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5 Ways to Handle Blog Comments Like a Pro

5 Ways to Handle Blog Comments Like a Pro | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
When I take blogging workshops I often get asked: Isn’t it a nuisance getting comments from people? Do I have to bother replying to my blog comments? How do I deal with spam comments?

 

Did you know that people who leave mean comments on blogs are called trolls? It’s an image that suits them.

 

But there’s still so much misunderstanding around social media some people don’t know what a blogger is, let alone a troll. Others don’t know the difference between a blog post and a comment.

 

My local paper recently wrote an article about how someone had been slammed by bloggers.

 

When I went to look at the site they mentioned it wasn’t the blog post which was critical, it was the commenters. They really let rip. But since none of those commenters provided a link to their blog, or even left a proper name, they weren’t bloggers, just trolls...

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3 Ways to Reduce Bounce Rates and Increase Conversions

3 Ways to Reduce Bounce Rates and Increase Conversions | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

One of the many tough obstacles that newer bloggers have to deal with is the fact that many of their visitors, which they work very hard to get, will often “bounce” away from their pages—they’ll immediately leave the blog after landing on the homepage.

 

This “bounce rate” can have a drastic effect on your blog’s success at any stage, but especially in the beginning. It’s very important to be able to keep the interest of your earliest visitors in order to build the loyal following that’s the essential foundation of any great blog.

 

So, what can you do to keep people around your blog long enough to explore its great content?...

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5 Essential WordPress Plugins For Comments

5 Essential WordPress Plugins For Comments | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

One of the best things about using the self-hosted version of the WordPress platform (i.e. not WordPress.com) is the plugins. Sure you get great functionality with the base system, but you can enhance it using plugins, and the comment system – the heart of the community of your blog – is not excluded from enhancement.

 

We believe as site owner, we’re constantly bugged by the spam comments which not only overwhelm your blog, but making it looks very annoying and unprofessional. That’s why the comment plugins are created, and we are here to showcase you some of the most commonly used plugins for managing WordPress comments, plus some tips on how to use them to benefit both the site owner and the commenters.

 

So congrats, the spammers will hate you as never before, and you’ll also have more useful features for your precious commenters!...

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Building Blogs is Like Building Muscles

Building Blogs is Like Building Muscles | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

The idea for the video came out of the a Skype chat session I had with five readers who all worked through the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook together. Their feedback was that they felt like they’d all signed up to the gym together and had just had a month of intense training. In each case, their blogs had grown (both in terms of content and traffic), and they’d come to the realization that daily blogging exercise was what had led to the results.


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Hi. It’s Darren from ProBlogger here. Today I want to talk about a principle of blogging that I think most people understand but many bloggers I come across don’t actually do anything with that knowledge. And that is this: a blog is like a muscle, it only grows when you use it...


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9 Marketing Lessons From Triberr

9 Marketing Lessons From Triberr | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
Eugene Farber talks about Triberr and the why’s of its success, turning them into marketing lessons for the rest of us.

 

Few tools, platforms or communities have gotten as much coverage (and sometimes criticism) in the blogosphere of late as Triberr has. The platform/community has grown rapidly. And when you get so many people on each side of the fence, you know you’re doing something right.

 

So what did Dino Dogan, the marketing brains behind Triberr, do to assure its success? Here are nine marketing lessons I pulled out of Triberr’s rise:

 

1. Be Useful

First and foremost, you have to be useful. No matter how good your marketing is, no matter how many people you know, if you’re putting out a crappy product that is of no use, you won’t grow...

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Have You Hit a Wall? Get Over it With Guest Blogging

Have You Hit a Wall? Get Over it With Guest Blogging | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
If I have done one thing right with blogging it has been guest posting. Guest blogging has helped me get published on some of the best blogs on the internet and grow my blogs faster than anything else.

 

Do you ever feel like you’ve hit a wall?

 

It happens to all of us. To begin with when you start a new blog everything takes off. You’re totally into it, you work your butt off and, because you’re starting from nothing, you make progress fast.

 

But then, as time goes by, growth starts to tail off. You’re still doing fine but your progress has slowed down. Right down.

 

Most of the time I feel like I’m doing well maintaining and growing both my blogs...

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5 ways to protect your work online

5 ways to protect your work online | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Anyone who shares their work online knows there’s a risk they’re taking. Photographs are constantly ripped off, articles plagiarized, and even code is often stolen. Despite those risks, there is something to be said for having an instant audience online.

