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How I will pay out $30,000 more to new @WebToolsWiki members by Feb 15

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Every day I am becoming more and more serious about taking the Web Tools Wiki forward to where it becomes an amazing portal of information about the internet that we can all be proud of. However there is no possible way I can do this by myself so I need you on our growing team. Wiki by the way means “a collaboration” in Hawaiian. A Web Tool” is anything that is useful and connects with the World Wide Web. Skype, Gmail, Mural.ly, Triberr, Hootsuite for example. I have paid out over $30,000 so far to people who have contributed to this Wiki. Last week I paid over 30 different people. In the next month I will pay over 300. The Web Tools Wiki is like Wikipedia and is about the internet. Unlike Wikipedia we are highly interactive. We have tips and alternatives and we also answer questions and have a chat function. We also pay contributors and people who find other contributors. Wikipedia has tens of thousands of unpaid contributors. I see people blogging about and answering tech related quetions for free everyday. Why should they not get paid? We have built about 800 pages of reasonable standard so far and have made a solid start on around 1500 more. I hope that we will have 10,000 pages by the end of they year and 25,000 by mid March. Our visitor numbers are increasing fast and soon we will reach a magic point where tools and app and websites will pay us to promote them. In most bases they want to give away free trials or simply get users we will help facilitate that.

My dream and vision is of empowering people to spend less time online and more with their friends and family and with nature. There are thousands of tolls our there which will give you more time. The Web Tools Wiki is your pathway. I also dream of empowering for example a 16 year old entrepeneur trapped for generations in poverty in land locked Swaziland. With a few basic tools and strategies they can go online at say their local library and begin a business selling American luxury goods to Americans. With the right tools anything is possible!

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An example of one of our best pages is http://webtoolswiki.com/canva

Around 10,000 hours have now been put into developing the content in the site by about 20 different people. I have paid out over $30,000 so far in varying amounts to these people. I am now committed to paying out a further $30,000 by February 15 and I firmly believe that by then our site will be incredible. 3 more months of content creation and promotion and we will will be well on our way. By Feb 15 we will have 3000 members all of whom will have been paid something. I made our first advertising sale this week and just 59 more similar sales will achieve that $30,000 goal.In addition to this affiliate marketing revenue is dripping in daily at an increasing pace. 90% of all revenue is being out to members. My basic expectation is that you will spend 15-30 minutes a day contributing in some way to our site. If we can even get 100 people doing that over the next 3 months we will be unstoppable.

I will add various maps and videos here so that you can get a better and better idea of how this will work for you.
The basic plan is 300 members paid something by December 15 and also given invites to help find 3000 more members by February 1. Then another 10,000 in the next 6 weeks with a view to going public on March 15 with a party at SXSW in Austin.

Today I will also be launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for developing our own dedicated site and app also in time for the public launch in Mid March. This will cost around $50,000 to build. I am also initiating a logo competition on 99 designs. Right now we are very much in Alpha testing mode and the initial downline of 300 people is being done by hand. We are doing our project management in a Facebook group, Google+ hangouts and via Unlimited You Education.

First steps if you with to contribute are to join our Unlimited You Education project team by first signing up at

http://myuye.com/mqt.

Please make 3 maps. Your value map (so that we can learn the way that you can best contribute to the Web Tools Wiki) and your initial dream UYE downline (say 5-10 people). Add me as a contributor to your downline map and we will work together to build your team. Please also add your paypal and/or coin wallet link to your map to facilitate interim payments before our back office system is built.You should also add a link to a Google document which you share with me so that we can interact inside UYE. Your 3rd map will be your workflow map please also make me a contributor/ editor so that we can interact about your Web Tools Wiki tasks.
Then request to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1394732664142789/

and our Google+ community at

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105580056548943198320

What type of skills to we need? What type of people do we want you to add to your downlines?

Affiliate marketers/
Graphic designers/
Tech bloggers/
Email marketers with huge lists/
Accountants
Network marketers especially ones who are succeeding via social media activity
( I will add to this list soon).

What type of tasks are require in order to take the Web Tools Wiki forward?

