Archive for May, 2008|Monthly archive page

Digg Tips, Building Relationships with Bloggers and SEO Basics

Manish Pandey has some useful tips for reaching the front page of Digg.

Problogger has 12 tips for building relationships with bloggers. This is oriented toward bloggers but should still be useful even if your organization does not have a blog. He has more here.

SearchEngineLand explains why you need to know SEO basics, even if you outsource.

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Social Media Sarcasm, Comparing Search Traffic, Facebook Censorship and Progress in China

Want to use social media to drive visitors to your website? Do the opposite of everything this article says.

Darren Rowse explains how you can use Google Analytics to compare search engine traffic over time.

Is Facebook censoring for spam or just trying to control the flow of information? Marshall has some theories.

The only good news I’ve heard from China in days.

CHINESE internet users appear to have been allowed an unprecedented degree of freedom in the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake, but some comments continue to be censored.

Internet posts questioning the disproportionately high number of children killed in last Monday’s earthquake and criticising the distribution of aid to affected areas have been appearing on Chinese websites since the disaster.

Hopefully this isn’t a short term development.

Tips for Stumbleupon Success

Stumbleupon.com can drive significant traffic to your website, sometimes in excess of 10,000 visitors within 24 hours. Although content remains king, there are several things you can do to increase the odds that pages on your site will become popular. The following list is not comprehensive, but maybe eventually it will be. You can help by leaving your ideas and tips as comments, so please do.

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Keyword Research, Pitching Bloggers, Google Friend Connect

Search Engine Journal has an interesting piece on some interesting tools for keyword research.

Matt Haughey has some thoughts on how PR firms should contact bloggers.

Google has just launched a new kind of social network.

Websites that are not social networks may still want to be social — and now they can be, easily. With Google Friend Connect (see http://www.google.com/friendconnect following this evening’s Campfire One), any website owner can add a snippet of code to his or her site and get social features up and running immediately without programming — picking and choosing from built-in functionality like user registration, invitations, members gallery, message posting, and reviews, as well as third-party applications built by the OpenSocial developer community.

Visitors to any site using Google Friend Connect will be able to see, invite, and interact with new friends, or, using secure authorization APIs, with existing friends from social sites on the web, including Facebook, Google Talk, hi5, orkut, Plaxo, and more.

Looks interesting. I’ll be following this pretty closely in the coming weeks.

Social Media Sites of Value to NonProfits and Foundations

Site Focus
Digg General
Reddit General
Stumbleupon General
Buzzflash Liberal/Progressive
Shoutwire General
Mixx General
Propeller General
Care2 Social Action
Hugg Environment
PlantChange Environment
VideoSift Videos
Current General