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10 Tips To Make Blog Commenting Easier

Making Commenting easier Being part of a blogging community like the Biz Blogging Buzz (B3) where people visit each other's blogs, comment and also share the post on various Social Media sites has a lot of advantages. It can also can be time consuming, especially when you go beyond the necessary requirement and or even attempt the 'top syndicator' position. Yes, it is worth doing that, since it means everyone who wants to stay an active member is required to comment on one of your posts and share it to at least two SM sites. Here are a few tips, which can help to make it easier and less time consuming.   Commit to a certain number of posts each day  If you want to reach a top position it probably needs to be three a day. I started with two a day and when I felt I could do that easily I went up to three. Download the Spreadsheet Having a downloaded version of the spreadsheet can be useful for: saving your points and names for a backup independence from the online sheet saving Read more...

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The Beautiful Power Of Shared Link-Love (December 2013 Wrap-Up)

What a ton of fun we've been having with the new  #B3Challenge project!  Our December '13 #B3Challenge was to write a blog post that contained a link to a relevant piece of content by another member... and wow did we totally rock it!  Everyone took the challenge, reframed it in a way that worked for their own readership, and produced some beautiful content that helped themselves, their linked-to colleague, and their readers. So proud of everyone! Note to members: All posts below are worth "triple" any time during January. Marquita Harold linked to Kathy Sprinkle:  Michael Pearce linked to Beth Hewitt: Marty Diamond linked to Kim Castleberry & Nile Flores: Monna Ellithorpe linked to Erica Goodstone:  Julieanne van Zyl linked to four members: David Merrill linked to Susan Bride:  Kyle Nelson linked to Kimberly Castleberry, Nile Flores & Rachel Lavern:  Sarupa Shah linked to Marquita Herald: Chery Schmidt linked to Leslie Denning and Marquita Herald: Ashton Read more...

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#B3Challenge – January 2014 – Featured Colleagues

January 2014 Kim here... #B3Challenge This month's challenge... I challenge you to "feature" another community member in a post on your blog.  You can do this in multiple ways... including (but not limited to) hosting a guest blog post from them, interviewing them, or doing a "spotlight" post where you collect info and write an editorial about them.  This should be someone that is not immediately connected to you (such as a business partner/spouse) but that is in a niche that is "similar enough" to yours that you can create an angle to make the feature useful to your audience.  Once you complete the challenge, let us know in the comments, and (within the comments) include a link to the post that fulfills the challenge so we can be sure to give it some extra love!  This post is found here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/bizblogbuzz/permalink/765307070150191/ Ready, set, GO! Comments are closed on the blog.... your activity point comes from posting your completion of this Read more...

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Support These 3 B3 Members

A Quick Gesture Shows You Care This month, we have several community members taking part in things that need votes.  Usually we'd leave this in the Facebook group... but December is busy and it's easy to miss stuff there, so I wanted to call these to your attention.  Please help them out! (Simply click on the graphic to follow the link) 1) Lesly has created a new invention and needs your vote to have it considered for manufacturing.  2) Beth Hewitt & Michael Pearce are taking part in the annual ThatMLMBeat Top Blogger contest for MLMers.  Please vote for them (you can vote for both).  That's it for today! Thank you for helping your colleagues out!  There is no need to social share this post since it is essentially community news.  ~ Kim ~ PS: If you haven't already, be sure you complete the #B3Challenge for December here.  Read more...

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#B3Challenge – December 2013 – Gifting Blog Love

December 2013 Kim here... #B3Challenge This month's challenge...  I challenge you to write and publish a blog post, this calendar month, that contains a link to an article by another community member. (At least one, certainly can be more than one.) This is a habit that you should be striving to get into but also seems like the perfect challenge in this Season of Giving.  Once you complete the challenge, let us know in the comments, and (within the comments) include a link to the post that fulfills the challenge so we can be sure to give it some extra love!  This post is found here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/bizblogbuzz/permalink/750337738313791/ Comments are closed on the blog.... your activity point comes from posting your completion of this challenge in the Facebook group. See you there! Read more...

