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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.

Imho. :)

1 year, 8 months 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.

1 year, 8 months 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.

1 year, 8 months ago on What Does it Take to Be One of the Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers?


@nickkellet Done, thanks. :)

1 year, 9 months 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. :)

1 year, 9 months 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.

1 year, 9 months 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. :)

1 year, 9 months 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. :)

1 year, 10 months 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.

1 year, 10 months 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. :)

1 year, 10 months 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.


1 year, 10 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 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! :)

1 year, 11 months 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. :)

1 year, 11 months 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. ;)

1 year, 11 months 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 year, 11 months 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 year, 11 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?

1 year, 11 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. :)

1 year, 12 months 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.

Happy weekend!

2 years 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 years 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 years 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. :)

Happy weekend!

2 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years ago on Website Content Every Organization Needs


You can pull a Sheen? :D, that's fabulous. And clearly exemplifies the concept making it to stick like a nail on a wall. Not touching that money is definitely right and your use of Amazon for books doing speeches wise.

Very interesting article.

Happy Easter!

2 years ago on The BS-Free Guide to Writing a Business Book (now with more bacon)


 @belllindsay Mmmmm, Dolce vita? Maybe once, but now not that much. Well, things will go better, they always do. :)


Creativity these days is more needed than ever together with flexibility. Everything changes and we must act accordingly.


Have a great weekend!

2 years, 1 month ago on Five Reasons Getting Fired isn’t the End of the World


Industry friends, when I left my last job they came out to be zero. I think it's quite common though. :)


Being fired these days is a big problem because there are no jobs around, in Italy but I guess all over the West. This forces people to be more creative in finding new or different ways to earn a living if the government doesn't block any effort making things too complicated, like here.


The one thing we must always keep engraved in our mind is that even if times are very hard there is always light out of the tunnel even if it seems there isn't. At the end when the going gets tough the tough get going right? :)

2 years, 1 month ago on Five Reasons Getting Fired isn’t the End of the World


Very interesting post Erika. Public speaking is really one of the things which should be practiced by everyone as it brings so many benefits, just like Dale Carnegie said. Self confidence, self esteem, money, etc. And these tips are great, all good but especially the one on slides. A lot of speakers use them but if they become the focus of the performance then there is not much use of having a real person on the stage.

Thumbs up! :)

2 years, 1 month ago on So You Want to Be a Paid Speaker? Six Unforgettable Tips


 @ginidietrich That's fabulous, thanks. It's such an honor, I really appreciate it Gini. You made my day. ;)

2 years, 1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Dude Has Some Serious Moves


The paperless future is great and it summarizes perfectly the truth, imho, on the future of paper. We can't live without papaer and ebooks will never substitute real books, luckily. We can and should save paper but we will never stop using it. Not only in the bathroom I mean.



Fabulous. Happy weekend!

2 years, 1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Dude Has Some Serious Moves


I prefer to use emails but I understand it's a problem for those using rss. Just like the permanent updates affecting traffic of almost every site Google buys services and close them down, except YouTube.


Clearly they're pushing G+ in every possible way, not least that it seem to affect ranking of posts. Well no one will use it otherwise, much like FB and Twitter. If it's not useful for traffic better use the time to read on blogs, imho.


Anyway Google does want to rule the net, and just like every other dictator will fall down to pieces, sooner or later. It happened to the Roman Empire, it will happen to them, sooner probably. :)

2 years, 1 month ago on RIP Google Reader: There are Other Options for You


@Harleena Singh Well we can't say that advertisements with subliminal messages don't have an effect on us and our behavior. Music alone influences our mood or emotions so words whispered at our ears can too. Or better might. Whatever the case better safe than sorry. At least we can understand why we crave for something even when we don't need it. :)

Thanks for your kind comment and have a wonderful day!

2 years, 1 month ago on Advertisements with Subliminal Messages: are they a real Threat?


 @ginidietrich Too nice Gini, but I must admit this is one of the best compliments I've ever received.


Now I'll have to change my profile pic. ;)

2 years, 1 month ago on Content Idea Generator: A Magical Tool to Help You Write


Probably it will be "How Public Relations help with sex". :D


Well, it might be useful when the creative part of our mind is a tabula rasa but if there weren't enough bloggere writing list of something or about Market Samurai now the blogosphere will soon be plastered with copycat titles.


Does this mean that my awful headlines will be like a purple cow? ;)

2 years, 1 month ago on Content Idea Generator: A Magical Tool to Help You Write


I have a similar problem: I have content, good I'd say, but I have to increase traffic. It's good but I must differentiate the source as Google is reliable like a politician, an Italian one at least. There is a reason if trying to solve our Nation's problems we had to rely on a comedian; think David Letterman creating a political movement. :D


Unfortunately I have no time and no desire, honestly, to go social.


