Competition: win a copy of @Problogger's book on blogging

ProBlogger book 200x300 Competition: win a copy of @Problogger's book on blogging
A couple of months back I made a concerted effort to increase the number of posts I made on here and increase the traffic coming to my blog. That process involved me reviewing the blogging practices of my favourite bloggers (see my blog roll in the right panel) and also involved me reading Problogger: Secrets for blogging your way to a six figure income. The purpose of this post is to provide a review of that book and also to give away my copy.

Competition:

Before I get into the review, let me outline how you can win the book. Because let’s face it that’s why you’re here right.

As the book is a guide to blogging I am going to give the book away to a commenter willing to share a link to their most successful blog post and explain why they think it has been successful. If you don’t have a blog simply provide a link to a memorable post on another person’s blog and tell us why you like it. I will select the winner. The condition of entry though is that you too pass on the book when you have finished it.

Review:

The book, as the name suggests, is a guide to making a living from your blog. It is written in the first person and is authored by successful and professional bloggers Darren Rowse and Chris Garret. Written so it can be understood by people with no experience whatsoever in blogging it covers everything from selecting a blog platform, through to tips for great content creation, blog monetisation and closes by providing case study examples of successful global blogs.

I have been blogging for quite some time now (first blog launched in 2004), so for me there was nothing in the book that was all that groundbreaking, especially as I’m a reader of Problogger, but it was nice to have it all in the one place.

For me, the most important section of the book was the one focussed on creating great blog content.

Tips covered include:

  • Finding your niche – does the world really need another photography or social media blog
  • Writing succinct posts – the internet is a big place, make your content is short and to the point
  • Making your posts standout – headline tips, the power of lists, formatting, using pictures
  • Writing for search engines – tips for ensuring your content is search engine friendly
  • Engaging readers – writing techniques for encouraging comments or increasing subscribers
  • Post frequency – theories on how often should you post

What is good about the book:

  • Both authors have been incredibly successful with their blogs, so it was great to get such candid insights from people who absolutely know what their writing about
  • The book is broken up into easily understood sections, so you can skip parts you don’t need and likewise easily find the stuff you want more information on
  • It provides examples of lots of free tools you can use and outlines how they help with the blogging process

What is not so good about the book:

  • The book is written in the first person, but there are two authors. As the reader, you are not always sure which author it is you are hearing from. Perhaps this isn’t really too much of an issue, but it did trouble me a few times whilst reading
  • The book focused a lot on making money from your blog directly. I thought there could have been more focus on the benefits of having a blog beyond simply making money from ads and perhaps some examples of how people have benefited in other ways from their blog
  • I thought the book could have focussed a little more on the role of social media in driving traffic to your blog. It focussed a lot on social bookmarking sites, like Stumbleupon and Digg, but less on the importance of growing a network of like minded people on Twitter and Facebook (two major drivers of traffic to my blog)

Who should read this book

As I mentioned above, the book is well set out, so even if you are an experienced blogger like me it is easy to skip chapters and focus on the authors’ tips for driving deeper engagement and higher readership. Having said that, those with no or little experience blogging will benefit the most from reading this book.

Competition

As I said at the top I am giving my copy away and will select a comment left on this post before Friday 4 June to be the winner. So go on, drop me a comment about the most successful blog post on your blog and why you think it has been successful. For those that don’t have a blog, simply share a link to a memorable blog post you have seen and outline why you think it was so powerful. Remember a condition of entry is that if you win, the copy then needs to be handed on to somebody else when you have finished with it.

Good luck!If you enjoyed this post why not subscribe to my blog via RSS or email by following this link. Also whilst you’re at it why not follow me on Twitter .

  • http://www.rhyswynne.co.uk/ Rhys

    Ironically, after 7 years, this post has proven to be the most successful – http://www.gospelrhys.co.uk/2010/05/google-wages-war-on-guestbloggers.html – posted yesterday & shed loads of traffic came my way!

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      Nice post Rhys that has really garnered some rich commentary. I am not entirely sure, but my gut feel is that the benefits of guest posts out weigh the potential draw backs from an SEO point of view. At least for the majority of cases.

