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22Mar/120

BusyFlow Brings Your Favorite Cloud Apps Together for Easy Collaboration



If you are in search of a collaboration tool for your team, BusyFlow is definitely recommended. It’s a new tool that creates workspaces for your team projects and lets you add different cloud apps for easy access. BusyFlow is great for school team projects, developer teams, blog networks, consultants, and power Internet users just to name a few.

Why should you use a new tool for collaboration and working with a team if you’re already using cloud apps like Dropbox and Google Docs? When you think about it, it really doesn’t make sense to introduce a new tool to your team that everyone will have to learn. It’s smarter to simply use a tool that combines all of these cloud tools so that you can use them all together, much like BusyFlow.

Getting Started

You can create an account with BusyFlow, using your name and email, or you can sign up using your Google account. BusyFlow refers to workspaces as “Hives” and you’ll need to create one to get started.

Upon signing up you’ll need to create a name for your first Hive. From there, you’ll be able to add apps and invite members to collaborate with.

Add Apps to Your BusyFlow Hive

Currently, there are only 6 apps that can be added to your Hives: Pivotal, Dropbox, Google Cal, Google Docs, Google Tasks, and GitHub. If you’re looking for more, you can always leave feedback and let them know what else you wanted added. In the near future they are also planning to add: Basecamp, Yammer, Evernote, Highrise, and Remember the Milk.

Adding and Using Apps

For my Hive, I chose to add Dropbox, Google Docs, and Google Tasks. Some apps will ask you for an API keys and others will use OAuth to link them to BusyFlow.

Linking Dropbox and Google Docs

For Dropbox, once I linked my account it asked me to select a Dropbox folder to associate with my Hive. Since you’re not able to create new folders here, your best bet is to create a folder first before linking your account – that is if you don’t want to use a Dropbox folder that you already have. Also, if you have folders within folders (sub-folders) in your Dropbox, you won’t be able to choose a sub-folder, you can only choose a parent folder.

Add Apps to Your Hive and Choose Folders

Likewise, when linking my Google account for Google Docs, again it asked me to choose a folder (aka collection) to associate with my Hive. So again, it’s a good idea to create your collection first before connecting your account. Once again, you cannot choose sub-folders here, it has to be a parent folder.

Using Dropbox and Google Docs

As you continue to add apps to your Hive, you’ll notice that each app creates a new tab on the left side of the workspace. This makes it easy to navigate back and forth from one app to another.

Dropbox App with a BusyFlow Hive

I decided to create test documents for each of my apps. With Dropbox, I added an image to the folder associated with my Hive. Once I clicked on that tab, the image appeared there with the option to open it up in a new tab. There’s a check-mark next to the file name and when checked you can click “Discuss on Wall” to add a comment to the item. That comment will then appear on your Hive wall, which everyone in the Hive can see.

You can also upload new items to your Dropbox folder from here and add new Dropbox folders sub-folders to go within the parent folder.

Google Docs App with a BusyFlow Hive

The Google Docs app is lacking a bit in features. You cannot add new documents via BusyFlow, but you can open docs in a new tab, download docs in PDF format, and discuss them (add a comment) for display on your Hive wall.

Using Google Tasks

Just to add, the Google Tasks app is pretty basic, but you can add new tasks right from your Hive. You can also edit and delete tasks. While it’s basic, being able to share and collab on tasks with other people on your team is a nice added bonus.

Adding Members to Your Hive

Now I’m sure you’re wondering how to add members to your Hive, since this is the main reason for using BusyFlow. It’s pretty simple.   From the main page of your Hive, you’ll see the option to add members in the right-hand column. Members can be invited by email only.

Homepage and Newsfeed for Hive on BusyFlow

Your Hive’s Homepage

On your Hive’s homepage under the invite box, you’ll also notice that you can see all recent additions (documents and tasks) to the Hive. In the main column you can see new posts, discussions, mentions, and more. Basically, this serves as a news feed for your workspace that allows you to keep up with everything that is going on, so no one will miss a thing – therefore no reason for excuses!

Final Thoughts

BusyFlow is promising and definitely a great collaboration tool for teams of all kinds. Even if you don’t have a team that you work with, it works pretty well as an aggregator as well – so that you can access all of your cloud apps in one place. I do like the ability to have a workspace for each team project, plus it’s very easy to navigate so you’ll be up and running in no time.

Tools like Wunderkit force users to switch to a new service for collaboration and then they must learn how to use it. BusyFlow brings all of your favorite cloud apps together in a single location. Sounds like a win/win to me!


