Follow Friday: Must-Read Posts, SeededBuzz, and Why Faking It Sucks

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Follow Friday: 13 Posts to re-read, bookmark, and share on Twitter if you haven’t already

Weekly list of posts from bloggers I interact with here on the blog, on Twitter (@bizchickblogs), or at WeBlogBetter or TechnShare. Enjoy! Be sure to pay it forward and in the process get to know some other bloggers.

Life/Business Skills

  • Why You Should Document Things – Does it save you time in the end?
  • How to Take a Digital Sabbatical – Sometimes you need to take time off. Here’s a simple guide.
  • Complaining – An interesting look at complaining and why you should turn your complaints into opportunities.
  • How to Get Through the Bad Days in Internet Marketing – Everything doesn’t always come up roses, despite what gurus would have you believe. I appreciate people who are transparent and real.

Blogging How-To/Tips

  • Blogging Strategies for Long Term Growth – How are you planning to continue to grow your blog?
  • 9 Proven Steps to Improve Your Google Rankings – Everyone needs to know this stuff. Go have a read!
  • 10 Ways to Get Your Guest Post Rejected – All I have to say is, can I PLEASE get an Amen!!!? Good article on what NOT to do when seeking guest post opportunities.
  • 7 Reasons to Start a Second Blog – I’m actually not recommending starting a second blog, per se, but this post has good information in it for those who are already thinking about it or already have. I maintain multiple blogs and it is really tough.
  • How to Find Blogs with Keyword Luv – Good stuff! If you’re interested in getting some anchor text links back to your blog or website, have a read.
  • Do Web Directories Still Hold Any Value? If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s worth seeking links from directories or what directories are all about, this is interesting.
  • Why Is Your Website Whispering? I really like this one. If you’re hoping to use your website or blog for business, you need a unique selling proposition. What is it? What makes you different enough that I should join your list and not the next blogger’s?

SEO/Social Bookmarking/Social Media


Have you heard of yet? It’s a cool, free way to promote your blog and find some new content ideas at the same time. The point is to become connected with other bloggers through links – seeds and the buzz from those seeds. With SeededBuzz you can

  • Plant a seed around a topic and have bloggers write about it and link to you
  • Write about a seed someone else has planted and get more visibility for your blog
  • Seek guest posts on seed topics

It was on SeededBuzz that I got the inspiration for today’s mini-post below. I am buzzing Jerry Kennedy’s seed about faking it; it’s a great topic. You should join me on SeededBuzz and plant some seeds that we can all start buzzing!

Why Faking It Sucks

Fake It ’til You Make It” was always something my high school choir teacher used to say. I’m not sure why anymore; it was so long ago now that I only remember the parts that stuck rather than the reasons behind them.

I ended up carrying that through life. For some things, it’s a good way to do it: just break up with a boyfriend and don’t feel like moving on? Fake it ’til you make it. Absolutely sick at the thought of being a bridesmaid in your cousin’s wedding? Fake it ’til you make it.

On a serious note, pretending to be something that you’re not in the business or blogging worlds is a mistake. In fact, we were just talking about this over in the comments at TechnShare on one of Oni’s posts about being an expert. The truth is that if you’re NOT an expert you should discard the idea that you can promote yourself as one.

My two cents: being a poser is not only bad for you in the long run, it’s bad for everyone else now. For you, don’t skimp on experience for the sake of a couple of bucks. Take the training, get the testimonials – do what it takes to get some clout – don’t make it up. And as far as everyone else goes, it’s your responsibility to tell the truth and not lead people astray. We don’t talk about moral high grounds enough, but we should.

Know your impact and hold yourself to honesty.

Next Week’s List

Want to be part of next week’s list? It’s easy! Just start interacting here on the blog, on Twitter (@bizchickblogs), and also on the other blogs in the circle. Everyone is welcome, no matter the niche.

P.S. I’m getting an error with Digg Digg, where my post/page won’t show when it’s activated. Anyone run into this issue before? Thanks!

