Where am I today, you ask? Keep thinking about it while we talk Social Networking.
You want to know where you’re being talked about or where others have linked to you. Why? So you can go visit them. So you can include them in your blog roll. So you track how you’re doing on your social networking quest.
One good way to find out is via the bots we talked about yesterday. They do the discovering for you. And the easiest way to see what the bots have found is to Google yourself.
Go to Google and put a Google Alert on your name, your book’s title, and the title of your blog. Google will then send you an email with a short bit of information about who’s linking to you along with links to that site. I have Google Alerts on Helen Ginger and Straight From Hel. When I see that someone has linked to me (often times it’s via their blog roll and I get notified each day that I’m on their list), I click the link and go to their site. If it’s a blog, I read the latest post and comment.
I’m networking in my social group. Those people are now putting my name out to their readers. I thank them by leaving a comment. I list people on my blog roll and they thank me by leaving a comment on my blog.
Why do you want comments on your blog? So that those who come by will know that your blog is active. Nobody really wants to be the only commenter. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. We are, after all, social beings.
I bet by now, you’ve guessed where I am in Florida. Yep. I’m in Miami.
5 months ago