Threadless Thursday

by Alex on August 7, 2010

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I’m calling today Threadless Thursday, and this here marks the OFFICIAL beginning of what will be a regular here on the Keyword Research Blog.

Why Threadless Thursday?

Because there is nothing uniform about it. Thursday’s post are going to be a mix of cool things I find on the web, inspiration, random musings, and the occasional brain dump, and I think thursday is the perfect day to do it – and not just because of the clever alliteration. After the launch of my first ebook I am really starting to give this blog some definition, and part of that involves structure. I find it ironic that my first attempt at doing so involves the word ‘threadless’ but that’s just figuratively speaking. It’s not like things can possibly unravel from here on in. :)

OK bad attempts at humour aside,  today I wanted to share with you a couple of posts that I have found that are just brilliant to say the least, as well as something that I learned on Twitter recently.

This first post is THE best tip you will ever get to increasing traffic to your site. We all know commenting on other blogs is a really good way to get traffic to your own blog, but if you are not doing what this post shares then you are leaving so many potential visitors behind!

The really sneaky CommentLuv trick for better blog marketing and promotion. really is one of those posts that made me the Keyword Blogger very excited! This tip gives your post keywords so much more power now, and I have to thank Karl and Thomas tremendously for sharing it with us! Brilliant

Another great post I came across in the past few weeks was one from a great writer and blogger Murray Lu.. something, I can’t remember now :) but I know it starts with an lu ’cause that’s his URL…anyway. He always comes up with some great posts and this one is particularly useful to the blogger and so I thought I would share it here.

5 Tools to Effectively Track your brand online is a fantastic post that lists 5 fantastic resources to utilise if you want to know ‘who’s talking about you’ basically. I had only heard of one of the resources before so I found it particularly valuable, I think you will too.

Who wants quality backlinks? Ok that was a stupid question, but I had to start with something. This next post is by Ana Hoffman, who I have only discovered recently but is clearly a seasoned blogger who knows what she is talking about. Her post titled 5 tips to get more backlinks is not just your regular list and really shows some impressive out of the box thinking. I bet you will get at least one brilliant tip from reading this post!

Let’s talk Twitter. Actually let’s not. And that’s what I really love about this next post. I found this a while back and never got around to sharing it – slacker that I am. It’s basically a list of the top sites to list your twitter account with so that you can be found be others and therefore followed. It’s simple, to the point and gives you exactly what it says it will – I love that! Check out Key Twitter Directories to Help Build Your Following and sign up your account with each right away. It takes minutes and now you can be assured of maximum exposure for your Twitter account.

Finally, a post that caught my eye recently, and then proceeded to pleasantly surprise me was from the recent winner of the InfoPreneur’s Autoresponder Challenge, Steve Scott, or is that Scott Steve? Apparently it’s both – and this just confuses me . Steve (Scott?) wrote an article called The Secret to long term Blogging success (part 15) and although this topic has been covered before a million times, Steve managed to mention a few tips that I personally would never have thought to include (damn your original thought mate) as well as provide some great insight into tips that you are already well aware of. This is part 15 (apparently) but I did not need to read the first 14 parts to thoroughly enjoy the post and get tremendous value from it at the same time.

Something I learned on Twitter

Recently I received a Tweet, I’m not sure if it was a DM or just @ me (heck, I’m not even sure if there is a difference, but anyway) and the text went something like this:

Hey Alex Whalley, read your post on Affiliate Marketing, that was really helpful to me! (TINY URL) (retweeted?)

questioning twitter ethicsOf course I clicked on the link only to be taken to, I can’t even remember actually, I was on my iPhone so the moment I saw it was not a blog I recognised I closed the window, but that’s beside the point. The point is I clicked on the link. Sometimes I will click on a link if I seem interested in what the person had to share or say, but this time I clicked on it because the impressive sales copy got my ego involved. By suggesting that the post I wrote could have helped someone made me quite happy with myself, and then the (retweet?) in brackets had the immediate impact of making me question whether it was actually me that had been the creator of this ‘helpful post’. Of course I then had to click on the link to find out.

