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Shawn, I have to check out his specific posts on business models. I agree that you have to find your own business model. That's why I wrote the post, inviting to a discussion thread. I added Google AdSense because it was so easy to set up at Blogger. I also wanted to find out what kind of ads that would be showing up on my blog. Could you explain it a bit more how you could use it for SEO? I think that the alternative ad system like BlogAds is an interesting take on the relation between blog readers and advertisers. It will be fascinating to see if the new social micropayment / donation service, Flattr, will take off. You could see it as a development of the old "tip jar" mug, but you add a social networking aspect to it and you get a commitment of a small money amount (flat-rate) and you could show support (flatter) in an easy way."
Pat Henry: I think that geo location based services could be of good use for local business, reaching out to loyal customers and "ambassadors" on the internet. I also think that this behavior will lead to more "meetups" in the future. The "Third Place" is getting more available. "
Listen to Anita Campbell's podcast, The Latest Trends Driving Small Business. She has a segment called, "Location Based Presence Online." Google Latitude and Foursquare are mentioned. http://www.smbtrendwire.com/2010/05/05/the-latest-trends-driving-small-business/ Personally I have been using Gowalla for sometime and I enjoy the way you could arrange meetings and keeping in touch with Twitter friends. Check out net@night's podcast interviews with Gowalla and Foursquare for more information. http://www.twit.tv/natn134 http://www.twit.tv/natn132"
Hi Susan, You are not forced to refer other members, but you should have them in mind when you think it could be an appropriate match. I am a new member, but I already have a a sense that BNI members are holding a high standard in general. You have to go through a process that Ivan Misner calls V.C.P. (Visibility - Credibility - Profitability) Read his post, The VCP Process(R) of Relationship Networking. http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=101572 Have you read John Jantsch's post, The Confusing Opportunity of Referral? http://www.bizsugar.com/Marketing/the-confusing-opportunity-of-referral-duct-tape-marketing-/"