12 Google Reader Alternatives to Consider

July 1st is here, so if you haven't already, now is the time to choose your alternative RSS reader of choice to replace Google Reader. Since I last wrote about Google Reader alternatives, more services have sprung up to fill the voie. The following are the current available web-based RSS readers you have to choose from and some quick facts about each. If you're not ready to choose your new RSS reader, that's OK. But what you will need to do now (like, right now) is download your Google Reader … [Read more...]

3 Marketing Tools I Miss (and Their Alternatives)

Do you hate it when you invest your time and energy falling in love with what seems like the perfect marketing tool, only to have it bought out by a larger company and ruined or otherwise retired? I know I do, especially since I tend to write passionately about those tools that I find useful. So today, I'd like to reminisce about some of my favorite tools of yore, why I loved them, and the alternatives I've found since they have gone to tool heaven. 1. PostRank PostRank was a social … [Read more...]

10 Ways Strengthen Your Twitter Community with Commun.it

Twitter is one of my favorite networks to engage upon, primarily because you don't have to wait until someone follows you to communicate with them and updates are fast to read as well as send at only 140 characters long. Plus, there are a ton of great tools for Twitter. Today, I'm going to look at one that can help you find new people to connect with, identify the most valuable people in your community, cut through the noise, and strengthen relationships with those who are most important to your … [Read more...]

Popup Opt-in Forms: Case Studies, WordPress Plugins, and Alternatives

It's been almost three years since I first wrote about popup opt-in forms on Kikolani. Back then, I was definitely not a fan. The times have changed though. Popup opt-in forms are no longer just for internet marketers and the make money online niche. They are everywhere, from new blogs to some of the most respected blogs in the industry. In this post, I'm going to share my research into popup opt-in forms: who's using them, case studies, WordPress plugins, and the alternatives for building your … [Read more...]

Stop Wasting Money: How to Get the Most Out of Your Blogging Education

Over the last couple of years, I have consumed a lot of educational materials - free downloads, ebooks, paid courses, webinars, etc. Chances are, you have too. While it's OK to toss free downloads to the wayside as far as your wallet is concerned, it's not OK if you do this with the stuff you pay for. You want to get the most out of your ebooks and courses, otherwise it's like chucking money in the garbage on a regular basis. And who wants to do that! Photo Credit: Tax Credits on … [Read more...]

5 Tips for the New Facebook Timeline for Personal Profiles

Facebook is beginning to roll out the new timeline design for personal profiles for more users. If you haven't looked at your profile yet, you should go check it out now. It may look similar to this. Basically, your updates, updates posted to your wall by others, and updates you are tagged in show up on the right column. All of the stuff that was previously beneath your timeline cover photo (about, friends, photos, places, notes, etc.) are in the left column. Also added to the left column … [Read more...]

How to Contact Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Other Social Networks

Do you have a burning question you want to ask the support team at a popular social network, but you gave up because you couldn't find the actual contact form through the endless maze of self-serve support documentation? If so, then you're in the right place. The following are links to the contact information for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and Reddit. How to Contact Facebook Support Out of all social networks, I would guess it is likely … [Read more...]

Are Spammers on Your Mailing List Costing You Money?

A few weeks ago, I noticed that Aweber charged me a little more than usual. It had been awhile since I had worked on my mailing list, and I pleasantly thought that I had a growth in subscribers. Unfortunately, that was not the case. When I logged in to Aweber to start a mailing list for my new freelance blogging site, I was surprised to see this. Over half of my list was unsubscribed! If I had just recently sent an offensive email to my list, I would have understood. But I at the … [Read more...]

How to Get Testimonials for Your Business or Blog Using Twitter for Social Proof

Have you ever wondered what mentions and retweets are worth to your business or blog besides a boost in the Klout score? Tweets can be the perfect source of testimonials. Collecting them is easy, and publishing them is even easier. What You Are Looking For When collecting tweets as testimonials, watch for tweets from readers, customers, well-known people in your industry, mentors, and role models. Look for tweets where these people are saying something good about you, your skills, … [Read more...]

Google Reader Alternatives: 3 Web Based RSS Readers to Manage Your Subscriptions

UPDATE: Head over to the latest post with 11 RSS readers you can use as Google Reader alternatives starting July 1st! If you follow my writing, you probably know how much I love Google Reader. As you can imagine, this stopped me in my tracks. That's right. On July 1st, Google Reader says goodbye. The Learn More takes you to a page that tells you what you can export using their Google Takeout tool, but nothing in the way of alternatives. Now there is three and a half months to find a … [Read more...]



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