I don’t often do “round-up” posts, but every once in awhile, I come across a handful of killer articles/blog posts that I feel the need to share and comment on.
I’m guilty of “information overload,” as evidenced by the dozens of blogs I subscribe to in my RSS feed reader, but I can’t resist the urge to read an article that could potentially teach me something useful.
Anyway, here are the top articles/blog posts I’ve read in the past month (including my comments on them)…
[Note: These articles are in no particular order.]
1) How to Leverage Link Blending and Stage 2 Link Building to Maximize Your Rankings (Quicksprout) – The thing I loved most about this post was that it discussed two advanced SEO strategies that I literally had never heard of. In today’s world where thousands of bloggers discuss SEO, you’re used to reading the same regurgitated information over and over. I can almost guarantee you haven’t read about these two strategies (unless you already read Quicksprout or have a very advanced knowledge of SEO).
2) Be Everywhere: How I Got 2000+ NEW Visitors To My Site…With A Front Page PowerPoint Presentation on Slideshare (Smart Passive Income) – I’m sure many people who read my blog also read Pat’s blog, but I wanted to draw attention to this guest post from SPI that I thought was excellent. The post is long, but only because of how in-depth the guest author writes. It has seriously gotten me thinking about how I can use Slideshare for my authority website, to gain more exposure. Also, creating PowerPoint presentations reminds me of school. 😉
3) Our AdSense Authority Site Failure (AdSense Flippers) – I love sites that contain a ton of data, and this article is particularly interesting because it details the data behind what they are calling “failure.” I also like this article because it does somewhat go against the common thought that “authority sites are always better.” You can learn a lot from success stories, but I truly believe that failure often contains the more valuable lessons.
4) The Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest (Quicksprout) – Pinterest is something I never understood after watching my girlfriend use it to look at recipes, hair styles, and fashion, but perhaps I overlooked the site’s potential as a growing force in social media. Neil from Quicksprout wrote this amazing, detailed guide about how to use Pinterest as a marketer, and how its influence should be taken seriously (in many niches, it now drives more traffic than Google+).
5) The Pause Upon With All Else Relies (Zen Habits) – This is a simple little tip about how you can break those bad habits that distract you from being productive (and ultimately, successful). It’s crazy that sometimes the most powerful tips are extremely simple. This post will take you literally 30-60 seconds to read, so if there’s one post you read from my list today, you should at least read this one.
6) Why Getting Up Early is Better than Staying Up Late for Products and Projects (The Lifestyle Design Project) – This is another good productivity post, and to be honest, I liked it because it validates my preference for working early in the morning vs. late at night. Rob makes some great arguments in this post on why working early in the morning is probably the ideal time for solid productivity.
7) The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Website (Income Diary) – This is a pretty interesting article about a simple, yet powerful, technique for bringing more traffic to your website, and making your content more popular. I like it not because it simply describes the theory and reasoning behind the claim (that it’s the “best thing” you can do), but because it backs that claim up with some real data. After reading this post, I realized that this is something I need to start doing on my larger websites.
That’s all I’ve got for now, but I’m sure there’s been a lot of other great content written over the past month or so. What are some of the best articles you have read lately? Please share them in the comments!