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Sometimes when you're not feeling the love for your job or career, it's time to blow it up! +Janice Schwarz share a courageous story of a switch that made her much happier in the end. It's not always easy but sometimes it's the right thing to do.
This month’s Word Carnivals topic: “Every once in a while, you look around you and nothing seems to be in its place. That’s when it’s time to burn everything down and start from scratch. This month’s Word Carnival topic covers … Continue reading →
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It's the last Monday in Freduary and today we're joined by +Krithika Rangarajan for some great conversation about marketing, online relationships and more.

In this episde we talk about:

* What it means to “own” your content and who should have a right to use it

* The changes over at Pinterest that are causing consternation amongst marketers

* How people built their email lists “back in the day” before social media was around

* The probability that Ralph will die of a cold during this episode

And more about non-marketing-y things like “having a real relationship” with people instead of always wondering “what’s in it for me?”
Email marketing is not dead and my content is mine! In this episode we ponder why intellectual products are not valued as much as tangible ones.
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Lots and lot of hugs :)
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All good things spring forth from from the #SuperFred  army!

As Freduary continues we talk about a couple of our favorite Freds and the amazing things they're doing.

On the short list:

+Ryan Hanley and his truly wonderful new book Content Warfare. Buy it. We did! 

+Jason T. Wiser,  +Nicholas Cardot and the superbly awesome +Dustin W. Stout of course, and the best social sharing plugin you will ever use. Buy it. We did!

+Ian Anderson Gray and his consistently thoughtful articles that never let you leave without questioning something you thought you knew. Whatever he's selling... We're buying it!
Today we talk about some of our favorite Freds including Ryan Hanley and Content Warfare, Jason Wiser and the Social Warfare Sharing plugin and more.
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I remember when I first bumped noses with +Dustin W. Stout online. He's one of the most personable, engaging guys on the net. (No, he didn't pay me to say that.) ;-)
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Today thanks to +Ian Anderson Gray I learned about a service riding on the coattails of content curation that really incited a meltdown. After the meltdown I sat on it and thought about it rationally for a while and went through pros and cons and tried to be fair. And then I had another meltdown. So basically I'm a puddle of lava on the floor right now, thanks Ian!

Anyway, I want to share this because it's worth opening a dialogue and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

The service I just learned about is called snip.ly and the premise is simple. You create a floating ad with your photo, your message and a link to your website, signup button for your email list, or a link to your free download - and then you put it on someone else's site without their knowledge, approval or permission. 

Want to see it in action? Visit this link... with fair warning to +Ryan Hanley

http://snip.ly/P65a

So the next time you curate something, you can rather easily place your offer over the curated content. Sharing a +Forbes article? No problem. Throw on a floating box with a signup for your email list. Sharing a +Copyblogger article? Fantastic, let people download your ebook right from their page! Sharing a Web.Search.Social article? Oh, HELL NO. Don't even go there right now, because I'm not sure what happens when lava melts down.

You may have discerned my opinion on the matter. Now you tell me.

** Is it ok to put your message, face, download, email signup on someone else's site, which they have no control over?

** Is it ok to do it in a way that makes this transparent to the reader, who has no clear way of knowing that they're signing up for/downloading/visiting a completely unrelated entity?

** Am I just overreacting?

I came across the attached article today because after I'd heard and learned more about this service I immediately went to work finding a way to block it from being used on my site. And karma came through because I found +Jonathan Bailey's  amazing article on the subject. Jonathan is a plagiarism expert and he brings up not only some ethical questions but some legal ones that are worth taking a look at.

He also shares some ways of blocking this from being used on your site. I can tell you at least one person who I know is going to be doing some programming. (I'm looking at you, +Ralph M. Rivera)

Share your thoughts with me on this - would you use this service? Do you want someone else using it on your site?

In the words of +Jason T. Wiser ... "What, are you kidding me?"

And do me a favor and share Jonathan's article with every content creator you know.

