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Recent search engine updates made it clear that Google will not accept websites with fewer images. It seems harsh, doesn’t it? It is important to evaluate what steps will help your SEO and what will make you feel discouraged. Google’s latest bottom line states that your SEO will suffer if your website doesn’t have at least one relevant, high-quality image per page.

For all you website owners who find it easier to put pen to paper than to use flash, here’s the scoop: Google loves images and we should follow their lead. Images look great. The world is different than it was once. And the daily newspaper is not filled with black-and-white text. Today, images fuel our society. Images that capture a moment in time, are captivating and captivating. They also entice our attention and captivate our senses. To truly connect to what they see on the screen, the majority of online society today relies on delicate juxtapositions of text and images.

Sharing is another trend that has been reviving in recent years to add to the ever-growing list. Online sharing has become so common that websites without sharing tools are considered obsolete. It is important to attach a relevant image to each post to allow website visitors to share them. You are doing yourself a great disservice by leaving an imageless post. If no one is able to share your post, all the effort and time you put into researching, writing and editing, it will be a waste of time. Google will also discredit the work you put into writing if it doesn’t have a quality image that compliments it.

Since images are now the key ingredient for website success, it is no surprise that “free images” is one of the most popular trends on the internet. The copyrighted photo is the most popular of all these trends. Website owners have found it too risky to use copyright-protected images on their websites. Therefore, the internet follows one simple rule: “Take your own pictures or search the internet for free pictures.” Option “B” is not an option for people who don’t know how to use a Nikon. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable images that are free from copyrights on the internet. However, there is a growing demand for these images. Website owners who are skilled at photography have resisted anyone trying to get a ride. Google made it nearly impossible to steal and republish copyrighted images. New services and developments opened the door.

Remember those times when your mother used to remind us that there is no such thing as a free lunch. It was only a matter time before copyright-free images became so in high demand that new companies began popping up all the time to fill the gap. Website owners were excited to sign up and gain access to a free library of images they could use anywhere, anytime. Many of these stock image websites offering “Free Images” are offering false dreams. Website owners will often be hit with image costs and subscription fees after signing up. While some website owners will pay 99 cents per image, those who want to make a profit from their website before spending more money on it will be charged 99 cents.

The next step that the image-seeking deperado often takes is to load his web pages with all images he finds. But cowboy, keep your horses there, too. Google is smarter than that. It is no longer enough to fill a tech post with a photo of your pet cat, Pebbles. Google is becoming smarter by every megabyte and can now recognize the images that you use to fill your pages. To get your pages the recognition they deserve, you must align the images you place side by side with your posts.

There are some service providers that can be called “the good guys” when it comes to searching for free images. Foter.com is one of them. Foter.com is a free stock photography website that offers unlimited access to free images. It also has a WordPress plugin. However, there are always the bad things. Foter.com’s limited collection of photos is not all that great. Website owners who are considering browsing Foter.com’s photo database should be aware that they must give credit information to any image they use on their website.

PhotoDropper, another website, is a good example of a website that blurs the lines between good and evil. PhotoDropper can also be used as a WordPress plugin and offers a large library of photos. Be sure to carefully read the fine print before you click on that relevant image. PhotoDropper offers a large library of photos. However, most of the best ones are not available to those who have purchased the “premium” package. While you will find useful images in their free collection, you’ll end up with only a toothache if you go to the candy shop and find out that you can only eat gummy worms.

Stock.EXCHNG and Stock Vault also have managed to secure their place in the race for free images. Unfortunately, as with PhotoDropper and Foter.com, these free-image-sharing services have their own set of problems. Stock.EXCHNG demands that every image be accompanied with attribution information. The service is not available for WordPress plugins. Stock.EXCHNG offers a wide range of high-quality images and you can use any of them on your website if you have the time to browse their database. However, the search options don’t allow you to narrow your selection. Stock Vault is also proud of its high-quality image library and is available to all WordPressers. However, there is a catch. This may make it difficult for many to keep searching for the next best thing. Stock Vault can only be used for non-commercial purposes. If you are looking to sell soap online, stockvault has images of bubble baths.

What does it all boil down to? Your content is great, you have great ideas. But without images, everything is falling apart. There are two new options for SEOs stuck in a SEO rut. Zemanta, and imonomy have been making waves on the internet one site at a while. Zemanta and imonomy were the first to offer an automated service that lets you add non-copyright images to your pages. These services can scan your pages and instantly locate similar images. Before you click on the catchiest service, let’s first discuss the limitations and benefits of each of these automated and free-image-providing websites.

