Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & Holiday Greetings

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, all I want for Christmas, and holiday greetings from kikolani.com.

The Resources Mashup

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

Blogging / Writing

  • 8 ways to get your blog ready for 2011 – planning to increase traffic to your blog? This post will show you 8 specific things you need to do before your blog hits the big time.
  • Top 10 blogs for writers – out of 500 responses and 20 finalists, here are the top 10 blogs for writers.
  • SEO tips for bloggers – answers some great questions including common mistakes, first steps, and latest trends.
  • 10 things I learned about multi-author blogging in 2010 – how it’s like hearding cats and more.
  • A 12 step guide to sabotaging your own blog contests – a good read before you do your first contest.



  • What identities are we using to sign into websites – infographic about what existing identities we use the most when logging in on other sites.
  • 10 amazing bee facts – everything you did (or didn’t) want to know about bees in a honeycome infographic.
  • More creative and useful infographic maps – over 30 different infographcs based off of maps.
  • The economics of holiday gift giving – the surprising personal economics behind holiday shopping and gift valuation.
  • Best and worst commutes in America – nice to know Phoenix is one of the worst – not!

Link Building

  • Non-geeky link building tips for small business owners – some realistic methods and tips that you can use to improve your link building skills, and gain some quality backlinks for your site.
  • Taking a closer look at link changes – link spikes, changes in link types, changes in link targets, and anchor text variety.
  • 21 advanced link building strategies – great strategies including link bait, the link wheel, dead link finders, and more.
  • Guest blogging for high performance links – the experience, time, cost, and effectiveness of guest blogging for link building.
  • Build links in 30 minutes a day – tips for something to do every day for four days.

Making Money Online / Online Marketing

  • How to increase product profitability after the launch – how to extend the life of products after launch.
  • 52 ways to be a conversion badass – a roundup of the best conversion rate optimization posts of 2010.
  • 5 steps to making 2010 incredibly awesome – it’s all about connection, taking action, having the end goal in mind, and more tips to succeeding in the new year.
  • Why I’m successful – interview with Internet entrepreneur Pat Flynn.
  • What goes into writing a business plan – if you want to earn some real money online, consider creating a business plan for your online endeavors.
  • How long will it take to earn a six figure income online – the truth on what it takes and some factors that influences how long it will take.

Personal Development / Productivity

  • The importance of practice – no matter what it is that you love, you must practice it or risk losing it.
  • How not to be used – five steps toward respecting yourself so others respect you.
  • 10 simple ways to be more likeable – what honest things you should say and do to make others like you more.
  • Why forgiveness and love trump holding a grudge – especially this season, it’s time to let go of petty grudges and forgiveness.
  • How sleep can help you become better – if you’re not getting your zzzz’s, maybe this will remind you why you should.


  • Iceland on my mind – some beautiful HDR shots taken in Iceland.
  • 20 interesting high speed photographs – great shots, although I really worry about the goldfish.
  • A chilly solstice – photos of the lunar eclipse and the holidays around the world.
  • 5 tips for photography from a plane window – interesting tips for some shots above the clouds.
  • 88 extreme examples of bokeh photography – bokeh in terms of photography referring the area in the photo which are out of focus light to increase beautiful and dramatic image. Here are some great examples of this style.

Search Engines / SEO / Analytics

  • 7 useful Google cheatsheets – free info on shortcuts, advanced operators, features & hacks for analytics, and more.
  • The decade in search – a look at Google and other search engines over the past ten years.
  • Create your own SEO metrics dashboard – SEO metrics tracked and used for years. Follow along to learn how you can build your own SEO metrics dashboard.
  • 7 predictions for SEO in 2011 – a look at eight predictions for 2010 and whether they came true, then new predictions for the next year.
  • Google on the new Google algorithm – response from Matt Cutts on the latest search trends and how Google is using social sites for rankings.

Social Media / Social Networking

  • 7 growing niche social bookmarking sites worth exploring – want to find a more focused audience on your topic? Try these networks for business, blogging, design, finance, and more.
  • 25 ways to get more social media followers – easy ways to attract more followers.
  • How to spice up your social media strategy in 2011 – getting real, getting involved, going offline, and more ways to make your social media pop in the new year.
  • 5 critical social media skills you need to disperse – five skills that should be present within as many people in your company as possible.
  • 8 reasons not to fear social media – it’s not rocket science indeed!


  • How Twitter is changing – a new study revealing Twitters new direction.
  • How to use Twitter and blogging to accomplish your goals – ways to use web 2.0 in any area of your life with examples in travel, photography, music, personal finance, and more.
  • The beginner’s guide to Twitter – a full walkthrough of using the new Twitter.
  • How to search Google to research Twitter’s userbase – looking for relevant users? Try these search queries.
  • 5 ways to use Twitter to become a happier person – using your tweets to help reach your goals, wind down, make friends, and more.

All I Want for Christmas Is…

Sure, there are some geeky tech things I’d like, but the one I’d want to ask my readers for this holidays is something simple. Just a comment on a post that I hope you will enjoy.

