Can Content Syndication Make You a Happy Blogger?

Is it a good idea to let someone else publish your blog content through Content Syndication? What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of such a strategy?

Mike Allton‘s insight:

Should You Syndicate Blog Content? 

Once you begin to blog regularly, one of the options for increasing your reach and audience that comes to mind is Content Syndication. Through syndication, when you publish a new post to your own blog, it gets published on syndicated sites as well. 

The thing is, there are Pro’s and Con’s to content syndication that every business needs to consider. 

On the one hand, syndicating your content can bring your posts to the attention of a far larger audience, enhancing your readership and backlinks and more. 

On the other hand, bloggers risk giving readers little incentive to visit their own site, and perhaps even worse. 

For all of the benefits and risks, and a glimpse into my own experiences syndicating my blog content, please read today’s article. 

If you’re syndicating your content now, or have considered it, I would love to hear your thoughts. +Jeff Bullas , who is quoted in the post, believes that “you increase visibility and that is a great thing.” My own opinion is a bit more complex. What do you think?  

Read the post here: 

#Blogging   #ContentMarketing   #SEO   #ContentSyndication   

Pin it here:  

See on


Is Twitter trying to be more like Instagram and Pinterest?

Images and Video will appear in the Twitter stream as previews, and the multimedia can now be shared without any text at all.

Mike Allton‘s insight:

What do you think about Twitter image and video previews?

Yesterday, Twitter revealed that images and video will now show up as previews in the stream, rather than making users open the individual tweet to see the image or play the video.

What do you think? Will our streams be filled with nonsense and random images and video, or is this a cool feature?

The article below reviews the details, as well as my thoughts on the update. It also includes a number of steps you can take if you’re afraid these new previews may dilute the value you get from your Twitter stream.

Are these preview cool, or is it just a gimmick to help Twitter’s IPO?

Thanks for your thoughts and comments!

#Twitter   #TwitterIPO #TwitterNews #SocialMedia  

Pin it: 

See on

Google+ Improves Hangouts, Images and Movies and makes them Awesome!

Google welcomed us into a converted warehouse this morning for coffee, where beautiful photography was on display, and was the focus of a series of announcements.

Mike Allton‘s insight:

Google+ Improves Hangouts, Images and Movies and makes them Awesome!

In case you missed Google’s announcements earlier, here’s the summary:

1. Google+ is now seeing over 540 Million Active Monthly Users

2. Hangouts and Hangouts On Air have received a number of improvements and new features, including dedicated landing pages and HD on Auto Enhance options.

3. Images will have improved backup, highlight, search, enhance and awesome options.

4. Videos will now receive the Auto Awesome treatment, including background music, spliced in images, and more.

For the full rundown on everything new, check out the article below. It has everything that +Vic Gundotra announced. There are some pretty amazing features we get to play with now!

But Vic also mentioned that he was only mentioning some of the new features, and said that over 18 new features and enhancements were going to be added. If you’ve noticed something else, leave a comment below so we can all check it out.

Thanks for your comments and shares!

#GooglePlus   #EvanG + #GooglePlusUpdate  

Pin it for later: 

See on

What Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know About Pinterest

Pinterest is one of the most valuable tools for real estate agents. When used correctly it can create a dramatic increase in website visitors and sales.

Mike Allton‘s insight:

What Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know About Pinterest

If you aren’t yet using Pinterest, or perhaps don’t feel as though you’re getting any value from the network, +Bill Gassett is here to help. While his article is geared toward Real Estate agents, I think you’ll find many tips and recommendations that are just as applicable to your own business.

For instance, Bill suggests that when writing your pin description, you “compose something catchy and creative. It is also important to include keywords and hash tags so that your pin can be easily found by Pinterest’s search feature.”

Bill is an expert on social media marketing, particular for the real estate business, so circle him if you haven’t already, and let me know what you think of his article!


#Pinterest   #SocialMedia   #RealEstate #PinterestTips  

Pin it here! 

See on

HootSuite app for iOS updated to resolve issues

HootSuite, the social media management tool, has issued an update for their iOS app. The update addresses a number of minor bugs and issues, including fixing Notifications.

Mike Allton‘s insight:

HootSuite Fixes Mobile Notifications and More

+HootSuite has released an update for their iOS app that addresses a number of bugs and minor issues. Most notable is the fix for notifications that some of you had noted previously. Now, instead of a meaningless “TM” displayed, you can choose to have a standard alert for any time someone mentions you or direct messages you – or whatever else you wish to be notified for any of your connected Twitter accounts.

Are you using HootSuite for mobile already? If not, definitely check it out. Since their upgrade for iOS7, I can’t tell you how impressed and pleased I am with the app, and am now using it for 100% of my Twitter activity, in addition to all of the other social monitoring and listening that I do.

If you have any questions about this update or HootSuite in general, please let me know.


#HootSuite   #TwitterTools   #SocialMediaManagement   #iOS7  

Pin it here: 

See on

Buffer Has Been Hacked. Here’s what you need to do Now.

At approximately 3pm EST, Buffer’s servers were compromised. The breach permitted the attackers access to post to member social profiles. Here’s what you need to do right now.

Mike Allton‘s insight:


If you use +Buffer to schedule and space out social media posts to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+, stop what you’re doing and read this:

At 2pm EST, Buffer’s servers were hacked and spam messages were posted to connected social networks for many users. Buffer is in the process of addressing the situation and is doing a great job, but there are things you need to know:

 – Posts published during the impacted timeframe should have been hidden
 – Spam posts should have been deleted, but you should check your accounts anyways
 – Account passwords or financial data were unaffected

Please review the full story for all the details and other recommendations on how to ensure your account is secure, as well as updates from Buffer as they happen.

PLEASE: Share this post to all of your networks. Make sure everyone knows the facts of what’s going on and can take appropriate measures.

Personally, I think Buffer is doing a bang-up job of handling the situation and have seen nothing that suggests I need to shut down my account or stop using the service. If that opinion changes, I will let you know.

#Buffer   #SocialMedia  #Security 

See on