This is a fun site, and we all need more cool ways to waste time on the net, yes? Oh, yeah.
So the Influence Project lets you establish a baseline and then spread your influence, and they will keep up with your level of success. They have a slick interface, you can sign on with Facebook and track your influence . . . First thing I’ve seen on facebook in a long, long time that I really, really like . . .
I continue to be amazed at the dollars people will throw at a website (especially a flash based website) with absolutely no idea what they’ve asked for and what they are getting. Or the disparity between the two.
Perhaps that is the reason those blog-in-a-box sites actually make money. If you don’t know what you want, and really don’t know what you can get, those flash sites catch your eye (and hook your pocketbook) because they are such great eye candy.
And you think ”. . . everyone who sees them will ooh, and ahh and want whatever it is I’ve got. . .”
Maybe they will.
Those people who see them.
And that’s the problem isn’t it? Google doesn’t index movies. The videos on YouTube and Vimeo are tagged with searchable information that will allow viewers to find you in the gazillion websites out there competing with you.
That gorgeous flash website you’ve got? Does it have meta tags? titles? keywords? Text? Spend the next ten minutes reading hard core SEO articles and then figure out how your site is ever going to have a visitor that didn’t type in (one letter at a time) your url.
Ain’t happening, baby.
And all that business you expect to get off the net?
Ditto, it ain’t happening either.
You like flash? I love flash. By all means use pieces of it. But just like a site that is all text, no color, no pictures, no nothing, it isn’t going to get the job done for you.
But at least the text site that is boring will get indexed in the search engines; readers will be able to find it and actually visit.
. . . the flash site? Say it with me, it ain’t happening.
Lady GaGa and Tom Peters in the same post? It seems like the perfect match to me.
I’ve just finished Tom Peter’s book, “Brand You” and if anyone has taken his advice and made it her mantra, it would be Lady GaGa, The Fame Monster.
Brand You, was originally published in 1999, and I’ll admit I may be behind in my reading. But it is fresh and new to me, and still topical. After all, aren’t each of us working to promote ourselves at whatever we do, or whatever we want to do?
If you know of Lady GaGa, you know she has created a persona that almost everyone recognizes, whether they care for her or not.
[pullquote]I’ve just discovered GaGa, too, in my usual, sideways, circuitous route . . . I’ve seen photos of her outrageous costumes and heard of her latex clothes, which seem to be talked about a LOT more than her music. I don’t have a taste for latex, and the red veil sort of put me off, so I didn’t pursue intimate knowledge of l’gaga.
Looking for something to watch on hulu, since I’ve seen everything netflix has to offer, I watched an episode of Glee and it happened to showcase the fame monster. I immediately hit YouTube, and fell in love with this woman.
I like the songs, I like the video, I love the name, The Fame Monster.
Tom Peters has written numerous books on self promotion, his latest being “The little BIG things; 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence.”
And, they all are in the same voice. Be really, really good at what you do, and be really, really,really good at letting the world know you’re good.
Hence, the Fame Monster/Tom Peters connection.
In Web 2.0 parlance, this would mean that you
have developed a community
engage your audience
interact with your community
ALL the time.
and, as a “Fame Monster” you are actively engaged in promoting yourself in some or all of these fame machines:
If not, I hope you’ll become a regular here . . . sign up for the newsletter, get the reports, get the RSS Feed. I want to help you in your quest to become a Fame Monster! And the best Brand You ever.
And for fun, heres l’gaga. Bad Romance . . . Reportedly the MOST watched YouTube Video of all time: Total Views: 238,152,814
allows you to select a trending topic, which you can do via search, making lists of groups, and even drilling down to geolocation . . .
A tool I find really helpful for cyber stalkers who would prefer to roam the real earth, geolocation tags.
And after doing all this on Twitterfall, they say you can then login to your twitter account to view your timeline, mentions, and direct messages, subtly implying that their tool will get you mentions and direct messages . . . .
is a powerful Twitter Search Dashboard that allows you to search for up to 9 different topics, events, converstations, hashtags, phrases, people, groups, etc in real-time. As new tweets are created, they are automatically updated in the grid.
