Hey ya’ll , i just put together a massive list for beginners in the internet marketing world. This list is a condensed form which will help you through the uncharted territory of marketing online.
This post features an exclusive Top 100 resources Used by the average entrepreneur. I have condensed it into a very concise manner for reference ..! Please press the Like Button on the left if you enjoyed it!
There are advantages and disadvantages to all of them, so research carefully before deciding which will work best for you. <ALL THESE RESOURCES ARE COMPILATIONS OF VARIOUS sources ONLINE!>
- WordPress— I am currently using this… its user friendly and versatile. Suitable for hobbyist and entrepreneurs.
- Blogger— lack some of the usability but has features like the Audio-blogger service which allows you to create audio recordings for your blog using your phone. You can upload it to your own website and visitors to your site won’t even know you’re using it as a platform.
- TypePad— The functionality of your TypePad blog will likely depend on how much you’re willing to invest. Lower level packages aren’t very customizable, but the Pro level provides features like group blogging and additional customization features.
Design and Content (*Source: Bootstrapper)
One of the key elements of a blog is readability and attractiveness. Your blog’s popularity is dependent on the design and content. Here are the top articles to make it happen:
- 980 Word Press Templates— Emily Robbins serves up a huge archive of templates for your WordPress blog, allowing you to easily change the look and feel of your blog to match that of your business.
- 10 Blog Design Mistakes— Jakob Neilson discusses how to make your blog more user friendly.
- Tutorial for Blog Design in Photoshop— Breaking away from the standard blog template can make your blog look more attractive and be more memorable to users. This article details how to make banners, choose a color scheme, and design a layout.
- Blog Interface Design Tutorial— Luke Wroblewski and Jed Wood discuss how to make a better blog interface so you won’t get bogged down with blog archives and comments.
- Gaining Blog Credibility with Design— Darren Rowse explains how the design of your blog can play a big part in how users view your credibility as a blogger.
- The Importance of Content— It’s easy to forget about the content when you get caught up in making sure your site looks good. This article discusses how to make sure your content stays a priority.
- Building a Better Blog— This article explains 5 elements that can help you improve the quality of your blog.
- 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas— Not sure how to grab the attention of potential readers? This article can give you some helpful pointers on making your headlines pop.
- Bringing Your “A” Game to Blog Writing— Being successful at blogging is due in large part to the content of your blog and how well you write about the topic at hand. This article explains how to bring your best skills to blog writing.
- Using News Aggregators for Content— If you’re having trouble thinking of ideas for content, this article describes how you can utilize news aggregators to come up with new and relevant ideas.
Its nice to think that internet users will just stumble upon your blog regularly, the fact is you’ll have to work hard to draw traffic to your site. Here are tools and articles that can help you get more traffic to your site.
- Ping-o-Matic— Ping-o-Matic is a free service which pings search engines when you update or add new content to your blog.
- Search Engine Optimization— This article discusses how to optimize your blog’s keywords and content to get more search engine hits.
- How to: Boost Your Blog Traffic— Paul Stamatiou gives advice on how to bring more visitors to your site through usability, content and search engines.
- How to: Market Your Blog in 2007— Darren Rowse explains how to effectively market your blog with 41 helpful tips and suggestions.
- 21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic— Not getting the traffic you think you deserve? Use these 21 suggestions to maximize your blog’s potential.
- How to Develop Stickyness— You don’t just want to bring new users to your site and never see them again. You want readers to keep coming back. This article explains how to make interest in your blog stick.
- 10 Effective Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers— One of the marks of successfully getting people to come back is a large subscriber list. Here you’ll find advice on how to maximize subscriptions to your blog.
- 25 Tips for Marketing Your Blog— Lee Odden gives 25 great tips for getting your blog noticed and visited.
- 13 Tips to Get Your Blog Noticed— This article provides some useful ways to make your blog stand out from the millions of others.
These are the top contenders when it comes to blogging. All these sites have an average of more than a Million viewers every month.
- Mashable— Social Media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks
- Dosh Dosh — Internet marketing blog with emphases on social media and tip lists in general.
- Social media Explorer— Social Media Explorer explores social media, social media marketing and public relations through commentary and analysis.
- Social Media Today – Social media has changed the we way that we market and advertise. It has opened many new doors through building relationships with customers
- Chris Brogan – Learn How Human Business Works – Beyond Social Media.
Blogs about Business Blogging (*Source: Bootstrapper)
The best way to learn how to do something is to benefit from the experience and advice of those who’ve already done it. These blogs should provide some guidance and information for getting started on creating a blog for business.
