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New to Mac? Four security tips you need to know

New to Mac? Four security tips you need to know | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

“The fundamental difference is that there are a LOT less malware threats and hacking attacks directed at Mac users than there are against Windows users.  Both can be attacked (and are), but normally it’s Windows users in the firing line. As I like to put it – I can get killed in Baghdad or Bournemouth.  

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Neither is 100% safe, but one is definitely less risky than the other. Both OSes require up-to-date anti-virus, security patches, best practices and a good healthy serving of common sense to keep them out of trouble.”

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So while Mac OS X enjoys a deservedly good reputation for security, there are steps any user can take to protect themselves – against loss, password theft, and to protect your most important files.  Whether your shiny new Mac is for work – or for home – here’s how to get started.

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60 Great Tips to Increase and Get Twitter Followers Fast

60 Great Tips to Increase and Get Twitter Followers Fast | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Get followers, twitter guide for increasing followers instantly, massive free guide full of tips to get more twitter followers.

Twitter followers have always been a controversial point of discussion; some argue that it’s all about quality and not quantity, whilst others play the numbers game all the way. When talking about the popular micro-blogging platform, most people have been asked how many followers they have, so clearly if it doesn’t matter to you it does to others. I personally believe it is beneficial to have a large amount of followers, as long as you are able to spend the time and money required to achieve it. Below I have recorded my observations, experiences, tips and tactics for increasing your twitter followers, starting with the most basic and fundamental factors. Enjoy reading and trying them out for yourself!

Determine your end goal

Decide and determine what you want to achieve through twitter, perhaps you want to establish yourself as an authority on a niche subject or you want to increase leads for your business, whatever this may be make sure that you have a plan that includes figures and timeframes.

Brand yourself

Branding is very important in getting your message across, make sure that everything is working with your brand and that people will know what to expect before deciding to follow you. The more focused you are on your brand the more relevant followers you will attract. Get this fundamental step right and all the other points below will be easily applied.

Choose your username with care

Make sure that your username is unique, original and easily remembered, think what you are aiming to do with your account and what people you want to connect with are likely to find attractive. If you have a username that is not working for you or is unsuitable, change it! This can be done within your Twitter control panel.

Have a great avatar

Your avatar can quickly say something to prospective followers about who you are and what you have to say even if people have never seen you before, a good avatar will immediately allow someone to decide to take the plunge and hit that follow button. If tweeting for personal reasons a good headshot of yourself is a must.

Write an informative bio

Fill in your bio with a short description of what to expect from you, include any keywords and information and make it short but fun and interesting at the same time. A good call to action is an excellent way to get people interacting with you.

Add location to your profile

Think about who your ideal followers are and where they are from, if regional followers are important to you add the location where they are most likely to be found.

Get a custom Twitter background

A good twitter background can quickly convey all sorts of useful information about you, for businesses in particular it can convey what your brand is all about and become an extension of your website. A good twitter background should include important information about you, such as your email and website, if you have stats about the typical screen resolution of your target market take those into account when designing the background, if not design with a low screen resolution in mind for example 1024x768. You can check what backgrounds look like in different size screens here.

Tell people you already know

Let people you already know that you are on Twitter! It may seem obvious but if you take the time to tell people you already know, they are very likely to follow and read what you have to say, it can also be a great way to start interacting.

Announce on your social networks

One of the most efficient ways to tell people you already know is to make an announcement on your existing social networks do this more than once and frequently at the beginning of your effort to gain followers, if you are a big facebook user posting to facebook from twitter will help people to know you are actively using twitter.

Promote your account offline

Every time you shoot a video, give a speech, record a podcast or give a presentation find a way to tell people about your twitter account, give them a specific reason to follow and you will find that your twitter follower count will go up. A great way to promote your account is to have it printed on your promotional material and business cards if you don’t have those you could always give your twitter username along with your telephone when you meet people.

Link to your twitter account

Place links to your account on all your social media profiles, let people know that you are actively using twitter and that you are looking for people to add you on twitter. You can add some great looking widgets and badges to your pages to ensure maximum exposure.

Put a twitter feed on your blog or website

A feed can be a brief insight into your account and an excellent way to get targeted followers for your account, a feed with 3-5 of the latests posts can give enough of an insight into your account to make people curious enough to check and follow your account especially if your site gets a fair amount of traffic.

Don’t be a self promoter

Unless you happen to be a celebrity nobody will be interested in what you have to sell or offer and nobody will be interested in following someone who gives nothing back. So broadcasting about how great you or your product is just isn’t going to work on any level. Give something that people appreciate and will want to follow you for, add value to your followers and your follow count will increase. One easy tip is guaranteeing your followers to follow them back, think out of the box and be creative here.

Get involved in conversations

Read what your followers are talking about and join in, reply regularly to those who you have followed this makes it more likely for them to follow back, it shows you have something of value to contribute and gives the followers of that person a chance to find out more about you.

Tweet frequently

Potential followers will often look at your timeline to gauge whether you are worth following, if your timeline has fresh tweets is current and interesting you have a high chance of being followed.

Post interesting news articles

Find interesting articles and news stories in your niche that really stand out, make sure they are current and easily understood by your followers. There are many news websites with fantastic stories although a search on google news will often return some great ones.

Post good interesting everyday content

Apart from adding interesting links to articles be interactive and post things that people appreciate and find interesting this will encourage people to interact, retweet and most importantly follow you.

Search for tweets with your keywords

Use the Twitter search function to seek out people who are tweeting about subjects you are knowledgeable in, if you are able to add value to the conversation join in and offer your expertise, within the limits of 140 characters ofcourse!

Use hash tags

Using the # tag next to your content makes your keywords easy to find and identify. Quality content that is easy to find will go a long way to make you a desirable follow, use the hash tag sparingly on your most important keywords.

Become a resource

Tweet useful insights about your specialists subject give your existing followers to continue following you and your potential followers an excellent reason to hit that follow button.

Be human and provocative

Show that you are a real person; share intimate details about your life or business, and if you get it right not only will you increase your followers but you will also create an audience that will follow your tweets very closely.

Interact with influential people you know

Target well respected people in your niche, grab their attention by finding what motivates them and build a good relationship. Others will observe your account and also decide to follow you, your reach will increase dramatically as these influential people will also mention you to their followers which will often be great in numbers.

Identify other influential people

There are a number of useful tools that allow the measurement of social media influence, notably the website Klout.com, these sites are sometimes not so user friendly or quick to use so another way is to look at the lists that the influential people you are already aware of have made. This can be a fast way to identify, follow and interact with other influencers in your niche.

