While in Boston, I was on the panel of the “Content that Kills” session (TrishaLyn’s review) with Lisa Picarille and Angel Djambazov. We focused on strategies for developing compelling content to draw visitors. Of course, our session was scheduled for the exact same time as “My 5 Favorite SEO Strategies Exposed” with Wil Reynolds so I don’t blame anyone for picking his session over ours. And if I hadn’t been on the panel, I would have been at his session. I’ve heard him speak several times, but learn something new from him every time. So if you ever have the chance to see/hear him, just do it!
I did take a little (ok, a lot) of slack from Sam Harrelson for bringing up Ping.fm as a resource during the session. I think Ping.fm is a great tool as you can update all of your social networking sites (twitter, myspace, facebook, etc) all at the same time, and you can update via various methods (text, email, apps, etc. I use AIM). Sam I am, on the other hand, thinks of this as spamming.
I offered to mud wrestle him over it, but since he didn’t show, I claim victory. Oh, and I’m getting sick of watching the Olympics, too. Anyway, my theory is as long as you don’t use Ping.fm excessively, it’s not spamming, but a great source of traffic to your websites. I use it when I write a new blog post and include the title and a twurl.nl link. This week, I’ve gotten the most traffic from plurk – a site I didn’t even know existed until joing Ping.fm. Now, I don’t suggest sending every tweet and facebook comment thru Ping.fm – now that would be spam, Sam. Use in moderation, and it’s all good.
If you haven’t signed up with Ping.fm yet, today’s beta invite code is “vivalaping” (it was “pingitlikeitshot” the day of our session, thus the title inspiration).
I haven’t even signed up for half of the social networks available to use with Ping.fm, yet anyway. You can even use it to post to blogger. So, I’m making a list there of my social networks, mainly just to jog my memory. Anyone know how to make the links clickable on there without manually editing them? The good thing about blogger is, once you update, you’re more likely to show up in the “Next Blog>>” for people surfing blogs.
Now, as if I don’t have enough food on my plate (and I’m hungry), I think I’m going to look for a new theme for this site. This one is boring me out. Revolution maybe?