Creation of social signals via the share buttons on each page.
Tips and alternatives on our List.ly lists
Explanation video and slideshares about the various tools
Asking and answering of frequently asked questions
Sales of advertising packages to tools and apps and websites (you get paid 50% of any revenue you introduce).
SEO tagging of list.ly lists, featured images in our site and more
Branded images for sharing online from our site.

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You can interact with this map here

https://leaders.unlimitedyoueducation.com/mindmap/autoopen?at=9acdc6c2100f5a5ea16b956dfd5bc9a125263b2284b40906c02678d6de0e11ac2e18fa72e28813be&with=452

Advancements in the next few days will include tracking “capture” pages that you can promote to find advertisers and be paid out 50% when they advertise on our site. We will also be exploring other potential revenue streams including an App add exchange for half built apps. We will add our own social network to the site as well. We will also have a section in the site for submitting information on new tools startups and feature them by way of a rotating banner.

When you have awesome content on something that the majority of people want to know about and when you tap into the power of a team of hundreds then thousands of contributors, promoters and salespeople anything is possible.Thank you for the support everyone who ha participated so far it means so much. Am making a mock up slideshare today which will provide a step by step process for how you can participate best. Every day I am getting a stronger and stronger visualisation of how this will work. This post will be heavily amended and updated regularly.

To our joint success and also the success of that kid in Swaziland. Please feel free to add any ideas or ask any questions in the comments below.

Michael

Make good money on this new social network Unlimited You Education

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Have nearly completed my book on how to use Unlimited You Education to the maximum and when I publish it a rush of people are sure to join. If you are interested in

 

  • Getting clarity in your life through interactive mind mapping
  • Finding collaborators
  • Social networking with engaged people in your niche area
  • Running your own online courses
  • Being paid for introducing people and showing them how UYE works
  • Being part of a brand new style of social media site which is Web 4.0

then this may be for you.

 

An example of how this works this is how we are collaborating on a project to prepare a Slideshare which which will be released contemperaneously with the book publishing on November 23. You can see how we can add photos, links and more into each branch. The 2 founders of UYE are helping me do it. An awesome initial collaboration.

 

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Using this site for the past 7 months has been amazing for me and will be for you too. Like anything like this the earlier you get involved the better it will be for you.

Michael

Chapter 1. Pillar 1 of Your UYE success ~ What is Your Value? #MindMapping

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This is Chapter 1 of a book about UYE that I will publish next week. If you have yet to join UYE you can do so here at http://myuye.com/mqt.

UYE is the world`s first profit sharing Web 4.0 collaborative social network. I am feeling massively empowered by UYE and hope that you will have a similar experience. So let`s get start up by starting with your branding and over the next few days build some pillars on top of that. I hope you have already ready the chapter about branding for general online success in The 7 pillars Book. UYE strategy is a little different than other social networks hence the need for a separate book UYE success will require more niche branding as the social network in UYE is more about project collaboration. Your branding will need to be about what project you are engaged in and how you can offer value to others. You want to attract others to your In addition to this UYE facilitates creation of courses so your branding will also have to produce highly targeted awareness of the subject of your course.

“Your life will be determined by what you give”.

For more details about exactly what UYE offers you please have a read of this article I wrote last week. http://michaelqtodd.com/new-uye

Who are you and what do you do? When I see a post by you in UYE or when I go to your profile can I immediately see what value you offer me? Can I instantly remember you forever? Why would I want you collaborating on my project or want to collaborate on yours? Why would I want to learn from your course? So your bio needs to be focused in a different way than on other social networks.

My bio reads like this for example
” I am a New Zealander in Tokyo. I help startups get their customers telling their friends about their products and services. Virality. My ideas on this are at http://michaelqtodd.com/virality “.

UYE is a lot about maps. Step one after setting up a basic profile with bio and photo (same one you use everywhere) should be to create your life map. This will spark ideas about who you really are and what you can be. Make a branch that is about your value. Step 2 should be to create your “Value Map”. You can link the branch in your life map to this. I would suggest making this value map your cover photo in UYE. Then visitors to your profile will be able to see what you offer quickly and easily in a way that they as UYE users are used to seeing. Have a branch where prospective collaborators or students can ask you questions.

