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Add Author to RSS Feed in WordPress

If you have multiple authors on a WordPress blog you may want to add the Author name to the RSS feed title.

Although the standard RSS feed file in WordPress contains the author if you view the RSS feed you will not be able to see the Author name through standard readers as it is not converted.

A good example is to look at a WordPress feed that uses Google Reader and you will not see the Author listed.

One solution of course is to change the WordPress Feed files, however, if you do this every time you update WordPress your change will get written over. The easier and better solution is to add the small snippet of code below to your WordPress Themes function file.

 

function wp_titlerss($content) {
global $wp_query;
$content = $content." by ".get_the_author();
return $content;
}

add_filter('the_title_rss', 'wp_titlerss');

 

 

Using Twitter to Follow a Topic

I seem to be using Twitter more these days, and Google Reader less. The trend is easy to understand from a useability standpoint. 

Using an RSS reader almost feels like old school technology now. Yes it is still necessary, and it is certainly one of best ways to follow someone, but Twitter is now letting me follow the topics I want in real time a lot easier.

Years ago I was part of several Forums. I would go to forums to get, and give, help on different topics, but it took more effort than I thought it should.

Now, just like having my news fed to me instead of having to go to my favorite news sites and see what has changed, I can sit back, watch the conversations on the topics I am interested in, and get involved at my choosing.

Here is one of my favorite pages to watch, using Twitter search, I search for the words “WordPress OR Cybercoder” and remove any occurence of wordpress.com. The reason for the removal is that I do not want to see Tweets just because someone has a link with wordpress.com in it, what I am really after is seeing all the conversations and help request for WordPress. And by adding my Twitter name, I will see any replies or comments directed at or about me.

Using Twitter Search in this manner is a lot more functional than just trying to watch the stream of conversations from everyone I am following, you should give it try!

And you can follow me on Twitter at Twitter / CyberCoder

Timing Contextual Advertising

Contextual advertising works better with search traffic compared to that of more direct traffic, such as RSS subscribers. Although some may still argue over this, I believe it to be an established fact, at least in my experience.

One thing I realized recently was that most of my search traffic comes from my older posts. However, I found myself doing the same thing as a lot of other bloggers, placing my contextual ads on pages and not considering these facts about who is visiting the pages.

Typically I would place contextual ads on most of my blog pages except for the home page, thinking that the loyal readers visited the home page and did not want to have those ads in their way. After taking a fresh look I discovered that was not the case.

The reality is most of the readers on a blog that are loyal readers read a post when it is fairly new, probably within the first 48 hours of it’s life cycle. So instead of placing ads based on pages, maybe it would make more sense to base them on time. I have changed my contextual ads due to this data, these ads will now show up on pages after 48 hours.

The idea is simple, keep it clean for the benefit of my loyal readers, while still taking advantage of the long tail search traffic.

Let’s see what happens!

Use Google Trends for Your Holiday Menu

Google Trends is one of my favorite pages. Next to reading my RSS subscriptions, Google Trends gives me more ideas than anything else. It is always interesting to see what exact phrases people are using in their searches, and what the hot topics of the day are.

Looking at Trends today made me realize you could easily make a menu for a Holiday from the results.

Just look at the list of food on the page today and you can easily see what people are making for their Easter lunch or dinner.

  • deviled eggs
  • hard boiled eggs
  • green bean casserole
  • ham glaze
  • bunny cake
  • au gratin potatoes
  • jello eggs
  • resurrection cookies
  • baked ham
  • cheesy potatoes
  • broccoli casserole
  • potato salad
  • ham recipe
  • corn casserole
  • wine with ham
  • ambrosia salad
  • egg casserole
  • pineapple stuffing

I would be curious to hear how traffic spikes for people with Food sites on a weekend like this?

Link : Google Trends