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Minds.com Emerging As The Free Speech Social Media Hybrid Alternative to Facebook

Minds.com Facebook Social Media Alternative

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Minds.com and this is deemed a new and free speech social media alternative or replacement to Facebook.

I guess depending on who you are will determine how you land on your feelings about the purpose and mission behind Minds.com but CEO, Bill Ottman felt that Minds was a necessary and much needed alternative and when you look at it’s growing popularity, he may have been right.

Nevertheless, there’s a lot’s that been going on in Facebook land and I mean lots. But what I’m going to focus on is the fact that Youtube channels are getting demonetized (has it happened to you yet ?) due to the nature of their content.

That may not seem like a big deal for some, but it’s a bigger deal than you may realize.

Nevertheless, let me say something for everyone and let’s call it the elephant in the room. None of us own Facebook and they can and will do whatever they want for anyone they choose.

In the context of this post and why I’ve written it, I’ll say this: if your content is not advertiser friendly on Youtube things are about to hit the fan for you and this may also be a sign of things to come for other online assets that you nor I own.

If your content is controversial or about sensitive subjects, you might want to think twice about two things:

The first is even posting it on Youtube and the second is even considering having it monetized there too.

Needless to say, depending on what you may blog or talk about, this could be MAJOR.. a game changer if you will, because we’re talking about people’s livelihoods. And if you’re in the content industry, we’re all relying on someone else as most of us aren’t developing our own products and even if we are we still rely on larger platforms (assets we don’t own) to help us get the word out and sell it.

This is why this particular adage still remains true..

NEVER put all your eggs in one basket. Meaning if your livelihood depends on Facebook or any online asset for that matter, you might want to find alternatives to supplement what you’re investing into those platforms.

With that said, it brings me to the heart of this post which is the introduction of Minds.com, a social media platform that many would say is the true free speech alternative to Facebook. Now, whether or not it will live up to that is anyone’s guess, but for now since it’s introduction in late 2016, it’s seen pretty reasonable growth and popularity among a growing fan base.

Minds.com is still in beta and I opened an account today and it’s been fairly easy to navigate. I’ll give you a run through of the features and what it means for you and your content.

Minds.com

When you get to the minds website, this is the image you’ll see:

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Just click here to sign up and login to Minds.

And then view this tutorial and or read about the rest of the featureset below.

 

Now that you’ve got that out of the way, the next step is getting familiar with everything at your fingertips once you’ve logged in.

Let’s start with the dashboard which encompasses the following tabs:

  • Newsfeed
  • Discovery
  • Blogs
  • Groups
  • Support

As I mentioned before I opened an account today. I’ve been on and off of their website several times familiarizing myself with how everything works and more importantly to see what kind of reach I could get from sharing content on Minds, and I have to say that the results were much better than I expected.

Let’s face it, a lot of times you sign up to a social network and you expect to get a few eyeballs on your content but you don’t expect to see nearly 700 views on your content “on the day you signed up”. And yes, I saw nearly 700 views today alone. Not bad.. pretty impressive actually. (You can verify my numbers after you've signed up and search for my profile "cwblogger" if this sounds too good to be true).

As I’ve discussed on this blog before about over 100 ways to get more traffic to your blog, Minds has now entered that discussion easily today too.

Minds.com Newsfeed

First things first, let’s talk about the newsfeed.

As you can see, there’s your username and some other options (as depicted by the buttons). In the image there’s the upgrade to plus option, affiliate program and there were a couple other ones that were there too when I got started and those are about earning money on Minds.

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Once you sign up, those two buttons go away.

NOTE: I highly advise signing up to earn money. Why ? Because they are monetization friendly (this is good for you) and commissions are currently at a generous 25%. As with most information you consume online, content creators are genuinely and not surprisingly trying to earn money and Minds encourages it.

Go Minds ! Love the way they think on that front.

Honestly, more social media websites are heading in the direction of that kind of thinking and it’s a more modern and contemporary perspective that has great potential in growing and connecting with an audience as a social media platform anyway.

Beyond those comments, I want emphasize that Minds.com is still in beta so everything you’re reading here can change as they are still making adjustments to features and functionality of their website.

Continuing on with the newsfeed, you’ll notice that there is a trending hashtags section and a feed of posts of topics and / or individuals that you follow.

You’ll also see boosted content on the right side of your newsfeed and I’ll be sure to talk about boosted content towards the conclusion of this post (if you can’t wait just scroll down to the bottom to see what boosted content is all about.. it’s pretty good stuff for your content visibility).

