“Make Your Blog Viral, Vital & Valuable”

Marlon’s Marketing Minute

August 22, 2009

Hello,

Marlon here.

This week’s Marlon’s Marketing Minute article:

“4 Easy Tweaks To Your Blog That Make It Viral, Vital & Valuable”

Subtitle: Get your plugins installed, spruce up your sidebar,
add recent comments, fix those blasted permalinks and add the
Twitter viral script you won’t believe — all in a jiffy!

This issue could easily sell for $12.

IN THIS ISSUE:

— 4 steps to set up your permalinks to be a Google magnet
— 6 steps to set up permalink redirects so your old links don’t
result in error messages
— How to install plugins — step-by-step
— How to set up Tweetmeme — the coolest viral twitter script!
— 3 steps to adding recent comments on your sidebar
— How to find your widgets if they’ve dissapeared
— How to re-order your sidebar

This is another detailed step-by-step plan.

Feel free to take this PDF and stick it on your web site, blog,
Facebook blog, Myspace blog, Hub Page, Squidoo lens, or Google
Pages.

Put it up and announce it on Facebook, Twitter, your blog,
email, or whatever else you have.

This IS an article people will want to read. You WILL make
sales from the link in the resource box.

If you don’t have a reseller ID, just go to:
http://www.getyourprofits.com and sign up. It only takes
2 minutes.

There are 4 ADS at the end of this ezine. You can replace
all THOSE with reseller links if you want.

Marlon Sanders

P.S. After you read today’s article, please pass it along
on your blog, email or just to a few good friends.

Then hit me back on my blog.

I personally comment back. Let me hear from YOU!
https://www.marlonsnews.com/

Go there today to see what all the cool stuff looks like that I’m
showing you how to add today.

PPS: Other marketers ONLY send you good content during their
product launch. I’m with you every week, motivating, inspiring,
educating. Where are THEY when a product launch isn’t going down?

I’m here every week delivering rock solid content based on years
of experience. If you like what you get here, and want more of
it, please pass the word along on forums, blogs and so forth…
that THIS is the ezine to come to for real world marketing help.

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C. Main Article: Pimp out your blog in 4 easy steps!

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C. 3 Easy Tweaks To Your Blog That Make It Viral, Vital &
Valuable

Subtitle: Subtitle: Get your plugins installed, spruce up your
sidebar, add recent comments, fix those blasted permalinks and add
the Twitter viral script you won’t believe — all in a jiffy!
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Do you have a blog?

If you don’t it’s an easy thing to set up.

http://wordpressmadeeasy.net/

That little product right there from my Ateamer Mike
Paetzold will get you going — fast! It’s also a great
example of how to create a simple product with a built-in audience.

I’m the King of Step-By-Step Internet Marketing, NOT the
king of blogging. But I did spend yesterday tweaking out a
few things on my blog, inspired by RobertPlank.com.

Robert’s blog has some really nice tweaks on it I liked,
so I added a few to mine. And you might want to add them
to yours.

I cover how to set up your blog in Promo Dashboard, if you
have it. Normally, I reserve highly detailed step-by-step
information for my products. For one thing, to get it
right takes more time than I have to write my ezine.

Also, you often need supporting video. But I’m brave
today, so in the 45 minutes I have to write this ezine,
I’m going to hammer out a few step-by-step procedures for
you. Understand that when we do this in products, we
support it with screen caps and videos.

This is a very small taste of how we do things around here
in our Dashboard products. It really takes a lot of time
and attention to detail to do steps like this with screen
caps and video so they are as goof proof as we can get
them.

THAT’S that value we offer others don’t. No one has stuff
as step-by-step as our Dashboards.

Here we go:

After you have it set up, here’s what you do:

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1. Set up your permalinks
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Your permalinks are the way your blog post url’s read.
Here’s what mine looked like before:

https://www.marlonsnews.com/?p=123

The problem with that structure is it has a number at then
end instead of your keywords.

After fixing my permalinks, my url’s now look like this:

https://www.marlonsnews.com/7-ways-to-kick-your-sales-profits-up-a-
notch-starting-this-week/

That’s much better for your search engine optimization
(seo). Here’s how you do it:

a. On the left menu, click on “settings.”

This will drop down a little sub-menu of things you can tweak your settings for.

b. Under settings, click on “permalinks.”