Create your own Twitter lists

A topical list of accounts that are of interest to you, such a list allows you to closely follow certain accounts and it is a form of endorsement which may encourage members to follow you back. It is also a great way to increase the visibility of your account through people who are searching for lists in your niche.

Emulate other successful people

Having identified other influential people in your niche, follow their account closely and identify what it is they are doing so well. Implement some of their strategies and continue using the ones that directly increase your follower count.

Get retweeted

Encourage your followers to retweet you, it not only puts your username into other social circles but it also results in visits to your profile page and website. If your tweet is short, witty and topical is has a better chance of being retweeted. You can always just ask to be retweeted by adding “please RT”, this will often work if you have highly engaged followers.

Follow retweeters

You can find people who have retweeted tweets with your keywords recently by going to the Twitter search and searching for “RT #keyword” for example “RT #SEO”. You can then start following and interacting with active retweeters.

Retweet other people

Ok, we have established that getting retweeted is a good idea so if thats what you are looking for why not retweet content that you find useful and entertaining, it’s a great way to develop relationships and a way to stay active on twitter with little effort.

Recommend the most useful users

A great way to build relationships and thank those that are useful to you, a popular way to do this is to recommend people on Friday with the use of the #FollowFriday or #FF hash tag. When you do this its best to include a short explanation of why you are recommending them.

Tweet multimedia

Nowadays most mobile phones have internet access and posting pictures, sound clips and video clips is not only easy but it also gives users an intimate insight into your own personal world. Updates with video, pictures and even sound clips can be fun and entertaining; it can also liven up your timeline and make your account more interesting to follow.

Take time to engage

Make sure that when people start following you and commenting on your tweets you take some time out to engage and reply to the most relevant tweets. Remember Twitter is a powerful communication platform, such engagement allows other people to see that you are a human being that can add value to them and worth following.

Answer questions on your specialist subject

Encourage users to ask you questions, this gives you credibility in your field and also exposes your username to new social circles. Inventing your own hash tag for these questions reinforces your brand and makes it easy for you to find and see all the questions directed at you.

Get listed on Twitter directories

Online Twitter directories are useful for those who are looking to follow people within a particular niche or industry, it is an easy and convenient way for others to follow targeted users. Such online directories include Wefollow and Twellow.

Join twitter groups

There are groups that you can join online especially for the popular micro blogging platform, here is the perfect chance to exchange ideas build new relationships and increase your follower count. Facebook is a good place to start looking for these types of groups.

Go to Tweetups

Tweetups are in-person networking events organised on Twitter itself, here you can put real faces to accounts you have been following and exchanging ideas with. Search on twitter using “tweetup area” replacing area with your own preferred locality, for example “Tweetup London”.

Participate in Twitter chats

These are conversations organised by a person or group of people to discuss issues about a specialist subject. Twitter chats are one of the best ways to identify and follow like minded users who are highly likely to interact and follow you back, not only increasing your follower count but also making your username visible to their own followers.

Participate in forums and blogs

Use specialist forums and blogs that deal with social networking and in particular Twitter to tell everyone about who you are and why you are worth following, take time to introduce yourself and to answer peoples questions on your specialist subject.

Use trends to increase your reach

Observe the trending hash tags in your region, look at the tweets that have been heavily retweeted and think about why they are popular, tweet something along the same lines giving your own spin to the subject. You may combine more than one popular hash tag to potentially propel your username to multiple social circles and increase your chance of being retweeted and followed.

Repeat your most popular tweets

Look at your most popular tweets, if you see that it is still appropriate to repeat them you may do so approximately 8-12 hours after you first tweeted them for people who missed it the first time round, be very careful not to seem repetitive and monotonous though.

Tweet events

These are usually question and answer sessions set up by a well known personality, here you have the chance to ask questions and interact with people in your niche. Look out for any of these tweet events by reading websites and publications focused on your area of knowledge. If you manage to get mentioned by the person or company leading the event you are very likely to be followed by those following the action online.

Interactive television shows

The power of Twitter has really gained momentum over the past few years, we are now seeing even television shows integrating twitter streams as a way to let viewers participate. This is an amazing opportunity to get your twitter username on TV and potentially reach millions of television viewers. In this case you are far more likely to be mentioned if you make a really interesting and amusing tweet that is suitable for the audience of the show. Look carefully at any others getting a mention and spot a pattern of what to say, usually it's easy to gauge what the TV producer is looking for.

Get on websites with mention streams

There are some extremely popular websites that have a stream of all their mentions or mentions of a hash tag, if you spot any of these it can be a fantastic way to get targeted views of your account and if you find a really great opportunity you could always mention their username or tag and ask people to follow you directly!

Tweet quotes

Sharing quotes with your followers is a simple fun and easy source of interesting useful content, quotes are good because you can get them on just about any industry or niche and they are usually positive and inspiring to many people and therefore often retweeted.

Tweet privileged information

If you have something unique to offer followers make sure you let them know about it, this is a prime example of adding value to your followers. This information may include exclusive offers, pictures of inside the Googleplex if you happen to be there or any other type of information that is not widely available. Be sure to develop a relationship with your followers and follow up by getting them to keep following you on a long term basis rather than for the duration of your exclusive information for example you could let them know to watch your tweets closely and look out for more of the same next week.

Tweet during rush hour

Studies have shown that the best times to tweet are around 1pm and 3pm Monday to Thursday, if you take time to study when your typical users are most active reading and tweeting you will gain maximum visibility. There are tools which allow you to schedule tweets ahead of time, one of the most popular being Hootsuite, it can be downloaded onto your PC, Mac and even iPhone for maximum convenience.

Be aware of time zones

Take into account where your ideal users live and in what time zone they are located, if you are targeting people in the US and the UK for example, it might be worth scheduling tweets during optimal times for them to see, interact and amplify your reach.

Be human nobody wants to follow a robot!

So far we have touched upon some of the automation methods though at this point it must be stressed that any automation must be used carefully, nobody is interested in following robots, therefore you should note that if any of these tools are used it must be done in such a way that it doesn’t compromise your authenticity as a human being.

Follow people

Follow people often, around 30% - 50% of all people you follow will follow you back, which means that following as many people as possible will equate to a huge number of followers, in practice this just isn’t possible due to restrictions in place by the Twitter system. These restrictions, known as Twitter follow limits, kick into place when you follow 2,000 or more people. Then you will not be able to follow more than 110% of people who follow you, meaning that if you have 10,000 followers you will not be able to follow more than 11,000 people at a time. This restriction was a smart move by Twitter as it avoids users following hundreds of thousands of people just to have hundreds of thousands of followers!

