The Buffer Blog Report, March 2014: 717,070 Uniques; 20,256 Email Subscribers - Open March was an incredible month for the Buffer blog, not only in terms of traffic but also in terms of change—so much so that calling this update the Buffer Blog Report doesn’t seem to do the month justice. At the very least, we’d have to call it the Blogs Report (plural on blog; more on that below). Big changes were afoot in March: blog strategies, audits, goodbyes, and so much more. It’s exciting to share this all with you and see what you think. So without further ado … Quick summary of the Buffer blog In March, we passed the 700,000 mark in unique visitors—a 7 percent jump from the previous period. March stats for the Buffer blog Top 3 referral sites: Twitter (195,071 visits), Facebook (49,836 visits) and Feedburner (41,173) Below is our traffic graph from February. March’s 10 most popular posts Checking stats on the past few months, it has been fascinating to see the staying power of Belle’s 10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier. Top referral sources 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Learn Tarot card meanings & spreads at Supertarot 14 Social Media Tools Used by Marketing Pros Are you looking for social media tools to get more out of your marketing? Are you wondering what tools marketing pros are using successfully? We asked fourteen well-known marketers to share the latest social media tools they’ve been using. Discover how you can use these tools to help you to get more out of your social media marketing. #1: Mention Todd Wheatland Mention was developed as a user-friendly replacement for Google Alerts. As well as being an absolute joy to use, it captures so many more, ahem, ‘mentions’ online than any other platform I’ve used that it’s become my #1 go-to social mention reference tool. There are many clever things behind the way Mention is set up. Mention provides clean and simple functionality. Apart from doing a fantastic job of identifying online mentions, some of my favorite features are: You can see how many online mentions you have in the left-hand column. Todd Wheatland, head of thought leadership at Kelly Services. #2: Addvocate Jay Baer #3: Swayy Jamie Turner 1.
POV-Ray - The Persistence of Vision Raytracer Which Stats Matter: A Definitive Guide to Social Media Metrics Among the many superpowers I wish I had, one that would be quite useful is the ability to understand social media metrics. I know enough to get by, and I love learning the new techniques to get more from these numbers—and to make sure I’m seeking the right numbers in the first place. In an effort to understand the little bits I can, I’ve done some research into all the many different social media stats you might track and which ones are worthwhile. There’s a difference between knowing what the stats mean and knowing which stats are meaningful. With that in mind, I’d love to share with you some of the stats we value greatly here at Buffer and the reasons why, as well as some new social media metrics we’re excited to try. Why it’s important to know what you’re tracking What are you hoping to get from your social media marketing? That’s question No. 1 as you consider which stats to track. Lars Lofgren of KISS Metrics has another way of looking at this search for meaningful metrics. P.S.
Free PHP User Management System: UserCake Every web application that works member-based needs a functionality where visitors can register & manage their profiles. UserCake is a free user management system, built with PHP/MySQL, which aims to be a foundation to ease creating the application. UserCake is object-oriented, cleanly written, well commented, formatted & documented. It offers the following functions: Login Register Lost password Update password Update user details Email templates (optional) Account activation (optional) User groups (Basic, id – group_name) The system comes with frequently used member-page functions like isUserLoggedIn() or isGroupMember($id) which will help developing faster. And, in means of security, UserCake uses salt along with a SHA1 hash.
29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros Are you looking for ways to enhance your social media marketing? Do you want new tools to simplify your job? We asked a group of social media pros for the hottest social media tools they use today. Check them out to see if these social media tools are a good fit for you! #1: RivalIQ Jay Baer Figuring out precisely what works in social media is a tricky (yet entirely necessary) proposition. I’m always seeking to improve clicks, shares and social media engagement on my own content as well as our Convince and Convert clients’ content. Recently, I started using RivalIQ to get at what’s working in social, and this easy-to-use, reasonably priced analysis platform produces a steady stream of insights while saving me a ton of time. Here, I set up a collection of consumer products companies (RivalIQ calls them a “landscape”) for a strategic plan we’re building. RivalIQ provides competitive intelligence. Today, as the industry matures, social media is less about colonization, and more about optimization.
Champix Information and Stopping Smoking Are You Following the Social Media Rule of Thirds? It’s tempting for businesses to exclusively share their content to drive sales or marketing, neglecting authentic engagement. It takes discipline to share content from like-minded businesses or industry thought leaders. By following social media’s so-called “Rule of Thirds,” you will be sure you’re sharing content that attracts and maintains an engaged following. What is Social Media’s Rule of Thirds? ⅓ of your social content promotes your business, converts readers, and generates profit.⅓ of your social content should surface and share ideas and stories from thought leaders in your industry or like-minded businesses.⅓ of your social content should be based on personal interactions and build your personal brand. Sharing your own branded content should come naturally. Put your Pride Aside and Share Another Business’s Content Why is sharing outsider content by other businesses or thought leaders so important? To source content by other businesses, try these HootSuite features:
How to Become a Paranormal Investigator In case you don’t understand what I mean by ‘paranormal investigator’, I mean someone who tries to figure out if ghosts, spirits or other alleged phenomenon are responsible for certain events. When I first saw the term, I thought of Dirk Gently, the holistic detective from Douglas Adams’ books. Turns out he was just an abnormal investigator. Since I am the self-proclaimed tin-hatter here at MakeUseOf, I’ll give you my take on how to become a paranormal investigator and some great sites to help you on the way. Psican.org Yes, the first site I recommend is Canadian and that is pure coincidence. Paranormal Studies and Investigations Canada has a great site with tons of information. About.com – Paranormal Phenomena It may seem like a bit of a cop-out to list About.com. The Atlantic Paranormal Society Also known as TAPS, the gang over there are responsible for the show Ghost Hunters on the SciFi channel as well as Beyond Reality Radio. Ohio Paranormal Investigation Network