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Social media reach: why more is more

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As inbound marketers, we recommend focusing on building deeper engagement with just your target customers rather than advertising to everyone. We spend our time creating content to get found by the most relevant prospects. However, when it comes to social media it makes sense to work to build reach beyond just the most targeted prospects. This is why we are building and inventing the Markethive Reach Platform(s)

The power of the network. The Power of Markethive!

Social media embodies the power of the network (The Hive). The more people you are connected to, the more potential you have to reach relevant prospects who are open to your proposition.

In social media reach is crucial as it directly impacts how much your content and messages get shared. The more connected you are – with followers in Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn etc – the greater your ability to get found and generate leads.

Here are three key reasons that inbound marketers should consistently spend time increasing their followings in social media.

Reaching followers' followers and influencers

Having more followers means you get access to more of your followers' followers. The value of this comes from retweeting, commenting or mentioning you. For example, if one of your Twitter followers interacts with one of your tweets, that content is potentially getting exposed to everyone who follows them.

You're then reaching people who weren't following you and probably didn't know about you. Even if that original follower never becomes a customer, they've still exposed you to people who might.

Social media shares impact your SEO

Social media's impact on SEO is increasing with search engines taking social cues like shares into account when returning search results. Again, the more people that share/recommend your content, the better.

Serendipity and unexpected personas

Of course, you've developed personas as part of your inbound marketing and are working hard to create content that engages and nurtures them into becoming customers. Personas are essential and help us focus but social media creates opportunities to connect with people we weren't expecting to become customers.

Building up your following in social media gives the potential for exposure of your brand and products to people you might never have thought would be interested in what you sell and leads them back to your content.

Little and often – the secret to social media reach

If building reach isn't something you're already doing, start following new people who follow your current followers. Find influencers in your network and connect with them. Retweet and comment on their tweets and you will start to build your social media reach. Do it consistently and in a few weeks you'll have increased your reach significantly and your potential reach even more.

Markethive combines your social network associates with your message brand and exponentially explodes your reach

Find out more at the Markethive Workshops regarding the Reach

Thomas Prendergast
CEO
Markethive, Inc.

Markethive Mission Statement Alternatives

Markethive Mission Statement Poll

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#1 Markethive Mission Statement Summary:

To be one of the Internet’s leading producers and providers of Marketing Automation and Entrepreneurial support through a vertical social network.

Using our portfolio of technology and mentoring to assist our memberships to differentiate themselves a level above the rest we seek to create the most creative, innovative, powerful  and profitable entrepreneurs in the world.

By doing so we expect to make Markethive the most powerful Social Network in the world.

 

#2 Markethive Mission Statement Summary:

We help you simplify your Internet Marketing environment so that you can free up money, time and creativity to invest in your success.

We do this by providing a comprehensive and fully integrated portfolio of applications, platform systems, proprietary engineering (all known as Inbound Marketing), mentoring fused into the Social Network of Markethive.

 

 #3 Markethive Mission Statement Summary:

To bring inspiration and innovation to every entrepreneur* in the world.

*”If you have a dream, a vision and a goal, you are an entrepreneur”.

 

#4 Markethive Mission Statement Summary:

Give every entrepreneur the power to build a business and make the world a better place with more individual autonomy and liberty for all.

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Markethive the Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs

The Rise of the Entrepreneurs is gaining momentum.

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Markethive is the ecosystem for Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are leaders, "not managers". Innovators and visionaries with an endless supply of enthusiasm and connected to a resource of inner knowledge and ideas.

Many potential entrepreneurs are inhibited and in bondage to the consistent worldly messages to conform, to get the job, become a cog, get a college education, go into debt and comply to the authoritative message.  Competent entrepreneurs walk in front and show others the way.

They take on the hard to do, they lift the heavy obstacles, and like the Marines, are always first in and last out. Tom Sawyer is the proverbial entrepreneur, showing the crowd a master piece in the process of painting the fence faster and better than the crowd who gathered to watch. 

It is awe that makes the crowd members pick up a brush and join in and inspired by Tom they stay involved through the entire process and keep recruiting others.  Entrepreneurs never take short cuts. They stand firm on ethics and imbibe a level of integrity others are attracted to and recognize.

Entrepreneurs are natural born leaders. They don’t stop for nearly as many breaks or gather around and watch others. Entrepreneurs always hoe to the end of the row, even in heat, rain, storm or even when supper is calling.  Entrepreneurs rarely get fired.