Follow local people

Follow people local to your area, build a connection not only through you specialist knowledge but also through your knowledge of the area local to you, invite them to networking events or to other events of interest for example seminars or talks on subjects of common interest. You may use tools such as Localtweeps.com and twitaholic to help you find popular people in your locality.

Follow people who always follow back

In light of the fact that there are follow limits it is in your best interest for anyone you follow to follow you back, not only will you gain more followers in this way but you will also avoid the follow limits. You can find people that always follow back by searching their bio and tweets for the following:

  • #TeamFollowBack
  • #InstantFollow
  • #Follow4Follow
  • #FollownGain
  • #500aday
Follow the followers of big followers

Use twitaholic to see who has the most followers in popular cities like London, New York and Chicago. Follow the followers of anyone who is following more than 1,000 people than are following them, these will be people who have amassed a large following from the method above. You will gain followers fast but don’t expect much interaction from these accounts as they are people, and in many cases robots, who just follow anyone that follows them. This method is a mere time saving exercise that allows you to follow people who will follow back without having to search for them through tags such as #TeamFollowBack.

Unfollow those who don’t follow back

The only way to avoid the follow limits if you are gaining followers by following many people is to unfollow those who don’t follow back. This constant “follow – unfollow” process is often referred to as “churn” the rate at which the “follow – unfollow” happens is called the “churn Rate”. You must be aware that a high churn rate goes against the terms of service and there is a risk of your account being suspended if this method is employed aggressively.

Use online Tools

Use tools available online to automate the process of following, unfollowing tweeting following back and direct messages amongst many other things. Once you amass a large follower count it will be necessary to use these tools effectively to employ the methods listed above. Some of the most popular and effective online tools are Tweepi and Manageflitter. Here you will be able to do much of the automation needed to gain more followers on a large scale.

Use computer software

These automated programmes are especially designed to enable the automation of all aspects of your account. Most of these tools, such as TweetAdder, have been developed by internet marketers and commonly allow you to: Find targeted followers Automation of follows and unfollows Automated tweets Automated direct Messages Though automation in business is always a good thing, you must beware that many of these practices go directly against the Twitter terms of service and there is a significant risk of getting your account suspended if the software is not used correctly. Twitter has filed lawsuits against the makers of these tools as they are often used aggressively by spammers.

Show Your Twitter Followers Count

There is something to be said about power in numbers and in this case it is particularly true to say that once you have acquired a large number of followers it is beneficial to display these on your blog or network. The large follower count has a psychological effect that enhances your chances of being followed, known as social proof.

Buy followers

A pretty controversial one, and one that I have included only for information. Buying followers will increase your follower count fast and there are popular sites such as fiverr for this type of service where people are offering up to 15,000 followers for as little as $5. These followers will be of no use except for bumping up the number count and may actually damage your reputation or brand as these fake followers can be easily identified through tools such as StatusPeople, there is probably nothing worse for personal reputation or brand than being “outed” for buying followers. This relatively new phenomenon has not only been discussed amongst tech savvy users but has also recently hit the headlines in the main stream newspapers after several high profile reports of well known people accused of buying fake followers. I do not endorse or recommend this method, in fact it can cause havoc if you are employing some of the other methods above, I strongly advise not to use this method.

Run a contest

This technique was most famously offered by Kevin Rose back in 2009 and since then many companies, brands and individuals have run contests very successfully, when running such a competition remember to check out the Twitter guidelines for running a contest.

Write articles about twitter

If there is one particular aspect of twitter that you know a great deal about why not write a blog post or add a guide to your website, Twitter has become so popular in recent years but it’s still so new that there is still room to write articles that people appreciate and find useful. Such exposure will not only mean more followers but also more credibility within your own social circle.

Guest post on other blogs

Search for bloggers in your niche that have a large number of followers and have popular websites, offer to write an article for their site in return for promotion of your twitter account, your account will become more visible and you will gain followers along the way. To get an idea of how popular a blog or website is check alexa.com.

Track and measure

As anyone in business will tell you: “Anything measured improves!”. It is very important to keep an accurate record of what you are doing to increase your twitter followers. You can use the automated tools mentioned before to track your efforts and if you want to see a more accurate statistic count of the number of followers you have gained and expect to gain use TwitterCounter.

If you are a content marketer and are using twitter to syndicate your content you can keep track of how often your page has been shared on twitter and other social media articles using tools such as the Social Media Shares Counter.


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Master Social Media Marketing for Startups in Under 4 Hours [Infographic]

Master Social Media Marketing for Startups in Under 4 Hours [Infographic] | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Social media, if used properly, is one of the best marketing channels and a powerful tool for the customer acquisition. The amount of blog posts written about social media and entire blogs dedicated …




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 A bunch of the most successful  startups are actively using social media  to gain an edge.Instead of shelling out millions of dollars for a Super Bowl ad, these small companies fight to generate buzz by creating viral content and encouraging shares and likes.

Once a product or service becomes the one everyone is talking about, customers gravitate toward it, eager to learn more.

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The 15 Best Twitter Tips to Get More Followers! [Infographic]

The 15 Best Twitter Tips to Get More Followers!  [Infographic] | Internet Presence | Scoop.it



Whether you're new to Twitter or a seasoned vet, chances are you'd welcome new followers. Gaining followers can be easy for some but very challenging for most people. Some people on Twitter seem to attract followers like a moth to a candle flame but for most of us getting new followers seems like hard work.

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50 Surprising Tips for Getting Attention in Mass Media | Jeff Bullas

50 Surprising Tips for Getting Attention in Mass Media | Jeff Bullas | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Have we been so distracted by social media that we have forgotten “the media” in our marketing efforts?

Ranking on the web helps grow awareness and attracts eventual sales. Great services and products

supply solutions for consumers, but getting free attention in a national newspaper, a magazine and mass media can be a very effective marketing tactic.

Press outreach and mass media attention is often a problem for many businesses.

Below, you’ll find a long list of solutions to help you establish, improve, and solidify your outreach capabilities.

The pursuit of sales will never cease, but ensure media attention is never a problem. Here are some tips for getting attention in mass media.

