The Linklifter

Little helpers for daily blogging

Being Well Rounded and Connected.

November 30, 2012

Social networks have always been a very important way to create contacts, meet people and share new information. This is now even more true of the online world, where one person can own not only a Blog or Website, but also countless other “social” accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, GOOGLE + and Linked In, to name but a few. All of these can benefit you professionally, and have become useful tools for displaying your personality, skills and knowledge to future employers and readers.
Have you ever thought of linking them all up to each other? That way, not only do you create a more well- rounded and complete picture of yourself, but you can also drive “traffic” from one to the other. Such as to your blog for instance! By linking your Twitter and Facebook up to your blog, you also are able to provide your readers with up to the minute information and news.

But how I hear you ask?

Rather than running around like headless chicken, software has been specifically developed to painlessly and automatically post your articles onto Facebook and Twitter and help you to keep track of statistics showing which links to which posts generate the most clicks.

Dlvr.it, Brdcst.it, Twitterfeed and Twitterlive (now known as Blogsfeed) are all great examples and generally all work in the same way. We’ve taken one of them – Twitterfeed (which has no limit to the number of blogs you want to add) and used it as an example on how to set up use and use this software. We’ve also included a couple of screenshots to help you along the way J
If you already have an account with Twitterfeed you can enable Posts to be published by following these three steps:

 

1)      Create an RSS feed title and add your Blogs URL.

 

2)     Click on “Advanced setting” and underneath here you can set (amongst other things):

  • How often Twitterfeed checks you Blog for new posts and how many posts it will tweet/publish at one time.
  • Which bit of your Post it will tweet/publish i.e. the title, description or both.

3)    Connect Twitterfeed with your Twitter account, Facebook and Linked In, making sure you’ve entered the right Usernames and passwords. Also check that any other details entered are correct and click “Create Feed”.

Simple!!

For those of you eager beavers who also want to link your Facebook accounts to your Twitter (why not we say!)  here’s how:

1)Login to Facebook.
2) Then go to “Edit Page” (at the top) and “Manage Permissions”

3)      Click on “Resources” in the side bar and then underneath the subtitle “Connect with people” you will find “Link your page with Twitter”.

4) Click on this and follow the remaining instructions. Done!

It may be a good idea to play around with the other click-able titles under the “Resources” tab, to see which other ways you can find of making yourself a connected well- rounded online person.

Other websites that are used to bring your various social network accounts together under one roof, but in a slightly different way include About.me and Seesmic. We recommend you check them out too.

Happy connecting!

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Tips and guidelines for bloggers (old and new!)

November 25, 2009

Following a few simple guidelines can make a big difference to the quality and exposure of your blog

Following a few simple guidelines can make a big difference to the quality and exposure of your blog

Whether you have only been blogging for a few weeks or even a few years already, there are a few important guidelines to keep in mind. Here are a few tips which will help increase exposure and maintain the quality of your blog.

  1. Update your blog as frequently as possible.  Regular updates will not only tempt your readers to keep coming back, but it will also invite search engines to spider your pages more frequently. This is rewarded with increased visibility in search engine rankings.
  2. Keep your posts topic related. You should try to define a running theme/topic throughout your blog and stick to it. This will help create a loyal readership who will keep coming back to read up on any new topic related updates.
  3. Use rich keywords related to the content of your post. Using descriptive and related keywords wisely will undoubtedly help increase the visibility of your blog in search engine results. The title of your posts acts as a powerful tool, so choose your words carefully.
  4. Try to keep your language clear and simple. Don’t forget, your blog can be accessed by anyone in the world and (contrary to popular belief) not everyone speaks fluent English! So watch out for those idioms and acronyms, this should help keep your blog accessible to the rest of the world.
  5. Spell check and proof read. Always take a few moments to read over what you have written before you post. This saves any embarrassment and will help ensure that your readers take your blog seriously.

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