Fetching Friday – Resources, iPad Contest & Third Tribe Benefits

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, the last few days to join Third Tribe at a good rate, and an easy iPad contest.

The Resources Mashup

Here are some of the best articles I have stumbled upon and retweeted on @kikolani this week.

Blogging / Writing

  • How to pitch bloggers – simple tips to make sure your efforts are a success.
  • 5 steps to writing a link bait post – the basics.
  • The art of reading to become an amazing blogger – how to choose and organize your reading materials to benefit your blogging.
  • How to improve internal linking on your blog – how to keep track of content you want to link to (if you can’t or don’t want to use SEO Smart Links plugin).
  • Is Google waging a war on guest bloggers – their advice on guest blogging vs. writing for your own site.

Business / Career / Finance

  • The ultimate guide to releasing career frustrations – no matter how much you love your job, there are always little irking points.
  • Small business start up priority #1 – your office desk – it is where you will likely spend most of your time, so it should be as close to perfect as possible.
  • 10 ways to mitigate risk when starting an online store or business – lower your risk while working on the rewards.
  • Location based services – is it the future of online marketing?
  • Insights into running a design business – great tips for others in the design industry.


Humor / Infographics / Inspiration

Link Building

  • 10 illustrations on search engines’ valuation of links – find out what counts, and what doesn’t.
  • Strategic link building that drives huge results – it’s about content, competitors, and keywords.
  • Link building tools interview with Aaron Wall of SEOBook – includes his views on dofollow and the way the search industry is evolving.
  • Why link builders do not share link building secrets – hint: it’s not because we think we’ll be put out of business.s
  • Link building with great web design – using CSS directors, CMS galleries, and more to build backlinks.

Making Money Online / Online Marketing

  • How to make money blogging – a review of the program I will begin in July to help take my blog to the next level.
  • 7 ways to increase and retain newsletter subscribers – if your mailing list is the source of your income, you will want to make sure you are keeping them interested!
  • How I made over $2,000 from one blog post – definitely check out the other linked post in this one on how he does it with Amazon.
  • How to build multiple streams of income using WordPress blogs – the author and I agree automated blogs aren’t the best way to go, but they are a common methodology that can’t be left out.
  • How to turn your blog into a product launch engine – signup for a free 78 minute video plus 4 ebooks from an online money making expert.

Personal Development / Self Improvement

Photography / Digital Art

Search Engines / SEO / Analytics

Social Media

Social Networks



Let’s Win an iPad Together!

If you want an iPad as badly as I do (and that is pretty, desperately bad), then let’s help each other. There is a contest to win an iPad that is pretty simple – fill out a form, favorite and comment on a Youtube trailer for a realtiy TV show (like the Real World but with people trying to start a business), and subscribe to a Youtube channel. If you win an iPad after clicking on this referral link to the contest, then I win one too for referring you! Also, there is another contest where each tweet you make about it counts as an entry – enter now.

June 1st 5PM Central Cut Off to Join Third Tribe at $47…

I’m sure most of you have heard of it – the community started by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, Chris Brogan, and Brian Clark of CopyBlogger. But it’s not the creators that make it valuable. Here is what you get if you join today in terms of educational content:

  • The Quick Start Guide to Making Money Online – Johnny Truant on how to make your first $100 online, two critical factors in his success, so called “instant money systems,” and more.
  • Building a Business Around a Blog: Part One – Darren Rowse on the 3 factors your blog must have to make money with advertisers, choosing a profitable niche, making banner ads work, and more.
  • Building a Business Around a Blog: Part Two – Chris Brogan on online reputation, two favorite ways to bring in blog revenue, getting into your customer’s head, and more.
  • Building a Business Around a Blog: Part Three – Brian Clark on how he built his 100K subscriber base, favorite selling model, the “millionaire’s secret,” and more.
  • Building a Business Around a Blog: Part Four – Leo Babautu of Zen Habits on where his revenue comes from, how he handled negative reactions to his product, best technique for getting traffic, and more.
  • Email Marketing Strategies that Work – Sonia Simone on how to build a list, a sneaky “secret weapon,” how to get readers to open your email, and more.
  • How to Get Your Customers to Do Your Best Marketing for You – John Jantsch on how he built Duct Tape Marketing, coaching customers and partners to bring more customers, simple tools, and more.
  • Copywriting Tips for Insanely Effective Email Marketing – Dave Navarro on the 3 step email formula used to boost click-throughs, favorite tools for generating compelling subject headers, how to handle spam filters, and more.
  • Product Launch Strategies: What Always Works and What’s Working in 2010 – Jeff Walker on creating connection at the start of a launch, common mistakes, creating an event vs. hype-fest, and more.
  • Advanced Affiliate Marketing with Social Media and SEO – Glen Allsopp on the best way to get natural, high-quality links, a lame SEO technique that actually still works, why social media and SEO shouldn’t be seen as separate, and more.

