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Lots Of Twitter Information

Okay, this time I got the video from Chris Brogan, and it’s a video put on by a group that calls themselves EpicFU. It’s all about Twitter apps first, then an interlude of some freaky stuff, some advertising, then more about how to use Twitter for different types of stuff. Overall it’s pretty good information, and follows up a previous post where I introduced Tweet My Blog.

Anyway, here’s the video; thanks Chris:


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Do People Ever Check Out Your About Page?

After reading Problogger’s article 20 Types Of Pages That Every Blogger Should Consider, I decided that one of the pages I was going to add was an About page. I’ve just added the link to it, but it’s actually above here, in the title of the name of my blog, which is I’m Just Sharing, next to the link containing my series on Blogging. I also added a Contact page, though it’s somewhat non-traditional.

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However, I’ve wondered if anyone ever goes to the About page to learn about the person writing the blog. I have to admit that I used to do it all the time, but now I probably do it 25 – 30% of the time. The reasons I don’t go as often as twofold: one, because I visit so many blogs and post on so many that I don’t usually stop to take time to learn more about the writer, and that’s a shame; two, because most of the time there’s very little written there, and then I feel like I wasted my time.

I know some blogs come with the About link already set up, which includes the new template of my business blog (which, I admit, I can’t figure out how to get to, so instead I changed the color so it blends in with the rest of the line), so maybe it’s not totally their fault for not filling it in. Still, it’s there, and I figure it should have some purpose.

I have an About page here, but it doesn’t tell the whole story about me. This will be the only post where I say more about myself than my About link says, mainly because I want the About link to only concentrate on this blog, and not me personally. I do include a link to my business biography, if you’re so inclined to learn that much more about me, but here’s a different take.

My name is Mitch Mitchell; no, my parents didn’t name me that, but very few parents actually name their kids that, so almost every single Mitch Mitchell you know has a different first name, including the guy who was the drummer for Jimi Hendrix (whose real name was “John”, and other than him I’m the only “Mitch Mitchell” that shows up on Google in the top 15!). I am a consultant; that’s the easy part. I consult in different fields, though, and I make a living in all of them, to a degree.

My main business is as a health care finance consultant. Being more specific, I help hospitals make money. I do that by finding out where they’re missing it and help them capture it. I help their profitability so that they can survive, and I like to think I’m pretty good at it. I helped one hospital find over $2 million dollars in a 30 minute phone call. I helped another make $730 million dollars over the course of a year; I’m not bad, I’d say.

My secondary business is in leadership, management, and diversity. I’ve done seminars and speaking engagements across the country on these topics and other topics related to it. I also do business coaching.

I have a few monthly clients whose sites I maintain and work on trying to keep them relevant, which can be difficult when you can’t get them to keep writing new content, but so be it. I’ve also spoken on that topic, and of course I’ve hawked the little ebook I wrote enough times, Using Your Website As A Marketing Tool.

That’s three businesses for one guy; you’d think that would be enough, wouldn’t you? But no, I have one more area to try to conquer; I’m working hard at being an internet marketer. You might ask why I’m doing this, with the other businesses I have going.

One, I do a lot of traveling, and sometimes I’m gone for months at a time. Next year I hit a milestone birthday, and frankly, if I’m going to travel for business I’d like it to be more on my terms than someone else’s.

Two, it would be nice if I could establish that base of residual income so I could be more choosy in what outside assignments I take.

Three, the marketing is so much more different online than it is offline, though I haven’t totally figured it out just yet. Offline there’s a lot of phone calls, letters, postcards, networking meetings, etc. Online, if you do it right, you do almost everything from the comfort of your office, and if it’s even better, you don’t even have to be around while the money is being made.

Frankly, that appeals to me greatly, which is why I keep buying books like Adsense Secrets, participating in programs and forums like Self Starter Weekly Tips (by the way, the moderator of that forum, Lynn Terry, holds a free weekly call, and on Tuesday I got some great information from that call), and creating sites like Medical Billing Answers.

And of course, it also explains why I keep blogging, and reading and commenting on other blogs. I have a lot more to learn and a lot more to share. And now, I’ve shared a bunch about myself, and there’s still more in my About tab above, if you haven’t gotten enough of me yet. Think about creating something like those two tabs, or pages, for your own blog, and every once in awhile, take the time to look at them on other blogs you visit.
 

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Emoticon Suicide

Oh no, not another video! I tell you, there are some folks out there finding this great stuff, and that’s what I’m sharing today.

On the Ambermac blog, she created a post called My Top 5 Internet Culture Videos On Youtube. Out of the five, my favorite, which means it made me laugh out loud, was this one on those favorite things of ours, obviously having a bad day:

Now, some of you may be wondering what’s with all these videos today. Basically, what I’m highlighting is the reason for checking out other blogs. Notice that every video I’ve shared thus far has come from someone else’s blog. What I’ve done while posting these videos is also given a trackback to each one of those folks, and at least one of those folks has stopped by to thank me for it.

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The Big Blogging Names Aren’t Dofollow

Back in July, I downloaded a little plugin from WordPress that made this a “dofollow” blog, as well as my business blog. I was so proud about it that I wrote about it here.

