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  • drdianehamilton 11:03 am on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blog, , , , , , , Syndication and Feeds,   

    Facebook Better for Following Blogs than RSS 

    RSS-Facebook

    Facebook has made it so much easier to follow just about anything.  RSS feeds and Twitter are still an option for many people. However, with Facebook, once someone “likes” a page, it shows up in their feed on their homepage whenever anything from that page is updated.  Unlike Twitter and RSS feeds, on Facebook, it is easier to see pictures and information.

    It is simple to create a Facebook page that includes links to blogs like this one.  What I think is great about a Facebook page is that I can incorporate links to this blog, to my other blogs, and any other sites.  It is an all-in-one spot to access information. To see my Facebook page, click here.

    With a Facebook page, it is so simple to like or unlike a page.  Once a page is “liked”, people who regularly sign onto Facebook may be more likely to see the information.  Anyone who has a blog could benefit from creating a free page.  It is easy to create and share.

    Check out the following helpful articles:

    How to Create a Facebook Business Page

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    • Tammy Wilson 7:31 pm on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Just wanted to say thank you for sending how to create face book business pages. I do not know anything in reference to blogs etc. I do so much appreciate all of your helpful hints on everything!!

  • drdianehamilton 2:03 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blog, , , , , movabletype, , TypePad,   

    Blog Overload: Who Has Time to Read it All? 

     

    There is no question that the blogosphere is growing.  According to webdesignerdepot “WordPress has statistics for both WordPress.com (15.1 million blogs and counting) and self-hosted WordPress installations (17.4 million active installations), which gives part of the picture. There are more than 10 million tumblogs on Tumblr. Blogger doesn’t offer any public statistics on how many blogs they host. Technorati is currently tracking more than 1.2 million blogs. And there are likely millions of other blogs out there hosted on other services like Movable Type, TypePad, Expression Engine, and other CMSs.”

    There is no shortage of blog search engines to find blogs that contain information of interest. There are also lots of articles by sites like Forbes and others who occasionally list their idea of top blogging sites.  Google and Google News features can be incorporated into an iGoogle page, and can be another way to keep up with topics to follow. 

    With all of this information out there, who has time to read it all?  Bloggers know it can be good form to make comments on others’ blogs.  However, finding the time to not only read these blogs but formulate insightful comments may be difficult. Even if people find a good blog to follow and subscribe to their RSS feed, as sites continue to be added to the feed, the feed reader may have more information than people have time to visit. 

    There has been speculation about when blogging popularity will die down.  The latest discussion is whether Facebook will replace blogging and company websites.  Cnet reported, “Even if Facebook doesn’t somehow supplant lots of Web sites, though, there’s no denying the social network is becoming more important to marketing, and it’s adapting to the idea.

    With technology constantly changing, people may find it difficult to keep up with it all.  To get an idea of just how many blogs and how much information is out there, check out the following graph:

     

    Ever wondered how many blogs are there on internet?how big is the blogosphere‘. How much revenue is generated from blogs? what are the key demographics for the blogging publishers? and what are the languages used used online? This Infographics is an answer to these questions.
    state_of_the_blogosphere
     

     

     
  • drdianehamilton 2:33 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: All-In-One SEO, Authority Pro, Blog, Bryan McConnahea, , , JQuery, , split testing, , ,   

    Authority Pro: Promises More Than the Typical WordPress Theme Engine 

     Authority Pro Review - WordPress Squeeze Page Plugin

     

    Authority Pro has positioned itself as a theme engine unlike any other currently available for WordPress.  The intent of the engine is to maximize the ability to have content delivered as needed and to drive conversations.  They offer 24 customizable widgets to increase functionality.

    I’ve been reading some reviews of Authority Pro since it debuts today.  

    Promotedprofits.com stated, “The promise of Authority Pro is this: you get targeted traffic, and it’ll work to get you the very best conversions possible, on as many of your pages and posts as possible.  It can continuously split-test for you, so that you’re always finding better and more profitable ways of configuring your site. If you have low levels of traffic, Authority Pro might be critical for you, as you need to really maximize the ROI of each visitor that comes to your site.  If you get moderate to high levels of traffic, then it’s obvious that you have a lot to gain from Authority Pro.”  

