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Curate Your Favorite Content at Mix

Mix is the Curation Site Replacement for StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon will be gone in June. Its replacement is Mix. Garrett  Camp, co-founder of StumbleUpon, explains the decision to transition StumbleUpon accounts to Mix. I joined Mix this week and I’m enthusiastic about the new curation site. Thank you, Janice Wald, for telling me about Mix.

 

Here’s Why I Love Mix

  • It’s much easier to use than StumbleUpon
  • The interface is clean and intuitive
  • You can use it on either a desktop or mobile device
  • It has easy-to-use browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox
  • It’s easy to organize the posts you curate
  • You can follow people and collections
  • You can share your own work

Mix is almost like a cross between Pinterest and Flip. You create thematic collections of posts as you do boards on the other sites. The collection on Mix is called a Mix. You currently can create as many as you need.

Here’s How Mix Works

Join and Create a Profile

To join Mix you need to already have an account at Facebook, Twitter, or Google. You will need that to sign in.  Once in, choose a username and provide the bit of information requested. Immediately you will get to choose your first three interests and some friends. There are more detailed instructions with screenshots on the site support page.

Here’s my profile. You can see how simple it is. You probably have an avatar in your files already. Add a bit of a bio to display your interests and you’re almost done. (I added frames to the screenshots from Mix so they would show up better on this page.)

Curate Your Favorite Content at Mix, the replacement for StumbleUpon
My Mix Profile

Populate Your Profile with Posts

Be strategic. This is a good place to put posts about your interests so you can find them. I think it’s more convenient than bookmarking, since when you click on a post preview you’ve saved it takes you directly to the entire post. Unlike StumbleUpon, the posts you save aren’t framed into the site. When you get to the site you can comment directly if you wish or link or share directly to social media.

Can I Share my Own Posts?

It appears you can share posts from your own sites. Many bloggers have gathered their best posts from their blogs into a collection named after their blog. I prefer to scatter my own content around, interspersed with content others have posted. Do what works best for you. I do think it’s not a good idea to share only your own content.  I would suggest you only share your most attractive or useful content.

My Posting Strategy

I combine following and sharing posts from other people.  First I find a  few people I want to follow from those suggested or who wrote posts I really liked. (I use the search to find the author profiles.) I look at the rest of the articles posted by someone I might want to follow to see what we have in common. If our interests are similar and that person is posting quality content, I will follow and share one of two of the posts from the profile or follow a collection.

I also look to see who that person is following and see if I want to follow any of them myself. As I dig into those profiles I often discover some real treasures I would not have found otherwise. I post some of them to other social media sites after I add them to my collections.

Adding Posts to Your Collections Is Easy

Curate Your Favorite Content at Mix
The Simple Mix Interface for Adding Content

The Mix interface for adding posts is very simple. Find the post you want to add from the suggestions or as you browse other sites.  You get to the interface by clicking the + on a suggested post or by clicking the icon in your browser bar if you installed the Mix extension.

At the top is the post you want to share. The dropdown contains the names  of collections Mix suggests at the top and all the names of the collections you have created under those. You can just check the box next to the collection you want to put your post in and click DONE at the bottom. You can put a post in more than one collection. I like that feature, since many posts really deal with more than just one topic.

Caution: Mix may suggest a collection with a name similar to the name of a collection you created. Before you check that box for the collection, be sure you didn’t mean it to go in one of your already created collections. I had that happen. You can delete the collection, but anything it contains will go into the default GENERAL collection. 

If you’d rather create a new collection, type the collection name in the space provided under the post title.  After you do that,  a SAVE button will appear on the right. Don’t forget to click it before you click on DONE. When you click it, the new category you created will appear on the category list beneath so you can click the box. If you don’t do that, you will wonder why neither your post nor your category gets added. Please don’t ask how I know that.

Be careful what you add to Mix.

Be Careful What You Add

Once you add a post you cannot remove it. I am being very cautious about adding posts from sites that may only live a short time. The newer the site, the more careful I would be. Many of the new writing communities that haven’t yet been around for three full years could die any day. We don’t want profiles full of dead links we can’t remove. You are probably better off to add posts only from sites with a long history, unless you own them and intend to keep them alive for a long time.

How Mix Can Help Bloggers and Website Owners

Mix Can Increase Your Traffic

In the past I’ve promoted my blog posts primarily on Twitter and in Facebook groups. I’ve also Flipped them on Flipboard and pinned them on Pinterest. My blogging friends have done the same thing. All of us hop from group to group and site to site sharing links with hopes our friends will visit.

I’m hoping  more of my blogging friends will join Mix soon because on Mix we can share all our best links in one place where they can live for a long time. Twitter posts are gone in a flash. Many Facebook groups are limited to sharing from one site or only let you post new or recently updated content. Not all your friends belong to the same groups, so to reach them all, you have to share the same link in many different groups.