 

Rather than just leave your work out there to be stolen, there are certain precautions you can take to prove ownership, ensure that your work is properly credited, and more. We’ve put together a list of five very different methods, which will enable you to choose the one that is right for you and the nature of your work.

 

If you want to find out if your work has been used without your permission online, there are a few sites that can help you out. TinEye is a great way for photographers to find where their images have been posted, while bloggers can use a site like Copyscape...

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7 Tips to Increase Your Blog Comments

7 Tips to Increase Your Blog Comments | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Does your blog put out a welcome mat for comments? Would you like more interaction on your blog?

 

There are lots of blogs today, which means that people have many places where they can go to learn new things.

 

If you don’t make people feel welcome, they may read and dash without leaving a comment.

 

Here are 7 ways you can encourage your readers to leave comments.

 

Tip #1: Check your blog comments settings

 

Do you make it easy for someone to leave a comment?

 

That might sound like a crazy question until you look closely at the comments settings available in the two most popular blogging platforms, WordPress and Blogger. Both platforms give you options for limiting who can post comments on your blog without really explaining the impact of your choices...


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3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Old Blog Posts

3 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Old Blog Posts | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

I’ve never considered myself a very good writer, at least not well rounded writer. I don’t do well with long form content and I don’t follow rules very well. I was pretty good at writing poetry (or at least my professor told me I was). I think this was because I’m better at short form writing than long form and poetry doesn’t really have rules. Any “rules” that do exist can be broken if it makes the poem better. I think this is why I like blogging. It’s short form and there aren’t any real rules, at least not any that can’t be broken.

 

I once asked a visiting author to one of my poetry writing classes how he knew when a poem was done. He made a really interesting comment. He said that a poem is never done, you just get to a point where you feel comfortable publishing that version. Many poets will publish multiple versions of the same poem over the course of their life...

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Why Are More And More Marketers Paying For Blog Posts And Tweets?

Why Are More And More Marketers Paying For Blog Posts And Tweets? | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Simply put: because it's working.

 

As usual, eMarketer comes out with some new data that will - more than likely - rattle some cages (mine included!). From the news item, How Valuable Are Social Media Sponsorships?, published yesterday: "In Q2 2011, social media advertising company IZEA surveyed marketers and publishers about their preferences for such practices and the value they place on certain sponsorships. The survey found that 48.8% of marketers have used a sponsored blog post, while 32.5% said they would use it, and 39.4% have sponsored a tweet, while 35.6% said they would use that social media sponsorship. Additionally, only 23.2% have sponsored an online video, but 50.2% said they would use such a social media sponsorship."

 

What's easier: to start a Blog and build an audience or to buy your way into an existing/popular one?...

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4 Tips for Developing a Blog Comment Policy

4 Tips for Developing a Blog Comment Policy | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
So how can you deal with the potential trolls that might disrupt your comment section? Well since there’s no way to eradicate the behavior, do the one thing you can do: get started with a solid blog comment policy.

 

If you’ve spent much in social media, you’ve probably been warned not to “feed the trolls.”

 

Trolls, as Wikipedia will tell you, are defined as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”...

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Is Your Content Worth Stealing?

Is Your Content Worth Stealing? | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

hope you steal this blog post.

 

There won’t be an alarm that goes off. The Feds won’t come to get you, and no one will probably ever know that you did. It’s not a trick, it’s not a trap, and it’s not a lure.

 

I actually want you to. Because that means I’ve done my job.

 

The Question and Answer Economy

 

Your audience has a series of ongoing questions that they must answer in order to do their job. Taking in to consideration what their problems may be can help formulate the types of solutions your readers might want to borrow from you.

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51 Ways to Explode Your Blog's Awesomeness

51 Ways to Explode Your Blog's Awesomeness | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

How do you create an awesome blog?
Great content is the cornerstone, of course.
But once you’ve got great content, then it’s all the little things here and there that add up to explode into awesomeness!


Here’s my list of 51 ways to make your blog more awesome.

 

I’ve linked some of them to previous blog posts where I explained how to do things, to other resources, or the plugins or themes I’ve mentioned...

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How to be a Wordpress Blog Designer that Makes Money

How to be a Wordpress Blog Designer that Makes Money | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

A large number of web individuals like to blog presently. Perhaps the main reason for this is that blogs allow anyone to talk about their stories, establish their image on the online world and also get a blog income source. Even companies began to publishing a blog, they’ve learned that blogging would be a productive marketing method to grab additional purchasers on the web. Thus, blogging is no doubt an extremely vital aspect on the online world.

