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Nov30
Yahoo RSS Email Folder Can Help Business Bloggers
Starting today, Yahoo! is beta testing a new RSS email folder in Yahoo! Mail. The RSS folder makes it easier for Web users to follow updated information on Web sites they specify.

Why does this matter to business bloggers? I can think of a few reasons:

1. More of your potential blog subscribers will be using feeds in their Yahoo! Mail. If you haven't syndicated your blog yet, do it now! Herman Drost at iSiteBuild offers a good little guide to RSS.

2. You can use Yahoo's RSS reader in conjunction with your Yahoo email to find the news you want.  This can help fuel thought for posts at your business blog.  You'll have an edge over the poor souls still stuck in the "Web 1.0" practice of browsing for news.

3. Talk about this news on your corporate blog or individual professional blog.  Your readers will thank you for the scoop on Yahoo! Mail's new feed capabilities.

Other Resources:
  • TechCrunch offers a great article and discussion on Yahoo!'s new RSS folder.
  • Read/WriteWeb points out the advantage this development gives Yahoo! over Google, whose own RSS efforts (Google Reader, Google News, etc.) are being overshadowed.
  • Podtech has a great podcast and transcript of a discussion with two Yahoo! workers who have been directly involved with the Yahoo!'s RSS developments.
P.S.  If you're looking for a concrete example of RSS (Really Simple Syndication), see my guide on how to subscribe to Business Blog Wire feeds.
Nov30
links for 2005-11-30
Business 2.0: The Return of Monetized Eyeballs Infamous article estimating some blog networks' worth at $100 million-plus, based on "eyeballs." (tags: blogging problems statistics rankings business networks) Yahoo Introduces E-Mail Folder - Yahoo! News Another Web 2.0 tool using... Continue Reading
Nov29
Updated Blog Network List Coming Soon
One of the Web's most prominent blog network lists, BlogNetworkList.com, will soon be much better, according to Matt at Blog Network Watch.  If you are or want to be part of a blog network, this news should benefit you.  (You might also... Continue Reading
links for 2005-11-29
The Blog Herald: Starting a Blog Now on the third step (Part 3: Choosing a Domain Name). Handy for business / corporate bloggers. (tags: tips howto blogging business corporate) Web Talk Radio: The Next Big Thing for Podcasting Rob... Continue Reading
Nov28
How Long Will Blogging Be Good For Business?
Here are my two cents on the future of business blogging: The idea of regularly offering relevant, original, vibrant content to willing readers / listeners / viewers will always appeal to most businesses.Increasingly, media articles discuss the astounding growth of... Continue Reading
Nov27
links for 2005-11-27
Fluxiom An upcoming online content management option for businesses that blog. (tags: business blogging corporate content tools Web2.0 software) Bloggers Blog: Survey: Only 3% Log On to Read Blogs What about the other 97 percent? Well, at least there's... Continue Reading
Nov26
links for 2005-11-26
Wanna Write for Know More Media? Our Web publishing network is looking for talented writers. (tags: blogging KMM news) Inc.com: When Blogs Go Bad Offers examples of what can happen to your business blog if you're not careful. (tags:... Continue Reading
Nov25
Business Blogging Tips: Fighting Comment Spam
I found a nice little post at Zerotasking.com today about how to fight spam comments on your corporate blog.  (Of course the same tips apply well to personal blogs.)  I agree with the post's primary recommendations:1. Read every comment carefully.2.... Continue Reading
links for 2005-11-25
Feedster Top 500 Blogs Improved rankings of the 500 most popular blogs, according to Feedster. (tags: blogging rankings blogs Feedster) Knowledge-at-work: SSE - web feeds go hyper An excellent overview of several ways SSE (RSS, but supercharged) could be... Continue Reading
Nov24
Blog Network Values, Part II
Tim Stay, who writes for Know More Media at Call Center Script, offered a wise comment yesterday regarding methods of calculating the worth of a blog (or blog network). He pointed out that the “How much is your blog worth?”... Continue Reading
links for 2005-11-24
Bloggforum: Loïc Le Meur at DLTQ.org Watch Le Meur explain the benefits of corporate blogging. (tags: blogging corporate video howto) Ray Ozzie: Really Simple Sharing Move over, RSS: SSE, or Simple Sharing Extensions, is here, ushering in the era... Continue Reading
Nov23
How Much is Your Blog Network Worth?
We've seen the emergence of a neat little tool that tracks the "worth" of a blog.  But what about the worth of a whole blog network?

