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Top 10 Posts For 2015

Yes, it’s that time of year when everyone comes out with their top 10 lists of the year, because why not take a few minutes to review the year that has been? We use this time to do New Year’s Resolutions, so why not look back for some inspiration and insights?

Click here > for the best blog posts of 2015.

If you find any other “top 10″ lists worth sharing – place a comment below. I’d love to see it and share it with our readers and subscribers.

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How to get more visitors to your blog

There are many strategies, but one not used by many are focusing on one commemorative day or awareness day per week or per month, to draw attention to that particular event, cause or theme and draw a targeted audience to your blog.

Sometimes, the quickest, easiest solutions are the most elegant and effective.

Simplicity

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Gillard Government Blogs

This is a uniquely Australian Blog and when I came across this story about the Gillard Government Blogging, I thought it was an ideal opportunity to highlight a few things.

First, this is a classic case of government over-spending. I run 7 independent blogs with another 3 in foreign languages – with no staff, at essentially no cost.

Second, when small business people see the government spending $53,000 on blogging, they think they can’t afford to do it.

Third, If the government is blogging, that tells you that you, as a small business should be.

Of course you don’t want to be spending that kind of money – which is why you’ll want to consider our Business Blogging Webinar. It will help you get going with your new blog or improve your existing blog leveraging proven, legitimate Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) strategies to generate more online traffic that converts to paying clients.

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Wags Day Out

I recently came across a cute blog post published by Paddington Pups about Wags Day Out

It’s a great way to tell a story of what is special about your Dog Day Care in Southwest Brisbane.

Because the fact that Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer visited recently only goes so far…

Cesar Millan, Wags Day Out, Dog Day Care Southwest Brisbane

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Australia keeps up with accelerating technology

Australian Synchrotron, Research, AstrophysicsThe pace of technology is certainly daunting. Which always raises the issue of how to keep up with it especially when you only want information about specific aspects and niche subjects.

This is one area where blogs can really excel. Picking the right blog to subscribe to can provide you with a stream of useful and targeted information that you can’t get from just searching the web each day.

A great example of this can be found at the Successful Endeavours’ blog where author Ray Keefe recently brought our attention to the Australian Synchrotron, a remarkable piece of high tech equipment that can be used by Australian businesses to create breakthrough technology.

The incredible thing is that the $300 Million Synchrotron is available for a mere $400/hour!

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The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011

Best Blogs, Top Blogs, Top Blog Posts Of The Year, Top 10 ListThere are a lot of blogs out there that publish so much bland content that it’s refreshing to come across a collection of blogs that are interesting and intriguing.

Today’s post is a list of the Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011 published by The Exponential Growth Strategist, Dr Marc Dussault.

Listed in no particular order since each one has its own merit based on who you are and what your area of improvement (focus) is, this short list of the best blog posts of the year will inspire you to get started on your New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 right away!

Don’t forget 2012 is a leap year, that means you have an extra 24 hours to realise your dream(s)!

How To Find Hidden Assets In Your Business

Belief Builders and Credibility Creators

Can one idea be worth $50,000?

Why spruikers will never go away

Mentor or Motivator?

Facebook Wall Of Shame Infographic

The more you do, the more you can get done

From ‘Just A Job’ To Finding Your Calling

Cinemagraphs: “Stills” that move

2011 Australian Masters Games Gold Medallist

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Is Your Blog Bland?

Is your blog bland and boring like the one shown here on the left? Then there’s no wonder no one’s coming back! To get more people to read and subscribe to your blog, you need to make it visually enticing to match the intriguing content that adds value to the reader. Many writers forget that blogging is a VISUAL experience. With today’s visual media, you need to make sure you add pictures, diagrams, images, MindMaps and of course embed videos from YouTube.

A bland blog like this is created purely for SEO purposes and that won’t be worth much in the long run. Sure the immediate SEO effect will be there, but without HUMANS going to the pages, STAYING on the pages AND coming back, it will die a slow death within the indexes.

Don’t forget that when you launch a blog, you’re doing it for the end game – to have a loyal readership that wants to hear from you.