 

WordPress is definitely a first class platform for managing a blog. Any blogger is going to have to opt for a WordPress layout for their blog site. Quality blog template is most wanted by bloggers. They will want their template to be different, therefore they might spend to purchase an excellent WordPress template. Hence, in the event that WordPress blog design is a task in which you happen to be good on, then you may give a consideration on marketing your WordPress layout creation service to generate profits.

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100 Resources for Writers

100 Resources for Writers | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
In compiling this list of writer's resources, my goal is to provide you with a starting point for online exploration.

 

Before you get started, a few notes on the links. First of all, I don’t necessarily use or outright endorse all of these resources myself. Thing is, in compiling this list I started thinking, “Who am I to judge what is helpful for other writers?” My goal is to provide you with a starting point for online exploration, not tell you what to do. So if you hate some of this stuff? Fine, not my fault! If you love it? I take full credit!

 

There really is a lot of stuff here. I recommend bookmarking this page. Come back any time to browse, because it took me days to compile and it’s not going anywhere...

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Top WordPress Plugins To Boost Reader Engagement

Top WordPress Plugins To Boost Reader Engagement | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

The very survival of any blog lies in the hands of its readership. No readership, no blog; I am sure we can all agree on that.


There are numerous ways you can cultivate an active community around your blog that goes way beyond simple traffic generation.

 

After all, who wants the kind of traffic that comes and leaves to never come back, right?

 

Our ultimate goal should always be to make sure that our blog is sticky enough to turn the first-time visitors into fans and loyal readers and that’s what I’d like to talk about today – how to get them to stay, read our fabulous content, and share it with others.

 

I get asked on a daily basis what all those fabulous social engagement plugins I use on Traffic Generation Cafe are.

 

All the plugins we will be talking about today have been designed with one goal in mind: to keep your readers interested and to get them to share your content within their social networks.

 

I suppose that’s two goals then… Let’s dive in...

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7 Tips for Creating Posts That Will Spread on Social Media

7 Tips for Creating Posts That Will Spread on Social Media | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Last week, I wrote about the process of how I create a blog post from idea to promotion. Today, we’re going to focus in on what it takes for a post to achieve one specific goal: getting lots of shares on social media. If you want a post that is going to spread like wildfire, you have to consider the following when creating your content to ensure that your post will be given extra social media love.

 

1. Write something that everyone can follow.

Your first goal in creating a post that has the potential to go viral on social media is to make the content easily consumable by the largest audience possible. This means you need to cater to beginners, intermediate, and advanced level readers in your industry – all in the same post!...

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Is Your Blog Spiraling Into An Echo Chamber?

Is Your Blog Spiraling Into An Echo Chamber? | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Blogging is all about connecting with people and continually making networks of folks who read and comment. Most blog tip sites constantly tell you to “use Twitter or Facebook” to reach the masses.

 

But the truth is a lot of bloggers hit the big time in their circle of contacts and think they’ve made it as big as they ever will get. Then they give up their dreams of glory because of all the work it takes, and the blog dies by a thousand little cuts.

 

The Echo Chamber

The truth of this whole vicious cycle is that you begin to rot as a blogger when you hit the edge of your echo chamber. It is akin to the well-known ‘plateau’ of the constant dieter which after months of frustration becomes the new base for that extra 20 pound rebound...

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Become a Content Curation King

Become a Content Curation King | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

I posted this a few weeks ago, I'm sure not everyone saw it and it is definitely worth posting again. Lots of information and strategy.

 

Nine ways to make curation work for your brand.

 

Become a Content Curation King

 

Sean Carton | August 29, 2011

 

"Curation" is a buzzword (even if it isn't technically a word…unless you count the 14th century French definition meaning "to cure") that's smokin' up the interwebs these days. Launching into the blogosphere virtually from nowhere in 2009, it's now one of those terms that's essential to any digital marketer on the cutting edge (or for anyone who wants to sound like one).

 

Curation has now come to mean the act of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a coherent way, organized around a specific topic(s). However, unlike automated services (such as Google News), the essential difference of curation is that there's a human being doing the sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing. Just as a museum curator must decide which artifacts to display during an exhibition, an online curator decides what information available online is appropriate and relevant to her audience.

 

Making curation work for your brand is a lot easier said than done. As countless would-be content curation kings (and queens) have found out, just gathering a lot of links together doesn't guarantee anything except that you'll spend a lot of time curating links. You need to commit resources to both curation and promotion if you're going to be successful. And that's just the first step. To truly succeed as a curator, you need to think like a curator (not just an aggregator) and keep the following in mind:...


