29 Tools to Enhance Your Business Blog

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Are you looking for cool blogging tools to enhance your business blog?

The right mix of blogging plugins and widgets can make it easier to blog and also help you achieve your business goals.

To help you keep up with the latest and greatest, we asked a group of blogging pros to share the favorite new tools they’ve recently discovered.

Here are the latest blogging tools adopted by these social media pros.

#1: Lucky Orange

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Nichole Kelly

Arsham Mirshah of Web Mechanix turned me on to Lucky Orange. It allows you to watch activity on your site in real time and play back people’s sessions.

I’ve been using it to watch fall-off and landing page activity. It has heat maps so you can see where people are engaging with your pages, and it even has live chat. You can proactively chat with someone who is on a page and let them know you are there to help or people can reach out to you directly when you have chat online.

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3 New Bookmarking Sites and What They Mean for You

social media toolsBookmarking is a great way to save things for later follow-up or to revisit on a regular basis.

While your browser’s built-in bookmarks make for a quick and easy visit to your favorite sites, external bookmarking sites can extend to images, quotes, articles and more.

If you use bookmarks often, you may need a better way to organize them and incorporate them effectively into your workday.

In this article I’ll highlight three bookmarking tools that can help boost your productivity.

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Facebook Send Button: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Send Button:  You now have the option of adding a Send button to your content, similar to the Facebook Link button. This new button allows your readers to choose people they want to share your content with.

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Readers can "send" links to Facebook Groups, Facebook friends and even to email addresses.


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This Week in Social Media News: 6 Items Worth Exploring

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

SlideShare Announces Zipcast for Live Web Meetings: This new tool allows you to run live video meetings alongside your SlideShare presentations. The video quality is basic but it’s easy to use. Zipcast is integrated with social media buttons, offers a live-stream chat feature and allows up to 5000 participants. Zipcast’s basic public meetings are free and there’s a paid ad-free version which allows password-protected meetings. This could be an interesting way for some businesses to start web broadcasting. How will you take advantage of this new platform?

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Call a live virtual meeting to review your SlideShare presentation by video and use the chat feature to communicate with the attendees.

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7 Growing Social Bookmarking Sites Worth Exploration

social media toolsWhen you think of social bookmarking, big names like Digg, StumbleUpon and Delicious likely come to mind first. But are these the only ones you should focus on?

Depending on your niche or industry, you may find that channeling all of your energy into broad social bookmarking networks that cover almost every topic imaginable may not benefit you.

Instead of targeting networks that only have a percentage of users interested in your topic, why not find a network whose members and visitors are 100% interested in your niche?

The following are popular niche social bookmarking networks for bloggers, business professionals, developers and designers.

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How to Use StumbleUpon: Your Comprehensive Guide

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You’ve likely heard of StumbleUpon. But do you really understand how to use its full power?

StumbleUpon is a social bookmarking and rating site where people can “Stumble” their favorite web pages, write reviews and share their discoveries with their followers.

This network is like Delicious, but with a more enhanced social platform and sharing system.

Why Use StumbleUpon?

StumbleUpon can be a great site to organize your favorite bookmarks, although it isn’t quite as advanced as Delicious in organization. You can easily save items by giving them the thumbs-up using the “I like it” buttons on the StumbleUpon toolbars for Firefox or Chrome.

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How to Use Delicious: The King of Social Bookmarking

social media how toDelicious is the world’s largest social bookmarking site.  With it you can save, manage and share pages in a centralized source.

It also brings a very powerful community aspect to social bookmarking. This article will reveal innovate ways to use Delicious.

8 Innovative Uses for Delicious

So why should you use social bookmarking instead of just your browser? Two important reasons include that your bookmarks can be shared with others using a specific URL or RSS feed, and they can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.


Delicious show popularly bookmarked pages on it’s home page.

But there are lot more reasons to consider using Delicious. Here are eight more:

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A Comprehensive Guide to the New Digg

social media toolsWhen social networks release a new version of their platform, the changes range from design to functionality. Digg has done a drastic overhaul to both.

Here is a look inside the new Digg – from the first login to submitting stories, advanced features, best practices and some things to consider.

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A look at the login screen for the new Digg.com.

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What the New Digg Means For Your Business

social media toolsDigg has been notorious for driving a server-crashing influx of traffic to web properties worldwide. The social news site has been able to drive anywhere from 1,000 to over 1.3 million page views in mere days.

Reportedly 70% of Digg’s user base have blogs, which when promoted to popularity are picked up by other bloggers, driving additional traffic. This helps websites attain additional exposure.

Why the New Digg for Your Business?

The new Digg will allow publishers to grow a targeted following much like Twitter, without having to promote content to Digg’s front page. When you submit (or Digg) your content, it will be exposed to your following on their My News page (see below).

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