Zemanta scans website text as it is posted and then offers website owners the option to select from a smaller number of images that Zemanta’s automated database pulls from. Zemanta’s automated system offers high-quality images and a large enough selection to satisfy most website owners. Before you start exploring Zemanta’s collection of free-of-copyright images, there are some things to be aware of. Zemanta is not retroactive. This means that all your posts after you start using Zemanta will have access the automated image service. If you have a mature website, older posts and archives won’t be given the same image-makeover as your newer posts. It is important to remember that Zemanta requires the attribution information for every image. These attributions can sometimes be as long as three to four lines. Zemanta is not only able to provide images for free, but also allows you to add external links to related posts. Depending on their placement and the quantity of links, they can either hurt or help SEO. The links will ultimately lead to other websites. Users may be redirected by Zemanta’s free images.

Zemanta’s matchup imonomy offers similar services, but with a twist. Imonomy’s technology scans every post on a website and matches it instantly. This is in contrast to Zemanta. imonomy can retroactively update web pages by simply clicking a few buttons. Imonomy can scan the entire website and offer a secondary service to allow users to be reconnected with related posts from the same site. imonomy’s free images are not subject to copyright and do not require attribution credits. They also act as interactive components of websites and encourage SEO through intelligent internal links. No matter which service you use, free images have a catch. To that end, imonomy inserts small ads alongside the images. After all is said and done, the advertisements are content-related and the website owner walks away with most of the profits.

It is essential to have high-quality images that are relevant and useful for your website posts. While there are a few booby traps along this path, it is possible to find the treasure chest. Those of you who are still fighting denial should move on to the glorious stage of “acceptance”. Google has set very high standards for website design. You can call it superficial, but these new image laws will not be changing. It is time to do some research on how to improve your pages.

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10 Best Point-of-Sale Tools and Plugins for Your WordPress Business

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If your commerce platform is online and in-person, you need flexibility regarding payments. This article covers agile point-of-sale tools and plugins that can power your business on WordPress.

We will showcase some plugins and other options that allow you to have the flexibility of selling face-to-face with a customer or online, setting up your business for omnichannel success!

As you’ll see, many options are free and can be upgraded accordingly. They all have a good track record and are established point-of-sale (POS) systems that perform as a modern-day cash register (and are much less clunky, too).

We’ll take a look at the following:

Hopefully, after reading this post, you’ll have a good idea of what type of POS tool works best for your business and can set it up accordingly.

But first…

Why Should You Use a Good POS system?

It may seem obvious. It’s because you need to sell in-person and online, right? However, there’s a bit more to it than that. A good POS system goes beyond just ringing up a customer.

Systems today can integrate with other systems, keep track of sales, manage merchandise – and offer some tech that can enhance your services to the next level.

Some benefits include:

— Sales can be streamlined from multiple locations.

— Your functionality increases.

— Ability to keep track of real-time data.

— Having a better grasp on managing employees.

— Automatically get your taxes managed.

And more…

It’s vital to be up-to-date on what you can do when selling in-person and online with your WordPress website.

So, are you ready to cash in? Let’s go!

Point of Sale Systems

Here are a handful of modern, efficient, and well-known POS systems to help your WordPress site. They’re in no particular order. (And please note: We are not affiliated with ANY of these. We just find them to be top-notch choices.)

FooSales

FooSales syncs your WooCommerce inventory with a point of sale.

If you’re using WooCommerce, the FooSales plugin is a POS system that will make any computer, iPad, or Android tablet into a physical retail space.

This plugin helps allow you to run your business from anywhere in the world and sell your WooCommerce items quickly and easily. It automatically syncs your WooCommerce product inventory, orders, and customer data.

The sales screen and search tools can promptly locate products with images and descriptions so that you can focus on the clients when they’re checking out. It adds items, shows the amounts of products, and offers a quick one-click checkout.

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All the items are displayed – making it easy to locate and check out customers.

Payments can be made with Square and Stripe. It leverages the strengths of both platforms and allows you to enter credit card information or purchase add-on terminals for a monthly fee.

There is also a monthly fee associated with using this plugin. They vary depending on the number of websites and add-ons.

Hike

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Hike is another plugin option for WooCommerce POS.

For another WooCommerce option, Hike offers a POS solution in-store and online. It integrates with WooCommerce, allowing access to your customers, product catalog, inventory, and other necessary information.

With Hike, you can control and manage your entire business from a retail POS system. It works with iPads, PCs, and Mac products. It’s fully interactive with card payment systems like PayPal Here, Tyro, and iZettle.

There are many POS options, including offering discounts to sales, parking orders, enabling a custom sale, and adding order notes.

Plus, you can use your existing card terminal – so you don’t need to purchase one directly from them. That said, they offer hardware bundles for complete POS systems (cash register, receipt printer, etc).