Would love a few other specific people in on this conversation including those I've already mentioned. What say you +Dino Dogan  +Alisa Meredith +Mike Allton +Colleen Conger +Melanie Kissell +Pam Aungst +Ian Cleary +Patrick O'Keefe +Brooke Ballard and anyone who feels like chiming in!

PS: If you comment on this let me know if I can use your comments in the article you KNOW I'm writing about this next week.
A new service, Snip.ly, makes it easy for anyone to put their ad on your site, or almost any other site on the Web. Fortunately, there are ways to block it.
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+Emeric Ernoult I think most people in this thread are pretty underwhelmed by the tool. However a lot of people got really fired up by the way the tool could be used to put ads on other people's sites. 
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STOP whatever you're doing and listen! This may be life or death to your profit.

+Nicole Fende is truly a Profit Diva, Finance Rockstar and Numbers Whisperer. And if you want to stop (or avoid) hemorrhaging money into products or services you don't really need, aren't valuable to you and will only cost, cost cost... read this.

You know those "sales" that are "ONE DAY ONLY!" and the people who sell them with tropes like, "If you don't buy this then you're not really serious about your business"?

Yeah, those. They are high-pressure sales pitches designed to tap into your fears and your uncertainty, designed to stop you from thinking about what you're doing (What's to think about? Just buy my product because it's Ah-mazing!)

This tactic is not for your benefit. And it's going to help SOMEONE profit, but it ain't gonna be you.

Read Nicole's cautionary words but better yet, take her quick pop quiz and judge for yourself whether that deal is really as ah-mazing as it sounds - FOR YOU.
Are you serious or sucker? Learn when to spend the big bucks, and when to shut your wallet. When committed should mean cash on the table.
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Dynamite post from +Nicole Fende, the best whisperer of numbers in the universe!
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You may know the very poetic and wonderful +Melanie Kissell  as a #superfred but did you ALSO know she's an amazing writer with a flair for calling shenanigans when she sees them? And today she gets all fired up about those super annoying links that some bloggers stuff into every nook and cranny of their blog posts. 

Think about this one: are you making enough money off those links to justify losing your audience? If you're running a business and selling your own product or service, are you paying the bills with those affiliate ads or are you just sacrificing your own credibility?

And if your business is about promoting products then how about getting behind them with real content and reviews? How about getting people to know, like and trust you (and your recommendations) before sticking links everywhere? 

I don't know about you but I avoid these messy ad-ridden blogs like the plague they are.
Stuffing blog posts with affiliate links can backfire on you. Your posts will blow up and your sales will blow out.
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What else would a poet and music lover find inspirational, but the soothing sounds of nature? +Melanie Kissell shares her trick for getting  out of a blogging slump.

Sometimes when you're feeling stuck in your business or blog writing, all you need is a simple soothing rhythm - one that Mother Nature can provide for you. And if the rain isn't coming your way there are apps for that!
Banish writer's block and boredom with your niche. Turn to the sounds of nature.
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A girl can dream, can't she, +Steve Kluver? ;-)
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It’s a Super Freduary episode as we’re joined by +Melanie Kissell , the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Web.Search.Social Marketing Podcast and the very first #SuperFred to receive an official title.

In This Episode We Talk About

* Some feedback we received on last week’s conversation with the founder of social media tool Snip.ly plus a few more reasons why we’re not fans

* The difference between “being sorry” and a genuine apology
Why automation can wreck havoc with your online social strategy
The importance of remembering that there are actual human beings on the other end of your social status updates

* Why you should run the other way whenever someone gives you a marketing “rule”

* Plus more good stuff to look forward to and some really fun things our friends are up to that can help you with your business and marketing. And Brussels Sprouts.
We caution against over-apologizing and talk about how people’s behavior on social media is often detached from their social behavior in real life.
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The other day I posted a question here about the ethics of using a tool called snip.ly that lets anyone put essentially a popup ad on your site with a redirect to their site, without your permission or knowledge.

