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Social Bookmarking Sites With NoFollow? No Problem!

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

If you aren’t familiar with marketing using RSS feeds yet, it’s never too late to learn. Hop on over to FreeRSSTips.com to receive a free guide about RSS. So what does RSS have to do with this post?

Well as many of you already know, social bookmarking sites can generate traffic to your sites as well as help you with backlinks in the search engines. Yet many of them nowadays are employing the dreaded “nofollow” tag which isn’t going to give you any love for backlinks.

But by leveraging these sites’ RSS feeds, you can totally bypass the nofollow tag. Many social bookmarking sites offer RSS feeds for your account, which displays the links you’ve bookmarked right within the RSS feed. And guess what? There is NO nofollow tags inside the RSS feed.

When you submit your RSS feeds to the major aggregators (think FeedAge.com, FeedAgg.com, RSS2.com etc.), the contents of your feed are displayed on the aggregator’s site and the links contain NO nofollow tags. You’ll not only gain backlinks from the aggregator sites but also your urls at many of the aggregator sites tend to rank very well in Google.

So if you aren’t marketing with RSS yet, it’s very simple to get started and the benefits are numerous. For a full list of the top RSS aggregators, check out the free RSS guide over at FreeRSSTips.com.


Twine Is Live, Where’s Yours?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Twine is now public!If you haven’t heard of Twine yet, it’s never too late to get started. Nowadays there are many sites that let you keep track of your interests, favorite items, blog posts, etc etc. And that’s exactly what Twine is all about too. So what makes it any different, or any better? Well first of all, you can collect just about anything – not just stuff online but also upload photos, videos etc. But the big reason I think Twine will become a huge player in the search industry is because it’s heavily based on semantic understanding.

The semantic web is coming, and is happening right beneath your eyes. It’s a new way of understanding data and how pieces of data relate to each other. I’m considering putting together a mini overview of semantic search, so keep an eye out if you’re interested in learning more.

What Twine is good at is learning how information is related to each other, and learning information about you. With that said – let’s chat about how Twine can help with our marketing efforts.

I’ve been a beta member for a few months, but just today Twine has officially gone public. In my account at Twine, I can create groups or join other people’s groups. In these groups, I can collect information from throughout the web or from my computer. Okay I know what you’re saying, “Big deal”… But here’s the good news.

Each group has an RSS feed.

If you’ve read any of my other posts related to RSS, you’ll know how powerful RSS marketing can be. Since Twine is likely to become a strong player in the search engines, it’s a smart move to get yourself involved now and create some groups. I know I’ll be using Twine as part of my social bookmarking and RSS marketing strategies from now on.

Jump on Twine and take a look, let me know what you think. Here’s my Twine: http://www.twine.com/user/mystfire


RSS Explained: What Exactly Is RSS And How Can It Benefit You?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

So what exactly is RSS? You’ve probably heard about it, but might not fully understand what it means. RSS is an acronym for “Really Simple Syndication”, although it’s sometimes referred to as “Rich Site Summary” as well. The word “syndicate” means to publish simultaneously. For example, an author who writes a column might get their column syndicated across several newspapers.

The term you typically come across is “RSS feed”. It’s called a feed because it feeds your content into feed readers, similar to syndicating your content across several readers or visitors. But an RSS feed is really a document. It’s a document created in a language called XML – short for Extensible Markup Language. It might sound confusing, but so does the meaning of HTML – Hypertext Markup Language. That doesn’t stop you from creating websites, does it?

RSS Mashing… More Tools For Your RSS Arsenal

Friday, August 29th, 2008

xFruits RSS Tools I came across this unique site and had to share it with you. The site, xFruits, exposes many tools to help you do more with your RSS feeds.

You can set up email alerts from RSS feeds, turn xFruits email messages into an RSS feed, publish RSS feed content to your blog, turn your RSS feeds into podcast output and much more.

I’m not affiliated with this site in any way, but am always on the lookout for useful tools like this dealing with RSS. Have some fun with it, and let me know what you think.

RSS: There’s Nothing To Be Afraid Of!

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

The acronym “RSS” means “Really Simple Syndication”. SIMPLE… Right, so let’s not complicate it. An RSS feed is kind of like a directory listing of your site’s content, that’s always updated whenever your content gets updated. If someone subscribes to your feed, they’ll know every time you make an update to your blog.

When you subscribe to an RSS feed, you have to have a way to receive the feeds. This is because feeds (at least not automatically) don’t go directly to your email. There are several popular feed readers online such as Google, FeedBurner, and FriendFeed just to name a few.

Feeds are a great way to stay on top of websites you like to visit. Instead of having to visit each one in order to see if new content is posted, you can simply visit your feed reader. If you’ve subscribed to your sites’ RSS feeds, then you can easily track when new content is available right through your feed reader. It’s a great time saver.

Since RSS is becoming more and more popular, if your site isn’t publishing it’s own RSS feed you are surely missing out on some valuable traffic. There are feed aggregator sites that let you post your RSS feed to the public. What this means is, people who visit these feed aggregator sites can more easily discover your site. It’s also an amazing way to get indexed in the search engines quickly. Feed aggregator sites are similar to feed reader sites.  By submitting your RSS feed to several feed aggregator sites, you have the potential to gain invaluable backlinks as well as exposure to new visitors.

Many content platforms already allow you to easily publish an RSS feed. For example, WordPress automatically makes an RSS feed available. All you have to know is the url. It’s typically “www.yourdomain.com/feed”.

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