December 20, 2014

ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging

ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging‘ is a practical eBook jam packed full of activities for bloggers wanting to start a new blog, get back into blogging or to just get some ideas on how to revamp your current blog.

The eBook is broken down into 7 chapters/days and has 32 tasks/exercises for bloggers to do. Think of it as 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (see previous post) but for those just in their first week.

Blog topics covered include:

  • Learn foundational brainstorming techniques.
  • Create a content plan—and content, of course!
  • Build a social media presence.
  • Create practical quality assurance tools.
  • Set up a publishing process.
  • Master the components of a blog post.
  • Develop your blog’s ongoing strategy.

We’ve already picked up a copy of ‘ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging‘, so if you have any questions about it, or just want to discuss the eBook, contact us.

Ten Social Media Reads, Vol 1

Here at Watershed Studio we’re always scouring our RSS and Twitter feeds to see what’s going on in the world of technology and social media. Starting today we’ll share some of the top reads we come across in nice, easy to digest, posts. Enjoy.

  1. 7 Surprising Statistics About Twitter in America (Jay Baer – Convince & Convert)
  2. Delivering Wow! (Jeff Stanger – Blue Trolley Press)
  3. Five ways to integrate social media into your overall marketing mix (Catherine Parker – Memeburn)
  4. How to be the Life of the Social Media Party (Darren Rowse – ProBlogger)
  5. How to Use Proactive Social Customer Service to Build Your Brand (American Express OPEN Forum)
  6. IndyCar Drivers now tussle through Twitter posts (Curt Cavin – Indy Star)
  7. More small businesses use Twitter, Facebook to promote (Jon Swartz – USA Today)
  8. Social media: why there’s no point trying to escape (Shane Richmond – Telegraph Media Group)
  9. The Power of Social Media: Educate Embrace and Empower (Kyle Lacy)
  10. When Someone Blindsides You With a Negative Blog Post (Liz Strauss)

If you have any social media reads that you’d like to suggest, please contact us or Tweet us @watershedstudio.

31 Days To Build A Better Blog

31dbbb2I’m often asked by clients how they can increase their blog readership and user interaction to which I’ll rattle off a few tried and true practices that we recommend and I will often create a custom “to-do” list for the client.  If they follow through on those items, it will pay off in the end.

That question is usually followed by the question, “is there a good book that you’d recommend. ”  And up until now that answers has been “no, not really”.  While there are more book/ebook products out there than you can imagine, most are overpriced and the few I’ve seen first hand are, how to put it nicely, useless garbage.  Beyond that, there are blogs out there that are helpful, but these don’t typically get laid out in a portable, easy to follow manner, so I can’t really tell a client, “go read this blog and do what so-and-so says”.

Which brings me to the point of this post.

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