Make what you have to say exciting, appealing and attractive. Go from Bland To Brand!

Otherwise your blog will languish and all your effort will be for naught.

If you’re going to put in 90% of the effort (writing the content), why not go the extra 10% and get the REWARDS?

Just ask yourself one simple question…

“Would I read and come back to this blog?”

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Opera House Cake

As Australians we are proud of our landmarks – especially the Sydney Opera House.

Here is a time lapse to give an insight into the incredible week-long construction of the Opera House cake. Watch as the monolithic, chocolate-brown structure transforms into the alabaster iconic Opera House. Like little worker bees inside a hive, this glimpse inside the Planet Cake kitchen shows how hard Paris and the volunteers worked, every step of the way. I

t is incredible to see a weeks worth of work in a short snapshot like this. It is a privilege to get a behind the scenes look inside Australia’s Number One cake kitchen, Planet Cake.

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Fluoride: Good Or Bad? You Decide

We’re not taking sides, but this is an interesting debate . As a blogger, you want to pick sides (or not) when there is heated debate. That means there’s interest and traffic – INTERESTED people. In this instance, we’re staying out of it, We decided to post it because it’s obviously an issue of interest to many!

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How To Convert Spam To Priceless Blog Content

The Internet is full of spam – most of it useless ads for viagra and other sexual dysfunctions. But some spam is junk mail people with nothing better to do than sending it to all their so-called ‘friends’…

Then there is the pearl that rises above it all – the gem that shines bright as something different, unique and special.

Today’s blog post is one such gem – a collection of the best photos from National Geographic for 2010. It was sent to me by Toni Fitzgerald of Purpose Marketing in Sydney.

I posted them on my iWeb Antimimeticisomorphism site that you can access by clicking the hyperlink.

Once there, click on Cool Photos and scroll to the bottom, where you’ll find the album of the photos.

So that’s today’s quick lesson – collect content from ALL sources. Pay it forward by giving your sources valuable link juice and entertain your readers all at the same time.

It’s a win-win-win proposition!

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How To Create More Blog Traffic

Every blogger wants more traffic to his or her site. So how do you get it? Simple – give people a REASON to come to your site.

Find something interesting, intriguing or even funny and share it with them. Create an experience that readers want to have. When you maintain that level of quality, you’ll be rewarded with loyalty and the free organic traffic will flow to your blog effortlessly.

My gift for you today is the cover of a recent Economist Magazine – the magazine read by more millionaires than any other publication in the world!

I bet you didn’t know that. That’s what you need to do – EDUCATE and INFORM your readers and a little humour like this doesn’t hurt either!  :lol:

State Of The Union 2011 - The Economist Magazine Cover

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How to get more people to read your blog

Everyone who publishes a blog wants more readers and subscribers. The key is to find interesting and intriguing posts to publish. Like for example, an Eastern Suburb Sydney Dentist, Dr Cary Fraser published this blog post that proves Tom Cruise does not have a perfect smile… C’mon admit it – you’re going to click on the hyperlink. That’s proof that this stuff works. Make it interesting and it will grow organically and automatically…

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Qantas Qomes Qlean

I have to state up front that I’m a Qantas Platinum Member and consider it one of the world’s top airlines. I think this is a great way to “come clean” about any mistakes, errors or shortcomings. The worst thing that can be done is – nothing.

Qantas Easter Message

Qantas Easter Message

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Recycling – not as green as you might think!

I recently traveled on a Virgin Blue flight and one of the articles stood out. We might think that recycling is simple when it’s not that that black and white. Click on the hyperlink to read about whether or not you’re as green as you’d like to think you are!

While I have you here – whenever you come across something valuable or interesting make a note of it and make sure you blog about it. In this case the CONTENT is valuable, but also the delivery mechanism – the ONLINE MAGAZINE is great don’t you think? Easy to navigate, it almost feels like reading the actual magazine… I can’t wait to read it on my new iPad!

