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Social Networking

Social Networking

Do We Make The Most Of Social Networking Sites?

What is the power of Social Networking for those of us who do business in the online world and do we begin to take full advantage of it’s power?

If we look at it in narrow terms Social Networking contains some of the most visited sites on earth,it has come from near zero in terms of traffic in 2005 but today it’s a real force in the market,perhaps given it’s growth patterns we shouldn’t be surprised that English is the second most popular language

Looking at Facebooks numbers they are mind blowing,700 billion minutes per month are spent on facebook with 50% of it’s users logging on every day,clearly Social Networking has come of age

That other giant of Social Networking Twitter grew by 1382% during 2009 and that allows for a drop off in the latter months,take a moment to take those sorts of numbers on board because their pretty mind blowing and that’s before the new twitter arrives with a whole host of new features

Twitter as those of us who use it know takes on a life of it’s own,we get followers from all over the world and get followed by the authority figures in our industry,clearly they can see the power of Social Networking and so should we

What is amazing is how much you can pack into 140 characters,one wonders if the limit will need to rise to stop people trying to use twitter as a staging post to take people elsewhere in the Social Networking heirachy but I guess with video due on stream that will be a way around that

What Do People Use Social Networking Sites For?

What are the main uses of Social Networking sites? well it seems that on twitter it’s 25% about how people feel or are doing,20% is event driven by announcements and 13% is retweets

I guess in a way that it’s strange given we are by nature social animals that we reconnect with old friends on Social Networking sites,but then where else can you type in a name and bring up a picture and contact somebody you haven’t seen for years

I was trying to get the breakdown of what people do on Facebook but was rather less successful,the raw numbers are easy but exactly what the users of this giant Social Networking site are doing is a little harder to find out

But what of all the other Social Networking sites,the number of which is mind boggling,it runs into dozens and new ones appear every day and who is to know which will be the next Twitter or Facebook for those of us in the online world the ability to network between Social Networking sites is invaluable,I talked about the power of
Linkwheels on the 8th October and their power in traffic generation and their power in generating
Backlinks on 9th August

So What’s In Social Networking For Us?

Good question,for those of us in the online business world what’s in Social Networking for us?well it’s growing at a massive rate,Facebooks growth is simply massive and there in lies the real answer,the power of numbers and in facebooks case the access that their Facebook Like Button gives us to other peoples Facebook friends

So the opportunity with Social Networking is twofold,generating traffic back to your site with Facebook and Twitter and those that use either or both you know the power of them,the power of the retweet on Twitter and the massive power of the like button on Facebook

Then there are the actual Social Networking based products of which there are many,we have seen many traffic generation products particularly for Facebook and many automation tools for Twitter to help you find new followers to unfollow those who are not following you

What would I personally recommend? well there are a number of great things, the first one being a piece of Twitter software that does all of the important stuff in terms of automating the key issuesTwitter Automation Toolgoing on from that there is Twitter Online System that also makes Twitter to whole lot easier

How about Social Networking products for Facebook? well there are a couple that I particularly like, one using the power of Facebook traffic and how to automate the process Facebook Trafficand to generate the power of 500 million fanbook pages Facebook Fanpages

Lastly but by no means least make sure your using Social Networking

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The Power Of Plugins

The Power Of Plugins

How Can The Power Of Plugins Help Your Online Business?

To get the most from your blog you need to be using The Power Of Plugins,put simply they do a huge number of good things behind the scenes in your blog,from saving you time,optomizing your pages and driving you targeted traffic so you need to make best use of them

Not using the The Power Of Plugins would be rather like opening a great shop in the middle of the desert,the staff could be really knowledgable,the prices great and the service amazing but if nobody saw what you were doing it would be doomed to fail

So exactly what uses can The Power Of Plugins bring to your blog,how can they help,well they can tell you what and where your traffic comes from and can help to create sitemaps to help bring more of it,they can help with your search engine optomization of which I will go into more detail later and a lot more

How though do The Power Of Plugins save you time?in a word automation,they do the tasks that you would simply forget to do in the background,ping your blog out to the search engines,social bookmark your blog,remind you of little tweaks that will make a massive difference that you had just overlooked

Put simply The Power Of Plugins are simply massive and many are simple to install and free of charge,many of the wordpress users have created plugins to assist with the function initially to help with their own blogs and have then shared them and on those a few ask you to consider a contribution but it’s not essential

My Key To The Power Of Plugins Recommendations

First up would be All In One SEO Packclosely followed by Google Analyticator you simply must know who’s coming to your blog and why Akismet is another must have, it stops you ending up with those spam comments that we all hate being posted prior to you vetting them

What else by way of The Power Of Plugins should we be looking at? well video is a big part of how Google ranks you these days so
EZWebplayer allows you to put good quality video on your blog,be it introductions, how to tutorials or whatever other needs you have for it

Now in terms of how The Power Of Plugins can help to get you extra really targeted traffic you should be using Onlywire Autosubmitter once installed this will automatically submit your posts to a number of the social bookmarking and networking sites creating valuable backlinks,do you start to understand the power of plugins?

Whilst not strictly part of how The Power Of Plugins can help your blog you should none the less set up gravatars on your blog,it creates a picture of both yourself when you comment and the person posting once they have registered,its completely free and takes just a couple of minutes to do Gravatar it gives your blog a friendly face

Clearly we could spend hours on The Power Of Plugins but I think that gives you a few of the key ones to be going on with,however one final one would be the Facebook Like Button the power this seemingly simple button has should not be underestimated,neither can the power of Facebooks 500 million users and growing and I’ll come back to the whole Facebook as an opportunity theme shortly

I Would Recommend The Following to help The Power Of Plugins On Your Blog

I have touched before on The Power Of Plugins and in particular one plugin that literally help you improve the SEO of any blog post,I talked about it here in my
19 July Post or if you want to read about it in more detail then go here to read more about it http://tiny.cc/0d9bg

Other ways we can use The Power Of Plugins to boost the success of your blog comes in the area of subscribers,this plugin will double the number of subscribers that you get and we all know that there’s double the money in double the list to
Double Your Opt Ins go here

Now clearly there a great number of other great paid plugins but I think you start to get the idea here but I think what you really need to do is go away and work out what you want to automate and make light work of it with The Power Of Plugins

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