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Iroko September 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I am off to seeded buzz, who wouldn’t want to plant a seed and have others water it for you, thanks for sharing!
A poser without the necessary stuff to back it up will be the loser at the end of the day…if it is a dream, you can make it happen, don’t fake it!

Ktona August 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

Great job.Thanks for your post.It’s very useful for me. Thanks a lot.

Jane @sell music online August 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I love the anti-poser comment. I’m also just learning about keywordluv, so I appreciate you explaining it! Thanks!

Evelyn August 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hi Tia,
Thanks for sharing all the articles! Now, I’ll go make my rounds. I’ll be checking out Seededbuz too. Take care and have a great weekend!


Tia Peterson August 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm

You’re welcome, Evelyn! I think SeededBuzz could work really well for your blog and what you write about in particular. If anything, it’s a great way to get noticed by other go-getters.

Cheers and have a great weekend, too.


Eric@Vector Services August 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Haha, I totally agree with you that the “Fake it, till you make it” frame set is the wrong approach to ANYTHING where you are in an authoritative, lecturing, & business position. Faking it will back fire on people 9 times out of 10 as soon as 1 person that really knows whats going on asks a question they already know the answer to, or simply notices that the advice being given is way off and decides to correct you publicly.

When this happens a persons reputation can be tarnished forever. Businesses have collapsed for much less than a little white lie or fake it routine. In the long run game it’s 100% better to just talk about what you truly know and continue to research the other stuff till you get the hang of it. I see lots of bloggers faking it because they are afraid what others will think of them if they weren’t an expert. They feel they may lose viewers…..

Cut & dry answer: To be honest is to retain in the long run game & to be a faker is to lose it all upon exposure.

At any rate, i just wanted to let you know that I agree with you 100% on that tid bit 🙂

InfoBarrel August 28, 2010 at 5:20 am

Holy cow, what a fantastic and highly informative list. I have found links to several blogs which will help me greatly.


Joseph Archibald@affordable SEO August 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Hi Tia, how long did it take you to put together this post? Full of great info!

Fake it til’ you make it. Its got a real nice ring to it.

I can understand where Jean Paul is coming from regards to MLM and faking it. I’ve been there too, and that also SUCKS!

A lot of reading to be done so I best get on with it. Cheers tons for the mention!


Tia Peterson August 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

Hey Jo!

Not long! I try to keep track of the posts I read throughout the week, and make a mental note to put it in this weekly. This is only the second week; I hope to put lots of good stuff in there so as this blog’s readership continues to grow, more links will be added.

Glad you’re back! Missed you!

Kok Siong @ Cancer Research August 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hi Tia! Thanks for your resources sharing! I love to read the “9 Proven Steps to Improve Your Google Ranking”. This article is useful to me.

Tia Peterson August 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

Hi Kok!

Oh, that’s great! I’m glad that article is useful and happy to have provided the link. John Paul’s blog is very good.

Laura Davis August 27, 2010 at 10:45 am

Those social media links were a huge help. Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to see more soon 🙂

Tia Peterson August 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

Thanks, Laura! Next week!

Jerry@The Motivation 101 Blog August 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

Thanks for the mention, Tia! I’m totally with you: being a poser is not good for anyone, especially bloggers. Love the tips and advice for bloggers…keep up the great work!

Tia Peterson August 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

Hey Jerry,

You’re more than welcome. As I said in our email exchange, I’m so happy we connected and so far SeededBuzz has proven itself if even just one great connection gets made!

Welcome to the blog and hope to see you around A LOT! 🙂

Sherryl Perry August 27, 2010 at 8:38 am

Tia, I can’t thank you enough for including my blog in your list. I’m still going through your list but I’ve already submitted my blog to and now I’m applying to SeededBuzz. Not to mention, I still credit you with introducing me to CommentLuv. All your help is sure to help you. You have to have great karma!

