September 2, 2014

What Makes a Social Media Site? Users or Marketers?

All social media sites attempt to provide users with the opportunity to submit content and determine what gets the most exposure based on the likes and dislikes of visitors. This obviously provides marketers with a chance to get traffic by promoting content that appeals to social media audiences. At some sites it seems the users are the marketers and the ... Read More »

Site News and Items of Interest

Just a few quick things to mention: 1 – The comprehensive list of social media websites has been updated with some additions that have been suggested by readers. If you know of another site that should be listed, please contact me. With over 400 social media sites listed by category, this page has drawn a good bit of attention from ... Read More »

How Much Attention Should Bloggers Give to Social Media?

Social media is a leading source of traffic to many blogs. Like any other traffic source (for example, search engines) the amount of traffic and the results can be influenced by the approach of the blogger. It’s pretty well accepted that website owners and bloggers should maximize their chances of getting search engine traffic by building a search engine-friendly site, ... Read More »

The Thrill Seeker vs. the Bookworm

Most bloggers now realize the value of creating content that is specifically intended to appeal to the average social media user. Creating a successful viral blog post is a skill that can be learned (and there are plenty of consultants and copywriters who are willing to do it for pay). While it’s fairly obvious that each social media site has ... Read More »

The Role of Social Media in a New Blog Launch

Launching a new blog should be an exciting time, but it can also be discouraging because of the challenges that are involved. Most new blogs struggle to get traffic, comments, links and subscribers as they have to work to build exposure. One proven method for quickly getting past this stage of very slow growth is to market your new blog ... Read More »

Reader Profile: Vinh Le from Blog Design Blog

The reader profile is a regular series where I attempt to give something back to one of my readers. It typically includes some information about his/her online projects as well as a mini interview. Today I’m happy to feature Vinh Le of Blog Design Blog. Vinh has been an active commenter recently and he’s been posting some very popular content ... Read More »

RSS Awareness Day is May 1st

Although most of us that use blogs and social media rely on RSS in our everyday lives, the vast majority of internet users still have no clue what RSS is, and even fewer take advantage of the power and convenience that it offers. Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips is trying to make a difference by declaring May 1st as ... Read More »

My StumbleUpon Wish List

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For about the last year I have been an active user of StumbleUpon. I quickly started using the site after it sent a rush of traffic to my primary blog shortly after it was launched. After using the site for a while and becoming a big fan of the service, there are a few things that I would like to ... Read More »

Search Engine Traffic & New Blogs

When the blog at vandelaydesign.com was started about a year ago the primary motivation for the blog was to draw search engine traffic that would hopefully result in more business. Over the past year the search engine traffic has slowly increased and March was a landmark month with over 17,000 visitors arriving from search engines. While a one year-old blog ... Read More »

The Most Predictable Social Media Users

With my primary blog I’ve experimented with a wide variety of social media sites. I’ve had mixed success, although overall it’s been very positive. As social media marketers, we all try to anticipate what users will respond to and cater to those interests in a way that will allow for success and fit within an overall social media marketing plan. ... Read More »