Monday, March 12, 2012

Knol Author Recruitment - Double the Number of Knol Authors

A Goal of Knol Campaign
Knol author number crossed 15,000 25,000 or 35,000? We don't know. Knol is not announcing periodically.
Do you know how many blog authors are there in USA?
Current knol authors can plan for recruiting one more knol author in this quarter October to December 2011 and double the number of knol authors by the end of the year.
September 2011
Knol Author Foundation Invites All to Add to the Human Knowledge Pool - Knol  Press Release by Knol Author Foundation  19.9.2011

Knol Author Foundation Would Like to Invite All Those Who Want to Change the World to Join Us.

Knol is Looking for Your Unique Experience to Add to the Human Knowledge Pool

2009 -2010
Do you know how many blog authors are there in USA?
18,400,000 as on 31.5.2009
How many knol authors are there? We do not have official figures. It will be good if knol management publishes these figures periodically. Estimates of authors range from 15,000 to 25,000.
The scope to increase knol authors  is tremendous

Now knol platform is getting visitors. All search engines are sending visitors to knols. I have 1700 knols existing at the moment. According to knol page view count, I am getting 26,000 per week or 3500 page views per day. An acceptable number of page views  on knol. On wikipedia also, the average number is two per day. But remember,  there is extensive hyper linking in wikipedia. Because knol writers are distinct individuals hyper linking is much less in Knol. Becuase, there is no editing feature, formatting and content style are different. Hence one page view per knol per day may be the appropriate target. Knol has reached that target.
From now onwards, success of knols depends on the knols written. To write more knols we need more knol authors. Existing authors can contribute to success of knol by putting efforts to recruit more knol authors.

Find out Who Else Can Write Knols and Encourage Them to Become Authors on Knol 

KNOL is part of  social media. The success of knol platform as an open online publishing platform will be measured by the number of knol authors who are contributing to the platform, the number of knols, the number of high quality knols, the number of visitors and number of page views.
All these success parameters of knol have a relation to the number of knol authors. If knol authors increase, number of knols will go up, number of high quality knols will go up, and this in turn will result in new visitors coming to the knol as they get more diversity of information.

Can Existing Authors Do Something to Increase New Knol Authors?

I think existing authors who are happy with the knol platform can certainly do something about increasing the number of new knol authors. If each of us commit to recruiting one more knol author during a quarter,  the number of knol authors will double.
That will be a good boost to the knol platform. That will also clearly bring out the involvement of knol authors in making the platform strong. The task may not be difficult as there is sufficient time to identify persons in the circle of influence and informing them about the need for online publishing and advantages that knol platform provides for online publishing. Such an activity can increase interest in your circle of influence and make more people aware of your presence on knol.
Awareness increases demand for a product and the demand results in sales. Any activity on the part of a knol author to increase awareness of knol platform, directly leads to more visitors and page views for his knols.
Role of Awareness in New Product Marketing
New products have to go through an innovation diffusion process. Rogers defines the innovation diffusion process as “the spread of a new idea from its source of invention or creation to its ultimate users or adopters.”
Adopters go through the following five stages: 
Awareness - Interest - Evaluation - Trial - Adoption

New product marketer has to aim his effort at facilitating the movement of consumer who is an adopter of new product  through the five stages. So new product marketers have to create awareness first. Knol authors have to take some steps to increase awareness about knol. The effort to persuade some friends to become knol authors could be one way of increasing awareness about knol and your involvement. This will increase adoption of knol for both writing and reading.

Many authors can recognize these lines.
Know someone who knows something? Suggest an author

I observed today (14.2.2010 that knol help main page is having only 48,000 page views. It is a small number. Knol management has to advertise the knol help main page on various google pages and get at least 500,000 page views to recruit good number of authors for knol.

Can We do it?


Yes. I encouraged and so far 30 persons to join the knol platform and some of them are contributing a lot to the platform. One author among them encouraged 200 students to become knol authors. People will listen to you and join the platform. There is a need for information and there is a need for expression and doing some socially useful work. You are helping them by encouraging to become knol authors. Some of them may become very popular authors later on and they will remember you for introducing them to the knol platform. May be to writing itself.

Do you know how many blog authors are there in USA?

Today a search of blogger profiles showed that there are 18,400,000 blog authors in USA alone. How many of them can become knol authors? All. Why not.
Knol is good for collaborative writing. Can't they think of a topic on which they will be happy to have collaborative writing. They can. 
We can encourage them.

Why not Commit Ourselves to the Task?

