Well, its Saturday again and this time you have John in the chair with you. We have given Andi a well-deserved break from doing the round up this week. Before we get into it I would like to mention some of the great content we have found in our very own Google Plus group this past week, this has been growing nicely and if any of you have any colleagues or friends that you think would benefit then please ask them to join. We are a friendly bunch as you know!
Ok so lets get into the round up. In no particular order….
Me being me, I could not write the round up without including a graphics post. I have actually done what is taught in this post and it is very effective. People do not realise what powerhouse of a tool they have in their arsenal with PowerPoint. You can do so much more than just create those boring old presentations. I love it and use it all the time. This post shows a neat way to create a nice Pinterest piece, which of course you could edit how you wish.
Those of you reading from the UK will be able to relate to this. This is a great post suggestion from our Google Plus group member Joy Bassett. Did you write it Joy? Please let us know…
Anyway, this is all about the changing time of the more traditional “Bricks and Mortar” business. Great post starting off talking about the nation of shopkeepers and how times have changed from the likes of bakers, grocers and butchers now to charity shops, betting shops and estate agents. How true. The demise of the high street is largely down to the massive supermarket chains, but obviously with them comes convenience? What do you think? Well worth a read.
Dan Stelter guest posts on Writer In Charge and this post talks about how he was able to change his mindset when pricing his work. Thank you Matt for this suggestion, it is amazing what people will pay for your services providing you give great quality. I remember when I first started out online I was often questioned on pricing my products too low. This post covers his personal story and how he now goes about his pricing. Are you in business that offer services similar to Dan’s? Feel free to add anything to the comments box.
I am a big fan of Tom Ewer, even from the early days when he first started his blog. This particular post discusses belief, something everybody at some stage or another will question. There is some quite powerful stuff here. Tom’s passion for his writing and how it reflects on his readers shines. You actually feel like he cares, so – by that note, I am guessing that he does. He hates seeing people unhappy in their life when they have the ability to enact positive change. I will finish with a quote from the post, “Its a big world out there. Plenty of room for your own success story”
Video content as we all know is a great way to drive traffic and engage your audience. Whether it be interviews, tutorials, reviews, screen capture or animations there is great potential with video marketing. Myself personally, I prefer video to written text. Ben Walker writes this great post over on NPI about producing great video content without spending a fortune. I showed you a neat trick yesterday which allows you to start making videos for free. This post should give you some more inspiration. Thanks to Matt again for this suggestion.
A suggestion from Andi – and this is a numbers post. Not everyone’s cup of tea and may give you a headache if you are reading this first thing in the morning, but do check it out later on if you can fit it in. You see, with online marketing and with any business in fact knowing your numbers is essential. Bottom line: whenever you sell products or services online, calculate the value per customer and per visitor, and those numbers will help you define your marketing strategies.
This is a great suggestion from Sam. This post talks about a feature Google have put in their comments system for bloggers. Its basically the translate tool, but you can now do it from within the comments. So, if somebody posts a comment in a foreign language you, or anyone else for that matter can translate it. Cool if you have a mixed audience.
Old, or should I say young Glen Allsopp from Viperchill is up to it again, this time though as a guest post on The Moz Blog. This posts is all about how he got 9000 unique visits to his mini site that was neither ground-breaking or mind-blowing. It simply followed a trend and was in the common interest. The tactic here is viral marketing. This is a great read, worthy of checking out – you always get top stuff from the Moz team. (And Glen)
Interesting post talking about why a large majority of online social media tools simply fade out into obscurity. Quite often the technology is no longer supported or has moved to another platform. Sometimes other companies purchase it and completely re-brand it or merge the technology with a product they already have. Thanks to Andi for this suggestion.
This certainly caught my eye for the best of the rest this week. Driverless cars are no longer a thing of the imagination or sci-fi films. A UK town is set for these “pods” as they are called in the not too distant future. With a top speed of just 12 mph, they will be able to ferry up to two people around at a time on designated pathways. This is a similar thing to what Google has done with its own version of the driverless car, which is now claimed to have logged more than 300,000 miles without accident!
Anyway, have a great weekend. Be nice to each other.
It’s that time again; I cannot believe it is Saturday already, where does the time go? I seem to have a time sink somewhere just sucking the hours and days away!
The bizzebee team and I hoped you had a great Halloween and didn’t get too scared by the ghouls and gremlins out there.
I have had a productive week and I know that the rest of the bees have been very busy, I hope you all have too.
As usual I have a list of 10 great posts and articles to share with you all this week as well as one fun one to round them off.
These posts are put forward by the team to be shared with you. We all do a fair amount of reading each week and these are the ones we think you will learn from and enjoy the most. So with that in mind I hope you enjoy them and let’s get started.
Alan K’necht and Michelle Stinson Ross have a video chat with Ann Smarty the owner of MyGuestBlog.com website. In the 28 minute chat they discuss all things Search and Social with Ann answering these six questions.
Q1 What role does Social Media play in building search authority?
Q2 What tactics can search marketers employ on Facebook to get more out of a brand’s presence there?
Q3 How can Facebook’s Open Graph technology be used to give a site a search boost?
Q4 What tips do you have for getting the most search value out of a G+ presence?
Q5 What are your favorite Twitter tactics?
Q6 Are there any other social networks that really rock when it comes to driving traffic and why?
You can learn a lot from these guys so pop over, watch the video and say hi.
