Top 100 HR Bloggers

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 2:53pm by Site Administrator

As your small business grows you will undoubtedly find that one of your biggest challenges is finding smart talented people to comprise your staff. Even if you’re lucky enough to land great employees, however, there are a whole host of other human resources challenges that startups and small companies must overcome. In this article we highlight what we believe to be the top 100 HR bloggers, listed in alphabetical order by category. These industry insiders will provide you with the information and expertise you need to take on the legal, interpersonal, management and other challenges associated with human resources. Corporate

The following bloggers are familiar with the HR industry as it pertains to the corporate world.

  1. Beyond HR: On this blog, a professional HR talent researcher shares his secrets.
  2. HR Blog: Read articles about hiring trends and employee management on this popular blog.
  3. Breakout Performance: Breakout Performance is a blog that shares its author’s innovative approach to analyzing human management and balancing social and business strategies in the workplace.
  4. Corporate Rockstar: Read about the goings on in the corporate office of Rodger Roeser, the president of his own company who deals with everything from employee troubles to client successes.
  5. Dr. John Sullivan & Associates: This corporate advisor publishes articles about everything related to HR: college recruiting, employee screening and assessment tests, training, and new hire orientation.
  6. Evil HR Lady: This humorous blog is all about one woman’s experiences as the "Evil HR Lady" in a corporate office.
  7. …from the trenches: This blogger chronicles the ongoing battle between companies to recruit the best professionals in their industry.
  8. Hire Calling: The CEO of the recruiting Web site shares news and analysis on recruitment trends.
  9. HR and Strategies: This grad student combines human resources philosophies with hard news.
  10. HR Daily Advisor: This is a fantastic resource for any HR professional. Find entries about HR policy and ethics, as well as payroll and religious issues.
  11. HR Metrics: HR Metrics is an organization that helps companies maximize their HR potential. Learn new tricks and tips on their informative blog.
  12. HR Web Cafe: This is an excellent blog devoted to all things HR. Here, you can read articles about benefits, office politics, employment trends, and more.
  13. Jim Stroud is the go-to recruiting guru on the Web. Check out his blog for the latest news and trends in human resources.
  14. Blog: Read about the latest in recruiting technology and job boards to get ahead of your competition in the recruitment race.
  15. PayScale Blog: Catch up on the latest HR news and trends, from profit sharing to technology advances.

For HR Eyes Only

These blogs provide content that HR professionals will appreciate. You’ll find basic how-to guides, HR news sites and other fundamentals.

  1. baselinr: Catch up on employment news that’s important for HR professionals.
  2. Breaking Human Resource News: This blog tracks the latest news from product and supply companies who work with HR companies, as well as recruitment and staffing agencies.
  3. Charlotte Recruiting: This blog is based in Charlotte, NC, but it offers excellent advice on interviewing, recruiting, and other HR issues that anyone can use.
  4. Green and White: Check out Green and White to find articles on leadership, management, and more.
  5. HR-Ambience: This tribute to all things HR credits human resource professionals as the peace keepers in the workplace.
  6. HR Coal: A Renewable Resource: Get the most important HR news here.
  7. HR Dictionary: This blog cleverly organizes posts by picking a word from the dictionary and defining it as it relates to human resources.
  8. HR Dude’s Forum: This fun blog explores "the fascinating and exotic world of Human Resources Management, Recruiting and Training."
  9. HR Expert Help: Get tips on all aspects of your human resources job. Don’t miss the jokes category to get a laugh!
  10. HR Horizons: Learn about training programs, the interview process, and other pertinent HR topics.
  11. HR Resource for HR Professionals: This site is an excellent blog geared towards HR professionals. Find answers to your toughest work questions, and learn how to advance your own career.
  12. HR Thoughts: This blog channels the thoughts of one HR professional. Read about daily duties, lessons learned, and more.
  13. HR View: This blog has lots of basic information about the human resources industry.
  14. Human Reources at Learn all the basics of pursuing a career in HR.

For Job Seekers and Employees

If you’re a job seeker or employee wanting the inside scoop on HR professionals, check out these informative blogs.

  1. Bio Job Blog: The Bio Job Blog is a terrific resource for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the bioscience or biotech industries. You’ll love its "ask the recruiter" section, great training tips, and more.
  2. Blog for Jobs: This site serves as a directory for blogs written by job seekers and offers a way for people to become their own recruiting managers.
  3. Bold Career: This blog is full of inspiring advice for those interested in starting a new career. Learn resume tips, HR secrets, and more.
  4. But Less About Me: This lighthearted blog provides lots of great advice and tools for job seekers who want to improve their skill set.
  5. Career Cowboy: Learn how to manage your career and job search with these inside tips.
  6. Blog: Learn how to negotiate your salary, woo the hiring manager, and master the overall job searching process.
  7. Cube Management: Recruiting Bytes: This blog, sponsored by parent company Cube Management, offers several clever tips for learning how to make the most of your interview.
  8. Read articles about personal branding and other smart secrets HR managers are looking for.
  9. Eccentric Employment: Hiring managers use this lowkey blog as a job board to post interesting job opportunities.
  10. Frontline Source Group: This blog, run by a staffing agency, posts new jobs often.
  11. Good to Know: This blog is a must-read for any job seeker. Learn interview tips and search jobs posted on this blog, as well as the other sites it offers links to.
  12. Guerilla HR: Understand your HR directors better after reading this blog about "capitalizing on a better relationship with Human Resources, Personnel Management [and] Human Capital Management."
  13. Hiring Exchange: This blog is powered by the Hot Gigs company. Get into the minds of hiring managers and vendors to equip yourself with the confidence and tools you’ll need to master the job search.
  14. Job Hunter’s Journal: On Job Hunter’s Journal, a professional recruiter guides job seekers through the frustrating process of finding a career.
  15. Find jobs on this blog while learning about new trends in the wireless job industry.

HR for Entrepreneurs

Read these blogs for a better understanding of what it’s like to work in HR at the small-business level.

