Is social media sharing the new commenting?

As a publisher, I've always prioritized toward comments because it's content that I "own." Yeah, someone else wrote it, but I own the pageviews (and the related ad sales)… and in exchange, I bear the responsibility of keeping those conversations in-line with my brand. Hence, our stringent commenting policies because I believe VERY strongly that if your website's full of assholes, it's your fault.

That said, it's started to sink in that readers aren't coming back to blog comments… and really, social media shares are more valuable for me anyway. Here's why…

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5 ways to use Pinterest's Source page to market your business

Have you ever visited Pinterest's "Source" page for your website? This is the page that displays the most recent pins sourced from your website. You find it by going to http://pinterest.com/source/[your URL].

I am obsessed with Offbeat Bride's source page at http://pinterest.com/source/offbeatbride.com, and it's one of my most frequently visited pages. I don't even visit Pinterest.com any more — I've bookmarked Offbeat Bride's source page, and it's one of the most effective ways I have of marketing my business. Here's how…

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Comparing how posts perform with different readerships

We have some general guidelines about what fits on each Offbeat Empire blog, but there's definitely some overlap and wiggle room. Newlywed stuff generally goes on Home & Life (but sometimes goes on Bride), reproductive health generally goes on Families (but sometimes goes on Home & Life), and child-free stuff generally goes on Families (even though it's very much about NOT having children). Anything meta (business, community, tech) goes here on Offbeat Empire, but sometimes we also post on the sites related to the meta-issue.

But sometimes there are some posts that stump us…