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Removed NOFOLLOW Attribute From All Trackbacks

John W. Furst
John W. Furst

A very quick insider note.

The infamous NOFOLLOW attribute has been removed from this blog for the backlinks of all trackbacks.

I think, why not share some appreciation for (quality!) bloggers who write about my posts.

Right now this blog still does not accept PINGBACKS, but TRACKBACKS are highly welcome (quality only!). Regular comments are still not followed.

Now, it's up to me to write and distribute posts which are worth to be written about.

I think about upgrading and enabling PINGBACKS as well.
Let me think …

Of course, I will monitor, possibly moderate trackbacks, and update the comment policy accordingly shortly.

John W. Furst

Something different - Do You Have A Heart?

Help Spread CHD Awareness A different kind, but nonetheless important Blog post today.

Support Dr.Mani’s Heart Kids Tweet-a-thon
Help A Child With Heart Birth Defects

September 12th, 2008

My friend Dr.Mani is a heart surgeon who innovatively uses Internet marketing to help kids born with heart defects.

On September 12th, in a very special event called the Heart Kids Tweet-a-thon, he is blogging non-stop for 24 hours to raise funds for his ‘heart kids’.

And this year, he’s setting his sights high

Dr.Mani plans to raise $30,000 in a day to fund lifesaving heart surgery for 12 children. But to make it happen, we need YOUR help!

He’s got some very practical plans worked out - check them out here. Be a part of this great project, if you can.

Also, don’t forget to drop by and encourage him on the big day! Make sure you visit the Heart Kids Tweet-a-thon on September 12th, 2008 - the URL is


the theme: Passion. Purpose. Persistence
the partners: More than FIFTY top online marketers
the place:

Be there. Tell a friend. Sponsor the event. Make a donation.

We need your help.
GIVE - to help a child live

John W. Furst

P.S.: Thanks Pat Doyle for pointing me there.

Bad Future For Email?

Who is Jim Kukral?

Jim Krukal on Stage [Photo] Jim Kukral is a web marketer, speaker, long-time award-winning blogger, customer evangelist, writer, online monetization expert, and well, a bunch of other things. Yeah, he’s done a bit of everything.

For years Jim has been working on the bleeding edge of web marketing and business. From owning his own web firms to consulting for some of the world’s largest companies, Jim Kukral has experienced just about everything web related you can think of. That’s why Jim has become one of the Industry’s most sought after consultants and public speakers.

Jim focuses on helping businesses… (more about Jim Kukral)
I have a lot RSS feeds in my Google Reader, but I keep it manageable by cleaning out on a regular basis. One feed that I added rather recently is Jim Kukral's Blog. And I am happy that he finally made it into my reader.

Jim publishes daily videos called “The Daily Flip”. His latest one caught my attention. It's called,
No, Email Isn't Dead… Yet

Jim plays along with me in my age category, but he suddenly reminds me and everybody else who watches the flip…
  • Your future market might live on another cloud already.

Did you ever observe how people in different age groups communicate?

You should! Those communication habits are heavily influenced by social groups. In most cases nobody could anticipated those developments. E.g.
  • SMS (the short messaging service between mobile phones) were a technical gimmick.
  • Twitter
  • Messaging on Facebook, MySpace,…

The point is, a marketer needs to observe social phenomenons and be aware of changes. The old saying remains to be true:
“You are not your market!”

If you want to reach out to your market, you need to behave like one of them, and eventually become one of them.

Now check put Jim's video flip: No, Email Isn't Dead… Yet

John W. Furst

P.S.: Thanks Jim for your insight and the reminder.

Are You In A Tribe, Yet?

Seth Godin invites you to join a members-only tribe. A tribe for marketers, for leaders, for those focused on building communities or creating products or spreading ideas.


[Photo: Seth Godin]
Seth Godin
But who is Seth Godin anyway?
  • WRITER of bestselling books about marketing.
  • SPEAKER with a unique style and great reputation.
  • ENTREPRENEUR with a track record.


Seth will create this online community to prove once more he is someone who walks his talk and to do things little bit different, again. His new book which is scheduled for October 2008 describes the marketing power of tribes…

You guessed right, the online community will be part of the prove of the concept.

To find out:
  • What's involved and
  • What is in it for you.

Simply go to Seth's Blog post: “Are You In A Tribe?

John W. Furst

P.S.: In order to get into the community you need to be committed enough tp pre-order Seth's new book (e.g. at for ~14.00 US$). Admittance until no later then August 10th or earlier.