Tip – Virtual Commenting

Over the years I’ve started a few blogs. And among many lessons that I’ve learned, one is especially important to entrepreneurs.

The more you comment on others websites/blogs, the more traffic and comments you drive to your website/blog.

Sometimes you build it and they don’t come. It may not have anything to do with your product or service. Or, it might. But, you won’t know until they come and get a chance to make that assessment on their own.

Here are a few general tips for comments that may help in your quest to drive more interest and perhaps find some good business partners:

  • Login to comment – don’t provide anonymous comments. If possible, login with your business login so that every time you make a comment it shows your profile, your web address and other information. If you can’t do that, always include your web address in the comment itself so they can find out more about you. Many times I’ve made a surprise discovery through looking at a website shared through comments.
  • 1/2 hour a day – take 1/2 hour each day to look through blogs of friends, family, friends-of-friends, and people with similar interests. Find a way to make one comment on each of their blogs or websites – a compliment, an idea, a link to a resource. Not only does this help drive people to your site (because you shared your web link), but you open the door to a friendship, partnership, or future customer. You also gain a reputation for being a valuable resource with possibly valuable contacts.
  • Find the competitor sites – in that 1/2 hour daily, seek out competitor sites. Comment on them. Commend them on great ideas, share tips you’ve learned, re-use some of their ideas in your own way and even acknowledge them (on your own site) for inspiring you with the idea. Tell them you’ve acknowledged them and send the link to them so they can see your compliment themselves.
  • Write Wisely and never be too comfortable – haven’t we all made this mistake? We wrote something cheesy, cocky, cruel, crude, offensive or a little tongue and cheek. Or, we wrote it with only one person in mind? Remember – what we write is there forever. Write wisely.

Do you have more tips on how to make comments an integral part of your marketing campaign and to build partnerships?

Please share your comments! At least it will be good practice sharing here. (-:

P.S. I’m hoping to interview a real SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (search engine marketing) guru for a future entry so stay tuned…

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Villager Vincent – Author

Vincent Musaalo grew up in Uganda – in a time of drought, poverty and a quest for daily survival. He excelled in school and received a scholarship to get vocational training in Italy and then went on to go to college in the United States graduating with an MBA from Brigham Young University.

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Vincent’s Book

When I met Vincent he was in his undergraduate program and he was always finding new things to sell and build small businesses. He even sent money home to his mother in Uganda for her to buy little chicks which in turn grew and laid eggs providing her household with income.

Vincent just wrote a book which you can check out on Amazon at

This weekend I’ll have a chance to interview Vincent and so stay tuned for more. Plus, he’s also starting up a little side venture that he’ll want you to take a look at and provide feedback on ….so stay tuned!


Villager Danielle – Schuh Photographer

Schuh Photo –

Wedding Photography by Schuh Photography

Wedding Photography by Schuh Photograph

What motivated you to start your own photography business? After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a degree in photography, I moved to Washington, DC to start a new life. I loved it as soon as I arrived, and I am happy to say that I love it still! I job hunted for a few months and eventually found a full time job…in a position that I truly disliked. Data entry in a stressful environment with a tyrannical manager is not my idea of a fulfilling career.

I started pondering what I could do to keep myself sane. Photography had always been a passion. I was good at it. It relaxed me. It got me recognition and praise and it also made others happy. I started searching for photography positions, but economic factors and my lack of networking were stacked against me and anyone else trying to enter the field. So, for a time I gave up. I took pictures of my family. I photographed my weekend adventures. I photographed my boyfriend. I enjoyed the response I got from my  Facebook friends when I posted photographs of DC from MY perspective. Then I started posting the wedding images I had taken a few years ago for college friends. Amazingly enough, I got a great response to those as well. Wedding photography had never entered my mind as a future career. I wanted to work with a studio with other professionals in an esteemed environment. I realized quickly that if I wanted to photograph for a living, that I could not sit and wait for the cushy studio position to come to me. I needed to make my own path.

My options really became apparent in May of 2009. A friend of a friend e-mailed me and stated how much she loved my photographs. She then told me that she had been praying for help. She was planning on being married in just a few weeks, but money was tight. She desperately wanted photographs, but knew that she could not afford anyone. She asked, “Would you be willing to help me?” From that day I was truly motivated! I did photograph her wedding…and I loved it. I then bought a website design and started displaying my photographs and came up with some basic wedding packages. I entered my web address anywhere that would take it to increase my SEO. I advertised with and I begged, begged and begged for more referrals. Today, my little studio is a bit bigger…but I am growing every day. And I must say I am loving photographing every day!

When did you first start taking photos? 2006. My sophomore year of high school…because I had a crush on a boy in the class (don’t judge me, I was 15!)

Do you take photos full-time or part-time? I photograph only part time in this stage of my business. I would love to transfer into the fully professional field of photography, but I am being patient, growing my business, raising resources and dreaming!

What lessons have you learned along the way? I have learned that the only way to get the things you want to is to go after them. Clients won’t just fall into your lap. You need to advertise, talk about your ‘hobby’, ‘passion’, ‘profession’, whatever it is you do and then things will start to happen. 

How do you market your photography business? Currently I am listed on every wedding planning website I can find. Many have free listings. Most brides probably don’t see the listings, but every place your website can be found increases that chance that you will be on the first page of a Google/Bing/Yahoo search. I also use that gives me a banner, link to my website and info about my studio. Networking with make-up artists and wedding planners has also helped my business.

Do you have questions for other entrepreneurs in the photography world?  I would love more suggestions concerning advertising. I really want to increase my SEO, but the ways I find to do so, seem so costly. For a part-time operation, those prices are hard to meet.

Any special offers to share with our readers? The first week of December I will be featured on . My normally $100 portrait package will be sold for only $40. I would take advantage of that amazing discount and book a family portrait session!

Can we come back and interview you again to find out what “next steps” you’ve taken in your business adventures? Of course!

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Tip – leveraging YouTube

We all know, or think we know, all about YouTube! It is one of the most viewed sites in the world.

However, beyond all of the funny skits, pranks and football bloopers, there are quite a few individuals and companies leveraging it to grow their business and get their message out – with little effort and zero cost (but, for your valuable time).

Although it might not make sense for everyone, think of using YouTube for the following:

  • New product launch – Announcing a new product you are ready to launch.
  • Brief training – how to use your product, how you can help, share little helpful tips.
  • Share user stories – video snippets from customers of how your product or service helped them.
  • Explaining change – if your organization is going through a big change, taking the time to talk to customers through video messages.

Now, YouTube can be linked or embedded in most blog sites, on Facebook, parts of LinkedIn and other social collaboration and networking tools.

Here’s a few examples below – some large organizations, some small and some barely starting to use YouTube.




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