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  • WordPress 3.0 "Thelonius" Is Now Available - Steffan Antonas
    of great additions in this release that I ve been waiting on for this site as well as on client projects They ve made the maintenance easier with bulk update functionality for plugins and the software you now have custom post types for products newsletters and real estate listings and you ve got a heck of a lot more control in the widget area Here s a 3 minute video

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  • How To Get A Facebook Like Button For Your WordPress Blog (Plugin) - Steffan Antonas
    this plugin please link back to the original GunnJerkens post Enjoy Published April 22 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Social Media WordPress Tags Facebook Facebook Like Button Social Media Marketing WordPress WordPress Plugins Comments 14 Comments Post navigation Previous Post I m On A Boat How To Use Foursquare To Get 231 People to Check In To Your Restaurant In 1 Day Next Post The Rise of DSLR Filmmakers The Next Wave Of Web Content 14 Comments Derrick Smith April 23 2010 at 4 35 am Tried using your plugin and several others but I get an error The page at http website com p 540 could not be reached The page identified in the error is correct Steffan Antonas April 23 2010 at 1 12 pm Derrick it s not my plugin Please head over to the original post on the GunnJerkens blog and leave your comment there Thanks Facebook Like Button MediaSprout April 23 2010 at 3 42 pm Install the WordPress Plugin Mike Johnston April 23 2010 at 2 53 pm This is an excellent plugin for most WordPress installations Kudos to those who got it out so quickly For those using the Thesis theme who want to use that theme s hooks system to position the buttons more precisely see the following blog post http thewellrunsite com 2010 04 22 adding a f Steffan Antonas April 23 2010 at 3 28 pm Nice I m sure Thesis users this one included will appreciate your post PlF April 24 2010 at 1 15 am Here s a simple WordPress widget that uses the new Facebook Like button Facebook Like WordPress Plugin Feedbacks appreciated on this blog post while waiting for WordPress to approve it and move it to the directory the blog actually uses

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  • Connecting and Making An Impact - Steffan Antonas
    An Impact This morning I got a pleasant surprise The mail man dropped off a hardcover copy of Seth Godin s new book Linchpin sent from a new friend Totally made my day Luke thanks for reminding me again why I love to write this blog and why helping others and giving generously are the best ways to connect with others Published February 17 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Cyberculture Journal What I m reading Tags Linchpin Seth Godin Comments 5 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Now You Can Accept Credit Card Payments On Your iPhone Next Post Maps Meta data and Augmented Reality 5 Comments Luke February 16 2010 at 6 49 pm I m glad I could pass on such a terrific book to you Check the acknowledgments in the back to see if you recognize any names Steffan Antonas February 16 2010 at 7 49 pm Will do Again thanks so much I fear I ve gotten more out of this relationship than you have Luke February 17 2010 at 1 49 am I m glad I could pass on such a terrific book to you Check the acknowledgments in the back to see

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  • Using New Media, New Marketing, and New Thinking to Create Bestselling Books - Steffan Antonas
    Next Post Focusing On Value How I m Changing How I Use Twitter 10 Comments GlobalPatriot October 12 2009 at 8 32 pm The last item is key for me if a writer in any medium is bringing forth new ideas or looking at issues in a new light that s something I value and will pay for and tell my friends about Steffan Antonas October 12 2009 at 10 29 pm Always good to see you in the comments Mark So when can we expect to see the book From our talks offline it definitely seems that you ve done just that Can t wait to read it Adelaide DJ October 13 2009 at 7 35 pm seth is a genius i love his idea about how a writer s enemy isn t piracy it s obscurity ideas are meaningless without action and results Steffan Antonas October 15 2009 at 9 29 am So true isn t it Seth walks the walk He s shown that if you have great ideas and you can create the condition where they spread profits come afterward peterfroberg October 15 2009 at 5 23 am great video thanks for posting it I like the term idea merchant as a way of describing what is going on in the non fiction world In the music and movie industry this would be experience merchants in consulting and academia knowledge merchants A great way of getting the focus away from the products that used to be the income generator Maybe the merchant could be taken even further into a direct analogy Steffan Antonas October 15 2009 at 9 33 am Good point Peter I m not sure if you need to take it any further than that I think the reason all of those terms work