Here is my Value Map. You can interact with it here once you join UYE at http://myuye.com/mqt

https://leaders.unlimitedyoueducation.com/mindmap/autoopen?at=1dbdee21fe75ea35fb4c4aabddc3430b0b514da262538ba4688a81e641239a975c3207f78df13ab0&with=452

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Step 3. Is to fill out your profile. You can add a whole range of information about your value.Focus on the points I have made above when you do so.

You can go through the temporary getting started steps here: https://leaders.unlimitedyoueducation.com/project/explore_uye/undefined

This chapter will be extended and improved on during the next few days and months as UYE develops and I learn more about the value it brings us all. Would love to see links to your value maps in the comnments

Thank you

Michael

http://myuye.com/mqt

A brand new social network. Map, teach courses… #UYE

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I have been involved with UYE (Unlimited you Education) for 8 months now and has been exciting to see them launch a new UYE social network this week. Hope you will at least protect your favorite username by joining up and take a few minutes to see all the benefits too.There is a business opportunity for people who introduce premium members too. many exciting features were shown to me yesterday in a 5 hour conversation with the founders Hamish and Tom Miller, Several bright shiny tool such as circling and friending are not yet running but will be soon.

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Will teach you how it works over the next few days

http://myuye.com/mqt

Thank you
Michael

What you may not yet understand about Tsu

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I urge you to take as wide a view as possible about Tsu. Over the past few days I have reached out to my 5000 Facebook friends and have had an incredible range of responses. “Very grateful for the heads up Michael”, “Yes have joined it is great” to “No way I have time for another social network” and in just one case “Stop spamming me”.

Tsu is already more than it seems and with $7 million of investment it can be anything it wants. The next Paypal, a paid gaming portal, a social media dashboard, a detailed analytics tool anything. All things people will pay to use. Hence the reason to be in as early as possible and as many in your network as you can.

It has become apparent that the 1000 or so already in my network are in a tiny way already “business partners” We have a financial interest in each other`s online success not only in Tsu. What an interesting new dynamic this is! So I am busy gathering their emails, adding them to a family Facebook group. making a Twitter list and a Google+ circle and more. This is networking on steroids.

Tsu may not make all of us millions but what about the unique networking with early adopters. Please do not underestimate this.

What is happening on Tsu is massive massive disruption of the way that owners of a social media site treat their customers. Social Networks will never be the same way again. This is of course fascinating to watch and be a part of. Where will it all end?

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So now for me my focus is on promoting and supporting and connecting my 1000 person downline. To this end I have created this page in my Unlimited You Education site.

I will keep updating information about Tsu here there are many links in here. You can make maps for free with this tool too let me know if you have any questions https://leaders.unlimitedyoueducation.com/mindmap/autoopen?at=b19e2646d6c39b9d0ab1097c885ca1cd382232a44f526ca3a75352313523a510505c3f297accf1e3&with=452

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Go here to get the full information about how Unlimited You education works and a short explanation video https://leaders.unlimitedyoueducation.com/start/doodle/michaelqtodd

Thank you for reading so far here is a big tip.
Click the love (heart) icon under your post and it will bring up the people who have clicked on it! Great way to connect with your fans?

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Thank you everyone rock on!

You can find me on Tsu or join up for free at http://tsu.co/webtoolswiki

Enjoy! What insights are you gaining?

Michael

Edited replay of Hangout about #Tsu with @randyhilarski and others in #TsuClan

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Tsu is the social networking phenomenon of our times. It has disrupted the whole landscape because it is collaborative. It has hit a real nerve and social media life for many of us will never be the same.

Yesterday some of us got together to discuss why it has been so incredibly successful. You can get in at http://tsu.co/abundancemarketing if you have not already.

The video gets better as it goes on. My interviewing skills are a work in progress and more and more clever people stopped by to give their thoughts. Maybe just listen while you are working on something else!

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What are your thoughts about it all? Agree with Randy that an hour spent now is worth 20 hours in 6 months time?

