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Social Media for Business: A Marketer’s Guide

With such a large percentage of the public using social media Pew Research Center reports 70 percent businesses can t afford not to interact with customers via channels like Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms. But while you should be marketing via social media, you shouldn t necessarily be on every channel. It s important for you to invest in the platforms where you re more likely to reach and engage with your audience.

To choose the best social media channels for you to interact with your customers, take some time to familiarize yourself with each network, how it runs and what demographics use that platform. Here are the basics you need to know about today s most popular social media platforms.

Facebook

Facebook is the biggest social network on the web, both in terms of name recognition and total number of users. With nearly 2 billion active users, Facebook is a great medium for connecting people from all over the world with your business.

In the 13 years since it launched, Facebook has grown from a simple website where college students could keep in touch into a multifaceted web and mobile social platform where anyone can connect with not just their friends and family, but also celebrities, organizations, businesses and more, thanks to the Pages feature.

Considering that Facebook has a wealth of options for any type of organization, it s a great starting point for your business, regardless of your industry. You can use Facebook to share photos, videos, important company updates and more. Additionally, the site can be more low-maintenance than other social networks. Whether you post several updates a day or only a few a week won t make much of a difference in what your fans think of you. [Learn more about using Facebook for business.]

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Twitter

With Twitter, you can share short text updates (of 140 characters or fewer), along with videos, images, links, polls and more. You can also easily interact with other users by mentioning their usernames in your posts, so Twitter is a great way to quickly connect with people all around the world.

Twitter averages about 328 million active users worldwide and is one of the top 10 websites in the United States. Because of its wide reach, this platform is not only a great way to market your business, but also an effective channel for handling customer service. For example, if you maintain an active Twitter presence, customers who are also active on the platform will seek you out to express concerns or share their praise.

If you have interesting content, Twitter is also a great tool for quickly spreading the word. Retweeting and sharing other users content is incredibly simple. Hashtags help boost posts, and if a user with a lot of followers retweets you, your content has the potential to go viral. But with Twitter, it s important to remember to find balance. Don t simply share your own links or media; instead, make sure you are also sharing a lot of interesting, relevant content from other Twitter users and from around the web so your audience doesn t think you care only about what your business is doing. [Learn more about using Twitter for business.]

Pinterest

This visually oriented platform allows users to save and display content by pinning digital bulletin boards, which can be organized by category. For example, a personal user might have a food board dedicated to pinning recipes, another board dedicated to photography, and so on. The platform also has a series of special types of pins called Rich Pins, which brands can use to add special information to their pins, like product details and even location maps.

Every pin includes an image or video, and like Facebook, it is fairly low-maintenance in terms of post frequency. However, keeping your boards organized and search-friendly can be time-consuming. It s also more of a niche network than Facebook or Twitter, so it may not work for everyone. Popular categories on the site are DIY projects, fashion, exercise, beauty, photography and food. That s not to say that businesses outside of these categories can t succeed on the platform, but it does make Pinterest an especially good marketing tool for businesses in those areas. [Learn more about using Pinterest for business.]

Instagram

Like Pinterest, Instagram is a visual social media platform based entirely on photo and video posts. The Facebook-owned network has more than 700 million active users, many of whom post about food, art, travel, fashion and similar subjects. Instagram is distinguished by its unique filters and photo- and video-editing options. It s important to note that this platform is almost entirely mobile: You can t take photos or create new posts on the desktop version.

More artistic niches tend to excel on Instagram, and it may not be the best fit for your business, depending on your industry. Regardless, it s important that the person running your account have a good eye for detail and at least basic photography skills so the photos and videos posted to your account are high-quality.

Don t be discouraged if your industry is underrepresented on Instagram; if you can find the right hashtags to latch onto and post intriguing photos, you will most likely make it work. [Learn more about using Instagram for business.]

Snapchat

Snapchat is another mobile-only visual social media network that s known for its disappearing content. The 150 million-plus app users can send videos and photos, available for up to 10 seconds at a time, to one another, or post content to their public Stories, which disappears after 24 hours. Over the past five years, the app has expanded to include chat, messaging, image storage, events and media content. Now, content can easily be saved and uploaded elsewhere.

