Archives for May 2012

Friday Featured Four – 5/11/12

I hope everyone had a great week. One of the best parts of Social Media is the opportunity to meet great people from all over the globe. The FFF this week hail from India, France, and two very intelligent women from Southern California.

Kamal Bennani – Kamal is Founder & CEO of E-MHOTEP out of Paris, France. E-MHOTEP is a web agency providing multiple communication solutions, with over 14 years experience in design, construction, operation and promotion of websites. Kamal always brings great content to his networks and is a complete pleasure. You can find Kamal on Facebook, Google +, and Twitter where he’s very active. He’s an authority in the digital space, and someone you’ll want to connect with today.

Facebook                                                                          Twitter

Klout                                                                                Site

Empire Avenue                                                               Google +

Marieke HenselMarieke runs Branding Personality based in Southern California. Branding Personality provides SEO, Online Advertising, and Social Media services that help businesses gain customers since 2007. Marieke has quite the international flavor. She is originally from the Netherlands, but has lived and worked in Brazil, Romania, and the United States. You can also add author to Marieke’s list of accomplishments. She co-authored Businesswise, and Next Up: Essential Social Media Strategies for Auto Dealerships. Oh, and today just happens to be Marieke’s birthday. Happy Birthday Marieke.

Facebook                                                                        Twitter

Klout                                                                              LinkedIn

Empire Avenue                                                             Google +

Shaan HaiderShaan is from Delhi, India and is the founder and is the owner and founder of Geeky Stuffs. Geeky Stuffs is a diverse blog that provides insight on applications, software, gadgets, social media, and blogging. Shaan generally posts at least once a day with superior content. Geeky Stuffs brings in the visitors, and has an Alexa Rank of 37K. Shaan is one of those guys that is extremely passionate about Technology and Social Media, and gives you feeling that he is online 24/7.

Facebook                                                                       Twitter

Geeky Stuffs                                                                 Facebook Page

Klout                                                                              Google +

Denise Sonnenberg Denise is a Social Media Marketing consultant out of Huntington Beach, CA. Denise is one of my favorites, and I’ve learned a great deal from her about the Social Media space. Social Media Dot Connection is Denise’s site that discusses Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Social Media, and Blogging. You could spend days there soaking up the material. Denise has been in Marketing Communication since 1993, and currently is pursuing a MBA in Marketing. As Denise says, she is guided by the C’s in her life: Connection, Communication, Compassion, Contribution, and Camaraderie.

Facebook                                                                       Twitter

LinkedIn                                                                       Facebook Page

Empire Avenue                                                            Google +

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s our there…

 

 

Traffic Transparency – Are you sharing your Stats?

trans·par·ent - easily seen through, recognized, or detected.

Transparency is frequently sought after in the world of Blogging. Generally, transparency makes the organization or individual more attractive to the reader. We tend to show more trust when the source is open, and shows some vulnerability. Bloggers also care about traffic. Whether we want to admit it or not, most of us care. It may not be #1, but it’s up there. We all like visitors.

Over the last 4-5 months I’ve found four individuals that share their traffic data along with any income they bring in through blogging. Month in and month out they post their numbers. They provide detail on what worked, and maybe more importantly, what didn’t. Both newbies and veterans can learn from their experience.

Magnet4Marketing – Is a site that provides online marketing and blogging tips. Fabrizio Van Marciano resides in the UK and started this blog in mid 2010. His motivation for sharing his traffic reports is twofold. He does it to inspire other bloggers, but also to leave a footprint for himself to see what has been successful. Here’s part of Fabrizio’s traffic results from April 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While it was a hectic month for Fabrizio, where other commitments chewed into his blogging time, the site still attracted just shy of 10K unique visitors. Over 80% of the traffic comes from Google/Organic. A combination of solid keyword research and a ton of content. Fabrizio goes into detail about improving bounce rates along with other helpful hints on his site.

TrafficGenerationCafe – Ana Hoffman brings readers, as the title of site suggests, information to generate traffic. Ana provides a great education on Marketing Tools and SEO. As Ana says, blogging is all about “Walking the Walk” and that’s her driver for sharing results.

This Google Analytics shot displays the traffic sources for March 2012. Ana provides additional detail about the new Google rules, referral traffic sources, and her March income from the blog. Great information that is helpful to any blogger looking to generate traffic.

Dragon Blogger – Is a Technology and Entertainment portal, the creation of Justin Germino. The site had an incredible 103K unique visits over the last month with 132K pageviews. Yes, Wow. Each month Justin delivers a breakdown of his earnings that gives great insight to his paid sources.

