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Blog Smarter: Turn Your Blogging Skills into Successful Affiliate Promotions

Blog Smarter: Turn Your Blogging Skills into Successful Affiliate Promotions | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

You're a blogger and you spends a lot of time to write your blog posts. Maybe you would like make some money so that you could continued your blog, if it's the case, this excellent article will give you interesting information about how you can do it. [note mg]

 

Like most bloggers, you probably want to make some money from your blog. Chances are good you’ve tried things like writing product reviews or putting banners or links to affiliate products into your sidebar.


But while many bloggers have mastered the “Art of Blogging” (or at least the basic principles) successfully, earning money from your blog doesn’t seem to be that easy. So what could be better for you than to use your blogging experiences and skills to improve the results of your affiliate promotions?

 

In this post, I’ll show you how you can re-purpose three of the most successful blogging strategies to get more out of your affiliate promotions. As a nice extra, these tactics will also have a positive effect on your blog. But more importantly, you’ll learn how you can merge them into a combined and even more powerful strategy for your affiliate promotions.

 

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What is Content Curation?

What is Content Curation? | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it
I selected this piece by Dino Joannides for Lingospot because it tackles a much asked and frequently tackled answered of "What is Curation?" in the most appropriate manner possible. That is to say, he answers the question with an excellent example of curation, complete with multiple links to articles that prove his points.

 

Some points that caught my attention:

 

**Content curation means different things to a variety of stakeholders, be they journalists, editors, bloggers, business executives or marketers.

 

**Fred Wilson the Venture Capitalist and blogger sees curation as an essential element in today's media landscape as indicated by one of his posts here

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**Some argue that curation could actually save media.

 

**Others have argued that there is a new type of curation that is in effect the New Search.

 

**Most people inadvertently already act as curators whenever they decide to post a link or video to their social networks to show their friends they have found great or topical content.

 

He closes by suggesting traditional editors make decisions based only upon content that was produced internally, whereas the newer Curation mixes this with external content. The determination of what is given prominence remains the same.

 

The difference is that now, this role is undertaken by professional journalists, content marketers, bloggers" or in reality, anyone that publishes online".

 

What do you think?

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article: [http://bit.ly/w81bwP]


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Robin Good's comment, January 20, 2012 12:49 PM
Thank you Jan, excellent work, as always.
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7 Things I Learned from the First Blogger

7 Things I Learned from the First Blogger | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

I was first called “Charlie Brown” in 8th grade. I refused to stand up and say the Pledge of Allegiance with the other kids. I didn’t like being forced to do anything. Afterwards some kids came up to me.

 

“Hey Charlie Brown,” one of them said, “you a commie?”

 

“No,” I said, “I just don’t like being forced to do something.”

 

“He’s more like a Linus,” Larry Sorbino said. Having stayed back a grade or so he was having more sex than anyone else in junior high school. I was definitely jealous of him. Everyone laughed because he was the leader of the roost. “Linus, hahaha.” And then for the next few months people would pass me in the hallway and sneer, “Hey Linus, haha” or, when they forgot who Linus was, “Hey Charlie Brown, haha!”...


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How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation”

How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation” | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Heba Hosny, a guest blogger for Lauralee Walker

 

This article is full of wonderful tips for taking your curation to the next level and embellish your original content.

 

"Content curation rewards are not limited to branding and SEO; it can also enhance the visibility and the quality of your own content."

 

There are many things that caught my attention, here are just a few gems:

 

Curated Content Can Inspire Topics For Created Content

 

If you don't master this one, all the other tips won't make any sense

 

****Understand which topics are irresistible to your target audience

 

My Commentary:

 

I love this one!

 

Here's the tip

 

****Instead of taking the easy route of sharing the topic with your audience, write a blog post to "build on" it.

 

You can build on a topic in different ways:

 

**Beg to differ politely

 

**Provide additional tips and insights

 

**Ask clarifying question(s)

 

My Commentary:

 

This is a great way to add "context" it can start conversations, which invites others to add their comments, bring new observations and more information about a particular topic.

