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Content Scrapers – How to Find Out Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It

Content Scrapers – How to Find Out Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

If you have been blogging for a while, chances are you are familiar with content scrapers. Content scrapers are websites that steal your content for their own blogs without your permission. Some content scrapers will just copy the content off of your blog, but most use automated software that takes the content from your RSS feed and posts your content to their site like it is a new post.


In this post, we are going to look at some potential link building benefits to content scrapers, how to find out what sites are scraping your content, and what you can do if you want to either benefit from the linking standpoint or have them take it down.


Linking Benefits of Content Scrapers


Last week, I was happy to see that I was listed in ProBlogger’s 20 Bloggers to Watch in 2012. Within 24 hours, I received a notification in my WordPress dashboard that a page on my blog had been linked to in the post on ProBlogger’s site.


Read more: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/content-scrapers/

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Drive More Traffic To your Blog by Submitting News and Articles

Drive More Traffic To your Blog by Submitting News and Articles | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

After several experiments and tries, I finally did a setup for a community news section on FamousBloggers.net that I am satisfied with. So, I think it’s a good time to share this on the blog and announce the new Community News section for bloggers.


Also, I will give you some information on how I created the news section in case you are interested in implementing it on your own blog, however I won’t get deep into technical stuff, but I will point you to the right direction.


What is a Community News?


If you don’t know what community news section is, then let me give you a quick view…


The Community News section is a way of sharing knowledge, basically you have a section dedicated to receive links submissions from the community and publish it on your own blog. It’s so close to the idea of social bookmarking sites, but the technique and tools are different.


Read the full article: http://bit.ly/Az9c1p 

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21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success

21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

You can read all the blogging advice in the world, but none of it matters unless you take action.


To set your blog up to be a massive success, you have to ruthlessly focus your efforts on things that work, and stop spending precious time on things that don’t.


Today I’m going to make it easier for you to take the action you need to take to make your blog better. All you have to do is set aside 10 or 15 or 60 minutes to tackle one of the 21 simple steps below.


The more you complete, the more progress you’ll make.


You’ve probably already completed some of these, but I guarantee you haven’t done all of them. If you have completed all of ‘em, please tell me in the comments. Better yet, share one of your own extra tips.

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12 Essential Tips for Revitalising Your Blog in 2012

12 Essential Tips for Revitalising Your Blog in 2012 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

As 2011 comes to a close, now is a better time than ever to evaluate your blog, its performance, and most importantly, what you can do to improve your blog in 2012!


A point I always like to drive home is that you will never find blogging success by turning into an “eternal student”, one who always consumes information but never creates or takes action.

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As I am in the process of taking a step back from my own blog to reevaluate what things I could do better, I wanted to present Problogger readers a list of actionable tips that they could act on right now to improve their blog for the new year.


So check this list out, bookmark it for later (or tweet it out to your fellow bloggers), and make sure you go through and see what quick actions you can take to improve your blog!

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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, January 3, 2012 3:24 AM
Hi Martin,
it is interesting article. I posted it yesterday.
Have a nice day!
Martin Gysler's comment, January 3, 2012 4:14 AM
Hi Giuseppe, Yes, a great post. Sometimes we have the same interests and sources as well... it is a proof that it is a quality article... :-) Cheers and a great day too!
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4 Key Criteria to Build Your Dream Blog

4 Key Criteria to Build Your Dream Blog | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Have you wanted to start a blog, a website or an online business, but you’re not sure where to begin? Are you already putting in the hard yards to build one or the other or both, but you’re not sure if it’s going where you want it to go?

 

Building blogs and online businesses is very exciting, but it’s a very challenging endeavor as well. Whilst the excitement helps, some days it’s never enough to prepare you for just what it takes to be successful, as always there’s so much to do...

