Twitter Cards, Social Networks, SEO & Triberr Reblogging #FridayFinds

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Today’s article in the weekly series #FridayFinds brings you multi-media Twitter cards, some social networking sites that you may be unaware of, an informative infographic on SEO and an introduction to reblogging on Triberr. It will be interesting to hear how many of you are on these sites, use Twitter cards and reblog on Triberr.

Twitter Cards

Have you been noticing tweets with images and videos embedded in them? Ever wonder how to do it? Lisa Buben shares some great examples of how to create these in her article Twitter Cards To Add Some Zing To Your Posts On Twitter. If you want to delve right into them, you can learn more by reading the official Twitter Card documentation.  (Okay, I haven’t done this yet myself but it’s high on my priority list.)

Are You Missing Out on These Social Sites?

A month ago, I wrote an article that addressed the question How Many Social Networking Sites Should You Join? The general consensus is that we need to limit the number of social media sites that we’re active on to a number that’s manageable. Everyone who commented seemed to be in agreement that the major sites they focus on are Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter. When I wrote my post this week about Triberr, it was evident how many readers are huge advocates of that platform as well.

This week, while I was reading Website Magazine, I came across the article 10 Social Sites You’re (Probably) Not Using But Should Be. In her article, Allison Howen talks about the myriad of smaller sites that can be used to help build our brand and authority, foster relationships and generate traffic. She’s included 10 sites that you may or may not be familiar with. They’re worth checking out. I learned that StumbleUpon has a paid discovery option. I was also introduced to Sulia (which is a subject based social network) and Haro (which is a service that helps reporters to connect with sources). Haro could be useful to B2B businesses. (Sign up to be a source and answer questions. You may get some free publicity from it.)

An Infographic on SEO

For those of you who enjoy infographics, check out SEO Checklist For 2013 – Complete Guide by Bashir Ahmed. It gives you a quick look at some of the SEO tactics to avoid, a quick summary of the “animals of SEO” (Penguin, Panda & Zebra), new tactics for 2013 and a basic checklist. There’s a lot of great info captured here from these sources: seomoz.org, seroundtable.com and searchengineland.com.

Reblogging on Triberr

I’ll be honest that I haven’t given a lot of thought about this one but there may be some real opportunities here. Triberr reblogging is an option that enables you to repost another member’s content on your blog. (You need to have the Triberr plugin installed to make this work.)  I need to learn more about the SEO benefits of doing this but it has piqued my interest. If you’re interested in learning more, check out Take Triberr to the Next Level with Reblogging! by Brent Carnduff.

Over to You:

What are your thoughts? Are you already using Twitter cards? Do you reblog on Triberr? Do you think you’ll join any of the social networking sites that were discussed in the Website Magazine article? Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences so that we can all continue to learn from each other.

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  1. I really like SEO checklist for 2013. It’s great information. With all Google updates you can spend hours building backlinks and get penalized for that.

    1. Hi George,
      Thanks for letting me know that you liked the SEO checklist. I’m a big fan of infographics. Speaking of Google updates, I was recently hit by Google Penguin in May and then Google’s spam query update in June. (Both totally undeserved I believe.) So, any preventative steps that you can take is advisable.

  2. Hey Sherryl, thanks a lot for sharing that link on reblogging on Twitter. I have been reading a lot of posts recently but couldn’t gauge the concept clearly. I must say Brent Carnduff is an expert.

  3. Businesses which are new to the industry and are trying to get established must target the smaller social networking sites. The reason behind this is that these sites themselves are new to the internet and are struggling to make it big. In the attempt they will help your business to flourish too, to have a good name for themselves.

    1. Karlon,
      You raise a good point about joining smaller social networking sites. It can be easier to establish a presence and there’s no way of predicting which ones will flourish.

  4. I have been way out of touch for the last few day (did I mention withdrawal symptoms?… LOL). I am also in the process of updating my blog and your Friday post give me some really great thoughts and ideas in regards to that.

