Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Blogging Bad Habits, they are easy to fall into, believe me!
It seems that these days pretty much every business these days has a blog, but that doesn’t mean everyone is doing it the right way, If you’ve just decided to start a new blog for your business or you have been blogging for a long time, I have some tips that you may find interesting.
Something u may find interesting as well: 7 Blunders to avoid when starting your own blog in 2012
HubSpot “has found that companies that blog generate 55% more website visitors, 97% more inbound links, and have 434% more indexed pages than companies that don’t. Even if you’re posting once a week, you may not have leveraged the full power of content creation for your small business brand”.
1. Not Posting Consistently
Having a great idea for a blog is one thing, spending 1-2 days a week putting together lengthy articles is another, it is time consuming, but keep in mind it can be very rewarding. Before you launch your blog, decide how often you'll be able to blog, keep it fresh, you will want people to have a reason to come back to read what you have posted. A good idea is to write a few articles ahead of time so you have backup postings for the times when the kids got ya busy, or the husband/wife wants your attention. I get into more detail about this in my article: Small Business Blog, Where to Begin Pt.2
2. Thinking Your Blog Is A Good Promotional Tool
Your blog shouldn’t be a Billboard! think about you, when you read blogs, if your looking for some useful information on a topic, you don’t want to be flooded with advertisements, post articles that reflect what you like, that’s related to your specific business, Have fun with it, sure you can advertise your business but do it in a tactful way, for example, I Run a computer consulting company, I like to blog about helpful items related to the internet or computers, I can offer this resource to my customers, present and potential as a useful source of information, this gives me a link to my potential clients, but doesn’t make them feel like I am pushing my services at them.
3. Not Interacting With Your Readers
your blog isn't a static web page, its not a simple press release, its actually a great way for you to interact with your customers and potential clients, you will get comments and questions to your blog postings, be sure to respond to these in a complete and polite way, be informative and offer help, these tips will help you gain a interactive platform that people will enjoy returning to and contributing to. If you want to encourage this, be sure to make it easy for your readers to comment on your posting, For example I have a easy form at the bottom of all my posts, that you can respond to. (Shameless Request: feel free!!)
4.Not Listening To your Readers
Not sure what kind of content appeals to your audience the most? It’s not a mystery: Your blog analytics can provide valuable insight into what types of posts are resonating with readers.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
How To Get Traffic From Reddit Without Getting Blacklisted!
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Friday, January 25, 2013
- Facebook Cuts Off Friend-Finding Access to Vine, Twitter's New Video App
- Twitter Launches Video Sharing Service 'VINE'
- Facebook stops Twitter users contacting friends with new Vine app
- Facebook stops Twitter users using new Vine video app to contact friends
- Twitter launches video app Vine
- Twitter Launches Vine Video-Sharing Service For iPhone
A German federal court this week ruled that consumers have the right to monetary compensation whenever their internet service is interrupted. In what German media outlets are calling a "landmark" ruling, a judge at the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe determined that the internet is an "essential" part of life, echoing similar decisions from courts in France and Finland.
The ruling, issued Thursday, came in response to a complaint filed by a citizen who was unable to use his DSL internet connection for two months between late 2008 and early 2009. The plaintiff's provider had already provided compensation for the interruption in landline and fax services, but the man claimed that it wasn't enough, arguing that he should be compensated for the loss of internet service, as well.
THE INTERNET AS BASIC HUMAN RIGHT
Germany's highest court agreed, claiming that the internet's value to that of a car. "The Internet plays a very important role today and affects the private life of an individual in very decisive ways," the court said. "Therefore loss of use of the Internet is comparable to the loss of use of a car."
Germany isn't the first country to declare the internet as a fundamental part of civilian life. In 2009, France's Constitutional Council ruled that internet access is a basic human right, undermining the country's controversial HADOPI anti-piracy law. Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications adopted a similar stance later that year, when it announced plans to provide every citizen with a 100Mb broadband connection by the year 2015 — something the country described as a legal right.
and our 2 Part Series:
THE INTERNET AS BASIC HUMAN RIGHT
Thursday, January 24, 2013
They say a photo is worth a thousand words and a video is worth a lot more. By that math, six seconds of video should be worth a whole lot more than 140 characters of text or a Tweet.
And that seems to be the point of Vine, an app launched by Twitter today that allows you to add short video Clips to your tweets. The app, which as of now is available only for the iPhone, is really simple to use and works a lot like Instagram. (Many have been calling it the Instagram of video.)
Sign in with your Twitter account or via email, hit the video camera button and press down on the viewfinder to record video. Release your finger and the recording stops, so you can easily move to record something else, but you only have six seconds of space (or tape).
Watch your video and then share it with others on the service. There are options to then share it on Twitter and Facebook too.
The Twitter tie-in is the big one though. When you tweet from Vine it embeds your looped video — or what looks like an animated GIF — right in your tweet.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013