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Google Disavow Link Tool – Should You Panic? | Freelance Writers Resources

Google Disavow Link Tool – Should You Panic? | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
The Google disavow link tool has come as a relief to some internet marketers, but others are worried. Why? They see a disavow war looming.
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23-Point Web Content Litmus Test: Is It Truly Unique, Engaging & High Quality?

23-Point Web Content Litmus Test: Is It Truly Unique, Engaging & High Quality? | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Use this guide to evaluate a new article, blog post, video or audio content before hitting publish to ensure you’ve achieved the right mix of quality, engagement, relevance, and originality for regular people and search engines alike.
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Why I believe blogging is the best way to attract traffic

Why I believe blogging is the best way to attract traffic | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
I believe blogging is the best way to attract traffic because it works for me and my Google Analytics statistics prove it.
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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:27 PM

All outward signs would indicate that Rob has real 'presence' in his field.  I know that if I came across some of his stuff (or mine) and I needed some help, I'd ask him.

 

Personally, I've always felt that blogging was very natural.  I think the key is to develop some sort of style.  People have face-to-face personalities and they should also have blogging personalities.  There will always be someone who likes it or whose business it matches.

 

It takes a while to develop the spontaneity of thinking and the typing skills to be able to let your ideas flow quick enough though.  Most people don't have the patience to develop those skills (if they don't already have them).

 

I think another think that constrains people from trying to write 'on the web' is they equate it with the kind of English they had in school...but nothing could be further from the fact.  There's a little of that but it's not the critical ingredient.

 

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Facebook crosses billion users: How the social networking gaint plans to tackle challenges - The Economic Times

Facebook crosses billion users: How the social networking gaint plans to tackle challenges - The Economic Times | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Of its billion users, 600 million log in from their mobile phones, illustrating how vital it is for the company to increase advertising on mobile devices.
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Why I got Fired from Facebook (a $100 Million dollar lesson)

Why I got Fired from Facebook (a $100 Million dollar lesson) | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Can I be real with you? Real real?(A note from Zuck) I’m TIRED of answering this question so I’d rather write it out and just point people to this...
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Using Behavioral Economics, Psychology, and Neuroeconomics to Maximize Sales – Shopify

Using Behavioral Economics, Psychology, and Neuroeconomics to Maximize Sales – Shopify | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
A blog about ecommerce marketing, running an online business and updates to Shopify's ecommerce community.
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CHART OF THE DAY: Instagram's Daily Users Blow Past Twitter's

CHART OF THE DAY: Instagram's Daily Users Blow Past Twitter's | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Instagram's growth is incredible....

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About Travel Writing | Freelance Writers Resources

About Travel Writing | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Travel writing is wonderful, but don't be misled: you're probably not going to get rich working as a freelance travel writer.
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Social Saturation Sucks - SitePoint

Social Saturation Sucks - SitePoint | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
I believe social media really is awesome.
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The Mystery of Social Signals in SEO

The Mystery of Social Signals in SEO | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

This article inspired a blog post of my own. I think the writer is on to something, but I suggest taking it one step further and ignoring SEO altogether.

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BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Search Engine Optimisation in BBC News

BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Search Engine Optimisation in BBC News | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Headline-writing is a journalistic skill that provokes strong feelings - and of course it is meant to.

A sub-editor writes a headline to grab attention, to compel readers.
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LinkedIn Is The Best Social Network For Improving SEO, according to this

LinkedIn Is The Best Social Network For Improving SEO, according to this | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Fewer links are shared on LinkedIn than on Twitter and Facebook, but there’s a much higher positive correlation of shares to inbound links.

 Dan Zarrella, HubSpot social media scientist, recently conducted a study of link sharing and SERP (search engine results page) correlation on the top three social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn — to determine which platform improves search engine results the most. Surprise, it’s LinkedIn!

 Zarrella compiled a database of 25,000+ URLs that had been shared at least once on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The URLs were all at least one month old and had a minimum of one incoming link. 

 

The Study found that, while Facebook and Twitter users share the most links to content, the number of links directed at that content is higher per share via LinkedIn.

 

This is important because receiving more shares creates a snowball effect. Each time your content is seen and shared, you receive an inbound link. The more links your article has, the higher the authority rank it is given by search engines. This results in higher search engine placement and, along with it, more site traffic.

For best results,  develop a strategy for LinkedIn that includes posting links to your relevant content. 

In this slideshow, HubSpot Founder Dharmesh Shah and SEOmoz CEO Rand Fishkin show a graph of these results, as well as some key findings from HubSpot’s Report:

The State Of SEO And Internet Marketing In 2012:

#How to utilize content in your SEO and inbound marketing

#How to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving Internet marketing landscape

#What the best SEO practices in today’s marketing industry are

#Data that will help you make smarter marketing decisions

 

By Pam Dyer. http://bit.ly/OVjOzj

The State Of SEO And Internet Marketing In 2012. http://bit.ly/SiVkEf

Source. http://bit.ly/OXIF6o


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News Discovery and Topic Monitoring via Hashtags: The Best Twitter Tools

News Discovery and Topic Monitoring via Hashtags: The Best Twitter Tools | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Robin Good: One of the most effective and popular methods to stay abreast of a topic area or to discover new stories about an issue is the use "hashtags" for Twitter seaches.

