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5 things you can do to drive traffic to your blog

Blogs have been aroung for a while now. It’s not an understatement to say that almost everyone has a blog. The problem is that there are so many blogs that it is difficult to get heard. How do you get people to find your blog when there are millions of other blogs out there, and hundreds of them are about the same thing as your blog? Here is what you can do …

1. Fresh content – make sure you post new content on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be every day, but the important thing is to make it regular. Try posting at least once a week.

2. Social Networking – you are probably already on some of these social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and even Instagram. Use your presence there to promote your blog. Whenever you post something new on your blog, make sure to share it with your friends.

3. Visit other blogs – find other blogs with the same or similar topic as your blog and post comments. Often you will be able to attach a link to your own blog, and this will help other people find your blog.

4. Join forums – forums can be great places to connect with other people who share your interests. Find forums for your particular interests, or at least forums that concern the topic of your blog. Make sure to create a good signature as this will show everytime you write something in the forum. The more active you are, the more exposure your link will get.

5. Viral marketing – spread the word! Mention your blog whenever you get the chance. Talk to friends, to family, add a link to your blog to your emails and so on. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth.

These are just 5 things you can do to drive traffic to your blog. There are many more ways, but these are the ones I would recommend starting off with. Good luck!

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Why I won’t buy shares in Facebook

For the past few weeks, or even months, there has been an enormeous hype built around the introduction of Facebook on Nasdaq. The value of Facebook seems to have risen along with the hype growing. By introduction day on Friday (18 May 2012) the company was valued at about $100 billion US. Seriously, that is a ridiculous amount of money, and the fact is there is absolutely nothing to back this number.

Everyone was expecting, and perhaps still is, the value of the shares to rise like a rocket after its release. However, the first day saw it rise only by less than a dollar. Not what people was expecting after all the hype.

Why I will not buy
The reason or reasons for me not buying any shares in Facebook are simple:
1) In order to make any kind of money on shares, any shares really, you have to have a lot of money already. And you have to be willing to gamble with that money, because the fact is … your share’s value might drop and you could end up losing your money. I don’t have that kind of money to spend!
2) If you think the Facebook share will rise like the Apple share, then you are dead wrong. There is a huge difference between the two. Apple makes computers, iPods, iPhones and iPad. These are actual things that people can buy, and that brings profit to Apple. Facebook has no substancial value, it does not produce things. Facebook is a website, and it depends on people to use it. As long as people use Facebook there is potential for ad revenues, but when the tide turns and the numbers of users fade they will struggle to make a profit.

Well, that was only two reasons, but good reasons I think, why I won’t buy shares in Facebook. However, some people might just want to buy one (read: 1) share in Facebook and frame it. That’s ok! But to invest your money, I think I would probably recommend going with either another company, or even spend it on a lottery ticket. When it comes down to it, playing the stock market is basically a lottery.

Instagram to Facebook for $1,000,000,000

This is what I call a major league transfer. Facebook is paying a whopping $1 billion for this little picture company. Because this is really what it is. It’s a undeniably a very popular app, which is now also coming to Android. As you all probably know, it used to be exclusive to iPhone users to alter their photos by applying different filters.

Now, the fear would of course be that Facebook decides to make Instagram a part of Facebook, but according to Facebook this won’t happen.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

A lot has already been written about this deal, and a lot seems to focus on negative things. My question, however, is why does it have to be a negative thing that Instagram now is a part of the Facebook community? The fact is, that most Instagram users already share their altered photos on Facebook, as well as other social media websites. The ability to post your pictures on other social networks will not be removed according to Facebook, so what’s the problem?

Why not instead try to see the positive side of this, and be happy for the creators of Instagram who will now get a well deserved payoff, and those of us who have yet to discover the awesomeness of applying different filters to pictures taken with a mobile phone.

Posterous acquired by Twitter

Well, I can sort of understand the idea behind this. Twitter obviously want to broaden themselves, but the question is whether it will really benefit them enough to justify this acquisition.

Posterous is apparently going to remain as is, so there won’t be an obvious connection.

The fact is that Twitter will not benefit nearly as much as Posterous from this deal. Although Twitter will gain a lot of expertise, Posterous will be the one to gain exposure and as a result a lot more users.