But they often get fired up. They will quit any job that asks them to do something they don’t believe in. But they will work at any job if the reason is strong enough or they have given their word.

Reach

We have been conducting work shops regarding building an automated solution to massive reach publication utilizing the power of Markethive.You should discover this power for yourself, where with some effort, you could be building reaches into the billions. Remember the Hammer? This eclipses it. This means your message cvould literally be put in front of millions, even billions. With a group (swarm) engaged, means your message could literally be in front of millions and billions hundereds even 1000s of times a day. Think about it.

The Capture Widget / Autoresponders

I have been engaged in buiilding capture pages and autoresponders so I can make instructional blogs and videos for you. Did you know Markethive has the only 1 click subscription system? And your capture pages can easily rotate the leads to your group?

Come to my Work shops to discover how.

See you there. Check the calendar.

Thomas Prendergast
CEO
Markethive. Inc.

Facebook News Item 06.29,16

Facebook News Item 06.29.16
(News Feed Policy)

I actually thought this video was very insightful because I'm like a lot of people probably are, i.e. we know almost nothing about how Facebook develops its content policiy and administers the News Feed side of its business.

We know Facebook is 'big' and therefore we credit some degree of competence to them whether we always agree with the content we see on the platform or not (which is probably the way it should be). But we also know that lately they've come under fire for unfair bias (which I think is pretty clearly an accurate observation).

So….the video in this article does give a more human face to 'the company'. As far as Zuckerberg goes, you'll never convince me he's not NWO-extreme. For example, did you see the article about the wall he built around his huge estate in Hawaii…while complaining about the border wall Trump wants to build? Google it…you'll find it.

Anyway…enjoy the video. The lady talking seems like an OK person.

TP

Twitter News 06.25.16

Twitter News 06.25.16

Social Media Today reports that Twitter isn't growing as fast as some of its competitors and therefore they're stricking back by increasing their feature set. Specifically… they're allowing rolling out the ability for users to increase the length of their tweeted videos from 30 seconds to a whopping 140 seconds. Some users will even have a much longer limit. Read the article for the details and some interesting figures on the growth of Twitter vs. the industry.

It's an interesting development but the question in my mind is: if Twitter tries to become another video platform, aren't they asking for even more competition, i.e. YouTube et.al.?

TP

Content Creation Is A Highly Paid Skill

Content Creation Is A Highly Paid Skill

I've recently seen two news items which relate to each other. One concerned Facebook and the other concerned the online course called Transcribe Anywhere. Here's how they relate and what it might mean for anybody aspiring to make money online.

The article relating to Facebook pointed out some recently discovered facts about how much money (it's a LOT!) Facebook is paying outside contractors to create content for them. This quote is just a part of it: 

"A story about paying video creators quoted an anonymous source as saying that the social network was paying media partners “around $250,000 for 20 posts per month over a three-month period,” 

And that's just the chump-change part of the deal. There are much bigger amounts of cash going to some other entities.

The other side of the story concerns how there is a lot more opportunity in being a transcriptionist than most people realize. In case you aren't sure what a transcriptionist does, it is someone who turns spoken words into written words…. usually just by listening and typing what they hear. A lot of that kind of work revolves around legal proceedings but there are other niches for transcriptionists too. 

But there's another side of it that particular skill which is much bigger. Do you realize how many internet marketers want to have their words transcribed and uploaded to the net?

It's a lot. I mean, Think about how many online webinars and courses offer PDF transcrpits.

…but why would they want to have such a thing done?

The reason is because they realize that Google doesn't index the spoken word. Only the written word. So….  they know that they need their audio content transcribed into words that can be uploaded to and properly optimized so they can rank on Google.

To me, I see the outline of a VERY big opportunity. And if you have a strong understanding of a particular niche's jargon, that positions you even better to approach somebody in that industry offer your services.

So, if you're one of the many people who dream about a digital, mobile lifestyle but you don't think you have any marketable skills to make money with…I can promise you that it's not that hard to learn to type fast. And if you can learn how to generate written content, this article (above) proves that big companies pay a lot of money for content (it's got to be good of course!).

Plus, you can work 'downstream' in the content business, i.e. lot on people doing business online need their audio or video content transcribed too so it can be uploaded to and properly optimized on Google (i.e. to help their Google ranking).

