What’s your influence on the internet?

Recently, I have been playing a lot with my brand new Twitter and Google+ account. I wanted to test the impact social media networking has on bringing traffic to blogs, and the results are encouraging. Besides using Google Analytics to measure traffic, I’m also using Klout to measure the level of influence I have on my network. Out of 100, I got a score of 30 …. which is actually not bad, considering the average score at 20 (based on klout stats). 

On the surface, there isn’t any SEO benefits for having a klout account … but I can relate it to Page Rank. PR measures the importance of a page, while Klout measure the impact have on the internet and your connected networks. While it doesn’t spell the end of the world if you have a low score, I think it helps to know where we stand, and how we can improve our score. Klout measures our influence based on 4 factors: 

90 Day activity – your activities on major social networks such as Twitter, Facebook & Google+. It counts  how many RTs, mentions, +1, likes, comments you received

Your true reach – True Reach is the number of people you influence, both within your immediate network and across their extended networks.

Your amplification – Amplification indicates how much you influence people.

Your network – Network Impact measures the influence of your network.

When setting up your klout account, you can choose which 3 topics you want to be influential about. For me, I chose Social Media, Blogging & Internet Marketing. We can get free +Ks daily to acknowledge those who influences us. In a way, giving +K adds to the influence of the person. I don’t mind giving free Ks to anyone who wants it. But please do not leave your details in the comment box in case your profile gets abused by spammers/scammers, instead send me your Klout profile url via tweetFB message, or via Google+

In Klout, there are 16 terms/levels used to measured your influence. Below is the list, not in any particular rank or order. You are categorized based on the level of involvment in Participation, Sharing, Creating, Broad, Focused, Consistent, Casual, Listening (re: the grid picture below)

  1. Observer
  2. Explorer
  3. Activist
  4. Specialist
  5. Dabbler
  6. Conversationalist
  7. Socializer
  8. Networker
  9. Syndicator
  10. Feeder
  11. Thought Leader
  12. Pundit
  13. Curator
  14. Broadcaster
  15. Taste Maker
  16. Celebrity

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If you are using Pinterest for business, it’s time to track your traffic

With so much attention and focus on Pinterest, the million dollar question many marketers are asking: is traffic from Pinterest worth anything? 

For every type of marketing, it’s natural that different businesses get different results. Pinterest may work very well for certain industries and products, but may not much additional profits for others. The only way to find out is to analyze the traffic with defined metrics, and determine the success of the marketing campaign. 

tracking Pinterest traffic with PinerlyPinerly is a company that gives you the answers on Pinterest’s traffic. Find out what your targeted audience likes, what get repins or viewed often, etc. However, it is not officially launched yet. To be one of the first to get in, you can put yourself on the waiting list:

http://www.pinerly.com/i/wpK7e

Dorian Taylor (doriantaylor) on Twitter

Yes agreed, technology is to make our lives simpler and more effective…and give us more time to enjoy our lives.

Microsoft Executive sings her resignation on YouTube

Maybe she’s isn’t that good in writing 😀

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A project manager from tech giant Microsoft decided to go out in style by singing her resignation in a video that was posted to YouTube.

Executive Karen X. Cheng, posted the video to her YouTube account on April 16.

Cheng is moving to another company called Exec, which is a new company that was started by the creator of the popular broadcasting site, Justin.tvaccording to TechCrunch.

The video is very creative but I had mixed feelings as I was watching her sing about all of the things that she worked on while she worked at Microsoft.

There is an element of sadness because it can be sad to leave your job, but I was also laughing a little as I was watching, because the lyrics are quite clever, and she smiled a lot as she was singing.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the video:

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Are Internet Marketers and Online Business Owners Socializing Enough?

It’s puzzling why Internet marketers and even individuals who do online business put little emphasizing on social networking with their peers.

While engaging with your followers and customers are important, we must not forget that networking with fellow partners and forming strategic alliances can make our online marketing a greater success.

