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The Art of Non-Conformity » Changing the Default

The Art of Non-Conformity » Changing the Default | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
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Worth reading just for the line, "create - don't consume."

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The Death Of SEO: The Rise of Social, PR, And Real Content

The Death Of SEO: The Rise of Social, PR, And Real Content | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
This article has been ranked #1 on all of Forbes and has "rankled" thousands of people. There have been industry experts rise up in defense and offense to what was said here. At last count 502 comments have been made.
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13 Timeless Lessons from the Father of Advertising

13 Timeless Lessons from the Father of Advertising | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
In 1962, Time magazine called David Ogilvy "the most sought-after wizard in today's advertising industry.” In his years as an advertising executive and
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Content marketing: the Anatomy of Great Content

Content marketing: the Anatomy of Great Content | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
The Anatomy of Great Content: a framework for content marketers to develop great content for content marketing on the social web

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Wearethewords's curator insight, May 11, 2013 5:00 AM

Sous "valuable", nous insistons souvent sur la compétitivité des contenus, 4 types: contenus singuliers, contenus concurrentiels, niche et à proscrire.

Steve Seager's comment, May 14, 2013 6:41 PM
Thanks for your added insight Jayna .. and the share :)
jaynalocke's comment, May 14, 2013 10:42 PM
Thank you, Steve. I enjoyed the terrific infographic.
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A little bird told me...

A little bird told me... | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Fiona Milburn:  "As a creative practitioner, you're probably familiar with twitter as a key social media platform for marketing your projects to today’s internet-savvy audiences.But did you know it’s also a great storytelling tool?"


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This is an interesting concept. Hope it doesn't become a fad, though.

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Shwetal Randive's curator insight, May 5, 2013 3:38 AM

Creative uses of Twitter - A storytelling tool

Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, May 5, 2013 8:24 AM

Educators using twitter with students?  Ya think?

Mervi Rauhala's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:16 PM

If you like Twitter and storytelling, read this!

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5 Ways to Strategically Price Your Freelance Rates

5 Ways to Strategically Price Your Freelance Rates | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
How you price your services makes a big difference in how your business is viewed by prospective clients. For freelancers, ...
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This is a lesson I learned the hard way.

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20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch | Articles | Home

20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch | Articles | Home | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Use these 'cursed words,' and many reporters and bloggers will delete your email. So will your employees. Plus, civilization might end.
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This groundbreaking article is a landmark in journalistic reporting, exposing extraordinary truths about overused words and phrases. Written by a world-renowned journalist, it is a breathtaking exposé. How many of those words/phrases "that will doom your pitch" can you find in the first 2 sentences above without peeking first?

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Find, Discover and Curate The Best Part of Any Video Clip with ReelSurfer

Find, Discover and Curate The Best Part of Any Video Clip with ReelSurfer | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

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This may be just what I've been looking for. Just as I take a short quote from a long article (and include attribution, of course!!), I often want to share just a short clip from a video, but share the whole thing because it's too time consuming to edit videos.

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ReelSurfer's comment, April 25, 2013 8:46 PM
Will do! We are also in a private beta to allow our clips to link back to promote a site or a product. Would love to invite anyone from this thread to take part. Please email neil@reelsurfer.com if you want more info.
Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 23, 2013 5:09 AM

Wow this could make presentations so much easier!!

Janet Vasil's curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:18 AM

This looks like an easy tool that could be used to "curate" a sizzle reel from the best parts of your own videos as well as tell video stories combining your video clips with clips collected from others.

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Attribution in Content Curation: Is a Link Good Enough?

Attribution in Content Curation: Is a Link Good Enough? | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

"The Blurry Line Between Plagiarism and Credit Attribution"


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I like to name the author and title whenever possible, but sometimes, yes, I think just a link is good enough. It depends on how significant the content is to what you're writing.

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Laura Brown's comment, April 11, 2013 11:11 AM
@Ron - One of the things I like about content curation at Scoop.it is that the images are clickable to take you to the content. So are the headlines and the link is in small print too, listed as the source. So, there are three ways to get back to the source of the content. I try to do the same on my own sites when I curate content or reference someone else. I hadn't really thought about the link at the end of the post being more or less visible. But, I think you are right. It should stand out more than it often does.
Andreas Kuswara's comment, April 17, 2013 9:05 PM
maybe rather than placing the link at the bottom, instead placing it on the top. like Scoop.it, placing it straight next to the title.
Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:06 PM
interesting to ponder... just seems that copyright will remain problematic if not more in the future.
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Why Brevity is Beautiful in Writing | Freelance Writers Resources

Why Brevity is Beautiful in Writing | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
In more words than I need to, I explain why I think brevity is beautiful in writing.
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How Curation Will Rapidly Transform the Tourism and Travel Markets

How Curation Will Rapidly Transform the Tourism and Travel Markets | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

 

 


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Giulio David's comment, March 25, 2013 10:56 AM
http://www.scoop.it/t/freshnet-it Grazie a te, che mi hai fatto conoscere questo strumento, ho ottenuto buoni risultati. Mi sa che quando scendo a Roma vengo a trovarti per imparare ancora..
wanderingsalsero's curator insight, March 27, 2013 4:51 AM

I haven't read this article but I knew right away, when I saw the title, that it was a valuable subject.  I think that if more business people knew who much curation helps their 'don't have time' problem, they'd really be enthusiastic about it. 

 

There's a tendancy, I believe, among business owners to think that people who read their blog, or website (or any other content) expect it to be Pulitzer Prize quality.  I don't think that's true at all.  Nor do customers expect a LOT of content.  They just want to know what the business owner thinks and (in many cases) what they're 'up to'.

 

Curation makes it so easy for business owners to give them that info.

