Blogging For Beginners: “How Do I Create Social Proof Quickly When I’m A New Blogger?”

 by Kary Rogney

Social proof is powerful and not something to overlook as a new blogger. When people land on a website with hundreds of people in a Google Friend Connect Box or in a Facebook Fan Page Box for you, it immediately gives you more credibility.

It’s kind of like a guest book at a bed and breakfast. If you take a look at it and it’s full with lots of messages then you feel confident that you’re making the right decision to be there. The same holds true for these side bar widgets that you can install in your blog.

Like me you’ve probably visited blogs that look and ‘feel’ like a ghost town, right? There are only 3-4 people in their Google Friend Connect box and you’re thinking that it’s probably that blogger’s spouse, mom, and brother helping them out… The one sure way to get yours rockin’ and rollin’ is to get out there and join other people’s on their blogs, make friends with other bloggers, and learn how to drive traffic to your site through strategic syndication alliances (your tribe).

Here’s how you add the Google Friend Connect… essentially you just set up a free account, click on ‘members gadgets’ and copy and paste the html code into a ‘Text’ widget on your blog… (Go to ‘widgets’, drag and drop the word ‘text’ over the right sidebar, copy and paste html code with any title you wish).

It’s that simple. There are many features with these that are extremely powerful, but for now get them up on your blog and start meeting the people that are taking the time to say, “Hi, I was here.”

Today’s very short video:

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BONUS #1: Setting Up Google Friend Connect

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BONUS #2: Setting Up Facebook Fan Page

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Coming up we will look at how to create a comment friendly environment… It’s about growing a community right on your blog.

Yours in support and mastery,

PS Some of these people that are on my Google Friend Connect and Facebook Fan Pages have quickly become some of my very best friends in my entire life. Hard to believe, I know… but true! I speak with many of them daily or several times per week. If it weren’t for having a blog, that definitely would not be the case. This is where we hang out too…

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  • Posted by Michaele Harrington on August 29, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Hi Kary,

    What you’ve just outlined is crucial for both new and established blogs going forward.
    I liken it to being in a new country or city and perusing the cafe strip. The one you end up spending your money in, is the one that has social proof, e.g. the one where people were hanging out!
    Entering any place online or offline that has zero diners, followers, fans etc sets off a subconscious alarm that triggers you to move on.

    GFC is such a powerful way to build up social proof and online credibility.
    .-= Michaele Harrington´s last blog ..2 Simple Tools To Skyrocket Your Credibility Within Minutes =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Michaele,
      I love your analogy of the city cafes…
      I remember living in London and only
      wanting to go to the busiest places.
      Funny how blogs can have a similar
      Love your style…

  • Posted by Anthony McNeil on August 29, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Hello Kary,

    Thanks for sharing this info. I just redid my blog and I never added social proof on my previous theme but after watching your video, I’m going to do it right now.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Anthony McNeil
    .-= Anthony McNeil´s last blog ..Sean Walker… How Bad Do You Want It =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm

      Hey Anthony… just hit your blog and joined you
      GFC… Let’s chat sometime soon over on
      Skype: karyrogney I have a couple ideas for
      your blog.

  • Posted by Landon Stewart on August 29, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Great stuff Kary! In the beginning having a blog can seem overwhelming, but as long as people do what you just told them to, they should be just fine! : )

    I’m new to the UT, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing you around!
    .-= Landon Stewart´s last blog ..Attraction Marketing’s Single Greastest Flaw Revealed =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      Hey Landon,
      It’s definitely a start. There is a lot of info
      out there. My goal is to simplify what is
      needed and show the formula for the fast
      track to success with a blog and social

  • Posted by Steven Suchar on August 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Kary!

    Thanks for inviting me to your Blog…it’s so nice meeting you. :)

    It’s so important for NEW Blogger’s to establish a quick start ‘out of the gate’. Building confidence is crucial & usually dictates IF they stick or slide down the wall!!

    Have a highly inspired day…your tribal friend Steven Suchar
    .-= Steven Suchar´s last blog ..Combining Affiliate Products With Blogging Makes Sense!! =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm

      Hey Steven!
      Nice to meet you as well. Make sure we connect
      on Skype: karyrogney I look forward to chatting
      soon with you. Would like to hear more about
      what you’re working on.

  • Posted by Beth Hewitt on August 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Great Post Kary,

    I remember the days when my blog was bare! But it is actually pretty amazing how fast we can establish ourselves with oodles of social proof.

    Great how-to guides for newbies!!

    Good Stuff,
    Keep Rockin
    Beth :)
    .-= Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..Twitter Tools for Beginners =-.

  • Posted by Antonio Licchelli on August 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Great post Kary

    I love the step by step videos too…

    Keep up ther great work!

    Antonio :)
    .-= Antonio Licchelli´s last blog ..1 Super Powerful Traffic Secret =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks buddy…. People are so busy. If we just
      package short, simple tutorials people can right
      away and implement what they learn before
      “overwhelm” sets in…

  • Posted by Jeremiah.Carstarphen on August 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Kary powerful information and your videos are awesome!

    Learn how to make your own website

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks Jeremiah! I love short videos too.
      Glad you came by and said hi…

  • Posted by Sue Price on August 30, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Hi Kary
    Great post and I love these short video tutorials. You have reminded me I must start my facebook fan page. I keep overlooking that one. I love your blog.
    .-= Sue Price´s last blog ..Will Your Thinking Allow You to Get Rich =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      Sue, Let me know when you launch your page and
      I’ll come over and “Like” it… :) Kary

  • Posted by Nat on August 30, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Hey Kary

    I remember getting started not so long ago and worrying how was I going to establish myself with this “social proof” everyone is talking about. But it didn’t take me long to get started at all, and I have to say that this had a lot to do with all the “tribal community” blogging that I got myself involved in.

