Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup, Ugg Boots & Upcoming Vacation Time

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, a contest for a free pair of Ugg boots, plus Fetching Friday going on vacation 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 / Writing

  • 8 keys to blogging success – ask yourself these questions to find out if you have a passion for blogging.
  • 7 colossal mistakes bloggers make that are killing them – be sure that if you’re doing these things, you fix them now!
  • Karl Staib talks about finding your blogging superpowers – this interview on Blogcast FM covers how to maintain focus, how desire keeps you from your goals, one simple tactic to increase engagement, and more.
  • What’s the perfect width for your online content? How to increase the likelihood that people will want to stay on your site to read your content.
  • What to do if you take a break from blogging? Great advice which I have taken into account for my upcoming 2 week break (see more under the Fetching Friday Notice section).

Making Money Online / Online Business

Personal Development / Productivity

Search Engines / SEO / Analytics

  • Expert link building interview with Wil Reynolds – pretty in-depth interview about changes in the link building industry, paid links, relevance, and more.
  • 32 SEO tactics to avoid in 2011 – hiding things on your page, keyword stuffing, linking schemes, and other things you should stay away from in your SEO strategy.
  • 6 ways to help non-SEOs spot link opportunities – an interview with 7 in-house link builders on the most important link building tasks to in-house link building advantages.
  • How to optimize your blog for Google – a very thorough guide!
  • A wide smile for funny SEO moments – quotes, pictures, and videos that show the humorous side of search.

Social Media / Social Networking

WordPress

  • 101 ultimate WordPress resources from around the web – huge list of resources for security, how to use WordPress as a CMS, database backup, hacks, tutorials, plugins, and more.
  • How to edit a WordPress theme part 2: stylesheet – getting familiar with the WordPress stylesheet.
  • WorPress custom menus and Genesis category options – 2 videos on how to utilize custom menu features and how to utilize the blog template in Genesis, exclude categories, and combine custom menus.
  • To moderate or not moderate comments – two plugins that will lower your need to do so.
  • How to delete and uninstall W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin – if you are running into issues, this might be the solution.

Enter to Win Some Ugg Boots!

Win a Pair of Ugg Boots

Fashion lovers, I couldn’t resist putting this contest up here. Whooga UK is giving away a pair of Ugg boots! All you have to do is follow Whooga Boots on Twitter and/or sign up for their newsletter on Whooga-eu.co.uk to enter. They do drawings once a month, so be sure to enter to be included in the January draw! Also, readers of Kikolani get a 10% discount using the code 1338kikolani – this code expires on January 28th!

Fetching Friday Notice for the Next Two Weeks

For those of you who haven’t heard, I’m taking my first ever two week long vacation beginning on January 23rd through February 4th to Melbourne, Australia. So for the first time in over a year, I will not be running the usual Fetching Friday roundup.

What I will be doing is giving you a list of great blogs to visit that have new posts weekly in the main topics, as well as opening the floor for you to share your favorite posts of the week in the comments. More details will be posted in the following two Friday posts that I’ll have scheduled out before I leave!

Want to keep up with what I’ll be doing? I’m sure I’ll be posting various images on Twitter through Plixi and uploading pics to Facebook too, so be sure to follow me on both!

Where I’ll Be for the Next Two Weeks

Wonder what I’m looking forward to for the next two weeks? Hopefully catching some video like these!





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Comments

  1. says

    Checked out funny SEO moments and I really had a wide smile! I enjoyed that Matt Cutts video too. It is hilarious! Anyway, these are again awesome stuff to keep me busy during weekend. You never fail to deliver great links. Thanks!

  2. says

    Hey Kristi, how’s it going mate? You enjoying Australia? I almost drove down to catch some of the tennis but something came up. Too bad you’re not getting a taste of the real Aussie summer. Still, you may get a little before you leave.

    Those Twelve Apostles are something aren’t they. I take it you drove up the Great Ocean Road? Did you see what was left of London Bridge?

    Anyway, I better let you go. Thanks for linking to one of my posts.
    Sire just posted Of Good Hosts And Bad Hosts- Beware The Bad Hosts

    • says

      Oh, we haven’t gone yet… leaving this Sunday! These are videos I found online while researching areas we wanted to go. :) But we will be doing all of this stuff I’m sure!

  3. says

    Hi Kristi!

    I’ll explore the blogging section – the one break-related, more seo and social media.
    No worry about the FF, enjoy your deserved holidays and send greetings to Aussies :)

    Hope seeing your pics on twitter and facebook!

    The best trip to you,

    Gera

  4. says

    Kristi, you are always finding such great reads! I look forward to my friday RSS updates from Kikolani. Ooodles of great content. Thank you. And have a wonderful time on your trip!

    I didn’t get to go to ASW, and I have to pass SXSW due to poor planning (sigh, really wanted to go this year), but I hope we can meet up at Blog World. Are you going? Vegas, baby! ;)
    Christine just posted The Blogger’s Facebook Dilemma – when personal mixes with business

  5. says

    Kristi, aloha. WOW! What a wrap. Thx again for your transcript with SME; it’s terrific. Enjoy a glorious vacation. Look forward to reading your thoughts and seeing the thoughts. Until then, aloha. Janet

  6. says

    Another great Fetching Friday Kristi. I enjoyed watching the videos, especially the last one with those huge waves. I know my brother would love to surf some waves like those. Thanks for sharing, I will check out the post on beginners guide to landing pages.
    John just posted How To Find The Best Guitar Lessons

  7. says

    Another useful fetching Friday, Kristi. And thank you for including the link on how to optimize landing pages. It’s exactly what I am looking for.

  8. says

    Love the mashup! I have to agree with Andrew from Blogging Guide on the Funny SEO moments. Definitely worth a smile and a LOL. I think I might even send an couple SEO birthday cards this year!

    Have fun in Australia! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!