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.