I stumbled across a huge launch that is happening right now over at Courtney Tuttle’s Blog. He and his friend Vic Franqui have joined forces to launch the social networking site Blogging Zoom. Right now the site is in Beta and is attracting already thousands of hits within just the one day.
Since Court (as he is affectionately called by many regular readers) is a blogger that carries some weight in the blogging world, I have no doubt, that his new baby Blogging Zoom will create quite a bit of a stir in the blogosphere.
I couldn’t resist to check out what’s on offer since I have nothing to loose but a lot of traffic to gain. I realize that some bloggers will bash this one the on the point that is has been done before. In some regards, it has. Just look at Digg, Plugin, Sphinn and more.
But nowhere in the world of blogging have the investors of these social submission sites promised us to SEO each individual entry for better SE rankings before! This can be potentially the biggest thing for bloggers if it really will work. For some reason I do believe that it will, given that we follow some of the guidelines within Blogging Zoom.
- We need to submit each post with a minimum 350
wordscharacters description. This will help Vic who is the SEO specialist to place the post for better search engine rankings. It also helps to use paragraphs and using your primary keyword a couple of times within the first paragraph.
- Another great thing about Blogging Zoom is the fact that bloggers can now guilt free submit their own posts. At present there are no guidelines on how many posts can be submitted per day, but I can see this might be a potential problem in the future as bloggers might just keep self promoting themselves all day. Court and Vic might put some restrictions onto this.
- The trick to submitting your post in order NOT to be penalized from the SE for double content, is to write your own description about your post and not just copy the first 350 words!
- Once a post submission is live, much like in Digg and other similar services we can Zoom (vote) for the posts we like best. There is a handy Zoom(marklet) for WP that is available from the back office. It is a Plugin and will allow you to place it onto your posts so others can vote.
- The service of Blogging Zoom is only available to blogs and not websites. This will cut out all the big contenders like news sites straight away which I personally see as a bonus.
- Another neat point is the fact that we are encouraged to point out spam submissions! These guys won’t last long if we all work together on this. However, this could potentially become a problem for Court and Vic as it would be sheer impossible to control all the complaints between just the two of them. But then spammers might be deterred by the fact that they will have to write up a 350 word overview to start with.
- The site also acts as a social hub for making new friends. We can add friends, comment on other entries and search for other users too.
- The profile section allows us to put a link to our home page (remember, blogs only) and upload an image. (Currently this isn’t possible yet it seems)
- There is also a section that tells you how many stories you have submitted, which ones of the went hot and not and Karma points. Karma points is an interesting one as I have absolutely no idea what they serve as yet, but I can imagine that these points are giving us some sort of rating to whether we are perceived as honest by other members or not. Just a guess by the way for now.
As time will pass, I’m sure that there will be a lot more benefits with Blogging Zoom. I am 100% certain, that this site will benefit us thousands of times more than John Reese’s widget. Admittedly there are still many things that need to be finalized, since Blogging Zoom only launched on the 1st November 2007.
I am keen to give this a fair go and am confident that Courtney and Vic will do their very best to help each blogger who uses their service to get more targeted traffic.
I wish them all the best from a fellow blogger