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Posted by on Nov 22, 2011

Back in August, Brian Hawkins of Hot Blog Tips put out a call to arms, literally, in a post titled A Call To Established Bloggers – Lets Partner Together. His idea was simple; to put a newsletter together that some bloggers could contribute short articles to that hopefully people would subscribe to that would not only give them, well, blogging tips, but also enhance the presence of those who were writing articles and also give them the opportunity to drop a sales link of some type in there.

The article was well received, and a number of people said they thought it was a great idea. Some people even said they were going to participate. Yeah, right! lol People tend to say a lot of things but when it’s time for action…

In any case there is a weekly newsletter that’s been around for 2 1/2 months now, and at the moment the contributors are myself, Brian, and the very shy, yet overly entertaining, Sheryl Loch of Fuzzy Wuzzy Anipals (I just wanted an excuse to write “fuzzy wuzzy”); very cute stuff I must say.

So far, Sheryl’s tips have been about using video on your blog, and she’s come up with some pretty neat things. My contributions are all about traditional blogging. Some ideas I’ve written here before, others are totally brand new. Those posts are short and to the point, maybe 200 – 250 words if that. After all, they’re supposed to be blogging tips, not long conversations.

This is both an advertisement for the newsletter and a call for a couple more writers. For the advertising part, if you’ve ever wanted shorter tips on the process of blogging rather than having to put up with my online tomes then this is the thing for you. Not only that but Brian offers a free copy of his ebook “Niche AdSense Blogging Modus Operandi“; come on, free stuff!

For the writing part, you get your picture on there, a link back to your blog and you get to select an affiliate link of some kind that he’ll also highlight. I’ve used it to highlight my book and CDs on management, and I actually sold a book last week; oh yeah! We’re not looking for lots of writers, just a couple more, and I’m betting that if Brian got a lot of offers that some kind of rotating schedule could be set up so that everyone gets a shot.

What are you waiting for? Go check out the newsletter sign up page, get the newsletter, get the free book, and be entertained by myself and others once a week in your inbox.

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Another great post Mitch! Done that already! Thanks!

November 22nd, 2011 | 10:39 AM

Hi Mitch,
I think the newsletter is a great idea and I am definitely signing up for it right now. As a newbie, I am looking for all the information I can find that has anything to do with the internet! Seriously, I am sending your article along to some truly qualified friends that may contact you. I’ll be out there in your fan base. Appreciate you sharing.
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November 22nd, 2011 | 3:41 PM

Thanks Ann. You know, Brian might be talked into putting the older newsletters on line so people can see what they were missing; maybe at least one of them. We’ll see if he notices I wrote this. lol

November 22nd, 2011 | 7:12 PM

I noticed. lol
Brian D. Hawkins recently posted…NewsletterMy Profile

November 22nd, 2011 | 9:47 PM

Thank you Mitch! We have a good thing going with this collaboration and I’m certain others will want to join in. I think the tips have been fantastic and I’m sure the subscribers are getting a lot from them.

There is a sample newsletter on the newsletter page. The link shows, “See sample newsletter”. It’s from a couple issues ago but I’ll update that with the tomorrow’s issue over the weekend.

BTW, I almost choked when you said Sheryl was shy. lol

I really appreciate you promoting the newsletter and I hope it helps everyone that subscribes. I know the three of us (so far) well enough to know that we wouldn’t bother with it at all if it wasn’t benefiting the subscriber. You are awesome Mitch, thanks. 🙂
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November 22nd, 2011 | 9:58 PM

Thanks Brian. Hey, Sheryl said she was camera shy, so I went with it! lol And if it gets more subscribers & a couple more writers, all the better.

November 22nd, 2011 | 10:29 PM

Nice one, Brian. I think idea is great. I will try to contact you and Mitch in the next couple of days. I think I can offer a platform where we can make this project running smoothly and get more contributors.
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November 23rd, 2011 | 7:44 PM

Holy cow! I got the pre view of this weeks newsletter and you boys nailed it!

I think that in this day and age it is awesome to do collaborations. In fact it is almost a must if you want to compete. There is no way 1 person can know it all so having a few different views and specialties give the readers a much broader set of info.

I’m sure there are some other great bloggers out there that will be jumping on board to share their tips.