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  • Blogging For Humility, Perspective and Growth - Steffan Antonas
    was doing this I used to stress out about posting daily It drained me emotionally sometimes which is counterproductive This was before Twitter and other now dominant social media tools came on the scene and shook things up Twitter in a lot of ways helped me shift my thinking about presence and eliminated any stress I had about maintaining my blog I think that s the beauty of the platform it allows you to venture out into the blogosphere and spend time reading discussing and interacting on other people s sites people can follow you to where you are having those discussions and creating that content in context That s true blogging to me it s not just about my blog it s about constant engagement and forcing yourself to participate and be part of the important conversations that are happening where they are happening In other words I work on my writing and I grow wherever the conversation is not just here the process you described above critical thinking unblocking etc happens wherever you find yourself engaged Steffan Antonas July 30 2009 at 9 26 am Btw love the flush the cache analogy GlobalPatriot July 30 2009 at 9 44 am I have always found the writing process to be both inspirational and insightful Just putting my thoughts down on paper or hard drive creates a paradigm of thinking and exploration that brings forth ideas questions and revelations that otherwise would remain hidden If you get feedback on your blog so much the better as those comments will foster continued dialogue both internal and external and take you in directions you hadn t considered before But even if no one reads what you write it s all about the process ultimately it s a personal thing Steffan Antonas July 30 2009 at 9 51 am Well said Mark I m curious have you found that writing on GlobalPatriot com has changed your intellectual emotional perspective on how to address global issues Interested to hear your thoughts Steffan Antonas July 30 2009 at 3 50 pm Well said Mark GlobalPatriot July 30 2009 at 10 33 am The articles I ve written for GlobalPatriot com have profoundly changed my perspective of the world From the writing aspect the research I ve done and the connections I ve made along the way have broadened my view of world events The feedback I ve received not only through the blog but through Twitter and Facebook have given me insights that have served to shape my understanding of this very complex planet The lesson I ve learned is that it s not enough to have an opinion we must strive to understand the opinion of others we re all in this together Steffan Antonas July 30 2009 at 11 56 am You just reminded me of a great talk given by Jonathan Haidt at TED One of his main points was on the importance of understanding the opinion of others he says in

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  • Being A Local In Virtual Space - Steffan Antonas
    time and attention and neglect the blogs of your friends we were both admittedly guilty of that The lesson here I think is that spreading yourself thin across many superficial noisy communities is no where near as powerful as focus and concentration on a core of friends A core of 10 20 people who read your stuff constantly and share it when they do has a powerful beacon blast effect when you post so long as the content is high value Especially with social tools like Twitter 10 people who all have 2000 followers regularly sharing your content is huge This is a strong reminder of why Kevin Kelly s 1000 true fans argument is so true ryangraves July 21 2009 at 11 18 am Word Max Norman July 20 2009 at 8 06 pm Interesting post very valid thinking The web blogging especially has grown to such an extent that one must concentrate on a specific niche and grow their reputation from the ground up Steffan Antonas July 20 2009 at 9 01 pm Max I agree Focusing on spending time niche sites is a great strategy for building reputation from the ground up JeffHurt July 22 2009 at 7 48 am What a great analogy I think finding one s community in the virtual world is challenging and people become discouraged and leave too quickly It s easy in Facebook because you invite established friends to friend you In Twitter people get disheartened quickly and reject it as a social space for community or relationships They have difficulty finding like minded people at first When I move to a new community I start by observing those around me I observing new coworkers neighbors people in a local restaurant and those in local stores and shops Then I start to reach out and give Give my time my voice in greetings my smile my skills my talents my energy I learned early in my life that if I will reach out to others and give I m less focused on being alone or in a new community It s the same with a virtual community If I give feedback or comments on blogs offer praise and thanks to others for sharing information and give links to posts I find I don t feel so alone People genuinely appreciate sincerity and acceptance Steffan you re a great example of a giver a relationship builder and someone who adds extra capacity to others in your network I can say that my life my thinking my perspective is significantly better because you re in my virtual community Thanks for a great post once again Steffan Antonas July 22 2009 at 10 23 am I think you d agree that on the web we are perpetually joining and leaving communities Movement between virtual communities is rapid and fluid so the skills and behaviors you re describing are even more important Focus on others as you ve pointed out although it s counter intuitive