 

**A perfect segue to building relationships, community, doing business and increasing knowledge.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sJs2I8]


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janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:21 PM
Hi Beth,
I agree with you, I love the feeling of community and the collective wisdom, and you know "curation resonates with me":-)
janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:22 PM
Thanks so much for rescooping and sharing on twitter:-)
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project's comment, November 25, 2011 9:17 PM
This has me thinking critically about how we are integrating social media. Inviting interaction has been a huge challenge. We are stimulating new conversations in real world time, but that's not reflected in comments and so forth. I like using Scoop.It widgets to get the newest scoop onto the bog in a timely manner and take some time to reflect on post content.
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Research Shows Divergence in Social Media Uptake

Research Shows  Divergence in Social Media Uptake | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Research shows the use of social media at Fortune 500 has stalled, or perhaps even re-trenched.

 

This article for 'Grow' presents Data  provided by the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts.

 

What particularly caught my attention is:

 

***The almost universal uptake of Social Media by Universities and Charities.

 

***The divergence in uptake between Fortune 500 companies - the "titans" of American Business, and the INC 500, comprising America's fastest growing companies

 

A perhaps even more interesting divergence among the Fortune 500 where:

 

***The top 100 companies are the most active blogging companies.

 

***Only 17% of the next 400 companies blog.

 

It would be easy to conject as to the reasons for these stark differences, but I choose to let the numbers speak for themselves.  I will, however, be on the lookout for further pieces and more in-depth Data on this intriguing puzzle.

 

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Read the full article: [http://bit.ly/tkN2XG]


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Time to cut the Clutter on Facebook & Twitter says David Shing AOL's 'Digital Prophet'

Time to cut the Clutter on Facebook & Twitter says David Shing AOL's 'Digital Prophet' | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Lisa O'Carroll posted this in the Guardian UK

 

Content curation is going to be a huge trend and a great opportunity for many who understand their market, their needs and how they consume information.

 

Intro:

 

"David Shing, AOL's 'digital prophet' tells Dublin Web Summit that defriending and unfollowing will be the next trend among social media users..."

 

"People are going to start defriending people who constantly tweet and post on Facebook with rubbish info," he said.

 

Similarly for brands, he said it's very dangerous for companies to get involved on social networks unless they can guarantee a meaningful conversation.

 

"If I invite a brand into my home, there better be a good reason for them to come in."

 

Read full article: http://bit.ly/ubUWSh


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6 Easy Ways to Find Compelling Content for Your Blog | Social Media Today

6 Easy Ways to Find Compelling Content for Your Blog | Social Media Today | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Blogging is simply one of the best things you can do to build your brand. Writing in a blog doesn’t always have to be a time consuming task. The main core of your writing should be to educate and entertain your readers.

 

Content means value, and you always want to provide your readers with a great deal of value.

 

I would recommend that you focus your blog around a topic in which you are passionately interested. The huge advantage of basing your blog around your passions is that it will be fun and exciting everyday. Remember – when you do what you’re passionate about, it never feels like work. However, many people often wonder – “How do I keep coming up with content?”...


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7 Reasons No One Reads Your Blog (Except Maybe Your Mom)

7 Reasons No One Reads Your Blog (Except Maybe Your Mom) | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

You wake up in a cold sweat.

 

You bolt upright and gasp for air.

 

You’ve just realized that your blog has only one true fan—and it’s your mother.


Dear old mom reads all of your posts. She comments every week with supportive but embarrassing encouragement. She even calls to tell you what a great job you’re doing with your site and how much she loves your writing.

 

Your mom is great. She’s always there for you. But if she’s your only true fan, you’re in trouble.

 

Here are some reasons your mother might be your blog’s only reader...