  1. Chief Happiness Officer: This blog is a must-read for any HR director or manager, but it is especially valuable for entrepreneurs who are looking for ways to better organize their offices. Reading this blog will teach you how to "love your job, love Your life, and kick butt at work."
  2. Consultant’s Desk: If you want to get expert advice without spending a fortune, check out this blog by Yvonne Larose. LaRose is a professional consultant who shares information and advice on career and employee management, among other things.
  3. Diversity Advantage: On this blog, you’ll find articles that will help you understand how bringing diversity into your workplace will better your business.
  4. Dr. Mercer’s Human Resources Management and Leadership Expert Blog: Learn the basics in employee management and promoting a team-oriented office.
  5. For Employers and Recruiters: Learn how to attract the best job candidates to your HR department by learning recruiting techniques and business branding strategies.
  6. This site stakes its righful claim as "the daily resource for entrepreneurs." Here, you’ll find informative artcles about HR policy and general business news.
  7. Generations At Work: If you’re just starting out, your office space may be a little tight, even without tension among your employees. This blog will help you bridge the generation gap among Baby Boomers, Generation X’ers and Gen Y newbies.
  8. Good Recruits: Now that you’ve got your new business off the ground, you’re going to need great employees to help you run it. This blog will help you figure out where to find the best candidates, and how to evaluate them in interviews.
  9. Hiring Revolution: The recruitment landscape has changed dramatically in the last few decades. Learn how to custom design your company’s recruitment and HR department to take advantage of new networking opportunities and software trends.
  10. HR Basics: Learn how to write and implement new policies, as well as develop effective recruitment campaigns.
  11. HR Forum: Post your questions in the forum or browse through other visitors’ comments and suggestions to improve your employee management skills.
  12. HR Point: Learn how to gauge your employee’s potential and satisfaction with the tools available on this blog.
  13. HR Software and Solutions: Does your office need an upgrade? Read reviews about the newest software designed for HR professionals.
  14. Human Resources 101: Get tips on managing your company’s employees, from dress code to payroll and more.
  15. Human Resources Advice for the Real World: HR consultant Irene Koehler brings up basic topics like hiring and managing interns as well as sexual harrassment issues.


These blogs shed light on the various types of HR trends, situations, and environments. From software updates to foreign recruiting techniques, you’ll find it all here.

  1. America’s HR Answer Man: Post all your work life questions on this blog, and the Answer Man will help you sort them out.
  2. BlogERP: Jim Holicheck’s HCM Software Blog: This specialized blog follows the author’s research on human capital management, from sales and marketing trends to technology and recruitment.
  3. Blogging Outside the Box: This blog features HR issues such as telecommuting, recruiting, and bridging the generation gap.
  4. BRANDEblogThis well-written blog analyzes recruiting issues in relation to advertising and marketing strategies.
  5. Cenek Report: This blog brands itself as an "uncommon commentary on the world of work." HR professionals will love the witty posts on news and trivia in the business world.
  6. Central and Eastern European Recruitment Blog: Read about the recruiting trends affecting Central and Eastern Europe, and how or if they’ll eventually become relevant in the U.S.
  7. Compensation Force: Author and professional compensation consultant Ann Bares offers up tips and news about employee management and compensation issues.
  8. Connecting HR Professionals in Ministry: This blog is designed especially for human resource professionals working with religious-affiliated organizations.
  9. Groundswell: While this blog isn’t exclusively limited to HR topics, its clever discussion on the changing landscape of social and business networking is worth a look. You’ll learn a lot about your newest generation of applicants and can read up on the latest software your office just might need.
  10. HR Blogger: Learn which new software products will help your day to day duties and which ones are simply a waste of your time and money.
  11. HR FUNDA: Read personal anecdotes, jokes, news, and other articles all relating to the human resources industry.
  12. HR Tests: This blog serves as a valuable resource for any hiring manager. Use the tests as they are or rework them to fit your company’s guidelines and expectations.
  13. Human Resources Executive Search: Read interesting articles like "Job Seekers Revenge" on this informative blog.
  14. Know HR Blog: These posts cover business world trivia, news, and more.
  15. Past Five: According to this blog, "your job may end at 5:00 P.M., but your career doesn’t." Get great tips on managing your career, finding a job, and more, all from an HR pro’s perspective.
  16. Perfect Labor Storm: Browse titles like "All About Workplace Stress" and "Understanding Business Values and Motivators" on Perfect Labor Storm.

Policy, Legal Information and Ethics

Make sure your company’s office politics, payroll, and general rules are in accordance with the government’s current labor laws. Check out these blogs to stay on top of legal and ethical rulings.

  1. Charles A. Krugel, Labor and Employment Law, HR Law: Charles A. Krugel is an attorney and HR counselor. Check out his blog for insight into labor law and news.
  2. EASI-HR Blog: This blog is an excellent resource for finding official ethical and legal documents related to HR.
  3. Employment Law blog: The Mullison Law Office helps HR professionals better understand employment law in the state of Colorado.
  4. The Employment Law Information Network is a great tool for checking on HR policy, downloading forms, and brushing up on your employees’ rights.
  5. George’s Employment Blawg: Stay current on important labor and employment laws with George’s Employment Blawg.
  6. Gruntled Employees: Learn the causes and consequences of gruntled American employees. Author Jay Shepherd is an employment lawyer whose mission is to champion the rights of U.S. employees in the workplace.
  7. Joe Recruiter — THE Legal Recruiter: Read irreverant posts about the legal recruiting industry.
  8. Legal Jobs and Recruitment: Find out how to legally recruit for UK government jobs. This is a great resource whether you’re a job seeker or an HR exec.
  9. Ross’ Arbitration Blog: According to the site, Ross Runkel’s Law Memo is the "first in employment law."
  10. The HR Lawyer’s Blog: Learn about your rights as an employee or stay on top of the latest employment rulings to make sure your office stays scandal-free.


This section is dedicated to the recruiting side of human resources.

