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Hi Tara! Great post! Coming from the SEO side of things as well, I've seen a large increase of sites begin to no-follow their links. Even The Washington Times recently accrued a Google penalty and told all their community writers that links were no longer allowed for the time being.
I wrote an article about over optimization and what a balanced link profile should look like, if anyone's interested in checking it out: http://dashburst.com/seo-balanced-link-profile/
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@AndrewToltzis Thanks, Andrew! Glad you enjoyed it.
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@KateFinley Thanks for the kind words, Kate!
@SarahJocson Glad to hear it, Sarah! It definitely should be the foundation you lay your marketing plan on.
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@rdopping @Alicia_Lw I wouldn't say slow to learn just brought up differently. Plus, with old age comes wisdom, which is priceless (just ask MasterCard!)
Once again, I think the learning process depends on the person and perhaps a little bit of learned behavior. If reading is the only way you have ever really learned then as you get older that will be your go to form of education. That is what your brain is use to. Of course, this is speculation. However, I have found when I studied an Adwords course with just reading blocks of text I didn't pass the exam but when I watched videos for a SEO course with the same level of aptitude I got almost a perfect score. I spent about the same time on each.
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@JoeCardillo @Alicia_Lw @RebeccaTodd Great statement there, Joe! I wrote an article today that I quoted you in. I'll have to send you the link when it's published.
@JoeCardillo @RebeccaTodd Hi Joe, I love that you have an inbound marketing model! Very true!
Well, the viral video and meme are good as linkbait, even if it is unrelated. But I agree that it is best for the company if the creative content reflects their brand. Kills two birds with one stone!
Good luck with visual.ly!
@jelenawoehr Haha yes they have an entire subreddit dedicated to misused memes http://www.reddit.com/r/terriblefacebookmemes
I think most people aren't even aware of it. Seems like the original maymays (memes) have evolved into something else and just retained the name.
@rdopping GenY covers quite a large age gap and reading habits differ among everyone. I know personally, as being part of the Millennial Gen, I read :) but I do have a tendency to skim to see if it is worth my time to read in detail. However, from previous research I've done for campaigns targeting Gen Y, I've learned they definitely would rather listen, watch or see visuals instead of read plain text.
@Andrea T.H.W. Thanks, Andrea! Flickr, too, has a great resource in their digital commons. (Let me know if you have trouble finding it because it's a little tricky.)
Good point about the non native speakers if they're in your target audience!
@Kato42 You're very welcome! Interesting, I do the opposite. My husband and I are going without a TV for a year so the only way we stay connected to that world is through online video/audio.
@belllindsay @ClayMorgan It would be interesting to see how Gen Y thinks of videos (in regards to storyline). I talked with one the other day that loved Vine!
Clay, I don't think any memes are meant to be taken seriously. :) Good to know that online newspapers are seeing an increase in video views. I'm curious to see in a year from now what the ratio will be of people reading to watching.
@joecardillo Very true, Joe! The sad part is many companies outsource their infographics to agencies, who for convenience and a fast turn around produce fancy but low quality infographics. In the end, the company pays for a product that could hurt them more than help. As producers of content for our client, we need to consciously make an effort to put quality on the forefront (sometimes regardless of deadlines).
@Howie Goldfarb Thanks, Howie! I have noticed the quality of information in infographics seems to be based on whatever data people can get to make a good story.
For public relations, infographics are created to be informative, honest, and (of course) entertaining to read. However, for SEO, one of the major players in the digital content creation world, the sole purpose of the infographic is to get links. Therefore, it has to have a good story that people would want to spread regardless of the facts.
I'm not saying they make it up but they are not as careful as PR pros in obtaining their information from reliable sources.
Great articles with some very good points, Howie. Thanks for sharing!