    If you want social proof you need to earn it, I did this by networking, syndicating, reciprocating and just engaging with my readers to find out what it was that I was creating with my content that people were coming to my blog for. It didn’t happen over night but it certainly is on its way now!

    Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Nat´s last blog ..KeywordLuv and Do Follow How I’m Rewarding Commentators On My Blog =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm

      You nailed it Nat! Gotta get out there and Give and Help Others.
      Mix it up…. It’s just a big party. Who you going to be at the
      party? The wall flower, the one dancing on the tables, or the
      gracious host?
      Glad to be tribin’ it up with ya,

  • Posted by Kim Tarr on August 30, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Hi Kary!

    As usual you provide nothing but the best value! Having the social proof on your blog is so sweet and it only creates that “what am I gonna miss fi I am not apart of this” Additude!

    Awesome stuff and I love you new blog theme!

    .-= Kim Tarr´s last blog ..Video Marketing Basics To Get People To Join YOU In Your Business =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      Hi Kim!
      Thanks for the kind words! My guys at
      do a great job on blogs. I absolutely love what they put together
      for me. Great seeing you! Let’s chat sometime soon…

  • Posted by paola devescovi on August 30, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Hi Kary,

    I love these step-by-step videos!

    .-= paola devescovi´s last blog ..Your Home- A Vehicle To Express Your Potential =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Paola,
      I have a ton more just like this when you
      subscribe to my blog… :) Kary

  • Posted by Joe Young on August 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Hey Kary,
    Great post. Still need to set up a fan page, but when I do, will know what to do to add it to my blog! May seem small, but if a person has never done it before it can be a big thing!

    Joe Young
    .-= Joe Young´s last blog ..Why SEO Need Become Second Nature To Every Blogger =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      Hey Joe,
      Step by step. The thing to make sure you’re doing is
      taking action each and every day. Consistency is
      very important!

  • Posted by Mitchell Dillman on August 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Hello again Kary,

    See, I told you I’d be back…

    Awesome info my friend. I’m just getting started over on my blog after,

    After floundering around the past few months, I’ve finally decided to ‘ramp it up’ and jump into the wonderful world of Internet blogging.

    I’ll be soaking up all I can over here, you can bet on that!

    Thanks, your newest friend.

    Mitchell Dillman
    “The Internetworking Online Carpenter”
    .-= Mitchell Dillman´s last blog ..A Bloggers Story – My Personal 30 Day Challenge- The Beginning =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      Hey Mitchell!
      Great to have you back, buddy!
      Glad to help you out any way
      I can. Look me up on Skype: karyrogney
      All the best,

  • Posted by John Engle on August 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Kary,

    Thank you for the informative videos… I have a Facebook Business page already, but not a Google Friend connect! Considering the idea of social proof, would you highly recommend the Google Friend connect when I already have the Facebook Business page, Twitter Feed, and the Network Blogs, plus Top Commentators which show a decent amount of comments, etc on my blog?

    It’s too bad that a person cannot put a Facebook Group page on the sidebar… if I can, please let me know because I did not see a place to get the code for the page!

    Thanks again Kary,

    John Engle
    .-= John Engle´s last blog ..A Must Have SEO WordPress Plugin to Help Skyrocket You to the Top of the Google Ladder! =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Hey John,
      I don’t know of a way to add a FB group to a WP sidebar.
      Doesn’t meet it’s not possible. “Google it…” lol
      You could always take a screen shot of it and put
      it in your sidebar as a graphic and link out to it.
      Have fun!

  • Posted by Michael Stead on August 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Hey Kary,

    This subject hangs a lot of people up so I’m glad that someone finally addressed it and literally squashed it. I think the biggest thing that most people need to realize is that every time you read blog posts and find ways to advance your education you become more valuable. Thus, you have more value to offer.

    Even knowing simple things such as setting up lead capture pages, auto-responder message series etc. are things that to this day not a lot of people know about. I tell my team all the time that whenever they learn something that can move their businesses forward to immediately share it with their team so that the new people can learn it and begin to apply it.

    Great stuff as always Kary! Keep up the excellent work :)

    See you at the top,
    Michael Stead
    .-= Michael Stead´s last blog ..Sponsored Tweets- How To Get Celebrities Promoting Your Business! =-.

    • Posted by Kary Rogney on August 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      Hey Michael,
      Yes, there are a million and one little things to do. I’m on a
      mission to simplify the industry… Glad to be on your radar.

  • Posted by Oliver Tausend on August 31, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Hi Kary,

    great step-by-step videos. Some blogs look like ghost blogs, that’s true. I believe people think that they can just put something out there and the magic will happen. The magic will happen in social media, but only if we work social media and if we don’t expect that social media does the whole work for us. So after installing these widgets, it’s very important to fill them with life.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    Take care

    .-= Oliver Tausend´s last blog ..Lessons From Robert Kiyosaki’s “Cashflow Quadrant” For MLM Network Marketing Pt 3 =-.

  • Posted by Eldridge DuFauchard on August 31, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Kary my man,

    What great insight and step by step instructions on how to get some social proof going on our blogs. I’m in that stage now and getting people over to my blog seems to be the task at hand when I have the time.

    Thank you for all that you do and share with us!!
    .-= Eldridge DuFauchard´s last blog ..Transforming Your Life With A Life Coach =-.

  • Posted by Jennifer May on August 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Hey Kary! Definitely very beneficial to create social proof on your blog… and getting out there in other blogging communities is key to succeeding at this!

    Thanks for the wonderful directions on setting up the most powerful social proof widgets for anyone’s blog… as always great stuff!
    .-= Jennifer May´s last blog ..5 IMPORTANT Steps To Achieving Higher Goals Than You Ever Thought Possible =-.

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