Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Twit That Tweet

Posted: March 27, 2012 in Social Media
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Did you know you could do this?

Just paste a link of any length into the Tweet box on Twitter.com. After you’ve composed your Tweet and you hit the “Tweet” button, we’ll shorten the link so that it only takes up 19 characters.

via Twitter Blog: Link sharing made simple.

I’m reinstating Twitter Tuesdays–here’s the first installment for your edutainment.

A few weeks ago Chris Brogan published a list of the 100 blog topics that he wished people would cover. One of them was, “How Twitter Improved My Blog,” and I accepted the challenge to write something along these lines. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with Twitter, you can read “The Tao of Twitter,” “Newbies Guide to Twitter,” or “Ode to Twitter.”) Here is my answer to Chris’s request.

Book Marketing Group News | LinkedIn.

SEO Test Post

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Marketing
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This is a test, this is only an SEO Test

So you are my lab rats and I am the mad scientist.  I have tried to write this post in a search engine optimized way, using the keywords “SEO” and “keyword” as often as I could without being ridiculous.  By reading this post–actually, just by getting to this page–no reading necessary at all–you are helping me determine if I was able to maximize the hits I get to this article.

For some time now, I’ve been meaning to do more research on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) writing–what that means, and how it brings more traffic to your article or blog.  I understood the basic concept of SEO:  use the keywords and links in your post to make it more likely to show up in the top results of an internet search.

SEO Writing – Simple or Not Simple

SEO writing sounded like it might be pretty simple.  The basic concept of SEO writing is to mention the same keywords multiple times in the article.  The trickiest part of that would be deciding which keywords to use.  Just think of what words you might use if you were trying to find information on the subject you’re writing about.  Creating an article that deliberately uses the keyword “the” over and over again isn’t likely to get you anywhere.  Because, come on now, how many people do you think use Google to search for “the.”  Duh.

If picking the right keywords were all there was to it, however, I should be able to just write SEO, SEO, SEO, SEO, SEO, over and over ad nauseum.  Using this thinking, writing an article that only contains the keyword SEO should make it the first link shown if someone did a Google search for SEO.  Right?  But no, apparently it’s not the number of times the keyword is used, but by combining it with related keywords.

In Part 1 of  How To Write an SEO Article on Daily Writing Tips, I read not to start by writing an SEO ARTICLE.  First, just write a plain old (well, not plain or old, really, don’t forget to make it interesting) ARTICLE.  You then incorporate those keywords as you write, if and only if, it makes sense to do so.

Editing SEO Articles

Part 2 of How to Write an SEO Article mentions that when editing, you should use your keywords in the headline or any subheads, then sprinkle them in as many places as you can.  The article also talks about using hyperlinks in the text of your article, and using two keywords close to each other also to boost keyword visibility.  In his example he uses the keyword phrases “concert tickets” and “Britney Spears,” with a hyperlink on Britney Spears.  In the first line of this paragraph, I did the same thing with SEO and keyword, adding a hyperlink to SEO.

Next, however, is where the above articles failed me.  They make reference to how search engines use meta data from html code to optimize the search engine, and even shows the html header info from an article.  But it doesn’t explain what if anything, you can do to get that meta data to say what you want it to.  More research is needed, I think, but I hope this at least has been helpful.  I know it was for me.

Claiming your blog through Technorati allows you to use Technorati services to increase your blog’s visibility.

To begin claiming your blog, you will first need to go to Technorati.com and sign up for an account.

via Technorati « Support — WordPress.com.

I have to say I’m a little confused about whether I need to do anything special to tag and ping my WordPress blogs to maximize site traffic (See last entered post for more info on tags and pings.)

Some of the research I did made it sound like when you post a blog on WordPress, they already send out tags (and/or pings?) to the search engines. But I did find the WordPress support page above which gives instructions on how to claim your blog through Technorati, so maybe whatever WordPress does, it’s not the same thing.

So I have followed the steps they gave me, but unfortunately, as of this writing, have not been able to complete the process. Technorati has apparently changed their process somewhat because instead of getting the prompts shown in the link above, I got the one below which simply says they will get in touch with me to complete my claim.

So I will wait to hear from them and then keep an eye on my stats and report back here as to whether anything seems to have changed. Hopefully by this time next week, I will see some results.

If you’ve just heard the phrase ‘Tag and Ping’ and are scratching your head in puzzlement – this article may be worth your time. Not that Tag and Ping is some magic marketing formula that will deliver untold riches. It won’t.

It is just one more marketing tool professional online marketers are using to give their site or sites a competitive edge over their competition. It will help put your site on the Internet map and if done right, Tag and Ping will deliver plenty of very targeted traffic to your sales pages. It will boost your rankings and increase your sales.

via How To Use Simple Tag And Ping Marketing Techniques(To Boost Your Site’s Ranking, Traffic And Sales) : Bosmol – Social Media & Web 2.0 Internet Marketing News : iamcitygirl.geek : Portfoli.

Tag and Ping is not some new pinball game (does anyone even play pinball these days?) nor are they the names of my neighbor’s Chinese Crested puppies.  Tag and Ping is a marketing technique that is part of a phenomenon I have only recently become aware of called SEO or Search Engine Optimization.

According to Wikipedia (anyone else remember something called an “encyclopedia?”  Sigh.  Those were the days.) SEO is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via “natural” or un-paid search results.  Sounds great, right?  So how do I do that?

There are quite a few articles out there that explain how to do that better than me.  For one, click on the link posted in the quote above.  If you prefer a video explanation CLICK HERE to get to one.  Or else join me WordPress Wednesday later this week when I report on my own experience in tagging and pinging this blog and my www.paintedblacknovel.com site using information I found on the WordPresse support forum.

It will be interesting to see if tagging and pinging is as much fun as it sounds like it should be.

Cover Art

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Self Publishing
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via copyrightfriendly – home.

If you want to self publish, whether it’s e-pubbing or print copies, you need to make a decision about what your cover looks like.  You can hire someone to create one for you, or you can mix and match your own from royalty free artwork available from one of the sites listed in the link above.  With a simple picture editing program like Paint, or even just a screen grab utility and Word, you can create a great looking cover for free.

This temporary book cover for my novel Painted Black (we are still deciding on final cover art for the published book) was created by me with three different images in Word, using a free font called Graffiti.  Maybe it’s just me, but I like everything about it except maybe the font.  What do you think?

Big, slow, ponderous old publishing houses have zero chance of moving as quickly as individual authors who saw an opportunity to sell directly to the readers those bastard publishers had been denying them for so many years. That’s why, if you browse any of the bestseller lists on Amazon’s Kindle store, or Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, among the inevitable James Patterson and Twilight megasellers, and the reams of free, out of copyright classics, you’ll see an amazing number of supercheap titles by writers you’ve never seen in print.

via The Future Of Books Will Be Divided Between Electronic And Print.

When I get discouraged about other authors selling multiple copies of their 99 cent short stories/novels while my two just sit there, I soothe myself with the same sentiments shared in the article above.  99 cents is pretty cheap.  I’d be willing to take a chance that a book I buy for 99 cents might turn out to be badly written, or not follow through on the promise I sample before buying.

Multiple sales of 99 cent ebooks does not necessarily mean that book is a success.  In my opinion, a successful book is one the reader finishes and actually enjoys.  Another person might have a different opinion.  After all, whether the reader finishes the book, whether he enjoys it or not, the writer did get paid for the book, right?

What is success?  Getting paid for something, or doing it well?  You decide.