    Netmarketingcourse.net lists the following capabilities as part of Authority Pro:

    • Video Fake Out
    • Google Analytics
    • Google Website Optimizer (split testing)
    • Built In Squeeze Page Graphics
    • Multiple Squeeze Page Templates
    • Aweber & Get Response Intagration
    • Custom Exit Page Redirect
    • Custom CSS Coding

    James Morgan at Articlebase.com claims he was skeptical about this product due to all of the hype, but found the product to be much more than a theme.  He stated, “It comes pre-installed with a bunch of different squeeze page templates that make your sites indistinguishable from the ones the pros spend thousands and thousands of dollars testing.”

    They are offering this product for $97 and you can get it by clicking here.

    If anyone has used this and wants to fill me in on their experience, I’d love to hear about it.

     
    • Lewis 4:33 am on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Product seems great but support sucks… the product comes with no training, no help just the theme …

      They have the nerve to upsell you and training that is not created yet … I guess that is why they wont give you and basic training on how to use the theme.

      • drdianehamilton 11:16 am on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the information Lewis. I’ll be curious to hear if anyone else has had the same experience.

    • Carl Burke 8:13 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I hear you Lewis, It seems as if their support has just stopped in the middle of November, and do note that most of the training is just a brief description, with no ins and outs of the features. Shoot I am still working on giving the theme a face lift to include My own header banner, And the sad part is I know it can be done based on the community site, there setting do not allow you to make those changes, without html knowledge. Well I am still waiting to see if I am wrong. Here is the sad part is that I really like the theme, but with no support what good is it?

  • drdianehamilton 10:48 pm on September 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blog, , , , , , , ,   

    5 Useful Sites For Help With WordPress 

    Collection of WordPress statistics:  http://en.wordpress.com/stats/

    WordPress TV visual resources for all things WordPress: http://wordpress.tv/

    Video press – Upload and share videos on WordPress – converts your video into multiple formats:  http://videopress.com/?ref=wpcom

    WordPress beginners guide: http://www.wpbeginner.com/category/beginners-guide/

    How to create a slide show in WordPress: http://wordpress.tv/2010/04/14/using-slideshows-on-wordpress-com/

     
  • drdianehamilton 6:50 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andy P, Blog, , , , Subscribing, , , Tumblr, , Wordpress Subscriptions,   

    WordPress Channels Tumblr with Subscriptions 

    How Subscriptions Work

    Let’s say you’re reading a blog on WordPress.com that you really enjoy — so much so you want to be notified when new posts are published so you remember to read them. You can subscribe to this blog really easily by using the “Subscribe” menu in the admin bar. By going up to your admin bar, and clicking “Subscribe to blog”, you’ll be instantly subscribed and all current and future posts will be added to the subscriptions tab on your WordPress.com home screen. To read the rest of the article go to: via WordPress Channels Tumblr with Subscriptions.

    To find out more about WordPress  and the new subscription feature by Andy P. at Just Another WordPress Blog click here: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/introducing-subscriptions/

     
  • drdianehamilton 3:14 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blog, , , , , , , , ,   

    Advice: How Do I Get People To Read My Blog? 

    Today’s Question for “Ask Dr. Diane”: Hi Dr. Hamilton right now I am up and promoting my artist Bianka and would like to ask you, how do I get people to read my blogs and visit my artist website. I am new to blogging and would like to know how to start people talking about them. If you can give me some insight on this it will be gratefully appreciated.

