MyBlogLog is Improving my Social Life

MyBlogLog SiteI have been wanting to blog my thoughts about MyBlogLog, a social networking site that seems to cater largely to search marketers, bloggers and tech enthusiasts. I filled out a profile for the free service at MyBlogLog.com about a month or so ago when I noticed it on TechCrunch. I have signed up to test a great many social networking sites and have found only a few that I am willing to invest time into. MyBlogLog exceeded my expecations.

Here’s how it works. Every member sets up a profile with an avatar and any info they want to show about themselves including physical address, IM id’s and links to their profiles on other social media sites like digg, Flickr, MySpace, etc. MyBlogLog members can add sites and blogs they author onto separate MyBlogLog pages. Each site page becomes a community on MyBlogLog.com that other members may join and interact actively or passively with widgets (comments, rss feeds, top links). You can view stats on the number of visits to your community page on MyBlogLog and also page views to any sites you have setup there.

None of this sounds very new, but hold on and you will see the magic behind it. The avatar image that links to your user profile follows you around, both on MyBlogLog.com and on any user who has the MyBlogLog JavaScript pasted into their site. So if you visit Michael Arrington’s profile, your avatar now appears on Michael’s page. Everyone sees your image on Michael’s page and suddenly you feel cool. If you see a fellow MyBlogLogger’s profile appear on your page, you know for sure that they have actually seen your site. You can shoot them a quick message saying thanks for visiting and tell them what you like about them. Now you are connected.

I have seen several well known bloggers and marketers who have set up MyBlogLog profiles. What ends up happening is you start browsing through the profiles and checking out other user sites, leaving your trail. Other bloggers see your image on their site and curiosly click over to check out your site. I have connected with some interesting people that I otherwise probably never would have met. I’ve also run into an existing friend or two there.

The MyBlogLog About page says it well:

You probably know a ton about your favorite bloggers – what they think about the subjects they write about, maybe some of their work and life history… you may even know what toothpaste they use. But how much do you know about all the other people who read their blogs? And how much do they know about you?

Also:

Authors can learn more about their readers individually and as a group. What do they like and what are they ignoring? What are they reading elsewhere on the Web?

Here is a list of profiles and user ID’s from other services that you can plug in and aggregate at MyBlogLog:

  • Flickr
  • LiveJournal
  • MySpace
  • Upcoming.org
  • Second Life
  • Digg
  • Friendster
  • LinkedIn
  • Plaxo
  • 30 Boxes
  • Google Calender
  • Watchr
  • Textamerica
  • The DJ List
  • Zorpia
  • TypeKey
  • Blogger
  • Bebo
  • del.icio.us

If you try MyBlogLog, remember that it’s not just about learning about other bloggers, it’s about making friends with them. To get something out of it, you’ll have to come out of that shell and introduce yourself. However, introducing yourself becomes much easier when you know something about the other person such as the fact that they visited your site. Just as with every social networking site, at least a few spammers have infiltrated, but there is a system for reporting them and it seems have been swatted down.

I know what you’re thinking. What are the SEO benefits or drawbacks of MyBlogLog? Your profile allows you to add an organic link to your blog or web site. You also get a link to other of your supported profile pages elsewhere like MySpace, Flickr, etc. In addition, you get a link on a separate page to any sites you want to add as communities. That’s about it, as far as I can tell. The code you put on your site/blog is just a JavaScript so there shouldn’t be any organic link juice spillage from your site.

Emory Rowland

Emory Rowland is editor and keeper of the flame at Clickfire. He's a fanatical blogger, entrepreneur and builder of Internet things from way back. Emory's love for social media and success with organic search led him to start a SEO consulting venture. Apart from the Internet, he could be considered by many as pretty worthless. More...

15 comments

  1. I have to agree – I just started using it last night and I am already enjoying the heck out of it. I am finding lots of good content that I probably would have missed without it.

  2. David Temple

    It is a community and if you approach that way you can learn a lot. I’ve also found some great people in there that I would have never known otherwise, like yourself. Also some fascinating blogs.

  3. Emory Rowland

    Likewise David. We all stumble upon so many sites, but actually connecting with the person behind it makes all the difference.

  4. Hi Emory!
    I think MyBlogLog rocks! I’ve made so many friends and learnt so much from their blogs, my, they are so brilliant like you.

  5. Michael-Ann

    This is my second day since joining, and it is how I learned about you. I like the doors it is opening up and the people I am meeting. I agree that this is an interesting way of exploring who is out there in the world. Cheers!

  6. Ciao,

    I visited your site from MyBlogLog, I like your site thanks to MBL I know your blog.

  7. wamylove

    It is great, but it’s also another addiction costing me sleep…

  8. laling

    Wow!! I’m so impress what your talk about social networking and the magic of javascript from mybloglog. From my experience with another social networking, mybloglog is too good because have a sense relating human psycology. when I’m seen new face at my profile or blog is like appreciation to my work and my hobby blogging.Great!!

  9. conniexan

    didn’t know there’s still so much more to explore bout mybloglog..it’s definitely a goldmine…thx for enlightening..

  10. MBL has proven to be an excellent resource as I get started. I would certainly recommend it.

  11. Good Article. Unforunitly MBL is ruining my social life. But my social life online has gone up drastically

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  14. Emory Rowland

    Just got this email from Yahoo saying MyBlogLog is being discontinued. I all but stopped using the site after digg, twitter, facebook, stumbleupon and others came along. But, the exit is kind of sad because MyBlogLog was an early discovery in my social media journey. Goodbye MBL. Times change.

    Dear MyBlogLog Customer,

    You have been identified as a customer of Yahoo! MyBlogLog. We will officially discontinue Yahoo! MyBlogLog effective May 24, 2011. Your agreement with Yahoo!, to the extent that it applies to the Yahoo! MyBlogLog, will terminate on May 24, 2011…

  15. Thanks, I have read your posts. But can you mention some alternates of MyBlogLog.com

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