Blogging
31 Tools For Creating Infographics

tools for creating infographics

This post will introduce you to 5 great tools for creating infographics. I am a big fan of infographics, but only recently have started to use them on the blog. Visual communication is one of the most effective ways to often get a point across – and an infographic is no different. There are many different types of infographic, from social media statistics, lists, tutorials – basically you name it there may well be an infographic for it. Infographics are usually the product of a company, used to detail some figures and statistics but now you can easily create your own with these great options below.

Blogging
13 How To Go Viral

how to go viral

How to go viral is a question that a lot of bloggers often ask. Having an image, a video or a blog post go viral can literally explode your visitor count in a very short space of time. But what exactly is it?

Going viral is when content such as the like mentioned above gets shares, likes, comments, tweets or whatever social interaction and lots of them – quickly.

Anyone who has a Facebook account will know what I mean. How many of you get a picture, symbol or a popular phrase come up on your timeline every so often?

Social Media
9 Use Social Media to Humanize your Brand and Serve Customers

human social media

Using social media to humanize your brand and serve your customers is one of the best ways to use the tools out there. People are not interested in a anonymous corporation they are potentially about to do business with. That goes for investors and customers alike. It’s important to put a human face on your social media and approach the platform with service in your heart. By doing that you can build real and trusting relationships with many interested parties in your market.

Blogging
23 Unwritten Rules of Blogging

rules of blogging

There should be rules of blogging. Recently I have been getting a little frustrated with the blogging world. So, I have decided to draft up some rules which should be followed. This is the John Banks Blog Unwritten Rules of Blogging.

These are my rules that in my opinion would improve the blogging industry, and everyone’s blogs! So, take note. Because you do not want to caught out not following these….

Blogging
9 Multimedia Blogging for WordPress

multimedia blogging

WordPress themes typically include powerful multimedia features. One of the things that you want to keep in mind if you’re a blogger is that you don’t have to go overboard with using these features. In fact, if you concentrate on using them in ways that truly add to the value of your content, you may see some tremendous benefits. Here are some effective strategies.

Affiliate Marketing
10 What is a Squidoo Lens? And, Can You Make Money From Them?

what is a squidoo lens

You may have heard people talking in your communities about Squidoo. Or rather, Squidoo Lenses. But, what is a Squidoo Lens?

Squidoo is a community website that allows people to make one page websites about virtually any subject matter or interest. These one page websites are called lenses. People who create them are known as lensmasters! Oh and by the way – you can make some great money from them, but more on that later.

It was launched way back in 2005 with the help of its founder Seth Godin. Since its birth back then it has gone global and grown a mass audience – rather bizarrely though some people still do not really know what it is. I had not used it until recently and I can say I am very impressed with it. I have spent the last few days checking it out and I have just built three little lenses.

Social Media
10 The Failure Of Social Media [Infographic]

failure of social media

The benefits of social media as a marketing or public relations tool should be obvious by now, yet many companies are failing to utilize it effectively. The primary benefit of social media is the ability to connect with consumers, to become more present in the consumer’s mind, but unfortunately many companies are treating it like any other kind of advertisement.

Ten years ago the only way to advertise was very one-sided. For example, a company could send out mailer, air a commercial on the T.V. or radio or pay for a billboard on the side of the road etc. In this mode of advertisement the consumer doesn’t have a chance to respond or give feedback.

Blogging
14 How To Use Twitter Effectively

how to use twitter effectively

Learning how to use Twitter effectively is an important skill when it comes to your social media presence online. Unfortunately, people think that by blasting out tweets all day long with their affiliate links on them is going to be a successful campaign. Think again. Twitter as we all know is the haven for little micro snippets of your day, its allows you to share your thoughts and links with the rest of your following in 140 characters or less.

Let’s not forget, among the blogging, business and social media industry it is primarily a marketing tool. Used by bloggers and business minds alike to try and engage with their followers.

Except they don’t.

Auto Responders
27 3 WordPress Plugins To Help You Gain Subscribers

gain subscribers

If you are a Wordpress user, you will be happy to know there are various plugins out there that can help you gain subscribers. I am going to talk through 3 that I rate highly and indeed still use on this very blog.

Gaining subscribers is the life-blood of every blog. You want repeat visitors, and the best type is your own subscriber base.

SEO
16 SEO Trends: Get Lessons from 2012 and Prepare for 2013

seo

Although great waves of changes were experienced in the SEO world in 2012 with huge ups and downs throughout the year, somehow it has managed to stand its position throughout. It was the year of Panda and Penguin updates where a lot of websites have been affected. While some sites have lost their ranking in the search results, some sites have proven to be still good in the eyes of Google. It was a tough year for all SEO experts with the frequent tendency of getting shake ups from Google but as a whole, it has been a rough road for both Google and Search Engine Optimization.

Blogging
15 Importance Of Time Management & 4 Tools To Help You With It

time management

Do you know the importance of time management? Well, a lot of people I know – myself included go hammer and tongs into various projects and end up all over the place because of a distinct lack of time management and organisational discipline.

What this does is two things.

Number one: You end up starting a project but because it’s not planned and no S.M.A.R.T goals have been set usually after a week or two the project starts to diminish and things start to slip. This will usually end up in the “Must re-visit later” file. Sound familiar?

Affiliate Marketing
6 Why We Should Always Value The Customer

value the customer

What does value the customer mean? In any business, customer value should be right up there at the top of your list. It is so important that we spend time to value the customer. This value should be applied no matter what your business model. Whether you are selling cars, smart phones or information products on the Internet the importance of customer value is paramount.

What is the definition of customer value?

“The difference between what a customer gets from a product, and what he or she has to give in order to get it.”