Introducing Bloggerscope: The New Way To Get Your Marketing News

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Every day, maybe several times a day, I would log into my iGoogle account and read the latest marketing posts in my Google Reader widget. It is one of my daily habits that I always enjoy and it makes me feel like I’m learning something new each day.

That was, until Google pulled the plug on Google Reader.

Luckily, Google Reader dying didn’t come out of the blue and there was plenty of advanced notice.

When I first learned of Google Reader’s pending demise those many months ago, I thought to myself, “why not build something better?” A new start page that I can check whenever I need to get my daily marketing news fix.

And that’s what I did. The result is my new site called Bloggerscope. While it was initially created to solve my daily news problem, it has actually turned into something bigger and more useful for everyone.

What is Bloggerscope?

At its core, Bloggerscope is a blogging news aggregator site that tracks most of the popular marketing/blogging type blogs online. It’s somewhat similar to AffBuzz or AllTop, but it presents news stories in a different way.

On the front page of the site, you will see a list of posts that were published that day. By default, these posts are sorted by popularity. Popularity is calculated by taking the total number of social shares that a post has and also accounting for how recently it was published.

Bloggerscope-TopPosts

As time passes, posts will gradually start moving down the list. In this way, you’ll always be able to tell at a quick glance what the popular stories of the day are by looking at the front page. That makes it perfect for people that don’t have a lot of time, yet don’t want to miss the best posts to read.

Share counts for all new posts are updated every 20 minutes, although updates for older posts are checked less and less often.

Bloggerscope Top Blogs List

Bloggerscope also includes an always updated Top Blogs list. This was inspired by the seemingly defunct Winning the Web IM Top Blogs list. While I currently display metrics like alexa rank, domain authority, # of twitter followers, blogs on this list are purely ranked by the average number of social shares for their posts.

If you click on a Blog name, you’ll be taken to a page which shows all the posts that Bloggerscope has gathered for the site. This is not an exhaustive list of their posts, but it’s based on what was available from the site’s RSS feed since the site was added.

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How Will Bloggerscope Help Me?

Alright, so now that you know how Bloggerscope works, here are 9 ideas you can use it yourself:

1. As your daily marketing news fix

As I shared in the beginning of this post, this is what I initially built the site for. I don’t have a lot of time during to read every blog post that gets published so I generally want to focus reading the posts that are getting the most “buzz” (aka social shares).

2. Catch up on the news

Don’t have time to read daily? Then use Bloggerscope’s date filters to read past posts for your chosen time period. Set the date filter to ‘Past 7 days’ and you can catch up on everything you missed during the past week.

3. To create your Weekly Link Roundups

It’s simple: link roundups are a great way to get your blog noticed whether other blogs mention your epic content or you run a roundup of your own. 10+ Blog Link Roundups to Get Traffic From

Are you publishing weekly roundups on your blog? If you aren’t, why not? Bloggers like Kristi Hines, Ana Hoffman, and Francisco Perez all publish weekly roundups on their blogs with great success.

To get started, use Bloggerscope to identify the best posts of the week and pick and choose the most interesting posts to be part of your roundup.

4. As a Blog Topic generator

Bloggerscope gives you an overall look at what people are sharing, and helps you to get a good sense of which blog topics will perform well and may even go viral.

On his email list, Neil Patel of QuickSprout shared his system of creating an Excel spreadsheet and listing the blog posts from competing blogs in your niche and getting their share counts in an effort to see “what your target traffic wants”.

This is exactly what Bloggerscope does…without the clunky spreadsheet.

Here’s another tip. Take a close look at the blog posts that get a lot of stumbles. If you use Bloggerscope for any period of time, you will notice that only a select few posts get a significant number of stumbles. So when you see a post that does, study it very carefully and see what made it go viral.

5. Use it for Guest Posting

Not only can you use Bloggerscope to come up with awesome guest post ideas (see #4), but it can also be used to quickly identify which blogs are accepting guest posts as well.

One of the most important considerations of guest blogging is how much traffic a blog will be able to send you. So use Bloggerscope to take a look at the Alexa rank of prospective sites which will give you a rough idea of how much traffic a site may be getting.

6. Discover attention grabbing Headlines

Your headline is the first, and perhaps only, impression you make on a prospective reader. Without a headline or post title that turns a browser into a reader, the rest of your words may as well not even exist. How to Write Headlines That Work

Looking for inspiration for your next blog post title? Bloggerscope contains headlines from some of the very best headline writers out there. Look at the posts that get the most shares on Bloggerscope and make a note of their headlines. While you would never want to copy any blog’s headlines, use them as inspiration to come up with your own compelling ones.

7. Find good stuff to share on your social media accounts

If you want to grow your social media presence, then you should definitely be sharing good stuff with your followers. Bloggerscope gives you lots of great posts to share right at your fingertips.