  1. Amitai Givertz’s Recruitomatic Blog: This recruiting professional reveals some of her best tools for attracting talent.
  2. AmyBeth Hale: Research Goddess!: This fun to read blog is a great resource for connecting you with other HR sites and blogs across the Web.
  3. A Recruiter Diary: Author Joe Neitham shares "the ups and downs, lessons learnt, success stories," and more in his recruiting blog.
  4. Ask the Recruiter: Post your questions or just browse through other readers’ inquiries to learn more about the recruiting industry.
  5. Cheezhead: Cheezhead is an attractive, popular blog about recruitment trends, with special attention paid to issues unique to working on the Internet.
  6. Confessions of an Executive Restaurant Recruiter: Even if you’re not in the restaurant business, you’ll have a good time reading this blog, which is full of recruiting tales and tips that will leave you hungry for more.
  7. Confessions of a Recruiting Newbie: Follow the author’s journey through a career in HR recruiting.
  8. Cyber Sleuthing: Use this blog to learn the sneakiest tips for using the Web as your main recuritment tool.
  9. Director of Recruiting: Catch up on all the latest "news and views" you need to know as a recruiter.
  10. ERE Expo Blog: The ERE Expo is the principle convention held each year for recruiting professionals. Sign up to attend, check out their blog entries, or preview the event’s schedule.
  11. Expert Recruiter Resource: Don’t miss this blog. Use it to discover a wealth of advice and tips that will help boost your career.
  12. Hire Strategies: Learn about the power of e-recruitment, especially within the retail industry.
  13. IT Recruiting Diary: On this blog, you can read inspirational stories and valuable tips about recruiting.
  14. IT Toolbox Recruitment Blog: The IT Toolbox Recruitment Blog features short but thorough postings with expert advice on the newest recruitment ideas and trends.
  15. The Asia Pacific Headhunter: This blog discusses trends in recruiting, and is a great resource for professionals and job searchers alike.

Bootstrapper Cracks Technorati 10,000 – Assistant Entrepreneur Blogger Needed

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 10:30am by Site Administrator

Many of you reading this might have noticed all the great list articles on Bootstrapper the past couple of months. Some of the smaller ones are mine (w/ my name on them) but the bigger ones aren’t. The traffic that’s been generated by both these big lists and by the regular posts as well as resulted in pushing Bootstrapper well into the Technorati Top 10,000 blogs. That’s no small feat when you consider that the Bootstrapper blog was added to the Business Credit Cards website around May 2007.

There’s a great team at work behind the promotion and all the writing that I don’t do, and now I need an assistant business blogger to help me with regular posts and some smaller feature articles/ lists. For clarity, I’m contracted to Bootstrapper; it’s not my site/ blog. I’m the defacto Editor as well, and I need a hand with the blogging. Here are the details. Please read carefully before applying.

  1. You must have some experience blogging, and understand the value of deep linking as well as referencing other materials.

  2. You must have some relevant business experience or the equivalent knowledge of business concepts. A degree in business is not necessary.
  3. The focus is on entrepreneurship, startups, and especially bootstrapping. This is especially important, as all the articles you will be doing relate to these and related topics.
  4. 20 posts/mth (mostly 1 post per weekday, with a little bit of flexibility in schedule).
  5. 350+ words per post, original content. The occasional summary article is okay.
  6. Those who show suitable skills will be trained by me to also write 2 features per month for an extra fee, to be discussed.
  7. Rates negotiable depending on relevant skills/ experience – minimum $150/mth for 20 posts.
  8. One week trial or shorter, commencing Mon Sep 24th or as soon before Oct 1st as possible.
  9. Full duration unspecified – for later discussion. Minimum two months.
  10. I will be copyediting your work during the trial, though you should otherwise be capable of working on your own, with minimum supervision.
  11. Your location irrelevant, though a excellent grasp of English is a must.
  12. Payment is by PayPal only – no exceptions – and made early in each subsequent month.
  13. Reply in the comments of this post. For your sake, do not put your email address in the body of your comment.
  14. Only those under consideration will be contacted.
  15. When the position is filled, I’ll indicate that by updating this post.

11 Principles of Entrepreneurial Leadership

Monday, September 17, 2007 at 11:30pm by Site Administrator

With the number of tools available on the Internet, it’s quite possible that entrepreneurs can build a successful business online – even a media empire. However, if you expect to expand, you will need to delegate tasks at some point. You simply can’t do everything yourself and also expect to grow.

That means you need to hire people and inevitably deal with “normal” work situations. Forget about traditional leadership. I’ve only ever had a very few bosses who were good leaders, but they taught me something because they were forward-thinking. Here’s some of their wisdom, distilled by my perspectives and my experience in the workforce.

  1. Never blame. At least, don’t blame an employee in front of another. If you have to reprimand, do it in private. This sets a bad tone, and you lose respect with all employees, as such things will get around like bad gossip.

  2. Don’t create adversarial situations. Don’t pit employees against each other or ask them to snitch. Healthy competition is fine. Back-stabbing is like a smile, but only in that it carries a long way through the company morale, and not in a good way.
  3. Understand the work. Be a constant learner. Have at least a fundamental understanding of the work you’re expecting your employees to do. It makes it easier on everyone when the try to tell you why something can’t be done, or that it will cost more.
  4. Don’t put square pegs in round holes. Basically, assign the right work to the right people, to allow them to work optimally. Don’t be like those companies that shall remain nameless that give you a job you can’t do and beat down your spirit. You wouldn’t want that and neither would your employees.
  5. Lead by example. If the company approaches a problem that covers new ground, don’t expect your employees to know how to solve it. If you know how, give them a crash course and let them take it from there. And by leading, I don’t mean leading employees like a puppy.
  6. Brainstorm. If they still have trouble solving a new problem, brainstorm with them. Proper brainstorming requires that at least the moderator of the meeting does some legwork beforehand. Record all ideas without censorship, or you might miss the best solution, which might be unfamiliar and thus seem odd.
  7. Ask, don’t tell. Communicate well and clearly. In a startup company with a positive environment and healthy competitive spirit, most people want to be asked, want to be challenged. Offer up the day’s or week’s “assignments” and let people pick. That is, if you’re not such a big company yet that you need to structure everyone’s roles. Don’t count anyone out. You might be suprised about who’s capable of what. Challenges also weed out the lazybones.
  8. Be decisive. Have a strategy ready. If business problems crop up and employees are aware of them, they’ll be thinking abou their bills, their mortgages, etc., not yours. (Possibly unless you’re giving them incentives.) So be the decision-maker, indicate what needs to be done, then ask for volunteers or assign tasks if necessary.
  9. Consider profit-sharing. Bonuses go a long way towards employee loyalty, passion and creativity. Sure, there’ll still be stragglers, but a creative bonus “matrix” weeds them out. If your company is young, there’s only so far you can go with bonuses, so also consider profit-sharing/ private shares. Talk to a good accountant about the best way to implement these incentives.
  10. Be sympathetic. Or at least courteous. It’s only human to not always be in top form, even with incentives. Talk to your employees, understand them and give them some leeway when possible. Have some redunancy in job descriptions, right from the beginning, to allow someone to temporarily take up the slack.
  11. Be firm. Being sympathetic is all well and good, but you do have a business to run. Be firm when it’s necessary.

