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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