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I spotted Neil doing a test post on his blog earlier tonight and hung around to find out what he was up to..</p>

turns out Neil’s been playing with podcasting and has decided to have a bit of fun by running a competition for the weekend, and there’s $50 on offer as the prize!

all you need to do is pop over to Neil’s internet marketing blog and play the two audio files, to see if you work out who the internet marketer is on the audios…

As Neil’s managed to get audio up and running on his blog, I thought ‘d better do the same and it’s not actually that difficult, so I’ll see if I can get a video done showing you just how you can add podcasting to your site, which I’ll try and get posted for you before the end of the weekend.

In the meantime, just to prove that I have got it working, here’s an audio podcast about Neil’s comp: –

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Good luck on winning the $50! :cool:

There&#8217;s some pretty neat “social” widgets available for blogs now, the “visitors” widgets from BlogCatalog and MyBlogLog are perfect examples.

My video post yesterday covered MyBlogLog, so today I’m going to show you how to add your blog to BlogCatalog and how to add their “Recent Visitors” widget to your site.

this widget will display the “avatars” of all the recent visitors to your blog who are also members of BlogCatalog.

this allows you to see who’s visited your blog, and you might just be surprised at who’s dropped by, it’s a real blast when you recognize someone..

but, like the MyBlogLog widget, it also adds an element of “social proof” (see yesterdays post) to your blog, giving it a “community” feel and encouraging visitors to come back again.

Here’s a quick video showing how easy it is to add your blog to BlogCatalog, as well as how to add their “recent visitors” widget to your blog, don’t worry, it doesn’t require any “Techie” skills.

Social Proof is a very powerful psychological influencing factor, if you don’t believe me go grab a copy of Robert Caldiani’s book “Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion” from Amazon now, it’s one of the most enlightening books I’ve ever read, especially when it comes to why we buy things..

But how does adding your site to MyBlogLog add “social proof” to your website?

Well it doesn’t, unless you also add their widget to your blog and get a few visitors who are also signed up with MyBlogLog.

this quick video shows just how quick and easy it is to add your blog to MyBlogLog, as well as how to add the widget you need to your blog.

Note: to start off with your widget may not show any MyBlogLog visitors, in this case spend some time in MyBlogLog checking out other peoples profiles that are related to your market, visit their blog(s), then leave some nice comments and feedback for them to encourage them to do the same for you.

Technorati is just a list of blogs right?</p>

Wrong!

Technorati is actually a major growing web 2.0 community site and an authority site in the eyes of the “mighty” ‘Giigle’, so claiming your blog on Technorati will not only get you (at least) one high quality backlink to your blog, it can also bring you a whole bunch of very targeted traffic to your site.

I say “at least” one link, as once you start attracting visitors from the Technorati community, you are also likely to start getting some more backlinks from those bloggers who like your site..

Adding your blog, or “Claiming” it as Technorati call it, is actually a quick and simple process, this video shows exactly how to do it, so watch the video and then go claim your new authority site backlink now, you might just be surprised at how quickly it starts to bring in new visitors to you blog, I was..
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If you&#8217;ve not heard of Stumbleupon.com (come out from under that web 1.0 rock now!) then you should know that it’s one of the most powerful of the new generation of “web 2.0” sites for bringing traffic to your blogs and websites, but just how easy is it to use..?

I’ve prepared three new videos for you to help you get to grips with StumbleUpon and start using it to bring in new visitors to your blogs.

the first video simply shows you how to sign up with StumbleUpon and add the stumbleupon toolbar to your browser so that you can start “stumbleing” sites, as well as why you might want to have more than one Stumbleupon account.

Note: I use both internet explorer and firefox browsers, so I have a separate StumbleUpon account that I use for each, one account in a “pen name” that I can use to “Stumble” my own sites, and one account in my real name that I can use to “Stumble” other peoples sites. 👿 The second video shows you how to actually “Stumble” a site, it’s really pretty quick and simple once you’ve got the toolbar installed, and after you’ve watched this video you’ll be Stumbleing around like an old pro… 🙂

Did you realise that you can get backlinks to your blogs from your Facebook Profile page?</p>

It’s actually really simple to do using a new facebook application called TagK.

This app basically allows you to add links to a whole bunch of social sites to your profilepage, but more importantly, if you just invite a few friends, you get the option to add your own bespoke links!

this means you can add to any blog or site you want…

You may just recognise one of the people behind this new app.. 🙂

you can visit the blog to find out more about the app – TagK Facebook Social Site Links Application

or just go straight to the TagK application page on facebook

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