With April showers misting outside it is time to revisit the SEO advantage of metatags in your blogging. Sort of a strange name and WordPress has shortened it to “Tags.” All the bloggers here at the cyber wigwam have moved their Tags sidebar box up under the Publish box to be a little more prominent. Tags are one of the most important elements of getting SEO* advantage from your blog posts. It is like hanging tags on your blog post that say “Find Me!” We’ve had cases at Council Blogs where one blog post with very unique tags can be found on the first page of Google. The really neat thing that our bloggers find is that they can attach their blog posts to their other social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Maybe someday, even YouTube. At lept Like A Blog we call this the Social Media Marketing Framework.
*SEO – What the heck is that? Search Engine Optimization.
January is National Mentoring month (you can read all about that here) and here at the Cyber Wigwam we are considering the impact of having a mentor. You can attend classes at lept Like A Blog in Social Media. But if you want a little more help you can consider a mentor. Just like any topic, having someone pass along their experiences in Social Media can shorten your learning curve significantly. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress or YouTube you can spend a lot of time to master them. If you need help in social media you can email the bloggers at firstname.lastname@example.org and begin a dialogue.
Congratulations to the JPL team for the Curiosity landing. Pictures are spectacular. The animation of the landing process are phenomenal. The PR staff is realizing the power of social media, setting up a special sub domain for social media. You can check it out by clicking below. Social media is allowing us all to participate in the revelry.
Looking forward to the end of 2012, Facebook will probably hit 1 BILLION users. Then what? With the recent email shenanigans will people start looking for other networking sites more trustworthy? At 1 BILLION, roughly half the people on the internet will be on Facebook. A year and a half ago this was more like a third of the internet was on Facebook. The growth in the user base of Facebook is quite interesting over the last few years. Here at the Cyber Wigwam, the bloggers are wondering what’s next? What makes a social networking platform attractive for all types of users. The ability to interact is what we consider the number one feature of a social networking platform. Pinterest is an interesting phenomenon. Lots of pictures, mixing pictures, lots of color, not necessarily a lot of dialog. What would make the ideal social networking platform? Share your desires and ideas below.
Bloggers at the cyber wigwam ask, “When is the best time to publish your post?” The short answer is “now!” One of the curses of bloggers is to procrastinate on their thoughts as they put them to paper, or should I say, screen. The adage of Progress versus Perfection comes to mind. At Council Blogs we like to envision our blog as simply telling the story of our business. No one can start to understand it if we never start telling them. Develop the habit of keeping your thoughts short. Especially in today’s fast paced society, everyone wants a short read anyway. Also, when we broadcast to our other social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn they only have space for a short message anyway. So the moral is keep it short and get it published!
Can you make money with Social Media? I suppose you can try. Making money directly is a bit of a stretch. Even the soft frenzy of Wall Street buyers for Facebook can see that. Here at the Cyber Wigwam we see social media and blogging as an interactive way to keep our customers engaged. To pass along our expertise, to keep them informed of what’s new, and to interact. Interaction is what sets social media apart from traditional static websites. As Seth Godin points out in his book, Tribes, people want to follow a movement. Why not make your business or service a movement? With the social media elements at our disposal, our clients can be engaged or be part of our business movement. Indirectly, having a good relationship with our customer can help generate business.
The bloggers are busy this week leading up to Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day began as a tradition after the American Civil War. Generally, the canon is symbolic of the conflict. How does a canon get from installation to installation? At the time of the Civil War the canons were pulled by horses, 6 to be exact. A battery was made of 6 canons and the accompanying caisson and repair wagons each requiring 6 horses. The two wheeled unit between the horses and the canon is called a limber. The limber also had a box that carried the ammunition. That ends up being a lot of horses. The photo is a little scratchy but you can get a sense for all the horse flesh required to move a canon battery. It doesn’t take quite as much horsepower to get the blog posts rolling with our motivated bloggers at Council Blogs.The bloggers all have their posts connected to Facebook from their wordpress sites. Feel free to comment on the blog posts here. Enjoy your holiday weekend.
The benefits of business blogging are well documented in many places on the web. Here at the Cyber Wigwam we recognize the importance of consistently publishing blog posts. That’s why we have a council that meets every week. It is sort of like Laptop-i-stan, a term coined by David Sax of the New York Times (read it here) where everyone gets together to work on their individual projects. There is even a Facebook page now for laptopisites. The one thing everyone should know about Council Blogs is that it is being social about being social in the Blogosphere. If you are interested in business blogging or want to take an adventure to Laptopistan email Chief. You can also comment below and leave your thoughts here.
The state of the blogosphere this Valentine’s Day shows that bloggers are active in Social Media as well as posting to their blog. Google+, Facebook and Twitter are the popular choices for bloggers. Here at Council Blogs, along with WordPress, our bloggers also like LinkedIn. We had a special advanced class delving in-depth into Linkedin. In the blogosphere the stats show that most bloggers are big into Social Media:
Here at Council Blogs at the Cyber Wigwam we like to have pictures as hyperlinks in our sidebar. The folks at lept Like A Blog have made it easy to develop these by supplying a starter code for a text widget. Click on the screen dump to be directed to the site. Here you can copy the code in the gray boxes and paste it in a text widget in a sidebar of your WordPress blog. Once there you can modify the 3 fields to suit your needs. How easy can it be? There is even a code for having someone click to send you an email. Please comment with other widget ideas you have come across or would like to see added.