23 Of The World’s Leading Blogging Experts Are In One Place: Blogging Success Summit 2011

Mike Stelzner and the Social Media Examiner team are at it again. Raising the bar yet one more time. 2010 was already super successful with two of the most recognized events of the year “Facebook Success Summit” and “Social Media Success Summit”, which were attended by more than 4,400 people.

But in 2011 SME is planning to start early with their new Blogging Success Summit opening on February 1st and running through the 22nd.

Look At All This Value

Here is some of the value delivered in the summit:

  • Discover the best ways to market your business with a blog
  • Find out how to build an engaging blog presence
  • Discover innovative ways to generate quality leads and increase sales with your blog
  • Learn how to drive traffic to your blog with Facebook and other social media platforms
  • Discover how to grow a loyal blog readership
  • See how successful businesses built their blogs
  • Gain a leg up on your competitors

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SocialMouths Top 10 Posts Of 2010 (And A Thank You Note)

SocialMouths Top 10 Posts of 2010Yep, it’s that time of the year when we publish and consume an unusual amount of best of and top 10 list. And who am I to change the tradition?

So today I’m delivering a compilation of the Top 10 posts of 2010 right here at SocialMouths. In case you missed something…

Also, there are a couple of things I want you to read at the end of this post =)

But before I start with that I have a quick…

A Thank You Note For My Readers

I want to do this now because I know the last week of December is very slow as many of us disconnect to be with our families.

I can’t deny that this has been a great year for SocialMouths in terms of the things you can measure. I’m at about 50k monthly pageviews, bounce rate is insanely low, the subscriptions are at a growth rate that I didn’t expect and I could keep going… I’m thankful for that because it means some of you like what I’m putting out there.

But I’m mostly thankful for the great connections I have been able to establish as clients, fellow bloggers, readers or just friends. The focus for 2010 was to try to deliver as much as possible without asking for anything in exchange but I was definitely able to also receive so much awesome sauce from you guys that I feel I need to come back in 2011 with much more. So that is the intention!

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The 10 Pillars Of A Successful Personal Brand

It’s been a while since we last navigated the topic of Personal Branding here at SocialMouths but I guess that’s about to change. I get a lot of questions about best practices on different social platforms but today, I thought it would be cool to take a step back and review some of the basics of building a successful brand regardless of the platforms you use.

10 Pillars Of A Personal Brand

I guess the first question to arise when you’re thinking about whether or not you should put yourself out there as an individual instead of using your company logo as a shield is “do I need to become a personal brand?”

There is a lot to consider but I’ll give you what I think are the most important arguments

  • Personal Branding sets you up as an expert in your niche. Whether or not you are, that’s a whole different animal…
  • Personal Branding gives you a Competitive Edge. There is only one thing your competitor will never have, YOU

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“Less Followers” Is The New “More Followers”

The Striking 6 Blog Series

Yes, I said “Less Followers”. It’s not a typo. I’m not crazy and it’s not a clever headline for a post that will turn into the opposite in the third paragraph.

Let me first do a formal introduction, this is the second installment of the “Striking Six” Blog Series that involves 6 online mavericks sharing knowledge on how to craft an inspirational and powerful online presence. Each one of these awesome and mystery bloggers are revealed on each post when it’s published so you have to keep up with the series. Exciting isn’t it?

The first installment of the series was revealed a couple of days ago by Mars Dorian with his edgy style and message to change the world. Here is the link to The Guerrilla’s Guide To Attracting Your “Right” Audience.

Back to our topic in hand… and why “Less Followers” is the new “More Followers”. I’m inviting you today to disregard all those posts you’ve read about how to build huge communities, get more followers and likes, including mine. This has nothing to do with administration of all those Twitter followers and how hard it can be if you have too many because it’s clear that with the appropriate tools we can easily manage and filter information however we need.

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And The Winners For The FREE Review Are…

Winners of the SocialMouths Review2 Weeks ago we started a contest to win a free review of your blog and social media. It was closed last Friday and today I’m ready to announce the lucky winners.

Before I get into that, let me thank all of you that participated, there was a big response. I did something internal this time aiming to reward frequent readers instead of asking for a Tweet in exchange to have participants promote it and probably have someone that has never been to the blog but saw a tweet win the prize. I worked out pretty good.