Michael

http://tsu.co/abundancemarketing

Learn the best new tools for your blog on #ToolsChat Wed 10pm ET #bloggingtools

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Many of you out there blogging have amazing content but are you enhancing your site with the best available tools? Many are even free. #ToolsChat is a weekly gathering of experts on online tools who freely share their knowledge and insights for an hour or maybe a bit more.

We will talk about popular new wordpress plugins, collaborative tools, design tools, SEO tools and much much more. I want to know what BuzzSumo. Stay Focusd, Add From Server, Easy Tweet Embed, Easy Pricing Tables. Internet Archive. Namechk. Easelly and Markdown Quicktags for example will do for my blog.

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So what is a Twitter chat?

A big tip that I have is that you just get into it! Sign in at tweetchat.com/toolschat and start tweeting. Many people worry about their followers getting upset if they tweet too much but really it is just for an hour or so and you should just enjoy it. If the chat is in your niche it will be great branding for your account plus great networking. Do not try to be everything to all of your followers! Structure your tweets in a way that is interesting for your followers and will encourage them to join in. Every 20 minutes put a tweet out saying something like “I am on #MediaChat Twitter chat for the next 40 minutes. Join us to talk latest social media strategies”. Instead of just tweeting

“@brucesallan I agree #dadchat”
use the question number and say something that will grab your follower’s attention. For example
” Q3 @brucesallan Yes the best time in your kid’s life is 2-6 and those years are gone too soon. Take the odd week off! #dadchat”.

Send links to blog posts about topics in the chat. Recommend experts on the topics by using their Twitter handle. These people may even join in! Keep your tweets short and sharp to make it as easy as possible for other participants to retweet you. Retweet or comment on new people in the chat or those who you do not know. I personally have made great friendships with people I have met on Twitter chats. I join say 8 chats a week and may tweet 10-20 times in each one (often more if I am the host or guest). I really do not believe I have lost any followers because of this.

Promote the chat you are planning to join to your followers. Thank people who joined it after the chat and follow and list those people. Usually there will be a transcipt of the chat so read and promote that. Have a look at the Hashtracking and SpiderQube reports of the chat. This will show who tweeted the most and who has the most followers. These will be key people on Twitter for you to interact and learn from on an ongoing basis.

All these things will help you get started but I am sure you have some questions so please feel very free to ask them.

I do not usually do this but I by way of example here are some questions I will use to spark conversation during the #ToolsChat about blogging this week

1, Welcome. Today`s #toolschat is about #blogging #tools. Who/ where are your go to places for this info? Twitter handles so we can find them please.

2.List building is a key factor in blogging. What tools are you using for this? Both inside and outside your blog? #toolschat

3.What online tools are you using to help get your blog posts shared ? Collaborative online communities, getting auto reposting etc? #toolshat

4. What new design tools have you making use of to make your blog look better and get shared more? #toolschat

5. 5. Who is a blogger making great use of the available tools? Twitter handles if possible so we can find and/or follow them. #toolschat

6. What is your favorite tool for reader comments and why? Do you have just one or maybe a combination? #toolschat

7. What tool/ tools do you use for facilitating social sharing by readers and why? #toolschat

8. What are new blogging tools that you were not using say 3 months ago? What categories have we we missed? #toolschat

Hope you and your friends will join us Wednesday 10 pm Eastern we also have a Facebook group actively discussing the latest tools https://www.facebook.com/groups/197056753708451/

Michael

How #Tsu makes money for you. Plus what does Tsu mean in Japanese?

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The new Facebook alternative Tsu has been given 7 million in venture capital funding. In Japanese Tsu means a spread of information among those who are connoiseurs of a particle area. The Japanese say “That person is a “Tsu” in say wine or coffee. This is good! It also has the coonotation of connection from the word “Tsujiri”.

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You can see that this a clever system and one that has a reasonable chance of sustaining itself. Will you make millions for joining? Probably not. You will however very probably make something. I am giving it a try at tsu.co/michaelqtodd. There have been dozens of these money making social networks start up over the past 10 years but this one has a better model than others I have tried.

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If you have any tips for building your Tsu presence please leave them in the list below.

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    tsu.co is a free platform built to break the traditional social networking model where users provide 100% of the content and interaction, yet their image and likeness are monetized 100% by the platform for no economic benefit to the user.

