December 2011

It seems that every blogger is doing a ‘Best of 2011′ list on their blogs, and almost all of these posts are a list of their 5 or 10 most popular posts for the year.  For me, that seems like too much horn-tootin’, and if I’m gonna do that, y’all are coming along for the […]

Two of the most common complaints I hear from bloggers, especially during #Blogchat is: 1 – I wish I could figure out how to post more often and create more content 2 – I wish I better understood SEO and how to optimize my posts for search I’m going to show you a ‘trick’ that […]

The biggest improvement I made in my blogging in 2011 was writing better headlines.  There are three critical advantages to writing better headlines: 1 – You greatly improve the chance that your post will be shared on social media sites.  Think about it, we all have the attention-span of a gnat.  We are bombarded by […]

If your company is like most around the country, you’ve probably been planning your marketing and communication efforts for 2012 for a while now.  To help you get a leg-up on these efforts, I wanted to give y’all some special discounts on some of my Social Media Marketing consulting services!  Please note, these prices are […]

Subscribe to your blog’s feed via email, then read it on your smartphone. For those of you that aren’t aware, I live in a very rural area of Alabama.  Most days I work from home, but at least a couple of times a week I will go ‘into town’ to run errands and I’ll usually […]

It really is fascinating the connections that are possible because of Twitter.  The site is a wonderful networking tool and I saw evidence of this earlier this morning when I got a DM from @TheOnlineMom.  I know Monica from her participation in #Blogchat, and she wanted to know if I wanted to help her with […]

Feed subscribers, click here to watch the video on YouTube. I am so happy to be able to share the following video from our Live #Blogchat session at Blog World Expo.  It’s technically not video, it’s a screenshot of the tweets that were coming in for #BWELA as the #Blogchat was progressing (which is obviously […]

Because they measure what’s available, instead of what benefits their company. For example, let’s say your small business launches a Twitter account this afternoon.  How will you measure the success of that account?  By measuring number of followers, of course!  And if you want to get really spiffy, you could also track how many RTs […]

I am thrilled to announce that Valeria Maltoni (@ConversationAge on Twitter) will be co-hosting #Blogchat this Sunday!  Valeria is one of the most respected blogging marketers on the planet for one simple reason: She creates incredibly valuable content on a daily basis.  Let me tell you a quick story about Valeria: Earlier this year during […]

As you know, I am always experimenting with my blog, especially when it comes to traffic and traffic sources, and I always like to report back to y’all what I learn.  One of the areas I wanted to focus on this year with my blogging was increasing my search traffic.  At the start of the […]

Interaction and participation.  It’s something many community sites and managers struggle with and focus on increasing.  Engagement is the lifeblood of many online communities, and yet, so many struggle to reach that ‘critical mass’ of participants. When #Blogchat started in early 2009, participation wasn’t an issue.  Even in those 1st few weeks where we’d only […]