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>Web 2.0 Tools and Web 2.0 Technology


Web 2.0 Tools and Web 2.0 Technology The internet and web have always been a basis for collaboration between groups of people of any size. As you know this has been on the increase over the years and technology has helped support that. Web 2.0 is about the content and users and their interaction. Web […]

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>7 Tips on Blogging for Value


Blogs are just as much about the reader as the author ?€“ if no one?€™s reading them, then they have no value outside SEO. So it?€™s essential to write with your reader in mind, and the best way to keep visitors coming back is to spark ideas, discussion and provide insight or knowledge of some kind. If you don?€™t already have a blog, you can take advantage of our WordPress hosting and one-click install (accessible via your eXtend control panel) to get up and running quickly.

We?€™ve put together a series of golden rules so you can ensure you?€™re blogging for value ?€“ and success!

1.    Make sure you have a clear idea of what your visitors are interested in by frequently using your site statistics (e.g. Google Analytics) and the information in the WordPress admin panel. You may well find that the posts with the highest number of comments may not share the highest number of views, so decide which is most important to you and work from there. Writing follow-up posts on popular topics is also a great way to boost reads.

Start by installing a statistics plugin such as WP Stats.

2.    Aim to tell your readers something they didn?€™t know before. There are lots of ways to do this, including offering advice, providing valuable links, collating useful resources and providing a fresh opinion on your chosen subject.

Check out SEOmoz for examples of value-adding posts.

3.    Stick to topics that you?€™re interested in and are relevant to your site content. There?€™s nothing worse than a half-hearted blog entry that serves no real purpose. Don?€™t write about something because you have to, write because you want to. Come across as interested, knowledgeable (or preferably both), and you?€™ll be adding value.

Find out more about how to write an interesting blog.

4.    Encourage discussion by taking the focus off yourself; make sure you refer to the reader directly and avoid overuse of ?€?I?€™. Remember visitors are reading for their own benefit, not yours! People like to voice their opinions and talk about their personal perspective, so present direct questions in your blog to make it easy for them.

Try 7 questions to get more reader engagement.

5.    Even if your ideas aren?€™t unique, make sure your view is.  If you’re stuck for ideas, one of the worst things to do is to browse similar blogs for inspiration as you’ll almost inevitably end up directly repeating the concept/content or excessively quoting from it. Instead search for simple blog ideas and brainstorm your own thoughts before settling down in front of a keyboard. It’s worth checking a few sites after to see what else is out there, but don’t do it beforehand.

Search for blog ideas quickly and easily via Google.

6.    Use social media sites such as Twitter to help analyse the value of your blog entries as well as a tool to get visitors to your posts. Take a look at the topics and links your followers are tweeting and retweeting to find out what phrases are used and what?€™s most likely to get passed on. A catchy or intriguing title always helps, particularly if it hints at a valuable blog post. Remember that the amount of retweets doesn?€™t necessarily signal page popularity as many users tend to automatically parrot things, so always back up your findings with site stats where possible.

Have a look at TweetMeMe and TweetCloud to see what?€™s popular.

7.    Avoid the hard sell. It might be tempting, but building a blog entry around a strong sales message will leave Google and your visitors shaking their heads in disgust. Rather than trying to mould content to fit your sales pitch, start with a valuable blog idea and focus on that, perhaps subtly referring to just one or two of your products or services where relevant.

Find out more about alternatives to hard selling here.

Blogs are an extremely important tool for presenting a personable aspect to your site and giving visitors a reason to come back, so always write with that in mind. Providing regular, valuable blog entries over time will help you to build your brand or personal site successfully and ensure respect across web communities.

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>12 Ways You’re Scaring Away Your Readership


There is a bunch of reasons why you are losing your readers. So, I?€™ll say up front that this articles is entirely based on my own experiences and what I’ve learned so far from blogging for almost a year. This is a list of some reasons why your readers never come back.

1 – Too Many Displaced Advertisements

This is the first thing strongly make your readers dislike your blog or website. Your content is what drives users to your site, and what differentiates your site from the next guy. If you didn’t have content, you wouldn’t make money off of ads. Focus on your content first to build a great subscriber-ship, then think about how to make money from your content. After 6 months of using Google Adsense to make some tiny money from my blog, I decided to remove all the ugly banners of Google Adsense to refresh the air(I will place them again, but in the future). The rule is don’t just place your ads anywhere, make them look like content.