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Chuck Bartok's comment, December 28, 2011 11:39 AM
Appreciate your curations. Have posted to our Network Blog Community.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 28, 2011 5:05 PM
Hi Tom, I'm glad you like it!
Martin Gysler's comment, December 28, 2011 5:06 PM
Hi Chuck, cool to hear that you like this post and that you share it with other people, great!
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Creating Blog Posts 101

Creating Blog Posts 101 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

A comprehensive article on the subject, "how to create a Blog post." It gives you the procedures to be adopted to produce structured and professional articles... an amazing post! [note: Martin Gysler]

 

Content

 

This is the most important part of you blog post because it’s what your visitors have come for, so if you want them to enjoy it and come back, you need to make sure it’s up to a good standard. Having amazing knowledge is one thing, but if you can’t manage to organize it in a way that is easily understandable to your readers, then it’s completely wasted.

 

Planning

 

Before you even open up your website, you need to get yourself some good fashion pen and paper and start taking notes. Even if you don’t know the exact title of your post, you should atleast know what it’s going to be about, so put that in a circle in the middle of the page and work out from there with a spider diagram...

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Tom George's comment, December 26, 2011 8:49 AM
Hey Martin,

I hope your holiday season is going great. Did you by chance see this yet http://www.curate.us
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Your “How-To” Post Will Fail If You Don’t Use These Techniques

Your “How-To” Post Will Fail If You Don’t Use These Techniques | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Gone are the days when you could write a simple “how-to” blog post and rank in the top search results. Why is that? Two very good reasons.

 

First, all of the general and highly-competitive posts like “how-to blog” or “how-to find a roommate” are already written.

 

The other reason is Google Panda. Remember Google’s update this past year that took down a lot of the content farms? That algorithm was designed to penalize short and shallow articles and reward high-quality content.

 

Now, I’ve got good news and bad news for you.

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Everything we know about the newly released WordPress 3.3

Everything we know about the newly released WordPress 3.3 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

With a new version of WordPress out and about, one might wonder just what’s new under the hood. Wonder no longer dear friend, because in this post I’m going to walk you through everything about WordPress 3.3 “Sonny” that we’re aware of. Before you know it you’ll be the coolest kid on your block.

 

You know, assuming relative coolness where you live is decided by how much you know about the latest version of WordPress. In which case you might already be the coolest kid there. So. Yeah.

 

The real fun starts after the jump.

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20 Do's & Don'ts for Better Social Media Marketing

20 Do's & Don'ts for Better Social Media Marketing | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

It is no longer a question of IF companies should execute a social media strategy. The question for most companies is HOW to best execute a meaningful and engaging approach that generates results. With so many social media marketing options available, marketers must also decide best practices and what tactics to avoid.

 

We all make mistakes as marketers and it’s important that we not only learn from those mistakes but share with others so that they can avoid them. I hope that the 20 Social Media Marketing Do’s and Don’ts that I’ve provided within this article not only entertain you but make you think about your current social media strategy...

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The Complete Bloggers Guide to Facebook Marketing

The Complete Bloggers Guide to Facebook Marketing | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

One Billion. That’s the number of users Facebook will hit in a matter of months – if not sooner. The powerhouse network continues to climb.


Did you know that two billion posts are Liked and commented on each day and, on average, Facebook users spend over 700 BILLION minutes a month on Facebook? There’s no doubt your ideal audience is on Facebook right now.

 

The key is to figure out how Facebook’s mega population can help you position your blog as the leading source in your industry while helping you increase your overall traffic and leads.

 

When it comes to Facebook marketing, you’ve got to have a plan. If you go at it without a strategy, your Facebook efforts could quickly become a huge waste of time...