Because posts are so temporary, there is less pressure to create super-polished content. You can also see how many and which specific users viewed your story. A small business will mostly likely utilize the platform for its Stories, but keep in mind that only users who have added you can view the story content. However, once you have an audience, the story feature allows you to easily create story-driven and interactive content. [Learn more about using Snapchat for business.]

YouTube

YouTube is a video-sharing platform with over a billion users, where people can view, upload, rate, share and comment on content. Now owned by Google, the site is a huge hub for news and entertainment.

Created over a decade ago, YouTube has gone through numerous changes. For instance, users can now make money from Google AdSense, with the revenue dependent on the number of views on a video.

Many businesses on YouTube have a creative, visual or educational component. The platform is heavily driven by creativity in nature, so it s important to have a tailored video editor producing content. However, your business doesn t need a channel to market on the platform. There s a subculture of vloggers called YouTubers who publish frequent videos and often maintain large audiences. Often, businesses partner with YouTubers for product placement, because these users already have engaged audiences. [Learn more about using YouTube for business.]

Additional reporting by Danielle Corcione and Brittney Morgan.

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Jill Bowers is a technical writer by day and a fantasy author by night. She has more than 10 years of writing experience for both B2C and B2B content, focusing on topics like travel writing, consumer finance, business marketing, social media marketing and other business categories. She spends an inordinate amount of time singing love songs to her dog, composes handbell music and writes YA fantasy novels.


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All About Microsoft 5,962 articles

Business blogs

Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley’s blog covers the products, people and strategies that make Microsoft tick.

Hardware 2.0 6,193 articles

Business blogs

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sifts through the marketing hyperbole and casts his critical eye over the latest technological innovations to find out which products make the grade and which don’t.

Smartphones and Cell Phones 2,351 articles

Business blogs

Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile phones sporting iOS, Android, and Windows.

Tech Broiler 1,073 articles

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Irreverent, unapologetically arrogant and uncensored, IT Professional Services industry veteran Jason Perlow muses on a cornucopia of topics on all matters of Information Technology.

Linux and Open Source 4,499 articles

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The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Zero Day 5,937 articles

Business blogs

Staying on top of the latest in software/hardware security research, vulnerabilities, threats and computer attacks.

The Ed Bott Report 1,380 articles

Business blogs

Get outspoken insights and expert advice on the products and companies that define today’s tech landscape, from a source who knows these technologies inside and out.

Robotics 352 articles

Business blogs

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Big on Data 431 articles

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Andrew Brust, Tony Baer and George Anadiotis cover Big Data technologies including Hadoop, NoSQL, Data Warehousing, BI and Predictive Analytics.


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The Top 10 Small Business – Entrepreneur Blogs of 2013, business blogs.#Business #blogs


The Top 10 Small Business Entrepreneur Blogs of 2013

Business blogsAs a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

I watch very little TV and I don t read the newspapers. I rely entirely on the internet, and my iPad to stay up to date with whats going on in the world. When I want to focus on business, and the developments that affect me as a small business owner myself, I turn to blogs. Bloggers have the ability to express themselves in somewhat real time . They can keep their content fresh, and their opinions can be heard quickly.

However, in the world of business blogs there is a lot of noise. A lot of people are trying to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you ve got to be very strict with who s content you make time for.

This is the reason why I ve put this list together. This is not about online business, or online marketing. That s another list entirely. This collection of blogs are my personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more over and over again.

Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

1. Guy Kawasaki s How to Change the World

I like guy s writing. I like his opinions. But, most of all, I like his style. This guy just delivers over and over again. His skill level when it comes to giving people what they need and want (sometimes without even knowing it, is what keeps me glued to his stuff. My only wish is that he d blog more often!

2. Seth Godin s Blog

Seth Godin is an all-star marketer and author. He s one of those people that puts out so much amazingly helpful, insightful and motivational content that it s hard to keep up with him. His books, coupled together with his blog have been a regular part of my business information diet for years.

