30
Jan

Communicating within Street Articles is POWER

Written by Kyle. Posted in Social Activity, Writing Tips & Tricks

Do you use one or more social networks on a regular basis? Do you communicate regularly online via email or chat? Do you enjoy to comment on information that is interesting to you?  Do you enjoy getting comments.COMMUNICATING WITHIN STREET ARTICLES IS POWER

If you answered “yes” to any of those items, this blog post is going to put a lot of things into perspective for you . I am going to be discussing “discussions” within Street Articles, including how to engage people, how to start your own discussions, and how to leverage your comment activity to your own benefit.

Utilizing StreetArticles.com as a social network can and will equate to authoring POWER, instant REACH, and ultimately a long term BUSINESS.  Today I am going to show you how to do this in an efficient and the most powerful way possible.

It’s all about engaging people

Engagement starts with the content.  If your content is boring, sounds like it was written for the sole purpose of targeting a keyword, or is written in a “text book” style, people will simply lose interest.

There are four ways you can easily create quality and engaging content, and if you accomplish one or more of these within each of your articles, you are going to capture a lot more people’s interest and ultimately build a much larger following.

(1) Be opinionated - Write your content with passion, and if you have an opinion on the subject matter, by all means share it.  People may not like your opinion whereas some people may completely agree with you.  Either way, opinionated content that you can stand behind is much more engaging than content that lacks this personal touch and spurs reader activity.

(2) Be controversial - Targeting controversial topics can lead to a lot of comments, a lot of social sharing (and reach) and can connect you with potentially 1,000′s of people that you would have never had the ability to connect with.  People like to speak their mind (comment) about content that is controversial that they have an opinion or insight on.

(3) Be news worthy - If you create a story line that is news worth (could be a local story, some inside knowledge, or an story based on your research), it can become quite viral.  Stories that go viral have the potential of 10,000′s of views, just take a look at my Steve Jobs article (which had 31,560 views at the time of this writing!).

(4) Be helpful - When you help someone and give them “a ha” moments, you are much more likely to get feedback and readers will definitely be more inclined to follow you as an author.  Again, this instant reach is what you are looking for and the more helpful your content is to someone, the more appreciative they become.

These are four writing techniques that you should consider when creating your content.  The more engagement you get, the more feedback you get, the better the author you become. :)

Using StreetArticles.com Social Platforms as a Launch Pad

Within every article you have some social features that you can utilize to instantly get reach to your article, get people following your content, and engaging in it.  At the top of every article you will see the social buttons:

Street Articles Social Buttons

As you can see, there are 5 Social Buttons on every article.  These include:

(1) Article Comments - These are the actual comments within your blog post.  Every time someone comments on your blog post, you will get notified via the email you have set-up with Street Articles.  It is important that you “Reply” to any comments that people leave on your posts.

(2) Google + – This is Google’s version of a social network.   It is gaining a lot of traction and there are a good deal of people having great success within their Google + networks.  Sign-up for Google + here.

(3) Twitter - Hundreds of millions of people tweet every single day.  The 140 character tweets can lead to a good deal of traffic and you should be tweeting each and every one of your articles.  The powerful aspect of Twitter is that if you have a good reaction to a particular article, you can tweet it several times.  Sign-up for a Twitter account here.

(4) Facebook – Facebook is by far the largest social network with the most interaction.  People utilize Facebook to get instant traffic to their articles and if it is engaging, it can lead to many additional shares within Facebook.  The viral aspect of content within Facebook cannot be overlooked (there are now over 1 Billion users).  Sign-up for a Facebook account here.

(5)  Pinterest - Probably the fastest growing social network, Pinterest is basically a collection of “image based” pinboards that you can create, share, and utilize to get more reach to your content.  Images are a big part of readership at Street Articles and in order to use Pinterest, you need to make sure that you are adding images to your articles as this is what will be pinned.  The more relevant the image, the better.  You can sign-up for a Pinterst account here. 