  1. Be the purple cow. If you’re not different, there’s no reason for editors and publications to cover you.
  2. National coverage is great but hard to get.  Align a story with local or regional news, events, or concerns.
  3. Identify quirky components of your company (logo), CEO (hobby), or company culture (You don’t work on Fridays).
  4. Maintain an excel sheet of sites pitched and reporter contact information.  Keep notes and dates (so you don’t re-pitch!)
  5. Find reporters on Twitter and use AllMyTweets to identify topics they like, dislike, etc.
  6. Research prior works of individual reporters, not just topics reported.
  7. Use this tool to find any person’s email.
  8. Read reporters’ articles, blogs, and tweets.  Mention their work and create a greater sense of context and logic regarding the reason for initial contact.
  9. Do not use reporters’ personal emails unless indicated it is preferred.
  10. Comment on reporters’ posts and personal blogs.
  11. Use visual platforms like Pinterest and Google Plus to find information related to hobbies, trips, pets, favorite locations, etc.
  12. Hire a content writer or PR person to write your outreach emails.  Emotional intelligence is a skill set!
  13. As with writing great post titles, spend time on the subject line of the email.  You want them to be excited to open it.
  14. Don’t include attachments; cut and paste material in the email itself.
  15. Set Google Alerts for key terms, so you can stay informed about stories the reporters think are important.
  16. Set Alerts for names of editors and reporters too to see what they’re writing about (Share their work too!)
  17. Spend time on your email signature; editors and reporters want information coming from authority sources.
  18. Be ready for phone contact; some rather ask directly than email back and forth.  Indicate you are available for phone contact.
  19. Be humble and genuine; admit what you don’t know rather than fake it.  Reporters keep ongoing contact lists, but if you waste their time, you’ll never get a chance with them (or their outlet) again.
  20. You’re supplying information but editors are well aware of the benefit of news coverage.  Thank them for their time and for (even) considering your input.
  21. Send a follow-up thanks.  Use a funny graphic of something they will appreciate (since you used AllMyTweets, Google Plus, Pinterest, etc, to see what they like) to be ‘purple.’
  22. Don’t play politician and satisfy all sides of a story.  Have a strong and passionate opinion – stick to it.
  23. It’s not a one-night stand.  Reporters contact the same people.  (How many (New York) times has Danny Sullivan contributed to major stories?)
  24. DO NOT USE TEMPLATES.  Work with your outreach team to create a successful email formula, but ensure the email to each editor/reporter is unique.  Reporters sniff-out templates.
  25. Interested reporters may do homework on you.  Update your ‘about’ page and social media profiles to reflect the expertise they’re looking for – But remember to be genuine!
  26. Provide multiple opportunities for contact – include work email, cell phone, business phone, Skype, Twitter handle, etc.
  27. To build social authority, take screenshots when people compliment posts, your company, or your personality, and insert on your ‘about’ page, business’ homepage, etc.
  28. Be active in forums and industry-specific question-and-answer platforms.  It adds ‘tangible’ evidence regarding your expertise and helpful nature.
  29. Create Twitter lists of editors and reporters and stay informed of their interests regarding developing news and stories.
  30. Subscribe to HARO and Profnet, platforms where reporters actively seek help.
  31. Don’t get creepy, liking reporters’ family pictures on Facebook or being too friendly on social platforms.  Be personable but keep professional.
  32. Use social media ads to ‘target’ media outlets by genre, key terms, etc.  It helps reporters and editors grow aware of your company, contributions, expertise, etc.
  33. Peruse news sites, looking for broken links, awkward plug-ins, etc.  Provide technical help or refer them to someone who can.
  34. Create an ongoing folder of stats.  At times, reporters can’t use quotes or direct information yet need stat graphics to supplement articles. (You’ll still get credit!)
  35. Conduct industry surveys, becoming a mini reporter.  You’ll have more information to offer major publications and reporters.
  36. Getting one’s first major dose of coverage is like making your first million; it’s the hardest.  Create a ‘Media’ section on your website, showing reporters you’ve ‘done this before.’
  37. Create a separate online page, featuring your resume, mentioning previous speaking engagements, awards, and so on.
  38. When used for a story or article, become a marketer for them.  Help spread the news!
  39. Later, when writing internal posts or guest posts, link to the reporter’s story, building links to the site and story.  The added marketing effort will be appreciated.
  40. Don’t tell Cutts, but guest blogging is a great way to show reporters you’re a ‘giver,’ offering insight on digital properties of others.
  41. Be a great assistant; maybe you can’t help with a particular story, but you may know a friend who can.  Reporters will remember your help (and it’s likely your friend will think you’re swell too!)
  42. Regularly link to journalists’ stories in your businesses posts, maintaining indirect relationships and expressing interest in their craft.
  43. When appropriate, mention previous coverage from news sources in the initial email.  As mentioned, reporters want ‘seasoned’ contributors.
  44. Handwrite a ‘thank you’ card and mail it to the reporter.  In the ‘digital’ age, snail mail is ‘purple,’ and usually requires more time and effort.
  45. Mention the reporter’s ‘audience,’ and how your information will help deliver valuable news.
  46. Be unique but not off topic.  Don’t use obscure or outlandish information to seem interesting.  If it’s too far out there, you’ll appear strange rather than intriguing.
  47. Don’t sound like a press release that sucks. Some are so boring, with a ‘look how great we are’ sentiment.  EVERY company wants press but not all know how to intrigue the masses.
  48. Be a giver and not (just) a taker.
  49. Have a professional writer edit emails, checking for grammatical errors and awkward phrases.  Reporters are not English teachers, but they make a living reporting (often writing) the news.  Expect them to notice your errors.
  50. Be who you say you are and do what you say you’ll do.

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Practical starting starting for media relations for business. Useful tips, helpful hints and actionable tactics.

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Lessons From Blog Posts That Went Viral

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Do you know that a single viral blog post can make your website a hot property and create buzz around your personal or business brand very quickly.

So what makes a post go viral?

Let’s dissect some recent posts that captured readers’ attention and attracted loads of social media shares. Here a some examples and lessons from blog posts that went viral.

1. Positive content

Uplifting content gets shared more than you may believe. Practical advice that can help improve life skills is always in demand. There are countless posts that hand out tips on leading a happier and more fulfilling life. Some do it better than others and make readers care enough to share.

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I discovered “30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself’” by Marc Chernoff first on StumbleUpon. The post has garnered over half a million likes, over 20,000 tweets and thousands of shares on other social media.


a. The enticing headline:

A post’s headline is a key viral driver. Unless it motivates readers’ enough, it won’t get clicks no matter how great your content may actually be. Negative headlines have been seen to convert better than positive titles. Readers can be skeptical of positive superlatives like ‘best’ and ‘most’, perceiving them to be cliché or an attempt at endorsement, and view negative ones like ‘worst’ or ‘never’ to be authentic and impartial. In this post, use of the negative word ‘stop’ makes readers pause and wonder if there’s something they’re doing that they shouldn’t.


b. The list

Time and again, studies and split-tests have shown that headlines containing numbered lists attract massive click-throughs.

c. Structure:

Online readers get put off by chunky paragraphs and scarce use of bold and italicized font. “30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself“’ presents 30 points in numbered list with no more than four lines under each. It’s easy to read and digest.

d. Actionable tips:

The post offers readers actionable advice that can be incorporated right away. Every tip tells you what to stop doing and what positive action to take. Some also have links to books on a similar topic for further reading.

