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What Can You Do With MyBlogLog? Tips from 18 Members

Lee Odden on Oct 25th, 2007     Social Media, Social Networking, User Generated Content

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MyBlogLog Glamour Shots

As both an active participant (first and foremost) and a consultant in the ways of social media, it occurred to me that we should engage the communities of interest we’re involved with for tips. Who better to get tips on social media from than people who are actually USING social media?

Online Marketing Blog, which has a top 50 MyBlogLog community, is fairly active and even interviewed MyBlogLog CEO Scott Rafer. Today I pinged the members of our MBL community and within a very short period of time received about 20 responses. Here are 17 that made the cut and one of our own.

Our first tip on MyBlogLog is from none other than Robyn Tippins, Community Manager at MyBlogLog and a blogger at Practical Blogging.

Lee Odden

Use Avatars to Show Authority

Lee Odden on Feb 1st, 2007     Blogging

Technorati Screen Grab - AviatorsToday’s tip is quite simple and easy, it’s merely creating an avatar for yourself which will represent you across the web.

An avatar is just an image. A logo or icon that represents you or your business. It could be your picture, your cat’s picture, a cartoon character or just a cool design. I’d recommend picking one that is original for best results.

Now, when you create your blog, put your avatar on it. When you register at a form, use your avatar. Services like Technorati and MyBlogLog have the ability to upload a profile image and you’d want to stick it there too. There is even a global avatar service called Gravatar that will show your avatar on other blogs that have this functionality enabled in the comments. Ideally you’d want them all to match to build your identity. But mixing a photo and a logo treatment also seems to work well.

Lee Odden

Interview with MyBlogLog CEO Scott Rafer

Lee Odden on Jan 31st, 2007     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Blogging News, Online Marketing, Social Media, Social Networking, Yahoo

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MyBlogLog has been taking the blogosphere by storm the past few months, even before the acquisition by Yahoo. However, MyBlogLog is not a recent phenomena, it started out as a blog statistics service by Eric Marcoullier and Todd Sampson in March of 2005.

I’m a fan of MyBlogLog (TopRank Community) and despite some of the infrastructure issues related to their increased popularity, am very optimistic about what the resources brought on by Yahoo will do for the community.

In order to find out more about MyBlogLog, I contacted CEO Scott Rafer through the MyBlogLog messaging tool and he surprised me not only with a quick reply, but a yes to answering a few questions. I was rather impressed and appreciative of this considering how busy he is right now. Most people active in the blogging world will know Scott Rafer’s name from having previously worked with Feedster.

Lee Odden

MyBlogLog Tools

Lee Odden on Jan 16th, 2007     Blogging, Online Marketing, Social Networking

MyBlogLog has been growing leaps and bounds since it’s launch about 6 months ago. Rumors and then confirmation of the acquisition by Yahoo didn’t hurt their visibility either. You don’t have to visit too many blogs not to notice the familiar array of headshots and avatars of people who have recently visited a blog – a widget powered by MyBlogLog.

SoloSEO, a search engine optimization project management software service has released a set of tools called the “The Missing MyBlogLog Tools” to help you get more out of MyBlogLog and to help with building your network. For their efforts and release for use on MyBlogLog, SoloSEO only asks for 1% of the acquisition price or a free trip to Yahoo. :)
Here’s a breakdown of the tools:

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