Photo Blogging May be the Pinnacle of Modern Technology

Many people feel that photo blogging is the most exciting kind of blogging that exists. Building and maintaining a photo blog is no more difficult than creating and updating a text-based blog, and many people feel that the internet’s high speed, full-color technology reaches the pinnacle of its appeal with the transmission of images. Posting photographs in a blog format on a daily, weekly, or occasional basis is a great way to express yourself while reaching viewers in an emotionally charged and aesthetically engaging way, and surfing photo blogs can help you to get a whole new perspective on the world in which we live.

Trey Ratcliff http://www.stuckincustoms.com/
Trey Ratcliff – KIEV BEFORE THE STORM
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Many people who run image blogs are photographers by trade, but photo blogging is also very popular among hobbyists and amateur shutterbugs. To be certain, a lot of the most popular photo blogs have gained attention because the pictures on them are of the highest artistic caliber, and a lot of the people who run these striking blogs are graduates of prestigious art schools and have impressive professional portfolios. However, some of the most well known and most often visited photo blogs are as notable for their concepts as for the pictures themselves.

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http://cute-overload.tumblr.com/post/82069353679/who-dares-approach-my-box

Certain photo blogs, like the popular Cute Overload” which features picture after picture of adorable animals, are more about the thematic content of the pictures than they are about the style in which the snapshots are taken.

The fact that photo blogs range from forums to display the work of highly skilled artisans to playful collections of curiosities shows that photo blogging is a truly diverse form. The fact that photo blogs are so easy to build and to update makes this kind of visual
communication very democratic, and enables people at all skill levels to become a part of the global conversation about the nature and value of photography today.

Whether you are an artist or hobbyist who wants to create a photo blog, or whether you are just somebody who enjoys learning about new places and things, spending some time looking at the most popular photography blogs on the internet can be a very
rewarding endeavor. You can travel to another place or another time by seeing pictures of faraway locations and long-gone eras. You can see your own neighborhood with fresh eyes by discover how local artists have photographed the town or city in which you live. Photo blogging allows people to communicate all of these things and more, which makes it a very exciting part of the modern blogosphere. If the best thing about web technology is that it allows people to reach each other in a very personal way from across great distances, then in many ways photo blogs are the most successful kind of web sites.

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SEO Tips and Tricks for Higher Page Rank (9)

9. Using Social Networks and Blogs to Increase TrafficBlogging can help boost your online presence

The rise of Social Networks, Blogs and RSS on the web has been driven by individuals feeling empowered to tell their story, communicate feelings, chronicle events or write anything that can think of. This is the age of self-publishing as never seen before and with it comes all the positives and negatives of personal opinion.

According to Metcalfe’s law “the value of a network grows in proportion to the square of the number of users” which essentially means the larger the network the more connections/benefit the users get out of it.

You may love the comments or hate them but with 27% of internet users in the US having been involved, either reading or writing a blog, companies that ignore the messages posted may be doing so at their peril. Blogs are a valuable source of research to understand what consumers are thinking about your brand, latest advertising campaign or products/services.

A web log (blog) is a shared online journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and interests. Blogs have become legitimate standard business practices and progressive marketers are building strategies around their use to influence a target audience. Many of these selfdeveloped forums are generating significant revenue streams for their creators. Teen networks such
as MySpace.com and Facebook.com have become destinations of choice for an increasingly connected youth culture.
Witness the success of twitter.com in creating large audience pull and drawing advertisers’ media dollars through the public interest in ‘A’ list celebrities and fashion icons. Yahoo! is also including blogs to the search criteria within news, further highlighting the increased interest of consumer opinion, unique insights or footage of events. In addition to using blogs for research, as a feature to your site,
they can increase traffic, membership and your SEO ranking.

Video logs (VBlog), are proliferating as bloggers seek to enhance their messages. Mobile blogs (Moblogs, mBlogs) can be posted directly to from your mobile communication device. Podcasting enables anyone to create their own radio or television show for download to others. And it goes on and on.

At the heart of the technical revolution in the explosion of self-expression via the Web, is a family of standards called RSS and a rival specification called Atom. RSS stands for Really Simply Syndication and allows individuals or web sites to opt-in and receive content or recent changes from other web sites, the most common of which are news, blogs, entertainment, and ecommerce. The technology
behind RSS allows users to subscribe to web sites that provide RSS feeds or syndicated content. For the marketer, RSS will enable you to communicate and publish information that goes directly, avoiding SPAM filters, to users who choose to link to you, at a time that is convenient to them. You will be able to receive feedback on what the market would like to hear about from you and be able to widen your reach through portals like www.live.com.

Even if it’s something as simple as putting press releases in an RSS feed, marketers will benefit from early exposure to distributing information via RSS and receive valuable feedback from key constituents on what types of content they would like to have.

