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!