How To Easily Create *MAGNETIC* Blog Posts And Videos

When you’re a blogger or social media marketer, your mission is really to become a producer of valuable content in the form of videos, blog posts, or articles… Value means sharing tips, strategies, ideas, or concepts that will help improve the lives or businesses of others.  

As a social media and blogging coach, one of the most common questions I get asked is, ‘Katie, how do I come up with new content ideas?’  

This is where most new bloggers get totally stuck… But coming up with new content ideas is actually fun and easy when you have the right strategies and tips to guide you along.  So today, I’d like to share a few juicy strategies for creating magnetic blog posts and videos to help YOU along your journey to becoming a content-creating superstar!

Ok, so matter what your niche is, you can always get inspiration for content ideas in your daily life… As you read books, ebooks, go to seminars, watch movies, have conversations with friends, etc, you can train your mind to always be thinking about ways to turn these experiences and learned skills into content.  I keep a running journal of content ideas as I come up with them throughout my day, so that when it comes time to sit down and create a video or a post, I have a whole list of ideas to choose from.

For example, let’s say you you just went snowboarding last weekend…  And your niche is teaching people about online marketing.  You can create a post about your experience snowboarding and how certain principles and concepts also apply to online marketing.  So maybe you could talk about how snowboarding:

  • Takes a certain amount of courage and risk, just like starting your own business.
  • Requires that you stay focused and in the present moment because distractions can cause an accident… And being truly effective and successful as an entrepreneur also requires present moment awareness and focus.
  • While learning to snowboard, it is inevitable that you will fall down, but what’s important is that you pick yourself back and up and keep going… In business, you will experience setbacks here and there when you’re learning and growing, but as long as failure isn’t an option, you just need to pick yourself back up, dust yourself off, and continue full speed ahead.

So use your own life as continual inspiration!  Just make sure you always apply the ideas and insights you come across to your specific niche and how it benefits your readers or followers.  And as you learn or come across new information, turn around and share it!

So now that you’ve got an idea for how to come up with the inspiration behind your content, let’s talk about ideas for how to structure it… Below are 5 high-converting and extremely powerful strategies for delivering your content…

1.  Create a ‘How To’ post or video:  Teach something!  Most people are always eager to learn new information and strategies that will help them get to where they want to be in life. For example, ‘How To Create And Optimize Your Facebook Fan Page.’

2.  Make A List:  List reasons, steps, excuses, biggest mistakes, top strategies, etc.  For example, ‘5 Steps To Cultivating Authentic Power‘.

3.  Ask A Question:  Questions automatically get the brain to produce an answer, whether internally or out loud.  Asking a question in a blog post or video encourages people to want to read or watch the content and contribute their answer!  For example, ‘What Does True Freedom Mean To You?

4.  Give A Direct Benefit:  Clearly stating the benefit in your blog post or video title is very powerful and will definitely help you captivate a larger audience.  For example, ‘2 Tips To Unblock Your Energy For Increased Clarity And Creativity‘.  In this example, having more clarity and creativity is the direct benefit to the reader.

5.  Define Or Reveal Something:  This type of post or video is great for peaking curiosity.  For example, ‘The Secret To Doubling Your Productivity And Success in 2010.

So there you have it… Take these ideas and run with it!  Get out there and become a people magnet with your amazing, valuable content!  It’s an easy feat when you get into the flow and you follow the strategies outlined above!

Hope you got some great value out of this post today!  Please leave me a comment down below and let me know what you liked the most and what you’re excited to go out and implement!  And don’t forget to share this post with your Twitter and Facebook friends and followers!  

Great ideas are meant to be shared!   ;-) 

We’ll talk soon…

To Your Unstoppable Success,

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Adrienne February 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

Hey Katie,

Yet another great post.

I find myself struggling from time to time to come up with new content so your ideas are extremely helpful. I mainly do the “How To’s” and the “Lists” and from time to time “everyday experiences”. Writing ideas down is extremely helpful.

Thanks again for your insightful posts and I always look forward to learning from you.

Have an awesome day!

Adrienne
.-= Adrienne´s last blog ..Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway =-.

