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Things we have learned from movies

Today’s post has nothing to do with blogging except it is interesting and different – it’s a list of 26 things we have learned from movies… I thought it was intriguing enough to share with you since as a reader or subscriber to this blog, you’ve come to expect a twist and turn every once in a while. I guess that’s a blogging tip you should implement in your blogging schedule. You’ll get to know what works and what doesn’t as people comment and subscribe…

Another blogging tip that comes to mind is that as you develop your blogging persona and style, people will start to send you cool stuff like this list so you can share it with your readers… It’s  totally win-win-win.

26 Things we have learned from movies

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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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The Social Media Revolution Is Here

As you know by now, my short blog posts are rare. This is one of them. This YouTube video is a must watch for anyone involved in Internet Marketing. It is absolutely priceless. I know you’ll want to watch it more than once and forward this blog link to colleagues and friends.

The Social Media Revolution Is Here

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You’ve Heard Of Web 2.0, What About Blog 2.0?

I am amazed at how many people still think blogging is textual and not visual… I recently had a client publish a post that could have been visually intriguing, but because the images were in an incompatible format with WordPress, she decided not to include the images. What a mistake! A blog without visuals is like black and white television. Sure it’s nostalgic, but it’s also obsolete!

Take a few minutes to scan your blog and ask yourself how you can transform it and make it more visually appealing – with images and videos.

Especially one like this -

But you don’t have to get into  a major production exercise – you can include images like this one…

Antimimeticisomorphism - A Job On Top Of The World

Antimimeticisomorphism - A Job On Top Of The World

You want to make sure you optimise ALL your blog posts using SEO strategies LIKE Captions on all photos…

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Your Blog – Make It Part Of Your Events Checklists

Today’s post might be obvious to you, but trust me, it’s not to a lot of people. Make your blog and publishing schedule part of your PR and activities checklist. Prepare the posts in advance and schedule them so that they get published automatically ON TIME and IN ADVANCE of the PR event or activity. There are still people out there trying to blog in real time. STOP IT!

WordPress allows you to schedule blog posts easily – USE this function to relieve stress, but most importantly make sure you get the maximum exposure and Return On Investment for your activities.

These blog posts include announcing:

  • An Open House
  • A limited-time-offer
  • The release of a new product
  • An appointment of your staff
  • A new hire
  • A award won
  • A seminar or worshop
  • A radio or television interview that will air

Just add it to your checklist so you don’t forget!

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Exponential Blogging Revealed

I get a lot of questions about how to optimise a blog, make money with a blog, keep blogging with current information, how to configure and setup a blog and the list goes on… I spent an hour with Blogging Expert Will Swayne of Marketing Results and we recorded the Interview we call “Exponential Blogging 101“. You can have it for free (until the promotion lasts) by clicking on the URL below.

Exponential Blogging 101

Click on the hyperlink-> To find out all about Exponential Blogging 101.

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A Blogging Pet Peeve

When you DECIDE to launch your blog, decide to WRITE your first blog post so the default message doesn’t come up I mean c’mon… What’s the point of LAUNCHING if you don’t have at least ONE blog post?!?!

Default WordPress Message = Not Very Professional

Default WordPress Message = Not Very Professional

I realise this is a pet peeve of mine, but then this next one pushes me over the edge… SET UP YOUR BLOG PROPERLY from the start!!!

Default WordPress Settings

Default WordPress Settings

If you don’t know the BASICS of blogging, then go ahead and make the investment in programs like Blogging To The Bank or my Internet Mastery Bundles and Memberships. You can’t afford to be blogging and not know the basic fundamentals, plus I am not the only one with this pet peeve.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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Wordle Analysis – Add It To YOUR Blog!

If you’ve never seen this before, boy are you lucky you’ve subscribed to this blog! Wordle is one of the coolest things on the Internet – it’s self explanatory so I’ll just show you want the Wordle of this blog looks like..

Australian Blogs Wordle

Australian Blogs Wordle

And then this WORDLE – which compares

President Obama’s Inauguration Speech to Bush’s

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Don’t Make This Blog Mistake

Just a quick post to make sure that when you do launch your blog – make sure it is on the SAME domain as your website or sales pages IF you want to create traffic to that site, page or product. If you create a separate URL, then ONLY that URL will get the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) benefit…

For example:

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Blog Branding

If you’re blogging as part of a corporate strategy, you need to make sure you are consistent with your branding, otherwise you will lose credibility, preeminence and yes sales. As an Exponential Growth Strategist, I help people get extra-ordinary results by doing out-of-the-ordinary things leveraging exponential marketing strategies on the Internet as well as in business.

Blog Branding: How Important is it?

That depends. It depends on why you are blogging in the first place. If it’s just a fun thing you’re doing, then it doesn’t much matter, but if it’s to make money or reinforce a service or product you’re selling then it is VERY IMPORTANT.

Without spending heaps, you can get really cool stuff done by professional web designers like KillerCovers.com.

I guess the only point I want to make today is that if you want to be taken seriously, you just have to LOOK the part.

The reason I say this is because without proper branding, you’re going to lose people ONCE they get to your blog – within seconds, people get a feel for it and either stay or click away.

You only have seconds to make that FIRST impression.

Make sure it’s a good one!

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Want More Blog Traffic? Host A Carnival!

This is something a few well known bloggers have been using and I thought it might be something of interest to you – especially to get your new blog going and growing. I haven’t used this strategy yet, but I didn’t want to hold back on letting you know about it.

