31.12.07

Attaining Goals By Net Marketing Firms

One of my interests as an online writer is to follow new small and mid-size companies as they try to make their mark on the Internet. For most online start-ups it can be quite a challenge to meet their Internet marketing goals.
There are areas of expertise - social networks, web design, search and technology - in which most start-ups will consider roping in a social media marketing consultant to help them achieve bottom-line results.

If you are on the lookout for a consulting firm with the expertise, social media marketing company 10e20 falls into this category. They specialize in helping clients to meet their Internet marketing goals. This New York-based firm was founded in 2001 when Google was just about to become the Internet search engine giant that they are today.


Being there early has helped 10e20 to attain the kind of Internet expertise that puts them in a good position to provide clients with the right social media marketing solutions. The firm has expanded with a second location in West Palm Beach, Florida, last September. The West Coast is their next target, according to the company.

27.12.07

Mama, Don't Let Your Baby Grow Up To Be A Blogger


The good, the bad and the ugly  That sounds a bit trite right now but that's the way it has been for 2007. The blogosphere saw its fair share of winners, losers and whiners. And worse...

Now, Willie Nelson's' outlaw country song "Mama, Don't Let Your Baby Grow Up To Be A Cowboy" seems to resonate with this post about bloggers who are trying their luck at making money blogging. So I'd think it's great to have a post entitled "Mama, Don't Let Your Baby Grow Up To Be A Blogger."

Right on. I think it has been a tumultuous year for bloggers especially those who "live and die" by Google PageRank. It has come to a stage where bloggers are split in their opinion of PageRank. That's not surprising in an edgy situation like the PageRank slapfest.

Enough has been said about the PR slapfest and those who had blogged their way into the doghouse.

Let us have a quick flashback on some of the other goings-on in the global blogging community that may have escaped the attention of those who came later on the scene. This is based on my own observation.


How To Make Waves

When the year started, I can recall that two blogs were creating some waves -- John Chow's blog and The Thinking Blog.

By now, we know enough of JC and his promos of Agloco, "link love" review campaign, and a host of his other antics plus his eating habits. The one that few people are raving about in the later part of the year is The Thinking Blog.

Remember the popular avatar that made the rounds in the MyBlogLog community? It showed the face of a strikingly beautiful young woman with a red flower in her hair. Just like the old tale of Helen of Troy who launched a thousand ships, the blog became a destination for many bloggers. In no time, that blog became a huge success for its owner. But we are not sure whether the person behind is a man or a woman - just like the Japanese blogger
Kumiko who has remained a mystery blogger.

Anyone for the Grammy Award?

Then we started seeing bloggers handing out all kinds of awards with great fanfare and all that jazz. Well, there's nothing wrong about it if people want to feel good about it, but don't you think it may have gone overboard? Anyway, it has sort of died down. And what happened to that Blog
ging To Fame awards campaign? Are there any winners? I don't know because I don't follow it.

Moo Your Way To Success

Next, who can forget the John Cow blog, a parody of Mr Big Beef himself - John Chow. It was a darn good idea that nobody had thought of until this guy from Dublin, Ireland, grabbed the bull by the horn and launched it to great success.
He was making some good cowsense of it with a couple of linkbait tactics that caused a lot of moos across the blogging farmland. Although some other bloggers didn't see it as funny.

New Kids And Their Blogs

Towards the later half of the year, a new crop of bloggers were starting to come out of the woodworks. Their main focus was to sell themselves as "blogging gurus" writing "great tips about how to make money online and gain traffic". They were like grasshoppers to be seen in almost every blogging community.

Geez, do they know how to leave comments and handle their P's and R's. Some were making so-called "good money" within three to four months of blogging and if you followed them closely, they would be posting (and boasting) their earnings each month. I guess, they learned all this from Big Beef and some other A-listers.

When Two Gunslingers Rode Into Town...


But like a great Western movie, two "strangers" came riding into town in the later part of the year and started showing all the punk cowpokes what the real deal is in blogging. Yes, there were these two guys, Court and Vic,  who appeared on the blogging scene with smokin' guns and they meant business. If you get to know them, I guess you can pick up more tips as you go through the learning curve, gain from this blogging experience and go blogging beyond.

16.12.07

Ouch! It Hurts, But You Learn From Blogger Unleashed

Vic of Blogger Unleashed does not mince his words when it comes to topics like blogging for money and blogging for fame. Vic is short for Victor, I guess. And when this guy writes "the truth hurts, so be ready!" Well, that's what his blog is all about and there's more to come if you hook up to his site.

This guy has been into computing and has hung around the Internet scene longer than you and I. Way back, he had his first computer - a Commodore 64 - which his mom bought for him. Since then, he's been there and done it - black hat, white hat, running multiple corporations, came back from a nervous breakdown, you name it. That says a lot about his Net pedigree if you wanna call it that.