- Advanced Business Blogging— This is a blog about marketing and creating a viable brand for your blog online.
- Blogging for Business— Ted Demopoulos discusses blogging and podcasts as practical business applications.
- Andy Wibbels— Andy Wibbels talks about blogging for small businesses.
- Problogger— Problogger gives advice on adding income streams to your blog.
- Blogging Business— Blogging business discusses how to market your business using blogs and RSS feeds.
- Business Blog Consulting— This blog gives advice on how to increase blog traffic and comments as well as news on the business blogging world.
- Blog Business World— Wayne Hurlbert gives his perspective on business blogs, search engine optimization, and marketing.
- Blog for Business— Blog for Business focuses on how corporate blogs can increase business and profits.
- NetBusinessBlog— NetBusinessBlog gives advice on how to make a living online using blogs.
- BusinessBlogWire— This is a blog that gives advice and tips on creating profitable corporate and business blogs.
Blogging Forums and Networking (*Source: Bootstrapper)
Great blogs generate lots of traffic thanks to buzz about their site. You can create your own buzz by networking with other bloggers and submitting your articles to social media sites.
- Blogger Forum— This is a great place to chat with fellow bloggers and get some advice on how to begin blogging.
- Bloggst— An online community for bloggers, Bloggst has advice on starting and managing a blog as well as interviews with those in the know.
- True Blogging— True Blogging is a forum dedicated to discussing all aspects of blogging and blog monetization.
- Blogger Talk— Blogger Talk is another forum for bloggers to get together to talk about and show off their blogs.
- Bloggeries— Bloggeries offers a worldwide community for bloggers to exchange ideas and information.
- Webloggers— Webloggers is a discussion forum for just about everything to do with blogging, from legal issues to tutorials. It’s a great resource for newbies and advanced users alike.
- The Blog Herald— The newspaper of the blogging world, The Blog Herald contains news about issues relevant to the blogosphere.
- Reddit— Reddit brings together all of the best blog articles from the fields of politics, science and just fun stuff.
- Del.icio.us— Del.icio.us allows users to easily share bookmarks and links. Adding a link to Del.icio.us at the end of your blog posts can help your articles be more widely read.
Search engines can be a very useful way to find out what other kinds of blogs are out there. They can also help you check out and work on your rankings to make sure you don’t miss out on any potential traffic.
- Technorati— One of the most widely used search engines, Technorati tracks over 93 million blogs. Make sure yours is one of them.
- Sphere— Sphere is a blog search engine with a twist. Not only can you find the blog you’re looking for, but also a contextual widget that shows related posts from other blogs.
- Google Blog Search— With the popularity of Google’s regular search engine, it was only a matter of time before they jumped on the blog search engine bandwagon. A little simpler than other blog search engines, it’s essentially a Google search limited to blog postings.
- Ice Rocket— Similar to Google’s blog search, IceRocket searches for content on the web that is posted in blogs.
- Daypop— Geared towards news and current events blogs, Daypop’s engine requires that your blog be updated frequently.
- Blogdigger— A small search engine, Blogdigger allows you to find blogs in your area.
- Waypath— Waypath allows searchers to easily find blogs they would be interested in reading with a “find similar” feature.
- Eatonweb— Eatonweb is a blog directory with categories and stats easily accessible on the front page. Submitting your own blog is easy, too.
- Blogrunner— Blogrunner provides a hot topics listing as well as features. It’s primarily geared towards news, but there are other topics listed as well.
- Blog Search Engine— Blog Search Engine is just that, a blog search engine. It also provides categories and a ticker of the latest posts on the front page.
Statistics and Analysis
Keeping track of where your traffic is coming from and how much you are getting can be an integral part of helping you market and optimize your blog. These are a few resources to get you started.
- StatCounter— StatCounter is a free statistics and analysis tool for keeping track of your blog’s traffic numbers.
- Site Meter— Site Meter is available in Premium and Basic versions, and can offer more advanced analysis of your site.
- Alexa— Alexa is a great tool for comparing your blog’s performance to other blogs on the internet.
- Google Analytics— Google provides a free and full-featured tool for determining where your visitors are coming from and how they use your site.
- Feedburner— Feedburner provides a wide range of tools to help improve your blog’s RSS feed as well as statistic tracking.
- MyBlogLog— MyBlogLog is both a community building tool and a simple blog analytics tool.
Money Making Tools
If you’re truly interested in making a profit from your blog, you’re going to have to do something to draw in those dollars. These are a few resources that can help you make money through donations or by placing ads on your site.
- PayPal— Use PayPal to set up a button on your site that readers can click on to make donations.
