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How to Network Your Blog with NetworkedBlogs

Today I am going to post a short tutorial on how to get your blog linked with NetworkedBlogs. I recently linked this blog with NetworkedBlogs so that the Stallion Hosting Facebook fan page will be automatically updated every time a new post is made.  By using the application called NetworkedBlogs, you can automatically post your latest WordPress blog posts to your Facebook fan page.

There are many advantages to this, especially in terms of getting your blog noticed which is vital, it will also help to get your links out there on the web and in front of more people, so go ahead and use the step by step tutorial below to also get your blog networked.

1. First you will have to add the NetworkedBlogs application to your Facebook account (you can do this by searching for “Networked Blogs” and then add the application through there) or here is the direct page link: http://www.facebook.com/networkedblogs

2.  Follow the steps to add the application successfully to your account.

3.  After you have added the application to your profile then go to the Application (through your Facebook profile’s sidebar) and find the “Register a Blog” button on the top of the NetworkedBlogs application.

4.  Fill your Blog Name, URL, and any other details such as a description and related tags.

5.  Follow the steps to validate the blog and to confirm that you are the author of the blog. Note: I had a huge problem here, I added the widget like they asked and no matter where I added the widget it would not accept the validation. It could be some kind or error or something, but be warned – it was irritating. Instead I had to opt for the Ask friends to verify option, which is going to take a little longer.

6.  If everything is successful (except the confirmation of being the author, that can wait), you should be able to see your blog’s feed on the NetworkedBlogs application page, like the screenshot below:

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7.  Now, go to your Facebook fan page (mine is at http://www.facebook.com/stallionhosting -please like our fan page if you haven’t already 🙂 ) and then click on the “Edit Page” which is on the left sidebar menu.

8. You should see the NetworkedBlogs application in the list of other applications, otherwise go to the application and you will be presented with the option to Syndicate. You want to syndicate your NetworkedBlogs page with your Facebook Fan page.

9. Select the Facebook fan page that you would like to be connected with your blog, and then follow the instructions to allow and install the application on that specific fan page.

10. Tick the box and allow the application to auto post on your fan page, and there you done!

Done, now every time you publish a new post on your WordPress blog it will also be published to your fan page wall automatically, meaning less work for you and more exposure for your blog. It’s a win win situation.

Take a look at the WebHostingPro NetworkedBlogs page here, and go ahead and follow us for updates:  http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/blog/stallion_hosting_web_hosting_south_africa/

Daniel Hall

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Get Traffic To Your Blog

The simple truth is that a blog without readers is pretty much useless. If you’ve been blogging for a while and have only been getting a trickle of viewers to your posts, you need to put a traffic building plan into action.

Building traffic is just as an important skill to bloggers as writing quality posts is. Most bloggers are terrific at creating content but don’t know a thing about building traffic. Here is a quick guide to the five most popular (and most effective) traffic building techniques.

– Get social!

Social networking and blogging go hand in hand. Your blog posts can be distributed across social networking channels in many different ways. Sign up for Twitter and tweet about your posts as soon as they are added to you blog. Update your Facebook status with a link to you new blog posts. Submit your stories to Digg.com, Reddit.com and StumbleUpon.com. Remember that in order for social networking to be effective, you need to participate with other people on your list. If you visit their links and respond to their updates, they’ll be likely to do the same for you.

– Get noticed!

Find blogs in your niche and start following their posts. Make sure to add insightful and interesting comments on their posts. Not only will the blog owner take notice and visit your blog, other commenters will visit your blog to get more of your great insight into the topic. Don’t spread yourself too thin with blog commenting, but make it a point to comment on a few related blogs each week.

– Get good use out of your RSS feed!

RSS feeds are a way to syndicate your blog’s content so that it is sent to many different people in their own blog readers or on their own sites. Most blogging systems have RSS feeds automatically included but you can add a lot more functionality to your feed by using a free service like FeedBurner.com. With FeedBurner you can add things like sharing the feed via e-mail to your feed so it will pull in new readers and encourage previous visitors to come back to the blog again.

– Get articles in directories!

You may think that by being a blogger you can ignore article marketing. However, you can get a lot of traffic to your blog by tweaking some of your popular blog posts and adding them to article directories. You can post your popular posts as articles with a link back to your blog in many different article directories. Not only will you get a valuable backlink but your article may also be used by ezine owners which will bring you more traffic.

– Get backlinking!

Speaking of backlinks, you should work to build backlinks to your blog through several different means. By creating backlinks to your blog, you’ll improve your blog’s ranking in search engine results. You can get lots of traffic from search engines if you are within the first group of search results for your keywords.

These simple ways of building traffic can be used over and over again to help build traffic to your blog and increase your readership.

Daniel Hall

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What is Social Bookmarking?

Social BookmarkingThe internet has offered us so many options from shopping, games, recreation, business  and emails to simply browsing the World Wide Web.  It is a great place to meet people and promote businesses. Some services make these fun tasks easier than others. One of the theses services offered on the web is social bookmarking.

Places such as Twitter, Facebook, My Space etc are all social networks, and social bookmarking takes place on these websites millions of times daily. Read more about Social Bookmarking below in terms of SEO and website traffic.

What is Social Bookmarking?

You may think the phrase social bookmarking is completely new to you; however, there’s a change you’ve already used social bookmarking and just didn’t realize that’s what you were doing. Have you ever been on a website that was so interesting, you just had to send the link to it to a friend or family member? If so, you were doing social bookmarking.

