Job Seeker’s List of Top 25 Social Media Networks

The Chicago Sun-Times published this deansguide article 2-10-09

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article 2-10-09

In the first article in this series aimed at helping job seekers and entrepreneurs, I chronicled how not to organize your work day. I then provided a template for how to organize your day in the world of social media. The response has been overwhelming. People are demanding a list of the best social media sites aka social media networks available today.

The following is a list of the top 25 social media “networks” as ranked by traffic (visits per month) in a great retrospective article by Andy Kazeniac of Compete.com “Social Networks: Facebook Takes Over the Top Spot, Twitter Climbs.” This is a retro look at Andy’s original ranking of the Top 25 last year.  Note: Twitter came in at #22 on that list–look at them today.

Top 25 Social Media Networks:

Courtesy of Compete.com:

Analysis:

If you are a job seeker you should be concentrating your efforts on establishing a strong presence on #5 Linkedin.com and #3 Twitter.com. Although Facebook.com is #1, it has more cache for entrepreneurs looking to capture audience for a product or service.

8 Networking Tips To Engaging Business Relationships

The new and most misunderstood skill set that employers are demanding today is the ability for their employees, new hires, and prospective hires to network effectively. Employers are looking for people who can engage, connect, and create business relationships. People are engaging online in social media networking sites as well as through offline real world channels.

Let’s examine the most difficult piece to networking–engagement.

We have discussed what Networking is Not: the Hard Sell. We have talked about what Networking Is: Giving Value. Now it’s time to talk about how to approach people when you arrive at your networking meeting or event: How to Engage.

What Does Networking Mean?

1. Networking means that you are willing to listen and create an open discussion.

2. It means you are acting authentically and genuine in your interest for another person and their business.

3. It means you want to create a connection and engage

Tips To Engage

Note: I will assume that you will dress according to the event you are attending, support good habits of hygene, and present yourself with your best foot forward

1. “Let’s Make New Friends” begin your event with a positive attitude that you will meet and engage

2. Name Introduction then Re-Focus means introduce yourself but do NOT launch into your elevator pitch. Instead politely re-focus the attention-recognition on the potential connection with a Question:

“My name is Dean Guadagni and you are? . . . tell me about yourself (name) and your business”

3. Shut Up and Listen

4. Concentrate and Focus so you may comprehend their message

Very Important: The biggest pitfall I face in networking is constantly analyzing a conversation, searching for connections with other people, our synergy, or strategies we may have in common. When I do this stream of conscious analyzation, I miss much of the message from my potential networking partner!

5. Note Interesting Points for follow up questions

6. Be Attentive make and hold eye contact, nod and give body language which signals to the speaker that you are listening and engaged.

Note: NEVER make the “Bar” mistake. What’s that you say-the bar mistake? You men know this one–the act of looking beyond the speaker over their shoulder scanning the room. NEVER EVER do that even if you are waiting for somebody to arrive. This is the kiss of death to any connection and it is interpreted as very disrespectful even if you did not mean to be disrespectful

7. Have Fun. I have worked as a janitor, run a jackhammer, laid asphalt, moved furniture, day laborer, door to door salesman, and a number of other horrific jobs while getting established in life.

Networking is NOT so bad especially if you think back to your worst jobs and tasks.

Consider the fact that you may just meet a new friend!

8. Recognition is so important. If you give people recognition by listening, asking genuine questions, showing interest, and connecting you will make networking what it is meant to be–new partnerships. Give people recognition, make them feel special because everyone has something special that they do, help people feel supported

Realtors Choose Your Blogging Platform By Performing Due Diligence: TopTenReviews.com

Reuters.com published this deansguide article August 3, 2008

Who is this man and how will he change your life? For the answer go to the bottom under “Recommendation”

The following is a blog services review with a rich variety of information reviewed so that you can evaluate which blogging platform is best for your blog. The review is done by TopTenreviews.com a site with massive traffic and the page views to it back up. I provide a quick Analysis and My Recommendation at the end of the article.

Top Ten Review’s Categories

1. Software

2. Electronics

3. Web Services

4. Movies

5. Music

6. Video Games

Top Ten Review’s Blogging Platform Review

Platforms: WordPress; Type Pad-Blogger; Yahoo 360; AOL Journals; Windows Live Spaces; Xanga; Live Journal; Vax; and Myspace

Reviewer Comments: In this section you can read user reviews good and bad

Rank: Gold, Silver, Bronze are awarded the top 3 Services

Block Rating System: Excellent = 4 blks; Very Good = 3 blks; Good = 2 blks; Fair = 1 blk; and Poor gets a 0

Note: The systems is similar to Consumer Reports with a matrix of features rated and benefits provided. It is very through and complete

Additional Information

As if this was not enough, Top Ten provides you with two sections to consider:

1. Why Blog?: A featured section on the benefits of blogging and why you should be doing it

2. What to Look for in a Blog Service: This is a great place to begin and is located at the bottom of the review page here

Analysis

This is one of the best formatted reviews I have seen of Blog Services aka Platforms. It addresses most everything you need to consider before establishing your blog.

Recommendation

I like WordPress and I would not use any other blog platform. I am also biased because I have utilized WordPress for nearly a year and a half. It is the simplest services to utilize in regards to the technology learning curve and it also supports rich back end traffic analytics for your blog

Question under the picture at the beginning of this article: Who is this man and how will he change your life?

Answer: WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg

“Next Generation” Realtor’s Marketing Tool: Ning.com Social Networks Viral Marketing Power

“Nothing endures but change” Heraclitus Greek philosopher

Social networking sites like linkedin, myspace, facebook, and plaxo utilize viral loop or viral networking in order to grow traffic to your site. The problem for Realtors and affiliates is that these sites are either targeted to the wrong audience, myspace.com, or they are flat with limited features bloggers enjoy on their blogs.

Ning.com is changing the social networking landscape. Ning allows users, for free, to set up their own “social network.” The treasure trove of Ning features and benefits:

Social Networking

1. Create a full Social Network, for free, that you customize and brand as your own

2. Invite members, meet new people, network within or outside your business niche

3. Full message center with address book importing from Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail.

4. Customizable profile pages.

5. Photo slideshows, video players, music players, and network badges, that can be embeded anywhere on the Internet, seamlessly funneling new people to your network.

6. RSS feeds of your network’s features, such as members, discussions, photos, videos, music/podcasts, and blog posts.

7. Members can set different privacy settings for every photo, video, group, or blog post they contribute.

Full Customization

1. Add your own logo, branding, and visual design to make your network unique

2. Choose from a variety of themes and customize them to make them your own

3. Make your network public or private

4. Customize the appearance of your branded photo slideshow, video player, music/podcast player widgets and network badges

5. Customize the profile questions your network asks when members join. Make questions private, so that the answers are only viewable by you and your Network Administrators

6. Enable “one-click” Facebook Promotion so your members can add photo slideshows, video players, and music/podcasts from your network seamlessly into Facebook

7. Choose to moderate photos and videos before they are posted

8. Choose from a set of supported languages (English, Chinese, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish) or translate your social network into any unsupported language by changing one file in the code

Discussion Forum

1. Start and tag a discussion

2. Add discussion posts and reply to those posts

3. Organize discussions by categories

4. Click through the personal profile pages of other members engaged in the discussion

5. View all discussions across your social network

Groups

1. Enable members of your network to create groups

2. Enable members of your network to make groups public or private

3. Add group descriptions, images, discussions, and members