Social Blogging Sites are a great option for anyone who is starting out blogging.
They are a great place to cut your teeth. The danger is that you can unwittingly fall victim to their stringent Terms Of Service or the site may just fail and vanish without a trace, meaning the loss of hours of your hard work.
Over at Infobunny.com we have always championed them but with caution, because Social Blogging Sites can be very useful tools if you have your own self-hosted WordPress site or the equivalent.
Here Are My Top 3 Social Blogging Sites With Examples Of How You Can Use Them
Steemit is a social blogging network that looks and functions a lot like Reddit, but with one HUGE difference: Steemit pays both the content creators when their work gets “upvoted” (liked), as well as the people who curate the best content on the site by upvoting (liking) others work.
Why is Steemit my number one choice? Well, surprisingly it’s not the money side for me, though that is an interesting element in the mix. No the reason I like Steemit so much is that the network is just so active.
We all want traffic and to be seen. Steemit when used correctly has the ability to generate masses of traffic for your site. The downside to Steemit is that articles are created using Markdown code so there is a small learning curve. This may throw you momentarily but in all honesty, the learning curve on a full WordPress set up is much, much steeper.
Here is an example of how I use Steemit
WHY SOCIAL BLOGGING IS A GOOD IDEA
There is a stack of great social blogging sites, but as usual, it is user beware because as we know they can disappear as quickly as they become established and you then lose all your great work. So over at Infobunny.com and HowTo8App.com we have always endorsed their use but with caution.
Medium is a place where everyone has a story to share and the best ones are delivered right to you. Every day, thousands of people turn to Medium to publish their ideas and perspectives. Leaders, Artists, Thinkers, and ordinary citizens who have a story to tell. Posts range from conflicts of world affairs to deeply personal essays.
Medium sifts the best of these for you and delivers them directly onto your home page. Again Medium has the ability to generate lot’s of traffic for you. There is also a very useful function that allows you to import stories (blogs) which makes making cutdowns a very simple process.
Here is an example of how I use Medium
TrustRank — Does Google Trust Your Site? Here is how to build TrustRank
I used to check the search results and bang my head against the wall wondering why my site was not ranking. My articles were well written and the on-page SEO was just about perfect. And yet I was still not showing or at least not where I thought I should be in the SERPS. In fact, there were lots of articles higher than mine that when I looked into it were not really SEO optimized at all yet they were beating me hands down. And the reason this was happening was TrustRank, Google trusted these other sites above my own.
Patreon is an American Internet-based membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, as well as ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or “patrons.” Pac Club Author Kathryn McClean has already touched on Patreon on this very interesting article giving her insight on how she uses the site CrowdFunding with Patreon
Here is an example of how I use Patreon
Facebook a bad habit to break – Social Media Addiction
If you ask Facebook users “why are you using Facebook?” they will say “because my friends are there”. Then you have all the guys saying yeah “Facebook is so great you can make a ton of money there. Facebook ads are the way to go”, they are just looking for their lamb to the slaughter… ok so it’s not quite that bad but that is basically how the Facebook money making machine works.
All 3 of these social blogging sites share similar qualities that make them extremely valuable tools. What you post on these sites indexes incredibly quickly meaning what you create is working for you right away. They are all liked by Google, so what you publish gets found fast. And they provide quality backlinks.
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