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Tonights show is going to deliver some of the very best Internet news for this upcoming Wedding Season via Blogs and Social Networks πŸ™‚

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Here is a list of some of the sites we will be discussing tonight. Listen into our Wedding Blogs and Social Networks show for more πŸ™‚

We will be posting a few more (much bigger) posts on Wedding Social Networks and Blogs very soon!

For some very helpful Wedding MySpace Groups:

A Private Group for DJs, Planners, etc. 13,387 members (as of this post)

http://groups.myspace.com/weddingplannersandbrides

A Public Group of Brides to Be πŸ™‚ 7,577 members (as of this post)

http://groups.myspace.com/GreatWeddingNetwork

A Public Group by Professionals for Wedding Professionals. Brides are very welcome to join as well πŸ™‚

http://groups.myspace.com/weddingwhispers

Great Wedding Social Networks

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UberBrides.com: What is an uberBride?

“It’s the opposite of a Bridezilla. A bride with style, class, panache. One who spends months preparing for her wedding, but then when the day comes, relaxes into the moment, and enjoys her new husband, family and friends.”

With the three major sections to the UberBrides site, The Bride and Vendor Blogs; The Social Network; and the Main Section to connect the other two.

TheKnot.com A Social Network, Community, Registry, and Wedding Shop Loaded to the Max with Wedding Ideas, Thoughts, Colors, Tastes and More! Free to sign up Wedding Social Network and more πŸ™‚

Weddinic.com Socialize, Search, and Simplify your way to Wedding Day! Free to sign up Wedding Social Network and more πŸ™‚

WeddingWire.com For everything Wedding Day from Songs Lists, Photography,Β  Forums, Events, Vendors. Completely free to sign up for the Bride or Groom πŸ™‚

Some Outstanding Wedding Blog Sites

http://www.weddingblogawards.com/ A catalog of sorts as this blog owner has highlighted some outstanding Wedding Blog Sites!

Style Me Pretty has an incredible jaw dropper of a Wedding Blog! http://www.stylemepretty.com/

Loaded to the pixels, Best Wedding Blogs has it covered! http://www.bestweddingblogs.com/

More to post here later and definitely more on the show! CU There! Visit Wedding Blogs and Social Networks Part2

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress (TeenGirlsRadio) and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



{April 5, 2009}   MySpace Captchas No More :)

Woooooot!!! To Tom and MySpace πŸ™‚

The Captchas can go if you wish them to and you have a mobile number!!! πŸ™‚

This is the greatest Blogs and Social Networks News EVER!!! MySpace has listened to the people and will not be surpassed by Facebook anymore πŸ™‚

I (for one, I am sure out of millions:) is super excited over the news πŸ™‚

This is the form you fill out: (under your account settings page)

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This will eliminate the captchas from your ISP, your personal computer, so if there are multiple users in your home, no worries!!! One cell phone, one number for texting, and no more captchas for all!!! Thank you MySpace! Thank You Tom πŸ™‚ You do rock!!!

Visit Toms MySpace blog for details!

Stephanie and Stevie Haile aka Wavecritter and Teen Girls Radio Google Us πŸ™‚



Listening to your favorite music while surfing the net can be a real treat. Online Radio! For music lovers it way enhances the time spent at your computer. We recently did a show on this very topic at Blogs and Social Networks online radio called Online Radio πŸ™‚ Listen in for even more online radio ideas.

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Live365 and Jango – Find stations that play your favorites, not so much a “design your own” radio station, but a location search first. Live365 has an upgrade option for VIP membership but check it as a free member to see what you think of it. The navigator is very different from Jango and has less “fluff” and “bling” but more tabs. Both sites are easy to get around but each with a much different style. Jango comes complete with an embeddable Jukebox πŸ™‚

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BlogNut.net (for the social network) and BlogNutToolbar.com (to get your free toolbar!) – The fastest easiest place to listen into online radio is from your toolbar πŸ™‚ Blog Nut Toolbar is a free to download and use handy Internet tool complete with a radio! This online radio player let’s you listen in to online radio stations and even podcasts like BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info πŸ™‚ Set your own stations, find local stations for radio customization. Request sites that you want listed at Blog Nut Toolbar for an added bonus .. You Create … Blog Nuts Build πŸ™‚

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New.Music.Yahoo.com – With Video Playlists, over 150 radio stations, on any browser, and with Mac or PC. Yahoo music has it covered πŸ™‚

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Pandora – Type in your favorite artist and get your playlist:)

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Accuradio – Build your own channel! Having every type of music you could search for like Canadian Pop, English, French, Folk, Christian Pop, Rock, and many more genres to select from πŸ™‚

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Slacker.com – Create a Station, Upgrade to Radio Plus, and option to buy a portable player.

Don’t forget about your local stations πŸ™‚ Most have an online site to listen in, get info on songs, artists, local concerts and much more. We have K92FM and 97 Country WPCV for our local country stations. Visit them by clicking the pics πŸ™‚

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Blogs and Social Networks dot com, dot info, dot net, and dot org πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka TeenGirlsRadio and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



{March 28, 2009}   Health Social Networks

Health social networks are not extremely numerous, but are very helpful for those seeking to gain knowledge that their doctor may not be able to offer. Either time constraints or even lack of the newest information sometimes prevents your doctor from being able to fill you in on the details πŸ™‚

Health social networks do wonders to help inform and has an added bonus of actually interacting with others who are dealing with the same health challenges or who have already gone through it.


