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Freelancers’ Guide to Balancing Work and Life

Freelancers’ Guide to Balancing Work and Life | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

Balancing work and life is very important, and it is necessary to manage both sides perfectly to ensure success in the professional world. Although it sounds simple, managing both sides can be very difficult at times. This is more difficult for freelancers because they need to manage their own time between work and life.

 

Freelancers are people who choose to work from their own comfort zone, which is usually their house. Unlike office employees, freelancers choose to work according to their comfort level. Office employees have their own office schedule, where their log in and log out time is recorded. Accordingly, they work only during those hours and devote the remaining hours to their personal lives. But freelancers operate differently. They work during hours that suit their comfort zone, but if they don’t maintain a balance between work and their personal life, problems could result.

 

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Martin Gysler's comment, April 25, 2012 10:04 AM
Of course I do it my dear. I work very fast, maybe I should become your mentor for your efficiency on social media... let us thinking about our future collaboration... lol! Of course, the snow is gone... since two days and the weather is going better now! Que du bonheur...
Slavica Bogdanov's comment, April 25, 2012 10:50 AM
I do see that.I work fast and effectively as well; learn fast too. I would be forever grateful to have you as a mentor and forever is a long term. Would be great to collaborate with you. Am very open minded and flexible. In exchange, I can offer always positive attitude, healing energy, humbleness of a peace warrior...I really need a mentor, greater mind than mine :)) Merci d'avance! Passez une belle journée ensoleillée.
Martin Gysler's comment, April 26, 2012 2:24 AM
:)... I think we should contact us next week for a discussion on Skype. Send me a private message on FB with your availability (Paris time) and we will find a time convenient to both. Une excellente journée également!
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Say Cheese for These 7 Free Stock-Photo Sites

Say Cheese for These 7 Free Stock-Photo Sites | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are seven free high-quality stock-image sites to boost your audience’s attention and understanding – Content Marketing Institute
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(From the article): The use of captivating photos isn’t just about injecting visual media into text — it improves content performance across the board. Leaders in content marketing use a variety of images to build and share their brand story. Now you, too, can leverage visuals to improve your content footprint. These free stock-image sites will ensure that you secure high-quality images without spending a fortune.
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5 Common SEO Schemes That Will Burn You

5 Common SEO Schemes That Will Burn You | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it


You don’t have to use a one-size-fits-all. The diversity of different approaches that SEO offers can work for it.

There are some approaches that almost never work, to the point of being counterproductive or destructive for most brands that attempt to wield them. Why are they still around?

Some of them are obsolete practices, serving as remnants of strategies that used to work; in these cases, companies may not realize that search engines and best practices have changed.

Others are the product of wishful thinking, created by a logic that on the surface seems sound, but doesn’t reflect reality.

Following these five approaches will almost certainly burn you, so stay away from them at all costs: 


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Publishing fluff content 

Each piece of content you create adds a new title and a new page to Google’s index, provides more content for your users to read and search engines to index and provides more opportunities to acquire conversions and inbound links. So, it stands to reason that having more content is a good thing. The problem is, many novice search-optimizers are blinded by this thought, and start churning out content in high quantities rather than paying attention to that content’s value. 

 This is colloquially referred to as “fluff content,” and in the early days of SEO it might have helped you. Today, it will only bring down your search rankings and irritate your users, decreasing traffic and conversion rates.
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Check out the new LinkedIn publishing experience. It’s as beautiful
as your ideas.

Check out the new LinkedIn publishing experience.      It’s as beautiful<br/>as your ideas. | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

The new desktop publishing experience for LinkedIn  includes a sleek intuitive interface, more text and font options, and a beautiful new reading view that removes distractions and noise from the page.

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The new desktop publishing experience is only available in the U.S. for now, and will be available to international soon after.
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8 Tips on How to Deal with Negativity on Social Media

8 Tips on How to Deal with Negativity on Social Media | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
If you're managing social media for a brand, you're going to have to deal with negativity at some point. Here are some tips to help lessen the impact. 
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The truth is, social media can open businesses up to a world of criticism, but customers are going to talk about your business online, whether you have a social media presence or not.
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3 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results Using Hootsuite 

3 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results Using Hootsuite  | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you looking for one tool to manage and report on your social media activities? Discover how to run social media reports inside Hootsuite.
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(From the article): If you decide to use Hootsuite for reporting, the type of account you’ll need usually depends on the size of your business and the scale of your social media activity. If you already use Hootsuite to manage multiple social media profiles, the reporting features will help you streamline your processes and improve your social media marketing.
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Twitter Moments: A Powerful Twitter Marketing Tool, or a Snapchat Knockoff?

Twitter Moments: A Powerful Twitter Marketing Tool, or a Snapchat Knockoff? | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
For brands, the Twitter's new Moments provides a new Twitter marketing and storytelling tool. But it remains to be seen if users will bite.