- Google AdSense— Google AdSense is where many bloggers make the majority of their income. Ads are both pay per click and pay per view.
- Yahoo Publisher Network— Similar to Google AdSense, Yahoo’s ads are pay per click.
- Txtswap— Txtswap is a program that allows bloggers to exchange text links in order to bring in more traffic.
- Adbrite— Adbrite can provide payment for simple text ads on your blog.
- Chitika— Chitika is interactive advertising based on the content of your site. It tends to take up a little more room than other ads, but it also tends to pay a little more.
- BlogBurst— BlogBurst can help you get your blog published in big time media outlets and get paid for it.
- Text Link Ads— Text Link Ads is another resource for putting text ads on your site.
- Bidvertiser— Bidvertiser offers an innovative system where you set the bids on pay per click ads.
- ReviewMe— Want to make a little cash on the side? ReviewMe is a marketplace for paid blog reviews.
Tools and Miscellaneous
These are just a few more tools and articles that can help you make and maintain a better and more profitable blog.
- Blog Basics— For the beginner, this site outlines everything you need to know about blogging.
- Structured Blogging— Structured Blogging is a tool that can help bloggers create better organized and formatted content.
- Qumana— Qumana is a desktop blog editor. It works on both Windows and Mac formats.
- GeoLoc— GeoLoc is a fun widget that shows where visitors to your blog are coming from.
- BlogRolling— This is a useful tool for keeping your blogroll organized.
- 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger— Lifehacker provides an excellent list of tips to help you be more successful with blogging.
- WordPress Backup— This is a valuable plugin for WordPress that helps you backup your blog data in case something goes wrong.
- Sociable— Sociable makes social bookmarking easy by adding links to interesting links at the end or your blog posts.
- Blog Carnival— Joining a blog carnival can help you get linked more often and increase traffic to your site.
- Creating Scannable Content— Studies have shown that readers of internet articles don’t actually read them at first, they scan. This article details how to lay out your content to reflect this.
The Free Back-link builders: (*source: Carlocab)
These are what Internet entrepreneurs call free traffic Gifted to You! Write an article and slap it with your link in it and there you go, a high PR back-link
- Squidoo – Easy to use midget blog. Just Drag and drop modules plus your article!
- Hubpages – Easy to use but require some quality articles to enhance your reputation.
- Bloggersbase – You can put an author info at the end of your article. Purely for your author branding
- Ever - Simple site with and interesting concept of SEO marketing.
- Webs – Easy interface. Adsense friendly!
- Devhub – Automatic monetization and easy cash out!
- Tumblr – Pure social tool for marketing and branding!
- Webjam – Social Networking Site creator
- Weebly – Easy modules and customization with plenty of templates to choose from!
- ZoomBlog – Integrates with Flickr, Bloglines and Technorati
- Wikidot – Wiki brotherhood
- Rateitall – Unique rating site where you are basically the boss providing user preference
- Digg – Excellent social site where you digg stuff you like, it then sends out a crawler through your link in digg to your bookmarked website. You can do a secret optimization technique in your blog to allow these crawlers to repeat a loop search.
- Slashdot – “News for nerds. Stuff that matters.” Very very strict moderators. Mainly because, the site is PR 9 since way back then. So I suggest post “real” cool stuff that the slashdot community would be interested in.
- Spurl – Content only! period..
- Searchles – wide category for the internet marketing niche.
Video blogging – the next wave
Video is truly the number one method of connecting to your readers. Most 90% do not like to read. I have to admit, i am an avid reader, but most times i just prefer to load the video, you know why? It gives you the human Touch…. you are able to feel the emotion and passion of the situation rather than just blatant words on a script.
Use these resources to upload a video. You do not need a Degree in it, just grab a camera and shoot away!
- You tube, Google video, yahoo video, MSN video…. etc. (All above PR 7)
- Dailymotion – Just upload any of your own video and get a link in the profile page – that easy.
- Videojug – A video site full of how to videos.
- Viddler – Slick interfae, and unlike the two above, you get a link on EACH video you submit!
- Metacafe, Veoh, Viddler, Daily Motion, Vator TV – (All PR 7)
Documents storage Giveaway! (*source: Carlocab)
Submit your viral reports and contents here to entice readers of your quality content and then put a link there! If your report was good, they will come through the link to look for you!
- Scribd – The pioneer in the document-submitting industry
- Issuu – Sleek interface with voting system.
- Docstoc – Pretty promising with referral reward system.
- Slideshare – High PR
Ordinary Persons Too Have A Voice – Petition
Make a petition related to the niche you are in and introduce yourself with a link to your blog, that easy:
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