Minds.com Discovery Tab

As for discovery, clicking this tab will take you to this screen:

Minds.com Discovery And Trending

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You’ll see additional options at the top that include: videos, images and channels. Of course like with any other social app this allows you to find new channels, new images and videos to engage with. Even though it’s in its early stages, there’s a lot to choose from.

Since we’re talking about the discovery tab, you’ll also notice that your left pane looks a little more comprehensive because of the added tabs that include: trending, suggested, featured and my media.

So let’s talk about them for a minute.

Trending from what I can tell gives you the same results that you’ll see as when you click on the discovery tab. So we may as well say that discovery and trending are synonymous as they seem to generate the same results for each tab for videos, images and channels.

I’m not sure if that’s intended, but I don’t know.. I guess I was thinking it would be different, but it’s kinda strange that it’s the same, but that’s just me.

There’s also the suggested tab.

This is a bit different too because when you click on the tab, it gives you the ability to search for channels that are within “x” miles of your city of choosing ?

That’s a new one for me for a social media site of this kind, but I guess that also matches what is said about Minds.com in how it has Facebook like features as well as features from Youtube and Twitter too.

I guess you could call it a channel discovery engine in this section. The same can be said for images and video.

When images or videos are suggested, you can pass on the image or video or engage with it by: liking (thumbs up), disliking (thumbs down) and another option (haven’t tested it) that looks just like the retweet symbol from Twitter.

As for the “featured tab”, the results are different here. I’m not sure how this is accomplished in how Minds determines who gets featured but even so, the layout mimics what you see when you click on the trending tab.

Minds.com Blogs Tab

When you click on the blogs tab, you get a new subset of options here too that include: compose, featured, trending and my blogs.

Minds.com Blogs

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It’s pretty self-explanatory that the compose function is to write your own blog post and this brings me to another point about the blogs function. You can ditch where you’re currently hosting your blog and make a new blog on Minds.

I’m not saying it’s a good idea since it seems “only slightly better” than what you’d get starting a blog on Quora. However, if you want a pretty comprehensive place to write your blogs, I’d opt for something else until they’ve upgraded this a bit, but for those looking for something simple and straightforward that does the job per se, then a Minds blog might just be perfect for your needs.

The featured tab and trending tabs under the blogs section is for featured blogs and trending blogs. Once again I’m not really sure how they make the determination as to which blogs get this distinguished status.

The my blogs section is self-explanatory as well and if you have blogs on Minds.com it will show them in this section.

Minds.com Groups Tab

In the groups tab, you’ll be greeted with another subset of tabs that include the following: create, featured, trending and my groups.

Minds.com Groups

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The features follow the same pattern of the other subset tabs that I’ve addressed in other sections that you’ve read about to this point in this post.

I will say, however that I did find it a bit clumsy that when you go to the groups tab that you can’t just search for other groups ? That seems like something easy to incorporate but the only way to search is to use the main search function at the top of the page.

I didn’t care for that because you’re searching “everything” and there’s no way to limit the search to just groups or individuals. This is something I’d like to see get resolved before Minds comes out of beta.

With that said, the group that I created is called: “bloggerminds” if anyone reading this would like to join once they’ve signed up. Contributing to the overall mission of growing the blogging community through sharing, collaboration and networking is what the group is all about.

Now that we’ve discussed a great deal of what makes Minds.com the social media Facebook alternative that it is, let’s talk about how I ended up getting nearly 700 views on my content shared in my first day on Minds.

Minds has a feature called boosts.

As the name implies, it boosts your content. When you write or share content on Minds.com, that content is really only seen by your subscribers and unless you have a large following which you won’t when you start so you can’t expect much engagement.

So how can you grow your audience and visibility on the network ?

Boost your content.

I love the boost feature. One boost is only going to cost 10 cents and that’s only going to happen when you run out of points.

You’re going to get 1000 points just for signing up !

Seriously, where else can you get that kind of engagement ANYWHERE on the first day ?

When you’re talking about views.. not hits, not bots, real people looking at your content. You aren’t going to find this anywhere else, at least no where else that I’m aware of.

If you’ve got a real challenger to Minds at the moment in terms of views and engagement, leave a comment below, but my guess is that you probably don’t.

