Category “Social Media”

Will tumblr become the next wordpress?

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013

In today’s internet-based society, blogging is on the rise. Thanks to the wide range of blogging platforms that are available for free today, almost everyone is utilizing blogging for both personal and business purposes. Among various blogging platforms  WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and Tumblr are on the top of the list.

WordPress is the ultimate winner, there is no doubt on that. But here comes the big questions, could Tumblr catch up with WordPress? Does Tumblr have enough capabilities to compete with WordPress, or even the popularity of Joomla and Drupal?

Of sure, it is too early for Tumblr to catch up with CMS giants like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. However, Tumblr enjoys some unique and exceptional features which make it capable of beating a titanic CMS like WordPress and being the next CMS powerhouse.

It is worth mentioning that microblogging platform has gained more popularity since Tumblr’s birth in 2007. And because Tumblr really enjoys a strong foundation, it can head all other CMS platforms, even WordPress.

Let Figures Talk about Tumbr’s Capability

Although Tumblr is still in its youth with regard to WordPress, Joomla and Drupal platforms, it has a flourishing user-base with more than 52 billion individual posts. And with more than 900 posts being published every second, the platform actually attracts 300 million targeted visitors monthly. The previous mentioned figures tell a one sure fact, Tumblr is one of the fastest growing blogging and CMS platforms around.

By reading the above statistics in-depth we can realize how Tumblr is an exciting and powerful project.  So, Yahoo was smart enough to make the decision of acquiring the platform.

Why Can Tumblr be the next CMS powerhouse?

tumble - the next wordpressSince Tumblr enjoys unmatched simplicity, the probability of being the number one CMS is very high. It may just need some more compelling content management tools. By having more professional content management capabilities, Tumblr can efficiently compete with other CMS giants.

As a matter of fact, the blogging platforms and social communities are attracting people of all ages ranging from old people to youth, teenagers and even children.  And Tumblr offers a complete new level of simplicity to people compared to WordPress and all other CMS giants, most of them require a learning curve to just get started and more time to be professional user. On the other hand, Tumblr does not involve any configuration or installation, nor do you need to pay for enjoying a unique URL or hosting your site.

With all the above mentioned facts, Tumblr could effectively appeal to most segments of people. And as the Internet continues to grow, it is expected that Tumblr attracts more blossoming population.

Tumblr’s Social Integration

When it comes to talking about socializing, Tumblr can stand out from the crowd thanks to its outstanding social integration. It has numerous socializing tools and capabilities including, but not limited to, easy to like contents, easy to follow  certain content or user, easy to link up to Facebook, Twitter and other social communities,  the ability to re-blogging, etc. All in all, Tumblr has incredible community functions that allow it to be an exceptional socializing platform.

What features does Tumblr need to surpass other titanic CMS platforms?

Apart from the functionality and simplicity of Tumblr, there are some limitations and drawback of thesystem, let’s list them.

Page Layout & Customization Limitations

Tumblre has limited page layouts which is a prominent drawback. So, Tumblr needs to think twice about the available themes and page layouts. Only those who know how to create a custom HTML theme can enjoy better and more attractive page layout at Tumblr. In brief, Tumblr has some work to do in terms of design to beat the competition.

Poor Search Engine Optimization

Tumblr has another big pitfall; it is not capable of complying with search engine optimization strategies. However, all grand CMS comply with. Most people online like to have posts that can be optimized for search engines so that they can reach a wider range of visitors.

Additionally, Tumblr allows duplicate content through its re-blogging feature and this is what Google does not like at all.  And when it comes to ranking well in search engines, Tumblr does not apply any unique title tags, which is really a huge pitfall. For Tumblr to surpass other monster CMS applications, it is a must to think twice about search engine optimization features.

Lack Of Support For Self Hosting

Another drawback when comparing Tumblre with other popular CMS is the lack of ability to “Self Host”. Experts usually stress on the importance of getting your own private blog. Actually, there are big differences between creating a free blog and having your own blog, in another term, “self host” blog. In brief, self-hosting your WordPress blog is always the way to go.

