Social Networks

Twitter Says No To Third Party Advertisers

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May 25  |  Social Networks  |   Ryan Clark

Well you all remember pay for blog posts I’m sure….here’s the start of another search marketing industry that is about to go underground Twitter recently said that there will be no more inserting third party ads via the Twitter API. Companies like Sponsored tweets may take a little hit, but for now I think they’re still going to bank for a while. This is nothing new of course. Where there is a crowd, there is a marketer. I think in the right context, with the right set of followers this shouldn’t be a problem as long as the shoe fits. Obviously the debate is heating up on Mashable, so check it out to voice your opinion, especially if you’re a developer.

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Link Building With FriendSite.com

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January 27  |  Link Building, Social Networks  |   Ryan Clark

I’ve just discovered FriendSite.com this morning while link building for a client. I’m still kind of groggy but I managed to not let it slip under my radar. To start off it looks like this social network was launched in October of 2007 and has seen some decent growth despite the growing number of social networks popping up all over the place. They hit 100,000 members last April and the growth wasn’t explosive until late this year, and it has been building up quite a storm every since. Here is a look at the Alexa graph since its launch;

The site is packed with features that you would find on most social networks with a few different twists. First of all their spam protection is heavily tweaked and does a decent job at keeping the place clean of junk. Secondly, the site has a large user base of people above 20 years old which helps keep it somewhat mature. User profiles are well put together and don’t resemble anything close to the ugly themes of Myspace.

As for link building, it is possible to use their bookmark system which is dofollow and if you take part properly, will get indexed when your user profile is indexed. Since the site has a lot of user activity it is in your best interest to take part and connect with people who have the same interests because you’ll quickly get knocked off for spam.

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Micro-Blogging Site List By Rank

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December 29  |  Link Building, Social Media Sites, Social Networks  |   Ryan Clark

Micro-Blogging is still going strong and there are a ton of them popping up for every niche and theme imaginable. Some of them allow you to get do follow links so this does fall under the general link building topic, but they also allow you to increase your reader base and grow your website. The stats I’m going to use to rank the sites will be based on Alexa ranking,(unique not site wide links counted)  backlinks counted by Link Diagnosis, and Google Page Rank. If anyone has a site I missed, or even a new one that they’re going to release then you should leave it in the comments or contact me. I like to mention only use these sites if you plan on using them for what they’re intended for, and not just spam them to death. I understand people use micro-blogging services do promote their products and that’s fine, but don’t overkill it.

1)Twitter.com
Alexa:624
Backlinks:85 million
PageRank:8

2)Plurk.com
Alexa:7141
Backlinks:847,447
PageRank:7

3)Secondbrain.com (dofollow)
Alexa:54,243
Backlinks:1167
PageRank:6

4)Jaiku.com
Alexa:54,867
Backlinks:1782
PageRank:7

5)Kwippy.com
Alexa:62,290
Backlinks:535
PageRank:4

6)Identi.ca(dofollow)
Alexa:77,983
Backlinks:2693
PageRank:5

7)Yonkly.com
Alexa: 365,908
Backlinks:384
PageRank:3

8 )Twingr.com
Alexa:390,695
Backlinks:723
PageRank:0

9)Niimo.com
Alexa:638,838
Backlinks:125
PageRank:4

10)Twoorl.com
Alexa:696,373
Backlinks: 171
PageRank:4

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Link Building With Gooruze.com

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November 30  |  Link Building, Social Networks  |   Ryan Clark

I recently discovered Gooruze.com which is an online social media profile that allows you to create a content rich bio for the world to see. Gooruze is do follow and allows you to add links in your bio, blog entries, articles and import your blog’s RSS feed right into the page. I really like the ease of the site and it’s a great way to network for business and friends online within the same niche. The software used to run the site feels like a mix of Linkedin and Squidoo which I really like! I’m going to be filling out my Gooruze profile today, so check it out to see what kind of options there are but beware my page isn’t quite fully loaded yet. I did notice a weird issue when filling out the bio…when you add links it formats it on a new line and I’m not sure why, so let me know if you get this issue as well.

Gooruze is here to help. A ranked advice community for online marketing professionals. The Gooruze difference is dedicated, ranked, quality information. The content is created by members who share real online marketing experiences and insights in the form of articles, answers and news. The content is tagged, rated and commented on by the community to deliver a constantly evolving online marketing knowledge base.