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Checking out a health social network in the waiting period of a test or just to find out more is such a blessing in this age of the Internet. Searching for specifics is often difficult. The time taken while sorting through the masses of results given when trying to locate helpful sites on, for instance, cancer, can be overwhelming. Going to a interactive social networking site focused health and wellness issues generally will gain far greater and more case specific search results.

While doing searches for these health related social networks, I noticed that they were actually few and far between with most being forum style set ups. These are useful as they allow interaction, but are also a bit limited and sometimes difficult to sort through a 1000 plus thread post topic. Which member of the forum posted the best information and will we then need to read through all 1000 plus posts to find our answer?

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There were only a few health social networks that really stood out. One being Trusera. A recent event has left them in need of partners, but they will be alive and well until at least late April, 2009. Trusera is a true health related, topic oriented, information filled social network. Interacting with like members who are either going through or have been where others are now in their health challenges. Remaining anonymous is easy or you can choose to be as open as you wish while connecting in a social setting to find answers to your health questions or to offer up a health related experience of your own. Getting practical answers and insight from others just like yourself during stressful times is calming.

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The power of having been there is incredible to someone who is currently “going through” a health related situation. The site for breast cancer that I found is a forum based interaction site to gain knowledge of side effects, get answers to your testing questions, treatment choices, and research information related specifically to breast cancer issues. BreastCancer.org comes complete with support and community connections.

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WebMD is probably the most well known social type health network for not only finding and connecting with other people like you, but for the wealth of health related information at their fingertips. From blogs to message boards to being able to ask the experts, this health stockpile has it all covered. Discover links to other health issue sites, meet a multitude of individuals from all over the Internet, and get a peace of mind that only detailed knowledge can bring. WebMD has headline news, polls, a pill identifier, locate a doctor or hospital in your area, or browse through the health centers topic list to find the answers you are looking for.

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Google Health, while not exactly a health social network is an outstanding resource for communicating your total health information to your newest doctor or at an emergency room visit to keep the physician aware of what treatments you are getting or have received in the past. This awareness is paramount especially if you are taking medication. Google Health allows it’s users to input securely their medical information from every individual hospital, doctor, or medical center, keeping all in one place to ensure the whole of it all gets to the eyes of each health care provider you encounter. A system like this absolutely will stop medication conflicts if filled in correctly and could head off problems before they can begin. Google Health puts you in charge of your health information safely, securely, and best of all it is free.

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Locating other health social networks, forums, and information is easy when you know which search engine to use. Google has topic specific search engines as a starting point, but I found MedStory. A health information search engine currently in Beta testing. If you need more avenues than mentioned here, check into MedStory for more.

Listen into our Blogs and Social Networks show Health Social Networks for more πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter



We wanted to venture into the realm of “In The News” Blogs and Social Networks. Actually a difficult subject to search on the net. What you get with searching for Blogs and Social Networks that contain “News” are which Blog platforms or Social Networks Are In The News πŸ™‚

Many Blogs and Social Networks that we came across were mostly “Second Hand News” but, in reality, if you aren’t On The Sceen reporting as it happens, all news is somewhat that πŸ™‚

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For the best in “Weather News”, we found Weather.Fox.com for all you land based weather junkies out there (like me :), If you are a boater, maybe not (this is NOAA :), but for land based dwellers who want to meet and greet other weather buffs, this is the place πŸ™‚ Upload photos, videos, create blogs, visit the forum, and make friends. Coolies to Fox for creating a Weather News Social Network where you can get your extended forecast, favorite blog posts, set a featured weather photo, get weather questions answered on Tropical Weather, Storm Chasing, Climate Change, Weather Around the World, Read Weather stories or post your own! Complete with a Meebo Chat! Getting News and views from Meteorologists, seasoned Weather Announcers, Bloggers, and Regular Joes πŸ™‚

A different “take” on a News site is AvatarsUnited.com πŸ™‚ A site for your Gaming Avatar (from the perspective of the Avatar, not your personal perspective πŸ™‚ so, if you want the skinny on what Avatars are doing in game, check it out πŸ™‚

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How about some sites for Real Headline News πŸ™‚ USA Todays Community Connecting Readers to Reporting (easy to set up a profile here and free), is a very fast site for both navigation and uploading photos or profile adjustments. Hop right over to the main USA Today page to comment on or recommend an article and one click away to the Blogs area! They make it easy to add favorites Blog Titles to your home page and widgets πŸ™‚ The most popular headline widget is nice! USA Today also offers a “Green News” widget for climate and weather headlines, both of which I put I placed on the front page of my new site for news InTheNews.Wetpaint.com, a place to “See” the Headline News at a glance using the very coolest of widgets, so you know which News is what you want to read πŸ™‚ If you need a dose of or want to scan the headlines, stop by πŸ™‚ Links to all the main In The News sites πŸ™‚

USA Today Community also offers free to use widgets for Finance, Celeb Watch with Will Keck, USA Today Sports Headlines, Politics, Pop Candy with Whitney Matheson for the latest News and Trends in Music, TV, Books, Video, Movies, Celebrity Interviews and finding the best sites. There’s Today in the Sky with Ben Mutzabaugh for airline news and Top Travel Stories, so, an incredible selection of In The News widgets for your Blogs and Social Networks at USA Today Community πŸ™‚ These widgets work with PageFlakes, iGoogle, Facebook, TypePad, NetVibe, Blogger, MySpace, and sites like InTheNews.wetpaint.com πŸ™‚