Make a Public Resolution
I shall try and encourage at least one person in  my network of contacts to become a knol author this quarter. 
Please write your name at the top below the line
Yes knol authors are recruiting. I observed Antonio Centeno has introduced many knollers.
They are Grant Harris, Kyle Mountain, Timothy Broderick, Jr. , Sergey Polovinkin,  Roberta Alleyne, Elissa  Congratulations Antonio Centeno. We wish you all the best. We need more knollers to do a similar effort.
Sergio Casiraghi I'll definitely continue in this way and improve the production of knols. Thanks!
P V Ariel I have already done this, few are already here from my network of contacts.
kalle schwarz: There is one person who is interested in joining .
Ramam DSS  (See comment below)
Nikhil K. Mehta Two persons will join as knol authors shortly.
Krishan Maggon Three persons will join as knol authors shortly. See the comment below.
Randy K. Wisconsin knol foundation meeting April 18. There will be 2 or 3 non-authors that are interested in joining and 4 to 5 authors. 
Jagadeesh M Invited a professional writer and a friend. Hope to see things in board soon

Why Recruit More Authors? Is There Something in it For Me?

Yes, there is something in it for  every author. The value of your knol goes up due to network effect. As more authors are there, more areas will be covered and more visitors will come due to diversity. As more visitors come to the platform, more visitors will come to your knol.
The theme of recruiting authors is now a part of open plan published for knol

How Can I Contribute to This Campaign?

Snowball the theme
Please send this knol by email to knol authors you know and ask them to recruit more authors.
Please write a comment on the biography knol of knol authors you know and ask them to see this knol and give their endorsement, and recruit more authors.
Bilingual authors can translate this knol into their language. They can write a comment in their native languages on bio knols of their language authors.
Knol Track
Knol was initiated on 15.4.2009
First Comment By Krishan Maggon: 3 new person will start soon in Europe. A good beginning for the campaign launched through this knol.
Second comment By Randy K- I believe the more authors that write, the better knol will get. Some will contribute greatly and some may write only one knol. We welcome all authors.
The number of page views are 6.
Four authors signed so far.
The number of page views has gone up to 29.
Page views have gone up to 47 and the ratings are now 4.
Hope the message is being accepted by more authors. A public online platform like knol requires expanding author base. Existing satisfied authors are the best recruiters.
Six authors have put their name so far in the campaign. I am sure many others are engaged in the task. This public statement of intent will increase the author recruitment activity.
german translation
yusuf kirmani  made a comment in Hindi asking people to write in Hindi
Page view figure has gone up to 116.
Page view figure 224
Visits in the last week 18. The message has relevance.
Page view figure is now 270
Page view figure is 326.
I made a presentation yesterday in a business school regarding registering as an author on knol and writing knols. There was an enthusiastic response from the audience that consisted mainly of faculty members.
Weekly page views: 44
Cumulative page views: 584
Cumulative page views: 903. Good that more authors are becoming aware of the issue.
क्या केनॉल के लिए हिंदी में भी कुछ किया जाना चाहिए. इंटरनेट पर हिंदी का अभी उतना प्रचार प्रसार नहीं है क्योंकि हिंदी भाषी लोग इसमें बहुत ज्यादा रुचि नहीं ले रहे हैं. इसका सबूत हैं हिंदी के ब्लॉग जिनकी संख्या अंग्रेजी के मुकाबले बहुत कम है. मेरा मानना है कि आने वाले समय में हिंदी का प्रचार - प्रसार बढ़ेगा. गूगल ने अपना सर्च इंजन हिंदी में कर दिया है और हिंदी के की - वर्ड सर्च इंजन में टाइप करने पर आपको हिंदी में जो भी संबंधित सामग्री या कंटेंट उपलब्ध है, मिल जाता है. मेरा मानना है कि इंटरनेट पर हिंदी के यूजर्स आने वाले समय में बढ़ेंगे, ऐसे में हम लोग क्यों न केनॉल के जरिए भी अपनी हिंदी को बढ़ाएं.
आप यहां क्या कर सकते हैं
आपका गूगल एकाउंट तो होगा ही. केनॉल में लॉग आन करें और किसी भी विषय पर लिखना शुरू करें और नियमित लिखें. ध्यान रहे कि जो भी लिखें, वह लोगों के लिए काम की चीज हो, तभी लोग उसे पढ़ेंगे और अपनी प्रतिक्रिया देंगे. अगर आप किसी के खिलाफ उल्टी - सीधी बातें लिखेंगे तो उसे इस सार्वजनिक मंच पर पसंद नहीं किया जाएगा.
दरअसल, केनॉल ज्ञान का खजाना है, जिसमें आप ही ज्ञान देने वाले हैं. अगर आपकी किसी विषय में विशेषज्ञता है तो उसी को बस अपनी भाषा यानी हिंदी में लिख डालें. विश्वास कीजिए, बहुत पसंद किया जाएगा. मसलन अगर आप नेतागीरी ही करते हैं और लोगों को आसान शब्दों में बता सकें कि नेतागीरी कैसे की जाती है और इसके समाज के लिए क्या फायदें हैं तो उसी को लिख मारें. हो सकता है कि कोई आपकी नेतागीरी के ज्ञान से प्रभावित होकर बतौर प्रोफेशन इसे अपना ले. तो आइए केनॉल की दुनिया में ...
In resonse to Kirmani's appeal we started:
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