I can’t stress this enough.. I’ve gotten nearly 700 views and it’s only day one and I didn’t pay a dime for the visibility to my content. I paid $0.. absolutely nothing and that’s why if you write content or blog, you need to be on Minds.. if nothing else because it’s growing, it’s still in beta and your content has the potential to get more views on Minds.com than any other social media platform online and they encourage monetization too and you can’t go wrong there.

It’s a win win all around so stop reading and dilly dallying and get your Minds account.

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Twitter Followers Increase Of 825% In Less Than 48 Hours With Rewst

Let’s start today with this Rewst review or overview. Well I know that name might not be all that familiar so let’s add another name to the conversation. Twitter. Now we’re talking. Whether you’re new to the traffic and social network game or not, Twitter is something you know something about. Now let’s keep going, so just hang in there with me okay. If you own a blog or a website you know that Twitter equates to good things when it comes to exposure and visibility online because half the planet uses Twitter which means a ton of people in the same place. With that said, it might not be Facebook, but tweeting and Twitter has become a household name. Rewst and Twitter have developed a nice relationship that means great stuff in store for you.

Rewst is a Twitter growth tool. It’s a new kid on the block that you can use to grow your Twitter account. The best part about it is that it has been reviewed by Twitter and completely complies with Twitter rules which is great for those of us who love Whitehat strategies in our online presence blueprint. With that said, if you’re looking for something “automated”, that’s a Twitter no no and we don’t roll like that around here and neither does Luke King, the founder of this handy tool.

With that said, I had received an email in regards to this tool which was more or less an invitation from Luke asking me to check it out. The email said:

Daniel,

Earlier this month, I launched a new tool with a friend at PeerFly that can help you grow large Twitter accounts that you can then use to promote PeerFly offers.

The tool, called Rewst, allows you to use a simple and compliant Twitter strategy for growing your Twitter accounts by following accounts that will like the content that you are posting on your own account. We've made it really easy to use and it's very effective.

Current Rewst (rewst.com) members are adding 50-100 new targeted followers a day to their accounts with very little time and effort.

We'd love for you to join and give it a try!

Luke also gave me a discount code in the email for a lifetime 30% off the product. If you want that discount code, just leave a reply in the post or email me and I can send the discount code your way.

Nevertheless, I have tried the tool and guess what. It works !!! I used it on an account that had been pretty dormant for a while and it only had 8 followers before I tried Luke’s tool. After less than 48 hours that account has grown to 74 organic followers. These are NOT paid followers for any of you that may be wondering and there was nothing automated about this process. Literally, I invested roughly 7 minutes yesterday evening and another 7 minutes this morning and I’m already at 74 followers. That is an 825% increase in followers which is AMAZING !

 

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I’d challenge anyone to show this kind of growth using any other tool. For an out of the box tool such as this, I’m beyond impressed with how quickly this tool works and given the results. This is now in the blogger toolbox of resources that I use to grow my brand, blog traffic and presence online.

You may be wondering, well how does this work. Well lets get into that. I will give you an overview of what this tool is about.

 

Rewst Review And Tips How To Use Rewst Signup Page

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First things first, after you get to the website Rewst.com, sign up. It’s pretty painless and quick. Just three fields (email, password and password confirmation) and that’s it. Click register and you’re good to go.

 

Rewst Review And Tips How To Use Rewst Registration

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Once you’ve logged in, you’ll have 4 major tabs in your navigation panel as seen here:

 

Rewst Review And Tips How To Use Rewst Navigation Panel

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Follow tab: you’ll see additional actionable items (e.g. fans, new followers, copy followers, keywords and suggestions).

  • Fans, as best I can guess at this point are people that love your content.
  • New followers: these are the people that have followed you most recently so they are the newbies to your Twitter follow base. I think this is cool and it gives you a new list of people to start a conversation with, introduce yourself, promote a popular piece of content or a product.
  • Copy followers: this is hands down the most practical and useful feature of this tool and I think you’ll like it too. You can target anyone with a Twitter account by their handle and copy their followers. You may be wondering, well why is this so good ? Well if your content is about lawnmowers, you want people interested in lawnmowers right ? So find someone with a targeted audience with lawnmowers. Copy their followers and start following them. One of two primary things will happen. (1) They will follow you back. (2) They won’t follow you back. It’s that simple. In fact, if your content is similar to mine, you could use my Twitter handle “@candidwriter” and copy my followers and see who follows you back. With that said, you may also wonder… well how do I know who’s followers to copy. Well that’s where the next feature comes in to play.
  • Keywords: by typing in a keyword and in my case you could type in something along the lines of blog sites, blog tips, blogging tips etc. you’ll find Twitter accounts that focus around those type of keywords. The tool will bring up several accounts that you can target to find other Twitter users that may be interested in your content that lines up with the very keyword you searched for in the first place. I’ve provided a visual for you below as seen in the image using the keyword: blog tips

 

Rewst Review And Tips How To Use Rewst Keyword Search

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  • Suggestions: in this section, Rewst gives you Twitter account suggestions in five different categories: sports, entertainment, music, digital creators and news. I’m not sure if they plan to add more to this section in the future, but for now this is what is there and you’ll find several accounts that align well to each category.

