7 Things to Make Your Weekend Sweeter

Seven Things

Here are seven cool things to check out this weekend that won’t cost you a dime:

  1. You can watch the third traffic video from John Reese without opting in (and the second video too, for that matter). John discusses traffic generation with widgets and applications that can be built for a song by rent-a-coders. He then spills the beans about Traffic Secrets 2.0, with the biggest shock being the unexpectedly low price.
  2. Tamar Weinberg wrote a monster of a useful post last week… What Traits Define a Social Media Marketer? is definitely worth spending some time with. Bring a beverage.
  3. You know you’ve communicated effectively if you get someone to say “I hadn’t thought of it that way before.” Check out this post to find out why that should be your goal with all your blogging and marketing.
  4. Check out this really useful speedwriting tutorial.
  5. Aaron Brazell keeps wanting to talk to me about Lijit. Looks pretty cool… what do you think?
  6. Domain Lookup is a Firefox extension that helps you discover valuable generic domain names while surfing the web. This tool was brought to my attention when the developer mailed me a fortune cookie in a box. My fortune? “May Google smile upon all your spammy affiliate sites.” Heh.
  7. Last but not least, you can score two free months of Teaching Sells by entering Meryl’s Blog Birthday Bash… click for details.

I’m off to goof around until Monday. Have fun! ~Brian

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Reader Comments (18)

  1. says

    Regarding your Lijit question, been using Lijit since my new site design and I’ve found it to be helpful to give people a search of more than just my blog–since I participate in so many other places. I need to do more customization, but I’ve found all the folks at Lijit to be *really* helpful so I’m sure when I get there I won’t have any trouble. So yeah, both for its features and the fact that I can count on them have pushed me to toward the product. When I finish with customizations I plan to remove the WP blog search completely.

    Also, another vote for Tamar’s article : )

  2. says

    These blog tools look handy, but what information are they gathering about the site they are installed on, and are the publishers choosing to install getting the straight story on this? We at P.U.B. consider the safety of the information any app or widgets may be gathering, unbeknownst to the unwitting Publisher who installs them.

    P.U.B. [Publishers Union of Bloggers] has pending inquires to Widget Providers concerning how they generate their income and what percentage of this income goes to the Blog Publisher making the critical decision to allow a Widget on their site for their readers. In addition we are requesting transparency on the critical issue of how the private statistic from Publishers Blogs are being used, hopefully with the Publisher’s permission!

    P.U.B. expects to heard back from Lijit on these financial and private statistics issues from P.U.B’s inquiry we sent to Lijit in mid April 2008. When we do we will let great Blog Publishers like you know their deal. Currently we are also working with Blog Publishers to track performance hit evaluations of Widgets too. Let us know if you have any follow up on any of these important issues for the blog community.

    Will publish these results to keep the community of Blog Publishers informed on this critical component of Widgets on our Blogs.


    Barney Moran for P.U.B.

  3. says

    Hi Brian, I was going to say that I’ve tinkered with Lijit in recent weeks but am not a fan. Rather, I keep changing the content in my sidebar widget I hand-code on my blog. To see how it could be used, though, check out chrisbrogan.com.

    And, Barney, what is the P.U.B. exactly and what is your group in contrast to the Media Bloggers Association, for instance?

  4. says

    Not really a big John Reese fan, what with the Blog Rush nonsense, but after seeing his video he does make a lot of sense and I think for someone wanting to immerse themselves in an online business they could do a lot worse than buying Traffic Secrets.

    I like them idea of the domain tool, just downloaded it.

  5. Darko says


    You rock man! Since I started with this RSS subscribing this, your blog is the ONLY ONE I’ve starred the posts of (3 posts were starred). It seems you deliver very valuable content for free and more valuable than some wanabie marketers paid stuff.

    Keep up with the good work.

  6. says

    Your #1 John Reese really gives his knowledge away big time. My guess is, he tries to buy the entire “make money on the internet” community. (I don’t mean that in a negative sense.) –Yours John

  7. says

    I like the one about having people say that they have never thought about that in that way before. I’m sure a lot of content on blogs these days are often somewhat repeated somewhere across the blogosphere. To really get someone to think about something in an unusual way is a key skill to attract readers and keep them!

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