SuperPost Sunday – Weekly Roundup #12

extra boy SuperPost Sunday   Weekly Roundup #12Hello My Lovelies,

Welcome back to another great year! Well, I’m hoping it will be or else I’ll try my damn hardest to make it one!

I’m assuming you’re all back to normal working mode and that all the festive drunken-ness and hangovers are well behind you. Unless of course, you had another of those nights yesterday. If that’s the case, don’t let me keep you from your nap!

I have a few announcements for you this week, so bare with me. And yes, they’re interesting – Jeez!

In last week’s SuperPost, I mentioned something about potentially, maybe, but probably not – showing you a picture of a half-naked belly dancing boa handler (you’ll just have to read it to know why). I also said that I’d be listening to creative pleas for why I should post that picture here.

Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you my friends, but I’m still thinking about it lol. I’m not sure how relevant it would be to Social Media, although I’m sure that many Social Medians could generate some ideas for a different kind of article. If, you catch my drift.

A Sharp Shooter’s Plea and More…

However, I would like to give a little BIG shout out to Brankica from Live your Love who left quite the persuasive comment in regards to that. Take a look for yourselves!

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So, had there been a winner to this plea thing of mine, Brankica would have taken home the gold.

Shhhh, not a word Howie!

Your frequent visits and comments rocked but did you not see the subheading of this paragraph? She’s a sharp shooter Howie! It means her aim is spot on. So if we’re smart, we’ll be nice and sweet to her LOL.

In all seriousness though, I’m sorry that I didn’t publish it here and that your trophy is invisible but I”m hoping you’ll forgive me all the same.

Folks, I suggest you start following this up and coming blogger if you don’t already. I read two of her articles this week that I greatly enjoyed.

The first is about a Human Spammer whose name will ring familiar with many of us. He’s been seen on quite a few of our blogs leaving non-spammy looking comments that actually are. In the second post, Brankica compares two of her great loves: Blogging and practical shooting. Two great reads, so make sure to check them out.

My ‘Bloggafriend’ Michele Welch Wrote an eBook!

That’s right! My very talented blogger pal Michele Welch from New Biz Blogger has just published a superb free eBook that all of you should download!

It’s called The Synergy of Business and Blogging: Top Techniques from 31 Successful Bloggers and featured inside are 31 of some of the best posts from around the blogosphere. So please make sure to click that link and download. Trust me, it rocks! And it’s well worth the read and keep.

You’re sure to find some of your favorite bloggers in there with some A+ blogging tips and more! Oh, yeah…I’m in there too :).

Thank You Michele for taking the time to put that fantastic resource together.

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Taking Alexa

Now, I know it’s not that big of a deal, but I still wanted to say a little congrats to ME for breaking the 100K mark in the Alexa ranking system. I’m now at 98K and I’m smiling.

If you recall from my 22 Social Media Resolutions post, I said I wanted to be at 80K or less by the end of June. I’m hoping that following through with the 21 other “challenges” will help.

Okay, that’s it. I’m done for now but make sure to check back soon (very) for my next post!

And now, let’s move on to the goodies…

“Without further ado and blah blah,” here are this Sunday’s SuperPosts on all things Social Media, Blogging Tips, SEO, Internet Marketing, Traffic Building, Online Money Making Tools and more.

Social Media

Judging by her school-issue personal photo, Twana Florance appears to be a mild-mannered, middle-aged matron from Twin Falls, Idaho.  But there is no Twana Florance. Twana is probably some teenager in a Third World…

It shouldn’t come as any surprise to you that 2011 is the year of integration. This past year you got to play with social media tools and figure out which were most applicable to your business. Now it’s time to stop playing and integrate your traditional, digital…

Blogs are awesome.  I assume you agree with this because you’re reading my blog as well.  A lot of you may have started becoming avid readers and to follow blogs, like myself, with the advent of social media.  In the last two years I have seen…

This post was in my draft folder since a long time. Today i finally got some and completed the list of some awesome women bloggers who are rocking in the blogosphere. I am not going to put in huge bloggers like erica  or lisa irby because…

For any companies who are looking at social media and wondering how it can be best utilized or for those who are already involved but feel they are not making the most of social media’s platforms, the following three examples highlight…

Social media is crap. Social media is a waste of money and time. Social media can’t be measured so we’re just wasting energy. Social media doesn’t offer lead generation. Blah blah blah. I’ve seen a ton of criticism about social media and what it can…

There have been plenty of things you’ve had to buy in the past 45 days so I thought I’d give you some FREE eBooks found around the web to help out your pocketbook and your sanity. Plus they’re really good books so you’re gaining free…