It probably helps to have a pretty good vocabulary so you can follow along with what you're proofing and/or listening to. But the typing part is easy. There's lots of course and practice programs online and many of them are even free.

Yes, there is digital speech-to-text software. But it's not perfected yet and its finished product still needs to be proofread by a human.

So….I think that if Facebook is paying this kind of money for various types of content, that tells me there's some big opportunity in there somewhere. I know that I'm really enjoying the proofreading course that I'm taking right now. I can already type fast.

 

TP

Interview – David Allen Author of Getting Things Done

Podcast Interview – David Allen Author of "Getting Things Done"

I've always liked radio. I even have memories of listening to the radio from the back seat of our car as my parents drove across the country. The modern version of radio is, of course, podcasting.

Most people aren't aware of it but podcasting is alive and well. In fact, iTunes has a very significant podcast component and there even a few very well-populated podcasting membership sites for people who want to learn how to do it. Another variation of podcasting is sites such as www.blab.im.

Even today, I don't listen to podcasts very often. But when I do, I usually enjoy them. The podcast I'm mentioning here (and the website behind it) is a podcast interview that I enjoyed and I think ithe website is worth bookmarking if for no reason other than I'm sure you could get some good article ideas from it.

NB: Remember that the idea behind curation is not to regurgitate information but just to point out where it is and perhaps comment on it or put your branded interpretation on it.

The website where the podcast is is here: https://www.blinkist.com/magazine/posts/david-allen-podcast-interview

The site is interesting from another angle too…i.e. approximately a month or so ago I mentioned the same website, i.e. another page in it, called www.blinkist.com. I've still got the app only my Samsun Kzoom smartphone.

I highlighted the fact that Blinkist.com offered smart phone accessible book summaries of currently popular non-fiction books..similar to the one featured in the above-referenced interview. I even took one of those summaries and turned it into an article that I wrote here on my blog.

I'm not familiar with the navigation intricacies of the Blinkist root domain but the podcast seems to be on the 'magazine' part of it whereas the book summaries are somewhere else. I think it's a little confusing but…it is what it is and I think both pages are enjoyable and worth being aware of.

There was something I particularly enjoyed about this David Allen guy. He's not the kind of guru who acts like he knows everything and has 'the world by the tail and swinging on a rainbow'. He's the kind of guy who's not afraid to say, "I don't know"….and silence. In this world of high-paid pontification, I respect that. >You'll catch that quality when you hear him talk… but he still says a lot of good stuff.

NB: I put the ´Getting Things Done' in the article banner because it was a term I had never heard used in a 'pop' culture way like that. I suppose it could be a trend of real value. Especially in the sense that the internet brings us so many distractions that it is indeed hard to get things done sometime.

 

 

TP

The Case Of The Citation Screwup

The Case of The Citation Screwup

My name is Art Williams. I'm a Citations Detective. It was a quiet Sunday night. I was sitting at home contemplating next week when I'm supposed to have a root canal. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? It's times like this when I need some cyber-screwups to distract me and lighten my mind up a little bit.

And then the phone rang. It was 'Bob'. (Names have been changed to protect the innocent). Bob sounded very frustrated. He explained to me that he has owned a hardware store in the city for several years but that he had recently moved and since that move his business had slowed down considerably.

Bob wanted to know if I could help. He said his business is very competitive and he was worried that somebody was trying to sabotage his business.

I said, "Well Bob…let's start with the facts. Nothing but the facts."

Bob said, "OK, but my wife doesn't have to know about this, does she?"

I said, "No Bob, it'll just be between us men. How's that?"

Bob said, "Oh that's wonderful. Let's roll!"

In my preliminary interview with Bob, I asked him if he got much business from the net. He told me, "Yeah, I do Facebook, a little Instagram, an occasional YouTube video, and I think I'm on a few directories like Google+, Yelp, Bing Places, Mapquest, Citisearch…..I don't know. It's hard to keep up with that kind of stuff, you know?"

That was my clue!

Bob didn't know it but maybe he already had the answer to his problem.

So I asked…. I said, "Bob, I wanna ask you something…and tell me the truth, OK, because this could be very important."

Bob said, "Sure Art, I wanna cooperate. I'll tell you whatever you wanna know but I don't think I know anything. That's why I called you, right?"