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Martin Gysler's comment, December 6, 2011 1:42 PM
It's done, I subscribed as "martingysler". I have not set the connections yet, but I'll do it soon. Cheers and thanks for the advice.
manju chandra's comment, December 7, 2011 1:33 AM
Facebook is the best top one Social networking site .............
Martin Gysler's comment, December 7, 2011 8:13 AM
Yes, manju, you're probably right :)
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Google’s Updates and the Effects on Blogging in 2012

Google’s Updates and the Effects on Blogging in 2012 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

One of the best ways to plan for online success in the coming year is too look back at many of the algorithm changes that Google has made and the effects they will have on blogging in 2012. This year has seen well over 500 algorithm modifications, primarily coming from the Panda and Freshness updates. During this period of time, Matt Cutts and fellow Google folk did their best to help a lot of webmasters understand the implications of the various patches and updates that they have uploaded.

 

But quite frankly, many small internet marketers and niche websites got hit pretty badly. After Google’s Panda updates were first applied, many bloggers lost thousands of visitors per month and often dropped out of first page results that had netted them steady organic traffic. This is not something you want to be caught up in again, so make sure your blog is getting the time and effort it needs to boast user worthy content and see increased traffic from Google next year.

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10 Steps to a Successful Social Media Marketing Strategy

10 Steps to a Successful Social Media Marketing Strategy | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Creating a social media marketing strategy for a blog or a business can be simple or it can be complex.

 

A personal blogger isn’t going to perform a SWOT analysis or dive into detailed market research and create piles of spreadsheets and documents so large that you can’t jump over them.

 

A social media marketing strategy can be three simple steps.

 

1. See – What is today’s situation
2. Think – Define goals and objectives
3. Draw – Map a route to achieving the goals

 

Using these elements as a template maybe all you need to to create a social media marketing strategy...

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8 Tips For Making The Most Of Your RSS Feed

8 Tips For Making The Most Of Your RSS Feed | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

I’m on a FeedBurner roll at the moment. Yesterday I showed you how you can tweet out new posts using FeedBurner. And today I thought it would be good to run through all of the useful settings that FeedBurner has to offer. If you’re not a FeedBurner user (hint: you really should be), I’m afraid that the majority of this article is not for you.

 

It took me rather a long time to realize that there is a lot more to FeedBurner than meets the eye. I would typically register a blog with the service and move on with my day. But it’s worth spending a few minutes on your options.


Before you make a start on the tips below, make sure that you have followed the step by step FeedBurner signup process I laid out in this post...

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The 14 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO for 2012

The 14 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO for 2012 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

The New Year is a great time to either start a brand new blog or revamp your exiting website. One of the ways to improve your blog in 2012 is by using plugins that make it more social media optimized and SEO friendly.


Having the right plugins can give you an edge over other blogs and can also assist you in gaining the extra functionality you need for your WordPress-powered site, especially if social media is an important part of your marketing strategy. Let’s have a look at the top plugins that I recommend you utilize in 2012. There’s a few new plugins in the mix together with several plugins that I recommended in my Best 2011 WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO that you’ll want to reference if you haven’t done so.


Social Media WordPress Plugins for 2012


There are many ways to utilize the power of social media to help spread the word about your blog posts. The 3 essential types of plugins you need to have here that I cover below are social sharing, social commenting, and integrating Twitter:


Read more: http://windmillnetworking.com/2012/01/10/best-wordpress-plugins-social-media-seo-2012/

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TuristicaCO's comment, January 17, 2012 10:03 AM
nice Thnaks
Martin Gysler's comment, January 18, 2012 10:19 AM
Thank you Chuck and your welcome Lino :-)
Martin Gysler's comment, January 18, 2012 10:19 AM
You're welcome TuristicaCO :-)
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How To Fix Duplicate Content Penalties

How To Fix Duplicate Content Penalties | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

The issue of duplicate content is a rather contentious one in the world of Search-Engine Optimization. There were for many years – and perhaps still to this day – myths floating round about duplicate content penalties.


Essentially, folks were told that if they produced duplicate content then they would be punished, and many thought that this meant you could not syndicate content, or post the same article on your site and another. Personally I think this was a ploy by Google to deter potential spammers.