Here is what Andrea Vahl wrote about the value in sharing great content:

It’s all about becoming a valuable resource. When you can dig up great articles your audience is interested in–regardless of the source–you’ll become more respected and your content will be widely shared. 8 Ways to Discover Valuable Social Media Content.

At the very least, take 5-10 minutes out of your day to browse through the posts published on Bloggerscope and share some of your favorite posts to your Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus accounts. It will keep your social accounts looking active, and your followers will appreciate it.

Bonus tip: One great service for curating content is Scoop.it. I was introduced to it by my friend Ms Ileane, and it is a very underrated traffic source.

8. Find bloggers to engage with

Social authority is a metric devised by the SEOMoz guys to determine a twitter user’s social influence. These are the users you want to emulate and follow because they are the ones engaging with their followers and in turn their followers are willing to share their content. Get your content shared by these influencers will greatly increase your chance of it going viral.

Social authority is displayed next to each blog in the Top Blog list.

BloggerScope - SocialAuthority-1

9. As a quick and easy research tool

The Bloggerscope search function is one of the newer additions to the site. Currently, it searches the headlines of all the posts that we’ve stored on the site for your keyword.

It’s great for finding resources to link to in your posts, or just to validate your blog ideas. I now find myself using it all the time for a variety of different research purposes and I think you will find it useful too.

Final Thoughts

While I initially made Bloggerscope for my own use, I hope you can see the potential uses for it in your own business. The site is still evolving, so please let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions of things to add.

I’d love for Bloggerscope to become your start page, so let me know what it would take for it to do so.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Adam Reise July 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

You convinced me. I am going to try Bloggerscope, ill get back and leave a comment of my experience with it.

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Ron July 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Awesome new site Chris. You are providing a valuable new service to all of us.

Are you going to allow a way for people to submit their blogs to the site? What about supporting blogs outside of the marketing/IM niche?

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Chris July 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Hi Ron. I’m working on a way for users to submit their blogs to the site right now. Although, it will be more of a consideration request sort of thing, and not anything automatic. I will still manually vette every blog to make sure only high quality ones are being added.

And yes, I definitely will add additional categories to the site once I work out the kinks. It takes quite a bit of processing power to continually update the share stats, so I don’t want to grow too fast before I’m ready.

Andrea H. July 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Great idea and very interesting, I’ve already checked it and it has a bunch of uses. It will be even more useful when it will include also other categories but you’re definitely right in taking the right time to do it. What happened to Bloggers is a good lesson.

May I suggest Personal Development as one of the first new categories, so maybe I’ll get included? :)

Also the manual verification these days is a must to avoid present and future G penalties.

Great ideas, go on this way Mister Fong. :)
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Chris July 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Thanks for stopping by Andrea. Personal Development is definitely a category I’d be interested in adding. Certainly lots of great blogs in that area as well.

Bishal Biswas July 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

It’s just awesome and the site is interesting too for bloggers, I just love it.
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What is Lending Club July 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I’ve really enjoyed using Feedly to replace Google Reader. I wish it had the same social features, but at least it’s an easy to use RSS reader.
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Sandy Halliday July 7, 2013 at 12:15 am

I am so glad I found this post through a mention on Ana Hoffman’s Weekly Marketing Skinny as I didn’t know about BloggerScope.

I do miss Google Reader and although I have gone over to Feedly I am still haven’t quite got to grips with it yet. I will cetainly be using Bloggerscope from now on. It will be especially useful for finding good posts to share on my social media accounts.

I am also in the health niche so, like Ron above, I would be interested in niches outside IM.

Will be watching out for more developments.

Sandy
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Chris July 7, 2013 at 5:43 am

Glad you find it useful Sandy! Besides health, what other niches were you interested in?

QuynhLan July 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Wow very kool application. You convinced me. I think I should try Bloggerscope now. Thank you for sharing with us this helpful information
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Mate July 9, 2013 at 1:27 am

It’s one of the most helpful applications for us bloggers. I find the guestblogging function the most useful for myself. Will surely be using bloggerscope from now on! Thanks for the share!
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nadeem July 16, 2013 at 1:50 am

A great application for the bloggers, containing many different functions in it.
Thanks for sharing about it, i really find it interesting.

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mohan July 29, 2013 at 6:03 am

It’s one of the most helpful applications for us bloggers. I find the guestblogging function the most useful for myself. Will surely be using bloggerscope from now on! Thanks for the share!

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Joe July 31, 2013 at 7:38 am

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. It looks like a great application for bloggers. I think this can help speed up my efficiency a bunch!
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Jake August 3, 2013 at 4:51 am

I love news aggregators. I use many of them on my tablets, I prefer to read news there. But I should have a good software for this also on my desktop, so it’s time to try this Bloggerscope!
thanks for the suggestion, Chris!
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shakaib August 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Best of luck for Bloggerscope, i hope it would also be a success like misterfong. ;)
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