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  • Drinking From The Social Media Firehose - 6 Lessons Learned - Steffan Antonas
    Infusing who you are into what you create is the essence of what makes your content interesting and what allows people to connect to you which is the whole point It s scary sometimes to be yourself but anything else will get you no where 4 It s Easy To Get Sucked In To Low Value Time Wasting Minutia If you ve never looked at the clock after spending hours online and had the desire to swiftly put palm to forehead my hat is off to you All of us do it It s human to lose focus and get captivated by cool but meaningless bullshit served up in the stream Stay focused Time spent laughing and bonding with people over the latest LOLCatz probably won t help you write that next traffic drawing blog post Likewise refrain from limiting yourself to social media tools like Twitter and FriendFeed for your shared feed reading Social discovery is excellent for ambient awareness if you know how to look and who to follow there are gems served up in the steam every minute but taking a targeted approach and using your RSS reader to focus your learning on well written long form content is still extremely valuable If you re not being focused about your learning you ll end up reading everything that the stream serves up and you ll suffer from non targeted information overload Concentrate on value added activities Take a step away from the stream every now and again Collect your thoughts Write a meaningful blog post or create something and then return You ll be thankful that you did 5 Large Superficial Followings Help But Strong Relationships Matter Most There are purists out there who believe that you should try and maintain a low following to follower ratio on Twitter and Friendfeed etc and that taking steps to pursue a large following is a form of social media heresy There are others who do everything they can to build an audience and succeed in building massive Twitter followings I fall somewhere in the middle I am not a purist I use socialtoo for example to auto follow people who follow me on Twitter so that I can DM them but I m also not out there spamming the heck out of the Twitterverse I get why people try to game Twitter I ve done the math and research on Twitter traffic stats across lots of different types of users and you can too Add a sign to any bit ly link that Ashton Kutcher posts on Twitter and do the same for joe blog The result is almost always identical the click through rate on Twitter for any given link is invariably just under 1 of the follower count for ANY user but most links get clicks Of course Ashton s 2 5 mil Twitter following allows him to send traffic equivalent to a front page Digg com submission he averages around 15 19K clicks per post a

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  • Getting The Most Out Of Your Lijit Wijit - Steffan Antonas
    search must be performed a minimum of three times and come from different IPs You can control the number of terms that appear in the cloud in your widget settings You can also blacklist terms from appearing in your search cloud within the settings Tip 2 Move the Search Box to the Top of Your Blog A simple rule is that if people see the search box they will use the box If it s hidden among all the other items on the sidebar people will miss out on the goodness that is Lijit How much does moving the box above the fold mean in terms of searches Another 200 300 increase Nice Tip 3 Make it the Only Search Box Ok this one might not be such a revelation If there is only one place to search then well people will only use that one place to search Amazing and simple Tip 4 Be an Expert As a publisher you know that writing about a specific topic will almost always increase readership and engagement But did you know that the more expertise you develop around a specific topic the more people want to search your content I know Weird Tip 5 Turn on Re Search There is a feature in your widget settings called Re Search What does this do Well when someone does a search on a search engine like Google Yahoo or MSN and clicks on your result Lijit does the same search in your search widget when they get to your site Then depending on your settings Lijit displays those results either with your widget on top of your blog or below the post Why is this good About 1 2 of readers will click on a result in Re Search letting them read more of your content This increased engagement helps readers trust you more which leads them to read your content more which leads them to trust you more it s a crazy cycle of goodness That s it The bottom line is the more often people use Lijit on your site the more often they will be able to discover your content whever you re creating it which is what we all want Small tweaks can and will make a difference Note Special Thanks to Tara at Lijit for providing the content and discusson that led to this post Published June 16 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Tags Blogging and Writing Lijit Comments 9 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Essential Techniques For Effective Signaling On Twitter Next Post Twitter Is Apple s Support Forum 9 Comments Tara Anderson June 16 2009 at 9 51 pm Steffan glad you found these tips helpful I think education is half the battle when it comes to explaining why our search is unique and lists like these provide users with some easy ways to get the most out of our service Thanks for the post Everyone here at Lijit appreciates your continued support Steffan

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