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Online Marketing Idea: Keep The Conversations Alive On Non-Blog Content

What if you have a blog, and a website? I know, it sounds so archaic, believe me, I know. But even blogging geeks like me still sometimes have “non-blog” pages as part of their blogs, or, have pages that were created years and years ago before the blog ate the main part of the site.

The problem with those old pages is that they aren’t interactive without comments, right? It’s foolish to not attempt to keep the conversation alive, even on old non-blog content. How can we solve this issue?

One solution would be to convert your old static html pages over to blog entries and back date them. That’s a lot of work. Or, instead, you can find an easier way to bring the comments to your static html.

Check out an amazingly simple, yet very powerful script I found last fall called allows you to add dynamic functionality to your own site.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that does it?

Want to see it action? I made up a sample static html page that has a YouTube video on it. Then I inserted the simple line of code below the video, saved the page, and wella!, instant comments.

Try it for yourself, visit this page and leave a comment. If you use your real email address, it even sends you updated when anyone else comments.

Techcrunch has an archived write up if you want to read more.

Viral Marketing Works When It’s Useful & Interesting… & Easy

Seth Godin is right, as usual. Check out this fun little, yet very simple tool.

It’s viral because it’s interesting, not because it’s accurate. And it’s interesting partly because it talks about how much money you have. Sort of the new fortune telling.

So let’s review. This works because it’s easy, fun, useful, interesting… When you work on projects, do you strive for those things? If not, are you sure you’re on the right track?

I Couldn’t Give A Crap About The iPhone

How’s that for a headline! Say it with a scottish accent, emphasis ‘crap’, it’s fun. Seriously, what is the big deal with this? I just don’t get it. Yeah, it’s cool looking and all that, but can it teleport me to Japan, or can it launch me into space or is it just a stupid phone with some audio/video stuff built in?


Answer: It’s a stupid phone, that’s overpriced and won’t even be used by hardly anyone who isn’t either a super Apple fan-boy or some tech-gadget geeks. C’mon, it’s like $500 bucks people, and that doesn’t even include your monthly Cingular bill and data rates.

But… I’m not naive enough to really believe all that I just said. It’s VERY obvious (watching Techmeme coverage) that people do care about this, after seeing the onslaught of online chatter about this over the past week, you’d have to be crazy to not believe that for some reason people really care about this.

I suppose a lot has to do with the Apple brand. For me, it’s just a fancy phone, big f-ing deal.