These are by no means all you need to know or be, though they are amongst the important leadership traits.

Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs #9

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 10:30pm by Site Administrator

Welcome to the ninth Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs (CoBE #9). Critieria for inclusion: relevant to bootstrapping, entrepreneuring, startup/ small businesses. To be fair to everyone, entries are selected approximately in order of submission. If you were included, please support this carnival by linking back to this post. This also exposes your readers to similar blogs.

Editor’s Choice

Here are this edition’s Editor’s Choice entries.

  1. Ben Yoskovitz: 10 Steps to Building an Online Media Empire.

Picks of the Week

These entries are this week’s regular picks.

  1. Todd Goldfarb: 8 Tactics for Marketing a Small Business.
  2. Michelle Cramer: How You Know It’s Time to Grow.
  3. Chris Russell: Office White Noise.

Bonus Entries

These entries are not specifically related to entrepreneuring and bootstrapping but might be of interest.

  1. Warren Wong: How To Overcome Fear And The Obstacles It Creates.
  2. Nenad Ristic: Attribution Theory.
  3. Vandelay Website Design: Being a Proactive Blogger.

That ends this edition of the Carnival of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs. Any articles submitted on or after Sep 8th that meet the criteria but not appearing here will likely appear in the next edition.

Please use the submission form for future editions. Limit one entry per week per person. If you find you are not getting into this blog carnival, please read 11 tips for being included.

Marketing for Musicians: 100 Places to Promote Your Music Online

Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 2:10pm by Site Administrator

So you’ve got the band, the rehearsal space, the songs and you’re ready to play your first show. All your friends will be there, but you’d really like to have a big audience that’s psyched to hear you sing live but you’re just not sure how to get the word out about your band. Not to worry, rockstars of tomorrow, here is a list of 100 great places you can promote your music and increase your fan base online. Music Forums and Sites

These sites let you upload music, promote new albums or concerts, and get in touch with fans.

  1. At OurStage, you get to "let the fans decide." Upload your music and have thousands of online listeners vote on what they think is the best new sound. You can even win prizes.
  2. Learn how to upload your music to attract tons of new fans. is hugely popular, so you’ll be getting loads of traffic directed to your music.
  3. SoundClick: lets you search music by category, start a blog, participate in forums, and more.
  4. StarPolish: The good folks at StarPolish are "helping artists help themselves." Check out this site for a wealth of promotion ideas and opportunities.
  5. MVine: This community-powered website is another place where fans can vote on their favorite artists. Great for indie bands looking for their big break.
  6. Register with, and let the pros do the rest. Get your "music into the charts," snag an interview, and promote away!
  7. ArtistsFirst is the "global platform for the new music business." Learn more about this groundbreaking music sharing system by checking out the site.
  8. Total Band Hosting: This excellent resource is perfect for any indie bands new to marketing their sound. Total Band Hosting allows you to set up your own site, organize an online gig book, and more.
  9. NME: This site is full of valuable information on music news: concerts, interviews, festivals, and more. Submit your music and press releases for coverage, or just learn about the places you should be trying to get into.
  10. Artistopia: This site features "total music independence." Become a member, and you could be one of the indie artist profiles, which would give you and your band tons of exposure.
  11. PureVolume: PureVolume is still a relatively new company, but becoming a member and creating a profile is definitely worth your while.
  12. Music Forte: Talk about your band in the site’s forums, and learn about their Indie Music Promotion plan. Best of all, it’s free!
  13. Music Submit: This site is designed to help up and coming musicians promote their stuff online.
  14. iodaPROMONET: This popular site helps indie bands distribute their music all over the Internet.
  15. Sound of Traffic: Publish your music onto this site and learn how to buy traffic, increase the amount of traffic to your page, and more.

Sell Your Music

Start making a profit when you work with these sites, which are devoted to helping up and coming bands prosper.

  1. is a great resource for new bands looking to make it big. Register for free to sell your music online and post information about concerts.
  2. CD Baby: Sell your own CDs at CD Baby, one of the most popular online music stores out there.
  3. That’s right, isn’t just for bands with high-profile record deals. Click on the "sell your stuff" tab, and start making a little money!
  4. GarageBand: Sell your CDs, learn about upcoming conferences and events, post concert dates, and more on
  5. BeSonic: BeSonic boasts that it is "The Online Music Promotion Service." Sell your songs on this site, but also take time to browse through other artists’ uploads.
  6. 96 Decibels: This site makes selling your original music easy.
  7. Business and technology writer Sean McManus recommends as one of the best sites for selling your music.
  8. Emubands links indie bands with online stores like Napster and iTunes to help you sell your music.
  9. If you’re an unsigned artist with a great CD, check out for a place to sell your album.
  10. Audio Lunchbox: Keep 65% of all your music’s sales when you decide to link up with this great Web site.
  11. Epictunes: Epictunes is a powerful "online community for unsigned bands." Sell your music and connect with fans and other artists.
  12. CD Wow!: Sell your CDs with this British-based company.
  13. This British company specializes in digital distribution, and claims to award artists with "one of the best royalty rates on the Internet."
  14. CD Unsigned: This site markets itself as the place on the Web where music enthusiasts can check out the newest bands and hottest tracks before anyone else.
  15. Earn 100% of the profits when you sell your albums and individual tracks through this site.


Blogging is a great way to network with new fans. Check out these blogs for tips on promoting your music or potential coverage of your band, concerts, and more.

