2 Tweets For Today

Posted by Neville on September 8, 2011 under Blogging, News, Resources, Reviews | 5 Comments to Read

Looking For Tweets

Continuing the current series of Twitter inspirations.

Today we feature:

crikey_newsCrikey.com.au: Crikey tells you the news the others won’t. Join us for exclusive polls, competitions, debate and commentary direct from the Crikey newsroom. http://www.crikey.com.au

Crikey word of the day: sybarite (Clue: what’s your pleasure?). Thanks @mickthesub1
This is a continuing series of tweets, dragging out the exotic and overlooked words that I am sure  you will soon add to your daily conversations. Well, what is the meaning of sybarite?
thediggersclubClive Blazey: The Digger’s Club is Australia’s largest gardening club, offering products, information, advice and ideas for do-it-yourself gardeners. http://diggers.com.au
 I’ve seen this club around for many years, in gardening and sustainability type magazines. It’s great to see that they also have a Twitter feed. I found this one by checking what another feed I am following is also following. I think I could spend all day using this strategy, and still would not have exhausted a the field of great Tweets to follow.

The Changing Face Of Blogging

Posted by Neville on May 21, 2011 under Blogging | Read the First Comment

Re-Thinking What Makes A Blog:

When I first came upon the word  blog several years ago, I thought that the idea was not going to catch on. Was I wrong!

I wondered who would want to set up a diary or log and then put it on the web for all and sundry to see. Surely it would only be used by a small number of people who believed that they had a role to play in spreading news and opinion.

After several years of ignoring the uptake of blogging as a serious online activity, I returned to the idea about 18 months ago. I subscribed to a course by a well known blogger, and listened to podcast after podcast, and tried my hand at blogging.

What I had noticed was that the field of blogging was now being promoted as the next big way to make money online.

My interest in blogging flagged as I changed the focus of my career, and I spent less time online. Then about 6 months ago I returned to find that blogging was still being promoted heavily.

I did, however, notice a change in terminology and that the word blog was now being used to label the short articles that some of the Social Networks were offering for their members. And these articles (or blogs) were being published frequently, with many of them being little more than an advertisement for the latest and greatest new opportunity to hit the net. Links to these opportunities were being thrown around in the “blogs” in the hope that readers would take up the offers and affiliate fees paid to the publisher of the “blog.”

Many times the publisher is be the author, as they are often “swipe” files or PLR articles with links added.

Occasionally you will find an original article that includes an observation or opinion of the author, but each “blog” is  basically a stand-alone piece.

Here are 3 of the Social Networks that provide the opportunity to write  and publish these on-off “blogs”.You can click on the Site names to visit them to check out what they provide in the way of “blogs”.

  • APSense: Originally these were  called blogs, but are now called articles. In some places on the site the word blog is still used.
  • Kooiii: This site has undergone some changes recently, and now provides opportunity to publish “blogs”.
  • IBOToolbox: This site encourages the writing of “blogs” and publishes them in several places to attract readers.

I have also noted the rise of “auto-blogs” that simply republish articles that have already been published elsewhere, maybe syndicated from an RSS feed, or a PLR article that perhaps been modified a little.

There are lots of programs promising to make you rich, and some of these use blogging, and auto-posting as a tool for do that that. These often make the process sound easy, but often there are catches to them, and like many of these type of programs very few people make significant money, except for the promoters.

Defying The Trend:

In amongst this trend to throw any old content onto these blogs  it is becoming increasingly harder to find original and quality content in blogs.

AAA BloggingBut flying in the face of the current trends, here at dotrim Blog Services we will provide you with hints and tips for you to BUILD your own blogging empire. The emphasis will be on being Astute, Authentic and Authoritative in the development of your blog(s).

If you are looking for an easy, robot, or autopilot system it will be best to search elsewhere. Here you will actually get your hands dirty, and do things for yourself, with a little help from friends.

Stay tuned for announcements about the services to be provided, or visit TopTeam to contribute your ideas about what you would like to see provided by dotrim Blog Services.

 

Traffic Exchanges: A Necessary Evil?

Posted by Neville on April 23, 2011 under Networks, Traffic | Comments are off for this article

When Will I Decide?

If you have been following the posts in this blog you might have discovered that I change my opinion on Traffic Exchanges over time.

At one time I might be promoting Traffic Exchanges and at other times suggesting that they are a waste of time and effort.

I guess that eventually I will come to the position where I take the middle ground and find that some activity in TEs is necessary or useful.

