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Weekend watching: How to be fascinating

Sunday Reading

Something that is interesting me more and more is psychology. Not just in a general way but in the area of selling and self belief. It amazing how we can be influenced but such little things, like colour and wording.

For ways in which we can be influenced by big and small things (changing the colour of a ‘buy’ button can make a difference, Amazon are experts) I read Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers.

Marie Forleo has really polished video’s about, well she says it better than I can…

My goal is to add more value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by giving you tools that you can immediately use to improve your business and life. Translation?

I’m here to make you rich.

Before we go further, let’s redefine rich, shall we? Because the rich I’m talking about reaches far beyond toys and cash.

Rich means unlocking your spiritual potential, nurturing your health and happiness and using your unique talents to change the world.

I often say if Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Oprah and Jay-Z had a love child, it would be me.

Her latest video with Sally Hogshead is very interesting, how to be fascinating


Sunday reading, Google manual penalties and more on G+

Sunday Reading

This week, several news stories got my attention. Not quite worth blogging about on their own but still worth mentioning.

The first comes from SEOMOZ, Lifting A Manual Penalty Given By Google (Personal Experience)

On the 15th of August 2012, our agency’s website (which was in the middle of a complete redesign) was hit with a manual penalty by our friends over at Google. This came completely out of the blue to us, as we’re a fairly small agency that has never taken part in any unorthodox link building techniques. We offer link building services to our clients and pride ourselves on carrying out only high quality and white hat work.

There is a positive outcome to this story thankfully. However the details of how they resolved their problems gives us insight on what not to do.

Other stories from Google relate to G+, We start with SEMRush, How to Get Leads with Google+

Some business owners balk at the thought of adding Google+ to their social media marketing mix. But as the saying goes, they may be cutting off their nose to spite their face by doing so. The truth is, Google+ has some distinct advantages over Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as a marketing tool. And if you get started now, you will have the edge over your competition when they finally see the light and start using this service.

Two of the features that enable Google+ to stand out over its competition, and help companies to generate leads, are Hangouts and Communities. Hangouts are essentially online video chats that are limited to 10 people. Companies can also automatically record and broadcast their video chats on YouTube with Hangouts on Air, opening the potential audience for your video chat exponentially.

We continue with Search Engine Land, Google Upgrades Its Google Places Dashboard With Google+ Local Integration

Google has begun a staged upgrade of its Google Places Dashboard — the backend tool that allows local businesses to manage their business information that appears in Google’s search results. A new dashboard that looks much more like the current Google (and Google+) aesthetic, and also offers some new functionality, will be available “over the coming weeks.”

It’s the latest step in Google’s (very) slow process of updating its business listings management from Google Places to Google+ Local. The consumer side of that switch happened last May, when Google’s local search results and listings became Google+ Local.

If you have any suggestions for Sunday Reading then please get in touch

Video: An in-depth look at creativity with John Cleese

This is a 35 minute of John Cleese talking about creativity. It is worth watching it all as he discusses what is behind creativity and how to get in to the right frame of mind. It is entertaining,informative and also humorous.

I found it useful because as a blogger, I need to ‘create’ new posts.



Found via Boing Boing

April fools day round up

April Fools Day

There is no where better place to find April 1st jokes than the Internet. Here is a small selection of ones that I have found so far. If you have any others then please leave a comment below…

Lastly, Lick the iPhone!


Sunday reading: the best of the rest

Here are some of the items that nearly made it to the top of my list this week but didn’t quite make it. By-the -way, don’t forget to read Monday’s eBook review in case you didn’t get chance.

Monday and Tuesday saw the web buzzing with the news that Twitter had bought Posterous, I posted about it but The Next Web wrote about the benefits WordPress gained from the sale – WordPress sees 250% increase in imports from Posterous after acquisition by Twitter. WordPress also posted about it and tells how you can import Posterous content in to your WordPress.com hosted blog.

Good post on Social Media Examiner, especially if you are a LinkedIn fan. If you are getting a lot of attention from that site then this may something your should be looking at - 4 Tips for Creating Your LinkedIn Company Page.

Finally, Encyclopaedia Britannica will not longer be available in print. Wikipedia and the Internet are blamed. The BBC discusses the end and how they will focus on the digital edition.

Sunday reading: the big mix

Are you a site designer? Stripes are still common on ‘web 2.0′ sites and can be very time consuming creating backgrounds with them. Stripe Generator makes it easy and ensures they are seamless, what ever the angle.