I said, "Ok Bob..OK, Ok….I know how you feel. Just relax. You work hard, you try to do what's right. But sometimes things just don't work out and now you're in trouble and you need an expert, right?"

Bob said, "Well, yeah…I guess you sorta hit the nail on the head."

I said, "Yeah Bob…that's why I've got this badge. I know we're on the phone but, trust me, I've got one. It says, 'Citations Detective'. It's very impressive but I try not to flaunt it."

So Bob said, "You've got a badge??!! Oh…Saints Be Praised!. Sure…sure…so, what's the question?! I'll tell you whatever you wanna know!! Just help me, please!"

Yeah, I could tell Bob was in a very emotional state of mind. After all… work all those years to build a business and then see it slip away like this for no apparent reason (that he knew of). Yeah, sometimes I have to walk a very thin emotional line in this business.

I said, "OK Bob. Here's the question. Listen very carefully: Did you or did you not change you name, address, and phone number on each and every one of those citation sites you told me you were listed on?"

The phone went silent.

I was just about to suspect something really serious was wrong but finally I heard Bob's quiet voice say, "Weeellll, no. I didn't. Why?"

Then I said, "Bob, I think I've solved your problem already. I think you've got a case of Citation Inconsistency. Do you realize how serious that could be?"

Bob said, "No….how serious is it?"

I went on to explain to Bob that Citation Inconsistency is potentially very serious if left untreated.

I explained to Bob that when there was inconsistent information on citation sites, review sites, social media sites, etc., that it confused not only old and potential new customers but it also even confused Google itself.

Bob said, "What do you mean. I'm innocent! I told you…I didn't do anything wrong!!"

I told Bob, "OK Bob. Just calm down buddy. I'm not saying you did anything intentionally wrong.. but let me explain something to you that every online business owner should know."

I went on to explain to Bob that if Google sees inconsistent information, pertaining to any business, on citation sites it is less likely to highly rank that business. The reason for that is because they (Google) doesn't want to publish information that could be wrong or incomplete. Information is, after all, their product, right?. 

Bob listened in silence. In fact…he was so silent I had to ask him, "Bob. Does that make sense to you? You know what I'm saying, right?"

Bob said, "Yeah Art. It's all so clear now. Man….if I could do it again, I'd make sure that all those citation sites… of course there weren't really a huge number, but…wow…that little omission sure made a big difference didn't it. It cost me a lot of money! Even my wife noticed I'd been preoccupied lately."

I said, "Well Bob….at least you're willing to change. Everybody makes mistakes. But you are willing to do something about it, aren't you?"

Bob said, "Oh yeah…absolutely! I'll do anything I can to make it right again. What should I do?"

I then proceeded to tell Bob that part of my crusade as a Citations Detective was to not only find bad citations for business owners but also to help them correct the problem. I told him I had a highly trained staff who could find all of his incorrect citations and update them with the correct information that would put him back in the good graces of Google.

And I also mentioned that additionally, I could find out not only the exact number of citations his closest competitors had but also what citation sites they were using, thus enabling him to get those exact same sites his business. And I explained that if he just added about 10% more citations, he would outrank his competitors (at least as far as citations go). 

So… I asked Bob if he was ready to take action and put a stop to how his SEO was hemorrhaging money. He said he was ready so I told him my secretary would send him some forms to fill out first thing on Monday morning so that me and my team could get to working on his problem.

Bob asked how long it would take before he started seeing any improvement in his business and I informed him that it took citation sites anywhere from a week to several weeks to update their databases and that he probably could start to see results in a couple of weeks. But I reminded him that the situation would continue to improve over the next 2 to 4 month as more of his newly updated citations went ´live'. 

He sound excited about that.

And just to make sure I 'managed expectations' properly, I asked him, "How does that sound to you?"

He said, "Oh that sounds great, Art. I'm soooo glad I called you! How can I ever repay you?"

I reminded him that my secretary would send an invoice too but that the money we charged him would be a pittance in comparison to the advantage his website would enjoy with the proper citation strategy which we would be putting into place for him.

So Bob and I said, 'Goodnight', I sent my secretary an email and voice-mail to tell her what to do about setting Bob up as a new client first thing Monday when she came into the office. Me…I'm not a morning person so I don't usually get into the office til after lunch. And besides, I'll be up late thinking about that root canal. I think I'm gonna get drunk. God…I hate root canals.

