Friday, March 9, 2012

My Top 7 Favorite Tools

In my search to create a fun and engaging Facebook Fan Page, increase my reach on Twitter and exposure to my Blog, I have found some great applications, tools and communities to help me get there. Here are my Top 7 Tools that have helped me with all of my goals, in no particular order. 


Triberr has to be included in my Top 7!  Not only has it contributed to my increased Twitter reach, followers,  and Klout score, but I have met some incredible bloggers along the way. Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo are the brains behind Triberr.  They have hit the nail on the head so to speak when it comes to creating a community and tool that is based on sharing.  Most bloggers love to share content of other bloggers. 


Once you belong to a tribe on Triberr, it just takes a few clicks and the blog posts are shared to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, StumbleUpon and LinkedIn and coming soon Pinterest too! According to Dino, "So far, Triberr has imported close to one million blog posts, and has handled the sharing of 10 million tweets.  And the "10 million" figure doesn't even include posts that are shared via other social channels like Facebook, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon and G+."  


I had been stuck for months around 2000 followers on Twitter.  As soon as I joined Triberr my followers started to increase rapidly to over 3000 and my reach is now over 2.9 million because of the great tribes that I belong to. This is without using any automated tools. 


When you join Triberr don't hesitate to visit their great Tutorials on All Triberr, this will save you so much time!

I like Buffer for many reasons, but mostly because it gives me additional leeway to edit my re-tweets directly on Twitter. If you are using either Chrome, Safari or Firefox you will be able to install the Buffer buttons so that you can share any page quickly and easily! You will have to check out my post regarding Buffer when you get a chance. Don't forget to visit their Blog, which is another extension to this great tool!

Most of us have heard of Blog Hops and there are a few tools that you can use to create a Blog Hop but I continue to be loyal to Linky Tools.  Since I love Blog Hopping I thought there must be a way to do Facebook Fan Page "Like" Hopping. So once I figured it out I wrote a blog post tutorial on creating your very own Facebook Like Hop right on Facebook! 


You are welcome to join the Facebook Hop we have going on at Women Entrepreneurs too! What better way to Hop around all the Facebook Fan Pages and Blogs while you are on Facebook! 


Mr. Brent Riggs has also created the Linky Followers Tool, which as rumors have it, Google Friend Connect may be going away, so this will be a great substitute. 

I have really enjoyed using RSS Graffiti on my Facebook Fan Page. All of our members love that their blog posts are being pulled and showcased on our Page! I was looking high and low for an application that could do this automatically. I wanted to be able to post unlimited RSS feeds and then I found RSS Graffiti! I was ecstatic!


If I could remember who invited me to Empire Avenue. I would like to give them a big thank you! At first sight I thought, oh no is this a game?! How naive I was! "Social Media Rocket Fuel" is right!! You can build and join Communities, start Missions, Network with other members, Increase your Klout, Twitter followers, Blog Endorsements and Facebook Likes all in one place!  


First things first, like with all Social Networking sites add your picture and Bio. Then connect your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Foursquare, WordPress, Google and Blog accounts. 


Then you can start "buying stock" (with virtual money called Eaves) and networking with other members and watch your share price go up and your following increase!

As a Mom Blogger I love to support other women in the blogging community. I was given the opportunity to review an eBook and I truly recommend it to all women bloggers out there. Get Famous is full of blogging tips for the new and seasoned blogger. 

Pinterest is the fastest growing site out there today. I personally love photography, pets and travel.  However, if you have a business I truly recommend that you join. You are able to pin directly from your website or blog and create Boards in categories. If you were to have an Etsy shop for example and you add prices to your pin, your price will automatically be included on a banner across your pin. There are many benefits when using Pinterest, too numerous to outline here in this small post. 


These are my favorites for now. As you know new ones will be added what seems like daily! With every Social Networking site, you need to be social and of course network! It really is that simple. Enjoy!



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Lisa Ladrido is an R.N. Mom Blogger who is passionate about Social MediaPersonal Development and Health and Wellness.

She has 5 sons and lives in Washington State with her husband and their furry four legged children!

My blog: Mom Blogger Buzz: Can One Smile Change the World?



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69 comments:

  1. hey @randomrational here (triberr tribesmate) ... just joined empire avenue could use a few how to pointers :) ... great post btw

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    1. Thank you Narendran! Glad you joined Empire Avenue too. I am sure you are going to like the increased exposure too!

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  2. Thanks Lisa! You take on a lot of work for us bloggers - love your tips. Will definitely check out the ones I didn't know about.

    Keep them coming! :)

    Gayle

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    1. Hi Gayle! Thank you for visiting! I love sharing what I find to make our lives easier! If you aren't on Empire Avenue, I really recommend you join us there too!

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  3. Great info, Lisa! Keep it coming ;-)

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    1. Thank you Sue! I love sharing what I find!

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  4. Thanks for the list. So helpful! I'm here following you from the Make My Morning blog hop. ~Heather @ http://lovelybeautifulsmiles.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Heather! Thank you for visiting! Will check out your blog too!

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  5. spectacular post, thanks! Half I've done, half I'm about to do. I'm from make my mornings monday and am following your supurb blog.
    Best,
    Jenn of www.JustAddWaterSilly.com

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I am still making my way down the list of that hop! Glad you stopped in!

