This Week In Blogging And Beyond – Week 9

A lot has happened in social and search this week and in this post we’ll curate a little of it for you. By the way, this is exactly the kind of news you receive when you sign up for the Hot Blog Tips Newsletter. Today we’ll cover Google’s continuing fight against spam, Google’s release of their rating guidelines and their G+ sign-in, improved Chrome spelling feature, PayPal teams with Coinstar, new domain suffixes roll out, rat brains connect over the internet and one-word purchases on Facebook. Let us know what you think about any or all the latest in this week’s Blogging and Beyond. [Read more…]

WP Optins – My Honest Review

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What I use now:

LeadPages

LeadPages$ is THE most amazing list-building tool you can connect between your blog and your list management company. It’s so much more than “lead pages” and “opt-in forms“. I love the fact that I can offer as many “lead magnets” as I want without setting up a bunch of forms, lists, and thank you pages. I also believe the “2-step” opt-in process available is very powerful. I may do a tutorial in the future if the demand is there but do yourself a favor and check out LeadPages$.

WP Optins Pages
On the recommendation of Kimberly Castleberry, I’m reviewing a WordPress Plugin that easily allows bloggers to create sales and squeeze pages right on their blogs. WP Optins Plugin is a small but powerful plugin that is perfect for bloggers that don’t have the time or technical know-how/resources to create these important pages. [Read more…]

How To Find Views For A Google Plus Hangouts On Air (HOA)

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YouTube Video ViewsIf you are the owner of the YouTube channel where the Hangouts on Air is hosted, you can simply log in and go to your Video Manager to see the view count for all your videos. No big deal there.

But, what if you are just a participant or doing a bit of research to see how many views a HoA is getting? How do you see the view count on those Hangouts on Air Videos? [Read more…]

2013 Predictions By Popular Bloggers And Marketers

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2013 PredictionsHave you ever wondered what other popular bloggers are preparing for? As we close out another year and look forward to 2013, I thought it would be nice to get a few predictions for the next year from famous bloggers and marketers. I set out to ask several of my blogging buddies to send me their predictions so I could share them with you. I’m touched by the fantastic response and would like to thank all nine of them. [Read more…]

Promotional Contest – Lap Desk by LapGear Giveaway

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Win a lap desk contestLast January I set a goal to have a contest this year… I guess we better get going. 😉 Last month we reviewed Lap Desks by LapGear and now we’re going to give one away to a lucky winner.

[shadowbox]We Have A Winner! The winner was Julie of Alexandria, VA. Julie picked a blue lap desk and it was shipped directly to her from LapGear. I was hoping to get a photo of Julie using or opening her prize bt we just couldn’t make that happen. No worries, congratulations Julie and a big Thank You to everyone that participated. [/shadowbox]

The Grand Prize!

The one and only prize in this contest is a nice one. We’re giving away one LapGear Platinum Series 500 LapDesk in a color of the winner’s choice. {{{ TWEET THIS! [Read more…]