13 Ways To Appreciate A Top Blogger

Many people have favorite bloggers. Many of them are in the top one percent of the blogosphere. There are many ways to appreciate the job that they did, and some will help yourself as well. Here are a few things to do.

1. Shoot your favorite blogger an email. Getting in touch with the people can often help yourself.

2. Write a letter. In the age of email spam and just way too much email a real letter might work.

3. Give them a phone call. Sometimes it can be hard giving some one a call that you do not know but really you have nothing to loose. If you do not do it someone else will and receive the benefits.

4. Interview the blogger on your blog. A little Q and A will brighten the ego of even the best blogger. They feel like something might be getting accomplished also.

5. Put their blog in your blog roll. Links are always appreciated. Blog rolls are a special kind of link that has a different connotation that a regular citation deep link or linking out to a URL.

6. Comment on their blog. Even the top blogs have days when the comments are slow. Why not start the conversation. That is what they wanted right?

7. Link to their blog using specific anchor text. They may have a better idea of that than anyone.

8. Bookmarking their site on a social bookmarking website. They will be thankful of the traffic. In many cases the top bloggers tend to not submit their stuff and rather wait for someone else to do it. If you submit their blog post, video, or picture to digg and it goes viral your account will get traffic as well. In that sense sites like digg work best when people band together and crowd source for each other.

9. Become their friends in online social communities. Becoming their friend has benefits for both you and them. Top bloggers are never surprised by friend adds because they have many friends most of which are more online acquaintances.

10. Write an article about their blog on your blog or for your local newspaper. Even top bloggers need all of the help that they can get. They live constantly with the fear that what they are doing will not last forever.

11. Talk to them at a blogging or tech convention. People place too high a value in online communication. At the end of the day network's returns diminish especially when people are not meeting in real life. Also you may be able to collaborate with them and help with their newest projects.

12. Subscribe to their rss feed and get their free e book. Help them increase their feed number so they can make more money with advertisers and increase their clout.

13. Buy their real life books, Cd's and other things for sale. Many top bloggers have an extremely difficult time gaining a high degree of credibility in the 'real world.' There are many reasons for this but I would say help them make it and survive. Supporting bloggers actually helps all bloggers because it makes the whole game possible. When the money stops I fear so to will the information, blogs and blogosphere.


20 Ways To Leverage Your Business Through Blogging

Having a business puts people in a unique situation, to drive to conversions, to something they know a lot about. Blogging is a business tool, of the future, and present, and can be leveraged. Here are some things businesses do, to leverage the blogosphere:

1. Pay bloggers to review their business and link in. This increases page rank, traffic, SEO and brings a new audience to the table.

2. Guest post on other blogs. The link will often drive many people to check out your online pages.

3. Start a series of blogs, related to your business. Get the good writers, in your business to contribute.

4. Leverage social media especially micro blogging, video games, and videos to get your message across.

5. Network with others in your same field and look for opportunities. Collaboration is a great business tool.

6. Use blogs to communicate with your customers, and business partners. Sometimes blogs are just great communication tools. You can have a private blog ,that only the people that need to read the information, like general times of meetings etc can go.

7. To replace newspaper advertising costs. Many businesses spend way too much money to advertise in newspapers. It does not take much to drive active targeted traffic through blogs to your business.

8. Become an affiliate advertisers. Have some of the best marketers on earth build complex sites that drive conversions and money in your pocket.

9. Get a PPC advertiser account. Pay Per Click is more subtle and more of an art for an advertiser. Yet Pay Per Click is the future of advertising. More people can make money with PPC than any other way.

10. Regularly promote your business through micro blogging. Some of the most successful business people have tweeted billions of times. It is all for good reason. Micro blogging drives traffic to your business and you make more money.

11. Call out your competitors. Many times businesses get burned by the competition. If you call them out and the crowd agrees with your complaints your competition could loose a lot of business that may in fact come to your site.

12. Build you image. Many of the best companies on earth run blogs that are nothing more than interesting things found on the Internet, and company photos on the weekend.

13. Reinforce your values. The best companies on earth have a strict value system and abide by business ethical practices. People more and more appreciate those little things. Your business makes people's lives easier, and contributes to the greater good of humanity should be a core message.

14. Blog to generate an extra income for your business. It is not secret that blogs are worth a lot of money. Put ads in the blog or get advertisers to pay for spots. Increase business earnings through your own media network, and online communities.

15. Use your blog for special discounts. It is no secret that if people go online to the sites of many businesses they can usually find great discounts and coupons that can be brought to the stores. Traffic drives visibility and the perks keep people comming back. If you do not reward your employees and customers your business will suck.

16. Use your blog to leverage free stories in the main stream media. All companies have success stories, creation stories, trial stories that the media would pick up on if you blog about it. Tell your story. Highlight people who have done good for your company. Celebrate your customers. Do charity work. All of these feel good things will drive up the bottom line 20 times over.

17. To create a loyalty among your share holders, and people who work for you. Give them a space. Studies show that if people can decorate their room they will be happier and live there longer. Let your people decorate their rooms online.

18. Leverage the viral power of blogs to make your business more globally orientated. Sometimes businesses overly target people and miss great and simple opportunities.

19. Use your blog as a historical document. Many resturants that are now going out of business have fake regalia or australian pictures all over the walls to set the mood. Bring this to the table. It is great to have people see where you came from and where you are going.

20. Because blogs are fun. Business can be stressful. Blogging helps business and can be a good diversion.


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The Top Ten Worst Blogging Mistakes Ever Made

1. Not sticking with the blog long enough. Blogging is a game that the longer a blog is out the more money it makes.

2. Spending too much time on failed ideas. If the blog can not pull significant viral traffic relatively quickly it may be doomed to never being in the top 1000.

3. Themes, pictures, video games and multimedia that slow the loading time of a site so long that people get up and turn their tv on.

4. Leaving the title and labels fields blank! Blogs do not really need them sure. You will still get traffic but... Titles and labels are major tools and not just an annoying step.

5. Doing too much to fit into the blogosphere.

6. Too much non original stuff. Some blogs are full of widgets, content, and other things that may be creative commons but... Unless they are trying to bring it all together in some where people are most interested in what can be created than what can be gathered of web images and whatever.

7. Deleting your first blog. Bloggers start the mythical first blog only to be horrified at how bad it is. They quickly delete it at 5 in the morning. The right thing to do is to delete any posts you do not like. If you are sick of the idea link off to your next project to keep the link juice you built up.

8. Not having enough faith in the blogosphere and social media. Blogging is a big deal. It is not silly. Take other blogs seriously.

9. Linking out too much. Do not always link. Produce some good stuff. Writing, pictures, videos, etc.

10. Believing that because the blog gets not traffic that it is bad. Even a trickle of traffic can make some mad ppc cash.


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