Speedlinking – 17 Sep 2007

by derek on September 17, 2007 · 12 comments

This week’s edition of Speedlinking is going to feature a few posts that caught my attention in my RSS reader this past week. There is a pretty healthy dose of variety between these posts so I am sure you will enjoy at least one of the following:

1. Gary Lee kicked the week off by sharing a list of 600 keywords that make money online. Don’t rush out and build an MFA site but read through the list and see if you can leverage any of the keywords on your site. I’m thinking I need a post in my “Cars” category about people that are trying to find car insurance! :twisted:

2. Sean Dinner had a very interesting random thought when he wondered if the Interweb went away, where would you go? Many of us remember a day before the Interweb yet now I cannot imagine a day without it.

3. Over at BlueFur, Michael Kwan asked the question: how effective are testimonials? I’ve used them in the past on a few sites but as I commented on Michael’s post, I typically feel that most of the testimonials come across as fake and don’t influence me. What do you think?

4. David Pitlyuk took a moment to share his experience, including photos, of dining at a Brazilian steakhouse. This looks right up my alley, although I noticed the one Brazilian steakhouse that I knew of in our area has closed.

5. Nick Mercer has started a new series on Working for Works Sake and kicked it off with the 4 step process to simplifying your lifestyle. My wife suggested one step for me to simplify my life – unplug the computer.

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Speedlinking and I encourage you to share your thoughts with each author if you enjoyed their post. In an effort to further the link love for each of these posts, I’ve given each of them a Stumble so be sure to give them the “thumbs up” if you enjoy their post.

Future of Speedlinking
As much as I love the Speedlinking feature, I’m beginning to question whether a weekly edition is too much and/or whether the interest is still there. I’ve asked for reader submissions a few times, including last week, and did not receive any response. Therefore I am thinking of scaling back to maybe a bi-weekly or monthly feature.

What do you think?

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Dave September 17, 2007 at 9:52 pm

Thanks for the link Derek, you should definitely look for one if you’re ever traveling or something.

Regarding testimonials, I can personally say that they do work effectively, and are a powerful part of “closing the deal”. I use them myself (they are honest ones), and I know that I’ve been influenced by them when purchasing certain products.

derek September 17, 2007 at 9:57 pm

When I was in Atlanta I came across one but didn’t stop as I was flying solo – I should have gone.

Regarding the testimonials, do you do anything to help make them more legitimate in the eyes of your customer? Pictures, links, etc?

Nick September 18, 2007 at 12:48 am

While I haven’t done a speedlinking type post myself, I have definitely considered it. I rather enjoy them as it helps keep me aware of what is going on in the blogosphere and also is an opportunity for me to find other blogs I may enjoy reading.

????? (Jason) September 18, 2007 at 1:01 am

I agree that most testimonials are probably fake. When was the last time you or somebody you knew wrote in a big thank you letter to someone with such eloquent sentences? Typically when someone’s product or service is out of this world, we resort to word of mouth and blogging … and even then we take it with a grain of salt :???:

Gary Jones :: BlueFur.com September 18, 2007 at 3:51 am

Thanks for the link love Derek.

Matt Jones September 18, 2007 at 8:13 am

As long as you replace the linking posts with something else I’d be happy, just as long as there is something to read! :)

Sean September 18, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Hey! Thanks for the mention! I appreciate it!

Brown Baron September 18, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Doesn’t matter what you have buddy, I’ll still be here to read it.

HDTV Guy September 18, 2007 at 3:09 pm

Regarding the car insurance keywords, they do pay very well. I started a blog that is strictly about Auto Insurance. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble getting any traffic.

derek September 18, 2007 at 5:01 pm

You had a typo in your link, which I have corrected. Be sure you’re typing the URL properly to maximize the traffic coming your way. :)

derek September 18, 2007 at 4:56 pm

@Nick :: Thanks for the feedback. I’ve enjoyed the series as it does give a time to share some of my favorite reads and hopefully lead readers to new discoveries.

@Jason :: You’re right. I think part of what make the testimonials feel fake is that they are always positive, as obviously the site/product owner isn’t going to use a bunch of negative testimonials.

@Gary & @Sean :: No problem, my pleasure!

@Matt & @Baron :: Thanks guys, I’ll be sure to keep you reading.

Rose September 19, 2007 at 6:26 pm

I always enjoy your speedlinking posts. I have some reading to do I see.

Ps: Hope to see you around?

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