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I've been a "blogger" for more than 20 years. My first blogs began as video game sites back in the mid 1990's. Back then, anyone who published content online and wasn't part of a corporate media organization was simply referred to as a blogger. Today though, the landscape is MUCH MORE COMPLEX. Despite this, terms like "blogger" and "influencer" are used interchangeably. I'm guilty of not using these terms distinctly as well and in part that's because some bloggers are influencers too. This is either through sheer scale of their reach or that they focus on their expertise and personality more than sharing news and other content provided to them. Over the past year I've started to see not just the clear lines of differentiation, but also the impact that these two types of content creators can produce ... as well as the marketing impact. Let's take a look at the difference between engaging with influencers and bloggers.

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One of the things about blogging is that we consume a lot of power. Most of us travel with multiple phones and/or tablets, a laptop, and a camera. Sometimes we even have a drone or other device that needs an AC port to charge up. That's why I absolutely LOVE the Novoo AC Power Bank from Omars Electronics. Featuring a whopping 20,100 mAh battery capacity, it not only has a USB-A charger with QuickCharge 3.0 but a USB-C port and a 60 watt AC port too! We pulled together some of our favorite male bloggers and gave them a chance to check it out too and now we're giving you a chance to win one as well. 

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Often we are so focused on “getting there” that we forget about the importance of protecting our environment. Unfortunately, just like our own yards – neglect can lead to disaster. That’s why we partnered with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Gunaxin.com and ManTripping.com to talk about the importance of preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.

Join us as we talk Tim from Gunaxin and Russ Hartzell from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks about Fishing in Montana and the importance of helping to prevent the introduction of invasive species into the waterways.

Posted by ManTripping on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to help prevent the spread of aquatic invaders … you just have to pay attention.

For those of you who didn’t watch the video above, it’s as simple as Clean, Drain, Dry.

Before leaving the water access area, make sure that your boat and gear is clean of all plants, mud, and slime that might have attached to it while boating. Then be diligent to ensure that you drain everything – including bait wells, and any pockets where water might have collected in the bilge, engine, trailer, or gear. Finally, make sure that everything is dry before heading home.

If you follow these simple guidelines you’ll be able to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species and protect Montana’s waterways for future generations.

vehicle inspection for invasive aquatic species in montana

Finally … make sure to stop at any applicable watercraft inspection station and heed the advice of the inspectors. They are here to help make sure that everyone has a good time and that we protect this amazing natural resource.

To learn more about this important topic by visiting CleanDrainDryMT.com or asking any questions on their Facebook Page.

You can also read Gunaxin’s and ManTripping’s thoughts on the subject.

how to optimize your blogger profile on media databases and blogger networks

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is something every blogger need to be able to attract visitors to their site through search. For most of us today, that's synonymous with optimizing for Google but there are many other search engines that are critical for attracting opportunities and brands. No, I'm not talking about BING or Yahoo - I'm talking about CISION, IZEA, TapInfluence, Intellifluence and the dozens of other networks that marketers use to find us.

The reality is that each of these blogger networks has hundreds if not THOUSANDS of bloggers in their directories. While it is always important to have personal relationships with brands, often times you will have a recruiter go to the database and search for "men's interest" or "cars". That makes it critical that we think about how our profiles are written and what information is contained in them so that we pop to the top and have the opportunity to be considered. Here's some tips that I use to improve my odds at being found by optimizing my blog profiles.

bull at bently ranch nevada

Unlike some trips where we stay put in a single destination, this was a bit of a road trip through Northern Nevada. From Reno, we headed south to Carson Valley and then on to the mining boom town of Virginia City before heading back to Reno. From ranches to silver mines and the opportunity to judge the famous Virginia City "Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry" aka the Testicle Festival and then a visit to the famous National Automobile Museum, this was an action-packed adventure that we highly recommend guys explore on their own as well.

Bloggers on Our Wild West in Northern Nevada Trip Include:

We'll be adding links to articles and videos produced by each of the guys, so stay tuned for more!

ManTripping:

Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno Nevada

Carson Valley Inn & Casino - Perfect Guys Weekend Basecamp

Craft Beer & Whiskey Plus Artisanal Cheese & Meats at the Pink House

Guys Will Love to Eat, Drink and Do These Things in Carson Valley 

 

The Traveling Fool:

The National Automobile Museum in Reno Nevada

Why Visit Carson Valley Nevada

So, What Do Rocky Mountain Oysters Taste Like?

 

Rick On The Rocks:

 

Days Of a Domestic Dad:

Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival in Virginia City, NV

Minden Tahoe Air Show Preview

 

Bourbon Blog:

 

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