2. Personal stories

A well-told first personal account of an experience and lessons learnt thereof adds authenticity and makes for an interesting read.

Consider a recent LinkedIn post ‘Why I won’t take your business card’ that was shared 281 times and elicited several comments and opinions (some from the top 1% of most viewed profiles on the network).


The post discusses the importance of building relationships over making an explicit sale at networking events through the lens of a marketing strategist who found herself in a similar situation.

While the honest narrative is compelling enough to encourage responses, the author ends her post by asking questions and soliciting comments. A simple “do you think……” or “I would love to hear your opinion on……” at the end of your blog post can nudge readers into leaving a comment. Even one or two comments encourage more people to comment, which in large part, can be attributed to the psychological phenomenon known as ‘social proof’, where we are influenced by and conform to others’ actions.


Another hugely shared (4,685 times on LinkedIn) post ‘Four Business Rules I Learnt in Kindergarten’ is an example of the author’s creative and playful approach to discussing a serious business topic. Attracting over 400 comments, the post struck a chord with readers for delivering simple yet valuable lessons we sometimes tend to oversee. A black and white photograph accompanying the post gives it a warm picture book feel, and really sets it apart from other LinkedIn posts.


3. Make it intriguing

Explore ways to deliver useful content without sounding like thousands of other posts doling out tips and advice on the same topic.

A great example is ‘Marriage Isn’t for You’, which not only managed 10,000+ shares on Twitter and Facebook, but also landed the writer a book deal.

Two things work for the post:

  1. The interesting headline that instantly incites curiosity. There’s also more to the headline than meets the eye (a clever move by the writer), which lifts the value of the post.
  2. A refreshing and heart-warming take on marriage. Check out the post here.

Say you’re giving financial advice to entrepreneurs. A title such as ‘Here’s Why You Can’t be the Next Millionaire’ is a more intriguing title than ‘How to be a Millionaire’, which is pretty standard stuff for blogs in your niche.

Instead of saying what you should do to set the cash registers ringing, you can explain what you may be doing now that’s keeping you from being the next millionaire. ‘A Little Mistake that Cost me $7000 a Year’ is another click-worthy title and an interesting lesson on preventing financial mistakes.

If your title is a click-magnet, make sure your content sustains the curiosity created by it. Also remember that it may not be possible to drum up a captivating, click-worthy title for every post.

4. Capitalize on the most happening news events

Readers tend to get behind blog posts surrounding buzzing news and major events they’re exposed to on news sites, in the papers and on their social media pages.

Oxfam GB timed their blog post on maternal health around the birth of Prince George, a hugely popular event that took the web by storm. The charity organization used Facebook to draw attention to their blog post and delivered the important message that every baby’s arrival into the world is a cause for celebration.


Use Google Trends, BuzzFeed, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and Reddit to stay on the pulse of trending news items. Explore possible ways of relating news stories to your niche. Lessons, opinions, potential consequences : there are many ways in which you can use viral news to grab readers’ attention and encourage shares.

Finding blog post ideas

Blog posts with useful content keep readers coming back for more. You must keep posting new content on questions people are asking, topics they’re searching for, and discussions they’re having online.

Forums and discussion boards

It continuously supply blog post ideas. You’re sure to find issues and topics that may have escaped your radar. Don’t worry about the spelling, grammar and style of forum posts, they are bound to be very casual. Focus on what people want to know about and the kind of problems to which they’re soliciting advice from fellow forum members.

Identification of forum members occurs through user names and some forums also allow guests to comment. Naturally, discussions are honest and open. This gives you a chance to really get into people’s minds and understand their needs, problems, interests, fears and lifestyles.

For a quick forum search, type: allintitle: ‘keyword’ forum. If you’re a taxidermist, you can access over 7,000 relevant results as shown below.


Quora

It is an authoritative and popular Q&A social media site that can help you zero in on winning blog post ideas. Its early adopters were technology pundits, marketing gurus and entrepreneurs. As such, the content quality and credibility of the site ranks highly.

You can type a keyword to see questions related to your topic. You can also test if potential blog topics may generate interest and response from readers by posting questions and seeing if they’re answered.


Yahoo! Answers

It is another community-powered Q&A site covering 25 categories. You will not find as high a number of intellectually curious and elite members on the site in comparison to Quora. There is, however, no dearth of opinions, musings and personal experiences, which can spark off interesting blog post ideas.


Parting tips

Here are a few more tips to make your content move and be shared.

  • Analyze blog comments for ideas
  • To increase views, link to past and future posts
  • Post to Facebook, Twitter and Google+
  • Submit to Reddit, Digg, Delicious and StumbleUpon.

What about you? What content and headlines have you found to work? Look forward to your insights in the comments below.



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Five Shocking Facts That Will Change Your Entire Approach to Social Media

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Social media is fraught with legend, hysteria, and mass confusion. Because of its intensely personal nature, we tend to approach social media with a lot of strong feelings about its effectiveness, lack thereof, best practices, and how things should be done.


Since most of us use Facebook, we think we know how effective it will be, or what kind of posts garner the most attention and interaction. Since we have a Twitter account, we have a sense of knowledge about how it works, and what a business should do (or not do) on Twitter.


All that is great, but how much of our social media behavior is founded upon fact? I decided to dig into the data and do some research. What I’ve extracted below are five surprising data points that will have a profound effect on how you approach social media.

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How to measure your website's effectiveness with Alexa - FreeNomads

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Alexa.com is an excellent way to get a snapshot of your website, see its global rank and compare yourself to your competition. Let's look at how to interpret this information.

Alexa.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, is an excellent way to get a quick snapshot of your website, see its global rank and compare yourself to your competition.

On the website, write the URL of your site and you will see the results.

Note: In order to get a quick overview of the websites you visit, you can install the Alexa toolbar directly in your internet browser.

The most important information on Alexa is your website’s global rank, bounce rate, daily pageviews per visitor, daily time on site and incoming links. So, what do these mean?