  • http://www.gospelrhys.co.uk/ Rhys

    Ironically, after 7 years, this post has proven to be the most successful – http://www.gospelrhys.co.uk/2010/05/google-wage….. – posted yesterday & shed loads of traffic came my way!

  • Brandon

    http://simplythefest.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/r…..Ive no doubt this post wont be in the same vain as most that will be posted here, but this post got uite a few visits which i'm quite happy about because Paul Gray of Slipknot (who died Sunday) deserves to be remembered for what he did for the music scene.The post details my own thoughts on the man and the band that he left behind, its gotten some good feedback on twitter so i'm happy with it.

  • http://www.polr.co.uk Lynne Foster
    • http://www.socialme.nl/ Jordy

      I hope I’m able to enter with a Dutch post I’ve written on my recently launched Social Media blog: http://www.socialme.nl. The post is about how to react to negativity on social media. It describes different kinds of feedback and how to respond to each one of them:

      http://www.socialme.nl/algemeen/negatieve-feedback-in-social-media/

      Since the start of my blog (april 1st), this post has been the most popular by far. It has been mentioned on http://www.marketingfacts.nl (http://www.marketingfacts.nl/berichten/20100520_hoe_ga_je_om_met_negatieve_feedback_online/), which is the biggest online marketing blog on the Dutch web.

      Why do I think it has become so popular? Because it really points out what most businesses are doing wrong and how they’re supposed to use social media when connecting with (possible) customers. It answers a lot of questions that companies just don’t want to ask.

      Also, I sincerly promise that I will review the book once I’m done, and give it away with a similar competition! :D

      • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

        I like your post Jordy.

        I read it in translation, so may have missed a few of the finer points, but I liked this tip particularly:

        See any feedback (positive and negative) as an opportunity to improve your reputation, and not as a setback to be processed.

        Monitoring what is said online is almost like a free focus group. Sometimes the negative stuff is best, because it allows you to understand how and where you should be improving.

        However, I don’t agree however with your point about never starting a public conversation. Sometimes I think it can be powerful to respond publicly to negative comments. It shows both the initiator and other readers that you care about the feedback. Though your tip may have been lost in translation and I could have misunderstood.

        • http://www.socialme.nl/ Jordy

          You’re right, it CAN be very powerful, but this power can work both ways. Responding publicly to someone is something I highly encourage. However, when there’s a large group aiming their arrows at you, I think starting a public discussion would be very dangerous (too dangerous IMO).

          • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

            Yep, you’re right. Something to monitor on a case by case basis I reckon.

          • http://www.socialme.nl/ Jordy

            Agreed! :)

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      Nice post Lynne.

      I must check out that computer you mention when next I am down in Melbourne. Thanks for the tip!

  • http://www.polr.co.uk Lynne Foster

    <y most popular so far is <a href="http://www.polr.co.uk/online-marketing/index.php/around-the-world-in-80-geeky-ways/&quot; rel="nofollow">30 things to do before you die (for the technologically aware)

  • http://twitter.com/henrikblunck Henrik Blunck

    My blog article “How to Cure a Dying Blog” generates loads of traffic since I wrote it about a month ago. The topic is pertinent to all who wonder about why their blog isn’t generating traffic, and I think that is probably also one aspect ProBlogger has written about in his book.

    The article can be seen here: http://www.blunck.dk/earning-money-online/2010/04/28/how-to-cure-a-dying-blog/

    I will, of course, obey the rule of passing it on if I win. :-)

    I have found that some of the little “wonder how?” questions can truly make excellent articles, and so I do feel more inspired when I can see that traffic follows that inspiration.

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      Nice post Henrik. Your tip on getting a guest blogger is a good one. It is a great way to get another opinion and will hopefully result in them bringing their audience to your blog too.