Wrapping Up

Tumblr is a micro blogging platform that enjoys multiple functionality and simplicity features that really allow micro blogging to move from strength to strength. On the other side, However, Tumble lacks a lot of search engine optimization aspects. So, for Tumblr to reach a prestigious status and rival the likes of WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, it is a must to have some compelling search engine optimization strategies and also “self-host” feature.

After reading the above article about Tumblr and its powerful features as well as pitfalls, what do you think about Tumblr?  Has it the potential to compete with WordPress and be CMS powerhouse?

This guest article is written by Nick, who works for MarkupBox.com which offers PSD to HTML/CSS, PSD to HTML5 and software implementation services like PSD to Joomla, PSD to Magento, PSD to WordPress, PSD to Drupal, PSD to Email and much more. One Can also hire WordPress developers here for effective WordPress development services.

A Marriage between Social Media and SEO – An Important Partnership for a Brand

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013

Traditional online marketing has evolved even further today, with brands looking for new ways to navigate the internet and succeed. SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and Social Media both have become vital ingredients for a brand’s online success, and if used correctly together can be an important partnership.

At the root of branding is having a solid, marketable product, one that is easily recommendable from one person to another. SEO and Social Media can achieve this goal. Using SEO, a brand can increase its online presence, but linking in with social media can also increase a brand’s reputation
 

The importance of SEO in branding

search engine optimizationAccording to Wikipedia,SEO is “the process of affecting the visibility of a website or web page in search engine’s natural or unpaid search results.”  It is widely known that if your website doesn’t show up on the first or second page of a Google search result you will have very little traffic on your site.  Hence, why SEO has fast become one of the most important aspects of a brand’s online marketing strategy.  Recently, changes to Google’s search algorithm have forced online marketer’s to adopt new strategies with regards to search engine optimisation.  Whereas traditionally SEO relied heavily on linking and keywords, with perhaps less focus on content, this approach is no longer good enough.  The content has to be interesting, relevant, up to date and of a high quality.   For a brand, it is no longer enough to try to keep their high-ranking up artificially through content tricks and random, excessive linking.  Not only because Google itself has become advanced enough to recognize these strategies and penalize those that adopt them, but in equal measure because a brand’s consumers are more discerning. Today’s online marketers have to generate original content to build a brand’s supporters. Most importantly, they have to create a user experience that is going to make potential customers come back to that website or webpage, and want to share that experience with other users (via likes, shares,tweets,links etc).

The significance of Social Media for a brand

A Marriage between Social Media and SEO- An Important Partnership for a BrandEnter Social Media.  Social Media is defined as the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.   Social Media enables users to create and share content.   The prime examples of this being Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp, and YouTube.   This user-generated content is the key to social networking.  Social media is an incredibly effective way of establishing a brand.  It doesn’t necessarily cost anything from the outset and has the power to reach thousands and even hundreds of thousands of potential subscribers.  One of the most incredible things that social media can do for a brand is to offer that brand transparency.  Transparency means that consumers want their brands to be real people, not just big logos.  Social media open this dialogue, and allows consumers to communicate directly, whether just to feel like the CEO is a real person, or to make sure accountability.  The other important aspect of social media is that it allows a brand to create a relationship with consumers through more entertaining ways such as creative apps, fun videos, sweepstakes, polls etc.

A marriage made in Google Heaven?

seo and facebook marketingA marriage between SEO and social media can be an important partnership for a brand if done correctly.  The new SEO is much more about the user experience first, then linkable assets (such as articles of interest, videos, free learning tools, polls, and apps), which in turn promote link building between sites and raising the search ranking of a given brand’s website. After that the key is to create user activity via social networking, such as Facebook (shares and likes), Twitter(tweets and retweets).  Not only does this mean more traffic to a brand’s site (building more brand awareness) but equally a more organic growth, coming from the users themselves and not an advertising agency.  This partnership can certainly make a brand appear more trustworthy and the product more likely to succeed.

