Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Best YouTube Campaign Ever

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, Blog World confirmed, and a farewell video from the Old Spice man on kikolani.com.

The Resources Mashup

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

Blogging / Writing

  • Blogs I Follow – this is the best way to organize your commenting strategy, Alltop style.
  • 15 blogs to follow if you want to kick ass online – these blogs cover everything bloggers need from straight up blogging tips to SEO, social media, and marketing strategies.
  • 7 not so obvious ways to get inside your readers’ circle of trust – if you liked Meet the Parents (or even if you didn’t), this shows you how to get inside the circle of trust, even when it’s difficult.
  • 100 great writing tips from the world’s top bloggers – great compilation of ways to make your writing better!
  • Why bloggers should care about Google suggest and online reputation management – is blogging so last year, for losers, or dead? How to combat the scam.

Business / Career / Finance


Humor / Infographics / Inspiration

Link Building

  • Getting the best high volume links – a guide to getting your clients the kind of links that their competitors are getting, even if they are lower quality.
  • 7 things more important than dofollow links – simple yet great advice, and perfect example of using a video transcript summary.
  • Top 7 ways to increase link popularity with content – if you’re not getting links, your next step is to become more link worthy.
  • How to find and drain link juice – don’t miss out on these wasted SEO opportunities.
  • 18 examples of awesome viral linkbait – the best videos, infographics, and more.

Making Money Online / Online Marketing

  • Affiliate marketing and ebook over pricing – your thoughts on justifying the price tag of a product.
  • Online visibility tip: create and use video testimonials – an essential way to increase your credibility, necessary especially if you are planning to sell products or services.
  • How to develop an endless source of ideas that sell – how to go from inspiration, ideation, to implementation.
  • Avoiding obnoxious product launch syndrome – why to choose a soft product launch.
  • Make money using Google Webmaster Tools – how to use your CTR analytics for better ads and focus.

Personal Development / Self Improvement

  • Don’t worry, be happy – learn how to choose to be happy.
  • How to deal with rude people – third part of the series.
  • Top 6 ways to build self respect and improve self esteem – great tips for ending the cycle of self destruction that is the result of lack of self respect.
  • How to reprogram your mind for self improvement –
  • 50 ways to start fresh – if you need to renew what the meaning of life is, this is a great list of ways to do so.

Photography / Digital Art

  • How to find free stunning images for your blog – nothing makes a plain old text post more spectacular than good images.
  • 100 Photoshop tutorials for learning photo manipulation – some amazing things that can be done with an ordinary photo and extraordinary graphics skills.
  • 40 beautiful macro photos that will inspire you – amazing close-up photography.
  • Beautiful examples of bokeh photography – plus some great tutorials.
  • Showcase of beautiful photography – a variety of animal, landscape, macro, and other great photos.

Search Engines / SEO / Analytics

Social Media / Social Networking

  • How dogs use social media – a cute guide to pet friendly social networking.
  • The Social Media Playbook – a free eBook on best practices for blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Foursquare, Buzz, and more.
  • 15 sites to monitor your social brand presence – some great tools to find out where you are mentioned on the Internet.
  • 10 reasons market research is critical to social media – learn more about your customers / followers before enaging with them for better results.
  • 5 ways to battle social media stump – if you’ve gotten to the point you’re saying “now what” then these 5 ideas will help you get on track.



What’s New at Kikolani

Ever wonder what makes this site tick? I have created a new blogging resources page with my educational, networking, and WordPress resources including a list of all plugins currently running here. I’ll be adding more to it as time goes by, so be sure to check it out!

Officially Signed Up for Blog World Expo

In case you missed my tweets this week, I am officially signed up for the full access pass to Blog World Expo in Vegas on October 14 – 16th. Even if you missed out on the early bird pricing, you can still save off of the full registration price if you register before September 16. Discount code EBIRD will get you an additional %20 off. I’m looking forward to seeing some of my readers there! Be sure to keep an eye on the Blog World Blog for the latest news on speakers and confirmed tracks!

Old Spice Man

Here is the final video in a series of one of the funniest social media / Youtube campaigns of the week ever by Old Spice where they answered questions from Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube comments. If you missed it, be prepared to take a few hours catching up on answers to questions from everyday people and celebrities including Alyssa Milano, Kevin Rose, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and more.

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  1. says

    It seems that BuddyPress works good as a “blog collaboration system”, I some how prefer the power of Drupal to discover new horizontals, I think Drupal has the best grouping and user management platform! (just an opinion while I am still working on it)

    Nice Old Spice video lol
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    • says

      Yes, those videos are funny. And your group is doing great in Drupal. It’s all about what blog owners are most comfortable working with, even if it is Google Groups so long as they come together.

