What is Page Authority

What is Page Authority

What is Page Authority

Page Authority is Moz’s calculated metric for how well a given webpage is likely to rank in Google.com’s search results. It is based off data from the Mozscape web index and includes link counts, MozRank, MozTrust, and dozens of other factors. It uses a machine learning model to predictively find an algorithm that best correlates with rankings across the thousands of search results that we predict against. Read More »

How to Add Google Analytics in WordPress with Analytify

Have you heard of Google Analytics? Yes it’s powerful but extremely confusing for beginners. We have previously explained how to install Google Analytics in WordPress and how to use Google Analytics, but despite those tutorials beginners often find it very complex. What if we told you that you can make Google Analytics really easy by integrating it directly in your WordPress admin area? In this article, we will show you how to add Google Analytics in WordPress with Analytify and start using Google Analytics like a pro.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Analytify plugin. It is a premium WordPress plugin with pricing plans starting from $29 for a single site license.

Upon activation, Analytify will notify you that you need to authenticate in order to start using the plugin. Clicking on the ‘authenticate’ link will take you to plugin’s settings page, where you will see another ‘click here to authenticate link’.

Simply click on this link, and it will bring up a popup where you need to sign in with your Google Analytics account to give Analytify permission to access your Google Analytics data.

Analytify needs this permission to pull the data from your analytics and show it in your WordPress dashboard.

Once you authorize the permission, you will be shown a code which you need to copy and paste on the plugin’s settings page.

After authentication, the next step is to select a Google Analytics profile. Click on the profile tab and select profiles for posts and dashboard.

If you have not inserted the Google Analytics tracking code into your website, then check the box next to Enable Tracking Code. Click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.

That’s all, your WordPress site is now ready to use Google Analytics with Analytify.

Viewing Google Analytics Reports in WordPress with Analytify

Analytify makes Google Analytics easier for WordPress. Simply click on the Analytify icon in the admin bar to view your Google Analytics reports in an easy to understand format.

Analytify dashboard shows an overview of all your Google Analytics data on one page. You can scroll down the page to quickly view where your users are coming from, which operating systems and browsers they are using, your top keywords, and most popular content on your website.

Apart from the main dashboard, Analytify also shows statistics for your individual posts and pages. Simply edit a post and you will be able to see the Analytics report right below the post editor. This makes it really easy for you to see which content is doing good on your website, so you can plan your content strategy accordingly.

Analytify not only shows your analytics reports in admin area, it also shows analytics data below each post and page on the front-end of your website.

Controlling Access to Analytics Data in WordPress

If you run a multi-author WordPress site, then you would probably want to hide your Google Analytics data from other users. By default, Analaytify only displays Analytics data to users with Administrator role. This means that by default only users with administrator user role can see the analytics data.

If you would like to give access to some users, then you can do so by visiting Analytify » Settings. Click on the Admin tab and add a user role next to Show statistics to (roles) field.

You can also change the settings for the front-end statistics by clicking on the Front tab on the settings page. Simply add a user role, or enable statistics for everyone who visits your website, or completely disable statistics on front-end.

We hope this article helped you use Google Analytics in WordPress with Analytify. You may also want to check out our list of 7 best analytics solutions for WordPress users.

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How to Track User Scrolling in WordPress with WP Scroll Depth

Ever wondered how users interact with your long articles or lengthy landing pages? Wouldn’t it be great if you knew how much users scroll when viewing a page on your website? If you are already using Google Analytics, then you can easily track user scroll depth activity. In this article, we will show you how to track user scrolling in WordPress with WP Scroll Depth. Learning how much users scroll will help you understand how well your articles are doing, and how you can improve your website.

Note: Before you begin you will need to install Google Analytics on your WordPress site.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Scroll Depth plugin. Upon activation, you need to go to Settings » Scroll Depth to configure the plugin.

The default options will track scroll depth for all pages on your WordPress site. All you need to do is click on the Save Changes button to store plugin settings.

WP Scroll Depth plugin uses jQuery to track scrolling on your WordPress site. It monitors four scroll points 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% of the page height. When a user reaches a scroll point, the plugin sends an event to Google Analytics using jQuery.

Viewing Scroll Depth Event in Google Analytics

If you are new to Google Analytics, then take a look at our beginner’s guide on how to use Google Analytics for your WordPress site.

