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November 2010

Overheard on #Blogchat: Your Story (@shanleyknox)


Do you participate in #blogchat? Every week, this weekly discussion on Twitter focuses on a specific topic and bloggers everywhere are invited to join in. Because I often have more to say than what will fit in 140 characters, every Sunday night (or Monday morning), I post about some of the most interesting #blogchat tweets. Join the conversation by commenting below.

(Still confused? Read more about #blogchat here.)

This week’s theme: creating a strategy for your blog

As bloggers, we spend a lot of time looking at ourselves. We want to connect with a community through telling our story. We want to learn new things to make our blogs successful. We want to share. It isn’t a malicious thing, but many bloggers, myself included, can be pretty egotistical, at least some of the time.

@shanleyknox: remembering that ur telling a story, but just right amount of personal so it stays focused on the story, not YOU.

This week, while talking about blog strategy, @shanleyknox made a really great point. Connecting with readers through telling your story is awesome…but don’t lose the lesson in talking about yourself.

Point in case: earlier this week, I gave you all a snippet of my childhood when writing a post called The Blog Sneetches. I rewrote that post four or five times before getting to the point where I felt comfortable posting it. Each one was missing something, but I couldn’t place my finger on that crucial missing element.

Finally, I figured it out. I was spending 75% of the post reminiscing about something from my childhood and only 25% of the post actually relating to the reader.

Now, sometimes, a long story can be a good thing, but if you spend most of your post talking about a personal story, you better have a really strong point at the end. When you do tell a story in your post, I recommend scrutinizing every single sentence. Is it necessary in making your overall point or are you just having fun talking about yourself? If it’s the former, edit it out. As @shanleyknox points out, you want to focus on the story, not on yourself.

If you can do that, your readers will get to know you as a blogger, but you also won’t drive off people by being too self-serving. It’s a fine line to walk and I certainly don’t always get it right!

I’d like to invite you all to share a post as a link in the comments before where you told a story about yourself to make a point to your readers, but in an edited way that was all about the reader’s needs, not about just liking to talk about yourself. If you don’t have a post like that on your blog, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to write one, and then come back here to share it with us all!

Why Your Comments Aren’t Driving Traffic


Back when I first started blogging, I remember that people were comment-crazy. I got my start writing for someone else’s blog network, and one of the things they drilled into our heads in the writers’ forum, employee training, etc. was that if you want to grow your blog readership, you need to leave comments on other blogs in your niche.

Not exactly the traffic you were expecting?

Comments are awesome. I love getting comments. When I feel passionate about a topic, I love leaving comments. But the truth? Comments don’t drive traffic.

Several years ago, I started my first blog, called the Millionaire Blogger, where I tracked my efforts to make a million dollars as a blogger (total, not per month or anything). One of the most popular posts I did there was a case study I did. For one week, I went out and commented everywhere. My goal was to leave 100 high-quality, helpful comments on blogs in my niche, and by the end of the week, I had exceeded that number. I tracked my stats very carefully. The results? I saw a very, very, very minor bump in traffic. The traffic wasn’t sticky at all. I didn’t receive more comments on my own posts than usual.

So why aren’t your comments driving traffic? It likely has very little to do with what you’re actually saying. Someone who leaves crap comments that are filled with backlinks will likely piss off the blogger and the community where you’re leaving those comments, but someone who leaves a helpful comment isn’t going to see much better results in terms of traffic back to their own website. It’s not about your content.

It’s about community.

If you wander around your niche and leave comments randomly, people may read your comment and enjoy it, even respond, but they don’t know you. They’re on that blog because they’re part of that blog’s community. They are looking for a new community. They care about your in the context of that blog’s community, but they have no push to get to know what you’re doing outside of that community.

The only way to change that, to make them care about who you are outside of that community is if you become part of it. If you’re there every day giving awesome tips and adding to the conversation, if you’re part of the forum, if you’re active on Twitter within the community, if you start showing up on the blogs of other commenters…then, people will start taking notice. Naturally, they’ll become curious about you and check out your site, and maybe even become part of your community.