I was instantly impressed with the sales copy and thought I would share this with my readers as a really good twitter tip for getting your links clicked, but to tell the truth, I’m not sure if I condone this kind of marketing. I personally think that misleading people into clicking on your link is only going to piss them off, and in the long run this is going to affect your brand in a negative way. If you don’t see a problem with doing this, I am not going to question your ethics, I just think we see things differently, so I say – take this tip and use it wisely. I personally choose not to.

That’s all from me for Threadless Thursday, hope you find some really awesome tips in those posts, I know I did.

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Alex August 7, 2010 at 12:38 AM

I know it’s not Thursday, in fact as I hit post, it just rolled past midnight into Saturday, so I’m WAAAY off, but in the US it’s still early Friday so hopefully no one will notice.
Besides it’s ‘Threadless Thursday’. It’s not there are implied rules with a name like that :)

Ana @ Targeted Website Traffic August 7, 2010 at 3:37 AM

That Ana Hoffman sounds like one impressive chic! :)

I so love your style, Alex – I feel like I am sitting in my living room chatting with a friend as I read your posts. That’s the mark of a great blogger.

Great resource indeed and original name I must say.

Great rambling about the Twitter message at the end of the post. I agree that it’s great salesmanship, but might just frustrate people at the end.

I bet you and I can come up with a clever way to use this and make it more honest. Up for a challenge? :)

Sweet dreams (or whatever it is you are doing right now in your time zone – everything seems to be backwards in Australia:).

Ana Hoffman

Alex August 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Hey Ana!

Thanks so much for sharing that awesome feedback, it’s comments like that that give me the renewed energy to keep on keeping on. :)
Really glad my sad little sense of humour is not alone in this world and that my writing style has found a fan in someone so respected.
Thanks again for stopping by and being so engaging as always, and YES I like that challenge indeed..

Ana @ Targeted Website Traffic August 7, 2010 at 3:39 AM

By the way, Alex: I run a small private blog commenting group on FB. If you ever want more comments on your blog, check us out:


Alex August 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM

More comments is the last thing I need!
No, you can never have enough comments …EVER!
Thanks Ana, will definitely join and lurk

Laura August 7, 2010 at 4:13 AM

I loved those five killer tips for linkbuilding. Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely gonna try to implement some of those, especially the .edu one!

Alex August 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM

How good are some of them hey!
Yeah, I’m already on the phone to my brother and sister asking if they want some of my best work LOL

Brandon Connell August 7, 2010 at 4:33 AM

Funny with the ? after Scott. I think that’s his last name too…

Alex August 7, 2010 at 11:20 AM

G’day stranger!

How’s things? (thanks for keeping the link image on your site well after the month close my friend, that didn’t go unnoticed btw :) )

Brandon Connell August 7, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I probably should keep my mouth shut after that, but it’s supposed to be up for 3 months.

Alex August 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Ummm, I knew that :)

Brandon Connell August 9, 2010 at 5:06 AM

Right… And I’m a monkeys funkle.

Karl Foxley August 7, 2010 at 6:05 AM

Alex, thank you for linking to my post and that you found it useful enough to share with your readers; always appreciated.

Warmest regards,


Alex August 7, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Karl mate,

It is my pleasure to share this post. Thank YOU for giving me one of the best reads i have had all year. Seriously – that tip was out of sight! (I don’t even use that expression, that’s how good it was :) )
Thanks for stopping by and commenting Karl, sorry I gave the credit to Thomas too, he seemed to be responding to a lot of the comments.

Simon Croft August 7, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Hey Alex,

You’ll soon be posting more than problogger and shoemoney at this rate, can’t keep up hahaha.

Picture at the top looks like me on a good day.

Love the idea of using a post a week just for observations, gives you a chance to relax as well (sounds funny as you are still posting but I think you get what I mean).

I agree with the twitter marketing, ingenious, but very sly and underhanded. I wonder how many he got to click using that tactic.

Thanks again


Alex August 8, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Hey Simon, thanks again for coming over, yeah I thought the alliteration was good and as you said, gives me a chance to relax, sort of
Last few days have seen a blog run but that will slow down again, don’t worry :)

chat soon

Steve Scott Site August 7, 2010 at 2:07 PM


You can call me whatever you want, as long as you don’t call collect.