3. James Altucher s The Altucher Confidential

I ve only just recently discovered James, and I ve been kicking myself since (while enjoying his stuff) for not finding him sooner. His opinions are smart, savvy and above all memorable. His writing is just enough , even though some of of his posts can be seen as a little long for some people. Loving me a little Altucher at the moment!

4. Danny Brown s Blog

Danny is one of the very few non-American (he s from Scotland originally) bloggers, authors, speakers and thought leaders genuinely crushing it online today. His stuff is simply brilliant. Seriously, I ve been reading and watching Danny for years and he never fails to deliver. Yet to meet him hope that changes soon.

5. Tim Ferriss Experiments in Lifestyle Design

Almost every entrepreneur I come into contact with today knows Tim Ferriss. His 4-Hour Work Week book is essential reading for every small business owner out there, and his blog should be on that list, too. Although recently he s focused more on the health and diet / lifestyle side of things, just watching Tim market his stuff is a lesson in itself.

6. Chris Brogan s Blog

Chris is a top guy. He really knows the social web, and he knows marketing better than most. He blogs practically every day, on a plethora of topics, but is mostly known for his small business marketing and growth advice. Not just a great blogger, Chris has also written countless books which should all be devoured!

7. Derek Halpern s Social Triggers

Derek is as rough around the edges as he is as pretty to watch on video! He s a sharp, straight shooting marketing and biz whiz. Combine phycology, sales and overall business savviness and you ve got the brilliance that is his blog and podcast. You can always expect nothing but high protein from Derek. No fluff. Ever.

8. John Jantsch s Duct Tape Marketing

John and his team put out some of the best marketing know-how content online. It s his straight forward, easy to understand and digest format that attracts the hoards of fans that he has to his blog, books and podcast on a regular basis. When it comes to all-out hard core marketing advice, there aren t that many that compare to John.

9. Peter Shankman s Blog

I ve been a big Peter Shankman fan for years. When I saw him keynote at BlogWorld in LA a few years back he made me laugh and cry (literally) and laugh again within 30mins! He is as smart as they come, and super approachable to boot. We ve become buddies, but I don t say these things because of that. I strongly believe he is ahead of the curve, compared to many other thought leaders out there.

10. Anita Campbell s Small Business Trends

And finally, but by no means least, Anita s blog and overall small biz brand. Not only is the content on this blog some of the best out there, when it comes to serious small business advice, but the sheer volume of whats available is nothing short of impressive. Anita is lovely, and her team is excellent at keeping things really fresh and up-to-date. This should be bookmarked. Plain and simple.

As the title will no doubt explain, these are MY top ten choices when it comes to regular reading online. What are yours?

BONUS My New Business Blog Podcast (Added November 19, 2013)

Sorry, but I had to add this on the list too many people have suggested I do it, so I ve pulled the trigger. I love blogging and helping everyone that visits this site (regularly, or just as one-off visitors) in whatever way possible. If there s a piece of content I ve not created that you d like to see from me, please let me know by commenting below, or tweeting me.

Share your fave s in the comment section below, and feel free to include a link to YOUR blog, too (if you re blogging not just marketing!) I d love to check it out!


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21 Great Small Business Blogs

If you’ve ever searched for small business blogs, you know how ubiquitous they are—everyone, it seems, is blogging about small business (as well as entrepreneurship and startups). Most of these blogs are just marketing tools their creators try to lure you in with a few bits of generic information and advice and then comes the pitch for whatever they want to sell to small businesses.

There are some blogs, however, that do provide guidance, insight and advice for small business owners about how to build successful ventures.

Here are twenty-one of the best blogs out there for small business owners—providing education, information and inspiration:

BizSugar
A blog with small business news and tips that is crowd-curated. BizSugar’s community of readers share business blog posts, videos and other content from which readers of the blog can learn something, For those that share content, they are reinforcing their reputation and brand and bringing online visibility to their content. The community votes on member-submitted tips, advice and information, advancing the most popular (and what’s considered by the community to be most useful) posts to the home page. Top posts are pushed to the top or can make it into the BizSugar Top 10 list.