In my opinion, though, commenting is not a good traffic-driving strategy. Don’t comment on others’ blogs because you’re hoping to see traffic back to your site. It’s a highly inefficient use of your time. Comment on others’ blogs because you actually have something to say and want to be a part of their community.

BlogWorld Was Featured on ABC’s Good Morning America


The BlogWorld Team is happy to announce some exciting news! This morning, Friday November 19th, BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2010 was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America in a segment with Workplace Correspondent Tory Johnson.

Did you miss it? No worries, you can catch the video on ABC’s website and read Tory’s article here.

Tory visited BlogWorld at Mandalay Bay Convention Center to learn firsthand about the buzz surrounding the event. She spoke with dozens of bloggers, new media experts, and exhibitors about how blogging and social media plays a role in their lives and today’s world. She also explored the topic of monetization, gathering advice and information on the latest technologies from exhibitors at the event.

Her steps include:

  1. Select a topic you’re passionate about. Make sure you have a lot to say.
  2. Create a promotional plan. Figure out how you’ll get readers.
  3. Build the blog.
  4. Figure out how to make money.
  5. Take it offline — bring it to life.

The Blog Sneetches


When I was a little girl, the Dr. Seuss story The Sneetches was one of my favorites. I actually had both the book and the video tape, which fairly quickly was destroyed because I watched it so often.

True story: When I was a child and liked a video, I could sit and watch it seven times in a row. It drove my mom nuts. Nuts!

In case you aren’t aware of The Sneetches, let me summarize the story. In the book, there is a breed of bird-like creatures called sneetches who are yellow bird-like creatures either born with a star on their bellow or born starless. The sneetches with stars consider themselves cooler than the sneetches without stars and discriminate against them. One day, a con-man rolls into town and presents a machine that can pop a star on the bellies of sneetches that don’t already have them for a few dollars. The sneetches who already have stars are outraged, and so they pay to go through a second machine that removes the star so they can distinguish themselves as the truly cool sneetches.

Of course, the con man allows any sneetch to go through the removal process, which causes mayhem. Soon sneetches are running between machines as fast as possible, trying to either preserve the status quo or become cooler. When the dust clears, the con man has taken all the money in town, and the sneetches don’t have a clue who was originally born with stars and who was originally born without them. They learn to live together without discrimination anymore. Hey, it’s a kid’s book, there has to be a moral to the story!

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of blog sneetches out there, and it has be a bit concerned. I may even be a sneetch sometimes myself.

No, I don’t think there’s all sorts of discrimination going on. I mean, I’m sure it happens, but in general, I’ve found that bloggers from all niches with traffic numbers ranging from a few hundred a month to a few hundred a minute are approachable and interested in talking to you, no matter what your niche or traffic numbers may be. Cliques don’t really seem to in the blogging world at the same rate they do in other industries.

But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t all running around trying to decide if we’re supposed to have stars on our bellies or not.

Trends come and go, and it is up to us as bloggers to resist jumping on a bandwagon just because it seems like the cool thing to do. I was listening to a podcast the other day with Benny Lewis (@irishpolyglot) and he said something rather interesting – in many cases, he’s done the exact opposite of what respected blog experts have told him to do, and he’s successful anyway. He’s doing what he thinks is right for his community, plain and simple. That doesn’t always align with the popular or trendy thing to do.

I can give you blogging advice here at the BlogWorld blog until I’m blue in the face, but I don’t know your audience. Your community may not respond well to anything I tell you to do. Do I give bad advice? I certainly hope you don’t think so! But every blog is different. Even experts much smarter than me aren’t going to give you the best advice for your blog every single time.

