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Why Every Business Needs a Social Media Presence


“If your organization exists to sell something to somebody, then the only truly productive thing you can do is to be talking to people, face to face, on the telephone or online. Other things need to happen, but they are not genuinely productive.”

How it once was (before the internet)

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Do You Really Want to Make Money Online?

I’m serious about establishing a long term sustainable income from my online work. Are you? If so, read on.

A couple of weeks ago I invested in a course which David Risley made available to a select few via his mailing list. It wasn’t a big investment, but it was the best I’ve made so far in my journey to becoming a full time, professional blogger.


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I am Web 2.0

This morning my transition to a social media / web 2.0 convert became complete. I was erm, performing my morning ablutions and reading a book of Jeremy Clarkson’s articles, written for The Sunday Times, when it happened. (Note to ladies: The act itself takes no longer than your own, the reason we spend so long in there is because we have to get to the end of a chapter, or to an appropriate pause in the book we’re reading.)

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Getting Comments on Your Blog

Have you ever visited a blog post with no comments on it? Like a ghost town, huh?

But why do we need comments?  read more »

  • It creates a community for our readers
  • It balances our own messages and arguments
  • It can often add so much useful information to a debate
  • It helps fellow bloggers get links onto our site
  • It helps us to target future writing towards what our readers actually want

SMS Messaging will Never Work!

When GSM mobile phones first came to the market, I was one of four Regional Managers, working for a huge company. Each of us, with a team of Area Managers, covered a quarter of the UK. We were a good team – two ladies, two men, very different temperaments, with a skill set that covered all the essential elements of running a successful organization. I like to think our HR department had chosen wisely, but experience suggests they got lucky!

Old Mobile Phone

One of my key skills was that I was the technical guy. We used to meet at head office once a month, and quite often we’d be issued with new kit, perhaps the latest IBM laptop, or maybe the very first PDA’s when they came onto the market. It was my job to spend time with whatever it was, to read the instruction manual and to let my colleagues know how to get the best out of them.  read more »

Blogging Lessons from Geocaching

A group of us go treasure hunting every month. There’s a local magazine that prints a set of GPS co-ordinates, and we, and many other people, head into the countryside to find a small Tupperware box containing a book and a pen. When we find the box, we all put our names and phone numbers in the book, and Steve from the magazine draws one name out of a hat. The winner gets a bottle of expensive perfume provided by a local shop.

It’s a wonderful and challenging way to spend a few hours in the sunshine with good friends. Steve plants the box in some amazing places – yesterday’s was a good example. Having walked a few kilometers, we then had to climb down a pretty tricky hill and after an hour of searching we eventually found the box inside a dead leaf on a living, very spiky cactus! The view, however was amazing!  read more »

What Happens When you Guest Post on John Chow?

As you may know, John Chow was good enough to run a guest post from me last week. It was called A little Mind Trick to Keep you Motivated.

Many readers have asked me about the effect on traffic here, so this post is to answer the various questions, but first let me tell you the process I went through so you can follow the steps in case you want to do the same.

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Mike's Life POW 20th March 2009

The last week or so a lot of talk on the blogosphere has centered around the South by South West show in Austin, Texas. So far, however I haven’t seen any great posts about people’s experiences at the show, so I hope to post one or two of those next week.

As always, if you’d like me to read your blog with a view to having your posts considered for POW, please let me know via Twitter @mikecj

Here we go for this week’s favorite posts:


Advice for part time bloggers…..

By Darren Rowse on problogger  read more »

Bloggers - Database your Readers!

I live on an Atlantic island which is a huge tourist destination. Like many duty free destinations, we have lots of electrical retailers in the resorts selling video cameras, digital cameras, MP3 players and so on, and they do a roaring trade from tourists who save duty and benefit from our 5% VAT rate. Unfortunately some of them are unscrupulous and sell fake goods, returned goods or just dodgy stuff, and they often get away with it as people don’t realize until they’ve returned home.


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Why you should switch to Google - Part Three

Let’s now have a look at Google Documents, which is Google’s everyday usage document program, kind of like Microsoft Office. Like office, you can create a spreadsheet, a written document and a presentation. If you have used Office or Open Office, then you will find Google’s versions intuitive and you will be able to use them productively straight away.  read more »

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