Most bloggers recognize the value of generating backlinks to help rank higher in the search engines. One of the most popular ways to get beneficial do-follow links to your site is by commenting on CommentLuv enabled websites. Did you know that there are many social media sites that allow do-follow links as well? Did you also know that there is a browser extension that you can install that will help you hide spam, ads and sponsored stories from your Facebook newsfeed? Learn more about this (plus some great ideas for making your images stand out) in this week’s #FridayFinds.
Interested in 35 Do-Follow Social Media Sites?
Google’s PageRank metric calculates the value of incoming links to a website. (Many SEO folks refer to this as “link juice”. Not all links are created equal. Some links are tagged as no-follow and others are do-follow. (The CommentLuv links on this blog are do-follow.)
So, how do you find social media sites that are do-follow? Check out 35 Social Media Sites To Get Do Follow Links by Nancy Badillo on BloggingTips.com. You’ll probably recognize a lot of these sites (Google+, YouTube, Tumblr) but there are sure to be some new sites there that you’re not aware of.
How Can You Generate Backlinks?
For more ideas on how to obtain backlinks, check out the two part article The Ultimate Guide to Generating Backlinks by Meghan Wolff. (Notice that this link is what is referred to as an internal-link, meaning that it links to another article on this blog. Internal links are another opportunity to help increase PageRank.)
Do You Find Your Facebook News Feed Annoying?
I’m sure most everyone here will answer that question with an adamant yes. If you’re one of them, you would probably benefit from reading Filter Out Annoying Words and Topics From Your Facebook News Feed by Kim Castleberry on Just-Ask-Kim.com. In her article, Kim highly recommends installing the F.B. Purity browser extension. It’s free and is compatible with: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.
What exactly is F.B. Purity? The developer describes this extension as:
F.B. (Fluff Busting) Purity is an anti-spam, browser extension for Facebook. It alters your view of Facebook to show only relevant information to you. It removes annoying and irrelevant stories from your newsfeed such as game and application spam, ads and sponsored stories. It also hides the boxes you don’t want to see on each side of the newsfeed.
Kim has used this extension for over 3 years and she’s created this how-to YouTube video to show us how to use it:
Note: You may want to grab this extension now because Facebook is trying to shut F.B. Purity down. The developer has this announcement on their site: “Facebook’s legal department has told me I may not access Facebook and to stop developing F.B. Purity.”
Want to Make Your Images Stand Out with Text?
If you’ve been to Ashley Faulkes blog (MadLemmings.com) lately, you may have noticed that the images that Ashley has been using for his blog posts are really standing out. What Ashley has been doing to grab our attention is adding text. While that might not sound very exciting on the surface, you may be surprised to see what he’s come up with. Thankfully, Ashley shared his tips with us in his guest post How To Add Text To Your Images Like A Pro on Adam Connell’s BloggingWizard.com. Don’t worry that you’ll need expensive editing software like Photoshop to come up with amazing results. Adam will show you how using Pixlr Express. (It’s free.) Check it out if you get a chance.
Note: My only regret is that I’m writing this post at the last minute and I don’t have time to implement some of Ashley’s advice in time to spiff up an image for this post!
Over to You:
Did you find any interesting social media sites that you haven’t tried yet? (If you’re a business blogger and decide to join BizSugar, you’ll find many of us there. It’s one of my top sources for referral traffic.) Do you have any experience using F.B. Purity? What do you think about Ashley’s tips? As always, please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.