Any time you “tag” a website and save it for later (bookmark it), you’re participating in social bookmarking. A tag is a keyword used to describe a website or specific article. Rather than saving the link in your browser (like with internet history), you’re saving it on the web where it can be shared with others.

How Social Bookmarking Can Help You

Social bookmarking sites offer you so many possibilities on the web and are described in so many ways, but the way I most like to refer to them is intelligent search engines. If you’re looking for something on a social bookmarking site, all you have to do is type what you’re looking for in the searching tool and tags or links will pop up for you.

Whether you’re on the internet for work or just browsing for fun, you’re going to find a lot of websites that are interesting and worth sharing with friends and family members. You could always call them up and very slowly read the entire web address to them (and hope they get each letter correctly), but that would take forever.

You could always send the link to their email address. However, if your friend is not someone that checks their email regularly, they’re not going to get your link as soon as you’d like. However, many people use social bookmarking sites. By posting your link on any one of many social bookmarking sites, it can be easily shared by your friends, family members or anyone on the web.

Social bookmarking is a great way to get in some real advertising as well. Few things are more difficult than getting traffic to a new website. However, with the right tags, millions of people can see your link, whether it’s for pleasure or business.

Want to social bookmark this post or this blog? Simply use the buttons under the Stallion Hosting signature 😉

Daniel Hall

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Twitter Hashtags Explained

Twitter Hashtags Explained

Using Twitter is becoming more and more of a common social networking tool, and as the popularity starts to reach amazinly high proportions the millions of online users start to follow and join in. I was recently asked a question by one of the regular WebHostingPro.co.za readers about Twitter, so here is the answer and explanation about the use of the hashtag (#) symbol.

The hashtags or # can be a little confusing if you’re new to the Twitter world, but this is a question that is asked and I am happy to explain. This symbol is used as a tool to designate the keywords which are used by a Twitter user in a tweet.

For example, if you were writing about running then you would create a tweet like this:

Just watched Idols, only 2 people left!! #idolssa

Here is a screenshot of an example that I just tweeted:

Twitter Hashtags Explained

So, when people are reading your tweet and then looking up tweets about idols then they would click on the link (because the # causes the word to become searchable) and they will find this tweet immediately. Many people will save these sorts of searches in order to create a continued emphasis on certain keyword associations.

When you include the hashtag with the keyword, this will also begin to create trends. You can see the current trends on Twitter on the right side of the main Twitter feed. These are the topics people are talking about the most at the current moment. Clicking onto any one of these tags will show you a list of tweets with these designated hashtags and words in them.

What does this do for you? Well, it causes those who are interested in the same topics as your celebrity to find your celebrity attached to these sorts of discussions. And that can help to build their following more easily.
If a person notices certain words and trends they want to follow, they can save these searches. And then when those words are used the most, then the trend is hot and it takes its place on the main Twitter page.

The outcome: You get your Twitter page active and take your social networking to a whole new level 🙂

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http://www.twitter.com/stallionhosting

Daniel Hall

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Email Address – Advertise YOUR Business on YOUR Domain Name

Domain based Email AddressToday I will be blogging on a subject that many South African businesses overlook and that is using free email accounts such as @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, @vodamail.co.za, telkomsa.net, @mweb.co.za etc etc

Most of us including myself would have got their first email address from one of the many free email address providers that are out there on the internet, I myself got my first email address from Gmail and I still have it and use it daily, but there is a difference and that is that I use my Stallion Hosting email address on emails, business cards, filling in forms, stationery, advertising etc.

If you have a website with your own domain name then you are most likely able to get a personalised email address such as john@tropicalfish.co.za (just an example).

The power of using a personalised email address that is on your own domain name can be amazing, because every time you give out your email address and every time you send out an email you are effectively indirectly advertising your website which is obviously the letters after the @ sign.

Effectively you are indirectly advertising and promoting your website every time you give someone your email address. Having an email address that is attached to your business and website also gives you a professional appearance, in a recent website forum the question asked was: Is using a Gmail Email address unprofessional?

Here are some of the most relevant answers to the question:

“I think any free email service looks unprofessional, I don’t see any difference professionally between gmail, hotmail, or yahoo. i think its always better to take the extra step and use your domains email.” – Wham

“When I see these email addresses used (gmail etc..) I most always assume they are spam and delete them. If I see the contact on a website as not containing the domain I don’t bother sticking around. I feel if they do not feel comfortable about using their domain email then they must have something to hide or are fly by nighters that will soon be gone. No matter how great the offer or testimonials I always lose trust with them.. my 2 cents” – Kent Durham

“Since I deal in trading software (which gets technical if done right) I always expect to see a domain based email address. When I don’t, I question the parties using GMail, Hotmail, etc. It doesn’t take a tech genius to set up a domain based email, so using a free mail account creates instant questions as to their tech competence.” – Glenellis

Just these three replies show that using a domain name based email address will give your business/website a professional appearance as well as give you the ability to brand your business.

So don’t wait any longer, for only R 80 a year you can secure your businesses name and set up your own brandable, personalised domain name based email address. Simply visit Stallion Hosting using the link below and check if your domain name is available and claim it! http://www.stallionhosting.com/support/domainchecker.html

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Daniel Hall
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