Don’t be a sneetch. Don’t run back and forth between ideas, trying to implement anything and everything a successful blogger says you should do because you think it means you’ll suddenly be in the cool kids’ club. Think about what makes you the coolest sneetch at your core – you. Experts in your niche can help you learn, but you need to critically make decisions about what is best for your blog.

Zoom Out and Get Some Perspective On Your Blog


When you’ve got your nose to the screen and your fingers on the keyboard, it’s hard to pause and take in the bigger picture. After all, you’ve got a blog post to write today, a bunch of comments to reply to, and Twitter and Facebook to check.

You might have great daily – or weekly – routines for your blog. Perhaps you manage to get a post out every single weekday, or you’re really quick to answer comments, or you always get back to emails straight away.

But are you missing the bigger picture?

It’s easy to do – especially if, like me, you love blogging for its speed. You can take a thought through to published post in an hour or two, and get feedback straight away – which is fun, rewarding, and perhaps a teensy bit addictive.

Today, instead of racing on with the next blog post, how about taking a step back to look at five big questions ? These are the “W”s that let you see the bigger picture of your blog.

#1: Why Are You Blogging?

This can be a tough one to answer – but it’s crucially important.

There are dozens of potential reasons why you might be blogging. Here are a few of the most popular ones:

  • Just for fun – as a hobby
  • To improve your writing
  • To build up an audience for your products (physical or digital)
  • As a journaling or reflective activity
  • To create a website which will make money through advertising or affiliate sales
  • To build your profile in a particular field (perhaps aiming to get a job)
  • To attract clients who’ll pay for your services

Before you write your next post, be honest with yourself about why you blog. If you’re seriously intending to turn your blog into a business, you’ll be taking a very different approach from someone who just enjoys blogging as an outlet.

#2: Where Do You Want to Be in Six Months?

Whatever your reasons for blogging, you’re probably keen to progress in some way. When looking at the big picture, you might not want to think five years ahead (who knows what’ll have happened to the blogosphere by then?) – but six months is a good length of time.

In six months, you could:

  • Write and release an ebook
  • Substantially increase the subscribers on your blog
  • Build an email list
  • Start making a serious income from your blog

…and lots more.

In order to get there, though, you need to know what you’re aiming at ahead of time. Obvious enough, I know, but how often do you sit down and check that your current posts are taking you towards your eventual goals?

#3: What Products or Services Could You Launch?

Although this isn’t the route that every blogger takes, it seems to be how most successful ones make money. Unless your site gets huge amounts of traffic, advertising and affiliate sales probably won’t give you a full-time income.

Selling your own products or services, though, could net you plenty of money without an especially big audience. If you’re a coach, for instance, you might only need ten clients. If you sell ebooks, you might only need to sell to a hundred people each month in order to make a living.

Give yourself a few minutes to brainstorm possible products or services that you could provide:

  • Could you write an ebook or record an audio program that covers the same topics as your blog, in more depth?
  • What services could you provide? Lots of bloggers work as freelancers, or as consultants.
  • If your blog isn’t on an easily-saleable topic, how could you start tweaking it to bring it around into a slightly different area?

#4: When Will You Post Next?

Do you have great intentions about posting three times a week – only to find that yet another month has gone by with only two posts?

Do you find yourself staring at the screen every weekend, wanting to write a post but completely lacking inspiration?

It’s easy to get stuck, especially when you’ve been blogging for a while – it feels like you’ve said everything that you want to say. And it’s easy to fall out of good habits and let days and weeks slide by without a post.

A great way to fix this is by using a post calendar. This doesn’t need to be anything fancy – a notebook document with a list of dates and post topics might well be enough. A post calendar lets you:

  • Plan series of posts
  • Mix up different styles (perhaps a “how to” post one day and a “FAQ” post the next)
  • Set yourself specific dates for posting – no excuses!
  • Work out topics and post titles ahead of time, so you know what you’ll be writing

#5: Who Else is Blogging in Your Space?

