Welcome to Another of Steve’s Sunday Selection. There are some exciting topics up for this week. No, all the Pirate’s are safely back out at sea, but it seems that the Blogoshere has been invaded by Ninja’s. Yes those stealthy guys in their funky back outfits seem to be all around this week and constantly bombarding us with their tips and techniques.
What do Ninja’s have to do with a blog about “Lifestyle Design”? Absolutely Nothing. But they are still cool.
I first discovered the Ninja conspiracy in a wonderful article by James. It seems that Ninjas, those stealthy masters of martial arts have even devised tricks for backlinks. Devious.
Next up is a blueprint that must have been smuggled out of the Ninja’s Deadly Den of Death. At great risk to her life (Ninjas are vengeful) Thu gives us the Ninja Blog Writing Blueprint.
If you ever had any doubt that a Ninja could be an Affiliate Marketer Murray quickly dispels that notion with his Ninja Tricks for Affiliate Commissions.
I actually do not view many video blogs, unless they are embedded into existing sites. But the Ninja menace has long been of interest to me and one of the two video blogs I have regularly checked out over the last few years is “Ask a Ninja”. Here is an omnibus question answering session my favorite Ninja
Returning to more serious Ninja Invasions, Joshua has a Ninja Trick to getting direct mail opened. He is off doing the “getting married” thing for a bit, so act like a Ninja, stealthily approach his site and leave lots of comments for him to deal with when he returns. Very Ninja-like.
Finally I steer you to a whole site, dedicated to two of my favorite topics, Time Management and Ninjas. Craig has created Time Management Ninja. OK, so he is really not talking about actual ninja’s, but read between the lines…Ninjas are stealthy; they often hide between those lines.
Now we leave the world of the Ninja and move on to safer stories. But watch out you never know when a Ninja might rear his ugly head.
Adam lets us in on an experiment he has been doing building Niche websites with Niche keywords. He doesn’t let us in on specifics (tease) but it is pretty interesting. It reminded me of a site about Internet Marketing Niches run by some guy named Steve. Did you see it? Some Ninja came by and inserted a self serving link… I had nothing to do with that.
Feed subscribers are great. (Ninja Tip #2: If you haven’t yet subscribed to my feed, do so now; for guaranteed Awesomeness and Bagels… you supply the Bagels) We all want more subscribers; they are a life-blood of a Blog. James gives us a few ways to get more feed subscribers.
Ben gives us a great article on ways to business success. An additional way to success might be to take advantage of contests that offer nice little prizes for what you would do anyway. I was in the process of writing a guest post to Brandon’s site when I saw his guest posting contest. Yeah! Now I need you to get out there and comment on my post, if I ever get my butt in gear and get it done. Even better would be to throw down with your own guest posts. The gauntlet is laid down, who will take up the fight? It can be a lot of fun.
Next off something dear to my heart. Akismet. I often get my comments spam binned, Maybe because of traveling around, who knows. For some reason I know they often suddenly go astray. Though I have found Akismet to be great, I have even had to fish regular commentator’s posts out of the Spam bin on occasion too. Tia gives us some reasons why this may happen and some possible solutions to Spam Purgatory.
Finally I present two great articles on ways to increase both readers and comments. Both of these people have been leaving great comments here for a bit. Think that could have anything to do with an awesome plan to increase their traffic? Genius. First up is Fran with 20 strategies for increasing comments and readers. Ryan fires back by giving a specific example of how his blog comments skyrocketed in one week.