The first thing you should do after you submit an article, is socially share your article in every way you can.  If you don’t have all of the accounts set-up, I suggest you take a minute and set them up.   This will equate to all of your articles getting instant reach, feedback and comments, something that you should be looking to accomplish with every article! :)

Communicate Regularly

As within any network, the more social you become, the more influence you have and the bigger the following you have.  This includes following and comment on other people’s work as well as responding to comments you get. One side benefit of commenting on other articles is that you increase your potential for author exposure and boost your following within Street Articles.

Here is an example of a comment thread within one of my articles:

Getting Comment Exposure on Street Articles

As you can see there are two important aspects to understand here.  First, every comment you make has your “Follow Me” button where other people within the Street Articles network can simply click that button to follow you.  The more powerful and interesting your comments are, typically the more people that will follow you.

Secondly, when you comment, your author image and your name are both linked to your profile.  This will also lead to additional exposure to your articles and a larger following.  :)

If you communicate on other people’s articles, they will almost always reciprocate (reply to your comment).  You should do the same.  If people comment on your articles, you may want to follow them and engage in their content as well.  There is nothing more rewarding or helpful as a writer than to get feedback on your content.

Getting your “friends” and website visitors to follow you on Street Articles

The bigger the following you have, the greater the reach you have as an author.  That is huge.  Imagine if you could get 1,000 people reading any piece of content you post instantly…it could quickly become a reality!

You will notice that within your Author Profile, you also have the ability to Like, Tweet, and Google + your content.  Driving people from your website to your author profile (you can simply grab the link and link to it from your site) and sharing your profile and inviting people to follow you on StreetArticles.com.  These are highly recommended and we suggest that you share your author profile within your social networks.  :)

See example of what I am referring to below:

Social Buttons on Author Profile

Task Yourself to Engage

The more active you are within the Street Articles community, the more relationships you create, and the more active you are within the communication and networking channels offered, the more power you have.   Literally.

Think about it this way.  If you have 100 followers on Street Articles and each of them get an email when you write an article and look forward to your quality content, you are instantly going to get not only 100 or so views on your article (what would you pay for this traffic in Google!), but you are likely going to get instant feedback via Street Talk, sharing of your article via social networks, and it could lead to many new followers!

Your tribe is power.  Engage people in your content, engage in your own content, engage in other people’s content and you are going to be much more successful within Street Articles.

My tasks to you going forward:

(1) Comment on at least 5 articles per day
(2) Reply to all comments that you get on your article
(3) Socially share your author profile within your social networks
(4) Socially share every article you write (Google +, Tweet, Like and Pin it)

Now get out there and interact, engage, and share!

Cheers,

Kyle
Co-owner of StreetArticles.com
Author handle @ Street Articles: Kyle

18
Dec

Creating Your Author Profile at Street Articles

Written by Kyle. Posted in Author Profile, How to Use Street Articles, Social Activity

One of the most important aspects at Street Articles, isyour author profile.  This is all about branding yourself as an author and if you are not delivering informative, engaging and personal content on your author bio, your following will be impacted significantly.

Remember, the author profile is “your place”.  It is where you can represent yourself in any way you like, but how people interpret you will coincide with how much of a following you get and how credible you are as a source for information.  The are several components to author profiles and I am going to explain these in detail here.

Before I get into this though, you are going to need to know where you can quickly update any of your Author Settings.

When logged into your StreetArticles.com account, you can visit the following page:

Author Settings - StreetArticles.com
This will be the place that you go to update all aspects of your author profile, from the images, description, and websites, to your social connectivity. :)

OK, without any further rambling, let’s get into the good stuff…

Getting your “Face” Out There

With the revolution of Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and other social mediums that we have become accustomed to the share of images, it is almost an expectation these days that if you want to create a personal following, you need to offer up some candid photos.

