Did You Know? (V3.0)

This is video #3 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod.

This video was posted to YouTube (in November 2008), but has become very popular with over 2.3 million views. It was even adapted by Sony BMG at an executive meeting they held in Rome of that year.

So how fast is everything moving at you today? Did you ever wonder why some days you feel so overwhelmed? Guess what, it’s not you! Watch the video below to find out why.

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Bling! Shiny and Attractive – But Where Does it Take You?

You give away your power. With all the hype and “bling” that can be found online, it’s so easy to get caught up in it, and see it as something that’s going to make your business successful, and make you tons of money.

But then it doesn’t do that. It seems that in the end all you’ve done is send all YOUR traffic to someone else through their affiliate program, and your business is still where it was, or worse, because you’ve neglected it in favor of promoting someone else. Or maybe what they’ve taught you doesn’t work for your business, because you’re not in the same position as they are with their business. They have a bigger list, more reach, more money to invest, or they’re more well-known. You get the picture.

Too often people put others on a pedestal, thinking they can do no wrong, and that what they teach is the best thing since sliced bread. So often though, it ends up just being something that’s bright, shiny and attractive… with no substance behind it, or benefit for the customer.

Now, we’re not saying that affiliate programs are terrible, or that you shouldn’t purchase online training from other people… it’s just that you need to ensure that what you are buying into will work for you. Make sure it won’t lead you down a path that takes you farther away from your own success. And understand… these people are not better than you, they have just reached a different level in their business and have some things that they can teach you.

So… when an attractive offer comes by, check it out before you buy. Understand exactly what they are going to teach you and determine if it’s something that will benefit you. Are they doing what you want to do? Or have they gone a totally different path?

Signing up for other people’s affiliate programs and promoting them is great, and can make you some money in the process. Just understand that you may be sending the traffic that you spent time and money in attracting to someone else. Only you can determine if that is something you and your business can handle. Just think about it before you jump in.

So yes, things can appear brilliant and amazingly beneficial to you at first glance (the “bling” factor), just make sure you use your magnifying glass to determine if there is substance behind that shiny facade.

Social Media Revolution Video

Well this video is not officially part of the “Did You Know” series, but they do share some fact and figures, and of course the music.

So is Social Media just a fad?

Are Twitter, Facebook and all the other social networks site going to stay?

Watch the video below to find out why and tell us your thoughts in the comments

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All for One and One for All – It’s a Community Spirit!

The 3 musketeers… a community? Hey, the dictionary says a community can be of any size, and we believe that the musketeers commitment to supporting each other was definitely rooted in a community mindset. In the world of Reference.com… “Communities usually assist and support one another…”. So there you have it, The 3 Musketeers were a community.

Does community also relate to the online world? We truly believe it does.

An online community is a perfect venue for people to share information relating to the common interests of the group, and assisting and supporting each other in gaining the knowledge needed to achieve their goals. And as in all other areas of life, online communities will have their experts, the people who have been there and done that, who can pass on proven knowledge of how the other community members can achieve the same success.

The members of the community have a voice… an equal opportunity to share their personal thoughts and insight with the other community members. It’s a place where they feel they will be heard and not be concerned about what others might think.

And yet, the members of the community are not “sheep” or “clones” of each other. They have unique dreams and visions, and different roads to travel to achieve their goals. For instance, if online business success is a common interest of the community, there will be many different businesses to be found within its members.

A community is like a foundation or home base for its members… a place to start or to come home to when they need assistance or support, and a place to experience and learn what they need to know to create success for themselves. Yet community members can belong to other groups that support and assist them in different ways… often directed there by other community members.

Whether it be for training, syndication, or just connecting with each other, the members of an online community have so many social media sites and tools to use. It’s a vast world, but through the online world of social media it can get a lot smaller and closer… it can become a tight-knit community.

An online community for learning, sharing and communicating… in our minds a very COOL place to belong!

So… we’d love to know what your thoughts are on an online community, the tools and activities associated with them, and where you feel you would need some assistance from a community in regards to those tools and activities. For us to connect with you on this, we’d so very much appreciate it if you could take a few short minutes to leave us a comment on your thoughts of how a community could best help you.

Social Marketing Blueprint In Action

Our colleagues Alex Mandossian, Jeff Herring and Maritza Parra held a teleseminar to discuss Jeff and Maritza’s upcoming Social Marketing Blueprint course and free videos.

To learn more about the Social Marketing Blueprint and to get the free videos now, go to ToSocialMarketing.com

On the call they discussed 6 main social media sites: Twitter.com, Facebook.com, YouTube.com, EzineArticles.com, MeetUp.com, and of course your own blog.

We want to demonstrate that they know what they are talking about, so we created a dynamic mind map showing a portion of their Social Marketing Blueprint; some of the Social Networks that Alex, Jeff and Maritza use. As a bonus, we have also included a glossary of terms.

Go ahead and discover (it’s interactive) the blueprint below:

For a larger version of the Blueprint: Click Here
(You’ll need to go to the larger version to display the web page and to see the glossary of terms)

Again to learn more about the Social Marketing Blueprint go to ToSocialMarketing.com

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Stranded and Alone? Who’s Your Support Group?

A beautiful day… one so beautiful we decide to hop on the bikes and go for a nice long ride. So off we go… downhill, uphill :(, and a lot of leisurely routes too.

Two and a half hours later we find ourselves at a park with green grass, tall shady trees, and a very peaceful atmosphere. What a great place to hang out for a bit, take a break and unwind… so we did. Absolutely wonderful!