 

Art Williams
Case Study Writer, Google My Business Consultant, Markethive Developer

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Citation Basics

Citation Basics

If you have a business listed on Google you may have heard the term ‘citations’. Citations are, in the sense that they give your site credibility and higher ranking with Google, similar to backlinks.

What is a citation and does it differ from a backlink?

Some business owners are familiar with or have heard the term ‘backlinks’ but backlinks more simple than citations. A backlink could be just one word whereas a citation has more info, i.e. business name, business address, business phone number, and sometimes even more information about the business.

Both have similar purposes but citations are somewhat more complex and they often have more impact on a business’s Google ranking because most businesses don’t understand how powerful they are (or can be).

Most business owners have no idea how powerful a strong citation program can be for their business. And in fact, many so-called SEO professionals don’t even fully appreciate the power of citations or know how use them competitively.

A citation is any mention of your business out on the web, with or without a link. This mention can come in various forms:
 

  1. Company Name, by itself.

  2. Company name & phone number.

  3. Company name, phone number, & address.

  4. Company name, phone number, address, & link.

Even just the phone number by itself can be a citation. Collectively, #3 is considered the most and basic and essential citation requirement and is referred to as “NAP” (name, address, and phone number).

Considering the many possible permutations of these factors, it’s easy to see why submitting them accurately and uniformly to citation directories is so important. Business which do not do this part of the job correctly not only lose a lot of the power of citations but there is actually a negative result because of the confuse it creates in the databases of Google and the other citation platforms (e.g. Yelp, Manta, Citisquares, et.al.)

On the other hand, if done correctly, having enough good quality citations can give a business a big ranking advantage over their competitors (assuming other factors are equal). Some SEO professionals are even beginning to say that, for certain types of businesses, the importance of citations outranks backlinks.

What is the right number of citations to have?

Answer: More than your competition (and it is possible to find out not only the number of citations they have but also exactly where they are. Thus enabling you, albeit perhaps with professional help, to build that same citation profile (you know it works, right?) plus a few more.

A complete citation should include the company name, address, and phone number (some people consider a citation incomplete without a website URL too) but one which does not have these items is sometimes referred to as a ‘partial citation’.

There are two primary differences between backlinks and citations:

A traditional backline is actually a hyperlink. The hyperlink, if correctly coded, is what Google's indexing robot ‘crawls’ to ascertain what backlinks a site has. On the other hand, a citation is usually not hyperlinked (although, if it includes the company’s URL as mentioned above, that URL could be hyperlinked).

Another way to describe the difference is to note that a hyperlink is usually just a work or two…or perhaps a URL, whereas a citation actually has a finite set of information which is useful to a customer, (e.g. business name, address, phone number… commonly referred to as NAP), thereby influencing customer behavior in way a simple backlink usually does not and cannot.

Also note that citation sites which include customer reviews, e.g. www.yelp.com, www.manta.com, Google+, and most others could have negative information about a business

Generally speaking, the more serious a business takes its SEO and Google ranking, the more advisable it would be to outsource their linking building and citation building to professionals.

Why outsource your backlink and citation building?

The reason is because this is a project that takes a lot of time. Depending on your situation, you might have more money than time. Of course, if that situation is reversed then you’ll just have to settle for a longer project.

Another point to remember about the issue of who does this kind of work for you is that not only can doing it correctly be very advantageous (relative to your competition) but doing it incorrectly can confuse Google so much that your Google ranking is negatively affected.

Another way of saying this is: “These are trained professionals. Don’t try this at home! You could hurt yourself.”

Another point to note is that your business should always set up a new, fresh, email address for use specifically with your citations. The reason for this is that you’re going to get a ton of SPAM email to that address.

It’s best to do this after you open your citation site account. If you’re having a professional do this task for you, you’ll need to give them access, initially and briefly, to your email account.

Which citation sites have the most influence?

That depends. There are actually hundreds of citation sites. Some are better for certain types of business than others. Some are general and/or global in nature while others are more niche focused. This is one of the ways in which a professional, who knows where these citations sites are, can save you time and ensure that you get the strongest citations possible.

How soon do you see results from citations?

Generally within a few weeks but it is also possible that some citation sites might take much longer to …perhaps even months. The reason for that is because each site has schedules within which they refresh their databases. Google’s schedule is every 6 to 10 weeks (so… with them, it depends on when you submit your data).