    I agree with Cheryl. The Triberr reblog idea is brilliant. The fact that I am os active on Triberr makes this a win all around. 🙂

    1. Hi Susan,
      I can certainly relate to being out of touch and having withdrawal symptoms! Thanks for letting me know that my Friday post gave you some ideas. I’m already working on this week’s.

  5. Hi Sherryl,

    1. I do not use twitter cards for the moment. This means to add ANOTHER plugin to my list. Not only that but alss I am aware of the fact that Twitter was not designed for chatting, engagement and socializing (like Facebook, for example). Also, it was not designed for pictures. Twitter is for business, for news, for updates, for business connections and things like that. So I don’t see a solid reason to use pictures on Twitter.
    2. Join other social networking sites? I don’t think so. One single social network takes a huge amount of time. 3-4 of the biggest one increases the amount of work tremendously and you ca easily be overwhelmed. What happens when you add another 5-6 small social networks? If a you are serious person and a hard worker this would mean only one thing: hospital! I don’t want a mental breakdown. No way!
    3. Reblogging on Triberr?
    What do you mean? Me reblogging other people’s posts or the other way round?
    Triberr is something powerful but it takes time to understand and create an efficient strategy. I’m not familiar with reblogging on Triber, yet.
    Maybe you could tell me how reblogging on Triber works?

    Have a nice day

    1. Silviu,
      I’m keeping an eye out for a way to use Twitter cards without adding another plugin. I’ll let you know if I come across something. As for joining more social networking sites, I still see nothing wrong with establishing a presence on sites that I deem as potentially having value. Not only does it protect your username/brand but sometimes you can join a new site for free and then be grandfathered into it when it becomes a membership site. (I’m saying “join” not necessarily actively participate. – I value my mental health too.:) )

      Reblogging can work both ways. I don’t have a strategy for it myself and I’m not even sure that it would be a good fit for this blog. I’m open to the concept though and as I learn more, I’ll share more too!

  6. Hey Sherryl,
    Thanks for mentioning my reblogging article – hope to see you reblogging soon : ) Great resources here as always! Cheers!
    Brent

  7. Hi Sherryl, What a great roundup of news for us bloggers. There is really a lot going on, isn’t there?

    I signed up for Twitter cards and haven’t received an approval email yet, but Twitter cards are appearing for tweets from my blog, even from my tribe mates on Triberr. I’m using the plugin JD Twitter Cards that Mayura recommended. It’s super easy to set up, I thought I should set it up before I got approval so I would be ready to go once I got approval. Lo and behold the Twitter cards began appearing right away!

    Thanks so much for keeping us in the know, Sherryl!

    1. Thanks for the heads-up on the plugin Carolyn. I’ll check it out. Thanks for the positive feedback too. I’m glad I started this series. It’s getting a good response so far.

  8. Great information, Sherryl.

    Like you, I will definitely get Twitter cards. What a wonderful idea!!

    Also joined Quora and it will be interesting to see hwo we benefit from being a member there.

    Am, as I’m sure you understand, in the process of joining HARO. First ended up on Haro Quality Flooring:-)But googled it and now, let’s see if I get contacted from the States for quotes.

      1. Let’s see what happens. Apparently they send you daily emails with questions.

        In my opinion they should have asked people joining many more questions to find out what they really master. If they are in a hurry they will not be able to go through social media profiles until they find someone who can, say, comment on politics in Kerala, a state in India:-) For that they don’t need me since I have never even visited. All I know it’s a mix of socialism and Muslim fundamentalism. Heaven knows how that’s compatible:-)

      2. Today got a phone call from a sister company of HARO’s in Britain.

        Nice guy who chatt ed about everything under the sun. Then he said that he could sell me media contacts in Sweden, if I was interested. Asked how much that would cost (he made it sound like it was for free). Turned out it would cost me approximately 5,000 dollars. Nicely told him that with a long background in media I just need to call and talk to them.