All of the above include a downloadable MP3 and transcript of the interview, next action worksheet, and valuable links. Getting access to these alone makes your first month a huge value – and new seminars are added each month.

If the educational materials are not enough, consider the fact that you will have access to a spam free community of business minded, marketing minded people who are all there to help each other succeed. Everyone is there to help and learn from everyone else.

The catch? You only have four more days to join at the rate of $47 a month – on June 1st at 5PM Central, the rate goes up to $97 for the first month. So if you have had even an inkling about joining just to try it out for a month, do it at the lower rate. Lock it in for future months or cancel after the first month if it doesn’t suit you – after you download the seminars and network with other members. But do it before it goes up to $97. Join now.

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    • says

      It’s rewarding to know that people probably spend as much time reading the resources as I do putting them together. :)

  1. says

    Forgive me for posting back to back comments, but after I commented I re-read the part about Third Tribe. I’m considering it. For the same rational as you’ve mentioned,- locking in the lower rate and trying it out for a month. Quick question. Do they offer webinars or other video type instruction?
    .-= New from Colleen@Kennewick Real Estate Homes for Sale in Cottonwood Springs Kennewick Washington =-.

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      The seminars so far have been conducted as phone interviews, so they are only in MP3 / PDF transcript format. I don’t know if they plan on doing videos in the future, but everything seems to be just by phone call recording. They also do occasional Q&A calls, but I don’t think those are recorded – they are just for those who can attend at the time.

  2. says

    Holy Lots of Links Batman! Kristi – what a wealth of resources. That’s amazing.

    I want to chime in about The Third Tribe. I think it’s pretty awesome so far. I’ve been there a month and the forum has been phenomenal. I won’t mention other forums out there – but this one blows the others i’ve witness out or the water.

    They haven’t done videos but I don’t think it’s needed. I used to be a huge proponent of video (and still am) but as a learning tool sometimes it’s just too slow. I can read the transcripts faster than listening or watching.

    And the interviews go into more depth than typical interviews. The one leading the interview (which changes up) really asks great questions and keeps it on track too.
    .-= New from Shawn Christenson Internet Marketing Without Being Obnoxious (A Third Tribe Review) =-.

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      Thanks for the review (and to Kristi for the summary) but I think I’m going to bow out. For starters, there is no value in dishing out $50 a month when I don’t have significant income coming in. Besides, for everything you pay for there are ways to get the same info for free. For instance, when I bought my iMac last winter, I was asked if I wanted to spend money for the “Genius Bar” at Apple stores if I had technical questions on how to use the Mac. Uhh, that’s why I have friends who use Macs and Google.
      .-= New from Ari Herzog@Online Marketing Tips How a Book Can Increase Your Productivity =-.

      • says

        I guess I have an advantage on that… I got in at the beginning when it was $29. So effectively, since they only offer the affiliate program to members, I just need 2 people to sign up and stay on and it covers my membership – and hopefully they get enough out of it to share it with their friends and balance out their own fees. Although when it goes up to $97, I don’t know how many people will be able to join that aren’t already making some serious income. For me, I do get a lot out of it. Instead of having to travel around several different free forums on various topics which are hit or miss on whether I’ll get valuable responses, I can just come to this one to find bloggers, SEO’s, marketers, entrepreneurs, etc.