If you are a community manager or looking after your companies social media presence then you should already be aware of this, Facebook to Release Timeline for Brands This Month

Collecting customer shopping habits powers many marketing campaigns. This story about Target in the USA is an interesting read with a twist in the tale, How Companies Learn Your Secrets

Another site for website designers is geekchix.org and their post, A Collection of Printable Sketch Templates and Sketch Books for Wireframing should prove very useful.

Karen Skidmore of CandoCanbe.com has just published her new book on Amazon, Shiny Shiny: How to Stop Being a Social Media Magpie. Looks to be a good read if you want to know more about social media and how to use it.

More great reads can be found in the Tint-Network bookshop. If you want to discover handy websites and posts then join the Tint-Network Facebook page.

Have a great Sunday!

Sunday Reading: My favourite posts this week

Sunday again and time for a little light reading. Here are a few blog posts that caught my eye this week…

  • 8 SEO Tips That Take 15 Minutes or Less
    “While a long standing concerted effort toward SEO can pay off big down the road, don’t forget that sometimes there are quick tasks that can turn the needle.”
  • How to Be Your Own Webmaster and Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Again
    “When it comes down to it, as entrepreneurs and business owners we do what we do because we like control. We want to be in charge of our own destinies.For the first part of the web explosion, this ability to ‘take charge’ was ripped away from most of us. Literally, the ‘paint brush’ was snatched right out of our hands.But the time has come for all of us to start painting again. Just like my ecstatic client Jason, who is by no means a ‘techie’, we can all benefit from this technology and get back to doing what we do best…”
  • Firefox Keyboard and Mouse ShortcutsNot really a blog post as such but I thought it worth mentioning for all you Firefox fans. A very large selection of keyboard short cuts for Windows, Mac’s and Linux users.

If you want something more substantial to read then take a look our very own bookshop.

Sunday reading: Google opens to Teens but hates your website

Two Google related items for you to read while relaxing this Sunday.

SlashDot reports that Google has now open up G+ to Teens. Any one older than 13 can now register an account.

Google+ did not initially target the younger crowd and kept itself available only for users above the age of 18. Besides, opening up to youngsters over the age of 13 the social network also added improved safety features to keep the younger crowd protected. Now it features more rigid default settings for privacy but, they can be overridden none the less.

Good article from Problogger by Belinda of The Copy Detective25 Reasons Why Google Hates Your Blog.

The cold, hard truth is that Google hates your blog. And it’s nothing personal. You just don’t have anything that Google wants.

Creating high-quality, relevant content is a must if you want your blog to be noticed by search engines but it’s only part of the picture. If you’re not sure if Google really hates your blog, or whether it’s just ambivalent, then step through these warning signs.


Sunday Reading:Social networking posts

Here are a few blog posts that caught my eye this week. Mainly centered around social networking…

5 Reasons Google+ Is Worth It For SMBs

In case you haven’t heard the news: Traffic to Google+ jumped 55 percent in the month of December and is expected to hit 400 million users by the end of 2012. I know, it’s almost impressive, right? But many small business owners are still completely ignoring the platform, either because they’re not sure how to use it or they don’t think it’s any different from more-established networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Social Media Helps Small Business Boost Sales, Keep Customers

The business press is full of stories about how small companies are using social channels to attract and engage customers. But while there are plenty of individual success stories, the confidence in what to do specifically is not always clear for small business owners that are strapped for time and online marketing resources.

8 Stunning Facebook Landing Page Designs (And why they work)

How is a like on Facebook a conversion, you might ask? According to arecent study, the value of a Facebook fan is about $10 for a brand. And with the largest fan page topping out at 56 million “likes” (Facebook’s own, of course), you can do the math and see why gaining fans for your page is an important acquisition.

Sunday reading – WordPress tips

I know that Christmas is looming fast and you have many more things to do than read a blog post but there are some things you should know about.

  • From Idea15 blog - The 5 Minute WordPress Security Audit

    There are plenty of lists and posts out there with excellent information on how to protect your WordPress site, but not everyone has the time or the technical inclination to see it through.  With that in mind, here is a list of a few critical steps you should take to protect your WordPress site.  These will take a minimum of five minutes, and no more than 15.

  • From Internet Marketing Jam - Quick WordPress Blogging Tip

    Sadly, many hosting providers offer WordPress hosting, even though their servers are not using the right software or they are using old versions of software.  As a result, you can have the latest version of WordPress, a great blog theme(affiliate link) and STILL end up with errors, which your theme provider will be unable to fix.