Archives of Brian D. Hawkins

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Digging In Deep Updating Old Blog Posts For User Experience And SEO

Let’s see what we can learn from this blogger’s crazy idea to update 300 blog posts. I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing and, more importantly, what I’ve learned in the process. My hope is to help other bloggers avoid some of the mistakes I’ve been fixing as well as understand some of the factors we need to consider as early as possible when designing our blogs. [Read more…]

Have You Seen This Amazon Associate Linking Tool Page?

In this post I’m going to highlight a single Amazon Associate “Link Building Tools” page that really simplifies generating referral links to any page on using our Associate ID. This page is run by and hosted on Amazon Associates themselves, so not third-party promotions in this post. 😉

The Amazon Associate Program ( referral/affiliate program) can be a valuable secondary monetization strategy for bloggers. I say secondary because most of us won’t get the traffic and volume required to generate a significant (full time) income from a single blog BUT we can earn a profit each month by linking to Amazon products.

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Using A Click To Tweet For Your Live Events – Pro Blogging Tip

This post will show a cool tip to gain the most from your extended Twitter connections for those of you that run or speak at either live or recorded events such as Google Hangouts on Air (HoA), speaking events, podcasts or webinars.

I believe most of you probably understand what a pre-populated tweet is but its simply a tweet setup for others to tweet out on your behalf with the content, including the link you want to share, embedded within the tweet. It’s one of the easiest ways to allow your followers to support and share your message. Here’s a live example of a pre-populated tweet, click the link below and give it a try (opens in a new window): [Read more…]

Content Discovery Tools Part 2

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Last week I featured Swayy as one of the Content Discovery Tools I use. Today I’d like to share several others tools I use to fill in the gaps. I use these sites and tool to discover great content to share, primarily with Buffer, but they are equally effective for finding great reads, new connections, post ideas and sharable content for any social sharing platform. Before we get started, I just want to mention that I an not necessarily using these tools the way they were intended, at least for the topic of content discovery. For this post, I’m focusing on finding great content to consume and share with our followers; I use Buffer but these tools will work with whatever sharing method you prefer.

Renting attention is easy, earning it is hard. Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot (Quote found via

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Swayy – Great Content Discovery Tool For Your Buffer Schedule

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Update – Post Archived
I apologize but this post is no longer relevant and/or out of date. SimilarWeb has acquired Swayy. I wish Swayy could have somehow partnered with Buffer but I guess that wasn’t in the cards. This post will be kept online for archival reasons and may or may not be updated one day. I invite you to our Home Page for the most recent and best articles we offer. Thank you, Brian

If you’re a Buffer addict, like I recently became, you’re continuously looking for great content to schedule for your followers. This post showcases one of the best free online tools I know of for discovering great content – Swayy. Swayy will help you discover amazing content to consume and curate (share). This is the first of at least a two part series on Content Discovery – The tools and techniques for finding and sharing great content.

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