    • says

      Thanks! I figure most people won’t be able to get through them all, but hopefully everyone will find at least one or two articles that will be eye-opening.

  2. says

    Kristi, I swear Fetching Friday gets better every week. I am trying to establish it as it’s own category on StumbleUpon. So, for all you stumblers out there, add Fetching Friday as a category when (not if) you review it, OK?

    • says

      Thanks. I think that FF is probably a little insight into the things I’m interested in because essentially, topics that are on the top of my head are likely to be the ones that stand out when I’m choosing the top 5.

  3. says

    Great round up once again. I just started using W3 Total Cache and need all the help I can get, lol

    Also loved the cake designs but I dont think they included any from my buddy across the street the Cake Boss. I could just hear him cussing right now :)

    Happy Friday Everybody!
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    • says

      If he has a lot of cool designs, maybe he could post a blog on his own top 10 designs! Great viral content + advertising all in one.

    • says

      That one did look interesting… even though you could get to it by going to the article that referenced it, it seemed too good to leave out.

  4. says

    Your mash-up of resources is always an inspiration – I have a site that I am hoping that Google map domination post will help out!

    I use W3 Total Cache on a site and I’ve always wanted to learn more about it. Now Ive got a great link!

    Thanks for the link over to the ebook overpricing post of mine. I’m trying to explore how and why certain things are done online. Talking myself in circles is sure to continue LoL

    • says

      I’ve been researching product pricing, so it came at a good time! Talking in circles helps others think about these kinds of things from different perspectives, which is a great thing.

  5. says

    Kristi, In regards to the W3 Total Cache, I’ve never used any of the cache programs that are out there for wordpress. Main reason being… I don’t understand the allure about it. I mean.. doesn’t wordpress by default already cache the website content? It seems so strange to me that a software company as good as wordpress who have always been improving their code, would not try to improve their cache? I don’t know I’ve never been able to find somewhere that explains it to us clearly why it’s advantageous to use it.

    Sorry for my Rambling…..

    Till then,

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    • says

      WordPress has their own system, but it’s not strong enough to withstand a huge burst of traffic all at once, like if you were lucky enough to make the frontpage of Digg. W3 Super Cache used to (or maybe still does) have a banner that you can add to your site that says Digg proofed or Digg ready, something to that effect.

    • says

      Yep, I’m giving it a try for a little bit to see if my social sharing picks up. Hopefully it gets good response!

  6. says

    Put the Blogging Resources page on stumbleupon so as to bookmark it for myself – it is definitely something I will be sharing with others soon, I’m sure. Read the article about how to get more linkjuice out of places people don’t usually look just to try and understand SEO a bit better, and very much loved the first thing you linked to, which embodies a consistent commenting strategy (something I’ve been working on recently).

    Thanks for all these resources!
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  7. says

    Fantastico, as they say here in Brazil :) I started to be a more frequent user of FaceBook recently as I was just quite not into it yet. The articles that you feature here about FB will certainly give my knowledge up a lot of notches, hehe thanks. And Ching Ya’s posts rocks!

    Ohh! Thanks for the mention about the CTR for better targeting users to convert. Hope people use this tactic, it works well
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  8. says

    As more and more people search online to solve their problems, you should capitalize on this huge opportunity before your competitor does. Thank You 😉

  9. says

    Thanks for putting together another useful list of links, Kristi. Looking forward to going through them all. Right after I watch the Old Spice videos. They’re so funny, I’m sure that guy has a great movie career ahead of him. :)

  10. says

    I absolutely loved the Old Spice commercials and what they did by responding to tweets by making videos I think was absolutely brilliant! It’s sad that it had to end so soon, but I guess it’s a case of quitting while you’re on top.

    Great line up as always! Thanks Kristi.
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  11. says

    Another Great Mashup as always! Enjoyed 10 Cool Facebook Status Tips and Tricks. Got interested with How to win rock paper scissors every time! I got to know more sites on where I can get free photos on How to find free stunning images for your blog, I could go on and on, but in summary, I am always enjoying your resources mashup, that’s for sure!

  12. says

    I’m SO going to enjoy the list! Love the photoshop resources, I was just checking out the CS5 earlier but these tricks will definitely enhance the designing skills further. Can’t wait! You really do compile some of the coolest resources around the web, Kristi, that’s why we love you for it! *hugs* and thanks so much for the mention.

    Social/Blogging Tracker
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  13. says

    The article on Wordstream blog about searching for internal link building oportunities is very interesting, specially for those who have tons of online content.
    Thanks for pointing it out.