This is an information post from Google themselves explaining how to get the newly released Google+ Custom URL. Just like Facebook where you could give your Business/Fan Page a customer URL like Facebook.com/bizzebee you can now do the same to your Google+ Page.
People have been wanting this for a while now and it has arrived so if you have a Google+page you better go and get your custom URL before it is taken by someone else!
We all love SEO and blogging here and the excellent SearchEngineJournal has come up with another excellent post. Tumblr is a cross between a blogging platform and a social media network. Unlike normal social media platforms Tumblr has set its default link mode to ‘DoFollow’ which means create a Tumblr page for your business and link posts to your main site can have a lot of great SEO benefits.
Tumblr pages can send a lot of link juice to your site which can help you to rank higher but also a Tumblr page itself can rank pretty high in Google. If you do not have a Tumblr account as part of your web 20 presence then you should go and read this article and learn why you should be building your own Tumblr account today!
We have a fun post here from Martha ‘Marty’ Preston on her blog ThoughtsOnLifeAndMoney.com. Marty asked 6 well known bloggers a series of questions that were sent to her by her readers.
Two of my (Andi) favourite bloggers are in this list and they are Zac Johnson and John Chow. These are two serious big fish in the blogging, affiliate marketing and make money online industries. When they speak I listen and I think you should too. They know a thing or two that we all can learn from.
Then there are answers from 4 more top bloggers who give a ton of excellent advice and tips. This is a really good post and I believe not only will you enjoy reading it you will learn a lot from it.
In this post by Charmie Prajapati, Charmie interviews 23 year old blogger Rahul Kuntala who was a software trainee in Hyderabad before he gave up his job to become a full time blogger and niche website owner.
He currently earns a nice income from his couch. This is one of those excellent success stories you find proving that people anywhere in the world can change their circumstances and generate a living online.
We have another excellent post from our friend Kapil Jekishan over in Sydney. In this post he talks about the new promoted post option in Pineterst.
Pinterest is a very popular social media network unlike the rest as it focuses on pinning and sharing great content in picture form on pin board like pages. It is growing and expanding with all kinds of content now being allowed to be pinned to its site. It is favoured by online marketers and bloggers because the format is great, images can go viral and it drives a lot of traffic to users sites.
Promote post is a paid method of having your pins shown to larger audiences. It is in the experimental stage at the moment and is a way for Pinterest to monetize their site.
Pop over to Kapil’s excellent site LatestCrunchs.com and read his excellent post.
John Banks is our resident infographic creator, expert and lover of all things graphic. He shares with us this excellent post that he read this week over at SocialMediaToday about the most important thing you need to know about infographics.
If you do not know what an infographic is it is an information based graphic. An image loaded with tips and advice that can…
Be shared easily
Be added to other people’s websites
Drive a lot of traffic to your site.
We seriously recommend you go and take a read of this post and consider creating your own traffic generating infographics. John swears by them, he has had some tremendous results from them!
This is a fun post but that has many serious marketing tips here. From LinkedIn’s own marketing blog this post explains how to make the best of using LinkedIn by doing a fun Halloween style interview with the Prince Of Darkness himself, no not Ozzy Osbourne, Count Dracula.
Written by Jason Miller this post will have you chuckling as well as learning which is often the best marketing strategy around. We learn a lot when we laugh and I think Jason has done an excellent job here wrapping up 3 very valuable nuggets of advice.
With all the talk about Google ranking old posts that have been updated or had the dates changed I thought this post by Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger.net was a great find.
I believe this is an old post that has been updated and re published and re shared from the archives. Doing that is a great tip to keep Google thinking your site is constantly having fresh content added regularly.
You cannot underestimate what updating old posts can do for your site. This is a great post and I highly recommend you take a read of it. Darren Rowse is a seriously top blogger and photographer and many people look to him for advice and information.
Ok so you have got to the bottom of the list and now it is time for our fun wildcard article.
Finishing off this week’s round up is this fun Halloween post on Mashable.com. They have a gallery of the 20 scariest Google Street View sightings. There are some really bizarre images and people out there!
For a bit of fun pop over and take a look, some are scary, some are odd and some are plain weird. I find the 2nd and 4th images a bit disturbing myself. 🙂
All is left for me to say thank you for reading and have a good week folks.
“Saturday, it’s a Saturday, It’s a Saturday, it’s a Saturday, Saturday, it’s a Saturday, Saturday, it’s a Saturdayeayeayeayaaay, Five days you work, One whole day to play, Come on everybody, Wear your roller skates today”
Sorry folks, I cannot say the word Saturday without singing the lyrics to De La Soul’s – A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays.
That is one great tune and here is the video to it so you can listen to it while you work your way through this week’s great articles.
I hope you have all had a great week, have you been doing much?
Anyway, let’s get into this week’s roundup, as always we have 10 great articles for you to read this week including the fun bonus post at the end which is always light hearted and non-online business related.
The first article is one that Matt read this week and it was written by Michael Dunlop and can be found at the excellent IncomeDiary website. Here he lists seven lessons he has learned from the top 50 articles he has that send him large amounts of free traffic.
This is a great post if you really want to learn how to write articles that can bring you great free traffic. For example out of the 50 articles 35 of them started with a number, isn’t that a powerful little trick to know? Also, many of his most read posts name people, if you can write an article about a case study that names well known people it could get you a lot more free traffic than your standard posts.
This post was suggested by our resident social media star Clair. Written by Ken Myers it gives us 9 steps on how to use Reddit successfully as business owners.
