“Duplicate Post” Free WordPress Plugin Clones Your Posts To Save Time

As great as WordPress is at optimizing your Web pages for SEO purposes, it takes a lot of time entering the categories, tags, and titles. When you have similar content to write on the same general topic, the Duplicate Post free WordPress plugin clones the posts you make to save potentially hundreds of hours of typing and article setup time.

Example: I write a lot of American Idol articles that use the same exact categories and most of the same tags and a similar headline. Trust me. I just spent an entire season of Idol manually entering categories and tags for hundreds of articles. I made some good money writing those articles, but I would have done it so much faster if I had known about Duplicate Post. Yes, I am slow sometimes. :) For the life of me, I never thought to just enter “make duplicate posts in WordPress” in a search engine to find this plugin. Stupid me.

Who This Helps:

If you have a niche blog that uses most of the same categories and tags for your articles and blog posts, you should be using the Duplicate Post plugin. See my American Idol example above.

If you have specific links you want to use in articles and blog posts over and over again, you can make a draft and include the links in the draft. Duplicate Post will save all the links so you don’t have to manually enter the text or the hyperlink. This is a huge time saver, as the links creator in WordPress is not exactly efficient.

How To Use Duplicate Post:

Programmers sometimes overly complicate things. There are many ways to clone your WordPress posts with this plugin, but I am just going to give you the instructions for how I use it to keep it simple.

1. Make a draft template with all the relevant categories, tags, and a title if you are going to use the same title. If applicable, add text and hyperlinks to the body of the draft post.

Example: I am currently writing some articles on yearly TV ratings. In this case, the title of each article in your draft template could be the following:

2011 TV Ratings For xxxx For Total Viewers

You put that “xxxx” in the draft and just change it for each blog post after cloning the template.

2. Once you have saved the draft template, then click “All Posts” in the WordPress admin menu.

3. Find the draft template in your list of blog posts. It should be right there at the top.

4. Hover over it to get the menu below the title. You will see the word “Clone.” That word appears after you have installed and activated the “Duplicate Post” plugin.

5. Click on “Clone.” This is the easiest way to instantly clone and make duplicate posts with one click.

6. Just repeat that one-click process for as many articles as you want to make.

That’s really all there is to using Duplicate Post. You can check out the plugin’s home page on the WordPress website for other ways to clone. However, I found the instructions there confusing. That’s why I just wrote the 6-step process above to make it simple for you.

This plugin is going to save me countless hours of time every year.

Note that I have no association whatsoever with this plugin. But I have personally tested it, and it’s working fine on my WordPress Version 3.3.1. You can also check the link below. This is one of the very few WordPress plugins I have seen with 5 stars out of dozens of ratings and over 200,000 downloads.

Sources:

WordPress Duplicate Post Plugin Page

 

Quick AdSense Plugin Settings to Install AdSense Ads in WordPress

WordPress blog and website owners frequently use the AdSense ad program from Google to monetize their visitor traffic. However, it is very complicated to dive into the actual WordPress code to program the AdSense ad code into your WordPress property. Instead, you can use a plugin like Quick AdSense.

I personally use Quick AdSense on WritingShares.com and have been pleased with it. However, the programmer is not only a programmer, but his English is not super, either. Thus, it can be difficult setting up Quick AdSense. I recommend it, but just follow my instructions to set up AdSense on pages and posts.

By using these settings, you will have 3 ads on each page. Note that I do not include an AdSense ad in my sidebar or header or footer. The sidebar is almost pointless as an AdSense area. While the header and footer may get some clicks, putting your ads near the actual content of the page generally produces better results. As such, I recommend using these settings for increased AdSense revenue potential.

You first need to have the AdSense ad code. On my site, I use a 336 x 280 square for all three ad blocks. Get this from your own AdSense account.

Next, you need to install the Quick AdSense plugin. A link to the plugin’s home page on the WordPress website is included at the bottom of this article.

Once installed and activated (WordPress will ask you if you want to activate it after installation), you will see a “Setting” link. Click on that and follow the settings instructions below to set up AdSense ads with Quick AdSense.

 

 

Near the top of the settings page, choose to place up to 3 ads on a page. You could make this only one or two, but do not make it more than 3 if you are using AdSense ads only. You could include more than 3 if you are placing other advertising with this Quick AdSense plugin, but do not make more than 3 ad blocks for AdSense because that generally violates Google’s ad-placement policies.

Put a checkmark for “Beginning of the Post,” “Middle of the Post” and “End of Post.” Select Ads 1 in the drop-down box for the beginning of the post, Ads 2 for the middle, and Ads 3 for the end.

For Appearance, I personally put a checkmark for posts, pages and the home page. I leave the categories, archives and tags blank. The reason for this is that these pages may have a very small amount of information. Although probably not against the rules, it is arguably against AdSense TOS to put the ads on pages with almost no content. Thus, if you or one of your guest bloggers makes a new tag or category, there could be nothing but a teaser of one blog entry along with 3 AdSense ads. Yes, there may still be information in your sidebar or other parts of the page, but it’s best to not run the risk of violating Google AdSense terms.

I leave the Quicktags section blank because I invite freelance writers to come and write for Writing Shares for revenue sharing. Thus, it would be a bad idea to have AdSense settings in the article-editing areas of my site. If you are the only publishing articles on your site, then you may choose to enable Quicktag buttons for various purposes.

Caution: This next part is actually the opposite of the way the Quick AdSense developer tells you to do it. Although the plugin says that the ad codes must not be identical, I personally found that I had to make them identical to get all 3 to display.

What I am referring to here is Quick AdSense’s “AdSense Codes” settings section. When I made a separate AdSense ad code for Ads 1, 2 and 3, I found that the first ad block displayed. However, the second 2 ad blocks did not display and only showed a blank pink area.

But when I used the exact same ad code from my AdSense account in the first 3 ad blocks, it displayed all three (Ads 1 at the beginning of the post, Ads 2 in the middle, and Ads3 at the end of the posts).

For each ad, I leave the alignment as “Center” and the margin as 50 px. It is important to have a lot of pixels around your ads so as not to violate AdSense’s rules on accidental clicks.

This is all you have to do to get your Quick AdSense plugin to display ads on your WordPress blog. It really is that simple. Just remember that the instructions for the “AdSense Codes” section of the settings did not work for me. I actually did the opposite of the instructions to get all 3 ad blocks to show on my WritingShares.com blog.

 

Resources:

 

QuickAdSense Home Page on WordPress