24 November 2012

9 Social Media Tools Every Blogger Needs To Know About

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Makanya, saya rasa ia berguna untuk para blogger di luar sana terutama blogger yang  aktif dalam SEO, jadi saya 'update' kan di sini sebagai rujukan kita semua.

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9 Social Media Tools tersebut ialah :

Addict-o-matic

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Addict-o-matic is fantastic for creating a customizable page for your selected keywords. It will gather related content from a range of sources for you to view from your customized page.

Why you should use it?
 
One of the best content curation tools I’ve come across because of the sheer amount of sources you can choose from including Bing, Google, YoutTube, Flikcr, Twitter and much, much more. You’ll never be short on ideas for your next blog post with this under your belt.

Dropbox

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Dropbox is a free cloud storage service that lets upload your photos, documents, and videos online in your Dropbox account so you don’t have to bother with sending and downloading attachments from emails.

Why you should use it?
 
This is currently the social media love of my life. I often don’t write my articles in one sitting. I might write part of my article, and then add new ideas in later on. I’m often on the go as well, working from home and the office. Being able to access my documents anywhere through the online, desktop and mobile syncing is incredibly convenient for me.

Clipboard

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Clipboard looks like Pinterest, but its functionality is similar to that of Dropbox and Evernote. 

Why you should use it?

Unlike Pinterest you can clip a range of items that provide you with inspiration including slideshows, audio, a functioning web app and online games. All these can be accessed right within the clip. It’s like a visual version of addict-o-matic, for those who prefer to curate content using visual images rather than articles.

SocialMention

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SocialMention monitors 100 + social media sites so you can easily track and measure conversations on keywords in real-time

Why you should use it?
 
Often the most popular bloggers are also the most influential on social media sites. This is mainly because the more valuable your article is, the more likely users are to share it with their social networks. Keep track of all your social mentions with this nifty social media tool. It comes complete with advanced analytics such as sentiment analysis, passion, reach and strength so you can gauge how well your brand is being perceived online.

NutshellMail

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NutshellMail delivers your social media activities from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp and LinkedIn right to your email inbox.

Why you should use it?
 
For those of you who don’t have time to regularly visit sites such as SocialMention, Nutshell mail provides a good alternative. While you don’t always have the time to visit different social sites you’re active on, chances are you do check your email throughout the day so you can easily monitor engagements from your new blog posts.

Timely

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Simply add your tweet to the Timely bookmark and it schedules tweets at optimal times when it will have the highest impact on your followers. 

Why you should use it?
 
Give yourself the best chance for your followers to view your tweet and spread the word about your blog posts by scheduling it at optimal times. The best part is it operates through a bookmarklet. When you see a webpage you like, click on the Timely bookmarket, and it will automatically take the title & shorten the URL. You just need to click ‘Add to Queue’ or ‘Post Now’.
UPDATE: Timely has decided to close their doors as of November 2012. I would suggest using Buffer instead. You can read more on how to use it here. It is one of the 50 essential tools recommended by Kristi Hines.

Disqus

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Disqus is a popular, global comment system that helps improve discussions on websites by connecting conversations across the web. 

Why you should use it?
 
If you’re using a comment system where the reader simply leaves their name, email address and comment, you’re missing out on capitalizing on interactivity on your webpage. Disqus contains key features to increase engagement including threaded comments and replies, notifications and reply by email, full spam filtering, blacklists and whitelists and much more. It’s great for users as well, as it logs comments and likes received.

Gravatar

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Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.

Why you should use it?
 
This is a must have for anyone trying to establish credibility in the online space. It is important as a blogger to use the same photo across different websites and social networks to help users identify your personal brand. All you have to do is enter your email address when you post an article or comment and your photo will automatically appear.

Click to Tweet

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With Click to Tweet, any element of your blog can be tweeted through a customizable link. 

Why you should use it?
 
People love sharing interesting information, images and quotes. Why not make it easy for them to share this information within your blog post. In return you’ll receive another tweet with a link back to your blog. For example, when I posted an article announcing the free version of our social management platform, I added a Click To Tweet option:
“If you would like to share the good news and recommend SocialMotus to your Twitter followers who need a free social management tool, you can send a tweet here (<<<—- Hint hint)."
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