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Tribes & Communities

How to Build a Powerful Blogging Alliance

By | Tribes & Communities | 59 Comments

I’m an Infantryman in the United States Army.  In the army we have what we call battle buddies. If I get pinned down in a fire fight, I need someone to yell to me what they see, to provide cover fire for me, and to throw grenades for me from their position…and I strive to provide the same for them. In my line of work, this relationship is absolutely vital.  In some circumstance not only…

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Group Discussion: Customers or Community?

By | Tribes & Communities | 30 Comments

In our current era of internet marketing, we’re becoming bombarded with the concept of building community oriented websites. And rightly so. Facebook, Twitter and other online communities are bringing in users by the millions. Communities are where it’s at. But the customers pay the bills. So why waste time focusing on those who are only at your site to chit-chat when you can give some special attention to the ones who are lining your pockets…

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Great Blogs are Fueled by Passion and Power

By | Tribes & Communities | 49 Comments

If you’ve been following me or this blog then you’ve probably already realized that I approach the concept of how to blog from an entirely different perspective than most people. While most people are working to figure out how to develop their blogs, I focus on developing the bloggers. While others may focus on the best tactics for building dynamite bragging rights, I focus on building dynamite relationships.  While others focus on pumping their stats,…

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5 Simple Steps to Make a Bigger Splash

By | Tribes & Communities | 42 Comments

A few nights ago, I was chatting with a friend on Skype when he asked me this incredibly important question about his blog: “Why don’t I get any traffic or back links?  Are my posts really that bad?” Most bloggers wonder this at some point.  You dig through your Google Analytics reports and you stare at day after day of 30 or 50 visitors and you can’t seem to get above those numbers. You sit…

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4 Easy Tips to Powerful Online Charisma

By | Tribes & Communities | 45 Comments

According to dictionary.com, Charisma is a rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm. Charisma is the quality that drives people to flock to you and to follow you to the ends of the earth.  It’s the essential trait that fuels real influence. When I was in high school, I spent my summers working at a Christian summer camp.  I’d spend 12 weeks each summer, helping to organize game and…

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Relationships That Will Take You To The Top

By | Tribes & Communities | 73 Comments

I’m an Infantryman in the United States Army.  In the army we have what we call battle buddies. If I get pinned down in a fire fight, I need someone to yell to me what they see, to provide cover fire for me, and to throw grenades for me from their position…and I strive to provide the same for them. We look to protect each other, to grab each other and drag each other back…

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4 Ways to Show Appreciation at your Site

By | Tribes & Communities | 134 Comments

I just finished reading a terrific article over at Zen Habits called 3 Jedi Mind Tricks to Feel Better in a Nanosecond. Although that title might sound a bit strange, the article is a terrific challenge to build up your own personal happiness by demonstrating genuine appreciation for the people around you. Well it works and here’s why. When you tell someone how much you appreciate them, you make them feel better; and when you…

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