Blog Images Are The New Black. See How I Put This To The Test In This Post

Blogging isn’t just about publishing content, it’s about getting that content seen and shared across the great expanse of the Internet. When you think about it, publishing is really just the tool by which you gather potential clients and audiences so that they can either hear what you have to say, or buy what you have to sell. So what do blog images have to do with it? A lot, it turns out!

Did you know that Pinterest will generate 4 times more money per click than Twitter, and 27% more than Facebook? People really love to see interesting, compelling images – the numbers don’t lie. Simply creating a blog image that includes a price or some kind of call to action can increase your blog engagement by up to 44%!

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Posterous Is Gone, Long Live WordPress.com

April 30th will mark the end of an era. Posterous is going away for good, leaving posters with three options: migrate to another blog platform or start over from scratch. I loved working on Posterous.  Before Posterous, I had used WordPress (self-hosted), then Blogger, then Tumblr.  Over that time I have posted 1,113 blog posts with 923 comments, over 7 years of my life.

With that much content in the cloud, I wanted to save as much of that as I could, so I did some research on the best platforms to migrate to without too much hair-pulling.

As you know, I don’t have much hair left to pull. 🙂

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Why Bodyrock.tv’s Blog Rocks!

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We will get to this photo later, but first…

How do I make my blog a success?

I often get asked this question when I speak with people about blogging and today I saw a post on Google+ by Darren Rowse, blogging pioneer from Problogger, where he shared an email he received from an individual asking what his ‘methods’ were for building an online business.  The last couple of weeks I had been wanting to share with you a blog that I think is a huge success and a perfect model for us to follow if we want our blog to be successful.  That blog is Bodyrock.tv.

So, using Darren Rowse’s advice, we are going to breakdown why I think Bodyrock.tv is a huge success.  

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Are You Still Not Blogging For Your Business?

Today I am going to show you what can happen to your website traffic when you blog on a consistent basis.  After I show you my little case study I will show you the perfect resource (affiliate link) to help you get started and start crushing it on your business blog.

But first, this simple case study

Now, I have been blogging for a number of years (5 or 6), but my first few years had no real purpose.  I still don’t really have one, but it is a little more defined then before. 🙂  However, in the past few months I have put more of a focus on the content that I write on this blog, especially from a business perspective.  The reason I did this?  Well I guess I finally figured out what my readers wanted to see here and so I figured if I like communicating the information they want to see, then it is a win-win for everyone.

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Which hosted blog platform is the best?

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I have decided to give my two cents worth on which hosted blogging platform I think is the best out there and WordPress fans are not going to like it.??

So it???s time to take three of the web???s most popular hosted blogging platforms – Posterous, Tumblr and WordPress and compare the tale of the tape to see which one is my champ and the people???s champ.??

Let the games begin!

1. ??Posterous:

Posterous is an appreciable online platform for extending micro-blogging and web publishing services to its users. Posterous has made blogging as easy as sending an email. The application jazzes up the blogging and life streaming experience for its users, by integrating these into their daily email services. Posterous presents its users with a simplified yet effective way of sharing thoughts, photos, audio/video files,??MP3s, and documents??with their audience right from their own email client.

Posterous Features

  • Quickest and easiest sign up process ever. ??Just email post@posterous.com??.
  • Makes blogging as simple as sending an email.
  • Single click autoposting to all your social networks. ??Never manually post to other networks again!
  • Easily import your current blog to Posterous.
  • Makes mobile blogging very easy.
  • Custom themeing via advanced CSS tab.

Through simplicity and the power of autoposting to multiple social networking platforms, this is the reason why Posterous is my favorite. ????

2. ??Tumblr:

Tumblr is a site that offers a more expressive blogging service. Instead of the usual, long worded text posts and similar templates, you can structure your blog in any way you want. Creativity is a main focus and Tumblr allows you to choose how you may want to convey everything, from background to picture alignment etc.. Tumblr allows people to write rapid fire posts and throw it on their Tumblr blog in seconds. As well, people may notice that successful Tumblr blogs are always unique in their own way- whether the site style is funky, or you like to use BIG FONT and bright colours.

I extremely recommend Tumblr (and Posterous for that matter) for those who don’t have time to start a proper blog, or have no idea what they’re doing and want to give blogging a shot. The key point is that it takes less time to devote a blog on Tumblr than most other blog services. Newcomers and experts alike at blogging will be pleased to try Tumblr and its reliable services.

Tumblr Features??

  • Ability to create your own unique blog.
  • Simplistic menu when adding new items to your blog.
  • Advanced menu to customize blog, own domain name, etc.
  • Option to create a group where you can share control.
  • Ability to create static pages.
  • Phone in a blog post to your blog phone number (2mins or less).

Some blogs can take a while to post to, but Tumblr is extremely convenient and fast.

3. WordPress:

WordPress.com offers a versatile and free blog hosting on its own servers, or you can install its open-source code software on your own server. WordPress will let you host a blog on its domain (yourblog.WordPress.com) or use a domain or subdomain (blog.mycompany.com), but currently you cannot add a blog as a subdirectory (mycompany.com/blog).

The service offers high-quality templates. It’s easy to upload a custom header image, and you can choose from a small selection of sidebar widgets to drag and drop onto your blog design. The widgets are limited, however, to items approved by WordPress.com, meaning you can’t embed third-party JavaScript-based widgets or news feeds. Custom modification of CSS is possible, but that feature costs $15 per year.

WordPress uses a homegrown comment-spam prevention system called Akismet that works remarkably well without the need for visual CAPTCHA challenge-response tests. Posting through the Web form is a straightforward process, but the interface uses text buttons rather than icons, which may throw off users who don’t know to click, for example, the ‘b-quote’ (blockquote) button to indicate that they are quoting another source. Uploading images is not as intuitive as Posterous, but it is fairly uncomplicated once you figure out the process.

WordPress Features

  • Multiple blogs and authors
  • Integrated stats
  • 1000’s of high quality themes and plugins.
  • Great tool for writing.
  • One of the most used platforms in the world.

WordPress.com is one of the most popular CMS available and is still used by over 295,000 bloggers. ??However, I feel like it is a bit behind in it’s intuitiveness and feature set compared to Posterous and Tumblr. ??Wordpress could soon find itself floundering with the likes of Blogger and Typepad, if it doesn’t step up and make some serious adjustments.

So there you have my take on the three platforms. ??I really like Posterous, but I must say Tumblr is a very close second. ??Which do you prefer and why???