Archive for May, 2011
Whether you love them or hate them, social buttons are apparently popular amongst readers as evidence by the sheer number of blogs adopting them upon their posts.
However it seems that many bloggers (both new and guru) are unsure which buttons to add, and have decided to choose all of them to the confusion of their readers.
While having social buttons is good, it’s in the best interest of your readers to focus upon a few useful buttons rather than spread out your audience amongst 20.
Since everyone has their preference upon which social (or sharing) buttons they should use, here are 3 questions you should ask before placing a social sharing button upon your blog. Read More
It looks like Typepad (a blogging service by Say Media) is finally allowing bloggers to speak their mind without revealing their thoughts to the entire world.
When you enable password protection, only those people that you supply the username and password to will be able to view your blog. Everyone else will get a prompt to enter the username and password and, if they donâ€™t know it, wonâ€™t be able to view the blog.
You can choose to password protect only specific blogs and Photo Albums or you can password protect your entire account. (Everything Typepad) Read More
WikiLeaks has learned from celebrities that any publicity is good publicity. Even bad publicity typically generates interest in your business, just as it does for a celebrity. So when your business needs a boost, just do something bad. Do something very bad, because the worse it is, the bigger the interest, the more the publicity, the higher your traffic rates.
The public loves a circus, a spectacle, a debacle even. As Martin Luther, the Protestant Christian reformer of the Church, said, “When you sin, sin big.” Of course he ended it with, “so that you may more easily be forgiven.” However, we could rephrase his statement as a creed for the blogger: When you screw things up, really mess them up big time, so that you may gain the undivided attention of the public. Read More
Movable Type (who is now owned by Infocom in Japan) has recently released critical security updates and is requesting that fans of the service upgrade their blogs in order to avoid suffering at the hands of hackers.
After three months of the beta testing, the official release of the Movable Type 5.1 is now ready to download. Movable Type 4.36 and 5.05 are also released as mandatory security updates. These updates resolve multiple vulnerabilities discovered in Movable Type 5.x and Movable Type 4.x. [...]
A remote attacker could execute arbitrary code in a logged-in users’ web browser. A remote attacker could read or modify the contents in the system under certain circumstances. (Official Movable Type Blog) Read More
Taking a cue from Twitter, Tumblr has launched a feature allowing their rapidly growing user base to find interesting Tumblogs that catch their eye.
Weâ€™re always amazed by the breadth and creativity we find on Tumblr, and weâ€™re always looking for better ways for you to showcase your talents and other interesting blogs. With the newÂ Spotlight, weâ€™ve set aside a special place to highlight a few of these blogs that truly inspire us. (Tumblr Staff Blog)
Tumblr is in the process of adding more categories (which users strongly voiced in the reblog section), as well as expanding Spotlight to cater to users beyond the English language. Read More
Like any industry or competitive environment, blogging has its share of superstars and top-tier performers. They are the names every blogger knows and everyone who has installed a copy of WordPress wants to be like.
But while it’s fine and great to have heroes, goals and even people you want to emulate, many of these superstar bloggers have built up a cult of personality around themselves, including empires of ebooks, guides, personal coaching and much, much more.
The promise of these guides is that, often for a price, you can be more like them and learn their system and their approach. The pitches often border on infomercial territory and promise outrageous results for almost no effort and time. However, even the more down to earth systems come with problems and concerns.
As a blogger, it’s easy to get sucked into this cult of personality as the lure of making large amounts of money and building a huge fan base are tempting to just about anyone. But it is a dangerous path to follow and a mistake you most likely can’t afford to make.
After many months (if not years) of jealously watching their WordPress buddies update their blogs via iPhone, it looks like a Textpattern iOS app will finally emerge in the not so distant future.
i wrote a little iPhone App and anÂ TXP-Plugin that allows you to upload images from your iPhone directly into yourTXP-Site.
You can shot a new foto or choose one from your phone.
I included from image tab: Image name, alt text, caption, category, caption, thumb with and height. (Offiicial Textpattern Forum)
The app is being created byÂ Bastian Sackermann and unlike the webOS Textpattern app, the iOS version will be free for the masses. Read More
With the continued rise of the internet as a marketing, advertising, and commercial force, many entrepreneurs – both the seasoned ones and the more recent ones – have personally grown in wealth.Â More than that, they are looking at taking the plunge and becoming investors themselves. For example, people such as Jason Calacanis, ofÂ Mahalo and Weblogs Inc. fame, started mainly as writers. Jason was a journalist with Silicon Alley Reporter. Brian Clark of Copyblogger fame has the core of his business revolving around writing. Jason now is a prolific (angel) investor, while Brian occasionally invests in smaller, but not less successful, projects.
An important factor in making the jump, as with everything, is to be well-informed and to have a great sidekick. Fisher Investments is a money management company founded by multi NYT-bestseller author Ken Fisher.Â This group is a great partner in learning about investing, receiving investment advice, and management. With its great series ‘Fisher Investments On‘, the Woodbridge money management company led by the author of The Ten Roads to Riches, several books are offered, each tackling specific markets such as technology, energy, and utilities. These books are great at giving their readers a first introduction in to the specific markets, as well as providing the possible future investors with frameworks to make analyzing opportunities and investments more successful. Read More
It was only two weeks ago that Tumblr crossed the 18 million blog milestone, and now the micro blogging service is already hosting 19 million plus blogs!
To put things into perspective, it took Tumblr about 2 months to grow from 15 million blogs to 18 million (which is about 1.5 million additional blogs per month), although now it seems like the site is on track to add over 2 million sites per month!
Tumblr also seems to be branching out beyond the “tween girl” demographics, with Quantcast reporting that there are more guys using the service than girls.
With more businesses, government agencies, and celebritiesÂ using the service, it may only be a matter of time before Tumblr surpasses not only WordPress.com (who just passed 20 million sites), but challenges Blogger for the gold.
For those of you who use Tumblr (or have used it), why do you think the service is growing faster than rival platforms? Also do you think Tumblr could dethrone Blogger as the number one blogging platform in the world?
Hat Tip: Technorati for the demographics info.
BlogWorld and New Media Expo 2011 is finally coming to New York next week (May 24 – 26) and for the first time in many years, I’ve been able to clear my schedule to attend.Â There are many things I want to accomplish during the 3-day expo, but priority #1 is meeting YOU!
Just look for the guy with a QR code tattooed on his forehead.
If you are planning to attend BlogWorld NY and would like to meet face-to-face, I’d welcome the opportunity. Whether you want to learn about guest blogging for dozens of high-profile blogs or talk through ways we can support each other in this rapidly-shifting new media world, let’s chat!
There will be more than 100 speakers at the event.Â But the person I want to hear talk is YOU.Â Send me a message via Twitter @Jobacle