Check out this neat little API by Dane CarlsonJust type in your blog's URL and see how much it's "worth."  The calculations are based on ...
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links for 2005-11-23
BlogNetworkWatch Another good blog network watch site. (tags: business blogging networks) WhizSpark - Fostering Interaction! Build a website (i.e. corporate blog) for your next big event. (tags: business blogging events) "GM FastLane blog gets defensive as company withers away"... Continue Reading
Nov22
Yahoo! News Includes Blogs
Did you know that you can use Yahoo! News to enhance the visibility of your business blog and find information and news from other blogs?

Go to Yahoo! News, click on the "Tech" tab along the top, and scroll down until you see "Blogs."  It's not the most flashy place to find the news from blogs, but it's a marked improvement from the way Yahoo did things a few months ago.

Now notice the ...
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links for 2005-11-22
Bloggers Blog: Celebrity Blogs Promote Businesses You know it's picking up speed when bassist Flea starts blogging for the NBA. (tags: blogging,) The towering market of the future: Anonymity Stephen Baker imagines a future in which we must buy... Continue Reading
Nov21
WordPress.com Now Open to All
Michael Arrington at TechCrunch reports on an announcement by Matt Mullenweg ("Photo Matt") that WordPress, a highly customizable (not to mention free) blog publishing platform, has just become open to all who want to get an account.  Previously, the platform (which is still in beta testing mode) was available on an invitation-only basis. Continue Reading
Nov19
links for 2005-11-19
Essential Blog Hooks Darren Rowse, ProBlogger Extraordinaire, posts about ways to boost traffic to your (business) blog. (tags: blogging, tips) Ten Blogging Hacks The irreplaceable Steve Rubel offers ten sweet little blogging "hacks" (nifty performance-enhancing tips). (tags: blogging, tips)... Continue Reading
Nov18
Here Comes the Flood: Business Blogs Abound
Boy, do we have our work cut out for us!  The blogosphere isn't just mushrooming anymore.  It's exploding.Dylan Stableford reported in Folio Magazine this Wednesday on the amazing impact that business blogs are having on trade publications.  Take Business Week,... Continue Reading
Open Source Media Blog Network Gets Mixed Reviews
Some people like it, but a some a great many people hate it.  I think it may have problems, but deserves a fighting chance.  What is it?  The Open Source Media blog network, located at OSM.org.  Complaints by other bloggers have... Continue Reading
Nov17
links for 2005-11-17
Blog Content Creation Tips Michael Pollock on how to become a lean, mean, content creating machine. (tags: blogging tips content) Secrets of Corporate Blogging Brook Group, a Web design / content management firm, offers these bizlogging insights. (tags: blogging... Continue Reading
Nov16
Ten Places to Promote Your Business Blog
Visit the new Business Blog Directory and submit your corporate blog today.  It's fast, easy and free.  While I'm mentioning that resource, here are nine more that I think you should visit to submit your business blogs: Technorati.  See my... Continue Reading
Nov15
How to Subscribe to Business Blog Wire Feeds
How do you subscribe to Business Blog Wire feeds?  It's a piece of cake - your favorite kind!  Click on the links at right - they're just like the ones below (except that you can actually click on them): I... Continue Reading
Technorati Front Page Can Feature Your Blog
Here's how you can enjoy a few minutes of fame on the famous Technorati.com front page (like me):1.  Have a great blog.  Sorry, it takes some time and effort.2.  Visit Technorati.com.  Underneath the search box on the right-hand side, click... Continue Reading
Stop the Presses!
Hello!  Technorati has my blog on its front page!  I'll explain how it got there a little later.... Continue Reading
Nov14
Know More Media Makes The Blog Network List
Just a quick heads-up: our fledgling business blog network, Know More Media, is now listed at the big Blog Network List!  (Still on the C list, of course, but that'll change soon ...)  Thanks for mentioning us, whoever you are... Continue Reading
Television and RSS: The Next Business Blog Wave?
Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion refers to a new technique for watching TV on your computer (or cell phone, or PDA, etc.).  Using RSS, it is now possible to subscribe to TV shows and  watch them as they become available!  As far as business blogging is concerned, I think  RSS television (really just a natural outgrowth of vidcasting/vodcasting) will quickly become another important marketing tool for companies and ... Continue Reading
Nov12
Business Blog Wire: Web Search Tips