Kabbage
Kabbage is redefining how small business find and apply for loans online and their blog is full of tips to grow, manage, fund, or innovate your small business.

Social Triggers
A blog from Derek Halpern, who writes about sales, marketing, entrepreneurship and the world of social media. Halpern was called “the master of social media” and the world of online communications by Inc. magazine.

DIY Marketers
Small business owners are often limited by their marketing budget. DIY Marketers focuses on those creative marketing strategies that help you reach more customers for less money and Ivana Taylor makes it fun.

Penelope Trunk
Raw, funny insights from the entrepreneur Penelope Trunk about starting, running and marketing a business. You’ll also find advice on productivity, management, blogging and other business-related issues, as well as life lessons—all of them Trunk’s, of course, but useful nonetheless.

Marketing Profs
If you re looking for a digest of the latest and greatest marketing tips and news, Ann Handley s got you covered. Her aim with Marketing Profs is to educate the modern marketer using real world data and examples. With the PRO membership, you get access to their best content.

Both Sides Of The Table
A blog written by Mark Suster, a two-time entrepreneur who sold one of those companies to Salesforce.com and then became a venture capitalist. (Get it? Both sides of the table?) He’s a general partner in Upfront Ventures and blogs about startups, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, management, leadership and more.

Copyblogger
The mother of all content marketing blogs. Copyblogger will help you advance your content marketing skills across the board. They produce some of the most valuable content resources on the web and their topics cover a wide range. Writing well is a skill that requires frequent studying and practice and Copyblogger can be an excellent guide to improvement.

AVC
A blog written by Fred Wilson, managing partner of two venture capital firms, Flatiron Partners and Union Square Ventures. Wilson is a leader in the entrepreneurial community and has been a VC for more than 20 years. He has been writing on the blog everyday since Sept. 2003 and the topics are wide-ranging but related to starting and running a business (while also trying to live a somewhat normal life).

Small Business Survival
This blog has been around since 2006 and is geared toward rural and small town small businesses, with how-to articles and an emphasis on social media marketing, plus a chance for business owners to share good news in the blog’s weekly “Brag Basket.”

Business Banter
A blog written by small business experts on a wide range of business challenges. Business Banter has great content on the hard part of business to motivate you to keep going. They also write a lot about internet marketing.

Adrian Swinscoe
Blog of consultant and speaker Adrian Swinscoe, which features interviews with business people and posts about customer experience, building a customer-centric business, service, social media as well as employee and customer engagement.

Buffer
All social everything! What I love the most about Buffer is their transparency. They are not afraid to share their data, what they ve failed at, and what they ve learned. They have a buzzing community of people who want to discuss what they ve learned from the Buffer blog. Chat with Buffer s content creators and grow in a fun, exciting community!

The Franchise King
The blog of Joel Libava, otherwise known as The Franchise King®. Libava is a franchise ownership advisor and the author of Become a Franchise Owner! The Star-Up Guide to Lowering Risk, Making Money and Owning What You Do (John Wiley) Everything you ever wanted to know about researching, choosing and buying a franchise.

Evergreen Small Business
Written by Stephen L. Nelson, a Seattle-based CPA who specializes in serving small business owners, this blog is focused on the details around running a small business, like tax issues related to LLCs, a review of do-it-yourself incorporation kits, Affordable Care Act information for small businesses and how to handle past due tax returns.

Mixergy
Mixergy interviews entrepreneurs on their successes and failures. Learn from a wide range of passionate business leaders who not only had a business ideas but a mission. Mission is #1 at Mixergy.

Google Small Business
This is Google’s official blog for small business owners, where the company discusses new releases, new Google tools and how to make the most of them, and instructional information like how to set up your first data feed, and experts weighing in on how to make the most of social media. The blog is somewhat promotional—after all, it’s mostly about Google products and tools—but it’s still very useful.

