Many companies are starting to create company blogs because it is a great way to keep in touch with customers. There are some good company blogs out there, but many are ignoring their customers by blogging about things that do not really help their customers. One of these companies that I think is ignoring their customers is [FeedBurner](http://blogs.feedburner.com/feedburner/).
Yesterday [SEO Black Hat](http://www.seoblackhat.com) wrote [10 Steps to Guarantee You Make the Digg Front Page](http://seoblackhat.com/2006/10/02/10-steps-to-guarantee-you-make-the-digg-front-page/), which discusses 10 tips to help you get on the digg front page. Here are the tips he recommended.
[Steve Rubel](http://www.micropersuasion.com/) points us to this [Mediapost article](http://publications.mediapost.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Articles.showArticleHomePage&art_aid=48714) that reports Verizon is getting ready to launch an “all issues on the table” blog for consumers. First of all I think this is great because like [Steve says](http://www.micropersuasion.com/2006/10/verizon_plans_2.html)…
I was just reading [Search Engine Journal](http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=3852) and I saw something quite interesting. A site called [User/Submitter](http://www.usersubmitter.com/) is providing a service that will help you get on the digg frontpage. If you are a user you can get paid 50 cents for each story you digg and as a submitter you are charged a base price of $20 and $1 for each digg you desire.
During the second week of September I wrote a post called [My 50 favorite design resources](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/my-50-favorite-design-resources.html) that got traffic as a result of [StumbleUpon](http://www.stumbleupon.com), [digg](http://www.digg.com) and [del.icio.us](http://del.icio.us). The article received 11350 visitors from StumbleUpon, 8879 from digg and 2715 from del.icio.us. As a result here are my observations regarding the visitors and overall traffic:
Recently I was roaming around looking for computers and landed on [Dell’s website](http://www.dell.com). I noticed that their homepage had been [realigned](http://alistapart.com/articles/redesignrealign/) since the last time I saw it. Obviously, Dell.com gets a lot of traffic, so I started wondering why their homepage has gotten worse with this recent change.
Marketing is one of those things where it seems like everyone thinks they know how to do it. It never ceases to amaze me the number of people I talk to that are trying to become marketing consultants when they have no real experience. It doesn’t really matter who the person is, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to marketing, and it looks like VCs are no different.
I usually do not make off topic posts, but October is [National Breast Cancer Awareness month](http://www.nbcam.com/). Every year, breast cancer claims more than 40,000 lives. By the age of 90 roughly 1 out of 7 women will be affected by breast cancer and roughly 1 out of 1000 men will be affected by it. So if you would like to participate in the National Breast Cancer Awareness month you can [educate others](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breast_cancer), donate money to the [Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation](http://www.komen.org/intradoc-cgi/idc_cgi_isapi.dll?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=407), participate in [Pink for October](http://www.pinkforoctober.org/) or do something unique like [Derek Punsalan](http://5thirtyone.com/archives/666) over at [5ThirtyOne](http://5thirtyone.com/) has.
[Nissan](http://www.nissan.co.uk/) recently released a commercial for their 4×4 vehicles in Europe, but unlike most car commercials they did not waste time talking about how cool their vehicles are or all their great features they have. Instead they created a creative commercial that represented Nissan’s “natural” 4×4 ability.
People make mistakes in life all the time. It could be putting your shirt on backwards, mistaking a woman for a man or even kissing someone and then finding out that they are related to you. By taking these mistakes that happen in life and integrating them into commercials, you can create something that is both funny and memorable.
* [Micorsoft Digital Advertising Solutions](http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=3824)
Microsoft is announcing the launch of “Digital Advertising Solutions” and a media campaign to go with it. It’s an effort to bring together Microsoft’s various properties into a unified platform that gives advertisers ways to buy reach and audiences efficiently: Xbox, mobile, PCs and, maybe, TV.
Do you hear what your customers are telling you? Listening to the feedback from your users is important; the feedback that they can provide can prove invaluable to improving your business. It’s the real people that are actually using your products/services that are able to provide the best feedback. Your product, service or website directly benefits them, since they are the ones that are actually using it. This is especially important when you are launching something new and you do not really know exactly how things are going to go.
Many people have been using [digg](http://www.digg.com) and the [new Netscape](http://www.netscape.com) and think that they are exactly the same, but they are not. Both of them are community driven websites, but there are many differences between them that affect how well the stories you submit perform on them.
[FeedBurner](http://www.feedburner.com) offers two main options for RSS tracking, the first is StandardStats and the second is [TotalStats](http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pro-totalstats). Most people use StandardStats because it is free, but if you have an extra $5 per month to spare here is why I think you should upgrade to TotalStats.
Lately, I have noticed that when it comes to tracking your buzz a lot of companies are only focused on tracking the so-called influencers. The problem that I have with this approach is that today, everyone is an influencer. You never know at any given time who can influence who and in what way. The barriers to publishing online are so low right now that anyone at anytime can damage your reputation, and they have a number of channels they can use to do so. That is why it is important to track everything and everyone, not just the influencers.
[StumbleUpon](http://www.stumbleupon.com) is a popular social site that over 1 million people use. It is not as popular as [digg](http://www.digg.com) or [del.icio.us](http://del.icio.us), but it drove 17,209 visitors in the last 25 days to this blog. That makes it a valuable traffic source, so lets see how StumbleUpon works and how you can use it to get traffic to your website.
Many of you may have websites or blogs that are not doing to well on Google because they are in the Google Sandbox. If you ever wondered how to get out of the Sandobx, [Andy Hagans](http://www.andyhagans.com/) from [Text Link Ads](http://www.text-link-ads.com/) recently wrote a detailed post on the “[Secrets to Beating the Sandbox 2.0 REVEALED: The Ultimate Guide](http://www.linkbuildingblog.com/2006/09/secrets_to_beat.html)”.
Yesterday I posted on “[Making your blog popular through content](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/making-your-blog-popular-through-content.html)” by using methods such as breaking news which can help boost your popularity. Although it can be effective it can be difficult and time consuming to try to break news, so here are some ways that might help you find breaking news:
As a blogger one of your goals might be to become popular. You might be able to do this by [optimizing your blog](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/optimizing-your-blog-for-search-engines.html) or by using the diverse [social mediums](http://www.stumbleupon.com) out there today. These methods are great and can really boost your popularity, but they are usually not in your control. The one thing that you have in your control is the content on your blog, so here are some ideas on how you can increase your popularity through your content.
Recently [Paul Scrivens](http://wisdump.com/) from [9rules](http://9rules.com) announced that [9rules round 5](http://9rules.com/blog/2006/09/9rules-round-5-october-25th/) will be taking place on October 25th. Some of you may be thinking about entering your blog in round 5 and some of you maybe wondering what 9rules is all about. This blog and [Cameron’s blog](http://www.cameronolthuis.com) both got accepted into 9rules during round 4 and ever since we have been discovering exactly what 9rules is all about. A lot of the people whom I’ve talked to see it as a blog network, but as a member here is how I see it…