Saturday, May 28, 2011

Your Mission...

…should you choose to accept it, is to help me win the We Blog Better Guest Posting Contest. The gloves are off; a certain blog promotion site owner has entered the contest and is now mass mailing all of his loyal subscribers, asking them to vote and comment on his entry.

Well, Dear Readers, we may be a much smaller group, but I have faith you all.

I’d tell you who it is, but… knowing human nature as I do, you’d just feel compelled to run over and take a peek at the competition, and that would only serve to increase his entry’s views. Then, you might feel the urge to post a quick “Nanny nanny boo boo!!” in his comments, but that would only add to his points, as well. So no peeking. Seriously. Stop now. I know your fingers are itching – don’t do it.

If your clicking fingers need a workout (did you know that you burn five calories for every 100 keystrokes?*), the following online activities might be fun – and they will definitely help me win:

Vote me up! The links below will take you straight to Blokube, Digg,Blog Interact, and Blog Engage entries for each of my contest posts. Just click the links below and vote (or Digg or Share):

If you’ve already done all of these things, this is the LAST time you need to think about it – because you can only vote and Digg an entry ONCE on each site. Done here? Done. Move on to the next paragraph, please!

Comment and Share! You can do these things every day. Several times a day. Go read the contest entry posts (if you haven’t already) and comment, comment, comment!

Failure to Plan, Planning to Fail: Why You Need a Social Media Planand also on Search Engine Optimization? SEO What?

NOTE: Only the first three levels of threaded comments count, so here’s a thought – leave one comment for each point in the post – for example, what did you think of the planning tips? How about theTwitter tips? Facebook tips? And so on. It’s good practice for writing single topic emails later in the day, right?

If you like the posts, please don’t keep them to yourself – hit those Share and Like buttons. Remember: Sharing is caring. Practice those Twitter and Facebook skills!

Got a blog? Inbound links are golden. (If you have a blog, you know this.) Consider linking to one or both of my contest entries, please.

How to Comment When You Don’t Know What to Say

Several people have asked for my help in formulating comments. A couple even said, “I wanted to comment, but you pretty much said it all in your post.” Whoops. I really do value your input here, now more than ever! I may have come across as a know-it-all, but that’s only because I bluff well. Oddly, most of you seem quite capable of being chatty when you want to be – so I can only surmise this is something akin to “stage fright.” What you need to do is imagine all those other bloggers over there wearing nothing but their skivvies…

Scratch that thought. Of course, if you want to imagine my competitor, aka “He Who Must Not Be Named,” dressed in nothing but his Underoos, that’s your business.

A few ideas for comments in general:

  • Start a new thread, or comment on a first-level comment.
  • Remember that you do not have to be right, nor do you have to know the first thing about “SEO” or “social media,” although I’m pretty sure you can talk authoritatively about the latter if you’re a Facebook addict like the other 67% of us.
  • Begin your comment with, “Great post…” but to avoid being labeled a spammer, be sure to give at least one good reason why it was “great,” or “pithy,” or “enlightening,” or “entertaining,” or “information-packed,” or “thought-provoking,” or “hilarious,” or … okay, yeah, you get the idea.
  • Begin your comment with, “You are SO full of beans! Idjit! You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about…” but again, be sure to elaborate and enumerate the points you take exception to and why.
  • Ask a question. The question should contain at least 3 key words from the content of the post, no more than 11, and should be creative and original. “Do you feel that SEO – that is, search engine optimization techniques – and good writing will be relevant in the post-Apocalyptic, zombie-run world, or will all brains be sourced locally by illiterates who say ‘Unngggh, bwaiiiins’?” Or, “Which is running hotter on the Zombie forums, according to Google Analytics and Twitter metrics: sporks or bendy straws? Do sporks and bendy straws have their own Facebook pages yet?” Do you see? There’s an art to this – but once you get started, you’ll see just how much fun it can be. (Do try to keep the discussion at least tangentially related to the post, lest you annoy Kiesha and she be forced to step in and stop said fun.)
  • Tell everyone about my books Trockle and A Puppy, Not a Guppy (Aforementioned competitor’s fans are waxing poetic and gushing about his site, so it’s only fair my fans get equal time, don’t you think?)
  • Did I mention that We Blog Better uses CommentLuv? Who doesn’t need more Luv?

A few ideas for comments on Failure to Plan, Planning to Fail: Why You Need a Social Media Plan:

  • What is your business? Do you have a social media plan?
  • What kind of metrics do you use to measure “success,” personally?
  • How do you set SMART goals?
  • What are your own favorite tips for Twitter, Facebook, Empire Avenue, LinkedIN, blogging?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? (Gahhh, we all hate that question with a purple passion. Have fun with it here! Let ‘er rip!)
  • What did you think of the links I provided to more information? Did you hover over each of them? Did you find anything interesting when you did?

A few ideas for comments on Search Engine Optimization? SEO What?

  • Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • Which SEO techniques, plug-ins, or add-ons have you found truly useful?
  • What did you think of the links I provided to more information? Did you hover over each of them? Did you find anything interesting when you did?

Well, you’re on your own from here. Please help me win this thing! It’s become a point of pride, now.

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