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Hi Niall, I've said it before and I'll say it again. One of the first businesses I started, a professional blogging and social media services company, was launched 100 percent with connections made through LinkedIn. It was the first of the latest generation of social networking sites I was actively involved in. (The first social sites I used to drive traffic to my Websites were the old MySpace and MyBlogLog, a very early proto-social site later bought and shut down by Yahoo!, but these were not truly networking sites.) I used LinkedIn groups to connect with my first clients and to launch my guest posting efforts on other blogs. LinkedIn has changed a lot since then but it remains a very robust network that I always recommend to anyone seriously interested in social networking. Thanks for the overview!"
Adam, Thanks for sharing Lance's great post here. I really think following this advice can help any entrepreneur become a more creative person. I tend to look at creativity as a learned trait not an innate characteristic. It's about how you look at the world, and, of course, perspective can be changed over time.But first you must commit yourself to making that change"
Joel, Being an entrepreneur is about finding a problem and helping to solve it. That's what you're doing when your business helps people recover from disasters. Yes, you're compensated for your time and for the expense of your investment so that you can be at the ready to assist. I don't see that as capitalizing off a disaster. Disasters occur and volunteers have neither the equipment nor the expertise to deal with every problem that arises."
Great review, Wayne. There are an ever increasing number of mobile devices on the market, all hugely useful to entrepreneurs and small business owners...not to mention, more specifically to bloggers and social media professionals. I wrote a post on Nexus 7 and its possibilities for mobile blogging inspired by my friend business blogger Jim Connolly. Thanks for sharing!"
Hey Gee, Marketing to such a huge established market and convincing them to choose you instead of the established brand is almost impossible (unless you have a truly unique twist on the same old product.) Better to find a small but passionate group in a niche market and then grow that market over time. Could you create the margarita pizza of tomorrow? "
Content curation is becoming very hot with companies trying to market products and with many sites focused on sharing content from a particular niche. News sites, for example, with a particular point of view from Huffington Post to Breitbart are doing something very similar and arguably social networks like Facebook and Google+ are built on the same concept of content curation, allowing users to pick and share content from a variety of sources. "
So, Niall, how does Author Rank compare to Bing's tag feature? I did a post on that recently, but it seems to be more of a social feature since it's tied to Facebook membership. As for claiming the enormous amount of content I've got out there through Author Rank, it's definitely on the agenda!"
Hi Ti. Thanks so much for the shout out! BizSugar is definitely a unique small business site. As a past community manager, I can tell you that members benefit not just by sharing their blog posts, but by commenting on and voting for other members' content too. I am the perfect example. Just look what a little thoughtful community participation can do!"
Hi Hassaan, The degree of monetization you do early on will depend greatly upon the role your blog plays in your business. If you are using your blog to promote a specific product or service of your own, too much additional monetization early on could dilute your efforts to cultivate a specific audience. On the other hand, if your business model is basically advertising similar to the model behind a traditional newspaper or magazine, monetizing is probably something you should experiment with much sooner. In either case, you should definitely have some idea early on how your blog will earn revenue and how it fits into your overall business."