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17Mar/120

Three Easy Video Formats for First-time Vloggers

This is a guest post by Gregory Ciotti of Sparring Mind.

YouTube is the next big thing for blogging.

Seems like pretty poor advice, since everybody is hopping all over Pinterest and people have known about YouTube for a long time.

The thing is, few bloggers are utilizing YouTube to its full potential.

And it’s not just me thinking that: on a recent post on Social Media examiner, many of the 30 experts featured agreed that YouTube was going to see a tremendous rise in use by bloggers in 2012.

Why?

Because YouTube has finally come out of its “Wild West” past.

That means people are taking original content more seriously on YouTube these days—it’s no longer for Family Guy clips and videos stolen from elsewhere.

YouTube partners are making some serious coin, and many bloggers are learning that the traffic generated from YouTube can be big. David Edwards has been pointing this out here at ProBlogger for a while.

Check out the traffic just one of my blogs receives per week from YouTube:

Most bloggers get stuck when it comes to video content, because they’re unsure of what to make. (We’re not all illustrators and animators like David, after all.) Don’t worry, you won’t be forced to make any cheesy comedy videos, or “S_____ People Say” style viral videos either.

We’ll be taking a more serious and proven approach. Let’s look at three kinds of videos you can make to capitalize on the rise of YouTube.

1. Screen-capture videos

This is a biggie: screen capture videos can bring in huge amounts of search traffic. Why? Because people are constantly searching for “How-To” videos on YouTube, and nothing beats the good old-fashioned screen capture in a tutorial.

If you title your video “How To _______”, get some views on your blog, pick a good how-to topic, and do a great job presenting it, you are guaranteed to have made a video that will give back for years to come in terms of views and traffic.

Not only do your readers benefit, but you get big exposure from the browsing YouTube audience who have the very real possibility of turning into future blog subscribers.

Leveraging your blog’s audience by embedding your video into a post is a great way to ensure you rank well for the “How To” term as well, since view count affects how high videos display in YouTube’s search results.

Get started by checking out programs like Camtasia and CamStudio (free) to record what’s on your screen.

Example video:

This is a great video by Pat Flynn detailing how to create whiteboard videos, so you’ll learn something else too!

2. Interview videos

You know if you read my blog that I’m a huge fan of interviews to bring in traffic. I’ve done plenty, and they’ve all sent a tremendous amount of shares and links my way:

  1. Interview with Brian Gardner of StudioPress
  2. Interview with Rafal Tomal (Lead Copyblogger designer) & Alex Manginig (owner of Kolakube)
  3. Interview with Danny Iny, Onibalusi, and Georgina Laidlaw (Content Manger of Problogger)
  4. Interview with Leo of the BufferApp

The thing is, as much as I love these text interviews, I’ve seen the obvious benefits of video interviews from a few of my other favorite sites.

Not only are you going to rank well for the interviewee’s name (it’s YouTube after all, and YouTube videos rank easily on Google), but you’ll also get the obvious additional traffic from people finding your videos on YouTube from search and related videos.

Not only that, but having an interview means that anyone can share the interview on their own site, even the person that you interviewed! (It’s like a free guest post on content you already created for your own blog!)

That’s a whole other audience right there with no effort, so you should really consider making your next interview of the video variety.

To get started with interview videos, check out the programs Call Recorder (for Mac) and Pamela (for PC) to record Skype video chats.

Also, look out for a post on how interview videos can help grow your blog here on ProBlogger later today.

Example video:

Two of my favorite bloggers, Corbett Bar and Jeff Goins in a great discussion on writing.

3. “Talking head” videos

The last video I love to see bloggers using is the classic “talking head” video.

In this style, you are simply going to be facing the camera, and chatting with your audience about advice, tips, a personal update, a story, showing them something live—really, any topic works for these videos.

You can feature someone else (non-interview style) discussing a certain topic, as Derek Halpern did with his videos on blog design.

Or, you can simply record yourself, which gives a really personal take on your content and allows you to mix things up from the standard blog post.

Darren is known to do this himself on his YouTube channel, and you’ll see through the comments that people really enjoy getting a personal take from a blogger via video. Nothing adds “you” to your blog like video content.

To get started with a talking head video, all you need is a camera with video recording capabilities (HD preferred) and a YouTube account, which makes this one of the easiest forms of video to get start with. Darren’s also handily explained the setup he uses for his videos.