Marketing and Social Networks

For marketers, do we need to know the latest on what is hot on the Social Scene and what is not? If you want to be where the audience is growing, social networks are an absolute. Public opinion is influenced there and your brand will get reviewed, praised, skewered or viral marketed to stardom.

Several ways to get started now include:

Information Blogs

Develop an information blog on your company, product or service. With approval from company leadership, communicate the latest happenings at the company, experiment with ideas and become a Thought Leader on a topic. Remember that your posts will return as other bloggers link to you and what you say is quoted in various ways. For many private companies, this is not a problem but understand that your postings can be used to support everything from contrary opinions to legal proceedings.

The benefits of blogging include reaching an extended audience and in the links that will be added by other bloggers. This increases the relevancy of your site for search engine indexing. We recommend you can get your own blog for free from WordPress or Blogger.

Personal Opinion Blogs

Many top-level executives are using blogs to gain higher visibility in the marketplace. If your strategy is to build key executives’ credibility so that they can be more effective in influencing the media, being invited to speaking engagements and so forth, the use of blogs is complimentary to that.

Online Advertising

Advertising money is pouring into the self-publishing space. The audiences are highly segmented based on the focus of the blog. Cost for ad placement is generally lower than that of mainstream publishing sites due to the relatively new position of accepting media spends. Choosing to move your ad spend to a blog or Social Network should come under the same type of analysis as that of any
other site. You can cash in on all the advertising $ being poured into blogs through programs such as Blogvertise

Build Linked Blog Communities

The American political machines have been at the forefront of developing communities of linked blogs.
This allows the savvy politician to create an increasingly connected constituency to state their support and drive campaign donations. Enabling your employees to develop their own site is a good way to foster a progressive culture. Ownership even within the confines of company policy still creates positive connections.

Join Social Networks

Getting involved in Social Networks has several advantages. First, it helps you understand the space and allows you to meet people who have like interests. Secondly, it enables you to influence the participants when you post your views and positions. Friendster, YahooGroups.com or Linkedln are just some of thousands of examples of Social Networks that you can get involved with.

Enhance Messages with Vlogs

Using video and enhanced multimedia can work like TV to communicate your message. There is no medium like video for communicating emotion to the masses. Vlogs will help drive your awareness and recall to a higher level than text and flat imagery.

With YouTube results getting ranked so highly now through Google, generating video can bring you great exposure. You don’t need to make fancy videos to get these benefits either. Often times the simplest ones are the most popular. I just started using Traffic Gyser to distribute my videos to over 200 video sites. I make very simple videos and with that system I’ve already seen a considerable boost in traffic and rankings. Video is definitely the next big traffic generating strategy in my opinion.

Podcast

Anyone with content can set up a Podcast. Just load up audio files and let people subscribe to them through an RSS feed. Podcasts are great for regularly updated content. Many radio stations are already using or experimenting with Podcast, as are many news led web sites like News.com. Scott Paton’s course on Podcasting is by far the best one for people interested in this area.

Set up RSS Feeds

RSS feeds provide an easy way for companies to syndicate your content and ultimately drive more traffic to your site and increase your brand awareness. You can even set up an RSS feed for the products on your site.
The people over at ShareThis.com setup these 2 cool widgets. The first allows you to setup a bookmark option on your site so people can quickly bookmark it. The second is an RSS button and allows people to get RSS feed from your site. Both are free and take seconds to create. Check them out here.

Legal Issues on Publishing

Every country in the world addresses the legal issues involving public opinion. Ignorance is not a defense and when making comments publicly available, be aware that potential liability issues include among others:

  • Defamation
  • Intellectual Property (Copyright/Trademark)
  • Trade Secret
  • Publication of Private Facts

However, in the spirit of free speech across much of the world… Blog on!

Managing the Message

Is it possible to orchestrate a program aimed at influencing behavior with Social Networking and Blogging? Absolutely. Can we predict what the results will be? Probably not. Word of mouth is the most powerful factor in this medium. Bloggers are notorious for digging into the story until the truth comes out. They don’t suffer lies and mistruths well and will band together to create a firestorm of
unfavorable PR for those who misuse the space.
For a Website wanting to build awareness. Traffic and exposure, the opportunity to use these avenues of marketing is very promising. Remember that the individual rules and the power is in the hands of those who believe in your message.

Blogging for Companies

A blog is an essential tool for companies who want to effectively communicate with their staff.

A blog will:

  • Capture information for short and long-term reference -Foster cross-discipline communication of information
  • Localize information and increase “findability”
  • Decrease deficiencies found in traditional knowledge transfer

Usually placed on or linked from the company intranet, the internal blog should be one of the most easily accessible points to gain internal company information.

Ideally, everyone should be able to post entries; however, to maintain a sense of decorum, it is sometimes best to allow all management to have access to post entries while everyone else in the company should have access to post comments. Typically easier to pitch to the execs than an external blog, internal blogs are also substantially easier to implement with buy-in from senior management, as the content isn’t viewable from external sources.