  3. 3  To build online presence I have been liking at least two posts of people I freind.

  4. 4  keep a list of you you friend so that you can check after a day or 2 who has responded. You can only have 50 pending ...

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Why having a great blog or even a book is no longer enough #Klout #Influence

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There has been much debate in recent years about influence and who exactly is an influencer. This has been sparked by sites like Klout and Kred giving us all public influence scores. It used to be that people could become highly influential and make great waves of difference by merely expressing their thoughts by blogging or writing a book. However publishing tools and the ability to have your content shared quickly on social media have made the ability to be an author much more widespread. New tools like the Linked In publishing platform and Medium have given us the chance to guest blog in a widely read environment. The proliferation of tablets and Kindle has enabled our quickly witten Ebooks to reach tens of millions. Being a published author used to mean a lot. It will soon become “You do not have a book yet? Really?”.

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At the same time as this trend has disrupted publishing it is now way way easier to build an app or a useful website. Collaboration tools like GitHub and Squiggle allow you to build a team all around the world and turn an idea into a functioning product within days. Then because of social media you can get your app or site seen and used quickly if it is simple, useful and fun and you have a promotion strategy. All it takes is a little financial investment, motivation, organisation and commitment. There are around 2 million apps out there available for you to download. Look for that number to increase rapidly.

So if you really want to make a difference, really become an influencer you now have to take action with your ideas and build them into a product. You have to make something that will be used all over the world. Even just a few years ago this kind of ability was a pipedream for the average person but this is the new reality. What would your startup product be? This concept of ideas much more readily becoming actual things so much more easily is incredibly exciting. I thought until recently that I could be meaningfullly influential about environmental issues by merely educating and by connecting people via social media and blogging. I no longer believe that. The true influencers are the people who make things.

What if we were running headlong into a time where we could get an app built in just a day? What seemed highly difficult even 3 years ago has now become very realistic. Of course not all startups are going to “succeed” but I urge you to begin trying anyway. Practice will make perfect. Start something.

Any thoughts?

To Your Online Success
Michael

Virality ~ The 7 Pillars of #SocialMedia Success for #Startups

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Nearly all startups could use better social media tools and strategies to gain users and. or revenue. The 7 pillars Book outlines a pathway to success in general and this post will become a supplementary chapter in the regularly updating and growing book. There are chapters about many different businesses or entities can succeed online.

Virality is identified as the third stage of the journey from being a startup to a sustainable business by the author of Lean Analytics Alistair Croll. Alistair professes to having learned much of this from the work of Eric Ries`s The Lean Startup and Dave McCLure` Pirate Metrics. Obviously an effective use of social media will be a major ingredient in the efforts of a startup to attain Virality. Going Viral is not impossible on social media. Time online and access to the internet is increasing. The ability to spread messages to our ever growing networks is rising with new tools and strategies. Virality will bring new users and also get existing users back. It is commonly acknowledged that most people need to see a piece of content or a message several times before clicking through and taking action to join or use something new. Or something that they have not used for some time.

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So how should a start go about going viral on social media? First you have to build a base.

Pillar 1 of the online success of a startup is about their branding. One thing is good. People may remember two or three things about you but there is more chance that they will remmember one. You need to be remembered for the thing your are useful for. This is particularly important for a startup because it is new. For example when Pinterest came out it was known for its use of being a social bookmarking site. Now it is that but is also a shop. Identify you most useful feature. The need that you are meeting that nobody else is meeting. Having a name that says what you do is useful.