Some people class the front page of Reddit as the front page of the internet, I have even seen someone on TV talk about reading something on Reddit and they called it the ‘Front Page of The Internet’ When something gets that kind of notoriety it makes sense to use it even if it looks like a teenagers playground.
Seriously, Reddit doesn’t look like the kind of place you expect to see businesses but many do use it. In fact the US President Barack Obama has used Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) free-for-all question and answer sessions. This really is an interesting and informative article that is well worth reading.
We like Kim Castleberry here at bizzebee HQ, she is a font of all WordPress knowledge and information and in this post she shares with us another video by Google’s head of spam Matt ‘The Spaminator’ Cutts.
Matt answers the question, ‘How can I guest blog without it looking like I pay for links?’ I could have just shared Matt’s video but as we say we like Kim so we are happy to send new readers her way.
Guest posting is a great way to get traffic and it does go against Google’s terms and conditions as it is in fact exchanging content for links. Google do not like paid links manipulating their search results and guest posting can be seen in that same way. The payment is giving a website content for a link to your site, but the good news is Google generally over looks this and accept that it happens and that it is a great way for sites to keep adding quality content.
In the video Matt explains what are the best practices for guest posters so they are not seen as doing nothing more than ‘buying links with poor content’.
This is an excellent post written by Anna Fox over at Socialable. If you were not yet aware, Pinterest is an excellent social media network that can drive traffic to your site. It is also a great place to go and find top blogging tips from many of the top bloggers in the industry.
Here Anna lists 8 great bloggers Pinterest accounts to follow for learning blogging tips while including their own as a bonus number 9. So if you are a blogger this article is for you and if you are not a blogger you should also take a look and learn a little why Pinterest is a great free network to use.
This time we go to Loz James’ blog ContentChampion where Loz who is an established content marketer and copywriter discusses why 90% of content that is published on the internet is rubbish.
Something we agree with here at bizzebee HQ. We try our hardest to publish content that is useful, thought provoking, inspiring and educational. If not we feel we have let you the reader down.
Businesses that sell products using written content online but do not use quality writers can be doing more harm than good. To make sure you are not doing the same damage to your business pop over and take a read of this great article.
Our blogging friend Fabrizio Van Marciano owns a great site called Magnet4Marketing.Net and here is a post I read this week explaining why it is harmful to your business and blog by removing the dates from your posts.
Many bloggers and writers remove them to make it appear that the content is new whenever someone new sees it or that it is evergreen content that isn’t time restricted. Writing about SEO methods today doesn’t mean it will work next year or even next month so that content is time specific.
Some people will remove the dates in an attempt to stop people leaving their sites when they see the content is ‘old’. This method isn’t as good as it sounds and Fabrizio gives us reasons why we should keep the dates on our posts when we publish them.
Linking out to other websites with a lot of authority and high Page Rank is a powerful method to get Google to take your site more seriously and push you up the rankings. Wikipedia is often the first choice as it is a huge site with a Page Rank of 8. If you could link to your own Wikipedia page that would be excellent but you cannot or at least should not create your own Wikipedia page.
It is for information only and not promotion but surely a business and successful person has an informal history that could be shared? Well if you want to create your own Wikipedia page and why shouldn’t you? Here is a great article on SocialTimes.com telling you exactly what you need to do and how to prevent it being removed by an administrator.
This is a post suggested by Sam the bizzebee architect. It is a short post by Mike Allton about an interview he gave to Troy McLaughlin’s interview show ‘The Art Of Giving’ Mike discusses blogging and social media for which he is well known for.
It is an interesting interview, but I have to say that the post was written and published by Mike himself and is written in the 3rd person which I always find odd. Why would you do that? Maybe so much of the text was copied from the post the interview originally came from. That makes sense now, anyway, that aside it is a really great interview.
This comes from two of my favourite people of the moment, Pat Flynn and Alex Becker. It is an interview Pat did with Alex regarding SEO. For those who don’t know SEO is something Alex is really good at, and he can land websites on the first pages of Google’s search results much to their dislike. Alex is an SEO Jedi and Google Slayer.
Pat Flynn is a well-known blogger, writer and speaker who every so often does the Niche Site Dual where he and a friend build separate websites and try their best to land the site as high in Google and make money from them as part of a fun competition.
Here Pat asks Alex what he can do to help him rank his site fast. This is powerful stuff and I recommend you to watch the interview and download the PDFs Alex has done for Pat’s site.
For our final must read article this week we have a great post from our friend Ambika Choudhary over at her great website MyMagicMix. In this post Ambika explains not only why you should use Buffer to share your posts on social media networks but also how to use it.
Unfortunately Buffer only shares with the 5 main social media networks but it is great as it allows you to share your content when you are either poorly, too tired or cannot simply get to your laptop as long as you set them up and schedule them to go out early.
There is an extension for Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari similar to the Hootsuit Hootlet which allows you to schedule your posts to be shared at set times so if you set them at the start of the week they will be shared over the week even if you never turn your laptop on again.
Ambika is a great writer and her website covers many different topics but I especially lover her posts on blogging and social media.
Today’s fun post is from our good friend over in Australia Catherine Holt who has a great website that focuses on creating wonderful themed parties and gifts. The website is called Smart Party Planning and today’s post is about creating a wonderful Halloween Crafts For Kids Party.
It is coming to that time of the year so if you need some Halloween inspiration for keeping your children entertained then we recommend you pop over, take a read and say hello.
Catherine has many great party ideas, printables that you can print off and use and also has many wonderful images to look at. We love Catherine’s site and we are sure you will too.
Well it is Saturday and it has come around fast again. I hope you all have had a good week. Apart from work it has been a quiet week for us really, both Matt and Clair are back from their travels and back at it full time.
Mizanur is has been enjoying the Eid ul Azha Festival over at his home of Chittagong and the rest of us, Sam John and myself Andi we have just been beavering away in the background. I have to be honest; I did go and help my uncle fit a set of French doors for a few hours. After leaving the building trade 2 over years ago I was reunited with muscles I had forgotten about and have been aching ever since but never mind. I am sure it has done me some good, well so they tell me.
So what have you been doing this week?
As always we have 10 great articles for you to read this week including the extra fun wildcard post at the end. So let’s get into it.
Our first article was put forward by Clair and comes from one of our favourite writers and bloggers Ramsay Taplin over at BlogTyrant.com. Today he is talking about VPN’s (Virtual Private Network) and why every blogger and internet marketer should be using one. Do not worry about censorship or georestriction, because a VPN is powered with differeny advanced technologies to circumvent censorship, georestriction and traffic shaping, if you haven’t used one yet we suggest getting an AirVPN Coupon, it gives you a great discount and the opportunity to try one of the best VPN providers.
Simply put it, if you work on your laptop at a hotel, café or anywhere that offers free wifi the people sitting nearby can all access your private details, passwords and credit card details, access this page https://www.lesmeilleursvpn.com/ and start using a VPN to protect you and your information. Is it time you thought more about your online security?
Both myself and Matt put this post forward, it is good to see that we think alike on some things J This is a post written by Ali Luke over at another excellent blog DailyBlogTips.com owned by serial and successful blogger Daniel Scocco. In this post Ali gives us some inspiration to keep on blogging when times are getting tough.
Believe me blogging and writing can be hard and it can take some work. Occassionally you will feel a little deflated and down, it comes with the territory especially if you have not yet hit the success you were hoping for or planning.
Ali gives us 7 excellent reasons why to keep on at it. If you are struggling at the moment then pop over and take a read.
Here is an excellent post by Stephen Hill over at Tweetingz.co.uk. Blogging is about being social and sharing is a major part. When your content is good it will be shared but even if it doesn’t that doesn’t mean your content is poor, it could be read by people who has a huge social network of friends who are not interested in that very same topic.
For example, I come from a small town and my circle of friends consist mainly of people who were not really into the same music as me and who didn’t enjoy the kind of clubs I went to so whenever I hear a piece of music that I love but know my friends are not going to appreciate I probably won’t share it and that has nothing to do with the quality of the music or musician.
So if you are unsure whether your blog posts are under performing or performing perfectly then this article will help you clear up any confusion and might even advise you to do something that you were not yet doing.
This is an excellent post written by Nicolette Beard over at TopRankBlog. This is one of Matt’s favourite sites and we can see why. This post is about how eBooks are a great for Content Marketing.
There is an excellent SlideShare presentation of one of TopRanks very own eBooks and you will see that a successful eBook comes down to putting in a lot of work on the design, layout and content. Their eBook has had over 85,000 views. Now that has some serious potential to drive traffic to a website!
EBooks are powerful, there are so many ways to share them these days and they can be read on so many different machines so if you are wanting to use content marketing as part of your business then you really should consider creating an eBook or two for your business.
This is a great post from my blogging friend Ben Barden over at his QuickBlogTips.com site. Ben is great for giving productivity and time management advice and this is another fine example of one of his great posts.
What I love about Ben and his site is that as the name suggests, he gives Quick Blog Tips which means he is straight to the point and doesn’t fill his articles with fluff and filler. All of his posts though are full of great information and you do leave feeling like you have learned something.
Tip no 5 is a seriously good one, I used to be in the habit of checking stats a lot, it sapped me of a lot of time. I rarely do it now, I focus on creating content, it is more productive. J
Pop over and say hello to Ben and say Andi sent you.
Our blogging friend Erik Emanuelli owns a great site called NoPassiveIncome and here is a post he has published discussing 5 excellent link building tips.
If you are blogging then you must know by now that search engines work similar to political systems and that a backlink is a vote of confidence. The more backlinks you have from reputable sites can help to throw your website up the search results.
It is no longer about the amounts of links you have and more on the quality of the link and that can be similarised to having a celebrity endorse your product, service or site. The more recognised, reputable and trustworthy the person is seen the better the result and same goes with backlinks.
Pop over and read up on 5 great backlink methods that are working well this year.
They say that to be successful you need to study successful people and one of the best ways to get information about successful people and their habits is to visit the popular success.com website.
This is an excellent post about time management. Apparently the best way to manage your time is to do Event Management.
‘If you don’t know what’s important to you, you will do the things that aren’t’.
Who can identify with the statement above? I can, I was terrible for watching the same old TV over and over again. If you do not know what you want to do, you will certainly end up wasting time doing things that will not benefit you.
Another one of our favourite bloggers and marketers is Yaro Starak, here we have something a little different. It isn’t an article on his site but one of his newsletters that he has uploaded to his website and shared.
It is about mindset and asks the question, what would you do if you were earning $20,000 a month? For many people they do not see it as possible unless they won the lottery and they are generally surrounded by people who think the same. So if you want to walk through the door to wealth then you will need to see the door first and we suggest you read this great newsletter to help change your thinking habits.
This post was put forward by Sam and come from the BloggersMakeMoney.com site. Written by Wade Harman, this article discusses the art of creating an emotional response in people. Emotional marketing has been around for years. Copywriters get paid thousands and thousands of dollars to write enticing and exciting copy that drives desire and makes the reader respond by buying products.
Wade discusses ways to create emotional response with your social media updates using powerful words such as ‘How’ ‘Why’ and ‘When’. This is a very interesting read.
Rounding up this week’s list of important posts is this excellent infograph…
This is over on the excellent QuickSprout site by Neil Patel. If you do not know who Neil Patel is well he is one seriously successful and clued up person.
Here he has had created an infographic about what is required to make the ideal landing page. Neil is one of those guys who will know what makes a high converting landing page so please take a look at this if you intend to create some killer landing pages for your business.
I had to share this. It comes a week after I was stood discussing with a friend about using drones for business and how it was in its infancy. Then all of a sudden they seem to be everywhere!
In Australia a company is testing out delivering text books to students using little helicopters known as drones. This really is exciting and fun. Will the skies be filled with little drones delivering stuff all over the place? It would be great to see but the last thing we need is drones crashing into each other overhead when the skies are filled with them.
At the moment I believe it is illegal to use drones in the US unless you are a Government agency as one guy had his photographs taken away from him after using a drone to take them. The video below shows that fast food take away companies like Domino’s Pizzas could soon be using drones to delivery tasty pizza… aggagarr pizza, I love pizza! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend.
It’s that time again. I hope you all have had a good week. This week we have all been busy doing various things. Clair has been enjoying some parties in Ibiza, Matt has enjoyed his last week visiting family in Japan, I have spent most of this week fighting with the new kitten and believe me they do sap productivity!
Mizan has been beavering away coding and developing a WordPress plugin, Sam has been busy keeping the site on top form as well as enjoying time with his children and John, well John has a secret bunker somewhere where he develops new products and marketing tools. He has something cooking but even we bizzebee’s have to wait until he is ready to unleash it. So what have you been doing this week?
We have 10 great articles for you to read this week. So let’s get into it.
Our first article comes from Lee Odden over at his excellent Top Rank blog. Here we are given 10 fantastic tools that we can use to create and distribute our content. Have you heard of Contently or UberFlip? No I hadn’t until I read this article. When marketing online or building an online business we need tools that make our jobs easier and ways to analyse how well we are doing.
I suggest you pop over to the site and take a look, you might find something there that you could use to make your work easier or better.
Heidi Cohen is a well-known and popular blogger, in fact she is an actionable marketing expert. When she speaks we all listen. In this post Heidi gives us 4 examples of how we can use micro content as part of content marketing.
For those who don’t know content marketing is where we give good quality content to build up trust, following and a good reputation which helps build our brands and in the long run make us more money. For many people content marketing takes up too much time and money, some companies may not have the workforce to help with it.
If a lack of time, money or workforce is preventing you from going forward with content marketing then maybe you should think small. This post could be just what you are looking for with some excellent tips and advice as well as examples.
Matt one of our SEO experts put this article forward. We cannot do a weekly update without some Google related posts. Google have recently rolled out a new Now Card system across the US (even though a screen shot was for London?!?!) where you will be shown details of what is happening at a place when you search for it on Google Maps.
The Now Card is the system designed for the Google Glass and for Mobile devices. It is another exciting development for businesses. Imagine doing an event at a popular building and when people do a search for that building they are shown a Now Card that informs them of your event. Free traffic and potential customers thanks to Google. 🙂
This is the first of two articles we share today about the use of #hastags. This is from Mashable.com and is an excellent guide aimed at beginners. That could be you, I once was a beginner when it came to understanding #hastags.
Many social media networks use them. Twitter was the first with Google Plus and Facebook following with other sites like the photographic social media site Instagram using them too.
Written by Rebecca Hiscott, this is a very detailed post with great tips, advice and information that everyone needs to know about the use and understanding of #hastags. My personal opinion of this post? #veryinformativeanduseful 🙂
This is slightly different to the usual post as we have a video here on YouTube by Google’s very own Matt Cutts. Here he discusses whether redirecting a user based on their location is considered spam by Google. It is a short and very informative video which you will find interesting.
Some people say Matt Cutts is Google’s very own Ministry of Misinformation, only this week I heard the excellent quote by SEO Expert Alex Becker… ‘Asking Matt Cutts how to rank in Google is like asking a dad how to get into his Daughters knickers’ boy did I chuckle to that. Whatever you think about Google and Matt Cutts, this information is likely to be trustworthy and useful.
Another one of our favourite people is Kim Castleberry of Just-Ask-Kim.com fame, Kim is a WordPress specialist as well as a font of tech knowledge, all of the important tech tips online marketers and businesses need answering, she will know the answers. Her site is a treasure trove of useful information and tutorials.
In this post Kim discusses a tool called FB Purity that allows you to block certain posts and statuses being shown in your Facebook newsfeed. Before to block people or posts you either hid them or unfriend them. You could remove the post but on the whole it was remove the person completely or have to see the posts.
With this tool you can set it to block posts coming into your newsfeed by creating a list of ‘words’ to block. So for example if you are fed up of seeing posts by people promoting the awful ‘Empower Network’ (I certainly am) you add that phrase to your list and it will stop them from being shown.
How cool is that? The tool is available for the browsers Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.
This week we take another visit to John Paul Aguiar’s excellent blog. This post was put forward by John Banks who is no stranger to making money on Facebook and loves a marketing dabble or two with the social media giant.
This article is written by Carter Schimpff and is an excellent and fun post crammed full of ideas and advice on how to make the best of your marketing on Facebook. Essentially it is all about creating a plan and being focused but it is amazing how many people generally overlook these tasks.
If you are thinking of using Facebook to help grow your business, and you should be as it is free, then we recommend you pop over and take a read of this cracking article.
Another Facebook and social media post by Patricia Redsicker over at the excellent Social Media Examiner site. I said earlier that we had two articles that discussed #hashtags, well this is the second one.
We know Facebook uses #hashtags but how well are they working? This article explains what is and isn’t working on Facebook from a marketing point of view. This is a report that has recently been published showing that #hashtags are not working on Facebook as they were first hoping.
If you are using Facebook as part of your online business then you really should check out this article.
This is a great article from one of our friends over in Australia. Kapil Jekishan is the owner and blogger behind the LatestCrunchs.com site. Today he discusses the great software that can be added to your website and blog which allows you to chat to site visitors and potential customers in real time. I (Andi) have used Zopim chat and found it really useful for chatting live to people who have questions.
Kapil has listed six other great software plugins that allow you to chat to site visitors. Pop over and take a read and don’t forget to say ‘Hi, Andi & the bizzebee team sent me’ 🙂
Rounding up this week’s list of important readables is this excellent post…
Ste kerwer is one of my favourite bloggers and he isn’t one to mince his words. His blog Dukeo.com is a great resource of blogging information and experience. In this article he tells us what is the most important skill you need to be a long term successful blogger.
In his words… ‘Conversation. The most important skill you can have for long-term blogging success is to be skilled at engaging in conversation. Easy, you say? Not so fast’
You might be good at writing, you could write an article that reads like a book but believe me and I agree with Ste here (I wonder if he thinks I am a good conversationalist?) if you cannot write engaging content that ‘talks’ to and with your readers then you are not going to go far.
Articles that prompt people to want to ‘reply’ and ‘respond’ will help you to grow your blog and business faster than those that don’t. Simples.
Today’s fun wildcard post comes from Engadget.com and is one for us Sci Fi lovers and the science geeks among us.
AlphaDog is an autonomous machine, or robot to you and me, that is wandering around the wilderness in field test which is now learning how to master rocks. So is Atlas another autonomous machine which is a bipedal robot that can now also ‘climb rocky paths’
This is a fascinating article with video updates to show the advancements of modern robotics, but I do fear that it could all end up with some system called ‘SkyNet’ and semi naked Austrian robots shooting guns everywhere shouting ‘I’ll be back’.
Maybe we should pull the plug on it all now! What do you say? 🙂
All there is left for me to say is please share with us your favourite post of the week in the comments section below. We are more than happy to read your recommendations. Please remember though, only serious articles to do with blogging, marketing and social media etc. We do not mind some fun and interesting posts or articles just not the dodgy ones and you know the ones I am talking about 🙂
Wahey it is Saturday again. I hope you have had a good week. This week we have been busy writing and recording videos but it hasn’t stopped us reading. We have some seriously good articles to read this week. Several articles are about Google and the changing world of SEO and others covering social media and we have one looking at the Google Garage believe it or not. Did you know Google started out in someone’s garage?
No neither did we, we shall come to that later but first we recommend you take a look at this great article about Google Plus.
Written by Julie Deneen over at FabulousBlogging.com this article is a great beginners introduction to the fastest growing social media network owned by Google. If you are new to Google plus or have never used it then you should pop over and take a read.
Google Plus is growing in numbers and many people are now choosing it as their primary social media network. Are you missing out? This beginners guide is a great read if you are Google Plus virgin. 🙂
In this post Marcus Sheridan writes about the recent Google Hummingbird update over at the fantastic site TheSalesLion.com. Hummingbird isn’t just another Google update, it is a proper over haul of the algorithm to make a super new improved algorithm. Wahey!
Marcus also explains what 5 trends will occur as a result of the Hummingbird update, serious content marketers should be safe, Google want to have in their results sites and pages that are full of excellent educational content. If you have been creating good educational content then you need not worry. For more information on the latest Google update pop over and take a read of this article.
Over at one of my favourite sites Entrepreneurs-Journal.com Yaro Starak discusses the different ways two well known and successful bloggers Daniel Scocco and Joe Gilde make money from their blogs.
Yaro creates excellent posts which are crammed full of great content which is often inspirational and motivational as well as educational. Yaro likes to interview very successful people and in this post Yaro tries to help you work out what path is right for your blog by showing you the different ways you can monetize your site and online business.
Not every style suits everyone, for example, newsletters recommending products might work for one market but it won’t for others. Pop and say hello to Yaro and take a read of this excellent article.
If you have not yet heard of SEOMoz.com then where have you been? It has recently had a name change and now simply called Moz.com but it still has its excellent Whiteboard tutorials hosted by site owner Rand Fishkin.
Today Rand discusses about the apparent ‘Robbing of Keywords’. Google is slowly taking away keyword data and making it hard for people to better their websites by matching it to what people are searching for. I personally believe it is a plan to force people to forget organic SEO and use their AdWords system. (Not very nice Google!)
As Rand says… ‘The agreement that marketers have always had—that website creators have always had—with search engines, since their inception was, “sure, we’ll let you crawl our sites, you provide us with the keyword data so that we can improve the Internet together. I think this is Google abusing their monopolistic position in the United States. Unfortunately, I don’t really see a way out of it. I don’t think marketers can make a strong enough case politically or to consumer groups to get this removed. Maybe the EU can eventually.’
Pop over, see what he says and tell us what you think.
John Paul has an excellent list of those really good Twitter practices that can go bad very quickly. Twitter is a great place and social interaction and conversation is a must on Twitter which includes thanking people for sharing your Tweets.
The problems come about when you send individual thank you Tweets each and every day. It won’t take long for you to really cheese people off when you clog up their newsfeeds with useless Tweets.
Read the rest of the tips that can go bad over at John Paul’s excellent blog.
Love him or hate him Glenn Allsopp of the infamous ViperChill has his finger firmly on the pulse of SEO and his hands around Google’s throat it would seem. I think Glen is an awesome SEO experimentalist who shows that what Google says does and doesn’t work is as close to the truth as that ‘Lock Ness Monster’ photo released in 1934.
Glen has enjoyed his most profitable year and it is all down to him doing the exact opposite to what Google want us to do, stuff they say no longer works. Surely if it doesn’t work then he cannot land pages and sites on the first pages of their results in weeks even days and then profit from them quickly? Well, he does, what do you say to that Google? If Google were the Empire, Glen then is a SEO Jedi, I am just not sure whether he is on the dark side or the white side of the SEO force.
I thought it was only fair that we followed Glen ‘The Google Slayer’ Allsopp’s post with a trip into Google’s Lair. Well, maybe not their actually new home but the place where it all started 15 years ago. Mashable take us on a tour of the garage where Larry Page and Sergey Brin started to develop and build Google. It was a garage that they rented off a person who has since became a senior VP of Google. They remember those who helped them which is nice.
Did you know Google was started in a garage? No neither did we, Google pride themselves on their motto ‘Do No Evil’, they may not do evil, but that doesn’t mean they do nice either… Just saying… anyway you can read the Google history in this post.
This time we go over to the excellent TopRank website for an article by Alexis Hall. In this article she writes about the advice Andrew Davis, author of Brandscaping gave at the Content Marketing World conference recently.
With the internet being filled each day with information the world is really suffering from information overload, I mean, there are 17 new web pages published every second and 2 million blog posts are published every day. So how the hell do you stand out and get seen in all of this information.
Andrew Davis gives us 5 excellent tips to help us be seen and not drown in this giant digital sea of stuff!
If you did pop over to Glen Allsopp’s ViperChill post you would have seen that it mentioned extensively Alex Becker, Alex is another ‘SEO Jedi Google Slayer’ who knows all the tricks and truths of SEO. Black hat, white hat, or grey hat, whatever your thoughts are on what they do, they do it very well.
So when you start to hear about SEO you will hear about link wheels, link pyramids and link tiers and if you were confused then I am not surprised. It can be very confusing when you are new to it all.
In the Bible it says ‘The meek will inherit the Earth’ (I think) but if you know SEO then ‘The Geek will inherit the Web’ 🙂
That is why I have added this post by Alex which is found over at his excellent Source-Wave.com site, this is a detailed online guide to all things SEO and link strategies. I am not saying that SEO is about doing simple 5 minute tasks and you are done but what I will say is that understanding SEO can open up ‘King Solomon’s Mines’
Rounding up this week’s list of important readables is this great post…
Written by Ian Lurie, this is one article of epic proportion that comes with great advice and discusses the future of internet marketing after Google’s updates andapparent ‘keyword robbery’ (as touched on by Rand in his whiteboard post on Moz.com)
With Google creating new ways to integrate data to rank sites and pages where does it all leave you and what can you do to survive these major changes? Well Ian will explain why dispersed citation is what it is all about.
Ok so that is it for the serious articles by serious people now it is time for some fun and here is this week’s wild card post.
Today’s fun wildcard post comes from the Huffington Post and is a compilation of excellent funny Twitter posts that came about due to the ‘Shut Down’ of the American Government. If only it was true! Be nice if the UK Government would follow suit, but then again if they did we probably wouldn’t notice. 🙂
Being English I am quite partial to no 7 on the list. I found it very amusing indeed but that is how I roll. And number 18 is a bit of clever political humour which I find scarily true too 🙂
So get yourself over to the Huffington Post and have yourself a good chuckle.
All there is left for me to say is please share with us your favourite post of the week in the comments section below. We are more than happy to read your recommendations. Please remember though, only serious articles to do with blogging, marketing and social media etc. We do not mind some fun and interesting posts or articles just not the dodgy ones and you know the ones I am talking about 🙂
Is it Saturday already? Yes I am happy to say it is and I am now about to introduce you to the first of our new weekly roundups of what is happening around the World Wide Web. It is the ‘Best of The Rest’ so to speak. We want to introduce you to some of the best blogs around, the blogs we generally read to get great information advice and ideas.
We will mainly share new and up to date information but occasionally we will find an article that is not so new but still very important and full of great information that we believe you really do need to read.
In this post Kim gives us 9 great tactics for getting a lot and I do mean a lot of traffic to your latest blog post. One thing she does recommend and this goes against the way a lot of bloggers think and that is to turn the 80 – 20 rule around so you are not spending 80% of your time creating your epic post and 20% on the promoting of your post, but instead you should be spending 80% of your efforts on promoting.
Pinterest has noticed that articles are being ‘Pinned’ around 5 million times a day and have decided that they need to take control of this and offer more to their users. This could be great news for internet marketers and publishers.
A short but sweet article but nonetheless very important. Getting your articles out and about is important for finding new traffic and at the moment Pinterest is one of the best and hottest traffic generators around.
Pat Flynn interviews Carl Mattiola of Clinic Metrics in his latest Smart Passive Income Podcast. Carl took action after listening to Pat’s Podcasts and reading his articles on his site. He is now a successful business owner but it wasn’t all plain sailing from the start.
He had many roadblocks both emotionally and physically to get around before he reached success and he shares his complete story here with Pat. I won’t say too much here as it is always best to let Pat say it, he is a true expert and his interviews are legendary.
If you need motivation and inspiration then this is definitely worth a listen.
This is an epic piece by one of my favourite writers and bloggers Ramsay ‘the Blog Tyrant’ Taplin. Ramsay always writes epic posts and I never tire of pointing people his way. In this post he gives us 41 (yes count them) tips that added more than 10,000 people to his email list. Email list is a very important part of any online business old or new.
If you are starting an online business you need an email list and this post will give you some seriously great ideas and advice on how to build a list that can keep you busy in business. Many of these tips you will be surprised to hear are not about putting people on your lists but preventing them from leaving before they get the chance to join.
Ramsay knows his stuff, the guy has built and sold blogs for around $20,000 each so I recommend you pop over, have a read and say hi. He won’t bite. 🙂
This could be big! Not quite sure how just yet but I bet there are many people readying themselves for this. China has been a closed off country the rest of the world in terms of the internet. It doesn’t let its citizens connect to many websites that originate outside of the country because they do not want their people to know things they do not sanction.
It has even been suggested that TV shows that portray time travel are banned in case they encourage people to believe they can go back in time and change the political structure of China. I know! It’s hard to believe but I am told it is true.
Anyway, China is planning to lift its access ban on foreign websites in and around the business district of Shanghai only. They will be able to access sites like Facebook and Twitter which are deemed too politically sensitive for its masses. It seems that Communism is works ok with capitalism as long as it brings in money and not freedom of speech! Hmmm
Another excellent self-development post by my friend Slavko Desik over at his excellent Lifestyle Updated blog. Slavko really looks at how we as people can develop and better ourselves in order to change our lives for the better.
In this post he discusses how we can reach our goals and deadlines by threatening to punish ourselves by using public accountability. I once read about Simon Woodroffe who would reward himself with £10 to spend when he built up the courage to make very important and scary phone calls before he was a success.
Slavko says deciding to publish an embarrassing photo of yourself on Facebook for the whole world to see if you do not accomplish your goal can be a powerful motivator to get things done.
This is an excellent post from Ana Hoffman’s Traffic Generation Café site with some serious advice about guest posting. It is important to write posts for other people’s sites Ramsay ‘the Blog Tyrant’ said that you should write more for other sites than your own. Guest posting is powerful but do it wrong and you have wasted a lot of your precious time.
Picking the right site, the right traffic and even the right topic is vital to the success of your post. If you are planning on doing a guest posting campaign then you really need to read this post.
‘even wobbly courage is still courage’ I love that quote from Darren Rowse. If you are not sure who he is then you really must check out his blog ProBlogger, Darren is one of the biggest and most inspirational bloggers around.
This post is another self-development style post and discusses courage and fear and how best to handle. Fear is something natural that we need to know ‘will happen’ and we need to get some perspective on it all and not let it destroy us.
Understanding fear, courage and our emotional beliefs and feelings can in fact help us to succeed faster. Many of us have beliefs that hold us back and we just are not aware of it until we stop and really think about it.
As Susan Jeffers once said (well she said it plenty of times) ‘Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway’ and as Darren Rowse says… ‘even wobbly courage is still courage’ J
Kim Garst was voted no 8 in the Forbes list of ‘the Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers’ so when I say she knows her stuff, be told.
Kim has written an excellent article about bad email marketing practices. If you are building an email list and you should be, (if not, why not?) you could be doing your business a lot of harm if you are doing any or all of the 5 Deadly Sins mentioned in this post.
Email marketing is still considered the best form of social interaction and converting marketing methods so I highly recommend that you read this post and decide that you will never do any of these sins. Ok?
And Finally, not from this week but still doing the rounds from last week is this great post
This post has 32 experts all giving their advice on how to promote their blogs and content. This is an epic read with some seriously big blogging heavyweights like Pat Flynn, Ramsay Taplin, Ryan Deiss, Darren Rowse and Neal Patel to name a few.
The advice in here is inspirational and seriously useful. You cannot go wrong with this kind of advice if you are new and wanting to get your blog or content seen.
“Connect, build relationships and earn the respect of other content publishers/influencers in your industry by providing content that’s proven to be of high value to them as well as to their followers.” – Jason Acidre
The Weekly Wild Card Post
This is where we share an interesting or fun post from non industry related sites and niches.
This is a story about Xiaolian, a 22 man from China , who after badly damaging his nose in a traffic accident in August 2012 had a new replacement grown on his forehead! Yes, it is true and also very amazing. The pictures are incredible. I just wish I was there to witness when he picked his nose!! 🙂
So all there is left to say is to go and get yourself one big mug of tea or coffee or whatever you drink. Maybe you prefer wine or beer, but get a drink, put your feet up and go and read these posts. Not only will you learn a lot, but if you leave comments you might even make some new friends! 🙂
Why not share with us your favourite post of the week in the comments section below. We are more than happy to read your recommendations. Please remember though, only serious articles to do with blogging, marketing and social media etc. We do not mind some fun and interesting posts or articles too just not the dodgy ones and you know what I mean 🙂