The weekly social media and blogging post round-up has returned! Here are the top ten posts I read this week:
Google+ is all the rage these days and millions are flocking to it. Is Google+ the next “big” thing? I dunno (although it’s lookin’ like it so far). Will Google+ do to Facebook what Facebook did to MySpace? I have no idea. I do think it has huge potential though. If you’ve got a Google account, you can get a Google+ profile. I’ve been exploring the last few days and so far, I like what I see.
Basically what I am saying is that I have made a lot of sacrifices to get to this place in my life, and its not as glamorous as people make it out to be. Its is really great to be doing what I love, and getting paid for it but your life probably isn’t bad either
Godin calls it a tribe. Kevin Kelly calls them your 1000 True Fans. Hugh MacLeod calls it a global microbrand. Everywhere you look, you might notice a new kind of flexible, smart small business. They serve a relatively small number of people. Big businesses drool over their profit margins and adaptability. Their customers are knocked out by what they do and how they do it. Oh, and one more thing. They’re taking over the world.
You know that old cliché, right? Content is king? Well, it’s wrong. Content matters, and content is a pillar of the “Internet Marketing for Smart People” method. But content isn’t king. Relationships are king.
Blogging’s a great way to grow awareness of you and/or your brand and, with bloggers now getting book deals and media contracts, it can also be a lucrative one. Unfortunately, many bloggers shoot themselves in the foot by making some basic errors that holds their blog back from its true potential. Knowing how to avoid these mistakes can mean the difference between just another blog online, and one that stands out as the kind people take notice of.
There are a number of varying viewpoints and perspectives when it comes to using affiliate links for a blogger’s affiliate marketing efforts (for a reminder on what this is go here!) and you could spend a few minutes (or hours) researching them if you wish.
In 2011, social media is hands down one of the best ways to grow a business… if you enjoy networking. It allows you to instantly connect, engage and build relationships with your audience so you can grow your email list, spread your message, increase your revenue and help others to make the best of their day (if you think strategically about every word as an off-shoot of your brand). Social media truly is every lifestyle entrepreneur’s greatest business building tool. But… there are some secrets to successfully utilizing Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for maximum effectiveness, a few of which I will share with you in this post.
Have you ever wondered how mega-corporations manage their social media initiatives? Keep reading for a fascinating inside look at Intel Corporation’s sophisticated social media initiatives. I interviewed Ekaterina Walter, a social media strategist at Intel to better understand how the company is using Facebook.
Ah, plurals. How they tempt the most decisive of spellers to make a simple error. How often we see a sign on the side of the road: “Mango’s, 50 cents!” “All Mattress’s 45% Off!” Here is the rule: NEVER EVER EVER MAKE A PLURAL USING AN APOSTROPHE.
I’ve gone from figuring out how to blog to figuring out how to make bloggers better. As FanSided’s Editor, that’s my job. In a day and age where Charlie Sheen has dubbed himself a “genius warlock with tiger blood,” I’m gonna take the high road and just say that I know a thing or two about blogging. Ah, screw it. I’m a Blogfather and I’m here to make you a blogger they can’t refuse.
What great posts on social media and blogging have you read this week? Share them in the comments below…
From Twitter to Facebook to blogging and everything in between, Ashley Pichea is learning all she can about the social media world. Co-founder of the 3in30 Challenge and blogging at L.I.F.E. by Ashley Pichea, she invites you to join her as she finds her place in the social media world.