That ended up sparking an amazing conversation. Now the developers over at Warfare Plugins have built this plugin that lets you easily stop these kinds of shenanigans from happening on your site.

I'm on board! If you want to keep other people's billboards from popping up on your lawn, check this out.

Check out the social warfare plugin too. Best social sharing plugin I've used, hands down.
 
Sniply Buster by Warfare Plugins
Based on a conversation sparked by +Carol Lynn Rivera, I've just developed a new plugin called the Sniply Buster by Warfare Plugins. It's a super light-weight plugin that blocks Sniply from placing their user's branding and CTA's on YOUR website. It's a free download, so enjoy!

http://warfareplugins.com/sniply-buster/
Yeah alright this ticks me off. Snip.ly, you know what? Stay off my lawn. I spent a lot of time building my house, my lawn my blog and I don't need some joe shmo spammer dude coming and putting up some billboard in my front yard without my permission. And the worst part is, it can be there and I ...
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Hi all - Chris from Sniply here.  I just wanted to mention we've taken your feedback to heart and added a simple opt-out on our site: http://snip.ly/publishers/  More than anything, we don't want you to have to jump through hoops to opt-out of Sniply.  If you have any questions, ping me or reach out to me at chris@snip.ly
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What sound does a falcon make? You'll have to listen to find out! In this episode of the Web.Search.Social Marketing Podcast we talk to +Triberr founder +Dino Dogan about blogging, content, curation, stealing, guacamole, zombies, sexism and emus. 

Seriously, it's really good stuff. 

Plus we have our FIRST ever visit from a #superfred, +SheerJilliance Jackson who you probably want to be wary of in a zombie apocalypse. Seems she knows a lot about how these things spread.

Also, if you want some amazing insight into blogging, what it means and how to do it for profit, then you don't want to miss Dino's long-awaited debut on our show. Here's to plenty more in the future!
Why blogging is so important for business, why it gets a bad rap, why website traffic doesn’t matter and how to write blog posts that close sales.
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Thanks Steve! Dino is amazing - as is Jillian! Lots of fun to talk to and always full of awesome insight. I'm glad we made all the chip crunching worthwhile for you :)
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+Janice Schwarz takes on shady web design practices in a post after my own heart. This is some of the stuff I try to tell people all the time. Maybe if enough of us pound this drum, fewer people will get hosed by unscrupulous (or incompetent) people.

- OWN your domain name
- GET a contract
- DON'T steal (or "borrow") images off Google search

The list goes on. Before you hire someone to work on your site, see if they measure up to this advice.
I’ve been admitted to a great, select group of bloggers: Word Carnivals. Our January topic: Controversial techniques in your industry. “The New Year is bright with all sorts of new ideas, but in certain circles there’s still plenty of shady … Continue reading →
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As someone who writes for clients all the time, this really resonated with me. +Sharon Hurley Hall talks about some of the "expectations" that you may have when hiring a writer that could actually harm your relationship with that person (and ruin your chances of getting good content!)

I especially cringed at her second point which boils down to "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a blog post today." 
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I probably shouldn't have chimed in. I'm aging myself. ;-)
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  • Rahvalor Interactive
    Project Manager, present
    I wear many hats from manager to developer. I build Wordpress sites, write marketing materials, run email campaigns, mange social communities and help my customers grow their businesses.
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    Editor, writer, present
    I run daily operations and write to help other business owners and marketers grow their businesses online. I also provide consulting and content creation services.
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Along with my husband and business partner Ralph, I own and operate Rahvalor Interactive, a web and creative services production studio. We have also developed the Web.Search.Social service line geared specifically toward helping small businesses market themselves online. I'm a digital marketer, content creator and consultant with a passion for teaching and helping customers grow their businesses. I love reading, writing, sun, Cuban food, wine and Ralph Rivera.
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