Prices vary depending on the outlet, registers, and other factors.

Square

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Square is no stranger to modern POS systems.

A very popular POS is Square. Millions of brands use their software to accept payments in-store and online.

You can incorporate Square into your business quickly and easily – whether that be a WordPress developer’s website, restaurant, or street vendor – you name it!

They have great solutions for getting paid with their flexible omnichannel commerce tools. They offer registers, terminals, stands, readers, and more for in-person sales. For online, there’s an app-like shopping experience, customization, the ability to highlight products, and more.

Their plans vary – but you can start for free. The free plan does take transaction fees, but otherwise, there are no costs. You can upgrade to include more features.

wePOS

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wePOS is a WooCommerce-focused plugin.

wePOS is another plugin that offers a fast and responsive WooCommerce POS option. You can easily take orders and track your inventory in your WooCommerce store.

Plus, you can physically count WooCommerce products by scanning bar codes and adding them directly to a customer’s cart to process the order.

It features a sleek UI that’s simple to navigate. From this, you can manage your inventory and orders.

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You can see the organized items, total costs, tax, and more.

There is a free version and upgrades available. They also have 24/7 support.

Oliver

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Oliver is here for your WooCommerce store needs.

With a 5-star rating, the Oliver  plugin for WooCommerce might be a great option for a POS system for your business.

They state: “It’s simple, smart, and easy to use.” Made specifically for WooCommerce, it allows for a consistent combination of eCommerce and physical brick-and-mortar stores. Everything is in one place, and there’s no need for multiple integrations.

It’s designed to work with numerous devices, including iPad, Mac, or PC. The system supports using a mouse, touchpad, and keyboard entry.

They also have POS hardware, like a terminal, printer or all-in-one solutions.

Oliver is free to use, but upgrades are available. Plus, they include support.

Toast

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Toast can be the toast of your POS solution.

Toast is named this for a reason – it specializes in restaurants. So, if your restaurant runs on WordPress or another platform, you may consider this system.

You’re able to manage all in-person and online sales in one place. They note that their restaurant-grade hardware is 3x faster than competitors, and you can integrate your FOH (front of house) and BOH (back of house) to reduce ticket times by up to 40%.

The Toast platform even includes payroll and team management – so it goes beyond just a POS option.

Their hardware includes handheld devices for ordering, kitchen display systems, self-ordering kiosks, and much more.

It’s free to use. Like many of our other systems, upgrades are available depending on your needs.

Shopify

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Shop it to me: Shopify might be the POS solution you’re looking for.

Another well-known platform (millions of merchants and 10% of US eCommerce) is Shopify. Shopify allows customers to order online or in-person. It features one-click checkout that lets shoppers pay how they want – through digital wallets or multi-currency.

It includes a ton of insights into customer data. Everything from their behavior, total sessions, order numbers, and more.

Additionally, they incorporate your social media with tools for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and other channels.

There’s a whole range of what Shopify offers, hence why it’s so popular. Be sure to visit their website for more information.

And when it comes to pricing, there’s a free trial – otherwise, it does cost.

There are various levels that you can purchase, depending on what your needs are for your store.

Stripe

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Stripe is no secret to POS.

Stripe is a very well-known POS company that offers solutions to millions of companies worldwide. It works with some of the biggest brands (Amazon, Instacart, Zoom, Lyft, etc).

For us, Stripe is incorporated into our Client & Billing in The Hub and Forminator plugin for accepting payments.

They feature everything that brings websites and apps together for payment. With support for 135+ currencies, it’s available for use with credit, and debit cards, virtual wallets, and more. Additionally, they have items, such as terminals, for in-person sales.

Plus, they are big on security, with a team of world-class security experts at their helm. They’ve also received regulatory licenses around the world.

Stripe is free to use but takes a percentage of the costs.

PayPal

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PayPal is another POS giant in the industry.

Like Stripe, PayPal is another payment solution we use for our products. PayPal’s popular with millions of other companies, too.

It’s known chiefly online; however, they offer POS software so you can run your business online and off.

Their POS offers streamlined checkout, business metrics, and an app. You can easily manage products with prices, stock levels, and more – all in one place.

The portable terminal PayPal uses is entirely portable. It accepts most forms of payment (credit, debit, Google Pay, etc), and works with chip and contactless payments.

There is currently a 2.29% transaction fee and costs for the terminal. However, the PayPal Zettle app is completely free to use.

Stay On Top of Your Shop

Out of all of these 10 options we just covered, surely you can stay on top of your WordPress website’s sales – in-person and online. Whether it be a plugin or a separate system, modernizing your selling platform is quick and easy.