If you didn’t win but are still interested in having me review your blog and social media efforts, I’ll be happy to do so. You can learn more about here.

Get To The Winners Please!

Alright, alright… geez.

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Affiliate Marketing For Beginners [Interview with Corbett Barr]

Corbett Barr from Affiliate Marketing for BeginnersI gotta be honest and start this post by saying that Affiliate Marketing has always been a topic that while it gets my attention, I’ve never done anything to learn much about it.

A few weeks ago Corbett Barr, author of the blogs Free Pursuits and Think Traffic, launched a course named Affiliate Marketing For Beginners that got me excited about learning this again. Knowing Corbett and being an avid reader of the content he puts out there, I was certain that this was not going to be one of those sensational “Get Rich Quick” products that we are used to seen online.

I wasn’t wrong. I’m currently taking the course and am happy to say that not only is a great product that set the expectations straight about Affiliate Marketing but also is written with great style that’s super easy to understand. Also, while I’m diving right into it and actually enjoying it, I still have some questions of my own and thought I’d ask Corbett for a short interview and hopefully answer those questions for you too.

So here it is, I hope you enjoy!

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Win A FREE Review Of Your Blog And Social Media

Review Of Your Blog And Social Media by SocialMouthsYes, it’s that time again. Time to give away stuff here at SocialMouths. Time to accumulate some good Karma credits.

If you have been reading SocialMouths for a while, you probably noticed that I like giving stuff away from time to time. Today I’ll take the opportunity to promote one of my new services, a Review Of Your Blog And Social Media. Even tough this was not listed as a service before, I’m often asked to review blogs, Facebook Pages and social media strategies in general so, I decided to officially offer it to my readers.

This is also a good way to thank you all because SocialMouths just finished October with an all-time high in traffic, double its subscriptions, had the lowest bounce rate in the history of humanity and for the first time in one year, the number one source of traffic was “Google Organic” (not sure what that means yet since I don’t pay much attention to SEO in this blog).

Anyways, back to you. Let’s go over what the prize includes, how the contest works and the requirements…

The point of this type of review is that we sometimes get stuck in one way of doing things, we put in the hard work over long hours trying to be successful in our social media and blogging efforts and we can’t seem to get ahead in the game. Those are the times when we need an outsider to come in and give us a good reality check, a constructive one of course. Getting somebody else’s perspective can help us unstuck and adjust our strategy. Even better if we get somebody with experience, with a share of success as well as failure under his belt to point out specifics.

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How To Build Your Facebook Landing Page (If You’re Not A Programmer)

Facebook LikeUpdate: As you know Facebook no longer supports FBML for its tabs, which is what this post was based on, but there is an updated post about How to build a Facebook Landing Page with iFrames – Don’t miss it!

Building a Facebook Landing Page is easier than you think, even if you are not a programmer.

This week we’ll look at a topic that might seem basic for some. For other people, specially new visitors, this might feel like “been there done that”. Yes, there are too many blog posts out there that have discussed the topic but I’ll promise you this: In the usual SocialMouths style, we’ll go over the why, the what and the hows of building a landing page for your Facebook Page. Why is it important? What do we need to consider? and…

A guide to building a basic Facebook landing page. Yes, step-by-step, with screenshots and everything! You already know how I love to be very visual. Also, we are going to keep it simple so we won’t be adding any email signup boxes or embedding video players.

Also as usual, let’s start at the beginning.

Why Is A Landing Page Important?

The landing page is usually setup as the “Welcome” tab for people that has not “Liked” the page. Saying that it is for first-time visitors is totally wrong, if I keep visiting your page every week without “Liking” it, I will land on the Welcome tab every time until the day I click on the freakin’ button.

But the Facebook Landing Page is important for two main reasons:

  • The Wall is generic, there is no distinction between one page or another. There is no way of standing out and creating a good first impression. There is nothing clear and obvious about who you are or what yo do or offer. There is no branding other than the profile pic (limited to 200 x 600 pixels). The landing page gives you those opportunities
  • The landing page, just like your website or blog, should focus on a strong CTA (Call-To-Action)

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