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Conquering The Enemies of Innovation: Silence and Fear

Conquering The Enemies of Innovation: Silence and Fear | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
It takes courage for employees to voice new ideas.
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Peter Vander Auwera's curator insight, December 13, 2012 1:16 AM

"Innovate in every area with your influence"

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6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d both agree that this is one of the most important days of their lives.

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Abdul Abdirahman's curator insight, December 11, 2012 11:13 PM

What to be more productive and feel like you are accomplishing your goals DAILY, here are a few tips that can help.

donhornsby's curator insight, December 13, 2012 9:25 AM

(Great quote - and excellent suggestions) “Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way,” Mike said. “Self-care is the secret to performing at the highest level.”

 

Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:

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4 Ways to Thrive by Connecting with Your Passion

4 Ways to Thrive by Connecting with Your Passion | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Digging is hard work.

 

Digging is hard work. I’ve dug lots of irrigation ditches and post holes while growing up on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. It’s dirty work because the only way to clear a clogged ditch is to get in the muck and shovel out heavy, sodden clumps of debris so the water can run smoothly on down the ditch.

 

Often, the stuff clogging the system is not visible from the top because irrigation water tends to be muddy. It’s only after you start that your shovel finds more mass to the blockage. I hate digging out irrigation ditches because there’s always something more to be dug out.

 

Whether it’s shoveling out the muck from an irrigation ditch or removing the barriers that prevent us from moving ahead in life, nothing moves forward until the deed is done. Tamping it down may take care of the clutter, but only for a while, and it will eventually it will build up entire the entire system is blocked.

 

Digging down in our own lives so we can move past barriers in our life means more than skimming the surface. Our society would lead us to believe that peeling back the surface layers is all that is needed to understand ourselves and overcome obstacles. Not true, but I suspect you already know this deep down.


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Career lessons from Gen Y

Career lessons from Gen Y | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Members of Gen Y have a bit of career advice for the rest of us about surviving in a turbulent economy.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 12, 2012 7:57 AM

Embrace change, keep learning, be willing to start over, and find what you really want to do. Not bad career advice, especially from those who are so young.

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The Broken Link Building Bible

The Broken Link Building Bible | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article intro:
"Broken link building may perhaps be the most effective, white-hat link building strategy in years. In particular, broken link building is appealing because the success of the campaign is directly proportional to how much good you do for the web. You profit only if you create good content to replace lost or abandoned content that webmasters still want to link to. This is the type of strategy that marries so many of the competing interests our industry: content vs. links, link earning vs link building, inbound vs. outbound, etc.

Below, I attempt to organize as much as I know about broken link building tactics. Throughout the piece I mention tools that will help you make the broken link building process scalable and less monotonous.

Table of Contents

1. Overview

2. Prospecting

2.1. Resource Page Targeting w/ Keywords
2.1.1. Selecting Keywords
2.1.2. Prospecting Phrases
2.1.3. Scraping Search Results
2.1.4. Extracting URLs
2.1.5. Header Checks
2.1.6 Opportunity Qualification
2.1.7. Prospecting Tools

2.2. Resource Page Targeting w/ Model URL
2.2.1. Site Selection
2.2.2. Backlink Acquisition
2.2.3. Extracting URLs
2.2.4. Header Checks
2.2.5. Opportunity Qualification
2.2.6. Prospecting Shortcuts

2.3. Direct URL Targeting
2.3.1. Site Crawling
2.3.2. Opportunity Selection

3. Content Creation
3.1. Rebuilding Tools
3.2. Raised Expectations

4. Outreach
4.1. Contact Finding
4.2. Email Templates

5. Conclusions & Community

6. Credits..."

Each element is analyzed with detailed information. Read full article here:
http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-broken-link-building-bible


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Dollars Per Day's comment, January 3, 2013 12:17 PM
what a huge resource, great for seeking out those pesky broken links!
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Who’s the Character in My Character-Based Leadership Style?

Who’s the Character in My Character-Based Leadership Style? | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

I’ve been self-employed for a decade (more if you look closely), but it wasn’t until this year that I became an entrepreneur and began to see my leadership style shift closer to authenticity.What’s the change and why is it affecting my leadership style and character?

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Seth's Blog: Industrialism and the death of agency

Seth's Blog: Industrialism and the death of agency | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

Agency is the ability to make a decision, and to be responsible for the decision you make.

