Now you get to be a fly on the wall.
Everyone's wall who's talking about you.
Sign up for these two alerts and fill in key words. So simple and cool. Automatically, these alerts will provide you with who's talking about you or your books.
Why is this important?
> This information will tell you whether or not your webcrawlers are working and you've chosen wise tags (key words). If the alerts are sending you your own pages that you've social bookmarked (added to Delicious, Digg, Bookmarks, Stumble, etc.), it means you're doing a great job with your internal links.
I've been a guest blogger on some other sites and the alerts have sent me this person's site with my name quoted. I can then send this information back to the presenter and let them know that their internal links are active. Chances are, they are ranking high in the search engines. (The higher ranking in the search engines, the greater the chances your potential customers are going to find you and your books - the greater chances you will be to successfully sell your books).
> Alerts has sent me quotes of mine that I've caught others using. Call it stealing or infringing on copyrights, it is wrong. Others should never take words (claiming them as their own) from someone else without making proper reference. GRRrrrrr!
> I use Alerts to prove how affective my promotional/marketing techniques are working. When I'm promoting, my plan is to create massive exposure of the author and their book(s). So if I'm the author, every day I expect Alerts to pick up ‘Jo-Anne Vandermeulen', ‘Conquer All Obstacles', and ‘Premium Promotional Services'. If I don't see the Alerts picking up my tags then I know I'm not doing my job. I need to reactivate my internal links and social bookmark my pages. This is why linking blogs with other active bloggers is a great idea. When they social bookmark their page, your tags will automatically be marked and sent to Alerts. A double win.
Google Alerts - http://www.google.com/alerts
Twitter Alerts - http://tweetbeep.com/
Do you keep quotes stickied to your bathroom mirror? Okay, how about around your toilet? In your car? I can practically hear some of you chuckling and see you nodding your heads. See, you haven't lost your mind...there are others just like you...lol.
There comes a time when I'm feeling down, I need a few reminders. So, I cannot come up with the positives in my brain...I rely on the positive message scrawled on my sticky notes.
Here are some of my favorites:
Where one door closes, another one opens.
Go with the flow.
Keep your eyes open for the unexpected. Don't be afraid. Seize the opportunities before you.
You have your own answers within you.
"Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say." >Brenda Ueland<
"Imagination is the Divine Body in every Man" >William Blake<
"Be careless, reckless! Be a lion, be a pirate, when you write. Why you are not to be discouraged, annihilated, by rejection slips." >William Blake<
There are millions of slogans we can use to pull us up from the dark hole, bring us out of that nasty writer's block, and pick us up off the ground.
Have you got a favorite slogan that works for you? Care to share so we can form a list...?
Sometimes, it's just great to know we are not alone. It's okay to have a bad day every now and then. Have you ever caught yourself staring at an empty screen and your mind is completely blank? The creativity isn't there or you're unable to ‘think outside the box'?
Here are a few suggestions from famous people:
"Moving around is good for creativity: the next line of dialogue that you desperately need may well be waiting in the back of the refrigerator or half a mile along your favorite walk." >Will Shetterly<
"Stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position." >Stephen King<
"Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing." >Norman Mailer<
Enjoy this week with your writing and remember YOU can*conquer all obstacles*.