Nice read:When Should You Put Ads On Your Blog? – This is how $40,000/month blogger makes money from his blog.

2 – Slow website

This happened to me before I move to another hosting provider. I used a very cheap hosting which I paid a year just compared to this one of 3 months. Remember, your readers don’t like 1 minutes loading to read just a quicktip post. Make sure you stay away from super-cheap hosting and optimize your website’s speed.

Here is some good tips:WordPress Optimization: How I Reduced Page Load Time by 75%.

3 – Posting duplicate content

Another good way to ruin your blog is publishing posts which already published before or elsewhere. Google and other search engines definitely also get involved when your content found is largely the same as some content in your blogs or other websites. If you want to gain traffic and readership, try to be unique. In case you don?€™t have the resources to write and publish on your own blog, or your budget isn’t allow you to hire someone to write, the easiest way is → Stop Launching Blogs, Start Contributing. It would be great if you can write quality content day-to-day, otherwise great quality articles sometime are better than having a lot of filler articles.

Read this before start blogging: Four Common Steps Every New Blogger Would Face When Starting A Blog.
Tips to be unique:7 Tips for Creating Unique Content That Doesn?€™t Suck.
Helpful article for blog content development:10 Ways To Find Inspiration To Develop Content For Your Blog.

4 – Not giving proper credit or high-jacking articles

Beware of content submitted from contributors when your blog has multi-authors. You should make sure to edit all the posts submitted carefully. I personally made a same mistake twice by publishing contributed posts without reviewing it carefully and I got warning from the original author immediately. If you are the only one who maintains your blog, don’t ever think about copying the whole content from other blogs. However, it doesn’t mean you cannot do ethically stealing. The rule is never copy and paste entire paragraphs from original article because it?€™s rude and wrong. I cannot find or don’t know if there is any penalty for content infringement; Thus, it is free when it’s on the Internet??? If you have any idea about this, the comment section is open for discussion.

Worth reading:How To Steal Blog Content: Ethically.

5 – Accepting every giveaway sponsorship that comes your way

Giveaways is one of the most effective ways to gain more traffic and readers. It hooks visitors so that they return to your blog again and again. However, the giveaways makes your blog attractive only and only if those giveaways are from popular companies who offer good products or services. Don’t accept or just simply deny some of them which are not good great for your audiences. Don’t publish giveaways too frequently because you run blog to share your knowledge, not team up with some companies to give away things. Thus, people comes to your blog because they want to learn new things.

You should do give aways things because:Hosting a Giveaway As a Blog Marketing Tool.
You should know:How to Host Effective Blog Giveaways.

6 – Annoying other bloggers

This is how you ruin your relationship with other bloggers. Marketing a blog takes time and patience. If they like what you are doing, they will promote you without your demand. Asking for favors all the time doesn’t harm anyone, but it’s a bothersome type of communication which people do hate.

Off-topic link but useful:Building Relationships: 11 Rules for Self-Promotion.

7 – Writing or marketing off-niche

You call yourself web design blogger, so that means you are talking about design stuff, and pretty much only design stuff… Don’t try to do something “new” by going off your niche into other things like proxy software, or other stuff. Most people in a niche market have a loyal following, because there aren’t often many other people covering that sort of stuff. (It happened to Woorkup recently. He went off with a lot of articles, news about some phone companies. Hope he will have more success with new Woorkup).

8 – Not engaging in the community you’re building (ex: comments, Twitter, Facebook, GBuzz, etc.)

You cannot just write and publish. Beside the time you do blogging, spend some time to be active in community and social networks. Keeping trying to stay in touched with everyone to catch what people are talking about and join their conversations.

You should read:How To: Be Active On Twitter Without Getting Burned Out!.

9 – Providing no way to directly contact you.

You blog/website needs at least a contact page for people to reach you. You can put your social ids over sidebar, footer, but don’t forget to implement one page for a contact form. This is typically the gateway to allow people to submit their questions, even suggestions to you. You need to keep your contact form really simple as you can, because they will close the page right after seeing a lot of required field. You better put your email beside the form in case one day, the form is broken. (Don’t write in email format, just like this: “magazine at aext dot net” – to avoid spam bots catching your email address.)

