Do you allow comments?
One of a blogger’s toughest tasks is managing the discussions around posts, and determining which comments are valuable and which are spam.
In this article I’ll explore top blog commenting systems and the features that make them a great choice for your blog.
Comment Moderation and Spam
Whenever you post content, it is almost guaranteed you will receive some spam in your blog comments. People will submit comments that are completely irrelevant to the discussion to get exposure for themselves or drop a link to their website.
Want to use your blog to inspire change?
This episode explores how a blogger followed her passion and grew a mega following in a few short years.
More About This Show
The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.
Join me as I interview Vani Hari, who is known online as the Food Babe. Her popular blog, FoodBabe.com, focuses on healthy eating. She’s built a large platform through articles and videos that investigate unhealthy ingredients in food. Her new book is called The Food Babe Way.
In this episode Vani will share how she got started with her blog and built her following.
You’ll discover how to apply Vani’s lessons and journey to your own business blog.
Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below.
Do you need to streamline key online business processes?
With WordPress plugins, you can automate online sales, customer service, project management, email marketing and more.
In this article I’ll share nine online business activities you can streamline with WordPress plugins.
Do you need help managing your blog?
Whether you’re starting a new business blog or looking to revive an old one, there’s a lot to do.
You may even feel overwhelmed by all that’s involved. But don’t worry.
In this article you’ll find numerous resources and practical advice to help you through each stage of the blogging process.
Why Write a Business Blog?
A business blog helps you cement your position as an expert by giving you a platform to provide exceptional content (news, tips, trends) for your clients, potential clients and partners.
Are you unsure where to turn for new article ideas?
In this article I’ll show you how to make sure your future articles are the ones your audience is really interested in.
Here’s a hint how: your social connections can help you discover the topics that will perform well on your business blog.
Would you like to make your WordPress blog more secure?
Most often, people don’t think about security measures until it’s too late. But there are some simple steps you can take to keep your blog safe.
Why Secure Your WordPress Blog?
A blog that has been hacked can suffer from loss of content, stolen data and expensive downtime. Maintaining the security of your blog helps you protect your reputation and provide your visitors with the best service possible.
Here are 5 simple security measures that you should implement on your business blog today to protect it from hacking attacks.
#1: Delete the “Admin” Username
Hackers look for blogs that use the default WordPress admin username because it’s half of the information they need to gain entry to your blog. When you use “Admin” as your username, you save the hacker a lot of time. All they’d need to do next is to figure out your password. Once that happens, they can enter your blog and do whatever they want.
The first step in making your blog secure is to create a new user profile for yourself and delete the default admin username. This makes it more difficult for someone to hack into your business blog.
Regardless of how long you’ve been involved in social media, chances are you have some questions that you’d like answered.
Questions such as, “What are the best social management tools?” or “What are the best ways to engage my audience with social media?”
These and many more questions were answered in the 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, which surveyed over 3000 marketers with the goal of understanding how they use social media to grow and promote their businesses.
Here are some interesting findings from the survey:
#1: Marketers Want Most to Learn About Blogging
When asked what social media platform they wanted most to master, 62% of marketers said blogging, putting it in first place slightly ahead of Google+. This answer is consistent with other studies, which show that the appetite for blogging education is growing.
An important trend to consider is that 28% of marketers now have mobile-optimized blogs. This is highly significant when you consider that the number of smartphone subscribers in the world has broken the 1 billion mark.
Or perhaps you were there but weren’t able to attend all the sessions you would have liked to.
In this article I’ve assembled for you 15 actionable social media marketing takeaways from some experts who presented at the event.
Here’s what they had to say.
#1: Prepare for Social Displacement
With maturity of any new industry comes disruption. Just as email, the web and search disrupted entire industries several years ago (e.g., the postal service, print publications and traditional sales), we can also expect a lot of online disruption to happen because of social media.
- Facebook messages are displacing email (it’s becoming easier to send your friend a Facebook message rather than find their email address).
- Asking friends rather than searching (more and more people are asking their Facebook friends or Google+ circles for referrals instead of searching online for a product or service).
- Listening to podcasts is beginning to replace radio.
Would you like your blog to bring in more leads for your business?
You already know you need to create awesome blog content, but there’s more to business blogging than just that.
You also need to include a few tactics to help you bring in the leads you want.
Here are some useful tactics to entice and capture leads used by top marketing business blogs!
#1: Place Opt-In Forms Around Your Blog Content
There are several areas on your blog that you can use to introduce visitors to calls to action such as free trials, free consultations or a simple mailing list opt-in form. These areas include your header, sidebar, the end of blog posts, your About page and your footer.
Unbounce, a landing page software creator, encourages people to try their software or sign up for their mailing list in their sidebar and post footers.