Blog post at Keep Up With The Web - Sherryl Perry : Last week, Matt Cutts got the blogging community in an uproar over whether or not guest blogging was dead. (It’s not.) ...In the past year, there has been a lot of controversy over whether or not the benefits of CommentLuv outweighs the cons. There’s no disputing the fact that do-follow links attract spam. I know several well respected bloggers (such as Ileane Smith), who have switched from CommentLuv to the Google+ commenting system.
Ileane Smith's insight:
Hi Sherryl, Wow this is a hot topic. Sometimes I think Matt Cutts likes to stir things up to get views to their YouTube channel. It's like a broken record repeating the same thing over and over again but no matter what people still keep asking the same questions. The issue of no-follow links is one that fits this mold.
I do like the benefit of linking to one of my blog posts, in the comment section but I don't think it really makes a difference if the link is do follow or not. There are very few high page rank blogs with do follow comments and they all have so many comments on them that the page rank that flows is tremendously diluted - to the point that I doubt if it even matter at all. The vast majority of do follow blogs have fewer comments but they don't have much page rank to flow to our blogs anyway.
So the bottom line is that as long as the site is reputable and the subject matter is related, the link still has some value, but in the grand scheme of things, commenting just for links is a waste of time. Bloggers need to think beyond links when it comes to commenting. Think more about conversations, relationship building, making connections, discoverability and those sorts of things - not links. That's the only way we'll ever be able to stop paying attention to those "repetitive" Matt Cutts videos.
I found another plugin called Anti Spam and at the moment it's doing a great job of keeping the spam to a minimum. This is a good one to recommend to anyone who doesn't use CLP.
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A few weeks ago I started experimenting with Pinterest. I got an idea to take "action" screenshots from popular videos to see if I would get more repins. Here's one I did from Katy Perry's Roar at around the 03:51 mark when she is painting an elephant's toenails:
It's one of the top 10 pins on my Fashion and Style Board right now. I'm starting to pin more screenshots from my own YouTube videos with the hope that I'll get better at making custom thumbnails for my vids.
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I’ve actually known about Ileane for many years and met her many moons ago at a conference – not sure if it was PodCamp or WordCamp. Either way, she continues to impress me with her knowledge of and dedication to blogging, podcasting and social media topics. There’s so much more I could say about Ileane, but I think her profiles speak for themselves. She a must follow! Website:http://basicblogtips.com/ Google+: - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IleaneSmith/posts
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Viral Content Buzz is one of my favorite social sharing platforms. I see an increase in the number of retweets and Facebook shares on every post I submit to the platform. One of the most significant areas for growth for my blog comes from the Pinterest traffic which can be tied directly back to the network.
I’m able to track the pins back to those shared by the members of VCB by using the Tailwindapp. I also love the quality and diversity of the content that is available for sharing on VCB and I highly recommend others to join us there.
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Ileane Smith's insight:
Ileane Smith's insight:
I’m not really big on monetization, although I do a little just to cover the costs of keeping the blog running. I use affiliate marketing with ClickBank products like SEOPressor and Facebook Timeline Slicer Pro and the rest is Google AdSense.
Most of the AdSense income is generated on my YouTube channel right now since I scaled back on using it so much on the blog. One strategy I’ve used successfully is to create YouTube video tutorials that help my audience understand how to use a product and what actual benefits they can expect.
I think this works well because most product developers concentrate on promoting their product’s benefits but often they fail to mention the pitfalls or demonstrate real-life outcomes. One last affiliate program I would like to mention is Blog Engage. I sold a couple of really big packages that made both me and Brian smile.
Google Plus images are your first call to action in your updates. Here's how you can create the perfect Google Plus image to drive traffic in social media...Here is what has always worked for me. There is a certain aspect of visualization that you should bring to the table when posting your updates on G+. It must be entertaining, attractive, and pull people in all at the same time. It must create a question in your follower so that they will begin to understand that the only way they’re going to find out more is if they expand the post and read more. The following is a Google Hangout that I did with Ileane Smith of BasicBlogTips on Visual Voltage and the Power of Images.