For Whom the Blog Tips (It Tips For Thee)

Well, it’s the first of the month, and I promised Easton Ellsworth that I would do some blog tipping, and I’ve gotta stick to my word. And since we’re only 11 days late for Papa’s birthday anniversary (and plus the fact that I’ve written so many link baiting headlines in the last two weeks I feel in need of a shower), I’ve dedicated this headline and blog tipping post to literary giant Ernest Hemingway (in case you didn’t notice).

Let’s get started, shall we?

Pay Per Click IQ by Brandon Hopkins:
1 – Very accessible writing style for PPC vets and newbies alike.
2 – Always looking to start a dialogue with readers, which creates a community feel to the blog.
3 – Quality tutorial posts that show Brandon is not shy about sharing what he knows.

Tip: Despite how much the topic is in the news lately thanks to click fraud, a lot of people are fairly in the dark about PPC. Why not write up “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Pay Per Click Advertising”? Great link love will certainly follow, and it’ll keep me from having to write it. :)

Jamdo by Rob Wood:
1 – Nice Internet marketing resource blog with clear, informative articles.
2 – Great grasp of the more technical and business nuts and bolts of effective online marketing.
3 – No snake oil!

Tip: Your posting style is similar to mine, so that means linking out is sometimes problematic. Try doing some blog tipping, link leak or link karma of your own. :) by Noah Brier:
1 – Great blog that often asks more questions than it gives answers, which is important since Noah understands the right questions to ask when it comes to new media.
2 – Awesome community-oriented blog layout that values the comments almost as highly as the original content.
3 – Extremely smart.

Tip: There’s a typo on your “About” page. But since you’re such a bright guy, I’m not going to tell you any more than that. :)

P.S. Wondering where the title for Hemingway’s (and therefore Metallica’s) For Whom the Bell Tolls comes from? Wonder no more:

The title is taken from “Meditation XVII” of Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, a 1624 metaphysical poem by John Donne.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

When you think about it, the sentiments expressed there sound a lot like why we do this blog and link thing, you know?

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Reader Comments (17)

  1. says

    Ya beat me to it, Brian – I wanted to be the first blogtipper this month! Now it’s off to bed and in the morning I’ll digest these great links and tips of yours.

  2. says

    Hey Yuri, good stuff. I actually meant something along the lines of a pretty substantial free pdf report that introduces the whole process of how to choose keywords, bidding, writing ads and landing pages… that kind of thing.

    Basically if you give away something that’s good enough to sell, you’ll get plenty of recognition for it. But of course it depends on what your goals are for your blog.

  3. says


    Those double ‘c’ words always give me trouble, I can’t count how many time I’ve misspelled recommended (shit, that’s not a double ‘c’ is it?), there goes that argument . . . That wasn’t scripted, though it certainly sounds like it now.

    Anyway, thanks so much for the kind words, I’m glad you enjoy the site.

  4. says

    You nailed it Noah. And I hope you know I had to pick something that little to”tip” you on because I’m pretty much enjoying your blog just the way it is. :)

  5. says

    Great job, Brian.

    The Link Leakers Admiration Society will be sending you an invite to their annual Cake Walk & Book Sale !

    That may have been one of the best uses of a poem fom 1624 that I’ve ever seen !

  6. says

    The blogtippin’ headlines are getting more creative. Everyone puts their own flavor on it – very fun. I’m following the mayhem and will be posting later today on the best of what I’ve found via this meme.

    I second Mike’s motion – superb poetic touch there, Brian :).

    I blog alongside Brandon Hopkins at Know More Media, so I know the guy fairly well. I agree with your praise/tips for him. The other two, I didn’t actually know before, so I appreciate you taking the time to do this. It’s nice to get an initial sense of what to expect as I click the link to visit each blog.

    Philosophicalness time: I’ve been tempted several times to offer some sort of prize to a random blogtipper each month, or to the best blogtipper, or to the one with the most blogtippees who also blogtipped, etc. But each time I’ve just thought, I don’t want to muddy this water. It’s just so precious that people are doing this to benefit other people, and not just for themselves.

  7. says

    keep it up man, you’re the best at what you do… and knowing what you read..well it’s nice.

    thanks for sharing.

    in more ways than 1

  8. says

    Well, you can always link to my keyword research page and the one I mentioned above if you need to provide some info about choosing keywords and fixing the AdWords stuff.

    You, in turn, can write a post on how to best write a good landing page and an AdWords ad, I guess. It might make a good read and combination, overall.

    The goal of the blog is to attract the interested people, so far, and get someone to help with their site as a bonus. I can’t force myself putting up lesser quality stuff on my blog, really, though I did think that if people read all I have to say, they won’t need my services.

  9. says

    Thanks for the Tip Brian. I will schedule a “link love” post for the near future. I have also decided to start including a “Further resources” type section to each of my posts so I can link out to some great blogs.

  10. says

    Hey Rob. Yep, it’s amazing that the more you send people away, the more they value *you* as a resource. I think your “further resources” idea is a perfect way to add even more value to your great blog.

  11. says

    Hi Brian, I’d heard about blog tipping but didn’t quite “get it” until seeing your examples above. Very helpful, thanks for this. By the way, I’m very selective about what blogs I read regularly, and yours is one of my favorites.

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