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Creating Your Social Media Blueprint for 2014 Success

Ready to take on social media in 2014? Don’t do it without a solid strategy. Once you have sorted out whether you are running a business or a hobby, and settled on your business model, then it becomes time to develop your social media business plan.  A social media business plan is a living document, one designed to drive your company forward, but also adjust as your online presence expands throughout the year. While most entrepreneurs, marketers and business owners agree that a business plan is vital to the success of their business, most struggle to integrate social media in a strategic and effective way. So what does it take to create a successful social media business plan? First, you must take time to reflect on your business. You are creating  a social media road map, an organizational tool that will keep  you focused and on track throughout 2014. Put the time in on the front-end to ensure success. Creating Your Social Media Blueprint  A few key steps when creating Read more...

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A Community Refresher

Are We On The Same Page?  This week a lot of great questions came up requesting clarification of the point system.  It seems that there is a bit of folklore running around and "adding" some additional rules that don't actually exist.  The goal of the system we implemented last year was to have as few nuances to the point system as possible while still rewarding those doing the work.  So I wanted to take a moment to do a brief overview of the points values to provide clarification for anyone that is feeling fuzzy on them.  A big thanks to Erica Goodstone who went out of her way to assist members with this this week. Erica rocks!  It's actually simple but most people think there are extra rules that simply don't exist! A Syndication Day In The Life Of A B3 Member Visit any blog on the spreadsheets and comment on a post and share to 2 or more social sites and you get one point. Now check for a multiplier (double /triple) and if it exists you double or triple that point. (more Read more...

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Your Social Brand

When I hear people talk about "personal branding" for bloggers, I think of the "authority" that someone builds.  But in the process of developing their authority status, they are also building a "social brand". If someone does a good job of teaching fly fishing on their blog, for instance, their personal brand becomes associated with their authority status as a fly fishing expert.  But that same blogger may also have built a social brand that tells people something additional about themselves.  Maybe people think of them as helpful, kind or funny.  Maybe they think they are rude or self-centered.  The way people think of you as an authority or expert in your niche , is not necessarily the way they think of you as a person.  Your expertise can be grown as a result of the content your share on your blog and elsewhere, therefore... your personal brand.  The kind of person you are is much more clearly shaped by your social interactions, therefore... your social brand. A Case In Read more...

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Plan Your Marketing Funnel For Maximum Sales and Profits

Awhile ago I posted an article here at this community, outlining How to Design Your Marketing Funnel.  A marketing funnel is a series of processes you guide your prospects and customers through, to direct them towards solutions they’re seeking, and to move them toward making a purchase of your products or services (if that’s what they want). Following are the  4 systems that all businesses require to get leads and customers, and to follow up with those customers: Lead Generation, Lead Qualification, Lead Conversion and Lead Nurturing. Now I'll  go into more depth on each of the systems, to give you a better understanding of how they work. What to Plan For Your Lead Generation System Your Lead Generation System is the “Front End” of your Marketing Funnel.   Your plan of this system in your business, will describe the kinds of websites you're going to  create, to capture the contact details of people who might be interested in what you're selling.  For example, Read more...

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Do you need Social Media and a Blog?

I meet quite a few people who are passionate about social media marketing. The chances are if you are reading this post, then you are too. If I meet them through offline networking I've noticed that there's a tendency to look down on someone who blogs... I'll share with you a typical example of the conversation: Them "I just love social media, it's my life.. my passion, I think every business should use it" Me "That's great, I love social media too. Which site do you prefer?" Them "All of them, Facebook, Twitter you name it and I'm there." Me "wow, and all your customers are on those sites too?" Them: Blank look. Me "Which site sends you the most traffic then, which one really works for you?" Them "Traffic? it's not about the traffic it's about the relationships." spat out in a condescending manner. Me: "Yes it is, but those relationships are you measuring them solely on the platform the conversation is taking place?" Them: "I don't know what you mean?" Me: "Relationships are Read more...