November 24, 2014

How To Use WeFollow Wisely Or Not At All

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It’s a sad tale, but sometimes I get in a hurry and forget some good blogging practices like read the fine print.  That’s what happened to me yesterday and thankfully my Twitter friend @FindAGrave called my attention to the fact that when I gave permission to WeFollow to access my Twitter account I also clicked both checkboxes, one of which gave WeFollow permission to change my Twitter profile site address to a WeFollow website link instead.

Now that I think about it, I’ve seen this on other people’s Twitter accounts too. When I click on their weblink it takes me to WeFollow instead. OK, I don’t want to be redundant here, so here’s what you need to check:

  • Click on your Twitter Account > Click on Profile > Look down the list below your photo, etc. and check to see if your Web is your blog address or Website.  (Twitter will NOT let you change your web address in your profile until you do one more thing. )

  • If it isn’t, then scroll back up and click on Connections. In that list is all the websites who have permission to connect to your Twitter profile (I think it’s listed by when you gave the permission.)  If one of them is WeFollow you need to click on REVOKE ACCESS.

What I had to do was just that, and then go back into WeFollow and sign up again with my Twitter account name (this isn’t mandatory, just something I wanted to do) but this time, I made sure not to check the box allowing them to change my website/blog address.  As I have read, this used to be an automatically checked box by WeFollow, but now it’s not.  They must have gotten some angry flame mail. :twisted:

Don’t give away your site’s link juice.  Why promote someone else’s site and pump up their page rank instead of your own?

Subscribers Magnet Plugin – Our Review

I’ve been waiting for this newest MaxBlogPress Plugin for quite a while, and now it’s almost here.  Tomorrow is the big day and I’ll be getting mine, that’s for sure!

http://www.maxblogpress.com/go.php?offer=bankduck1&pid=35

Last week I had the great pleasure to download, and test-drive a brand-new plugin from MaxBlogPress creators; it’s called ‘Subscribers Magnet’… perhaps you have already heard or read reviews about it!

Here’s my opinion about it and why I think you should or should NOT buy it!

First of all, ‘Subscribers Magnet’ is a WordPress plugin which will rapidly build your email list by using the technology in some unconventional and unique ways. It’s unobtrusive and highly impactful. Watch this video to see it in action.

You have the option to add your opt-in form all over your blog, and actually ‘seduce’ your visitors to join your list, in a very friendly manner.

You can add your form in your blog sidebar, in the footer bar, within the post itself and even in the comments.

The most exciting part about this little plugin is that you have full control over the look, feel, location and functionality of your forms; the plugin works with AWeber, GetResponse, and all the other major autoresponders out there.

What I don’t like about this plugin is that it’s too EASY to use. You don’t need any html coding or programming skills. And I think with the ease of use, it’ll attract people who will wrongly utilize it, and  just like with any software or method, it’ll decrease its value and effectiveness overtime.

Yet, in the hands of potent and smart bloggers, this is so powerful, it could triple your sign-up rate almost overnight, without you having to get more blog visitors than you’re already getting. For example, if you actually get 100 unique visitors to your blog on a daily basis [on average] and you get a 5% conversion rate, meaning 5 subscribers, then using this plugin, you could get 15 subscribers instead, from the same amount of traffic.

If you’re all about optimization, you’re going to love the plugin — that’s for sure!

For example, imagine your visitors landing on your blog. This plugin will automatically fill the visitors’ name/email in the opt-in form on your blog. They won’t have to type in their email and name anymore. It’s all done for them, on auto-pilot!

Now, please listen closely. You should NOT buy ‘Subscribers Magnet’…

1. If, once you finish reading this plugin review, still don’t see its real value
2. If you receive less than 10 visitors a day to your blog
3. If you don’t plan to actually test-drive it on your blog.

On the other hand, you should BUY ‘Subscribers Magnet‘…
1. If you want to double, triple and even quadruple your subscription rate ‘overnight’ – and do it over and over again, day and night, week after week, month after month!

2. If you are sick and tired of not getting optimum list conversion and want to get the maximum from your blog’s real estate by placing your opt-in form in strategic, non-intrusive locations, where anybody can see it.

P.S. Here are some other mind-blowing features, perhaps not found elsewhere:

A. You can a show footer bar which is highly visible but not obnoxious. Very good for turning first time visitors into subscribers.

B. You can SEND “automatic” and highly-personalized ‘thank you messages’ by email, on the first occasion someone comments on your blog? Think of the possibilities! In that message you can invite them to join your newsletter or rss feed. It’s another “friendly” reason to bond trust with your readers and get them on your list, in a non intrusive way!

C. You have unique tracking available for each subscription method – you will know for sure which forms perform better than others; with this new found knowledge, you’ll be able to boost your sign-up rate like never before!

P.P.S. Download your copy of ‘Subscribers Magnet’ PLUGIN and receive a free copy of “Multiple Hit Strategy” with your purchase. This bonus item is actually a step-by-step manual detailing the multiple hit strategy for rapid list building.

SEO and Genealogy Blog Promotion

One of the ways to get your genealogy blog listed high for seo is to make sure you have three key things:

Link Building – How many sites link to yours tells the search engines just how important your site might be.

Keywords – adding keywords and phrases appropriate for your site will attract more traffic and make it easier for like-minded people to find it.

Page Optimization –  Structuring your page to make it search engine friendly. If you don’t get a lot of traffic, it could be the design of your page.

 

 

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Cabinet of Curiosities: Fossils

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I love showing off my “curiosities”, although this post may be late to enter in the Blog Carnival Cabinet of Curiosities. In any case, here is my contribution to the show and tell.

My curiosities are millions of years old and they were all found at Main Beach on Amelia Island, Florida between 1988 and 1992. The two teeth are from Great White (Megaladon) sharks and they were found on the same day after a storm churned up the sand offshore and deposited the teeth for this lucky fossil hunter. The more complete tooth of the two was ‘hiding’ under some foam on the beach and as I swooshed my foot over the foam, I could just see a little bit of this big tooth. Now, this isn’t one of the biggest teeth to be found, to be sure, but it is the biggest I am apt to ever find since I no longer live in Florida, but in Washington state.

My friend Ann and I were just strolling down the beach, admittedly hoping to find a huge tooth. We playfully nudged each other out of the way and practically dove to grab any big tooth laying there, which is what we did when I found the tooth on the left. Ziplock bags are a prerequisite for beach combing on Amelia Island, and many days we would haul home a good sized handful of smaller teeth. By the way, yes, that is a full-sized #2 pencil I used for comparison.

The third item in the picture is a fossilized mammoth tooth I found sometime in 1988. It was when we first moved to the island and our friend Peggy, a biology teacher at the high school, identified it for me one night in her living room as we paid a visit after a day at the beach. She slyly said that if I ever wanted to get rid of it, she would love to have it. Ha! Fat chance!

Although my interests for this blog generally turn in the direction of genealogy, I guess we can stretch it a bit and talk about animal fossils instead of my ancestors. If anyone finds my dead end, Miles Yates, I would be happy to trade him for a fossil or two. ;)

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