February 16, 2006
A Blog Click Tracking Tool
The obsessive compulsive blog stats person might be interested in a free service called MyBlogLog
MyBlogLog logs the clicking activity of your blog visitors and graphically displays which links are the most popular with your visitors by hovering over the link. This can fall under the heading of "stupid blog tricks," but the service also allows you to post a sidebar widget that lists your most popular links.
This tool does add to the richness of your content.
February 15, 2006
Take Control of Podcast Files
del.icio.us a social bookmarketing service now owned by Yahoo has a great little application for playing mp3 files. Add a bookmark from del.idio.us called a Playtagger and you can automatically play any mp3 file on a site you are visiting.
Most podcast sites have players, but many do not. This way you can sample any file without downloading it. This is a great tool to embed on your own podcast site too as it instantly craetes a player for your visitors.
I have it installed on my Duct Tape Marketing Podcast
Don't know much about del.icio.us? Great resouce here
June 23, 2005
Add Cartoons to Your Blogs
Everybody likes a good cartoon. Innovative cartoonist, Mark Anderson, has created a way for the more playfully minded blogger to add an "on topic" cartoon of the day to their blog. I love this service for its creativity and viral marketing concept. Create a marketing concept that allows everyone to win and you will create a sales force of loyal referral agents.
April 06, 2005
It's del.ove.ly, it's del.icio.us, it's del.lirio.us
Despite the really bad reference to a Cole Porter Song in this pos title, I would like to share a couple of pretty high level blogging resources with you. Del.icio.us likely started as one of those tools that a programmer created because they wanted to do something in their spare time that was cool. And De.lirio.us pretty much looks like a knock off of del.icio.us. Well, what we have now has become a key component in what is being called social bookmarking. The idea behind this concept is that you can gather, as you likely do already, bookmarks on various topics but share them with the world instead of just collecting them on your browser. Again, on the surface, that's nice, but, why would I do that.
Here is one very powerful use for this tool. I surf the net looking for great content on the subject of - Uses for Blogs. (Now, this is something I write about and know my readers want to know more about) I bookmark some great sites and I bookmark every post I ever wrote on the subject. This collection of bookmarks, a veritable goldmine of info on a specific subject, is now an RSS feed and can become a part of hundreds of other blogger's social bookmark system, sending me some new traffic and subscribers. Check Out Blog Uses
These sites have a very geek (and I mean that as a term of endearment) developed look to them but you should try to muddle through and find more uses for this tool. It does a lot more than I have explained here. From Delicious site:
» del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others
March 16, 2005
Yahoo Intros Blogging With A Twist
Word on the AP wire today is that Yahoo plans to finally take advantage of its gigantic user base to introduce a blogging tool. The description on a Yahoo beta page describes a service that seems as though it is a hybrid blogging and social networking tool that will allow users to take advantage of all of the resources that already exist on Yahoo and then power up applications such as email and contact management. For example:Users wil be able to text message and send photos to their blogs from their wireless phones. From the AP report:
The service is designed to enable Yahoo's 165 million registered users to pull content from the Web site's discussion groups, online photo albums and review section to plug into their own Web logs, or blogs, the Internet shorthand used to describe online personal journals.
They say that the service won't be available until March 29 and will be offered by invitaion only, much like gmail, but you can sign-up to be on the invite list.
If you already have a free Yahoo acount you can sign-in and get more details