Conclusion

Getting it right is very important for a brand, but if they can do it the results using a combination of social media and SEO can be phenomenal. Success in online marketing relies firstly upon creating and promoting a strong brand, and then further expanding this online. Most brands today have a social media presence, but it takes skill to use it correctly. In order to do this, online marketers should use this partnership between social media and SEO to create quality content which encourages users to engage with and promote the brand.

This guest article was written by Meera, who works for Printerpix, an online Photo Gift shop based in London. You can check out the reviews of Printerpix here. Meera enjoys writing on business related issues such as branding and logo design. In her spare time, she enjoys craftwork, cooking, reading and networking.

Collection of beautiful google plus profile cover images

Friday, 5 October, 2012

Just like facebook, google plus also introduced profile cover image feature recently. Google Plus users got a new and innovative way to personalize their G+ profile page with a huge cover image of their liking. In addition to the usual google + profile display picture we can also use this cover image to display additional graphic content to spice-up the public profile page. Talented folks use this space to display their creativity part by brilliantly combining the timeline and profile pictures.

New profile cover picture can be added to both personal profiles as well as business pages. Companies these days use profile cover pictures as a brand building strategy. Those companies which offer services such as brochure printing online, brand building, social media marketing etc. give high priority to personalized custom cover image design services as well.

Here I am presenting you all with a collection of beautiful and creative google plus profile cover images. All of these images are linked to its original source. The images are bookmarked with the original URL, each of these image has its own copyright terms of usage. If you’d like to use one of these images, please contact the copyright owner for the right permission.

beautiful neytiri in_avatar cover image


hot babe on fire hd google plus cover image


beautiful stream nature - googleplus-covers.com


bayonetta - googleplus-covers.com


golden flame - googleplus-covers.com


aurora vista colors - googleplus-covers.com


japan digital rain fall google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


colorful sky manhattan beach google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


tree and the sunset google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


april showers google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


colorful feathers google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


besides beach google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


pacman google plus covers google plus cover photo - googlecovers.com


padre bay lake powell utah google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


beautiful violin google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


green lanscape google plus cover - googleplus-covers.com


will you be my nothing google plus cover - g-covers.com


kitten in jeans google plus cover - googlecover.com


marble strips google plus cover - g-covers.com


i still believe in love google plus cover - g-covers.com


ironman movie cover google plus covers - googlecovers.com


brain: use it google plus cover - g-covers.com

Best Websites for Sourcing Copyright Free Images

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012

With relatively new platforms such as Tumblr entering the market, blogging is arguably more popular now than it ever has been. One problem faced amongst bloggers of all niches, however, is access to copyright-free images to include in their blog posts. Copyright has long been an issue on the web, and the controversy around images is no exception.

When it comes to copyright-free images, however, it may seem as if your options are limited. Thankfully though, this couldn’t be less true, as there’s a vast amount of sites for acquiring and downloading royalty-free images for every kind of niche.

Here’s a look at some of the best sites around the web that allow you to download free images, without the hassle of a take down request.

Creative Commons

Founded in 2001, this website now has hundreds of millions of copyright flexible images for use. People who publish photos on the internet can issue them with a free of charge Creative Commons license. This allows others to re-use them under a variety of options giving the original uploader credit. Some works also grant permission for users to modify images, again free of charge. The number one source for finding Creative Commons images is Flickr which currently has over 200 million such images.

Photopin

Designed specifically for bloggers, this site carries images with a Creative Commons license for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. Instantly downloaded with the photo is the correct source link so you don’t have to worry about adding it in manually to your blog post.

Wikimedia Commons

Thousands of images are available for free on this site for educational purposes and the surrounding text such as the source location can be conveyed in any language. This is ideal for websites with an international audience.

SpinXpress

Aimed for independent creatives, this database provides links to external sites hosting Creative Commons images. Not only do they offer images but also copyright free music and video too to boost your site.

Creativity103

This contains 2500 files of copyright and royalty free images and video clips. All you have to do is credit the Creativity103 as the source. You cannot redistribute the photos for reuse. People have to download the images direct from the site itself and get the official link back to the source.

