Manny Hernandez
Manny Hernandez
Manny Hernandez

Power of the right-hand column

There is a powerful element in your network’s layout that you can leverage to many purposes: the right-hand column. Its power lies in the fact that features you add to the yellow area of the right-column on the Features page will show up on every page of your network.

Network Creators can do a lot with the right column, such as:

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Manny Hernandez
Manny Hernandez

Redescubriendo a Jalisco en miAltos

(Most of this entry will be written in Spanish, in the first bilingual post of the Ning Blog. For non-Spanish speakers, there is a summary at the bottom.)

miAltos.com es una red social de los Altos de Jalisco, una región mexicana localizada a unos 100 km de Guadalajara. En miAltos.com comparten más de 300 alteños de Jalisco con aquellos que viven en Estados Unidos.

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Manny Hernandez
Manny Hernandez

pdxdog: A social network for dog lovers

Some Network Creators start their network first and then generate revenue from it. Andrea Schneider from Portland, Ore. was selling artisan dog feeders before she decided to start the pdxdog.com social network to complement her business.

Andrea did her research. “Portland is dog crazy!” she confided to us. Talking to her customers and doing focus groups, she realized the additional value that she could offer through a social network for her clientele and dog lovers at large. A little more than a week after launching the network, The Oregonian was calling it “a Portland version of Facebook for dog-lovers.”

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Manny Hernandez
Manny Hernandez

Contests can drive membership

Creating Your Own Network for Anything and inviting members is easy, but there’s more to having a great network. You should also keep your members coming back. Besides continuing to take advantage of new features, one of the best things you can do is recognize your members and reward them.

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Manny Hernandez
Manny Hernandez

TransplantCafe.com: a place to share your transplant experience

In the past 20 years, over 400 thousand organ transplants were performed in the U.S. Nelson Freytes, Network Creator of TransplantCafe.com was involved in one of them: he received his liver transplant in 1988.

The experiences Nelson had at the World Transplant Games and the US Transplant Games inspired him to create this social network. In the process, he is impacting the lives of the transplant community.

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Manny Hernandez
Manny Hernandez

How to select a name for your network

Choosing a good network name may be one of the best things you can do to help your search engine rankings and increase visits (and hopefully new members) to your network.

A few weeks ago when we dealt with Search Engine Optimization, one of our tips was using relevant keywords in the titles of your posts, photos and other content items. This tip also applies to the selection of a name for your network.

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