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Type Unto Others As You Would Have Them Type Unto You

Type Unto Others As You Would Have Them Type Unto You

How many times have you seen a comment on a blog post, or a social-media thread, that is clearly meant to demean and insult another person or their skills?  Too many times… maybe some have been directed at you.  People love to hide behind a keyboard using a fake name or as “anonymous” and become incredibly brave, saying things they wouldn’t have the guts to say in person or if they had to be accountable. People lash out, criticize, and berate without much thought of the consequences.  What the blog world needs is a good dose of the Golden Keyboard Rule:  Type stuff to others as you would have them type stuff to you.  That’s pretty clear.  It’s a simple measure:  do not write a comment or send an email you would not write or send if the recipient were standing in the room with you.    Now some people just simply don’t care and they enjoy hiding behind a keyboard to be a jerk. To those folks, this post won’t make a difference. But if you do care, then here’s what you need to do: never send a negative comment or email, or an upset knee-jerk reaction, without sleeping on it overnight.  I have found that (almost always), you wake up the next morning in a better mood, realizing it was not that big of deal or deciding your response isn’t going to help the situation. Think about your own online behavior:  do you tend to put things in print on the Internet that you wouldn’t consider saying to the person next to you?  When you are “reviewing” products or services, do you have the same level of respect in your comments that you would like given to you?  As bloggers, one of our main goals is to expand our audience and our influence through our online presence.  What impact will we make if we leave hurtful comments on Facebook or bash others when commenting on their blog posts?  What if we get into a public feud or an escalating tit-for-tat insult-fest for the whole world to read? Don’t think the DELETE button will save you. If it gets online, IT STAYS ONLINE one way or another. On the contrary, what impact will we make if we leave genuine, thoughtful comments or even in some cases, respectful criticism?  When you are leaving comments around the internet, think of each one as a mini-advertisement for your online business.  You can strengthen or weaken your reputation with every comment.       We also need to keep in mind that our reputation affects our online business.  If we want people to spend their hard-earned money on our products...

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Get More Readers – Your Idea Submissions

Get More Readers – Your Idea Submissions

In my last post I invited folks to submit their ideas for getting more readers for their blog. Any submissions I publish also get a link and blurb. So here they are…

Be sure to visit their blogs… what comes around goes around. Maybe it might be YOUR idea listed here next and you’ll want people to visit your blog.

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Get More Readers & Get Your Blog/Link Out To Thousands

Get More Readers & Get Your Blog/Link Out To Thousands

  Since the first business was created, there’s been an argument over what is most important: sales or operations. Without a product, it doesn’t matter how many buyers you have. Without buyers, it doesn’t matter how good your product is.   When it comes to blogging, that argument is synonymous with readers and content. Let’s not debate which is more important but for the sake of this post go with the assumption that getting readers is at least one of the most important things you have to accomplish. No matter how much great content you have or cool products you offer, the amount of readers is going to determine your level of blogging success both in terms of popularity and income.   So let’s talk about some ways to get more readers: Use Popular Social Networking While I am not a fan of jumping on board every new social site and trying to keep up with a dozen different social networks, it’s foolish not to leverage the popularity of sites like Facebook and Twitter. Make sure you are putting up references and notifications on the popular social sites pointing back to the great content on your blog. Email Subscriber Lists If you could add a third item to the “most important things concerning your blog” list it would be your email subscriber list (along with growth, i.e. getting the readers, and great content). Your email subscriber list is your virtual gold mine and a direct pipeline to your loyal readers. You should have a goal of creating ways to get every visitor, reader, and buyer onto your voluntary email subscriber list so that you can notify them judiciously of new content or offerings. Visual Appeal We live in a visual-image-based world now. Great text content must be accompanied by quality visual variety, including good images and formatting. Short paragraphs, headings and subheadings, call-outs, bullet lists, and graphics are going to make a reader feel at home and give them an impression of quality design. Don’t underestimate how much the overall visual format means to your readers before they ever actually read one word of your content. Relevant Content While it goes without saying, the content on your blog should be relevant; which means it should be the type of content your readers have come to expect. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many bloggers are tempted to just throw in whatever they happen to feel like writing, such as personal opinion, reactions to current events, or some soapbox issue. A blog is a perfect place for that type of content if your blog is appropriate for that type of content.   If you have built...

