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How to Connect with Write Speak Sell

Social media has grown so fast over the past couple of years that I often wish everything would stop for six months so I could catch up.  Do you sometimes feel that way, too?  In my blog, I try to keep up with developments and share what I’ve learned with you, my valued readers.

There are a number of ways you can access my content – and, if you’re not a subscriber already, I hope you will become one if you enjoy what you’re reading here. I’d also love to get your feedback on topics you’d like me to write about and how I can keep improving this blog.

Keeping Up With my Blog

Write Speak Sell is actually built on the WordPress content management platform – so it serves as my website and the place where I post my articles, or blog posts. So, when I say I’m writing a blog, I really mean an article. Bloggers are just article writers – no big deal!

There are a number of ways to follow my blog/website/posts:

  • Email updates. You can subscribe and receive new articles by email. Just fill in the subscription box at the right.

  • RSS Feed. You are no doubt familiar with the orange RSS icon. It’s the one on the far right under “Connect with Jeannette.” If you click on that you will see this screen that gives you the option of subscribing and being notified of updates on aggregators like your Google Reader or Google Home Page.You can always change it to another reader. This way you can see all of your news feeds together at a time of your choosing. Of course, you need to have an account with one of these sites.

  • Bookmark it. If you want to read my posts on your schedule you can simply bookmark Write Speak Sell.

  • Social Bookmarking – Increasingly readers are tracking their favorite bloggers on popular social bookmarking sites such as Delicious and StumbleUpon. You’ll notice at the side of every blog post there is a “traveling” vertical display of various social media sites like Digg, LinkedIn, and Twitter. (I’d love it if you’d click on these to RT and post to these sites for others to read my articles.) Next to the bottom is an icon “Save.” If you click on that you can save my blogs to Delicious and find them later. But you also help spread the news about Write Speak Sell which helps to attract more readers.

Your Feedback, Please

I’d love to hear from you in the comments section. Let me know the topics that interest you and what I can do to improve this site. Thank you!

Digg Digg Helps Me Go Viral

[tweetmeme]My regular readers may notice a difference in my site. I’ve cleared out my left column (in WordPress parlance this is called the left skinny side bar) except for my photo. It’s not ego but the web is a personal medium so I’ve left it there.

But what’s also new is the floating icons in my blog’s background. It’s a WordPress plugin called Digg Digg.  It appears when you are reading the complete article in my Blog section. (See it on the red background to the left?). What’s cool is that you can’t make it go away. If you scroll down this blog post the icons follow you. YES!

The purpose is to entice my readers to click on one of the links so that my blogs get posted to social media sites which helps to boost my search rankings. I hope you don’t mind my sharing this little secret with you.

You know the usual suspects like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Click on the button and a blog  (or newspaper article) gets retweeted or posted to a reader’s account. But you may not be as familiar with the social bookmarking sites Reddit, Digg and StumbleUpon. They go a step further and let you vote for your favorites. It’s sort of a popularity contest. To briefly describe them:

Digg. This site describes itself as carrying the “best news, videos and pictures on the web as voted on by the Digg community.” If you like a blog, or news story you are reading you Digg it by clicking on the icon.

StumbleUpon. According to the site, “StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites. As you click Stumble!, we deliver high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences.”

Reddit. On this site, users submit content including new stories, blogs, and commentary and then readers vote it up or down. The posts with the most “up” votes reach the coveted first page.

In this humorous TED video, you’ll discover the power of these communities. Reddit founder Alexis Ohnian describes how Reddit voters helped the Greenpeace organization save humpback whales by voting to name Greenpeace’s symbolic whale “Mr. Splashy Pants.” At first Greenpeace didn’t like the name, for obvious reasons. But because the name was wildly successful with Reddit voters, and garnered a huge amount of publicity, “Mr. Splashy Pants” ultimately became the backbone of Greenpeace’s marketing campaign.