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Scale your business by avoiding the entrepreneur’s trap | Escape From Cubicle Nation

Scale your business by avoiding the entrepreneur’s trap | Escape From Cubicle Nation | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Starting a business can be a huge challenge, with a million things to learn, and the uncertainty of landing your first customers.
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Infographic: Do Americans Still Value Work?

Infographic: Do Americans Still Value Work? | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Do Americans still value hard work and make sure their careers come first? Or have times and priorities shifted? Here's our "Working Study" infographic based on our recently released survey, which shows how Americans view work these days.

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Where Are You the Most Productive?

Where Are You the Most Productive? | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
If you find you are less productive at work, you are not alone. According to author Jason Fried, work rarely happens at the office. Here’s why.
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Two Years Blogging and No Real Income! 8 Reasons Why

Two Years Blogging and No Real Income! 8 Reasons Why | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

You just don’t know how many times I have heard this statement. Two years blogging and no real income! It sucks and I was sadly reminded of this problem today when I received an email from a person asking for help after blogging for 5 years without income. This sucks and I would love to personally help everyone who has this problem but it is really up to this person to take the right actions.I am not for hire, unlike other bloggers, but I have helped out about a dozen or so people for free, that’s as far as I go. The thing is, sometimes I am wasting my time, as the person I am teaching is just never going to get it. Or if they do get it, they just don’t do anything about it. This is a disappointing feeling for me as I like to see other people have success too.


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How to Write an Article in 20 Minutes

How to Write an Article in 20 Minutes | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
I don’t really want to spend more than 20 minutes a day on writing articles. And I spent no more than 20 minutes to write this article.
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10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Forbes10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave YouForbesHave you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about talent, only to make the same mistakes over and over again?

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Make Your Employees Love Working for You: 4 Simple Steps [VIDEO]

Make Your Employees Love Working for You: 4 Simple Steps [VIDEO] | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Amy Buckner Chowdhry explains how she improved employee retention at AnswerLab, the digital experience consultancy she co-founded.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, December 13, 2012 9:25 AM

Are you making them happy - without people, your business wouldn't exist.

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How to React When Someone Says You're Wrong (but You Know You're Right)

How to React When Someone Says You're Wrong (but You Know You're Right) | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
We've all been in the circumstance where we're having a conversation (or argument) with someone and they're convinced you're wrong about something, even though you know you're right.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 11, 2012 10:45 AM

(Great Thoughts): "Just because you know you're right it doesn't mean getting into an actual argument is worth it. Sometimes, it's best to just let things go. At the very least, before you set out to prove that you're right, it's good to check your own argument. To those ends, Gil suggests you consider a few points before you even react."

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A Question of Monetization

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Monetization of a website can be tricky business. Some individuals seem to have the golden touch, while others simply can't manage to profit the proverbial
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A Simple Error that Tanked My Site and Stopped My Heart

A Simple Error that Tanked My Site and Stopped My Heart | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
Earlier this year a number of our sites tanked and when I say tanked I mean THEY TANKED. Not only did visits dry up, as a result of their rankings evaporating, but all toolbar PageRank disappeared reverting to n/a.
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Called to the Front

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Have you noticed the reluctant leaders among us? Have you noticed that though they are reluctant to “take charge”, they most likely are ready to help, to serve, to give of themselves? When you see a servant leader in the making, call them to the front. Help them develop their leadership skills. That is truly what we are called to do as servant leaders.

 

If you are a reluctant leader, serve and know that through your serving you will be called to the front to lead.

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The two most important stories of your life | Escape From Cubicle Nation

The two most important stories of your life | Escape From Cubicle Nation | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
I was talking with a client the other day who was entering the job market after spending an extended period of time doing a mix of freelance work and...
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Some advice from Jeff Bezos by Jason Fried of 37signals

Some advice from Jeff Bezos by Jason Fried of 37signals | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

Jeff Bezos stopped by our office yesterday and spent about 90 minutes with us talking product strategy. Before he left, he spent about 45 minutes taking general Q&A from everyone at the office.

During one of his answers, he shared an enlightened observation about people who are “right a lot”.

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Taking your leadership from panicked to purposeful

Taking your leadership from panicked to purposeful | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it
As a leader, you don’t want others to see your vulnerabilities and strengths more clearly than you do.
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THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL

THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL | Building the Digital Business | Scoop.it

It's not going to be mobile-only...


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