  • http://www.socialme.nl/ Jordy

    I hope I'm able to enter with a Dutch post I've written on my recently launched Social Media blog: <a href="http://www.socialme.nl” target=”_blank”>www.socialme.nl. The post is about how to react to negativity on social media. It describes different kinds of feedback and how to respond to each one of them:http://www.socialme.nl/algemeen/negatieve-feedb…..Since the start of my blog (april 1st), this post has been the most popular by far. It has been mentioned on <a href="http://www.marketingfacts.nl” target=”_blank”>www.marketingfacts.nl (http://www.marketingfacts.nl/berichten/20100520…..), which is the biggest online marketing blog on the Dutch web.Why do I think it has become so popular? Because it really points out what most businesses are doing wrong and how they're supposed to use social media when connecting with (possible) customers. It answers a lot of questions that companies just don't want to ask.Also, I sincerly promise that I will review the book once I'm done, and give it away with a similar competition! :D

  • http://twitter.com/henrikblunck Henrik Blunck

    My blog article "How to Cure a Dying Blog" generates loads of traffic since I wrote it about a month ago. The topic is pertinent to all who wonder about why their blog isn't generating traffic, and I think that is probably also one aspect ProBlogger has written about in his book.The article can be seen here: http://www.blunck.dk/earning-money-online/2010/…..I will, of course, obey the rule of passing it on if I win. :-)I have found that some of the little "wonder how?" questions can truly make excellent articles, and so I do feel more inspired when I can see that traffic follows that inspiration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/IchBinDerMann Der Mann

    Matthew, I wrote my first blog way back in 1995, and have been on and off on the usual suspect sites.. LJ, Xanga, t-blog, Blogger… even had my own site at different stages. Sometimes, I had a lot of followers, other times not so many. The most feedback that I ever got was for short outburst of senselessness. Such as a blog of the single word of “Blah.”, which once spawned 891 hits (and about 130 comments) within the first hour of it being published. Of course, those outbursts don’t translate to loyal readership.

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      Wow you can generate 130 comments simply with the word Blah! Wow you must be influential. Good for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/IchBinDerMann Der Mann

    Matthew, I wrote my first blog way back in 1995, and have been on and off on the usual suspect sites.. LJ, Xanga, t-blog, Blogger… even had my own site at different stages. Sometimes, I had a lot of followers, other times not so many. The most feedback that I ever got was for short outburst of senselessness. Such as a blog of the single word of "Blah.", which once spawned 891 hits (and about 130 comments) within the first hour of it being published. Of course, those outbursts don't translate to loyal readership.

  • http://shesthegeek.co.za Monique

    New Mom on the Block http://shesthegeek.co.za/?p=378 Elizabeth Kruser attended the I am Woman Conference on the 27th march 2010.I spoke at the conference about Social Media and been a motivation to this Woman, who now wants to be use Social Media for Social Good.

  • http://shesthegeek.co.za Monique

    New Mom on the Block http://shesthegeek.co.za/?p=378
    Elizabeth Kruser attended the I am Woman Conference on the 27th march 2010.
    I spoke at the conference about Social Media and been a motivation to this Woman, who now wants to be use Social Media for Social Good.

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      Hi Monique, thanks for your link. I found it a little tough to hear what Elizabeth was saying due to the background noise, but I am sure it was good! :-)

  • http://colinwalker.me.uk Colin Walker

    Hi Matthew,

    In my opinion, my most successful post was this one:

    The 5 C’s of Social media
    http://colinwalker.me.uk/2008/06/the-five-cs-of-social-media/

    Did it generate the most page views? No.
    Did it spawn the most comments? No.

    So why was it successful? Because I coined a phrase (the 5 C’s of social media) that, at the time, gave social media a structure and an easy way of defining it to those who did not understand. Due to this, the phrase took on a life of it’s own and has been re-used by many bloggers, trainers etc. in one form or another in their own posts or training materials over the past two years or so.

    Over a year after my original post the continuing effect could still be seen as one particular post referred to it saying:

    “amongst the social media circles it is nearly universally agreed, the elements of a good social media strategy consist of the 5 C’s: conversation, community, collaboration, contribution and commenting.”

    The success of the post was because of one thing: an idea. An idea that resonated, took hold and grew beyond its original intent because of the input of others. An idea that is still relevant today so, with a minor tweak – the addition of a 6th C, has demonstrated an unexpected longevity.

    I can only think that this is because the idea was simple, common sense.

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      Great post Colin – I have used a similar concept to explain Social Media – perhaps it had its genesis with your 5Cs.

      I wonder if you had created a nice little diagram for this if it would have generated even more sharing with your name associated?