For a proper contact form: → <a href="
roper-contact-form/”>5 Important Steps to Design a Proper Contact Form
Contact form tips:10 Useful Tips for a Captivating Contact Form

10 – Offering limited or no subscription methods

Sometime, I don’t want to subscribe to a feed of a blog, but I really love to follow that blog in Twitter(or just be a fan on Facebook). However, where the hell is the Twitter link to its Twitter profile? I’m an Facebook addicted but I cannot find the fan page of this blog. That’s fine, I will subscribe to the feed and receive its updates via email, but … where can I put my email? (It happened to Smashing Magazine before they redesigned)

11 – Non-working JavaScript overlays

Make sure all of your Javascript is working properly because JS is so annoying to the readers when it doesn’t work properly. Slow loading, web browsers get crashed… are typically caused by javascript. I once went mad when I couldn’t click on the tabs list then my mouse got broken. Oh, that’s my own blog!

Links for Javascript developers:List of Really Useful Free Tools For JavaScript Developers.
Good link:Good Ways to Implement Javascript on your site.

12 – Improper terminology for your demographic and/or field

If you speak in design terms to a non-designer, they will think you?€™re mad. Then, if you write about design stuff in “doctor” language, they’ll definitely think you are crazy. I’m not a writing expert, but my advice is you will need to have a good understanding of standard terminology in design. Let’s write easy to understand instead of making the readers get confused.

Check it out:Art and Design Terminology.

I’ve learned a lot of things

These are how I’ve done blogging for almost a year. There’s a bunch of tricks and tips for a better blog I have learned, but these above are the most important things I would like to share. If you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comment section.

Related posts:

  1. Contact form for Blogger users by Formspring
  2. Four Common Steps Every New Blogger Would Face When Starting A Blog

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>Let’s see what you’ve got!


The main reason I found for creating this blog was to show people out there that you can use blogger to achieve almost everything. I mean, You can use Blogger to create ANY type of website, and show any type of content, If you know how to tweak it and admin your content of course. With this idead in my mind I have decided to create “out of the box” types of templates and help users using it, so they can see on their on eyes what I am talking about…

So since my users have got the idea of my templates they started commenting here like crazy, asking questions, congratulating me, etc. Due to that great feedback, I decided to answer (almost) all the comments, give my best to help people and answer all the questions they have, no matter how simple they were for me.

A couple of days ago I tried to search google for people using my templates, I got around 3000 results, then I checked some of them, and for my surprisingly happiness, I found some many GREAT blogs that have modified my templates in such a beatiful way that I could never imagine. Some of them have even won awards!

So I was here just surfing the net around as I do everyday looking for inspiration and came up with this idea: As I can not find all the great people using my templates by myself, I will create a post here and ask people to submit their blogs, only they ones that they think that have a great design, and are using a template of mine of course. It’s up now!

After taking a look on what you guys have submitted, I will create a section on this blog with the top blog designs using my templates, with a text link to your site, and maybe a short description. The more people that submit content, the more the post will be productive, so please spread this post around using the many social netwoerking features here, including the “Retweet” button.

Submit your blogs!

Here’s what I want:

  • Name: Your website’s name.
  • Link: A URL to your website.
  • Description: Write a short description of your blog, what is it about?
  • Template: What template are you using? What did you change from the original?
  • Testimonial (Optional): If you want, Please write something about me, or my blog, like how I have helped you, or why would you recommend me, my blog or my templates to people out there.

Note: Please only submit blogs that have customized any template of mine in a good way, I mean if you have made it unique and have a very good taste, check this example for better understanding. The submission does not aply for those that are using the original version of any template of have a “incomplete” look of it.

Let’s see what you’ve got!

Let’s see what you’ve got!

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>YouTube Goes After Higher Quality Content and Footage


YouTube has said that it will be sponsoring higher quality content and supporting ultra-high quality digital video.

These two announcements come just days after the launch of the beta version of YouTube Leanback, the next phase in the company’s play for the living room. These moves also signal a shift in strategy for the online video site as it attempts to brand itself as a content destination rather than a place to watch viral videos.

