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Friday Findings – July 15, 2011


Friday Findings is a weekly series where I show some link love and bring you interesting stories from around the web. From social media news and viral videos, to news on technology and more.

5 basic things you should be doing to manage your online reputation – Whether you are applying for a job offline, online or going on a first date, people’s first impressions of you are starting to occur online. Here are five things you can do to manage your online reputation.

Snapeee: Asia’s (Cuter) Answer To Instagram Hits 500,000 Users -Is the photosharing service Instagram cool but not cute enough for you? Here’s Asia’s answer for you. Snapeee for the iPhone.

Google Plus Users Top 10 Million; 1 Billion Items Shared Each Day – CEO Larry Page talks Google’s earnings in a conference call and not only went over financial data, but other notable figures like the 10 million Google+ users.

Is Microsoft Creating a New Social Search Engine? – From the looks of this leaked (okay, maybe leaked) screenshot, Microsoft might be creating a new social search engine. It’s called Tulalip where you can “find what you need and share what you know easier”.

Google Aims to Make News More Social with Google News Badges – Google has announced a new Google news feature. Readers can earn badges based on what they’re reading. The more they read, the higher level badge they will earn.

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Tips For Getting Your Blog Listed in Google News!


Want more readers? Doesn’t everyone! One solution that can pay off immensely is getting your blog listed in Google News. Google news is constantly updated with latest stories that have a news hook. If you get your blog listed, it will provide you with good exposure and coverage, and will also boost targeted traffic to your site.

Here are the top tips for getting your blog picked up by Google News:

  • Create an About Us Page:
    This is a must for Google News. Talk about the organization of your company and the goal of your site. You need to have at LEAST two bloggers on your site, who blog frequently.

  • Create a Contact Us Page;
    Another must. Provide clear and concise (and legitimate) contacct information!

  • Create Original/Fresh Content:
    Google News likes to new original and new content, along with news related posts.

  • Define Your Industry:
    Your Homepage/Logo should clearly state what industry segment you cover (enterainment, sports, finance, etc.).

  • Format Your Posts Properly:
    Your post must include author name, date of publication, and should be well-categorized (easy for a blog!) The title should not exceed the limit of 25 words. Article URL’s should be unique and look static.

  • Post Frequently:
    You want to shoot for three updates a day, minimum. The whole point of being in Google News is to have timely information and this requires frequent posts!

  • Don’t Write Too Short:
    Too short of posts (less than 200 characters) seem to be filtered out.

Once you’re ready, submit your blog for inclusion!

Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor for the BlogWorld Blog. Feel free to follow her Twitter @nikki_blogworld and @katzni

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