Online Business Productivity: October Link Roundup

Online Business Productivity - Monthly Roundup

Welcome to October’s edition of online business productivity roundup!

Gosh, it’s already October and before you know it, 2013 will be over.

Well, fear not – there are still plenty of  nice days to come and lots of interesting links that I want to share with you :)

Just take your time and go through this list at your own pace. There is a ton of great stuff in this roundup.


Generic Productivity:

Pat Flynn interviews the founder of Lift, an iPhone app, which helps with creating new habits. This application is also available for those without an iPhone.

We all procrastinate – even the most productive of us. And speaking from experience, it starts out from something small and eventually all of those little things add up.

At some point you realize that you are unable to reach your targets and it may even affect your bottom line – just like what happened to Jane.

I remember the times when I was working on something and I totally lost track of time. In other words, I was in a flow state.

In this article, Bojan talks about what a flow state is and how to achieve it.

Believe it or not, negative self-talk indeed hurts your productivity. When I read through the list, I nodded my head many times (and yes, I’m a guilty of doing the negative self-talk too).

A refreshing view to productivity tools. I gotta say that I still use paper to jot down notes at times. The usability (and the user interface) beats any productivity app on the market today :)


A good content calendar not only shows you what you are going to publish on your blog, but also why you publish it.

In this in-depth post by David Risley, he shows one way to build a content calendar for your own blog.

A variety of tools which help you to improve your blogging productivity. Categories include: Writing habits, writing tools, market research, blog management and image tools. Nice!

Hey you! Yeah, I’m talking to you! Get off the Internet now and get back to work!

Do you know what your audience wants? If not, there is a simple way to find out: Just ask!

Steven Fabian shows you how to do this and even shows you the steps required to put a survey on your site.

Another excellent article about asking. This time it’s about getting attention from the influencers.

Guest Blogging:

One part of effective guest posting is about writing for the right blogs. Check out this list that Peter has compiled and start writing posts for the best sites on the Web.

How to make sure you get the guest posts you want. A great 10-tip checklist that you can implement in your own blog when deciding who can guest post on your site.

Online Business:

What is an online business manager and why might your online business need one? You can learn this and other things in this podcast by Natalie Sisson.

An oldie but a goodie: What is crowdsourcing and what are its pros and cons? I used this very method to write my upcoming book :)

Michael talks about a very important matter here. It’s all about understanding what’s at stake and seeing the long-term value of your project.

I probably knew three of these tools already and the rest of them were new to me. Anyway, Google offers a great helping hand for marketers to understand various parts of their online businesses.


How to do blog promotion through commenting.

Actually, with Ti’s help (without her knowing about it – unless if she reads this J!), I started to do commenting again. This post gives you a nice system to follow and some additional PDFs too.

Social Media:

What a blogger outreach is and three social media tools that will help you do it.

Do you know how effective your tweets are? In other words, who and how many people retweeted them? This and plenty of other statistics can be found through the seven tools that are introduced in this article.

Social media and productivity – would you believe that I just mentioned these two together? Anyway, this list of tools helps you to improve your social media productivity.

Some of the tools you may have heard of, while other tools are probably new ones (at least for me).

A very nice list of social media tasks that you can hand out to your virtual assistant.


These dashboards give you an overview of how your blog is performing (and it’s a great way to learn from your readers too!).

I admit that I’ll have to dig deeper into this stuff than what I have already done, but Ana’s post is a great starting point on the topic.

E-mail Marketing:

As Michelangelo once said: “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.” It’s so true and it applies to list building as well.

This post talks about three important lessons learned after setting big list building goals.

No e-mail list, no online business. Your e-mail list is the cornerstone of your business and I agree with Francisco: It should be your #1 priority.

Is it?

Landing Pages:

How many points (out of 50) can you get with this test?

  • Thanks for including me in the list Timo! Highly appreciated! Love these roundups of yours, offer a lot of value. Seems like we read a lot of similar things, yet I need to catch up on a thing or two!

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Bojan!

      Thank you!

      Sure, we should catch up – Talk to you soon!


  • Thanks so much for the mention Timo. I love the list (currently have all the links opened in my tabs) :) Keep up this list. I personally find this round up very useful!

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Jane!

      Of course!

      I have already started to compile the roundup post for the next month :)


  • Hi Timo,

    This is a great list of resources for anyone who has a business online. This is my first time to your blog and I love it. I guess I better grab a cup of coffee and start visiting some of the links.

    Thanks for sharing these I know that they will definitely help me…I’ll be back to see what links you provide us with next month.

    Thanks a lot and have a great day.

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Susan!

      Nice to see you here!

      Yeah, there are a lot of great resources on this month’s roundup.

      I’m already compiling the next one and I bet it has plenty of interesting links too :)


  • Hi Timo,

    Great resources you’ve just shared here. A few of the posts include my favorite blogs, where i am avid reader on. This is a must-read for online business owners.

    Shared it on my twitter, my online marketing friends would find it useful for sure.


    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Gautham!

      Thank you very much – I appreciate a lot of this nice gesture!


  • At first I had to pause and think whether my online business have been productive so far as we near 2014. Its yet another good post to help all online business owners. ~ Anetta

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Anetta!

      That’s great to hear!

      Next round up is on it’s way … :)


  • gds

    thanks for providing great knowledge base to promote my online business.

    • Timo Kiander

      Great to hear that, thanks!