For anyone too young to have a clue, sliced bread was considered such an amazing invention, people would compare any great idea to it. Sure, now it seems kind of lame. And we won’t even get into that whole gluten-free thing. But the point is - these are some great ideas.
Note: We have no interest, affiliation, relationship with either of these - we just like them.
ThirdScribe. For authors who want a website, a blog, a newsletter, a sales page, a page for their books, this site lets you have them all in one place. And they make it easy for you to use and connect with readers. Pretty brilliant all around. Check it out.
Search Word Pro books from Paul Krupin. They’re called books but they’re really tools or maybe call them super-links. We got the Author Marketing one. It saves you the trouble of trying to hunt down the best information on a topic by giving you links to the top content on major search engines. It's a little hard to describe but a lot of fun to use.
And just to add a little balance, here are two bad ideas.
Posts on LinkedIn that make you click on the article and then come back to the discussion group. Who thought of this and why is it continuing? We’ve found some great information and good contacts through LinkedIn, but honestly this clicking back and forth is getting annoying.
LI now offers people the chance to publish the full article. That is a good idea.
Mailing List Offers. Some of our favorite bloggers (we’re not mentioning names) who used to send us information-rich news by email have suddenly discovered they can also start trying to sell us stuff. Sometimes it’s useful stuff, other times not so much. But the point is - we didn’t sign on for offers. We subscribed to a blog. We’re busy enough trying to get rid of all those emails from Target and Shoebuy. If that’s the direction they’re going to go, then we should be given the opportunity to opt-out.
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