This Weeks 5 Best Reads: Stealing Content, Social Snafu’s, E-Books, Link Building and Mitch Joel (Again)

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Every morning I open up Google Reader and start rummaging through some of my favorite blogs and usually read around 25 or more posts a day. It’s not just a chance to educate myself on what is happening within my industry, but it is a chance to start off the day inspired. To get in the right frame of mind. I highly recommend it to everyone…just make sure you include my RSS feed!

So, today I thought I might do something a little bit different. I thought I would share 5 of my favorite posts from this week. For one reason or another these stuck out to me and I probably got more out of them than any others. Enjoy!

Why I Steal Content (and Why You Should Too)
From ProBlogger, written by Adam Costa
I haaaaated this post for the first two or three paragraphs. Before I even started to read it I had planned on giving Adam the smack of his life in the comments section for even suggesting that stealing content was a good idea. Then everything changed. I’m not going to give it away here, so I suggest you go read the post for yourself. It was a great lesson that I had forgotten but I am starting to implement once again myself thanks to this post.

13 Ways to Create a Cringeworthy Social Media Presence
From HubSpot, written by Corey Eridon
For some reason, reading about social media snafu’s is like an accident on the highway. In the end, you hope everyone is OK but you still can’t help but slow down and look. Kudos to Corey for not only a well written post but well researched…screenshots of the offenders and everything!

4 Simple Ways to Create a Well-Written Ebook
From Men with Pens, written by Ali Luke
E-books have gotten kind of a bad rap lately and rightfully so in some cases. There are so many bad e-books out there that are thin on content with little to no purpose other than to grab your e-mail address. What I like most about Ali’s post is that she really stresses quality and walks you through a solid process for getting it done.

12 Timeless Link Building Tips for Business Blogs
From Top Rank, written by Lee Odden
This was a really timely post this week as a lot of people out there are still feeling the aftershocks of the Google Penguin Update. The suggestions in Lee’s post are about building quality links that actually add value to your site and the site you are linking from and not littering the Internet with your URL. Really good advice!

Dear Seth Godin
From Twisted Image, witten by Mitch Joel
I’m not going to say too much more about this post since I already dedicated an entire post to it the other day. If you haven’t already read it, make sure you check out When I Grow Up I Want to Be Like Mitch Joel.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks favorites. If you have a post that you read or wrote this week that was really good, feel free to leave it in the comments below!

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  • Ali Luke

    Thanks so much for the link to my Men with Pens post, Marc! :-) Very much appreciated … and I’m glad that the “quality” message is shining through.

    • Marc Ensign

      No worries…loved your post (obviously)