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Nicholas Klein February 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Katie,

There are some GOLD nuggets in this post, and you’ve broken down the process in a simple way.

If you’ve never written a blog post, it can be overwhelming when you think about creating enough content for an entire site.

Thanks for sharing your article templates (and demonstrating smooth internal linking to some of your best posts).

Have a fantastic day!
.-= Nicholas Klein´s last blog ..Pro Blogger: How Do I Choose the Best Free WordPress Theme for My New Blog? =-.

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buff February 11, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hi Katie,

Thanks for sharing these terrific ideas about writing magnetic posts. I think one of the hardest things at the beginning (for a new blogger) is to find ways to translate life experiences into “valuable content” that can truly benefit others. It’s really a whole new way of perceiving one’s life and takes some real thought and self-confidence. It can be very daunting at first!

Your clearly stated suggestions will be helpful to so many people!

Thanks for creating a straightforward vision of what’s possible and demonstrating with the content of this post (and all your posts!)

Have a beautiful day!
Buff
.-= buff´s last blog ..Growing Pains =-.

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Chris February 12, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Thank you for the tips and the advice. I have been some difficulty getting attention to my blog and increasing my reader count. Been looking for a bit of guidance, cause I think I need it! So thanks for that.:)
.-= Chris´s last blog ..Discount Tire Stores =-.

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Steven February 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Great Katie
This actually has been really helpful because I do know and do all 5 of these but for the past little while, I have had a hard time with new content. This has given me a few idea’s of things that I had not really relized that was good content.
.-= Steven´s last blog ..Reactive vs Proactive – There Is A Major Difference For Your Business =-.

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John Chatman February 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

Hey Katie,
First off let me say that YOU ROCK. Now as to the content: I find that the most impactful posts that I have written on my blog all come to me through whatever it is that I am studying or experiencing at the moment.

I find that if I am studying a particular subject and take what I have learned and make a blog post regarding it that not only does it allow me to share my knowledge with others it also serves to deepen the understanding on my own behalf.

To Our Massive Success,
John
.-= John Chatman´s last blog ..Are Your Dreams Big Enough? =-.

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Katie February 17, 2010 at 4:12 am

Hi Katie,

Great information. My favorite tidbit was about keeping a journal of ideas. I’m relatively new to blogging and always appreciate good advice on how to create content.

Katie

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Jarrod Clark February 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Thank you Katie for this great article. It reminds me of more diverse ways to go about blogging and posting videos. It also challenges me to think outside of the box. I’ve realized that doing pillar articles such as tutorials and lists are somehow easier because I’m not trying to create content I’m just listing how to do something. Again thank you for the great article. You are helping so many people!!
.-= Jarrod Clark´s last blog ..Stand Firm Against The Attacks of The Enemy =-.

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Lynn Glaser February 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Hi Katie,

A truly valuable post, thank you. I like your idea of using your own life as your inspiration for creating new posts. That way your posts are unique and come from real experience. I think they get the message across a little better when they’re from everyday experiences that everyone can relate to.

Cheers, Lynn
.-= Lynn Glaser´s last blog ..22 Ideas For Finding And Creating Blog Content =-.

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Amanda February 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

WOW Katie!

This is some awesome blogging information! You are truly the blogging queen! :) Even though I’ve been blogging for awhile it’s easy to get off track with the most effective strategies. Thanks for reminding me of those ideas above.

Appreciate you sharing the wealth and I know this info will be helpful to sooo many people!

Much love and appreciation!
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..The Epitome Of A Good Life Is Gratitude, Growth, and Giving Back =-.

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Jarrod Clark February 26, 2010 at 1:17 am

I’ve just read this article again for inspiration and I had to send you a comment. Katie you’ve been such a great help with me and my blogging. Thank you for all you do!
.-= Jarrod Clark´s last blog ..What Lane Are You Traveling In Life? =-.

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Garrett Miller February 26, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Hey Katie, just stumbled onto this post, dunno how I missed it… did you send out an email broadcast for this one?