  • http://colinwalker.me.uk Colin Walker

    Hi Matthew,In my opinion, my most successful post was this one:The 5 C's of Social mediahttp://colinwalker.me.uk/2008/06/the-five-cs-of…..Did it generate the most page views? No.Did it spawn the most comments? No.So why was it successful? Because I coined a phrase (the 5 C's of social media) that, at the time, gave social media a structure and an easy way of defining it to those who did not understand. Due to this, the phrase took on a life of it's own and has been re-used by many bloggers, trainers etc. in one form or another in their own posts or training materials over the past two years or so.Over a year after my original post the continuing effect could still be seen as one particular post referred to it saying:"amongst the social media circles it is nearly universally agreed, the elements of a good social media strategy consist of the 5 C’s: conversation, community, collaboration, contribution and commenting."The success of the post was because of one thing: an idea. An idea that resonated, took hold and grew beyond its original intent because of the input of others. An idea that is still relevant today so, with a minor tweak – the addition of a 6th C, has demonstrated an unexpected longevity.I can only think that this is because the idea was simple, common sense.

  • http://www.clickonf5.org Sanjeev

    Hello Matthew,

    First of all I would like to say that you have a very good blog. And regarding the Problogger book, I am big fan of Darren.

    My one of the most successful blog post is “Windows Live Writer – Complete Guide (http://www.clickonf5.org/microsoft/windows-live-writer-complete-guide/3296). This post is having detailed information about usage and features of Windows Live Writer which can be used as a very handy and must have authoring platform for any blogging platform. WLW is having ability to download the theme template and then author can see the preview, attach video/image without much effort. Visitors on my site are very much related to blogging, development and other stuff related to tech. They were very much impressed with the details provided on my site about WLW.

    It would be my pleasure to win a copy of Problogger on your site. Thanks and wish you all the best for this competition.

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      A fantastic post Sanjeev. I used to use Windows Live Writer a lot and in fact used to work at Microsoft. I don’t use it anymore, but your post has got me thinking I should trey it again.

      I especially like the way you have used sub headings to break up the content. It makes it easy to scan the quite lengthy post very quickly.

  • http://www.clickonf5.org Sanjeev

    Hello Matthew,First of all I would like to say that you have a very good blog. And regarding the Problogger book, I am big fan of Darren.My one of the most successful blog post is "Windows Live Writer – Complete Guide (http://www.clickonf5.org/microsoft/windows-live…..). This post is having detailed information about usage and features of Windows Live Writer which can be used as a very handy and must have authoring platform for any blogging platform. WLW is having ability to download the theme template and then author can see the preview, attach video/image without much effort. Visitors on my site are very much related to blogging, development and other stuff related to tech. They were very much impressed with the details provided on my site about WLW.It would be my pleasure to win a copy of Problogger on your site. Thanks and wish you all the best for this competition.

  • http://www.laurabailliedesigns.blogspot.com Laura

    What an interesting competition entry question!
    I have had a few blog posts with hundreds of comments, but they have been part of events, Mad Tea Partys and One World events.
    But this is my own best blog post/ series http://laurabailliedesigns.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-etsy-experiment-part-3.html

    I began an experiement with my Etsy shop and posted about it on my blog and in the forums to let people know about it. The responces were great. I think the thing I learned most was that I had hit a nerve of interest with readers, and they wanted to know what I was doing so they could do it too!

    I tried it again recently but with less sucess this time. I wrote a series of posts on Press Releases. I kow now what I was doing wrong.
    1. My readers aren’t interested.
    2. They come to me for my creative delights, not business advice.
    3. I didn’t show them my results from following the steps, the outcome.

    I am still tring to find my neich and work out what they will want to read about, but still keep the focus on my work/ creative life. So your book would be a great help!

    • http://mamaisworking.blogspot.com/ Meikah Ybañez-Delid

      What’s Customer Service Experience Like at Louis Vuitton?
      http://custserv.gbwatch.com/?p=333

      When I posted the story, I didn’t know it would generate 47 conversations. In fact, I plucked one comment out and posted it on the blog and again it generated much buzz (see here: http://custserv.gbwatch.com/?p=375). I also posted a positive resolution of one of the commenter’s experience (see here: http://custserv.gbwatch.com/?p=540).

