Greet your visitors with a Welcome message – WP Greet Box

August 13, 2009

Welcoming a visitor as they enter is a good habit and also creates a positive feel. Always wanting to greet my site visitors, I stumbled upon WP Greet box a Plug-in that greets visitors for you. It’s simple and easy to install. This is plug-in is built on WordPress CMS platform. So if your website or blog is built on WordPress then it’s time that you got the WP Greet box plug-in right away.

This plug-in lets you show a different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer URL. For example, when a Digg user clicks through from Digg, they will see a message reminding them to Digg your post if they like it. You can also set a default greeting message for new visitors suggesting them to subscribe to your RSS feed. Having these targeted suggestions will help your blog increase exposure, loyal readership, and reader interaction. Best of all, this plug-in is compatible with WordPress MU and various WordPress cache plug-ins. I’ve managed to increase my subscriber count by 10% within the first month of its implementation. This has been one of the best plug-ins I’ve come across thus far.


  • Show a different greeting message to your visitor depending on the referrer URL. You can add/edit/delete/disable these greeting messages as you choose.
  • Beautiful set of icons shipped along with the different default referrers.
  • Clickable icon in greeting messages with target =_blank option.
  • Greeting messages automatically get inserted into the top of your posts upon activation. There is no need to modify theme files.
  • Ability to auto-insert greeting message to the top or bottom of the post.
  • Greeting messages can be user closeable or not.
  • Ability to detect the visitor’s search keywords from major search engines and automatically display related posts under or above the greeting message.
  • Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not match any of your configured referrer URL.
  • Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not have JavaScript enabled.
  • Cache compatible mode makes use of AJAX to display greeting messages in the frontend. This makes WP Greet Box compatible with other caching Plugins (such as WP Super Cache) and WPMU.
  • AJAX administrative interface that uses nonce verification to discourage hackers.
  • Ability to keep displaying the greeting message until after the user clicks close for the first time. After that, the greeting message will not show up for that user anymore.
  • Ability to set a timeout to forget a visitor so we do not keep nagging them with greeting messages.


The Plug-in is available for download at

You can also use the search box in the admin panel and install the plug-in


  1. Upload the plugin to your plugins folder: ‘wp-content/plugins/’
  2. Activate the ‘WP Greet Box’ plugin from the Plugins admin panel.
  3. (optional) Go to the Options -> WP Greet Box admin panel to make any customizations.
  4. Test this out by googling for one of your articles and click through to your site from google. You should see the greeting message custimized for a google visitor.


You can visit the author’s forum for support and read about issues faced by other bloggers.


Trackback ( : How not to get rich on the Internet

August 3, 2009

Today I was asked by two friends to accompany them to an “Internet Marketing Workshop” to give my opinion on what they taught. This was an all day workshop put on by Had I known that was the company putting on the workshop I could have done a Google on it and saved us a lot of time but my friends didn’t know who they were so we went and checked it out. We didn’t have anything to do anyway and there was lunch included.

The event was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Vancouver. There were over 200 people signed up for this workshop. Unlike me, most of them were here because they attended an earlier 90 minute free workshop and were told that in order to get the full picture they need to spend $20 and attend this full day workshop. I did some mental calculation in my head – 200 people times $20 = $4,000.00. Not bad at all.

Now I don’t have any problems paying $20 for an all day workshop, if the workshop was good. However, this wasn’t really a workshop at all. This was a nicely disguise internet marketing scam. didn’t teach anything that you can’t find for free with a bit of Googling. What they offer was to set you up with your own online store and help you make money from it. Again, there really isn’t anything wrong with this, if you get value for your money. However, this is not the case.

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Trackback ( : How often should you update

August 3, 2009

One of the most asked question is how often sites should be updated. There are two camps. One camp say create the site, doing some SEO and let Google do the rest. Then move on to the next site. There is really nothing wrong with this method but it has one major flaw – Live by the Google, die by the Google. If Google decides to change their search ranking (and they always do) your site(s) could become worthless.

The other camp says create a site and keep adding to it with updates. The goal being the readers will return to your site to read what is new. This type of site is not as dependent on Google for traffic, and if the site is really good, traffic can build up quite quickly with simple word of mouth. The question then is how often must you update a site to build traffic and keep users coming back?

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Trackback ( : Blogging for dollars – It’s not just a hobby

August 3, 2009

Business 2.0 has a really nice article about some of the internet’s biggest blogging superstars. They all started small and rode the internet money train to riches beyond their wildest dreams. The bloggers they profiled included Michael Arrington, who pulls down $60,000 a month off his blog.

The answer lies in TechCrunch, Arrington’s blog about new technologies and companies. In the year since he launched the site, he has amassed such a strong following that he’s become a go-to person for VCs and tech execs looking to leak corporate tidbits or announce news. More than 1.5 million readers regularly check out his site. But here’s what gives Arrington real distinction: He’s pulling in $60,000 in ad revenue every month. That’s 10 times what the site was making earlier this year, which was when Arrington, convinced of the potentially monstrous riches ahead, quit his day job as president of a startup to blog full-time.

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Trackback ( : Getting paid to write a blog post – Is this the future?

August 3, 2009

I just saw over on TechCrunch that Pay Per Post has raised $3 million in venture funding. What Pay Per Post does is allow advertisers to buy a blog post – often referred to as a paid plug. Instead of buying normal banner advertising, the advertiser would pay the blogger to write about their product or service. This of course raises many ethics and credibility issues. It is obvious that anyone paying for a blog post will want positive things said about his or her product. However, if the blogger making the post is doing the post just for the money his creditability just hit zero.

It is not that hard to spot a paid plug. If you come across a post saying, “Check out this forum, I love it!” and then find out that blog owner is not even a member, or just registered, chances are it is a paid plug. The fact that Pay Per Post has raised $3 million in venture funding is truly amazing because I cannot see how the company is going to fly.

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