Darren Rowse over at Problogger is doing another “31 Days to Build a Better Blog.” In his second lesson he encouraged those participating to create a list post and then to submit the list into the comments of his post.
By the time I submitted my own list there were hundreds of lists already submitted (553 to be exact). Being that I recently became a father in the last few days sleeping has become a luxury. This being the case, I decided to take advantage of my sleepless nights and compile all the lists that were in Darren’s comments.
I won’t be modest, this was an insane undertaking. At this moment, my time on this project has taken so long I am embarrassed to say just how long (lets just say the hours spent on “the Mother of all lists” are in the double digits). However, I have enjoyed going through the mountains of lists. I am amazed at the diversity and depth of most of the lists
I stopped compiling everyone’s lists when I hit the magically number of 603 (the time stamp on Darren’s blog was April 9th, 2009 7:14 am). Once I decided to stop accepting lists, I then went through all 600+ lists and assigned them into categories. My hopes in doing this is to assist people with Darren’s third lesson—promoting your post. Obviously, the bloggers found on my list are eager to promote their work. Find the category you fit in and contact those bloggers. Network, build, and become friends. This I think is the easiest way to fulfill Darren’s lesson.
For those of you who made my lists, I did my best to not have any errors. With that said, I do not doubt that there are many. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know, and as I have time I will fix them. For those of you who did not make this “Mother of All Lists,” you are welcome to leave your list and the category you best belong to in the comments. Maybe when we have another child I will update the list.
Blah, blah, blah, everyone is doing it. The web is littered with unoriginality. Find what makes you unique and stay with it. Vow to be unique. Example:3 Doors Down—A True SEO Music Video Ü
2. Blog imperfectly
Give yourself a time limit when writing a post and then publish it when you hit the deadline. Published imperfection is progress. Unpublished perfection is worthless. Vow to have flaws. Example: My Imperfect Plan
3. Blog the future
Anyone can tear apart the past. Look into the future and take a chance on what might not be. Not only does it help you look for possible opportunities, but it also gives your blog unique perspective. Vow to guess the future. Example: The Day Search Engines Died!
1. Be unique 2. Give more than you take 3. Do one task at a time 4. Find and resolve problems 4. Access others' knowledge 5. Listen to feedback 6. Learn to be inquisitive 7. Test, test, test 7. Distinguish sense from nonsense 8. Grow from mistakes 9. Accept change as inevitable 10. Befriend your competition 11. Study different industries 12. Learn to build not game 13. Understand the motivation of emotion 14. Work for yourself 15. Build loyalty 16. Don't fear failure 17. Study the past, critique the future 18. Ignite users' curiosity 19. Allow creativity to flourish 20. Never give up
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* Mistaking CTR for Conversion * Not using negative keywords * Unoptimized landing pages * Using all default settings * Ignoring tracking results * Not using Geo-Targeting * Not using Day Parting * Not proofreading your ads * Only using Broad Match * Giving up too soon
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