Seeing the big picture doesn’t just mean keeping your eyes on your own blog. How often do you look for new blogs in your niche?

I know I fall into bad habits here – I’ll have a few favourite blogs that I follow avidly, and I often forget to check out new voices (or older blogs that I just haven’t discovered yet). But whenever I take the time to make new connections, it’s always valuable.

By finding and befriending other bloggers in your niche, you can:

  • Get opportunities to guest post, and attract new readers
  • Share ideas – and even partner up (I run a joint blog with fellow freelance writer Thursday Bram)
  • Produce a product together – using your combined expertise and audiences to create and launch something much bigger than either of you could manage alone
  • Help promote one another’s content on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon or other sites

Getting off your own blog can often spark new ideas. You might want to look at the ways that other bloggers in your area are making money, or at the sorts of posts that they write. Is there anything you could be inspired by, or take further?

Skip writing one post this week, or leave your comments unanswered for a day. Take a step back, and look at the big picture of your blog. How’s it shaping up?

Ali Luke co-authored The Creativity Toolbox along with Thursday Bram. The Toolbox includes a full guide on getting the big picture and the detailed view of any project – as well as two other great guides, and seven interviews with fantastic creative practitioners and coaches.

Holidays 2010: All About Location-Based Services?


Although Foursquare was around this time last year, this is the first holiday season where I think we’ll see significant use of location-based social networking by shoppers. While users have long-used apps to locate stores, I think we’ll see a rise in usage this year for one main reason: coupons.

According to a survey as seen on Mashable, an average of 30 percent of users are willing to travel move than five miles to redeem a coupon. Of the 1200 surveyed, 21 percent are already using mobile coupons and 36 percent expect product descriptions found on location apps to be valuable while doing holiday shopping. Times are still tough, and just like last year, shoppers are willing to give up convenience of shopping online, shopping at a single store, or shopping at the nearest store to save money. I know I am.

So what does this all mean to you?

For Businesses:

  1. If you have a brick-and-mortar business, consider offering a coupon via location-based apps like Foursquare and Whrrl. In general, the better coupon you offer, the farther customers will travel to redeem it.
  2. Produce descriptions will go a long way in convincing someone to come to your store. Even if you can’t afford an awesome coupon, smart usage of location-based services can help you attract customers.
  3. Publicize your location-based app deals. If you leave it up to the customer to stumble upon what you’re offering, you won’t see much of  response.
  4. If you’re online-only, it might not make sense to offer coupons for location-based services, but don’t forget that offering coupons during the holiday season is a great way to drum up some business. Even if you’re a blogger offering an ebook, discounts during the holidays are appreciated.

For Shoppers:

  1. If you use a location-based service to find someone, especially a small business, tell the cashier as you check out. It encourages them to continue using the service.
  2. Do searches before you leave home to find the best deals and coupons being offered.
  3. Considering downloading a few different apps, since coupons could be offered through some, but not others. For example, Foursquare is great when I’m around home because some of the businesses I frequent offer coupons, but while I was at BlogWorld, Whrrl gave me amazing deals.

Will you be using location-based social networking this holiday season?

Learning Versus Taking Action (and a new tool from BlogcastFM!)


As bloggers, there is no lack of free information available to learn more about blogging – monetizing, building readership numbers, creating killer content, etc. The BlogWorld archives alone houses over 1000 posts (and counting!), and there are countless other blogging and social media sites online that you can check out.

But you can spend every day reading or watching videos or listening to podcasts about blogging…and do you actually implement the advice these bloggers? I talked about career inaction on After Graduation last week, and I know I’ve touched on it here at BlogWorld too. We want our blogs to be better. We want to make more money. We want to help more people. We want, we want, we want…but do we actually do anything to make those wants actually happen?

Often, the answer is no – and it’s not completely your fault.