Anyways, I was recently having trouble brainstorming new content for my blog. I figured stuff that may be interesting or relevant to me may not be interesting or relevant to my readers. Then I realized that the ONLY stuff I should be blogging about is stuff that’s relevant and interesting to me, because it is with that stuff that I am able to DEFINE my audience. By infusing your own interests with value, bloggers are really able to put the law of attraction to work.

As always, thanks for the post!

Garrett
.-= Garrett Miller´s last blog ..Twitter – Autoresponder (Web) 2.0 =-.

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Billee Brady February 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Hey Katie,

You are an AMAZING women and i truly appreciate your blog to no end, you seem to be just a wealth of knowledge when it comes to personal development and social media!!

I will be following your teachings very closely to deposit in to my ” Value Bank ”

Thanks……

Billee Brady
.-= Billee Brady´s last blog ..Keyword Research Services Are Wasting Your Money =-.

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Xavi Ojeda March 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Hi Katie,

Thank you so much for this golden tips! :)

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J.B. Washburn March 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Katie – this is great stuff. I retweeted it and also plan to repost it on my blog.

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Darlene Davis March 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Katie,

Life experiences can be the best teachers. I am finding that blogging has helped me look at life differently. To an extent, your blog is an ongoing journal of what you’re living.

You’re always a great source of inspiration and energy:)
.-= Darlene Davis´s last blog ..Bodyblade The Unique Exerciser =-.

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Patrick March 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

Katie “I love you” Wow – thats how I felt when I read the post “How To Easily Create *MAGNETIC* Blog Post And Videos.” I can see that if you yourself are inspired then other can be too!
.-= Patrick´s last blog ..Make Money Online. =-.

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Karen Jacobson March 4, 2010 at 11:31 am

Hi Katie,

Your post has been very helpful to me. I am ready to start blogging, but have been unsure of what to write about. Thank you so much for the ideas and “how to’s”!

Have a wonderful day!

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Shannon Tecson March 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Katie!
.-= Shannon Tecson´s last blog ..Amongst Other Gifts You Can Gain Through A Home Based Business =-.

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Tommy DiPietro March 9, 2010 at 5:30 am

Hi Katie,

Your content is amazing. I read an article that you posted on betternetworkers and glad I found you:).
There is so much recycled information whether it is a blog post or an article, that if you are not adding value it is just a waste of time.
I tell people all the time about the value of an magnetic attitude espcially if you are going to get your information from a “gallery of reusuable information”. I personally like to make my header attractive and use an example from personal experience.
Have a great day!!
Tommy
.-= Tommy DiPietro´s last blog ..Would Super Mario Be A Super Blogger? =-.

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Shannon Tecson March 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm

This is great Katie, thank you for all the wonderful tips. I will get better at blogging. When I first began my blog, it was at first a personal journal. Now, that has shifted into what can I contribute? What content can I give? I can see that through my own personal growth, I do have a lot of ‘value’ to share. Now the challenge is to put that into words. With your outline here I find this very helpful. Thank you so much! I appreciate you for helping us along the way!

Love you much,
Shannon
.-= Shannon Tecson´s last blog ..A Lesson Taken From The Movie "Alive" =-.

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Carina March 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

Hi Katie:

Thank you for your tips, the first question we should ask ourselves id how can we give valuable information to our readers. How can we help them a little bit.

Thanks again,
Carina
.-= Carina´s last blog ..Are you losing money online? Avoid this overlooked mistake. =-.

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Yannick van den Bos March 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Katie for this awesome blog post, will certainly use this information :)
.-= Yannick van den Bos´s last blog ..5 Steps To Success: Believe In Yourself! (Step 3) =-.

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LaTasha Brown April 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Thanks Kate! Your advice is golden!!!
.-= LaTasha Brown´s last blog ..Music Monday…Shine On, People!! Shine On!!!! =-.

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Kristoperson Lanorias April 23, 2010 at 1:05 am

Hello Katie,

First of all great post. Do you recommend Yaro’s Mastermind Blogging subscription? The $97 monthly? Please let me know. Thanks
.-= Kristoperson Lanorias´s last blog ..How To Brand Yourself As A Leader And The Go To Guy In The New Social Media Economy =-.