This week, I entered the Blog Engage guest blogging contest with a post on 8 ways to prepare your blog for major exposure in 2011. That way, if you get to the homepage of Digg, listed on Lifehacker, or some other event occurs that drives a huge flow of traffic your way, your blog will be ready to put its best foot forward for every new visitor.

Be sure to check it out, and if you enjoy it, leave a comment and, if you’re a member, vote for it on Blog Engage. If you’re not a member, you might want to consider it as it is one of the top social bookmarking networks dedicated to bloggers. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Holiday Greetings

One of my goals for 2011 is to jump into video, and so I thought I’d start a little early. The following is a little holiday greeting for you, my readers, plus some Christmas-y scenes from around Phoenix, AZ. I hope you enjoy it – Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

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  1. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Some awesome resources here! As a person who is yet to start working on getting traffic from Facebook, the articles on the subject were especially useful. The 75 apps list was without a doubt the best article from the list. One can definitely get a head start with the help of those.

    An article that made an impression on me was ‘How Twitter is changing’. The graphs there really showed some interesting results. Seems like Twitter is going for a bright future, as users there get more “real” by the day.
    Daniel Sharkov just posted Want a Better Blog Tomorrow Morning – Do These 6 Things Tonight

  2. says

    I wouldn’t miss this, Kristi even though I still have some final touch ups for my Christmas preparation here. :-) Again, you’ve proven to be the strong female blogger for 2010 and I’m sure in coming year you’ll excel even further. It’s a blessing to know you. As always, great resources here and I’m truly grateful to your kind link love. Big big hugs to you, my friend. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (hope you’ll win the best blog in SME nomination too, I voted for you and on Blogengage too – my gift to you!)

    Nice video too!

    Social/Blogging Tracker
    Ching Ya just posted 7 Facebook Changes You Must Know in New Profile

  3. says

    Thank you yet again for a fantastic mash-up dear Kristi and just in time for Xmas too :)! I am mostly learning my way through Facebook – especially after creating my Welcome page and I left a question already for Ching on her wonderful post. It’s really and truly an amazing honor to be included in Fetching Fridays. I am so happy you found the practice post useful and I know you can attest especially since you are a dancer and there is no dance without dance practice :)! Thanks Kristi and enjoy the holidays!
    Farnoosh just posted The Importance of Practice- Use it or Lose it

  4. says

    Hey Kristi, Loved the video, I reckon you’re a natural. If you tackle that like you do everything else then I reckon you nay become a video star.

    I don’t have much to do with blogengage anymore but I’ll vote for that article just for you 😉

    Hope you and yours have a fantastic Christmas and a happy New Year,
    Sire just posted A Blogger’s Christmas Wish- Love And Peace To All

  5. says

    Hi Kristi. Scary how 2010 has gone so fast. With 2011 just around the corner, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and may 2011 bring you and your love ones good fortune, health and peace. Video looks good and now that you planned on it for next year, stick to it. I’m sure you’ll find ways to make it awesome as your writings.
    DiTesco just posted Happy Holidays And A Prosperous 2011

  6. says

    Thanks so much for the linkback and of course the most useful round up of content in the entire blogosphere. I feel like if I missed a 3 weeks of blogging I could come to your Fetching Friday resources and catch up on everything I need to catch up on/

  7. says

    Kristi, thank you for all you do for us every week and throughout the year. You haven’t missed a beat. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday and… a Happy New Year!

    (I’m in Denver and it’s vegan friendly!) 😉

    I’m granting your Christmas wish and looking forward to the videos in ’11. Thanks for giving us a taste of Phoenix. I haven’t been there in two years now … but I plan to see you really soon.
    Kissie just posted In Light of Economic Times

  8. says

    Kristi, thank you for all you do for us every week and throughout the year. You haven’t missed a beat. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday and… a Happy New Year!

    (I’m in Denver and it’s vegan friendly!) 😉

    I’m granting your Christmas wish and looking forward to the videos in ’11. Thanks for giving us a taste of Phoenix. I haven’t been there in two years now … but I plan to see you really soon.

    OMG, Kristi, you are too cute!

    LOVE the bears … so sweet.
    Kissie just posted ANNOUNCEMENT – NEW BLOGSITE!

  9. says

    Merry Christmas Kristi :) Great video by the way, I especially liked the bears.

    All the best to Kikolani for the coming year.

    Also, thank you for including my recent post here. I’m quite excited to read the others listed here (I’ve actually read the predictions of Rand the other day, as well as your predictions, I can really say that it’s going to be a very exciting year for SEO and the whole Internet business thing).


  10. says

    Well you did it again, I just spent two hours going through a bunch of these tips and such! lol. I would say information overload but you can never know too much :)

    Hope you had a great holiday!

  11. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Those are fantastic links on Facebook. A beginner’s guide on Twitter is also a much needed resources. Thanks once again and wishing you a very happy new year.

  12. says

    Yeah, that Glenn Murray guy is pretty good. He the dude that wrote Copywriting Scorecard For Bloggers. Pretty helpful ebook.

    I think the next thing a blogger should do going into 2011 is to focus more on providing quality content. You’ve got enough traffic tips out there to cause a jam.
    Gina Jennings just posted How To Get A Job As a Staff Blogger