You see, back when search engines first started to become popular, it was easy to rank in the top spots for your keywords by stuffing your website full of keywords. The black hat community used the same article on multiple pages and the search engines gave them good rankings. Thankfully, the algorithms are much more sophisticated these days and so are the users...

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How to Make Your Blog Stand Out in a Crowded Niche without Guest Posting

How to Make Your Blog Stand Out in a Crowded Niche without Guest Posting | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

I’ve been a long time blogger, and believe me, I both know and appreciate the amazing power of a good guest post for bringing in intelligent and interested readers.


The thing is, since I often blog outside of the blogging/marketing/writing topics, I know (as you might) how hard it is to utilize guest posting for certain topics.


I had this exact problem with my electronic music blog Sophistefunk, which I entered into the Million Dollar Blog Contest ran here on ThinkTraffic.


My guest posting problem was really evident with this niche: music blogs almost never accept guest posts, because their “articles” are really just posts with media (audio & video), so there really is no need to have another author write for you.


Despite this, I wanted to accomplish what every blogger sets out to do: run a successful site based on my interests...

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Starting A Blog in 2012? Avoid These 7 New Blogger Blunders

Starting A Blog in 2012? Avoid These 7 New Blogger Blunders | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Are you thinking of starting a blog in 2012, or making significant changes to your old one?

 

One thing that you should always be 100% clear on is your purpose of writing. Is it to start a personal blog where you don’t really care if you have a total readership of 9 or is it to have a blog that you want to monetize at some point.

 

If you belong to the former camp, then do as you please, and skip this post. If not, read on.

 

1. Making Your Blog All About You

 

Your blog is not an online journal. Although it might feel like the perfect place to let everything out, be careful about what you write. Especially, when you have aims of making money from it.

 

Many people get offended at this advice. They indignantly retort that they are writing for their friends and family only. If that is your intent – and it is perfectly fine – go ahead but keep this in mind it would be fairly hard if not impossible to reach wider audiences with a personal blog...

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Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2011 8:10 AM
Thanks Tom! I'll publish it on IB if you have not done... have you?
Tom George's comment, December 30, 2011 8:56 AM
Yeah I did publish it on IB, but I will leave the next one for you :-) traffic is up and good things are starting to happen, so I hope to see you there soon. It's going to be a fantastic 2012. Let's get ready for a great new year!
Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2011 12:06 PM
OK, great! Yes, I'm sure 2012 will be amazing and successful :-)
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What I Wish I Knew The First Year of Blogging: Part II

What I Wish I Knew The First Year of Blogging: Part II | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
I hope you enjoyed part one of what I learned the first year.

 

The original post was packed with so much information that I had to break it down into two parts or otherwise risk being labeled as verbose as Nitty.

 

The following are the remainder of the tips I learned the first year of blogging.

 

Take action. Do a little bit everyday.

 

It is easy to get caught up in reading, learning and planning on the internet. Plan away but if you don’t take action then you will get nowhere. If you don’t know where to start, then break your blog down into baby steps.

 

Take a week to map out your niche, then the next to map out what you want to include in your site? The following to come up with a logo and tagline and so on. You may need less than a week for each task.

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Boost Your Likes by Creating a Facebook Giveaway Using WordPress

Boost Your Likes by Creating a Facebook Giveaway Using WordPress | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

As a lot of you know that we recently launched a new site List25 last month. We have been doing a lot of social media promotions for it, and in one month you can see that the site’s facebook like count is already surpassing 27,000. Yes that is pretty insane. One of the things we did to give this site a boost start on facebook was creating a facebook giveaway campaign. For which you see the ad in the sidebar of WPBeginner. In this article, we will show you how you can boost your likes by creating a facebook giveaway campaign using WordPress. This will get very interesting in terms of results, so read along.

 

Note: Intermediate level of technical know how of WordPress and CSS is required for this tutorial. We tried to make it as clear as possible for everyone to follow.

