AddThis… Great way to get Social Bookmarking to your site or blog!

Hey all…

There’s this cool free service that I found courtesy of Nick Stamoulis’ blog – Blog Marketing Journal. AddThis.com provides a way to simplify the bookmarking/sharing methods for your readers/viewers. I’ve looked at a number of different options and the AddThis widget is the simplest/easiest to use one of all of them to this point.

They provide several options for how to get it into your site or blog, including a WordPress plugin, which I’ve added to this blog.

You can add their widget to your blog or RSS feed, select which style of widget you’d like, and then select one of several options:

on a Website

  • on a Blog
  • on a MySpace page
  • on an Ezine or Newsletter

Cool enough you can also add it via:

  • A Feedburner Feedflare
  • WordPress Plugin (2 versions)
  • And Widgetbox

But wait, there’s more! You also get free stats showing what visitors are bookmarking, which can be useful for monitoring traffic and so on.

So give them a look — at Addthis.com.

Until next time…

–Fitz

So what do you want to know more about?

Hi all…

First of all, I have to thank Caroline Middlebrook and MarysMom for stopping by and leaving nice comments. Thank you both!

I’ve covered a number of items on this blog so far… Most have surrounded my passion for roleplaying or my experiences with publishing or trying to monetize this blog. Though I’m not doing very well at the last two, it’s not going to stop me from trying. 🙂

Question mark

But I’m interested if anyone who’s reading has suggestions for what they’d like to know more about based on some of my previous articles:

I’m not out of ideas, but I’d like to know what my few readers would like to know more about before I go off on too many more wild tangents!

Please leave me a comment and let me know!

Thanks!

–Fitz

Comments… Argh!

Hi all…

Thanks to a nice person at http://www.sweetlifewithmary.com/, it became clear today why I may not be getting ANY comments. I had WordPress set to require folks to register and log in to leave comments. Doh!

Oops!

That little switch has been flipped. To verify that it is indeed working as it should, would somebody mind leaving me a comment?

Thanks in advance and sorry for the trouble.

–Fitz

Watching traffic come and go…

Hi all…

It’s funny… I post an article about something I think is helpful. Like taking my experience at the Blue Man Group concert and attempting to show how to apply it to business or product development. I’ve posted about adapting roleplaying game techniques to business to help out your product development cycle.

And what gets the best results? An article I wrote about rssHugger. Or an article I wrote about an article on Caroline Middlebrook’s site.

Go figure.

This blog thing is interesting. I think I’ll keep going, but at the rate I’m going I’m not sure who’s coming with me. 🙂

If anyone is reading this message, can you please leave me a comment? I’d appreciate knowing I’m not alone in the ether. There’s a lot of traffic out there and I think I’m being run over. <sigh>

I’d also appreciate any comments on how to generate more readers or traffic. How do other successful blogs do it? I’d like to know. Nothing I’ve tried so far has helped beyond StumbleUpon and Blogsvertise lately.

Anyway… Hope everyone is having a good week!

–Fitz

What I learned from the Blue Man Group…

Hey all…

I had an opportunity to go see the Blue Man Group in concert this weekend at the Pepsi Center in Denver. What an amazing show! (You can see my review at my other blog here.)

Blue Man Group

But I learned a few things from them that I thought I’d share. Though an oddball way to cover the topics of marketing and publishing, it’s applicable to many disciplines, hobbies, and jobs, so I thought I’d see where it led…

  1. Don’t JUST think outside the box… Think WAY outside the box.What do I mean by that? Take what we know from simply living in a media age. How do we make music? How do we behave if we’re rock stars? Turn that on its head… Approach it like you’ve never heard music before. Take what’s in front of you and make it yours – beat on it – experiment – have fun – and see where it leads. Or take the behavior you know you SHOULD do (like if you’re a rock star, you have to be on stage jumping around, singing, and playing music) – and break it down to its component parts, then look at each of those like you’ve never seen them before.Try it… You might come up with something new and unique. I’m working on some new ideas now for the game to see what shakes out. I’ll let you know how the experiment goes.
  2. Take an established idea (like writing a roleplaying game) and turn it inside out.What do I mean? Well, in the game case, traditionally roleplaying games are like Dungeons and Dragons or Vampire – you have a character, the character interacts with the world and changes as a result. But what if the character maybe… creates the world? Or perhaps the experience for the players becomes more interactive — there IS no game master maybe. Perhaps there’s a set of ground rules, a character for each player, and an idea and each player runs with it for a while.The same applies to blogging or writing. Take an established idea and turn it inside out. So we need to do SEO and marketing. Why? Break it down. Build it back up again. Maybe we’ll come up with a totally new paradigm that will change life as we know it!?
  3. Have fun!This applies to the Blue Man as well as the rest of us. We can’t just go through the motions. If we don’t enjoy what we do, something’s wrong and we need to fix it, change it, or at least figure out WHAT’s wrong. We spend too much time in our lives working to not enjoy it. Maybe find the one aspect of your job that you want to have fun with or find a hobby to enjoy — but we MUST find something to squeeze some enjoyment out of life or it gets very gray very fast.