Tia Peterson August 27, 2010 at 8:53 am

Hey Sherryl,

You’re welcome! Yes, has been great for my blog. I checked stats yesterday and it had sent 41 visits to my blog in the past 30 days, with 0% bounce rate (they all clicked through to the various posts).

I honestly was just there to get a back link and turns out it’s a good source of quality traffic!

Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog August 27, 2010 at 8:00 am

So many thanks for the link love Tia!
I didn’t know about SeededBuzz I’ll visit it.
I need a week of 10 days, I see several articles very interesting that I haven’t read…my task for the weekend 😉
Now off to tweet and stumble.

Have a great weekend!


Tia Peterson August 27, 2010 at 9:15 am

Hey Gera,

You’re welcome as always. Please do visit and join SeededBuzz and start seeding. I would love to have some company there. It’s great; I was already hooked last night!

Jean Sarauer August 27, 2010 at 7:24 am

Thanks for including my links in with these great reads, Tia. And I’d never heard of SeededBuzz, so that’s something for me to check out! Hope you have a great weekend.

Tia Peterson August 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

Hey Jean!

You’re welcome for the links and, yes! I hope you join SeededBuzz and all. It would be great to see some familiar faces there!


Julius August 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

Nice round up Tia. I especially enjoyed Kathy’s post about using KeywordLuv. It’s a great article.

Tia Peterson August 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

Hey Julius,

Thanks! Yes, Kathy is always informative and thorough in her writing.

John Paul Aguiar August 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

TY for including me miss Arizona haha

Faking it till you make it… man that was the chant from every MLMr like 8 yrs ago when I was doing that hard core.

I see why they say it, but at same time, being a poser sucks, and worse part is you don’t just hurt you, you hurt the people who follow you, listen to you and do the things you say, then realize that wasted their time or money.. not cool at all.

Like you said.. “it’s your responsibility to be real”

Good thing is BS always gets found out.

Tia Peterson August 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hey John Paul,

Right; I see why people say it, too. It’s more of an individual thing. Some individuals don’t know the difference between being confident and being a poser.

Thanks for stopping by! I am loving all of your blog posts.


Ileane@Basic Blog Tips August 27, 2010 at 5:22 am

Hey Tia, Thanks for the shout out. I like your style 🙂 This reminds me of the Fetching Friday series that Kristie Hines created.

It’s a great way to spread the love to your fellow bloggers and keep everyone up to date with what’s happening on each other’s blogs. I was on vacation this week so I have plenty of catching up to do. I’m going to check out seeded buzz soon!

Tia Peterson August 27, 2010 at 8:55 am

Thanks, Ileane! Yes, I got inspiration from a lot of sources, including Kikolani’s Fetching Friday.

For me, I wanted to make sure that I was circling the blogs of people I interacted with here and on Twitter, and this was a great way to do it. It will keep me in check, making sure that I am paying it forward and staying on top of what everyone is publishing so I can pass it on.

Hope to see you on SeededBuzz!

Kathy August 27, 2010 at 5:31 am

Happy Friday Tia!

You are the best! I just spent the last hour going down your list and visiting those pages you mentioned. Lots of good stuff in there, especially for bloggers looking for new ideas and advice on how to get better results.

Tia Peterson August 27, 2010 at 8:57 am

Hey Kathy – Thanks! Right, I hope the lists give people new ideas, new bloggers to follow, or tools to help grow their blogs. That’s the goal!

Have a great weekend!


Klaus @ TechPatio August 27, 2010 at 12:58 am

Wow, you really get around during the week when you can post a list like that of read-worthy articles every friday. Good job, I must say!

Thanks for providing the list, will check out a few of them.

Tia Peterson August 27, 2010 at 5:13 am

Hey Klaus – Thanks! This is only the second week into it. It’s easier than you think, since really I just scout the blogs of people I interact with rather than choosing from the whole blogosphere.

seospidy@Seo Services Delhi August 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Thanks for Weekly Update. 😉

Tia Peterson August 27, 2010 at 5:12 am

You’re welcome.

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