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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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It's More Important to Be Kind than Clever

It's More Important to Be Kind than Clever | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Small gestures can send big signals....

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A Tale of Two Cities: Snookyville and Sihanoukville

A Tale of Two Cities: Snookyville and Sihanoukville | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
There are 2 cities in Sihanoukville, Snookyville and Sihanoukville. One is a remnant of the past; the other holds the promise of the future.
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Facebook Search Will Be Better than Google - Advertising Age

Facebook Search Will Be Better than Google - Advertising Age | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Will Facebook's search engine be better than Google's anytime soon?

 

On the whole, no way.

 

Then is Facebook spending mega dollars to develop an algorithm that needs constant upgrading – one that will almost certainly be inferior to the search engines we already have – all for naught?

 

Here's the thing: a Facebook search product doesn't need to be better.

Or, more accurately, it doesn't need to be better all the time.

 

If a Facebook search returns a better result once in twenty searches, it will be a success.

 

Full Article Here: http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/facebook-search-google-5-time/236536/


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How Social Media Can Affect Your B2B Lead Generation [INFOGRAPHIC] | Business 2 Community

How Social Media Can Affect Your B2B Lead Generation [INFOGRAPHIC] | Business 2 Community | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

 

The most interesting thing about this infographic to me is the breakdown of user interests. I gave up on Digg because I wasn't getting any traffic from it on my travel site, but this infographic says Digg users are predominantly looking for info about SEO and marketing - exactly what my Writing Resources site is all about.

 

 


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YDeveloper's comment, September 7, 2012 9:21 AM
So it's time to being in social media.
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What is Content Marketing and How is it Done? | Freelance Writers Resources

What is Content Marketing and How is it Done? | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
An article about content marketing for those who are short on time and money. Internet marketers with big budgets needn't read it.
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Google Search Starts To Reward Curators, Collections and Quality Lists

Robin Good: In the overall effort to improve the quality of its search engine result pages Google is continuining to make significant improvements to its search engine.

Starting from now all users worldwide can see Knowledge Graph results showing up on top of search results as a visuable and browsable list of alternative options to explore.

 

Not only.

 

Google is now officially goig after the gathering and curation of the best list, collections and guides on just about any topic.

From the official Google Blog. Read it carefully: "Finally, the best answer to your question is not always a single entity, but a list or group of connected things.


It’s quite challenging to pull these lists automatically from the web. But we’re now beginning to do just that.


So when you search for [california lighthouses], [hurricanes in 2008] or [famous female astronomers], we’ll show you a list of these things across the top of the page. And by combining our Knowledge Graph with the collective wisdom of the web, we can even provide more subjective lists like [best action movies of the 2000s] or [things to do in paris]."

 

 

Very interesting. 8/10

 

Read more about it: http://googleblog.blogspot.it/2012/08/building-search-engine-of-future-one.html

 

 


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Prasanth (WN)'s comment, August 10, 2012 10:23 AM
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Archeology Rome's comment, August 10, 2012 10:24 AM
Interesting, thanks.
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News Discovery Tools: Slices for Twitter Organizes and Auto-Curates Your News Stream Into Categories

News Discovery Tools: Slices for Twitter Organizes and Auto-Curates Your News Stream Into Categories | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Slices is a news discovery app that allows you to find the news that interest you by "slicing" the Twitter timeline into topic-specific categories, making it much easier to find what you are looking for.

 

From Pandodaily official review: "Slices offers 21 searchable categories – humor, technology, sports, and so on – that lead you to people and lists to follow. Included among those top-level categories is the “Live Events” option, which allows you to select an event – a football match, say, or a TV show – and follow Tweets from a curated list.

Also of note: "...it synchronizes between mobile devices and the Slices website (slices.me), which means it knows which Tweets you’ve already read, no matter where you access it from.

 

...The “Timeline Slicer” also outdoes Twitter’s Lists as a way to organize the people you follow into specific categories. They’re easier to set up and easier to access, ..."

 

Source: http://pandodaily.com/2012/08/01/twitter-has-been-shred-into-slices-just-what-it-needed/

 

Slices is available on iOS, Android and the Web.

 

 

Find out more: https://slices.me

 

 


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Prasanth (WN)'s comment, August 2, 2012 6:57 AM
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I'm still working on it...looks promising.
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Go Mobile or Die - The Smartphone is the Internet Marketer's Best Friend | Freelance Writers Resources

Go Mobile or Die - The Smartphone is the Internet Marketer's Best Friend | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

I'm a babe in the woods with smartphones, but one thing I learned the other day when I bought my first one was that I had to catch up with mobile technology for internet marketing. This blog explains why. It's written for newbies like me, but I'm hoping some more savvy mobile marketers will offer some advice in their comments.

