Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Baby Blogger on Board

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, business, freelancing, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com.

The Resources Mashup

Here are some of the best articles I have seen on Google+, retweeted on @kikolani, and read in RSS subscriptions this week.

Blogging / Writing

Business / Career


Personal Development / Productivity

Search Engines / SEO

  • A Look at the Changes from Google Places to Google+ Local – If you are a local business owner or marketer, you need to know about the changes Google has made from Google Places to Google+ Local Pages.
  • How Much Do Social Signals Play Into Google Rankings? If there’s been one thing that tends to get me going, it’s when people in the industry start talking about social signals. In particular, Google using them as a ranking factor. Is this truly the case? Or do a lot of folks have it wrong? Or is the answer a bit more complex?
  • Identifying Link Penalties in 2012 – Site owners often are not immediately aware they have been penalized. They notice a drop in traffic or rankings, then begin to investigate the issue. So how do you really know if your site has been penalized? Once you know you have been penalized, how can you figure out the cause and fix it?
  • 14 Free Traffic Strategies for 2012 that DON’T Depend on Google – The Google Penguin Update has killed many affiliate websites. Now, many marketers wonder how to get more web traffic. This post details 14 proven free traffic generation strategies that avoid relying on search engines.
  • 10 Ways to Use Images for Link Building – The great thing about using images for marketing is that it’s one of the most efficient ways to build brand recognition and acquire natural mentions/links to a website, seeing that it can easily stimulate interest to its audience (particularly if the image is really compelling and/or visually appealing), and is very easy to disseminate.

Social Media / Social Networking

I’ve Got a Baby Blogger on Board!


For those who missed my big announcement yesterday on Facebook and Twitter, I’m happy to report that one of our biggest goals for 2012 has been achieved. My husband Jason Hines and I are expecting our first bundle of joy this December.

One of the questions that came up in the comments a few times was whether there would be a related blog. The answer: of course! I have always had a little personal blog that I have updated off and on since 2008. And now, I plan to gear it in the direction of a mommy blog.


Be warned: there might be some TMI posts in regards to the joys of pregnancy and the things to come. But there will also be stories of my journey to motherhood plus some product reviews of things I have been using along the way. It’s amazing how many new things I’ve learned in a short amount of time!

Photo of the Week

This week’s top photo comes from Yosemite National Park. A small waterfall along the trail to Mirror Lake created some interesting foamy swirls.


Be sure to check out Jason Hines’ photography blog and Arizona wedding photography website for more photos. Also, be sure to follow him on Twitter @jasonphines or Google+!


Does the idea of owning your own hovercat make you want to adopt? :)

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  1. says

    Good morning … it’s Friday, I’m here with my coffee reading your great news announcements :)
    My congratulation I am very happy for you and your husband!

    Thank You for keeping little Oliver.
    I have three cats myself and made the same decision as you when I found my now 2 yr Momo when he was 3 months old. A co- worker found him hiding in his motor when he arrived to work. It was a total surprise he survived the engine heat with no burns. It took us hours to get him out of that motor. Since I already had two cats, I was the chosen to take care of him. My two ladies adopted him right away and 48hr later it was clear he is part of the family. :)

    Have a Happy Fetching Friday!

  2. says

    Congratulations Kristi! :)

    Such a great way to end the year with another awesome addition to your family. You know what, I really admire mom bloggers – finding time between house chores and blogging. It never ceases to amaze me. Congrats on your baby blog, I love the theme color. Clearly depicts the brightness and additional color your baby will bring to your life.

    Stay stay fabulous!
    Jonha just posted 7 Things You Must Do for Every Blog Post You Write

  3. mary says

    I love your mommy blog! It is fun and helpful. Being a new mom too, I share your joy and excitement throughout your entire pregnancy and soon, birth. I wanted to blog about my first baby pregnancy back then, but unfortunately didn’t have the knowledge to start. Any advise how I can start my own mommy blog? I believe it’s never too late for me :)