You can view Scroll Depth event data under Real-Time » Events on your Google Analytics dashboard.

For more detailed scroll depth data, you need to click on Behavior » Events » Overview under your Google Analytics dashboard.

We hope this article helped you track scroll depth on your WordPress site using WP Scroll Depth and Google Analytics.

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How to Auto Adjust WordPress Sidebar to Match Content Height

Widgets make it super easy to add cool things to our WordPress sidebar. However, sometimes your sidebars can become much longer than the actual content area. Recently a user asked if there was a way to automatically make the sidebar height the same as the content area to make it symmetrical. In this article, we will show you how to auto adjust WordPress sidebar to match the content height.

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First you need to install and activate the SidebarAutomizer plugin. Upon activation, go to Settings » sidebarAutomizer to configure the plugin.

You can auto adjust the height of your sidebar by entering the div ID or Class for the content and sidebar containers. These values are different for each theme which is why the plugin cannot auto detect them. Finding these values is easy. All you need to do is open your website in Google Chrome, and open Inspect Element by right clicking anywhere on your website.

This will split your browser screen into three sections. On the bottom left screen, you will be able to see the HTML source code for your page. Moving your mouse over different elements in the HTML source will highlight them in the upper window. You need to find the div containing the main content area.

As you can see, in the screenshot above the div containing the content area uses the ID primary and class site-content.

Repeat the inspect element process once again to find the div ID or Class used for sidebar and for the single widget element.

That’s all. You can now save your settings. Visit a page on your website where the sidebar height is supposed to be longer than the content area. You will notice that the plugin will automatically hide the extra widgets to adjust the sidebar height.

We hope this article helped you auto adjust WordPress sidebar to match content height. You may also want to check out how to show / hide widgets on specific WordPress pages.

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How to A/B Split Test WordPress Post Titles to Get More Clicks

Have you ever found yourself stuck choosing which title to use for your post? Having a good title is important for getting more clicks and shares. However often people just publish their posts without ever knowing how their other title would have performed. What if we told you that you can test different titles? In this article, we will show you how to A/B split test WordPress post titles to get more clicks and increase your pageviews.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate Title Experiments Free plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Title Exp Settings to configure the plugin.

If your site uses heavy caching, then you can choose to use JavaScript for post titles. This will ensure that the plugin works as intended instead of having the same title being shown to everyone due to caching issues.

For SEO purposes, by default the plugin shows the first title to the search engines. However you can change this setting if you want.

The plugin recalculates display probabilities every 5 minutes to ensure maximum results. You can increase or decrease this time if you want. However please understand that setting it below 5 minutes may cause our site to slow down.

Once you are done, click on the save settings button to store your settings.

Now you need to head over to Post » Add New to see the plugin in action. On the post edit screen, you can add multiple post titles for your post. Try creating different variations of SEO friendly post titles with different keywords.

After you have added a few titles, you can save and publish your post.

Once your post has attracted enough traffic, you can see which titles performed better by editing the post. The plugin calculates the click probability based on how many times a title is displayed, and how often it is clicked by the users.

For busy websites, you will instantly start noticing which keywords trigger a more positive response from your users. You can then start using those keywords creatively into your post titles to write more effective headlines. For smaller sites, this kind of micro-testing might not be as useful because of the small sample size.

We hope this article helped you A/B split test WordPress post titles to get more clicks. For more comprehensive split testing, take a look at our guide on how to do A/B split testing in WordPress using Google Analytics.

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How to Update / Publish WordPress Posts from the Bottom of the Screen

When writing your posts in WordPress, you will notice that the Publish meta box disappears if you scroll down a little. In order to hit the publish or update button, a user needs to scroll up and then click on those buttons. This little UI annoyance can be easily fixed. In this article we will show you how to update / publish WordPress posts from the bottom of screen.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Update From Bottom plugin. Upon activation, simply go to Posts » Add New. There you will notice two new buttons to update or publish posts and back to top button at the bottom of the screen.

The original update / publish buttons will remain unchanged, and you can still use them as always. These new buttons will come handy when you are at the bottom of the edit screen and quickly want to hit the update or publish button without scrolling up. You can also save time by quickly reaching to the top of the screen.

This is particularly helpful if you’re using a SEO plugin or have other metaboxes that you fill out before publishing a post.

We hope this article helped you update / publish WordPress posts from the bottom of the screen. You may also want to take a look at these 14 tips for mastering the WordPress visual editor.

