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Identity Exposure: A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Identity Exposure: A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

I have met many bloggers who assumed they could use pseudonyms to avoid being tracked online. But that expectation proved unrealistic as we all leave digital footprints and can be easily tracked. Realistically, somebody’s software is always watching us and taking note of our activities for marketing purposes.

7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips

7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips

There are positives to social networking but there are negatives too. Always exercise common sense when it comes to which social media sites you are active on and what you post. Not connecting cautiously and posting appropriately can ruin your reputation, so if you want to be a successful blogger think before you act. 

What’s your take on advertising on blogs?

These days we’re dog paddling in a sea of advertising. There are no public places and places offline or online where we are free from being targeted by advertisers. Different demographic groups have differing responses to advertising saturation. For the youngest among us it’s the norm. For the eldest, it’s a rude and unwelcome intrusion.

Crafting Quality Blog Comments

Comments are powerful. We all love to receive quality comments that are specific and personalized; timely and on-topic.  They provide the necessary fuel for discussion and include ideas for future posts.

Think twice about social media campaigns

Humans have always created social networks and these networks have always been means of marketing products and services. Person to person either face to face or across miles by messenger services, mail and/or by phone and computer people network by all available means and they share their product and services experiences and preferences with their … Continue reading

Creating an Effective Blog Description

So you want to be a blogger, do you?  Blogging over the long term takes: Passion, Purpose, Productivity, People Skills, Planning and Persistence. Many bloggers don’t have what it takes because a significant number of blogs registered today will be abandoned or deleted in less than a year from the date of their creation. That’s … Continue reading

Auto posting to social media sites or not?

By joining social networks we agree to be notified of new posts published by a select group of “friends”. It’s a common routine. Publish a post on your blog and use an aggregation app like Publicize, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, or Buffer to have the title and link automatically posted to multiple networks, including G+ Facebook pages, … Continue reading

Instagram Widget for WordPress.com Users

Instagram is a fast and easy way to share your photos with friends and family free of charge. Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram. Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented. Today WordPress.com Staff announced … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

I know it’s not Friday when I usually publish this weekly feature but I can do more reading so why wait? Happy reading! Five Things You Should Not Do On Your Home Page - Most people immediately press X button on their browsers after seeing cluttered home pages. If you want to avoid it, here are … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

8 Blogging For Business Tips You Still Mess Up – You might know a lot about blogging. But there’s also a few things you don’t know. Information that, if used correctly, can help you better your current strategy or even build a new killer one from scratch.

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

12 Types of Blog Posts You Need to Stop Writing – Remember, it only takes one bad post to make someone unsubscribe (or never subscribe in the first place). Do You Know These Time Saving Blogging Tips? When Darren Rowse asked these 14 leading bloggers about their routines he also asked if they had any … Continue reading

Blogging: Yoga Style

A working definition for intention is: “to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim.” Before my yoga classes I accept the invitation to set an intention for practice, away from worldly distractions and toward my goal of concentrating and remaining in the now moment.  An intention is a short … Continue reading

Google and Data After Death

Many sites make it very difficult for anyone other than the account holder to access accounts and that can create problems for your Executor and Beneficiaries unless you plan in advance. Have you taken steps for the disposition of Your digital assets after death? Created a secure list of digital assets? Designated heirs and a Digital … Continue reading

WordPress.com Follower Management

I love getting new followers and I like getting like button clicks on my posts too. Who doesn’t? But I’ve been investigating and a number of followers and like button clickers are not are active bloggers or commenters. So what’s a reliable way to track audience growth on my WordPress.com blog?

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

How to Create Consistently Great Content for the Long Haul – Developing better creative habits is one of the most valuable things you can do as a content creator. Legendary Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s practical book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, is a ground-breaking guide to becoming a calmer, better balanced, … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

I hope you Readers find value these selections. As for me, I’m exhausted and I will be taking a bit of a break this weekend. My friends will be arriving tonight to visit on this last weekend of spring break. When I’m not with them I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my … Continue reading

Blogging, Bean Counting and Social Networking

In Late February WordPress.com Staff implemented brilliant little change at the bottom of our posts. They introduced nesting of the gravatars of “like” button clickers behind a link that we bloggers can click to see them all. I am happy the big blocks of gravatars which are not representative of actual page view stats are … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

I won’t bore you readers with a litany of excuses for being late in publishing my weekly blogging reads and resources selections. I will apologize to those who have submitted comments I have yet to reply to. I have replying to you at the top of my to do list and will get that done … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

I had a good work week and hope you readers did too. Most things went as planned and only a couple of things went off the rails. I was able to get things back on track in short order and that gave me a sense of accomplishment.

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

I had a productive and satisfying week and hope you did too. I kept to my schedule. I completed my month end contracted work 2 days in advance of the deadline. I used that time to clean up my computer files on all 3 computers preparatory to the big computer switch over, which was scheduled … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

Another week is  almost gone and I’m wondering where it went.  Here’s my weekly offering for you readers. Blog Log #2: The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Blogging – When you first start out blogging, you’re hungry. You’re excited. You have a million ideas. But nobody talks about how … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

We live in an information age that’s best described as the age of digital overwhelm. We all have lives to live and very few make an income from blogging. It’s not surprising that content curation in the form of digital digests, online magazines and curated content blog posts are is becoming a popular way for … Continue reading

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

This is something new I’m trying out to see how it goes over with you Readers. The idea I have is to publish a brief post every Saturday that contains links to to articles I found to be the best related reads and resources of the week,  as a well as, tips and tweaks that … Continue reading

More Traffic and Backlinks for Your Blog: Pinterest

Pinterest is two year old  photo sharing social network connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests. Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history.

