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

    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
     

     

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  • drdianehamilton 4:46 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , aweber, , , , , Hootsuite, HootSuite - Social Media Dashboard, , , , , , pitch engine, , , , , , radioguestlist, , , , , Wordpress,   

    How to Market You or Your Product Using Social Media 

    Today’s Ask Dr. Diane: I just wrote a book that is available through Amazon.  I’m just not sure about the best way to market it?  Any suggestions?
     
    That is a good question.  The tips I’m about to give can also be used to market things other than a book. 
     
    You could market it through several ways.  I would create a link to it on your site like I have links on my main website to Amazon.  If you don’t want to do that, you could offer it directly from you as a PDF through your site and charge them using PayPal
     
    You might want to make a video (3-4 minutes at most) and put it on Youtube.  At the end of the video make mention of a free offer or newsletter and where to go for more information.  If they go to that site, it should be a capture page to get people signed up  to receive free newsletters (through a site like aweber.com) to get them interested in you and your book. 
     
    You definitely need to be on Facebook and create fan pages like the ones I have for each of my books there.  See:
     
     
    I would be on Twitter as well.  You can tie all of your Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, etc. accounts into one area on sites like Hootsuite . . . but I like to use Posterous a lot. It is like a blog but it has a great share information toolbar that you can get that and it also allows you to share your updates on multiple sites like Hootsuite does. 
     
    If you want to learn about social networking and “how to do it” . . .for a reasonable price you can go to  Letsgetsocial and sign up to get their videos.  I watched them and they are really very informative.  They are designed to teach people how to be media managers but people who don’t want to do the job of media management can learn how to do their own media management from them. 
     
    I gave a presentation yesterday to a local group here where others were presenting to career-seekers … they all agreed that Youtube is one of the biggest things you can do to get noticed. 
     
    I watched a video a while back on Pitchengine.com about videos and they had some good information.  They are more costly though. You might watch their video for information.  If you are going to spend that kind of money, you need to have a major product to promote.  Books probably won’t have the return to support that. 
     
    Talks are another great way to promote your book . . . so are radio interviews.   You can go to radioguestlist.com or other sites like that to find people looking to interview you.
     
    Blogging is one of the best ways to get your name out there.   I like to use WordPress because it is free and uncomplicated. 
     
    You can also release press releases on prweb or other such sites.  I am on wooeb who also has press releases that are not as expensive.  You can send out free releases on pitchengine.
     
    You might check out some books . . . .I liked a book called Career Renegade . . . had some good ideas.  (on a different side topic . . .I liked the book The Happiness Advantage written by ex Harvard professor – very entertaining)
     
  • drdianehamilton 1:48 pm on November 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BlogPress, , PageRank, , , , Wordpress, WordPress Plugin Directory   

    WordPress To Introduce New Stats Features For Authors 

     

    Many blogs on WordPress are large enough that they have several authors writing for them.  Wouldn’t it be nice to see which author is bringing in the most views?  Well now you can. 

    According to TimesoftheInternet.com, “Now, WordPress is introducing a stats feature which will allow the admin to see which posts are profitable and which authors are bringing in the most profit. This way, they can ask their authors to change their styles to bring in more profit for the site. This is one feature that is very useful for WordPress blog admins. They can easily manage their top authors from their dashboard and make necessary changes.This feature should be available very soon, probably in the next beta release of WordPress.  So if you’re running a WordPress blog, you could make good use of this feature which will help you manage your site authors.”

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

    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 9:39 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Gravatar, , Hover Card, , , , Wordpress,   

    What are Hover Cards? 

    Have you heard about hover cards?  Twitter introduced hover cards earlier this year. In July, Facebook announced the use of hover cards.  What is a hover card? You’ve probably seen them but didn’t know what they were called.  If you place your mouse over a picture or information, it blows it up bigger so you can see it better and find out more about it.  That is the hover card showing the blown up information as you hover over it.  

    Now Gravatar hover cards are available on WordPress. Check out the latest WordPress blog about Gravatar Hover Cards by clicking here.

    WordPress inputs Gravatar images,  those images that can follow you from site to site,  into their blogs.  Now users can also have the hover card feature.  For more information about Gravatar and its many areas where it is popping up on the web, click here.

    Directions about how to set up hover cards on WordPress can be found by clicking here.

     
  • drdianehamilton 1:53 am on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Content management system, , , , , Wordpress   

    Do You Need Help With WordPress? 

     

    I was interested in this press release as I have had a few issues with my WordPress stats screen lately.  My charts have not been showing up correctly in Explorer.  If anyone tries this service, I’d love to hear how they like it.

    PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 22, 2010 – Phoenix, AZ September 22, 2010 – Excelnet Media is proud to announce the launch of a new website for Professional WordPress Help. The website is aimed towards businesses or people who need WordPress support, WordPress consultation, or any kind of WordPress help. For those companies that need immediate help, Professional WordPress Help offers remote screen sharing for instant problem solving and tutoring. The website also offers WordPress tutorials for those who like to do it themselves. Professional WordPress Help offers WordPress theme customization and fully custom WordPress theme design and development. One of the main features of the company, is that they offer WordPress maintenance packages. All 5 packages include WordPress support, WordPress maintenance and WordPress consultations. There is no need to worry about upgrading WordPress, upgrading WordPress plug-ins, backing up WordPress and the database, because it is included in the monthly maintenance packages. WordPress is a very popular blogging and content management system (CMS). In 2009, WordPress won the Overall Best Open Source CMS award. WordPress allows users to update the content on their website or blog instantly without a webmaster or knowing programming languages. To find out more about Professional WordPress Help call 480-788-4343 or go to http://www.professionalwordpresshelp.com

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

    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 3:56 pm on September 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Code, , , , , , , , Wordpress   

    How to Add Your Company Information into Crunchbase and Import the Code into WordPress 

            

    If you haven’t read about Crunchbase yet, click here.  Crunchbase is the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit. To see my profile on Crunchbase, click here.   If you want to be listed on their site, you can fill out the information, they will review it and if approved, you will be listed on their site.  Many popular blog sites are linking to Crunchbase.  In my article about social media IPOs, note that many of the companies listed are linked to Crunchbase.  Click here for that article.

    Once your information is set up on Crunchbase, you can go to your profile, take the html text and paste it into your WordPress text feature in widgets.  It is simple to do this.  Just go the WordPress appearance area and pick widgets.  Drag a text box into your sidebar.  In the text box, you will copy and paste the information that is listed from the Crunchbase page that contains your profile information. You can find that code listed in the sharing information on the right side of your Crunchbase profile.   Once you have copied the code into your text box and saved it, you can see what that information will look like if you look at the right side of my blog and scroll down.

     
  • drdianehamilton 12:17 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Formstack, MailChimp, , Plugins, , TinyMCE, , , Wordpress,   

    What is Formstack? Creating Forms on WordPress 

    WordPress has become the preferred blogging platform for many users online, and as it’s footprint expands companies are coming out with widgets and plugins to make the platform even more user friendly.

    Formstack.com has released a WordPress Online Forms application which makes the task of creating forms much easier for WordPress users. Formstack’s web form creator allows users to create forms with an easy to use HTML editor. There is no need for any additional software or programming to be done when using Formstack.

    Once the data has been collected, users can edit it, share it with others, interface it with third party application such as Salesforce, Highrise, and many others. Formstack even has their own API. Formstacks simple to navigate site even shares video showing how Formstack works.

    Formstack can be a valuable tools to small business, nonprofits, educators, web designs, and more. With Formstack there are no sign up fees, no minimum contracts, and no long-term contracts. They has packages to fit any size organization, and even offers a free version of Formstack.

    According to an article by Chris Lucas, their WordPress plugin features include:

    • Ability to embed a web form widget in your blog or site’s sidebar
    • Automatically embed any Formstack web form into a page or post using a short code
    • Native Formstack button on your WordPress Tiny MCE Editor (Menu Bar)
    • Works with Free and Paid Plans

    Here are just a few ways that you can use the it and the widget:

    Check out their video to highlight some of the features by clicking here to read the rest of the Chris Lucas article. You can also see their  WordPress Plugin page to view more screenshots as well as to download the plugin and get started using your Formstack web forms in your WordPress blog or website.

     
  • drdianehamilton 11:09 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Delicious (website), , , Pearltrees, , , Social Bookmarking, Trailmeme, , Wordpress, ,   

    Are You Using Trailmeme? 

    According to ReadWriteWeb, “Social bookmarking sites like Delicious are useful for collecting bookmarks, but they don’t allow users to really draw connections and tell stories. That’s where curation-focused services like Pearltrees and Trailmeme come in. Trailmeme, which was incubated at Xerox and launches at DEMO this week, allows users to bookmark sites and then organize them in tidy diagrams, making it easy to highlight the relationship between different items and for readers to browse these links.” For complete article, click here.

    According to the Trailmeme site, “Trailmeme is a new kind of Web publishing that you can use to create a trail of content on a specific topic that’s interesting to you. You can also read other peoples’ trails and walk them to keep up with any updates they make. The technology allows you to gather related content from the Web in one place, in an order or sequence that you think helps make sense of it all. Any number of pages can be collected, organized, and annotated in whatever way you think is best. Trails don’t need to go in a straight line, either. You can make a whole map of content from different sites, connecting web content in multiple and meaningful ways. Trailmeme is not the only place where this technology can be used. The Trailmeme for WordPress plugin allows you to create trails out of posts on your own self-hosted WordPress blog. This can help you reorganize your blog in a variety of ways, rather than just having reverse-chronological order as the organization.”

     
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