You’ll see several buttons you can click under “Common Settings”

c. Click Custom Structure

d. Put this in the custom structure field:

/%postname%/

2. Redirect links to your blog

If you already have your blog set up, you’ll have inbound
links to your blog posts from readers and from Google. If
you change your permalinks setting, then all those links
go bad.

This is NOT good!

When I originally set up my blog in March of 2007, I
didn’t feel the permalinks were important. Later, when I
decided I wanted the seo boost, I already had inbound
links and didn’t wan to muck up what I was doing.

So how can you FIX your permalinks WITHOUT mucking up your
existing inbound links?

Here’s the solution:

a. On your left wordpress menu, click PLUGINS

b. You should see one called “permalink redirect”

If you don’t have the permalinks redirect in your plugins,
go here and follow the instructions to download and install:

http://scott.yang.id.au/code/permalink-redirect/

b.1 Download the plug b.2 Unzip the contents

(If you don’t know how to do this, go to youtube and
search “unzipping” and HOPE you find children safe
videos!}

b3. Ftp the whole “permalink-redirect” folder to your
wp-content > plugins folder b4. Go back to your plugins
menu under settings and you will now see a listing for
permalinks redirect. b5. Click activate

If you get lost on the above, go to youtube and search:

“How to install plugins on wordpress”

c. Click activate on the right side.

d. In your settings, you will now see a link for
“permalink redirect”

e. Click it and scroll down to the text box labelled “old
permalink structures”

f. Paste in there the way your OLD links were structured.
In my case, here is what I pasted in:

https://www.marlonsnews.com/?p=123

g. Click “update options” and you’ll be good to go. Your
old links will now redirect to the new ones. So you don’t
lose any links.

And the best part is, your URL’S now have keywords in them
for the search engines.

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2. Set up Tweetmeme — the coolest viral Twitter script
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I’m excited about this one. It shows the number of tweets
for a blog post. And lets people tweet the post just by
clicking.

Go to: https://www.marlonsnews.com and tweet one of my
articles. You’ll see how easy it is to use and why you
need it on your blog.

a. Go to — http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweetmeme/

b. Just as you did in number one above, download the plugin

c. Upload to wp-content > Plugins just as you did above
and then activate

That takes care of that one. Now, I’m going to have
someone tweak my template to get it located where I want
it. And you may need to hire someone to do that.

Or if you’re smart, you’ve used outsourceplan.com to hire
a virtual assistant like I have. The Sultan of Speed
Internet Marketing and my friend Jason Fladlien just used
the system to hire someone for $2.50 an hour!

So now you have your VIRAL component installed.

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3. Add Recent Comments With Avatars
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One of the things Robert has at RobertPlank.com is the
most recent comments on the right hand sidebar. His have
photos. Now, I found a great little plugin that adds
user’s avatars. However, most of my folks don’t have a picture.

So I’m pretty sure Robert has a different plugin or a
tweak. I’ll find out from him. In the meantime, you can
add your comments on the right side easy peasy.

Yours will look like mine does right now at marlonsnews.com.

a. Download the plugin:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/recent-comments-with-avatars/

b. Install same as above.

c. Click “Recent Comments” under settings to tweak your look

Now you have it.

You’ve fixed your permalink structure, added a killer
VIRAL tool AND added recent comments. One more.

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4. Re-order your sidebar widgets
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See all those things I have on my right-hand sidebar:
Recent comments, categories, archives, blogroll, tags?

All of those are called “widgets.” And you change the
order of them, add and delete them using widgets.

a. On your left WordPress menu, click “Appearance”

b. Under appearance, you’ll now see “widgets”

c. If you have a widgets-approved theme, you should see a
widgets menu.

What’s WEIRD is I don’t. And this really hampered my
ability to tweak my blog. But when I go to this URL, I get
my widgets menu:

https://www.marlonsnews.com/wp-admin/themes.php

d. Substitute your domain where mine is and you should
find your widgets.

e. Click ADD next to any widget you want to add to your sidebar

f. On the right side, you can just drag and drop to
re-order your widgets! How cool is that?

Alright, your blog should be pimped out now.

Have fun.

PS: If this article was valuable, please go to my blog and tweet
it to others:

https://www.marlonsnews.com

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Marlon Sanders is the author of “The Amazing Formula That
Sells Products Like Crazy and the KING of Step-By-Step
Internet Marketing.”