Well, logically, it is your fault. It’s not fair to start blogging and expect someone to hold your hand or blame someone when you don’t get things done. Only you can make your blog successful. At the same time, blogs that give you advice – yes, even this one – rarely give you points of action or help in implementing their advice. I don’t know about you, but I often feel so overwhelmed by the sheer about of stuff I’m told to do, that I end up shutting down completely. If you don’t have a plan, it’s hard to make forward progress.

I am getting better at making a list of actionable steps as I read or listen to advice from bloggers I respect. But it’s about to get a whole lot easier thanks to some smart dudes.

Earlier this week, I finally took some time to check out BlogcastFM. I’ve definitely heard other people mention this site before, and I knew “of” Srini and Sid (the guys who run it), but we just haven’t crossed paths in the past. I just…didn’t take action. “I’ll get around to checking it out someday.”

The other night, I happened to be looking at my to-do list while on Twitter, and I saw Sid tweet that they were hanging out on Ustream answering questions about a new service they’d be providing, BlogcastFM Premium. I barely knew what the regular BlogcastFM was about, so I wasn’t really interested in anything “Premium,” but I thought to myself, “This is a perfect opportunity to cross something off my to-do list.

I’m a bit of an introvert, so crashing someone’s Ustream party is daunting for me, but I bit the bullet and showed up, while also heading to the BlogcastFM site. As often happens when I actually take action about something I’ve been putting off, I immediately wondered what had took me so freakin’ long. For those of you who have not yet checked out BlogcastFM, the site is filled with interviews with successful bloggers, both from the make-money-with-your-blog niche and other niches. You get to hear their stories and learn about what has and has not worked for them. I’ve already been steadily working through their archives, and the content is amazing.

Amazing…and overwhelming.

Which brings me back to my original point – it’s great to take the time to learn from other bloggers, but it’s hard to take action, especially when facing a site like BlogcastFM for the first time. Over 100 interviews, each which contain tons of advice? It’s pretty hard to get motivated because it feels like such a difficult task to get the ball rolling.

Just as I was thinking that during the Ustream chat, Srini and Sid started talking about what they were actually there to promote – their premium site. I kid you not, it was like one of those moments where the heavens sign down and you here, “AHHHHHHHHHHH.”

What Srini and Sid have done is create action plans for every interview. With premium access, you can download the interview as an MP3 (perfect if you’re on the go as often as I am), but more importantly, they’ve teamed up with Mike Tiojanco to help you actually take action. With every interview (12 per month, plus access to archives), you’ll get a workbook to help you digest the interview and a mindmap to help you organize your thoughts. The guys gave me access to their premium site to check it out for y’all, and I can tell you firsthand that the content is extremely interactive and high-quality. If you have a problem implementing all the good ideas you know would make your blog better, BlogcastFM Premium is a tool you should check out.

Please note – the final link in this post is an affiliate link, but anyone who’s read here knows how important I think it is to take actions to reach your goals! I would recommend BlogcastFM even if that wasn’t an affiliate link. You can also get their free ebook here if you’re not yet ready to take the step in purchasing anything right now!

Overheard on #Blogchat: The Next Level (@tc_geeks)


Do you participate in #blogchat? Every week, this weekly discussion on Twitter focuses on a specific topic and bloggers everywhere are invited to join in. Because I often have more to say than what will fit in 140 characters, every Sunday night (or Monday morning), I post about some of the most interesting #blogchat tweets. Join the conversation by commenting below.

(Still confused? Read more about #blogchat here.)

This week’s theme: taking your blog to the next level

This week’s #blogchat theme was an interesting one, since “taking your blog to the next level” can mean different things to different people. For some, it means more traffic. For others, it means more subscribers. For others still, it means more money. But whatever your goals, one chatter tonight hit the nail on the head:

tc_geeks: How to take your blog to the next level????? Start coming to #blogchat for starters 😉

Some shameless #blogchat promotion? Perhaps, but also a good lesson. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our own blogs that we forget about the rest of the community out there. As a professional blogger, you essentially have two communities:

  1. The community of bloggers, like you’ll find at #blogchat, who can help you learn more about making your blog better
  2. The community of readers, who are highly interested in your nice and want to connect with you outside of just commenting on your blog posts

Spending too much time inside your own blog closes you off to both of these communities, which is definitely a bad thing.

