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@PegFitzpatrick Thanks so much for including my video in your awesome post here... This is a very important topic because many people don't realize the culture of Google Plus. (just fyi, it's Hanley, not Handley).
10 months, 4 weeks ago on What is Link Litter? And How to Avoid It.
This is what has everyone all crazy, "The domain of the blogger was no longer the domain of the conversation." I have mixed feelings on this whole issue. I know its better for brands if the conversation is happening all in one place, but it is better for consumers?
Take for instance this comment I'm making now. I'm sharing my thoughts with you @Danny Brown and your community, but NOT my community. Not the people that I discuss topics like this with all the time...
...I want them to be involved as well, especially on G+, so I'll share this post and then begin a conversation in that community instead of leaving a comment here, 9 out of 10 times.
Does that make sense?
1 year ago on The Future of Social Conversations
I love this quote, “Content marketing is content with a strategy.”
The cost of content is an issue that's been on my brain a lot lately. Not just the cost in terms of dollars but also Time. The days of slapping something together and publishing with any success are over. We need to plan and execute our marketing strategy with a level of professionalism that wasn't necessary two years ago...
The conference with Mark sounds awesome.
1 year, 1 month ago on Content Marketing Is Not Advertising
I completely agree with the idea that "just because you're the most disruptive kid in the class doesn't mean you'll get the best grades..."
As the SEO world matures success is going to swing back from tactics and tricks to quality of content created. I firmly believe that true value creators will always rise to the top no matter what new social network or digital marketing tactic is hot in that moment.
1 year, 1 month ago on A Spoonful of Content Helps the Advertising Go Down.
@Danny Brown You inspired me to switch back to Genesis which I did last night. I'm now promising myself I won't change designs for at least 6 months... Is there such a thing as DIY Web Design Anonymous?
1 year, 3 months ago on Facebook Looks to the Past to Present Its Future
@Danny Brown I didn't realize that... Sneaky buggers. Thanks Danny. I'm digging the new theme.
I understood what they were doing until the $999 price tag. You can only use Facebook?
Why wouldn't I buy a MacBook or Chromebook and use everything for the same price or less? Seems crazy to me. Additionally does The Facebook give them the ability to put ads anywhere they want all the time in my Facebook experience?
It's amazing how much trouble a little bit of curiosity can get you in... Like when Redbull wondered why you couldn't have a dude jump out of a spaceship or when someone asked what comes between Brooke Shields and her Calvins...
Appreciate the article Gini.
1 year, 5 months ago on Creativity in PR: Three Ways to Feed the Inner Beast
My personal brand is changing the way Independent Insurance Agencies tell their story and deliver value to consumers...
Great thoughts @ginidietrich ... I firmly believe in the personal brand in addition to the business brand.
We still do business with people first.
1 year, 5 months ago on Two Reasons a Personal Brand is Imperative to Business Growth
I love the idea of ending spin, but to think that it will be archaic in 5 years seems like a stretch to me. That being said I do think that there will be clear delineation between the transparent organizations providing honest information and the media outlets still spinning.
1 year, 6 months ago on The End of Spin as We Know it?
The sites have to be completely different? Could you use sub-domains or some sort of deliniated tagging or categorization through archives that gives each Category area a different feel based on the state but ultimately keep the authority with the same domain?
Obviously I don't know the rules for the Industry you're working with but it would seem like there'd have to be a creative solution to keep max authority.
1 year, 6 months ago on Manage Content, Social Media, and SEO without Duplication
I think you've found your voice, witty, smart, honest, but the best thing about blogging is tomorrow you can post a new post and try something else... Or drill down farther on this one or maybe try video or audio or come up with list or a review and tell a story or a joke and get nitty gritty on something that really burns you or something that excites you.
Worrying about finding your voice is pointless. You already have a voice. The tick is using it.
All the best and thanks for love...
1 year, 11 months ago on Finding Your Blogging Voice
What about SEO for Wordpress by Yoast?
Love that plugin!
1 year, 11 months ago on WordPress SEO Plugins, Post Penguin
Very nice... The title or "hook" is so important to gaining the attention of potential readers. The Title gets people in the door and no matter how good your content is if people don't read it... Nothing happens because of it.
1 year, 12 months ago on Your Blog Post Is a Story: So What’s the Point?
@Danny Brown Who the hell wants to read the Truth?
2 years ago on At Some Stage the Conversation Has to Advance
@Danny Brown And the thing is a CEO can still be a large part of the Social Media presence and NOT be tweeting all day.
People that write crap like "Obama should be Tweeting" are either Zealots or straight Bonkers and either way we shouldn't be listening to these people.
Thanks for a great article!
@JohnMorgan John, I see your point as the True power in Advocates versus Influences... The repetition of the message. Advocates help you realize you have a need for the product versus an influencer who simply shows you a potential solution to a potential problem...
2 years ago on Social Media Influencers versus Brand Advocates Infographic
@bobWP @Alex Thanks for the response Alex... That does answer my question. Appreciate it!!
2 years ago on How to Get Better Control When Embedding Video in Your WordPress Posts
How does this plugin effect search rankings? I've read multiple times about how using the YouTube Old Code helps Google index videos on your blog faster and more effectively... And that using the shortcode is bad.
Are these things true and does this plugin effect that?
@Danny Brown "There’s nothing wrong with failing – failure is just another path to success"
This is excellent and something I've been doing a lot of thinking about recently. I've been trying to test more on my website... ABT... Always be Testing. If you fail and learn while testing... You haven't really failed.