I still love the fact that people can come here and get some true link love, and of course it benefits me also. However, I’ve been wondering lately if the big time bloggers have their blogs set up as dofollow or not. So, I’ve done a random sample, and I’m sort of disappointed by it all. I checked out John Chow; nope. Shoemoney; nope. Problogger; nope. John Reese; kind of (most of the comments aren’t, but a few are, so he must decide who gets love and who doesn’t). Build a Better Blog; nope. Chris Brogan; nope. Of course, I’ve checked all of these folks using the wonderful SEO for Firefox” add-on.

So, what give anyway? I look at someone like John Chow, who talks about having over 31,000 RSS subscribers, with an Alexa rank of around 41,000, but only a page rank of 3 from Google (the blog has no page rank at all) as someone whose site could not only benefits from sharing links with a lot of people (though I bet he and all the others have lots of people linking to them for free) but could stand to share a little bit of love with the rest of us. Sure, there are those leeches out there who only post something stupid so they can get their name on a big time blog, but that’s not the majority, and I’m betting that very few of them know that their post and link is meaningless. They’d get a lot more juice out of their comments if they posted here, of all things.

That’s a shame. Now, I don’t know if blogs on the Blogger platform can go dofollow or not, but if they can then it’s a shame if they don’t do it. At this juncture, the only two dofollow blogs I definitely know of are all the blogs mentioned by Sire on his guest post, Lynn Terry’s Clicknewz, and Barbara Ling’s blog. So, I’ll urge you to write on those blogs if you want some link love, change your blog to a dofollow blog as soon as you can, and let people know here about your blogs so you can be found.

Why I Love Blogging – Guest Post

Ever since I wrote a guest post on another person’s blog, I’ve hoped to be able to return the favor in some fashion to someone else. Actually, I’m still hoping the author of the other blog one day writes a post for my blog, but business always comes first.

So, I’ve requested my friend, known as Sire (hey, it’s the internet, so he’s allowed a touch of anonymity), to write a guest post today, asking him to talk about his love of blogging. He has many blogs, some of which he mentioned below, and some he didn’t mention. If he mentioned them below there are links to them, including one that, well, in America has a questionable title (he’s Australian, so if you’re also Australian and questioning the spelling of some words, I Americanized them), but I’m going to link to it anyway, just not say the word. The two blogs I didn’t see him mentioning, which I will now, is his latest blog, called Wassup, and SBizzTech. And now, without further ado, the guest post:

If one were to wander around the World Wide Web these days, you wouldn’t get far without stumbling into the plethora of blogs that are in existence. Several of those belong to me, but the reason for me becoming a blogger has changed from one of blogging for SEO strategies to one of blogging for the sheer love of it.

It all began not so long ago when I started theelusivepotofgold.com and I was trying one of many Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques to get my first website noticed by the omnipotent Goggle. One thing I came across was the fact that search engines liked changing content and I found that the easiest way to do this was by having a blog linked to main site, and so WellBlogMe was born. To cut a long story short, it actually worked, and the site jumped to PR4 within a fairly short time.

Shortly after, I discovered that it was actually possible to blog for money through certain sites that acted as go betweens for advertisers and bloggers. I was actually making up to $600 per week at one stage until Google, who felt threatened by the many bloggers taking on paid assignments, decided to penalize bloggers by stripping them of their PR, which in turn reduced the blogs earning capabilities.

I decided to start up a few more blogs, build up their individual PR, and tackle the ‘paid to post’ route, but this time I was going to be smarter and not make it so obvious to the Google bots as to what I was doing.

The thing is that although I try to make my blogs profitable, it is not all about the money. I have actually come to love blogging as it has provided me with a way to express myself, something that I am not normally comfortable with when in a room full of people. Yet through my blogs I can virtually reach thousands and I have no qualms at all about the way I express myself.

When I now start up a new blog, I try to come up with a topic that will provide me more enjoyment, and possibly my readers as well. My BS blog will not make me any money via the normal means as those sites don’t like to be associated with anything pertaining to profanity, but I chose that route because it gave me the capacity to go out on a limb, so to speak.

My Scenic Adelaide photo blog allows me to show the world photos and stories of the City that raised me as well as surrounding areas that I find interesting. Photos2Blog allows me to display photos that do not fit in with the Scenic Adelaide blog. Just yesterday the editor of an Australian magazine called Discovering Stone, which is aimed at the natural stone industry, contacted me. They are publishing an article on stone monuments in Adelaide and they wanted to source a few photos of the Three Rivers Fountain in Victoria Square that were displayed on my blog. If it wasn’t for my blogs I doubt very much that this opportunity would have ever eventuated.

Blogging is no longer all about the money, it is more of a passion, a way to put myself out there, to discover new ways of expressing myself and to meet some of the myriad of other bloggers along the way, for I have discovered that bloggers are part of a community, one willing to share ideas and interact via their blogs and their comments as they visit their blogging neighbors.

Wonderful job, Sire. And I hope all of you check out his blogs; they’re all “do follow” blogs, so if you comment, you’ll benefit yourself also.
 

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