First, if you ignore the blogging community, its hard to grow as a blogger. Sure, you can stumble into building an awesome blog, but bloggers of all experience levels with really awesome ideas are out there…and they want to help you. #Blogchat is a prime example of that. No one pays anyone to show up or answer questions. We just all do – and we all learn something in the process. It’s a beautiful thing. If you’re ignoring that community, it will be infinitely harder to take your blog to the next level.

But secondly, what you can take away from tc_geeks’ tweet is that you need to connect with your community outside of your blog. Find Twitter chats where they participate. Find them on Facebook. Find them on forums. Find them so you can connect and be “one of the people.” On your blog, you’re an expert. Outside of that, you may still be an expert, but you’re also a member of the community. Step down from your blogging throne and understand your readers by being one of them.

One of the best decisions I’ve made as a blogger was to start participating in #blogchat. It helps me learn about blogging, and my target audience (at least here at BlogWorld) happens to be bloggers, so I’m killing two birds with one stone. Sometimes, getting away from your blog is the very best thing you can do to improve your content and create a better community.

Is Facebook Really a Good Email Option?


Facebook’s “secret” announcement on Monday, which has been all but confirmed to be an overhaul of their messaging system to make it work more like email, could be the start of something much bigger than just an upgraded to a site function for users. Some speculate that Facebook could rival Google’s gmail in becoming a top-choice free email platform. I do see a number of advantages, and most exciting to me is the prospect that everything is in one place. I’m a fan of tools that help me multi-task.

But is Facebook really a good option for email? I can see way too many potential problems to be optimistic about this yet:

  • Facebook doesn’t seem to be dedicated to user privacy. I worry that I’ll forget to uncheck a box that shouldn’t have been checked and the default option will be to share my information or the information of the people I’m emailing. I send sensitive information via email in some cases, so this is extremely important to me.
  • Bloggers may see the professional benefits of Facebook, but to many, it’s still just a site to talk with friends. How will a Facebook.com email address look to a potential client or employer? I’m not sure I would take that address as seriously as I’d take a Gmail email address.
  • I keep my Facebook profile extremely private. I know that many bloggers use Facebook as a marketing tool, but I use it just to connect with friends I know in real life (though I do have a page for my blog too!). My concern is that if I email clients from a Facebook address, they’ll be able to see some of my profile information. At the very least, they’ll know I use Facebook and will look me up, perhaps even request to be my friend. That puts me in the awkward situation of having to either accept their request and change how I use Facebook or deny them and potentially offend people.

Of course, until Facebook actually rolls out their email platform, we can’t really know if this is a good option or not. I would like to see a rival to Gmail, and I do think that the team at Facebook has some cool ideas in general, so it will be interesting to see how they tackle email. I just hope that they listen to their fans and address concerns in a better way then they’ve done in the past.

A Look Into the Growth and Future of the BlogAdda Network


Nirav Sanghavi is founder of BlogAdda, a BlogWorld 2010 Media Partner, and claimed to be the largest community of bloggers in India. BlogAdda is among the top 50 brands in India known for the most effective usage of Social Media and conversations on Twitter and Facebook. I recently talked with Nirav about the benefits of joining the BlogAdda network and the future of the site.

Where did you come up with the idea for BlogAdda?

I had been blogging earlier for a television series that found it’s entry into the Limca book of records and made me a national record holder. While I was blogging, I used to discover these awesome blogs with some great content but hardly any readership. This is when I decided to build a platform that will showcase these blogs. Till date, I discover newer & wonderful blogs and I am happy that I started BlogAdda.

How many bloggers currently are signed up with the website?

