But I promised to spread the "good stuff" I've been reading, so below you will find my list of shared items from google reader for the week ending December 11th, 2009.
First a quick aside ...
One thing I have noticed upon compiling this weeks picks, is that unlike my friend Sire, I actually do still read and share quite a bit of stuff from so called "A Listers". That being said, Sire's post last week about why he No Longer Links to Problogger and John Chow was a great example of the "rule" that apparently the easiest way to get the attention of "big name bloggers" is to write a controversial post about them. Honestly though, I don't even think that was Sire's intention ... none the less, his little rant definitely generated links, traffic, and even several visits to the wassup blog comment section by Darren Rowse himself.
Definitely interesting. Ok now on to the good stuff ...
- The very first section in my google reader is labeled "A1 - Daily Reads"; and no daily reads section would be complete without Seth Godin's blog. This week I actually shared 3 of Seth's posts. Here are my thoughts (lol, as if I could actually "add value") ...
- The Magic of Dynamic Pricing - I know with my own buying habits, especially online, I purchase quite a bit of stuff when it "on sale". One of these days when I get around to selling my own stuff, I definitely do Not plan on using the one price for all model.
- How to Protect your Ideas in the Digital Age - Not to give the plot away or anything, but the gist of it is: "Don't". The winners in the digital age will be those who figure our how to profit from the free spreading of their ideas ... rather than those who figure out how restrict their thoughts only to "paying customers".
- What's it like? (The sad story of the hot pepper) - How do you describe your product or service?
- Another blog right there near the top in my daily reads is Blog Maverick (aka Mark Cuban). If this isn't already a "rule of life", I propose we make it one ... if a self-made Billionaire is sharing his thoughts on success and business, it's probably a wise idea to listen in. I shared two of Mark's posts this week ...
- The Sport of Business - Is business the ultimate game? Are you competetive enough to come out on top?
- Success & Motivation: What Will You Remember When You are 90? - Hmmm, ok so what I'm getting out of this is that for each decision I make now, I should imagine how "old Todd" would look back and feel about the opportunities that I chose to pursue (or not pursue).
- I've been reading CopyBlogger for a couple of years now. One of these days I may actually start applying more of what I've learned. In the mean time, maybe you'll appreciate 10 Secrets to More Magnetic Copy. Seriously though, this post contains some advice that I've acutally been trying to follow latey. lol, especially the part about writing "informally".
- I just started reading Blogussion pretty recently. Early in the week they put out a summary post that tied together a series they'd been doing on How to Blog with your Users in Mind. This is subject I've been thinking about a lot myself lately; and looking back, this post probably somewhat influenced/inspired my little rant about Why Do You Blog?.
- Speaking of subjects I've been thinking about lately. Sy over at Hospitalera's Blog shared her ideas on The Best Use of Blog Ad Space. I won't speak for her, but my impression is that she's of pretty much the same mind as me when it comes to advertising ... "less" can actually be "more" if you do it right.
- Ok, so an SEO Wizz writes a post about how Social Media is Overrated, and how your time could be spent more productively on other activities. Think it might be worth investigating?
- Sticking with the Social Media theme, Make Money Dyanamo shares some universal Thruths about Twitter Marketing that you you can learn without having to pay $27 for some "gurus" ebook.
- The easy winner for this week's most interesting blog post title (even though apparently it was rejected by Facebook as "too offensive:) is definitely Erica Douglass with Top 10 Signs You May Be a Social Media Douchebag. The title says it all ... don't be "that guy" (or girl).
- This looks like a good place to slip in a couple of links not about blogs or marketing. The first is my friend Lin from Tellin it Like it Is who recently quit smoking and has shared several recent posts that may help others who are looking to kick the habit. The latest entry is What Happens To Your Body When You Quit Smoking Cigarettes.
- Why go to Google and do a search the next time you need a cute little picture to use in your sidebar, when Vandelay Design has a whole gallery of free and premium icons called Icon Fever where you seek out the perfect twitter bird or RSS button.
- Sire's post actually brought to my attention a blogger I'd never heard of (even though he's apparently pretty successful) ... David Risely. This appears to something of a hybrid teaching/personal blog (kind of the vision I actually have for this site in the future). There are plenty of useful "how to" type articles, as well as pictures and stories about David's family (cute little girl). The post that I shared this week was written by one of David's students about how he blogged his way to 1000 visitors on his Daily Shot of Coffee site.
- If we follow Mike's advice above, and get those thousand visitors, what are we going to do with them? Josh comes to the rescue with a post about how toIncrease Your Marketing ROI by Building a Community.
- And then Naomi reminds us about the importance of Loving Our Customers ... of course in the form of an entertaining story, sprinkled with the obligatory couple of F bombs, I've come to expect when reading anything on IttyBiz.
- Finally, last but not least, for the past week or so, I've been having comment discussions with Sire, Mitch, Heather and a few others, about the "best" way to monetize. An explanation about what I consider to be the "best" long-term solution to this problem, came from somewhere that I might not have expected (but shouldn't have been surprised about). Darren Rowse from Problogger wrote about The Importance of Having Your Own Product to Sell.
- ... and as coincidental as it may seem, my friend Josh Spaulding (who must be a pretty persuasive marketer, because I've bought every ebook he's ever written), just came out with a new one called Info Product Success Formula <<<---- Affiliate Link Alert !!! (should you choose to purchase the product through this link, I will earn a commission).
Ok, that's what I've got for this week. Hope you enjoy.
Til next post ... Keep havin FuN!