You probably are guilty of this if you didn’t do one of the following or have been avoiding:

  1. You don’t tweet, FB like or promote any content from your peers on social media networks
  2. All your Pinterest images or tweets are about your blog and products.
  3. You don’t follow any of your competitors because you don’t want to be part of their “count”. Not a very smart move IMHO, because you are out of the loop on their marketing strategies. And to win, you need to know the market inside out.
* this is not a complete list, but I believe you get the picture

This mistake also brings you unfavorable results since sharing only your content to the public bores your followers and readers. It makes them wonder are you objective in your sharing of information. If everything is about you and your products, you’ll get discounted by your astute readers sooner or later.

2 online photo editing tools you can use

Photo Enhancements

This is an awesome free tool that I just found recently. Great for editing profile pictures and make myself look better, make the food more delicious, and make me want to revisit those places I traveled! A big range of photo editing tools that you can use including: crop, rotate, adjust the level of exposure, colors editing, sharpening and resizing images.

http://www.picmonkey.com/

Other interesting features: 

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Watermarking pictures

For those who are interested to protect your works and photos, this is a fast and easy tool to use. Best of all, it’s free! You can upload the pictures from your computer, flickr, facebook or picasa. You can position the location of the watermark too, put it top, bottom, left, right or center…all at your preferences. 

http://picmarkr.com/

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Doing the right things at the right time

Random thoughts for today:

Many times in life we get distracted easily. There is always the temptation to stop what we are doing now, and go out for fun.

But I notice a big danger that many people are prone too – and that’s focusing on the wrong thing. Say for example you are going to build a blog, the most essential part you should be focusing on is content, and not how to get traffic. At the initial stage, without a consistent “inflow” of content, even with traffic, you are not going to gain much from it. In fact it can even do more harm than good. Why do I say that? Well, imagine if I will to get to your and see that you have only a few pages of content, will I ever visit your site again? Chances are low. That’s why the first stage should be building content and work hard on it. With content, you are able to capture traffic, and have more returning visitors in the future.

Likewise, don’t focus too much on the statistics of your traffic. UNLESS you have thousands of visitors daily. Otherwise the data on your Google Analytics isn’t going to be sufficient for your to analyze anything meaningful.

This doesn’t apply to creating a blog online. I believe this is what we should apply in our lives too. Whenever we want to do something, we should always determine is it a necessary step, and are we doing the right thing at the right time now. Make sure that everything is systematic, and you’ll be more productive with the results coming in faster too.

Managing passwords the easy way with softwares

Unless you have an amazing memory to remember all your passwords on tens or hundreds of websites, then you’ll need a password manager to organize and remember all your passwords. If you are using one password for ALL your web logins, then it’s a good time for you to change that habit before your accounts are hack. Bigger risks include having your online banking accounts jeopardized. Besides managing your passwords, these applications are able to generate strong and secure passwords, and is actually a productivity tool since it auto-fills for you without the need for you to refer to your “password notebook” or excel spreadsheet containing 100 hundreds of passwords. Managing passwords is an essential task if you are using the Internet a lot. And in today’s context, having a secure and different password for different sites is very important. Because the last thing you want, is to have your private and confidential email account hacked, or your banking account compromised. Find out my shortlisted of 5 software to use to manage your passwords

Content Duplicated on Multiple Blogger Blogs

If you realized that suddenly you have duplicate content on other blogspot ccTLD, don’t worry, your content is not invaded by pirates who copy your content wholesale. This is actually a form of censorship implemented by Google, to fit into the requirements for respective local governments. What this means if your blogspot.com, may redirect to blogspot.com.au for Australians. And for webmasters, they are wondering is their search engine rankings going to affected because of this new policy. For the full story, read on here.

Censorship has been hotly debated recently, and this new measure to control content and information is not surprisingly. What I’m concerned is that this could be the first step to a more stringent and lead to more information/content increasingly being censored by the local government. Of course, savvy users could still use proxies, so that they could visit the original blog, and read the information instead of being redirected to their country specific domain.

50 iPhone Apps Under 1 Roof

The complete review on unseen apps for iPhone. Just use a QR code reader with your iPhone to read that code, it will bring you straight to the review. Search for the app if you haven’t install it. Heck, you may think “why the trouble with the QR code, why not just give me the url directly”…..Well, I wanted to try something different today. It’s boring reading and doing the same thing everyday right? Why not do the same thing differently for a change 🙂

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