  1. Bob Baker’s The Buzz Factor: Bob Baker’s blog about music promotion is a terrific source for any indie artist.
  2. This article will convince you to start blogging in order to get more buzz for your band.
  3. Band Weblogs: Submit commentary to get the word out about your band.
  4. The author discusses what it’s like to be an indie artist in today’s music world. Learn marketing tips and send Mike an e-mail if you think your band has something great to offer.
  5. CC Music Blogs: This blog is a good resource for staying in touch with the most current music news. Learn how to license your own original works.
  6. It’s About Diversity Blog: This blog promotes non-English language music.
  7. The Secret Music Life of Kat: The author shares clever ideas and tips for marketing your music online.
  8. This article discusses how blogging has influenced music promotion on the Internet.
  9. Online Music Marketing with Jay Moonah: Find good tips for promoting your music on the Web.
  10. Music Library Association: Read this article to get more information about how blogging can change your entire music marketing strategy.
  11. Puddlegum: Check out this valuable article on promoting your blog on the Web site Last.FM.
  12. Check out this blog from Songbird Media Player. They cover new bands, concerts, and music news.
  13. Rewriteable Content: One of the best music news blogs out there, e-mail the authors a tip about your new album.
  14. Indie Music Xposed: This blog is always covering new bands, music news, and the latest tracks to hit the indie music charts. Participate in the forum to give your band a plug.

Internet Radio & Broadcast Resources

Be your own DJ and plug your band’s music. Create a podcast and interview yourself and other members of the band to meet new fans.

  1. Live365: Be your own broadcaster and play whatever you’d like– including your own music.
  2. Cornerworld: This site is another Internet broadcasting service. Play your own music, show your own personal music videos, or introduce yourself via video to fans.
  3. Gcast: Create your own podcast to connect with other bands and online listeners.
  4. Register your band’s music with this site, and they’ll recommend it to listeners with the same musical tastes as you.
  5. PayPlay: This fun, user-friendly site categorizes music by artist, genre, date, mood, and type.
  6. Magnatune: This ingenious music resource featured in USA Today allows fans to play your music online for free as if listening to a radio station. If they want to download the entire album, they can pay a small fee of their choice.
  7. Channel 4 Music: Upload music, comment on blogs, and more.
  8. features a radio broadcast that plays brand new music.
  9. Play your music on this great online radio that specializes in indie rock music.
  10. BBC Radio One: This site has great advice for promoting your music on the Internet. Check back often to catch up on music and entertainment news.
  11. Ubroadcast: Host your own Internet radio show, during which you can talk about anything or anyone you want!
  12. Upload your best tracks to this online radio network.
  13. Get paid to have your songs on the radio! Learn more by visiting this site.
  14. Special Radio: This resource is great for learning about submission guidelines for sending in your own tracks and albums, finding out about contests, reports, and more.
  15. Pandora: Find out how you can be one of the featured new artists in the Music Genome Project.

File Sharing

Upload your music onto these sites for others to download.

  1. Limewire: Post info about your band on the site’s forum or blog.
  2. Kazaa: Kazaa lets you publish your original songs and promote your blog or Web site.
  3. Upload your music into this site’s library. You can also plug your new songs and meet fans on the forums.
  4. Add your music to the site’s directory of mp3 downloads and ringtones.
  5. ApolloTunes: Create your own personal account and start uploading music to share.
  6. Trackseller: At Trackseller, it’s "nothing but music." Upload your music into their directory, and they’ll charge the listener each time a song is downloaded.
  7. Into Music: Start your own label and you can begin selling your music online to Into Music.
  8. CDfuse: CDFuse offers your fans free downloads, so there’s no limit to the number of people who can check out your sound.
  9. At, they’re "dedicated to the development and exposure of unsigned bands and artists." Upload your music here, and you’ll know you’re in good hands.
  10. Broadjam: Broadjam offers an extensive library of music downloads, offers Web hosting capabilities, and features a Top 10 category.
  11. iSOUND: "Live life loud" when you log on to iSOUND. Create a profile and talk about your band, upload photos of concerts, and download cool music.
  12. This resource connects music fanatics with several great download sites across the Web. Find out how your music can be included in their libraries.
  13. Tradebit: Upload and download your music on this great site.
  14. Tunecore: Sell your uploads here.
  15. Netunes: "It’s all about the music" at Netunes, where they let your fans download your tracks for free.
  16. Submit your music so that your friends can download and share your tracks for free.

Networking Sites

Connect with old and new fans by creating a profile with one or several of these networking communities.

  1. Facebook: If you’re not already on Facebook, then it’s time to go ahead and join. Post upcoming concerts on your profile or use the invite tool to share with friends the details of your next gig.
  2. HearMySpace: This article shows you the "top five ways to promote music on MySpace."
  3. Bebo: Another social networking site, Bebo is a fun community perfect for promoting your band and advertising upcoming gigs.
  4. iJamr: Network with other bands and fans and encourage your friends to join this community to help get the word out about your music.
  5. Tagets: Sell your music directly to your fans with the help of Tagets.
  6. This site helps "musicians connect with their fans."
  7. The Music Network: This site is a community of the best music blogs and forums out there.
  8. Talk about music, pop culture, and other entertainment news when you log onto
  9. Upload photos and videos of your band in action to attract new fans.
  10. Share photos and video with other members. Talk about your band and learn about what other artists are up to in group chatrooms.
  11. imeem: imeem is a powerful resource for musicians to promote their albums at the same time they connect with fans, old and new.

Other Sites and Resources

From promotional materials to forums to blog ideas, these items will help you promote your songs and concerts.

  1. Build your own website: Click on the link to get great start up tools for building your own website.
  2. Use WordPress to start your own blog: WordPress is free and easy to use.
  3. CafePress: Sean McManus’ genius marketing intuition has led him to suggest visiting Create promotional items like T-shirts or coffee mugs with your band’s logo. Sell them at concerts or on your website.
  4. Publish flyers, newsletters, and more by using Lulu’s excellent self-publishing tools.
  5. Moocsounds: This site is great for classical musicians. Sell your tracks and promote your group here.
  6. FourFront Media and Music: Get excellent tips for marketing and promoting your band on the Web.
  7. Promoting Your Music Online: Check out this Ezine article for more information on how to promote your music online.
  8. Music Tweak: Get your band noticed with the help of Music Tweak.
  9. Ignite Image: Use the professional advice offered at Ignite Image to give your band the boost it needs.
  10. Plug your band’s best tunes while checking out other artists’ newest hits.
  11. Feature your own podcast on this website. Talk about your music, upcoming concerts, and website.
  12. Evolvor: This blog is a fantastic resource for musicians who want to learn new marketing strategies.
  13. EZPowell Music Distribution Company: Read articles to find out how to book an interview and become a master at Internet marketing.
  14. Upload your music into their library, and it could be sent to someone as an mp3 Musicgram.