 

Here is a bunch of tools that make it easy for you to monitor and  search, one or multiple Twitter hashtags on your preferred topics.

 

Useful. Resourceful. 7/10

 

Tools list: http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/best-tools-to-summarize-twitter-hashtags.html

 

 

 

 


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Social Media Explained [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Media Explained [INFOGRAPHIC] | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Socialmedia explained (with coffee)


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Alessio Manca's comment, October 17, 2012 12:14 PM
Pretty old, but still very actual :) TY John
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A Crystal Clear Explanation of How Social Media Influences SEO

How social context is playing a role in SEO and how marketers can adjust their strategies to match the changing character of search.
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25 Sites to Download Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures

25 Sites to Download Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Royalty-Free Stock Photos and Textures are very useful in every graphic project for web or print, especially if they are free. 

Here is a list of 25 of the best sites to download royalty-free stock photos and textures.


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kkalafatis's comment, October 6, 2012 2:12 PM
thank you
Robert Sims's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:33 AM

Visual cues can greatly enhance your elearning effectiveness!

 

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How to pick the right e-reader

How to pick the right e-reader | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Buying an e-book reader? We're here to help. We break down the best e-readers from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others.


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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:30 PM

I met a guy down at Immigration, here in Manila, last month.  He had one of the very, very basic Kindle readers and I was amazed at how useful it was.  I'd been thinking I'd need to spend a lot of money but those simple Kindle's are priced very low....for just reading PDFs and eBooks.

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Instagram Beats Twitter in Daily Mobile Users for the First Time, Data Says

Instagram Beats Twitter in Daily Mobile Users for the First Time, Data Says | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Facebook's mobile traffic and engagement is surging, especially thanks to Instagram. Now it's time to find a compelling way to monetize it.
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Avoid the Big 5 Social Media Mistakes Corporations Make - Forbes

Avoid the Big 5 Social Media Mistakes Corporations Make - Forbes | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Forbes excellent summary of why social doesn't play well with enterprise social media. My best advice to win the battle if you are a "D" level trying to sell the "C" level is look hard at Expion (http://www.expion.com ). Expion is an enterprise social media tool that will make the most nervous Fortune 1,000 relax.

Marty Note
I've worked for big companies that have all of these 5 mistakes (lol):

* No sense of humor (humor is a currency online and MUST be able to laugh at self).

* Too slow to respond (can't manage social by committee).
* No distinct voice.

* We are Borg because we are nameless, faceless and characterless.

* Companies treat social like a process, when it’s really an organism.

 

WOW, #5 is so correct. Corporations keep wanting social to act like the one dimensional slot machine they play. They want to put in a quarter and bat a ball around until it drains. The one in one out idea doesn't work with a sentient thing. Social is more like raising children. You put in and put in and put in and then maybe, just maybe, you get a hug at graduation (lol). You might think WHY DO THIS if it doesn't make money.

 

Here's Why Social Is A Must:

* Social creates connection and relationships.
* Soon to be absent from social is to not exist.

* Social controls a lot of behind the curtain stuff like SEO that turns into money.
* Because we don't understand how to measure doesn't mean important contributions aren't being made.

 

Eventually we will know all the ins and out of social's ROI and that knowledge will go to those who PLAY. Sit this one out and.... Well let's cast that statement another way. How did sitting out the web do for you? Stats show early web adopters are benefiting more for longer than those afraid of the deep end of the pool.

 


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The World According to Apple Maps

The World According to Apple Maps | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
A new Tumblr, The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, is curating user submitted images of how Apple's new map software is failing them.

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David Forbes's comment, September 29, 2012 12:40 PM
oh, come on. Why so picky?
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Pixabay - Public Domain Images

Pixabay - Public Domain Images | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Find high quality public domain images or share your own photos with our great community.


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The Mystery of Social Signals in SEO | Freelance Writers Resources

The Mystery of Social Signals in SEO | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
My thoughts after reading an internet marketing article titled, The Mystery of Social Signals in SEO.
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25 Of My Personal Rules For Writing And Telling Stories

25 Of My Personal Rules For Writing And Telling Stories | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

This is pretty funny -- and refreshing.

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Freelance writing gigs | Freelance Writers Resources

Freelance writing gigs | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Freelance writing gigs is a list of some online sites that offer opportunities to freelance writers. I've tried to be as objective as possible.

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Writing courses compared | Freelance Writers Resources

Writing courses compared | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Carol Tice's Freelance Writers Den and MatadorU's travel writing course are the two best writing courses I've found. I compare these two writing classes here.
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