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Dan Gambardello April 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I love your posts! To your unlimited success Katie! God Bless,

Dan
.-= Dan Gambardello´s last blog ..A Quick Thank You! =-.

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Amanda April 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I’ve been hearing that telling personal stories about yourself is extremely effective. It allows your readers to get to know you and connect with you on a personal level. Even in your autoresponder emails, telling stories is something I am seeing more and more people doing. This is a strategy I intend to work with in my upcoming content.
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..How To Create Life-Long Wealth By Doing What You LOVE =-.

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Marty Ware April 27, 2010 at 5:00 am

Hi my name is Marty Ware and I work as an Online Management Consultant in Australia. I have to continually come up with new content for my clients promotions online.
One great way tool that I use is, Google’s keyword tool. I type in the relative keyword that I am considering writing about submit that and presto a list of headings titles, phrases, the works.
Once you have your list prepared the rest usually just falls into place.
You just have to start writing and be passionate what you write about.
I hope this helps?
Marty
Using these phrases also helps on page optimisation to rank in the search engines!

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zulfikrihassan May 2, 2010 at 7:23 am

Hi Katie,

I agreed with you! When we focus our effort to get new content for our blog or video blog – every events or occasions can be turned into our content. We just need to relate it back to our specific niche.

For me I love to bring a camera with me, and recorded the event when the ideas struck into my mind – i just record a video and posted into my blog.

Thanks for sharing the great tips Katie!
.-= zulfikrihassan´s last blog ..Video Blog : Blog or Websites Structure =-.

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Mohamed May 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Amazing post Katie

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ali hassan May 12, 2010 at 8:25 am

Hello dear katie…u r such an inspiring woman i beleive that there is so much happening around u and it really feels like to follow on u footsteps in life and be a true enterpreneur in life…! Well as said i would love to know how can u guide me that i have created atleast two blogs of my own and i want traffic on my blogs and its not only that but all those who visit my blog i also get money earned on that so i can go on and try to write more and more on every day matters…i m trying to enter the unified team but well after i get an enrollment for a month is it necesary that i shoudl go on for more as i m in Kuwait and not any where else in USA OR UK. So pls. advice.

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Carol Perdue May 19, 2010 at 12:52 am

Katie,
This is just what I needed. I’ve been preparing to write my first blog and I’ve wrote some down on paper. I just have been putting it off, can’t really explain why. BUT your information gave me some insight and inspired me to just “DO IT”! SO thank you again for all the great information and keep up the good work. I am loving your content and following you!

Carol Perdue

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Justine Simard May 19, 2010 at 6:53 am

Hi Katie! This is so true, inspiration comes easily when we learn to use the opportunities we have in our daily lives to create content and share about our experiences, resources, inspirations and insight! Thanks you for sharing your wisdom!
.-= Justine Simard´s last blog ..Work At Home Mums: Making Time For Yourself. =-.

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Sukie Baxter May 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Very nice. Coming up with useful content is always something I’m working on. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, so I keep a pen by my bed. Also, I have a dry erase marker in the shower so I can jot down ideas on the tile wall (because ideas always come at the LEAST opportune times, like when you’re sopping wet and have shampoo streaming down your face).
.-= Sukie Baxter´s last blog ..7 Slimming spices to help you lose weight =-.

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Chuck Bluestein May 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm

That is a lot of good information. You have become an expert at blogging in a short time. Yes it is good to use anologies. In fact that is how Jesus taught things using parables. Also it makes it more interesting to introduce new things.

Decades ago Tim Galloway was teaching people about being in the present. He was a professional tennis player and used tennis as an example. He wrote The Inner Game of Tennis that was a best seller. He said that instead of thinking about how you are not going to be able to keep this rally going in the next few moments, try something else. When the ball bounces say bounce and when you hit the ball say hit and when it bounces say (to yourself, not aloud) bounce and when the opponenet hits it say hit. And keep doing that.

Later he wrote The Inner Game of Golf. He practices a meditation called Self-Knowledge. Then lots of CEOs were hiring him to teach the inner game of business.
.-= Chuck Bluestein´s last blog ..Senator Arlen Specter =-.