  9. Hello Sheryl,

    I have just started using Triberr and I am still learning my way around there. I do really like it though. I have been reading bloggers blogs that I had never heard of before. It’s really a great way to network. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed my post and for taking the time to comment. It helps other readers to hear from bloggers like you who are just getting started on Triberr and already like it.

  10. Sherryl — another post with great information, thanks. I just tried to sign up for Twitter Cards and, like Leora, found that Firefox is not supported. I did sign in with Chrome but the instructions were too confusing for me. I may go to Yoast’s site to see if he’s written about this and how to use his SEO plugin to set it up. I’ve known about HARO for a long time although I haven’t registered to be a source for stories. Probably I should.

    In reading about the reblogging option on Triberr I’m not sure I will do that. True, I do accept guest posts but they are written for me. I wonder what SEO benefit I would get from reposting someone else’s blog, even assuming it was in line with my brand. I guess if you’re stuck for a post one week you’d have a backup.

    1. Jeannette,
      Both you and Leora are ahead of me! I had hoped to tackle Twitter cards over the weekend but I’m not sure if I’ll find time. (I can’t use Yoast’s plugin because it doesn’t work well with the version of Thesis that I’m on.) I’ll plan on taking screenshots when I sign up and maybe it would make a good how-to post. We’ll see.

      I remember hearing about HARO before but I don’t believe I ever signed up for it either. I think it might be a good site for both of us to join.

      I’m not sure I’m interested in the reblogging option either but I thought I’d share that post anyways to see how others felt about it. I don’t know what the SEO benefit would be unless it were someone reblogging for you. Maybe, that’s where the potential would be. We could possibly collaborate with other members in our tribe to reblog strategically for each other.

  11. I think joining the other networks will take too much time managing all the accounts, and I have no plans doing that till some of mentioned networks achieve popularity as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter did.

    1. John,
      Managing the time we spend on social sites is important. I don’t plan on joining any of the sites on this list soon but I definitely intend to look into Haro. That looks like it would have a lot of potential for bloggers who are looking to build their presence as an authority site.

      Thanks for joining the conversation.

  12. I hadn’t heard of Twitter cards Sherryl. It appears the images only appear of you use Twitter main site and not Tweetdeck. is that correct? One other question for you is regarding the reblogging. Does it only apply to those in your tribe or can anyone using Triberr with the plugin use your posts? The reason for the question is how can you be sure your posts are appearing on quality sites.

    1. Great questions Susan but I honestly don’t have the answer for either of them. Maybe someone else here can answer you. (I’d like to know the answers too.)

      I have not researched the reblogging option and I’m not even sure that I think it would be a good idea for most blogs. That’s a great question about your post appearing on a site that you don’t want to be linked to. This is definitely something that I would not initiate without researching. If I learn more about the details, I’ll post it.

  13. I just applied for the Twitter cards. The development tool was quite handy. Looks like you should use Chrome and not Firefox to use the tool for previews.

    A question for you: I tried to put one of my urls in the LinkedIn stream. Only a link to my blog appeared – no pic, no description, no title. I saw someone else online had this problem. I added opengraph meta tags via the Yoast SEO plugin, but I still got the same short url. Do you know of anyone else with this LinkedIn issue? Anyone solve it?

    Thanks, Sherryl.

    1. Good for you Leora. So far, I haven’t applied for Twitter cards yet. I intend to do that this weekend.

      I have been having that problem with my pics not showing up on LinkedIn for months now. I haven’t researched it lately but the last time I looked for a solution, I could find plenty of people who have the same issue but I couldn’t find a solution. I’ve experimented with different scenarios. A couple of times, I was able to get it to work scheduling it through BufferApp but today, it didn’t work. Now that I’m thinking of it, I was logged into LinkedIn today when I posted it. I wonder if the trick may be to not be logged into LI. – That’s something to try I guess. If you figure it out, please let me know and I’ll do the same for you. (Actually, I’ll post it here in case anyone else is following this thread and has the same issue.)