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How To Find Royalty Free Images That Haven’t Been Overused

How To Find Royalty Free Images That Haven’t Been Overused | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

I don't know you, but for me, images are very important. A text without an image, is like a sky without stars. For this reason, I like this post with several ressources, maybe you too! [note Martin Gysler]

 

“Hey, I’ve seen that image before. Actually, I’ve seen it many times before.”


Images allow you to express what words can’t.

 

They draw the viewer in and elicit an emotional impact, providing your users with information while confirming that what your selling or promoting is real.

 

There are many affordable options available to purchase stock photography. This may be a blessing or a curse. Affordability often comes at the cost of originality.

 

It’s important to consider your ideals and the image’s ability to illustrate a concept perfectly. But consider originality as well. You wouldn’t want to fall into the trap of using cliche imagery because it’s easy and convenient.

 

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Martin Gysler's comment, February 9, 2012 3:44 PM
Great Katipsoi, I'm glad that you can use this information to improve your page.
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, February 11, 2012 10:32 PM
So helpful and something that is a daily struggle o THANKS. Marty
Mike Ellsworth's comment, February 12, 2012 1:10 PM
Marty, thanks for the comment.

I just found another great way to search for Creative Commons images: http://search.creativecommons.org/

It automates a CC search on Google Images, Flickr and more. Wow!
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10 Thought Leaders Share Thoughts on Content Marketing & Curation

10 Thought Leaders Share Thoughts on Content Marketing & Curation | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Lee Odden CEO at Toprankblog interviewed 10 thought leaders on content marketing and curation. The article was published one year ago but is still really relevant, probably even more. I love the approach of Brian Solis who asks the good questions :

"Obviously you (as a company) have something to contribute, something to say, something of value to offer which is mostly likely why you’re in business. I need to hear about that."

 

Curation offers the opportunity to settle this dialogue between a brand and its users, becoming always more engaging. It's not enough to be here, you have to be here to say. As says Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at @marketingprofs, "All organizations are now publishers — meaning, the company with the most engaging and interesting content is the one who wins."

 

 


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janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 1:00 PM
@Internet Billboards
Getting ready to launch in the next couple of weeks - it's way more than a blog:-) I will be writing original articles as well as curating. Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate it.
Robin Good's comment, December 4, 2011 1:53 PM
Hi Jan, thank you for sharing this. :-)

I wanted to let you know that your last link, the bit.ly one isn't good. It has an extra square bracket at the end making it unusable.

Also: I think it would be very appropriate when curating something that is over a year old to say so explicitly as it is an extra element of immediate evaluation for the reader.

Keep it up!
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 2:32 PM
@Robin Good
Hi Robin,

Thanks for letting me know about the link, I just fixed it.

I will add your revision to the post, you're absolutely right, an oversight here:-)
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How Content Curation Changed Everything For Me

How Content Curation Changed Everything For Me | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This blog post was written by Robert Dempsey at Dempsey Marketing Blog

 

Firstly, I want to thank you Robert for your kind words and mention in this article. Coming from you, it means a lot.

 

There are really good tips and resources about content curation

 

Here is my commentary:

 

****Whether you curate or create content remember, this is what it's all about:-)

 

** it starts conversations

**builds relationships

**creates community

**Can lead business & referrals

**collaboration

**support

**expands your knowledge

 

Along the same line, here's what particularly caught my attention:

 

Never forget the social part of social media

 

**Always reply back to people that initiate contact

 

**Be proactive don’t only follow people but initiate contact, and not using an auto-DM message either

 

**Thank people for sharing your content and mentioning you

 

Here's a real life example, I met Robert a week ago after curating his relevant and timely piece "Measuring Online Influence & It’s Impact On Social Media" http://bit.ly/sLc2el. He thanked me, we've been communicating ever since.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

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Twitter (Trust) research: It's Where the Money & Action is

Twitter (Trust) research: It's Where the Money & Action is | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Bob Brown of Network World has curated news of two very interesting Twitter research projects that caught my attention.