It might be just what you need to get the initial ‘snowball of traffic’ to your blog. When you do give it a go, let us know how it went and I’ll blog about it here to give you additional exposure to keep the traffic snowball rolling down the mountain into an avalanche of traffic!

Click here to create your blog carnival!

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Having Difficulty Writing All Those Blog Posts?

Today’s post is for you if you’ve ever had writer’s block. You know that awful feeling when you KNOW you need to write something, but nothing’s coming… Guess what? The ‘Internet’ has come to your rescue AGAIN! Someone’s figured out how to MOTIVATE you to write those blog posts…

It’s called Write Or Die and if you don’t reach your target, all your text is DELETED!

How’s that for an INCENTIVE?!?! Click on the hyperlink or here >> to get rid of your writer’s block! <<

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Exponential Blogging 101

You may or may not know that we’ve posted a FREE AUDIO PROGRAM on blogging… I just thought I would remind you that it’s still there, it’s still FREE, but who knows when we’ll decide to start selling it. Why not take a minute to get instant access and give it a listen over the weekend!

Click on the URL to access the Exponential Blogging 101 Audio Program.

Within one hour, you’ll discover:

  • The one thing that makes a blog different from a conventional website and why you MUST be blogging if you aren’t already.
  • The top 3 reasons why search engines love blogs and what it means to your bank account
  • How to get started blogging, or taking your blogging to the ‘next level’ where thousands of people subscribe or you start to generate cash from your readership.
  • Special blogging tips for search engine optimisation that will increase FREE organic traffic by as much as 100% in less than 30 days.
  • How to manage content and publishing – the pros and cons of different strategies including the pitfalls to avoid at any cost.
  • How to gain link popularity ethically and exponentially.
  • How to get noticed in the ocean of blogs that are out there – if you don’t do this, you’re putting in a LOT of effort for little or no result/reward – that’s no fun.
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The Difference Between Blogger And WordPress

Someone who’s just about to launch his blog asked me what the difference was between using Blogger and WordPress. As an Exponential Growth Strategist and a believer in the 1 percent improvement doctrine, I always suggest to ‘do stuff’ and then re-adjust and re-align.

So if you don’t have a blog, get one up and running on www.Blogger.com or www.WordPress.com right now, in the next 5 minutes.

Then, once you have 5 or 10 posts, you want to move them to YOUR OWN blog URL.

The reason I say this is that most people don’t know how to get their own blog hosted (I use WordPress) and consequently WAIT to launch their blog = they lose valuable time and SEO ranking in the meantime.

Trust me – when you start to get people coming to your blog, posting comments and contributing content, you’ll get hooked.

But you have to start somewhere – the key is to start blogging!

Once you have your 5 to 10 posts, you’ll want to MOVE them to YOUR BLOG URL. That means you’ll literally cut and paste them into your ‘new’ blog and DELETE them in your old one. If you don’t delete them, the search engines won’t see your NEW blog and NEW content and you won’t get the indexing and subsequent traffic.

Of course BEFORE you close down your OLD blog – you want to tell people you’ve move and re-direct them to the NEW BLOG URL…

It will take some time for the search engines to index your NEW BLOG CONTENT even if it was on the OLD BLOG… Once it kicks in, you’re set!

Just to be clear – I am not advocating that the traffic you created on www.Blogger.com will automatically ‘transfer’ to your NEW BLOG – I am saying by STARTING your blog NOW rather than later, you GAIN the experience and discipline of blogging AND the content you created during that time will get indexed to your benefit. Just don’t make the mistake of leaving the old content on the old blog – search engines don’t like DUPLICATE CONTENT!

As the saying goes – don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today – especially when you know about the 1 percent improvement doctrine!

For additional discussions on this, check out these two great blog posts:

Comparing blogger.com to wordpress.com

and

What’s the difference between Blogger and WordPress?

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Add Case Studies To Your Blog Posts Part 2

In last month’s post, I explained that adding case studies to your blog posts increases value for your readers. It creates another way of communicating with your readers beyond the constraints of the blog. The thing is a case study doesn’t have to be long or complicated – it just has to be of interest to your readers – like this one I prepared for you -

Internet Mastery Case Study: From 0 to 300 subscribers in 90 days

Now, before I give it to you, you have to admit that’s a great title and you WANT to read it. That’s the whole point. Make sure your case study title is intriguing enough. In this instance, it’s a two-page explanation how Yvonne McIntosh went from 0 to 300 subscriber with one of her sites in 90 days…

Click here to get the Internet Mastery Case Study: From 0 to 300 subscribers in 90 days.

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10 Blog Traffic Tips

Sam Kritsotakis of Eskae Jeweller sent me this article that I think is worth reading. It’s a short list of simple and easy things to think about as you publish your posts that will increase your blog traffic. Enjoy!

Click here for a list of —> Top 10 Blog Traffic Tips

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1 Percent Improvement: Your ‘RSS’ Blog Messages

If people don’t subscribe to your RSS feed, you can get them to subscribe to an e-mail broadcast so that every time you publish a post, they get an e-mail notice. But what does your message look like? This was mine BEFORE I updated it…

Blog Post 'BEFORE' version

Blog Post BEFORE Version

Then I realised it was time for a 1 percent improvement… So it was updated to this version.

So what do you think? Is it worthy of a 1 percent improvement? These ‘little changes’ can make a BIG difference in your subscriber retention as well as ‘brand presence’…

Blog Post AFTER Version

Blog Post AFTER Version

Once it’s done for ONE blog, you can do it for all your other ones!

Once a 1 percent improvement is made, you can use it over and over again!

Once a 1 percent improvement is made, you can use it over and over again!

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