Mitch thanks for the link and glad you finally got a good reason to write “Fuzzy Wuzzy” on your blog (and it didn’t come off as creepy). LOL

@Brian…I am shy. You just bring out the worst in me. LOL!
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November 23rd, 2011 | 2:28 AM

Thanks Sheryl; just had to get that coding down a bit better. And I appreciate that you’re a part of this as well. Creepy; snicker! lol

November 23rd, 2011 | 10:53 AM

You’re shy alright. lol

November 24th, 2011 | 3:43 PM

I’ve just learned about this and I don’t know how I have missed this topic. I think the idea is brilliant and just need a bit more time and probably some kind of contribution platform that can automate the process to some extends and of course descent email marketing script to track what is going on, number of clicks, etc.

November 23rd, 2011 | 8:09 AM

Hi Carl, AWeber provides pretty good stats and the script is just the three of us sending out short tips. Very simple.
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November 24th, 2011 | 3:52 PM
Allan Douglas:

Looks interesting, I’ll go check it out. Thanks. Concerning collaboration: “Many hands make for light work.” Way to go guys (and gal)!

November 23rd, 2011 | 11:20 AM

Thanks Allan; it was a great idea of Brian’s.

November 24th, 2011 | 2:08 PM

Thanks Allan. And, Mitch, the idea has been around for years so I can’t take the credit. I had to look-up collaboration just to spell it correctly. lol

November 24th, 2011 | 3:50 PM

I’m already on the list and I love the idea. I think I am capable of coming in if there’s still more space @Mitch.
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November 24th, 2011 | 9:14 AM

Olawale, that’s up to Brian, since it’s his list. Contact him through that blog post I linked to.

November 24th, 2011 | 2:08 PM

I’d love that Olawale. You are already a regular (thanks for that) and you’d make a great fit. See the link “A Call To Established Bloggers” that Mitch provided above and get in touch so we can work out the details.

November 24th, 2011 | 3:47 PM

I have got real good ideas from here as a newbie in blogging. I have just started my journey as a blogger and one thing I have understand clearly from here is, a lot of patience and consistency is needed to be succeed here.
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November 24th, 2011 | 10:51 AM

Good deal Abir. Stick around as I know we’ll have lots more coming.

November 24th, 2011 | 2:09 PM
Cristian Balau:

Ok, I just subscribed. Only because I want to read fuzzy wuzzy’s stories on stuffed animal friends…the rest of you are irrelevant when it comes to animal pals. So there…lol

November 24th, 2011 | 9:17 PM

Guess you told us Cristian. lol Course, Sheryl writes on video blogging, but since her videos are all on those fuzzy wuzzy pals I’m sure you’ll be greatly entertained.

November 24th, 2011 | 9:46 PM

Well thanks for subscribing Cristian. You’ll be happy then because every issue includes a direct link to the latest Fuzzy Wuzzy video. 🙂
Brian D. Hawkins recently posted…Top Ten Blog Commenting Tips – Don’t Look Like A SpammerMy Profile

November 25th, 2011 | 1:48 AM

Awe Cristian, you are my BFF (Best Fuzzy Friend) today! It takes a real man to say something like that in public. 😉

I think Brian and Mitch would throw me out if I started using the words cuddly, snuggly, cute and lovable to often in the newsletter so, I try to keep that to a minimum. Maybe I can sneak one of them in just for you! LOL!

Thanks for signing up and if you have questions that we haven’t answered just let us know and we will try to get you a few good tips that you can put to work.

Thanks for the giggle!

November 25th, 2011 | 12:49 PM

Sounds like an interesting newsletter. Keep up the great work.

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November 25th, 2011 | 12:41 PM

And improving every week Darren, thanks. 🙂
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November 25th, 2011 | 9:03 PM

That is a brilliant idea and we sharing these blog tips together. I would like to join in.

November 28th, 2011 | 6:35 AM

This post brings up a common theme. Great ideas get started and people want to be on board, but when it comes to actually doing work, I would say the majority give up. Why is that?

It’s not just this project, but life in general. People set goals and wish great things. Sadly, months after the excitement has faded, they remain in the same place.

January 12th, 2012 | 7:07 PM