We have more than 50,000 bloggers and counting who have signed up. There is a manual approval process and so many of them do not find their way at BlogAdda. You’ll see some big changes here soon.

That’s an amazing number, and I’m sure it’s continuing to grow! What is the benefit to a blogger joining BlogAdda?

Benefits are multi-fold. A blogger gets to add his own description of the blog when he registers at BlogAdda. The blogger also adds tags that describes his blog(s) flavour. Other bloggers and readers can rate the blog. There are so many activities that the bloggers do, such as ‘like’ the blog, create blog lists and add their favorite blogs in it, review the blog, add other bloggers to their network as friends. We display the top rated & most popular bloggers in terms of most number of visits and the recently updated blogs on all pages of BlogAdda. The bloggers can suggest their posts to our editors to be selected for the bi-weekly best blog picks we do on our blog. BlogAdda helps to discover your blog and send in lot of readers on your blog. We also help bloggers to learn and improve their blogging skills with a series of how-to articles. There is a lot more at BlogAdda!

How do you promote bloggers who are part of the network?

Our team of editors read through several blogs every week to choose the best blog posts in our bi-weekly blog picks. These posts thus gets our badge and also are brought to attention of the readers. We interview one blogger every week that is read by thousands of users. We have a section called ‘Notable Newbie’ where we highlight two bloggers every week, who are new and notable. This way, the upcoming bloggers are motivated and appreciated for their writing as they get featured right on our home page. Our Editors Picks category serves the best blogs for readers. We work hard to promote the bloggers on our network.

How important do you think it is to aggregate content, especially on a specific topic like the Indian Elections?

It is so much fun to see everything about a particular topic on a single page. There is so much information being generated for topics like Indian Elections and it is difficult to keep a track of all that is being populated on Social Media. For e.g., during the Indian elections, we aggregated everything from Social Media and put it up on a single page, the dashboard. This page aggregated all the tweets, blog posts, pictures, videos all on one page and found it’s way to be featured on so many media including BBC who took a note of it in their coverage.

What led you to create Tangy Tuesday & Spicy Saturday?

Ahh… it’s the same fundamental of discovering newer blogs. We realized it will be great for readers if we can pick up the best blog posts every week from the blogosphere and serve them in a more simpler format. This lead to the Tangy Tuesdays and Spicy Saturdays, which are extremely popular amongst the bloggers now.

How did you come up with the idea of #perkytweets

BlogAdda.com is among the top 50 brands in India known for the most effective usage of Social Media. While we were engaging into conversations with our followers, there were a lot of tweets that made us smile. Those tweets used to get lost in the timeline and there was no clear way to share it with our readers. We decided to compile the best every week and called them Perky Tweets. So, in a way, we invented this hash tag which is now so popular amongst the Indian twitter users. Lot of our readers look forward to our edition of Perky Tweets every Monday. In fact, we associated this brand to a national FM broadcaster and are credited for the first Internet-radio association in the country. Today, thousands of tweets are marked with #perkytweets every week and we thank all the twitter users who do that giving someone a chance to smile!

Do you have additional features you plan to add to BlogAdda?

Oh yes, lots of them! We recently revamped the site with many new features and will continue to do so. BlogAdda.com is committed to serve the best to the bloggers, always.

Sounds great! Where do you see the website in 5 years?

I see BlogAdda.com as the single most useful resource for bloggers and readers alike, looking to read and share interesting content. There are lot of activities planned that will be launched in phases and the only way we can see is up from here! 🙂

Do you have anything you’d like to share with our readers or people interested in blog networks?

BlogWorld has been awesome to say the least. Partnering with BlogWorld and attending the event has been so much insightful and fun. I would like to thank all your readers and delegates who attended the event and who shared lot of posts on this blog. I would love to see more and more people blogging and sharing. We will help to serve you quality content, aggregate content based on your interests and make a wonderful experience for you.

Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to do this interview.

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