Sunday, October 30, 2011

What's Hot on Google Plus

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It seems that every week Google unleashes more and more really nifty features for Google Plus, and they did not disappoint this week. They actually introduced 3 cool new toys this week..What's Hot, Google Ripples, and a photo enhancement suite called Creative Kit for Photos.


What's Hot


Google Plus now has it's own version of Twitter's trending topics. What's Hot shows the hottest posts across the entire Google Plus network, not just in your circles. Whatever is being shared and talked about the most can be found under the What's Hot link on the left side of your screen, under Sparks, as well as underneath new posts inside the main stream.


Google Plus Ripples

It's always fun to check and see how posts travel and how things get shared.  With Google + Ripples you can check a post to see just who shared it and visually follow the conversation.  To see the post's ripples, just click the dropdown options in the upper right hand corner of any post (where you would usually mute or block a post, etc) and click on "View Ripples".  From there you can see how much it has been shared and by mousing over the individual circles in the diagram can see who it was who shared it. Each circle represents another share, and the arrows show a share's direction. A larger circle with circles inside indicates more resharing. It shows when someone shares a post and multiple people reshare that post from that person. There is also a draggable timeline slide bar at the bottom of the ripples diagram page to let you see the spread of the share by day.  The "View Ripples" choice only shows up once a post has been shared for the 1st time.  It even includes some metrics.  This could be a really useful tool for tracking what your followers are interested in and what gets the most engagement on G+.  There is also a scrollable list of shares on the right that updates as you zoom in and out of the Ripples, which makes it easy to find influential people....

Note: Cross posted from The World According to Suze.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wanna Be a Giant Squid..

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Image by BigGirlBlue via Flickr

This week Squidoo announced some big changes in their Giant Squid program. Up til now, a lensmaster had to have created 50 “quality lenses” to be eligible to apply to be a Giant Squid.

What’s a Giant Squid?

A Giant Squid is a sort of club for lensmasters who have created at least (now) 25 quality lenses. 

The Giant Squid title comes with some pretty desirable perks, including no daily lens limit, greenlighting of your lenses so you don’t get stopped by the spam filters, the ability to create lens templates and save them, and elimination of the “no more than 9 links per domain” limit. That last one will be HUGE for me.  I like pictures on my lenses.  If you’re not a Giant Squid and you have more than 9 pictures hosted at the same domain you can’t publish your lens. You have to split them up somehow and host them at different places.  What a HUGE pain in the butt that is!  It’s there for good reason, I suppose, but they should have some exceptions, like Photobucket and Flickr. Oh well, now all you need is 25 lenses to apply and that’s no longer an issue!  Awesome!  Each level of Gianthood above 25 gets a few extra little perks, like getting to be able to hand out Purple Stars at 250....

Note: Cross posted from The World According to Suze.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Should You Buy Squidoo Lenses?

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When I first decided to get off the fence and actually start making lenses on Squidoo, I went there and looked around, and sat, and thought, and made lists of the million things I could make lenses about, and then..  I did nothing.  I just didn’t know where to start.  I knew making a lens wouldn’t be difficult, I am pretty good with the HTML and have been blogging and doing various other types of writing online for quite a few years now, but I just didn’t know what I wanted to do first.  Then I found someone who was offering a whole bunch of lenses for sale. She had a bunch of lenses, all in niches that I was interested in, an...

Note: Cross posted from The World According to Suze.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Do Url Shorteners hurt SEO?

Note: Cross posted from The World According to Suze.



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Anyone who regularly posts links to places like Twitter or Facebook, or anywhere really that has a character limit, is well aware of how vital a good url shortener program is.  If you’re just regularly posting pictures of your lunch, well maybe you’re not too concerned about the effect of using these services on your backlinks and SEO.  For bloggers and marketers, on the other hand, it could be hugely significant. I’ve been wondering for a while now about the effects of url shorteners on the links  I post, and while poking around the internet today, I came across a couple of different blog posts about it and this video by Matt Cutts, explaining that url shorteners do not hurt your SEO if the service uses a 301 redirect.  The page rank and anchor text do flow through from the shortened link.  ...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My First Squidoo Payout Earnings


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I joined Squidoo back in 2009 with the intention of jumping in, making lots of lenses, and making lots of money.  I wish I had actually done that, because by now I’d have lots of lenses making me money already, but, unfortunately, I didn’t.  A couple months ago, February I think it was, I decided to get on the ball and actually do something there.  I have, so far, a total of 18 lenses and this past payday I got my first Squidoo payment from my lenses.  I made a grand total of $7.74.  Okay, so I’m not getting rich here, but I don’t think that’s half bad for not really doing much of anything. I haven’t done much but create them and then update them here and there. Some of them do need a little makeover, but overall I think they are looking okay.  I have plans to do a little article marketing and work on some backlinking in the near future, but as of yet I really haven’t done much in the way of promoting them and I have made a couple sales.  Yesterday, I woke up to find I had made 6 sales on one of them!  That was a sweet surprise! That was the first “big” sale I’ve made so I was pretty excited about it. I will get paid for next payday, and hopefully I will have made some more sales by then. ...

Note: Cross posted from The World According to Suze.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How To Use Windows Live Writer to post to Tumblr

I don’t have the time at the moment to do a fully detailed write-up about Windows Live Writer specifically, but I just wanted to post something quick about my newest discovery.  Since I’ve just recently started blogging again, I haven’t kept up on a lot of blogging-related things, so I’m pretty late to the Windows Live Writer party, but I just discovered it 2 days ago. It’s pretty freaking awesome!  The only thing I was disappointed about was there was no support for Tumblr in Windows Live Writer, so that’s what I wanted to write about here.   ...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Well, whatta ya know!

It seems while I was busy doing other things, Blogger finally got its head out o its ..well, you know..and gave me back my blog! Shortly after my last post on this site, I got a notice from Blogger saying this blog had been shut down due to suspicion that it was a splog..aka spam blog..set up just to post crap for the purpose of collecting Adsense cash. I immediately wrote to them telling them that, no, it wasn't, it was my blog, but I got no response. I was shut down, couldn't post here, couldn't edit anything, couldn't moderate comments, which left the spammers free reign to post their crap to my comments..grrrrr. I periodically checked back and finally gave up, figuring it was a goner for good. Then today I happened to check again, expecting it to still be locked and found it was BACK! Thanks, Blogger! I don't know what about this blog would make anyone think it's a spam blog, since I made regular posts, written by me, not trying to sell anything to anyone. The only thing I can think is that maybe someone I posted something about didn't like it and reported me for spam? Oh that I have it back, I might actually start posting here again. In the meantime, I've got another blog now, a Wordpress blog hosted on one of my own domains, at , and I've been making lenses over on and you can follow me on Twitter or on my Tumblr blog.