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What Do You Do To Promote Trust From Your Readers?

Sire In The Flesh

My last post titled SezWho Promotes Interaction On Your Blog got an interesting comment by Brian of Domain Structure, who on a side note has a great list of sites who use the “do follow”, that basically states that providing an actual picture of myself, rather than a random avatar, would help to build trust with our readers. Whilst I agreed with him I said that the avatar I have used since the very beginning could almost be seen as part of my ‘branding’ and that I couldn’t possibly change it.

Then I got to thinking that perhaps Brian was right and there was a way around this dilemma. All I had to do was take a black and white photo of myself striking the same pose. So out comes my trusty Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50 digital point and shoot camera and with the aid of my son Frank we took some photos. Unfortunately the flash wasn’t very becoming and even after playing around with Paint Shop Pro I still wasn’t satisfied.

Those that know me know that I am very impulsive and the only thing that I will wait patiently for is sex and that is only because that is the only way I will get any. So out comes the Sony DCR-SR300 digital camcorder which has a 6.1megapixels still photo capabilities. As my son had left by now and I didn’t want to bother him again, I mounted it on my new Manfrotto tripod and got ready for action.

The beauty about the Sony is that it comes with a remote control and I was able to zoom in and out whilst posing and after a couple of manipulations with the tripod I was ready to go. I then loaded the best of the photos onto the computer and with the help of Paint Shop Pro I produced a new avatar of yours truly as well as a new favicon.

As you can see from my new avatar I definitely have nothing up my sleeve and so the avatar just oozes trust worthiness, not to mention a fair amount of sexual appeal. My only problem now is to keep all the women from trying to contact me in order to gain sexual favors.


SezWho Promotes Interaction On Your Blog

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Let’s face it, most bloggers thrive for interaction. The main reason for each and every post is to get some form of reaction from our reader that will hopefully result in a comment. We live for our comments and every comment results in a new high. It can become addictive so that each post strives to beat the previous one. There are a lot of things that we do individually to invite comments.

  1. We promise to reciprocate all comments.
  2. We install plugins like ‘dofollow’ and ‘commentluv’
  3. We comment on other blogs in the hope that they will reciprocate. Not many do though.

The list goes on, but the truth remains that without comments blogs fall short of becoming a true social media. That is where the plugin SezWho comes in as it is designed to improve community engagement to blogs. It does this by showing universal web-wide profiles for the participants and by enabling the community to rate both comments and posts.

You will notice that my avatar appears above each post and alongside each comment, and the size of the avatar is configurable from the SezWho site. I am hoping that this post will encourage you to join SezWho, which is completely free as I would love to see an image of the person I am talking to. The more members we have the more interactivity that will occur between blogs and the more ‘social’ we become.

As Time Waits For No Man, the time to act is now, don’t think about it, just do it.


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Andy Bailey Takes CommentLuv Up Another Notch

I use commentluv on all of my blogs and Andy Bailey is one of the few bloggers that I subscribe to. I’ve known for awhile that he has been playing around with a  new version of his popular WordPress Plugin and I was really exited when he released the Beta version. I’ve installed it on WassupBlog to put it through its paces and with luck I think it will add another dimension to getting people to comment on individual blogs.

What makes this plugin different from the old one is that instead of parsing the last post it now enables you to choose from your last 10 posts. Think about all the times that you wished it hadn’t picked that particular post and how you would have prefered to have shown one that better related to the post you are commenting on.

Why not leave a comment and test it out. I know that you want to?

Edit: It seems that for the plugin to work correctly you need to register at Registration is free so why not join.

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Are You A Lazy Blogger?

I read an interesting post the other day by crsenter called Using Keywords For Your Creativity which is basically how to use keywords and phrases creatively in your post. She’s also included a link to a free website that can help you find the answers to the right keywords. As usual, her posts get me to thinking, and I suddenly realised that although I know all the basics about SEO, including the necessity to use the right keywords, I do not actively take the time to source the appropriate words, phrases, linking stratagies etc to make my blogs stand out.

I left a comment on her post saying as much and to my surprise she admitted that;

I don’t research keywords near as much as I should either. I just go with the flow.

At least she does attempt it on occasions, which is more than what I do. The reason I don’t do all the ‘right’ things is because I reckon it just takes all the fun out of blogging and blogging is something that I want to enjoy. I suppose that in essence I must fit into the ‘Lazy Blogger’ category but at least I am a happy lazy blogger.

Although there is a poll on this post I would like you to go beyond just simply casting a vote. I want to hear your opinions and whether or not you adhere to all the SEO rigmarole.


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