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What Is the Internet of Things? | Mashable Explains - YouTube

You've heard of smart homes and fitness trackers, but have you heard of the Internet of Things? The latest video in our Mashable Explains series takes a look...


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You've heard of smart homes and fitness trackers, but have you heard of the Internet of Things?


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4 Easy Tricks to Personalize Your Marketing Strategy

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As a seasoned marketer, you’re well-aware of the need to ‘reach the right audiences at the right time with the right message.’ You’ve heard this expression over and over — so we won’t belabor the point.

You already know why you need to do it. The problem is that you’re part of a small team and that there are only 24 hours in a day. Presumably (read: hopefully), you spend some of that time sleeping and having fun.

You need an arsenal of high-impact tactics — stuff that’s creative, easy to implement, and pilot-tested by others in your field. That’s where this blog post comes in — to give you some quick, ready-to-execute ideas.

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10 Phenomenal Blogs in Totally Boring Industries

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Think only B2C blogs can be interesting? Here are 10 blogs from a variety of "boring" industries that'll prove you wrong.

Warning: The following blogs are gonna be boring. They're for industries that you most likely don't care about -- most are B2B businesses, so the chances of you being interested in that content and also a reader of our blog are kinda slim. 

But, there's no denying that these blogs absolutely rock. Though you may not always be interested in the topics or industries that these blogs talk about, they are kicking some serious butt at doing their job for people in those industries.

Because we've talked about quality content being decided by your audience, we've got to give these amazing blogs in totally boring industries a high-five. So prepare yourself to be blown away. And who knows? By the end, you may be subscribed to a few of them ;)

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9 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know

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Facebook is the principal digital public square of today. Well, it's the principal digital public square for those of a certain age (i.e. post-college, the young'ns aren't into it!) But Zuck & Co's site is still an extremely integral virtual venue and will continue to be for some time.

While Facebook's business model has evolved away from just Facebook.com to include its mobile incarnation and other associated apps, the old familiar website is still the preferred venue for many. And why not? Facebook.com one of the most advanced public-facing websites out there.

Facebook is a magnet for some of the top engineering talent in the world, so it stands to reason that the company would boast one of the world's most complex and multi-faceted websites. It rivals many standalone software apps with the sheer amount of personalization, tweaks, and tinkering available to visitors.

In fact, there are so many things you can do on Facebook.com that you probably don't know about them all.

And we're not even talking about the third-party Facebook apps or browser add-ons, we're talking about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions that are just a few clicks away. As you'll see in our slideshow, there are even some functions that appear to be leftovers from bygone eras that we're not even sure Facebook still knows are there.

So, take a look at our slideshow and awaken your inner power user social super star who is just waiting to break out!

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#4 Create an Interest List

Good curation tool on facebook. You can create a list for "favorite thai foods" and keep following all local restaurants.

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Social Media Publishing is dead (as we know it)

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 Earlier this month, Facebook dropped a bombshell by not only acknowledging that Facebook pages’ organic reach was declining but also by telling us we shouldn’t expect them to recover. Facebook’s VP of Product for Facebook Ads, Brian Boland, went on to explain that this is the new world we live in now, that the same thing happened with search engines before and that we’d better get used to it. It’s true that many platforms go through a similar cycle: first, they present a great free opportunity, then more and more people grab it - decreasing the return for everyone until finally, the platform focuses on those ready to pay for play. It happened with Google Search; it happened with Apps (yes, Apple doesn’t sell ads but others do - such as coincidentally... Facebook). And now that all social media are publicly-traded company with ambitious revenue targets to reach, it will happen to social media as well.
So what does the decline of organic reach on Facebook and social platforms exactly mean on a practical basis?

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Google's new toy for business owners

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Google unveils new "My Business" interactive platform to allow small businesses to market themselves more effectively on the search engine.

We've never pulled together all of these features into a single hub that's easy to use," said Jen Fitzpatrick, Google's vice president of engineering and product management. "The idea is to let small businesses manage their online presence in a single, consolidated way."

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17 Statistics That Show Social Media is the Future of Customer Service

17 Statistics That Show Social Media is the Future of Customer Service | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Millions of people are taking service issues to social media channels as their preferred communication route. These questions and complaints are public, and the only real question for businesses is how - not if - they will respond. Listening is no longer an end, but rather a means to evaluating where you need to engage.

To celebrate the release of the Third Edition of the Definitive Guide to Social Customer Service, here are 17 statistics that show social media’s rise as a customer service channel and its bright future. People spend more time on social than any other online activity.

1.  While social media usage continues to increase, it’s already the top Internet activity: Americans spend an average of 37 minutes daily on social media, more time spent than any other Internet activity, including email. (Wall Street Journal) Tweet

2. At the same time, Comscore found that smartphones and tablets combined now account for 60 percent of all online traffic, up from 50 percent a year ago. Tweet

3. Accordingly, 78% of active Twitter users are mobile;  81% for FacebookTweet

This naturally leads to a rise in consumer demand for social customer service.

4. 67% of consumers have used a company's social media site for servicing, compared with 33% for social marketing. (J.D. Power and Associates) Tweet

5.  33% of users even prefer to contact brands using social media rather than the telephone. (Nielsen) Tweet

As a result, although phones continue to be the most popular device for customer service, your customers might be using them to Tweet instead of call.

6. And it’s important to remember: your customers are not just Tweeting about you from their sofas. 58% of consumers used their mobile phones while shopping in-store, rising to 78% for 18-29 year olds. (Pew Research) Tweet

7. 14% of Tweets sent to major retail brands are from customers experiencing problems in-store. (Conversocial) Tweet

Whether in-store or online, fast responses are an essential part of meeting customer expectations for social care.

8. 71% of customers say that valuing their time is the most important thing a company can do to provide good service. (Forrester) Tweet

9. That’s why when customers reaches out over social, you should do everything possible to resolve their issues over social. Only 2% of customers who were given an email address or telephone number on social asked for it in the first place. (Conversocial) Tweet

Certainly, the worst thing your brand can do is not respond at all. 

Gartner found that failure to respond via social channels can lead to a 15% increase in the churn rate for existing customers. Tweet

11. And your customers might be be discussing your brand, just not directly @ mentioning you; fewer than 3% of customers directly @ mention brands on Twitter (i.e. referring to the brand “company” instead of “@company”). (Conversocial) Tweet

As well as speed, quality and resolution are key to delivering a great customer experience. Managed properly, the benefits of providing great customer service over social media are tremendous.

13. When companies engage and respond to customer service requests over social media, those customers end up spending 20% to 40% more with the company. (Bain & Company) Tweet

And remember: on social media, you’re not just showing a single customer a great experience, but also their friends and everyone else watching.

