Gerald Weber

Viral Content Buzz – Take Social Media Promotion to the Next Level (For FREE)

You spend hours researching and writing a great blog post. After editing it several times, you finally hit publish. Shortly after tweeting out a link to it, you notice some of your friends and colleagues sharing the link on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks to this push, readers start coming and you receive several comments on your post. Unfortunately, just as everything seems to be moving in the right direction, it all stops! No more comments, visitors or Tweets. You’ve hit the point where your buzz has completely fizzled out. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to keep the momentum going for posts that you put so much effort into creating? Since myself and everyone else I know within the blogosphere has experienced this problem, I decided to do something about it. With the help of my amazing friend and co-founder Ann Smarty, we created a new social media promotion platform: Viral Content Buzz. Viral Content Buzz 101 The one sentence summary of this platform is that you can get more social promotion for the great blog posts you write by sharing other people’s great posts through your social media presences. This is done by earning and using credits. You get credits for sharing, and can then use those credits to get your best posts promoted. Keep in mind that all of this is 100% FREE! In...

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I Just Sent Out My First Ask Gerald Newsletter

I’m excited to announce that everyone who’s already signed up for my Ask Gerald newsletter should now have the inaugural edition in their inbox. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, it’s not too late to become part of my free newsletter. The point of the Ask Gerald newsletter is to make it as easy as possible for you to directly ask me questions. While you will continue to see great content on the blog, I wanted to create a place where people feel comfortable asking direct SEO questions. After evaluating several options, I decided a newsletter was by far the best. Not only does this format allow me to answer individual questions, but it makes it possible to share that information with an entire community of people who truly care about SEO. Once you sign up, don’t forget to send in your SEO questions. Whether you’ve got a question about building links, increasing your social media presence or dominating a local business niche, I want to provide you with answers. So, be sure to send your questions to askgerald at sem-group.net so I can start answering them in the next newsletter! Sign up now so you don’t miss out on the next Ask Gerald...

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Who Wants to Win $1,000 in Cash?

Regular readers probably know the following two things about me: First, I’m a big fan of guest blogging contests. Not only do I like the fact that they give participants an opportunity to win cash and all kinds of great prizes, but I also think they’re a great opportunity for a writer to be exposed to a new audience. Whether a writer is an active blogger or someone who owns a business, a guest blogging contest can connect them with readers that may have otherwise never known about them. Second, I recently launched MySEOCommunity.com. Because it brings together everything that I’ve been working on for the past few years, I view it as “my baby.” Although I’m well aware that it’s not the Internet’s first SEO community, I think that it has several features that set it apart from the rest. You can read about the community’s unique features on its About page. As a result of my love of guest blogging contests and the launch of MySEOCommunity, it’s only logical that we’re celebrating the launch of the site with a new guest blogging contest: The Mad SEO Scientist Guest Blogging Contest – Grand Prize $1000. Cash! Since a great SEO guest blogging contest has to feature a great 1st prize, the maddest SEO scientist in this contest gets $1,000 in cash and a lifetime premium membership to MyBlogGuest....

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Publish Free Content and Win $1000 – MyBlogGuest Articles Gallery Contest

How would you like to win $1000 for publishing a guest post on your blog? No, that wasn’t a typo; you don’t even have to write a post to win $1000! While this is the first big blogging contest of 2012, it’s the coolest and simplest contest I’ve seen in a long time. Instead of wearing yourself out by trying to put together the perfect post, you can let the platform do the work for you. So, what’s the catch? There’s not one. MyBlogGuest is an awesome site that’s holding an awesome contest. In case you haven’t had a chance to check them out before, MyBlogGuest connects bloggers with people who want to write guest posts. Instead of spending time sending out cold emails, MBG provides a thriving community of people who already want this content. What’s neat about MBG is you can benefit from both writing guest posts and accepting guest posts from others. $1000 Contest Details This contest is centered around a specific feature of MBG, which is the Articles Gallery. Here’s a quick video that shows how easy it is to use the Articles Gallery to find awesome free content to publish on your blog: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoIZ1vteee8 Yup, MBG really does make it that easy to find great content that’s 100% free. While you can use MBG all year long, for this contest you will want to...

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F*$# You! Pay Me – How to Handle Clients who Refuse to Pay

If you are an entrepreneur who has been in business for more than a few years, you’ve likely encountered a situation where a client made the payment process painfully slow or didn’t pay at all. Although this has only happened to me a couple of times during the last six years, a recent experience made it clear that this issue is still a big problem. Before I give my perspective, I want to share opinions and insights from some of my good friends who are also entrepreneurs. Their specialties range from SEO to web design to copywriting: If They Want You, They Should Pay Upfront “I have had various clients throughout my 6-year career but honestly I have never had anyone fail to pay. In the majority of cases, I charge upfront. This way I am 100% secured. Sometimes I do allow paying for the completed order – but only when if I know the client personally, have good recommendations or have worked for them for some time already to build some trust.??It’s not that I am being too cautious. Most clients find me and want me to work for them (not vice versa), so they are glad to pay upfront.??However I can imagine the situation when the client won’t pay (for any reasons). It may depend on the project size but in most cases, I’d let it go,...

