22
Dec

Blog Blazers Book Review

Blog BlazersIt’s always great to read interviews of bloggers who have gained fame, fortune, notoriety or notice to find out exactly what they’re doing and their influences, but it’s an even better thing to be able to read the interviews of 40 personalities in the field of blogging all at once. Stephane Grenier has put together such a read in his book Blog Blazers that covers the gamut in the world of online discussion.

Blogging goes far and wide on the internet and Blog Blazers touches on everything from SEO, to small business, to parenting, to business opportunities, to Google Maps, to coding and beyond, way beyond. Stephane secured interviews from such personalities as Aaron Wall, Dane Carlson, Erik Sink, Anita Campbell, Neil Patel, Seth Godin (nice one Stephane) and many more, picking their brains to find out just what has made them successful and keeps them going in their work.

The book is packed full of resources because Stephane asked all the bloggers he interviewed 3 important questions about their influences. The questions were:

Which 5 blogs do you read regularly?
Which websites would you recommend for new bloggers? and…
What is your most successful blog post ever?

Lots of great info here, but by far you can get a wealth of information by just scanning through Blog Blazers and looking up the most successful posts ever by these writers. After all, these posts have already been chosen by the readers of these blogs as noteworthy and the best of what each blogger does, so you know they’re worth checking out. It’s also interesting to note the number of bloggers that mention Darren Rowse at Problogger.net as one of the biggest influences and inspirations in their work. It would have been nice to see an interview from Darren himself to see what his biggest influences are and who he reads on a daily basis.

If you want to power up your blogging regardless of what niche you’re writing for, then Blog Blazers is definitely worth the time to read. The only thing I’d change about the book would be not to ask the exact same questions of every blogger interviewed. It would have been nice to mix up he questions a bit, but don’t let that stop you from a great read.

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27
May

Last Day To Win Market Leverage Nike Golf Shirt And $50

Market Leverage RewardsThere’s just a little over 24 hours left in the contest to win a $50 Market Leverage Rewards Card and a nice Nike XL golf shirt. Tomorrow around noon I will be picking a random person from the comments left on the original post and awarding them the fabulous prizes.

Because I’m a fan of really simple contests, all you have to do to win both the shirt and the $50 gift certificate is just leave a comment on the post announcing the contest that you would like to win the prizes. That’s about as simple as it gets. It’s even simpler than figuring out affiliate marketing. You can spend the ML Rewards Card anywhere that takes American Express.

If you are an affiliate marketer it’s always a good idea to reinvest winnings such as this right back into your business. A great way to spend the money would be to head over to Barnes & Noble and pick up a copy of Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger Secrets For Blogging Your Way To A Six Figure Income and Kris Jones’ Search Engine Optimization and you could treat yourself to a cafe mocha while you’re there. I’ve had a look at the ProBlogger book at B&N and a brief look at Kris’ book at Amazon.com and they are chocked full of info that will put you on the right track in blogging and creating an informative, well thought out web presense that can ultimately earn you some money.

You may be itching to get 50 songs from iTunes or spend the gift certificate on dinner and a movie, but if you are an affiliate marketer it would be much better spent by putting it into your business. Then after you read both books mentioned above, you can use that new found knowledge and capitalize on some offers through Market Leverage.

Check out the contest and leave your comment for a chance to win.

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