My main motivation for creating this blog style social network In The News viewing site was because it was so difficult to find social networks that were for people who wanted differing News stories from different broadcasters all in one glance πŸ™‚ I find it nice to have all the Headlines in one spot, then be able to click to view the stories I want to read more of. Spending time actually reading instead of searching πŸ™‚

While Mashable.com is not a social network (well, not yet anyway) the following for this blog is huge because people want to know the Technology News, Internet News, and ideas over at Mashable πŸ™‚

Internet.com is the network for Technology proffessionals with newsletters, products, and special offers is something for techies to see! Applications and Internet Development, Job Functions and Occupations, Information Technology, Linux News, E Commerce Guides, WeboPedia Daily, Database Journal, Server Watch, Hardware Central, Sharky Extreme, BlackBerry Today,Β  and Wifi Planet are just a few of the newsletters and special offers you have a choice of when you sign up with Internet.com.

For an intense listing of Sports Social Networks check out JasonFPeck.com, he has quite the list of Sports Social Networks and seems to know much more about Sports than Stevie and I πŸ™‚ Sports Social Media at Take A Peck! Great site Jason πŸ™‚

Another awesome News for Gamers Based Social Network (especially for Spore lovers) is SporeIllustrated.wetpaint.com πŸ™‚

For Celebrity News check out TwilightMovie.org or JamesBondWiki.com

Having Fun with In The News Social Networks and Blogs is much better than just getting your news any old place, it lets you interact with other friends who are Diggin’ The News too! Talk soon,

Listen into our In The News Blogs and Social Networks show for more on News Social Networks, Forums, and Blogs πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



Which social networks are a pro environment sorts of sites and Where do I go to find out more about Going Green and Saving The Planet?

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Check out ClubGreen.Ning.com for a start πŸ™‚ A Ning Social Network created by Gerhard Kaiser of Germany for the environmentally conscious! Share your ideas on How To Positively Effect the Planet! Network, Go Green, Share your business idea, tips from Hank Dunckel at RoRClubSave on Blog Talk Radio for energy efficicient vehicles and saving fuel, learn the European view on Global Awareness as well as many other Countries views across the glob as this site houses members from all over the World πŸ™‚

We will discuss some groups on some major social networks like Facebook and MySpace, Going Green online with groups, forums, blogs, and social networks πŸ™‚ Listen into our Blogs and Social Networks show on Go Green Environmentally Friendly Social Networks for some additional information πŸ™‚

OK, where do I find some cool Go Green type MySpace or Ning Comments, Layouts,Β  and Graphics?

Chromaluna.com for some great Earth Day Graphics

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CoolChaser.com πŸ™‚ Ten Stars!

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Glitterbrand.com for very eco-friendly Graphics. MySpace Our Planet environmental tips.

SpringWidgets.com for a cool countdown widget to Earth Day πŸ™‚

A Few extra sites of note (not for graphics, but great environmental sites in general)

There is MySpace.com/OurPlanet for some great information

and Disney.Go.Com/DisneyNature all we have to say is WOW!!!

Here is cool Widget from The Lil Green Patch Application at MySpace, Facebook, and My Yearbook ! Neat! Check it out (on the front page about half way down at ClubGreen.Ning.com πŸ™‚ I tried it here at WordPress and sadly, it doesn’t work in the post but will work on other blogs and social networks πŸ™‚ A screen capture will give a sneek peek though, complete with a link to the full selection of widgets πŸ™‚

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Part 2 of Environmentally Friendly Social Networks coming soon πŸ™‚

Blogs and Social Networks with Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Me πŸ™‚



{February 22, 2009}   Blogs – Types of Blogs

Having made step by step videos on How To navigate and use different blog platforms and How To use the blogging areas on some of the big social networks like MySpace, Facebook, and My Yearbook,Β  but then … what do you write about?

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Types of Blogs You Can Create πŸ™‚

Topic Blogs – Actually this site BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com is a “Topic” blog, so is VideoGamesAndGaming.com, but these two are also a How To blog as well. Any broad, general, global, town related subject whether it’s a “World” blog or just a State, your topic can be Animals in the World (broad topic) or Primates in the Jungle (a bit more narrow) or Chimps in the NY Zoo (very specific πŸ™‚ Americans is a great topic as well, Ben Franklin for example. You could post about him for a whole month, then next month post on George Washington πŸ™‚

Topic blogs have such a diverse inclusion like Fashion, Travel, Dreams, My Trip, Educational Institutions, Cats, etc. Many choices here. Write what you love πŸ™‚

Salesy Web Site Blogs – Sites that look a Christmas Sale at the Mall with Flashy Banners, Sales Fluff around every corner. These do attract attention to some and may work for you.

Photo Sites – A great Photo style blog can be found at ParisDailyPhoto.com but it is any chosen photo you select to “be” the blog and add a line or few of explanation or interest, location … etc. to your picture πŸ™‚

Journal Blogs – A great example of a journal style blog is Wavecritter.LiveJournal.com or SurfPiccasso2001.LiveJournal.com Stevies blog is a journal style, write as you sort of story teller or what’s up with my day or life type blog πŸ™‚

VLogs or Video Blogs – Of course the best place to see a VLog is at a Video Social Network at someones profile page like me πŸ™‚ YouTube.com/Wavecritter I have a bunch of friends there that have very different styles of VLogs too which are easy to find at YouTube, like a musician style where they play and take videos of either them on stage or create a story video to go with their songs; “Let’s Talk” sort of videos, How To, Real Life, and more.