TheFinancialBlogger -This financial blog is the main contributor of a few sites that brought in 290K visitors in February, including over 400K pageviews. The blog income report gives plenty of detail on the revenue generating pieces including: Adsense, Affiliate deals, Private Advertising, and Niche websites. The sites collectively took in over $10K in February 2012, although expenses were roughly $4K. The breakdown of the earnings and traffic is robust. Mike also provides a monthly snapshot of his assets and net worth It would take quite some time to get through all the content.

So, are you publishing your traffic stats monthly? Once you’ve hit some numbers you’re comfortable publishing, what better motivator than to share your traffic data with your readers. You’ll be providing your audience with a learning experience while pushing yourself to maintain/exceed previous traffic numbers.

Friday Featured Four

A new weekly post that will feature four individuals that YOU should connect with immediately.  Well at least soon.  This weekly post will showcase four people that exemplify Social Media today.  It will consist of people that share, give, provide value, are consistent, and perhaps most importantly, are approachable.  Yes, these people are communicators.  It is a two way street for them.  A few weeks ago I published a list of 8 people to follow on Twitter that was well received, so I figured a weekly post made sense.  I will go into more detail on each person, and show you several networks where you can connect further with these folks. These 4 and future featured people will not be made aware of the list before being published.

Timothy Snow – Timothy delivers amazing content daily.  He curates spectacular photos delivered to us via Facebook and Flickr.  Timothy runs Mediapeel which provides branding, video production, advertising, and web development.  Timothy is a Klout superstar.  His score currently sits at 81.  He currently ranks 9th in a Klout Red Bull Brand Page contest happening now.  Stop by and say Hi with +K in Red Bull.  This is rarefied air territory on Klout, and yes his score is higher than Red Bull’s.  While Timothy is a Patriots fan, let’s not hold that against him, as he resides in Rhode Island.  His wife Marie is no slouch when it comes to Social Media either.  They’re definitely a Social Media Power Couple (I smell another post). Below I’ve listed some of Timothy’s prominent networks where you can meet and get into his world.  Oh yeah, and he speaks Japanese.

Facebook                                                                          Twitter

Klout                                                                                Flickr

Empire Avenue                                                               Google +

Jackie BigfordJackie is an angel.  Period.  Jackie is all about giving, and making the world a better place. You can feel her passion through the computer screen.  I learned of Jackie from her tireless effort at Global Village Champions Foundation.  GVC is an important organization that provides nutrition to the world’s hungry.  She definitely made her impact felt as their Social Media Director, and inspired many to get involved with the cause.  Jackie resides in Ottawa, and is currently a partner at Savvy Media Marketing which delivers full service website development and Social Media Marketing.  Jackie also heavily supports Dolphins Love Us, and was a key participant for Project: Forgive raising over $100,000.  Always a breathe of fresh air, and a consummate professional, I highly recommend Jackie to you.

Facebook                                                                        Twitter

Klout                                                                              LinkedIn

Empire Avenue                                                             Google +

Adam JusticeAdam is the CEO of Elkhorn Media located in Kentucky.  Adam also successfully launched the site Social Media Sun this year.  SMS is full of valuable content that covers a wide range of Social Media topics, and features an original post daily by some of the most influential names today.  Adam has been designing and developing websites since 1998.  I think he was about 5 when he started.  Adam has also been a Yahoo! featured contributor in the areas of Technology, Politics and Autos.  Another person that is generous with his online knowledge. Adam provides many great services and consistent worthy content. Adam’s enthusiasm and work ethic are second to none.  I know you’ll enjoy him.

Facebook                                                                       Twitter

LinkedIn                                                                       Facebook Page

Adam Justice                                                                Adam-Justice

Saul Fleischman Saul is the voice behind the blog Osaka Bentures which dives into various Social Media topics.  As you might have guessed, Saul resides in Osaka, Japan.  His roots lie in Philadelphia, and that spirit comes out on his blog.  One of the best things about Saul is he tells it like it is.  You don’t always see that online, as many keep it close to the vest. Saul is also the community development guy at IdeasWatch.  This is a site where entrepreneurs and developers around the world discuss startup ideas. I don’t throw expert around often, but Saul falls into that category with Triberr and StumbleUpon.  He’d say otherwise, but trust me on this fact.  If he believes in the content you deliver, who won’t find a better promoter.  Find him on the networks listed and reach out.

StumbleUpon                                                               Twitter

Facebook                                                                       Facebook Page

Empire Avenue                                                            Google +

 

Have a great weekend…