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Sponsored Comments: Is the Web About to Get Uglier?

Spin Sucks

” The idea was to generate a little awareness and build relationships with journalists and bloggers by commenting on articles where the client had an expertise. Though the idea has evolved to look more like DIY media relations , it still is pretty viable…if you know how to comment well. We evolved as comments became the next big thing. Sponsored Comments?

Non-Facebook Users: Please Comment Here

Ari Herzog

Scroll below his post to add a comment — and be forced to comment through Facebook. Whether or not you choose to share that comment on your Facebook wall is up to you, but it’s either comment with Facebook or don’t comment at all. His readers preferred Disqus. I’ve asked you before which commenting system you prefer best. Need help?

Google+ for Your Business

yMarketingMatters

As promised in my blog post, Which Social Media Channels Should I Use For My Business? , I am following up with an in-depth look at Google+. Google+ has an estimated 300 million active users  - far from the ghost town people believe it to be.  Statistics also show that Google+ is the second most actively used social platform boasting users in over 31 markets. Use it.

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Why Blog Comments Are About Branding

Small Business Mavericks

Remember when blog comments were about building links and traffic? That was the early days of blogging. Then Google decided not to count blog comments for links. That pretty much shut down the blog-commenting-as-linkbuilding game. But blog comments still hold value. The value to be found in blog comments today is in branding. When you leave a blog comment on a blog post within your niche, you are essentially signing that comment with your stamp of authority. Others won’t.

Google+ Tips and Tricks

Janet Fouts

This post is meant to be a getting started guide for those of us who got an invite and are now wondering how to use Google+.  If you’re looking for an overview of Google+ check out Part 1 of this post: Google+ and World Domination. Start with your Google Profile. Google+ has it’s own privacy policy, here’s a link. Google+. Language.

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How to Set Up Blog Comments as Goals in Google Analytics Using WordPress Hacks

Kikolani

As many of you know, I love writing about Google Analytics. I’m a data junkie, and there’s nothing I enjoy more than learning more about the visitors coming to my blog. One of the best ways to get actionable data out of your Google Analytics is to set up goals. Absolutely – you can start with your comments! good reason to encourage comments!

The Value Of Blog Comments

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In the beginning God created the Blogs and the RSS. Last week, Mathew Ingram over at GigaOm published a Blog post titled, Yes, blog comments are still worth the effort. It seems like there's a movement for more and more Blogs to not bother having the comments enabled. The macro theory here is that Blogging is a part of Social Media which inherently means that the spirit of community needs to be present. Blog comments are becoming increasingly valuable. They can comment on the link that they shared on Facebook. blog comment.

Feature Friday: Why Negative Blog Comments are Important and Wanted

Ari Herzog

This may come as a surprise to you, being a reader of a social media blog. Nevertheless, you Googled them and eventually got to know them, which would have been the first step toward buying from them. Having negative comments on your Facebook wall or blog means you’re doing something right! Take those negative comments from your pagans, and address it in a way that talks to your core believers! What can you post today on Facebook, Twitter, a blog’s comment section, etc. Features branding commentsBecause we are scared. would argue no.

Google Plus SEO: The Business Benefits

Pamorama

Google Plus offers business opportunities available nowhere else. The social network run by Google — the gateway to your business — is a game-changer. It ties together several Google products and delivers many rewards for brands. Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, has said , “It’s really the unification of all of Google’s services, with a common social layer.”

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How Google+ Could Affect SEO

Idaconcpts

Google HQ is constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of searches. The introduction of Google+ is an interesting attempt in bringing user-generated content through social media closer to the Google search engine. Here is a discussion of how Google+ could affect SEO. Through circles, Google+ could measure the reputation of users. Comments within Google+.

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5 Ways to Ramp Up Comments on Your Blog

ProBlogger

Comments feed the writers soul with proof of work well done. It’s easy to think that not everyone likes comments, but the truth is that comments are what makes us believe in our content and its usefulness. The feeling you get from not receiving any comments on the content you write can be pretty devastating. Comment to get comments. Why do you blog?

Eight Common Blogging Mistakes

Spin Sucks

We created an editorial calendar and everyone was responsible for blogging, from the interns on up through me. Our goal was to blog about the silly things people do to hurt the perception of the PR industry and perpetuate the “spin doctor” image. So I’ve created a list of eight things to consider while you’re blogging. Use a commenting system.

