Recently, I was thinking that it’s been a while since I’ve discussed “small business talk or inbound marketing” on this blog and then I read this wonderful article – “why small companies will win in this economy?” that I came across through Jim Kukral’s post – “We don’t trust companies anymore…we trust people“. The moment I read this post, I knew that I had to write something about it as not only this was a great article to share with all of you, it’s one point that definitely deserves commentary from almost all the bloggers -

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Votes have been casted and the winner has been chosen too! The contest was pretty close and VisheshK has won the contest with just 1 vote more than Raul (who made a wonderful design too). I would like to thank Uprinting for sponsoring this contest and I would like to thank both the participants for participating in this contest and making it possible to run the votes.

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At WordCamp India 2009, I met with lots of people and many of them did something unique that was setting them apart from the crowd. In the last post about WordCamp India, you would have noticed the Tattoo guy – Ankur Banerjee (who conducted a very cool quiz too). I also met with team technospot i.e. Ashish Mohta and Manav Mishra, they were wearing Technospot.net branded t-shirts and same was the case of Ankit of Instablogs (who inspired me to order a hoodie with Blog Design Studio logo on it).

All these examples on the top were of branding, where Ankur managed to brand himself as “the tatoo guy” and was easily able to draw Matt’s attention and then the team “technospot” & “instablogs” were good enough to draw people’s attention towards their work.

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One of the regular commenter and my friend Aravind Jose, asked me to introduce the Blog Design Studio team and indeed, it was our mistake that we didn’t do it at start itself. So, presenting the core team behind Blog Design Studio!

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In the last post we discussed that how one should consider doing a little bit of research before starting a blog and before buying any domain name. In this part of the post we’ll discuss that what should be the next step for your “blog plan“. Now that the domain name is booked, WordPress or any other blog platform is installed and you are ready to blog too! Well, that’s what you think! Blog Plan is a lot more than and lets find out -

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In my whole blogging career and thing which I’ve learned from the blogging gurus is that when you start a blog, one should treat it as a business. When you start a business, you generally come up with a business plan and this fact is true for every blog as well. Instead of calling it a business plan, we’ll call it Blog Plan!

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In my earlier post (SEO tips for WordPress), I’ve mentioned that it’s good to be controversial (although, it can help in downgrading your image over a period of time) however, sometimes it can help you in showing that you are stupid as well. In the example which I’m going to show you, you’ll see both the aspects of being controversial! Not only the guy helps the company get lot of linkbacks and stirs up conversation, it also shows that he’s nothing but another stupid fellow, who just wrote the article without thinking that how stupid he’ll look in front of everyone and that it could hurt his profile in any way.

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