      I think what made the post(s) successful was that the readers, or LV customers in this case, found an avenue to express their disgust or appreciation of the kind of service they got. Blogs are like that, they give people an opportunity to voice out their opinions.

      • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

        Wow what an interesting post. It really touched on a raw nerve to generate so many responses. It shows that there really is an issue in some LV stores.

        If only LV was actively monitoring its brand online it could see this conversation was happening, engage in the conversation and hopefully resolve the issue.
        But LV doesn’t appear to be monitoring. Oh well…

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      They look like beautiful pieces of jewelery.

      I especially love this post on your blog providing tutorial video tips – http://laurabailliedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/05/day-of-diy-button-necklace-tutorial.html

      Your blogs and designs look great. Though reading some of your other posts it sounds as though you are already doing a lot of what the book suggests. Perhaps you’re just a natural huh! :-)

  • http://www.laurabailliedesigns.blogspot.com Laura

    What an interesting competition entry question!I have had a few blog posts with hundreds of comments, but they have been part of events, Mad Tea Partys and One World events.But this is my own best blog post/ series http://laurabailliedesigns.blogspot.com/2009/07…..I began an experiement with my Etsy shop and posted about it on my blog and in the forums to let people know about it. The responces were great. I think the thing I learned most was that I had hit a nerve of interest with readers, and they wanted to know what I was doing so they could do it too!I tried it again recently but with less sucess this time. I wrote a series of posts on Press Releases. I kow now what I was doing wrong.1. My readers aren't interested.2. They come to me for my creative delights, not business advice.3. I didn't show them my results from following the steps, the outcome.I am still tring to find my neich and work out what they will want to read about, but still keep the focus on my work/ creative life. So your book would be a great help!

  • http://mamaisworking.blogspot.com/ Meikah

    What’s Customer Service Experience Like at Louis Vuitton?http://custserv.gbwatch.com/?p=333When I posted the story, I didn't know it would generate 47 conversations. In fact, I plucked one comment out and posted it on the blog and again it generated much buzz (see here: http://custserv.gbwatch.com/?p=375). I also posted a positive resolution of one of the commenter's experience (see here: http://custserv.gbwatch.com/?p=540). I think what made the post(s) successful was that the readers, or LV customers in this case, found an avenue to express their disgust or appreciation of the kind of service they got. Blogs are like that, they give people an opportunity to voice out their opinions.

  • http://www.korwelphotography.com Iza

    I love your contest idea. So here is my entry.
    It seems that my most successful blog post so far was a piece titled “You are blogger, you are user” at http://tinyurl.com/2eukcwz. In the post I explained, why I think pages which used Woopra are invading my privacy far more than pages which use old good Google Analytics. The post had a lot of visits for my small blog, which I think is related to the popularity of Woopra and the fact it was key worded for that. It probably was also due to the fact that I expressed strong and one-side opinion on the subject. At the same time, it didn’t spark a discussion I hoped for, which means my privacy issues are more stringent that people who read the article.

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      Thanks for your comment Iza. That is an interesting post. I was not aware of Woopra before.

      As we have seen with the recent Facebook privacy settings changes and the issues ad targeting services like Phorm have generated, there is a lot of concern from the public about this level of tracking. It is a fine line companies will need to tread, but there are potentially benefits on both sides if it is done right.

      Something to educate yourself on without a doubt.

  • http://www.korwelphotography.com Iza

    I love your contest idea. So here is my entry.It seems that my most successful blog post so far was a piece titled "You are blogger, you are user" at http://tinyurl.com/2eukcwz. In the post I explained, why I think pages which used Woopra are invading my privacy far more than pages which use old good Google Analytics. The post had a lot of visits for my small blog, which I think is related to the popularity of Woopra and the fact it was key worded for that. It probably was also due to the fact that I expressed strong and one-side opinion on the subject. At the same time, it didn't spark a discussion I hoped for, which means my privacy issues are more stringent that people who read the article.