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How to Connect Google Drive to your WordPress Media Library

Do you want to connect Google Drive to your WordPress media library? Google Drive offers free cloud storage and many people use it to store their photos and documents. In this article, we will show you how to connect Google Drive to your WordPress media library.

Why Connect Google Drive to Your WordPress Media Library

Google Drive offers lots of free and cheap cloud storage to save your files. Many folks use Google Drive to store their photos and share files with colleagues, friends, and family.

It also connects to Google Photos app which automatically backup all the photos on your mobile devices to your Google account.

If you run a photography blog, then connecting your Google Drive to WordPress media library will allow you to import photos stored on your drive and your phone.

Let’s take a look at how to easily connect Google Drive to your WordPress media library.

Connect Google Drive to WordPress Media Library

First thing you need to do is install and activate the External Media plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » External Media page to configure plugin settings.

External Media plugin allows you to connect to several external storage services. We will show you how to connect to Google Drive, but you can explore other services as well if you want.

Click on the Google Drive tab and then check the box next to ‘Eanble this plugin’ option.

You will be asked to enter a client and application IDs which we will can get by creating a project on Google Developers website.

Head over to Google Developers Console website and create a new project.

Developer console will enable the Google Picker API after creating the project. You will be asked to create credentials.

Click on the ‘Go to credentials’ button to continue.

On the next screen, you will be able to generate different credentials. We want Client ID, so you will need to click on Client ID link.

You will now see a screen informing you that you need to configure the consent screen before you can generate client ID. Click on configure consent screen button to continue.

On the next screen, you need to provide a name for your app and click on the save button.

This will bring you to the next step.

First you need to select ‘Web Application’ as your application type. After that provide a name for the client this could be anything you want.

You will also need to enter the URL of your WordPress site and the oAuth Callback URL. You can get the call back URL from plugin’s settings page at the bottom. It will look like this:

http://www.example.com/index.php?external_media_plugin=GooglePickerAPI

After entering this information, click on the create button to continue.

This will bring up a popup with your client ID, you need to copy and paste it in plugin’s settings page on your WordPress site.

The second key required by the plugin is the application ID. Your Application ID is the first set of numbers in the client ID. Copy the numbers before the dash and paste them in the application ID field.

You should now review the other plugin settings to meet your needs. Make sure that you uncheck the ‘Filter’ check box otherwise you will only see files starred in your Google Drive.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

You have successfully connected your WordPress site to Google Drive.

You can now head over to create a new post or edit an existing one. On the post editor screen click on the ‘Add Media’ button to launch the media uploader.

You will see an ‘Import from Google Drive’ button on the upload tab.

Clicking on it will launch the Google Picker popup allowing you to browse your Google Drive files and folders.

You just need to click on the files you want to import to select them and then click on ‘Select’ button.

External Media plugin will now import those files and store them into your WordPress media library.

You can now add the files to your WordPress posts and pages.

If you run a multi-user WordPress site, then other users will be able to import files from their own Google Drive as well.

The files are imported into your WordPress media library, so deactivating the plugin in the future will not affect the files already imported.

We hope this article helped you connect Google Drive to your WordPress media library. You may also want to see our list of 19+ free Google tools every WordPress blogger should use.

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How to Add a Facebook Style Timeline in WordPress

Do you like the Facebook timeline design? Want to add a timeline style design on your site? Well now you can. While there are several WordPress themes that display posts in a Facebook’s timeline style, what if you wanted to display it only for a specific category or tag? In this article we will show you how to add a Facebook style timeline in WordPress without changing your theme.

The timeline display is perfect if you want to follow your progress on a specific topic on your life or business.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Timeline Ultimate plugin. Upon installation, the plugin will add a new Timeline Ultimate menu in your WordPress admin bar. To create your timeline you need to visit Timeline Ultimate » New Timeline Ultimate.

You will be asked to enter a title for your timeline which can be anything you want. Below that, you will notice three tabs: Timeline Options, Timeline Style, and Timeline Content. By default, the plugin will show you timeline options tab where you can select the number of posts and thumbnail settings.

Timeline Ultimate comes with a number of built-in style options. Click on the Timeline Style tab to configure the display of your timeline. You can choose background image, colors, and font sizes.

