You know, I've never really been one for conferences. Outside of MacWorld in San Francisco, they've never really lived up to the hype. So while I still go to conference from time to time, it's often without much excitement. Yet, as SOBCon07 gets closer, I can't help but be excited. I going to get … Read more about Are You Going to SOBCon07?
For a few weeks I've been on a campaign to rid the blogosphere of the dreaded nofollow attribute. Of course, I didn't start this. But I'm convinced that nofollow must go. So much so that I've been asking everyone I know to spread the word. A few days ago, Randa Clay had the great idea of creating a … Read more about You Comment, I Follow You. Or At Least Google Will
I'm in a discussion with Lyle Lachmuth about how much writing skill does it take to be a great blogger. His perspective is that ...great writers, powerful Bloggers, are born! Yep! Born to write. I actually don't think that's the case at all. I don't think great writers necessarily make great … Read more about Do You Have To Be A Great Writer To Be A Great Blogger?
As bloggers, what do we want? Well, we want traffic and readership. We want readers to engage in conversation through commenting. And we want links back to our blogs. When I began blogging, I knew commenting on other blogs was important. My comments created interest in my blog, which led to … Read more about The Single, Most Profound Way To Thank Your Commenters
Finally, I've removed 'nofollow' from comments. As a blogger, or website owner in general, you want links coming back to your site/blog. Links to your site is one of the major ways to increase your Google ranking. That's why in the blogosphere, link love is high currency. If you knew that, then … Read more about Hey Google, Follow Me: Giving More Link Love
Of course you would, right? Afterall, it is your voice and you should know your voice. Read your last 5 blogging posts, do you really hear your own voice? The voice that you speak with in everyday life - to your friends and family? Or do you hear a different voice? On one of her podcasts, Heidi … Read more about Would You Know Your Blogging Voice If You Heard It?
I coach, consult and educate small business owners on how to use their websites to grow their businesses. Some of my clients are not bloggers. Some are. Many become bloggers during the process. So I'm always looking for easy-to-understand ways to explain to my clients about why they want to be … Read more about Blogging? Tell 'Em About the 4 C's.
Last week I had the priviledge of speaking with blog consultant Mike Sansone of Converstations.com and BlogTalkRadio. Mike is one of the organizers of, and a speaker at, SOBCon07 this May in Chicago. Mike and I talked for quite some time, covering many topics. There certainly were highlights I took … Read more about Do You Brand Yourself in Your Blog Comments?
I've had this conversation going about how best to write for both new and non bloggers while still writing for my blog-based target audience. One of the most intriguing posts that came out of this was John Wesley's 'Blog' is a Hideous Word. He writes: Blog is a hideous word. I cringe every time I … Read more about Does It Have to Be Called a Blog?
As bloggers, how do we balance the needs and expectations of our readers who are fellow bloggers, with the needs and wants of our readers who are new bloggers and nonbloggers? Ever since I built Dave Schoof's Engaging the Disquiet, I've had this question. To date, most of his readers are not blog … Read more about Keeping The Door Open To New & Non Bloggers – Join In The Conversation
Why did you begin blogging? I did for a number of reasons. Of course I love the internet and I really enjoy meeting new people. I was also intrigued by the possibilities of viral marketing. But the biggest reason I began blogging was to share what I know about growing a small, service-oriented … Read more about Bloggers, Are We Just Blogging To The Choir?
I was reading Wendy Piersall's post this morning on Easton Ellsworth's Scratch One Another Program (SOAP). I was thoroughly intrigued. So much so that I've already filled out the one-minute questionnaire. SOAP is a free blogging tips exchange program. Easton wants to get 100 bloggers who can SOAP … Read more about Free Blogging Tips…Interested?