But I begun using Triberr and it seems to work, plus which is another big help. It's a one person blog but the advices are useful also for me. Actually I took the idea of the Digg Digg bar from SpinSucks. :)

2 years, 1 month ago on Use Content to Increase Blog Traffic


Sometimes would-be-leaders are just like politicians, they are not at all interested in listening but only in "being the boss". Which is a pretty unwise way to do business because your team is involved and usually interested in having a healthy business so listening to them Toyota-style should be the first thing to do.


Unfortunately many are bosses but few are leaders. :)



2 years, 1 month ago on Shut Up: How Great Leaders Listen


What I find extremely difficult is stop following other blogs and reading all those pdf files I download. So when emails and ebooks reach the roof and I'm on the floor I either press delete and unfollow some blogs or stop for a while until everything has found the right place.


Not the best policy for sure as at least for ebooks the best thing to do would be to scan them immediately and read them later, but who has the time to go back reading? And I can't print them all. And there are so many new things to know.


Well, I do my best and hope for the rest. :)


Good article and really interesting.

2 years, 1 month ago on Five Tips (and Some Tools) to Manage Information Overload


Very useful post Gini. We have to use Seo plugins to obey Google's rules and try to rank decently and Big G. is so kind that with every update tries to hit those who aim for a better Seo.


Seems like the Italian government who is the worst enemy of Italian citizens. You see, to try to escape recession and general corruption we had to go with a comedian. :)

2 years, 1 month ago on Eleven Steps for Setting Up and Using the Yoast SEO Plugin


@Harleena Singh Thanks for coming Harleena, much appreciated. I agree with you thar more or less everything lies within our mind and if we don't want to be happy we won't whatever we do or have. We just have to look at how many celebrities destroy their life due to unsatisfaction or unhappiness.

That's why Hypnosis is a wonderful tool, it directly works with the mind even if better health is just one aspect where it can be used. And living and appreciating the moment is definitely the way to go. :)

Have a great weekend!

2 years, 2 months ago on Better Health with Hypnosis


@Meme1820 Thanks for your kind words Meme, I think that psychic readings cannot be dismissed as simply a self-fulfilling prophecy or imagination given that sometimes they are right. So how is it possible? This is a question which really intrigues me. If supernatural doesn't exists how can science explain these things?

Some psychics are selling kinda fluff, but the others?

Thanks for the kind comment and have a great weekend! :)

2 years, 2 months ago on Are Psychic Readings Reliable?


@SavvyExaminer I agree with you Hillary, as regards psychic readings self-fulfilling prophecies can't explain everything nor can chance or possibilities. It's a fascinating subjecct because even if there is a lot of fluff in it there is also something more.

Even if it's possible for some people to see glimpses of our future, like my friend does sometimes with Tarot cards, it's definitely not written in stone as you say, I believe too our destiny changes everyday according to what we do.

Similar to what Sherlock Holmes said once we take away the self-fulfilling prophecy, chance, possibilities' law, mentalism etc. if something remains then it means that psychic readings do exist.

Thanks for your comment, always to the point and kind.

Have a great day!

2 years, 2 months ago on Are Psychic Readings Reliable?


 @Michael Lee Johnson It depends from personal preferences but Livefyre deletes spam and it's also a great way to keep in touch with others on different blogs. Plus all the rest. :)

2 years, 3 months ago on Livefyre Realtime Comments at The Hypnotism Weekly


@Violetsun It's hard to demonstrate something which doesn't belong to the physical world like intuition, sixth sense or gut feelings. At times it's a different or enhanced use of our senses, other times it simply can't be explained without being a psychic experience like yours. There were no reasons to feel that way but, unfortunately, you were right Marie. How could you know, or feel, something which couldn't be perceived and had no relation with you? Just instinct or something more?

Sometimes my psychic definition is not enough and those are the cases really interesting to study. Thanks for having added your experience Marie, appeciated as always. :)

2 years, 3 months ago on A Psychic Definition and Explanation


@Violetsun Glad you like it Marie. You're right a meditative state is much similar to being in a trance only that using Hypnosis results are faster. I would say that the difference lies in speed but we can also say that meditation is pretty much like Self Hypnosis.

I'm a bit late but Happy Holidays!

2 years, 3 months ago on Is Hypnosis Real?


@Violetsun Hi Marie, sorry for my late reply but having whitelisted you your comments appear automatically and I'm not warned about them. :) No duplication though.

Yes, videos can induce a hypnotic trance as they can work using both sight and hearing, the problem is that once you close your eyes entering the trance only the hearing is left. I'm still working on our project as I want it to be good and really useful.

Thanks for your kind words but it's your inspiration which sent me that way. ;)

2 years, 3 months ago on Questions and Answers on Hypnosis, the Psychic Eye, Telekinesis, etcetera