Hot Links Friday: Social Media Marketing, Link Building, Analytics, Getting Found…

Hot-links-fridayI feel like this week flew by and I didn’t get much done. Although I did get to write a couple of posts about Twitter tools and search engine optimization (SEO), I still feel like I should have done more. Anyway, if you missed any of the two posts I recommend you read the one on Twitter, it has a nice little bonus you can use to avoid wasting time on Twitter and useful tips on how to use it only 20 minutes a day effectively.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I try to do a Hot Links Friday post every week, I admit it, a few weeks ago I missed one or two. Anyhow, the goal of this post is to share with you some content that I wished I had written and shared with you, but couldn’t because I already had my hands full. It’s also information that you might have never found, so I find it and share it anyway, that’s what the web is all about.

So enough blabbing, let’s get right into it:

How to Get Found Everywhere For Free: Exclusive Rand Fishkin Video Tutorial and Webinar!

This is actually an event that’s going to happen on September 29th and I wouldn’t want you to miss it. He’s going to be talking about How to Get Found Everywhere for FREE, I’m very excited to watch this and see what he talks about.

I think anybody that’s struggling to rank their website on the search engines will learn a ton from Rand, he’s the most knowledgeable and respected person online, when it comes to SEO. Go sign up for the webinar!

Mastering the Small Business Link Building Basics

This is a great place to start if you’re a small business just starting out and haven’t really built a presence on the web. Don’t struggle with building links anymore, just head over and read this post and begin your backlinking journey.

60 Social Media Marketing Tips for the Holiday Season

I know this looks like a monster of a post and in fact it is. I bookmarked it myself because there’s no way I’m going to be able to apply all of them at once, let alone this year. Although, I already knew some of these ninja social media marketing tips, I still learned a couple that I’ve yet to apply to my businesses. I thought creating a seasonal branded image was one of the more creative tips. See if you can learn something new you can use this Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

14 Awesome Features in the New Google Analytics v5

Just when you thought you knew enough about Google Analytics, they bring out more toys to play with. I’m not complaining, I’ve been playing around with it and I like it. If you’re a big numbers guy like me, you want to know exactly all the details of what people are doing in your website you’ll enjoy all these new features. Just to warn you Eugen did a great job at explaining all the features and you might want to sit down and take your time reading it or bookmark it.

The Modern Executives Essential Social Media Toolkit Plus [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s better if you just click the link and see for yourself.

The Ultimate Guide to Increasing Blog Conversion Rates

When you want to turn web traffic into leads, there is only one guy you should be listening to. Well, the person I turn to is @derekhalpern. In these 7 videos you’ll learn so much about conversion you’ll be a jedi of blog conversion. The videos are long but worth watching, at least one every other day, most of the tips for each case study differ a little bit, which I like because you can then apply some of the conversion tips that relate most to you or your website.

10 Top Business Blogs and Why They Are Successful

Companies are starting to realize how important it is to have a blog, but it’s not always easy to find a strategy or guide to follow. What I liked about these business blogs was, they all are in different industries and they’ve succeeded at attracting new visitors to their website and build a community through them. Check and see if you can model some of their strategies to building a successful business blog.

I want to thank Janet, Sandra, Bryce, Rojish, Brock, Adrienne, Justin and Ilka and everyone who read my posts for being supporters of this website. I try to write the best content you guys can use in your own business to be more successful.

Finally, I want to know if you’re struggling with anything, please leave it in the comments or email me or tweet me a question or something you need help with in your online business. I’d like to skype with anyone that needs some kind of help in any way with SEO, social media, blogging, conversion optimization or whatever I want to help you.

 

Hot Links Friday: Facebook, Instagram, Extra Money with Social Media…

calls-to-actionI know some of you been begin for the Hot Links Friday post, my bad guys too much stuff going on, [no no no Wilson, no excuses please–you say]. And I agree with you, so here they are.

20 ways to promote your Facebook page

Okay, so you have a Facebook page locked & loaded, but you’re not sure why nobody is liking your page. Problem solved. Justin Wise posted a great article to help you spread the word 20 different ways. This should help increase conversion and growth of your Facebook page.

How to: Use your Social Media Skills to Earn Extra Money

Even with all those professionals, who call themselves “social media experts or gurus”, there’s still demand for social media services. If you have some skills, but you haven’t monetized them, this short post can give you a head-start to start earning an extra income on the side.

How to Use Instagram to Tell the Story of Your Business

When I first bought an iPhone I used it to make phone calls, text and browse the web a lot, then Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ showed up and my eyeballs were glued to it (Hey don’t look at me like I’m the only one doing it). Anyways, these other applications have taught me more ways to leverage the web and make tons of connections. Now there’s a new tool you can use, it’s Instagram, and this post explains 5 tactics for brands to leverage Instagram.

Are you ready to be a Social Business? 10 tips for a Zoom Start!