  • http://mvenable.wordpress.com Melissa Venable

    Hi Matthew,

    So far, this post “Figuring Out Facebook” has received the most page views, and maybe the most comments as well: http://mvenable.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/figuring-out-facebook/. Mine is a modest little blog with a following of close friends and family, but this post just happened to be in the right place at the right time. That morning I experienced the recent changes in Facebook first hand, then started seeing other people react via Twitter. I started collecting the reactions and recommendations and put them in this post.

    I recently started following @Problogger and am trying to put some of his guidance to use. Thanks for this review of the book and a really interesting twist on a contest.

    • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

      Thanks for your post and entry Melissa. It is amazing how popular a post about Facebook can be isn’t it.

  • http://mvenable.wordpress.com Melissa Venable

    Hi Matthew,So far, this post "Figuring Out Facebook" has received the most page views, and maybe the most comments as well: http://mvenable.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/figuri…... Mine is a modest little blog with a following of close friends and family, but this post just happened to be in the right place at the right time. That morning I experienced the recent changes in Facebook first hand, then started seeing other people react via Twitter. I started collecting the reactions and recommendations and put them in this post. I recently started following @Problogger and am trying to put some of his guidance to use. Thanks for this review of the book and a really interesting twist on a contest.

  • http://www.twitter.com/IdeasCulture Yvonne Adele

    Hi Matthew! Great idea!!

    The most popular blog post I’ve written so far was this one:
    10 Ways to Get Great ideas in 7 Days ::
    http://ideasculture.com/blog/?p=183

    It got the most RT’s on Twitter and is still the most visited post.

    I believe it’s because it’s a ‘list post’ – (10 ways… 7 things.. etc) and also it contains a sort of ‘action plan’ (‘within 7 days’).

    Makes me realise I should be doing another one with the same philosophies.

    thanks!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/IdeasCulture Yvonne Adele

    Hi Matthew! Great idea!!The most popular blog post I've written so far was this one: 10 Ways to Get Great ideas in 7 Days :: http://ideasculture.com/blog/?p=183 It got the most RT's on Twitter and is still the most visited post.I believe it's because it's a 'list post' – (10 ways… 7 things.. etc) and also it contains a sort of 'action plan' ('within 7 days').Makes me realise I should be doing another one with the same philosophies. thanks!!

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  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    I loved your post – I will try to do some of those in the coming week. I thought you might like this post from Russell Davies as well, it is along a similar vein, but slightly different – http://russelldavies.typepad.com/planning/2006/…..

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Thanks for your post and entry Melissa. It is amazing how popular a post about Facebook can be isn't it.

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Thanks for your comment Iza. That is an interesting post. I was not aware of Woopra before. As we have seen with the recent Facebook privacy settings changes and the issues ad targeting services like Phorm have generated, there is a lot of concern from the public about this level of tracking. It is a fine line companies will need to tread, but there are potentially benefits on both sides if it is done right.Something to educate yourself on without a doubt.

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Wow what an interesting post. It really touched on a raw nerve to generate so many responses. It shows that there really is an issue in some LV stores.If only LV was actively monitoring its brand online it could see this conversation was happening, engage in the conversation and hopefully resolve the issue.But LV doesn’t appear to be monitoring. Oh well…

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    They look like beautiful pieces of jewelery. I especially love this post on your blog providing tutorial video tips – http://laurabailliedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/05….. Your blogs and designs look great. Though reading some of your other posts it sounds as though you are already doing a lot of what the book suggests. Perhaps you're just a natural huh! :-)

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    A fantastic post Sanjeev. I used to use Windows Live Writer a lot and in fact used to work at Microsoft. I don't use it anymore, but your post has got me thinking I should trey it again. I especially like the way you have used sub headings to break up the content. It makes it easy to scan the quite lengthy post very quickly.

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Great post Colin – I have used a similar concept to explain Social Media – perhaps it had its genesis with your 5Cs.I wonder if you had created a nice little diagram for this if it would have generated even more sharing with your name associated?

  • Craig

    Matthew

    I’m not a blogger yet so I wanted to nominate a blog by someone else. It is about a charity I support. Im nominating it not just because it is about a charity I suport , but because it is engaging – very well written and uses photos too. I agree that blogs can and should also be used for good, not just making money. This blog will raise awareness about the impacts of child abuse. More importantly it has already helped survivors.

