Category Archives: Blogs

Storytellers Spotlights Social Media Pioneer & BlogWorld Founder

Did you catch our first Storytellers episode of 2013? Host Eric Olsen welcomed social media pioneer, Jessica Northey and New Media Expo / BlogWorld Founder Rick Calvert.

Social Media Pioneer, Jessica NortheyCalled a “Social Media Pioneer” by Forbes, Tucson native Jessica Northey is a social media, broadcasting, and Country Music blogger/journalist, as well as a regular speaker at broadcasting and social media conferences. She was a featured speaker at New Media Expo/BlogWorld this January.  Specializing in social media where you ARE the brand, breaking new artists and strategic use of social media for broadcasting, Jessica is taking over the Country Music industry one tweet at a time with over 525k followers.  After 15+ years in traditional media experience, she founded Digital media firm FingerCandyMedia.com. In May 2011, Northey created #CMchat (Country Music Chat) on Twitter, which has become one of the largest hashtag (#) communities on Twitter, generating over 50 million impressions per week.

Rick Calvert, Founder of BlogWorld and New Media ExpoRick Calvert founded New Media Expo (aka BlogWorld), the world’s largest conference and trade show for bloggers, podcasters, web TV & video creators, and social business pros. NME attracts content creators from across the globe, and it’s also the epicenter of leading ideas in social business along with the BusinessNext Social conference. These concurrent events combine to produce a who’s-who line up of content creators, global influencers, niche experts and business icons dedicated to educating you with the latest knowledge, technology and techniques for online success.

Tune in to Storytellers to learn more about Jessica and Rick.

Post Promotion Checklist For Online Radio Hosts and Podcasters

Post Promotion Guide: 12 Things To Do After You Host Your Podcast

A lot of effort is put into promoting your show before it goes live, but it’s just as important to promote your show after you host it in order to develop a following, generate traffic and build relationships.

We recently did a show on BlogTalkRadio University sharing the 12 things to check off your list after you host your show.  The show was inspired by an infographic posted by DivvyHQ on the topic of how to promote a blog post after you write it.  In some ways, you can compare hosting a podcast or an online radio show to “audio blogging” so many of the tips in the infographic apply to our radio hosts.

Listen to our most recent episode to get your post-show cheat sheet of everything you need to do to promote your latest show episode. And be sure to listen to the entire broadcast because we share a 13th tip that you don’t want to miss! Tune in.

BlogTalkRadio Hosts Representing at BlogHer ’12 Conference

BlogHer is the largest network of women bloggers.  Each year, the organization hosts a conference to bring their community together to learn and meet one another. This year’s conference, BlogHer ’12, featured a number of insightful panels on blogging, social media, podcasting, etc. in addition to some outstanding speakers including Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Soledad O’Brien, Christy Turlington, Malaak Compton Rock. This year, via satellite, President Obama addressed conference attendees.

This past weekend, we were pleased to run into three of our very own hosts at the BlogHer ’12 Conference.  Host Lara Galloway of Mom Biz Solutions with Lara Galloway, The Mom Biz Coach spoke on a panel about Streamlining Your Technical Toolkit: How to Do More with Less and Host Deborah Shane of Deborah Shane Metropolis spoke on a panel entitled Podcasting 101.   We also ran into Host Kathy Crowley of Talking with Toastmasters who was a conference attendee.

If you missed out on BlogHer ’12 this year, don’t fret because BlogHer ’13 is already in the works and will be landing in Chicago next year.  Read more about it here. And if you are a woman blogger or interested in starting your own blog, take the time to become part of the BlogHer community. It’s a great way to network and meet other women that are interested in building their brands online.

Tips on Working with Advertisers From Nick Faber of Blogads

Last week, Nick Faber of Blogads made a special visit to our Marketing Club show to talk about tips on working with advertisers and sponsors. He is the Social Media Coordinator at Blogads, a network that connects bloggers with advertisers.  Blogads helps bloggers generate revenue and helps advertisers reach niche communities online.

Nick shared best practices on the topic as it related to how BlogTalkRadio hosts could work with advertisers more effectively.  He had some great advice to share on getting your show ready for advertisers, examples of effective advertising partnerships he has seen on his network, tips on putting together a media kit and much more. Tune in here to listen to the broadcast in its entirety.

Don’t forget to tune into future Marketing Club shows every other Tuesday at 1PM EST and listen to archived shows that you may have missed here.  You can see the complete list of educational shows for hosts that we offer on our BlogTalkRadio University page here.

Blogging’s Greatest Hits

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by Deborah Ng

As a professional blogger, it took years for me to learn the ropes. Blogging isn’t something I entered into blind. I did a lot of research to learn from the best probloggers in the business. There’s a lot more to blogging than just posting some content.