        Of course, I’d probably be the type to do the Genius Bar if my hubby wasn’t a Apple guy. :)

    • says

      I agree about the videos. I usually end up reading transcripts and flipping through slides (when available) before watching the video, unless I have the time to really focus on watching the full video.

      I think the thing I like most about the forum is the maturity. If you ask serious questions in free forums, you know there is going to be that one trouble maker that just chimes in to be a downer – no contribution to the topic but some misguided negativity. Third Tribe members might give criticism about something, but it’s always done in a constructive, helpful way, which I appreciate.

  3. says

    I especially loved your link building posts in this round up. The CSS gallery one was something that I had thought about but never actually done – I think I might trying that with a few of my blogs.
    .-= New from Thomas@SEO Services Create Niche Products: eBooks =-.

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      I think of it this way – if the timing is right, Google may just index the homepage of the gallery with your link on it, which means you’ve got potential for a PR 5 – 6 backlink. And you probably get some traffic as well.

  4. says

    Wow – I’m going to have to keep this list for future reference. It’s epic and awesome. I agree with you on Third Tribe – I’ve been a member since the first weeks, and it has been worth the investment in time and money, definitely. In fact, I’m only now diving into much of the seminar content which like you said, is easily worth one month’s price of admission (over and over).

    • says

      I put the interview MP3s on my iPod and take them on my workouts. I can get two things done simultaneously and efficiently.

  5. says

    Hey hey! Girl how do you find all these great sites? Anyway just read “7 deadly sins of Google local listings”, helped me tons as I am currently trying to optimise for a local website :) Keep up the fantastic work!

    • says

      Most of the posts are ones I have retweeted throughout the week. The rest are a mixture of commenter’s CommentLuv links, RSS subscriptions, and StumbleUpon shares.

    • says

      It’s a paid plugin called Standout Comments (affiliate link). It costs $67, but I used coupon code comment20 to save $20 – not sure how long that lasts. Basically, it lets you add a checkbox to subscribe to posts via email as well as a checkbox to subscribe to a mailing list which will tie into services like Aweber. I’m still working on setting that part up. It also lets you add a checkbox to follow you on Twitter. I’m not sure I want that many checkboxes under the post though.

  6. says

    As always, this is another great collection of best articles!

    I like the Facebook with Infusionsoft article. It may be a little difficult but the steps there are quite understandable so I might give it a shot.

  7. says

    Good resources. Added to my reading list is the following:

    “Google Wages War on Guestbloggers”
    “5 Steps to Write a Link Bait Post”
    “All Links are Not Created Equal: 10 Illustrations on Search Engines’ Valuation of Links”
    “Strategic Link Building That Drives Huge Results”
    “Link Building Tools Interview with Aaron Wall”
    “Google Confirms “Mayday” Update Impacts Long Tail Traffic”
    and “How CommentLuv Grows Businesses and Blogs”

    Knowledge is power. Thanks for the knowledge.

    • says

      Very true. The more I read about SEO, the more I realize that no one besides Google themselves knows what will really work and what really doesn’t.

    • says

      It would be tough. I’m super critical of pictures of myself, so if I only like 1 out of 20, I would have to take a LOT to make the collage.

      You know, it took so long to make last week’s post that by the time I got to the video selection process, I was pooped. I was also a big curious if anyone would notice or miss it, and now that I know someone did, I will make sure I get a good one for this week!

  8. says

    I love fetching Fridays. They provide me with an abundance of resource links to great articles. Sometimes I get through them all in a single weekend and other times like this past week I don’t. I’m off to visit the last few that interest me now but before I do so I wanted you to know I appreciate these posts and you too. :)
    .-= New from timethief Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us =-.

    • says

      I never expect anyone to make it through all of them. My hope is that everyone finds at least one article that makes a difference in the way they are doing things or inspires them. :)

  9. says

    There are enough links here to keep me busy for a good couple of days. What caught my eye was the ability to change your stumbleupon account name, as this is something I would love to do!

    Then Google waging war on guest posters is another one I have to go and take a look at, as it is currently touted as one of the hottest link building techniques by all and sundry….

    This will keep me busy for a while, thanks for sharing.