WordPress Tips and Tricks for Beginners

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After blogging for 17 years, I’ve learned a few WordPress tips and tricks during my journey.

1. Open External Links in a New Tab

Open External Links in a New Tab in WordPress Tutorial

In this post, you will learn how to open external links in a new tab easily through the WordPress Edit Post page or using a simple plugin.

Manual Method

This is the manual way to add links within your WordPress post.

  1. Highlight the link you want to open in a new tab then click the link icon
  2. Check the box called “Open link in a new window/tab

Automated Plugin Method

This is the way to automate the process using this awesome plugin called External Links.

  1. Go to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click Plugins -> Add New
  3. Type “External Links” into the plugin search field
  4. Click Install
  5. Activate the Plugin

2. Bulk Delete Pending Comments

u can easily bulk delete pending comments in WordPress by installing a useful plugin called WP Sweep.

WP Sweep allows you to clean up your comments with just 1 simple click. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Install WP Sweep by going to Plugins -> Add New -> Search for “WP Sweep”.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Go to Tools -> Sweep in your WP dashboard.
  4. Scroll down to Comment Sweep -> Pending Comments and Hit “Sweep”

That’s it. You can also bulk moderate unapproved and spam comments as well. This is one of my favorite WordPress plugins and it will save you a lot of time and frustration!

3. Fix Broken Links

Do you want to fix broken links on your WordPress site quickly and easily?

In this article, you will learn how to fix dead and broken links using a free WordPress plugin called Broken Link Checker.

What is Broken Link Checker? Why Use It?

Broken Link Checker is a WordPress plugin that scans your site for broken links automatically. When you add links to your site, they sometimes become broken or dead as time passes. Old websites get taken down and people often change domain names. This means you potentially have dozens, if not hundreds, of broken links on your websites over the years.

Broken Link Checker scans through your entire site and finds these links for you without doing much manual work. This not only saves times, but lets you fix all your broken links under 1 easy to use dashboard.

It’s 100% free and simple to install. There are many benefits to fixing broken links including:

  • Improved user experience
  • Increased Google SEO rankings
  • Higher time on page and lower bounce rates

Below is a complete tutorial on how to setup this amazing, free plugin.

How to Install and Setup Broken Link Checker Plugin.

Broken Link Checker Plugin Setup Tutorial - Fix Broken Links Quickly!

Here’s a complete step by step process on how to install and use Broken Link Checker:

Step 1 – Go to Plugins -> Add New and Search for “Broken Link Checker”

Step 2 – Click “Install”

Step 3 – Click “Activate” to turn on the plugin

Step 4 – Go to Tools -> Broken Link Checker on the WordPress Left Hand Column

Step 5 – Allow the plugin to scan your site and locate broken links

Step 6 – You can “Unlink” to get rid of the backlink or simply “Edit URL” to change the url to the correct one.

That’s it. It’s a pretty straightforward process that really improves your website and makes your visitors happy. If you have any more questions, please leave them in the comments section below!

4. Stop Comment Spam

Comment Spam is an annoying part of blogging that forces some bloggers to either turn of comments or quit blogging altogether.

I cannot agree with this because blogging is a necessary content marketing strategy to attract leads and build an online platform.

I hate comment spam just as much as anyone so I’m going to show you how to stop it.

Download These 2 WordPress Plugins

The two plugins are Anti-Spam and Sucuri. I don’t get any more comment spam after installing these 2 plugins.

Anti-Spam only allows people to enter comments by accessing their browser. If the comments don’t come from a browser, then Anti-Spam blocks the comments. They install a javascript file to verify the user.

Sucuri adds additional security to your WordPress site by closing certain leaks in your database with hardening. I use both these plugins on every WordPress install.

5. Get Breadcrumbs in Google Search

While searching something on Google, you will notice some results show Breadcrumbs or Category Navigation instead of full URL. Here I will discuss how to add WordPress SEO Breadcrumbs in Google search results.

Breadcrumbs Navigation also plays an important role for On Page SEO. By using this, Google will show clickable “Category” link in lieu of full URL. This can bring you extra search engine traffic. Here is a screenshot how search results show as an exampe:

show Breadcrumbs on search results

How to Show Breadcrumbs in Google SERPs

For WordPress Users

If you use WordPress, then simply install the Yoast SEO plugin to show breadcrumbs in Google Search Results.

After you finish installing the plugin, you go to SEO -> Internal links -> Check the Enable breadcrumbs box.

Your Google search results will update and begin showing the breadcrumbs depending on how long it takes Googlebot to crawl your website.

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