TopTeam nano NetworkTo discuss these ideas more fully I am developing a project in another site, called the TopTeam, which is what I have called a nano Network. In that project I hope to

  • Outline what TEs are and what they can do.
  • Review several TEs and point out their features.
  • Establish a framework for building downlines in TEs
  • Attract TE users to contribute to the site’
  • Provide opportunities for members to advertise their TE offers.

Right now I am offering the opportunity for new members to join the TopTeam nano Network, and encourage you to check it out.

GSEO.net – Learn How To Make Money Online through SEO & Internet Marketing

Posted by Neville on April 18, 2011 under Blogging, Reviews | Comments are off for this article

GSEO Community

Daniel Lew also known as Dan Lew in the online world has recently launched an Internet Marketing SEO Training & Consulting Community called GSEO.net for clients and consultants where both will have direct interaction with each other.

GSEO.net is custom designed for both Internet Marketers & Clients who are searching for SEO, SEM, Online Internet Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, Keyword analysis and lots more.

If you don’t know about Dan Lew then let me tell you about him in brief. He is one of the top Internet Marketers & SEO Professionals in the industry and the inventor of the Best Premium WordPress SEO Plugin – Keyword Winner.

GSEO CommunityAs a GSEO.net Member, You can get help in finding Hot & Profitable Niches, learning about how to do Keywords Research and get direct access to up to date Internet Marketing methods. You will also learn how to optimize your websites based on On-page & Off-page SEO techniques which is not known in public and for which you will also get 24 hour support with professionals and you can also promote your SEO and SEM Services in this premium SEO & Internet Marketing community.

Benefit of Joining GSEO.net SEO & Internet Marketing Community

1. As a GSEO.Net member, you will get instant access to reputable & reliable SEO Consultants that can help you to find profitable niche that you need to target.

2. The Experts inside GSEO.net community can help you to learn & how do keyword research more effectively without any confusion.

3. As a GSEO.net User, you will be the first to know the latest algorithm changes, about latest & Best Competition and will have access to premium SEO tools.

4. For On Page and Off page optimization, Being a GSEO.net member, you will learn about Niche Selection, Article spinning, keyword research, Quality Link Building resources, Meta Optimization, Directory submission, Keyword Density, Social Web 2.0 Submission, Traffic Generation, Building Authority, Crawling, Indexing, Page Rank and lots more.

5. You will also learn how to Make Money Online using
a) Blog Post Optimization
b) Social Marketing
c) Affiliate Marketing
d) SEO Copywriting
e) Using Landing & Sales pages and lot more..

GSEO Net

Add This Plugin To Power Up Your Blog

Posted by Neville on March 29, 2011 under Blogging, Networks, Reviews | Comments are off for this article

Power Of WordPress Shines Again.

WPSA PluginI have been investigating ways to make it easier for people to Subscribe/Register to take full advantage of participation in another of my blogs, the Dotrim nano Network. It looked like being a tricky little job to manage, but then in my inbox a couple of days was an offer of a plugin for WordPress that serves as both a subscription and product management system.

I think I used to call that Serendipity, but whatever it’s called it came just at the right time.

Following a bit of fiddling and setting up, the plugin is all set to go and I have started to put it into action.

Details about Membership at the Dotrim nano Network (DnN) are on the page in there called Subscribe.

You can also pick up the WP Sales Automator plugin by Subscribing to participate in DnN.  There it is given as bonus for subscribing, saving you the original purchase price.

I can also include the plugin (at no extra cost) in any WordPress installation done on my Dotrim Blog hosting service.

If neither of the above options are enticing enough, then you can buy the plugin directly from HERE.

WordPress: More Than Just Blogging

Posted by Neville on March 23, 2011 under Networks, Resources | Read the First Comment

Another way to use WordPress.

WordPress logoIn the past few days I have been exploring some ways to use WordPress, other than as a traditional blog.

My efforts have been concentrated on setting up WordPress as a base for a small membership site. I have been using the term nano Network to describe the type of site I have been developing.

After a quick search I could not find any other references to nano Networks other than to do with electronics and communications, so I have co-opted the term.

The first nano Network that I am building is planned to be a membership site where information about the process and benefits of establishing a nano Network are shared.

While still in its early stages you can visit the Dotrim nano Network by clicking the link. I am also working on another nano Network with a completely different focus, but more about that later.

Right now I should be working on the report that will be available from DnN (the Dotrim nano Network)  soon. That report will provide information on how to set up your own nano Network using WordPress.

My friend Mark Hodgetts has published a report that shows how he made $3k in 7 days, while using WordPress in some different ways. Grab a copy of the report and you too can explore the benefits of using WordPress.