This is another topic we’ll look at in detail later today, when an experienced video blogger shares his tips for making talking head videos like a pro.

Example video:

This video example from Amy Porterfield shows how to relay a quick tip via video, using an in-person recording and screen capturing, which we discussed above.

Over to you

Have you tried out video content yet?

What is your favorite form of video style that I’ve discussed above? Any that you are looking forward to trying? I’d love to hear your thoughts on video in the comments.

Gregory Ciotti is the author of Sparring Mind, a content marketing blog that focuses on research & facts to find what really works in creating valuable content that creates a loyal following. Find out how Greg does things or follow him on Twitter.

Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger

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7Mar/120

How to Kick-Start Your Email List in Easy 4 Steps



Most bloggers and webmasters know that an email list is one of the most profitable online assets they can have, yet few actually build one. I wonder why that happens, as getting an email list going is not that hard. In this post I’ll give you 4 steps to kick-start your own email list.

1. Get an email marketing provider

While there are solutions and software around you can use to power your own email marketing server I wouldn’t recommend it. A key aspect of having an email list is making sure people will receive your emails, and specialized companies are much better equipped to do that.

Sure, you’ll need to spend some money, but what is or so monthly compared to the money you could make by selling your products, services or affiliate products to your list?

If you don’t have an email marketing provider check out GetResponse.com. It is one of the leading email marketing providers, and they are now offering a 30-day free trial. The cool thing is that you don’t need to put a credit card, so there are no strings attached whatsoever.

GetResponse also integrates with over 20 CRM and email management systems, so you can import and existing contacts and get your list populated right away.

2. Create a freebie to encourage people to subscribe

People care about their privacy and about their time, and they sure won’t give your their email addresses just for the sake of it. In other words, you need to offer something in return if you want people to give you the opportunity to communicate with them via email, which is one of the most personal channels online.

That something can be many different things. For instance, it could be an ebook, audio interviews, software, a template, a tutorial, so on and so forth.

3. Place the subscription forms on your website

Once you have an email marketing provider you’ll be able to create your subscription forms from inside your dashboard. The process and is pretty easy, and if you want to get a taste of it check out the form builder demo from GetResponse (they have over 500 templates you can choose from).

Once you have the code of your form ready to go you’ll need to put it on your site. There are basically two spots where you can display your subscription form: on top of the sidebar and below your posts. You can use both at the same time for maximum results.

Make sure to display an image of the freebie you are offering, and use a call to action as well. Something like “Join my email list and get this awesome free eBook!”.

4. Write some follow-up messages

Having subscribers on your email list is only half the battle. The other half is actually building a solid relationship with them. How do you accomplish that? By deliving content that will provide value to those subscribers.

Virtually all email marketing providers allow you to create follow-up messages that are automatically sent to subscribers at given intervals. I recommend you to set one welcome message to go out right after the person signs-up (you can use this message to deliver the download link of the freebie as well), and then another message going out 2 or 3 days later.

After that you can send weekly or biweekly messages, alternating two or three messages of useful content with one message promoting one of your products or an affiliate offer.

There you go, with those four steps you’ll have your list up and running pretty fast. Within some weeks I’ll post some more advanced tips, so stay tuned.

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30Jun/110

Make it Really Easy to Subscribe

Subscribers are visitors who want to read more of your content. They are very valuable indeed. Therefore, you’ll want to put your subscription links very high up on the page. Provide a way to subscribe in a feed reader, and a way to subscribe by email.

Be sure to check that all your feed links go to the same place – this includes the link in your sidebar, links in your posts, and the orange feed icon (“feed auto-discovery”) that appears in your browser. I’ve come across so many sites where the links all go to different places, it’s unbelievable.

Read more on this topic: 8 Things You Need To Know About Your Blog Feed.

 


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2Apr/110

Create Easy Online Surveys and Polls + Win a VIP License



Running a web site or blog is unlike any other business or hobby, simply due to the fact that your site is built around your readers. People are coming to your web site because they want to read what you have to say and interact with others who are interested in the same topic. Running a survey or poll on your web site or blog is a great way to interact with your readers and get a better understanding of what they would like to see on your blog.

A great web site called QuizSnack allows you to create polls, surveys and more interactive widgets for your web site or blog in just minutes. I signed up for a free account and setup the quiz below in no time. (be sure to check spam folder for verification email) Please do vote and try it out!

What is QuizSnack All About?

