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5 Minutes To Build Your Own Blog Community

As I was browsing the blogosphere over the last couple months I kept seeing this nifty gadget at the bottom of certain blogs and instantly wanted one.   I love being one of the first ones to try out a new gadget and plugins are my favorite!

I am always looking for new ways to help build and engage in my own blog community, so when I found Wibiya.com I was pretty excited.  Simple to install, it took me less than 5 minutes to get going.

So, what exactly is Wibiya?  It is a customizable social toolbar that pulls together applications, widgets and services for you to utilize on your blog or website.  Using Facebook connect you can build your own community right on your blog, or use Twitter to allow your readers to tweet without leaving your site.  These are excellent ways to have your readers stay a little longer on your blog.

Up until very recently Wibiya was by invite only, but they have opened the floodgates and everyone is invited now.

Social and Communication Features

Twitter -With the Twitter Dashboard, your visitors can tweet your blog pages or posts, see who else has tweeted about that same page or post, search Twitter, view trending topics and see YOUR recent tweets and Twitter profile.  With the Twitter Profile app readers can even browse other reader’s full Twitter profiles without ever leaving your site!

Facebook – Show off your Facebook fan page and build your Facebook community on your own blog with one click.  Your community members can also talk to each other by posting comments in the shoutbox on your blog and even update their status without leaving.

Share - Enables your visitors to share, save and distribute your content through their favorite social network, bookmarking site, or email.  Much like Sociable or ShareThis, but – again – all without leaving your blog.

Chat – This is something I’m pretty interested in.  I can see great possibilities here.  The built in TinyChat allows instant messaging with video and audio options as well as desktop sharing!    What I would be interested to see is if a complete webinar couldn’t be handled right from your blog, all while increasing time spent on your site rather than sending everyone to a third party application offsite. Hmmm…

Features To Increase Page Views

Search - Why send your readers off to Google to do a search when you can keep them there?  Decide how to display search results (overlay, new window, etc) from the search box that is always visible and available.

iTranslate -  Readers can choose from 45 different languages to have your page translated with one click…no page reload!   Now your blog easily is more accessible worldwide.

Latest and Random Posts – Sure, you have your latest posts elsewhere on your blog, but this is about convenience and keeping your content available wherever your reader is at.  Another feature is the Random Posts that can pull some of your posts out of the hat that you may have even forgot about, keeping your readers engaged and looking around your site.

Navigation Lists – Have certain pages you’d like to see visited more often? Since I’m looking for more women entrepreneurs to be featured on my blog I included my Be Featured page.  I also have advertising space available so I made sure to add my Advertise page as well.

Live Notification – Did you notice the little lightbox in the bottom right corner when my blog loaded?  You can set that little puppy up with updates, news, or timely messages such as an offer about to expire. It only loads on the first page visited so your readers won’t be bombarded with every other page visit as they’re browsing around.

Real Time Users – You can track your real-time visitors from your Wibiya toolbar using  Who’s.amung.us.  When a user launches the app it will show the three most popular pages at that moment according to the number of users viewing them and a live dynamic map that pinpoints the Geolocation of every user.

Features To Increase Time On Site

All of the features above will add time on your site, but how about adding some playful gadgets like a Photo Gallery or Games?  Use your Flickr account to show off  your own 3D Wall.  Or, you could even use the Games app to allow your readers to play hooky from work with over 11k games available. (Think Facebook’s Bejeweled).

Customization

Make your toolbar match your color scheme with several templates available and just one click.  You pick which apps you want or don’t want, rearrange the buttons the way you like them, and even upload your logo to continue the branding on your page, and check your stats all from your Wibiya dashboard.

Wibiya Installs On Several Platforms

It literally took me 5 minutes to install the toolbar on my WordPress blog and have all the features running.  The best thing about it is that there is no code to figure out, no .htaccess maneuvering, no hard stuff at all.  If you can install a WordPress plugin and copy/paste a 5 digit passcode, you’re golden!  Wibiya works with all the popular platforms:

  • WordPress
  • Blogger
  • Ning
  • Typepad
  • Standard Websites

Stats and Tracking

Wibiya gives you a full tracking and management system for each application and effectiveness. From your dashboard you can see:

  • Number of Tweets Read
  • Facebook Fan Page Views
  • Posts Shared on Social Networks
  • Number of Real Time Users
  • Number of Website Chat Users
  • Website Searches
  • Translated Posts
  • Latest Posts Read
  • Random Posts Read
  • Live Notifications
  • Page Views Generated
  • Subscribed to RSS Feed

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When you’re here, be sure to check the Wibiya toolbar to see who else is hangin’ out and feel free to start chatting it up!  Play around with the features and see if you can find anything cool I may have missed.  I bet I have!

I love the idea of the social toolbar, but it’s only effective if it’s used.  I’ll be checking back here a few times a day to see if I can catch any of you live and start a real time conversation.  Use the toolbar to join my community on Twitter.  That’s where I am most active, but I also have a Facebook Fan Page in the works…more details to follow.

Want one for your blog?  All you have to do is head over to Wibiya.com and get started.  Then come back here and tell us you have your toolbar installed so we can visit you too!