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, April 6, 2013 7:43 PM

Add curation in with mobile video and travel blogging and I think you've got a winning combination.

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9 Reasons Why Facebook Needs the "I Don't Care" Button - Infographic | Jeffbullas's Blog

9 Reasons Why Facebook Needs the "I Don't Care" Button - Infographic | Jeffbullas's Blog | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Do you remember when you joined Facebook? What was it like when you put in your details and joined the world's biggest social network? The ever present like button seems to have been with us forever.

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I especially like the honking at strangers and pretending to know them part. That's exactly what getting and having most Facebook "friends" feels like.

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Randi Thompson's curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:38 AM

This is so funny!  In fact, it is so true.

Martin Gysler's comment, March 20, 2013 3:46 PM
I totally agree!
Stan Smith's comment, March 21, 2013 4:25 AM
Absolutely true!!!
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Perception versus Reality | Freelance Writers Resources

Perception versus Reality | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Perception versus Reality explores my perception of reality, which is that all of our perceptions of reality are distorted, so at least we have that in common.
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The title is really "A Tucson of the Mind". That's Tucson in the photo. When I saw the photograph, it freaked me out so much I had to write something about it to get it off my chest.

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Why Google Rocks | Freelance Writers Resources

Why Google Rocks | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
I started using Google in 1998 and use it even more today. So far, it hasn't cost me a cent, but I make my living using Google. That's why I say Google rocks
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What to expect in SEO in the coming months

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A must-watch video for those who lose sleep over Panda/Penguin updates (and others).

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Branding with Social Media, Guest Blogging and YouTube Videos ...

Branding with Social Media, Guest Blogging and YouTube Videos ... | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
branding Companies cannot rely on glamorous advertisements alone for brand building purposes. In this digital era, where most people spend hours on the Internet, businesses have to actively reach out to people via the ...
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Some of the basics, stated clearly and concisely. I prefer to think of myself as an "identity" rather than a "brand." The same principles apply, though. One way or the other, it's important to convey your unique identity. Otherwise you get lost in the crowd.

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Perseverance Furthers in Freelance Writing and Blogging, too | Freelance Writers Resources

Perseverance Furthers in Freelance Writing and Blogging, too | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
40 years ago, I turned to the I Ching for advice. The one piece of advice that cropped up repeatedly and has stuck all these years was: Perseverance furthers.
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Handwritten Manuscript Pages From Classic Novels

Handwritten Manuscript Pages From Classic Novels | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
These days, almost all works of literature are written on computers -- from their first inklings, saved in a document called "notes," to their final, emailed-out drafts -- and even, increasingly, r...
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This has really inspired me. I used to hand write my travel journals. It was a very relaxing way to spend an afternoon or evening. Writing my Sihanoukville Journal on WP is enjoyable, but not really relaxing.

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What Makes a Good Travel Blog?

What Makes a Good Travel Blog? | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Working at National Geographic is an awesome learning experience, in which I’m constantly surrounded by real talent, sound wisdom, unique minds and artistic people (I love it).
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Just want to bookmark this for future reference.

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How Google Killed the Longtail of Search ~ The *Official AndreasCY*

How Google Killed the Longtail of Search ~ The *Official AndreasCY* | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
An infographic about how Google killed the long-tail with stuff like Google Instant, localization, updates like Mayday and Panda, verticals, scrapers and the ‘not provided’ keywords.

Via THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*
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Too much focus on trying to "outsmart" Google always nets poor results in the end. Focus more on the quality of the content and reaching your target audience and you'll have better results. Keywords should be there to tell search engines and readers what your content is about - that's all. A balance between blogs and articles on the main site seems to work better than dozens of fake articles that just make your site look amateurish anyway. Articles should offer information directly related to your product/service. Blogs give you an opportunity to express an opinion and/or write about industry related news.

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jalp Internet Consulting Services's comment, April 22, 2013 10:36 AM
Well said! Long term strategies are the best bases. Truth and proper managment!!
agilesite's comment, April 22, 2013 8:39 PM
Agreed Martin. Well put.
Romain Callier's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:35 AM

Interesting !

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Free Plugins to Protect Against WordPress Attacks - Freelance Writers Resources | Freelance Writers Resources

There's been a lot of sharing going on about brute force attacks on WordPress sites. They have apparently been so persistent and successful, at least one hosting provider has issued a warning to
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If you have a WordPress site, you can install these 2 plugins in seconds and breathe a little easier.

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Is it Time for Content Marketers to Abandon Facebook?

Is it Time for Content Marketers to Abandon Facebook? | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
If you spend time on Facebook, you've seen a great weeping and gnashing of teeth as Pages realize that they're only reaching a tiny sliver of their audience
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I've never really liked Facebook except for checking in with family and real friends. I've pretty much abandoned my page except for sharing it from Scoopit. Otherwise it seems like a waste of time. Looks like I'm not alone.

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The value of disclosure in social media: keep your readers from second-guessing the source | Food Bloggers of Canada

The value of disclosure in social media: keep your readers from second-guessing the source | Food Bloggers of Canada | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Disclosure guidelines for bloggers.
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How to make way more money as a freelance writer | Freelance Writers Resources

How to make way more money as a freelance writer | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Don't you hate blogs with titles like How to make more money as a freelance writer? I do. Or I should say, I did. Now I wish I'd listened to them earlier.
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What Freelance Writers can Learn from Propaganda | Freelance Writers Resources

What Freelance Writers can Learn from Propaganda | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Rather than believe or recoil from propaganda, freelance writers can learn from propaganda by dissecting it and discovering what makes it work.
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Before I even tweeted this it was tweeted and retweeted several times by foreign journalists in Cambodia who thought I was being a little hard on them.

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