QuizSnack is one of the most easy to use online polling software on the market. It allows you to create polls, market surveys and personality quizzes very quickly and without much effort. It lets you gather responses in multiple ways, including by embedding your questionnaires in any HTML-supporting medium, such as your website, your blog or your Facebook profile. What’s also remarkable about QuizSnack is its simple reporting system that allows you to view responses in real-time. Being part of the SnackTools suite of web applications, QuizSnack is mostly free, but it has some advanced features that you can access by purchasing a subscription (priced at per month). The subscription grants you premium access to all the SnackTools suite of apps.

QuizSnack is developed by Smartketer LLC, SnackTools is a suite of creative web applications that currently features BannerSnack, PhotoSnack, PodSnack, TubeSnack and QuizSnack.

Win a Free Premium VIP License

Through BloggingTips.com I was able to secure three VIP 1 year licenses to 3 blog reader / winners. Each license is worth 8/year. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post saying that you would like to enter. Make sure you leave you fill out the email field so I can contact all winners accordingly! Three winners will be selected at random on April 15th! Good luck!


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13Sep/100

1 Easy Solution to 3 Big Blogging Problems

Guest post by AnnabelCandyfrom Get In the Hot Spot

Over the last 13 months 63,548 people from 165 countries have visited my blog and left 1,637 comments thanks to my friend Teresa. In fact it’s really all thanks to Teresa that I’ve enjoyed so many amazing opportunities since I started blogging. These are a few of the highlights of my short blogging career:

  • meeting like-minded people from around the globe;
  • being flown to China for a social media conference;
  • earning money online;
  • getting new clients for my copy writing and web design services;
  • meeting best selling authors;
  • writing for print and some of the most popular blogs on the Internet like Problogger.

You’re probably wondering who Teresa is and where you can find this great blogging guru. You may be imagining the female version of Problogger ~ an experienced bloggers who’s been coaching me and feeding me her best tips but the funny thing is Teresa doesn’t even have her own blog. She doesn’t know anything about blogging apart from what I’ve told her, and she wouldn’t normally read any blogs, but when I started blogging she read mine because she wanted to support me.

That’s because we our friendship is based on supporting each other to achieve our goals. We do also have shared interests in poker, dancing and white wine, but that’s another story. Teresa and I met in Costa Rica and started a writing group there based on a shared goal of wanting to improve our writing skills. Teresa liked my writing and I loved hers but mostly we enjoyed each other’s company.

In fact, we liked each other so much that after considerable debate we didn’t invite anyone else to join the writing group. It was just the two of us at Teresa’s kitchen table every Thursday night with a bottle of wine and our writing.

The idea was to encourage and motivate each other to write anything at all when we could have just as easily been surfing, practising our spanish with the friendly locals or hanging out in the jungle with the monkeys and sloths. We were accountable to each other and we agreed never to criticise and always keep the feedback positive.

Our exclusive writing group wasn’t just fun. It worked and we both wrote lots. Then I spoilt it by moving to Australia and soon after that Teresa moved to England but she still carried on encouraging me to write and she did it in a public forum by leaving comments on my new blog for all to see.

There are almost 100 comments from Teresa on my blog now, even though she hasn’t left many recently because she moved back to Costa Rica and getting online is tricky there.

3 Big Blogging Problems For New Bloggers

I didn’t realise at first but Teresa’s comments solved these three big problems for new bloggers:

1. Low motivation

60-80% of blogs are jettisoned by their authors less than 30 days after being started. Knowing that Teresa would be checking up on me motivated me to keep blogging even when I was tempted to give up;

2. Lack of social proof

It’s human nature to want to be where other people are. Having comments on your blog shows other readers that your blog is read, enjoyed and engaging. Teresa’s comments made me and my blog look cool, interesting and loved;

3. Complacency

When your blog is new and you don’t have many readers there is a tendency to think that it doesn’t really matter if some of your blog posts are a bit off topic, badly written or of limited value to your readers. Knowing someone read my blog made me keep trying to improve my blog. Teresa made me keep trying to put only my best writing up there.

The Power of Blog Comments

In short, Teresa took me from being a depressed new blogger with only a handful of readers to a blogger with scores of posts, an established blog and an engaged community of appreciative readers. She single handedly fixed those three big problems most new bloggers have.

Here’s an excerpt from Teresa’s first comment ever:

“You’re sooo funny!”

Four posts later, and she commented on every one of them, she left this comment:

“Go Girl! Your best ever piece…passion, enthusiasm, encouragement…I love it!”

Comments like this one poured in from her:

“Wow I didn’t realise just how much I loved receiving your blogs until I thought I had missed one.”