For the last few years, I’ve occasionally guest-edited the free “Ned’s Job of the Week” e-newsletter. If you don’t know about it, it’s a free weekly newsletter that lists job postings sent to Ned Lundquist, ABC, by subscribers (as well as many he finds himself) in the spirit…

I have always been a huge fan of networking both on and off line. I see so many people that are missing out on some really simple techniques to power network and get results from it. Networking really isn’t as difficult as people make it out to be…

Blogging Tips

Leaving comments on other people’s blogs is a useful strategy for sending more traffic back to your own site. If you make an interesting observation or add value with helpful advice, some readers be curious enough about you to visit your blog…

Bet You $100 This Will Work: Ask Your Readers Questions.. Yeah, just like that! Simple as you read. If this doesn’t work, I will give you $100. I’m not rich or anything near that but I’m so sure this will work I want to risk my bank balance for…

One of the reasons that I’m so madly in love with WordPress is the thousands of plugins available. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish on your blog, there’s probably a WordPress plugin that will allow you to do it. This list is the 15…

Do you like social media blogs?  Me neither.  They can be dry, boring, pretentious and down right geeky!  I found a social media blog that is humorous, exciting, down-to-earth and, well, a little geeky.  (Face it, when you are an internet social media blogger…

I could write a thousand points/posts on how to build a better blog but I think it’s easier if I just tell you what not to do. Even that is a bit forceful, so how about I introduce you to three blogging stereotypes, and ask – no plead that you do not…

Guest posting is an awesome way to get your name out there, and I think that every blogger should write guest posts frequently. I try to do one every week or two, though I’ve been slacking off the last couple weeks…

I’ve seen some comments left here recently that has left me debating with myself whether I should approve them or not, so I’ve update this post I’ve written in September. In a previous post I explained how you can use blog…

Internet Marketing

One of the frightening things about human behavior is that horrific social practices are often only recognized as such from a distance. Practices like slavery, binding of feet and infanticide—which seem perfectly monstrous to us—seemed normal…


“You girls are twits.” “Huh?” “That’s what they’re called. People like you that use Twitter. Twits.” Maybe it’s a sign of maturity (gasp, not me?!) that I chose to ignore and refrain from engaging this conversation that took place in my apartment…

I’m absolutely sure you wouldn’t answer YES to that question yet majority of we entrepreneurs exemplify various forms of laziness in our entrepreneurial journey more times than we would like to come to terms with. So much emotional sentiments…

I blogged in November about these 2 companies that in my view are Conversation Platforms or Conversation Engines that can power the discussions on blogs and media sites way better than anything on Facebook…

Disclaimer: This post won’t be for everyone, but that’s okay.  It’s meant for one specific person: my MeMe. This week is the week of my MeMe’s funeral.  If you follow me on any of the social networks, this won’t come as a surprise to you…

During the 1980s the big joke was Corporate Dilbert Speak. You know what I mean. That’s when we were all cognizant of the shifting new paradigm into total quality corporate governance, while nurturing the proactive leadership process…

[image credit: via Emmett Idaho]

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About the Author

Ingrid Abboud aka 'Griddy' is a whole lot of things with a ridiculous amount of interests. For one, I'm a Social Media enthusiast with a tremendous passion for writing and blogging. I'm also a pretty cool Copywriter but a more serious MarCom Consultant. But most of all, I'm the proud owner and driving force behind - A Kinda Social Media Journal with Net News & more.

  • dzemeena

    This is absolutely a great post and a great blog. Well done!

  • dzemeena

    Oops, sorry my photo didn’t appear, I am also Anne Sales where I commented above.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      No worries about the photo Anne – but now I have two for you :) YaY! Thanks again for stopping by today.

  • Anne Sales

    Hi Grid, this is my first time to your blog and I am so impressed. Surely I am humbled. Congratulations on your 100k Alexa rank. Way to go! I can say you’re gonna hit your next target real soon. This post is jam-packed with useful information especially for me, an aspiring blogger to be. It’s a bit long to be honest but, who cares? They are all essential tips for newbies like me. So let me thank you for that.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi Anne and welcome,

      Well thank you very much for those super kind and encouraging words of yours. I’m flattered and I really appreciate it :). How big is the smile on my face now eh? LOL

      I’m glad you found this roundup useful and you’re right about two things – one – my posts are usually long haha – but I do my best to keep them as entertaining as they are useful. And two – you’ll indeed find tons of great information to take in from each one of these posts plus you may be introduced to some fantastic bloggers out there.

