Reddit Launching Its Own News Site “Upvoted”

Reddit Launching Its Own News Site “Upvoted”

The popular website Reddit is launching a service dedicated to news this Tuesday. Upvoted will be site dedicated to news from Reddit itself by their own editorial team. This means they’ll create their own original stories & publish it all under the Upvoted brand. Despite the sites name Upvoted will not use a voting based system to rank content. Rather it’ll curate stories around posts, comments, and other media from Reddit. Diving deeper into popular reddit posts in order to bring a full story.

The catch is all articles will feature or not feature a comment section. Upvoted will focus primarily on the story & eliminate the readers ability to post opinions, thoughts, and even praise. While comments can bring a bit of controversy especially from a community such as Reddit this is an interesting spin.

Upvoted will dive deeper into Reddit’s most popular & interesting content. Interviewing posters, commenters, and so on to verify details & tell the backstory to the popular reddits we browse so addictively. Currently the site showcases a private login page but will be launching tomorrow.

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Reddit claims that some of their most popular posts are copied from other sources & being passed off as their own. (Pretty much the same issue any site/blog platform suffers from) The Upvoted teams job will be to tackle these sources & verify all details. As far as a business model goes, Upvoted will feature zero ads in terms of banners.

Rather the site will use “sponsored posts” packed as native content. They’re looking to partner with sponsors who fit in line with the content & don’t necessarily stick out. In an age where advertisement seem to be all that talked about with blockers & so on. Native posts still haven’t been able to be singled out. It’s the very same format we follow here at DigitalDojos. Whether this will be successful for Upvoted is obviously yet to be determined.

This is certainly a new direction for Reddit & after community backlash over the last couple of months will be interesting how the site fairs with no community interaction. Just the news & stories.

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Instagram Brings Search to it’s Website

Instagram Brings Search to it’s Website

The popular photo sharing app Instagram has finally brought search functionality to its web counterpart. has been a complimentary portal to your feed for some time now. Today they’ve made it possible to search users, hashtags, and locations all via the web.

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Via the website you can just about do everything you can on mobile with the exception of actually uploading photos. The sites main purpose is to serve as another method of access to your photo stream & people your following. While Instagram plans on keeping its main focus of course on the mobile end this is a nice addition for those who like myself time to time like to open up IG on the browser end.

As of now still no word on a desktop/web uploader for photographers who may use another camera to take their pictures. For now you’ll have to stick to importing the photo from desktop to mobile device. However search away at

The State of Social Media & The Desire to Belong

The State of Social Media & The Desire to Belong

I’ve covered the technology space for nearly decade now. It all started with a broken PC & a desire to get back onto World of Warcraft. My 11 year old self would then become engulfed in a world that is ever changing & advancing. If I think about what my favorite part of covering such an expanding space it’d have to be seeing the social trends come & go. Seeing the would be networks fail, random networks become the new big thing, the big thing phase out as years rolled by.

Thus I wanted to focus on the state of social media. Where we’re at now & how we’ve come to this point & what the future holds. Not just in the network itself but the social aspect. It is called “social” media after all. When it comes to social media over the years be it apps, sites, etc. The same reoccurring factor holds true, as the late Steve Jobs said “Alot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Years ago people wouldn’t be telling you that they wanted an messaging system in which their media would disappear after someone viewed it, a platform in which they were limited to 140 characters, and so on.

These networks & trends come & go in different iterations. It’s more a matter of how long they last. Nowadays there’s a standard set of networks that really matter. By matter, I mean where the people you know are & what they’re using.

State of Social Networks:


Arguably one of the most popular networks out there. Famous for its ephemeral messaging system in which users can send messages, pictures, and videos that require the viewer to pay attention as you only have one chance to view the snap. Snapchat stories are basically a look at what your friends are doing. Simply put it’s a look at what your either missing out on or wanted to know about. A window if you will into someones day.

Theres no argument there is money & attention in this space. Evan Spiegel  Snapchat’s CEO is the youngest billionaire to date due to Snapchat’s success.


With the millions of users it has almost everyone knows what Facebook is even if they don’t use it, they probably have one or have had to encounter it before on the internet. The thing you either love or hate but still can’t get rid of cause that one time you may need to reach out to such & such, keep up with family, see old friends, find that girl/guy from the party, the list goes on.


The 140-character micro blog that has also taken the social media space by storm. Evolving from a status update network to one that is at the center of many things going on in the world. Find tweets across news networks scrolling tickers, famous figures posting updates, and or a simple way to post something out to all your friends in a short format. Forcing a shorter form of expression. Keeping it short & simple.


 A picture says a thousand words they say. Well Instagram is the place to be if your looking to express just that with the hope of receiving thousands of likes to validate just that. Simple & visual. Pictures & short form video. Tell creative stories, showcase that vacation spot, or take a selfie & post it.


Vine is famous for two things short form video & the looping of said video. Creativity in this network ranges across all its categories. However one of those primary spaces being comedy. Rather then the old days of sending people to links of funny videos that may have been minutes long you have these 15 second or less clips that people can consume easily, which can also lead to endless scrolling and the famous phrase “Have you that Vine?”.


