As I do each Friday, I’ll share some of the cool stuff I came across around the blogosphere in the last week.
This week, we have the 10 commandments, Google hatin’, one HUGE list post from handome Chris Brogan, and some of what’s happening over on Pinterest. Let’s get going…
How to Make Skype Play Nicely with Google Voice
This was a purely geek post that I shared earlier in the week. Not so much about marketing. But, hey, I’m a geek. Plus, I’m a big fan of using cheaper, cloud-based alternatives where possible. Why even have an office phone these days? Using Skype and Google Voice, you have a cheap, spam-proof way to place and receive calls.
4 Good Reasons Your Images Should Have Captions
OK, that’s not the real title of the post. But, I like it. This Copyblogger post outlines why you should be using captions on the images you pop into your posts. Actually, it is a good reminder for me, too. I forget to use captions way too often.
Writing a book? Grab a rebooted edition of Author 2.0
If you’re interested in writing a book, Joanna Penn has a totally free (no opt-in required, either) e-book available to help you out.
10 Commandments of Epic Business [image]
This one is from Jonathan Fields. Just a simple image, but I really liked the message. It resonates. So, I’m passing it along to you.
Do you have a YouTube conversion tracking strategy?
A simple, but important tactic to track effectiveness of your Youtube videos in terms of driving clicks. It is from John Chow’s blog, and it wouldn’t be a true JC post without an affiliate link to something which costs money. You can do the same basic link tracking strategy for free using something like the Pretty Links plug-in. Plus, the links would be on your own domain, too.
25 Reasons Google Hates Your Blog
Not gettin’ ranked? Checked out this post from Problogger.
Online Sellers Have New Tax Filing Requirement
If you’re making side-money selling things on Ebay or Paypal, the IRS is coming for you. The gov’t needs their money to fund those studies of the sexual habits of Mongolian rats, or some such shit.
Test Your Sitemaps Before Submitting Them To Google
Search Engine Land has the news that Google Webmaster Tools now has a utility to test your XML sitemaps before officially submitting them. Very handy. BTW, if you’re not… do get the Google XML Sitemap plug-in and start using it. Have it generate an XML sitemap and then submit it to Google Webmaster Tools. It can help you get indexed faster by big G.
97 ideas for building a valuable platform
A list post on steroids, by the ever-handsome Chris Brogan.
How Some Brands Are Using Pinterest
Pinterest. The latest fad site, I swear. But, hey, who knows? Apparently some brands are using it. Sakita Holley has the goods on how they’re doing it.
OK, my friends. Before I wrap it up…