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Ultimate Guide to Blog Comments [Infographic]

by · December 11, 2013

When done properly, leaving comments on other people’s blogs can be an effective way for bloggers to build relationships, increase brand awareness and grow readership.

The infographic below was inspired by The Ultimate Guide to Leaving Comments on Blogs, a great post written by Darren Rowse of Problogger.

This visualization highlights the benefits of leaving blog comments, describes the four different personality types of blog commenters, and lists the DOs and DON’Ts of effective blog commenting.

I’d love to get your thoughts. Are there any other points you would add? What are some of your positive or negative experiences with blog commenting?


How To Conquer Bloggers Block

by · December 4, 2013

We’ve all heard that content related idiom which has been used by SEO companies far too much, and if content isn’t king, then it is at least a really powerful submarine which should be involved in all your marketing battle plans.

But content writing isn’t all that easy, it transpires. You might be a wildly creative person with lots of ideas, but writing interesting and informative posts about the same industry, or topic, every day might not fit with how your mind works.

Maybe you’re a great writer but you struggle coming up with ideas. To get by in the content writing world you’ll need to keep those ideas going.


Blog Monetization Without Advertising

by · April 29, 2013

Is it possible to monetize your blog, website or digital presence without advertising? Certainly it is, but only in certain contexts. Consultants or businesses can focus their energies on providing thought leadership and educational posts with the thought that interested parties will reach out to them to hire if and when they need the help. The organic content leads to search engine results which leads to traffic which leads to leads, and so on.


6 Questions for 6 Blog Editors

by · April 17, 2013

Daily deadlines. Huge audiences. High expectations. The big marketing blogs attract readerships that rival small newspapers, but with only a fraction of the staff. And there’s one key role inside every great marketing blog: The Editor.

They’re often behind the scenes, in the shadow of a more famous celebrity blogger. They rarely get (or take) much credit. But these people make it happen. They’re the keepers of calendars and the champions of quality.

So let’s get to know our local blog editors. We picked our favorite marketing blogs and emailed a few questions to the current and recent editors. Here’s the lineup…


The Secret Sauce Of A Great Blog Post

by · January 17, 2013

People are wired to connect.  Neuroscientists have discovered that there is a part of our brains in the prefrontal cortex that helps us tune into other people, making the connections that are necessary to create relationships that help us survive.

How does this little bit of neuroscience have anything to do with blogging?  Because the most successful blog posts are those where the writer has tuned into something that the reader is experiencing.  This affects that part of the brain, generating an emotional connection with the reader.


Does Your Content Strategy Tell Your Customer’s Story?

by · October 5, 2012

I bet you thought I was going to write about analytics and content strategy again, didn’t you? Or possibly a further discussion of data supported content decisions. Nope! This week, we’re going a different direction. Ultimately, my goal here isn’t to get content specialists to stop worrying and learn to love spreadsheets. It’s to get you to step back and look at your content from a big-picture perspective. Sometimes that means looking at objective data sources like Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools. But sometimes, it means looking at more subjective tools. Like for instance, storyboards and plot outline diagrams.


How to Choose a Blogging Platform

by · September 26, 2012

According to Wikipedia, the term “blog” has been around since 1999. I’ve personally been blogging since 2004. Over the years, I’ve test-driven dozens of blogging platforms, including some social network/blogging hybrids like Tumblr and Posterous. Some of the blogging solutions I’ve used in that time are still around, while some have faded into “web 2.0″ oblivion.


Life Is Messy. Work Is Messy. Share It All.

by · August 8, 2012

Last week, our company, Lion Brand Yarn Company, hosted a number of craft bloggers who were in town to attend the BlogHer conference. It was quite an impressive group of women. Juggling family and entrepreneurial ventures while staying fit and doing charitable work — I get tired just thinking about their lives!

But great accomplishment comes by a path that is has rough patches and is at times chaotic and unpredictable.

Courtesy Carrie Lundell. This Mama Makes Stuff.


If Your Content Doesn’t Excite You, It’s Time To Rethink

by · August 6, 2012

Ask yourself if the content you provide on your blog, social channel or email newsletter excites you. And don’t just say, “Of course, it does! I write it!” and dismiss the question. Actually take yourself out of your own mindset and worldview for a moment. Put yourself in the mindset of a customer. Now does it?

Occasionally, you’re going to answer, “no.” You’re going through the motions and pounding out content, but it’s become stale, predictable or just average. It’s not that it’s always bad … but it doesn’t stir emotions. It doesn’t spark other ideas or actions (like sharing). It doesn’t make you say, “Holy Smokes!”