Saturday, December 12, 2009
2. Add a share button and share articles on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and in yahoo groups.
3. Organize posts with consistent and specific labels.
4. Edit, spell check, and verify that all links work.
5. Moderate comments and require word verification to prevent spam.
6. List your blog in appropriate blog directories and aggregators. Many require a blog to be at least one month old and have a minimum number of posts before listing.
For gluten-free blogs, request to be added to the gluten-free news aggregator as soon as your blog is active. It now takes three to four weeks to be added to it. Foodie BlogRoll and Blog Catalog are good blog directories with many gluten-free blogs listed.
7. Provide email subscriptions using Feedburner.
8. Establish a blogroll and leave comments on other blogs.
9. Set up Google alerts for your topic. This will help you find the latest news and provide ideas for posts.
10. Be creative! Approaching topics from a unique perspective will draw readers and increase comments.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Hello December! We're just going to put it right out there: This one is an absolute doozy, and for good reason... we're finally just about almost kind of ready to open up the Los Angeles outpost of BabyCakes NYC! So we called some of our pals and pulled this nifty little item together: There is action, furry Sasquatch, ZZ Top, showgirls, a jacuzzi. There is a farmer and some chickens and a stationwagon. Really there is nothing this thing doesn't have! Brace yourself, Southern California: BabyCakes NYC opens in Los Angeles December 2009 (we're built, just waiting on the final bits of paperwork!!). Probably over-spazzy updates here www.babycakesnyc.com and here http://twitter.com/BabyCakesNYC
Animated by Chris Taylor ( www.throneboogie.com ), filmed by Jonathan Miller, edited by Justin Gallaher, title cards and lettering by Bevin McNamara, produced by David Mettler and Chris Cechin. Song is by Lele Buckin'ham.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Gluten-Free Faces has almost 2,500 members and is the largest gluten-free social network on Ning. The good news is that once you know how to use Gluten-Free Faces, then you also know how to use all these other gluten-free social networks on Ning.
Grandma's Gluten-Free Baking N Cooking
Mom Cooks Gluten-Free
Life Without Gluten
Greater Greenville Celiacs
Celiac SF (San Francisco)
Gluten-free groups can be found on large Ning social networks, like Twittermoms, which has two gluten-free groups.
Are you considering creating your own social network on Ning? This video will show you how.
For more information:
Read the Ning blog
Watch the Gluten-Free Faces video
Join the bloggers group I created on Gluten-Free Faces
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Their review of Jungle Grub made me want to buy the product. With all the gluten-free blogs and extensive reading, it is refreshing to watch and listen to reviews. The only negative is that the reviews are long, which requires more time than skimming a traditional blog post. With already 21 videos since beginning the show in June 2009, Debbie and Mike are working hard to make this a success.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Maryland Celiac Gluten-Free Bloggers
Babitty Happy Gluten-Free
Hashags use the # symbol followed by an abbreviation or word at the end of a tweet, which makes it easy to search for tweets on a certain topic. There has been some confusion over which hashtag is best to use for gluten-free. Some people were using the original hastag, #gfree, while others were using #gf. Now, gluten-free people are retweeting (RT) that it is best to use #gf because it is “shorter & used in real life & mags to mean gluten free”.
There are some problems with viruses, especially in direct messages (DM) on Twitter. The most important thing to remember is not to click on links in direct messages, especially when they are about using Twitter to make money. Other times viruses result from clicking the link on an account profile.
• Watch the Twitter in Plain English video.
• Choose a user name that has gf, celiac, or gluten-free in it. If one of these is not in your user name, then include gluten-free or celiac in your profile description to make it easier to connect with others. People prefer to follow people with a complete profile, so be sure to add a profile photo, location, description, and link to your site if you have one.
• Go to the twitter support site.
• To share links on Twitter, shorten them using bit.ly or tinyURL.
• Read the Twitter blog.
• To find many other people to follow on twitter, including celebrity chefs and foodies, view the Mashable mega lists.
• Select a button for your blog or website from 181 free Twitter buttons and badges.