Explanation or Definition Blogs – These are quite similar to the How To style blogs but are mostly like a Wikipedia style topic blog that gives a detailed explanation with examples πŸ™‚ They don’t need to be using the Wikipedia platform of course, but this one on Blog is a good example. A really great Explanation blog will have many resource links to other relevant posts or sites.

Review Blogs – These are usually quite helpful blogs in general as you can open up several and see what different views there are out there on any given iten, topic, company, laundry soap lol, or whatever you are looking for opinions on. To write this style blog you will need to have more than an idea of the subject. If you do a review site on restaraunts for example, you would be a person who frequently visits new restaraunts and has a grasp of a great dining out experience with out being hyper critical. Point out the pros and cons so to speak πŸ™‚ If you write a review style blog, you could link to the items that you review for more link backs, information, or to monetize your site if these are your items on Amazon or EBay.

List Blogs – This is a fun way to blog. 7 ways to bake a cake, 11 types of tennis shoes, 8 reasons why you should exercise, 100 favorite songs of the year, the top 5 social networks, etc. With a list style blog, you can start a post with the original list, then take each (#1, #2, etc.) and make an in depth post on each number, it will get you a whole series of posts and help you with your posts πŸ™‚

Group, Team, or Company Style Blogs – A site for any specific organization, group or team. This type of blog is geared toward your members of the company, pack, sports organization, guild, or party to get information out to them. A communication type blog just for a specific sector of people.

Most blogs fall into one or more (or a subset) of these categories, but as categories go, they could be sub divided into many, many more smaller or specific types like with the Topic Blog especially πŸ™‚

Lokking at the list of blog types that WordPress has will help you as well. This list will keep you clear of the No-No Types of Blogs to create πŸ™‚

Have fun with your blog and write what you are passionate about or you may not be blogging long out of boredom πŸ™‚

Checking into MyBlogLog and Zimbio will get you some additonal blog attention!

Listen into Blogs and Social Networks for more πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter



{January 30, 2009}   Rearrange Your MySpace Music List

With all of the new and exciting changes and “tweaks” going on over at MySpace, I wanted to touch on the reordering or rearranging of your coolie, the music playlist πŸ™‚ Since the widget at Project Playlist has been basically “shut down” and not allowed at MySpace, the use of the actual MySpace music player has emerged as the front runner for music expression even among listeners. Musicians had been using the MySpace music widget predominately but a large percentage of listeners were using the Project Playlist widget instead. (A brilliant music site by the way πŸ™‚

But, let’s discover how to reorder your music selections on MySpace playlists πŸ™‚

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Ok, if I wanted to change up this playlist, I would right click the song (just about where the red arrow is located) hold it for a second while dragging it in the order I wanted it to show up.

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I just changed up the order of the last two songs from the Crash Test Dummies (great band πŸ™‚ in my playlist …

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Log into MySpace, click on Music, then click on My Music, My Public Playlists, My Profile Playlist. This is how you will get to the screen you see above πŸ™‚ Reorder the music by dragging and dropping, add songs you find by browsing by clicking the plus signs, a drop down for lists choice will come, if you want it on your sites playlist, choose “My Profile Playlist”.

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Browse the featured playlists for some quick popular song choices πŸ™‚

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Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google us πŸ™‚



We often hear the word “focus” in the same context as blogging instruction but what does it really mean and who does it really mean it for?

Focus in the blogging platform or social networking world refers to shooting toward reaching your “target” audience. Who would you like to visit your social networks and read your blog sites? What demographic? Now, why would the blogs and social networks person care who came to visit? Marketing to be precise.

If a blogger is marketing a particular product, they would then care very much who came to see their sites. For example) If your product was a health and wellness sort of “Vitamin” product, then a “Get Healthy or “Stay Healthy” sort of blog would hit the nail on the head to some degree. What if the product is “Vitamin D”? Then focus would get you to a site much more focused on bone health instead of overall health.

Who else would want to focus their sites? If you aren’t marketing a product but would like to gain a high rating with Google, become an expert, or just have a very popular site full of specific information, then focus is for you πŸ™‚

Do Stevie and Stephanie at Blogs and Social Networks focus? I can’t say that we do actually πŸ™‚ Encompassing the entire subject of Blogs and Social Networks (and not that we even come close to hitting every site) is not really a very focused, specific topic. To hold true to many blogging platforms, we have many blogs specifically geared towards Blogs and Social Networks and are members of multiple social networks. It is rather a broad subject area but holds a great example of what it means to go smaller from it and more focused.

Blogs and Social Networks …

Social Networks That Have Blog Capability …

MySpace and Facebook …

Or You could go from Blogs and Social Networks …

to Blogs about Social Networks …

then onto blogs about MySpace and Facebook …

or to be less focused, blogs about the major social networks.

Recall why we focus again, to appeal to a group who will more likely be interested in our topics, information, and offers.

Sometimes focus is not important. A very wide spectrum blog works quite well and attracts visitors. The blog remains on a subject, but a very wide subject much like Blogs and Social Networks or Video Games and Gaming. Again, with Video Games and Gaming, this can become much more focused a topic …

Video Games and Gaming …

Console Games …

Wii Games …

Wii Fit Games …

Or you can choose to create sub sections (or pages) of your blog (or create a wiki at wetpaint) to house focused topics like this but name your blog a wider topic name.

