Sunday, January 20, 2013

Claim Your Blog on Technorati in 2013

Technorati was the #5 traffic Source for Basic Blog Tips in 2012

In this episode I encourage bloggers to register their blog's in the Technorati blog directory. Currently over 1.3 million blogs are listed and the submission process is simple to do.

A review of the 2012 traffic stats for Basic Blog Tips, my primary blog, shows that because of the directory listing, Technorati became the #5 source of referral traffic for the entire year. 
Top Traffic sources include Technorati

The benefit of getting visitors from Technorati is that the traffic is highly targeted and engaged. Many of the visitors ended up subscribing to my email list, following me on Twitter or Facebook and subscribing to my YouTube Channel

Technorati is "set-it-and-forget-it"

Sign up for an account with Technorati and the process of claiming your blog is pretty straight forward. Enter the title, description and RSS feed for the blog and Technorati will provide you with a claim code. 

The claim code needs to appear inside of a blog post, and this is Technorati's way of verifying that you are the owner or administrator of the site. I recommend adding the code to an existing blog post (versus publishing a post just for the purpose of the claim). You'll receive an email once your site is verified and basically that's it! That is all you need to do in order to complete the procedure - "set-it-and-forget-it".

I first noticed the increase in traffic and back links when I was monitoring my blog's progress in Google Webmaster Tools. And at the end of 2012 I received an Annual Traffic Report from I recorded a video to demonstrate the wealth of information provided in:

WordPress Stats from the JetPack Plugin

Don't think that Technorati is just for small blogs, even the high traffic blogs are taking advantage of being listed in this powerful blog directory. The Huffington Post, Mashable, The Verge, and many other leading blogs have claimed their listing and so should you!

Here's a screenshot of the top five blogs!

Top 5 blogs on Technorati

Did you claim your blog with Technorati yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

My Tools, Tips and Strategies for Google+ Success



Google+ is the social networking platform that can't be ignored. With over 100 million active users and a growing list of the benefits it's time for you to jump in and take advantage with these tools, tips and strategies for success.
Google Plus Social Network Success

Google has integrated their Google + social networking platform with most of their other free internet tools. Similar to Facebook, you can have a profile in addition to a business page on the platform. I recommend using a Gmail account to establish your profile and preferably the same account you use to access Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools.

Google+ and YouTube Account Integration

YouTube can be even more deeply integrated with Google + and by can connecting the two accounts from your YouTube account settings. Click on the Advanced settings link to access the authorization area.

Connect YouTube to Google+

Fill out your Google + profile and tagline. In the introduction area you can include the hyperlinks to key areas of your blog or website.
Google+ tagline and Circle Count Extension
Google+ Tagline and the Circle Count Extension

In the Other Profiles section, add links to all of your social networks like Facebook, Twitter, About, Podcasts, etc. 

The Contributors section is critical to your Google Authorship and Author Rank. These are two exciting features that Google introduced to increase the number of clicks we can get from our listing on the search engine results page or SERP. It's important to link to any site that we are guest posting for or contributing other content to. 

Google + Communities & Resources Mentioned 

WallFlux - RSS Feed Generator for Facebook Groups

HootSuite Hootlet

Add +Ileane Smith to circles on Google+
Add +Basic Blog Tips to circles on Google+

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