While I have been focused on search engine optimization in terms of my postings the last few weeks, I have continued to expand my use and understanding of Twitter, the current rage.
I have also published a new report on on how to build your business with social networking. Its free and you can get a copy at Start Social Networking My opt in page still needs some work, I messed up the graphics while tweaking it. I hope to get that fixed soon, but don’t let that get in your way. I think its a good overview of the field.
Some people refer to it as web 2.0 and other names, but what ever you call it, it is critical for small business people who are using the web to get as grounded as possible in the various venues.
That doesn’t mean you have to be active in each, but understand that their are distinct markets and populations that use each of the various services.
Perhaps the biggest at least intially was MySpace. And while some think of MySpace as a place for teeny boppers, there are millions of folk well past their teens active there. And while you can get banned from MySpace for inappropriate advertising, it is still very possible to advertise and build your business pressence with MySpace. To learn more go to My Space Profit Strategies.
It’s twitter that is today catching the bulk of the buzz. As I’ve written before, I initially thought Twitter was a joke. That changed after I started listening to some of Doug Champigny’s ideas on the topic.
I jumped in an slowly grew a list, and following Doug’s lead began to get quite a few followers. I was hooked. When I passed five hundred and then approached a thousand followers I became determined to build as big a list as possible. Then I got Doug’s most recent and authoritative report called Advanced Twitter Marketing. (ATM)
It blew me away. And made me go back to start. I was building a big list alright, but an undifferentiated list. Now I have 8 twitter accounts. I just started a new one today. Thanks to ATM, I now know not only how to grow a list, but how to target it properly.
While Doug was doing the research for ATM he did a case study, which he has released documenting his experiment in growing a targeted list from scratch. The Case Study is available free and I encourage you to grab a copy.
Now these ATM tips and the how to’s are critical to developing a strategic use of twitter, but they also require a bit more work as well. Anyone can toss out affiliate marketing links to a list of Twitter followers. Most people don’t really seem to mind, they just ignore them.
If you want to be successful with Twitter, you need to offer more. And that takes time. Thankfully, master Blogger Mike Paetzold stepped into the breach with his Twitter Time Saver report and accompanying videos.
Using the ideas in Twitter Time Saver, I learned how to use google news to link to Google Reader and in turn Friend Feeder to automatically pass selected relevant news articles to my various lists. I still need to review and select which articles to post, but the system saves a ton of time. I posted to 7 or my eight accounts this morning in less than half an hour. (1 didn’t have anything worth posting so I didn’t)
This has helped establish me as an authority with my followers in these niches. This will be critical to my long term success and yours as well.
By the way, as I mentioned Mike is a Blogging expert, and his most recent product is worth mentioning as well. Every business would be well advised to have a wordpress blog. That’s easy for me to say, but it took me a while to actually get my first blog up. Mostly, because there are so many options available. While most are free, the wide variety of themes, plug ins and settings are mind boggling.
Mikes new product called, Word Press Made Easy is actually a re-release of a prior product updated to include the most recent changes that were instituted by Word Press a couple of days ago. Mike is a beta tester for them, so he was able to produce a completely up to date product. Even if your technical skills are limited to the ability to do email, Mikes Word Press Made Easy will show you how to get your Blog up and running in about an hour. Not only will it be running, but you will have your plug ins selected and the settings set the same way a Master blogger does.
If you read this today Saturday, and hurry, you can still get the $20 off introductory pricing through midnight EDT tonight. If you read this later, you should still pick it up, if you need help getting your blog optimized.
I’ve been following Mike’s blogs for some time now, and incorporating his suggestions in all my blogs. He knows his stuff.
Well, I have rattled on long enough today. The grass needs cutting and we are having a sunny Saturday for a change, so its time to get up from the computer. Hope you have a great weekend.