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Actually Google aims at destroying unnatural or paid links except those coming from AdWords as well as blasting ads above the fold except on their own search results. The algorithm thing and the search for quality are just to cover the fact that they are just pushing their own products to make money, as much as possible. Like giving an automatic pagerank of 10, or 9, on every service they have.
Also, in the real world of one person blogs who has the time to do all those things to get links and traffic while having a life? Without going to Fiverr every 10 minutes?
Your points are definitely correct but I think we should just stop using Google and caring about its volatile traffic. Because if we find other ways to get it it might mean that one day Google will go out of business and for the freedom of the net it will be a great day.
3 months, 1 week ago on Why You Need to Earn Links Rather than Build Them
The web is so plastered with low quality blogs that these results were to be expected. It's the counterpart to the fact that everyone can have a blog. Bad for those who try to do something good as Google is enough a problem for them.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on How Labeling Blog Posts Impacts Engagement
Of the three I just know @John Paul and I can say that beside giving really sound information he's friendly and doesn't act as a kind of top something. It's a pleasure to read his blog.
4 months ago on What Does it Take to Be One of the Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers?
@nickkellet Done, thanks. :)
4 months, 1 week ago on What Can a Content Audit of 22 Top Blogs Teach You?
Wow, a lot of work but so useful for readers. I'd like to have my blog audited even if is small and surely not at the level of those you audited.
But if you don't know what's wrong how can you do things better?
Two thumbs up for Gini Dietrich and Spin Sucks btw. :)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on What Can a Content Audit of 22 Top Blogs Teach You?
Great post, really useful and well thought. The only problem might be for people like me who run their own blog or website alone as I personally I'm not that good at all of them so I should focus on one or two but the advice are correct.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on It Takes Two to Social [infographic] [video] [slides] [audio]
The first thing that came to my mind is that having to give such a presentation I would create good slides and just sit down silently. Not my style I mean and being a Stress Manager I try to skip rat-race style things whenever possible.
Being forced to all those points are good for those who like that kind of challenge. :)
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Ignite Presentation: Six Tips to Give the One of Your Lifetime
All good tools but paper and pen are well above the others. In this age of technology at all costs which will bring us probably to become a kind of cyborgs permanently surrounded by unhealthy electromagnetic waves due to all those things we carry around everyday going back to stone age technology can really make a difference. That's for a simple reason: using paper and pen activates our brain in a different, more creative way; it's an active use of our brain while simply pushing keys is a much more passive thing.
There is a reason if in China they still make computations using abacus first and then checking the results with a calculator: it keeps the brain alive and sharp.
As regards productivity the other six tools surely win but taking into account our brain and creativity paper and pen win without competitors. And we are our brain, so to say, not our tablet, or smartphone, or whatever. :)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Seven Tools for Writing Blog Posts
@ginidietrich you're surely right and I begun using it as well as rel author and such but I really hate when things are forced down my throat this way.
One thing is using a service because it's either or both good and useful, another is when someone has a monopoly and forces you to use its services and obey its dictats.
Imho it's definitely not an ethic way to do business. But that's the way it goes, for now. :)
Do not evil: reminds me of the Inquisition.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Increase Blog Traffic with These 12 Ideas
This is something I'm thinking about too. I was having good results from my blog, so much that I could easily aim to get around 1000 visitors a day for the end of 2013. Unfortunately the last Google updates somehow threw everything in the bin. I'm doing nothing wrong from their point of view only that I'm more or less gone from page 1 to page 4 or 5 which means very little traffic and consequently money.
It's surely partly my fault because I'm pretty little social so my content isn't shared a lot but writing in a different language from my mother tongue, having a real life and being mine a one person blog there is only a certain amount of time I can work on it. But I begun doing it, if something doesn't work anymore we must change.
Also it might be, and this it's pretty common for niche websites whatever gurus think about it, that in this period my aimed keywords are not searched enough.
Well, at least I have to be more creative which is always good. :)
@ginidietrich thanks a lot, as always a honor. ;)
I forgot to add as regards commenting another example: also @kikolani finds the time to answer comments. :)
I mean that if busy people like you can find the time to answer to comments then probaly those who don't are too busy, they simple aren't interested. Imho.
6 months ago on Building a Community: What’s the Secret Sauce?
Stroking people ego or reciprocating and being polite? Because Gini politeness is everything. :)
Every website depends on visitors, readers and community, taking without giving is somehow stealing, at least imho.
You mentioned me on FollowFriday, I've put a link both on my About page and on my Enthuse.me page, isn't it simply fair whatever Google thinks of it? But I could also have just taken the mention and peace with it but it would have been very rude at best.
