Hypnotherapist, Stress Manager, Blogger and overall a Self Improvement fan. I write at my website The Hypnotism Weekly where you can keep in touch with me. And if you have questions about Hypnosis I'll gladly answer. See you there!
@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.
6 days, 1 hour 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. :)
6 days, 12 hours ago on Increase Blog Traffic with These 12 Ideas
@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.
2 weeks 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! :)
2 weeks, 5 days 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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4 weeks, 1 day 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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1 month 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!
1 month, 1 week 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. :)
1 month, 1 week 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?
1 month, 1 week 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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1 month, 2 weeks 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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2 months 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. :)
2 months ago on Four Ways to Reward Your Online Community
@SavvyExaminer Here in Italy Forensic Hypnosis is not widely used but actually I like it a lot and think that it's a great tool to have more detailed information or proofs during investigations. And supporting Justice is something everyone should do, imho. The problems arise as always when we make things too complicated or we want to please our Ego.
The goal of Investigative Hypnosis is to know better what's happened, so to say, but for information to be reliable and good to use there must be no spoon-feeding of the subject. The Hypnotherapist has to add nothing. Imho obviously. :)
Thanks for your always kind comments. And have a great week!
2 months ago on Forensic Hypnosis: What it Is and How to Do it
All good advices. Everyone talks about writing long posts, Big G loves 2000 words and more posts, etc. I usually find them at minimum hard to finish and I wonder how can anyone write one of them more then once a week, not usin ghostwriters I mean.
Maybe I'd add infographics, just to split hairs. :)
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2 months, 2 weeks ago on Nine Tips to Write a Great Blog Post
@SavvyExaminer Thanks Hillary, glad you like it. Thinking too much almost always leads to no solutions while detaching a bit can help see things from a better perspective.
Have a fabulous day! :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Find Creative Solutions for Common People
@Alexander Alexandrov Thanks for your comment and for adding such interesting material to the conversation.
Have a great day!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Motivation: Conscious and Subconscious Mind
@SavvyExaminer An excellent way is using Hypnosis to substitute fast a good habit to a bad one so our mind or body have an alternative. It takes also time and committment but isn't it true for everything we want to achieve?
Thanks for the comment Hillary. :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Breaking a Habit through Classical Conditioning
Great idea, together with the Twitter list and the blog bundle. And being mentioned for FollowFriday at SpinSucks is a pretty cool achievement.
You should create a badge for it. :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: The Spring Edition
The shortsighteness of Google is always amazing. They transformed themselves from a good service into a money-making-machine-at-all-costs and into the internet ruler detailing what is right and what is not. Sometimes changing their mind from month to month.
And beside the initial disappointment this is great because this way users are forced to find alternative services which many times are better than the ones from Google. They show their incompetence, so to say. And the more they try to own the net and traffic the more people will find other ways to get traffic which on the long road will put Google as a minor player, even with Google's Glass. :)
A perfect example of the rule that we all create our own destiny. Imho. :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Lots of Changes at Google: What it Means for You
I think that reviewing things, directions and goals is part of life of every human being and especially of business owners. Given that every blog or website is a business, or kinda like, thinking how to make things better is or should be normal. Not that it has to develop into a burden though because even changing things every month has drawbacks.
Last two months I edited all my posts, and deleted a couple of them; fortunately I have just 80 and almost all needed a refresh, and a bit of tuning. Now I'm working on the homepage, and next who knows. The difficult part is using readers' shoes also because what seems great to us might be unimportant for readers who seldomly leave hints on what they like.
Well, it's all part of the game, isn't it?
As for Marcus, well, that man knows what he does and most importantly of all when he does something "wrong" he says it. Not that we should all do what he does as every niche is different but we can surely get hints about what works and what doesn't. Or what we should do, at the end he did it, right?
Happy Easter Gini! And everyone else too!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Website Content Every Organization Needs