That visual board of wedding plans, house ideas, and a variety of other boards. A smattering of people’s interest arrange in a virtual board. While all your friends may not use it, you more than likely have someone who does. Beyond that Pinterest is much bigger than you think catering to a wide range of demographics young to old.


Tumblr is the blog you always wanted to set up without really having to do any blogging. If anything Tumblr has setup its own separate definition for blogging. While it is a content creation platform your dashboard is typically filled with more content to consume. A blog for you to really reblog others content. Use it personally or professionally. Filled with its own sets of memes, huge community & fan base of celebrity Tumblrs (Taylor Swift) & many other things.

Now yes I’m well aware that “insert network here” isn’t on the list. There’s so many networks that do this & that I simply choose to focus on the popular networks as of this post.

I’ve seen the start & popularity of each of these networks listed above. From release to the next big thing. The thing is they’re all really still growing & surely will have more years to come. However looking at each they’re all a form of something that can between them. Cause if there’s one thing thats important when it comes to social networks & media it’s timing. A trend is a trend because its happens for a certain amount of time. These apps in question have have similar versions that existed before them. Myspace, Blogger, Flickr, etc. Technology, society, and so on was all in the right place as these networks took off. With the launch of things like the app-store and so on it would change the face of social media & networks.

The next big social network can never really be predicted. Some trends are great ideas & implementations the world just isn’t simply ready for them at certain points. It could take years, better technology, and many other variables to fix that. We as users don’t truly know what we want when it comes to these apps. We may have features we want added or annoyances taken out. In the end though we fall to that of which the masses do more importantly the people who matter in our lives. Leading me into the bigger picture of social media this day in age.

The desire to belong. To be apart of the many rather than the few. Word it however you want but its a reason why a majority of us use whatever networks we do. Cause if it wasn’t for friends, family, and other people across the world with similar interests why would we use “insert app name’.

The Desire to Belong:

Looking around me lately I realize more & more that the world truly does fall on this sort of social pressure. Be it high school or the virtual world we all want in a way to belong to a certain circle. Especially those in my generation & primarily the younger demographic. I remember hearing in an interview with the actress Alice Eve on Conan of all things saying

As a kid it’s much easier to sort of be apart of the group than it is to stand outside it. I think that changes as you get older.

I couldn’t think of a better metaphor for social media in general. A constant need to fit in, for approval, recognition. We’re all guilty of it, myself included. Hell in some parts I’ve made a career out of it. We don’t share nowadays to simply just share, rather for a sense of recognition of what we’re doing. Shared expression itself is asking for form of judgement. Otherwise we’d keep those photos in our camera roll, the opinions to ourself, and that funny moment in our memories rather than our Snapchat Story.

Everybody at one point or another wants to fit in, in their life. Be apart of something & as apart of that they make the necessary sacrifices. The same goes for real social groups than it does digital ones. We use things we don’t like or enjoy, accept terms & conditions that are in some parts ridiculous, in other instances give up our right to privacy. We share these moments in life that’d otherwise be a story we tell someone in digital form. Now I’m not here to argue whether or not thats good nor bad. I’m apart of it. I’m self aware of this issue & contribute to it at the same time.

There are exceptions to this. Those who shy away from networks & what have you. But the majority surely 4 in every 5 friends you ask have an app listed above installed. Why? In parts to share their lives, contribute useful things into the world, tell their stories. In other parts to cater to crowd, see what they’re missing out on, to be apart of something even if they’re not physically present. Years ago the age old question would be “Could you or how long would you be able to last without a computer” or even “The capability to make calls on your phone”. Now the question should be If & how long people could go without their social media apps. A scary, interesting, and reflective thought.

Don’t be mistaken social networking in itself isn’t bad. These apps, developers, or hardware responsible for them aren’t to blame. They all can be used for great things, forming great & healthy relationships, and for amazing causes. However like any good thing they can be abused & or lead us to ask why we use them in the first place?

Is it for us, or is it for others?

Below you can find some other great resources & material on the same subjects by people much more smarter & articulate than I.

TheNerdWriter- Social Media

A Teenagers View on Social Media

Flipboard Comes to the Web

Flipboard Comes to the Web

The popular RSS reader FlipBoard known for their mobile apps now comes to the web. A mobile RSS reader that combines form & function into a online magazine interface. The team has now released an official web version that couples the mobile apps very elegantly. It’s RSS for the everyday user. You can simply sign in with your FlipBoard login, Gmail, or Facebook. Greeted with a visual experience of cover stories & topics you follow.

It’s RSS for the everyday user


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The interface is broken down into three sections. Cover stories, Following, and Explore. The cover stories where you’ll be spending a majority of your time is filled with a ton of visual elements scattered with other tiny elements such as “Friends of FlipBoard” & “Magazine Makers”. Combining the social elements with your news readers. See what others are making & digesting with a simple click.

You also have the ability to follow other users to see their “magazine”. A magazine is a FlipBoard curated by other users so you can follow their interests or daily reads. This can be anywhere from people to topics such as Technology, Sports, and so on.