Once the understanding of why a blogger is told to focus comes into … well … errr … “focus” … then it becomes clear whether or not you actually should decide to look into it all or not. Are you trying to reach a “target” audience? or do you just want to be sure that your writings are helping whoever searches that info out?

With searches, keywords really take the drivers seat here. How do visitors actually find what you have? Think about your tags, labels and keywords (all one in the same, with just a different name at different blog site platforms) What will those ask who wish to find your answers? How you label and categorize your posts matters greatly to the seeker of your posts. If you have a post on How To Make Ice Cream, then your top keywords probably should be: Ice Cream, Ice Cream How To, How To Make Ice Cream, Frozen Desserts, and Dessert Recipes. Then add your name or alias (Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter) (author title) as another keyword, you could use the blog platform as another if you wished (ie: WordPress, Blog Talk Radio, Blogger) and then peruse through your post for a few select keyword phrases running together in the text and standing out. Use these as well (In this post it would be “Blogging instruction” blogging Platform” or Social Networking”). There you go, you just greatly assisted your visitors in arriving at your information πŸ™‚

However much you really wish to focus on your blogs and social networks in this manner is entirely up to you … do remember that every person is unique, every blog is unique, and every social network is unique and that each has it’s own attractions for a reason … they are all different πŸ™‚ Cookie cutter is not generally the way to go to become different, although you could begin with the design and “color” or “decorate” it however you like πŸ™‚

With a very focused blog site, focused right from the creation date on , you will need to think about where to actually get the word out or “effectively market” this site. Groups (first and foremost) in the social networking communities are the number one best places to market an on topic blog. Probably placing a link on a Gardening blog in a group on fishing is not going to be your first choice group πŸ™‚ But, possible the people at the fishing group are also interested in gardening as well and it may do some good πŸ™‚ Seek out the gardening groups to introduce your gardening blog to first though πŸ™‚

Your keywords will be the “behind the scenes” marking engine for you while you manually market your site to and through other Blogs and Social Networks sites. Getting backlinks is quite easy. Log into your blog platform (ie: WordPress, Blogspot, Vox, Livejournal …) then browse through other blog sites on the same platform, either on your topic or on another, comment on their posts as you view some sites. Each comment you leave (while logged in) will send a link back to your site via the “icon” or username info left on the comment πŸ™‚ Nope, you don’t really need to “rely” on friends to actually list you on their blogroll.

Use your blog URL as part of every bio, info, or profile area on all of your social networks and think about securing a clever domain name for your blog site πŸ™‚ I chose BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info , .com , , .org , and .net for our main blog platforms (Wetpaint, WordPress, Blog Talk Radio, and Blogspot). One is fine, there is no need to get all (info, com, net, etc) this way when you redirect the domain to your blog URL, it is now a much easier name to remember. BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com is easier (I hope lol) than Wavecritter.Wordpress.com for instance.

These are some good tips, we will be writing some more soon. Stay tuned for Blogs And Social Networks

Keeping Up with your Facebook and MySpace Applications

Blogs and Social Networks

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



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Music related blogs and social networks are not hard to find, but to locate tips on marketing for the independent artist, solo musician, or advice to create an unforgettable band profile takes more research. Musicians wanting to market themselves using the Internet with blogs and social networks only need to follow some timely suggestion accompanied by a routine. This advice will be for the “newer” artist or band, but if you need more exposure for your music group, then these steps are for you as well.

First and foremost … this will take some dedication, patience,Β  time, and consistent work … yes, I said the “W” wordΒ  but, if the time you spend is spent wisely, you will see results much faster. To reach the “masses” and gain exposure you will need to first focus on getting your name ranked on the search engines.

Sit and decide (if you aren’t 100% on what image and style you want to portray) what flare and style you want to relate to your band. Without a bit of your own color “popping out” you will possibly get “washed out” on the Internet. With the amount of competition you have on the net, you will need to become the image you present to your fans and set the image to encompass exactly what your band breathes out creatively.

Choose first your color scheme and a logo. If someone you know or a member of the band is inventive, maybe they would design a basic logo for you that you could then build off of later or add to to evolve a signature for your sound. Take this logo and include it in banners, graphics, and buttons of several sizes to place on blog sites, social networks, and other web pages.

Now that you have your image, color scheme, and logo, you will need to choose one major photo and up to two others to represent your group. Include the major photo into a few of your banners or graphics.

Purchase the domain names (GoDaddy.com) to match the band name and look into securing the trademark (USPTO.Gov/main/trademarks.htm) for your band name. Purchase the dot com, dot info, and dot net domain names for certain and possibly some others. These will be forwarded to your blog site, a social network that houses you music clips, some personal band information, and your events. List All of your events, even if they seem small or insignificant to you like a friends birthday party. These can be called “private” events, “invitation only”, and meant to seem exclusive.

You major blog site should also be podcasting enabled like Blog Talk Radio or Podbean or choose Vox, Blogspot, or a WordPress blog. All of these sites are able to house podcasting widgets from Utterli, Blog Talk Radio, or any HTML based blog widget to house your sound so visitors to your blog can listen in. Setting up an additional “all in one” blog style site at FreeWebs may become more time consuming than you had anticipated, but this is a wise choice if you have a few members of your band that pitch in and help.

These sites will become your blogging base. Giving similar information on each site but adding a personal snippet of information new to each site will help keep them individual and fresh. Try including a different tune at each separate site with links back to each from all sites.

