Dave Taylor has been involved with the online world since 1980 and
is recognized globally as an expert on both technical and business
issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related
startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed.
He's a columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera and
Linux Journal and frequently appears
in other publications both online and in print.
Additionally, Dave maintains four weblogs:
The Business Blog at Intuitive.com,
Ask Dave Taylor,
Dave On Film,
Based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and
frequent guest on radio and podcast programs, as well as active member of
his community and busy single father to three children.
Let's Play "You Be The Blogging Consultant"
I work with a lot of different clients who are either just dipping their toe into the swirling maelstrom of the blogosphere or who have been blogging but want to take their efforts to the next level. There are a number of ways we interact, including a popular in-process Exploding Your Business with Blogging teleseminar with my pal Brad Fallon, but we also share critiques and feedback with each other too, a process that I have always found one of the best ways to learn more about how to be successful.
Heck, every time we have a round-robin feedback discussion I learn of different ways I can improve my own weblogs too, and I've been tuning them for years now. :-)
But this is your chance, dear reader, to get involved! I'm going to share the list of client sites I'm involved with currently and invite you to visit one or more of them, evaluate what they're doing, and then post a comment here with your feedback to that blogger. Once you've done that, you're invited to post a link to your own weblog too, and we'll try to respond with feedback on your site too!
"My target is marketers of companies that are considering strengthening their brands and this includes web entreprenuers. My background is as a marketing consulting working with brands and new products for major brands in the U.S. and Canada and the advertising and strategic planning business before that. We developed an emotion-based marketing "system" more or less, to guide companies in harnessing the hidden power of emotions to their brands. Emotions are what makes people decide to do things. Rational brands and positioning really tend to limit decisionmaking and acquisition of things new."
"Our audience: people interested in learning how to have great relationships of all kinds--although most articles concern how to create close, connected, alive intimate relationships for adults. What we're trying to accomplish: 1. Our blog is a way to get our message and products out there quicker to be picked up by the search engines to sell more products and reach more people, 2. An additional ways to add newsletter subscribers to our database, 3. Build more credibility as relationship authorities, 4. Use this tool to further our mission to make a bigger difference in the relationships and lives of others"
"This is the blog I've started in support of my baby products store -- Little Giraffe Blankets Store -- is a "mommy/daddy" blog, literally and thematically. It's focused on family life and children both because that's one thing I really care about and because I'm trying to claim a space in the "baby blog" world for the sake of positioning and so I can run traffic to my store. If you've got a second, check it out and let me know what your gut reaction is!"
"What we're trying to accomplish is pretty simple â€“ we want a strong word of mouth bridal community. The kind of message board and blog that eventually becomes an industry standard and an automatic 'go to' place once women get engaged, like Modern Bride or TheKnot.com. (Aim high, right?) By extension, this will then raise the profile and awareness of our store My Wedding Favors and our other attached bridal sites. I'm trying to write blog entries that are useful and thought-provoking for brides but at the same time, different and - we hope - better than most of the standard wedding planning articles."
"The concept is to create a community of motorcycle riders to share their favorite road trips. I will be adding a lot of different areas to the forum especially for all facets of motorcycle discussion."
This is a blog about purses and handbags and related fashion accesories. My niece Ashley has been doing all of the work. Our ultimate goal is to eventually get affiliate sales and links to one of our other sites which will sell fashion items."
"To help people make use of the open source resources out there by offering free video tutorials for how to use some of the valuable free programs to create their own websites. Incidental revenue from Yahoo and Google Ads. Trying to make somewhat complex subjects easy to understand and use."
"The theme of the site will be anything relating to Hawaii, and I plan to create content that will motivate visitors to the blog in order that they visit the store and buy products. Topics I will blog about (and have either drop-ship or joint venture agreements with companies to sell products) include Hawaiian real estate sales, rentals, jewelry, clothing, macademia nuts, and similar." Note: this site is not yet online.
So what do you think of these weblogs? Are they clean, clear, and readable? Is the writing style effective and engaging? Do they make you consider subscribing?
If you'd like to have some of us look at your weblog, please post the URL and also include a note about what you're trying to accomplish, who your target audience is, and so on.
Weblogs focused on gambling, pornography, hate groups, or knee-jerk politics won't make the cut. Just not our speed...
Posted by Dave Taylor at February 5, 2006 11:34 PM
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