I have been digging through the archives of some of my favorite blogs recently. Today I came across a series of posts from August 2005 written by Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger. I am not sure how the month will go, but I am going to start the series ’31 days to building a better blog’ on some of my other sites.
No I will not tell you all the sites I am testing this out on. However, I will tell you that some of what I read will start to show up in practice on this site. One of the sites that will be thrust into existance while following this post series is G3 Show. This is an old idea of mine that failed due to a business fallout. Hopefully it will be able to make a safe transformation with some solid advice.
If you haven’t read through the series yet, check it out! 31 Days to Building a Better Blog
Feel free to leave me comments and advice!
Okay lets try this poll feature from Polldaddy with a poll that I really like. What do you call your twitter followers. I have heard many different names, so I’ll put the most common ones on the poll. If you have another one, leave a comment and fill me in!!
If you use twitter and you like this, re tweet it, I want lots of votes on this poll!
No not THAT personal branding! Lets all put the irons and needles away. Personal branding is the idea that you should market yourself like an actual brand….
Personal branding has become a popular idea in internet marketing, or marketing in general. It seems that people feel that they need to market themselves as they would a company. Personal branding is an interesting idea… and a concept that I am not sure I aggree with.
To get some information on it. Click the image, it links to Nirav’s original article. When your done there, head over to 1938 Media and see what he has to say on it.
I personally love the idea of making a name for yourself. I don’t mind setting that situation up to fit your goals. For example: I named this blog SEO DAN. If I was REALLY against this kind of thing I would never have dreamed of that. On the other hand I also named the blog THE SEO REVIEW. Because No one cares about the DAN COUTURE blog. If they wanted that, they would just follow my twitter. If you want seo advice, then why not the SEO REVIEW. Pick a brand, you have choice over that!
Personal Branding is a good concept. But to me it just feels very egocentric. Go online, make a portfolio, keep your twitters up. If people like you and respect you than good for you. If not…. don’t go around telling people how great you are to try and make up for it. If you have a contagious personality then that will translate in your brand anyway!
It’s what people say about you, not what you say about yourself. If you are all about personal branding, maybe consider what the public is branding you first.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT YOUR BRAND?
The search terms that I originally started this long journey trying to be found on were “seo review” (yes, I was aiming for a search that required quotes) I have just reached the last position on the front page. That may change if my updates are reduced in frequency, so I took a screenshot :D
It only gets about 11 searches a day, but I wanted to get onto that front page for it as a beginning project. The journey so far has been great. I have met quite a few very educational contacts, and I have learned more that I thought I would. In midst of all the confusion, this has resulted in an seo consult for myself on another website. I am going to track the changes they go through and we will see how well these principles will work on an established website.
By the way. For those asking.. I am still on page 4 if you remove the quotes. Did I say I was going home yet? lol /cry
Until next post.. see you on twitter!
I have been looking through available domain names lately and I have noticed that nearly every simple phrase has been bought up in bulk. Any site that exists seems to have been bought up with the word top in front of it, and any word in the dictionary is purchased. Common items that people actually buy or search for have been bought up in any possibly attractive combination of words.
In short.. Anything you would actually use is either hard to find, or you will end up buying it as an aftermarket domain name off of someone.
I am opening comments up on this one…. enjoy.
What domain would you buy if you could have ANYTHING. (if nothing was already taken)