Duct Tape Marketing
John Jantsch is his name, and the World s Most Practical Small Business Expert is his game. He runs Duct Tape Marketing, providing reliable marketing advice to small business owners and marketers.

Farnam Street
Have you been meaning to read up on the great philosophers but don t have the time? Farnam Street will teach you how to think, read, and perceive the world around you the way the famous big thinkers do. Become a better leader and go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

Fast Company
So there s Fast Company and then there s the Fast Company blog. They do things differently by using Tumblr as their blog platform filled with beautiful pics, gifs, and that same digestable information we crave from Fast Company. They cover leadership topics as well as design, productivity, business, and useful life topics.

Richard Branson
Because who doesn t like the dude?

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Nimbol CMS – Online Business systems CMS – Site Builder – e-commerce – Blogs

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Turn your site into an online business

Let’s build your online business with one web based platform which gives you complete access and full control. Nimbol is designed and built for online business success.

Nimbol is an online business system designed to help small and medium size businesses to get more out of their corporate websites. Nimbol is a SAAS (software as a service) base platform which gives users complete control of the website and acts as an online hub for your marketing with an easy to use interface.

How do you know if Nimbol is right for you?

The five most common wishes for a website and 1 big question:

  1. I wish to know how many people visited our site yesterday and what pages they looked at.
  2. I wish my site to capture leads and then help me manage and market to them automatically.
  3. I wish to lower our support and admin costs by having our customers help themselves on our site before they call us.
  4. I wish to update and add content to my site without having to rely on our web designer – not to mention the time delays and fees.
  5. I wish to start selling online without a lot of hassle

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Everything is designed to work together easily and intuitively while leaving you the power to create some really cool stuff. Heck, we built this site with the NIMBOL Online Business System .

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  • Create blogs and forums as required
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  • Automatically build a customer database
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After researching for more than two weeks, it s finally done! Here are the best 100 business blogs about ecommerce, SEO, conversions and marketing, and the most popular articles from each one. It s a comprehensive list of tremendous resources, so please make sure you bookmark it for later reference if you don t have 48h straight to binge it right now. Also, please consider to tweet or share it on Facebook if you think it s a valuable resource.

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The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015 #business #card #designs


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The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws at us.

Because I watch very little TV, and rely heavily on the internet for keeping up-to-date with the news, it s somewhat obvious that I d also use the online medium to learn, consume and also produce and market my own content. Bloggers (and increasingly, podcasters, as well as video producers and many are wearing all three hats!) have the ability to express themselves in somewhat ‘real time’, and in an evergreen way, by keeping their content fresh, and sharing their opinions with the world.

However, in the world of business blogging there s a lot of noise. A lot of content marketers are gagging to get your attention, and with only so many minutes a day to devote to learning and consuming content (personally, I put aside around 30-45 minutes daily), you’ve got to be very strict with who’s content you make time for.

This is the reason why I’ve put this list together. This collection are the best small business blogs I know of right now. My personal favorite / go-to people in the world of small business blogging and online business building. Individually they strike a chord with me enough to keep me coming back for more, together they act as an ever-growing encyclopaedia of business brilliance.

Note: These blogs are listed in no particular order of preference, or influence.

Chris Brogan s Blog

Chris is the only repeat awardee on this list, from last year. I ve known this man for several years and he has continued to deliver quality, helpful, thoughtful and inspiring content to every business owner wise enough to tune into what he has to say. I m assuming (heavily!) that you re one of them!

Must Read: Dear Podcaster Chris lays it down in true Brogan fashion. Letting podcasters know exactly how to approach expert guests, record with them and the importance of respecting their time. This SO needed to be said!

Smart Passive Income

It s no secret that Pat and I are very close friends. Known for being the crash test dummy of online business he s launched and grown several business, meaning you can learn what works and what doesn t, directly from watching him. We recently started a new partnership together, 1-Day Business Breakthrough. too!

Must Read: And They Thought I was Stupid – In this post from early 2014 Pat reflects on his decision to starting podcasting and what it s done for his brand along with the 468 comments on the post itself!

