How to use forms to gather information on WordPress


People have paid me good money to do exactly what I’m about to show you how to do … for free. Of course if you don’t have time you can still pay me money – or if you want it done right. Just kidding, I’m sure all of the readers here are highly skilled (tech savvy they call it in the real estate biz) and fully capable of doing it on you own. Seriously.

It’s not rocket science!

If you have WordPress you can do this yourself in just about 8 to 10 minutes after watching the video. There is a slight learning curve but it’s really just about as simple as creating your first Word document was. The plugin we are going to be looking at can be installed through your Dashboard and is called Contact Forms 7.

There is also an extension to Contact Forms 7 we are going to use called Contact Form 7 to Database. Go ahead and install both of those before watching the short video and you will be up and flying in no time. And, as always, if you can’t or don’t want to do it yourself, hire me!

There are several ways to accomplish everything I show you how to do here so if you want to recommend another for the readers please feel free.

How to track Twitter conversations between 2 people

The other day I needed to find an exact tweet in a short exchange between the Atlanta Falcon’s social media manager and I. Since I had failed to favorite the tweet I needed, expecting the other party to have responded earlier, I was left to use searching and scrolling and other messy approaches.

Then I remembered Bettween, a service I had used a few months ago. It is possible I learned about Bettween from Laura Fitton or from and you can always find great Twitter tools there as well.

Bettween is a free service that allows you to enter two Twitter handles and track the conversation between those people. In fact you may even create a custom widget to embed in your blog or website with an ongoing live stream based on your search results. (I did not cover this in the video but the image to the right is the results from the second search I did in the video.)

Using the system is very straight forward. Results may take some time to compile so be patient. In fact the search I did between Megan Berry and DKNY did not complete until about 4 minutes after I had completed the video.

There are definitely other ways to do this but this is just a quick look at one method. Feel free to leave others in the comments section and let others know about what you have found. Perhaps there are better ways or just other ways – either way – we want to know about them!

How to exclude yourself from Google analytics

When you have a website that is receiving only a couple of hundred “visits” per day and you account for 20 of those you are going to greatly skew your Google analytics results. Excluding yourself from being counted in the stats is really quite simple and can be easily accomplished by using the filter tool inside your Google analytics account.

The following video will show you how to easily exclude your own visits from your Google analytics.

The problem with not excluding your own activity from your Google analytics results is that if you account for 10% or even more of your site traffic, and many of you do, your results are going to be in error by 10% or more. It will affect your time on site, pages viewed, bounce rate, and other statistics as well.

You can accomplish this task in less than 4 minutes even if you have never done it before. Once you create your new filter it can easily be applied to all of your sites linked with that same account.

Blogroll and links on WordPress Tutorial

Sure it’s simple if you have used WordPress before. For new users of WordPress, however, understanding that “blogroll” widget can be a little confusing at first. This is a very simple tutorial on how to use the links / blogroll feature and widget in your WordPress. This tutorial was done in WordPess 3.1


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Contact Form 7 for WordPress Tutorial

There are a few “forms” plugins available for WordPress. This short tutorial is on one of my favorite, Contact Form 7, and the database plugin which extends it.

Contact Form 7 may be downloaded from the administration plugin panel or from the WordPress library. The database extension for Contact Form 7 may be downloaded from the WordPress plugin library as well.