After that you need to click on Timeline Content tab to adjust content settings. Timeline Ultimate supports custom post types as well.

You can also choose from your latest posts, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, yearly or even monthly archives.

Once you are satisfied with the changes, simply click on the publish button to make this timeline ready.

Displaying Your Timeline on a Post or Page

Each timeline created by the plugin comes with its unique shortcode and template tag. All you need to do is copy the shortcode and then post it in a page or post in WordPress.

That’s all you can now visit the page and see your Facebook style timeline in action.

We hope this article helped you add a Facebook style timeline to your WordPress site. You can add multiple timelines, so feel free to add timelines for your events, topics, or journal keeping.

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How to Add Staff Member Profiles in WordPress with Staffer

We are often asked about easy ways to add staff member profiles in WordPress. Previously, we showed you how to add staff member profile pages, but it required editing templates. What if we told you that there is an easier way to manage staff member profiles in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to add staff member profiles in WordPress with Staffer. Hopefully, this tutorial will make adding staff members easier for most users.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Staffer plugin. Upon activation, the plugin will add a new admin menu called Staff and a configuration area called Staffer Options.

To configure the plugin settings, you need to visit Settings » Staffer Options.

If you want to display your staff photos and descriptions in a nice grid layout, then check the first option on the page. Next, you need to choose how many profiles you want to show on a page. By default it will show 9 profiles, but you can change it based on your preference. Staffer also lets you choose a custom page title and URL slug for the Staff page.

Since there are thousands of WordPress themes with their own stylesheets and layouts, it is difficult to make grid CSS work nicely with every theme. This is why the plugin has an option to wrap the grid around your own custom wrappers.

To further tweak the appearance of the grid, you can also add your own custom CSS rules. We had to use this one line of CSS when we tested the plugin with TwentyTwelve default theme.

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After you are satisfied with the settings, you need to click on the Save Changes button to save your settings.

Adding Your Staff Profiles

Staffer makes it easier to add staff profiles. However, your staff members cannot edit their own profiles unless they have permissions to edit or write posts on your website. To create a staff member profile page, you need to visit Staff » Add New

First add your staff member name, and then add biographical information in the post editor. On your right hand side, you will see a custom box. The first option in the custom meta box is labeled title. This is where you can add the individual’s role or position in your organization. Below that, you can add links to the staff member’s social media profiles.

You can add a staff member photo by clicking on the featured image and uploading a profile photo. Once you are done, you can save the staff member profile or publish it.

Displaying Staff Member Profiles on Your WordPress Site

Because Staffer uses a custom post type called staff to store member profiles, all staff profiles are automatically displayed on a Staff page.

If you are using SEO friendly URL structure on your WordPress site, then by default your staff member page’s URL would be this:

http://www.example.com/staff/

You can add this URL in your site’s navigation menu by going to Appearance » Menus in your admin area. On your left hand side, you need to add the URL and Title in the ‘Links’ area. Click on the Add to Menu button and then click on Save Menu button to save your changes. A link to your staff members page will appear in your site’s navigation menu.

We hope this article helped you learn an easier way to add staff member profile pages in WordPress. If you would rather just show a simple list of staff members, then take a look at our guide on how to create a simple staff list in WordPress.

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How to Enforce One Category Per Post in WordPress

In our categories vs tags article, we recommend that you only select one category per post. However this can be difficult for beginners to get used to. In this article, we will show you how to enforce one category per post in WordPress. This will ensure consistency in how you sort your content.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Categories Metabox Enhanced plugin. Upon installation, you need to visit Settings » Categories Metabox Enhanced to configure the plugin.

By default the categories metabox contains checkboxes next to category names which allows users to choose multiple categories. With Categories Metabox Enhanced plugin, you can change it into radio button or select options. Choosing a radio and select option will restrict users to select only one category at a time.

If you have a lot of categories, then choosing the radio option will make the categories metabox unusually lengthy. In that case, you would be better off with the drop down select option.

Categories metabox usually appears on the sidebar of the post editor screen. You can adjust the position and priority of categories metabox using the position option.

Among other settings, you can change the title of the categories metabox to whatever you want. You can disable indent for child categories and restrict users from creating new categories.

That’s all, you can now save your settings and visit the post editor to see your new categories metabox in action.

We hope this article helped you enforce one category per post on your WordPress site. This plugin is also great for multi-author sites to prevent new authors from using multiple categories.

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