Monday Reading Roundup Take #4

I will start this week’s roundup with a Blogging Bits guest post by Matt Harzevski who has an interesting piece of advice for bloggers: Skip the middleman when it comes to ads. Matt encourages bloggers to maximize advertising income by selling their own ad space instead of joining ad networks.

Karen D. Swim of Words for Hire shows us the power of little things. Doing something apparently insignificant can have a tremendous impact on a situation or end result.

If you’re a social media marketer and need advice on networking in the social media world, head over to Traffikd for a complete bonding guide.

Ivana Taylor of Small Business Trends admits planning, including marketing planning, sucks for most of us. So she shares her solution to this hassle: examples of one page marketing plans that actually work.

Alex Cristache of Blogsessive notices a very important trait of the successful blogger: being a good listener.

I am sure most of you out there need a quick fix for the photos you want to include in your posts. Blogging Sublimely reviews a few free online photo editing tools for you.

Chris Brogan’s entries really caught my eye last week. So I am recommending you two posts in one roundup: a piece describing 100 personal branding tactics that make use of social media and one presenting a goals and measurements aligning take on social media strategy.

One of my favorite bloggers, Joanna Young, has decided to dedicate her business to helping others create powerful content. One of the services she offers is blog coaching to help you jump start your blog. Read her entry on how she plans to achieve her goal and contact her if you’re interested.

Sonia Simone of Remarkable Communication has put up a sales guide using tricks she picked up from toddlers. Funny, but highly effective.

Eric Brantner of SEONoobs points out an overlooked aspect of guest blogging. Apart from building relationships, generating content for blogs, exposing the author to a new audience, it is also an essential SEO strategy.

SEOMoz is also in the business of pointing out the obvious tools we have and tend to forget: asking our customers to link to our product or service.

In the end, I think we should all stop to remember that the tools we take for granted, such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr are not that easily accessed in all countries. Social Media Trader has put up a list of what services are prohibited where.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s roundup! See you next time and in the mean time, if you have an interesting article to add to my list, do so in the comment box!

Enjoy the new week!

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    • Alex Cristache

      Nice collection of links, Alina. I especially like Karen Swim’s short but to the point post.
      Thanks for the link too.

    • Alina Popescu

      Hi Alex, I also loved that post! You’re very welcome for the link!

    • Joanna Young

      Alina, thanks for the link and the encouragement this Monday morning! Much appreciated :-)


    • Ivana Taylor

      Thanks so much for the link – and the other terrific links in your roundup!

    • Karen Swim

      Alina, imagine my surprise when I was doing my normal blog reading and saw this gracious link. :-) Thank you so much for the link on your blog! I caught some of the posts in your round-up but there are a few new blogs for me to visit. I’ve said this before but I really do appreciate discovering great posts and new sites from the blogs I subscribe to, so thank you for being our eyes and ears on the web. I love your blog and never fail to leave with insight and information.


    • Steven Snell

      Thanks for the link.

    • Eric Brantner


      I can’t thank you enough for being so gracious with the link. You’re doing a great thing, and I really appreciate it. Keep up the great work!

    • Alina Popescu

      Hi Joanna, the encouragement, well you deserve plenty of that! :) Good luck with the new business focus!

      Hi Karen, it was a great article and it deserved being here! I also discover new things through the blogs I subscribe to, so returning the favor does make sense.

      Thank you both for stopping by,

    • Alina Popescu

      Hi Ivana, thanks for the visit! I am really glad you’re enjoying the roundup.

      Steven, welcome to WOBM! Don’t mention the link, it was a great article and you deserve the attention.

      Hi Eric! It was Alex of Blogsessive who pointed me to your blog. Subscribing to your feed was a great thing to do as it introduced me to very interesting articles. Thanks for your kind words and you should also keep up the great work!

      Enjoy the week everyone,


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