Talk about stalking ability . . . you do not need a twitter account to use TweetGrid.
It was designed to be a “drive-by” service, meaning that anyone can use it without needing to register or log-in first. Just open TweetGrid, choose a grid layout, and off you go! You will, however, need a twitter account to tweet from TweetGrid, but anyone can use it for searching twitter.
On the off chance that you may have wrongly presumed any of these are affiliate links, let me assure you they aren’t. And really, do you think they’d pay me for this kind of press? Somehow, I don’t think so.
I feel like we’re in the midst of the movie Vanilla Sky, where everyone is telling Tom Cruise
. . . Wake Up
Bush gave billions to the banking industry in order to salvage the economy, placing the country in a deficit of $1.2 trillion. Trillion. That’s dollars, buckos, Trillion.
The $247 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was established to stimulate the economy by making money available in the way of credit to businesses and individuals. There weren’t any rules with the money, no contracts, only expectations. It was 2008, we had no clue what was coming and Bush came up with a knee-jerk reaction to throw money at the problem, expecting that the banks would follow through and offer credit to the people and the econmy would stumble back to its more pleasant recent past.
Fast forward to 2010, and Damn! Lending fell. According to a USA Today/American University study, Outstanding loans to business and plain old people fell 9.1% for banks with TARP funds. (6.2% at banks who didn’t receive those funds)
Paychecks got larger at the TARP-assisted banks! With all the hoorah about bonuses at banks and on Wall Street, those guys got more money – the average pay for TARP assisted banks went up 9.1%; non TARP-assists? 1.8% increase in salaries.
And they opened more branches! I don’t know why, they weren’t there to make loans to the neighborhood.
. . . Wake Up!
Henry Paulson, Treasury Secretary AND the former chairman of Goldman Sachs was making decisions on who got the bucks. And how many billions went to Goldman?
Here we are in 2010, and now we want to question what they did with the money? And investigate Goldman and others? Where were these brainiacs in 2008 when they were handing out money like the banker at a big-ass Monopoly game?
The people who are trying to fix the problem either don’t get it yet, or don’t care and are still taking care of their cronies at the expense of the American public. If we, the American public sit back, forgive me, fat, dumb and happy, and this continues, we’re going to become less fat, and considerably less happy in the coming years.
Again, it is my opinion that if you do bad business, your business fails. It doesn’t get a gazillion bucks to stay in business with no obligation to the customers it has harmed.
You’re kidding, right? You don’t want to be a Rock Star?
I had an interesting talk with a client, who gave me a whole new appreciation of English as we know it.
I don’t want to be a RockStar! I don’t want ‘fans’ ~~ I’m not a celebrity, and I don’t want to be.
As I explained to my slightly testy guy, I realized that I’ve adopted a vernacular meaningful to me (and other people in my life) but not necessarily to the people I want as clients.
I told him that “Blogging Like a RockStar” doesn’t include sex, drugs or rock’n'roll. It is a phrase I’ve adopted that means one blogs like a professional, blogs and gets ‘buzz’; blogs and creates ‘google-juice. I consider it just more Web 2.0 jargon, as is the “Fan Page” on Facebook.
Ironically, FaceBook, in naming its company pages ‘Fan Pages’ has furthered that impression of performance-related media – that of a celebrity, or . . . RockStar and not an ordinary (or extraordinary) business page .
They (FaceBook) needed to name them something, and that’s what they picked. It is unfortunate, because by design it is a methodology designed for businesses in order for them to grow and nurture their own community within Facebook. They’re moving away from that name, but it is what we’ve got, and millions of FB users know what it is and what to expect from it.
So, I bid you, Blog like a RockStar! and get those Fan Pages at Facebook! Become a star in your own right, whether you’re rockin’ or not.
Monitors your blog looking for broken links. Do you want to go through your 404 error reports? Nah . . . You want to click on a link on your dashboard and correct the errors you find on the Broken Link Checker report.
If you’ve ever had your blog hacked and seen things you didn’t put up, things you don’t want on your blog, or worse, watched your blog disappear to a virus, you may have already heard of Login Lockdown.
If not, you’re a lucky person, and you can get this plugin before anything happens to your blog that you don’t intend.
Secures your blog in a myriad of ways. Removes error-information on login-page; adds index.php plugin-directory, removes the wp-version, removes Really Simple Discovery, removes Windows Live Writer, removes core update, plugin-update, and theme-update information, and fhides wp-version in backend-dashboard for non-admins.
This plugin adds Advanced HR, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Context Menu, Emotions (Smilies), Date and Time, IESpell, Layer, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras.
Google Analyticator adds Google Analytics lcode to your WordPress blog, eliminating the need to edit your template (and eliminating the possibility that you’ll kill your theme, or expose your code, or both! Yes, this is the voice of experience – I’ve screwed up my blogs a thousand different ways . . )
I dunno if you’ve ever lost you entire blog – perhaps a year or more of work . . . In my case it was several years . . . Don’t risk it!
Get WP-DB-Backup, schedule the backups for the frequency with with you add posts, have it email the backup file to you.
No, I don’t trust my backups to the server . . . I’ve a dedicated server at GoDaddy, and I email my backups to myself. That means I have them, and I can get my work back if it disappears. And yes, Virginia, it can disappear without a trace.
I’m days away from the pre-launch of “The Secret Art of RockStar Buzz” and I’m excited, nervous, and perhaps a little sick to my stomach . . . We’re waiting on the final proofs for the cover – Suggestions? Complaints? Remarks??
And the last editing and rewriters . . . it is a week away and I dread it and can’t wait!
Samples are on the official website: ArtofRockStarBuzz.Com.
We plan to sell on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle Readers, Sony Readers, etc.
Keep your fingers crossed for me, and read those samples! 10 essential Plugins for Social Media; 10 Essential Plugins for The Bones of Your WordPress Blog. Twitter Tools to use and abuse – there are dozens!
The Website Friend or Follow is a great tool if you want to build your Twitter following, and tweak the tweets you follow . . .
The best thing they do is tell you who of your followers is not following you . . . Quite revealing, I might add. When I put my personal Twitter ID in their system the numbers of people who aren’t following me anymore was staggering . . . and I’ll admit, I was a little miffed at some of the people who weren’t following me anymore. Seemed personal, you know? I’m not interesting enough for you?
I’m really (really) talkative in person, but I tweet sparingly.
Maybe they thought I’d stopped altogether and that’s why they stopped following me.
At any rate, when I saw the 750 people NOT following me, you can bet your ass, I’m no longer following them. Well, there are a few people I’ll still follow.
I’m not running in the literal, virtual sense in that I’m leaving one actual place and going to another . . . only as far as finance is concerned, I’m running away as fast as I can go.
Well, I did just find an old friend in Belize . . . I may start there as a jumping off place and head further south. I have my eye on São Paulo, although my kiddos are entranced with Australia –
I made a lot of money in mortgage banking (hella money, my kids say), but I hated it every minute I was doing it, and the better the money got, the worse the job got.From where I sit now the people still in the mortgage business must be saints to live with it (And they are probably making HELLA money)
But it’s not for me. Not anymore.
I’ve decided to concentrate on writing – I have a book coming out in May, “The Secret Art of Rockstar Buzz” which I’m pretty pumped about.
The official site is http://artofrockstarbuzz.com. And, in leaving the mortgage business, I have absolutely no use for my website, Georgia Mortgage Money.Com, so I’ve decided to sell it.
Stats, rankings, etc., will be available to anyone with a real interest in the purchase.I’m considering financing it, should a “lone” officer want to buy it, rather than a company, but no promises . . . I want to get completely out of the biz, but that site has been up for 11 years, and in the good years, I made an average of $200K a year with it . . . Mostly loans, but some ads . . . not many, I assure you.