Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ping and Twitter

SEO has been on my list of things to do for months. I get so little traffic to my novel's website, I can't even give away books there. So I read everything I can about search engine optimization and work at it when I have time. Some of the terms and technology were intimidating me. I'm so over that now. The latest buzz words in SEO are ping and twitter. When I first heard them, I groaned, thinking I'd have to learn new HTML or dig around in my website set up.

Nope. They are websites. And so easy to use. Ping-O-matic is a simple form. You fill in the name and url of your blog, check where you want to send the update, and then click "send pings." The idea is to do this every time you post a new entry on your blog and let blogworld know there's new content. SEO for Dummies.

Twitter is new social networking site, similar to MySpace and Facebook. If you have the time for yet another networking site, Twitter is a little different. It is all about the personal update: What are you doing now? If you want to keep your friends updated all day—I'm clipping my toenails, I just ate a bowl of bran flakes, I'm thinking mean thoughts about my husband again—then this is the site. It offers a little Twitter box that you can paste on your other sites to make your update available everywhere you are. I'm not sure yet how this will increase traffic to my website, but I'm game.


The other SEO term I'd been hearing and finally checked out is "Technorati." It too is a website. But its name and tagline—what's percolating in blogs now—are misleading. There's no information about the technical things you need to know to be a successful blogger. It's just breaking news through the eyes of bloggers.

So take heart, writers. SEO is not complicated. But like everything else you do online to market yourself and your books—it takes time.

4 comments:

Bill Cameron said...

SEO is a matter of signal-to-noise ratio, and we've reached a point where there so many signals they've all become noise. The problem with things like twittering and pinging and whatever else the latest next best thing or (dare I say it) killer app is that they actually exacerbate the problem. What's vying for our attention today? Diggs and Pings and Twits and Blabs and AdWords and, and, and, and...

And it all takes time. Too much time. So much time that I fear we've reached the point where the only way to have enough time do all the things we need to do to maybe get noticed is to give up doing the thing we're hoping to be noticed for.

soldierfire said...

Next to twitter, my phone has a function with will boardcast your location and current events if enabled, 24 hours a day. It doesn't take a semi-paranoid, gun fanatic to view that as intrusive.

It appears I may be outdated in the area of networking. 1997 is far gone, and few sites make sense to me. Computers have outgrown me, and I've obtain a status near that of an 80 year old attempting to learn to email.

I only blinking for a moment, and it all changed.

Ipod?

Ken Lewis said...

LJ:

I just tried your Twitter link, but it is no longer twittering. I got a message saying it had been disabled because it could be like head lice? Now THAT, was not very nice, hehe.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You hadn't known of Technorati before? Wow. That was one of THE first places I was told to register. Of course, back then, Technorati didn't change their ranking rules weekly and not tell anyone what they were...

I am launching a new blog that will hopefully help you give books away. Keep an eye on the SinC listserve or my Facebook profile 'cause I suspect you'll want to take part.