So that’s it. I’ll be interested to hear what you have to say. How will YOU become a Blue Man and turn life upside down?

Let me know!

–Fitz

rssHugger… the hunt for more traffic…

Hey all…

Have you hugged your RSS feeds today?

rssHugger

Traffic is the killer for most of us in the blogosphere. There’s lots of ways to generate traffic. I’ve joined a number of blog networks, been working to establish community, and so on, like everyone else. But rssHugger is a new one on my radar, so I thought I’d give it a shot also.

According to the rssHugger website:

rssHugger is a unique website that aims to bring bloggers and readers together. rssHugger aims to provide blog owners with a unique easy-to-use way to promote their blogs by sending them traffic, building backlinks for search engine optimization, as well as attracting new rss subscribers if the content is interesting to the reader. rssHugger aims to help visitors be able to easily find blogs that write about subjects they are interested in. These subjects include: internet marketing, making money online, charity, sports, gambling, and many more. If the visitors find a blog that they had not previously heard about, they can easily add it to their RSS readers or bookmark it.

So the goal here is to get folks to see your feeds, which generates traffic and backlinks, which generates more traffic and back around again. So we’ll see if this works. I’ll let you know. 🙂

It appears that the entry used to be $10 plus a review of rssHugger on your site, but they have dropped the $10 charge to help out the little fish like myself. But you can skip that step and pay $20 to just join the network without the hassle of a review. (Personally a review is a minor thing, so I don’t mind.)

So let’s hope that this viral blog network is truly viral and I catch some of the benefit!

Thanks!

–Fitz

Pays to be nice to folks!

Hi all!

The other day I posted a link to Caroline Middlebrook’s site where she listed a number of eBooks to help with SEO, internet marketing, and so on. And she actually stopped by to visit! I thought that was quite nice of her!

So I guess it’s true what folks say — it pays to be nice and network with other bloggers!

Have a great day… I’m gone tomorrow, but will have a cool post on Monday about my Blue Man concert experience on Monday!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

–Fitz

List of Free Internet Marketing Books from Caroline

Hi all!

I don’t know if you know who Caroline Middlebrook is, but she’s been on this road of monetizing a blog for longer than many of us just starting out and seems to have her act together. Hers is one of those blogs I check out regularly!

Anyway… She posted a great article on Tuesday this week providing a list of 20 free e-Books covering internet marketing and monetizing blogs in preparation for putting out her own e-Book. This is a great list that includes some of the big names in the blogosphere, including Yaro Starak (another blog I check out regularly) and Jack Humphrey (yet another great blog).

You can check out her list here. I will certainly be working my way through the list.

Caroline also noted that she’s actually starting to see some income from her efforts now, which is great. I wish her the best of luck. Maybe some of it will rub off on the rest of us. 🙂

Happy reading this holiday weekend!

–Fitz

DiscountClick Services for your Blog or Website

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Hi all!

The great folks at DiscountClick.com have a great suite of Internet Marketing services to help out your website or blog. By providing an array of services aimed at improving your SEO and increase traffic (and therefore hopefully sales) to your site, DiscountClick is there to help you make sure your links are targeted to the right folks in the right places to get you (and them) more money down the line.

They do this by handling several key areas of SEO (Search Engine Optimization):

Cost-wise, they have a variety of entry points for their services also, starting from a flat $50 per link for one way links back to your website from a variety of sources – page rank, domain age, domains, and IP addresses. They state that each of these premium links is worth about 100 links from other SEO consulting companies.

Up from there is the entry level SEO website service, which is a $500 fee. It’s difficult to discern from the text on their pricing page whether this is $500 a month or a flat $500 fee. But they will help out small businesses get started in the SEO marketing space.

They offer many other services, including a Pay Per Click (PPC) starter service, self service tracking and tools, ultra ranking & promotion, and so on, ranging from a low $50 fee up to $3000 for companies with custom high marketing budgets who want to see a good return for their money.

For those folks using their services, they also provide an affiliate program to help spread the word and gain a little additional $$.

Visibility wise, they have a number of high profile clients that use their marketing services including Phillips Lighting, Blogsvertise, and The Stevens Institute of Technology.

So check out DiscountClick if you’re looking for dedicated folks for your SEO!

–Fitz