So, what do you think of this new gadget? Do you already have a social toolbar? Have your readers made use of it?  Has it benefited your community?  Leave us all the details in the comments below!

When a user launches the app it will show the three most popular pages at that moment according to the number of users viewing them and a live dynamic map that pinpoints the Geolocation of every user.

To Your Success,

P.S.~> Ready for a little limelight?  I’m looking for women entrepreneurs to be featured on Market Like A Chick.  Don’t forget to head over my Be Featured page and send me your info!
P.S.S.~> I also just opened up some advertising spots on my blog and they’re a bargain right now!  Get banners, text link ads, sponsored reviews of your website or product…or be a main sponsor with all the bells and whistles:  Sidebar banner, sponsored post, text link and daily twitter updates!  Check web stats on my Advertising Page then head over to check pricing and availability.  Prices will not stay this low…as my blog grows so do the rates!  icon wink 5 Minutes To Build Your Own Blog Community

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15 Responses to “5 Minutes To Build Your Own Blog Community”

  1. Ben Goheen (1 comments) says:

    I can see certain benefits to using the toolbar, but personally I like the look of a clean, almost minimal type website. There are countless plugins for WordPress – how many are actually needed? More often then not I find them to be distracting rather then their intended use to enhance the blog.

  2. Eric Lukazewski (3 comments) says:

    Thanks Coree! I've not heard of Wibiya before, but love the analytics that go beyond it being just another 'share utility.' I personally don't find them distracting, seeing as it sits as a relatively small footer and citing successful blogs like Mashable using them proves it can be effective.

    Thanks again for sharing, I'm certainly going to dig deeper to see if this is a fit for our blog.

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  4. Eric Lukazewski (3 comments) says:

    Coree, just installed Wibiya and i LOVE it. Thanks again for this post. I, like you, am VERY intrigued by the chat room. The added web cam, audio & desktop sharing is a brilliant simplicity to hosting group meetings.

  5. Natalie Sisson (2 comments) says:

    This is indeed a really interesting tool, thanks for reviewing so thoroughly!
    I really like the analytics aspect and the engagement possibilities. I'll try it out too and see how it works.

    To be honest I didn't initially see it at the bottom, I'm sure as it gains more popularity it could be very valuable.

    Thanks

    Natalie

  6. Dennis Edell
    Twitter: DennisEdell
    (63 comments)
    says:

    Now this is how it'[s done. I've HATED everyone up to this post where you actually reviewed and explained it all, thanks!

    As for chatting it up in real time, you mean the chat room, right?

  7. Coree (217 comments) says:

    You're right about the countless plugins for WordPress, Ben. What I like about Wibiya is that it may actually allow me to get rid of some of the ones I already have installed with functions that Wibiya can now handle.

    Such as TweetMeme. I read an article this week that said this plugin is one of the biggest culprits of a slow loading blog because of the call issue. The only thing I would miss is the large number display right on the post that shows how many times the article has been retweeted.

    The nicest thing about the toolbar is that it's not distracting. It's slim and it's color coordinated to blend in with my color scheme. The only lightbox that pops up without the user actually clicking on it is the Live Notification window that loads with the first page view, and that can be uninstalled from your Wibiya dashboard if you don't like it.

  8. Coree (217 comments) says:

    Awesome! I think the grey scheme looks great on your blog, almost like you designed it to be there from the get go.

    We are going to have to dig in to the chat room opportunity and see how that works out. Keep me posted on how things go on your end and I'll do the same!

    Oh, just joined your Facebook Fan Club from your Wibiya toolbar. :)

  9. Coree (217 comments) says:

    You're right, the toolbar does kind of blend in and that's what I wanted. Hopefully the more people are used to seeing it around the more they will be comfortable with all the features.

    I am sooo not an analytics person, but lately I've kicked myself in the butt for not checking my stats more often. It just seems so confusing. But this is simple to quickly check and see what visitors are most interested in on my blog. Gives me a great idea of what I should be writing about to keep everyone coming back.

    Good luck, Natalie. Let me know how you like the toolbar on your blog.

  10. Coree (217 comments) says:

    Sweet! Glad I get your seal of approval. I know you are honest and vocal about your opinions so that means a ton to me!

    And, yeah…I mean chat room when I say real time. Although, I am looking forward to meeting you in “real life” one day, Dennis. You know you promised to show me your Poken at our first conference. ;)

  11. Dennis Edell
    Twitter: DennisEdell
    (63 comments)
    says:

    Holy crap thanks for reminding me! I'm able to buy one now; just gotta decide which…

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  13. carissabennett (1 comments) says:

    I have been following Market like a Chick on Twitter for some time now, and I love it! I just started a blog about blogging and social media for a class. The posts I read from you, like this one, are sure to help. Thank you!
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  14. Carissa (1 comments) says:

    I have been following Market like a Chick on Twitter for some time now, and I love it! I just started a blog about blogging and social media for a class. The posts I read from you, like this one, are sure to help. Thank you!
    RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ WadingThroughSocialMedia

  15. Pacquiao vs Margarito (1 comments) says:

    I personally don’t find them distracting, seeing as it sits as a relatively small footer and citing successful blogs like Mashable using them proves it can be effective.

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