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The Human Side of the Internet

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At nearly 25 years old, today’s modern internet is continually evolving.  For the first decade or so into it’s history, when it was just sprouting, the internet was commonly known as the information superhighway.  And although that phrase still applies, we now tend hear that term increasingly less often.  But it’s not just that term that’s disappearing.  It’s the powerful concept that it carries. As the internet was quickly growing and developing, it was known…

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10 Tips for Building an Awesome Online Presence

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1. Provide genuine, quality help to others. “When you focus on quality, consistency, and being genuinely helpful (not just soliciting click-throughs) your results will amaze you!” ~ Dustin W. Stout I’ve noticed something paradoxically interesting across social media platforms. When you focus solely on growing an audience for the benefit of your business, it is often a long-hard climb. However, when you shift toward focusing on using social media to genuinely help others, the business itself…

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How to Build Mountains of Online Influence

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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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The Power and Influence of a Thought Leader

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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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A Gentle Reminder to Return to our Core Values

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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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Can You Imagine A World Without Limits?

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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

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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

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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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Feelings, Relationships & Communication

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At the risk of losing all of my readers to this man’s amazing material, I’d like to point your attention to Ryan Critchet’s I Marketing Hacked. His writing is simple, conversational, and incredibly powerful. He approaches online business from a psychological standpoint like in his latest article where he analyses the relationships between new and mid-level bloggers and those who are the veteran online entrepreneurs (How do you feel about Darren Rowse?). Ryan, in my…

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5 Tools for Both Online and Offline Leaders

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There’s a growing majority of people who mistake management and leadership as being synonymous. Management is nothing more than the ability to control resources. Managers organize inventory at the Wal-Mart warehouse, and managers control room bookings at hotels. And although leadership often involves managing resources like these, leadership is the ability to influence people and as such it has nothing to do with your official position in a company or organization.  Let me pause for a…

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