      I do this roundup every Sunday, so make sure to come back for more.
      I look forward to seeing you around these parts more often. Your thoughts are always welcome and much appreciated.

      Good luck with blogging. It’s a heck of a blogosphere out there and there’s just so many new people to meet and even more new things to learn everyday.


  • Lisa


    your so like uhm, totally narley and fabulous!!!!Congrats on your Alexa!!! Wooty woot. Rockstar status baby. I always have a good tome over here,


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hahaha! I love your narley comments Lisa :). They absolutely rock!

      Thanks for the Woot and for being such a great support. I’m looking forward to getting to you know better in 2011.

      Hope this roundup comes in handy for you – and if it doesn’t (which it will lol) there’s another one coming up this Sunday :)!

      Awesome of you to stop by. Always a pleasure to have you here.

      • Lisa

        of course it will do me good..or is it well??! I dont know! I wanted to ask you too, did you just get a PR update??! I dont remember if I saw it before. If you did…super congrats…if you already had it, well yea good. :)

        • Ingrid Abboud

          Hey Lisa,

          It’s funny but I almost never check my PR :(. I think it’s still at a measly 1 or so LOL. I’ve been using Chrome much more often than Mozilla recently and I only have the Alexa add on that’s automatically visible instead of the entire stats (SEO Quake and Search Status) I have on Firefox. So I barely ever look :(!

          I really don’t do much of the SEO that I should or keyword searches for that matter. Those 2 are actually part of my resolutions for 2011.

          Either way – Thank you for the thought and reminder :)!

  • Tito

    Thank you Ingrid for the mention. I am so grateful.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Tito,

      You’re most welcome. It was an enlightening post.
      Keep up the great work at NaijaPreneur :).


  • Tony Hastings

    First of all a confession! I only had 4 aims this year and I am failing already with the first one to comment more. I started the year off with such enthusiasm but after only a couple of days I have slipped back into my old habits.

    I have however given myself a sharp smack on the back of the head and I am using your excellent post to get moving forward again, so….

    Hi Ingrid, great round up as usual and thanks so much for including Gini’s superb article.

    There now, I feel much better, my conscience is clear for another day!


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Tony,

      Those old habits seem to get us every time LOL.

      Glad to see that the smack on the back worked and that you’re here with another of your super encouraging comments :). Just think – you can go to bed tonight feeling free of any commenting guilt haha.

      Gini’s article was indeed very enlightening and certainly deserved to be in this roundup and others out there!

      Glad you stopped by Mr. Hastings. Always nice to see you around these parts.

  • Gini Dietrich

    Dear Griddy: I love you. #thatisall

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Dear Gin Gin,
      I got your letter. It was nice, short and to the point.
      This is me, smiling (huge smile not the regular everyday one – showing serious teeth).

      I love those 3 big words and I’m sending them back your way – from moi to you :).

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  • Ana Hoffman

    Absolutely love your style, Ingrid – such a pleasure to come here and start my day with a smile! :)


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Well hello Tzarina,

      I absolutely love your style and content as well! Plus those new Sunday coffee podcasts are a super addition!

      I’m glad I could help start your day with a smile Ana ;). Thanks for always being so encouraging and supportive! I really appreciate it.

      Hope you have a fantastic week.

  • Patricia Millman

    Hi Ingird

    Another great roundup gal. You are definitely back into work…oops blogger mode 😉 I have read some of the posts here and I see why they are in your roundup. Will check out the rest in my daily blog hopping rounds.

    Congrats on the Alexa ranking too. Well done you and now you are on your way to the 80K……easy with all the comments, postings and content you are producing. Looking forward to what 2011 has for all of us.

    Patricia Perth Australia

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Patricia,
      Hope you had a good weekend.

      Both work and blogging mode have been activate again hehe. But alas, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple of days and therefore have temporarily slowed down – but not deactivated ;).

      Thanks so much for your support and for the vote of confidence. In all honestly – as much as I’d love to watch my Alex rank drop regularly – the quality engagement and comments from folks such as yourself – is my main goal. I would rather have these than the ranking numbers any day.

      And of course – I will continue to try and produce as much quality stuff as I can.

      Thank you for making it a great ride so far. I’m looking forward to the year ahead.

      All the best Lavender Lady :)

  • James D. Burrell II

    First, how come Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark” hasn’t been inserted into your about me section?

    Second, I can’t believe you’ve already axed one of your 2011 goals. I’m nowhere close to having run a half marathon yet… I keep waking up hoping it’s May and race day, but alas, it is still January.

