Andrew Connell

Getting a pulse on the SharePoint blogosphere

A while ago Dustin Miller offered to mirror your blog as long as it was SharePoint related through “the” place for a SharePoint blog: naturally. After seeing how it was implemented I jumped on board. Wow… now that was one smart move.

So here’s how it works. You’ve got all those blogs that are already on… and they’ve had their main feed for a while now. When your blog is added as a mirror, you’re added to an External Feeds list. All this does is have their site subscribe to your blog feed. When you post it will add a new entry to the external feeds with the title, the first X words in your post and best of all, link back to YOUR post on YOUR blog. Readers will also see the name of YOUR blog in the footer of the post. So all you’re doing is syndicating your blog post title, a short excerpt and if someone is interested, they will subscribe to your feed. No commentary… just raw content. Then people that subscribe to the main feed will get both the native blogs to that site as well as the mirrored blogs. Now that’s expanding your reach! Here’s a little snapshot of what you would see if your blog was mirrored… it shows one of my posts from yesterday (the URL in the status bar shows that it will send you back to my blog feed… that’s the FeedBurner URL for my post which is used in tracking hits & where the come from… slick service by FeedBurner):

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I subscribe to the main feed. While you can easily get overwhelmed with the number of posts, when I have a few minutes (ie: on a plane or sitting in the living room through one of my wife’s shows), I scan the subjects and when I see something I like, I can quickly read the teaser (or full post if the blog is native to and if it’s a good one, I subscribe to the blog. It’s a fantastic way to get a pulse on the SharePoint blogosphere.

Downside: you see about a gazillion posts about some new announcements as it seems that everyone wants to blog about “Halo 3 is now available”. Thanks… that wore off around the 241st time :)

If you blog about SharePoint and your blog is NOT being mirrored on or already on, you should go fill out the form right now for some free blog exposure.

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.