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How To Get More People To Read Your Blog

I’ve blogged about this before. The only way you can get more people to read your blog is to keep giving them value. Today’s post was sent to me by Doggy Day Care Owner, Bree Robbins of Paddington Pups. You judge for yourself how totally cool this is…
Continue reading ‘How To Get More People To Read Your Blog’

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How To Get MORE People To Your Blog

I’ve blogged about how to get MORE people to your blog… The best way is to SHOW you by getting YOU to get MORE people to my blog… Here’s another link you’re going to want to send to your close friends, family and colleagues.

Whether you are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire.’

Here it is, set to pictures … It’s a fabulous flashback through the past half century. Turn up your volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes! Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with too much time to Google!

I wonder how many of the images those under 40 will recognise from the early part of the song?? You might have to watch this more than once.

This was sent to me by Gavin Altus, Executive Manager Development at Engineering Education Australia. Thanks Gavin for sharing!

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5 Blog List Building Tips

Want to get better results from your email marketing efforts and grow your email list? Here are the elementary steps of list building, as well as some more creative ideas.

The Basics of Blog List Building

When you first get started with email marketing, it’s normal to have a smaller list. It takes a concerted effort to get in the habit of asking for email addresses. There are people who have been email marketing for years and still aren’t taking advantage of all the opportunities they have to grow their list. Don’t let that be you!

Here are a few simple things that you can do to build your list:

  • Put a “Join My Email List” sign-up box on your website or blog. Your website is the first place most people look when they want information about your business. It’s great when they visit your website, but are you capturing their email addresses? Don’t miss the chance to start building a relationship with them.
  • Ask your customers for their email addresses and permission whether it’s over the phone or in person. Don’t forget to tell customers about your email communications and ask if you can add them to your list. If you have a physical store, put out a sign-up book in a prominent place. If your business is Internet-based and your only customer communication is through email, send them a follow-up email after an order and ask if they want to join your list. If you have employees who interact with customers, train them to ask as well.
  • When you meet people at networking events and trade shows tell them about your free e-newsletter or your email-only specials and ask them if they would like to join your list.

Want to take it to the next level?

Here are some creative ideas that you can put into practice: Continue reading ’5 Blog List Building Tips’

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Engineer learns to blog like a pro

Blogs are an amazing development – allowing anyone to communicate openly, publicly and globally. The big screen movie, Julie & Julia is but one extreme example and I have to admit is a pretty good movie. Anyway, getting back on point – even Engineers can learn to blog. I mean that with all the respect and admiration I have for my fellow colleagues since I too am an engineer.

Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours in Melbourne has been in our Business Mastery Platinum Program for the past year and has produced some amazing results, but this latest one is definitely one I am really proud of…

An engineer blogging like a pro – who woudda thought?!?!

I mean take a look a Ray’s blog post about what’s so good about being an engineer. He’s used several of the tips I’ve talked about in previous blog posts on this and my other blogs.

For example, he optimises his blog’s SEO expertly for the keywords he knows his prospects are searching for and tells a story that people want to read even tell a few friends.

Go ahead and read his blog post and let him know how good it is by leaving a comment, he’ll really appreciate the encouragement.

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How to write a blog post everyone wants to read

I don’t know about you, but I hate having my time wasted. Whenever I write a blog post, including this one, my primary goal is to make sure that whatever time you spend reading the post is worth the time you put in. This one will take you less than 60 seconds.

How to write a blog post that is interesting, intriguing and captivating

With that in mind, I also want to make sure you’re ENGAGED in the process, not just passively reading or skimming.

You’re not skimming this are you?

Aw c’mon… I invested 10 minutes to make sure this is an invaluable tip that made you go Hmmm…

Are you back reading this now?

Thanks.

I appreciate that. Continue reading ‘How to write a blog post everyone wants to read’

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Wordle Cloud For WordPress

Today’s post is a plug-in for WordPress that’s really cool – it’s a Wordle Cloud for WordPress. If you have no idea what Wordle is, you can check previous blog posts that mention Wordle and how you can use it creatively.

Use Wordle to analyse your blog

Use Wordle to create a greeting card

Use Wordle to create a motivational Vision Board

Use Wordle to create lists

Use Wordle to display survey results

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