The next major tab is the Unfollow tab. In this section you’ll find additional actionable items (unfollowers, non followers, inactive followers).

  • Unfollowers: are those that used to follow you but don’t any longer. This isn’t much different than what you’d find any other Twitter tool.
  • Non followers: are people you’re following but they aren’t following you back. As for this section, if they haven’t followed you back after 72 hours to a week, I’d just let them go, but it’s your choice, but it helps to keep people on your list that want to follow you as much as you want to follow them, but everyone has their own perspective on this, but for the sake of this post, I’m just sharing my perspective with you.
  • Inactive followers: people you’re following that haven’t been tweeting. With that said, if they aren’t active, remove them from your list.

The next major tab is the Tools tab. Here you’ll find actionable items such as (manage blacklist, manage whitelist, follow history).

  • Manage Blacklist: this is a section where you can block the people that you don’t want to follow in the future and they won’t show up while you’re performing any action. Basically out of sight and out of mind. So if you’ve got someone on your list that’s rubbed you the wrong way and you no longer want to be associated with them, this is the section for you.
  • Manage Whitelist: alternatively speaking these are the individuals that you want to follow and want to be associated with regardless of whether they are following you back or not. You don’t want the people in this section showing up in your non followers or inactive followers sections.
  • Follow History: very straightforward, shows you your own following history. Who have you followed on your own without using the tool and who have you followed using Rewst.

The final major tab is the More tab. The actionable items here are (FAQ and contact us).

  • Within the FAQ, you’ll find limited information but it’s still worth a look from a curious standpoint. I’m assuming that this section will grow over time. However, you can also check out their knowledgebase as well for additional information.
  • On the contact us page, there’s a dialogue box where you can provide information pertaining to questions or other suggestions that you have.

Beyond that, there’s nothing else to share about this tool other than the reality that it’ll grow your Twitter audience remarkably fast. So with that said, stop reading this, download the tool and get growing !

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Who's Popular ? The Best Of Tumblr Posts And Best Tumblr Blogs

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Exploring the very best of Tumblr blogs and posts is about discovery.

Tumblr is a blogging platform that has grown in popularity since 2006 to rival any popular social network around these days.

Do you have a page there ?

What do you know about this social network ?

Maybe you're someone that knows about it, but hasn't had any reason to take an invested interest in it.

Without question, there are many absolutely wonderful blogs to discover on Tumblr.

Additionally, as a blogger or a website owner, you can use this network as a road back to your own main website or you can set up shop on Tumblr as a way to grow brand recognition for your own content too.

However, before getting into the discovery, lets highlight some realities about the social platform that you may not have been aware of. When compared to Blogger or a blogging medium like Wordpress, Tumblr is easier to use than either of the other two and you can start posting your content in just a few minutes or less. This platform is highly visual based so it's great for anyone that utilizes photos, however for those that do not, posting photos that relate to your content on the Tumblr platform is still a very effective way to get all the benefits of using the network as well.

So with that said, exploring the best of Tumblr is not something I can cover in just one post, but for the sake of this blog post, I'm going to delve into a couple different categories.. that being the following: Business and Marketing.

Best of Tumblr Blogs In Business

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All about the business:

#1 Creative Branding - http://creative-branding.tumblr.com

Focuses on brand identity through imagery. This is certainly a place to go to get visual ideas for your brand. There are pages and pages of images associated with business brands.

#2 Startup Vitamins - http://startupvitamins.tumblr.com

You'll find a host of quotes about business to keep things in perspective for you. Here's a few of their posts:

  • "Change almost never fails because it's too early. It almost always fails because it's too late." - Seth Godin
  • "Doing something that doesn't end up working is better than not doing something because of the fear it won't work." - Aaron Levie
  • "Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use." - Steve Jobs

There are several wonderful nuggets of information that can change the way you think and approach your particular business and business in general with respect to what you blog about or what the central focus of your website is about too.

