Location. Location. Location.
People love to blog about locations. Foodies blog about restaurants. Fashionistas blog about the stores where they get their look. Moms blog about family-friendly spots. And then there are travel bloggers.
And location’s becoming more important in our blogging lives. Increasingly we’re reading our blogs on the go – on our iPhone or Android phone.
But there’s a problem: blogs are based on time, not space. There’s never been an easy way to organize or explore your blog by geography. Why can’t you walk around town and see nearby places you’ve blogged about on your phone?
We’ve been working on this at Placeling and our new plugin turns your blog into an iPhone-based city guide. You can make your blog posts appear on a map on an iPhone:
Those pins on the map also link to your blog, driving more traffic back to you:
And if your readers don’t have an iPhone they can still see all of your posts on a map – with a link back to each post – on Placeling.com:
So how does this work? It’s simple: when you write a post you tag it with a location – it’s just like adding a photo:
Upon publishing, you send a teaser summary and a link to your post to Placeling. It’s now location-enabled and visible on an iPhone.
To help you promote your location-based blog posts, a footer is placed at the bottom of each one. The footer links to your Placeling map and gives more info about each location you’ve blogged about.
So how do you get started?
- Create a free Placeling account
- Download and install the plugin
- Get the Placeling iPhone app if you want it on your phone
It’s a post-PC, mobile, local world. Your blog should be able to take full advantage of it – and Placeling’s the first step to do so.
Lindsay Watt is a co-founder at Placeling – a service that makes it effortlessly easy for you to share the places you love. Read more.
When not working on Placeling, Lindsay spends his free time exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver.