It is an amazing world we live in today, where you can information about nearly anything at the push of a few buttons. When I find a new blog that I love, I subscribe to the RSS feed so that I get all the latest blog posts delivered daily and do not miss any of the best posts. If you do not have a Google Reader account, or something similar, you are making it harder on yourself than things need to be. Here are some posts that I plucked from my Google feed that I think are very worthy of sharing with all of you.
This post is long and detailed enough to give beginners all the information they need to get started with social media and quickly make a name for themselves. Kristi is amazing, and keeps up with all the latest details and changes in the multitudes of social media sites. I follow her so that I don’t miss anything good! If you stop by to read this post, please congratulate her and Jason on their little “Blogger on Board” who is due to make an entrance in the next few months. Even though this post is part of a contest that Kristi herself talked me into entering, please Tweet about this post, because she deserves fully to win for this epic post!
Another good blog to follow, as they regularly let you know when Amazon is giving away FREE eBooks, or giving large discounts. Now, I know what you are thinking— as a writer myself, I should not advocate not paying for someone’s hard work. However, this has long been the way that new authors gain a following….it is now digitalized instead of sending out physical copies of the books for reviews. So now you see where I am going with this….any time I download and read a book from Amazon for free, I make sure to write a good, solid, and honest review about it on the site. Also, if I feel it is a good book, I will share that via social media as well, which I think is a good tradeoff. The author is kind enough to allow us to read the book for free; giving them some publicity is a way of giving back a little.
This is an awesome article about a couple of internet entrepreneurs and the ups and downs of the business. (Mostly ups, though…) I do not know what to say about this post except, read it….you will be inspired.
Those that know will understand… I am an animal fanatic. Check out the cute doggies on vacation, and guess where they are. You can win a “Travels with Ty & Buster” calendar if you win— and I would love to have it if you are not interested in it!
If you have a blog, a website, or any sort of business, online or offline– it is way past the time to ignore online marketing. More people now have internet access in their homes than keep telephone books handy….that one little detail is a big deal. In this post, Ben Sibley breaks it down into two simple concepts that anyone can follow.
This is a good post to read if you own a business and are not tech-savvy. Local businesses need a web presence– which means a website first and foremost– and also a presence on social media and a blog to connect and engage with customers. But what if you have no idea how to set any of that stuff up, and really have no clue how much it should cost or who can do it? Read this post before you move on!
I was pretty shocked when I received an email a few weeks back telling me that my password for LinkedIn had been disabled, and to immediately change it due to a security breach. But I had no idea the extent of the problems until I read this post. If you use LinkedIn, you will want to read this article and keep yourself informed about the lawsuit and what you can do to keep your information safe from hackers.
When a new site is built, especially a social media site, it is initially completely empty. How do site owners entice people to come to their sites? By showing them that others are interacting there and having a great time. How they do that can be a little on the shady side. As a writer, I am often approached by people who want phony testimonials or fake posts to make a forum look active. Expect the same if you advertise your services at all– and then make a decision as to what you will and will not do. For instance, I will not do reviews of things I have no knowledge of…but I do not see any harm in answering people’s questions on forums and such, even if it is something that usually is not interesting to me, and has nothing to do with writing, social media, and SEO… my comfort zone. (I have other little ethical quandaries…for instance, I refuse to re-write or “spin” articles…there is a fine line there that I am unwilling to cross. What do you think about these things?
Okay, that is about it for today. Not because there are not a zillion other posts I could mention….but because I need to get off my duff and ready my neglected house for visitors this afternoon. Did I mention the bee’s nest I found when taking out the garbage this morning? Really sore, but also glad that it seems I have outgrown my childhood allergic reactions. Ah, life! Have a great weekend everyone…it is absolutely beautiful here…sunny and 80 degrees.
- Awesome Posts for Writers I have Read this Week (writeandgetpaid.wordpress.com)
- The Inspiring Blogger Award Inspires Me (writersparty.com)
- Top 10 Social Media Time Saving Tips for the Busy Blogger (kikolani.com)