Saturday, December 12, 2009

Top 10 Blogging Tips

1. Publish frequently.

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

New Viral Video From BabyCakes

If your company is looking for a great way to create a buzz about a new location or product, checkout this awesome example from BabyCakes. This is their third viral video, and I'm sure it will be embedded on many gluten-free blogs and retweeted frequently on twitter.


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 and here

Animated by Chris Taylor ( ), 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.

Good Housekeeping Gluten-Free Video

Sharing videos on You Tube is a popular way to educate viewers, promote products, and attract new customers. Good Housekeeping recently made this gluten-free video, which includes information about celiac disease and a Betty Crocker taste test.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ning Makes Gluten-Free Social Networking Easy

Over one million social networks have been created using Ning, and there are several that are gluten-free. Ning networks are easy to use. Either create your own network or join others. After joining a gluten-free social network, members customize their page, invite friends, join groups, chat, participate in discussions, post and read blogs, and share gluten-free information, including videos, news, and recipes.

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

Gluten-Free Trina

Life Without Gluten

Greater Greenville Celiacs

Celiac SF (San Francisco)

New Grist

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

A Unique Blog: GFree TV

Checkout this great video blog, GFree TV, with gluten-free product and restaurant reviews from Debbie and Mike. Debbie is gluten-free, Mike is not. Every review is posted as a video, which is a wonderful way for readers to see products, which far exceeds a photo on traditional blogs.

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

Twitter: Gluten-Free Lists, Hashtags, and Beginner Tips

Twitter is one of the best sites to quickly and easily reach many gluten-free people. There has been a significant growth in recent months of people twittering gluten-free. In fact, with the increase of so many gluten-free tweets, it can be difficult to keep up with the information. Fortunately, Twitter recently introduced a new feature called lists. They are a way to locate people to follow and organize followers. Lists make it easier to keep up with the latest gluten-free tweets. There are now many public gluten-free lists on Twitter. Here are three great gluten-free lists. If you are new to Twitter, view these lists to find many gluten-free people to follow.

Hold the Gluten Gluten-Free Peeps

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”.

Twitter viruses

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.

Beginner tips

• 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 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.

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