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Q&A with Dino Dogan of Triberr


Dino Dogan is the Chief Gardener in Charge at Triberr helping “bloggers to effectively generate traffic, exchange content, and build engagement around their blog.” Check out what his social media pet peeves are, plus read up on the magic of Blog World.
Do you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Dino. Founder of Triberr, a uniquely weird content distribution platform for bloggers. I’m a lousy Mixed Martial Artist and a Recovering Engineer. Songwriter & Biz Blogger. Quiet Reader & Loud Speaker. Global Force for Badassery. Hi.

How did you get into social media?

I started out as a dog blogger. Then some friends and I built a facebook-like social network for motorcyclists with a heavy educational slant. We managed to build an amazing community, create some amazing content, and build a vertical social network before that became a buzz word :-).

Many of my dog blogging buddies started asking for social media advice, marketing, SEO help, and what not….I started writing about that on my dog blog but quickly realized I needed a blog just for that stuff. And DIYBloggerNET was born.

About 10 months after struggling as a blogger in an overcrowded niche dominated by those who have been there since the ancient times of these here Interwebs, I realized that new bloggers needed a better, faster, new, and more effective way of getting Attention. And so Triberr was born.

How can podcasters integrate their shows with social media? Do you recommend blogging along with a podcast?

Broadly speaking, when it comes to podcasting, it seams to me that you build an audience on iTunes, and you build authority on your blog. And having both is better than having just one.

It’s easy enough to embed MP3 files (or podcast files) into a blog post, and I’ve done it myself. There really is no downside other than a little bit of extra work.

So yes, I would definitely recommend blogging along with podcasting. To me, the two go together like rama lama rama lama ding dong :-).

What are your social media pet peeves?

Two things spring to mind immediately. Guest posting and guru-worship.

Guest posting is slave labour. It’s largely ineffective, it takes too much work and yields minimal results. I’ve written extensively about it here and it’s the reason behind Dan and I creating a better way to get all the benefits of guest posting without any of the drawbacks. We call it ReBlog + ZERO loss of engagement.

The other pet peeve of mine is guru worship. One fundamental shift brought on by Triberr is that it changes the focus from bloggers looking “up” at gurus and waiting for crumbs of wisdom and Attention to fall from on high; to bloggers looking laterally, to the left and to the right, for support and collaboration.

How was Blog World? Anything that caught your interest that you mind sharing with us?

BlogWorld was amazing. My session was packed to the rafters, standing room only. There were people sitting on the floor in the back. I didn’t expect that kind of attendance especially since I had Pat Flynn to my left, and Jay Baer to my right. Both amazing speakers who always bring the thunder.

I spoke about what we essentially did with Triberr, which is How To Build a Community of Fanatics. I was overwhelmed with the positive response and how well everything went. Organizers managed to score me a portable microphone 30 minutes before the show, which was amazing. I can’t say enough good things about it.

What stood out for me is how comfortable everyone was with each other. A person whom you’ve known for years online, you meet them in real life for the first time and you just hit the ground running. It’s like meeting an old friend.

Advice? I ended up going to 2-3 parties every night for 3 days, so if you’re going to BW, I recommended coming-in well rested and hydrated. Bloggers tend to spend most of their time starring at a monitor, so when they let loose, all that repressed energy comes out all at once. It was epic.

Thanks so much for the interview Dino, it was just as epic as Blog World!

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Q&A with Chris Marquardt of Tips from the Top Floor


Chris Marquardt successfully brings visual to audio with his podcast Photography Tips from the Top Floor. Check out our little chat on reaching a global audience:

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Chris Marquardt and I’ve been podcasting with Tips from the Top Floor since May 2005.

How did you start broadcasting?

I had a topic to talk about as well as the audio and internet skills, and just decided to go for it. Instead of turning to local radio stations to be heard by a only a few hundred people, I chose podcasting in hope of reaching a bigger audience. At the time the medium was so new, and I expected to do only ten episodes or so, but now I’ve aired around 500!

How does one talk about visual art via audio? Why not choose video podcasting?

My own preference is to listen to something, mainly because listening allows you to focus on more than one thing at a time, for example listening to a podcast while commuting. Video is much harder to produce and takes longer to do, and audio just seemed to fit with my style of “edutainment.” It really allows the podcaster the freedom to paint images in peoples’ minds.

Can you tell us what you’ll be talking about at Blog World Expo, on How To Effectively Podcast To A Global Audience?

Seeing as I’ll be a part of a panel, what we’ll talk about will pretty much play out on stage, though it’ll mainly focus on how to reach that global audience and how to keep it. My own approach to podcasting to a global audience was producing content in English right from the start (Chris is German), though this is also due to the fact that in 2005, there really was no podcasting audience in Germany.

So does an English speaking podcaster have a different approach than a European one, in terms of reaching people?

A podcast in English definitely reaches a lot of people, and not just in the US. If it’s in English, just putting your podcast out there can be enough.

I also produce a German podcast about photography, and though expats living abroad as well as say, Austrians and some Swiss, do tune in, it primarily reaches Germans.

What are common mistakes podcasters make?

I think I’ve made them all! One mistake I still make is not broadcasting regularly. Although the German show is up pretty much every Thursday morning, and the audience has come to depend upon it, the English show isn’t always so consistent due to time restraints and whatnot.

Another mistake is to apologize for your sound quality. Audio quality is important, but not as important as your content. ┬áPeople typically won’t mind, and probably wouldn’t have noticed it if you hadn’t pointed it out.

Excellent point. What advice to you have for new podcasters?

Have something to talk about and make it interesting, and the more niche you go, the better. People try to find an audience by cramming lots of different topics into one podcast, but it’s really a way to lose focus and have people lose interest. Even if you’re dealing with a super niche topic, you will find an audience because there are always people out there looking just for that.

Thanks a million Chris!

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