What’s Your Favorite Podcast?


ReadWriteWEb posted this great article, Favorite Podcasts of the ReadWriteWeb Community of readers and writers.  One of the more interesting podcasts tha stood out was : You Look Nice Today, “an audio-based Journal of Emotional Hygiene” – What?  What podcasts are you subscribed to?

One of my favorite podcasts that isn’t listed is HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Podcast hosted by Mike Volpe and Karen Rubin.HubSpot TV Hubspot’s podcast covers inbound marketing, social media, blogging, SEO, etc.  Check out a few of the podcasts below.

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Twitter in Real Life

For the Twitter users who have ever encountered this scenario, I though you would enjoy this cartoon I found on Hubspot’s blog.

The Follow-Back

Twitter In Real Life: The Follow-Back

What’s your opinion?  I always feel somewhat guilty if I don’t follow someone who follows me?

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AlphaInventions.com, How Does it Work?

63011eaa42f5f2d82dfe50cd1158c7f6Chreu Jackson, a coder, is the mastermind behind a website called AlphaInventions, which allows bloggers to comment in real-time.  Here is how it works (in the words of the coder):

If you update or publish your blog at the same time my visitors are browsing blogs in my site then my visitors will get a chance to see your blog in real-time. BAM! (the entire blog is in their face instantly) It’s not even annoying to watch.  Is it alpha addicts??

I also provide a link to your blog in case they want it to open your blog in a new window, or bookmark your blog . The links provides your title, and description to help my visitors get a better understanding on what your blog is about, and get more interested. Alphainventions.com is useful for wordpress.com , typepad.com, spaces.live.com, and blogger.com I love it, and want to grow it like a tree. Yahh!

To get more traffic from alphainventions.com just keep your blog updated . It’s so simple.


The aim of the site is to provide a way for bloggers to see how readers react to their post in real-time, as soon as you publish a blog post. Its a very interesting concept.  One that I sure will soon appear in a social media mashup of some kind.

There are over 200 comments from bloggers who have tried the AlphaInventions.  So I tired it, and soon after I submitted my site, I had over 6 visitors to my blog!

Try it and tell me what you think!

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10 Questions to Ask Before You Start Blogging

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Photo Credit Somewhat Frank via Flickr

Hubspot has a great post on blogging.  As I am continuously trying to improve my blogging by adding value and substance to my blog posts, I found  Joe Pulizzi’s post to be very to be a constructive.

Here are 10 questions I frequently ask bloggers just getting started:

1.  Who are your primary and secondary targets for your blog?

2.  What do you want to tell them?

3.  Do you understand what the key informational needs of the audience are?

Here is a link to the complete post, Before you Start Blogging, Ask Yourself These 10 Questions.

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Learn How to Become an Alpha Blogger

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Image by Phil Moore via Flickr

Are you blog posts worth link backs?  Do your blogs provide valuable content?  Are they educational and informative?  If your answer is no – there’s a good chance you not an Alpha blogger.  Being that I’m a blogging neophyte, I hardly consider myself an Alpha blogger either – but as the saying goes, “knowing is half the battle.”  In a conscious effort to become a better blogger, I subscribe to a variety of different blogs (check out my blogroll). I’m a firm believer that you become a better writer by reading, so I read every blog I possibly can.  Whether your an enthusiast like me or a professional you can always improve on your craft.  So, I have provided links to two articles that are sure to send you on your way to Alpha blogdom – 8 Quick Ways to Write Article for Your Business and Five Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Dumb.

In Hubspot’s 8 Ways to Write Quick Articles for Your Business Blog, Pete Caputa presents eight ways to write an article in under 20 minutes.  Possibly your already using one of the methods such as remixing content you have previously written or aggregator blogging – but there are other ways such as link blogging and running a contest that make this post a must read.

Successful blogging never occurs in a vacuum. Only 1/3rd of a successful blogger’s time is spent writing. They’re not usually sitting down in a quiet room with a pad and paper to write. They’re reading, commenting, networking, and spending a good majority of their time interacting online with people who have similar passions. The unexperienced blogger might think that this process would take even more effort and more time, rather than less. However, by interacting with other people, ideas come easier and words and paragraphs begin to flow.

This second post is from Copyblogger Five Grammatical Errors That Make You Look Dumb by Brian Clark.  In his post Brian points out 5 grammatical errors, that are sure to subtract from your credibility as a writer.  Read this post to ensure that you avoid them at all costs.

While we all hope what we have to say is more important than some silly grammatical error, the truth is some people will not subscribe or link to your blog if you make dumb mistakes when you write, and buying from you will be out of the question.

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Is Twitter an effective Marketing and PR tool for Businesses?

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Hubspot, the maker of an inbound marketing system for small and medium-sized businesses is hosting a free webinar – How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR.  I was introduced to Hubspot via Chris Brogan’s e-book,  which listed Hubspot’s free website grader – I highly recommend trying it if you have a website.  Since using the website grader I have received a few emails from Hubspot about new products an services – none I have  acted on until now.

The great part is I’m incorporating the webinar into my marketing lesson plan for the business management class I teach at Heritage college.  My class attend the webniar and post their opinions on their blogs listed below:







It will be interesting to see how they view Twitter, and webinar, since none of them have any experience with either.  Before the webinar I will discuss Twitter and have them signup for a Twitter account.  Stay tuned  for highlights from the webinar.  Better yet -attend – its Free!

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