Unprofound

This has a much more community oriented feel than the other websites-there is a lot of information on how the site runs and why, giving you the feeling the site is a dedicated true passion for the founder. The images are quite obscure so left of centre sites and blogs will be best suited for this.

Morguefile

Again offering a range of images, this site differs in that it does not always require attribution.

Free Media Goo

A simple site requiring no registration where images can be downloaded as jpeg’s straight to desktop.

Free Digital Photos

Though they primarily offer stock photos they also offer some cool illustrations suitable for a variety of different webmasters, be they offering a blog or a corporate site. Access to the images are easy as there is an efficient search function and no registration required to download images straight from the site to your desktop.

OpenClipArt.org

Fear not. This does not offer images of scribbles from those who failed art class. All images are animated but the work, though simplistic, is high quality.

This guest post was written by ink cartridge stockists, PrinterInks.com; specialising in Dell, Samsung, Xerox, Brother and a wide range other leading brands.

Showcase of creative facebook timeline cover images

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012

As the old saying goes ‘a picture is worth a thousand words‘. Well, with the introduction of facebook’s groundbreaking feature called ‘timeline’, people got a new and innovative way to personalize their facebook profile page with a huge cover image of their liking. In addition to the usual facebook profile display picture we can also use this timeline cover image to display additional graphic content to spice-up the public profile page. Talented folks use this space to display their creativity part by brilliantly combining the timeline and profile pictures.

Facebook cover images are becoming an integral part of any facebook profile or page. Here I am presenting you all with a collection of beautiful and creative facebook timeline cover images. All of these images are linked to its original source. The images are bookmarked with the original URL, each of these image has its own copyright terms of usage. If you’d like to use one of these images, please contact the copyright owner for the right permission.

capital FM - Facebook Timeline Cover


MarioGembell - Nature Facebook Timeline Cover on the Behance Network


Paylane - Facebook Timeline on the Behance Network


Fabio Pisano, a graphic designer from Milan - facebook cover


ekkapong - Top 10 Facebook Timeline Cover Designs


scott lamb - Facebook Timeline Cover


Jeremy bronson - Facebook Timeline Cover : Creative Examples Photo


Gianmarco - Facebook Timeline Cover : Creative Examples Photo


Sune Adler - Facebook timeline covers


Creamy and Smooth - Facebook Timeline Cover


Master Chef - Cooking Facebook Timeline Cover


Sune Adler - funny creative facebook timeline cover


Enri Pedernerea - Funny Facebook Timeline Cover


Xafar quraishi - Facebook new profile timeline psd


Jeffrey Diana - Facebook-Timeline-Cover-Photo.JPG (1113×599)


Ekkapong - facebook-cover-photo-sample-2.jpg (616×293)


Mohammad L Assam - Stay hungry stay foolish


Campofrio - Facebook Page Timeline Design on the Behance Network


Missão Sorriso - Facebook Page Timeline Design on the Behance Network


Lev Detrez FB Timeline design


Child Wise - Facebook cover

A Beginners Guide To Social Media Marketing

Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Social media marketing has become one of the most important aspects of doing business online. More and more people are using various social platforms to interact with one another, and it seems that consumers want to have the ability to interact with business in much the same way that they communicate with their friends and family. Some companies have been slower to respond to this growing trend that others, but it’s getting to a point where you can no longer ignore this approach. It doesn’t take a lot to begin your social media presence, but there are things you should be aware of before you start.

Social media is actually one of the best tools you can use if you’re a small business. It’s totally free press and it gets you in touch with millions of users and creates a network of contacts. It’s been the best way smaller companies have been able to stay competitive with larger ones with nearly limitless marketing budgets.

Just starting a company page isn’t good enough. You have to put a lot of time and effort, as well as figuring out your long-term goals and what you want to achieve. An effective SSM strategy will give businesses better leverage in these social hubs. Drafting a page or profile that has a lot of information about you and your services is really important. Using Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are places where customers and companies are meet to exchange ideas and converse. This social approach has to include a diverse approach that utilizes multiple media formats at the same time.[ad#ad-1] Read the rest of this entry »