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Blogging Idol 2: Show Time

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All right guys, it is show time!

The competitors have until November 30th to gain as many RSS subscribers as they manage to, using all sorts of strategies and techniques. The just can’t use blackhat methods (i.e. spamming, faking stats) or spend money on the promotion. I have set a single page to host the live scoreboard.

Click here to see the live scoreboard

You will notice that on the bottom of the right sidebar has the Blogging Idol logo now too. It will remain there during the whole competition, and you can click on it to go to the live scoreboard.

Problems with applications

Around 30 people who sent an application failed to meet the only requirement we had: to have the feedburner feed count enabled.

If you had the problem, you can still fix it and re-email me your application. Just head to Feedburner.com, register an account with your feed, and activate the “Feed Count” feature under the “Publicize” tab.

Also, if somehow you sent an application, had the feed count enabled but are not listed on the live scoreboard, let me know as well and I will add you.

The Rules

1. Any blog or website with 2,000 RSS readers or fewer can participate. One blog per competitor only. (participant blogs must have the Feedburner feed count enabled)

2. The competition runs from November 1st until November 30th. During that period, 7 points will be awarded to the competitors, on the following way:

  • 1 point to the competitor with the highest increase on the number of RSS subscribers
  • 3 points to the competitors (one for each) with the highest number of votes on the open voting session
  • 3 points awarded by a panel of judges

3. The criteria for the voting session and for the judge points will be: the most clever and effective strategy for gaining RSS subscribers and for promoting the blog. Paid and blackhat promotional methods are not allowed.

4. On November 30th, the blogger with more points (it will probably be 3 or 2 points) will be declared the winner and receive the prizes. The second and third places will also receive prizes.

Other Information

The open voting session will take take during the 2nd or 3rd week of the competition, so stay tuned for that.

I will be posting weekly updates on the competition, and the competitors that want to showcase their strategies or techniques to our readers can do so by sending me an email. Make it between 100 and 200 words please. I will then include it on the following report.

Finally, competitors that have already migrated their feed to Google (feedproxy.google.com) might see a slow delay on their numbers, because I will need to update those manually, since Google does not support the Feedburner API. I will try to update them every 2 or 3 days though.

That is pretty much it. If you have any questions let me know.

Good luck to everyone!


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Blogging Idol 2: Show Time

15 Tools To Measure The Popularity of Your Website

I came across this article a while ago already, but it has some nice tools inside to will share with you guys nonetheless. It is titled 15 Tools for Monitoring a Website’s Popularity, and it basically has a list with tools that you can use to see how third parties see your traffic levels, the number of backlinks, social media bookmarks and so on.

Some of my favorite tools mentioned are:

You can check the full article to see the other 10 tools. Just remember to don’t get paranoid and start checking your website stats every day!


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15 Tools To Measure The Popularity of Your Website

Direct mail tricks: The envelope

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And the envelope says…..hopefully your direct mail envelopes are saying, "Open me!"  Many marketers put a great deal of time and effort into what’s inside the envelope but completely miss the opportunity to grab the recipient’s attention long before the package gets opened.  Here are some simple strategies for making the most of the envelope.

And these tips work, whether you are a business to business mailer or you’re mailing to individuals at home.  The trick is to catch their interest as they stand over the waste basket, decided what to even open.

Teaser copy.  Entice them to open the envelope.  Say something that will leave them wondering.

Make it personal.  It goes without saying that with today’s technology a personalized message is not only possible, it’s also highly effective.

Don’t fake it.  We’ve all gotten those "official" looking envelopes that were not from the government, an overnight letter or a telegram.  Unless it plays into your creative execution, don’t annoy your audience by being deceiving.

Hit the flip side.  Don’t forget about the back of the envelope.  That’s one of the most visible spots on the envelope and often the most underused. 

Don’t take a chance that your mail piece will get tossed without at least having one shot at delivering your message.  Make every element, including the outer envelope, work for you.

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Try the RankSense SEO Software for 30 Days Free

The guys from RankSense are having a promotional campaign where you can subscribe for an account with a 90-days money back guarantee (and it won’t be charged for the first 30 days).

So what is RankSense? It is an all-in-one SEO software that brings 12 integrated tools to optimize most aspects on your blog or website. I exchanged some emails with Hamlet Batista, the creator of the software, and the guy knows his SEO. He has made millions of dollars in search marketing and affiliate marketing deals, in very competitive niches like the Viagra one, just to give you an idea.

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Here is what you will find inside the software:

  • an advanced keywords research tool (search for keywords related to your content, to your competitors, by topic and so on)
  • keyword analysis (estimated traffic, competition and so on)
  • competition analysis tool
  • website SEO check (the software will scan your websites to see if the essential SEO factors are there)
  • link structure analysis (where your links come from, what anchor text they have and so on)
  • link building tool (what are the best places to get links)

The interesting thing about the RankSense software is that their approach is towards simplicity and time saving. Some SEO tools there are really complex and have steep learning curves. RankSense, on the other hand, was developed to be as user friendly as possibly, so even beginners can work on their SEO efficiently.

You can try it for yourself though and see if you like. They require a credit card on the registration, but you won’t be charged for 30 days. If you find that the software is not what you were looking for, you just need to cancel before the first 30 days and you are good to go. Their basic plan starts at $25 monthly as well, which is considerably cheaper than some competitors. Click here to check the sales page with the registration link.


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Try the RankSense SEO Software for 30 Days Free

Feel like a manic juggler?

Animation of 3 ball cascade , also known as a ...Image via WikipediaI don’t know about you but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming.  Okay…that’s a lie.  It can be incredibly overwhelming.

We’re all juggling as fast as we can and no matter how many balls we have in the air, there’s always another one being tossed into the rotation.

There’s a new project (or three) at work, a new book to read, 5,000 new blog posts in your RSS feed reader, six fresh social media tools to explore and 200+ e-mails.  Daily.

That doesn’t even take into account your family, friends and just carving out some down time.  Have a hobby?  Like to travel? Well, sleep’s optional, right?

Never before in my career have I seen a more turbulent time.  Turbulent is not necessarily a bad thing.  There’s just so much swirling around us, our customers and the work we do.  And it’s exciting.  Intoxicating.  And important to continuing to be relevant in our jobs.

So…how do you juggle it all? How do you stay sane AND productive?

Here’s my plan.  Help me spread the word that we’re looking for Sanity/Productivity tips.  Once we get a good collection here, I’ll create an free e-book that we can offer to others suffering from the same manic juggling that we are.

Come on…share a tip, idea or solution that works for you.

 

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