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March 20, 2013

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Social Monkee Review – Does it really work? And is it Better Than TribePro?

As you may or may not know link building is a tedious task that no one likes to do..  (Unless you’re some kind of link geek)

BUT…   It’s necessary if you want to get your blog posts ranked and your videos ranked in the almighty Google.  I’ve been using tribe pro for quite awhile, but was getting sick of paying the high monthly costs involved.  I was paying close to $150 a month for tribe pro and an onlywire accounts.  And I’m not 100% convinced that it was working.  So I found something better that is a fraction of the cost.  And it’s called Social Monkee

Check out the video below to see how I use it to get my videos ranked faster and my blog posts ranked.

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October 31, 2012

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Zero Cash Online Marketing: Interviewing as Way to Promote Brand

There are many media outlets that allow a businessperson to shout out to the world what it is they have to offer.  While making sure that audience is going to be interested, make sure that what you have to offer is actually interesting.

Yes, there are many people out there who conduct and give interviews with online and offline mediums but not really sure how to grab people and get them on board ASAP.  And you want to snag them now because they may forget to bookmark or write down your URL.

The beauty of doing this online is that you can get practice answering important questions about your brand.  Marketing companies and e-merchants normally have a link on their site that will show the normal questions being asked.  If there is an industry blog that interests you, they normally send over questions before it goes live.

While you do not need a publicist to give you the “right” answers, knowing how to avoid the traps of “yes” and “no” questions will definitely work in your favor.  Publishers also reserve the right to not publish an interview if they feel the answers are stale or generic.

Here are some ways to guarantee publication –

  • Keep answers short, sweet and to the point. If the question requires a Y/N answer, add a sentence or two that will emphasize how good you are.
  • Avoid going into the long history behind a product or service. This can be tricky as many people will fall in love with a hard-luck story (such a person who struggled to succeed in an industry) and possibly be inspired by it.  If there is a way to tell it to where it cannot be be butchered in the process, then go with it as a PR angle.
  • Do not speak ill of the competition – or anyone, for that matter.  This not only shows class on your part but the more focus you place on what you have to offer will place you further ahead financially than witty comments made about another person of company.  Though you may see celebrities do it, think about the ones (like Barbra Streisand or Robert Redford) who have not had to resort to such childish tactics.

In the cast of a podcast or audio interview –

  • Practice how your voice will sound as well as your answers.  (See if you can get the questions ahead of time)
  • Try to smile while speaking in your normal voice.
  • Keep answers to the point, if possible.

Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is a popular marketing tool that seeks interview subjects often in a variety of topics.  It is free to join and receive daily alerts.  By using a generic query template, you can state why you would be a perfect interview subject based on your professional experience and education.  If you feel that your personal history may be beneficial, go with this is as well.  HARO alerts come out up to three times a day and immediate response to these interview is best in order to be considered.

 

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October 31, 2012

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Making a Living From Your Blog

You know the names like Perez Hilton, your favorite About.com (or Examiner/Yahoo Voices/Huffington Post) contributor. Or even your favorite celebrity that has found a nice stream of income by blogging.
And here you are, wasting away at a job you hate with a passion, while that cool product you developed a some time ago has the potential to be profitable but needs the right promotion.


Good blogging does not require hours and hours of weekly writing that result in pennies (do the math by counting your time AND your bills if you don’t believe this). Some people become discouraged when they realize that planning comes with making a profit, just like every other business.
Having Content Worth Reading (and Sharing)


While there is no set format to writing successful posts, you have to publish something of interest in the first three sentences. Search engines will publish these (or a portion) as a summary that can be viewed online.
The other important factor is the reader. Rambling about something that is irrelevant to the blog headline within the first 30 seconds of reading will bring a loss. Even veteran bloggers have suffered the consequences of being self-absorbed at one time or another. Repeat offenders found that they lost their audience to the competition.
Creating a Great Headline


This is what will draw in readers, but how?
1) Use action words
2) Get to the point
3) Make the headline interesting

While there are many words to choose from, here are a few that bloggers and authors have found to be effective when getting attention.

Breakthrough
Discover
Get
How-to
Incredible
Instant
Learn
Tips
Unlimited
Consistency


You can publish mindless content daily and make a few dollars.
You can publish meaningful content monthly (or less) and make a few dollars.
So with this simple math, this means for the person looking to make a name for themselves, they will want to publish interesting content at least three times a week in order to be successful. This will help to establish an audience quickly, your content will be backlinked often and you could possibly become a respected source in your industry. This doesn’t happen overnight or within a month. However, providing a voice that is interesting, informative and is really you will bring in a legitimate audience in little time with the right marketing.
Syndication
This can be in form of enabling the RSS feature on your blog, social bookmarking or writing a similar topic for a content management company like About, Examiner or Yahoo Voices (formerly known as Associated Content). These are respected as new applicants are screened, writer training is offered (or mandatory before going live) and there is high traffic. If using bookmarking or other social mediums, make sure that all content is tagged correctly and correctly categorized (no ‘miscellaneous’ or general categories like Automobile or Food). If your specialty is is antique auto parts or baking French desserts, choose those mediums that will make it easy for readers to find you.
Advertisers and Affiliate Programs


In the initial stages, it’s common to want an alliance with anyone that deals with a newbie blog. This is not bad but most reputable social marketers normally want a blog that has a certain number of posts and has been live for at least a few months. Some will only accept blogs with an Alexa page ranking of 2 or better and some companies will not accept those with less than a 6 page ranking.

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October 30, 2012

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Avoid Marshmallow Marketing

Tweet These are weak marketing tactics that include soft sales, market data that is weak, ineffective advertising and undefined goals. One or more of these can happen to the new online businessperson in the early stages. While it may be easy to dismiss this as “the learning curve”, this is costing money and your precious […]

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October 29, 2012

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Zero-Cash Online Marketing: Using Social Media

Tweet Sometimes when we open our social network pages, we may find invites or similar communication from a source that is unfamiliar to us.  While Facebook may list the connection, other sites may be vague as to how this person knew to contact us. Chances are strong that they did an manual search of people […]

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October 18, 2012

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Using Twitter Effectively

Tweet If you are one of those people that has not gotten around to creating a Twitter account for your brand, start one today! Even if you don’t have a logo or feel you have any information that is worth tweeting on a daily basis, use this to build on your brand immediately. The reason […]

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October 15, 2012

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Why You Should Never Market “Cheap”

Tweet You’ve done everything the business books, websites and other media told you about running an online business. With hard work and persistence…you have little profit to show for it. Most likely, this is your fault. The common reason that new businesses fail is that they price their products and services way below the minimum […]

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October 12, 2012

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Effective Content Writing

Tweet When you get right down to it, the content you place online counts.  Not just keywords but the summaries, tutorials and anything else used to get your brand across. Funny as it may sound, article marketing content should have a little feeling as well.  There was once a time when people would just spin […]

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October 10, 2012

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Managing Your Brand

Tweet In the book, ‘Hey Whipple, Squeeze This’, author Luke Sullivan describes a brand as “the sum total of all emotions, thoughts, images, history, possibilities and gossip that exist about a certain company”. Pretty heavy, isn’t it? Not when you consider that being an online “star” is like being a regular one. Worry when people […]

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October 8, 2012

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When Social Media Becomes Too Much

Tweet You have a product or service that you sell online.  In addition to changes that may take place as far as inventory and administrative duties are concerned, you also maintain a blog and/or write for other mediums as a promotional tool. While you don’t mind tweeting or appreciate the feedback received from LinkedIn followers, this […]

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