It’s easy to see why those glowing comments kept me motivated but they also made me strive to publish only my best writing and showed other blog readers that I had something good to offer.

Blog comments are essential to a new blog’s success to:

  • motivate you;
  • give you ideas for other posts;
  • provide social proof.

I love getting comments on my blog posts because they;

  • let my readers have their say
  • turn a monologue into a conversation;
  • make my posts more interesting and deep;
  • let blog readers add their tips;
  • let me and readers find out about other blog readers;
  • build a community.
  • Show the post is well read, useful and enjoyable.

A blog without comments is like a party with no people. You can’t get out of there fast enough.

But when your blog’s new you probably won’t have many readers, let alone comments. Just by reading my blog and leaving comments Teresa kept me motivated, made me try my best and made me look popular.

1 Easy Solution: Blogging Buddies

You can’t have Teresa but you can solve these problems for yourself by getting a blogging buddy who leaves regular comments on your blog.

Finding a Blogging Buddy

First try asking your friends or relatives. I was lucky that Teresa just took it upon herself to comment on my blog regularly, but if you tell a trusted friend or relative what you’d like them to do and why, they’ll probably help out.

If that’s not an option then find an interesting blog that’s similar in age, style or topic to yours and leave the lucky blogger a comment. If they then visit your blog and leave you a comment, keep reciprocating and see where it leads. It could be the start of a beautiful blogging buddy relationship.

If you want recommendations for people with interesting, growing blogs check out the people who comment on Problogger – they’re obviously dedicated to blogging success and might like the idea of getting a blogging buddy too. Or seek out like-minded bloggers on sites like Twitter, LinkedIn or Brazen Careerist.

If you another blogger leaves a comment on your blog go back and leave a comment on their blog. With luck the blogging buddy relationship will grow naturally from that. If you find a friend who doesn’t have a blog but wants to support you with yours I recommend you help another budding blogger by commenting on their blog. Giving something back to other people really does make you feel happier in yourself. I love leaving comments on other people’s blogs and it’s a great way to start networking with people.

The more blogging buddies you can get in the beginning the better. You can tide each other over until you really do build up a good community of readers who care about what you write and leave you comments.

Have fun finding a blogging buddy. I hope they’ll be as enthusiastic and supportive in their role as Teresa was and that you’ll be able return the favor. I’ve got a few blogging buddies now and I’m still trying to get Teresa to start her own blog and share her writing with the world. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to kick start her blogging journey as she did mine.

What do you think? Would you like a blogging buddy or have you already got one? If you haven’t, check out some of the other commenters’ blogs and leave them a comment. You never know, it could be the start of a beautiful blogging relationship and a long-lasting, successful blog.

Annabel Candy covers business, success, writing and blogging tips at Get In the Hot Spot. Subscribe free by email or RSS feed to stay motivated and learn how to win business and influence people online.

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9Jul/100

5 Easy but Great Post Ideas You Can Write Today



It happens to nearly every blogger at some point. There’s not too much going on in your area of interest and you’ve run out of great ideas “in the bank”. It’s time to write a post, you’re staring at a blank screen and nothing is racing to mind.

While it’s a great idea to find inspiration on the Web, for which our own Ben Spark has some great suggestions, sometimes you just need something now that will be quick, easy and still of good quality.

Well, if you find yourself in that situation, here are five easy post ideas that you can do right now and get a good post up in a very short period of time.

1. The Devil’s Advocate Post

Do you commonly take a single stance on your blog? Do you have a strongly-held belief that you write about regularly? Flip it around. Write from the other perspective listing arguments and view points from that side.

You can offer gentle rebuttals, but the point is mostly to represent the opposing side in a bid to understand it better.

This can be a tricky balance to strike if you have a very rabid following of your current viewpoint, but if you make it clear what you are doing, these posts can be great fodder for comments and discussion. Best of all, since you should be readily familiar with the opposing arguments, you should have no trouble brainstorming or writing this post.

2. The Top 10 (or 5, 7, etc.) List

What is something related to your blog that people are always arguing about and debating? Find it and create a top ten list based on it from your viewpoint.

Even better, the top ten doesn’t even have to be a “good” list, but rather, can be a “top ten worst” list or anything else. It’s just a matter of putting things in order and giving your readers something to think about and debate.

Best of all though, these posts are often great link bait, drawing in readers who don’t normally visit your site. Not only are these posts easy, but they can be invaluable in growing your presence.