    Looked at Alexa and almost signed up, but the asking price of 800 packets of Ramen Noodles seemed a bit high for me (yes, I am practicing a highly risk adverse investment strategy right now. I convert all liquid assets into Ramen Noodles. College kids will always buy cheap food – low volatility – , and in the event of a doomsday scenario, I’ll pretty much be a tycoon).

    Lastly, and most importantly, thank you for including my post here today. As I’ve reiterated time and again, I started my blog to give a voice to the bottled emotions and passions within me, and I had no idea that I would make such wonderful connections, excuse me, I mean friends, so quickly.

    I am but a neophyte in this complex universe of blogging and social media, but from what I’ve noticed, #22 is well on it’s way to being accomplished.

    With due appreciation and respect – Jamey

    • Gini Dietrich

      Uh Jamey? She said her resolution is to get to 80,000. She hasn’t axed it (yet)! What I want to know is…have you quit smoking?!?! JDB and I are behind you!

      • James D. Burrell II

        Ah the devil is in the details Gini. I’m a big picture man. Point is she is on the way and we should pause to celebrate. Literally, pause, dance a little, shake a leg, twirl should you feel so inclined, but no dipping — dipping is too risque of behavior and will not be tolerated.

        Behind you all the way… like 7 hours or so.

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Okay – both of you (Gini and Jamey) are really funny! And although Gini is right – I haven’t axed squat yet, I kinda like all the dancing around that Jamey suggested!

        As for shaking a leg, I think Jack Bauer will do a better job at that lol.
        Oh, and yes – I cut down smoking!!! Okay, so maybe it’s because I’ve been a bit sick but still :).

        Thanks for all the support you two!!! You guys absolutely rock!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      I’m highly considering it Jamey :). That song is growing on me more and more!

      I haven’t quite axed any of my goals yet – but I’m hopefully on my way to achieving this particular one.

      800 packers of Ramen Noodles is a fair price to pay for Queen Alexa. You’ll find tons of your friends playing in her Domain :).

      It was my pleasure to have your article here and you’re most welcome. It truly was a pleasure to read and once again a big fat thank you to you for all the kind and great things you said about me :).

      I think we were all pleasantly surprised to see what the blogosphere had to offer in return. I too had no idea that I would connect with such wonderful individuals that I could so soon call friends! YaY – simply amazing!

      As for number #22 – I know it may have sounded pretentious but I certainly didn’t mean it in that way. I have a long ways to go, but I sure as hell am enjoying the ride in getting there :).

      Thanks for that inspiring and fun-filled comment Jamey. It’s always nice to read them here :).


  • Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    You are so funny! Looks like you owe Brankica a photo!

    You weren’t kidding. Wow the Chief Alien will be very flattered. When I get back to the Mother Ship I will tell him. Plus anytime he gets mentioned in the same page as Mr. Schaefer, and the Mz’s Dietrich and Burke he phones home. Hope he upgraded the ship to Vonage last time those out of galaxy roaming network surcharges were nuts!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Howie – I owe Brankica a trophy (cause this one was invisible although pretty HUGE and covered in gold). As for the photo, well……

      I’m glad the Chief Alien will be happy. Please try to inform him before the Mother Ship takes off to no man’s land.

      You mean those Aliens use Vonage as well? Huh…I had them pegged as the type to Skype :). Just goes to show that I don’t know everything I guess hehe!

      In all seriousness though – great post. And thanks for using me as an example in it :). Me too – quite the honor to be on the same page as the wise Mark and that funny Gini lady :).

      Have a great week.

    • Gini Dietrich

      I freaking love how she talks to you in the post as if you’re sitting right across the table from her. So funny!

      • Ingrid Abboud

        Uhh… Gin,

        Wait – you mean it wasn’t him sitting next to me?
        Damn, those sneaky aliens! :)

        PS – I love how she did that too! lol

  • James M

    I’m probably being a bit too sensitive about this, but all the talk about shooters and being on target struck a nerve with me after Saturday’s events in Arizona with all those people being murdered. I’m sure a lot of this was written before that news broke, so I’m not going to blame you at all for it.

    Tristan and Alex are two of my favourite bloggers. The other links look interesting, so I’m about to dig into them now. Thanks for sharing everything.

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hi James,

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts – thank you.

      I recently became aware of the devastating event that took place in Arizona. It’s so sad – I’m speechless! My thoughts and prayers are with those families.

      I don’t live in the United States and therefore the news traveled a bit slower :(.

      I actually had no idea at the time this was written (you’re right) and the reference is simply to Brankica whose passion is sharp shooting (as you can see in her blog). But I totally get where you’re coming from and respect that. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

      I’m a big fan of Tristan and Alex myself – both are incredible bloggers and always have the most insighful things to share. Tons to learn from those two!

