Those Crazy Feedburner Numbers

January 21, 2009 by Kelly · 2 Comments 

As bloggers, we keep a close eye on our RSS subscribership.

It is one of the measures we use to consider how successful we are at engaging our readers.  If our readers enjoy our content and have an understanding of how RSS works, they subscribe to our feed in order to not miss future posts.

I love to see growing RSS subscriber numbers and really hate to see the number shrink - and since Feedburner (my RSS tool of choice) numbers are influenced by so many different factors on a daily basis - I have learned not to over react to sudden changes.

Here’s a great post from Feedburner about the ups and downs we see.

Like today - when I look at my RSS subscriber numbers and see about half of the normal amount - I won’t panic.  Somewhere some reporting structure is misbehaving and I’m confident that the powers that be are working on it.

If you’d like to learn more about how Feedburner numbers are calculated, this post from their blog is most illuminating.

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OIO Publisher Review

January 14, 2009 by Kelly · 3 Comments 

This is a guest post from Courtney Chowning of Mom Giveaways :)

The main source of income on my blog, Mom Giveaways, is selling advertising spaces directly. At first it was a very time consuming and tedious task by having to keep track of whose ad goes where and when the ad should go up or come down. I wanted to automate the process so that I could have more time working on other aspects of the site. One of the best decisions I ever made was purchasing OIO Publisher to handle my advertising.

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It’s Here: Wordpress 2.7

December 18, 2008 by Alaina Frederick · 2 Comments 

If you have a WordPress blog, then you have seen that little line of text at the top of your admin area “WordPress 2.7 is available! Upgrade now.” It sits there just screaming ‘click me, click me‘. If you haven’t seen this then go log into your self-hosted admin area now because its there just waiting to be clicked!

Usually I wait about two weeks before clicking that button, but this time on my new business blog I decided to click that button. With all the talk about how different 2.7 was and all the amazing changes I was really scared to click that button.

Would it mess up my theme I had worked so hard to get just how I wanted?

Would my plugins be left tangled and the only option would be to deactivate them? Read more

Twitter Question: What is a Hashtag?

December 6, 2008 by Kelly · 2 Comments 

What is a Hashtag? That’s a great question and proof that our internet world keeps changing. It was not very long ago I had no idea what a hashtag was and now I find them quite exciting to use.

Twitip just published a great explanation of the hashtag today so be sure to go check it out for the full 411.

How do I use the hashtag?

I’m using two hashtags on Twitter right now.  First, I use #mm for any post that relates to the Mom Masterminds website or membership.  Our members also use the tag whenever they talk about MM or invite others to join, etc.  In 2009 this hashtag is going to be increasingly important for reasons I can’t share just yet ;)

Second, I’m using #wahmwish for all posts that relate to the fulfilling WAHM Christmas Wishes, an annual Work at Home Moms Talk Radio tradition.

Turn Your Blog Into A Podcast With Just A Plugin!

November 30, 2008 by Alaina Frederick · 1 Comment 

I am very excited about this new plugin I read about on Lynn Terry’s blog, ClickNewz. I have always wanted to have a way that my readers could listen to my posts. However the thought of having to sit and record each and every post has stopped me time and time again.

Well now with the free plugin from Odiogo I can turn my posts into a podcast. Read more

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