SPO v1.8 update – Responsiveness Improved

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Hi SPO users,

Happy to see you in the new year! Since my last blog post, I’ve been upgrading SPO to make it more stable and responsive. As usual, here is the summary of the changes:

New

  1. Support Page (in-app and via admin link)
  2. TinyMCE html editor has been upgraded. It can support <script> tag. Other shopify apps may put some codes into your product / page content. Our editor can be compatible now.

Improved 

  1. App responsiveness in the listing page. Faster paging.

Fixed 

  1. Keyword search volume may not be able to display occasionally
  2. Review pop up cannot be disabled
  3. Admin link to edit collections & pages. You can directly “jump” from your product, collection, page & blog post detail page to SPO 

New Planning

Currently, we are planning for new done-for-you service packages or features:

  1. Keyword research and product content optimization
  2. Customized blog posts writing to boost SEO and good for social sharing
  3. bulk edit feature for SPO, probably editing link previews (requested by some users)

Please feel free to leave your comments here or email me. We’d be happy to hear from you!

Merry X’mas to all SPO users!

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Dear SPO users,

Thanks for your support in the year! Over the year, there are more users joining SPO. Hopefully, the growth will accelerate in the new year. We’ll continue to improve our service to serve you better.

What’re we up to?

2 weeks ago. We’ve added the support for Page. To be honest, I didn’t realize landing pages were useful for holiday promotions, therefore, I overlooked the part. Fortunately, I can add this part within a few days to support your before Christmas rush promotion campaigns.

Since some users are not satisfied with the performance of SPO, I am trying to upgrade our server & code base to make it faster.  But it takes tremendous efforts to review every part to make it work like the current version. Also, the code base is a bit old. I hope the first upgrade can be deployed before the end of 2019. After finishing this post, I will continue my work very soon.

What’s next in 2020?

First of all, I will try to fix the bugs remaining. For new features, I am considering bulk edit of link previews. If you wanna raise a feature request, feel free to leave a comment here, fill in our survey or simply drop me a mail.

Merry X’mas to all of you! Hope you’ll enjoy X’mas with our loved one! 🙂

SPO v1.7 update – Performance Improved

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Hi SPO users,

I’ve updated SPO again. This time I am more focused on performance improvement.

Changes:

  1. Collection and blog articles will be loaded on clicking the tab. The original design is loading together with products, store, and other information. In the new loading, page navigation will become faster
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  2. Commonly used variables will be loaded on our server instead of fetching from Shopify.
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  3. The page navigation at the bottom left-hand side is adjusted

While the changes may be a little technical for you to understand, please let me know if you find any issues or raise any improvements. Some users emailed me to report that the Facebook link preview section was not responsive and the submit button was not working. Unfortunately, I can’t duplicate the issue in my test app. Please let me know what information you inputted if you find the issue. I would be happy to fix it.

At the meantime, I am looking for a new problem to solve in Shopify. Feel free to ping me and I am happy to offer you to be my next forever-free users! 😉

SPO v1.6 update – Support Collections

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Dear SPO users,

Thanks for your continuous support for the last 2 years. Some of you may be asking for the support of Collections. I guess you may occasionally want to promote a whole product category instead of a single product. Hope the new feature is useful for your X’mas promotion!

Now, you can optimize your collections just like your products. While we have done basic testing to cover general use cases, it may still have glitches since this change has affected many existing functions. Please let us know if you find any issues. We’ll try to fix them asap.

If you like our App, please leave us a review on our Shopify App Store listing page! We’ll need your support in order to continuously improve the app.

Merry X’mas! Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved one! 🙂

Book a Skype session with Benny

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Since SPO launched at the end of 2016, we have been helping our Shopify store owners to solve problems regarding social marketing and SEO.

It’s time to do more for our valuable customers!

I decide to have a chat with you if you find any pains in SEO, social marketing or content marketing. I may not be able to help you solve your problems immediately. But I’ve been in the software business for 10 years. (If you are curious about my company or my professional background, take a look at SillyCube or my personal blog). I might probably solve your business problems before.

In my opinion, some of your problems may be more about the business instead of technical stuffs. If you are one of the SPO users, feel free to shoot me an email to book a timeslot. Though my normal work hour is GMT +8:00, 10:00 – 19:00 Mon – Fri, I will try to make it possible.

I can only be available in Dec 2018 since I will be quite busy in the new year.

p.s. If you’re a US user, please speak slower so that I can better understand your accent.

 

A known issue about the feature image of blog articles

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Recently, some users are reporting that there is an issue about blog articles.

We found that the featured image of the blog article would be gone when the focus keyword or meta description was updated for a blog article. After checking our code, we found that when the article was updated, the featured image would be cleared though we didn’t change it. We were not sure whether this issue was related to the Shopify API.

At the moment, we can’t find a fix for the issue. Users need to manually re-upload the featured image to the article.

We have submitted an inquiry to reach Shopify developer support here: https://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/shopify-apis-and-technology/t/article-featured-image-is-removed-when-i-update-article-title-and-body_html-with-api-544842

Please subscribe to the thread if you want to keep track of the issue.

SPO v1.5 update – Default Options

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Dear SPO users,

Thanks for your continuous support. Though we didn’t publish new feature update here for a long time, we’ve been fixing various bugs and adding enhancements at the backstage.

Here are some highlights of SPO changes:

  • New Features
    • In Setting, users can select to use the first or last product image as the default Facebook link preview for all products.
    • Twitter link preview is also supported
  •  Enhancements
    • The Facebook and Twitter link preview of products (the og:image tag) will use the actual image URL if you select “Add image by URL”
  • Bug fixes
    • Some users cannot install our app due to an error message “not in a plan”. The error is fixed
  • Deprecated
    • The campaign feature is deprecated as very few users are interested

If you like our App, please leave us a review on our Shopify App Store listing page! We’ll need your support in order to continuously improve the app.

Please let us know your opinions regarding the update. We would be happy to hear from you!

5 reasons why you should try GIMP to make simple marketing graphics

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Starting from the beginning, I was reluctant to use Photoshop to make my graphics. I still remembered Adobe CS4 was about US$1,500 in 2010. It’s so expensive that costed me almost 1 month of salary. (Yes, you could hire me very cheap at that time)

Read more 5 reasons why you should try GIMP to make simple marketing graphics

😃🙌 Your feedback is crucial to us. Please let us know your opinion!

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Since December 2016, SPO has launched to help Shopify store owners to improve SEO and Social Link Preview. For store owners, generating sales is always the most challenging task. Getting traffics and customer information will be the 2nd and 3rd challenges.

I would like to thank you for your support for the past 2 years, whether you are a free user or paid user. Running an online business is never an easy task. Our little software business is just like your online store. For us, the most challenging part will be developing a feature that you’ll find it useful.

So we would like to invite you to fill in an online survey for us. It will take around 3 min with several questions. Users who help us to finish the survey will be able to try new functions or products for free.

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Shopify App Marketing: The Ultimate Playbook By An Independent Shopify Partner (Update in March 2018)

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In the last 6 months, I have been looking for different ways to market my new Shopify App – SPO. If you are also a newbie in Shopify App business, I am sure you feel headache about how to let other people know your new baby.

Read more Shopify App Marketing: The Ultimate Playbook By An Independent Shopify Partner (Update in March 2018)