How to Fix Your Facebook Account if You Get a Facebook Virus

Facebook viruses have been around for a while, but lately I've seen them cropping up even more frequently. You get a Facebook virus when you click on a link that installs malicious code or if you allow an untrusted application access to your account. The links most people click on claim to tell you who has been looking at your Facebook profile (catch those stalkers and ex-boyfriends in the act!) or allow you to watch a video of something "you won't believe!" or even a video of you (What were you doing here? That's crazy!). ...more
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Sexual Harassment is Adult Bullying (and It's Alive and Well)

This week I was reminded I was a woman. Not in an empowering, positive way, but in a objectifying, belittling, humiliating way. This week, though, in under an hour, I was reminded that smart, attractive women with ideas aren't always welcome. In fact, we are threatening and must be demoralized so as to prevent any inclination to rise up and do more than stay at home with the kids. ...more

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VideoEgg Buys Six Apart: What Does That Mean for Your TypePad Blog?

Today VideoEgg is expected to confirm that it has bought Six Apart, the parent company of the Movable Type, TypePad, and Vox blogging platforms. The two companies will lose their names and together will become SAY Media. According to Mashable, Chris Alden, the CEO of Six Apart will step down and Matt Sanchez, VideoEgg's CEO, will continue in that role for SAY Media. Meanwhile Mena Trott, an original co-founder of Six Apart, will be part of SAY Media's Board of Directors. ...more

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How Should I Respond to Blog Comments?

One of the best ways to engage with your blogging community is to respond to reader comments. But what's the best way? Should you respond to every comment, every time? And how should you respond: within the comments or directly to the commenter? It can get confusing quickly. Luckily, there are options. ...more
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Six Tips for Writing Blog Posts That Get Noticed

Ask any blogger how to find blogging success and she'll answer with write well. It's cliche, but it's true: Content is king. Your blog design, brand, and attitude are all important, but the bottom line is this: Any amount of success requires good content. And writing strong content is rarely a quick thing. It takes planning and effort. Here I give you six steps to help you write a better blog post. ...more

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What You Need to Know Now About URL Shorteners

URL shorteners aren't new, but not everyone knows what they are or understands how useful they can be. I want to introduce you to a few URL shortening tools and explain how they can make a real difference in the way you track what your audience is doing with your information. ...more

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Choosing the Right Linky List Generator for Your Blog Carnival

Blog carnivals can be a great way to promote community and increase traffic not only to your site, but to your participants' sites. But how do you do that? With a linky tool. A linky tool allows carnival participants to submit a title for their link and a link to their site. The linky tool then takes that info and creates a list. You can see linky tools in action at some popular carnivals like Works-for-Me Wednesday or Mantel Party Time. Works-for-Me Wednesday is using Linky Tools, while Nester's Mantel Party Time is using inlinkz. I'm going to tell you a little about both of those tools today. I'll also give you some advice on how to be a good linky list participant. ...more

Will a Blog Carnival Increase My Blog Traffic?

As bloggers we like to know that people are reading what we write and that we're connecting on some level with our audience. The more people that come to our site, the happier we are. Maybe you're happy simply because people are coming or maybe you're happy because more traffic means more revenue (especially if you're in an ad network or selling a product.) Either way, what if you could host a party that increased your traffic, but also gave back to your community? You can. And that party is called a blog carnival. ...more

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Social Media Basics: Twitter Terms

This week I'm introducing you to some common Twitter terms. Twitter is pretty popular, but not everyone is well-versed in the lingo and it's a little daunting if you don't know your DM from your RT. As always, I welcome your additional Twitter terms and definitions in the comments on this post. I'll integrate them into the actual post....more

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Defining Basic Social Media Terms

Social media is how we connect with each other -- and with companies and brands -- online. These days every marketing plan includes social media; to ignore it would be to ignore a significant portion of your audience. But what is social media? How do you use it? Where do you start? The first step is understanding the terms associated with social media. Here are some of the common terms of social media. This list is by no means exhaustive and I would love to have your suggestions or questions about these and other terms in the comments of this post....more

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