Here are some of my favorite articles from the last week from around the web. It shows quite a strong start to 2011. There are only a few links this week, but a lot of them are involved, so lets get going…
“What’s the ROI of your mother?” That is just one of the awesome quotes from Gary Vaynerchuck in this awesome 45 minute video. I am generally not a fan of watching videos, I would rather read, but once they get through the obligatory intro, Gary was on fire and, as usual, a mixture between sage wisdom and absolute energetic comedy. Since this is a series of Q and A questions to say what Gary talks about the only answer is….everything.
You can also find this video, as well as a lot of other GaryV stuff here.
I think I was sold on this article by Pamela within the first mention of the tweet about Frida Kahlo : “If I were Frida Kahlo, I would have painted myself without a unibrow. Or at least have become aware I needed a pair of tweezers.” The rest of her article was just as impressive. Defying convention, taking a stand, being honest, being memorable and having a style that is your own are all essential things that a blogger should have in their tool bag. Everyone will not like you and your style but if you’re open and honest there are many people that will enjoy what you have to write.
I have done Video Marketing before. Quite a lot of video marketing in fact. But it has been a long while (years) since I have done any on a significant scale. One of the things I will be doing is more video marketing. I am sure I will be talking about VM more in the months to come. Here is a great article about optimizing YouTube videos from djfunkyslick. Video Marketing is a powerful tool. Every marketer should start to think about getting involved in this area, at least to diversify.
There are not many areas of making money online that I would say simply that I have absolutely no idea about what it entails to be successful. Domain Investing is one of those area.’s. I have always found the idea fascinating but I have next to no practical experience in this area. Thankfully DiTesco knows a lot and gives a wonderful breakdown of domain investing.
I will admit, I knew I had to read this article when I saw the title in my feedburner, “Emotions are like Poop.” As it turns out it was a really good article too. Steven talks about the importance of channeling, not controlling emotions and how to express them in healthy ways.
Alex shows us the importance of asking others to help to make your blog stand out and be noticed. There are many ways to ask for help, some direct and some indirect. Alex gives us some examples of the ingenious ways many bloggers use to get others to help them on the road to success.
I love value. Mark provides some great value here. A free 30 page PDF on Branding that includes interviews and articles by some of the bloggers that are simple THE BEST at building personal brands. If you have any interest at all in building a personal brand (and why wouldn’t you) this is an incredible value and a must read. Includes articles from: Mars Dorian, Tim Tyrell-Smith, Jeffrey Baril, and Dave Sabol.
I have been using Easyfill for about 3-4 months now, and just have never talked about this small but nice program. It saves maybe 5 seconds per post comment X 20 posts X 120 days, even with my notoriously poor math skills that adds up to over 3 hours saved since I started using it. Thankfully I do not have to go further into an explanation of this Firefox plugin, because Kim gives a thorough explanation of everything you could possibly need to know about it.
Tristan is always good for some valuable articles. This is a great one. If you ever guest post, or are thinking of guest posting in the future, this is an article that you simply should not miss. In this article Tristan shows off the 4 ways to show off your guest post, thereby maximizing the effort on what should be one of your “best” posts.
Finally Brankica points out a “Human Spammer”. Guess what, I had been burned on the same two posts she talks about from this guy. This is definitely an article worth checking out. As informational as the article is, the “updates” with his replies to her is the true height of comedy. I was laughing hysterically when reading them. I love unintentional comedy!Take Action. Get Results.