After our break we’re back on the bikes and starting our hour-long journey home… when suddenly Pat’s bike felt quite strange to him. His back tire was completely flat! Well, we couldn’t go on like that, so we had to call for support. We called one of our sons to get the vehicle with the bike rack and then pick us up.

We got home safely and quite easily… but if we didn’t have support, it would have been a different story. Could we have gotten home without our son’s help? Yes, but it would have been a lot more difficult, and took a lot longer.

The same applies to the online world.

You can get so much more accomplished, and get to where you want to be quicker and easier, with support from others. Yes, you could get it figured out on your own, generate your own traffic and prospects, but it would be a lot more difficult and take a lot longer than if you had the support of others.

That’s why building mutually beneficial relationships and becoming part of an online community are so very important to your success. What is an online community? Basically, it’s a place where people can ask for and get help and support, learn how to do things online, have a place to be heard and share their knowledge, as well as increase their ability to generate traffic and prospects.

There are many things an online community can offer. So we’re wondering…

For you, what would be the most valuable for an online community to offer...

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Thank you so much for your response… and please feel free to elaborate in the comments section below.

We know many of you belong to an online tribe, which is like a “mini-community”… a place where people join together to support each other in generating more traffic to each others’ sites. And of course, like on other social sites, you have a great opportunity to develop some great relationships as well.

We love the mutual support involved in online tribes, so we have joined the Tribe Syndication Association (TSA)… a really great group of people. If you’d like to find out more about TSA, you can find them HERE.

In all aspects of life, the online world included, having support and good relationships is so very important. “We are not alone”… and nor should we be.

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Getting Started with Gravatar.com (101)

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In this video we show you how to get started with Gravatar.com. Gravatar allows you to have your image appear beside the blog comments you leave on other people’s posts.

To get a basic understanding of Gravatar.com you can review the Wikipedia.org overview of it

You can download our Gravatar.com 101 checklist HERE.

Getting Started with Gravatar.com (101) – Video Tutorial

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Action Steps

1) Set up your Gravatar.com Account

1.1 Go to www.Gravatar.com
1.2 Click on “Sign up” => http://en.gravatar.com/site/signup
1.3 Enter your Email
1.4 Click the “Link” in the confirmation Email that you received

2) Upload Your Image

2.1 Go to www.Gravatar.com
2.2 Click on “Log in” => http://en.gravatar.com/site/login

2.2.1 Enter your Email or Username
2.2.2 Enter your Password

2.3 Click on “Add an Image” => http://en.gravatar.com/gravatars/new

Choose where you’d like to get the image from:

  • My computer’s hard drive
  • An image on the Internet
  • A webcam attached to your computer
  • A previously uploaded image

3) Add an Email address

3.1 Go to www.Gravatar.com
3.2 Click on “Add an Email Address” => http://en.gravatar.com/emails/new
3.3 Confirm the Email sent from Gravatar

4) Check your Avatar

4.1 Go to => http://en.gravatar.com/site/check
4.2 Enter an Email address you wish to check

5) Additional Learning Assets
5.1 Download this Checklist => http://TheCoolestCouple.com/Gravatar101
5.2 Check out our tutorial – Gravatar (202) on The Public Profile => http://TheCoolestCouple.com/Gravatar202

To learn more about what we consider the best Tribe Syndication group, check out the Tribe Syndication Association (TSA).

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Cool Tool – TweetDeck

TweetDeck started as a Twitter application. Today it interfaces with Facebook, My Space, LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

TweetDeck shows you everything you want to see at once, so you can stay organized and up-to-date.

The neat thing about TweeDeck is it runs on top of Adobe AIR and this allows TweetDeck to run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. There is also a version of TweetDeck for the iPhone.

Key Features:

  • Update Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn
  • Manage conversations with @replies and direct messages
  • Record, share and watch video clips, and view YouTube videos within TweetDeck too
  • Manage multiple Twitter accounts easily
  • See what’s hot with local trends and Twitscoop
  • Add, create and manage Twitter Lists
  • Organize and update Facebook with TweetDeck
  • Preview short URLs from the comfort of TweetDeck
  • Integrated LinkedIn for your professional contacts
  • See who’s following you
  • Locate your friends
  • Keep your finger on the pulse with MySpace
  • Keep your TweetDeck safe with sync and back-up

Currently TweetDeck is FREE so try it out at TheCoolestCouple.com/TweetDeck

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Thread Comments In Your WordPress Blog

Wondering how to get thread (nested) comments for your WordPress blogs. In this video we show you how to turn on the feature if your WordPress theme supports it. We also show you how to install a plug-in if your theme doesn’t support thread comments.

Here is the link to the WordPress Thread Comment plugin => Here

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The Silent Majority – Get Them Involved


Like most everyone else online, you have a blog. And on that blog you get some comments. Some people get what would be considered a lot of comments, and some people get only a few (or maybe none).

Consider this… the people commenting on your blog are not the only people who have visited your site. Other people have stopped by, and for some reason (usually unknown to us) have chosen not to leave a comment. There are so many people who read blog posts, get what they want from it, and move on (the silent majority).

So how do you capture the attention of those who usually pass on leaving a comment, enough to engage them into what you are saying, so they feel compelled to comment?

Here are some of our suggestions:
1) Make your information relevant. If a person feels connected to the information, they will be more compelled to leave their input.
2) Stir up a little controversy. People love to comment on something they disagree with or have a strong opinion on.
3) Call to action. At the end, or anywhere else in the post, give them a call to action (leave a comment, participate in a poll, watch a video, etc.). The more things they actually “do”, the more likely they are to leave a comment.

Basically… get them involved… if they feel included in what you are up to, they will be more inclined to leave you a comment… and end their silence.