Every great band had to start somewhere, and with these tools and resources for promoting your music, you’ll be well on your way to success.

Productivity and Entrepreneurship Roundup – Sep 12, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 5:30pm by Site Administrator

Here are some examples of bootstrapping and principles that are worth a read.

Bootstrapping a web app
Read/Write Web has the first of a small series of articles on bootstrapping a startup, especially one that’s product-driven. The series is being written by Matt Rogers of Aroxo, a web trading exchange for consumer electronics and other items.

The first article has a detailed overview of a general bootstrapping process, along with some specific details and cost breakdown for his

While their budget is miles ahead of my own startup/ bootstrapping experiment, it’s well worth a read. If your budget is tiny, you might also want to read Venture Itch’s interview with Pranaya Ghimire, founder of, who compares their $12 budget with Guy Kawasaki’s $12,000 for

Bootstrapping a Family Business
Bootstrapping a business is a whole lot easier when there’s more than one person to rely on. That’s especially true for family businesses, because younger members don’t have to be paid as much, but will get a share of the business in the future. However, when you work with family members, as BootstrapMe points out, the managment rules are different.

Who Are Your Best Customers?
Do you know your customers? What about your best customers? Remember the Pareto Principle, the so-called 80/20 (or 70/30) Rule. Not all your customers are as valuable as your best customers. That’s a simple truth, no matter how much ‘equality’ you want to believe in. Some deserve more of your time than others. It’s a simple financial truth. Instigator Blog offers some advice on how to profile your customers.

Top 50 Christian Business and Finance Blogs

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 2:43pm by Site Administrator

Staying on top of your business while keeping your finances organized can be tough. Instead of agonizing over your personal investments and second guessing your every business move, turn to these Christian bloggers to guide you through the good and bad. Their sites give sound business advice but are inspired by Christian values and priorities. Personal Finance

These blogs will help you understand how to organize your own personal finances, whether it’s getting out of debt, setting up college funds, or saving for retirement.

  1. This site gives advice on everything from credit card tips, building personal wealth to banking tips. Also be sure to check out the "Money in the Bible" category to help you see your priorities more clearly.
  2. Gather by Little: Use simple Bible tips to help you increase your personal wealth, "little by little."
  3. Why Religion is an Important Part of Personal Finance: Read articles about how to save money by cutting costs in unlikely places.
  4. How to Make a Million Dollars: This Christian blog will inspire you to take a proactive role in your quest to be a millionaire.
  5. Christian Finance Blog: Browse categories like taxes, retirement, emergency fund, and more. This blog gives great financial advice that is "relevant to today’s Christian." Don’t forget to check out the verse of the day!
  6. Free Money Finance: Find tons of helpful resources on this blog inlcuding saving for your kids’ college tuition, holiday spending trends, and Biblical investing.
  7. Katy McKenna Raymond writes about her personal Christian experiences often touching on money and finance.
  8. Financial Baby Steps: A fun blog tracks each step of a person’s financial journey from birth until adulthood.
  9. Five Cent Nickel: Read finance tips about insurance, debt, family and home expenses, and helping the environment.
  10. The Simple Dollar: This blog shows you how to save money and accumulate wealth the healthy way.
  11. Good Sense Ministry: Learn about the financial and spiritual benefits of stewardship.
  12. Crown Financial Ministries: This site gives valuable information on organizing and understanding your money.
  13. This website includes articles and stories about finding God in everyday life, including money matters.
  14. PF Blog: Browsing through the articles in this blog will give you a better understanding of personal finance in general.
  15. Christopher Green’s personal finance blog is full of excellent tips for saving money.


Investing your hard-earned savings can be a little risky. Let these bloggers guide you through the process.

  1. Christian Money Talk: John Gay is a well-known financial planner. Read his professional tips here.
  2. Christian Financial Advice with James L. Paris: Get great investing tips and learn about managing your personal wealth and finances from James L. Paris’ blog.
  3. Find links to the Christian Financial Radio Network and other great resources.
  4. The Timothy Plan: The goal of The Timothy Plan company is to provide Christian investors with "a biblical choice when it comes to investing." Read this blog to find out more about how you can ensure that your money is used in a moral way.

Legal & Ethical Information

Understand the legal and ethical side of business and finance with the help of the following bloggers.

  1. Christian Law Association: Find all kinds of legal information and resources on this site.
  2. Browse through titles like "Christian Ethics in Business—Asset or Liability?" to learn about and analyze the current stage of business ethics.

Business & Entrepreneurial

Whether you’re your own boss or just want to brush up on news of the business world, these sites will keep you in the know.

  1. Church Communications Pro: This site is an excellent resource for those interested in developing marketing strategies for their church.
  2. Pro Money Blog: A popular business and finance blog, Pro Money Blog sometimes touches on Christian and religious topics.
  3. Christian Money: This blog is brought to you by the "Absolute Guys," who specialize in debt consolidation and money management. Read their blog for excellent tips on entrepreneurial and other business matters as well.
  4. The Christian Science Monitor: This widely respected publication has a great Web site too. Check back often for articles about business and finance.
  5. Selling Among Wolves: This blog gives advice on how to make it in the tough business world without compromising your faith.
  6. Christian Products Resource Directory: Find other Christian businesses by searching through the directory, check out other Christian Web sites geared towards business and more.
  7. Christian Business and Information Directory: Look for other Christian businesses around the world to scope out your competition or to network with possible clients and partners.
  8. Christian Business Daily: Read about news in the economy, get tips on HR management, and learn great new marketing strategies for your company, all from a Christian perspective.
  9. This site isn’t exactly a blog, but we felt that we just had to connect you to the official Web page for the Christian Entrepreneur Organization. Link up with other Christian entrepreneurs to network, support each other, and learn about programs and membership that will strengthen you and your business.
  10. Godblogcon: This blog urges Christians to engage in new media techniques to help their business grow. Find information about their valuable conferences across the country.
  11. International Christian Entrepreneurs Association: This site has tons of resources for the Christian entrepreneur.
  12. Church Marketing Sucks: This irreverant take on church marketing actually strives to share the story of Jesus Christ by challenging churches and the Christian faith to better market themselves.
  13. The Christian Billboard: This blog promises to show you "how to double your Christian business or ministry with one hour of work."

