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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Live now! Leaderboards for deeper engagement

I’m excited to introduce Leaderboards for your Ning Network. Leaderboards are ordered rankings of the top members and content on your Network, and they’re powerful for two reasons:

  • For Creators, Leaderboards make it easy to discover and promote the best of your Network.
  • For members, Leaderboards spark friendly competition, establish reputation, and encourage deeper, more persistent engagement.

With today’s launch, you have the power to make use of Leaderboards in the perfect way for your Network. You can view the latest trends on your Network Dashboard, add Leaderboard pages to your top-level tabs, and even add a Leaderboard module to your Main Page. Details below!

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Natalie Lesyk
Natalie Lesyk

How to monetize a website: 32 expert tips proved by time and sweat

“Monetize website” – by this query Google shows About 1,700,000 results. And the trend is constantly growing:

(data via Google Trends)

For sure, users want to monetize their endeavors as managing a website…is a complicated task indeed. We listen to our community and always keep a finger on the pulse, that’s why the following decision came really naturally for us.
That’s why NING is launching e-commerce platform which will allow network creators to set up paid access to the published content and raise funds via the ‘Donate’ button.

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admin

8 Steps to Creating a Great Social Network

Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love a good online party

Creating your own social network is a lot like hosting a fabulous party. Like all parties, it usually starts with being an interesting person and a love of meeting people. Bands and porn stars work too. Just kidding.

Like any party, it also takes a little bit of preparation to take cheap beer and stale chips and turn it into a night to remember.

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admin

Keep up with your social network from your iPhone

Every social network on Ning comes with an iPhone interface, which is great when you want to keep up with your social network when not at your computer. Using this interface, members with iPhones can access a simplified version of your social network that looks great, matches your social network’s colors and loads quickly, even on a 2G iPhone.

To access the iPhone interface, you simply need to add /m to the URL of your social network. For example, to access Brooklyn Art Project on an iPhone, you would head to #m

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Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

Social Sharing: Getting Your Ning Network Dugg so People Can StumbleUpon It

If you’ve been reading along, you know we’re pretty excited about the ways we’ve integrated with Twitter and Facebook. Both services provide tremendous audiences for sharing and syndicating content from your Ning Network, but we also know they aren’t the only game in town, at least when it comes to social sharing.

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Ally Windsea
Ally Windsea

How to Create a Social Network And Start to Enjoy Big Online Party

Ever wondered how to create a social network and not to feel like you are working your tail off? It’s a lot like a party, and we will teach you here how to become a real party maker. Ning gives you a place for hosting this social network party. You just have to follow our guidelines and learn how to have a blast!

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Control the privacy settings for your Ning Network

Some Network Creators want to share their social experience with the world, while others create Ning Networks just for close friends and family. To embrace these different preferences, flexible privacy settings are built in to every Ning Network.

As a Network Creator, you have many different options when it comes to the privacy of your Ning Network. To adjust the privacy settings, go to the Manage page and then click “Network Privacy”:

From this page, you can choose the ideal privacy settings:

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John McDonald
John McDonald

Expanding on Ning Mini: a Few New Details Added by Request

We’re getting closer to the launch of our new pricing plans on July 20th, and I’d like to take a few minutes to provide Network Creators with several additional details about the transition process for those of you who are interested in purchasing the Ning Mini plan.

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admin

Why Your Network’s Latest Activity Matters

As we covered in The Perfect Social Network, your Latest Activity feature shows all the activity happening across your social networks as soon as it happens.

It is the single most important feature you can add for driving recurring usage by your members on your social network, especially as you get bigger. And by bigger, we actually mean everyone should use this feature. It’s how people quickly find the best, brightest and most recent stuff on your social network.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Choose the right keywords for your social network

Coming up with a great set of keywords lies at the heart of making your social network discoverable. If your keywords are specific and uniquely related to your social network, it’ll be easier for people to find your social network via search engines and even via searching on Ning.com.

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Brenda Peterson
Brenda Peterson

Use your own domain

One of the great things about your social network on Ning is that you can easily make it the hub of your online presence. You can even set up your social network so it appears under your own domain name. Using your own domain name brands your social network and makes it a place people will seek out when they want to learn more about your brand.

Good Charlotte has taken advantage of this feature to make their social network the top place to get to know their fans and communicate band news. They’ve mapped their social network to their domain GoodCharlotte.com.

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Natalie Lesyk
Natalie Lesyk

Create Your Own Social Network Domain in 4 Steps

Social network sites rule the world. That statement is the truth nowadays and it will be in the future. The world belongs to the social media network. People evolved and changed by accepting technology as a tool that allows unconditional freedom of expression and connection with diverse communities. Ning allows you to create your personal domain, that will work out well in the long run.

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