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Monday, May 7, 2012

Sharing The Love: How to Improve your Blog by Helping Others

 I'm going to talk about helping others. Blogging isn't just about writing. Alot of it has to do with helping others help you.                                                                                                    
Start out by following other blogs that intrest you and are related to your blog. After you've sorted through all of the blogs out there, hone in on the one's that are posting most often. Start engaging in conversation with them, by posting comments on their posts. Don't get over whelming and make sure your not just posting come and check out my blog at whocares.com. If you do no one will take you seriously and your comments will be deleted.

After you have established relationships with other bloggers in your industry make sure you start giving them some love. How do you do that? Add a link to their blog from yours in a few of the following ways. On your links page, in your blog roll, in a related links section, by referring to a blog post  bloggerX has posted their blog that relates to the next blog post you are writing.  

The next couple of things take a little extra work, but are well worth it for not only you but your blogging buddies. Ask outdoor bloggerX if they would like to do an interview, if they say yes, interview them, write it up and post it on your blog. Make sure you add at least a link or two back to their blog as well.  Example: http://www.thewilltohunt.com/2012/05/interview-melissa-bachman.html

How about asking another blogger to guest post on your blog? Ok, this one may require more work on their end than yours, but in actuality you're still helping them get the word out about their blog. Example: http://beng-outdoors.blogspot.com/2011/02/old-buck.html

Start asking every blogger you know if you can do a guest post on their blog, some will say sure and you won't hear back, some will say sure and give you a topic and post it, and other will say sorry maybe some other time. Now not only does this one help bloggerX out by giving them a break for one post it gives you a chance to get your name on another site and hopefully some links. Example: http://www.foremosthunting.com/Turkey/Gear/TurkeyGunsandAmmo/CreatingTheUltimateTurkeyGun/tabid/1474/Default.aspx

There is one extra step to make this work even better, ok, maybe three extra steps. 1. Blog (on your own blog) about your guest post on outdoor bloggerX's blog and send extra traffic their way. 2. Make sure you mention your guest post on all of your social media outlets. 3. Send an email to all of your friends with a link to your guest post (make sure you tell them how proud you are about it). 

Doing all of this will send extra traffic to bloggerX's Blog and who knows maybe they'll ask you to come back and guest post again or not. Either way you've helped out anther blogger and you'll feel better about yourself.

One last thing create lists of your favorite blog post, blogs, bloggers, websites, and whatever else you can think of. Make sure you write a brief description of each and provide a link back to website or blog. This way you are giving love to lots of people at once. You'll help them out by giving them publicity, a link, and making them feel proud that you included them. If they like what you had to say, they might even give you a link or mention on one of their social media outlets.

That's all for now. Keep up the great blogging and I'll see you all next time

Ben G.

PS I'm changing my approach to blogging and hope you all like my new angel. I want to help everyone succeed in our industry and I hope all of my tips and tricks can help you out. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Big Thank You!

Hey everyone if you didn’t already know I found a job in the hunting industry working for a company called North American Membership group. My position is the Social Media Editor for North American Hunting Club. I have had the job for about a month and a half, so far and I love it.
I first of all wanted to thank everyone who has read Ben G. Outdoors for the last couple of years and helped me along the way you all are great. I couldn’t have done it without you.  There are so many people I want to thank; I hope I don’t miss anyone.

 Number one on my list is my Wife Amber without her support I would have never been able to do any of this. In around about way my boys had an influence on me starting Ben G. Outdoors, so thank you Wyatt and Nolan.
In the blogging world I would like to thank Elisabeth Peterson of Deer Passion . She was one of the first people to support me in my blogging effort, giving me great feedback about blogging in general, becoming my first friend on twitter, and as well as my very first guest post so thank you Elisabeth.
Jim Bratten of the Sportsman’s Blog  has been so nice and forth coming with advice, support, and friendship I don’t know what I would have done without him. Jim is a great guy; I actually had the chance to meet him and was part of the Midwest Blogger Summit planning team. Jim Thank you a ton for your help, support, and friendship!
Next we have a couple of fellows who run great bogs Albert Rasch of The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles who helped me answer, so many questions, helped me spread the word about my contest,  and was/still is a great person to bounce ideas off of. Thanks Albert!

Then there is Rick Kratzke of Whitetail Woods. He has giving me so much support over the last couple of years I can’t begin to say thanks enough. When no one else would comment on my posts I could be sure to get feedback and comments from Rick. Thanks so much Rick!
Jody Narantic of the Hunter’s Wife. Jody has helped me sort through Ideas and given me great advice on how to market my blog. As well as giving me a chance to do a guest post for her blog and try out my comedy writing (I think I’ll stick with outdoor writing). Thank you bunches Jody!
On the fishing side I can’t for get to thank Mel Moore, he was another great influence and gave me some great feedback as well as helping spread the word about Ben G. Outdoors. Thanks a bunch Mel!