      I hope you get the chance to go through a few of the posts listed here. Some excellent reads.

      Looking forward to seeing you around these parts more often.
      Have a good week.

  • Shonali Burke

    I still can’t get over how you can come up with SO MUCH CONTENT and keep it fresh. Congrats on the Alexa breakthrough and thank you!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Shonali,
      Great to see you in these parts :).
      I really don’t know how I whip this stuff up haha. But I love it and it’s fun.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

      Thanks – about Alexa. I’m looking forward on seeing improve even more :).
      Have a lovely Monday.

  • Mark W. Schaefer

    Thanks for including my post Ingrid! I am very honored!

    • Ingrid Abboud

      You’re most welcome Mark.
      You keep writing them like that and you’ll soon get tired of seeing them in this weekly roundup lol.

      Have a great week.

    • Gini Dietrich

      You notice you can’t be rid of Howie?

      • Ingrid Abboud

        LOL Okay, you’re like everywhere here Gin :). Luv it!

  • Rick LaPoint

    Hey there!

    Once again, a great roundup!

    You sure know how to pick ’em. And I’m not just saying that because I was picked.

    It’s just that you obviously have such superb, discriminating, and refined taste [sniff].

    And congrats on Alexa 98K :-O !!!


    • Ingrid Abboud

      Well Hello Mr. LaPoint,

      I couldn’t agree with you more about my superbly refined taste LOL ;). It looks like we agree on that!
      Your post rocked – it wasn’t awesome – don’t worry – it was much more than that hehe.

      Always great to see you around these parts Rick. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your cool words. And thanks – about Alexa :).

      Have a good week.

  • Michele Welch

    Darling Ingrid,

    You are too school for cool! (yes I said this on purpose 😉 ). Thanks for the linkluv and the very cool compliment.

    OK, just read Alex’s post… loved it! I just love those ‘kick-you-in-the-ass’ posts! We need some more of those in the blogsphere… get everyone’s act together. LOL.

    Have a fantastic weekend Princess Abboud. :-)

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hahaha Michele!

      Love the too school for cool ;).
      The link luv is well deserved and the compliment is but the truth my dear. No need to thank me – you did a hell of a job with that eBook.

      I’m honored to be included in there with such a wonderful group of bloggers.

      Alex’s post is indeed A+ material – as our most of the ones here. Well, at least I think so hehe.
      But Alex does always have some very useful advice to share.
      Hope you get the chance to check out a few more.

      Ooo I love the sound of that! “Princess Abboud” LOL
      Why thank you Lady Welch!
      Cheers and have a great week.

  • Ben Wan

    Hey Ingrid,

    Wow, I never thought my post will make it to your Sunday’s Roundup, but it did! So many thanks to you.

    Congratulation for having gone under 100K on Alexa.

    Ben Wan

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Ben,

      Nice to see you here again.
      That was a great post and certainly deserved to be in this roundup! Well done.

      As I always say, keep the good stuff comin’ and I’ll keep postin’ em!
      Thanks for the congrats. I’m hoping (gonna try) to reach that 80K goal :).

      Have a good week.

  • Brankica U

    Me first again :)

    Well thank you for everything. And I will forgive you for not showing my trophy here if you show us the boa pictures :)

    I almost skipped straight to comments after reading about me. But I was strong enough to read on and I am glad I did. I read most of the posts you linked to and we really have the same taste in bloggers …I mean blog posts. Really a great list of blogs.

    I downloaded the book you recommend, I am ashamed to say, though, that I still didn’t read it. Talk about wasting free resources.

    Anyways, not to write all day here cause I have to take my puppy to the vet (seriously as stupid as it sounds), I am saying thanks again and you rock.

    Gotta share all this :) Already retweeted (you can check, lol).

    • Ingrid Abboud

      Hey Brankica,

      You’re most welcome! You’re doing a hell of a job over at your site. Such informative posts – thanks for sharing them.

      Will see about that trophy hehehe. It’s HUGE but it’s invisible with the naked eye lol.

      I’m glad you stuck till the end – cause there are some really fantastic blog posts there – but then again – it seems you already knew that – since as you said – we have the same taste in content!

      The eBook is really wonderful. Michele had done a superb job in rounding up some very insightful articles from very talented bloggers.

      Hope your puppy is feeling better. I love dogs – so it’s no silly at all that you had to run to the vet – I would have done the same! :)

      It’s great having you here. Your 2 cents are always a pleasure to read.
      Thanks for the support.
      Cheers and have a great week.