14. Customers who encounter positive social customer care experiences are nearly 3 times more likely to recommend a brand. (Harvard Business Review) Tweet

15. Additionally, 42% of people will tell their friends about a good customer experience on social, while 53% will talk about a bad one. (American Express Global Customer Service Barometer) Tweet

Because of all of this, social customer service has evolved greatly in the past couple of years and will only continue to grow.

16. Adoption of social customer care programs increased fivefold from 12% in 2010 to 59% in 2013. (Aberdeen Group) Tweet

17. And major brands aren’t just adopting social customer service: they’re making it a major priority: 67% of companies believe that social customer service is the most pressing short-term priority for the contact center. (Forrester) Tweet

How do these statistics apply to your business? Any favorites that you'd like to add?


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The Social Media Salary Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Social Media Week is upon us, so we thought it would be appropriate to delve into the social media industry and see how its salaries stack up.


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The Best Infographics to Help You Create Smart Content

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These days, creating online content and gaining results can get pretty overwhelming. There are countless vehicles to use, plenty of social media sites to distribute on, and more than enough platforms…



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Content marketing is getting important as social media is more powerful than before. People are get used to read short paragraph or even few words with picture. So, how we can express the message through the few words is a key task for us. @Ashleigh Ali

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smart "journalistic type" of content

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The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

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A visual guide to growing a startup with inbound marketing.



There are two things in my professional life that I'm passionate about.

1.  Startups.  I love startups.  It's an obsession.  I've started three companies, angel invested in over 50 and (hopefully) helped thousands more entrepreneurs in some small way through the OnStartups.com community.

2. Inbound marketing.  I love inbound marketing.  It's the idea that's at the heart of my company, HubSpot.  It's about marketing that focuses on attracting customers — not annoying them with interruptions.  It makes marketing about helping people, not harassing them.

Those of you that follow me either here or on the LinkedIn Influencers program know that I've spent hundreds of hours on the HubSpot Culture Code deck.  Now, I'm thrilled to share with you the second most intense deck I've worked on.  Clocking in at 100+ slides as well (what is it with me and large slide decks)?  This time, instead of culture, I talk about startup marketing.  It's my contribution to the startup marketing world.  Like everything else I work on, it's an obsession.  Hope you enjoy it.

 

Jumpstart: The Guide To Growing A Startup With Inbound Marketing from HubSpot

 

If you'd like to discuss this deck, or startup marketing in general, I'll be doing an “Ask Me Anything” (about this deck, startups or anything) over on the #1 place for inbound marketing discussion.  Come join me.

Here are some highlights for those of you that are not “slide-y” kind of people.

1. Stop ignoring marketing.  Yes, I know you're going to build a killer product that people are going to love.  Marketing can help you find people to love it.  And yes, you can hire a PR agency and hope that you're going to get all this “free” publicity in TechCrunch and what not.  That's fine — but what are you going to do the other 363 days?  You need to invest in marketing.

2. Marketing doesn't have to be sleazy.  The best marketing is inbound which is basically doing what you do best (helping customers).  It's about creating content that is useful for your potential users/customers.  You use that as a tool to bring people in.

3. Stealth mode is for fighter jets, not startups.  If you're worried about somebody stealing your idea, please stop.  Right now.  Worry about how you're going to get customers.  And team members.  And funding.  All of these things are really hard -- if you don't talk about your idea.  

4. If you wait until after your product is out to start marketing, you waited to long. Ideally, your'e writing your first line of content the same day as you're writing your first line of code.  You need to start building brand, reach and credibility as early as possible.  

5. Don't get into an arms race for attention.  You won't win by shouting louder, getting bigger ads or buying a bigger booth at the tradeshow.

6. Don't try to outspend the incumbent.  They have more money than you and can spend money way more stupidly.  As a startup, you need to find marketing that gives you leverage.  Where you get disproportionate, long-term return given the investment. 

7. Don't just hire a CMO (Chief Marketing Officer).  In the early years, everybody in the company should be selling.  Everybody in the company should also be marketing.  You don't need a high-falutin marketing executive from [whatever-company].  You need someone that cares passionately about what you are doing, wants to help people and teach them and can create content and build your brand and reach.

8. Learn the basics of SEO.  There's just too much  traffic to ignore.  The nice thing about organic traffic is a) there's more of it.  b) the marginal cost for those clicks is low.  (Once you have content ranking, you're not paying additional money for each additional click). 

9. Use social media as an amplifier.  It takes time, but if you build a following, social media is a great way to take that awesome content you're producing and spreader it further and wider.

10. Don't assemble your own platform.  This is a bit self-serving (since my company HubSpot provides a marketing platform), but it's still true.  As a startup, you should be spending ALL available calories on making your product better and helping your customers.  Don't rationalize the time for wiring together a bunch of different apps, just because you're smart enough to pick the right tool in each category, and smart enough to get them to talk.  Use those brain cells on the product.

11. Definitely do not write your own CMS. I'm amazed at how entrepreneurs can get lured into this “but it's not that hard” mindset.  Wordpress is an awesome product.  HubSpot has a CMS and blogging app built in.  In this day and age, there is no reason to write your own CMS — unless you're selling your own CMS (in which case, may the force be with you).

...for the rest, you'll have to check out the 116 slides in the deck (it goes quickly).

By the way, my company, HubSpot just launched a new program specifically for startups from great accelerators.  It's called Jumpstart.  You should check it out

This has been 5+ years in the making.  You should join because of the reduced price for HubSpot (by about 90% for the first year).  It'll help you get marketing started off on the right foot.  It'll help you DO the things you need to do (blog, SEO, social, landing pages, etc.), KNOW the things you need to know (like what's working and what's not) and GROW your company by pulling it all together and giving you the industry's best support.



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Creating a diversified high quality content (on regular basis) is one of the main foundations of a startup.

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Hackers of the world unite as privacy startups answer Snowden’s call | Information Age

Hackers of the world unite as privacy startups answer Snowden’s call | Information Age | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

How the evolution of privacy startups is helping ordinary web users take back control of their data

Addressing the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference over the weekend, Edward Snowden entreated hackers, engineers and activists to fight surveillance by building a new generation of privacy tools for everyone to use.

In fact, privacy startups are already hard at work building tools to help web users protect their privacy in areas such as analytics, encryption and search.

However, there is still much work to do to put these tools into the hands of the ordinary web user.

>See also: The big debate: do we need a privacy charter for the internet?