To upload images, you will need to scroll to the bottom of the author profile page.  Here is what my pages looks like:

Author Images - StreetArticles.com

To upload an image, you want to click the “Upload New Image” button.   Upon doing this, a screen will pop-up and allow you to Browse for an image on your local computer.  You will find the image that you want to upload, and then add it.  Once added it will load the image into the page. The loading screen will look like this.

Upload Image - Street Articles

The images is then loaded into an Editor where you will want to “crop” your image.  Note that all images within Street Articles are forced to be “square” dimensionally as this promotes visual consistency for the reader.   Drag the image the square and expand it to whatever aspect ratio you wish.  In this case, I just wanted the image of me hitting one of my massive golf drives (I actually think that one went in the bush!).

Crop Author Image - Street Articles

After I am done choose, I want to click Done.  This is also where you can set the image as your Default (the one that will show in your live profile).  In this case, I just want to upload it and don’t want to make it my default image.

Add Image Default - Street Articles
As you can see, this image is now added to My Other Images.

Image Added - Street Articles

Let’s have a peek at my profile now to see the update.
Kyle Profile Live - Street Articles

As you can see, my new image has been added.  You will also notice that my “default” profile image is unchanged.

You need to go SOCIAL

If you do not have your social entities set up already, you should take a minute to do this right away.  At Street Articles you can link your Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook accounts to your profile.  This can lead to a much greater following (more followers, more friends, bigger circles), better branding, and way more reach whenever you post content.

If you don’t already have social profiles within the following social networks, I suggest you set them up now.

After you have these profiles set-up, you will need to go to your Author Settings page and update the Social Networking links.

Social Profiles - Street Articles

 

Here are the examples of my profile links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kyle.wealthyaffiliate
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kyleandcarson
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113249579666422568736

After you add these and save, you will see the associated icons show up within your Author Bio box that is within EVERY one of your articles as well included within your Author Profile page.   Here is an example of what I am talking about…

Author Bio Live - Streetarticles.com

Having a social following can lead to INSTANT reach with your articles, and depending ont he quality of your content, it could quite easily go viral.

Creating your Author Details

Your Author Name

Your author name is important, as it is the name you are going to be branding.  You cannot have multiple names within Street Articles as this removes author responsibility, credibility and limits brandability.

If you brand your real name and you want to use that, I would suggest this be your first choice.  If you use a first name primarily, that is fine, you can use that.  If you have a pen name that you use within all your profiles, use that.  It all comes down to branding.

I personally use my first name, Kyle, because I have branded myself within the businesses that I am a part of using my first name. These include WealthyAffiliate.com, StreetArticles.com, Jaaxy.com.

Author Name - Street Articles

Your About Me Description

This is where you should tell your story.  If you are a writer within a certain niche, you will want to engage this audience write your “about me” description with that in mind.  Tell people about your knowledge, tell people why you are like to write about what you do, perhaps give your readers some back story on who you are, and ultimately aim to engage people.

If you can connect with people here, you will likely have a follower for life (a good thing for an author!).

Author Description - StreetArticles.com
Your Websites/URLS

Here is another opportunity to get people going to your websites.  Note that you are NOT allowed to put affiliate links here.  These must be “non” affiliate links.  Ideally you want to link to your top websites that you own.  This will lead to traffic and further branding opportunities.

Author Websites - Street Articles

There you have it, your author profile.  A critical aspect to your authoring success and the more time you spend creating a quality, engaging and interactive profile, the greater the credibility and branding you will have.

Cheers,

Kyle (view author profile here)
Co-owner of StreetArticles.com

PS.  If you have any questions or feedback, please post your comments below! :)

Chatter

  • Jonathan Lambert

    February 20, 2012 |

    Ok thank you, maybe I'll give a try !

  • Maurice Savaryego

    February 20, 2012 |

    Great! Thanks! I will be looking forward to it when I get back in April.

  • Robert Świerkosz

    February 20, 2012 |

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  • Kyle Wa

    February 20, 2012 |

    Robert Świerkosz It is below this line: Simply fill out the form below and I will send you Day 1 of the 30 in 30 challenge. Good luck!

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