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Dear Blog Comment Spammer: I Think Your Comment Spam Tool is Broken

Bill Hartzer

Dear Blog Comment Spammer, who just left a comment on one of my recent blog posts: I think whatever software tool or script that you are using is broken. Here is a copy of the blog comment spam that you left. more|a lot more} useful than ever before.|. I {couldn’t|could not} {resist|refrain from} commenting. great} {blog|website|web site|site}.

10 Dreadful Mistakes that Kill Your Comments

Kikolani

What does it really take to build a hustling and bustling blog with a thriving and active community around it? PageRank 5, Alexa rank about 15K and constantly dropping (in case you are not familiar with how Alexa rank works, the lower the number, the better), a wealth of comments on every post. Let’s talk about her not-so-secret secrets that power up her blog. Blogging

Six Tips for Using Google+ Now

Spin Sucks

Well, much to my chagrin, I just saw that PRNews is offering  Google+ training for $329. The first thing you want to do is create a Google profile, if you don’t already have one. Go to  Google Profiles , sign into your Gmail account, and click on the edit profile button. Google+ is set up with what they call Circles. Tracking traffic to your web site or blog.

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Increase Blog Traffic with These 12 Ideas

Spin Sucks

Increase Blog Traffic. Following is a list of 12 things to increase blog traffic and beat the summer doldrums. The social share buttons should already be on the content, of course, but this encourages additional sharing, which Google  loves. The post Increase Blog Traffic with These 12 Ideas appeared first on Spin Sucks. Comments Thanks for the information!

Blog Comment Spammer Leaves Comment. Forgets to Spin the Content.

Bill Hartzer

When you have a fairly popular blog, you have to deal with comment spammers. Unfortunately, blog comment spamming still works apparently, or at least the blog spammers haven’t learned that it doesn’t work. Nonetheless, I’m still amazed at some of the comments left on the blog. Occasionally I get some really funny blog comments.

Find Readers for Your Blog Through Commenting and Relationships

ProBlogger

In the last episode of the ProBlogger podcast we talked about  how to build a sticky blog to keep readers on your site. Today, we’re going to talk about how to find them in the first place by building community, strengthening relationships, and commenting on other blogs. Finding Readers Week: Corinne Talks Commenting, Engagement, and Are Forums Right For Your Blog?

Use Media Relations to Get on the First Page of Google

Spin Sucks

By Gini Dietrich Last week I wrote a blog post about how to use an editorial calendar to create lots of content ideas from one topic. In the comments, Stephanie Vermillion asked, “Is there a suggested number of total content pieces you need to develop expertise on the main topic in the eyes of Google?” Whether they comment on it. The short answer is no.

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The Ultimate Guide to Leaving Comments On Blogs

ProBlogger

In fact this advice is Day 20 in our 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook. Benefits of Leaving Comments on Other People’s Blogs. 1. Building your own profile – leaving a comment gets you seen. Leaving a good comment can make people pay attention. 2. You never know where a great comment might lead! Types of Commenters. Add some value.

Making Google+ Worth Your Time

Janet Fouts

This morning I had a conversation with a friend about Google+ and it’s a conversation I used to have about Twitter. It all started with the announcement that the NFL is adding Google+ Hangouts to the league’s fantasy football pages to enable a video chat feature right on the pages. Clearly he’s not circling the right people on Google+. Get set. Share.

10 Things That Expose Good Sites to Google Panda

Adam Sherk

Google Panda was designed to go after sites with a high volume of thin or low-quality content (among other things) in an effort to improve the overall strength of the search results. Update: for more on this last point see the comment from Michael Cottam below). Once a site has cleaned up its profile, breaking free of Panda requires a rolling update by Google.

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A Commenting System to Rule them All: Why Choosing the Right Comment System can Make or Break your Blog

ProBlogger

That’s where comments come in. Although we often take comments for granted as a feature that is generally present at the bottom of most articles and blog posts, considering what a powerful tool it is for UGC ( User Generated Content ), it’s important for online publishers, community managers and everyone else to invest in the right comment system to maximize its full potential.

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The Google+ Project Is Here

Spin Sucks

Well, the  Google+ Project is here (sort of – they’re rolling it out slowly to high influencers first) and I don’t know what to make of it. Other people, from around the world who share those same passions, can comment and create conversation around your topic. The Google+ Project Is Here originally appeared on Spin Sucks on June 29, 2011. Ai yi yi! Circles.