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10 Second Survey – Your Favorite Topic

10 Second Survey – Your Favorite Topic

  Just a very quick survey to find out what your favorite topics are. I want to make sure I’m writing posts that fit what you want/need to learn about. So take 10 seconds for this 3 question survey: Topic Preference 0% Progress: What is your FAVORITE type of content on Linky Blog: How to make money onlineHow to get more traffic and visitorsHow to convert visitors to subscribersHow to create electronic products to sellHow to write great blog postsHow to automate blogging and online business Choose your 2nd Favorite topic: How to make money onlineHow to get more traffic and visitorsHow to convert visitors to subscribersHow to create electronic products to sellHow to write great blog postsHow to automate blogging and online business What is your favorite format for blog posts or content: Text - I like to read content.Audio - I like to listen to content.Video - I like to watch content. Thanks so much for answering those questions! Next ><...

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Converting Visitors To Subscribers Is Easy:
I’m Getting 50-100 New Subscribers a Day

Converting Visitors To Subscribers Is Easy:I’m Getting 50-100 New Subscribers a Day

I’m currently getting about 50-100 new subscribers a day (91 today as of writing this sentence) with an opt out rate of less than 1% and the growing momentum is obvious. My daily subscriber number is steadily growing. So I’m able to speak with some experience on the topic rather than just repeating concepts. To be honest, I find the method of getting subscribers from new traffic to be rather straightforward and easy. Find out how…

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We Ain’t As Important As We Thinks We Is

We Ain’t As Important As We Thinks We Is

This dude just created the first mobile version of his blog and really thinks he’s all that… he thinks everyone is sitting around thinking about it too. Guess what? You aren’t nearly as important as you think you are. Your stuff isn’t nearly as central to the lives of your audience as it is to you. Sound ugly? It’s not. It’s a basic business and blogging truth that everyone learns either by listening when someone tells them, or the hard way in the School of Hard Knocks & Bruised Egos. First, let me explain what I mean. We work very hard on our blogs or in our business. We think about them constantly. They consume a lot of our time, energy, and emotion. So it’s perfectly natural to overestimate the amount of time other people think about us, our blog, and our products. But remember: they have their own lives, their own interests, and their own things they are highly invested in. We are fortunate to get ANY of their focus and thought time. So What? Why does this matter? Why is it an important lesson? First, it keeps things in perspective when we don’t get the success, attention, and recognition we think should have already arrived at by this point in our blogging career. Our stuff is not nearly as monumental and life-altering to others as it is for us personally. Be patient. Think “snowball.” True Story Second, it helps us keep stress, problems, and crisis’s in the right perspective. Sometimes we think WAY MORE people are sitting around thinking about us than is actually true. So we alert them to problems, mistakes, and concerns that most of them otherwise were oblivious too and frankly don’t care about unless we all of sudden make it a big issue. Here’s a true experience to illustrate this point: I’ve got multiple subscriber sites, some with almost 50K subscribers. When I first started doing those sites, with my desire to be transparent, honest, fix mistakes,and  let people know I cared about them (customer attention was paramount), I would do this: when a problem with a site occurred, I would immediately send out emails and put up notices assuring people that I was on the job, aware of the problem, was VERY VERY VERY VERY sorry for any inconvenience to them, and that I was doing everything necessary to “get it right.” What I didn’t realize was this: I was thinking 98% of my subscribers were aware there was a problem, hacked off about it, and were about to bail out on me. What I learned was this reality: 99% of them weren’t even aware of the problem, didn’t even care to be alerted to it, and...

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