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Pingraphy-Schedule Your Pins!

pingraphyPingraphy is a Pinterest management tool that allows you to schedule which pins to upload over time. Why should you schedule your pins? Scheduling is important because you want to pin during popular times to increase exposure for your pins. At the same time you want to avoid posting too much content at once and overwhelming your followers.

Creating a Pingraphy account is quite simple.  Simply sign up using the same email and password you used when you signed up for Pinterest. Them be sure to drag the pingraphy button into your toolbar up top below your address bar for easy scheduled pinning, and you are ready to go!

Blogging to Build Your Business

Blogging for business is not a new concept, but for many small businesses, especially service businesses, it can be an extremely effective tool to build your social media footprint, establish your brand, or position yourself in your area of expertise.

The ultimate benefit of blogging is the opportunity to communicate your expertise and establish your business as a resource.

Social media can be great tools to drive traffic, but it is the blog that will do the most to build a platform. While there is much debate about the return on investment for time spent in social media, the results of blogging are easier to evaluate: unique visitors, comments, interactions, time on site and other social media metrics can help businesses learn about customer interests and pain points.

Read the full article by Melinda Emerson: http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/blogging-to-build-your-business/

31 Days to Build a Better Blog-Updated 2012 Edition

If you have big dreams for your blog but have been putting improving it in the ‘one day’ basket – you’re not alone.

31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a downloadable e-book designed to help you revitalize your blog by giving you 31 tasks that will all help to turn it into the page view powerhouse you’ve always dreamed of. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog has been downloaded by many thousands  of bloggers (over 19,000 bloggers!) and has been recently updated into a 2nd edition for 2012.

The workbook is divided into 31 easy-to-follow tasks that you can work through in your own time.

Each step in the workbook contains:

  • A Task – something to DO that step.
  • Teaching – each day you’ll be given in depth instruction on both the WHY and HOW of the task of the day.
  • Further reading – so you can dive deeper on any task.

Perfect for Bloggers who want More from their Blog

31 Days to Build a Better Blog is for bloggers at different stages of their blogging including:

  • You’ve just started a blog and don’t know what to do next
  • You’ve had a blog for a while but it’s stalled in its growth
  • You’re a blogger with bloggers block and lacking inspiration.

Note: This workbook is NOT designed for bloggers yet to start a blog (PreBloggers). It doesn’t cover setting up a blog.

 

The Benefits of Using Commentluv

Comments are part of every blog. Indeed they form an important part of the content of the blog itself. That is why it is highly important that we pay serious attention to comments and commentators on our blogs.

First, a blog is just dead or non-existent without comments. It means that no one is ready to engage with you even if you are providing high quality content.

Second, comments are social proof. With a decent number of average comments per post, you can show that up as a social proof, which is great.

Third, comments are also indexed by the search engines, just like your contents. So if the comments in your blog are of high quality, bots note that too!

Commenting on other blogs and building up backlinks for your own blog is very effective for SEO purposes. The newest means, to encourage readers to comment on your blog and to benefit from your own comments on others’ blogs, is the commentluv plugin.

What is commentluv?

Commentluv is a wordpress plugin that rewards the commenter – simple. It rewards by giving the commenter a do-follow backlink to their own blog. This naturally encourages bloggers to comment more and invest their time in the host blogs with commentluv to build high quality backlinks. What are the other benefits? To acquire the commentluv plugin, all you have to do is download and install the plug into your blog. Installation is just like any other plugin installation at WordPress. No brainer. Then you need to register all relevant details about your site at the members’ page.  The registration is optional. If you don’t register, you can leave a link to your latest post when you comment on other blogs. If you register you have the option to choose from the last 10 posts. This helps to leave a link to a blog post that is more relevant to the one you are commenting at.

Commentluv enabled blogs usually attract a lot of traffic. And the traffic is usually not silent readers but active commentators.  If you concentrate on commenting in blogs with commentluv, you can build very high quality do-follow backlinks. And, if you do this in a consistent manner, you can get great numbers in various statistical measures like Alexa rank, Semrush score, Postrank score etc..

All in all commentluv is a necessary fixture for every blogger who is serious about their SEO purposes and methods. The plugin can deal with most of your SEO struggles and you can easily benefit from the amount of links that will be available for you to build traffic from.

Unique Blogging Tools & Resources-Part 2

 Here are a few more blogging tools to help you create a great blog. Be sure to read Part 1 for more blogging tools and resources:

Timely

What is it? A Twitter tool that tells you the best time to tweet for maximum impact.
How does it work? By looking over your last 199 Twitter messages, Timely analyzes the best times to schedule your tweets for the highest engagement. Including a link to your blog? Well then of course the more people who see it, the more traffic you’re likely to get from it.
Also note: Timely is free, but the pro account features also include letting you post to Facebook.

My Blog Guest

What is it? A directory for bloggers looking for, and offering, guest posts.
Why is it worth bookmarking? Sometimes you’re short on time to write a post—especially if you’ve got a vacation coming up and you’re trying to schedule content in advance. Guest posts can help you save that time. My Blog Guest acts as the man in the middle, helping you find guest posts to publish, or blogs that will publish your writing.
Stating the obvious: Guest-posting is a great way to get new traffic to your site.

 Vokle

What is it? A broadcasting tool allowing you to host your own video talk show right from your blog.
What can you do with it? You can take “live” calls from your readers who can participate via web cam or chat. Worried about who might appear on your video? Set up a friend as a “screener” to preview them behind the scenes.
Features worth noting: You can cut to close-ups of the host or caller, making your production look extremely professional.

 NameChk

What is it? A tool to check for available usernames.
Why would you use it? Along with setting up a new blog, comes setting up its related online profiles (Twitter, Facebook, and more). Consistency is key for your “brand” so try to register the same usernames or vanity URLs if you can.
Bonus info: NameChk will search across 160 of the most-popular sites. A similar tool is KnowEm.

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