And with all of the latest advancements in selling (real-time analytics, instant checkout, inventory control, etc), there’s no reason to be stuck with anything but the most efficient method for your business.

For more information on online sales, check out our article on eCommerce gateways.

Once you have systems implemented, there is no stopping customers from shopping!

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The Top 6 WordPress SEO Plugins

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Which The Top 6 WordPress SEO Plugins? This question will come up sooner rather than later if you’re seeking to increase the traffic to your website.

The implementation of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a crucial stage in the success of your WordPress website. You can use it to make sure Google’s search algorithm can identify your website, understand what your content is about, and display it at the top of the search results.

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This might be difficult. Fortunately, you may get around that by using one of the many SEO plugins available for WordPress.

Here is a detailed explanation of the six finest ones and how they might support your SEO objectives.

1 – YOAST – THE BEST SEO PLUGIN FOR WORDPRESS OVERALL

The Top 6 WordPress SEO Plugins

First off, Yoast is among the top WordPress SEO plugins. It’s also one of the most widely used ones, with more than 5 million active instals. with justification.

A reliable all-in-one SEO tool is Yoast. It enables you to find your target keywords for each piece of content. Then it examines your content to make sure you have all the components required to rank for it.

Additionally, Yoast has a readability checker to guarantee that your text isn’t overly complex.

Additionally, you have the choice of adopting schema and creating a unique meta-description and URL.

That only applies to the free version. Internal linking suggestions, URL redirection, and more assistance for specialist SEO techniques like local and video SEO are all included in the paid version ($99/year).

2 – ALL IN ONE SEO

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The Top 6 WordPress SEO Plugins

All in One SEO is a great choice if you’re looking for a WordPress SEO plugin that’s user-friendly for beginners.

It offers you all the fundamental tools in a user-friendly layout. You can create sitemaps, edit page titles, redirect URLs, and add meta descriptions.

You may also access a variety of features if you upgrade to the premium plan, including more analytics and new sitemap, WooCommerce, and Google local business SEO modules. Costs begin at $99 a year.

3 – SEO PRESS

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Next up is SEO Press, which offers both a strong free version and a feature-rich pro version.

It covers all the fundamentals, including the ability to establish meta descriptions, target keywords, headings, and URLs, just like Yoast.

The emphasis on social media that SEO Press places on social media is one of its key selling features. In addition to allowing you to link your social media accounts, it makes use of Twitter Cards and Facebook Open Graph to increase shareability.

Choose the premium version ($49/year) to gain access to features like incorporating structured data, sophisticated redirection, and integrating Google Analytics.

4 – RANK MATH

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The Top 6 WordPress SEO Plugins

Trying to keep your spending in check? Then one of the greatest SEO plugins for WordPress for you might be Rank Math. This is due to the fact that it offers the most feature-rich free version.

It includes all the essentials. You may customise your schema, modify search result snippets, and integrate it with Google Search Console. Additionally, you may monitor how well your website is performing for your goal keywords, check the status of your Google index, add display conditions for schema, apply image SEO, and improve for local SEO.

The AI-based content help provided by Rank Math is another fascinating tool. As you compose your content, it assists with SEO optimization.

Additionally, you can alter Rank Math to fit your level of SEO expertise. Rank Math has you covered whether you’re a novice just getting the swing of things or a seasoned master who has to tinker with specific settings.

5 – WP META SEO

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The finest SEO Plugin for WordPress to meet your demands is WP Meta SEO if you have a large website and need to manage your SEO settings in bulk.

It functions essentially as a WordPress SEO manager. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, you may manage the meta titles and meta descriptions of all your content. This is a wonderful if you need to adjust the SEO settings on dozens (or hundreds!) of existing pages.

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Sitemap creation, bulk image optimization, and a broken link detector are further functions. Additionally, adding custom social sharing elements for Facebook and Twitter as well as Google Analytics tracking data is simple.

A duplicate meta checker, email reports, and integrations for WooCommerce and Google Business Local are also included at the pro level ($49 per year).

6 – SQUIRRLY SEO

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Finally, one lesser-known but no less solid all-round SEO choice is Squirrly SEO.

Apart from covering the basics – such as controlling meta descriptions and URLs – Squirrly comes with a fantastic live checker. This tool helps you make sure you tick all the essential SEO boxes as you create your content.

Plus, Squirrly offers a wide range of keyword research and tracking features, readability analysis, access to copyright-free images, and internal linking suggestions.

One standout feature of Squirrly is that it is essentially cloud-based. The first thing you have to do after installing the plugin is to create a Squirrly SEO account so that you can access the full power of their cloud-based AI.

Finally, another prominent feature of Squirrly is its audit option. This will generate a solid SEO report that highlights everything you’re doing right and everything you could do better.

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