@Livefyre is great, @dharait is wonderful and their system work well plus it's free and isn't plastered with spam. Other systems are good too but spam is a real issue, even paid plugins which after having been promoted for years get abandoned by those who sweared about them.
Answering to comments should not be an issue if your mother told you about being polite; mine told me every day. If someone's ego is so big that thinks he or she doesn't need to answer to comments because he or she is in the Olympus of something I usually leave a comment for the backlink and then never come back.
90% of time those who behave this way have nothing really worth sharing. If this is their approach to the world who cares? You answer to comments, Marcus answers to comments and I think you're both pretty busy right? Just the first two examples which come to my mind.
My advice is: if someone doesn't bother to answer to your, intelligent, comment don't bother about him, or her.
Happy weekend! :)
6 months, 1 week ago on Building a Community: What’s the Secret Sauce?
Beautiful new design, and great idea to feature the FollowFriday people on the sidebar. As for the rest of the article it's surely right, going where the audience is.
If only I knew where my audience is. :)
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6 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Choose Social Media Tools
I think I missed it but I personally would have been fine having a linkback from a bigger blog. But it might be I'm biased as it has been my best day in blogging when I've been mentioned on Follow Friday, even if I'm still waiting for my badge. Just to have a companion to my Alltop one as it feels alone. :)
Anyway having a blogging community is surely important and almost everyone, except scammers probably, tries to build one. I'm doing it but I think I'm missing something especially because the social thing is my Achille's heel. Very little human beings are made to live alone, not all the times I mean. I'm an introvert too, but not always. And online sometimes it's possible to feel loner than in real life.
When everything goes well it's all flowers and rainbows but when there are problems we see who's on our side. Also seeing a leader stepping in to "defend" a correct employee is always nice to see. That's a feature of leaders. ;)
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6 months, 3 weeks ago on A Blogging Community: Why it’s Important to Have One
I should use more visual content. I'd go for infographics as I find them pretty useful even if unfortunately I'm not that good yet in making them. And SXC and Morguefile are definitely two place to go for free pics, many are of very good quality.
As regards videos they are great in many ways, not so for non native English speakers, as well as webinars. I'd need a transcripat 95 percent of times. :)
Good points, happy weekend!
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Writing Pixelated: Visual Content for Generation Y
Surely success can be a trap, On my last post for example I talk about how strange it is that on the blogosphere the top dogs are influencers yet they seem to be the busiest people on Earth and forget about enjoying yourself on Caribbean shores. Practically you simply exchange one rat race for another. Why? To be successful?
Maybe I'm the only one who find this strange. :)
We are the only one who can decide or feel when we are successful and to do it we must find our own definition of it like happiness, money, BMW, whatever.
I personally thinks that when you have food to eat and a decent roof everything else is relative and sentiments together with health are the only thing that matters. As we say here in Italy a coffin has no pockets.
But the best way to keep things in the right perspective is imagining you have to die one month from now, everything then falls in the right place and we should do this at least weekly. Surely money arrives last. :)
7 months ago on The Success Trap and Regrets of the Dying
Definitely agree that customers and people in general can tell great stories and that Marcus Sheridan is surely right about transforming questions into posts.
BTW, if someone wants to ask me a question I'll do it. :)
And I especially like great stories coming from "normal" people. Talking about real heroes for example I know a man now in his eighties who while working has taken care of his mother first, his mother in law second and then of his wife. Around fifty years of caring more or less completely of these three women who were stuck in bed most of the time.
And he's still able to smile at life even if he hasn't been that lucky. Isn't he amazing?
7 months ago on Five Steps to Create Compelling Content
As a Dale Carnegie fan I have to say the being able to effectively speak in public is the most important ability to cultivate, because this is how we interact with the rest of the world. Writing is just an extension of it.
And we can't ask for a date with a piece of paper, or can we? :)
Great tips, I would just add "Be you and have a style".
Tweeted and Facebooked. :)
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7 months, 1 week ago on Speaking Well: Five Tips on Public Speaking
Definitely correct Lindsay, and your post explains pretty well why there are so many bosses around and so few leaders. And forget about Italy.
I'm my own leader so from time to time it's a difficult relationship. :D
Tweeted and Facebooked.
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7 months, 2 weeks ago on The How-tos of Humility in Leadership
I 'm not really into the social thing and especially I can't stand Facebook concept of privacy. But I must admit you're right, like it or not we need it and these four points are surely good.
I will stick to commenting as a social tool though. :)
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Four Ways to Reward Your Online Community