Look What I Stumbled Upon This Week

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Welcome to the first edition of a new feature here at The Christian Entrepreneur.  Every week I will share my favorite links from bloggers that I have Stumbled Upon during the week.

These links will feature resources for blogging and social media, as well as, great posts on incorporating our Christianity into our businesses and the marketplace.  There may even be some random stuff that makes you laugh.

So grab a cup of coffee, and let’s see what I Stumbled Upon this week.

Digital Footprints

Here’s the best posts I found this week to help with your blogging and social media use.

A Comprehensive Guide to StumbleUpon: How to Build Massive Traffic to Your Website

If you’re new to StumbleUpon, or you want to increase the quality and quantity of traffic you receive from StumbleUpon, this guide has everything you need to know.  I haven’t found a more comprehensive guide than this one.

5 Essential Pages Every Blog Needs

Okay, don’t look too closely at my site after reading this post because you will see that I still have a little work to do.  Kiesha tells us what pages we need on our blogs to improve our trust level with new readers and to keep in compliance with Google guidelines.

How to Build a Huge List of Active Twitter Followers

The real value of this post for me is where Alex discusses the tools he uses to manage his Twitter account.  Last week, I had become so frustrated with all of the noise on my account from all of the auto-followers during my blogging hiatus that I started over with a new Twitter account.  Reading this post made me abandon those plans … check out Tweepi.

Marketplace Christianity

Here’s the best posts I found this week mixing our Christian faith and the workplace.

It’s All Personal

Dan talks about why he disagrees with the phrase, “It’s just business, it’s not personal.”  He shares his philosophy on how to make sure it is personal.

The Best Sales Advice I Can Give You: Authentic Selling

Matt talks about how authenticity in your selling efforts makes all the difference.  Having bought the products you’re selling gives you that extra edge.  Of course, it’s much easier to buy your own products when you own a spa company.  Right, Matt?

The Christian Entrepreneur

Here’s the best posts I found this week to help you run your business.

Is Your New Employee The Chosen One

Sue explains how important it is that we think about our hiring processes so that we can recruit and hire those candidates that are the best fit for our organizations.

12 Characteristics of Successful Internet Entrepreneurs

I love how they matched up a different entrepreneur to each of the characteristics in this post.

Tidbits

Here’s the best posts I found for the week that were humorous, touching, or just plain weird.

God’s Refrigerator

Maybe it’s because my wife and son are at the in-law’s house in west Texas this week, but this post really tugged at my heart strings.  Too often we look at God as a cosmic traffic cop waiting to bust us rather than as a loving father who wants to hang our scribbles on His refrigerator to show them off.

Want to See More Links?

Well, that’s my list for this week.  I hope that you found these links helpful, interesting, and worth your time.  I’d appreciate any feedback so I can better tailor these going forward.

If you’d like to see everything that I’ve Stumbled Upon for the week you can find it here.

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Brad's Big Feet Marketing helps people on a limited budget enlarge their online footprint using blogging & social media. His other blog, Marketplace Christianity, examines faith's role in how we earn and spend money.

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Alex July 9, 2010 at 7:19 am

Hey Brad,

Thanks for the shout out my friend, I seem to be amongst some esteemed company here!
Great selection for the blogger and the Christian, and I really love the DoshDosh find – what a brilliant resource!
Keisha @ weblogbetter is a fellow writer over at theinfopreneur.net and I love what she has to say most of the time so definitely a nice addition there too.

Thanks again for the mention and the awesome feedback you provided – glad I stopped you starting over again.
My recent post Show them you care with a bouquet of Keywords and a box of SEO

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Brad Harmon July 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm

That DoshDosh article is great. There are also some links at the end of the post that are pretty good too. I found it and your site simply through hitting the stumble button. It's funny because I had only been using StumbleUpon as a link builder until this past weekend, but I hit the stumble button by mistake and that DoshDosh post was where it took me.

Next thing I knew I had been stumbling through sites for 2 hours. It's very addictive. I've been seeing theinfopreneur site mentioned in several places the past few weeks. I'm going to have to check it out.

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Kissie July 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

The one thing I love about you (people who share good works/pieces by others) is you make it so much easier for me. Not only do you promote others, you also help people like me who can benefit from your findings. That's giving on both ends!

Thanks, I only had the pleasure of viewing just one of these posts. I appreciate your efforts and am so glad to have you back on the scene!

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Brad Harmon July 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Thanks Kissie. I appreciate the feedback. I know there are a lot of list posts out there, but I hope mine helps my readers find something that helps them or at least makes them laugh.

P.S. I still love your name. You have the most infectious smile too.

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Kissie July 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Oh bless you! That's because the smile is from the heart and I'll let my grandparents know the name still works 48 years later!

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Matt Edmundson July 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Hi Brad – it's been great to connect with you this week, and thanks for putting up the authentic selling article on http://www.en-thuse.com.

I enjoyed your other links – especially the 5 essential pages – and like you – I think there are a few things that I need to add both to en-thuse.com as well as my personal blog! Mmmm…more stuff on my to-do list!
My recent post Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone…the next 30 day challenge

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Matt Edmundson July 10, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Oh – and yes, it is easy to do when you own a spa company ;-D
My recent post Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone…the next 30 day challenge

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Brad Harmon July 11, 2010 at 3:42 am

Kiesha is great about adding items to your list. It's one of the dangers of reading her posts. ;)

It's been a pleasure getting to know you through your blog this week. I'm already starting to see some connections being made on the blogs I visit, and I am excited to see what happens with some of the plans I have for the future.

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shrinkingthecamel July 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Hey Brad – This is cool the way you put the blog pags right on your post here.. That sure beats a link, doesn't it? Thanks for pointing me to some new sites that I haven't visited yet.
My recent post A Powerful Prayer for Workplace Moments

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Brad Harmon July 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Well the old expression is that you can't judge a book by it's cover, but I've noticed that hasn't stopped publishers from trying to design great covers to grab our attentions. I've noticed that this technique seems to be a trend right now on several blogs that do these types of lists.

I need to be a bit more uniform in my sizing, but I think the images increase the likelihood someone will click on the link and read the post. I don't have any data to support that notion though so maybe I am just projecting my own viewing habits.

Thanks for the feedback. I'll keep tweaking it as we go along so make sure you let me know what you like or dislike.

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