Commanding Influence

How to Build Mountains of Online Influence

By | Tribes & Communities | 8 Comments

Far too many bloggers are struggling to find a way to develop themselves and their blogs into influential online cornerstones to which others flock and pay attention. When we speak, or in our case write, we want others to stop what they’re doing and pay attention. We want our words to carry weight to our listeners… and rightly so. John Maxwell referred to this principle as The Law of E.F. Hutton. The financial firm that…

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8 Tips to Sharing Highly Effective Comments

By | Online Conversations | 5 Comments

Comments are the lifeblood of a successful blog. They are the evidence of a thriving, robust online community. Comments are great for you and your website, but there are several principles that many bloggers fail to understand when sharing comments on other sites. If you forget about these concepts then your comments will diminish from your online reputation. On the flip side, if you pay attention to these concepts, others will appreciate your participation in…

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The Power and Influence of a Thought Leader

By | Tribes & Communities | 3 Comments

Some time ago, I was speaking with a friend about blogging, social media and online influence. As we spoke, a common phrase kept recurring in what he was saying. “I want to be a thought leader in my industry,” he kept sharing. A thought leader… What does that mean? What does it really mean to be a thought leader? The Power and Influence of a Thought Leader The idea of being a thought leader is a…

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Feedburner…The Grim Reaper is Coming

By | Traffic Generation | 3 Comments

I find it ironic that the all-knowing Google can tell you the bacon number with references of any given celebrity. They can describe precisely how far you’ll have to jet ski across the Pacific Ocean if traveling by vehicle from Japan to China. They can do those unusual, and rather worthless, algorithmic calculations in a fraction of a fraction of a second (not a typo), but they can no longer provide a text-based subscriber count…

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A Gentle Reminder to Return to our Core Values

By | Tribes & Communities | 3 Comments

About a year or so ago, I wrote an article called The Golden Nuggets of Negative Feedback. It was in that article that I stated, “When those people who dislike our sites are willing to tell us why they won’t be back, it is then that we can take that negative feedback to find out what elements we’ve been overlooking.” Recently I received a very tactful email complaining about something I had sent out on…

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A Look at How Facebook is Worth 100 Billion Dollars

By | Social Media | 28 Comments

It’s just after one o’ clock on a cold, rainy Tuesday afternoon in north central Illinois, and in the other room I can hear the sound of Thumbellina entertaining my three-year-old daughter. In front of me, I have my web browser opened to Facebook as I chat with a friend using Facebook’s built-in instant messaging feature. According to their company information page more than 450 million people world-wide will log on to this social media…

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Can You Imagine A World Without Limits?

By | Tribes & Communities | 23 Comments

Can you imagine a world without limits? A world where the only boundaries are that of your own imagination, where the bars have been lifted and you can become anyone you want to be and do anything you want to do. See a reality where you could learn anything you could imagine, build anything you’ve ever dreamed, or be anyone you’ve ever wanted. The CEO of a mega corporation, the master craftsman of a unique,…

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The A-Z Guide to the Greatest Blogs in 2011

By | Tribes & Communities | 45 Comments

It was Dr. Suess who opined, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” We understand the importance of reading, studying and filling our minds with good, helpful information. In fact, although blogs used to be very widely known for their personal nature often answering the question of what you did today, they have now evolved into a treasure trove filled with…

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15 Tips for Building Online Conversations

By | Tribes & Communities | 33 Comments

Over the past few days, I’ve been asking on Twitter what advice my Twitter friends would give for building online conversations. I was pleased, and very much not-surprised at the answers I received. Although the responses aren’t necessarily anything new, I find that Twitter, Facebook and other mediums of online conversations are still plagued with folks violating these basic concepts. I’ve listed the responses below in the order they came in. 1. Relate to folks…

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When Did Social Media Stop Being Social?

By | Social Media | 25 Comments

According to, the word social refers to the relations of human beings in a community. Technology has now brought us together into a broad, global online community. Twitter, facebook, and other forms of social media have brought us together. They now allow us to connect with each other from across the globe. I can now communicate instantly across the internet with my wife, my in-laws, my parents and even my grandparents. I can reach…

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