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Why You Should Edit the Headlines in Your LinkedIn Discussions

LinkedIn Discussion HeadlinesA fellow blogger wrote to me a while ago asking how she could edit the headline when she shared her latest post as an update on her LinkedIn profile or in a Group discussion.

There’s a good reason why you should edit your headlines, which I’ll explain in a minute.

Most bloggers I know use the “share” button under their post or the LinkedIn icon in Digg Digg, the floating share bar that enables your social media icons to ride alongside your content when a visitor scrolls through your site (see left).

Remove “Blog Post”

When you automatically post to LinkedIn the discussion headline will read “Blog post.” There is nothing inherently wrong in distributing your posts to Groups – most of the time. Read More→

Make it Easier to Comment on Your Blogs and Websites — and Ditch Captcha

I subscribe to quite a few blogs, including social media experts such as Darren Rouse at ProBlogger and Michael Steltzner at Social Media Examiner. Or, I’ll stumble on a website when I’m doing a Google search. If I have something I’d like to add to the discussion I leave a comment. The problem is — I often can’t easily locate where to do that. So, please make it easier for me to comment.

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Most blogs enable you to scroll to the bottom where there is a box for comments. But there may be dozens of comments before yours — your scroll wheel gets a real workout and I, and others, may lose interest before getting there. I just copied this from a popular site —

Showing 98 comments

Ugh! I guess I should ask myself why would I want to comment there, anyway.

As a result of this informal research, I added “Leave a comment” right next to my byline at the top of my post. So if someone is so inclined, s/he can click and leave a comment without scrolling down. Or, there is still the comment box at the end of the post. Two easy choices.

What ARE Those Letters?

Also, is it necessary to make people type in a jumble of letters to prove you’re a real human being and not a robot? Captcha is the biggest pain in the neck. Sometimes I have to go through the process two or three times before I can actually read the darn letters. That might discourage a lot of people from submitting their comments. I don’t use Captcha and I rarely have spammers – my spam filter seems to be doing a good job.

Anyway, enough griping. I need time to go leave some comments.