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The Top 50 Triberr Blogs of 2014

1 300x230In November of 2014, on what was then my WP Subs blog, I announced a Triberr Top 50 blog contest. Bloggers were to be nominated, voted on, reviewed for authority and social engagement, then the Top 10 were to be ranked by our judges – Gini Dietrich, Ana Hoffman, and Marcus Sheridan. The results were to be revealed in early 2015.

Delays due to busy judges, a major brand consolidation that brought me from 3 websites and 2 blogs, down to 1 website and 1 blog, and troubles with our badges, completely derailed the announcement schedule. However, I’m proud to finally announce the Top 50 Triberr blogs of 2014!

Those of you that are part of Triberr know what an amazingly talented and supportive community of bloggers it is. Thanks to all who participated in helping to identify and acknowledge the top members of our community, and congratulations to those 50.

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1. Mark Schaefer
2. Ian Cleary
3. Sarah Arrow
4. Michael Brenner
5. Pam Moore
6. Neal Schaffer
7. Rebekah Radice
8. Shelly Kramer
9. Brooke Ballard
10. Michael Kitces

11-25

11. Mandy Kloppers
12. Ileane Smith
13. Carol Lynn Rivera
14. Daniel Newman
15. Mandy Edwards
16. Ryan Biddulph
17. Harleena Singh
18. Dorien Morin van Dam
19. Jessica Ann
20. Alisa Meredith
21. Stacey Corrin
22. Ian Anderson Gray
23. Meghan M. Biro
24. Adrienne Smith
25. Mike Allton

26-50

26. Jim Dougherty
27. Adam Connell
28. Randy Bowden
29. Ted Rubin
30. Kathi Kruse
31. Jennifer G. Hanford
32. Steven Hughes
33. Ashley Faulkes
34. Bryan Kramer
35. Ken Mueller
36. Laura Candler
37. Reginald Chan
38. Donna Merrill
39. Jens-Petter Berget
40. Melissa Stewart
41. Craig McBreen
42. Lilach Bullock
43. Lisa Gerber
44. Matt Crawford
45. Pamela Morse
46. Paul Shapiro
47. Shelley Pringle
48. Tim Bonner
49. Steve Farmsworth
50. Brittany Bullen

The Top 50 will be listed on my website, will receive website badges and an will be invited to join the Triberr Top 50 tribe. I’ll contact winners through Twitter and Triberr with more information.

A special thanks to Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo for all of their work in building Triberr and their support of this project, and to our judges for lending their time and expertise to the contest.

The Triberr Top 100 of 2015

I hope to make this a yearly event and plan to start the process again in November of 2015. Having gone through the process once, there are changes that I’m considering making, but would welcome and appreciate feedback and suggestions from the Triberr community.

  • I think there are enough Triberr members that it could easily be a Top 100 rather than 50
  • maybe future rankings should only reflect the community vote? No judges or technical scores?
  • reveal results in January of 2016

What other suggestions do you have to identify the Top 100, get the word out to more community members, or increase participation?

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Triberr “Campaigns” – Yet Another Reason to Join!

Triberr’s finally cornered the market on Awesome! Without question the best platform available for bloggers!

Still not on Triberr? WHY NOT?Campaign ID-10068595 (2)

Not sure its worth “Free“?

Increased blog traffic not all that important to you?

Growing a twitter following, too 2012?

Ramped up engagement just not your thing?

Becoming an Influencer ain’t what it used to be?

What about MONETIZING your blog?

Dan Cristo and Dino Dogan just announced the addition of  “Triberr Campaigns”.  Triberr is working with various brands to form campaigns that Triberr members can participate in. Leverage your brand “influence” and get paid to do what your already doing – developing your brand, growing your influence, and blogging!

Check out this video to learn more (great job Dan Cristo btw)!

Brands will align with Triberr to create a campaign. Triberrmembers may be invited to participate in a campaign, or can apply to join. A campaign is essentially the formation of a “tribe” around a brand or product. Members agree to a certain number of blogs in one month, and to share brand content created by their tribemates.

Fulfill the “influencer” requirements and get paid. Brilliant!

Visit Triberr to learn more!

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Giving the Original Author Credit When Reblogging on Triberr

Have you tried reblogging on Triberr yet?

I’ve been experimenting with the reblogging option on Triberr for a couple of months now – it’s been great – truly a win-win situation.

As the reblogger, I gain fresh content for my blog, maybe a different perspective on a topic, and the ability to offer “expertise” to my readers that I may not otherwise have access to.

The original author of the blog gains exposure to new readers, and backlinks to their blog (very helpful with SEO).

Really the only concern that I had with reblogging was making sure that the original author received the credit for writing the article.

Triberr ultimately takes care of this through the Triberr plugin, by automatically creating an Author Box at the bottom of every reblogged post.

Author Box

However, there are additional strategies that can be used to ensure that the original author receives all due credit.

Author Byline

My WordPress author byline attributes all articles on my blog to me. This is a convenience when I write the article, but seemed “bad form” on a reblogged article!

I was surprised to find that I couldn’t easily change the author attribution from my WordPress dashboard, however, a little searching turned up the “Custom Author Byline” plugin which allows for quick and easy reassignment of the author byline.

Install and activate the plug-in on your blog, and a space for a custom author byline will appear under the dashboard version of the blog article. If you wrote the article, leave it blank and you will be credited in the byline. However, in the case of a reblogged article or an article submitted by guest author, simply type the name of the article’s author in the space, and that name will appear in the author byline.

Author Byline

In the Title

Add the writer’s twitter handle to the name of the blog post. This post’s title would then become Giving the Original Author Credit when Reblogging on Triberr by @BrentCarnduff. This not only gives the author credit, but will notify them when it is shared on twitter.

I haven’t used this yet, but I like it and will start using it on future reblogged articles. This method was suggested to me by Rogier Noort (@RogierNoort ) and is also used by Leaderswest, among others.

leaderswest

Interestingly, this strategy can be applied by either the reblogger or the original author.

Link to the Original Article

I’ve noticed some concern over SEO and duplicate content in discussions around reblogging.

Duplicate content is a confusing and often misunderstood topic. You do not have to worry about being punished by the search engines for reblogging an article, or allowing your article to be reblogged. To learn more about this subject area read Does Article Syndication Create Duplicate Content on Steamfeed.

It is, however, important that the search engines display the original copy of the article on search engine results pages. Although this is typically determined by the timestamp – the first published copy of the article is considered the original – and not an issue with reblogging on Triberr; as a courtesy, I still like to link to the original article from my blog post.

Original Article

Have you tried reblogging yet? If not, why? If yes, what has your experience been?

Thanks for reading, as always your comments or questions are welcomed and appreciated.

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