc. Also free, Spider FAQ enjoys a good amount of popularity among WordPress users.

4 Signs Your Nonprofit Should Quit a Social Network

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the 10 years since the “Nonprofit Organizations” brand has expanded to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Storify, Flipboard, Periscope, and most recently Snapchat. Google+ made the cut for another year.

Join the Trend: Six Ways to Discover Hot Topics for Your WordPress Blog

Byte Technology

One of the biggest obstacles bloggers encounter—whether they’re on the WordPress platform or not—is how to create content that is based on currently trending topics. Google Trends. The good folks at Google keep their finger on the pulse of, well, just about everything. Google Alerts. While you’re leveraging Google Trends, consider setting up a Google Alert. You then receive a handy email from Google with a link to the articles. WordPress

The Picture Show: The Best WordPress Themes for Video Ventures

Byte Technology

Whether you’re a simple weekly WordPress blogger or a seasoned webpage administrator who updates and edits every day, having a video component on your site is a stellar way to draw readers and keep them coming back again and again. Thankfully, the dedicated designers of all things WordPress have developed some fantastic video-specific themes that are easy to install and use, beautifully crafted and intuitive for users.

Wordpress Extras: My Favorites

Amy Sample Ward

There are my three most-used Wordpress plugins : Postalicious ( Get this plugin ). Postalicious is a WordPress plugin that automatically posts your delicious, ma.gnolia, Google Reader, Reddit or Yahoo Pipes bookmarks to your blog. Tags: blogging howto plugins twitter wordpress A recent comment from Ichi (working on social media for good in Japan w/ SocialCompany.org ) asked after the tools I was using on this blog to bring in comments via Twitter.

Six Simple Ways Nonprofits Can Increase Their Exposure on Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

2) Be generous with +1′s and comments on Google+. 6) Like and comment on blog posts on WordPress. Facebook Google Plus Pinterest Social Media Tumblr Twitter

Supercharge Your Nonprofit Tech Powers with NetSquared

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From WordPress to Google AdWords to big data, we're planning events dedicated to making you the fastest and most powerful nonprofit techie you can possibly be. Seattle, Washington: Advanced Google AdWords for Nonprofits.

The Fast Lane: More Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

As wonderful as the WordPress content management system is, by its very nature—capable of supporting hundreds of different themes, thousands of plugins and so much more—it can be quite slow at times.

Using Google Analytics to Track a Nonprofit Website (Part 1) - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

If that sounds too promotional, as if Google paid me to say it (they didnt), well, sorry, but its true. A number of nonprofits - Oceana , ASPCA , and Sierra Club , to name a few - have installed Google Analytics on their websites. Installing Google Analytics 1.

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How to Boost SEO By Editing Your Website’s Title Tags

John Haydon

WordPress makes editing title tags very easy – especially with plugins like All-in-One SEO plugin and themes like Headway. Regardless of the platform (WordPress, Joomla, etc.) You can also do more research with the Google External Keyword Tool.

A/B Split Testing 101: Tools and Tips for WordPress Site Optimization

Byte Technology

WordPress site designers, owners and administrators all have something in common with one another: they all want to see their sites perform better: look more attractive: get more hits and conversions; see more pass-alongs and click-throughs; engage more repeat visitors etc. Specifically designed to work with WordPress sites, the Nelio A/B plugin works directly from the WordPress dashboard, eliminating the need to use an external service or do any special coding.

How to Create SEO-Friendly URL Structures for Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

Essentially, SEO means that a particular web page contains elements that monster search engines like Google just love—words and phrases that are easy to understand and index into giant databases that help people find your site quickly and, hopefully, before they find other sites of a similar nature to yours. In the past, however, WordPress sites defaulted to a URL structure that was decidedly unfriendly to search engines. Search-engine optimization (SEO).

Three Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Diversify Their Brand Online

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the weeks after Google+ launched I saw a number of blog posts and articles about how brands should drop Facebook and Twitter, and migrate their communities over to Google+. My guess is that many of those bloggers and journalists have reconsidered now that the initial buzz and euphoria about Google+ has subsided (especially considering that the Google+ brand profiles haven’t even launched yet). Google is largest search engine in the world.

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Free and open source tool #5: WordPress

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Free and open source tool #5: WordPress January 24, 2008 It seems like a good day to talk about WordPress. Automattic , the makers of WordPress , and WordPress.com, just got a big chunk of “series B&# funding. Anyway, WordPress is a blogging tool (in fact, the one that runs this blog.) Installation of WordPress is scarily easy.

Built for Speed: Ways to Make Your WordPress Site Load Faster

Byte Technology

True words no matter whether you’re running on a WordPress site or another platform. And if that’s not scary enough, Google now contains within its algorithm a ranking factor based on site speed, meaning if you site is too slow your ranking in search results can plummet. So how do you fix a slow-loading WordPress site? Lastly—and this the best WordPress experts agree on wholeheartedly—turn off any “pingback” or “trackback” services. Faster is better.

How Facebook Social Plugins Increase Engagement On Your Nonprofit’s Website

John Haydon

Facebook has excellent tutorials on installing these plugins , and if you use WordPress all you need is to install a few Plugins. The plugins I use on this site are Facebook Like and Send and Disqus for comments (users can login with Twitter or Google in addition to Facebook).

Best to Test: Tools for Gauging your WordPress Site’s Speed and Performance

Byte Technology

It’s an all-to-common scenario: a new user to WordPress builds their site, goes live and starts blogging or selling or raising funds without giving much thought into how their site’s performing. Google PageSpeed Insights. Leave it to Google to come up with the industry-leading site testing app. The post Best to Test: Tools for Gauging your WordPress Site’s Speed and Performance appeared first on Byte Technology’s Web Design Insights Blog.

Google Chrome

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Google Chrome September 4, 2008 The hiatus is over with a short entry about Google Chrome , the new browser from Google that I learned about on the twitterverse while I was stopped at one rest stop or another. Yes, it is open source, and I applaud Google for releasing open source software.