    There are a lot of good books that give helpful advice about blogging.  I liked the last two books I read:  Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields and Dirty Little Secrets of Buzz by David Seaman.  I also think there are a lot of bloggers like Seth Godin and others that list helpful advice on a regular basis.  Some sites like Mashable and Problogger can be helpful as well.  If you type in the question ‘How do I Get People to Read My Blog”, into Google, I think you can find more advice than you probably can handle. I think some blogs are really good to follow for advice as well.  It can take some time to get blog followers.  You need to post regularly and post information that is targeted toward the people you want to have follow you.  Remember to include your blog address on everything . . .your signature line on your email, your twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc. pages . . . You’ve done one important thing already by responding to a blog (in this case mine). By posting helpful information on other people’s blogs, people can find you as well.  You can go to forums like these to chat with others about it:  http://bit.ly/aDqmQq  . . . http://bit.ly/bbCG5H.   You can start with Twitter as well by following people and posting things from your blog there . . . check out these articles:  http://bit.ly/18qgK3  and http://bit.ly/Zq4Qt.  I’m not sure if the price is still as reasonable as it was (I assume it is), but programs like letsgetsocial.com byKate Beck can be very helpful.   She gives some good advice about how to set up social networking sites.  Her aim is more about starting a social networking business, but I feel her videos are just as helpful to someone like you that is new to the social networking scene.  One big piece of advice is to be sure you are spell checking what you type.  You want to come across as professional as possible.

     
  • drdianehamilton 1:47 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blog, corporate branding, Dan Schawbel, , Google Sharing, identity, influence, , , , sharing, , social web   

    InformIT: The New Social Norms: Identity, Sharing, and Influence on the Social Web 

    InformIT: The New Social Norms > Identity, Sharing, and Influence on the Social Web

    via InformIT: The New Social Norms > Identity, Sharing, and Influence on the Social Web.

    Check out this interesting article from Dan Schawbel about social networking.  I particularly liked the sections on corporate branding.  What is nice about the article is that he gives explanations and examples.  Check out his explanation of hypertargeting. 

    Another point I’d like to make about sharing . . . Just used the new Google “send to” feature to post this to my blog.  This feature and the ability to share on Posterous are two great ways to share on the social web.

     
  • drdianehamilton 12:07 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blog, , , , India, , mobile, , , , ,   

    Interesting and Surprising Social Media Statistics 

    The press release for the upcoming social media summit  in October included some interesting media statistics:

       * Facebook claims that 50% of active users log into the site each day. This would mean at least 175m users every 24 hours.
       * Twitter now has 75m user accounts, but only around 15m are active users on a regular basis.
       * LinkedIn has over 50m members worldwide..
       * Facebook currently has in excess of 350 million active users on global basis.Six months ago, this was 250m…This means over 40% growth in less than 6 months.
       * Flickr now hosts more than 4 billion images.
       * More than 35m Facebook users update their status each day.
       * Wikipedia currently has in excess of 14m articles, meaning that it’s 85,000 contributors have written nearly a million new posts in six months.
       * Photo uploads to Facebook have increased by more than 100%. Currently, there are around 2.5bn uploads to the site each month.
       * Back in 2009, the average user had 120 friends within Facebook. This is now around 130.
       * Mobile is even bigger than before for Facebook, with more than 65m users accessing the site through mobile-based devices. In six months, this is over 100% increase.
       * There are more than 3.5bn pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, etc.) shared each week on Facebook.
       * There are now 11m LinkedIn users across Europe.
       * Towards the end of last year, the average number of tweets per day was over 27.3 million.
       * The average number of tweets per hour was around 1.3m.
       * 15% of bloggers spend 10 or more hours each week blogging, according to Technorati’s new State of the Blogosphere.
       * At the current rate, Twitter will process almost 10 billion tweets in a single year.
       * About 70% of Facebook users are outside the USA.
       * India is currently the fastest-growing country to use LinkedIn, with around 3m total users.
       * More than 250 Facebook applications have over a million combined users each month.
       * 70% of bloggers are organically talking about brands on their blog.
       * 38% of bloggers post brand or product reviews.
       * More than 80,000 websites have implemented Facebook Connect since December 2008 and more than 60m Facebook users engage with it across these external sites each month.

     
    • poddys 9:06 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The statistics are just amazing aren’t they. It’s incredible just how fast social networking has grown, as well as the ways that social networks can be used.