In addition, an internal blog is more likely to be read by employees than a typical company intranet, newsletters, or general announcements. So, what should be included in an internal company blog? Obviously, any company announcements, including new products, new company directions, staff additions and changes, awards won, events, and especially “fun” things like riddles, links to interesting sites related to the industry – even birthdays and other announcements can be included. Usually just a couple of posts per day are sufficient to communicate all information without overloading your readers. Any more than that, and information can easily be missed. Space out your announcement and do a “round-up” once a week to reiterate all important communications and links.

It typically takes five to ten repetitions for a piece of information to reach and be comprehended by the majority of staff, so the more vehicles there are for internal communications initiatives, the better – and if the staff is young or tech.-oriented, what better way than a blog?

Blogging Glossary

These are popular terms you may come across during your foray into the blogging world.

  • Atom Another popular feed format developed as an alternative to RSS.
  • Autocasting Automated form of podcasting that allows bloggers and blog readers to generate audio versions of text blogs from RSS feeds.
  • Audioblog A blog where the posts consist mainly of voice recordings sent by mobile phone, sometimes with some short text message added for metadata purposes. (cf. podcasting)
  • Bleg A blog article that begs for something, such as a donation or product sale.
  • Blog Carnival A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.
  • Blog client (Weblog client) is software to manage (post, edit) blogs from operating system with no need to launch a web browser. A typical blog client has an editor, a spell-checker and a few more options that simplify content creation and editing.
  • Blogger Person who runs a blog. Also blogger.com, a popular blog hosting web site. Rarely: weblogger.
  • Bloggies One of the most popular blog awards.
  • Blogroll A list of blogs, usually placed in the sidebar of a blog, that reads as a list of recommendations by the blogger of other blogs.
  • Blogosphere All blogs, or the blogging community.
  • Blogware A category of software which consists of a specialized form of a Content Management System specifically designed for creating and maintaining weblogs.
  • Collaborative blog A blog (usually focused on a single issue or political stripe) on which multiple users enjoy posting permission. Also known as group blog.
  • Comment spam Like e-mail spam. Robot “spambots” flood a blog with advertising in the form of bogus comments. A serious problem that requires bloggers and blog platforms to have tools to exclude some users or ban some addresses in comments.
  • Desktop Blogging Client An off-line blog management (posting, editing and archiving) tool
  • Fisking To rebut a blog entry in a line-by-line fashion.
  • Flog A portmanteau of “fake” and “blog”. A blog that’s ghostwritten by someone, such as in the marketing department.
  • Feeds RSS Feeds M Moblog A portmanteau of “mobile” and “blog”. A blog featuring posts sent mainly by mobile phone, using SMS or MMS messages. They are often photoblogs.
  • Multiblog A blog constructed as a conversation between more than two people.
  • Permalink Permanent link. The unique URL of a single post. Use this when you want to link to a post somewhere.
  • Phlog Type of blog utilising the Gopher protocol instead of HTTP
  • Photoblog. A portmanteau of “photo” and “blog”. Photoblog A blog mostly containing photos, posted constantly and chronologically.
  • Pingback The alert in the TrackBack system that notifies the original poster of a blog post when someone else writes an entry concerning the original post.
  • Podcasting Contraction of “iPod” and “broadcasting” (but not for iPods only). Posting audio and video material on a blog and its RSS feed, for digital players.
  • Post An entry written and published to a blog.
  • Post Slug For blogs with common language URLs, the post slug is the portion of the URL that represents the post. Example: http://domain.com/2008/01/this-is-the-post-slug
  • RSS Really Simple Syndication is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. RSS aggregator Software or online service allowing a blogger to read an RSS feed, especially the latest posts on their favorite blogs. Also called a reader, or feedreader.
  • RSS feed The file containing a blog’s latest posts. It is read by an RSS aggregator/reader and shows at once when a blog has been updated. It may contain only the title of the post, the title plus the first few lines of a post, or the entire post.
  • Spam blog A blog which is composed of spam. A Spam blog or “any blog whose creator doesn’t add any written value.”
  • Slashdot effect The Slashdot effect can hit blogs or other website, and is caused by a major website (usually Slashdot, but also Digg, Metafilter, Boing Boing, Instapundit and others) sending huge amounts of temporary traffic that often slow down the server.
  • Subscribe The term used when a blogs feed is added to a feed reader like Bloglines or Google. Some blogging platforms have internal subscriptions, this allows readers to receive notification when there are new posts in a blog.
  • Templates Templates, used on the “back end” of a blog that work together to handle information and present it on a blog.
  • Theme CSS based code that when applied to the templates will result in visual element changes to the blog. The theme, as a whole, is also referred to as a blog design.
  • TrackBack A system that allows a blogger to see who has seen the original post and has written another entry concerning it. The system works by sending a ‘ping’ between the blogs, and therefore providing the alert.
  • Vlog A video blog; a vlogger is a video blogger (e.g. someone who records himself interviewing people of a certain field).