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Coupled with that is a profile page that displays all your articles, magazines, and followers.

Last but not least is your explore tab. This is where you can find all sorts of new content to follow & explore the FlipBoard community. With over 34,000+ topics in their library & thousands of more magazines your bound to find something.

Whats best about the new design is responsiveness.Reducing the window to a smaller size automatically resizes the stories to your window. Making the whole experience seamless & easy on the eyes. Showcasing the topics, comments, and “flips”. You can hit the plus button on each post to flip it into your own magazine or read it later list to save for later or share with others.

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Clicking on each story brings you to the source site for you to enjoy the full article. Overall the FlipBoard team did an amazing job on the web version of an already brilliant designed app. The technical know how that went into building said site is really interesting & something you can read about in its entirety from Michael Johnston an engineer on FlipBoard.  As he states

Now we’re coming full circle and bringing Flipboard to the web. Much of what we do at Flipboard has value independent of what device it’s consumed on: curating the best stories from all the topics, sources, and people that you care about most. Bringing our service to the web was always a logical extension.

If your already a FlipBoard user than this is definitely worth checking out as a companion to their mobile apps. Additionally if you’ve been searching for an RSS service thats easy to use & combines that social element with an overall elegant interface then this is the service your looking for.

Sign up to FlipBoard

Methods to Monetizing your Website

Methods to Monetizing your Website

In this DojoGuide we’ll be taking a look at methods to monetizing your website. What exactly monetization means & some methods you can use to implement on your site & make anywhere from a side income to even a full time income with some hard work & preparation.

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What is Monetization?

Monetizing is essentially making money from your site/business whatever it is you may offer. It could be a small blog or a business based site built around an idea. At the end of the day the most important thing to take away from these methods if you implement one or a combination of each is to offer your viewers something of value. Having something to give to your users in the first place is whats key to utilizing the methods we’ll discuss.

1- Ad-Banners

One of the most traditional methods of monetizing is advertisement based banners. Think of them as the digital form of billboards, posters, etc. Ads on your site featuring companies, sites, or services in exchange for a cash compensation. This varies into two categories the networks like Google Adsense or independent advertising or the ability to sell your own ad space to sponsors/advertisers on your own. Each have their own benefits to them it really comes down to personal preference in the end. Networks are easy to get started with & offer decent rates if you have high enough traffic but don’t always take into account value over CPM.

Popular Ad-Networks:

Google Adsense



When it comes to independent campaign in which your either contacting sponsors or selling space on your site take these few things into consideration. Decide what content bests fits your site & audience and look around that industry. With some research you’ll be able to find companies, products, or services that’ll be interesting promoting their company to your audience. Start by reaching out to companies via their “Contact Us” page in order to pitch what you have to offer. While stats are important here it’s also key to define the value your site has to offer them. Be it your targeted readers, amounts of content, and so on.

2- Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs are another lucrative monetization method that involves your promoting products/services to your viewers & when they purchase said product you earn a commission. Rates vary here from program to program but it’s a great way to earn some money promoting products/services you probably already use or cover in relation to your content.

For example if your reviewing a specific group of services such as web hosting you’ll most likely be linking off to their sites. If you use an affiliate code provided by those services when a user signs up under your link you can get percentage of that sale. It’s a nice & passive income method that can make anywhere from a few dollars a month to thousands of dollars.

Popular Affiliate Programs:

Amazon Affiliate

Commission Junction

Apple Affiliate Program

Note that the best way to really promote affiliate sales is by sticking to things you already believe in & or use yourself. Furthermore keeping it inline with your sites normal content helps the readers feel at home when using products you recommend. Cause at the end of the day affiliate programs are essentially referrals. So be sure to promote the services/apps you believe in.


The most simple & straight forward method of making money via your site is to sell something. There are countless platforms/services available where you can create a site plug in your product or software & being distributing out to your customers. I highly advise using a service in this case as it handles the technical background of transactions, customers, etc. Leaving you to focus on product & sales.

Popular eCommerce Services:





At the end of the day when it comes to product you have to have something to offer your customers. It can be an app, something home-made, or even products of others. You can focus on a group of products or stick to one specific thing. eCommerce is a big business & works well when you promote your site & whatever it is you’ll be selling in a variety of formats. Be it social networking, word of mouth, referral programs, etc.

4- Services

A branch of eCommerce a services based site offers something to their customers in exchange for a flat rate fee or even a subscription model. This is the king of passive income as typically you have guaranteed income based of something you provide access to. This can vary from video courses, access to premium content, and so on. You can get creative here & implement your expertise into a service offered to your clients/subscribers.

There are a ton of ways to set up these membership based sites but the best option in my opinion is via WordPress.

A wordpress installation in conjunction with these plug-ins make for great service based sites.

Membership Plug-Ins:


WP Membership Plug-in 


In summary when it comes to these methods you can choose to use each in some sort or fashion or just stick to one. Offering value around the content you build & offer to your viewers is what builds a good foundation for each of these methods. Enough time, work, and creative thinking can turn these from small side profits to a full time job if implemented correctly. So get monetizing & building your small site to a profitable income.