Social media is a relatively cheap way to get Virality. The second Pillar to build concerns your online toolbox. Many of the tools that you will use are free and some carry a monthly fee. As you will probably be starting new social media places you will benefit greatly by the use of certain tools which will help you quickly gain you a network of some sort. after that if your content is great it may go “Viral”. I recommend Tweepi for quickly building a Twitter account. You can list influencers talking about your niche by Klout score for example. NinjaPinner, NinjaGram and NinjaTumblr will be extremely useful for quickly getting traction on those networks. Make beautiful posts and brand them with Canva. Make a video explaining what you do with Go Animate. Find content to share and schedule it out with Bundlepost, SmQueue, Buffer and Hootsuite. On Instagram also use Tagsta which will teach you best hashtags to use for various photo subjects. I could go on and on but please go The Web Tools Wiki and type what you want to achieve in the search area. You will directed to Wikipedia like pages about relevant tools which will help you. The pages will show you what the tool does and how best to use it. It is an information pathway rather than a “review site”. You can find tips, alternatives and ask questions about over 1400 tools. A total monthly spend of around $100-150 on the premium version of several great tools will make a massive difference to your ability to get momentum going on your social media accounts. If you do not spend money this stage of your growth will take many man hours.

What tools can you use to encourage sharing from your website or app? A pop up after users complete an action is often a gamechanger. For example when you give someone +1 on Klout you are invited to tweet a generated message informing the recipient and all your friends you have done this. How could your brand make use of this kind of strategy? Could you develop incentives for sharers?

Pillar 3 is often neglected by many startups. It is about content. Around 4 years ago I worked a bit with the founders of Buffer a scheduling app. Leo Wid asked how they could best attract users to their site. They were also dealing with a fair amount of criticism from the “old school” social media crowd who were sceptical about what scheduling posts would do to the “organic” social media space. Leo and Joel Gascoigne have cultivated a fantastic blog at blog.Bufferapp.com. They won the hearts and minds of the sceptics and attracted users by educating, entertaining and informing with regular great blog posts. They are no longer a startup but they have continue their content strategy. Giving away great content for free will be a successful strategy. It does not have to be all about you. Get your friends to make guest posts or give you photos or videos. Experiment. Build a community around your startup by supplying regular awesome content. If you can generate user created content all the better. Incentivise by completions. never be afraid to ask. Promote the content heavily and the creators will supply more. Only quality content will ever go viral so do your best to make it awesome. Find what type of content is popular on the particular social media place you chose to build a community on.

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Once you are branded, have a useful box of tools and have your content flowing you are ready for some Pillar 4 socialising. Where are your customers most likely to be? Originally BufferApp was just for Twitter so Leo Wid and I founded #ToolsChat and every week we networked with creators of and power users of various online tools.We became on of if not the most popular weekly Twitter chat. We are still going. Every Wednesday at 10 pm New York time. Buffer has now made their own chat #BufferChat which has been great branding for them. Again giving away a lot of education for free. Buffer was quickly seen as sociable and engaging. People tried the service and found it saved them a lot of time. If your potential users are Twitter users identify the influencers in your niche area and work at building relationships with them. Especially bloggers. Comment on their blogs as your brand. They will check you out and if your product is good they may well write about you. Likewise with Facebook. You can for example use Facebook as your brand page and engage on popular pages in your niche area. The people hanging out there may well become your user. General Pillar 4 socialising strategies all apply and you can read more in the full book here at http://www.michaelqtodd.com/the7pillarsbook/pillar4gettingfollowed Share a lot. Sharers succeed on social. This the age of shareism get with it.

List building will be key for you. For example with our startup the #WebToolsWiki I hashtag any post and am constantly listing our supporters and promoter and thanking them and reciprocating shares. Making your own hashtag and sticking with it everywhere will enable you to do this. Set up a Google Alerts account to receive regular updates whenever you are mentioned on the web. Use Spider Qube for finding mentions of you too. Social media is a lot about listening. When building lists of who is talking of you consider differennt ways of creating them. Many startups have found that “Middle Influencers” can be more likely to engage and share than people with a Klout score of say over 80. so targeting even 50-70 scores with Tweepi may well work best. Test this out for yourself as every product and service will be different.

Be everywhere but build a community in one place. In that place be highly responsive and engaging. Of course all that takes time. Consider getting a social media virtual assistant for at least a few hours a week if your budget allows. Not all your customers will be like Sarah here but if you find them cultivate them!

Make sure that you know where the majority of your users are so that you can target more posts and plan your periods of engagement for the times when they are most likely to be line.