Depending on your marketing resources and budget, you can do this totally free but with more time spent or fifty percent free with a little less time invested. Fast tracking a blog platform through a paid site like Host Gator using a WordPress blog will allow a bit more leverage with advertising. Using a free to create blog platform, you will need to temper your “personal advertising” greatly. Keeping the self serving links down to a minimum until you your blog site becomes established in the ratings.

Choosing the social networks to promote your music is next on the list in your market me adventure. MySpace is the music social network that you should start with, being certain to set your MySpace URL and display name to your band name, the same as your domain names that you purchased. This will get that search term set in stone. Choosing four more search terms to add to this one will be your next step and use them all in your blog posts, social networks text, and other site information. Be sure to ask yourself what music lovers will ask when searching for your style of music, this will help you discover your major keywords.

The key to massive exposure is not taking a handful of salt and flinging it over a great area, but to take that salt and spread it liberally over a few key areas with concentrated flavor, focus, and consistency. Working your sites with concentration like a pattern will attract excited passionate fans who then spread the word for you.

Is eight to ten sites really concentrated? It may sound to you like the half the Internet and an extreme amount of time, but with your two to three blog style sites and your four to five social networks, all linked together, with similar but separate information on them, all using the same major keywords and added different minor ones, your exposure will grow exponentially.

There are those who begin a social network of their own for the band at sites like Wetpaint or Ning. This is very time consuming and unless you have a specific band member to take this lone task on, wait on this idea and opt for starting a group at MySpace and one at Facebook for your band. No, Facebook does not allow for a “band” profile, but you can have a personal Facebook page and start a “My Band” group to promote your band at Facebook. With the excitement and growth over at this social network, you would be missing the boat without a group here. Even starting a group at one of the Ning social networks that is music oriented is a great idea.

Connect your Twitter to Facebook and MyBlogLog to all of your blogs and social networks keeping your reach connected for a triple dose to Google and other search engines.

Staying consistent with your time spent and your keyword usage is as easy as figuring out a budget. Decide how much time you have to work on the Internet, then divide your time equally between each of your sites. Choose your music social networks by doing a quick Google search or take a look at a few of these: IndabaMusic; Last FM; iLike; JamNow; FlowTones; MusoCity; PureVolume; HumbleVoice; imeem; and R4Media.

Connect yourself with all of your sites by linking back on individual posts, bulletins, and link lists, stay consistent with your activity, make as many contacts and friends as you can, and enjoy your success.

Listen Into Blogs and Social Networks Music Sites For Band for more πŸ™‚

Blogs and Social Networks

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



yahoobuzz

At Yahoo Buzz, one of Yahoo’s Social Bookmarking Sites, stories are ranked by your votes, comments, emails, and searches. You can even see what your friends are “Buzzing” about on the new Yahoo Messenger!

With these updates you can keep up with what your friends and family are “Buzzing”. It shows you the “Top Buzz and the “Up and Coming” as well as the “Just Added”. It also allows you to see the “Top Searches”.

The “Buzz Log” which is what’s hot on Yahoo and why you can submit your own stories. The more stories you submit, the more chances for you to acquire a higher rating and get noticed.

A handy FAQs page loaded with questions and answers for you to find help with navigating the site.

You get a “Buzz Activity” summary with thumbs up and thumbs down voting and a comments area.

Fill up your “My Connections Updates” by voting, sending, and sharing stories on Yahoo Buzz.

Your Yahoo email information gets you a straight connection to this social bookmarking site, so there is not a lengthy sign up. All you need is a Yahoo email address and you are connected.

Some of the latest top stories here at Yahoo Buzz are about Donald Trump, Shelters, Jennifer Hudson, Veterans Day, and Presidential Pooch Watch.

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MyBlogLog is another of Yahoo’s Social Bookmark sites. Here you list your sites ( blogs and social networks or web sites ) and other members of MyBlogLog then join your created site group! Submitting any site allows the opportunity for any other member of MyBlogLog to then join the newly formed group that is your site! My Bloglog feed your newest interactions with each of your listed sites to your My Blog Log profile page. The newest inputs like what’s new on Twitter (your shout outs), what new posts you made on all of your blog sites you have listed, or newest photos from the photo sharing sites you have listed on MyBlogLog like PhotoBucket or Flickr.

MyBlogLog has an extensive list to submit your social networks as a feed that also records your newest happenings there.

In my opinion, if MyBlogLog is not currently on your list of social bookmarking sites that you use (weekly is best here), you are certainly missing out.

Listen into our Blogs and Social Networks Online Radio Show on Social Bookmark Sites

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



{August 25, 2008}   Friend Connect by Google

Reading the excitement out on the Internet about Connectability and Portable Data is all the buzz surrounding Google, Facebook, MySpace, Blogs and Social networks, Internet Marketers and more. Inviting friends and influencing people are all the current rage on social network sites, connecting all of this together is a huge job that Google is tackling with Friend Connect.

“Google Friend Connect integrates with contact lists for social networks like Facebook, orkut and Google Talk. This means users who join your site are instantly connected with friends who are already members, and can invite friends from other networks to visit. They can opt in to broadcasting their activities to friends in their social networks. A post to your message board, for example, can instantly be visible to people in multiple social networks, along with links leading to your site. These instant networks, combined with the wealth of OpenSocial gadgets, can form potent new online communities, very quickly and very easily.”

After reading the article and getting excited for Google yet again, I really started thinking about this concept. I think the benefit will be to the websites who use this application for certain, but (isn’t there always a but? πŸ™‚ It will, in essence, be like a HUGE Twitter badge or widget on a website. Blogs and Social Networks are connecting in many ways today.

