The Top 10 Progressive Media Concepts Blogs of 2011

Top 10 Blogs of 2011This weekend will mark the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012! We hope everyone had a great year and has big plans for 2012, as it is best to start the New Year off on the right foot! For those of you who have been following our work since the beginning, or even just recently started reading, we thank you and would like to recap our top 10 blogs of 2011 that were made possible by your views!

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How to Fight Spam on a Self-Hosted WordPress Site

Spam Comments on BlogWhether you use WordPress as a blog or have customized one of their numerous templates to use as a website, spam can be a real hassle to deal with. We all are familiar with the traditional spam-like sales calls, pointless emails and letters in the mail that do nothing but waste our time. In the virtual word, spam has taken on a new identity. WordPress spam typically comes in the form as a comment on a blog post or any page that allows. There are many tactics that can be used, mostly in the form of plugins, which will greatly reduce the spam that your site receives.

Spam can come in many forms and from many sources. The most common source of spam are “bots” or computer programs that quickly scan pages, posting or commenting wherever they can. Usually these “bots” supply a link or a destination in the hopes that you will click on it. Spam can also come from an actual person sitting at a computer, manually inputting information and links that are malicious. There are various kinds of content behind these links, but nonetheless should be avoided.
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The World Media Awards

The World Media AwardsWe are proud to support and announce that on February 25th, 2012, the first ever World Media Awards will be held in San Fransisco, CA. We have spoken with Murray Newlands, co-founder of the event, and we agreed to have Murray guest post on our blog! Not only is it an honor to have Murray be a part of our blog, it is also great that you, our readers, will be able to find our more about this event! Enjoy!

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How To Reach Mommy Bloggers

Mommy Blog For BusinessUsing a blog as a part of your social media campaign is a great way to supply important news, information and advice to your target market. Blogs, unlike other social networks, give you the ability to have a greater reach within an online community because there are no character restraints. There is no limit on your press releases and articles about new products. Continue reading...

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Wordpress: Is This The Alternative Your Company Needs?

It is no surprise that cutting costs can be a necessity to keep your company afloat, especially for small and medium size businesses that feel the impact of an economic crisis. One major expense that most companies incur early on is the creation of a website. Depending on your budget and web designer, it can range from several hundred dollars to a few thousand. So what are you to do if you fell behind and have yet to have a website created for your brand? One alternative to a pricey website developer would be WordPress, a blogging platform that is excellent for customization.

You’re probably thinking, a blogging platform? It may have little or no customizable features and it’s free, so it may look tacky and not give off the vibe that your company is going for. Wrong. WordPress is fully customizable, and if what you want is a fully functioning, multi-page website, it could cost you under $100.

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4 Ways to Increase Facebook Likes

Facebook is becoming more and more useful for businesses. What Facebook lacks in terms of free marketing is the ability to advertise to a broad audience, like traditional advertising. The difference is Facebook allows you to market to your target audience, or rather your consumer directly. The power of Facebook marketing takes place in the form of Likes. The more Likes a company or business page has, the more people or impressions that advertisement will reach. So what is the key to successfully marketing your product or service on Facebook? That’s correct - increasing the Likes your page has. Having trouble doing this effectively is very common.

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Location. Location. Location. Facebook Real-Estate.

Social_media_facebookIf you are looking to buy a new piece of property, we all know the value of that real-estate increases depending on the location. Whether it’s waterfront, lakefront, beachfront, by a train station or in the middle of nowhere North Dakota, value is dependent on location. So how can we use location as a benefactor when it comes to online marketing?

Facebook has the answer…

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The Interactivity of Social Media

In a world where Internet is king, questions continue to arise regarding the advantages of using social media as a marketing tool. The view of many is that social media remains a novel idea, with little potential to reach a substantial consumer audience. The overwhelming truth is, however, that social media’s application as a marketing tool for small and large businesses alike is growing nearly exponentially. Companies continue to adopt social media as one of their main marketing tools, and are seeing some incredible results. The advantage of social media in this case is, its innate interactivity.

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Professional Social Networking Made Easy. Thanks LinkedIn.

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If you haven’t already signed up for a LinkedIn account, it’s about time to jump on the band-wagon. Not only are users keeping up to date with friends and colleagues,

they are open to a vast network of job opportunities as well as the ability to contact individuals who may not be readily available to the general public.

LinkedIn shifts away from the globally understood concept of what social media networks are; i.e. Facebook, Twitter,  MySpace, and puts more emphasis on networking on a business-professional level.  Now keep in mind, LinkedIn is not solely for personal use. Company profiles give LinkedIn users the ability to connect with not just employees of a given business, but with the business itself (granted the company page is usually run by 1 or 2 employees).  Nevertheless, sharing your network with businesses and companies that interest you and are in the same industry as yourself, the abundance of informative content supplied never gets old.

LinkedIn is a job recruiter’s utopia. Don’t be surprised to have several recruiters wish to be added to your network. Their sole job is to expand their network mass, and they can be a very useful asset in looking for the last career you will ever search for.

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The Beauty of Blogging

Beauty of BloggingWhile creating and building Progressive Media Concepts’ blog sites, our team came across the differences, unique functions, and importance of WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger. First off, each blog offers a variety of themes that are designed for use on their specific site. As a blogger, you have the option to choose from an array of free templates, or pay a one-time fee for a theme that is not as widely used in Blogland. The themes provided by WordPress and Tumblr are formatted in such a way that there is little room for layout customization. Blogger has a smaller selection of themes, but allows its users to rearrange and add page elements. You are capable of placing gadgets anywhere you want with Blogger, which helps to de-clutter the page and give it a more symmetrical look.

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