    The blog is written by a Newcastle journalist/radio presenter.
    http://www.bedsidebookstack.com/liz-mullinar-survivor-of-child-abuse/

  • Craig

    MatthewI'm not a blogger yet so I wanted to nominate a blog by someone else. It is about a charity I support. Im nominating it not just because it is about a charity I suport , but because it is engaging – very well written and uses photos too. I agree that blogs can and should also be used for good, not just making money. This blog will raise awareness about the impacts of child abuse. More importantly it has already helped survivors.The blog is written by a Newcastle journalist/radio presenter.http://www.bedsidebookstack.com/liz-mullinar-su…..

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Hi Monique, thanks for your link. I found it a little tough to hear what Elizabeth was saying due to the background noise, but I am sure it was good! :-)

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Wow you can generate 130 comments simply with the word Blah! Wow you must be influential. Good for you.

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Nice post Henrik. Your tip on getting a guest blogger is a good one. It is a great way to get another opinion and will hopefully result in them bringing their audience to your blog too.

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    I like your post Jordy.I read it in translation, so may have missed a few of the finer points, but I liked this tip particularly:See any feedback (positive and negative) as an opportunity to improve your reputation, and not as a setback to be processed.Monitoring what is said online is almost like a free focus group. Sometimes the negative stuff is best, because it allows you to understand how and where you should be improving.However, I don’t agree however with your point about never starting a public conversation. Sometimes I think it can be powerful to respond publicly to negative comments. It shows both the initiator and other readers that you care about the feedback. Though your tip may have been lost in translation and I could have misunderstood.

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Nice post Lynne. I must check out that computer you mention when next I am down in Melbourne. Thanks for the tip!

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Thanks for your comment Brandon. I liked your post it is a truly fitting obituary.It is amazing how much traffic a timely post can generate.

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Nice post Rhys that has really garnered some rich commentary. I am not entirely sure, but my gut feel is that the benefits of guest posts out weigh the potential draw backs from an SEO point of view. At least for the majority of cases.

  • http://www.socialme.nl/ Jordy

    You’re right, it CAN be very powerful, but this power can work both ways. Responding publicly to someone is something I highly encourage. However, when there’s a large group aiming their arrows at you, I think starting a public discussion would be very dangerous (too dangerous IMO).

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Yep, you're right. Something to monitor on a case by case basis I reckon.

  • http://www.socialme.nl/ Jordy

    Agreed! :)

  • http://twitter.com/jessiemorris Jessie Morris

    Hi Matthew

    On my very modest blog I discuss issues relating to communications/PR and social media (with a bit of a parochial Adelaide slant), but until recently hadn’t felt that I had a post successful enough to submit to this competition…

    Yesterday afternoon I drafted a really quick post highlighting some great customer service from Australia Post on Twitter:

    http://ow.ly/1SQs9

    Within a couple of hours, I had almost 90 hits and several RTs – my most visited post ever! I think the fact that the post took a positive angle was part of it’s appeal, as all too often we see negative examples of how business and government are using social media. It was also pretty personal and ‘off the cuff’, and I think that appeals to people too. Timing probably also played a part in my visitor stats, as the post went up around the time lots of people are online during their lunch break.

    My small success yesterday has encouraged me to try and blog more often, without pressuring myself to come up with an over-edited and over-thought essay!

    Cheers,
    Jess

  • http://twitter.com/jessiemorris jessiemorris

    Hi MatthewOn my very modest blog I discuss issues relating to communications/PR and social media (with a bit of a parochial Adelaide slant), but until recently hadn't felt that I had a post successful enough to submit to this competition…Yesterday afternoon I drafted a really quick post highlighting some great customer service from Australia Post on Twitter:http://ow.ly/1SQs9Within a couple of hours, I had almost 90 hits and several RTs – my most visited post ever! I think the fact that the post took a positive angle was part of it's appeal, as all too often we see negative examples of how business and government are using social media. It was also pretty personal and 'off the cuff', and I think that appeals to people too. Timing probably also played a part in my visitor stats, as the post went up around the time lots of people are online during their lunch break. My small success yesterday has encouraged me to try and blog more often, without pressuring myself to come up with an over-edited and over-thought essay!Cheers,Jess

