Sunday, 29 January 2012

Google's New Blogger

Google Blogger has been revamped, streamlining it and giving it the appearance of their new clean style and interface typical of their updated products in recent months.

This seems to be part of their new initiative - Google+, as they start to integrate their products to socialize user experience (trying to give Google+ a user boost in the process)

New Changes
  • Blogger can be integrated with your Google+ account, where posts are shared automatically.
  • This sleek new theme is one change, breaking out from the old blog themes. The new dynamic view plays with the layout to allow users to sift through blog posts easily.
  • Blogs are mobile enabled, having mobile themes catered to mobile phones
  • Some of the newer themes do not allow for flexible customization from the old blogger, where the drag and drop modules let users easily add features to their blog.
Overall, Google's Blogger seems to be much cooler than before. Comparing it with wordpress would be another story for another time though...

Socializing your Website

So you've gotten a new website but you realize that its not getting enough traffic. Well, that is to be expected for most cases, since the web is so huge with millions of other sites with shocking amounts of content(probably enough to cover the Earth if its in print). While content is king, I am sure that your website has something unique to offer. If that is the case, what you need to do is start Socializing your website.

No worries about your low visitor count as that will change with time provided you move your site in the right direction. Here are some steps you can take that will improve your website's traffic.

  1. Get your Website Visible

    Given a decent website with content, what you need to do next is to get it visible to the web. This is where the power of Google comes in. Submit your website to the different Search Engines. Of course, Search Engine Optimization plays a big role (check out our article about Search Engine Optimization)

  2. Set Up a Facebook Page  

    So you have a Facebook Account, imagine the possibilities of  having a Facebook Page for your website. The power of Social Media can be used to engage fans on Facebook. Attract new fans and keep them hooked on interesting updates and posts. (try out some Free Social Media Marketing Apps from Interactz Media to build up your Facebook Page with content)

  3. Set up your Google+ Business Page  
    While Facebook may be king at the moment, Google+ has other cool features that some might dig. However, the important aspect is the power of Search Engine Optimization through Google's +1s especially since they are the biggest Search Engine.

  4. Start Tweeting  
    Tweeting on Twitter will get you followers, reaching out to the Socially Engaged Audience. Tweeting is good for spreading news, especially if you want it to go viral. Another cool way of using Twitter is to hook your RSS channel up (Google's FeedBurner allows you to connect your RSS feeds to Twitter easily, and Facebook allows Twitter integration, so you save time on updating your various Social Media Outlets to update your subscribers everywhere)
While the above tips are good for Socializing your Website, having a solid website with interesting and unique content is still key to getting visitors.

Stay tuned to Timzstudio - Singapore Web Design & Development for more posts about Socializing your Website!