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All rights reserved

22 thoughts on ““Make Your Blog Viral, Vital & Valuable””

  1. Hey Marlon, In one of your older “Marlon’s Marketing Minute” you wrote about a new Direct Response Blog concept, describing it as having a clear focus on one thing: CALLS TO ACTION … and you say ‘there is a HUGE difference in focus between the traditional style of blogs,what most people teach and the new type of Direct Response Blog concept.

    Maybe because I’m sooo tired of blogging the Direct Response Blog is something I would like to try and I wonder if you have any more information about it.

    Fran

    Fran Civile

    1. Hi Fran,

      bestinternetmarketer.com/wpdash

      Lorraine is updating the screen caps in it.

      BUT Fran, you can learn a lot for free at videofruit.com and backlinko.com. Why don’t you start there.

      Marlon

  2. Hello Marlon,

    Say what would be a good auto responder at a good price. What would you use and why.I am looking for an autoresponder,is aweber good/or to high priced.See you Monday on the Labor day Party.

    Ron Ott

    [Hi Ron, Aweber, Getresponse, Automateyourwebsite.com are all good. Since you are on a budget, automateyourwebsite.com is a private label of 1shoppingcart. It has affiliate software, ad tracking, autoresponders and everything in 1. It's a pretty good value. But Simon is my friend and Get Response and has a very respected service as is Aweber. I know your wife for very good reasons wants you to put a lid on the spending. The things you MUST have are some decent hosting and an autoresponder. Those are things you DO spend money on. You also need a pretty good computer and Camtasia if you can afford it.]

  3. Hey, Marlon,

    Thanks for BEing You!

    Its good to Know:

    'You cherish and relish

    every moment life has given

    You to be in this Game.'

    You're Real Wholesome Presence!

    Blessings & take care,

    Norm A.

  4. Hello Marlon,

    Tellman Knudson called me at my house yesterday and told me that broadcasting would be illegal starting today Sept 1.And sent me to a web site I have already seen.but is this true?

    [Ron, commercial broadcast messages without written consent as I read it are illegal. I don't know if they will have a digital signature they accept or not. What I use voice broadcast for is mostly non commercial informative follow ups to my list and as I read the law, that is legal. I'm NOT an attorney and not qualified to give legal advice. But Ron, from what you said this week, you have bought tons of stuff and aren't making money. Voice broadcast is the last thing you need to worry about. You need a product, squeeze page, traffic and email follow ups.]

  5. By golly Marlon, did you know I'm getting a trimmer figure thanks to you? Yup. My butt keeps trimming up every time I read your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ [ ]

    But I love ya for your efforts to keep my determination up – and my focus sharp.

    Marlon – I wanted to take a minute and let you know that the posts you are putting up from AWeber (that's what's in the address bar) – well, they're a problem inasmuch as you can't highlight links. Or anything else for that matter.

    The minute the cursor hits the screen it crashes Firefox. (I have my left mouse button pressed down so I can copy and away goes Firefox.)

    I wanted you to be aware this is happening. Makes it a little more time consuming to comment as you have to restore your Firefox session, launch Notebook so you can type up your link, then paste it into the address bar.

    All so I can come over here to give you a kiss.

    So Smack! You Cutie!

    Your forever fan – Linny

    [Hey Linny, can you post one of the url's here. I don't know what posts you're talking about.]

  6. Prehaps a better question might be!

    ARE YOU GONNA PRODUCE OR

    ARE YOU GONNA GET COMSUMED

    [Chuck, the thing is, no one else does it to you. You do it to yourself. You choose to not product and to keep consuming. No one forces anyone to consume and not produce. It's a matter of personal responsibility.]

  7. PRODUCE and PROMOTE. Ouch ! That article cut to the quick. I have written those words: PRODUCE and PROMOTE , taped them to the top of my monitor. I thought I was old enough and wise enough, NOT. I am done with buying the latest and greatest ebook and software program to make it in the 'game'. I make a very good living off-line by selling my employers products = PROMOTING. The owner says I am the PRODUCER

    for his company. Either way, only one way to look at it at the end of the day, PRODUCE and PROMOTE. I have enough knowledge and software (some yours) to 'make it' in internet sales. As of this very instant, no longer am I a wish, hope, gonna do it, haven't done it, kind of person. I WILL have a web site up and working in the next 48 hours, even if it is butt ugly, as I realize it can and will be fine-tuned over the next weeks and months. I have PRODUCTS that have a 'want factor' , based on keyword research. I have to PROMOTE my ideas to create the revenue streams that lead to the lifestyle I desire. Let me see if I got this right, to be successful, especially on the internet, all one has to do is PRODUCE AND PROMOTE? On an ongoing and consistent basis? I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it………..

