Blogging is a lot of like chess: you must think one move ahead, or risk being outwitted by the competition.
As an established and (I hope) well-respected blogger, I’m constantly forward thinking. I’m experimenting with, and strategizing ways of, increasing my sites’ page views and traffic. In a move to stay ahead of industry trends, I recently started toying with a new social media platform called Quipist. (If you’re unfamiliar with the site, fret not. I’ll fill you in a little later.)
Quipist immediately brought positive results: it led to increased traffic and page views.
And so, being the sharing type, I decided to reveal how others might use the site to their benefit.
Before signing up for Quipist, I did some Google sleuthing to see how it might benefit my blogging strategy.
There wasn’t much information available, given how new the platform was. This was a good thing: It meant most bloggers weren’t taking advantage of the social media platform. It also meant this was an opportunity to get ahead of a new trend.
I wanted to experiment to see if maybe – just maybe – Quipist was worth using on a regular basis.
First, here’s a breakdown of how the site works.
- Users can customize profiles in numerous ways. They can use real names or pseudonyms, and personalize accounts with bios and avatars. Privacy settings can be adjusted and friend lists can be hidden.
- Users can contribute content in four ways: through text, links, video and images.
- Users can interact in five ways: by sharing content, commenting on it, liking it, disliking it or declaring neutrality.
- The more interaction a post receives, the higher it climbs Quipist’s feed.
- This means that the more interaction a post receives, the more likely it is to lead to increased blog traffic.
- Quipist’s social media aggregator saves bloggers time. It allows users to share Quipist posts to other social media sites. This works with all the major players, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumbler. (Quipist says it’s working to add other social media platforms.)
- On the flip side, Quipstream feature allows users to read all their social media feeds on one screen. It lets users browse Facebok, LinkedIn, Tumbler, Instagram, Google+ and Reddit feeds on one feed. That saves time, too.
- Need more incentive? Its proxy tool makes content go hyper viral. Instead of pulling people in to read content, it pushes content out to those who aren’t following you, but are interested in your topics. This is a gem for bloggers and crucial to luring new followers to blogs. (By the way, Quipist is currently giving proxy accounts for free to anyone who asks. This is a huge perk, since they’ll eventually start charging for such account upgrades.)
Have I piqued your interest yet? Here are my tips for using Quipist as part of a blogging strategy:
- Get a proxy account (remember, they’re free) and start a niche in order to connect with fellow users. Meanwhile, follow proxies and accounts related to your blog’s niche.Think of proxies as themed niches. Look for your proxy tribes, and join them. You can have multiple proxies through subaccounts.
- Increase your Quipist rank and become more visible. New users are unlimited how much, and how often, they can submit content. Take advantage of this perk while it lasts. It can help improve your Quipist rank, which is a point system that rewards users for submitting interesting content. Every time a user interacts with your post, it gives you points. The more points, the better.
- Don’t overdo it with the self-promotions; it might get you banned. Quipist isn’t banning accounts yet, like any good social media platform, they’ll likely clamp down on spammers in time. Quality, diverse content gets you further with Quipist.
- Be social and interactive. Reply to comments, react to posts and contribute to the dialogue of other users’ posts.
Lastly, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with Quipist’s terms. Here’s a glossary:
Love The Q / Q-Love: Love Quipist and love the cause
Hug: What you send to someone when you don’t want to necessarily ‘like’ someone’s post, but yet you want to show them support with empathy.
Proxer: A Proxer is someone who is allowing a Proxy to act on their behalf on Quipist.
Proxy: A Proxy is someone with a Proxy account, and who has Proxers (proxy followers). When a Proxy makes certain choices on Quipist (such as making a Qpinion), those choices cascade onto their Proxer’s accounts as well. It is reversible by the Proxer for every single item, and may be revoked entirely by the Proxer at any time.
Proxy account: A proxy account allows someone to act as a proxy.
QPoints/Quift: A gift of points from Quipist; a surprise bonus points for something that you did that delights us
Queue Up: Sign Up / line up / join / participate
Quill: Once used to write quips
Quip: A witty remark
Quipstream: A Quipist’s timeline and incoming social media feed
Quip It / To quip: Write about it on Quipist
Quip In: When one signs into Quipist
Quip Up: When one signs up for Quipist
Quipist: A member of the Quipist community
Quippier: Something that is more quip/witty than another quip
Quipping: Present participle of quip and what a Quipist does
Quit: Something a successful Quipist never does
Vet: To give proof/evidence, in the form of links, that something is true or false.
Vex: When something ‘controversial’ has been shared. For example, someone may post a video of an unknown person engaging in animal cruelty and you, of course do not want to like it, yet you want to show support against such cruelty or assist in identifying the perpetrator by spreading the word. This is one of many ways vexed can be used. We welcome feedback on this feature.
What’s your Q? – What are you passionate about?
Then, sit back and enjoy the extra little bit of traffic to your blog from Quipist. And who knows, maybe your content will go viral via Quipist.
Follow me on Quipist: https://www.quipist.com/profile/Joanna