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1009223946 Paccieco G J. Giuseppe

    Hi Matthew:

    My name is Giuseppe, i´m from Perú. Sorry my english is Poor well. I prefer write in spanish.
    This is my best post from my blog in wordpress http://ow.ly/1TnTL

    Relaciones Publicas 3.0: Social CRM estrategia de Marketing o Relaciones Públicas
    intenta dar un contexto de ambas carreras y como desde cada punto de vista se puede sacar provecho a las Redes Sociales, buscando co-crear con los participantes y definitivamente propongo la importancia de la investigación del el proceso de generación de mensajes.
    El impacto que ha tenido este post está relacionado al poco desarrollo del tema en Latinoamérica por ende las empresas aun se resisten en usar a las Social Media como estrategia para generar lealtad hacia la marca/empresa.

    Te felicito por la iniciativa y espero estemos en contacto de ahora en adelante.
    Un abrazo, desde Lima, Perú.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1009223946 Paccieco G J. Giusep

    Hi Matthew:My name is Giuseppe, i´m from Perú. Sorry my english is Poor well. I prefer write in spanish. This is my best post from my blog in wordpress http://ow.ly/1TnTL Relaciones Publicas 3.0: Social CRM estrategia de Marketing o Relaciones Públicasintenta dar un contexto de ambas carreras y como desde cada punto de vista se puede sacar provecho a las Redes Sociales, buscando co-crear con los participantes y definitivamente propongo la importancia de la investigación del el proceso de generación de mensajes. El impacto que ha tenido este post está relacionado al poco desarrollo del tema en Latinoamérica por ende las empresas aun se resisten en usar a las Social Media como estrategia para generar lealtad hacia la marca/empresa.Te felicito por la iniciativa y espero estemos en contacto de ahora en adelante.Un abrazo, desde Lima, Perú.

  • http://twitter.com/jessiemorris jessiemorris

    Hi MatthewOn my very modest blog I discuss issues relating to communications/PR and social media (with a bit of a parochial Adelaide slant), but until recently hadn't felt that I had a post successful enough to submit to this competition…Yesterday afternoon I drafted a really quick post highlighting some great customer service from Australia Post on Twitter:http://ow.ly/1SQs9Within a couple of hours, I had almost 90 hits and several RTs – my most visited post ever! I think the fact that the post took a positive angle was part of it's appeal, as all too often we see negative examples of how business and government are using social media. It was also pretty personal and 'off the cuff', and I think that appeals to people too. Timing probably also played a part in my visitor stats, as the post went up around the time lots of people are online during their lunch break. My small success yesterday has encouraged me to try and blog more often, without pressuring myself to come up with an over-edited and over-thought essay!Cheers,Jess

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1009223946 Paccieco G J. Giusep

    Hi Matthew:My name is Giuseppe, i´m from Perú. Sorry my english is Poor well. I prefer write in spanish. This is my best post from my blog in wordpress http://ow.ly/1TnTL Relaciones Publicas 3.0: Social CRM estrategia de Marketing o Relaciones Públicasintenta dar un contexto de ambas carreras y como desde cada punto de vista se puede sacar provecho a las Redes Sociales, buscando co-crear con los participantes y definitivamente propongo la importancia de la investigación del el proceso de generación de mensajes. El impacto que ha tenido este post está relacionado al poco desarrollo del tema en Latinoamérica por ende las empresas aun se resisten en usar a las Social Media como estrategia para generar lealtad hacia la marca/empresa.Te felicito por la iniciativa y espero estemos en contacto de ahora en adelante.Un abrazo, desde Lima, Perú.

  • Brandon

    http://simplythefest.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/remembering-paul-gray-r-i-p/

    Ive no doubt this post wont be in the same vain as most that will be posted here, but this post got uite a few visits which i’m quite happy about because Paul Gray of Slipknot (who died Sunday) deserves to be remembered for what he did for the music scene.

    The post details my own thoughts on the man and the band that he left behind, its gotten some good feedback on twitter so i’m happy with it.

  • http://matthewgain.com Matthew Gain

    Thanks for your comment Brandon. I liked your post it is a truly fitting obituary.

    It is amazing how much traffic a timely post can generate.