Don’t have the time to read all the marketing news, blog posts, announcements, and other content related to SEO/social media/online marketing published each week?
I’ve got you covered.
I sift through trillions (well, hundreds) of online publications to stay on top of marketing news that might affect your online business.
And I package them neatly in bite-sized chunks in my Weekly Marketing Skinnies right here at Traffic Generation Café every Saturday morning.
Between you and me, I have no idea why I bother investing hours of my time weekly reading all these marketing news just to boil them down for you in my Weekly Marketing Skinnies, other than the fact that I know you don’t have the time to keep up with the fast-paced marketing industry on your own, yet you DO need to be in-the-know to remain competitive.
Plus, your enthusiastic comments and social media shares show me just how much you truly appreciate being kept in the marketing loop in just a few minutes per week.
Those of you who love getting my Weekly Marketing Skinnies in your inbox every Saturday, have been wondering why you haven’t seen them for the past couple of weeks.
The short answer is SUMMER. Always a busy time of year for any parent – school is out and you, the parent, is solely in charge of fun in your household. Hmmmm…
I am also working hard on my new TrafficologyBlueprint.com. I realized that a while ago I over-promised (said I’d be doing a beta launch in spring) and under-delivered (still severely behind content creation – nothing is good enough for my future Trafficologists!)
With that said, here’s your July edition of Weekly Marketing Skinny.
Grab your cup of coffee and let’s catch up on the marketing news that matter to your business.
Let’s start with the news from Traffic Generation Café.
A couple of years ago, when I first started Traffic Generation Café, Kristi Hines didn’t know me from Adam either (or is it from Eve?).
I spent a lot of time on her Kikolani.com blog – reading, learning, commenting.
Eventually, I asked Kristi to take a look at one of my pillar posts on how to increase blog traffic to see if she minded including it in one of her famous Fetching Friday mashups.
And so she did. That gesture sent me some traffic, gave me a boost of confidence, but most importantly, started a blogging friendship with Kristi.
Blog roundups have an incredible potential to build traffic and links. Whether you start your own link roundup or build relationships with folks who do, it’s a win-win.
Learn more about blog roundups, plus see my short list of blogs that currently publish them.
Here’s a sneak peak into the latest project I’ve been working on for Trafficology Blueprint: a video series where I walk you through all the aspects of turning a SlideShare presentation into a YouTube video.
I’ll be making these videos private for TrafficologyBlueprint.com members only soon, but for now, you should take advantage of applying them to your content marketing strategy.
Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel to get notified of my future videos.
Another video project I’ve been working on is a video Periscope on Android Tutorial to go with my
The reason I am creating the series is three-fold:
- As a visual compliment to my How to Use Periscope for Android: Your A to Z Tutorial.
- As a way to repurpose that post into multiple content formats, thus reaching bigger audience.
- To show how I do content repurposing for the Content Catapult module of my TrafficologyBlueprint.com.
Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel to get notified of my future videos.
Now on to the marketing news of the past couple of weeks.
Panda 4.2 has finally arrived! Here’s what we know…
On the other hand, Penguin refresh is months away.
Hey SEOs! Looking for a new place to work? Google is hiring an SEO to help drive more organic traffic to its web properties.
HA! Which products or items do people search for the costs of most in each country?
Good news for Twitter – finally. Twitter gained 11 million unique visitors from May to June.
Twitter launches “Safety Center” that aims to put all of the resources for Twitter online safety in one easy-to-find spot.
Twitter removed background wallpaper and people are furious.
Facebook Pages get new, YouTube-like tools for publishing and managing videos.
Facebook announced updated controls to let users choose what they see first in their News Feeds (on iOS for now).
Google+ Photos is shutting down; you’ll have until August 1st to move from Google+ Photos to the new Google Photos.
YouTube for mobile gets a makeover, plus more editing tools, and the ability to watch full-screen vertical videos.
YouTube says viewers are coming to YouTube specifically to watch content from brands.
Even though both live streaming apps have a loooooong way to go as far as gaining audience, Periscope has a slight edge over Meerkat in the fight for users.
Instagram search for desktop users is here.
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Marketing This & That
The gap between time spent on mobile devices vs desktop is growing.
Google will shut down unverified Google My Business listings on July 28th – if that’s you, verify your listing ASAP.
Google launched Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office.
Google Maps adds Your Timeline view, showing where you’ve been on any given day.
Google announced a new buy button to purchase goods directly from ads.
Love this new Google Inbox update: now you can snooze an email to pop up again when you need it.
Amazon rival Jet.com, the Costco-for-the-Web marketplace, was launched to the general public.
Useful: Pocket for iOS now lets you listen to articles with new text-to-speech feature.
To all of you who mentioned Traffic Generation Café in any shape or form in the past couple of weeks, my whole-hearted THANK YOU.
Traffic Generation Café would NOT be what it is today without you.
Here are just some of the mentions I came across in the past week:
Tips Tuesday – SlideShare Success, Influencer Marketing, Know Your Worth – MaAnna Stephenson at blogaid.net
Magical Monday: Vision, Clients, Comments, Influencer Marketing, Successful Blogger – Adrienne Smith at adriennesmith.net
Due to a WP Plugin TechReviewPro Lost 13589+ Visitors But Here is How I Got Them Back – Rahul Dubey at techreviewpro.com
39 Top Bloggers Reveal How They Get More Blog Traffic – Brent Jones at brentjonesonline.com
15 Hacks to Write Headlines That Will Send You More Traffic Today – Josue Valles at engagebit.com
How To Use Influencer Marketing To Strengthen Your Social Media Presence – Michael Georgiou at searchenginepeople.com
15 Women Who Blog That You Should Be Following in 2015 – Nile Flores at blondish.net
The 3 Types of Posts that Are Proven to Be Popular (And How to Write Them) – Ahmed Safwan at allbloggingtips.com
11 Principles for Writing the Perfect Blog Introduction – Will Blunt at bloggersidekick.com
10 List Building Strategies that Actually Work – Andrea Beltrami at thebrandedsolopreneur.com
21 Insanely Useful Internet Marketing Tips – Dave Nevogt at hubstaff.com
Make It Count: Why Your Blog is Forgettable (and What to Do About It) – Kevin Duncan at beabetterblogger.com
16 Blogging Lessons I wish I had known when I Started Blogging – Uttoran Sen at amplifyblog.com
White Hat Link Building, Controlling Search Engine Crawlers, Themefuse Premium Giveaway, #Speedlink 29:2015 – Francisco Perez at iblogzone.com
41 tips to overcome writer’s block and rekindle your blogging mojo – Swadhin Agrawal at digitalgyd.com
The 10 Things I Do to Skin a Single Piece of Content – Kapil Jekishan at webquacker.com.au
Have I missed your mention? Let me know in the comments!
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