SeededBuzz.com helps bloggers grow their traffic and popularity

SeededBuzz

SeededBuzz

SeededBuzz is a site that promises to help bloggers promote themselves.

Blog posts are promoted using what are called Seeds, which are summaries of a blog post that has been written on a topic that you think other bloggers may want to also write about. The idea is other bloggers read these Seeds, get inspired and write about the same topic, and link to the Seed owners post in doing so.

The blogger that has then written about the Seed can then submit their post on the same page as the Seed that inspired them, under what is called Buzz. The idea is both Seeds and Buzz attract visitors and link.

As a way of discovering new topics to write about this looks like a great idea. Seeds that have attracted Buzz and valuable backlinks should also find that their search engine rankings get a welcome boost. Quality links are never easy to come by.

Other community features I like include the ability to receive and offer Guest Posts, and the tagging of Seeds that inspired you for a later date. [Read more…]

No more free ride. Ning says Pay Up or GTFO

Ning dumps free social networks

Ning dumps free social networks

Ning just dropped a deuce on the people who built free social networks on their service: If you want to stay, you have to pay.

After Ning Co-founder and CEO Gina Bianchini was ousted in March, new helmsman Jason Rosenthal has apparently been brought on board to cut the dead weight and steer the company in a more profitable direction. In an internal memo to employees, Rosenthal wrote:

“So, we are going to change our strategy to devote 100% of our resources to building the winning product to capture this big opportunity. We will phase out our free service. Existing free networks will have the opportunity to either convert to paying for premium services, or transition off of Ning. We will judge ourselves by our ability to enable and power Premium Ning Networks at huge scale. And all of our product development capability will be devoted to making paying Network Creators extremely happy.”

Not only have they decided to shut down the free aspect of their service, the company will also be dumping about 70 employees. [Read more…]

Cuil Scraping, Schmidt disses Blogging and Twitter does Paid Tweets

cpedia

Here’s a roundup, of sorts, of a few of the happenings around the blogosphere, search and social media over the past couple days.

Cuil Scraping

Cuil, the search engine that nobody has ever heard of, has jumped the gun on the tried and true “let’s dominate search and then try to transform ourselves into content producers” recently with it’s launch of Cpedia, an automated aggregator they’re trying to pass of as Wikipedia-like.

Cuil’s top guy, Tom Costello, blogged: [Read more…]