Let me start with a question. Is it sunny where you are? Cause it sure is getting summery
Let’s chit chat about summer in the comment section… In the mean time here are some awesome posts I read lately.
Top 3 posts… ever
I want to open this round-up with three posts that are not only the best I read in the last month, but easily in the top 10 of all the posts I have ever read online. Call me crazy or just emotional…
All three are short but strong beyond comprehension. I love them and it will take you 5 minutes to read all 3 of them, so please do!
Danny Brown got me not only completely hooked to his blogging but his personality as well. And then he struck a cord and made me cry… He reminded us how Precious Time is. Don’t spend a minute of your life apart from people you care about. You might want that minute more than anything later, but it might just be too late.
After reading The Tao of Twitter, I started reading Mark Schaefer’s posts and learning so much from every single word he writes. You think some small every day situations that include coffee don’t teach you anything? How about shooting for the Starbucks of blogs?
I have read a kiss azz post this morning and felt like throwing up. I kid you not. Why do people do that? Please don’t. If you appreciate someone’s work and blog, by all means tell them and tell the world. But don’t kiss azz!!! Learn from Joey Strawn and Blog Violently.
What else is on our reading menu today?
My friend John, who is a great artist and promised to draw me as a super-hero for my book cover, posted a great Photoshop tutorial that I simply loved. I use Photoshop a lot, but I probably use only about 2% of it’s possibilities. Well, I can see that will change soon - Hypertransitory Academy, Lesson 1, Top 10 Photoshop How to Tips of Fury.
Although Kristi Hines was one of the bloggers whose posts I often read, after reading her Blog Post Promotion book, I started following her more closely and putting aside time to read all her posts (instead of reading it when I find a minute or two). Anyway, she always has great tips to share, but this post was one of my favorites in the last two weeks – 4 Free Tools for Researching Guest Blogging and Advertising Opportunities.
My friend Dahlia, over at That IM thing, posted a very comprehensive list of Amazon resources. Considering that Amazon is one of my money makers on my sites and that it can be a nice money maker on any blog, I thought you might wanna learn more about it. Well, Dahlia did all the hard work and all you have to do is read her Become a Profitable Amazon Affiliate post, visit all the links and become an Amazon expert.
While at Dahlia’s blog, here is another list she made, that you will probably find very useful. If you want to guest post, search no more. She handpicked more than 50 blogs where you can guest post – Internet marketing blogs looking for guest bloggers. Oh, and I do have to thank her for including my blog in the list
I’ve seen people talk and blog about list building lately, like everyone just discovered what list building is. Well, there is a guy most of us know, that has been building lists for years and years and has more subscribers than most of the bloggers will ever have. Steve decided to help all of the list building addicts. He created a list of 23 A/B split tests to get more e-mail subscribers that you can run and evaluate.
My favorite blogger Lisa Irby is rocking the blogosphere every single week, but I try not to link to all of her good posts all the time, because they are all great. Well this time, I can’t skip her. She started a great topic – Is it Better to Have a Fan Page or Forum. I made a comment over there, where, among other things, I said:
I was thinking about Forum the other day. Well not in a million years thinking of creating one but someone told me they heard a tip from a blogger that you should create a forum to get more traffic to their blog.
That didn’t sound right to me after all I have learned from you. Why would anyone go to your forum just because you created one? I thought this was wrong and that the person isn’t really sure what having a forum means.
Like you say, you need traffic to get them to go to your forum, not the other way around.
And you should remember this! Double check the info you read on all the blogs (including mine). If it took Lisa 2.000 visitors a day and 4 launches to get a Forum running, how do you think you would bring traffic to your blog from a brand new forum you create!?
Mark Collier wrote an amazing guest post on Lisa’s blog and I really have no words to write except -read the post and the comments! Guest blogging, why you need to brag more!
Another dear blogger and friend of mine, Kimberly, wrote a very interesting post about Twitter mention Spam policy. Will they manage to save us from the annoying twitter spammers that send us links in @ mention tweets, just because we tweeted the word iPad or e-book?
The Top Title of the Month
And I saved this for the end, as a cherry on the cake for those that actually read through the whole post. Stacey wrote an awesome guest post with the title that is more than awesome – 5 Things you Should do to Lose Your Blogging Virginity Like a Slut.