Today is Comic Relief day in the UK. It’s a huge event and has people and down the country doing the craziest things all in the name of charity. It’s a very worthy cause and has raised over £600 million UK Pounds for good causes all around the world.
You can do a tiny bit for charity by paying just £1 (or whatever you want to donate) and adding a joke to the Big Joke Book website. It’s a brilliant idea and totally in keeping with the whole Comic Relief ethos.
Not only can you have that warm glow of having done something for charity but you also get to add a link back to your website, which will help your Google ranking.
Also, the link will be worth much more to you if the site becomes popular and has lots of links coming in, so consider it your duty to blog about it and tweet about it as much as you can. It’ll help the quality of the link that you get back and it’ll benefit a worthy cause.
Now I just need to think of some decent jokes!
Seven things about me
1. I’m the Chairman and Trumpet player in the local wind band: Woodley Concert Band.
2. I took 6 months off work to go travelling in China and ended up visiting North Korea, the North Face base camp of Mount Everest, Tibet, a dodgy rural Chinese hospital (where they put me in a bed that was still warm from the previous occupant) and came home via Mongolia and the Trans-Siberian Express. It was an amazing holiday!
3. I’m getting married either later this year or early next year.
4. I have the dubious honour of having destroyed my car, my motorbike and my bicycle in 3 separate accidents.
5. I am a Microsoft Certified Software Developer in .NET
6. I’m originally from Scotland but have lived in England for nearly 10 years now.
7. The worst train journey I ever had was the overnight train from Nice to Rome in 1999. I’m still mentally scarred.
The next seven
A random mix of people. Some I love to read their blogs and others fire out the odd juicy bit of info on Twitter. You should follow them all!
The Meme Rules
* Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
* Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
* Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
* Let them know they’ve been tagged.
There’s a new(ish) website called retweetist which shows the top links that are being tweeted by people on Twitter. There are some big numbers there – articles being tweeted by over 100 people. When you consider how many followers those 100 people have then you’re looking at some serious amount of traffic being driven to a site purely from the viral effect on Twitter.
I’ve always been a big advocate of linking out to attract people to your website and the same goes for re-tweeting. It doesn’t cost anything to tweet a URL that you’ve enjoyed but it can deliver some nice benefits.
For a start, it provides valuable, useful content for your followers on Twitter – and that should always be your first intention. Secondly, it encourages people to tweet your own work.
I’ve got a pretty big following on Twitter so if I tweet a URL then it drives a noticable amount of traffic to the site. That puts me onto their radar and they’re usually kind enough to re-tweet some of my stuff. This generates a lovely virtuous circle that ends with a nice lump of traffic coming to my blog via Twitter. That, in turn, generates more followers on Twitter. It might even generate more links to your website!
Please let me know how you get on !
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