Fetching Friday – The Final Resources Mashup of 2010

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, some tidbits on Affiliate Summit West, and a free ticket to Social Media Marketing Las Vegas 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

Facebook

Making Money Online / Online Business

Personal Development / Productivity

Photography

  • Beautiful nature photography – for your inspiration.
  • Christmas across the globe – wonderful pictures from this holiday season (although, is it just me, or does it feel like there is a heavy concentration of photos from one religion in particular)?
  • 10 great examples of wave photography – ok, one is the wave of liquids out of a glass, but still creative.
  • 50 awe-inspiring examples of bokeh photography – a collection of bokeh photography has been chosen for the ‘naturalness’ of the bokeh effect.
  • How to make your smartphone photos look like they were taken with a nicer camera – video tutorial.

Reputation Mangagement / Branding

Search Engines / SEO / Link Building

  • Breaking down the Mormon SEO strategy – sounds a bit strange at first, but interesting info on traffi acquisition, anchor text distribution, and takeaways from the LDS.
  • How to create link bait content – a guide to creating content that goes viral.
  • 7 ways to improve your blog SEO with inbound links – innovative ways to improve your search engine rankings.
  • 9 Internet marketing predictions to ring in 2011 – some predictions for SEO, social media, and online marketing.
  • 5 creative solutions to tough SEO challenges – ways to work wiht high budget reputations, getting e-commerce sites indexed, generating unique content in large quantities, overcoming competitors, and earning natural links.

Social Media / Social Networking

Twitter

WordPress

Preparing Your Blog for the New Year

In case you missed it, if you are looking to get your blog ready for some major exposure next year, be sure to get it ready to handle the surge of traffic with this guide on 8 ways to get your blog ready for 2011!

Do these tips work? I would say so, because I took a little stroll through my Google Analytics to discover this:

Apparently one of my pages had an image that ranked #1-2 for happy holidays, which caused the biggest three days of traffic that my blog has ever seen.

And not only did my site not crash (on shared hosting even), but I gained new RSS and mailing list subscribers. So I would say these tips definitely came in handy on my site when the traffic hit, so hopefully they will on your too!

Who’s Going to Affiliate Summit West?

As you know, I am attending Affiliate Summit West thanks to Deborah of ABCs Plus Forums and a free gold pass (although I am bidding for a platinum pass and expenses paid travel in Shoemoney’s Affiliate Summit Contest.

Since it’s my first time I’ll be reading this guide for newbies and picking my parties carefully. So what I want to know is who out of my readers is going to Affiliate Summit West so we can meet up in the bloggers’ lounge! And that leads me to my next offer…

Free Ticket to Social Media Marketing 2011 Las Vegas

If you’re going to be in Vegas the day after Affiliate Summit West, then don’t miss Social Media Marketing Las Vegas 2011 on January 12th at the Flamingo, spearheaded by Murray Newlands who just made John Chow’s 5 Internet Marketers to Watch in 2011.

The day long event covers viral social media campaigns, A/B testing for social media, B2B social media marketing, reputation management, getting digital PR for your business, and building communities for brands. Speakers include Murray Newland, David Koloski, Neil Glassman, and others. Brian Solis, Chris Brogan, and Ben Parr have been involved in other seminars/events by this group, so it is definitely solid. I would be going, but I have to be back at work that day.

Interested? Want to win a ticket? Just tweet the following to get entered into winning a free pass.

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The winner will be announced at 12PM Arizona time. And if you don’t win a pass, you can still register at Eventbrite. There are a limited number of tickets left, so don’t miss out!

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Comments

  1. says

    Kristi keep up with your great FF series and excellent posts on this New Year coming!

    Wow spike for an image I guess that it wasn’t foreseen – good for you!
    I’m having traffic for the term “Happy Holidays” and I didn’t know why, because it’s too generic – mysterious of the net.

    Wish You a Wonderful 2011 & Happy New Year :) and off to read some articles – others I’ll do it Next Year ;)

    Cheers with Champagne!

    Gera
    Gera just posted Guest Post on BizChickBlogs – Best of the Week in Blogging- Social Media- Food- Facebook and Internet Tools

  2. says

    Some great articles on this week fetching Friday Kristi! Haven’t still checked all of the links, but have to say that the once I did were pretty good. The one about blog commenting from SocialMediaExaminer was a pretty good read. Some interesting research techniques for finding quality blogs to comment on. The post on improving inbound links also had some useful insights. Seems like getting those links through press releases gets more popular by the day. Should read more on the subject. Thanks for sharing!
    Daniel Sharkov just posted Successful Social Media Campaign in 4 Steps

  3. says

    What a killer resource/information list Kristi. Need to set aside some time this weekend and go through it, as well as the “8 ways” post. Great blog you have here, and it’s one of my “must reads” moving into the New Year. Nice to see people sharing on their blog instead of (not-so-subtle) selling! Thanks for the excellent content and your redirection to other awesome bloggers.

    Best to you,
    Scott
    Scott just posted New Year’s Resolutions 2011

  4. says

    Ahhh, you did it to me again, Kristi! Now my weekend will be filled up with all this reading, lol.

    Boy I’m glad I’m not hosted with GoDaddy! Good looking out alerting him to the malware problem so quickly. I could only hope someone will do that for me should it happen to my site.

    Have yourself a great new year!
    John Garrett just posted A Drawing of Joan Holloway of Mad Men

  5. says

    Great one Kristi,

    I liked Tristan’s post about how to manage multiple blogs and his awesome infographic, I highly recommend reading his post and the mazing replies on his post!

    The “How to Ask Bloggers for Backlinks and Reviews” post explains a lot of emails I am getting :)

    And WOW! I can not believe that finally I could an article talking about WordPress shortcodes that way exactly I need it, I waste a loft of time trying to find this kind of resources as some times tuts are not actually working, or not exactly what you want!

    Happy New Year to you and to all your readers!
    Hesham just posted Awesome Options Control Panel For Thesis Theme

  6. says

    Hey Kristi, thanks so much for including one of posts, it’s always a highlight to my day when that happens.

    I reckon I should go and look at Tristan’s post about managing multiple blogs, especially as I have so many. I reckon I may be able to pick up a tip or two.

    I hope you had a good Xmas and that you will have a super New Years day and that 2011 will be a great year for you.
    Sire just posted Sometimes It’s Better To Just Not Give A Shit

  7. says

    Dear Kristi, a great mash-up yet again….I love going through this list! Thank you for being so faithful to doing these reviews….I enjoy the social media section the most and I know that is also your main area of expertise.
    Thank you yet again for the kind mention to my year-end review. Funny enough, Srini from Skool of Life, persuaded me to do it! :)
    PS: Happy New Year!!!
    Farnoosh just posted 2010 Year-End Review in Relevance to You

  8. says

    It was a very successful 2010 campaign for Fetching Friday and your generosity and reporting has raised the bar. You have come a long way since the inception of FF. Kudos to you Kristi and all the best in 2011.