Donating and Ministry

Donating a percentage of your income to Christian charities is a smart way to give back to the world. Help support those who are less fortunate and find yourself building a stronger relationship with God.

  1. Money Missions: Read about missionary life and what you can do to financially support your favorite cause.
  2. Persecution Blog: This blog addresses Christian persecutions around the globe, and find out how you can help support individuals or even whole communities.
  3. Alpha and Omega Ministries: Read about the Christian Apologetics, watch their live Web cast, and check out Bible verses and passages.
  4. The Blogging Ministry: Learn about how you can run a profitable, effective blog for ministry.
  5. Here you can find information about the various ministries that Gospelcom sponsors. Donate to a ministry that speaks to you.
  6. Tech Mission: Tech Mission is the blog for, an inter-demoninational organization that provides information about all kinds of ministries.


These Christian blogs provide resources and articles dedicated to personal finance and creating balance between work, family, and spirituality.

  1. Focus on the Family Blog: The Focus on the Family group now has their very own blog. Check it out for articles on managing your family’s finances and keeping your priorities in the right place.
  2. Beliefnet: One of the most popular Christian sites on the Web, Beliefnet is a powerful resource for deepening your faith.
  3. Religion News Blog: Catch up on all the news, business and otherwise, in the religious world.
  4. Find inspirational stories about staying out of debt, supporting your family and more on this Christian blog.
  5. The Christian Mind: Keith Plummer analyzes what it’s like inside the mind of today’s Christian.
  6. Network with other Christians on this community-powered blog.
  7. This excellent resource provides information on theology, news, and activism opportunities across the world.
  8. Life With Christ: Browse through tons of forums to link up with other Web-savvy Christians. Talk about business woes, financial planning, or your family and spiritual life.
  9. Internet Evangelism Day: Understand the power of the Internet by checking out IED. Their mission is to spread the word of God and connect Christians all over the world, all from their impressive Web site.

With the help of these blogs you can learn about your own personal investments, how to start and run a sucessful business all while learning how to fit God and spirituality into the greater scheme of things.

12 Easy Personal Fashion Rules to Increase Your Earning 12%

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 3:45pm by Site Administrator

When you started your business, you probably imagined never having to suit up for an interview or conform to someone’s dress code ever again. Right? Wrong. As an entrepreneur, your style of dress is more important than ever before. Show clients that you’re a professional by following these essential fashion rules.

  1. Wear what makes you feel confident: This one’s important, because if you don’t appear confident, no amount of tailoring and shoe shining can make up for it. If you feel like an impostor in a suit and tie, wear something else that feels more appropriate for your comfort level. If you feel you look good, you’ll be in a better position to connect with your clients.
  2. Suits give an illusion of power: If you’re comfortable in a suit, where it whenever it’s appropriate, the key word here being appropriate. They give off a sense of sharpness and professionalism. Of course, if you’re meeting a client at a coffee shop down the street, you may want to tone it down to business casual.
  3. Always wear nice shoes: Run down and scuffed up shoes will make you look like you’re sloppy and can’t pay attention to detail. Clients do not want to see this. Make sure that your shoes look nice, even if they’re not horribly expensive. Remember, a little shoe shine goes a long way. While you’re at it, remember to make sure your belt matches your shoes. Brown shoes do not go with black belts, and vice versa.
  4. Dress appropriately every day: Even if you’re just on the couch with your laptop most of the time, it’s important to make yourself presentable every day. Why? Because if you’re bumming around in your jammies all day, you’re not likely to feel very productive. Even more importantly, you don’t want to get stuck having to scramble to get presentable if a client wants you to stop by and meet with them in half an hour. This doesn’t have to mean you’re dressed to the nines, but you should at least wear something that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen in.
  5. Wear what fits: Nothing screams, "Hi, I’m wearing grownup clothes today" like an oversized piece of clothing. Avoid looking like you’re playing dress up by purchasing clothes that fit appropriately. If you’ve got nice pieces that just don’t fit anymore, consider having them altered. Otherwise, get rid of them in favor of something more flattering.
  6. Manage your hair: Shaggy, unkempt hair just doesn’t look professional. Keep your hair neatly trimmed and styled. You don’t have to lay on pounds of gel, but make sure it’s attractive and tidy. The same goes for any facial hair; if you’re going to grow a goatee or moustache, don’t let it go wild. Keep it neatly trimmed for a professional look.
  7. Don’t go overboard with makeup: Ladies, makeup can make you look more attractive, but don’t let things get out of hand. You don’t want the person you’re meeting with to marvel at how thickly you’ve caked on your foundation. Keep it natural so your clients aren’t distracted by your looks.
  8. Cover up: Again, distraction is a major folly, and skin is sure to take the attention away from you. You want the focus to be on your work and intelligence, not what you are or aren’t wearing. So as a general rule, you’ll appear more professional if you wear more clothing. Not necessarily quantity, but quality of cover. Consider slacks instead of shorts, a sleeved shirt instead of a tank top, and other less revealing pieces of clothing.
  9. Know your audience: It’s important to consider your occasion and dress on par with what you expect others to wear. Don’t show up at a construction site wearing a three piece suit unless you want to be laughed all the way back to your car. Likewise, forego your jeans for slacks if you’re visiting someone’s corporate office.
  10. When in doubt, overdress: If you’re not sure what the occasion calls for, err on the side of overdressing. As long as you feel confident and comfortable in what you’re wearing, it’s always better to be too dressed up than not enough.
  11. T-shirts just won’t work: You may think that your client is charmed by the witty saying on your shirt, but he’s laughing at you, not with you. Instead of a t-shirt, wear a polo or a comfortable button-down. This rule goes for flip flops and Crocs, too.
  12. Keep a spare in your car: Keep a few key pieces in the trunk of your car in case you find yourself roped into a last minute meeting and need to take your appearance up a notch. A wrinkle-free jacket, shoes and a belt should suffice. Make sure that they’re versatile enough to work with just about anything you’d normally wear.