Gary Vaynerchuk s Blog

In 2010 I picked up a copy of Crush It! by Gary and became an instant fan. Since then I ve had to chance to have him on the podcast twice, as well as hanging out in the US a little together. Ballsy, to the point and with a BS detector like I ve never seen before, he s an influencer in every imaginable way.

Must Read: Cloud Dirt: How I Do Business – This is a fantastic short film that Gary and his team produced to explain how he feels about business today and why he doesn t focus on anything that won t bring him closer to his goals.

Amy Porterfield s Blog

I often refer to Amy as the Queen of Social Media . But, she has become so much more than that in recent years. Now focusing on everything from list building to product marketing, Amy is paving the way for other entrepreneurs in a crowded space that needs to hear it like it is. She s simply awesome.

Must Read: 3 Strategies to Rapid List Building – I often say that the health and overall success of your online business is directly tied to your email list. This post (and podcast episode) is compulsory consumption for everyone!

Entrepreneur on Fire

Talk about taking the bull by the horns! John Lee Dumas hit the scene a couple years ago and hasn t looked back. In 2014, along with his partner in crime (and life!), Kate Erickson, he turned his podcasting empire into a thriving million dollar entity something rarely seen in the online infomarketing world.

Must Read: 2014: The Year in Review – John and Kate (some would say the real boss at EOFire!) had a remarkable year. In this post they show you exactly how they did it, along with warts and all! Great annual review write-up.

Copyblogger

Copyblogger have long been a guiding light in the very dark tunnel that is content marketing . Brian Clark and his team are still leading the way, with decisions such as cutting comments from their blog, deleting their Facebook page and reinventing content publishing by developing the New Rainmaker platform.

Must Read: Why Copyblogger is Killing its Facebook Page – With social media changing at a drastic pace, sometimes equally drastic decisions are required. Copyblogger shows you the facts behind this big decision.

Convince Convert

It s not one of the top ranked social media and content marketing websites on the internet for no reason! Jay Baer and his team consistently publish amazingly thought-provoking and inspiring entrepreneurial content. Whether it s a blog post, podcast, or an episode of JayToday TV subscribe now.

Must Read: Can You Build a Content Marketing Super Brand – I said thought-provoking for a reason. This ll get ya thinking! A deep dive into Jay s mind as he discusses the in s and out s of developing your own super brand.

Marie Forleo s Blog

I do not know Marie. We ve not met, and other than a few brief social media exchanges, we ve never even spoken. But, boy, oh boy can this lady market the hell out of herself and everything she stands for. Want to build a personal brand? Watch what Marie does, rinse and repeat. She s simply awesome.

Must Read: Can t Turn Off Your Bizself? 2 Quick Steps to Flip the Switch! – In this video (she vlogs, instead of blogs) Marie discusses the importance of switching off as an entrepreneur, and gives us a couple of great tips to get started.

Duct Tape Marketing

John Jantsch is an all-star, old school marketing player that has continued to deliver the marketing and sales goods over and over again. His team produce a blog that s a mix of his experience, coupled together with the new in s and out s of online marketing all thrown into one.

Must Read: How to promote Every Piece of Content Your Create – I loved this birds-eye view of how John and his team cross promote their content archive. This shows you the power of on-going marketing for older content.

Michael Hyatt s Blog

When I think of Michael Hyatt, I think of a Leader s Leader . With over two decades of experience in the publishing world, he has since taken online entrepreneurship to a whole new level with his blog, podcast, products and membership communities. He s a one-man leadership, walking talking workshop!

Must Read: Advice to First Time Authors – This is about as real as advice gets. It s short, sharp, to the point and timeless. Michael s take on everything from finding an agent to considering self publishing is must-read material.

Don t Forget THIS Blog, Too!

Along with these awesome bloggers, podcasters, online video producers and all-round content marketing rock stars, please don t forget to continue to tune into this blog and my podcast on a regular basis. I promise you lots of content to help you become the most productive and profitable entrepreneur possible.


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