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So Does You’re Klout Score Carry Any Real Klout?……. No ? Then Read My Guide and Tutorial To Klout
Well, let’s start this Klout Guide and Tutorial by explaining what exactly Klout is.
Klout is a website that measures the Social Media Influence of a user through his or her connected social media services, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram and Klout itself.
Your Klout score is also influenced on whether or not you have a Wikipedia page and how many inbound links it has.
So How is Your Klout Score Calculated?
Your score is given a number from 0-100, 100 being the highest; no one currently has a score of 100. On the other hand, to score 0, you must not be involved in any social media.
The average Klout score is 40, and only 5% of users have “high” scores of 63 and above.
I have never really paid much attention to Klout until I read an article recently that I found on Social Media Revolver, about the plus points of using Klout and Triberr.
I’m not going to write too much about Triberr because I have written a guide/tutorial of my own that explains the in’s and outs of Triberr, covering Tribes, Bonfires and all the other feature of the site,
You can read my Triberr Beginners Guide Here
Here is a section of the Social Media Revolver Article that i read that initially got me interested again in Klout and Triberr and inspired me to write this Klout Guide.
Triberr and Klout. What are these strange new social websites?
I have a confession to make. I had never heard of Triberr before I read Eugene Farber‘s article 12 Rules to Increase Your Klout Score. I was somewhat familiar with Klout, but I had not really paid any attention to that one either. I knew that Klout was some sort of an influence measuring tool based on your presence and interactions on the web.
People’s social online influence is evaluated by their Klout Score, which uses data from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare. As I am heavily involved with all of those social platforms (well maybe not Foursquare that much) I thought I’d better go and have a look what my Klout score might be. It was 39. That’s not very good is it? If the scale goes from 1 to 100, then 39 is like a D+ or C-. I think I’d better do something about it.
So after reading the Social Media Revolver article, I checked my Klout score, I already had a Klout account that I had also not really done anything with, with a very similar score in the low 40s. All that I had connected to Klout was my Facebook Account so I wasn’t really measuring anything with Klout. I’m not really a Facebook Fan or a Facebook user, I tend to use Facebook just for sharing articles that I write, I’m much more of an avid fan of Google Plus and what it can do particularly for blog writers on Google Search, so much so that I have written a Google Plus Guide / Tutorial you can read it here – Google Plus Complete Guide To Google Plus.
Having just Facebook connected was just really working Klout at well under 50% capacity so I added my Google Plus and Twitter accounts to see what kind of influence they would have on my Klout Score. and the results can be seen below
As expected there was a big jump when I added my Google Plus and Twitter accounts, but not really as bigger jump as I had expected, I assume at this stage that my score will rise as Klout realises just how active I am on Google Plus, it’s no exageration to say that im 10x more active on Google Plus than I am on Facebook, so we will watch how this impacts my score over the coming weeks and month’s, but it is good to know that my Klout Score is in the top 5%.
Does You’re Klout Score Carry Any Klout – Klout Guide And Tutorial Conclusion
Klout is one of those sites that although useful you don’t really need it. You already know that if your +Plus one and Like counts are good then your not doing to badly and you don’t really need the metrics but saying that you can also score from your activity within Klout by clicking +k other members content and you do find some great content in there which is often worth sharing, and by doing so you may well make some new contacts and gain some new social media influencers to your own blogs and social media sites.
InfoBunny Pro Tip
You can add a Klout Extension to your chrome browser or if your a FireFox user there is a browser plugin you can use to social share to both Twitter and Facebook.
To your continued success!
Regards Dexter Roona
Does your Klout score matter?
I believe this is my first visit to your site; very nice. I have a Klout account but admit I don’t pay that much attention to it, especially since they have changed things around. I should go check it again. Thanks for the great information and reminder.
Have a great day. Monna
A score of 73 is excellent, Dexter. I read that 76 is considered the start of celebrity status!
I have been with Klout for a few years and have changed my main social media accounts since then. I updated it only a couple of weeks ago so am only up to 58. Like you I check occasionally and like to see my score going up.
The format completely changed earlier this year and rather than just measuring what you post on other networks, it is more of a content curation site. So visiting Klout and sharing posts on Klout itself is likely to increase your score now. The new site COULD become another distraction.
Yeah it could become a distraction, im on the lookout for a klout chrome extension for sharing, or a plugin to do the same, i have a tRiberr one that adds a new post to Triberr instantly without even sending it, it just goes when you publish.
Moved up a tick im 74 now.
Excellent review of Klout. Truthfully I don’t use it. For me, it’s just another site for me to get distracted with. There are others ways to discover how you’re doing online. Thanks for the write-up because I really didn’t know much about it.
Thanks Lesly, yeah i can be a distraction but once it is set up it really doesn’t have to be, i have my score on my blog as a widget that updates automatically. There is some cool content on there that is worth checking out as well.
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