Top Marketing Blogs This Week: Content Marketing Ideas, A #FF Twitter Rant And More

Top Marketing Blogs This Week: Content Marketing Ideas, A #FF Twitter Rant And More
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If you enjoyed last week’s roundup you’re going to love this one, too.

The only down side to pulling together five great posts is that it’s so hard to choose only five. I’ve got tribe mates and blog groups and colleagues all over the place who are content creating machines and I’m constantly impressed by the variety of lessons, opinions and ideas that I find.

Today’s collection covers everything from the practical world of creating and using content to the more ethereal world of inspiration.

Let me know which were your favorites!

Three Lessons I Learned From Being Homeless

Written by Nancy Davis as a guest for Mark Schaefer

What would you do if you went from a well-paying job to being homeless, weeding other people’s gardens for food? I can’t even answer that question. It would be a nightmare beyond imagining. But Nancy did just that… and persevered… and made it through to the other side. She shares her story and some inspirational words here that should make you appreciate what you have – and know you can recover, even if the worst happens.

Read it

#Follow Friday Much? My Love-Hate Relationship With Fan Base-Building Tactics

Written by Tea Silvestre

To lighten things up we’ve got a mini-Twitter rant for anyone who wonders why their Twitter streams are full of #FFs and #WWs and other seemingly meaningless shout-outs. But in true Tea fashion, she isn’t satisfied with just wondering. She actually goes out and asks people why they do it. Here’s her take on the ubiquitous #FF, with some “whys” from some prominent people who do it and a good lesson in how to do it right.

Read it

Repurposing Content: The Definitive Guide

Written by Eugene Farber

Have you ever sat down at your computer, looked at your blog and at all the social sites you belong to and just hung your head in despair, wondering how you’d ever come up with content to share at all these places? A single blog post alone can take a few hours to write! And now you’re supposed to be doing this whole “content marketing” thing which would be great except for the fact that you’re also actually trying to do your job, which usually involves client work that makes you money! (Come on, I know it’s not just me.) If you feel even a little overwhelmed by this, Eugene has a laundry list of ways that you can create once and use many times. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Read this post instead.

Read it

20 Ideas For Content That People Love To Share On Social Media

Written by Jeff Bullas

Creating content is great but how about creating some that people actually care about? You know you want to see that number go up on your Tweet and Share counter! A master of social, Jeff gives you plenty of ideas you can use. You’ll walk away from this list with at least one blog post percolating. But try not to get lost here because almost every one of his suggestions comes with a link to yet another post that expands on the point and gives you even more stuff to think about. Do not try to read this while making dinner. You’ve been warned.

Read it

19 Things We Can Learn From Numerous Heatmap Tests

Written by Peep Laja

First of all, visit Peep’s “About” page to get the correct pronunciation of his name and then tell me you agree that his photo looks like he pulled it right out of Harry Potter mythology. Ok, when you’re done doing that, check out this really interesting post about what various heatmap studies have shown about how people read and interact with our content. For the true marketing junkie, you’ll walk away wondering how you can reposition your eBook and slide your webinar announcement and add just oooonnnneeee pixel more so that you can capture your audience’s attention where it’s hottest.

Read it

What do you think? Any of these titles grab you right away? Let me know!

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Carol Lynn Rivera

Carol Lynn Rivera

Carol Lynn is a content creator and marketer who has been in the business of digital marketing since 1999. Along with her husband and business partner Ralph, she owns and operates both {Web.Search.Social}, a consulting and marketing services business, and Rahvalor Interactive, a web and creative services production studio. On any given day Carol Lynn will wear the hat of project manager, consultant, social media manager and content marketer. Her true passion is writing, whether it’s web content, a blog post, email campaign or social status update. When she's not writing for customers, {Web.Search.Social}, or her own blog, she's planning her early retirement to Barcelona as a famous and wealthy novelist.
Carol Lynn Rivera
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  • http://twitter.com/LifeCoachingPro Sylviane Nuccio

    That’s an exciting list, Carol, and I just want to go read those blog posta right now.

    There are so many incredibly educational, encouraging and inspiring blog posts out there. I bet that story by Nancy Davis rocks. I’ve got to check this out.

    Thanks for the share.

    • http://twitter.com/CarolLynnRivera Carol Lynn Rivera

      Some people are just inspiring with their positive outlooks and their belief that they can overcome bad times. Many of us are quite fortunate but still complain a lot – and then you have someone with a real problem and she is talking about how she can beat it. Now that’s inspiring!

  • Sue Price

    Wow Carol this is a diverse list. I have not read them all yet just Nancy’s and that had me in tears almost. What a terrible think to happen to her. I am sure she will move on and that her story will assist others.

    I will get to the others later.

    I love that you are sharing them with us.

    Sue

    • http://twitter.com/CarolLynnRivera Carol Lynn Rivera

      Thanks, Sue… I hope these are helpful, I definitely try to come up with stuff that is diverse. You never know what will interest someone! I really felt bad about Nancy’s story but she shows a really inspiring attitude and a strong will. Definitely something that gives us food for thought.

  • Hale

    You asked. I’m going to go read the one on repurposing. I wrote one of those and there are MANY things you can do with your longer blog posts. I have a resources page with 14 free eBooks. Almost all of them are Blog posts that have been pasted into a Word Template. Finding/buidling/buying an eCover usually took the most time. Thanks for the round up.

    Until Next Time You have a Great Day
    Dr. Hale

    • http://twitter.com/CarolLynnRivera Carol Lynn Rivera

      That’s a great idea, Hale, and one I plan to be doing myself. With so many social channels and ways to reach people, you’d go nuts without repurposing! I hope you find that post useful. I’ll check out your resources for sure!

  • http://twitter.com/PaulineBennett2 Pauline Bennett

    Hi Carol
    I think this is a great list of blogs that I would never have found if it were not for you, they are so diverse and I’m sure I will have some very interesting reading here :)
    I am going to bookmark this post and visit them all tomorrow, I think I will start with Nancy’s as it caught my attention (and not because it was first on your list)
    Thanks for sharing, hope your day is going great!
    Pauline

    • http://twitter.com/CarolLynnRivera Carol Lynn Rivera

      Thanks Pauline, I hope you do find something here to enjoy. Everyone likes different things so hopefully this is a nice variety! Nancy’s story was sad but inspiring. One of the greatest things was how her online community came through to help. That’s something I always love to hear.

  • http://www.businessesGROW.com/blog Mark W Schaefer

    Great list and thanks for the shout-out Carol!

    • http://twitter.com/CarolLynnRivera Carol Lynn Rivera

      You’re more than welcome! I enjoy your site and stories.

  • Adrienne

    Hey Carol,

    Looks like we have some of the same tribemates. Cool stuff they share right!

    I haven’t read any of these posts so thanks for adding that to my to do list now. Knowing the caliber of these bloggers I definitely know they are worth the read.

    Great list, keep them coming girl.

    ~Adrienne

    • http://twitter.com/CarolLynnRivera Carol Lynn Rivera

      Yes, they are all smart cookies! I find a lot of great content, too much to choose from! Good thing there are more Saturdays coming up so I can keep posting these :)

  • http://twitter.com/LogAllot Sonia Winland

    I love round-ups and Mark Schaefer rules. What I like best is that its short and sweet. It helps me see what you felt was kick-butt content to read and keep on my list to go back and read. Thanks Carol!

    • http://twitter.com/CarolLynnRivera Carol Lynn Rivera

      Yup, I like Mark Schaefer too! I warn you that most of those posts aren’t short or sweet though :) But that have some good stuff! Hope you find one or two that you enjoy.