      Combining this with the continued steady growth of internet users worldwide, and the rapid growth in the use of mobile devices to access the internet, I don’t think we could have predicted 5 years ago how sites like Facebook and Twitter could have changed our lives.

    • Social Media Guru 12:24 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a writeup!! Very informative and easy to understand. Looking for more such blog posts!! Do you have a twitter or a facebook?
      I recommended it on stumbleupon. The only thing that it’s missing is a bit of color. Anyway thank you for this blog.

      • drdianehamilton 12:58 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you – I can be followed on Facebook and Twitter . . . see my icon links at the right side of the page.

  • drdianehamilton 7:16 pm on September 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blog, , , , , , eportfolio, , , , , , , ,   

    What is an ePortfolio or Career Portfolio and How Do I Create One? 

    Today’s Ask Dr. Diane:  When I graduated from high school, I was told to set up a career portfolio.  What is that and how do I do it? 

    For a complete explanation for “what is a career portfolio” click here.  The basic definition of a career portfolio is a collection of things that represent your skills and accomplishments.  Like a resume, it contains your education, awards, honors, work experience and strengths. 

    There are several ways to develop a career portfolio.  You can find sites where you can pay to upload media you have designed or other things you would like to highlight to potential employers.  There are also a lot of free sites like Linkedin where you can display a lot of your information for others to find you and see your skills and abilities. Many professionals such as educators, journalists, artists and others have used career portfolios for years.  Recently many other types of job-seekers are finding that they want to be able to showcase more of their skills and abilities as well. 

    It can take a bit of a time commitment to initially set up your portfolio, but in the end, it will be easier to update and add things once it is prepared. 

    Quintcareers.com gives the following examples of things you should include in your portfolio:

    1. Career Summary and Goals: A description of what you stand for (such as work ethic, organizational interests, management philosophy, etc.) and where you see yourself in two to five years.
    2. Professional Philosophy/Mission Statement: A short description of the guiding principles that drive you and give you purpose. Read more in our article, Using a Personal Mission Statement to Chart Your Career Course.
    3. Traditional Resume: A summary of your education, achievements, and work experience, using a chronological or functional format. If you need help developing a resume, visit Quintessential Careers: Fundamentals of a Good Resume.
    4. Scannable/Text-Based Resume: A text-only version of your resume should also be included. More information about this type of resume can be found at: Quintessential Careers: Scannable Resume Fundamentals.
    5. Skills, Abilities and Marketable Qualities: A detailed examination of your skills and experience. This section should include the name of the skill area; the performance or behavior, knowledge, or personal traits that contribute to your success in that skill area; your background and specific experiences that demonstrate your application of the skill.
    6. List of Accomplishments: A detailed listing that highlights the major accomplishments in your career to date. Accomplishments are one of the most important elements of any good job-search. Read more in our article, For Job-Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments.
    7. Samples of Your Work: A sampling of your best work, including reports, papers, studies, brochures, projects, presentations, etc. Besides print samples, you can also include CD-ROMs, videos, and other multimedia formats.
    8. Research, Publications, Reports: A way to showcase multiple skills, including your written communications abilities. Include any published papers and conference proceedings.
    9. Testimonials and Letters of Recommendations: A collection of any kudos you have received -– from customers, clients, colleagues, past employers, professors, etc. Some experts even suggest including copies of favorable employer evaluations and reviews.
    10. Awards and Honors: A collection of any certificates of awards, honors, and scholarships.
    11. Conference and Workshops: A list of conferences, seminars, and workshops you’ve participated in and/or attended.
    12. Transcripts, Degrees, Licenses, and Certifications: A description of relevant courses, degrees, licenses, and certifications.
    13. Professional Development Activities: A listing of professional associations and conferences attended — and any other professional development activities.
    14. Military records, awards, and badges: A listing of your military service, if applicable.
    15. Volunteering/Community Service: A description of any community service activities, volunteer or pro bono work you have completed, especially as it relates to your career.
    16. References List: A list of three to five people (including full names, titles, addresses, and phone/email) who are willing to speak about your strengths, abilities, and experience. At least one reference should be a former manager. Read more in our article: The Keys to Choosing and Using the Best Job References in Your Job Search.

    eHow has a useful article for how to create your online career portfolio for free. 