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10 Ways to Turn Your Blog into a Lead-Generation Machine

10 Ways to Turn Your Blog into a Lead-Generation Machine | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Sometimes when I hear companies talking about creating a "machine" for their lead-generation efforts, I think about Dr. Seuss. Specifically, I think about all the fantastical and imaginative machines he created in his 46 children's books--like the Super-Axe-Hacker, the Utterly Sputter and (my favorite) the Eight-Nozzled Elephant-Toted Boom Blitz, a mighty machine that rapidly fires explosive sour-cherry stones.

 

Of course in real life, businesses can't flip the switch on a Triple-Sling Jigger to instantly produce prospects. But what if you could create a kind of machine for lead generation on your own company blog, allowing it to help you continuously fill that sales funnel?

 

Blogs are a great way to increase your digital presence, making you more visible and "findable" via Google, Bing and the like. They can also be a great way to generate leads. Your blog can function as a kind of triage for your sales team, fielding and answering questions organically via the content you produce there. However, it can perform that function only if you effectively create momentum with visitors who are likely to buy, turning them from mere passersby into something more...

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The 7 Cs of Business Communication: Make Your Posts Shareworthy Every Time | Problogger

The 7 Cs of Business Communication: Make Your Posts Shareworthy Every Time | Problogger | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

[This guest post is by Marya of Writing Happiness.]

 

I just didn’t know that blogging would be the area that would benefit the most from it.
Time to dig through the dusty old boxes, locate the Business Communication textbook and revisit the well thumbed pages once again!

We all agree that at the heart of great content lies effective communication. If you don’t, you are almost guaranteed to fail at whatever you are trying to accomplish with your posts.


To compose effective written or oral messages, there are certain principles that we need to apply. These also provide guidelines for your choice of content and style of presentation, be it a post or a video on your blog.
These are 7 Cs of communication.....

[read full article http://j.mp/nQOgBl]


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Content Curation: Must Resonate, Go Viral, Engage

Priyanka Dalal wrote this interesting post from socialmediatoday about building a successful social media strategy.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

Campaign Objectives


"Focus on how to be social, not on how to do social" Jay Baer, Convince & Convert

 

Set a long term objective for the campaign. Social media is about the people hence, a lot of engagement, conversations, relations and interactions would be an indivisible part of the activities. These activities however would be directed by the objective! Break the long term objective into relevant short term goals to drive the campaign ahead.

 

Social Media Personality


“An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service." ~ Daniel J. Boorstin

 

In your social media campaign every single status update and comment will build your brand personality! Rather than letting it build itself in an ad-hoc manner, you must set a social media personality, for all your activities! It will help enhance the brand image and build a rapport with fans.

 

http://socialmediatoday.com/priyanka-dalal/346679/making-social-media-strategy


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10 Must-Read Articles on Blogging

10 Must-Read Articles on Blogging | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Whether you’re thinking about starting a blog, looking to kick-start an existing blog, or just looking for a little bit of inspiration or new ideas, there is no shortage of material available to you. The great thing about social media is that it’s always evolving and great articles are constantly cropping up to keep you as up-to-date as possible.

 

Even better? Here at Business 2 Community, we’ve got blogging experts who blog about blogging (yep, wrap your mind around that for a second). What better place to start than here at home? Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig in and enjoy our top 10 must-read articles on

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4 Ways to Get More Mileage Out of Old Content

4 Ways to Get More Mileage Out of Old Content | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

I’m a ’90s baby.

 

I grew up during, at least what I believe to be, the peak of Nickelodeon’s programming.

 

These classic Nick shows represented an iconic part of tv’s pop culture and had everything from talking babies (Rugrats), a dog and cat conjoined (Catdog), action shows (Legends of the Hidden Temple) and pretty much anything else a kid could dream of.

 

I was, of course, a devoted viewer and since the end of the ’90s have been missing my childhood roots—the shows that I would watch blissfully for hours on end … and I know I’m not the only one...

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The definitive list of the 100 things you need to know about social media

The definitive list of the 100 things you need to know about social media | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

We write a lot of posts here about social media and the various networks and platforms that you can use and it can seem like a lot of information to take in so we wanted to share a list of the 100 definitive things that you needed to know about social media. These are all links to some of the best resources and guides on the web that have taken hours to write and are all by some of the best people in their respective fields. There is a lot to take in but if you took your time and studied every single post and understood all the tips you would be in a great place to go off and carry out your own social media marketing. You are never going to be able to take this all on board in one sitting but bookmark some of the posts as a reference and you can use the tips, tricks and tutorials as you go along. Here are the top 100 things that you need to know about social media…

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