ChrisG.comOne of my favorite blogs (just added to the blogroll, as a matter of fact) had a great post today entitled 41 Blog Success Tips from 10 Years of Blogging You Can Learn Today. The author is Chris Garrett, who is a professional blogger and consultant in the UK. If you haven’t read chrisg.com, I highly recommend it. Back to the topic at hand, Chris lists 41 blog success tips that he has learned over the years. As I read through these (realizing how much better I should be doing with my own sad little blog), I came to the conclusion that these tips are not just good blogging advice, but good advice for any marketer/manager/worker to follow as well. Continue reading

It’s happened to every one of you “service providers” out there. You have a wonderful, unique offering and were able to pick up some great big clients. They came to you because you were the best, or maybe you went to them and got lucky. Either way they signed right? And now they are using your wonderful product, and everything looks like it’s going to be great. After all, you are providing something that they can’t do for themselves right? What’s why they are willing to pay the big bucks for your premium package…

Yeah, wrong. Usually when you sign someone who is big enough for the situation above to ring true, they absolutely can do what you do. They just don’t want to. Maybe it’s time, maybe it’s money, maybe you are just their first step into a new area. Why is this important? Continue reading

Buffett BookI just finished reading Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist – an awesome book. Warren Buffett, if you don’t know, is arguably the most successful investor of all time. He is the third richest person in the world, worth about $55 Billion, and has had a long systematic history of outperforming basically everyone else in his investments.

Speaking about his many successes, Buffett said the following:

“The best thing I did was choose the right heroes.”

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Everyone has a bad day. Don’t try and say you don’t, because you will be a liar and nobody likes a liar. Regardless of the cause, every now and again you just feel like throwing it all in, walking out the door and kicking everyone along the way.

Unfortunately most rations of paid time off won’t cover days such as these, so we have to battle through our own moods at work. The question for the day is: how does your mood affect the people around you? Continue reading

BottleToday I found out that if I don’t change a few things very soon, I am going to be the bottleneck in my team’s upcoming development projects. I will have people waiting around for me to catch up and get my piece of the puzzle finished. Never good. This realization made me review my thoughts on “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt.

The web development cycle is a lot like a manufacturing plant. A product (web page, widget, whatever) has to be treated and assembled by different machines (like business, development, QA) before it is a completed product. Whenever there is a sequence such as this, one part of the process will inevitably be the part that takes the longest and impedes the flow. This will cause all the parts downstream to wait and waste time sitting idle. Continue reading

Over at eCommerce Optimization a well thought-through and very thorough list was posted called eCommerce & Shopping Cart Usability: 21 Best Practices. In this great article, the author ‘eCopt’ lists 20 very solid recommendations for any ecommerce site. The 21st on the other hand, is an absolute show stopper:

Test different combinations of best practices to see which ones produce the best results for your store and shopping cart.

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I have been spending a lot of time thinking about what makes a great blogger. I am obviously still trying to figure it out, but I think you can break bloggers down into 3 types:

  • Personal
  • Professional
  • Passionate

I am immensely proud of the superb use of alliteration there. Just rockin’ the 8th grade English. Let’s get into more detail, and find out which type I think is best… Continue reading