Earlier this week, Mashable’s Ben Parr argued that in order for Leanback to take off, YouTube will need to remake itself as the central point for video entertainment. These announcements appear to be a play for just that space.

YouTube Partner Grants: Paying for Better Content

YouTube is rolling out its YouTube Partner Grants program, which will invest five million dollars to select new and emerging YouTube partners. The goal here is to provide small production companies and studios with the funds needed to produce high quality original content.

The money that is given via the YouTube Partner Grants program will be an advance on future YouTube revenue shares. In other words, this is less of a “grant” in the government or endowment sense and more similar to how the record industry works.

Eligible partners will be identified by YouTube and they will be contacted and invited to submit a proposal. Once proposals are approved, the funds are transferred to the partner and they can start using it to buy better equipment, hire new people and expand their marketing efforts.

YouTube Goes 4K

YouTube, a site that has never been particularly known for its overall video quality, will now support videos shot in 4K. 4K is a new standard in high-end digital video and it has a horizontal resolution of about 4000 pixels. The ideal screen size for 4K video is 25 feet and the resulting image is roughly four times the size of 1080p.

Some of the most innovative new digital camera systems, like the RED One shoot in 4K. The RED One system, which is extremely innovative because not only is it modular and extremely upgradable, but it also offers incredible quality at a reasonable (for professional camera standards) price and in a body that is extremely lightweight.

RED has been used to shoot films like The Lovely Bones, Green Zone and The Informant! as well as many commercials and music videos. It’s quickly becoming the camera kit of choice amongst digital filmmakers and now that footage can be uploaded to YouTube in its ultimate resolution.

That said, 4K isn’t without its caveats. First, while camera systems like the RED One are inexpensive by professional standards — a fairly robust setup can be had for around $30,000 — competitors like the Arriflex Alexa can easily cost over $100,000 after lens and mounts are involved. It’s still going to be out of reach for many would-be auteurs.

The bigger issue is that the bandwidth requirements for 4K are pretty substantial. Not only that, but even if you do have the bandwidth to support 4K streaming, you may not having the computing horsepower. YouTube linked to four 4K uploads on its blog post, and while they were viewable over my 50 megabit connection on my Core i7 iMac with 8 GB of RAM at a very good framerate, the clarity wasn’t any better than at 1080p because I don’t have a 4K monitor.

Approved YouTube Grant Partners will probably spend some of their money on upgrading their production equipment. Depending on the budget and scope of the projects, that might including getting one of the latest high-end digital video cameras, like the RED One. The RED system can record high-definition content in 4K, or a reference resolution of 4096?3072. That’s nearly four times the size of 1080p and the ideal screen size for 4K is 25 feet.

And while we commend YouTube for supporting next generation formats so quickly, we still think its bitrate is on the low side.

Redefining YouTube

YouTube is the dominant video site when it comes to short-form content, but when it comes to longer form original content, it lacks consumer and creator mindshare. While the company boasts about having more than 10,000 YouTube partners (content creators who get revenue share in ads overlaid on their content), the reality is that most of those partners don’t make anything off of their content.

What’s more, with the exception of commercial content that is redistributed through YouTube, the site doesn’t have the best reputation for more artistic content. That’s why the grants program is important. If it works, YouTube could start attracting the kind of content that is currently being published to sites like Vimeo or

The support for next generation formats goes hand in hand with cultivating higher-end content creators. It’s also a sign that YouTube is really focussed on looking beyond the computer screen. The living room is quickly becoming a battleground in the connected content space and YouTube definitely wants to make sure it has a big piece of the pie.

What do you think about YouTube Partner Grants and support for 4K video? Let us know!

Reviews: BLIP, Vimeo, YouTube

More About: 4k, RED camera, <a href="
/red-one/”>RED one, trending, youtube, youtube partner grants

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>Can Robots Run the News?


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To the chagrin of sports reporters everywhere, a team from Northwestern University’s engineering and journalism schools has created a program that automatically generates sports news stories. Stats Monkey uses the box score and play-by-play — even quotes, if they’re available online — to compile articles that follow one of the system’s pre-defined narrative arcs.

