Sure... Technorati and BlogCatalog are basically blog directories. You also have the ability to join subgroups (just like here) and read other people's blogs. You can also connect with other bloggers who blog on the same topic(s) you do. You need to verify that you own the blog by posting a widget or link on your blog that Technorati and BC can find. Once it's verified, it can pull stats, track how many people visit it, report how many people link to it that are also part of the Technorati and BC communities, etc. It also helps get you found by the search engines.
StumbleUpon is a bit different. This is more like a social bookmarking site (like de.licio.us) where users can save their favorite Web sites on the internet rather than on their laptop and PC. You can also share your links with other users in your "network." The differentiator for Stumble Upon is that users can "stumble" into sites. When you download the toolbar into your browser, you can click the Stumble button and you will get a random Web site that was saved by another user. SU chooses the site based on the preferences you set when setting up your account. Then you either click thumbs up or thumbs down to tell SU if you liked it or not.
If you want others to "stumble" on your blog, add it to the network of sites that you "discover." You can use the toolbar for that. Let me know if you have anymore questions!
Great advice-- thanks so much! I also like twitter...it's like a mini-blog sort of and you can
put it in the side nav of your regular blog. I've met some great bloggers with it...that's how I found mombloggers...
I am so "lost". Does anyone have a book or some sort of guide they can tell me about that explains the blogging world to me? I have a blog, that I love, but I am sure I am not doing MANY of the things I need to do to get noticed. I don't know any of the blog lingo, so I feel confused and lost. I don't know what a widget is or why I would need one, I don't know how to put a button on my blog... ANYTHING...
help!!! I really love doing this but feel overwhelmed.
if you have any suggestions that you can help me with, I would REALLY appreciate it... http://pajamaprojects.blogspot.com
I agree with the ladies and say comment, comment, comment. And if you comment on sites that are relevant to your own, you'll also be building some backlink love for a lovely page rank.
Also, put your website in your siggy when you post in forums. And join forums (such as this one) and make relevant comments.
Also, when stumbling and using Entrecard, be very wary of your bounce rate (how long your visitor stays on your site). No one has proven it but there is some belief that google penalizes you for that as well.