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Pillar 5 is a great underused part of the social media space. It is often difficult for people to take this step and put themselves out there but it is about getting your initial users to see you as real. Make a Foursquare and Swarm account. Post regular photos and video of your staff or workplace on all your social media places. Work on getting your community identifying with you as their friend. They will then be much more likely to share your content and recommend your product or service to their friends. They will be far far less resistant to your calls to action. Your requests for Apple store and Amazon reviews for example. A key to virality.

Begin to build a culture around you brand and being as transparent and open will help with that.

Even if you have created great Pillar 3 content and are attracting followers via Pillar 4 you will probably need to do some collaborating initially to get your content shared. Especially if you do not have a large network already accustomed to sharing your content. Blogging tribes in a place like Triberr or Google+ communities or other places like Empire Avenue or Scoop.it where heavy social media users hang out and collaborate will be time well spent for you. Pillar 6 communities are growing in popularity. Again a read of the full chapter will benefit you greatly.

Going viral will be assisted by a positive and success brand message. You might be an organic cosmetics startup in Maryland. Presumably you believe that you are the best. Tell people that. #Best organic cosmetics in Maryland. People will gravitate towards that kind of affirmation. This is the 7th and final Pillar of your success.

What else can you do? I am crowdsourcing suggestions about what has worked for startups. I will keep building this list so would love your suggestions either in the comments of on the Listly list here.

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A small #rant if I may. What Twitter needs to change right away.

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A small rant. If I may. I just opened a new Twitter account 3/4 days ago and followed many of my favorite people. I then went to my inbox. You know the Direct Message thing. Twitter calls it “messages” these days.
What I found was pretty ugly. I found around 100 messages. Great you might think but no. All automated. About half of them saying “Are you real?” If so then jump through a few hoops and we will let you follow us. Visit True Twit. The other half were straight spam in the form of direct messages telling me to buy products or visit other social media sites. Not a single real message.
For the love of whatever god you worship stop this!! I followed 10000 people so 10% are doing this. What if everybody did it.? Would anybody ever bother going to their inbox ever again? Please consider the user experience of those who have to sift through these messages in the hope that they might find a real one. Thanks for hearing me out.

Before you do anything on the internet you have to ask;
1. Am I a responsible internet citizen?
2. What would the internet be like if every single one of the 3 billion sent a message like this?
3. How would I feel receiving this message?

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One of the automated messages bragged that they were a Forbes Top 50 influencer 2 years in a row. He is actually a good guy but my gosh that is must be what you should do? It is madness I have no idea why Twitter allow it. I was actually extremely disappointed/ disillusioned to see some of the people doing it. I have a totally different impression of them now. Please remember that these are “respected” reputable people i have a relationship with. And one in 10 is doing this. One of the scariest things is that several of these people actually manage social media accounts for other people. Do we need an “Internet Police” ?

If someone is using Truetwit or sending automated welcome messages you have to question how much of a true twit they are in real life. They are presumably stupid, self centred, see relationships as irrelevant and are lazy.

Rant over. Please Twitter give us a mail box where we can see genuine messages from genuine people.

Michael

My 4 month experience as a paid contributor to the @WebToolsWiki by @JayeAbdulQader #WebToolsWiki

My Personal Experience with WebToolsWiki

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Disclosure. I have been a daily paid contributor to the WebToolsWiki for about 4 months and have been allocated 1.7% of the shares in the business so far because of my work. Michael Q Todd has paid me regularly and trusted me to work unsupervised without question from day 1. However it has been way way more than just the money and the shares for me. I need the WebToolsWiki and so do you. I’m not just saying this because I am one of our writers. Being a writer for WebToolsWiki has opened my eyes to so many tools to make my online experience better.

We have a saying here in the USA that Time Is Money. So when you save time, you save money.

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Some web tools are free, some are not and some have free trials. Some are confusing, some are simple, but WebToolsWiki is a collector of web tools and breaks them down for you so you can decide for yourself if a particular tool meets your need.

For example, an at home business may be on a tight budget and you can’t afford to invest in advertising. Tools such as Empire Avenue make it possible for you to invest a little time, collect Eaves or points and give those points away to social media marketers who have thousands in their networks to market you. Tools such as SumoMe, Hello Bar, and MailChimp help you gather email addresses, create email campaigns to people interested in what you do.