I also have to give a huge thanks to Eddie Lee Rider of Land Report , and Sportsmans Life , without Eddie’s help I would have never had the chance to connect with Bill Miller of the North American Hunting Club in the first place. Eddie introduced me to Bill through email and gave me a stellar recommendation. Thanks Eddie I owe you one or more!
On the business blog side of things I have to thank Dayne Shuda. With his hunting business marketing web site (which I miss greatly) I learned so much about the industry and how to effectively present my blog. Because of his article The 50 best blog posts of 2009 where I received a 14 ranking I realized I may have under estimated myself as a blogger/writer. Thanks so Much Dayne!
Most of you in the outdoor blogging world will know this lady she has a blog called BulletProof Media  Michelle Scheuerman.  She is also the Director of Communications at The Sportsman Channel. Michelle invited me to Hunt Fish Feed in St. Paul, MN in 2010. She has helped me out greatly. Especially when I was about to give up on writing and blogging Michelle asked me to do a couple of articles for the Sportsman Channel's newsletter. I was like holy crap I must be able to write if she is giving me this chance. Thanks for everything Michelle!
Adam Dunnom of MyBuckStory.com  has helped me out any time I sent him and email, or called him for advice. Adam has been a very big part of me learning how to market, advertise, and monetize my blog. Thank you Adam for all your help!
The boys at Foremost Media/Foremost Hunting Jon Ballard and Chris Larsen, these guys are; well awesome no other word can describe them. Jon basically redesigned my blog for me, and Chris has been a great help on twitter. I won’t forget to mention the fact that I was asked by both Chris and Jon to write a couple of articles for their site and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks a heap Guys!
I also would like to thank Joe and Rebecca of the Outdoor Blogger Network There were a couple of times when I started to lose interest in blogging, when their great site got me back into it. Not only do they provide a great service to outdoor bloggers around the web, but they are wonderful people too. Thanks greatly Rebecca & Joe.
A few others I would like to thank Kari Murray, Mike Agneta of Troutrageous! , John Delaney of  Fish Creek Spinners , Cory Glauner of International Hunting Consultants , Matt of The Functioning Fishaholics, Nicole Calleo of Hanks Clothing , Alexis Nascimento of Magnum Boots , Josh Mann of Some Fishing Blog , Lisa Jane of Hunt Like You’re Hungry, and Elle of Bullets & Biscuits  I know I have missed more than a few people, so if I left you out I am deeply sorry.
Without every last one of these people I would have never had the opportunity to make it in the industry, so thank you all from deep down inside me for everything you have shared, shown, helped with, provided, advised, supported, responded, read, and done to help me on my journey. YOU ALL ROCK!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Human Planet Review


Warner Bros. Entertainment was kind enough to send me a copy of the Human Planet DVD for review. When I first received the offer I thought well you know this is semi related to the theme of my blog. Well after watching it I proved myself wrong. It was more related to Ben G. Outdoors than I thought. Follow along and I will explain why you should get your own copy.

As I started watching this I first realized it was right up my alley I really enjoy learning about how other people, their cultures and where they live.  This DVD Series has seven different episodes each focusing on a different places and how humans live in each of them.  It soon dawned on me a lot of the human planet DVD showed how these different Cultures hunted and fished for their food.  The more of these hunting and fishing stories I heard the more I knew that I would not hesitate to put this review up on the blog.  I will give you a brief review of each episode and you can decide for yourself if you want to purchase the Human Planet DVD or Blue Ray disc. (I say two thumbs up for sure).

Episode one

Oceans

Wow I couldn’t believe some of the stuff I saw here, spearing whales the old fashion way with harpoons that were man powered. (They were crazy).  My wife actually sat down to watch some of this with me and started to get into it too. Neither one of us could believe how one fellow free dove down 20 meters to the bottom of the ocean to catch a fish. He was under water longer than I thought a human could hold their breath it was just plain amazing. The Pa-aling fishermen were nuts. These guys used a diesel engine to pump air through small plastic hoses, so they could stay under water and chase fish into a net. Oh and they didn’t make very much money for risking their lives.

Episode two

Desert

I have never been to a real desert before so this episode was the one I had the hardest time relating to. At the same time I learned the most from this watching it. It starts out with a young fellow trying to find water for his cows, but has a run in with a herd of elephants.  Another cool part is the Dogon people who don’t fish in the dry season except for one day when thousands of fisher men try and catch fish in a tiny lake filled with fish seems easy right; not at all you will have to get the DVD and see for yourself. The Gobi desert in Mongolia is the scene where a family winter their camels. The only problem, they have to deal with desert wolves (huh kind of sounds familiar doesn’t It.) and pregnant female camels not a good combination.

