Perhaps the hardest part of blogging is being able to engage your audience and get them to participate in the conversation. Being able to build a relationship with every new visitor that comes to your blog is an important step in getting your audience to take part in your discussions, and it has never been easier.
NewScientist had a great article yesterday about the lifespan of a story on Digg. After a very comprehensive study (they looked at the 29,864 most popular stories during 2006), the researchers concluded that the average sustained surge in popularity that a story receives after hitting Digg’s front page lasts a mere 1 hour and 9 minutes. After this point, the users of Digg have likely found something else newly promoted to the front page to occupy their interests and your story is shuffled off of the front page.
There is a reason why you see a big orange button that reads Subscribe to RSS every time you visit our site. RSS, or Really Simply Syndication, is the easiest and most time efficient way to consume web-based content. Look at the following video to learn why you should use RSS and how to use it.
People often underestimate how much is actually lost when spoken word appears in print. A statement can be interpreted several different ways depending on your intonation when you speak and where you put the emphasis but this is often not apparent when your statement appears in print.
Last year I wrote a guide to web analytics that discussed various types of tracking solutions such as [Google Analytics](http://www.google.com/analytics/) which has caused many people to ask me about solutions other than Google. I personally am a big fan of Google Analytics, but if you don’t want to use them for some reason or are looking for more advanced reporting, Engine Ready is a great solution at a cheap price. Here is why I like it:
The results are in from Fox Interactive Media’s study that examined the growth and marketing power of online social networks, and the news is good. The study was conducted in partnership with Isobar and Carat USA and considered feedback from about 3,000 U.S. Internet users and MySpace clients.
MyBlogLog is a great service for building up your site and encouraging community. However, with the site’s own rise in popularity over the past several months, meaningful interaction was becoming less prevalent and distinguishing those community members who were actively participating in your site from those who simply joined and then never returned was becoming more difficult.
MySpace is now rotating presidential candidate profiles in their “Cool New People” section located in different places throughout […]
Infomercials are well known for selling products, but how many of them are actually entertaining? The problem with watching them is that they are boring so even if they are selling a great product it is hard to keep viewers concentrated. Today I was surfing YouTube and I actually found an infomercial that was humorous enough to keep me tuned-in.
While it is hard to argue that Twitter is merely a fad and will soon blow over, we are beginning to see signs that opinion-polarizing micro-blogging service’s traffic may have peaked. As if that news wasn’t bad enough, now it appears that the 19 million member strong social networking site Facebook may put an end to Twitter.
Using full feeds to disseminate your content over RSS may seem silly. After all, if people can consume all your content through their RSS reader, they have no incentive to visit your site. Whereas if you only provide them with a snippet from the entirety of the content, then they have to click through to your website to read more, there by increasing page views, right? Not quite, according to Rick Klau, the Vice President of Publishing Services at FeedBurner.
Every social news site has its strong points and its weak points. Netscape, while manages to get many things right, has a fatal flaw that may eventually destroy the community aspect of the site if they keep allowing people to abuse it without any consequences.
We are well aware, the world over, of China’s infamous censorship laws that block access to any kind of content that disagrees with the opinion of the state. However, seldom do we contemplate the state of content availability and accessibility in the U.S.
Since the rise of the internet in the 1990s, pornography has ruled the internet. While difficult to measure accurately, the online pornography industry is estimated to be worth about $1 billion, and counts for about 13% of website visits in America (compared to search engines, which account for 7%). But it appears that new uses are about to overtake pornography in terms of online popularity.
Before you actually read this article, try to make an educated guess about the top 1-5 sites visited most frequently by US internet users in March 2007. While many of you will make the same guesses, the results are going to surprise you.