Despite the lack of human involvement in this process, New York Times columnist David Carr delivered a verdict of “not-that-terrible” on the result. A company called Narrative Science has even licensed the Stat Monkey software and now provides automated stories to news outlets, including the Big Ten Network.

Reporting and writing, though possibly the most disconcerting, aren’t the only newsroom tasks that are increasingly being handed off to computers. Here’s a look at some other journalistic duties being outsourced to A.I. and whether or not they are ready for prime time.

Editorial Automation

Instead of copy editors making the final call on how to headline articles at The Huffington Post, computers run an automated test period with two options. The headline that gets the best response from readers sticks.

The process of finding the content itself is also becoming more automated. Instead of editors trolling for the best stories to post on their websites, some news sources employ algorithmic systems to decide which stories to put on their pages and when. And another project from Northwestern University, News at Seven, has been compiling information on the web to create automated newscasts since 2006.

A company called Demand Media, though not a traditional news outlet, is probably most well-known for using automated computer processes to help create content. It uses an algorithm to generate headlines that will do the best in search engines and be most appealing to advertisers. Once the headline is generated, a pool of freelancers can sign up to write or create a video of the story for about $25. More than 10,000 freelancers create about 6,000 pieces of content every day. One of the most popular sites Demand Media produces is, which anyone who uses a search engine knows is often successful in launching content to the top of results — so successful, in fact, that Google seems to be interested in creating a similar model.

The Pros and Cons of Computational Journalism

News Search ImageProponents of what some call “computational journalism” argue that there are many upsides for computer involvement in news tasks. Computers can more accurately and efficiently find patterns in data. They can alert journalists to what’s new, create visualizations and timelines, track sources, and interact with readers. Invaluable news resources like The Washington Post’s database of congressional voting wouldn’t be possible without computer automation.

Another upside is that automating news tasks is more efficient and profitable. Narrative Science doesn’t need to pay a reporter or even buy a game ticket in order to sell an article about a sporting event. They could produce and sell an article on every little league game in the country without substantially increasing their overhead costs (provided they have a reliable source of game data, of course). On a similar note, by catering to search engines and advertisers, Demand Media has, not surprisingly, demonstrated a potential to sell a lot of advertising. They’re expecting an annual revenue of about $250 million.

But, as the once fully automated blog Techmeme found out, there are also limits to what computers can accomplish without real, flesh-and-blood reporters. The blog analyzes the way sites link together in order to determine what is newsworthy. In the beginning, the automated posts to the blog were unedited, but after some embarrassing headlines (including one about Anna Nicole Smith’s hospitalization posted after she had already been declared dead), the blog founder announced in a post entitled “Guess what? Automated News Doesn’t Quite Work” that he would be hiring a human editor.

And while Carr was impressed with the automatic article that Stats Monkey produced on a playoff game between the Angels and the Red Sox, he also noted that the computer program missed the most important detail: That the winning team went on to play the Yankees for the championship.

While automatic news generators do a great job of compiling information that other people put online, those people still need to put it online. According to a 2010 Pew Research Center Study that tracked several news threads, 83% of content was essentially repetitive. Of the 17% of “news” that actually contained new information, nearly all of it came from traditional media outlets — a.k.a. people.

More Journalism Resources From Mashable:

5 Innovative Websites That Could Reshape the News
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re/”>7 Ways Journalists Can Use Foursquare
How Mobile Technology is Affecting Local News Coverage
How Twitter?€™s New Media Blog Aims To Teach By Example
How Journalists are Using Social Media for Real Results

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Reviews: Google, iStockphoto

More About: aggregators, automation, computers, journalism, News, robots, tech

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>The Unmissable Secret of Long Term Blogging Success.


In The Myth Of Great Content Marketing Itself, Darren said that:

The reality is that many blogs produce quality content that doesn?€™t get read. The reason isn?€™t that the blog?€™s not worth reading ?€“ but in many cases it?€™s because nobody knows to go read it.

Later, he said:

Letting your content market itself DOES work IF you already have an audience to help with that process by spreading word of it through word of mouth. YOU need to be the one who starts the process.

It?€™s time to hustle and get word out about your content.

