Linking Your WordPress Self-Hosted Blog with Klout

Klout?  Do you have any?

What is Klout?  Klout is yet another website that measures your social media influence.  What the heck does that mean and why do you care?  You can’t improve anything without measuring it.  Klout provides a complex algorithm to measure your score across the networks and topics you participate in.  For more detailed information, stop by their website.

Ok, I’ve resisted Klout long enough to let it perk and see what happens to my score.  Without much effort, I’m up to 38.  But I’m not taking full advantage yet.  I’ve been slowly adding my various networks and inviting my friends in each in order to see the impact each change makes on my score.

The most recent one I’ve added is my WordPress self-hosted blog.  Now, you might have heard otherwise, that this Klout feature is only for WordPress.com blogs, not for self-hosted blogs.  I’ve got a way to link to my self-hosted blog, thanks to a WordPress plugin called JetPack.

Here’s what I did:

1. I signed up with WordPress.com for an account

2. I logged into my self-hosted WordPress blog and added a new plugin.  I searched for “JetPack” in the terms box and installed the JetPack plugin

3. Up at the top of the plugin’s settings page, I connected to WordPress by clicking on the big blue button that says “Connect to WordPress”

4. I entered my WordPress.com login and password

5. I Authorized JetPack to access my account by clicking on the Authorize Jetpack button

6. I visited my Klout profile, edited the settings and clicked on the Connected Networks link

7. I clicked on the WordPress W button and entered my login for the WordPress.com account I created in the first step

8. I also checked on WordPress.com to make sure that the blog was listed.

Who knows how this will impact my score.  I’ll let you know.

 

Why Links Shouldn’t Open in New Windows

I’m on a website, its a useable website, full of useful content.  However, someone has made the mistake of thinking that I don’t have a mind of my own.  On every link on the website, it opens in a new window.  Soon, I have ten windows open and have to close them all to get back to the original site.

This is a religious issue for some.  They believe that the user shouldn’t leave the website, that the user experience will be interrupted and they will never return to the original site.  Actually, as an end user that visits lots of sites, I’m apt not to return if you make the choice for me.  Its right up there with popups for me, you’re assaulting my ability to open browsers on my own.  I can right click and open a window, and believe me, if the website is a good one, I will do just that.  But I don’t want my desktop filled with windows that I have to close later.

If your site forces your users to do something without the ability to choose, let me clue you in.  You’ve already lost some readers.  Readers who are perfectly capable of going elsewhere for their content.

Via Smashing Magazine

Making Yourself More Twitterific

If you’re just venturing into Twitter or you’ve been at it for awhile, we’re all looking for ways to make us stand out in the crowd.

First off, why do you Twitter in the first place? A great article on Business Week by John A. Byrne on Why I Twitter.

5 Ways to Find More Friends on Twitter | via ReadWriteWeb.com

Show Everyone Why You’re a Twitteraholic by Using TwitStamp

Get a Great Twitter Background at TwitterImage.com

Top 10 Uses of Twitter via TopRankBlog.com

Why I Embraced Twitter (3 Part Article) via SearchEngineGuide.com

How Twitter Made My Website Better (An older post, but worth it if you haven’t read it yet) via Guy Kawasaki

Norman…Is That You?

Joining Twitter brings you the wonderful addition of people who can follow you. It also brings people who can pretend to be someone else by creating a Twitter account with a familiar name. Imagine your response when you discover that someone you have an interest in is following you.

After following them and then checking it out a bit more, you discover that they really aren’t who they say they are. Rats, I knew Bill Gates didn’t have the time to play with Twitter.

Seth Godin posted awhile back about the subject (via @Scobleizer on Twitter). It leads to another great post on Problogger.com about securing your names and brands on social sites before someone else does. TheLinkspiel has a similar post.

I can hear the grumbling now. I don’t have time to blog, don’t have time to Twitter, don’t have time to… you fill in the blank. I do wonder how the heavy hitters find the time to do it all. When do they squeeze in sleeping?

(Happy 21st birthday to my birthday girl, Samantha. She just walked in the front door with a balloon and cake in hand from school. I can hardly believe she’s 21 when it just seems like yesterday they handed me a tiny five pounder who wouldn’t take any crap from anyone. The German nurse said I would have my hands full with her. She hasn’t changed a bit. I’m so proud of her. She’s a spitfire.)

Twitter and Productivity

Are you a twitteraholic or twitterphobic? If you’ve discovered twitter, take a look at a few ways that it can improve your productivity.

12 Ways to use twitter to increase your productivity | via SimpleHelp.net

8 Ways Twitter is useful professionally | via WebWorkerDaily.com

A Late Adopters Productivity Experiment with Twitter | via MatthewCornwell.org

Twitter Productivity Tools | via The Blog of Rudy Amid

The Guide to Do Everything with Twitter | via Labnol.org

17 Ways You Can Use Twitter | via DoshDosh.com