How to Republish an RSS Feed Without Stealing Content (Pt.2)

Yesterday I replied to the arguments made by people who want to reprint blog posts or RSS feeds in full, often without proper credit. Let me be clear: I have no problem with others excerpting or discussing my posts – I wholeheartedly encourage that. That’s part of the natural beauty of the blogosphere. My problem…

How to Republish an RSS Feed Without Stealing Content (Pt.1)

An article from this blog was recently reprinted in an email newsletter and on a website without my permission and without a link back to this blog. The same thing has happened recently to a handful of blogging colleagues. Is that fair use or content theft? When and how is it OK to reprint information…

15 Places to Find Article Ideas for Your Nonprofit Newsletter

Searching for some good article ideas for your next nonprofit newsletter, blog post or website update? Here are 15 places you can look for article ideas. 1. At the receptionist’s desk. Ask whoever answers your organization’s main phone number for the top three questions they get from callers and turn the answers into newsletter articles.…

Don’t Overlook Easy Ways to Track Your Online Marketing

Only 37% of nonprofits are tracking the effectiveness of their marketing campaigns, according to a new survey by Nancy Schwartz at Getting Attention. This is, of course, a real shame, because tracking is what helps you figure out what’s working, what’s not, and how you can be more effective over time. The great news is…

Blogtipping: Three “New to Me” Blogs at “Give & Take”

It’s the first of the month, which is Blogtipping Day. This month I selected three blogs I hadn’t read before from the list at Philanthropy.com’s Give & Take section. It’s the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s section on the nonprofit blogosphere and they have a nice list of nonprofit blogs on the site. I’m also getting a…

Make These Changes When You Redesign Your Website

Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox for March 12 (always a must-read e-newsletter) covers “10 High-Profit Redesign Priorities.” The tips are focused on ROI — return on investment — for commercial sites, but many of the tips are applicable to nonprofits too. Here are a few of my favorites, with some comments. — Publish an email newsletter, if…

How to Start a Blog Carnival: Five Tips from Experience

As the founder of the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants, I’m happy to see that the success of this carnival has inspired two of our participants to start their own carnivals. Sean Stannard-Stockton at Tactical Philanthropy started The Giving Carnival and Michele Martin at the Bamboo Project started the Wiki Carnival. A quick web search will…

Blogtipping in the Nonprofit Sector – March 2007

I’ve decided to start blogtipping as a way to help build and support the nonprofit blogging community, along with managing the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. If you are also blogtipping in the nonprofit sector, please tag your posts npblogtipping (thanks to Michele for making the call on that one). I didn’t know about these three…

“Blogging for Nonprofits” Course – Free Notes

In December 2006, I taught a “Blogging for Nonprofits” workshop as part of Duke University’s certificate program in nonprofit management. You can access the course materials here: Kivi’s “Blogging for Nonprofits” Course. Here is the course outline. Blogging Basics What is a Blog? Blogging Lingo How Blogs are Different from Other Online Tools How Nonprofits…