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Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

Optimize that Conversion Rate Before It’s Too Late

February 22nd, 2010

This post is dedicated to online marketers and small business owners out there who make money from their website, but have not yet kicked off a formal online marketing and website optimization program.  For those who have, good job, and there may be other Grok posts more useful to you than this one.

I also want to note that this post was inspired by a recent post by Mark Bronlow over at Email Marketing Reports.  In particular, his infographic was extremely…

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Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Your Website is Unique. Don’t Settle for Best Practices.

February 19th, 2010

free-270x300.jpg (JPEG Image, 270x300 pixels)_1266259080494In a recent comment I received on one of my older blog posts, a reader pointed out that much of the advice I had provided was for people who were just beginning optimization efforts and they (the commenter) wanted something more meaty for themselves to sink their teeth into.  This is not the first time I’ve seen this type of comment on a blog post, and I know that many of the Grok’s readers are DIY-ers who get frustrated…

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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at 8:02 am

How to Use Blog Comments for Persuasion: Dos & Donts

January 20th, 2010

Today’s topic is all about using blog (or forum) comments to drive qualified traffic to your site, and how to begin the persuasion process.  It’s an interesting topic for me since I read nearly every comment that gets left on my GrokDotCom posts.

Note: before you read further, understand that this post is NOT about how to use blog comments as a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactic.  This post is about how to use blog comments to begin an…

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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 at 11:00 am

Changes and Non-Changes

October 15th, 2009

Whether you’re a first time reader, or having been reading our blog for years, we value your readership and want to give you an update regarding some changes at FutureNow that will impact GrokDotCom.

You may have noticed that some Grok contributors have been less present on our blog lately. Jeffrey and Bryan Eisenberg have left FutureNow to capitalize on opportunities in professional speaking, blogging, writing, and online marketing advisory.  Bryan’s new website can be found at Please join us in…

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Monday, Apr. 27, 2009 at 8:11 am

Book Publishing 2.0 + A New York City Giveaway

April 27th, 2009

While compiling (many) posts into a book is a common enough practice these days, how many people systematically plan out their blogging to optimize the construction and marketability of their book?

How many people craft different blog posts tackling the same subject from different angles and designed to appeal to different Temperaments?

How many people publish their nonfiction/business book in mind with a firm understanding of what they want the book to accomplish for them, what a book reasonably can accomplish, and…

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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

A Blog Worth Following

December 20th, 2008

No less of a copywriting authority than Gary Bencivenga has declared credibility as THE most important factor in effective copywriting.  Why else would he call “Yeah, sure” the two most powerful words in advertising?

Once you’ve gained the reader’s interest through relevance, buyer confidence is everything – without it the sale is lost.  That’s why methods of substantiating claims and establishing credibility are frequent topics of mine.

And it’s also why Tom Wanek’s blog is a must read.

No where else will you find such a…

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Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 at 9:38 am

TheGrok’s Not-To-Miss Links for the Week 10/31/08

October 31st, 2008

not to miss linksWenda Harris Millard “Flat is the new up.” quoted at the recent EconWomen conference. She touches on some of the consumer trends this 2008 holiday season.

25 Web Form Optimization Tips – Covers most of the basics, a good reminder.

Usability of Toilet Paper – who could resist this analysis, especially as my friend David Dalka reminded me – P&G said at a search conference, no one would ever blog about toilet paper. Should it be bottom up or top down?

If you are so inclined…

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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Presidential Candidates, Temperament & Website Copy?

October 30th, 2008

I knew I had to buy a copy as soon as I saw it on the magazine stand: the issue of Time Magazine with Presidential temperament as the front cover story.  They even had four presidential faces on the cover, which, before examining them, made me think of previous explanations of temperament using the Four Presidents on Mt Rushmore:

Dutiful George Washington for Sensing-Judging / Methodicals Philosophical Thomas Jefferson for iNtuitive-Thinking / Competitives Rambunctious Teddy Roosevelt for Sensing-Perceiving / Spontaneous…

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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Has Social Media killed blogging?

October 21st, 2008


Wired’s (and Valleywag) Paul Boutin writes a eulogy for Blogs. Link-bait? Probably, but he certainly raised the ire of several in the online community, myself included. Heck, he even got me to crawl out from the rock I was hiding these past few months and pen a few words of commentary, in defense of blogging (yes, I recognize the irony ;) . I think Mathew Ingram wrote the best counter to Paul’s argument, so I’ll let you hop off and read his discourse…

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Thursday, Sep. 25, 2008 at 6:52 am

The More You Post the Better You Rank

September 25th, 2008

Or so says Technorati as they released data from their 2008 State of the Blogosphere report.

Techcrunch sums it up:

Blogging is a volume game. The more you post, the more chances there are that someone else will link to one of your posts. (Technorati rank is based on the number of recent links to your blog). The majority of the Top 100 blogs tracked by Technorati post five or more times per day, and a full 43 percent post more than 10 times per…

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