I Hate the How to Linkbait Ebook

A year ago I thought about writing an ebook about linkbait and social media marketing. It seemed the most effective way to teach what I have learned and to do in a format that is financially rewarding. At the time I had to postpone it as clients got in the way, all wanting me to write kickass linkbait for their website.

After thinking for a long time about the ebook option, I realised it had too many flaws. Here is why I don’t like ebooks:

  • Teaching is one way
  • Inability of reader to ask questions
  • One size fits all
  • Tend not to be rewritten and so go stale
  • Difficult for the writer to offer individuals specific industry
  • Cannot take advantage of breaking opportunities
  • Small amount of people actually read them

On that last point, I don’t know about you but I actually want people to read my stuff rather than taking the money and run. I want people to succeed, I get a real buzz from it. It’s why I love what I do.

So ebooks, unless free and addressing specific issues are out for me.

But, ask yourself, “How can I become a better linkbaiter?” I’m not going to offer an ebook, but I am going to offer an amazing service which will help you create your own killer linkbait as good as the pros.

I am going to be blogging this over the next few days as I am about to launch my linkbait coaching service to a few, selected clients.

Watch this space.

Digg Not Saved, Please Reload and Try Again

Or go to a site which actually works.

From the Digg blog,

“Hey everyone, We know that we are currently having some issues on Digg at the moment. Submissions, commenting, digging and other actions may sometimes fail. We have a crack team assigned to it and will be making numerous fixes as soon as possible to get Digg back to 100% for ya. Please bear with us … Eli”

Interesting though, very few “paid to digg” people on the front page. Maybe digg should keep it that way if they want to keep the likes of me out ;)

Stumbleupon Grid Display

Stumbleupon now allows you to change your stumble blog from a list to a grid. It takes a screen cap if the pages you have stumbled and makes a very cool grid. Here is a screen cap of my own blog which you can find here.

Stumbleupon Grid thumb

A lot of changes to websites such as SU can turn out to be mere frippery. Time will tell, but I think this option is going to be useful.

How Ed Dale Hammered in the Final Nail of my Twitter Coffin

So I previously made fun of Twitter, but there was something about it which kept my attention. One thing which kept me connected was the fact that my peers were spending time there and a conversation existed. Not knowing what the conversation was about became painful, so I had to keep dipping in.

And, there are bits and bobs and nuggets of gold in there, sure you get the, “I’m on the bus”, type twitter, but what you also get is an insight into “the conversation”. I use it professionally, so all the people I follow have something to do with my business and being able to know what is the “thing of the moment” can be very useful. [Read more...]

Success is Sometimes Just about Sticking Around

In December 2005 I wrote a blog post for Darren Rowse on Problogger.net , that’s over two years ago. It’s not a bad little article, although I no longer agree with a couple of things. Keep your posts down to 250 words! No chance, a post should be as long as it needs to be. It’s the information people are interested in not the format. Restricting a post to a short length means you do not have the ability to explore the subject adequately, it places a restriction that is basically meaningless. If people want to know what you have written they will read it, it’s up to you to get people excited about what you write. [Read more...]