4 Reasons To Scale Down Your Social Networking

Posted by Neville on March 22, 2011 under Networks | Comments are off for this article

That is, apart from the ridiculous amount of time you can spend Social Networking.Social Networks

Too Much Noise:

Did you join Facebook just to keep up with off line friends and family? And now you seem to have lots of “friends” that you’ll never get to meet. They post lots of trivial little things about themselves that really are of no interest to you.

Are you tempted to respond to the businesses that now want you check them out on Facebook? As if you don’t already spend enough time just getting through the clutter.

Sure you might miss something, but you’ll certainly spend time searching out the occasional jewel. As if we aren’t time-poor enough already.

Too Complicated:

Have you joined a Social Network where there are so many options, so many different Read more of this article »

Dotrim nano Network: Continued

Posted by Neville on March 20, 2011 under Networks, Reviews | Comments are off for this article

Why Join a Small or nano Network?

With all of the possible pathways for connecting in a large network, it is not surprising that members can get get lost, feelDotrim nano Network confused and not be able to navigate their way around.

The nano Network will help you escape from the clutches of a big, overpowering network.

There will be less people to connect with, and the people who are there will, by being a member of the network will have chosen to take part. They won’t be there just because it’s the latest cool thing to do on the ‘Net. Relationships in a nano Network are likely to be closer than a fleeting “add as friend” and then forget about them.

In a nano Network there will be no need to search for “friends”. They will already be there and will welcome you to their focussed activities.

The material generated in the network will most likely be highly focussed on the purpose for the network.  Because the focus is targetted, the amount of irrelevant discussions and overt pushing of the  latest new Hot Opportunity will be minimal, and anyone in the group will soon find that any effort in that direction will be wasted.

So What Do nano Networks Focus On? 

The simple answer to that question is: Anything that the Network members want to take as their focus.

For example: A group of Internet Marketers who have found that they waste a lot of time in the big social networks, dealing with the huge amount of offers, deals, hot opportunities and general spruiking of “products”, may want to take their networking to a quieter place to be able to share their ideas. A nano Network would give them an ideal point for such sharing, and maybe even some cooperative marketing.

Another example: Is your family doing some family History research? Are you looking for a central spot to publish findings, share tales and make it available for family and perhaps others to view and contribute to. Why not set up your own nano Network?

And another: The teacher has a class project that the students could build on and contribute. Can you see a nano Network helping to establish that project?

So How Do You Set Up a nano Network?

I have started to  establish a nano Network as an example of what can be done, but of course there will be lots of other ways to set up your own nano Network.

This Dotrim nano Network is based on WordPress, the platform that is commonly used for blogging. Word Press is however much more powerful than just a blogging platform.  Details on how to start a nano Network using WordPress  will be published in an upcoming eBook, to be made available here.

So if you are interested in following the development of the Dotrim nano Network (and contributing to that development) visit the Register page to find out how.

At this stage you can

  • Register as a Subscriber. To receive an occasional email update, and read and comment on articles.
  • Register as a Contributor (Author), to be able to post your own articles to the Network, as well as all benefits of being a Subscriber. This level requires a small monthly payment. (Free trial for 1 month).

As the network develops the process for Registering will be made simpler. Will we see you there?

Social Networks: Too Big To Be Effective?

Posted by Neville on March 14, 2011 under Blogging, Networks, Reviews | 7 Comments to Read

Getting Lost In The Networks?

Social NetworksHow many Social Networks do you belong to and is you time being spent wisely on them?

That’s the question that I had to ask myself when I found that one of them was not producing the results that they were promising.

This particular Business Social Network has an affiliate program, that will produce income from referrals that upgrade to a paid account. My activity had produced a few referrals, but unfortunately not one of them ever did anything but sign up. They added nothing to their profile, did not contribute any content and were basically just a number added to the total number of members to that site.

I asked a question about my problem in contacting my downline in the feature that they provide . The response from 2 of the admins at the site basically told me I need to wait until the referral adds me to their contact. One of them even implied that if I want to advertise to them I could it by way of a bulletin. It was not my intention to advertise, but to support the new member in using the network.

In this article at the Network I asked if others were having the same problem with contacting the people in their downline. There was little response, so I have decided to spend less time at this unresponsive network.

The situation above, typical of BIG Social Networks, where it often hard to navigate around and you spend a lot of time and energy for little result, lead me to consider investigating the possibility of establishing a SMALL Social Network.

So that is where I am at right now, investigating the possibilities.

What do think? Does it have potential?

Will it be possible to attract people to a small responsive, laser-targetted nano Network?

nano Network