 

How does this Giveaway work?

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The Top 50 SEO Blogs to Watch in 2012

The Top 50 SEO Blogs to Watch in 2012 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

The world of search has changed dramatically over the past year. Google introduced its Panda update which killed off a lot of websites. Social signals are playing a more important role in your rankings and how fast your website loads is also becoming more important.

 

What’s going to happen in 2012?

 

Here are the top 50 experts who will tell you want you need to know! If you are concerned about where your website ranks then you should definitely add these bloggers to your must-read list. Enjoy!

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11 Uncommon Blog Post Ideas for More Web Traffic

11 Uncommon Blog Post Ideas for More Web Traffic | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

A really great blog post can bring a flood of visitors to your website when people who read your post share it with the world.

 

The best way to create a potentially viral blog post is to experiment with lots of different types of blog posts and to observe what has worked for other blogs.

 

Below I’m going to share 11 blog post ideas you can use to get more traffic. These ideas each came by examining popular posts from some of my favorite blogs. These posts became some of the most popular posts on some incredibly popular blogs. There’s no guarantee they’ll work the same for you, but try several of them and you might just make a breakthrough...

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9 Steps to Compelling Contagious Content for Your Social Media Marketing

9 Steps to Compelling Contagious Content for Your Social Media Marketing | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Why do you turn on the television? Why do you open a magazine? Why do you read the newspaper, whether it is online or folded and crumpled on your coffee table?

 

We want to be entertained, amused and educated and the reason you open the laptop, turn on the tablet or browse on the mobile, is that we are seeking information and it is called content.

 

Google earns $30 billion a year indexing and helping you find information and content. In an information age, creating content should become the focus of your marketing, whether it is for the consumer or for business...

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4 Post Headlines that are Guaranteed to Get Readers Excited

4 Post Headlines that are Guaranteed to Get Readers Excited | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

So, your content marketing and blogging efforts are falling flat on their face, are they? Your posts must be terrible. They aren’t getting shared or read by anyone, so they must be garbage…


Or maybe you just don’t know how to catch people’s attention.

 

When it comes to creating highly popular, viral posts for marketing and blog promotion purposes, we all know that the cornerstone is amazing content and excellent information. We also all know the importance of getting traffic to our blogs in order to convert people over to subscribers and potential customers. That’s nothing new.

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But did you know that there are four ways to change your posts on-site to further fuel the viral fire?

 

Most likely, you are already writing awesome posts, and the only reason that they aren’t getting read is because nobody is enticed enough to click through.

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The Right-brain Thinker’s Guide to Beating Blogger’s Block

The Right-brain Thinker’s Guide to Beating Blogger’s Block | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

In his 2009 book A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink explained that the new world of business is a great place to be a right-brain thinker. Right-brain thinkers are the creators and the empathizers. If you’re a blogger, you are probably a right-brained thinker … and you probably deal with blogger’s block on occasion.


What is blogger’s block? It’s what happens to all bloggers as they try to crank out new, original posts day after day: they eventually run out of ideas. Ever struggle with that?

 

However, have you ever thought about using your very own creative quirks to generate blog post ideas? Following is a list of qualities that right-brain thinkers have and tips on how you can use these qualities to break those moments of blogger’s block and kick out some great blog posts...

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7 Ways to Use Slideshare to Get More Blog Traffic

7 Ways to Use Slideshare to Get More Blog Traffic | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Wow, looks like Slideshare is stepping up to the big leagues.

 

Today, I perused a nifty infographic that tallies up some impressive stats for the powerpoint hub.

 

- One of the Top 150 sites on the web
- 60 million visitors a month
- 3 Billion slide views a month

 

It seems that Slideshare has gone and done the impossible – turned the powerpoint deck into a content marketing darling.

 

Go figure.

 

Normally, I would Evernote this info and go on about my business but something sparkly caught my eye…

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