New myScoop “Social” Button

With myScoop blog reviewing now being introduced, you may want to put a myScoop button on your page directing your users to your blog’s myScoop page in order for them to review your blog.

With myScoop blog reviewing now being introduced, you may want to put a myScoop button on your page directing your users to your blog’s myScoop page in order for them to review your blog.

Vanessa came up with this button which looks great, thanks Vanessa!

myScoop Button

Simply save this image and upload to your site. Resize it to the standard social media button size: 32px X 32px and link it to your myScoop blog page.

Get your blog reviewed and review other blogs using myScoop

One of the latest additions to the new features that I’m rolling out on a constant basis is the ability to get your blog reviewed, as well as review other blogs using myScoop. While trying to create a “blogging community”, I’m constantly looking for ways for bloggers to interact with each other and I believe that a reviewing process may help this along somewhat.

One of the latest additions to the new features that I’m rolling out on a constant basis is the ability to get your blog reviewed, as well as review other blogs using myScoop. While trying to create a “blogging community”, I’m constantly looking for ways for bloggers to interact with each other and I believe that a reviewing process may help this along somewhat.

You can review a blog and score it according to it’s content, originality and design. Once done, all these scores are totaled and then averaged out to give a total score out of 10. In order to review someone’s blog, their blog needs to be in the myScoop directory and Only registered myScoop users can review blogs.

In order to get your blog reviewed, direct your readers to your blog page on myScoop (ex: http://myscoop.co.za/blog/32/). You can get this address by logging into your account and clicking on your blog in the “My Blogs” section within the “My Page” page.

Once your blog has been reviewed, this information will be stored in the database and will be used for ranking in the near future.

Once again, your thoughts, ideas and opinions on this matter are welcome.

Get notified of new articles from the blogs you follow on myScoop

In an attempt to increase the functionality and referral amounts of myScoop, and to create somewhat of a community for bloggers to increase interactivity amongst different blogs, I have just finished coding and installing a new module for myScoop that sends users a notification email on new articles from the blogs that they have followed on myScoop.

In an attempt to increase the functionality and referral amounts of myScoop, and to create somewhat of a community for bloggers to increase interactivity amongst different blogs, I have just finished coding and installing a new module for myScoop that sends users a notification email on new articles from the blogs that they have followed on myScoop.

Previously, there was no use for the “follow” function, but after much thought and consideration I have decided to implement this module. You will, of course have the ability to “opt out” of receiving future emails of this nature and I fully understand that some of you do not appreciate these emails, but in the hopes of creating a more intertwined blogging community, I feel this can be really helpful.
The email you’ll be receiving will look similar to this:

articles-of-blogs-you-follow

Obviously this will change depending on how many blogs you are following. As you can see, it is grouped per blog, then the articles are sorted by date, from newest to oldest. A maximum of 5 articles are shown per blog. Hovering over the article will bring up the article’s excerpt and clicking on the article will direct you through the myScoop shortened URI which will help in recording statistics, and also give your article the chance to make it to the “popular article” list on the home page of myScoop.

What I am stuck on, and what I need YOUR help on, is how frequently should this report be run? Definitely not daily as this could create a lot of irritation and spam, but I was thinking more along the lines of every 3 days. Your input on this is important so please feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts.

How to get your article onto the popular list on myScoop

I’ve received a few enquiries lately about how myScoop determines which articles are “popular” and which are not. The simple answer is to make use of the shortened URI of the article that myScoop generates once it has fetched and processed your latest article. This shortened URI is a basic “pointing system” that when clicked on, myScoop will record certain information and then redirect you to the correct article post linked to the shortened code. Follow these steps after logging in to get your myScoop shortened URI:

I’ve received a few enquiries lately about how myScoop determines which articles are “popular” and which are not. The simple answer is to make use of the shortened URI of the article that myScoop generates once it has fetched and processed your latest article. This shortened URI is a basic “pointing system” that when clicked on, myScoop will record certain information and then redirect you to the correct article post linked to the shortened code. Follow these steps after logging in to get your myScoop shortened URI:

myscoop articles example

Go to “My Page” and scroll towards the bottom where your latest articles are shown, click the “More” link next to the article of your choice.

myscoop-shortened-uri

Copy the “Short Link” given on the page and use that for your twitter updates or facebook updates. By making use of the myScoop shortened URI, myScoop will record how many people click on the link and rank your article accordingly. myScoop tries to to exclude all bots and crawlers that add no value to the statistics, although every now and again one or two may be missed.

The “Popular Articles” are kept for a maximum of 48 hours, thereafter the article will fall off the popular article list and be replaced by a new popular article.

I hope to see more people making use of this system, after all, being on the front page has its benefits such as getting some of myScoop’s PageRank which in turn will help your blog do better. There is method in my madness after all.

Open Flash Charts and other changes installed on myScoop

I’m sure you agree, the old Google charts that myScoop was using looked quite plain and tacky. I recently installed Open Flash Charts and what a difference it has made to the look and feel of the site.

I’m sure you agree, the old Google charts that myScoop was using looked quite plain and tacky. I recently installed Open Flash Charts and what a difference it has made to the look and feel of the site.
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The “Live Stats” section has been modified to remove the popup window. A graph that displays the hits to your blog for the past 30 minutes and your last 20 visitors now displays in a new page. More statistics will be displayed soon. Your thoughts and suggestions here would be great.

Another new addition to myScoop, is the “Total recorded blog traffic” graph on the home page and on the blogs page. This is a global representation of the hits to blogs myScoop has recorded for all registered blogs within myScoop that makes use of tracking badges. More on this will be added to the FAQ section soon.

Known bug fix: The search bar’s width has been fixed for IE7

As always, your comments and suggestions are important to me and the development of myScoop so please keep sending them in to nick@myscoop.co.za. You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.