5 Top Social Media Professionals on Google+

Janet Fouts

There’s been a lot of noise about Google+. Personally I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Google+. Unfortunately the platform has quite a lot of downside too. I’ve noted before that the Google+ Business pages may not be for all brands, some have built their Google+ pages and done quite well, but maybe not well enough to ax that Facebook page just yet.

10 Things to Consider As You Move to Google+

Spin Sucks

Something interesting is happening with Google+. You can do this through blog subscriptions, newsletters, and registered content. Yes, you need to have Twitter and Facebook and (now) Google+. We don’t know yet what or if Google will be providing businesses, in terms of data on its customers, so best to collect it yourself now. In this case: A database. Video.

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10 Steps To Create An Awesome Google+ Profile

Almost Savvy

Once you sign-up for Google+, the first order of business should be to build your profile. This is where you showcase the information you want to be publicly available when someone searches, or googles , you online. It is also the information others will use to decide whether or not to connect with you on Google+. More on sharing in an upcoming blog post.

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Google+ for Nonprofits

SocialFish

If there’s one thing the whole world has learned since 1998: ignore Google at your own peril. Google+ may not have the user base or popularity of other social networks, but it does have the search giant’s backing and a whole lot of potential. Hear how nonprofits and associations are approaching Google+ from Debra Askanase  of Community 2.0 and Miss the first one on Pinterest ?

Creating A Friendly URL For Your Google Plus Page

SocMed Sean

I finally got around to creating my Google+ page for SocMedSean. While I’m not really confident of the future of Google+, it doesn’t appear to be fading as fast as Google Wave did, so maybe Google is invested in the long-term search/social integration of the platform and is going to continue to shovel money into it. So here’s what I did. Cheers!

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Six Simple Public Relations Efforts that Take Less than 10 Minutes

Spin Sucks

And, with Google giving a lot of their own pages precedence in the SERs , it’s becoming harder to make an impression on existing results.  . Comment on Blog Posts. Make it a habit to comment on industry-related and personal blogs of colleagues, consumers, and associated enthusiasts. Be sure to do better than “Great blog post!” By Cam Secore. Who knows?

How to get your content shared on Google+

Janet Fouts

Sure Google+ can be a powerful tool to share your message with, but this network is in it’s infancy, and  with millions of users your message can be left largely unheard unless you have created circles who care about what you have to say and will share it with their own circles and help you get the word out. So how can you measure how effective your Google+ engagement is?

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A Blog Commenting Strategy

ProBlogger

When I first started my blog, about two months ago, I had a hard time getting five visitors a day. I got so tired of doing so much work to end up being a nobody on the side of the highway. One lucky day, I decided to convert all of the popular blogs traffic to my little blog. Well, readers of the popular blogs are high converters and very targeted to my blog.

What the Heck Is Google+?

Spin Sucks

I’ve spent the past four days in Google+ , trying to figure out if it’s a Facebook killer , a Twitter killer, or just one more social network we have to use. I can say with certainty it’s none of the above, but I haven’t yet figured out what the heck it is. With the exception of Deb and me, all of the posts, comments, and blog posts about the tool are from men.

The #1 Reason You’ll Want to Use Google+

Almost Savvy

If you’re still wondering if you ought to bother spending time getting to know yet another social network, I’ve got one big reason you might want to give Google+ a try. To keep things simple for the moment, let’s focus on the top reason you should care about Google+. Google is the power player when it comes to online search. Google Gets to Make the Rules.

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Are Google+ Business Pages Replacing Facebook Pages?

Janet Fouts

I speak a lot about Google+ as a tool for business. In fact I’ve just written a book called “ Google+ for Business Tweet ” and I’m presenting a second  Focus.com Roundtable  in February. Google+ is a social network with huge potential for businesses, but it’s best value is as an individual user, not a business page. Micro-blog. Hangouts.

10 Great Alternatives to the Google Keyword Research Tool

Pamorama

The demise of Google’s Keyword Tool, the most popular of its kind, has left marketers scrambling for alternatives. It has been rebranded as Google AdWords Planner , which offers much less functionality and requires users to have an AdWords account in order to use it. . 10 best alternatives to the Google Keyword Tool. Comments Thanks, Michael! What to do?

34 (of the) Best Google+ Tips, Tactics and Guides of 2011

Webbiquity SMM

Google+ (or Google Plus) is many different things, depending on who you ask. It’s the tool Google will use to beat Facebook. It’s Google’s latest attempt at social media, and they finally got it right. It’s “the linchpin of Google’s plan to own the entire internet” (see below for the source of that quote). ”).

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