Since the NSA revelations last year, this task has continued to grow in significance as more and more privacy scares have grabbed the attention of the general public.

Earlier this month, for example, an employee of Germany's intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.

However, it’s not just the NSA that is the guilty party. Corporations such as Google and Facebook are also building treasure troves of personal information to share with others, often without user consent.

Emerging technology startups from around the world have responded to privacy concerns by building user-friendly products in three key areas: analytics, encryption and search.

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7 Online Tools That Help You to Write Faster and Better

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Anyone can start a blog – but not everyone can start and maintain a quality blog that offers valuable insights and advice. Part of running a high quality blog is offering high quality content with high quality writing – see the theme? (In case you missed it, it’s quality…) Not everyone is a natural writer, but thanks to a slew of online tools, everyone can become a better writer.

Here are just seven of the many helpful online tools out there that help writers to improve their final versions:



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Via Stefano Principato, malek
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Continuous 'quality' writing is a challenge for small businesses. These are some good tools.

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malek's curator insight, July 20, 4:24 AM

Urban dictionary has been an epiphany at times.

massimo scalzo's curator insight, July 21, 12:50 AM

There are many tools to pave the way for maintaining a quality Blog...Have a look here

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 21, 4:43 AM
Some folks have ask me if I do a blog. I'm a fairly long winded commenter with lots of opinions and thoughts on the topics I care about. The answer is yes, but not seriously. I thought this article might help me get more serious about that. Why waste your thoughts to be left to fly away with time? Someone might be able to build on them even if you don't. Sometimes sad to say we even forget some of our own best ideas when we have time to work on them. Why not record them and store them on a blog.
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The Top 10 Reasons You're Still Clinging to Facebook

The Top 10 Reasons You're Still Clinging to Facebook | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Facebook has us hooked, and most of us aren't saying goodbye anytime soon.

The thought of deleting your Facebook account permanently has probably crossed your mind. But whether it's FOMO or wanting to keep in touch with others, something holds us back and we're unable to escape the social media giant.

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A good number of valid reasons.

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What Is the Best Ad Server for Your Site?

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Ad servers are are one of the most versatile ways to monetize your website. The best ad server for you depends on factors like price and ease of use.

A growing number of publishers are turning to ad servers to display and manage advertisements on their websites.

There are many reasons for this, but one major advantage ad servers provide is simplicity. With an ad server in place, a publisher can swap adverts from a central location without having to go “under the hood” of their websites.

Ad servers also give you the ability to monitor your stats and tweak your adverts for geo-location and other factors.

As a website owner, the best ad server for you will depend on a range of factors that include price, scalability, ease of use and features.

The five ad servers in this list perform the best according to these criteria. They offer something to suit both small and large budgets and are among the most versatile monetization strategies you can employ online.

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There is much more than just Google ads. This is a good overview.

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, July 6, 5:16 AM

A guide to the best ad servers.

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What Happens to Your Online Presence When You Die? [Infographic]

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What happens to your data when you die? In its first eight years of existence, an estimated 30 million Facebook users passed away, leaving behind their pages and all of their data. While Facebook now offers to memorialize pages of users who have passed away, there is still a time period in which deceased users …

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Interesting topic. Definitely something to look at.

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commentrix's curator insight, June 27, 9:54 PM

This infographic has all the answers to the questions about what will happen with your data when you die!

Treathyl Fox's curator insight, June 28, 10:06 AM

So glad to find this infographic on a very serious topic for me.  Since 2007, my business and employment endeavors have been work at home projects.  Often wonder what will happen to these projects when I no longer wake up each day to maintain them.

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, June 30, 9:40 AM
"Die" or retreat from Social Media?
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'The Internet's Own Boy': how the government destroyed Aaron Swartz

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A film tells the story of the coder-activist who fought corporate power and corruption -- and paid a cruel price.

Brian Knappenberger’s Kickstarter-funded documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” which premiered at Sundance barely a year after the legendary hacker, programmer and information activist took his own life in January 2013, feels like the beginning of a conversation about Swartz and his legacy rather than the final word. This week it will be released in theaters, arriving in the middle of an evolving debate about what the Internet is, whose interests it serves and how best to manage it, now that the techno-utopian dreams that sounded so great in Wired magazine circa 1996 have begun to ring distinctly hollow.

What surprised me when I wrote about “The Internet’s Own Boy” from Sundance was the snarky, dismissive and downright hostile tone struck by at least a few commenters. There was a certain dark symmetry to it, I thought at the time: A tragic story about the downfall, destruction and death of an Internet idealist calls up all of the medium’s most distasteful qualities, including its unique ability to transform all discourse into binary and ill-considered nastiness, and its empowerment of the chorus of belittlers and begrudgers collectively known as trolls. In retrospect, I think the symbolism ran even deeper. Aaron Swartz’s life and career exemplified a central conflict within Internet culture, and one whose ramifications make many denizens of the Web highly uncomfortable.

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Funny-Looking Coat Turns Away Spying Electronic Eyes

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The newest in surveillance-blocking technology is also the coziest.

If you always wanted Harry Potter's invisibility cloak but wished it was a bit comfier, your wish may have come true.

Austrian architecture firm Coop-Himmelblau has designed a Snuggie-like piece of clothing that jams the wearer's phone, effectively rendering him invisible. The Jammer Coat shields the phone from wireless signals, so the device becomes undetectable to things like search engines or tracking software, and there's no way for anyone to pull credit card information.

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Via Thomas Faltin
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The problem with this is that your body is inside a Faraday's cage, it should 'breathe' energy, which is cut off for yourself too.

Why not just turning off your phone when you don't want to be detected?

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35 Blogging Tips to Woo Readers and Win Business

35 Blogging Tips to Woo Readers and Win Business | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Let’s not pussyfoot around it.

Blogging is a lot of work. Hard work.

Generate new blog post ideas. Write weekly content. Promote posts via social media and email.

At times, we all wonder whether our blogging efforts are paying off. Do we need to keep plugging away? Write more? Promote more?

The thought of quitting might even creep up now and then. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop worrying about your next blog post? And have some extra time to go out with friends? Or to read a book?

But the benefits of writing a business blog can be tremendous. Career-changing.

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A good blog is a mighty powerful tool for your business. This article is good. Highly recommended.

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4twenty2's curator insight, June 23, 2:30 AM

Great blog about keeping your blog content fresh and interesting.  

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, June 23, 8:32 AM

never underestimate the power of good content marketing. For startups, it's often the best way to start building credibility. I like to refer to social media as a fishing net to bring hungry fishes to your feeding pond...your blog  ;-) 

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