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Marti Norris May 28, 2010 at 4:25 am

Great Video Katie,

I got some excellent tips on content for my blogging post. Very encouraging for a newbie like myself.

Marti

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Nacie Carson June 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Hey Katie! Your idea to keep a running journal of ideas is really brilliant and something that has kept me putting out quality content – over 300 blog posts later!

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve pulled out that journal to get over writer’s block. I also find making a flexible editorial calendar is helpful – block out the next few weeks of posts but stay flexible in case you are hit with inspiration for something!
.-= Nacie Carson´s last blog ..Finding A Lucrative Niche Is the Key to Success =-.

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Jennifer May June 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Hi Katie!

Okay, I definitely loved this post! Great ideas and I appreciate the tips. I personally love coming up with new ideas and content to write about. You have now given me even more to work with.

You truly have so much knowledge and I definitely am grateful for it. Thanks again and great post!
.-= Jennifer May´s last blog ..My Top 20 Reasons WHY NOT To SURRENDER To Life’s Obstacles… But OVERCOME And FACE Them =-.

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TJ Chambers July 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm

As Marty said, using a keyword tool will give you a lot of keywords to write content on. You can give it your own spin to help you stand out from the other pages out there.

When you know how to use the keywords correctly, it will help you generate traffic in the search engines for free.

I use this for articles, videos, webpages, blog posts, tweets, etc.

Great ideas from Katie too!

I made a video about what I learned from the animals at the zoo. Animal behavior will teach you a lot about marketing to people!
.-= TJ Chambers´s last blog ..Jul 14- Network Marketing Consultant for MLM Help =-.

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George August 2, 2010 at 7:09 am

Great blog post! As I work on launching my blog chop full of content, this post is right on time! Keep ‘em coming!

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Tanisha August 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

im so glad I found you Katie. I have been looking for a better of life and you are continuing to show me how to do so. Being a mother and a Wife I try my best to be my best. Since Reading your blog and learning from it I have taking a whole new outlook on how I use my blog and social media. Thanks agian Katie
Tanisha´s last blog post ..Why many continue to fail using social medi a Part 1

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Jon Patrick September 10, 2010 at 5:01 am

This reminds me of one of the techniques I use to come up with Article ideas.
Say your niche is Health – sign up for other newsletters about this, especially from magazines that cover your topic.
They’ll send out emails to you once or thrice a week, almost always with neat tips.
NEVER PLAGARIZE, but use those newsletters to ‘jump start’ your thoughts for the next article topic.
Jon Patrick´s last blog post ..Mandura Opportunity – Part 2

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Laura September 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

Hey Katie,

This was very helpful. It can be tough coming up with great content consistently but you offered some great ideas. Thanks!

Laura
Laura´s last blog post ..Motivational Tip to Get in Shape and Do So Safely!

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Luis September 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Hi Katie,

This is great and helpful and I really appreciate sharing with us.
Luis´s last blog post ..Phentermine Adipex Side Effects

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Rick Salas September 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm

My favorite part is where you use everyday experiences to come up with ideas to help out people in your niche. Always a good read on your blog Katie. Thanks for sharing these great tips. This is definitely something to help me out.

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Bob White September 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Hi Katei – I always get a tip or two reading your blog. Katie, I have been trying to learn how to use Trackbacks/Pingbacks on my blog but just can’t find the technical explanation to implement it –

would you be so kind to explain how they work and what you have included in your blog to make them work – plugin ?

thanks so much Katie – you are first-class !

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Francesco September 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Very helpful advise like always :)
Francesco´s last blog post ..Weekend box office- Lohan’s ‘Machete’ plays OK

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Amanda September 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Great Piece of Advice thanks for sharing :D
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Carlos M. September 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Hi Katie,

This is a great concept
Carlos M.´s last blog post ..Demi Lovato Tells Americas Next Top Models She Was Bullied

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Luis October 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm

this is great guide line to do blog post and videos
Luis´s last blog post ..Losing Weight with Green Coffee

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