Mix Can Organize All the Content that Interests You for Easy Access

Most of my friends write on more than one site. They may have more than one blog and also post on sites like HubPages that have many content authors. Several of these friends joined Mix this week and have shared work I’ve never seen before, even though we’ve been sharing links with each other for years. I’m collecting all those posts I want to refer to later in my Mix collections so I won’t lose them. I’ve also discovered many new sources for content I’ve never visited before, so I’m giving them additional traffic.

I see how useful Mix can be in researching topics I want to write about. I can have a collection for each topic I am researching. That way I won’t have to chase Google and Pinterest so much, but will already have plenty of reliable information waiting in a Mix collection.

Curate Your Favorite Content at Mix.com now that StumbleUpon is Closing

Why not join Mix today?

How do you plan to use it?

What Happened to BlogJob?

What is BlogJob?

BlogJob is a social networking community. One can make friends, socialize, and discuss important topics with no minimum number of characters required. These discussions can take place in groups and in forums, as well as on  one’s wall.

Pro and Cons of BlogJob

BlogJob is more user-friendly than Facebook and tsu, though loyal fans of either of those sites will probably stay put even if they also join BlogJob. Facebook still offers groups I would not want to leave because they are important in my writing promotion. And, of course, family members and old friends aren’t likely to leave Facebook either. BlogJob is more of a blog host and networking community for Bloggers.

When I joined Blogjob last year, I thought it was a great place for new bloggers to start. One can write multiple blogs there with a WordPress interface. Bloggers can choose between hundreds of themes and customize them. One can use affiliate links with no problem, as well. There is an interface for putting ads on your blogs to monetize them.

There are some limitations on using third-party interfaces such as Easy Product Display and Amazon Native Ads. They just don’t work because of underlying coding problems. You don’t find out about the missing functions a WordPress user is used to until your site is built and you try to use them.

New bloggers used to be able to earn reward points  that could later be redeemed for gift cards or money in one’s PayPal account for each blog post. Those points combined with those one earned for the networking and commenting one does in the site’s walls, groups, and forums. *

Review of BlogJob.com

One knew that if one went to the trouble to make a 300-word minimum blog post, it wouldn’t be wasted effort because one could get at least a small financial reward. Not only that, because Blogjob is a community, your new blog, even now,  is likely to get visitors, comments, and even some help with promotion on social media if you did a good job.

Unfortunately many decided to put a lot of their writing eggs into the Blogjob basket and cut out some productive work on other sites.

Review of BlgoJob.com
Don’t put all your eggs in one writing basket. © B. Radisavljevic

 

I would not advise putting all your eggs into the Blogjob basket. If you want to be a successful affiliate marketer, this is probably not the host you should use for your main source of livelihood. If blogging for a living is your goal, see Why It’s Important for Affiliate Marketers  to Self-Host WordPress Sites.

I no longer recommend joining BlogJob, even if they open membership again. The site is now in flux and reward points have been “temporarily suspended.” Any money you make will have to come from monetizing your own blogs. As I write this today, I get error messages when I try to read posts my friends have shared — blogs hosted on BlogJob.  Many technical issues will have to be sorted out before the site is reliable again for blogging and promotion.

It appears many people are being patient, hoping the site will once again be what it was or better. I’m not holding my breath. Yes, I hope the site will solve its problems and recover, since it was important source of income for many who were close to  a payment threshold.

The administration said it will be paying those who have earned the required number of points. Some report they received their payments. Most are convinced the administration is honest and appreciate his telling them upfront what is happening. I tend to agree that he’s doing what he can to solve the problems . The question is still whether that will be enough and whether the site will generate enough  to bring advertisers back. 

Important Updates

*Update May 5, 2016As of May 4, 2016, the rewards system has been “temporarily suspended.” Members can continue to blog and interact, but will not be earning any more points until the site owner manages to fix some problems on the site. Members should still be able to redeem points earned if they have enough to qualify for redemption. Many voices in the forums say they will leave their work there and carry on as usual. Some are taking a wait and see attitude. Some are leaving. Membership is closed again.

The administration says the site migration to a new server killed traffic and he is trying to test various plugins to see if they are having an adverse effect on traffic and resources. He is hoping to get things, fixed, restore traffic to produce income, and start giving points again some time when all this is settled.

Update May 3, 2016: There is an application process in place now, and there is no guarantee of acceptance. Be aware that some people who have been accepted have received emails within 24 hours that their memberships have been declined.

An unwritten policy seems to be that you need to fill out a complete profile, including the bio part at the bottom of the edit profile page, right away and start a site or post to forums to let the administration know you are serious about adding content. If you have written for other sites with a good reputation, be sure to include that in your profile and link to any blog you might currently have elsewhere as your website. They want to know you are a writer, not just someone who wants to earn points by collecting friends and joining groups without adding valuable content to the site.