What is the ‘claiming’ and ‘verification’ procedure?

This process applies primarily to Google My Business but also to some of the other citation sites. In the claiming process, the citation site has, through its extensive database, already ‘noticed’ your business.

But they don’t ‘know’ you yet. And they usually do not, at this point, have all your business’s customer oriented information. For this reason, what they do have could be incorrect and (most likely) incomplete and it illustrates an excellent reason why you should claim (and update) as many of your listings as possible.

Claiming your listing is usually something very easy to do online.

The ‘verification’ is a subsequent procedure, usually by mail but sometimes also by a phone call. You tell them where to mail the postcard (Google’s preferred method) or where to call you, they mail a postcard with a verification code or give you the call (it might be automated) and give you a verification code.

Once you go online and input that code into your claimed (but not verified) listing, the listing becomes officially yours….i.e. claimed and verified.

Note: Verification should be done by the business owner. If someone is handling this project for you, they should give you a list of which verification notices to expect.

How quickly should you ‘do’ your citations?

As quickly as possible. The reason for this is because you never know how quickly the citation cite (Google, Yelp, or any of them) will merge your new data into their online database. Most professionals agree that there is no evidence that Google considers citation velocity one way or the other.

Can anybody guarantee when, or even if, your citation will go ‘live’?

The answer to that is ‘no’. Nobody other than the companies that maintain the citation sites have any control over what happens after a listing is submitted. But….the more reputable sites can be reasonably expected to go live sooner than later That’s why you should consider hiring somebody who knows that kind of stuff.

Some of the smaller, geo-specific or niche specific sites are managed by a single person who reviews and approves submissions. That can take a while to get your listing live.

A general rule of thumb is that about 30% of submissions you do will go live fairly quickly and about 70% will be active within 4 weeks of submission. A professional who does this kind of work should keep you advises how the process is going.

A professional who does this sort of work also offers you another important advantage. They have trained personnel who are very accurate at doing these submissions accurately. You want it all done right…right?

Once the work is done, there is very little further work required other than the occasional update which you can do yourself.

Professionals who provide this kind of service offer the following advantages:

  • Manual, by hand submissions.

  • Availability of hundreds of quality citation opportunities in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Holland, and Singapore.

  • Citation opportunities specific to your industry and city and get you listed on these sites for local ranking boosts.

  • Detailed reports with usernames/passwords for all sites in case you want to make edits to the listings.

  • Flexible pricing to accommodate ‘just a few’ or ‘a bunch’.  

So that’s the basics of citations. With the confluence of review sites, more consumers with mobile devices, and Google’s increased consideration of social metrics and authority,  no smart business owner can afford to not know about and use citations to promote their business.

Art Williams
Google My Business consultant, Case Study Writer, Markethive Developer

 

TP

Three Great Place To Get Content Ideas

Three Great Places To Get Good Content Ideas

I've always believed that finding something to write about is not difficult. All you have to do is add a little creativity (or craziness) to spin something that's already interesting. Or you can use the same creativity to turn something that's boring as hell into something that's interesting. That works too.

So…I have a friend named Hugh Hitchcock. Hugh is a musician but a few year ago he got into internet marketing and even into making some of his own software…. much of which is very cool stuff. One of his products is a curation software called ICCExpress (ICCE)and it is very nice although I'll admit I haven't really cranked it up yet. But I plan on it soon.

Actually the reason I was delaying was because I was hoping that we might get a functionality in Markethive to pull stuff off of my WP blogs. But I supposed that would be kinda redundant, wouldn´t it?

I guess I'll have to put ICCE back on my 'use this' list, won't I?

But my point on this article is that I got an email from Hugh today which mentioned what I now realize are three great sources of excellent 'content' material. Hugh mentioned the following three sites:

  1. BuzzFeed
  2. BuzzSumo
  3. Twitter trends at hashtags.org

I had heard of #'s 1 and 2 but not #3 (although I was aware that there are lots of tools people build to work with Twitter. All three of these tools are very interesting and I think would be very useful to anybody who wants good content for their blogs.

Actually, I thought about including some screen shot of these sites. But then I though,"No…why be redundant?" But if you look at the sites you'll notice that they all are very easy to find top-ranked, currently trending articles and videos on a wide variety of subjects. 

I think these are great resources.

 

TP