    Now I'm off to GO GET IT !!!!!

    Thank You Marlon for your extreme words of wisdom and motivation. Sign me out, The Producer.

  8. If there's one thing I can count on is your solid, no bull information. I subscribe to quite a few "guru" newsletters and although I get good content, I tire of the constant bombardment of sale pitches. I am only in the newbie stage with limited funds so sorting out reputable free info has been a learning curve in itself. You're my man, Marlon, and when I'm ready, I now know who to buy from. Thanks for all you do, Kim

  9. Hey Marlon

    Great Blog my friend. I looked and looked for your retweet link. I looked using IE and FireFox and could not see it.

    I tweeted this blog post anyhow:

    Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

    https://www.marlonsnews.com/ … reading “Make Your Blog Viral, Vital & Valuable” on Marlon Sanders blog… win a Promo Dashboard

    Hope you are getting some traffic from this viral element.

    Have a Great Day!!

    Nick Sanders

  10. Great stuff Marlon. Already knew the permalink trick and just finished adding the tweet button to my blog. Thanks for some great guidance!

    Glenn

  11. OK. Now I feel dumb

    If I'd read the rest of the hints, I'd have seen how to re-tweet your blog. :o)

    It appears that w/ the newest WordPress, all the old posts update to keyword-type extensions. I can't find any more posts w/ numbers at the end after installing permalink redirect.

    One of my uploads to blogs put the Tweet-ability in the right place – the other template put the code in an attached page. Don't know how long it'll take me to find the code.

    I do not understand css at all, so probably never. Sure was a nice idea, though.

    [Chris, if it's a techie issue, just go to rentacoder. Someone can fix it cheap.]

  12. Marlon,

    i would add that once having completed….

    "g. Click "update options" and you'll be good to go. Your old links will now

    redirect to the new ones. So you don't

    lose any links."

    one needs to make sure they have done….

    "d. Put this in the custom structure field:

    /%postname%/ "

    -Steve

    PS: i didn't do that the 1st time around and i would actually use…

    /%category%/%postname%

    PSS: I've been wondering 4 some time how 2 correct my link structure w/out losing my inbounds……thx ALOT : )

  13. Just retweeted your article. Thanks for some awesome tips Marlon (as always). I loved your TweetDeck video. I learned a lot in those few minutes. Twitter has always been a little confusing as to how to follow so many people and keep it social. Thanks again!

    [Nancy, I love Tweetdeck! Really awesome.]

  14. Thanks Marlon: This has been very informative. I kinda lost my way a few years ago and sat on the products I bought from you, but with a new resurgence of passion I'm not about to drop the ball again.

    Keep up the great work and I will certainly try, I mean really try to keep up this time.

    [Teresa, bite off smaller chunks. Get a SIMPLER product out. Keep things simple.]

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  16. Marlon, for me this could be your best ezine ever!

    I screwed up my permalinks many months ago while experimenting. How timely your reference to the redirect plugin.

    I haven't totally resolved my permalinks issue, but you've kindly put me on the right path after blindly trying to fix it.

    Tweetmeme also is a brilliant tool.

    More importantly, Marlon, you are dead on in what you said about marketers throwing us morsels at Launch time when the big guns pull their friends together to fill our email boxes.

    I'm not as starry eyed any longer after throwing away many $1,000s on pipe dreams pitched by "gurus" and their well-orchestrated launches.

    At one time I mistakenly tossed you out with the bunch of them, sick and tired of throwing my money and time away on expensive dreams. Boy, do "they" know how to sell us "the" dream.

    And then, a friend forwarded me one of your ezines where you again offered VALUE…free. You see, I had been on your list, but I never read your emails.

    Since that time, I read your emails. I've purchased some of your products. To me at least you do business the old-fashioned way…you solve problems without pitching the hell out of your products or pretending to be some cool "dude" or Hollywood movie producer or rock star or… (well, you get my point).

    Ken McCarthy and you have lots in common with a down-to-earth approach to TEACHING "little" guys like me how to keep moving forward.

    Thanks, Marlon.

    Mike

    P.S. The least I could do after receiving so much from you is to comment and retweet.

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