And Google has a host of free tools that could help you get more exposure and save time. Simply using a hashtag on  your Google Plus profile gets your post on the first page of Google. Example: Do a search on the word, “gemstones” and you will see several posts of mine on the first page. The image below is a screenshot of a Google search on “gemstones” and as you can see the arrow pointing, my Google Plus post is on the first page just under the Wikipedia link.

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So what does all of this have to do with the WebToolsWiki? Everything. My jewelry blog has gotten almost 10K hits in a month since I’ve been writing and utilizing many tools that I found on the WebToolsWiki. And I am not the only writer in this vast network. I discover tools on my own, and the bonus is seeing unique tools from the perspective of the other writers. We all learn from each other and to me, that is the best part about being on this team.

I want to thank Michael for including me in this phenomenal project and teaching me a lot. Whenever I post about a particular gemstone, it’s now on the first page of Google, and the many tools I am using are enhancing each post, my time, and helping me be even more productive.

My personal experience with WebToolsWiki has been an amazing journey through web tools, connections and making new friends.

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But why take only my word? Explore WebToolsWiki for yourself and see the difference in your time online in just a month. You should come and be part of this with us we are just getting started.

Johnna

The @WebToolsWiki and what is in it for 3 different groups of people #WebToolsWiki

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The WebToolsWiki is growing fast and we now have 1365 pages about a wide wide range of internet tools. Each of those pages has their own 2 List.ly lists for tips and alternatives They will also soon have a You Tube video and Slideshare presentation too. Many already do. It is a pathway to knowledge. Important knowledge in this ever developing information age. We agreed that content was king and we created a lot of it. We dreamed of a place where you can quickly identify the best web tool for any task. Save time, design better, build an app, analyse your social media responses? Anything. What we imagined at the start is that the WebToolsWiki would be very useful for readers. This however has been added to by its use for 2 other groups. The editors and writers plus the tools that we feature.The ones who get involved the earliest from these latter 2 groups are the ones who will derive the biggest benefits.

This kind of thing is something of a big vision “project” as we want to cover everything. We will have tens of thousands of pages. I do not like talking of it is a project as the resource will carry on well into the future. Just like Wikipedia itself will. Our next steps will be an app with tips where you can also make suggestions and a whole new website. We are using wordpress right now but as we grow and grow we will need to develop our own place with zero restrictions on how we can present content.

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What the WebToolsWiki offers featured tools

  • Exposure via the WebToolsWiki itself and the social media share of our pages
  • Feedback in comment areas
  • Tips from users
  • Networking with fans who have shared the page socially

What the WebToolsWiki offers readers

  • Updated information about tools
  • Tips on how to use the tools
  • Alternative tools in the same categories
  • Networking with other users of the tools
  • A chance to have their own tips, questions or suggested alternatives highlighted via our public List.ly lists or Google+and Facebook  comments threads

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What the WebToolsWiki offers editors and writers

  • Money
  • Learning
  • Exposure as a writer/ blogger/ video maker
  • Shares in the business

So with all this in mind we hope you will bookmark the webtoolswiki .com

Thank you everyone so so much. Our excitement is growing by the day

Michael and the WebToolsWiki team

New #mobile video social network launched by @RWNDApp #News #Rwnd

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Last week I wrote about a new app called RWND that makes fun reversing videos. Today they got approval from the Apple Store for version 2 of their app and there is now a social network. When Vine came out in January 2013 many if not most people said it would never take off. It is too short. Well you do not hear many talking like that now. In the week that Vine launched I wrote very excitedly about it and everything I said here remains true. Mobile, video and sort and quick. people can watch a few while they are waiting for a bus or train.

The social network is relatively basic at present with many developments planned for Version 3 of the app. Early adopters will get the most followers and build their presence so get into it. I have 11,000 Vine followers and in the beginning nearly everyone followed back. Now they are much more circumspect. Profiles are live in RWND, so is trending, latest, and invitations. You can follow, like, ReRewind, and search usernames! In the App Store now. As a recent review of the app in Forbes magazine said. it cetainly gives a whole new perspective to see things in reverse.

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