There's more about Vic at his "About" if you visit Blogger Unleashed. It makes for an interesting read. Vic entered the world of blogging with his first blog, Bu.bulicio.us, which he started on Jan 17, 2007.

He's The BZ Guy With A Blogging Passion


I came to know more about Vic when Blogging Zoom was launched in late October. That's when I started to notice that this guy knows his stuff inside out. Vic and his buddy Courtney Tuttle started BZ with a bang and they have not looked back since.

But honest to goodness, Vic comes across as a guy who calls a spade a spade. From what I have read at Blogger Unleashed, most of his posts revealed his insatiable passion for blogging and his willingness to help other bloggers overcome their handicaps.

Like I said earlier, he doen't minced his words and if some people think his language and some of the words he uses are a wee bit too salty and spicy, then I'm sorry you'll be missing a lot if you avoid Vic's blog. Truth be told, this blog is worth your regular read because there's so much home truths about blogging in his writing.

Since launching Blogger Unleashed and apart from looking after Blogging Zoom, I can see that Vic has been unstoppable in his blogging. He has been coming out with post after post, and I can see his fans growing by the number of comments at every posting.

Vic's Mentor Program


Vic has a "Mentor Program" whereby he is offering to help bloggers improve on their sites. All he is requesting is the following:
Blockquote If you want me to help you, you will write a review about Blogger Unleashed in which you will help spread the word of what we are trying to do here. Spread the truth of how to make money online. You will also mention one thing you have learned and how you have applied it on your blog."

If Vic keeps on rolling out post after post, there'll be a lot to learn from him with his experience and insights on blogging. Well, there's one thing I didn't do after reading his post about why Entrecard sucks. I didn't sign up.

What you can read at Blogger Unleashed


Here are some of the best juicy topics he wrote recently:

Blogging For Money Or Not


Entrecard Sucks And There Is No Doubt


Opinions Are Like Assholes Everyone Has One
(my favourite)

How To Get Google Juice


Start A Blog About Ants


Bloggers Are Self-Centered Bitches
Why Blogger Unleashed?

Well, there are a number of reasons why Vic started this blog. But the main reason, I think, is that Vic is an outspoken guy. Unpretentious and no bullshit.

When he sees hypocrisy and half-baked advice given by so-called A-list bloggers it gets his goat. So he has to have his say. According to him, he had left comments at some of these blogs but only to see them get deleted.

What better way to have your say without being censored than to say it on your own blog. So that's how Blogger Unleashed was born. (Vic, I hope I got it right? Otherwise, you can give me shit!)

Good Looks, But Don't Bring Your Mom-in-Law!


Vic's blog is a neat-looking site with a structured layout that makes it easy to navigate. The dominantly bluish header with a "super hero" cartoon figure and a wonderful quote from Steve Jobs of Apple Computer will make sure you don't miss it. There's a nice touch to the whole site. Definitely, I will put this down as good design.

If you like to read a blogger who pulls no punches and says it like it is, you won't find BU wanting. It's truly a blog about blogging and how to make money online the Vic way. But please don't bring your mother-in-law along!


Of related interests:


Is Blogging Zoom Heading For Boom Time?


Zooming In On Some Article Ideas

7.12.07

BT Broadband Internet: Looking Into The Future

The current broadband market in the United Kingdom is a very competitive one and going by recent news reports, the issue of next-generation cheap broadband is slowly creeping up the political agenda. Broadband speeds have been going up in a number of countries with speeds of up to 100Mbps, and it seems the UK is falling behind.

The recent Australian election campaign saw the issue of next-generation broadband played a significant role in the polls. And only last week, Britain's Minister for Competitiveness Stephen Timms hosted a summit for the UK key industry players to work out the main issues to address the new networks.

Questions that were up for debate included:

* Who will pay for such a network?

* How to make sure that any new networks stay as competitive as the current one?

* Do people in the UK need higher speeds?

* Are people prepared to pay a premium for the new network?

Although BT, the UK's biggest broadband provider, is convinced that there's more bandwidth to be squeezed out of the network, others are not so sure because of the astronomical cost -- an estimated £15bn -- to set up a new nationwide fibre network.

Meanwhile, BT is supplying over 3 million UK households with its cheap broadband services - BT Total Broadband. And BT has rolled out its next generation wireless router - the BT Home Hub. Just to recap, Wi-Fi is a high-speed wireless Internet connection and that means you don't need wires to hook up to your PCs, laptops and gaming consoles with this BT "ultimate package."

BT Fusion is another of its next generation mobile service that brings together a combined package - VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls, Wi-Fi and mobile phones - for a high-speed Internet connection.