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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 commentluv.com. 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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Marketing Your Business Via The Web – Guest Post

I have always said that blogging was a great way to build up relationships, especially if you take the time to comment on blogs that you happen to visit, it’s sort of like saying ‘hello’ to someone you pass on the street. Something that very few of us do. I know I get a brief shocked expression when I give a cheery ‘good morning’ to a passer by but it usually changes to a bright smile and a reply from the recipient.

Anyway it was through my interaction with bloggers that I met Mitch, a very intelligent blogger from America. Mitch had asked me to do a guest post for him and I was more than happy to to whip one up for him. I then thought how great it would be to have a person of his capabilities do one for me and so I tentatively sent out the request and Mitch was gracious enough to come up with this great piece of content.

Before I present the actual guest post I would like to add a few of Mitch’s other sites that he forgot to mention, Services And Stuff, Reviews Of Everything and Medical Billing Answers.  As you can see, Mitch likes to keep busy, which is why I am particularly grateful that he took the time for this guest post:

I got into helping small companies market their primary businesses on the web quite by accident. Back in 2006, I was giving a presentation on a health care related topic to one group, got home, and saw that my consultant’s group had its speaker back out at the last minute, and we didn’t have a topic or speaker for our meeting in two days. I wrote to the group offering to do a presentation on website presence, and they jumped on it.

The thing is, I don’t know why I said it, or what I was thinking at the time. I hadn’t put anything together. It was just an idea that popped into my mind at that moment, and I really didn’t think they’d jump on it the way they did. So now I had to scramble and try to figure out what I was going to do. This was on a Wednesday, and I spent the entire rest of the day and night trying to think about what I was going to do. It finally hit me at 2:45 in the morning, and I went to bed secure in the knowledge that I at least finally had a direction to go in.

The next day saw me spending 7 hours putting together a PowerPoint presentation, using the construction of one of my websites and a couple other websites I had at the time as background material. Suddenly it was Friday morning, and I launched into a presentation that I thought would last about 35 minutes, but ended up lasting 90 minutes because of the questions and enthusiasm on the topic. When it was over, I had two people immediately ask me if I’d help them with their websites, and SEO Xcellence was born.

I believe that most small and large companies have no real idea of what to do with their websites. Many people I talk to say they have a website because they want to be part of the 21st century, but other than that they don’t have much up on their pages. I tell people all the time that having a website is so much better than a brochure as a business tool because it not only gives them the freedom to express themselves and show exactly what their business can do, but it can be changed at a moment’s notice for very little cost, no cost if they know how to do it themselves.

I now have two business websites, two blogs (one attached to one of the business sites), and three other sites. Where my businesses are concerned, I have my website on my business cards; my business email address reinforces my business name; every email I send out has my business email address on it (though it may be for the different business or website at the time). If people go to either of my business websites they’ll see many pages of information, all written by me, and there can be no confusion as to what I do. And I continue adding more content all the time, because there’s always more I want to say. People spend a lot of time on my main business site, TT Mitchell Consulting, Inc., and that’s what I want them to do, because I want to reinforce my business name in their minds. As I mentioned, I also have a business blog Mitch’s Blog, which helps drive traffic to my site because it’s always creating new content, which helps keep websites fresh; search engines love that.

There are many things to consider, but the landscape can be very confusing. That’s why I wrote a small ebook on it titled Using Your Website As A Marketing Tool, which is for small business owners who haven’t quite figured out what to do with their websites. There are many advertising and marketing opportunities businesses are missing, and this low cost alternative is the perfect way to help enhance all business goals

I want to thank Mitch for that post that will only enhance this blog. I would also like to mention to those reading this that you should not be afraid to ask others to do a guest post for your blog or to be afraid to do one for another blog as there are many advantages for both parties, ones that go way beyond that of mutual promotion.

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