This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, making money online, SEO, and social media on kikolani.com.
The Resources Mashup
Blogging / Writing
- How to measure your blog’s growth – from SEO, social to subscribers, everything you might want to keep track of to see if your blog is growing plus free tools and a spreadsheet to use.
- Is Livefyre destroying the value of blog comments – great discussion on the value of blog commenting and “inflation” due to the Livefyre comment system.
- Lowering bounce rate – 16 ways to make your blog sticky to help lower your bounce rate.
- 5 tips for using your blog as a branding tool – five tips to help guide people’s impression of you through your blog.
- 23 reasons your blog isn’t making money and what to do about it – if you want to earn income from your blog, you need to think about these major problems that affect the chain of conversion.
Business / Career
- Conversion psychology – why stealing grapes is good for your form conversions – a case study.
- 45 tips to make more money with affiliate marketing – if your affiliate profits aren’t what you would like them to be, try some of these great tips.
- 7 creative ways to get customer testimonials – between Facebook, LinkedIn, local search directories, and other sources, you’ve probably got a ton of them!
- 60 awesome inspirational workplace setups – want to get more productive? Then check out these workspaces ideas so you can love your work more!
- 4 niche website strategies reviewed – how to earn money using various types of niche websites.
Graphic Design / Web Design
- Tips on creating an effective online portfolio – a collection of posts with a total of 100+ tips for making sure your portfolio rocks!
- 25 must-have Chrome extensions for web designers and developers – great extensions to help you get the most out of your work environment.
- Ultimate guide to business cards – infographics and other resources to help you make the best business card!
- 3 Adsense twists that may triple your earnings – learn how to incorporate Adsense into your design to make it profitable.
- 45 beautiful letterhead designs for inspiration – create your own great letterhead using the inspiration from these lovely designs.
Personal Development / Productivity
- 12 things happy people do differently – things you can start doing today to feel the effect of more happiness in your life.
- 7 secrets of highly productive people – increase your productivity with these seven tips.
- Improve every moment – learn about busy and relaxed modes, and how to achieve the zen state.
- Understanding stress – 8 things to do to take it on and conquer it!
- 5 ways to quit the confusion and find your passion – how to ask the right questions, look back at your childhood, and find what you want the most out of life.
Search Engines / SEO
- Paid links – is it still a viable SEO strategy or a waste of money?
- 8 awesome SEO and online marketing infographics – the top SEO infographics plus a nice list of resources for creating and promoting infographics.
- 9 actionable tips for link prospecting – learn how advanced search queries, Twitter tools, blogrolls, and other sources can help you find new links.
- 12 SEO experts share how the Google +1 button can impact Google search results – how the experts think Google is responding to their own social signal.
- Does PageRank really matter – what it is, and if it is still important.
Social Media / Social Networking
- Top 50 social media blogs of 2011 – a great list of blogs to follow for your social media marketing needs!
- 12 of our best tips for getting attention on Twitter – detailed tips that should help your Twitter strategy more successful.
- The complete guide to customizing your Facebook fan page – whether you’re just getting started with yours or looking to make some upgrades, this post has some great tips!
- 10 social media cartoons guaranteed to make you smile – because you can learn something from all types of media.
- Google proves that not being on social media will kill your SEO – why your social media activity matters if you want to rank in search.
Photo of the Week
This week’s top photo is straight out of Australia. This lovely bird let me get up close and personal with this shot without pecking my camera. And for those who haven’t gotten a chance, yes you can hand feed them without behind harmed!
Grinding the Crack
I’m probably sharing this more for the fact that I love the music. But if you’re looking for a little adrenaline boost to get your weekend started, this video has that too!