July 12, 2013
Guest blogging can be a great way to grow your credibility and online presence (as well as giving links back to your website). Many potential clients and new acquaintances have connected with me through social media or my website after seeing a guest post I’ve written. Besides connecting with readers that have read posts, it is also worthwhile to build strong relationships with the blog owners themselves.
By knowing several different bloggers that are in your industry, you can open yourself up to a variety of different possibilities– possible content for your own blog, sponsorship, partnerships, and more.
Finding Guest Posts
In order to find industry-specific guest posts, there are a string of search phrases you can use to find blogs. These include:
- write for us + [industry keyword]
- guest blogging + [industry keyword]
- guest bloggers + [industry keyword]
- contribute + [industry keyword]
- guest post + [industry keyword]
These searches and related variations will help you find several different blogs that you can pitch to.
June 17, 2013
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June 10, 2013
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May 30, 2013
Can you believe it was ten years ago that web developer Matt Mullenweg introduced WordPress to the world? At that time blogging was a dirty word typically associated with out of work lazy writers. Even guys making seven figures with their WordPress websites were considered out of work slobs. Heck my friends who make less money than me still think I need to get a “real job.”
Fast forward to 2013 and 52% of the top blogs worldwide use WordPress with more than 70 million websites operating thanks to the streamlined web software.
WordPress has not only helped non-programmers launch successful websites, it has also created a sense of community for both users and programmers alike. read more
May 24, 2013
Twitter is launching a new ad type that will target similar ads TV viewers have recently watched.
On Friday, the social network said it will offer targeted promoted tweets to users in order to provide a well rounded ad experience.
According to Twitter:
“Synchronized Twitter and TV ad campaigns make brand messages more engaging, interactive and measurable.”
Thanks to its acquisition of Bluefin Labs, the micro-blogging service now has the ability to closely monitor shared content in order to gain a reference point for television programming. The program works even if a user doesn’t explicitly reference the name of the TV show they just watched. read more
May 22, 2013
Twitter, on Wednesday, delivered on its promise to bring two-factor authentication to its massive micro-blogging network.
The opt-in feature requires users to receive an access code on their smartphone via SMS text messaging.
Earlier in the month, it was announced that Twitter employees were currently testing the Twitter two-factor authentication setup. The tests began after several high profile accounts including Burger King and The Associated Press were hacked and disturbing messages were posted to their accounts.
There are some limitations to the type of two-factor authentication being used. Specifically, many high-profile account users have multiple workers who access their Twitter account. Because two-factor authentication relies on an SMS text message to a single smartphone, it won’t work for multiple users. read more
May 21, 2013
We know that everyone loves LOL Cat photos, heck iCanHazCheezburger has made a multi-million dollar business out of the practice. Yet the teams at Magisto.com and PlayScience have found that parents would much rather share videos, photos, and stories about their children.
According to the study parents are three times more likely to share videos of their kids (27 percent) than a pet (9 percent).
60 percent of parents responded to the survey by acknowledging that they shoot at least three videos of their children per month. 44 percent of those parents said they share at least three videos per month. read more
May 20, 2013
Google Glass, by design, is a social product. Customers wear the glasses everywhere and therefore, they have the option to easily stay connected on the go.
With that real-time connectivity, it was only a matter of time before social networks jumped on-board.
Announced at Google I/O, the product is now receiving social connectivity via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and collaboration platform Evernote.
Before those social networks jumped on-board, Google Glass was already connected to mobile-only social network Path.
Each of the social networking options will be available as “Glassware,” the new name for Google Glass apps. read more
Social media keeps all of us connected in real time and thanks to its reach, disaster response is being given a big lift.
The team at USF’s Online MPA took a close look at disaster response to determine what effect it receives from social media.
The team quickly discovered that many agencies are now using Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram to help facilitate rescue and relief efforts.
Researchers examined three specific disasters: The Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and Superstorm Sandy. read more
May 14, 2013
Google is about to enter the world of online streaming music. According to reports from The Verge and the Wall Street Journal the software giant will roll out the new feature for both Google Play and YouTube users.
While Google’s software platforms ranging from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Docs and Google.com continue to receive praise the company has failed to keep up with its competitors in terms of media offerings.
To reach a level playing field with Apple and Amazon the company reportedly signed licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Those two media conglomerates make up a large portion of the mainstream music market and are considered must have partners for any serious online streaming partner. read more