Favourite Posts – Week of May 10, 2010

Despite my downright abusive treatment of Google Reader this past week, I still read a lot of great posts from my favourite feeds. Here are a few of those favourites. Enjoy!

Wise Bread - Read Your Financial Statements Like a Banker
Your balance sheet and income statement tell a banker more about your business than you may think. Whether you’re applying for a new loan, renewing a line of credit, or submitting your financials because your loan agreement requires it, you need to know what goes on in your banker’s head when reading your financial statements.

Small Business Trends - 20 Reasons People Unfollow You On Twitter
8. You auto-DM:   Nothing hurts more than choosing to follow someone you think is cool…and then being hit with the dread auto spam DM. Ouch.

12. There’s not enough conversation: Twitter users like @jeremymeyers and @hilzfuld commented that if there’s not enough conversation happening or someone consistently doesn’t reply back to your messages, they’ll unfollow you. Makes sense considering so many turn to Twitter looking for conversations and real relationships.  If you want friends, you have to be a friend first.

BloggingPro - 20 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Blog
4. Keyword stuffing – you’re not fooling anyone with that list of keywords stuffed into the sidebar or footer.

18. Registration requirement – an easy way to get people to click away from your blog is to require them to provide an email address to read any part of it.

The Blog Herald - Twitter Rolling Out Premium Accounts For Businesses?
While the micro blogging company has been rather silent as far as the pricing goes, this upcoming feature should help small and large businesses, as well as large blog networks.

Small Business Trends - Free Desktop Apps to Boost Small Business
OffiSync – If you’re tired of jumping from Google Docs to Microsoft Word, OffiSync has you covered. Once installed, OffiSync exists as an extra tab in the MS Word interface. From there you have a two-way portal to open, save, edit, and collaborate on any of the documents in your Google Docs. Collaboration is especially useful because it lets employees work in the familiar MS Word interface while still benefitting from the accessibility of Google Docs.