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Get The Most Google Juice Out Of Your Web Links - Create A Link Chain! - 03/27/09 03:15 PM
Earlier today I read a great blog post by Lisa Udy, entitled Want More Google Juice For Your BLog? Here's The Ticket. In it, Lisa emphasizes how important linking is to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and gives some great ideas on how to build links, where to go to list your blog or website so more people will know about it, and some great advice on differentiating anchor text. If you don't know what I just said, I suggest you go read her blog! Links are such an important aspect of SEO, that many people end up going "Link Crazy", linking all (50 comments)
Twitter + Facebook = Tweetdeck! - 03/24/09 09:34 PM
Twitter is one of the hottest blog topics these days. Tons of people have signed up and are putting themselves out there through 140 character "tweets". As has been discussed, and anyone who has spent a significant amount of time on Twitter can attest, after a while you need to start filtering out the noise that comes from hundreds to potentially thousands of people who you might choose to follow and everything that they are putting into their tweet stream. The most popular solution to this problem has become Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck allows you to group those that you follow into categories (68 comments)
A Confused Mind Always Says "No" - 03/20/09 10:45 PM
You've been faithfully blogging each and every week. Quite some time has gone by and you've accumulated quite a wealth of information in your blogs on a variety of topics that a potential client might find interesting and compelling. Finally the day comes...your phone rings and it's a new prospect, who informs you that they've been following your blog and they have a need of your services and want to get together and discuss working with you to meet that need. At this point you're super excited! All of your hard work is starting to pay off! Whether it was the (12 comments)
CHANGE .... & The SMALL Things! ~ A Spring Fresh CONTEST - 03/20/09 09:19 PM
This is a great CONTEST post by Sally Cheeseman to promote the Group - POSTIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul. It sounds challenging, but there's some free points up for grabs, so give it a go! Via Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman HAWAII Relocations & Real Estate (Century 21 Liberty Homes): During the Spring Season we think of everything bright and beautiful. The flowers start blooming and the grass turns green; with newborn chicks peeping high above in their nests. The cool spring breezes blow through your hair. You lay down in the field and look up at the clear blue skies that display fluffy odd (0 comments)
11 Different Ways To Blog - 03/18/09 08:29 PM
I just read a great post by Jon Zolsky, What To Blog About...And How. In it Jon shared some great basics and he got me to thinking about all the different variety of ways to format a blog post. As I read some of the blogs on Active Rain, I'm amazed at the quality of writing and formatting that I see here and the level of creativity that goes into many of these "Works of Blart" (I think I just made that up). Here's a few creative ideas that I've seen where writers stepped outside the box to convey information in a different (22 comments)
5 Things St. Patrick Can Teach Us About Our Communities And Our Businesses. - 03/17/09 05:42 PM
Since it's St. Patrick's day, I figured I would share a little bit of history on the man behind the holiday. St. Patrick wasn't from the country that is now permanently associated with his name. He ended up there through an incredible series of events. When he was a young boy pirates landed in his home town and he was kidnapped along with many others. The pirates took him to Ireland where he was sold into slavery. He spent 6 years in Ireland most of that time under lock and key. During this dark time, is when religion came to him. (39 comments)
Video Marketing Tips - 03/16/09 07:56 PM
As technology progresses, we're all being exposed to new ways to market out business that wouldn't even have been thought of several years ago. One of the most dynamic of these ways is Video Marketing. There's a variety of software out there that will allow you to shoot and edit video's from you old Video Camera. Most laptop computers also come with a web cam built in. They've even developed a handy little Flip Camera that is custom made for shooting quick videos (even HD videos) and easily uploading them to YouTube and other Social Media sites. I'm probably not telling you anything you (5 comments)
Referrals - Who Goes First? - 03/12/09 11:08 PM
A referral is one of the biggest honors, and one of the most valuable things you can receive as a business owner. It means that someone trusts you enough to connect you with someone that they care about (a family member, co-worker, or client). If you are out there trying to establish relationships with other businesses that will eventually lead to referrals, perhaps you're running into brick walls and other obstacles in your journey to make the right impression and the right connection. One thing that many people do when looking for a new strategic alliance is to examine who they (7 comments)
Make It Easier For People To Refer You Business - 03/11/09 05:59 PM
A referral has been defined at connecting someone you care about to someone you trust. This definition highlights some potential issues that you may have in referring your clients to other service providers, as well as issues that they may have in referring their clients to you. Since a referral is essentially an extension of our reputation (if it goes well, we look good; if it goes bad, we look bad) many people are hesitant to associate their names with others whom they may not know well, or with whom they don't have an existing business relationship. That can make it (14 comments)
Giving To Get - Take Your Generosity To The Next Level - 03/05/09 10:06 PM
I write a lot about Giving To Get, about how your generosity motivates those around you to be generous with you as well. Perhaps you tend to focus on the "To Get" portion of that phrase. Lots of people are willing to give if they are guaranteed to get. Unfortunately that's not how it works. Many times we just have to "Pay It Forward" with no expectations, but lots of faith in the universal law of reciprocity - that without fail we are eventually rewarded for our efforts and our generosity. The mistake we often make is trying to quantify the reward, (5 comments)
1. You don't like meeting new people, especially techy multi-tasking successful types. 2. You've got nothing to share. Perhaps your ex or your kids drained whatever you had, but you're now dead inside. Whatever experiences you had, you've blocked them out, no drive, no convictions, no passion, no activity - just cobb webs and dust bunnies. 3. You can't convey a complete thought in a blog post, let alone a 140 character message. 4. You don't have the internet connected to your typewriter. 5. (14 comments)
Business Networking - Web 2.0 Poll - Tell me what you think! - 03/03/09 08:39 PM
I'm planning a local seminar for business owners to help answer the abundance of questions out there about the various social media platforms and how to use them for business marketing. I figured I would open this up to everyone to see what impressions you have of these Web 2.0 platforms, how you might be using them currently, and also see what questions you have about how to use them to further your business interest. What information on the following topics would you like to see/hear in a business seminar? I'm focusing on the following platforms: • Facebook • LinkedIn • MySpace (5 comments)
7 Ways To Build Trust Online - 03/01/09 01:48 PM
1. Don't Stop Writing Ok, you've signed up for Active Rain. You have your blog all set up just the way you want it. You've even written and published several posts to your blog. Feeling comfortable? Thinking about taking a break? Don't! A few posts and a slick looking blog will not automatically make your readers trust you. Consistency is crucial. If you're consistent in delivering valuable information through your blog, potential clients will have no problem imagining you consistently delivering valuable service and or products. 2. Use Testimonials No matter how great you say you are, you'll never be able to (14 comments)
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