After browsing our blogging-related content, I realize we have so much educational content from both well known bloggers, and up and comers. If you’re interested in learning more about blogging, you might be interested in these gems from the BlogTalkRadio vault:

Blogging’s Greatest Hits

  • My friend “Authority Blogger” Chris Garrett, who is also a blogging superstar and all around nice guy, visited with SobCon Radio in December to discuss blogging.
  • At BlogWorld Expo ’08, another of my blogging friends, Darren Rowse, the ProBlogger himself, stopped by the BlogTalkRadio booth to talk about b5Media, blogging and more.
  • Darren also visited with Wayne Hurlbert last July to discuss blogging for a six figure income.
  • Chris Garrett and David Peralty dropped by to chat with me on FWJ Radio to talk about whether it’s more profitable to blog for one’s self or become a blogger for hire.
  • My idol (and friend), Liz Strauss, visited with Wayne Hurlbert to talk about Blogger and SOBCon founder Liz Strauss talks relationship blogging and power of conference participation
  • Liz also visited with Sherry Borzo last month to discuss blogging and social media as a way to build community.
  • A couple of weeks ago, Jim Turner of Social Mediasphere discussed the future of blog networks.
  • Behind the Blog answers all your questions about blogs and blogging.
  • Another blogging friend, Wendy Pearsall of Sparkplugging, visited Let’s Talk Blogging in December 2007 to discuss building her blogging network and an online business.
  • Blogger’s School offers practical advice for starting a profitable and successful blog.
  • Business Builders offered tips for blogging for business.
  • Blog Wold Expo Radio features interviews and advice with the movers and shakers in blogging and social media.
  • Another friend, Jenn Mattern discusses how to become a professional blogger
  • The Blog Training Academy teaches all about how to start a blog from scratch.

BlogTalkRadio features over 500 hours of blogging-related content. Please see the search results page for a look at all of our blogging-related content, or subscribe to the blogging feed to receive alerts to all upcoming blogging-themed shows.

7 Ways to Take Your Blog to the Next Level with Radio

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As someone who has been blogging for several years, I’m always looking for ways to take my blogs to the next level. I’ve done redesigns, contests, and even implemented video. Something else to consider is radio.

Blogging is all about community. What better way to really connect to your community then by letting them hear the passion in your voice? Today I’d like to share some ways you and your community can benefit from having a radio show:

  1. Talk about a specific subject for as long as you like – You’ve heard all the blogging experts: when writing for the web, keep it short and sweet. With radio, you can expand and get into more detail without having to worry about eyes glazing over.
  2. Have a Q&A with your listeners – By allowing your readers to call in and ask questions or offer their own point of view, you can learn about the topics that are important to them . It also enables you to get to know them better.
  3. Bring on guests and experts within your niche – By putting together a panel or bringing on an expert, you’re letting your readers learn from others in the field. It never hurts to give another point of view.
  4. No typos or spelling issues here – Your first radio experience might be a produce a case of the nerves, but you won’t have to deal with formatting issues, image uploads, spelling or typing.
  5. It’s a wonderful way to connect with your community – Once you build up an audience you’ll feel a connection with your community, inspiring you to blog more with them in mind.
  6. It provides fodder for future blog posts – Getting into discussions with your readers or guests will no doubt provide you with tons of ideas.
  7. Your readers can connect with each other – Did you know your listeners can chat about your day’s topic while the show is going on? Invite them out of the comments and into real time with radio.

I’ll get into this in detail more on another post, but it doesn’t take a lot of expensive equipment and technical know-how to have a radio show with BlogTalkRadio. All you need is a phone and an idea.

What ways can you think of to use radio to take your blog to the next level? Are you a blogger with a radio show? Tell us about it!

Author, Columnist David Sirota on Think Youth

It’s been a long election season. And from exclusive interviews with John McCain, to The Obama Campaign in CA New Media initiatives, BlogTalkRadio brings you the political content you want to hear.

Today, we welcome an author who is affecting the political landscape.

Nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist, blogger, and political commentator David Sirota joins the Think Youth Live Podcast this evening.

He will discuss his latest book, “The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington and how it connects to the trends of the 2008 election and beyond.

Think Youth Live on BlogTalkRadio brings you news and opinion by America’s Progressive youth.

Check out Think Youth’s ideas at their group blog.

The interview gets underway at 8pm ET.

Learn more about David Sirota.

**Update: this interview has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Fausta's BlogTalkRadio Show Wins High Praise

Congrats, Fausta!

Fausta, a longtime esteemed host on BlogTalkRadio, has earned high honors at The Best of Blogs Best Podcast/Video Blog category.

After competing with other top Podcasts and Videos, Fausta’s fans made their voices heard.

When the votes were tallied, Fausta came out on top with her show on BlogTalkRadio, which focuses on political and cultural subjects and guests.

Check out Fausta’s blog.  Her show is affiliated with Pajamas Media and Heading Right on BlogTalkRadio.  For news and political discussion 24/7, tune into the Heading Right Station.