Gooruze is a great place to promote and create unique and quality content, so this is not a place for you to go and spam all the live long day. Please respect the website and although you can build quality links, make sure you’re contributing to the commuity at large. If you happen to produce some quality articles on there you can make the front page in many ways, just take a look at the picture in detail or visit the site. If you’re ready to join in on the fun over at Gooruze you can register here.

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6 Untapped CMS Resources For Theme Link Building

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November 15  |  Link Building, Social Bookmarking, Social Media Sites, Social Networks  |   Ryan Clark

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the different open source CMS’s that are coming out these days, mainly for link building opportunities. If you’re a WordPress or Joomla theme designer you most likely have distributed free themes in order to build links and get exposure for your work. I’m aware that Google has been watching this practice closely because a lot of folks were selling the link spots(Sponsored Themes Discussed @ Webmaster World). Now if you’re a web design company or freelancer, there is no problem using this as a form of marketing. Unfortunately the theme market for the likes of phpBB, vBulletin, WordPress, Joomla, yaddy yadda, is way over saturated these days.


There are all sorts of new open source CMS’s coming on the market, and a handful of them are starting to get a large use rbase. There are CMS’s for DIGG clones, forums, social networking sites, social bookmarking, web 2.0 and new blogging platforms. These are perfect times to grab some new business and get a chance to work with a different platform. Because there are so many the possibilities are endless, and would be a great way to expand your design firm to the next level. Lets take a look at 6 CMS’s that are growing rapidly and are desperately in the need of both free and premium themes.

Pligg is almost perhaps too popular to be called an “untapped resource”, but since it makes for a perfect first example I’ll go with it. I’m not sure on the exact number of downloads, but looking at a few factors indicates that there have been a few hundred thousand downloads of Pligg in the past few years. You can search for “powered by pligg” which is nowhere near acurate at 1.5 million results. That and the fact the forum has 35 thousand members is how I can up with that number. The search phrase “Pligg Temaplates” is searched for on average 40xday. The competition in the search listings ins’t too scary and there are already a bunch of places you can promote your theme like in the Pligg forum.

Elgg is quite possibly the most popular open source social networking platform at the moment. The software its self is brilliant and there is no secret as to why it’s so popular. There are plenty of opportunities for theme design with Elgg both on the forums, gaining top rankings and freelance sites. The one thing I did notice about Elgg, which is also what made me write this post, is that there is a serious lacking in the theme department. You can advertise your free themes within the community, on various Elgg theme sites and try and rank for some quality keywords.

ModX has been gaining a lot of ground for its triumphant web 2.0 properties featuring clean SEO friendly code, and sexy Ajax to make it all spiffy. Their forum is very active in not only English, but many other languages which also shows a strong sign that ModX will be here for a long time to come. There is a strong need for paid and free themes and the link building opportunities are definitely there.

Social Web Content Management System(bloody mouthful) is a fork off from the first mentioned Pligg software and in my opinion looks and works like it will be the true champion of Digg clones soon enough. Now is a great time to build some links and buzz by creating great templates for this rapidly evolving CMS. Right now there are a few sites where you can submit your template as well hit up the template section on the user forum.

Concrete5 is one of my favorite up and coming CMS’s and I’d like you guys to take a minute to check out the demo, features and scalability of the framework. You PHP and Ajax programmers are going to have a fun time with this CMS. I trulely believe that Concrete5 will be making big waves in the near future and they’re going to need theme designers! Why not use the opportunity to build some quality links on this web 2.0 platform.

Plone is most likely a new word to your vocabulary, and it was fairly new to me up until the other day. Plone is a well supported and heavily used CMS that boats a long list of big sites running the platform. This CMS is great for community based websites as well sites that have a magazine/minimal feeling to them, so you’ll be able to get creative with your design. This is another example of a great CMS needing more designers and present more opportunities to build more links.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amount of possibilities for design teams to generate more business and build links from theme resources that are not over saturated. I hope you designers out there found this useful and that it gives you a ton of new ideas on how to drum up more business.

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Blog Branding Through Arkayne

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August 19  |  Social Networks  |   Ryan Clark

One of my clients refered me to Arkayne which is a Widget that finds and connects relevant content between your blog and what your readers want to see. I’m going to be giving it a try on here for a week and see if it makes a difference. Since this blog is relatively new, I should be able to easily see how effective this strategy is. The WordPress plugin for the Arkayne widget includes a complete control panel for every widget option. From the panel you can adjust everything from text, color, size, to link counts, similarity limits, and link categories. Download The Plugin.