    They also suggest the following tips and warnings:

    Tips & Warnings

    • Creating an online portfolio will increase your chance of landing your dream job
    • Always be honest with yourself when displaying your qualifications
    • Give your website address to prospective employers to market yourself
    • Don’t be dishonest because it will backfire!
    • Only give your website to legitimate employers
    • Do not include official transcripts online because it includes your SSN
    • Only give your personal information to only jobs you have applied for
    • Do not include your web portfolio address on your online resume with any online career site such as Monster, Hot Jobs, Vault and Career Path. Read more by clicking here.

    The Fox School of Business had an interesting article about how you should spend a moment to Google yourself to see what others might find out about you online.  They reference the following statistics:  44% of hiring managers use google, myspace, and facebook to do online background checks on candidates. Nearly 1/3 of these background checks lead to rejection of a candidate.

    Some tips they suggest to create your own online image include:

    1. Join Linkedin.com.  This is a great site that will allow you to create a professional social networking “resume” and allows you the chance to connect to a lot of great contacts.  Your linkedin.com profile will also show up when you google your name.  Use this to your advantage and list all of your strengths, education, and experience using well written short descriptions. 
    2. Start a blog.  Starting a blog is not just for people with uncommon niche interests.  Find a topic you find interesting and is relevant to your professional life and write in it often.  Read other blogs on industry news and comment.  All of these small things will help to create a good social presence for your on the internet. 
    3. Check your Myspace and Facebook profiles.  If there is anything that would give an employer the wrong impression of you, take it down!  Pictures should be professional.  You can stand out from the pack if you use your myspace or facebook page as another tool in your job search strategy.  Not everyone has the attitude of “it’s just a social profile.”  Make sure all privacy settings are enabled so only close friends can see things about you.
    4. For those more web savvy people, start a website or create an online resume.  These can be great additions to your paper resume and you can certainly include a link to your online resume on your paper resume and in any footings or signatures of any emails you send to employers regarding your job search.   You can detail more experiences, share some volunteer experiences and even include pictures, showcase some examples of your work.  Be careful with this though….professionalism is of utmost importance.

    A useful student-centered platform for building an eportfolio is available at eportfolio.org.  Once you register, you can set up your portfolio as a student, faculty or institution.  You can then control what goes into your portfolio, who can see it, and can create several versions of it to use based on who you want to view it.  There are fees for this based on how many megabytes of storage you would require. 

    In schools, some students are being taught to create web pages using a virtual learning environmental (VLE) that are not as easily accessible outside of the environment in which they are created.  A good alternative for a student who wants a format that is easier to share outside a school environment, would be to get signed up with a free account on Linkedin.  Linkedin has added a lot of features that allows people to showcase more than just work experience.  Users can also import Google Docs presentations, include a WordPress blog, and there are many more options available to update and promote abilities to prospective employers or potential connections.

    For an example of a Linkedin portfolio, you can look at mine by clicking here.  To see all of the options I have added to mine, you can send me a request to be linkedin with you.  I accept all invitations.  At that point, you can see how I have incorporated Google Docs, WordPress and other features to display my information.

     
  • drdianehamilton 4:09 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , AWeber Communications, Blog, Darren Rowse, , Newsletters, problogger.net, , ,   

    How to Generate Ideas to Write about On Your Blog Through AWeber 

    Are you looking for ideas to write about on your blog, check out this video by Problogger Darren Rowse by clicking here.  In the video, he mentions using AWeber for your newsletter.  I use AWeber and think it has some great advantages.  To see my links for the newsletters from AWeber, click here.   Feel free to sign up for my newsletters to see the format in which they are delivered.  They create very professional looking newsletters.  I highly recommend them.

     
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