 

We all agree that freedom of speech is good,  and it's great that everyone can now  become a publisher. However, there's a double-edged sword: If we speak to a friend before we think something though, all will surely be forgiven and forgotten. After all, we all make mistakes. But if you click that Tweet or Share button too quickly, either succumbing to knee-jerk reactions or without first checking the facts, you may find the digital world to be less forgiving.

 

Content curators have to be especially vigilent about curating someone else's content to make sure the facts and information are correct.

 

I believe the research related to here is essential reading, as it is furtherment of an established and growing trend:

 

One relates to Wellesley College's Department of Computer Science where two professors have been awarded a near half million dollar National Science Foundation grant to:

 

****build an application that gauges the trustworthiness of information shared on social networks, and in particular Twitter.

 

This was originally envisioned as a form of spammer identification, but

 

****has broadened to be able to determine the past history of a tweeter and also whether information being received is available from multiple sources. 

 

The other brings us news of 'Tweetographer', a huge Data Mining project by two University of Cincinatti Computer Science students, descibed as:

 

"a real-time events guide extracted from information coming via large numbers of tweets." 

 

This could be available as a web or mobile app at the end of the year and one of the co-creators, Billy Clifton (his partner is Alex Padgett)

 

**sees the uses expanding in the future to predict election results and compiling product reviews.

 

My takeaways are:

 

**that we all need to be very aware that what we tweet today can and may be used against us in the future

 

**search is still very much in its infancy when it comes to engine sophistication, stay tuned.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/s00504]


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Social & Mobile—Central to the New Marketing [analytics]

Social & Mobile—Central to the New Marketing [analytics] | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Mike Ricci wrote this piece for Webtrends Blog

 

On the heels of a recent study that Webtrends undertook with Forrester comes another riveting piece of research from eMarketer that focuses on the current fracturing of the Internet and the explosion that is taking place in social and mobile.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

****The fact that 82% of all the CMOs polled for the study revealed that they are increasing the use of social media should cast aside any illusions that this emerging new medium is a passing fad or merely a tactic to reach the highly prized 18-24 demographic. 

 

****68% said they were unprepared for the explosion of Social Media

 

****Analytics fared almost as well, with 81% saying they would increase their spend.  The same amount as will devote more funds to Customer Relationship Management!

 

****80% identified mobile apps and 72% stated that tablet apps are priorities going forward

 

****71% of these same marketers revealed that it is the data explosion that these new mediums are generating that keeps them awake at night while 72% will increase their spend on Content Management.

 

 

There are also categories for Marketing Priorities and Priorities for Managing the shift towards Digital Technologies.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "The Explosion of the Mobile Web and Beyond"

 

Lots of other interesting findings can be seen here: [http://bit.ly/uM5Snf]


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Riding the wave...
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12 Common Mistakes New Bloggers Make

12 Common Mistakes New Bloggers Make | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Blogging’s a great way to grow awareness of you and/or your brand and, with bloggers now getting book deals and media contracts, it can also be a lucrative one.


Unfortunately, many bloggers shoot themselves in the foot by making some basic errors that holds their blog back from its true potential.
Knowing how to avoid these mistakes can mean the difference between just another blog online, and one that stands out as the kind people take notice of...


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Learn Great From 6 Leaders in Content Marketing

Learn Great From 6 Leaders in Content Marketing | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This is a great piece from the Curata.

 

Not only can you learn from these amazing people, you can find wonderful content there too!

 

When it comes to diving into the world of content marketing, you don’t have to go it alone. There are people who have come before you, learning what works and what doesn’t.

 

Because they are content writing masters, not only can you gain tips and tricks while reading their blogs, you can see examples of their work.

 

Learn from these experts to increase the success of your online marketing techniques

 

Selected by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

See who they are:


http://www.contentcurationmarketing.com/articles/56724/6-leaders-in-content-marketing/


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