3. The How-To Post

Know how to do something others don’t? Describe how to do it. Break it down into easy-to-follow steps and include images or video if at all possible.

Even if you think it is something that most people know how to do already, you might be surprised how many people don’t and might find the post useful.

More importantly though, these kinds of posts are very powerful for search engines and having a post rank high for even a somewhat common “how to” search term is a great way to expand your traffic.

Once again, unless you pick something complicated, these types of posts are very short and sweet, usually only requiring a few steps to explain just about anything.

4. The Review Post

Did you buy something recently? Then review it. People love reviews and routinely search for them when they are looking to buy a particular product, making such posts very compelling for search engine fodder.

These types of posts can be very time-consuming if you obtain a product and use it specifically for the purpose of writing a review but, if you instead write about a product or service you used anyway and are already familiar with, it’s very easy to do.

In short, writing a review can be a fast post that will have a lot of long-term benefit for your site.

5. The Anecdote

Everyone has a story to tell, tell a part of yours. Focus in on just a tiny scene, a conversation or an incident that happened. Keep it short but write in a fair amount of detail to make it more compelling. It doesn’t have to be terribly personal but it does have to relate, somehow, to the content of your site, even if only philosophically.

Though anecdote posts aren’t great link bait or search engine fodder, unless the story is just that good, they do let you connect with your established readership in a new way and can make you seem more human in an age where everyone can seem like a faceless name on a computer.

Bottom Line

If you need a quick post but nothing is leaping to mind and you don’t want to post garbage to your site, one of these ideas might just be the ticket you need.

However, if you have something else you want to write about, I would definitely consider saving these ideas for days where you do need something quick and put other, more timely, story ideas in front of them in the queue.

Otherwise, you just might waste your emergency reservoir of ideas and just find yourself in the same position a few days later.


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24Jun/100

Automate the Easy Stuff

On my Mac, I use TextExpander all the time. For instance, when I set up the link to TextExpander, I typed in ;href and it spat out all the little HTML bits so that I could do it really quickly. I have little biography bits set up, so I can add them to guest posts. I have ones set up for people I reference a lot like Julien Smith or Christopher S. Penn (did that by typing ;jul and ;csp respectively). I automate bits and bits of my text efforts, because I write a lot and there’s no sense doing all that typing manually, if I can just set it and forget it.

To be clear, what I’m doing is this:

  1. I use software called TextEpander for my Mac (for the PC, it’s Texter, I’m told).
  2. It lets me put in huge chunks of text into a field. I can write paragraphs, code, whatever.
  3. Then, I assign that huge chunk of text a few characters. (I start all mine with a semicolon, so I don’t accidentally set things off).
  4. Finally, I just use it when needed. I type ; jul , and out pops Julien Smith’s URL, etc.
  5. Repeat

You can automate bits of emails that you find yourself sending, and then just personalize the important parts (I don’t do this much, but I do have a few choice paragraphs that I send over and over, mostly to people pitching me).

And there are many other ways to put this kind of thinking to work.

Automate the easy stuff. It buys you more time.




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9Jun/090

Getting good SEO results are not as easy like before for SEO Beginners and Intermediates

In the recent times, knowledge of SEO industry has grown widely with the help of SEO seminar, conference, off line training, online training, e-books and many more. Due to this we see growing number of SEO's around the web and they take up projects and play with the industry based keywords through white hat, black hat or by both techniques. These as well increase total search results and this plays a good game with Google and other major search engine results.

First point is that many SEO's are coming out every year and they compete each other with their client competitor sites. This increases the level of total competition.

Second is that the frequent industry updates in organic promotion. SEO beginners and intermediates need to update their knowledge by reading top sites like Search Engine Watch, Search Engine Land, Google webmaster help and many. Subscribing to Google blog will as well support.

Earlier, old SEO's had very minimum options to learn and practice with the help of forums and very minimum number of experts articles and understanding the algorithms tactic was not so easy like now. And the only advantage was that there were minimum SEO's, so with basic knowledge many SEO's were able to survive in the industry.

But now the algorithm is more open and we can see many free advices from top SEO experts on most of the tactics that has been gained through years of experience like the free advice articles section you see here.

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‘Easy Rider,’ Right-Wing Classic?

Tuesday | Today's idea: Far from simply glorifying the drug-infused hippie counterculture, the 1969 film "Easy Rider" contains a deeply conservative, Christian message, an argument holds; it's a morality tale right up there with Chaucer. [Reason, Newsvine]
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