2 years ago on Your 10 Point Checklist to Help You Grow Your Blog
Bob... I pretty much fail on every single one of these... Maybe the perfectionism one but the other three I am definitely NOT free from...
2 years ago on 4 WordPress Freedoms: How Many Have You Claimed?
I love simple... It doesn't come naturally to me... My nature is to muddle things up... But I love it... And in web design it works NO Doubt!
Thanks @Danny Brown
2 years ago on The Psychology of Being Memorable
Love it... One of my ten blogs to comment on FBBB...
In all seriousness those are probably the 5 best tips for any struggling blogger... Now most people are going to file them away and not listen like they do with every great piece of advice...
2 years ago on Your Blog Sucks Because You Are Lazy!
@Sarah Arrow I use Better Delete Revision almost every week to clean up all the saved garbage on my website.
I absolutely endorse it as a must-have Wordpress plugin.
2 years ago on THE Plugin to Speed Up WordPress Blogs
Enjoy your Trip Jay! That's an amazing lineup...
2 years, 1 month ago on Here Comes The Power of Everything
Dynamite @Sarah Arrow ... Straight Dynamite. When I see this I'm done and I don't come back.
2 years, 1 month ago on Dear Blogger – Remember Me?
@DannyBrown It's the second part of your question that hits home... Is it needed to have a completely separate newsletter?
If you are going to be writing on a completely separate or specific topic only then maybe... But if you're writing the same general type of content in your newsletter as your blog I don't see how it adds value to your community.
We'll see though... If my decision flops on me I'll let you know!
2 years, 1 month ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?
Very timely for me because I just changed the focus of my email list. For about a year my email list was a Newsletter. Original content from my blog... Tips and tricks really...
What I realized was that by having this Newsletter that was original from my blog I was diluting the potency of my Blog and Newsletter together. Basically I felt like I was shorting my Newsletter subscribers because it is tough to dig real deep in that format.
So I changed the list's purpose to Blog subscription. The blog is my most powerful venue for delivering written content. I don't want to spread that thin.
My thoughts at least... For my situation...
And as far as losing subscribers... If they no longer see what I'm doing as valuable... That's either on me them either way their remaining on my list is not good for either of us.
@Danny Brown Could not agree more on the Counting Comments thing. When I first got started all I wanted was Comments... Please someone talk to me... Let me know everything is OK and my writing isn't completely awful.
Now... Though I love my commentors and appreciate them taking the time to share their thoughts whether they comment or not isn't of as much concern...
Not in the Blog Plan...
2 years, 1 month ago on 4 Key Reasons Why Your Blog Sucks
Great stuff Bran!
Tutorials are the best ways of getting those affiliate products to convert because you get people all jacked up to purchase them with your post... Then you drop the Link on Them...
2 years, 1 month ago on Make Money Without Being a Part of Blogging Herd
@DannyBrown It's more amazing than common words can describe... We need a poet...
2 years, 1 month ago on Fear Is Not Something To Be Afraid Of
@SarahArrow Dude... I'm very, very heavily considering taking on a Podcast... It's something I've wanted to do for a long time.
2 years, 1 month ago on Your 42 Point Blog Post Checklist
I've never heard of BlogTalkRadio.com and I never thought of doing a Blog Post Audio... Brilliant.
I'm looking into this right now!
I really like the concept that Fear drives us to Experiment.
I couldn't agree with this more. When we're afraid of the future we'll do anything to not be afraid which can mean experiment.
The only problem is that some people go the other way and allow fear to cripple them... Instead of experimenting and finding a new path they choose to run and hide from their fears.
Great thoughts dude!
@DannyBrown @TheJackB Agreed!
2 years, 1 month ago on The Commoditization of Expertise and Why You Should Never Trust a Guru
@DannyBrown I seriously could not agree with you more... Much of this is our own fault. Too many people are so desparate for advice and information when it comes to Digital world that they will believe anyone who's willing to speak.
That is what scares me...
And I very much appreciate the opportunity. This has been a pleasure and an honor.
@snaps4life Awesome URL... Thanks for sharing!!
@Mark Longbottom Appreciate the thoughts...
@Marcus_Sheridan Thanks dude... I'm glad you connected with it.
Definitely was bleeding on the keys with this one!
@Stanford Love that you stopped by dude...
I agree that some of the more mainstream bloggers have begun to turn from the term "Guru" especially with Humility being very in right now...
@DannyBrown did the leg work in finding some good examples but I'd say the people that really scare me are the Gurus that do only have 100 followers... And just because they only have 100 Twitter followers doesn't mean that people in their local communities don't listen to them and take advice from them...
These are the individuals that scare the crap out of me... I see them all the time in my own community at Community Centers and Rotary meetings giving "free" talks only the free advice does more harm than help.
@DannyBrown @bobWP @livefyre We'll keep that bottled up then...
@DannyBrown @bobWP So what are you're feelings on "Rad"
@KenMueller @DannyBrown Is it just me or as a user does it seem like Twitter is THE MOST active social platform of them all?
@BrandonPDuncan I would definitely sell snake oil if people would still buy it... Then I'd write 150 blog posts about why my snake oil was the best snake oil...
I'd sell myself as the Snake Oil Guru... And sales would go through the roof...
@TonyEscobar Tony... That's the whole deal brother... you're working hard, figuring things out, writing about it and trying your best to put an original spin on it.
That's all anyone can ask.
Great stuff buddy!!
@Rhysorwin Love your thoughts here...
And to answer you're question, I'm on the Committee and now you are too...