Ba Dum Bum…. I am here all night, please tip your waitstaff…

Actually it IS Steve and Scott. Scott is my given name. I mentioned in my “about me page” (nicely hidden) the Steve Scott is a pen name. I decided to go with a pen name after having a crazy person show up on my doorstep one day after doing a search for me. It kinda freaked me out and was right before I started the site.

Plus the double s’es are way cool.

Scott is my honest to god given name, but I usually go by Steve to avoid all this confusion.
It is all hella complicated sometimes.

Thank you for the kind words and mention. The links look great. The double T’s are great for a best of the web post… Almost as good as triple S’s!

Maybe this Sunday (US Sunday) the link fairy will bring a post of yours over to SSS, if you have been a good boy!

Anyway the links look great. Particularly the Twitter one. I guess I am getting older. Twitter is new and it scares me.

Another great post as always Alex, thanks

Or Scott
(good thing I didn’t choose Sylvester or Seymour as pen middle names.) it is confusing enough.

Alex August 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Steve you funny bastard! Seriously folks, come on down – have you NOT tried the veal!?!
I really enjoyed that post so thanks for writing it, and also well done on winning theInfopreneur site challenge my friend!
I love the alliteration of it, but it’s not just double T’s, it’s double Th’s so there!
Look forward to seeing what the link fairy has in store!, thanks for coming over Scott, I mean Steve, I mean YOU :)

Jeffrey Morgan August 7, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Threadless Thurday’s ! You got that right. Written for me.
Thanks Alex.

Sibyl - alternaview August 9, 2010 at 3:57 AM

Alex: Love the concept of Threadless Thursday and the picture was hilarious :) Thanks for all the great information. I already checked out the CommentLuv post and it was a great one. Thanks for always passing along the greatest information.

Alex August 9, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Hey Sibyl!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your awesome comments! How good was Karl’s commentluv post! Brilliant I say :)
Thanks again for your comments Sibyl, see you next Thursday…maybe :)

Walter August 9, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Hi Alex. I have read about the sneaky CommentLuv trick and indeed it was very useful. Thanks for sharing this valuable gem. :-)

Alex August 9, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Hey Lionslinger!
It was a nugget of awesomeness wasn’t it just!
Thanks for stopping by mate :)

Louis August 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Hi Alex,

You’re becoming a very busy blogger.

I actually can’t stand those who are deceivers. Quite a few spam emailers uses conny subject lines, just to try and get their emails clicked on to be read.

Will be reading some of the urls quoted above soon.


Alex August 9, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Hey Louis,

Yes, I am thinking perhaps a little too busy actually, the niche marketing is starting to take a hit as a result so I think I may have to calm it down a little.
I too hate the BS you get in most email marketing ploys.

Thanks for stopping by Louis

Louis August 10, 2010 at 10:41 PM

I think you are building a great community at your blog. Your blog hopping will eventually pay off. But don’t disregard niche marketing completely, as it’s good to diversify your income online.


Alex August 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Hey Louis!
My sentiments exactly!
Where’s the balance?!? I think I may post on this – or not (see?!?!)

Matthew Needham August 11, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Alex I hate these posts!!!!

Well, actually I don’t really because I get lots of great blogs to learn great stuff. Trouble is I keep finding so much great stuff, I run out of time to do my own stuff!

Hence my Wednesday Wisdom is becoming a longer post each week! You’ll find that Alex Whalley chap gets a mention.

I like the idea of your randomness approach, I think I might try something similar at the weekend for myself.

All the best.

Matthew Needham August 11, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Ps. is the picture you?

Frieke Karlovits October 27, 2010 at 6:17 AM

Alex I really enjoyed reading this and actually went t hrough some of the “homework” you suggested! There is so much up and it’s great that there are people like oyu who sum up and do spade work for others to follow.


Frieke Karlovits

Alex October 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Glad you appreciate it Frieke, and thank you for taking the time to comment. Sorry for adding to your to do list LOL

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