Stumble into the Weekend

Most of us read our favorite feeds on a daily basis. There are good and bad posts, but some really stand out. “Stumble into the weekend” is my way to express my thanks to the writers of those posts. I read them, I stumbled them and now I link to them.

  • On Arsenal Marketing you can find a list of 139 Social Media Sites, including the PR. This should come in very handy, if you’re thinking about Social Media promotion.
  • Netbusinessblog illustrates for you why building one site is better than building multiple sites. I agree. Concentrate on one strong, profitable authority site.
  • Daniel wrote “Add a Footer to Your RSS Feed: 7 Practical Examples” on Daily Blog Tips. Something I should also do. If you’re one of the new subscribers to my feed, you might even see one, by the time you read this.
  • The blogging tips experts from Blog about your Blog rightfully think, that they belong into the Technorati Top 5000. To get a little push they are holding a contest, and guess who just entered. Dude, I’m so sneaky.
  • If you’re into affiliate marketing, this post about “how to hide all your affiliate links with only one file” might be something for you. It’s written by Derek, and since it is just one of many examples for his great posts, it doesn’t only get him a link, but also a place in my blogroll.

That’s something to read for your weekend. If you like the posts, why don’t you give them a stumble yourself?


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Social Media Extension for Firefox

97th Floor released a “Social Media Extension” for Firefox today.

The extension consists of 2 elements:

  1. It’s an addition to your status bar, that shows you the votes at Reddit and Digg, the stumbles at StumbleUpon and bookmarks at Del.icio.us of the currently opened page in your browser.
  2. When you visit one of these sites, the extension adds displays for the ratings at the other sites.

It looks like this:

Social Media Extension

This is the Industry News section of Digg with the extension installed. This way you can also see how many stumbles, votes and bookmarks the stories got on the other sites.

In the status bar you see the 4 symbols for all the currently supported sites. When you open a blog post and click manual, you get an overview without having to visit the sites.

When you see a story you like that hasn’t gotten any stumbles yet, you can submit it to StumbleUpon, thus strengthening your reputation there, and vice versa.

So, get the Social Media Extension for Firefox and try it out.

Thanks to 97th Floor and everyone involved in the creation of this extension.


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Blog Traffic Made Easy

John from sitefever.com has released a free 22-page ebook. “Blog Traffic Made Easy” contains a lot of nice tips for the starting blogger. The content is grouped into six chapters:

  • Planning
  • Design
  • Promotion
  • Delivery
  • Encourage Linking
  • Tracking Results

So, if you want to download your free copy of “Blog Traffic Made Easy”, go to sitefever.com and get it.


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2 Sitemaps for your Blog

A sitemap is a website’s index. The whole content of the site is listed in one single document.

Bloggersjourney uses two plugins to generate sitemaps.

The first one is Arne’s Google Sitemap Generator for Wordpress. It creates a simple xml file without any text formatting. It’s a way to complement the regular web crawling for search engines like Google, Yahoo or MSN. You can look at it here. Whenever you publish or edit a page or post, the sitemap gets rebuilt and a ping is sent to Google (If you haven’t already, you should register with Google Webmaster-Tools. It’s really helpful).

The second plugin I use is Dagon’s Sitemap Generator. While it is also a list of posts and pages, this sitemap is meant to be readable by my blog’s visitors. Have a look at it.

This way visitors and search engines have their own sitemap, and you don’t have to make compromises.


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15 Free Web Directories for your Blog

If your looking for some links to your site, you shouldn’t forget the web directories.

Nowadays people mostly use search engines, so directories have lost some of their earlier importance. They still give link juice and the occasional visitor, though. And since web directories help search engines to better understand the topic of your blog, you should consider submitting it to a couple of directories.

Of course you could pay someone to submit your site to hundreds of directories, but if you want to make sure not to be listed next to a lot of splogs, or are simply as cheap as I am, manual submission to these web directories shouldn’t be too much work.

The List:

PR8:

http://lii.org/

PR6:

http://www.busybits.com
http://www.worldhot.com

PR5:

http://www.somuch.com
http://www.directory.ldmstudio.com
http://searchsight.com
http://www.earthstation9.com
http://www.clickey.com
http://www.qango.com
http://www.addurl-free.com
http://www.bizseo.com
http://www.submission4u.com
http://www.jamjaa.com
http://www.linkspub.com
http://www.domaining.in


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