Jul 232013
 

More Exposure and Comments

for Your Blog Posts through B3 (Former TSA)

TribeTSA Mastery now renamed to Biz Blogging Buzz (B3) has made a big difference in my blogging experience.

When I started out with writing Blog posts I occasionally had someone commented on my posts and I was really excited about it.

Like most people on the Internet with a Website/Blog I wanted more exposure and comments and for my blog to be found on Google.

Through someone’s post I came across the TSA/ Biz Blogging Buzz (B3).

One of the deciding features of the TSA/B3 for me was that it is free.

I also liked that this community has members who committed are to commenting on and sharing each other’s content via Social Media.

The Biz Blogging Buzz provides tutorials on how to be an active member of the B3, and it also has tutorials teaching how to use Social Media sites and Internet tools like Stumbleupon, Digg, and more.

I learned how to leave valuable comments instead of just ‘Great post!’.

Through reading the posts of the members of the B3 I learned about all sorts of aspects of Internet Marketing. I also came across many interesting, inspiring posts, and technical ‘how to’ and health and wellness information and videos.

Since the TSA platform for sharing includes a point system and awards the top commentator and top syndicator I learned that I have a bit of a competitive side and enjoyed achieving both top positions a few times.

The generosity in the B3 community is astounding.

There are many definitions of ‘Syndication‘,

The one which applies to the B3 the most is:

“An association of people formed to engage in an enterprise or promote a common interest.” The Free Dictonary

Kimberly Castleberry is at the ‘helm’ of the community and has provided lots of posts and tutorials, not only for the B3 but also about technical ‘how-to’, Facebook and many more. It would require a whole blog post to mention them all.

All of them have been continuously working on improving the B3 information for it’s members and they are also available on the B3 Facebook group for question.

It is also great to see some of the community members stepping up to help with some of the tasks.

Some of the results I got from being part of the B3:

  • more comments
  • my posts being shared on i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon
  • my Google and Alexa Ranking improved
  • my posts show up on page 1 on Google even in the first spot at times

There is so much more that could be said about the B3.

I highly recommend to try it for yourself. After all it is free!

To join the B3 and get started go to the Biz Blogging Buzz and learn how you too can get more Exposure and Comments.

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Nov 132011
 

The Advantages of a Blog are:

  • A Blog can be a Website as well as a Blog
  • You can set up your front page as a Static page or a blog
  • You could even have a free one (less options and flexibility)
  • You can install it into an existing website
  • You can maintain it yourself
  • You can choose from thousands of lay-out options
  • Thousands of plugins to choose from
  • Easy to have photos and videos on it.
  • WordPress makes all this easy
  • Ongoing Free Information providing value leading to:

  • draws visitors to you
  • repeat visits
  • relationship with reader (rapport)
  • establishing trust (credibility)
  • Google ‘loves’ blogs leading to:

  • Better ranking
  • More exposure
  • More traffic
  • Social book marking made easy twitter, face book etc leading to:

  • more exposure
  • more traffic
  • Comments including the reader
  • leading to back links, more traffic
  • It costs as little $3.50 a month (Hosting and Domain Name)

WordPress.org provides a platform with themes, widgets and plugins.

WordPress also has a great support system if you need to find out how to do something.

Themes allow you to create the kind of Layout, set-up, appearance that you want.

There are lots of free ones to choose from.

This blog uses the Suffusion theme and there will be a tutorial on how to customise it to your liking.

Widgets are like boxes which can contain text, video, optin-forms and other application.

You can customize how many, which ones and were you want to use these.

Plug-ins are extras which help with running and optimising your blog.

Examples of the important ones are:

Akismet – Security and spam control

Help with Search engine optimisation :

All in one Webmaster

Google Xml sitemaps

RB Internal Links

Backup:

WP-DB manager

Social Bookmarking:

Tweetmeme (retweets)

Digg Digg for easy sharing of content on Twitter, Facebook and other Social media sites

Comment luv for easy commenting which can include a link to the commentors latest post.

WordPress.org also gives the option of having

hidden and private and password protected pages

and if your blog is large enough to have a forum as part of the blog.

All of the WordPress.org options I mentioned are free.

You can buy extra themes and plugins if you want.

So the only expense is the Hosting and Domain name.

Ipage  (affiliate link) provides a Hosting package deal  for $3.50 a month, which includes the option to install a WordPress Blog.

When you sign up with Ipage the price of the domain name is included.

I would be happy to help with the setup and pass on what I learned

 

Sep 182011
 

Do you like to create your own blog/website?

WordPress.org is an excellent option to use to do so. It provides lots of themes and plugins to customise what you want.

Everything may run smoothly for you and you may have some experiences with some of the trickier aspects.

For my first 5 posts and 17 pages everything was working well.

The exciting part was that the search results in Google showed my site on No 1, 2, 3 and 4 in some searches out of over 300 000 and others out of over 36 Million. I was also posting some of my content on the Unified Tribe where other people share each others content.

You may appreciate the panic I felt when my site was not loading.

First I tried to sort it myself. The person at the help desk had to pass the problem onto a technician who told me in an email that I may have to do some scripting. After another attempt to sort it I tried the help desk again, having narrowed down the issue to permalinks. Once again a technician was suggested which could have taken another 24 to 48 hours. Just as well all these services are included in my hosting package.

Since I wanted my site up sooner than that, I decided to start from scratch which meant:

  1. Delete files in the file manager
  2. Uninstall wordpress
  3. re-install wordpress

The site did not work – back to help desk and I was told to:

  • delete cookies

Now it worked. Still had not figured how to get the scripting sorted.

Finally I figured that I had to go into:

  • Host control panel
  • find .htaccess file
  • paste in the re-write script

Finally the permalinks work and the site was showing up again on the internet, and the search results hadn’t changed much. Yeeehaaa!

Katie Freiling suggested permalinks settings as /%postname%/ which is under Custom Settings.Permalink settings Post name

Luckily I had saved all my content in my documents, so I could just copy and paste it.

In the process of this I also discovered that Ipage the host I am using and WordPress has a lot of tutorials and documentation that could (have) help(ed).

Knowing were to look and how to do things makes it a lot easier.

Feel free to contact me if you have any problems with your online journey/marketing.