Category: Blogging


  • Finally, after sneak peeks and status updates, the report is done.

    Its a study of why and how people share content online and it explores content type preferences, sharing methods, motivations, reach and frequency.

    You can check out the table of contents here.

    If you like the report, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

    Here’s a few more sneak peek graphs from the report about the preferences of respondents who frequently read social news sites (like Digg):

    And as always, I’d love to hear what you think.

  • My survey on web content sharing collected around 450 responses and now I’m working on the task of decoding the type-in answers and calculating the results.

    I asked the question on twitter, but I’d also like to ask it here, what formats would everyone like to see the results in? I’ve already had suggestions of: spreadsheet and slideshare in addition to the normal graphs-in-a-blog-post format. Any other awesome ideas?

    Update: Its also been suggested that I do a downloadable PDF version of the report, like I did with the Link Attraction Factors report.

  • A few weeks ago I published my Link Attraction Factors report over on Read/WriteWeb and the response was awesome. I also made two tools: a keyword checking tool and a title checking tool.

    The keyword checking tool
    Enter a keyword and the tool will return data on popular stories on Digg that mentioned that keyword. The average story in my database got 299 links and this tool displays the difference between that average and the average number of links accumulated by stories using the word.

    The title checking tool
    Enter a title and the tool will breakdown the words and display the effect they had on the link accumulation of popular Digg stories. This tool is good for copywriters looking to find “words that word”. The scores are displayed in an easy to learn from way.

    There have been a bunch of great blog posts about them, and some people have said some nice things:

    I love it! Dan has developed a fascinating resource and I am sure it will only improve with time and tweaks.
    Chris Garrett

    I love to see people passionate about their craft who work hard to develop tools and products that help the community. Many people have created Digg tools and Dan has worked hard to create a new, unique tool of his own like his LAF tool. Simply plug-in your future Digg submission title, hit Calculate, and it will return the potential effectiveness of each word contained within your title. The keyword effectiveness is crosschecked with titles of past successful submissions. A fun tool that I’m sure many people will get a lot of use out of.
    Brendan Picha

    Great job, Dan! You’ve helped the industry take a huge leap towards quantifying the value of social media optimization.
    -Hugo Guzman

    Dan summarizes a large amount of Digg front page data to show us what categories typically get the greatest number of links. Interesting read, and I look forward to seeing other great studies from him in the future.
    Nowsourcing

    This is an amazing tool.
    Troy Deck

    This tool is great! Will try to write better titles using this tool in the future. Thanks for your great effort.
    Robert de Bock

    Never one to get complacent I’ve also developed an XML API version of the title checking tool and a WordPress Plugin version of the same tool.

    LAF XML API
    You can access the LAF (Link Attraction Factors) database via a new XML API by sending your title through a URL (GET) variable like this:

    http://www.linkattraction.com/api.php?title=this+is+a+test+title

    The API will return an XML document of your results that looks like this:

    <titleresults>
    	<title>this is a test title</title>
    	<score>-6.96%</score>
    	<word>
    		<name>this</name>
    		<score>-5.26%</score>
    	</word>
    	<word>
    		<name>is</name>
    		<score>-0.87%</score>
    	</word>
    	<word>
    		<name>a</name>
    		<score>-0.16%</score>
    	</word>
    	<word>
    		<name>test</name>
    		<score>2.29%</score>
    	</word>
    	<word>
    		<name>title</name>
    		<score>-30.79%</score>
    	</word>
    </titleresults>
    

    The average number of links is ~299, and the scores are calculated by comparing the average number of links accumulated by stories using each keyword in their titles against the average. They’re displayed in percentage format.

    WP-LAF
    This is a plugin for the wordpress that checks a title against the LAF (Link Attraction Factors) database. The plugin will breakdown the words in your post title and display the effect they have on link accumulation.

    A plugin version of the LAF Title Check tool, it uses the XML API LAF database interface. For more information about the LAF database, read the report.

    Download the plugin now.

    How to install WP-LAF

    1. 1. Extract the WP-LAF folder from the zip file
    2. 2. Upload the WP-LAF folder to your the plugins directory on your server
    3. 3. Click the ‘Activate’ link for WP-LAF on your Plugins page (in the WordPress admin interface)

    So go, check them out and let me know what you think.

  • Yep, more guest posts, this time I wrote a post on ReadWriteWeb about how to use Twitter to increase your social media profile’s “authority”. Anthony over at Social Times added a couple more tips to my list.

  • Yep, thats right, I’ve done yet another guest post. This time its over at Jonathan Bailey’s seminal PlagiarismToday blog and its about the futility of resisting communal recreation, and the value in embracing it.