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    1. Thank you Gerry! Glad to see you again!

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  7. new GFC follower from make my morning hop.

    http://www.housesbyshannon.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Shannon! So glad to see you here! I am hoping to get through everyone's blogs on the hop too!

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  8. Thanks for stopping and thanks for sharing the list. I hadn't heard of a few of these. I have more work to do!

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    1. Hi Julia! These are just a few of my favs!

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  9. Thank you for compiling this! My current goal is to utilize various tools to expand my reach and increase my contacts. This list will be so helpful in doing that - thanks!

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  10. Hi Lisa, very good post!

    Just a bit confused about Empire Avenue. What about a new post developing its secrets?

    Best regards!

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  11. I freaking LOVE empire! And I think Michelle from Army of moms got on first, then me...you, Kathy, Lisa...it's been amazing for my stats and twitter...just like Voiceboks and Triberr

    Sharon

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  12. hmmm.. i might consider putting up a Twitter account :)

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  13. Cheers for sharing your favorite tools Lisa! More tools to add on my list to work on.
    Have a great Wednesday!

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  14. just found your blog. i love the look

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  15. Just found your blog and you have a lot of good information.

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  16. Thanks for taking the time to explain these. I had no idea what Triberr was!
    Angela Michels

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  17. I had never heard of some of these before. Thanks for explaining them! Buffer sounds pretty cool. Adding these to my list!

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  18. Congratulations for growing your follower by becoming a part of Triberr and others. I look forward to checking it out and filling you on all.

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  19. I am going to implement some of these tools into my blogging,thanks for the enlightening post.

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  20. Thanks for your post. There are some that I haven't heard of before.

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  21. Thanks for the info--really interesting--since I'm so new at this I never realized there was so much to this

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  22. Hi I enjoy your blog. This is the first time that I have heard of Empire, so I will definitely check it out. Thanks again.

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  23. Very awesome post! Thanks for sharing. Very informative.

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  24. I have never even heard of half of these...thanks for sharing I plan on checking them all out!

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  25. Thanks for sharing the list. I hadn't heard of a lot of these...lots of good information!
    shar(dot)donoho(at)comcast(dot)net

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  26. Never knew you could edit retweets, very cool thanks for sharing!

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  27. reaching over 2.9 million is amazing -- who knew it could increase so much!!

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  28. Informative post! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. wow. you have opened my eyes to few things that I didn't know about. Thanks for the post.

    DOREEN RIOPEL ON ENTRY FORM

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  30. Fantastic post! Very helpful too. Frankly the only one I have heard of is Pinterest and unfortunately it still baffles me. All of the others are very interesting and I will definitely check them out too. Thanks for a great, informative post!

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  31. wow! Great info. I am about to join a few. I never heard of triber. Thanks from a new blogger :)

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  32. I really enjoy Pinterest and Linky. I had never heard of Triberr or Buffer before, so thanks for sharing.

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  33. wow i have never heard of half of these. Thanks!

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  34. Thanks for this very useful information.

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  35. As a newbie to the blogger world (Sept. 2011), I get lost rather quickly. I even refused FB for the longest time, because I thought it would fade out. Now, my MYSPACE just sits there. I finally signed up for Pinterest and that was fairly simple, but often times I am thrown for a loop. Finally got GFC down and now I hear they are shutting it down. BWAHHH!

    Nice post btw. :)

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  36. There's a couple of sites here I knew very little about. Thanks for the information!

    Cindy Brooks

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  37. Wow! this is very cool! Thanks for sharing this great applications and tools! Now I know how I could get more followers and readers on my twitter and on my blogs.

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  38. I just blog for fun and to enter contests. This is good info to know about.

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  39. Pinterest is my favorite (and most addicting)

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  40. Thanks for the update on the various social media sites.

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    1. You are so welcome, glad you stopped in!

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  41. I didn't know about most of these. I'll have to bookmark it. I'm helping a friend redesign and promote her blog.

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    1. Hi Leslie, As I find what helps me I love to share. Hope they help you and your friend!

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  42. wish I could figure out how to use Linky Followers. I can't understand the appeal - it's buggy as heck and requires me to log in every time I choose to follow a site :( Brent and I were communicating about it but he didn't understand my issue and then disappeared.

    But buffer is quite nice and Leo, their founder, is quite approachable.

    Tamar (a blogger, but not in this industry, so everything else doesn't really overlap for me!)

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    1. Hi Tamar! That is too bad about Linky Followers. I hope that Brent finally got back with you.

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  43. very interesting and helpful post.. i m starting to revive my old blog and this will help me improve my blog. thanks.

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    1. Hi Istin! This is still a work in progress, soon I will be converting to WP, have been stalling! Thank you for visiting.

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    1. Thank you Erin, I hope you enjoy some of these tools too!

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  45. first time visitor .Intresting things.I havent heard of some of the social places ,with so many out there and there's always more adding to the mix.

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    1. I know Theresa! It seems like everyday there are new ones! These are my favorites to date!

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  46. I am a total Pinterest addict and really like Linky Followers too!
    Angie aka Tofu Fairy
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  47. I've never heard of Triberr, Buffer, or Empire Avenue. I'll have to look into them, thanks for sharing!!

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  48. I only used Pinterest but i am willing to try other applications you mentioned sounds good.

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  49. Thank you for the informative and interesting review!

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