I agree. Most of the apparent success you see on a blog is based on what happens outside of content creation. The main secret to kicking arse online is knowing the right people.

Yes, I?€™m talking about the networking.

How Networking Leads To Blog Success

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Do you ever see posts with high profile commenters and tonnes of retweets that seems to echo around the blogosphere? All that happened off the blog. The connections were made months before a favour was asked. The person had provided enough value for the person to not even considering saying no to a request for help.

I recently wrote a post taking readers step by step through my networking methods. This guest post will take you through specific observations that helped me garner the attention of the big guns ?€“ and keep it.

Be A Filter. Be Seen.

I owe the discovery of this concept to Dave Navarro at The Launch Coach

?€?the busier and more successful someone is, the more they rely on people they trust to filter decisions for them.  They don?€™t have the time to take in an process all the pros and cons of some new unknown quantity, so they simply look to their ?€?influencers?€? – the people who already have established trust with them ?€“ for recommendations. ?€?

Positioning yourself as a filter is a great way to get on the radars of awesome people.

I became a filter by accident and it?€™s a role that I?€™ve embraced. I?€™m known as the person that hooks people up. I did one consulting call and was interviewed for two paid programs in the past week. In all three cases, I asked the person is there was anyone I could connect them too.

This doesn?€™t have to be a bad thing. In many cases, it means getting them featured on a certain blog. They get publicity. The blogger gets quality content. I get the happiness from making awesomeness happen.

The key to being a indispensible filter is being so darn useful that the A-listers clamor to get to know you. However, before you can get to know them they have to know who you are.

So ?€“ how do you get to know them?

Meet them on their turf and go where they are most comfortable. This is where they will me most receptive to your attempts at connection.

For many people, this is Twitter. For others, it may be a uStream or an interview. Be where they are, and without being spammy show how intelligent and helpful you are. In some cases, they?€™ll get to know you and ask to take the conversation elsewhere.

Taking the conversation off that platform

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Take the conversation to phone

It?€™s weird, but hearing someone?€™s voice encourages them to be more emotionally involved. They are more likely to remember you and be willing to help you out down the track.

I know this because I?€™ve Skyped a lot of my blogging friends. It?€™s hard, especially when you are introverted. It has lots of awesome networking opportunities. You can pick up little pieces of information to leverage later, such as birthdays and children. You can also bond over accents or similar work.

For most people, this means talking to them on Skype. You can also talk to them via conference call products or by a regular phone.

Take it to email

I try and funnel most conversations to email. This makes it a lot easier to form a connection and figure out how you can help each other. I have one email for most people and a separate email for those I have a preexisting relationship with. This means that I can give a priority to those I am willing to help out.

This may not be practical for some of the bigger names. They generally get so many emails that yours will get lost. In these cases, it?€™s worth getting to know the person that filters their email if you definitely need their attention.

Meeting in real life

In most cases, this is unlikely to happen. That?€™s just the way the internet works. There is often too much hassle involved in meeting up unless you live physically close to them. I have three main ways I meet people:

  • If a social media friend will be in the same city as you, casually offer to meetup. I got to meet Yaro Starak and Melinda Brennan this way.
  • I also to conferences that my friends will be attending. This means we get to hang out during the sessions and can make additional connections with some of their friends.
  • My other method is tweetups. I limit the ones I attend because they can be tiring but they are an awesome place to develop new friendship circles.

How to be incredibly useful.

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Know what they need before they know they need it

Imagine. You are craving an ice cream. You don?€™t have the time to go and buy the ice cream but then someone offers one because they instinctively know that it could help you right then. Now, imagine that you could help people find solutions that could save or earn them thousands of dollars. They?€™d be pretty darn grateful, right?

That?€™s what I do and it?€™s how you can get a lot of the big guns to view you as a peer in a short period of time.

To succeed at this you have to be good at reading between the lines. You have to:

  • Be able to see when they are hinting towards needing help such as them tweeting about feeling sick.
  • Know what type of person/product they like being referred to.
  • Know about the various solutions that they haven?€™t heard of. This can require a lot of research.

It?€™s hard work but you eventually develop processes so it requires very little time. One you reach a tipping point most of the people come to you on a referral basis.