 Episode 3

The Arctic

From Ice fishing for four days to catch a Greenland shark just to feed you dogs. To a polar bear patrol in Canada this episode hit home the most, being from Minnesota I could relate to some of the stories, but not nearly to the extremes these folks go through. A couple of my favorite parts of this episode were Narwhal hunting/fishing it’s crazy how stealth these guys have to be to get their prize. My other favorite part is the guy who catches Auks (birds) in a net as they fly past his hiding spot. Oh and he catches at least 500 in a day. This is something I think I would like to try.

 Episode 4

The Jungles

One of the best ways to survive in the Jungle is to hunt for food and there plenty of examples of that in this episode, but hunting in the jungle is very difficult.  Kids learn to hunt goliath trantultia so they can eat, but they have to watch out for the hair on the spiders back.  These hairs when they get on your skin itch like crazy. Then you have a fellow climbing a giant tree with nothing more than a vine to secure him to get honey for his family. He also has to deal with bees when high above the forest floor. (This one kind of scares me).  One of my other favorite parts is logging with elephants. Not only is it safer for the jungle, but it is cool to see how strong these elephants are.

 Episode 5

Mountains

I miss the mountains I sometimes wish I live back in north Idaho. The first part of this episode is set in western Mongolia a father and son grab a baby golden eagle chick so they can train it and hunt foxes and wolves with it. You have to see this young boy protect his family’s fields around harvest time from monkeys.  Another of my favorite parts is the guys who catch bats in a giant net. The create a path in the forest which makes a short cut over the mountain for the bats then they put up their net which can’t be detected by the bats.

 Episode 6

Grass Lands

The grass lands typically mean bigger animals, like lions and kudu.  One part of this episode I just don’t understand it the part with the Dorbo people of Kenya. These guys attempt to steal meat from a pride of lions (they are just plain nuts in my book). One part of this episode did remind me of hunting deer here in the states. A couple of fellows set up a blind near a water hole and waited for the kudu to come in close enough to shoot with their bows. This is the part that I don’t think I could handle they stayed in the blind for at least four days. Now that’s what I call a dedicated hunter. Last but not least the Maasai children speak to a bird called a honey guide and the bird leads them to honey of course if they do end up finding honey the share some with the bird.

Episode 7

Rivers

This episode starts out with a very dedicated fisher man who uses nets on the very treacherous  Mekong River in Laos he risks his life everyday to catch only a few fish and feed his family. The other story in this episode that really sticks in my head was the Father, son, and daughter team who follow a frozen river for quite some distance in order for the son and Daughter to go to school.

Episode 8
Cities

This episode has a lot to do with pests New York City kind of takes the cake here with rats. I didn’t realize how many rats actually live there. Let’s just say I won’t be eating in any restaurants there ever. The story about the guy who uses a Peregrine falcon (which by the way is the fastest flying bird in the world) to chase away pigeons has some very awesome camera shots. The falcon however sometimes gets caught up in the game of chasing the pigeons and doesn’t like to come back to its keeper.

Over all this is a great DVD series and I want to thank WB for sending me out a copy to review if you get the chance go buy a copy and see for yourself all of the amazing camera footage. Oh I almost forgot to mention the behind the lens stories after each episode they seem to pick the stories that were the hardest to shoot and show you behind the scenes footage of how they made it happen.

The series is now avalivle on DVD and Blue-ray at www.humanplanetblog.com


Thanks Ben G.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wyatt Learning to Call

My oldest son Wyatt wanted to start using some of my turkey calls so I grabbed my locate call and let him give it a try. It ended up being about a half hour ordeal and he had a blast. He'll be locating Toms for me in no time. Watch out turkeys here comes Wyatt.

This is just a short clip of Wyatt blowing on the call.


Do you know what call he is using?
Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review of Stuffitts Shoe Savers

My good friend Nicole at Hanks Clothing sent me this new interesting product to try out. They are called Stuffitts Shoe Savers. When Nicole first asked me to do the review I was like what the heck are these funny looking things. After I did a bit of research I agreed and thought they would be great tool to make my wife not cringe every time she walked by my shoes and hunting boots.
Monday, March 14, 2011

Review of the Magnum Work Pro Ultra WPi CT boots

*note: Magnum Boots supplied me Free of charge with a Pair of Work Pro Ultra WPi CT boots to test.*

To tell you the truth I have never been much of a boot guy other than of course my hunting boots. After wearing these boots for almost two weeks straight I think I’m beginning to like boots more and more. Follow along as I fill you in on how I put these brand new pair of Magnum Work Pro Ultra WPi CT boots through a series of tests to see how they would hold up.



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