#3 Mega Business - http://megabusiness.tumblr.com

It's dubbed as a place for entrepreneurs and those in business.. once again if you're a blogger or a website owner, this is a good resource for motivating thoughts, information and inspiration as stated in their message to visitors of the Mega Business Tumblr blog. This is a blog where information has been curated from different places online and posted for anyone that comes across their page(s).

Here are a few of their posts to peruse:

  • "Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand." - Hayley Williams
  • "Stop making excuses, stop saying that you'll do it tomorrow, stop believing it will happen by itself, start working out today, start eating healthily today, start changing your life now, do it today and be proud tomorrow." - unknown
  • "A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong." - unknown

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#4 Social Business - http://ibmsocialbiz.tumblr.com

This is a blog that focuses on data and big business. Amongst the posts, there are statistics and other business news that affects the everyday small business owner.

#5 Murdoch Here - http://murdochhere.tumblr.com

This blog is about the life behind the scenes of Rupert Murdoch, a man that understands business in the 21st century.

#6 Good Idea Exchange - http://goodideaexchange.tumblr.com

This blog starts out with a question that is summarized as this.. is it really possible for basically an unknown that is not high profiled to get a column on a major blog ? There are so many good nuggets of information here that I can't begin to list them all, but I will state a few posts that are worthy of mention in the following: 

  • "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." - Warren Buffett
  • "Don't just do what is asked of you - do more." - Jeff Boss
  • "Successful people dare to fail but refuse to be defeated by failure." - unknown

#7 Ad Teachings - http://www.adteachings.com

Another absolutely wonderful blog, that shares a wealth of knowledge that is true to it's name.. "ad teachings". Complimented by the posts respective visuals you'll find some pretty insightful posts on this Tumblr blog.

A few of their posts worthy of mention:

  • "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." - Richard Back
  • "They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds." - unknown
  • "If you are working on something exciting that you care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you." - Steve Jobs

#8 Creative Something - http://creativesomething.net

As the name implies, the posts are about being creative and the impact of creativity as well. In one post, I read.. it said that being wrong was right for creativity and that.. "A man's errors are his portals of discovery." - James Joyce. Whether you're blogging or developing your own website, this couldn't be any more true in that statement by Mr. Joyce.
 

Best of Tumblr Blogs In Marketing

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Let's talk marketing:

#1 Marketing Land - http://marketingland.tumblr.com

One of the major staples in the marketing conversation, Marketing Land covers quite a host of topics in online marketing that are beneficial to anyone with a blog or website. As I've mentioned as well on the topic of grammar.. such a common thing that we all have to do can have drastic adverse effects in content marketing and on any website so it needs to be given the proper attention.

With that said, in one of their posts, they ask the question about poor grammar killing your efforts in content marketing. Something so simple, yet something that we all must do everyday as we speak and write can certainly leave a bad taste in the mouths of visiting or recurring readers.

#2 Marketing Nerds - http://marketing-nerds.tumblr.com

This is a blog with several goodies to explore when it comes down to marketing tips. From the blogs overall design to the content presented that you have to explore, there's a lot to learn. Too many of us get into blogs and websites and business without truly understanding the in's and out's of marketing and this website provides helpful insight in that conversation.

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#3 Thomas Jedelhauser - http://thomasjedelhauser.tumblr.com

This blog explores different aspects of online marketing and marketing in general. From social media, viral content, design to inbound and outbound marketing, this Tumblr blog has it covered.

#4 Marketr - http://marketr.tumblr.com

This is dubbed as the official feed from the sales and brand strategy team from Tumblr complete with weekly round ups as well.

#5 SEJ - sejournalcom.tumblr.com

Another absolutely wonderful blog on online marketing that covers an array of topics from advertising, ecommerce, utilizing social media in conjunction with your brand, marketing both domestically and internationally, reputation management and content marketing. While there's there more to discover on this blog, it's one of the gems on Tumblr that have proven to be beneficial to bloggers, website and small business owners.

#6 Mastering Marketing - http://masteringmarketing.tumblr.com

While this blog isn't most frequently updated blog on this list, the marketing information that currently exists is valuable and provides insightful perspective that is useful which is why it deserves mention here. 

Now I assure you that there are more blogs on Tumblr that are worthy of being added to a list of popular blogs that fall into either of these categories stated in this post or some other category (keep it family friendly please) on their platform so if you comment and are aware of one, then by all means please mention it so that I may add it to another post on Tumblr that I can create in the future.

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