10 things about social media

November 30, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Juned Sonido writes 10 personal observations and lessons about social media. Here’s the second item on the list:

It is not just the number of posts or messages delivered. It is the message snd the ties – human ties – ties that binds people together. Social Media are social networks, blogs, forums, and a number things. Social Media is everywhere digital and non-digital.

A lot of the points boil down reinforce the idea that it’s less about the new technology and more about one’s own actions. They are just tools, and they do not give you the right to spam and mislead people. Be respectful, be useful to the people you are reaching out to.

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50 traffic sources for your blog

May 21, 2010 | No Comments Yet

QOT has a list of 50 websites that can help drive traffic to your own blog. They’re divided into the following categories:

  1. eBook directories
  2. Blog directories
  3. Social media
  4. News and aggregation sites
  5. Podcast directories
  6. Video marketing
  7. Article directories
  8. Guest posting
  9. Document sharing
  10. RSS feed submissions
  11. Ping submissions
  12. Blog communities and forums

A lot of these are common knowledge to those who have been blogging for a long time now, but it’s great to have a list of sites compiled in one place for you. The bottom line here is to get your content out there; you can’t just create a blog and rely solely on Google search results to bring traffic in. Be creative and find your niche.

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DigitalFilipino Social Networking Awards 2010 call for nominations

February 10, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The call for nominations for the DigitalFilipino Social Networking Awards have opened. The competition, which is part of the 2010 Social Networking Conference, recognizes the Philippines’ best efforts in social media and social network marketing & advertising. Here are the categories:

  • Social Network
  • Virtual Worlds / Games
  • Social News, Bookmarking, Media Voting
  • Photo / Video / Media Sharing
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Forums
  • Micro-blogs
  • Blogs
  • Search engine marketing

View the last year’s winners here. The social campaigns must have occurred from April 1, 2009 to March 10, 2010. Judging criteria will be equally divided among the following: design, creativity, copywriting, impact. Deadline for nominations is on March 13.

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Try CMP.ly for blogging and social media disclosure

January 20, 2010 | No Comments Yet

CMP.ly/0 No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions

CMP.ly is a new solution to promote transparency and honesty in blogging and social media. With the recently announced revised guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on endorsements and testimonials in blog posts, word of mouth campaign, and even microblogging messages, CMP.ly has created short, easy ways to indicate disclosures with their 7-way link system: Visit links CMP.ly/0 through CMP.ly/6 to find out more. For bloggers, you can download this PDF.

There are three simple ways to CMP.ly:

  1. Use our standard disclosures.
  2. Sign up for a CMP.ly account to use our unique disclosures – Add text, custom disclosures and manage your disclosures.
  3. Join an existing marketing campaign – Coming January 2010.

Although bloggers outside the U.S. won’t have to answer to the FTC for disclosing sponsored posts and similar works, transparency is one of the cornerstones of successful blogging. CMP.ly should make the process even easier, the same way Creative Commons did for sharing creative works and enforcing attribution.

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Bring Facebook to your WordPress blog

October 6, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Facebook

WP Beginner has a great list of tutorials that integrate various Facebook features into your WordPress-powered site. From embedding your friends’ status updates in your admin dashboard to creating a full-blown Facebook app for your blog, this post maximizes your exposure with everyone’s favorite social network.

Also check out the tutorial by Smashing Magazine, plus our list of hacks for Twitter-WordPress integration.

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33 social bookmarking codes for your blog

August 7, 2009 | No Comments Yet

ProBlogDesign has compiled a list of codes you can use for automatically saving your blog posts on popular social bookmarking sites such as Delicious, Digg, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Technorati, and more—33 all in all.

The codes are made especially for WordPress theme files, making use of post title and permalink template tags instead of having to install special plugins. The upside to this method is having complete control of what displays on your blog, plus it takes up less resources compared to a plugin version, like Sociable or ShareThis. Either way, social bookmarking is a popular and oft-recommended way to get your posts out there, so make sure you have this feature on your blog.

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Winning Internet Marketing Strategies & Tactics course at AIM

April 3, 2009 | 2 Comments

Winning Internet Marketing Strategies & Tactics

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) together with several well-known Philippine bloggers have launched a special 3-day course on internet marketing called Winning Internet Marketing Strategies & Tactics.

Anton Diaz, Jayvee Fernandez, and Regnard Raquedan join AIM faculty in unveiling internet marketing and social media marketing strategies for executives, consultants, and entrepreneurs. Here’s the course outline:

  1. Marketing & the Internet
  2. Generating Traffic: Internet Advertising & Search Engine Marketing
  3. Creating the Mindset: Manage Your Company’s Brand and Reputation Online
  4. Building Relationships: Turn Website Visitors into Your Customers
  5. Web 2.0 & Social Media: The Power & Wisdom of the Crowd
  6. Blogging & Blog Marketing: Conversations that can lead to Conversions
  7. Evaluating Your Internet Marketing Campaigns with Web Analytics

It runs from April 13-16, 2009 and costs Php30,000. Group discounts are available. Visit the website for more details.

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WordPress and Twitter, sitting in a tree

March 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Twitter is a microblogging service people are raving over for some time now. While you can use it on its own, it’s grown into just about anything and everything people want it to be: a new mingling lounge, a broadcast medium, a zeitgeist, and even a way to make a few bucks.

Now integrating Twitter and WordPress makes things a lot more interesting:

Oh, and we’re also on Twitter so add us up!

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10-step ritual after installing WordPress

January 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is a cinch to install, and that means this 10-item list of things to do right after installing WordPress shouldn’t be too much trouble, either. Here’s the list:

  1. Change the Admin Password and Manage Your Authors
  2. Edit Permalinks
  3. Upload Your Theme and Activate It
  4. Add Your Categories and Change the Default
  5. Activate Akismet
  6. Install Google XML Sitemaps
  7. Install WordPress Database Backup
  8. Test Your Blog With Dummy Content
  9. Add your RSS feed to Feedburner
  10. Activate your Analytics

It’s a great guide for those who haven’t gotten the hang of tweaking their blog to get their whole system in place. Is there something else that you’re doing that wasn’t mentioned on the list? Additional tasks you might want to consider:

  1. Put security measures in place—a must!
  2. Rearrange the dashboard blocks and write post panel for a more streamlined blogging workflow
  3. Construct your blogroll
  4. Integrate social media (Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Technorati, etc.) into your blog and vice versa
  5. Add a contact form so people can get in touch with you for non-comment matters and other feedback
  6. Consider advertising options

What’s your post-installation ritual?

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