This week's business blogging tips should enhance your Web searching power: Find Corporate Bloggers.  Steve Rubel offers a simple trick: simply search for the phrase "I work for (company name)."  This will help you filter out many (but not all)... Continue Reading
Nov11
Business Blogging Revitalizes Old Industries
Business bloggers should constantly search for new topics about which to blog.  The good news: blogging is causing a renewed interest in subjects (and commercial products and services) that many Web users have previously ignored.  Here is just a sampling... Continue Reading
Nov10
Retirees (Should) Become Business Bloggers
CNN just reported today on the growing number of older folks who are blogging.  Many of these people bring a wealth of business experience, expertise and passion to their blogs.  I think the time is right for many businesses to... Continue Reading
Nov 9
When Employee Bloggers Get Fired: SimplyFired.com
Here's a business blogging resource that sheds light on a dark side of blogging - in a light-hearted way.SimplyFired.com is a highly interesting website where people can share stories about why and how they've been fired from their jobs.  Keep... Continue Reading
Nov 8
Who Knows About Your Business Blog?
Here are three simple (and free!) ways to find out how much Web exposure your corporate blog or professional blog currently enjoys: 1. Marketleap.com offers a free link popularity checker, a free search engine saturation tool, and even a free... Continue Reading
Nov 7
Corporate Blogging News: DigitalGrit Service
The Blog Herald (which has just joined the b5media network) has an interesting news item today about the new DigitalGrit business blog marketing service.Visit DigitalGrit.com and you'll see more than snazzy images of entrepreneurial types.  This marketing company (not unlike... Continue Reading
Business Blogging News: Blog Herald Joins b5media
2005 must be the year of the merging blogs (mogs?).  The Blog Herald, a highly popular blogging news blog, has officially joined the b5media blog network, according to a blog post on Saturday by Duncan Riley, the Herald's editor.  The... Continue Reading
What Feeds Should Business Bloggers Read?
Most of us love to read.  Many of us are business bloggers of some kind (see my post defining a business blog).  We all want to make our blogs informative and rewarding.  (And we wouldn't mind making an honest buck... Continue Reading
Nov 4
Business Blogging Resources: Summit, Marqui, Whole Foods
Here are a few excellent business blogging links to get you through the weekend:First, check out the presentations page at the website for last week's Blog Business Summit.  These seminar notes are a gold mine for any professional or corporate... Continue Reading
New Official Google Blogs
Business bloggers should closely watch Google's official blogs. No company captures public attention for Web innovation like Google. While Google's blogs probably won't win any awards for visual appeal or quantity of content anytime soon, they at least provide a... Continue Reading
Nov 3
Is Corporate Blogging Enjoying its Adolescence?
That's right, adolescence.  You know, the time when hormones are all out of whack and growth comes in awkward spurts.  Hey, everything's awkward for a teenager.  And the corporate blogosphere, which is growing faster than a zit on the... Continue Reading
Corporate Blogging Profile: Stone Creek Coffee
The other day I reviewed the fine Stone Creek Coffee corporate blog.  Tom Pionek, Stone Creek's technology and marketing director, emailed me some information that should be useful to anyone who wants to know more about corporate blogging.  I asked... Continue Reading
Nov 2
Weekly Business Blog Tips: Get More Traffic
It's Wednesday again! Here are three important tips for driving traffic to your professional or corporate blog:1. Register your business blog with major blog search engines.  Start with Technorati, Feedster, Daypop and Pubsub.  Adding your blog to these engines is... Continue Reading
Business Blog Tool: Writeboard
Rather than review Writeboard, let me simply say that it's a fine alternative to Writely as a collaborative writing (or even corporate blogging) tool.  At Writeboard's example uses page, I can see several that apply directly to the needs of... Continue Reading
Business Blogging Tool Review: Writely
Every business blogger should know about Writely.  According to its website, Writely "allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish and blog them online."  It's a collaborative tool (currently in beta) that lets you: Make... Continue Reading
Nov 1
Corporate Blog Review: Denali Flavors
Company Name: Denali Flavors Inc. (Yahoo! Finance profile)Blog URL: http://www.denaliflavors.com/ ("Denali Flavors")About: Denali Flavors, maker of 30-plus dairy food flavors (especially famous for its Moose Tracks ice cream), started this corporate blog in April 2005. Content: You can expect a... Continue Reading

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