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Announcing the 2nd Annual Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Winners

Wow! I have to say that this year’s Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest REALLY lived up to its name. Not only was the sponsorship level greater this year (a whopping $2700 in cash), but the talent level took a big leap forward as well. I am honored to have so much talent on my blog! Now, without further ado, the moment you have all been waiting for. The winners are: 1st Place – $1000 + a Lifetime Premium Membership to MyBlogGuest.com: How to Optimize 7 Popular Social Media Profiles for SEO by Kristi Hines 2nd Place – $500 + 1 Year Membership to The SEO Training Dojo: Come on People, Your Attitude to Guest Blogging Is Killing Me! by James Cave 3rd Place – $350 + Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise License: But I Don’t Have Enough Klout: How To Be Good At Social Media By Not Being A Jerk by Colette Bennett 4th Place – $250 + 3 Month Subscription to SEMRush.com: Have You Claimed Your Local Business Listing on These 21 Sites? by Kaila Strong 5th Place – $225: Using JavaScript to Hide Content: Advanced White Hat SEO? by Darren Slatten 6th Place – $125: The Seven Secret Steps to Irresistible Blog Posts by Andrew Nattan 7th Place – $100: Panda, Panda, Panda by Amanda King $100 8th Place – $75 Secret 4 Step Affiliate System by...

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Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Update

This post is meant to simply update you on a couple of things regarding the contest. However if you are interested in participating in this contest please be sure to read the official Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging contest post for complete details on rules etc. The first change is the due date to submit your post. This has been changed to October 12, 2011. We did this because last week was pretty much spent generating sponsors and awareness and we really didn’t get any contest entries last week. OK now for the awesome news. Since we had such great sponsorship participation we are able to offer some really nice prizes. We have structures this in such a manner that if you really kick ass, you can really WIN BIG. But even if you do really well you can still win some nice loot and other non cash SEO related prizes. With no further ado… here’s what you can win! 1st place: $1000. Cash + a Lifetime “PREMIUM membership” to MyBlogGuest.com 2nd place: $500. Cash + a full years membership at The SEO training Dojo. 3rd Place: $350. cash + Link-Assistant.Com SEO PowerSuite Enterprise (max. functionality license) 4th Place: $250. cash + 3 month subscription to SEMRush.com 5th place: $175. cash + 3 month subscription to Raven Internet marketing tools 6th Place: $100. cash 7th place: $75. cash 8th...

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The 2nd Annual Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest Is Here!

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest! This year’s Donkeys Behaving Badly event is being held In partnership with Blogengage.com. If you would like a free Blogengage account (normally $29.99 but free for contestants, simply email [email protected] dot com with your desired username: and e-mail and your contest entry URL and Brian will hook you up with a FREE account) so you’ll be able to reply to comments you receive (see contest rules below). Blogengage will automatically syndicate your contest entries into the Blog Engage community and their portfolio of social media websites such as Blog Serp, Top Blogged, RSS Leak, Blogger Ink, Tag Serp and Blogger Tag. Also all contest entries will be automatically submitted to blokube.com Blokube is another up and coming social voting community for bloggers and it’s free to join, so go ahead and register on blokube.com if you want to keep up with your submission there. Keep in mind social engagement at both blokube and blogengage will count towards your social engagement score. Again social engagement is a metric we use to settle any tie breakers in this contest. What is the Bad Ass SEO Guest Blogging Contest? It’s that time of the year when the donkey starts misbehaving. All joking aside, the contest is (now) an annual contest for SEOs and Internet marketers to showcase their awesome guest...

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Feliz Navidad Prospero Ano Y Felicidad

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and… Well it’s that time of year again. For those of you that have known me for a little while know I usually like to do something special around the holidays. However this year I am a bit busy doing client work so I won’t have time to dance with Santa’s elves in the north pole. Last year I actually got a bit of flack for the “Christmas tree axe murder incident”. So this year there will be none of that. Instead I’d like to simply (from my family to yours) wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Cheers!...

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Do You Like the New Twitter? Reader Participation Post

I admittedly haven’t used it much, but I am a little turned off by the layout. I guess I’m ultimately undecided but my first impression is that this is a mistake. Like when Twitter changed RTs. What do you think?? Do you love it? Hate it? Cast your opinion in the reader poll and let us know your thoughts by leaving a...

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