Content farming fertilized by Facebook

Facebook has a page spam definition:  anything intended “to confuse, mislead, surprise, or defraud users.”  But does it go far enough? What is spam and what is misleading?  Why doesn’t Facebook  consider filling your account with images you’ve stolen from other sites so you can spam links to an otherwise empty blog and sneak in … Continue reading

Facebook’s New Graph Search and You

It’s no surprise that Facebook, which is arguably  among the largest data mines based on voluntary content submission there is online has announced a BETA social search feature ie Graph Search as it’s  making a lot of noise.  Facebook members can search for other users and filter the results based on  interests, education, age, location  … Continue reading

4 Year End Blog Post Ideas

The crush of the holiday season is upon us and if your life is anything like mine you are challenged to create the time to blog in. There are the concerts and pageants and parties to attend.  There are preparations for the yet to come big seasonal celebration with family and friends. Neither last nor … Continue reading

Gravatars for Global Recognition

Whether you blog under your real name or under a pseudonym you may not be able to register the same username on every site you join.  You can make it easy for others to locate you and your connections by using a specific graphic icon to identify yourself and your branding on all sites across … Continue reading

Facebook Deactivation and Deletion

Facebook account deactivation is not the same as account deletion. In the case of the former, all your private information is still in the database and is still available to third party apps providers and advertisers as well. 

Will You Pay Facebook for Traffic?

Have you noticed a drop in blog traffic from Facebook? How about a change in your news feeds? For many Facebook was always a vehicle to drive traffic to their blogs. It’s become less and less valuable as a traffic driver.

MySpace Fourth Relaunch

Myspace Services are for the personal use of Members and may only be used for direct commercial purposes if they are specifically endorsed or authorized by Myspace. If you are a MySpace member then what Cynthia Boris reports may not be news to you, or maybe not. 

Facebook and Your Activity Log

Today Facebook began rolling out a new feature that lets you see a history of everything you’ve searched for on the social network. A list of search queries now appears intermingled with all the Likes, comments, and wall posts that appear inside the Activity Log — a private section of your profile that only you … Continue reading

WordPress Followers, Likes and Stats

Every blogger wants more followers, likes and shares. Attracting readers to your site the first time is only half the battle. Return visitors are important to the success of your blog and that’s why comment baiting and blog centered community building are critical. WordPress.com Staff have made it easy to easy for visitors to follow your … Continue reading

Controlling Your Facebook Account

“Social Fixer for Facebook” (formerly known as Better Facebook) is a free browser extension that improves the Facebook site by eliminating annoyances and adding lots of great enhancements and functionality. It runs in most browsers and installs in just a minute. 

Facebook Update

In a stealthy move that’s bound to lead to a backlash,  Facebook surprised its 901 million users with a gift ie. a @facebook.com email address is now displaying by default on their Timelines. Users who don’t like the change can  click the “about” link in their profile and then click the “edit” button next to their … Continue reading

Content Curation: Baby Steps

Without doubt content curation is here to stay and more bloggers are looking to identify best practices and best tools to maximize their efforts.  If you take a close look at the custom menu at the top of this blog you will find a new Better Blogging Tips link.   The link is to my … Continue reading

Has Blogging Changed You?

Blogging connects people from all parts of the world. A single connection can change a person’s life in wonderful ways.  Blogging has the potential to change your life or someone else’s life. Contact leads to communication. Communication expands our knowledge and leads to relationship building. Building relationships with people from different cultures influences thoughts and … Continue reading

Twitter Customizing Who-to-Follow

In contrast with Web companies such Google Inc and Facebook Inc whose business models rely heavily on collecting user data, Twitter will officially support “Do Not Track”. Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers include a “Do Not Track” option that sends a line of code to websites indicating the user does not want to be … Continue reading

WordPress.com Sharing Buttons

WordPress.com bloggers can enable social networking sharing buttons that appear below their posts on their blogs. I originally enabled Official buttons on this page > Settings > Sharing  to appear on my Front Page, Archive Pages, and Search Results as well as on Posts and Pages. I have now chosen to enable display only on … Continue reading

Tweets do affect Google rankings

Felicity Crouch reports: Using our own award-winning Twitter petition site; Twitition.com we conducted a study into the effect of tweets on rankings in Google (no other search engines were used for this study). In the biggest study of its kind, we have found that there is strong correlation between the amount of tweets about a … Continue reading

Selling You on Facebook – WSJ.com

Some of the most widely used apps on Facebook—the games, quizzes and sharing services that define the social-networking site and give it such appeal—are gathering volumes of personal information.  A Wall Street Journal examination of 100 of the most popular Facebook apps found that some seek the email addresses, current location and sexual preference, among … Continue reading

Death of a Blog

In Death of a Blog, Guest Author Jean of Cycle Write Blog and Third Wave Cycling Blog shares her experience of giving birth to a blog and bringing it to an end prematurely. Last year, she was guest author of this post Blogging and Cycling:  It’s Like a Drug.

Pinterest Copyright Opt-Out

On Monday, February 20th The Official Pinterest blog entry was focused on copyright. Web sites are now able to opt-out of having their images pinned by Pinterest’s users by inserting code into their headers.  (It works much the same way robots.txt does in keeping search engine spiders from crawling your site.)