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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If Your Business Model Is Broken…Fix It.

By | Practical Business Strategies | No Comments

What is it that makes your products or services better than someone else’s services? The hard question is this: If you can teach others to make money online or in your industry, why are you struggling to make money through that means? I’m certainly not asking that to be unkind, but only to challenge us to think about the hard questions. To be honest, many of you need to change your online business model. If…

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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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The Dark, Unforgiving Prison of Writer’s Block

By | The Written Word | One Comment

I feel like I’ve been trapped in a dark, unforgiving prison of writer’s block from which I have no hope of escape. I have writer’s block and I’ve had it for so long that it would be more appropriate to call it writer’s hiatus. I feel like the terrified damsel in a horror flick who flees her house to make a last ditch break for it. Her survival depends on her getting into her car…

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Getting To Know Your Target Audience

By | Practical Business Strategies | 5 Comments

When I began this website, I had little understanding of the concept of target audiences. In the early history of this website, I was having a conversation with a friend who at that time was involved in online marketing. As we spoke, I asked him what I could do to be more successful here (and online in general). His response was to ask me who my target audience was. I responded by saying that I…

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The Unspeakable Horrors of Black Hat SEO

By | Awesome Content | 21 Comments

Early last year, a monstrous, radioactive Panda crawled it’s way out of a dark pit hidden deep in the darkest jungle on earth. The world watched in horror as it traversed the globe leaving a wake of death and destruction the likes of which George Romero couldn’t even imagine. The bloodshed was legendary and many fell victim to this merciless killer. The world mourned their dead. Some sang ballads in honor of those that were…

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The Baffling Black Hat Baron of Search

By | Search Engine Optimization | 18 Comments

As an online entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be building a substantial presence in the results pages of popular search engines. The ultimate goal is to drive targeted traffic (people who are specifically seeking exactly what you’re offering) to your site. If you go at this blindly, you’ll accomplish nothing. It helps to look at this task as a challenge that online entrepreneurs will be perfecting for years. You’ll likely not find…

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A Developer’s Review of Share A Sale

By | Awesome Content | 6 Comments

On my most recent project, Coupon Crop, I’ve been spending a lot of time working with data feeds from mainstream affiliate networks like Share A Sale, AvantLink, OneNetworkDirect, Linkshare, and several other affiliate programs. Of those, most have been incredibly easy and enjoyable to work with. Share A Sale, however, has stood out from the crowd, but not in a good way. Their data feeds are a developer’s nightmare. Let me a share a few reasons…

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