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Visually Find a Better Way To Say It: The Contextual Thesaurus

Visually Find a Better Way To Say It: The Contextual Thesaurus | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The Contextual Thesaurus is a working experiment of Microsoft Language Labs, which visualizes alternative ways of expressing the same idea both as text phrases as well as visual map made up of all the possible alternative combinations.


The Contextual Thesaurus is an English-to-English machine translation system that employs the same architecture that the Microsoft Translator uses when translating different languages.


While an ordinary thesaurus provides synonyms and near synonyms, usually only for single words, often without offering much information about when to use these terms, the Contextual Thesaurus provides multiple full-phrase alternatives.


How to use it:
Type a short phrase into the input box. Then click the Submit button (the arrowhead in an orange circle) or hit the Enter key on your keyboard. The system accepts only one sentence at a time.

Some suggestions:
Limit your input to 4-8 words. Even two or three words will sometimes be enough to retrieve a useful set of equivalents.Formal language works better than colloquial language.

Click one of the paraphrases to highlight the path through the graph taken by that sentence. If you click on a word in the graph, the top-ranked paraphrase containing that term will be highlighted. If you click the check mark beside a paraphrase, the text will be moved into the input box in order to be paraphrased. This way you can round trip your paraphrases to see more alternatives.


What is this good for?
Among many other things: Writing assistance, document simplification, document style adaptation, in-house style enforcement, summarizing and abstracting, question answering, conversational agents, interaction with game characters, search and information extraction and retrieval.


P.S.: API coming
It makes a lot of grammatical errors.


FAQ: http://labs.microsofttranslator.com/thesaurus/thesaurusfaq.html

Try it out now: http://labs.microsofttranslator.com/thesaurus/



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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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New Literacies: What are They and What Does This Mean for Writing?

What are new literacies? How do new literacies differ from old ones? How does this affect how we write and how we teach writing?

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How to Learn Positive Writing | Freelance Writers Resources

How to Learn Positive Writing | Freelance Writers Resources | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Positive writing can be done purposefully or it can be accomplished as a result of using the positive parts of your brain.
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» How Positive Writing Can Increase Life-Satisfaction

» How Positive Writing Can Increase Life-Satisfaction | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Writing is an amazing creative and emotional outlet. I know not everyone enjoys writing, but there are many different ways to use writing to infiltrate positivity into our life and to focus on more upbeat and encouraging things.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:02 AM

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/positive-psychology/2011/05/how-positive-writing-can-increase-life-satisfaction/


Alexandra Real's curator insight, February 6, 2014 4:47 AM

Writing is much more than having to sit at a desk with the keys of your computer at your fingertips waiting for that English essay to arise. It's a way to communicate with others, way of expressing thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, and as mentioned in this article, a way of coping with trauma. Writing can be used as a tool to help individuals have greater life-satisfaction by writing down the positive aspects of their life and being thankful/grateful. Even if one already feel a sense of purpose and satisfaction in their life, I say this helps as a way to become aware and mindful of positive experiences in our lives.

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Sullivan's Rant On Earning Links Versus Building Links

Sullivan's Rant On Earning Links Versus Building Links | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
The major highlight of SMX Advanced for me was Danny Sullivan's rant about links in the ask SEOs session. It was so good that people are still talking about it today and will likely talk about it for the next five years...
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The 6 Top Content Marketing Mistakes | Jeffbullas's Blog

The 6 Top Content Marketing Mistakes | Jeffbullas's Blog | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it

If you have a website or a blog, you engage in content marketing every time you publish a page or post – whether you realize it or not.

If you own a site or blog, you know how expensive and time-intensive getting quality content published can be.

 

So get the most out of your content and avoid these costly mistakes.

 

Read More: http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/08/10/the-6-top-content-marketing-mistakes/


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Here's How to Appear Higher on Google Search Results [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here's How to Appear Higher on Google Search Results [INFOGRAPHIC] | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
BrandYourself created this infographic to help you learn how to make results that are actually you appear higher up.

 

Out of 100,000 profiles analyzed with BrandYourself, LinkedIn was the social network most often appearing at the top of results.


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Software Development: How To Not Become An Android App Developer

Software Development: How To Not Become An Android App Developer | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
With nearly a million brand new Android devices being activated each and every single day and the thousands of apps that flood Android Market (Google Play) every month there are many people out there now considering becoming an Android software...
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Why a high Google rank is becoming 'worthless' | Articles | Main

Why a high Google rank is becoming 'worthless' | Articles | Main | An Expat Freelance Writer's Thoughts | Scoop.it
Google now personalizes search results based on location, content type, and more. How and why you must adjust your strategy to reflect the new model.
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