You know you want to be a social business, but you’re not sure if your business really needs to be social. Pam Moore wrote down ten questions that I believe every business should be asking themselves before they jump in the social bandwagon.

Facebook “Lists” and The New “subscribe” Button Explained

Facebook and Google are going at it as we speak for the best features in a social network, it seems. It’s obvious that Google is no contender yet. Everything Google odes from now on seems like Facebook has to go and make their own version of it. I think Facebook is scared, I mean where is the originality? Anyway, Francisco broke these two new features apart, and shared his thoughts about why they might not be as popular as we might think they’ll be.

Location-Based Marketing: What’s in it for me?

How does a business get started with a location-based marketing campaign? In this post Mike Schneider and Aaron Strout made a simple list for businesses that are interested in doing it themselves. Once you get started people can really dig in and reap the benefits using services like Foursquare, Yelp, Scvngr, and Gowalla.

How to Choose the Perfect Topic for your Next Blog & How to Find a Great Domain Name for a New Blog and Set it Up in 15 Minutes

One of my favorite blogs to follow is thinktraffic.net because of all their epic shit they put on the web. Corbett Barr and his team really know how to build a thriving audience, and this new challenge is going to change a lot of people’s lives. They’re literally taking everyone from their hand and walking them step-by-step to success. In 15 minutes you have a domain picked out and your blog hosting set up ready to go.

There you go, another week of Hot Links Friday. I know that you won’t read all of these, but I’m sure that you’ll click on the one that most interests you. Whichever you decide to read, you’ll learn something useful that you can maybe apply next week to your business online.

Hot Links Friday: Rules, Bridesmaid, People Who Make Money, Social Media & SEO

social-media-seo(So I want to apologize for my mistakes. Yes, I know…you guys are mad at me because you wanted to see this weeks Hot Links but you weren’t able to.

I made a mistake and I thought the post was already scheduled automatically.)

Hot Links Friday

I spent a lot of time reading on the web and looking for great content for you folks to consume over the weekend so you can improve you small business revenue, productivity and hopefully success.

This week I did find some random post around the web, but I gotta tell you that most of the good stuff I found in one blog. I think you’ll find some great snippets in between all these posts from QuickSprout and be able to apply some of them to your own small businesses.

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Reader Questions: Realistically What is the Minimum Investment Required to Start an Internet Business?

If you ask a lot of people, they’re all going to say something different. And so am I. I guess there’s people of both sides of the fence, some say free is okay others think you need to own your domain, a reliable hosting service and WordPress.org.

I’ve heard people say just use Facebook, Google+, etsy or devianart depending on what your business is about. Oh and if you already have a company having your own website or blog is important today.

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Self-Hosted vs. Hosted Blog for a Business The Biggest Mistake…

That’s a question that many small business owners starting a blog email me a lot.

The simple answer to that question is; “YES”. But I don’t recommended it.

In this post I’m going to share with you the biggest blogging mistakes I and many other successful bloggers have made in the past so you can avoid them.

I know this topic has been repeated a million times, but obviously some people still need to understand why it’s not beneficial.

When I first started blogging one of the mistakes I made was beginning my blog on WordPress.com, as opposed to WordPress.org.

This involves hosting your blog for free on the WordPress site, rather than owning your domain and self-hosting to have more power over it.

I got rid of it because it was to ugly and the content wasn’t even close to what I put out today. You need to remember that content is king, and that’s something you should always keep in mind.

A big problem with not hosting your own domain is that you don’t have that much power over the customization of how your site looks. Plus your domain name looks pretty ugly as well.

For example, http://www.wilsonusman.wordpress.com Vs. http://wilsonusman.com. Which looks more professional?

Additionally, when I was looking around the blogosphere I found others using the same template that I was using and that just made it extremely boring to look at–no way to stand out and be original.

You look at my design today, it’s exactly what I want and I can change it tomorrow if I want easily.

WordPress.org Vs. WordPress.com and Blogger.com

WordPress is a website software you can use very easily and fast to  create a good-looking and fully-featured website or blog.

You install it on your host, and using this recommended hosting service (affiliate link)  it will provide a 1-click WordPress installation to make the process simple.

WordPress is by far the most popular blog tool and publishing platform, also known as a CMS (content management system).

  • You’ll get all the flexibility that you want.
  • Now there are more than 200,000 plugins created that extend your website. (ability to add Google Maps easily, create surveys and polls, add social buttons with a press of a button)
  • If you want to sell whatever you want or have advertising on your site you can.
  • You’ll have reliable web hosting company can provide 24/7 technical support and an uptime guarantee for self-hosted business blogging.

Some might consider paying as a con, but I don’t believe that to be the case. Come on, you’re running a business here, or aren’t you?

If you’re serious a few buck a month aren’t going to hurt you. As they say in business, “you need to spend money to make money”.

Okay so you want to get all this moving, but you’re stuck because you have to web skills. I get it. I want to help you get your small business blog moving along, with a legit hosting service. Hit me up, send me an email. I’d be glad to help you set it up.