If you have multiple email accounts for instance, and merge them all together to be then forwarded to say Outlook Express. Well, then say you are an Internet Marketer who has several email accounts, and you decided to merge ALL That together! Hmmmm…

Now, what if you have 5 or 10 active social networks? That start to acquire a great deal of time from you. You have already mentally placed a priority system on the sites you like best so you visit them more often and consequently spend more time there. What if you merged all of the messages, chats, and content?

Hmmm…

It will be nice to jump from one to the other, have a “Hub” so to speak, but will it or would it be overwhelming for some? Or will it make life on the Internet much more simple having a one stop for your social information? I, personally, am eager to find out.

Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter Google Me πŸ˜‰

Watching this YouTube Video Will Gain You Understanding

For Even more Information on Google Friend Connect Visit:

http://www.Google.com/FriendConnect/home/moreinfo



Virtual Worlds and Social Toolbars Part 1

In my questing for virtual worlds that I did not yet know about, I ran across a cool “Virtual Worlds Reviews Site”. http://www.VirtualWorldsReview.com

It contains a massive listing of cool Virtual World sites like

www.Beta.Playdo.com

Place images or videos over each other when creating your profile page, reduce the opacity, and make them transparent. Nifty trick at Playdo.com! A simple site for your online profile, video, and cinema seats for viewing guests. You will need Adobe Macro Media Shockwave player for this one, no worries πŸ™‚

On to SpineWorld.com

A new area just opened up under Cloud Spire! Are you brave enough to venture here? SpineWorld is geared toward the younger crowd (20 and younger) with a set up and Virtual Land that is literally Out of This World πŸ™‚ Create an avatar, go on quests, make friends. This site also has a parents area, with security features, code of conduct, and more. No download, get flown into the city while receiving your instruction and clothing.

More Coming In Part 2 Social Toolbars and Virtual Worlds
Stevie and Stephanie Haile Google Us



Everyone who is active or just a weekly visitor the Social Network Scene should fully be aware how to spot a “Scary” and how to handle yourself NOT deal with them. You see, there is no “dealing” with them as they are generally not rational thinkers who exist in the same plane of life rules and morals as most people do.

Of course, the very best, hands down way to avoid the scaries is make your profile private and only invite and except friends that you already know well. They can still ask to become your friend, and judging a book by its cover is never the way to go. If you are going to go private, only accept your friends.

Another way to avoid the scaries is to first go and take a look at their profiles, look at their top friends, read their about me section. If you have any doubt, trust yourself and don’t add them.

If you are a female and a guy is looking to “get to know you better” check out the top friends list. Is it all girls? Are they half dressed? Ummmmm… there’s a clue. Same, only reversed if you are a guy. Although, some guys dig that (double standard you know:)

If you receive an unwanted message, do NOT send one back explaining that you no longer want messages πŸ™‚ If, indeed, they are creepy, you will not get the support you need from the sites administrator because you also contacted them.

What these scaries sometime do, is blast out the same exact messages to numerous people who “fit their Profile”. Then they wait to see who answers them. They then weed through the replys to find the reply they are looking for. I personally have not crawled into the mind of the scaries to exactly what they are looking for, so I cannot help here. I can express my certainty though that if you do not answer, you are far more likely NOT to answer what they are looking for πŸ™‚

Don’t let it get to you, and don’t do anything stupid if people spread rumors about you. Too many senseless suicides from teenagers to adults. Focus not on what was done to you, focus on anything else. Visit other social networks for a while, stay away and try not to even think on it. Sometimes a very difficult proposition at best, if you cannot get it all out of your thoughts, stay off the computer for a while. Get out, do something fun.

If the problem lies with “so-called” friends that attend your school, work, or interact with you daily, then you may need to approach this a bit differently. First, you will need to talk to family, teachers, principle, good neighbor, or other “real” friends about this, instead of “hiding” it all and attempting to deal with this all yourself, talk to a guidance counselor, security guard, or other named individual above.

Always remain better than them by not stooping to the muckraking levels. Trying to be evil and nasty when your nature is the opposite will be just like leaving your home town to walk around the streets of a crazy, dangerous city. You don’t know how to navigate it, you won’t know which way to turn, but these scaries are quite practiced in their nasty ways and know exactly which way to turn, what vehicle to use, and where the authorities hang out. A fish out of water is where you would be. AND… what will the people you tell about this situation think when you are doing the exact same thing to those scaries in retaliation as they did to you? Don’t play the game at all. They always make up the rules as they go along anyway, so there is no way to combat it alone.

Here are some sites that will help with Cyber Bullies:

Scruff McGruffs Site:

http://www.ByteCrime.org

Http://www.HaltAbuse.com

Http://www.MiVictims.org

Http://www.NCPC.org

Http://www.NetBullies.com

Http://www.pewinternet.org

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us



{June 25, 2008}   Avoid The “Scaries”

There are some incredible and remarkable on the Internet today. But, what does incredible and remarkable mean exactly? Most people see these words as positive from the first read or at first hearing. But, incredible could mean “so extraordinary as to seem impossible” OR it also means “not credible; hard to believe; unbelievable” Hmmmmm? Not credible? Quite another take from the norm and the masses, yes? Then, let’s take a gander at the word Remarkable. Seth Godin says that remarkable simply means “something other people remark about” πŸ™‚

Now, we all remark about incredible things like Home Runs, Perfect touchdowns, Beautiful Houses, Head Line News, Informative Blogs, and of course, The Weather. πŸ™‚

We remark about both the “bad” and “good” in things. This blog topic is going to cover the remarkable in the arena of “Scaries On The Net”.