10 Popular Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make Money in Second Life

Monday, September 10, 2007 at 1:51pm by Site Administrator

While the idea of owning and operating a successful business in a purely virtual world might sound extremely futuristic, the reality is that virtual worlds are a growing market full of possibilities for entrepreneurs who know how to take advantage. Artists, designers, landowners and even currency speculators are turning the virtual environment of Second Life into a real-world profit center.

Second Life has become so profitable that it has an annual GDP of $64 million, with over 3,000 business owners earning more than $20,000 a year on their virtual wares. There are many ways that you can become part of this growing trend. Here are a few ideas for starting your own business in Second Life.

  1. Design avatars. As an absolute essential in the Second Life world, there is no shortage of demand for avatars. Because of this demand, selling avatars can be an extremely profitable business for entrepreneurs with a little technical know-how and creativity. Some businesses cater to the general crowd, while others profit from focusing on specific sub groups or parts of the body. Whatever you decide to do, no matter how bizarre, you’re bound to find customers as long as your products are well-designed.
  2. Be a real estate mogul. In Second Life, land is bought and sold just like it is in real life. Entrepreneurs can purchase it from Second Life or from other businesspeople in the game. It can then be developed with businesses, rented out, or sold off in smaller parcels at a markup. Don’t see how you could become the Donald Trump of the virtual world? It can be done, just ask Anshe Chung. Chung is a real estate tycoon in the game, just last year becoming the first virtual world millionaire. While it might take you a while to match that kind of earning power, there is definitely money to be made in the virtual real estate industry.
  3. Make virtual objects for real businesses. The line between real-world businesses and virtual world businesses is getting thinner by the moment. Many Second Life entrepreneurs make their money creating in-game objects that can help out real-life businesses. Some are used for medical and emergency training, others for builders and universities. It’s an area where there is a lot of room to grow as well. The next version of Second Life will be directly integrated with the web, making it easier for business owners to bring their tangible goods into the virtual world.
  4. Set up a currency exchange. Second Life has its own currency, Linden Dollars, and as such, residents must exchange dollars for in-game cash. The official exchange site for the game, LindeX, charges a small fee for the transactions, much like if you were to exchange dollars for any other currency. Of course, entrepreneurs who are good with economics could stand to make a tidy profit off setting up their own currency exchange, buying and selling as the market fluctuates. Some business owners have even gone so far as to add investments like stocks to their banking empire. With the constant evolution of the in-game economy, the idea may not be that far-fetched.
  5. Embrace fashion design. If you’ve always wanted to design clothes but lack the necessary sewing skills, you might be able to live out your dream through Second Life. Entrepreneurs adept with texture design and 3-D modeling can design clothing and accessories. Designer Jennifer Grinnell was able to quit her day job and live solely off the profits from her cyber clothing store, Mischief. And with a little business savvy you could do the same. Put your clothes on the right residents, and you could start a trend, earning you a handsome profit and a cyber celebrity status to boot.
  6. Be an architect. Real estate is a big market in Second Life, and it’s not just about the land. Well-designed buildings are in demand, but the customers aren’t just residents who want help developing beachfront property. Businesses are increasingly using the game as a means of keeping in touch with far flung employees, and need appropriately designed office space for meetings and work with these employees, often requesting replicas of their real-life conference rooms. As Second Life grows in popularity with businesses and casual users, opportunities for making money from designing buildings will only increase.
  7. Teach classes. Second Life isn’t all just fun and games, you can also use it to bring together residents to teach classes and provide learning opportunities. Several universities already use the program for teaching classes online. While the medium might be better suited for conceptual rather than hands-on topics, it is possible to offer classes that would be of interest to users. Provided you have the expertise, you could turn you a profit without ever having to leave your home.
  8. Design games. There are many interactive games available for Second Life residents to play, and because at heart it is a game, these can be a good way to make money. The most successful of these games, Tringo, sells within the virtual universe at $50 bucks a pop, but has also scored a much more valuable deal: a contract with a real-life video game company to market the game for Nintendo. Come up with the next big thing and you could find yourself in a similar situation.
  9. Create animations. Every interaction between Second Life characters has to be programmed, and many residents are willing to pony up hard-earned Linden Dollars for specialized interactions. While they may be time-consuming to create, they can be a very profitable business. Interaction designer Chris Mead sells about 300 of his custom interactions a day. Even at only $1 each, that figure is nothing to scoff at. Program your own interactions, and you could see a similar return on your time investment.
  10. Open a retail shop. Just like the real world, Second Life residents need more than clothes and a place to live to be happy– they need stuff and lots of it. That’s where you can come in. You can set up a shop specializing in selling everything from toasters to sports cars. Or if you’re especially design-savvy, open your own line of department stores for virtual one-stop shopping.

The 10 ways listed in this article are simply a taste of the entrepreneurial diversity that Second Life has to offer. To date there are hundreds of different varieties of businesses all fighting and thriving amid competition at least as fierce as in the "real world." In fact, the parallels between the Second Life economy and any other entrepreneurial endeavor are so similar that even if you don’t plan on opening up your own shop in Second Life, taking a stroll down the virtual street can be a learning experience on how to improve any small business.

Business Productivity Applications: ClientScribe

Monday, September 10, 2007 at 1:00am by Site Administrator

ClientScribe client management applicationClientScribe is a web application for managing business interactions with clients/ customers. It’s similar to the very popular 37Signals‘ application Basecamp. ClientScribe does not appear to be full-fledged project management like Basecamp, but it does have some client management features:

  • Manage activities, tasks, reminders.
  • Track interactions with clients (phone calls, email, SMS, meetings).
  • Share/ import/ export/ receive files.
  • Text search database.
  • Send emails, send faxes, store contacts.

Just by comparison to similar applications, ClientScribe seems to offer quite a few features for a fair price. The odd thing that they and other web app vendors are doing is that the free package is often better than the paid “Personal” package, unless you need storage space.

Plans include:

  1. Basic (free): 10 customers, 25 Mb attachments, 10 users.
  2. Personal (US$5/mth): 1,000 customers, 500 Mb, 1 user.
  3. Advantage ($9/mth): 5,000 customers, 2 Gb, unlimited users.
  4. Premium ($15/mth): 10,000 customers, 5 Gb, unlimited users.
  5. Foundation ($25/mth): 30,000 customers, 10 Gb, unlimited users.

What ClientScribe does not have at present – that I could find – is a developer API for creating custom applications.

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