Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup & How to Help Japan

­­This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the best posts of the week in blogging, online business, SEO & social media and how to help Japan on 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 / Freelance Writing

Making Money Online / Marketing / Online Business

  • Is your creativity keeping you from making money – the difference between doing it in an innovative way and doing what is known to work.
  • 5 basic tips for creating profitable niche websites – you must do these five things to ensure your success in making money online.
  • 5 ways to use content marketing to build your authority – go beyond just blogging for your business with these types of content that help prove your expertise in your industry.
  • Micro conversions: the key to undertsanding why customers walk away from your site without doing anything.
  • The Clickbank affiliates checklist to choosing the right product – with exception to one or two tips specifically based on Clickbank’s system, these tips can help you when selecting any affiliate product for your website.

Personal Development / Productivity

Search Engines / SEO / Link Building / Analytics

Social Media / Social Networking

  • 8 hot social media tips from eight industry experts – from offering live events to when you should invest in social media.
  • 6 reasons why Q&A sites can boost your SEO despite Google Farmer update – an in-depth look at why you should be using question and answer sites (includes 14 to choose from based on their type).
  • How to build a Facebook landing page with iFrames – comprehensive guide to the difference between iFrames and FBML, how to design your page step by step, configuring your Facebook app, and how to add additional pages.
  • 15 frequently asked questions about Facebook fan pages – from switching from profile to page, suggesting to friends, gaining fans, and more.
  • Use Quora to stamp your authority – how to use Quora to build a great online reputation.

How You Can Help Japan

While I normally do something a little lightheared for the end of the week video, I wanted to share something a bit different.

It’s been one week since the earthquake and tsunami devastated portions of Japan. Thousands of lives have been lost, more are still missing, and many who did survived are living in shelters living on scarce rations of food and water.

The images from Japan are heartbreaking. Boston’s Big Picture has been doing regular coverage since the day of the earthquake, showing the aftermath, devastation, continuing crisis, and the survivors.

Then there are videos that show just how powerful the tsunami was and how quickly it destroyed everything in it’s path.

For those who have been wondering how they can help (at least financially) here are some sites and initiatives to choose from.

  • Living Social is giving $5 for every $5 that you donate through them to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquate and Pacific Tsunami Fund. They have raised almost $1 million USD and will continue to match donations through today, Friday the 18th at 1PM EST.
  • The American Red Cross is also taking donations via their website or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Japan Earthquate and Pacific Tsunami Fund which will appear on your next wireless bill.
  • SXSW Cares is running a campaign to raise $80,000 by the end of SXSW (March 20th), also being given to the American Red Cross.
  • Japanese ATP player Kei Nishikori is using his Facebook fan page to raise donations for the American Red Cross.

If you know of any other places or ways to help, please share them in the comments.

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  1. says

    Excellent list of blog posts here.

    I must agree that the SEO posts are very detailed. I’ve read a majority of these posts earlier in the week. How are you doing Kristi? I’ve purchased a copy of your ebook and I enjoyed reading and learning some new tips.

    I am currently applying these tips into my marketing strategies.

    Excellent stuff.

    James just posted SEO Essentials For Top Search Engine Rankings

  2. says

    Hi Kristie, I’m looking forward to reading some of these. I’m curious to see how Quora and the other Q&A sites can impact SEO. Thanks for sharing these links and videos about the conditions in Japan and what we can do to help.
    Ileane just posted CommentLuv Secrets Leaked

    • says

      Yes, they are having one problem after another – it’s very sad to watch. First the major disaster, then the snow / freezing weather, then the nuclear reactors – all of which is hurting their economy. They’ll need a lot of help to rebuild.

      • says

        That’s true, Kristi. And what’s even sadder is that barely a few hours after the tsunami, the Internet was already abuzz with scam mails for Japan donations. Can you imagine the gall of those thieves? But, although I’m not Japanese, I know for certain that history has taught the Japanese a precious lesson about rising back from the ashes. Give them some time; the miracle will come soon. It took them several years to rebuild from WWII.
        Elmer M. just posted Gratitude Attitude – The Perfect Gift for Personal Happiness

  3. says

    Hey Kristi,
    thanks so much for including my traffic generation post here. I made it two weeks in a row…I can have a heart attack now :)

    This is such an honor and I will have to do even better, I don’t want people coming to my blog and not seeing everything perfect over there!

    P.S. I am still mad you haven’t published your book sooner, lol

    When it comes to Japan I have already involved myself in it and hope I will be able to do more.
    Brankica just posted Yahoo! Answers The ultimate guide to traffic generation with YA

    • says

      You’re welcome. And you don’t have to worry – you’ve got lots of great content on your blog, so when people go there, they’ll be satisfied. :)

    • says

      I know the feeling… I have some weeks where I can spend some more time perusing the blogosphere, and others where I have to cram it into a late Thursday night session to get this post ready. I enjoy the hopping throughout the week personally. Hope you have a great weekend too! :)

  4. says

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Love getting these posts each week. They have been exceptionally helpful in helping me launch and promote my own new blog focused on PR for nonprofits. Keep it up Kristi!

    • says

      Hi Dave! Glad you decided to comment for the first time, and I’m very happy these posts help with your online marketing of your content!

  5. says

    The first one was very exciting and motivating for me ” 90,000 readers with one headline”.I mean who wouldn’t want to have 90,000 readers under only one headline.I would definitely help Japan with the money I get from that.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Bradley Nordstrom

  6. says

    Thanks for the mention, Kristi! I’ll be sure to pass this on to Eliza.

    Also thanks for the link to the Reddit post. I’ve thought a lot about it and whether or not it’s going to be difficult to get into the subculture there (as well as whether or not it’s worth the try). I’ll have to have a read.

    Tia just posted Turning Pennies Into Dollars

  7. says

    Hi Kristi,
    Your Fetching Friday Series is awesome. I have got many awesome posts from your posts. SEO is one of my major interest in your list.
    Sympathy for Japanese, The Brave Nation.
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