Connect them to people that profoundly change things for them

I know I changed Dave Navarro?€™s career when I reviewed How To Launch The **** Out Of Your Ebook on this blog. That connection has led to so many opportunities and experiences for me.

When you do something amazing, the person will be grateful for a long, long time. People still thank me for mentioning the in the 30 Bloggers To Watch post. And, when I recently needed help, they all rallied around to support me because I?€™d done so much for them previously.

You don?€™t have to help in a huge way. Sometimes, it can be a small favour that spurs a person on. Ideas include:

  • Get a review copy of an information product on their behalf
  • Review their product on a popular blog
  • Highlight them in front of an influencer
  • Connect them with people with complementary skills

Givers get. Simple.

I help you build your influence at If you want to know whats hot in the blogosphere before it goes mainstream, check out my How to Network Fast Course. People come to me whenever they want their stuff to be shared and I only share the best with my readers.

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>shinySwing blue


another clean & simple xthtml/css design. this one has a blue, glassy header and uses serif-fonts. would be nice for e.g. real estate business. content first in source-code so its perfect for SEO purposes. AND: this one has a text header – simple to modify.

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>How to remove or edit?


How to remove or edit?

1) What is Pligg? – Pligg is an open source content management system that lets you easily create your own social network.

It is located on right side bar above “top users” and “tag coulds”

2) Can i remove “Pligg Content Management System” from the footer?


How to remove or edit?

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>Everyone Should Have a Blog! Do You?


Whether you have your own business, your own product, or you’re an affiliate marketer… absolutely everyone should have a blog. A blog is a great tool for getting traffic to your website, gaining credibility with your visitors, building a list of subscribers, building your name and brand, and more.

Another reason you should have a blog is because the search engines love them because they are full of fresh content. Also, a blog is much more susceptible of getting good rankings in the search engines than a website is and even showing up on the front page in many cases. That’s all the more reason why you should continuously add posts to your blog. When you do so, the search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN take notice and check it out therefore increasing your chances of moving higher in the natural (free) rankings.

It is a known fact that some of the highest paid affiliates make their money by using blogs. Websites like WordPress, Joomla and Blogger are all places where you can go to build a free blog. And they all make it pretty much as easy as point and click. Truthfully, anyone can build a blog with these easy to use programs.

Once you get your blog up and running, which can literally be in minutes… you will naturally want to get traffic coming to it. And one easy way to do that is by writing articles and posting them to your blog.

Once you have posted your article you will want to write a short email to your list of subscribers telling them about your article. Be sure to include a link to the article at your website and encourage them to visit your blog to read and comment on your post.

NOTE: If you don’t have a list yet then you will definitely want to be working on that.

The reason?

I’ll answer that with a fact… the highest paid internet marketers is that they ALL believe that EVERYONE should have a list. As a matter of fact, you should be building your list with everyone that visits your site.

Anyway, you can learn how to get started building your list immediately through the tutorials and videos at

So let’s get back to where we left off:

You can also submit your articles to article directories to build inbound links and credibility. This can also help to drive more traffic to your blog as well. I would suggest that you post fresh content to your blog at least a couple or more times a week. It you are thinking that this sounds like a lot of work, then remember, your posts don’t have to be long.

Tell me this… how many sales do you think you could make if you could show up on the first page of Google for the products that you promoted? I can surely say that would be very powerful.

Another great things about blogs is that it allows people to interact which is part of the new wave of the internet. People can visit your blog, read your articles or product reviews and comment on them as well.

The good thing about this is that it allows you to see what your visitors are thinking and wanting. And by you knowing this, you can give it to them as well. Also, if you are good about continually adding fresh content to your blog, then you will build a following of people that keep coming back over and over and over again… which in turn also increases your chances of selling to them over and over and over.

As you continually add to your blog and provide good and informative content, you will establish yourself as an authority in your field. People will then also be more likely to keep returning to your blog to see what products you have recommended in the past as well as those that you recommend now.

And keep in mind… the more traffic you get to your blog and the more links pointed to your blog, the better rankings you are rewarded with in the search engines. Even if you have a website, it is absolutely necessary that you have a blog.

As I stated before… everyone should have a blog!!! EVERYONE!

Everyone Should Have a Blog! Do You?

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