There is a certain (unnamed) site out there who lets its visitors remain completely anonymous while bashing and dissing anyone, anytime, about anything, true or not with absolutely no owning up to the post whatsoever.

This is just an embarrassment to the site, the owner, and to to the faceless, nameless, cowards who read, post, and bash people while being AFRAID to use their own name as the author.

Spreading evil, nasty rumors online, speaking badly of others to the World, is GOING to come back to you whether you believe it is not or don’t believe it. Liars Lie, Cheaters Cheat, Manipulators Manipulate, and Users Use. End of line. So, what can people who do not do this do about them? ….. Absolutely nothing! What we can do is decide how WE are going to deal with situations, How WE handle ourselves in this line of fire, abuse, and being taken advantage of.

Contrary to popular belief it is NOT Human nature to wish, do, or create bad situations for others. It is NOT Human nature to step on, HATE, or otherwise dismember an individual because that person is jealous, powerful, or just because they CAN.

If someone has harmed you, the more attention you focus on that situation, the more fuel you feed the fire. On most social networks you are able to send the inappropriate message to the Administrator of the site, if there is not an option to do this, plain and simply, do not visit that social network. Find friendlier social networks to enjoy.

Part 2 Of “Avoid The Scaries” will come tommorow…

Enjoy!

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka BlogHeiress and Wavecritter

Check Out Our Blog Talk Radio Show On This Topic: http://www.BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info

Photo above from www.NationalGeographic.com



{April 21, 2008}   BlogHeiress On My BlogLog

Throughout the journey, the road less traveled or the highway to the blogging world, we notice the actual “road” is My BlogLog. An outstanding intersection of continuing highways and byways of interconnectedness. This is My BlogLog. It actually weaves together the blogs and social networks of today, melding them into the off ramps of tomorrow.

Getting and staying connecting in the blogs and social networks world on the Internet is an experience of a lifetime. Our pasts did not even include this awesome situational entertainment and friendship.

Stevie Haile aka BlogHeiress



{April 20, 2008}   BlogHeiress On My Yearbook

BlogHeiress My Yearbook

My Yearbook Social Network

Getting started at My Yearbook is an easy process.

My Yearbook is a popping HOT Social Network right now and is growing by leaps and bounds everyday. I forsee it to be rated right up there with Facebook and MySpace!

Lets Get Started!

The first thing is to go to My Yearbook.com

You are taken to a page to either sign in or sign up.

Signing up is an easy process. Start with filling out your name, email, and choosing a password. No nicknames really, but you can type a character name as your real name if you choose with both a last and first name filled in.

Clicking the sign up enter button will take you to your front page where it will show you how complete your profile is with a percentage bar. There are links here to complete your profile step by step. Each link will take you to complete that area of your profile and explains how to do each step. If you need more step by steps. Check out the YouTube Video below.

The fun at My Yearbook and socialization is very active and exciting. There are applications like at Facebook for the OWNED program, and the massive friend requests is similar to MySpace.

Unique qualities are the Battles! You submit your photos for a contest challenge to see who is Hotter, Who Would You Rather, Best Pet, Most Artistic, Cutest Baby, Hottest Friends, Best Hair, or Best Smile. If you choose to Battle your friends you have a wide variety of choices and ones you can invent, with choices for Battling for money or for fun.

Awarding Gold Stars, High Fives, Gifts, Flirting, Become Family Members, Groupies, Signing Yearbooks, My Mag, and joining groups are just some of the activities that My Yearbook has to offer.

They also have an area for Cliff Notes! An added bonus for students that need to get ahead of their curriculum and edge on their grades. Cliff Notes are always a great added extra reading to your normal curriculum.

If you have not yet discovered My Yearbook, go and see the action, knowledge, and fun. It is climbing the ranks of the Social Networks quickly.

BlogHeiress aka Stevie Haile Google Me



My Yearbook is a relatively new site that was started by Catherine and Dave, two high school students who just wanted a place for their friends. Of course now, it has turned into five million plus friends and billions of page views. They are taking ideas and the features at My Yearbook straight from all of their friends!

With battles, the owned program, matching, making awesome profiles, groupies, become a member of the family, and giving gold stars and high fives, My Yearbook is fast becoming the talk of the Internet. It has a growth rate percentage more than MySpace!

If you have not yet checked out My Yearbook, you are truly missing a great Social network experience.

Stevie Haile aka BlogHeiress



My First Review will be on Blog Talk Radio.

Blog Talk Radio has a separate blogging area, a Radio Show, and the ultimate in support. Free to sign up, free to use Radio Online capabilities, and free support! What more could a blogger of today ask for? Not only does Blog Talk Radio have all this, but what a Social Network to boot! The Social networking scene on Blog Talk radio is a tight knit group of hard core Radio Personalities that I have become a part of….How Exciting is that! You too can become a part of this new and exciting, energetic and growing online community. The topics range from East to West, North to South, Cooking to Video Games and back again! With the choices for business, fun, entertainment, self help, and Blogs and Social networks there is something for everyone.

I recommend it highly! Look me up when you get there…Blogs and Social networks. My Mom and I do a show every Tuesday night at 11pm ET. Come and listen or give us a call in.

Stevie Haile aka Blogheiress



We have a ton of work to do with Blogs and social networks…Lets go find some active Social networks and “Amazing” Blog sites!



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