I hope you all had a safe St. Paddy's Day (Yes, Paddy, not Patty. I was corrected several times on Twitter…and I'm a quarter Irish too!)
Today, I wanted to share 10 outstanding posts that I'm glad I didn't miss. Some I found in my RSS feed, some I found from some of you on Twitter, and some I just found by clicking on your name in the comment section in some of my own posts and reading through your blog.
Here are some gold nuggets of content I recommend checking out when you have the time:
Are you telling me that Leonardo Da Vinci was Mind Mapping? from Bojan Djordjevic, a regular commenter here at SPI, examines the power of mind mapping and totally makes an awesome connection to Da Vinci and his work from back in the day. A very interesting read and a timely reminder to utilize a mind map during your brainstorming sessions whenever possible.
Are You Making Connecting with People Online Harder Than it Should Be? from Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net goes into depth about building relationships with others online and a little into the etiquette of it as well, which is something that's not talked about much in the blogosphere.
Everyone has 99% of what is required to succeed as an Entrepreneur. Whats missing? from Hector Avellaneda, another commenter that has stood out to me here on the blog, writes what is probably the most important post on in this list. Discover the 1% that's missing that you absolutely need to succeed. Here's a hint: it's near the end of the alphabet.
The 30 Day Article Marketing Challenge. I'm keeping a close eye on this one. Alex Whalley is putting Unique Article Wizard [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.], a tool that I've recommended here on this blog as a part of my Backlinking Strategy, to the test. I love these kinds of experiments, so I'm excited to see what happens.
How To Drastically Increase Your Blog’s Page Load Speed and SEO As my buddy Robb Sutton puts it: “In the world of websites, speed is essential. Not only does your page load speed directly affect how your readers interact with your site, but now it also directly affects your search engine performance as Google as integrated it into their algorithm.” Read this post to speed up your blog.
Kanye West is an Email Marketing GENIUS – I thought this was really cool. Chris Alta, another commenter who has recently entered my radar, shares a video about how Kanye West used “Good Friday” to get people to subscribe to an email list. Yes—Kanye West and an email list. Good stuff here. (4 minute video)
New Market Samurai Update Allows You To Choose Between Majestic SEO & Yahoo for Backlink Data As many of you know, I pretty much drool over Market Samurai. It's one of the best keyword research and marketing tools available and they probably have one of the hardest working teams on the web to ensure that the product is always up to date. With Yahoo Site Explorer being funky lately, they've introduced a new option to collect backlink data, which is pretty cool. All of you Samurais out there should definitely read up on this if you haven't already. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.]
How to Write Web Content Faster If you write online (which I know most of you do) then read this post from Sarah Russel of Common Sense Marketing. Just think—if you could shave off just one minute of time from your articles or posts, you could potentially save hundreds of hours over a long period of time…it's crazy! Sarah shares some great tips for writing faster and more efficiently. Check it out!
How I ranked Page One of Google Search in 12 Days I found this post by Christine McCarthy from a retweet (or a retweet of a retweet) on Twitter. She shares her 2 step process for ranking on the first page of Google for a target keyword when writing a blog post. Good, concise and quality information here.
WordPress Plugins: Viperchill Okay—so this isn't a post, but it's a page on Glen Allsop's blog that I just had to share with you because it's one of the most impressive things I've seen from a fellow blogger in a long, long time. Glen has been on a WordPress plugin rampage lately and has created 3 free wordpress plugins that we can install on our blogs, with more to come very soon. Viperfeed is my favorite so far.
So inspiring Glen…I hate you. Just kidding!
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