Via malek, massimo facchinetti, Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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(From the article): Unlike the Instagram and Snapchat offerings, the Moments experience isn’t quite as rushed. Users can explore content at their own pace. And importantly, Moments captures the essence of Twitter as a sort of peanut gallery of commentary on essentially everything. Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories are about the individual; Moments is about pulling the best content from the crowd.
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Brands have used Moments to pull together several of their own Tweets to go in-depth on a certain topic.

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9 Ways to Work Celebrations Into Your Social Media Marketing : Social Media Examiner

9 Ways to Work Celebrations Into Your Social Media Marketing : Social Media Examiner | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Wondering how to publish social posts that generate strong engagement? Discover nine holidays and observances to add to your social media marketing.
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Keeping an eye on opportunities in the holiday and trend space for social content can only mean good things for your engagement and good responses from your users. These opportunities offer easy solutions to engaging with large audiences.
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Top 35 Blogging Ideas That Are Guaranteed to Be Popular

Top 35 Blogging Ideas That Are Guaranteed to Be Popular | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

About a year ago, I came up with an idea. I wanted to show you how to generate $100,000 a month from a new blog.

I picked a topic and have been making progress toward that goal.

But what if you haven’t picked a topic yet?

That’s why I wrote this article. A great blog has to start with a topic.

These are the types of articles, topics, and approaches that have demonstrated massive success in the past and will continue to do so in the future....


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Popular topics come and go. You might pick a technique today only to find it went into disfavor the next day. That’s part of the excitement and drama of blogging. You’ll deal with it, pick up your traffic, and move on. The topics, techniques, and tactics listed above are virtually guaranteed to make you the world’s most popular blogger. Maybe you’ve got all the traffic you need. Maybe you have the audience you want. Maybe you’re content. But if you want to see some improvement, it couldn’t hurt to try a few of these.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 31, 11:16 PM

Here's how to pick a topic for your blog and 35 ideas Neil Patel says are guaranteed to be popular with readers.

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5 Steps to Creating a Social Media Strategy for 2017

5 Steps to Creating a Social Media Strategy for 2017 | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Here are five important steps to creating a successful social media strategy in 2017.
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Since we're all addicted to mobile devices, wouldn’t it make sense to tailor your social media strategy in 2017 to be mobile-first? 33% of shoppers do a majority of research on a mobile device and 49% say that they would buy more through their mobile device if the process was easier. Since the consumer journey is no longer linear and takes place across different devices, we should all make 2017 the year that we make our content, social advertisements and website mobile friendly. 80% of social media time is now spent on mobile devices, so not optimizing your social media strategy for mobile could be a huge mistake in 2017.
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Its incredible
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Social media planning is always underestimated or ignored - leading to disjointed programs and erratic messaging. Putting some thought into developing a clear approach is an advantage that will be required to face the growing challenges of 2017.

Anuj Saxena's curator insight, September 6, 1:32 PM
Digital media strategy for 2017
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19 Tools to Create Social Media Content 

19 Tools to Create Social Media Content  | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you looking for new ways to create social media content? Discover 19 tools to create and share content on social media.
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(From the article): Achieving higher reader engagement is all about knowing your audience. After you get a better grasp of your readers’ habits and online routines, you can begin to target them properly in ways they want to interact. Consider this: According to Salesforce, almost a quarter of all adults online are on at least two social media networks. It’s no surprise that each social networking site is unique in its audience and content, making it crucial to diversify your marketing strategy to interact with your customers where they are in the medium that best fits the network. Whether you’re looking to convert outdated or overused content, or think a complex piece of content would be best served in bite-sized pieces, don’t miss out on an opportunity to reach a larger audience by presenting content in a new way.
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Do You Use the One Magic Question to Guide Your Marketing?

Do You Use the One Magic Question to Guide Your Marketing? | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
The one question to ask—and keep asking—to effectively position and message your product or service, from Jay Baer.
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Marketing messages and positioning are not about what you DO but rather about what you ENABLE.9 Take a moment and think about “why does that matter?” for your own business. Keep walking it backwards until you get to the essence.
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How to Use Instagram Stories for Business

How to Use Instagram Stories for Business | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn how to use Instagram Stories for your business marketing.
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(From the article): While I didn’t want to include any “do NOTs” into this list, I felt this point was imperative after watching accounts for the past few weeks. Do not, do NOT repurpose content from other social networks UNLESS there is a very specific reason. The funniest thing about this is that marketers are currently the biggest perpetrators and this is one of the oldest no-no’s in the industry! Why not? A) It’s lazy. Don’t be lazy. If you’re going to be lazy, fine – but have more respect for the audience who gives you their time and be lazy on your own. B) Why should anyone follow you on both networks if you’re simply reposting stuff? C) Every social network is different, has a unique culture, and expects that you can customize the content for that specific one. What is cool on Facebook isn’t cool on Twitter, etc. And don’t assume just because video is the common denominator that it means re-using is cool. D) If you can’t drum up new content to share on IG Stories then don’t invest in it until you can. It looks bad for your brand and credibility, so wait if need be. We’re only a few weeks in with IG Stories and it’s going to be interesting to watch how it will play out in the marketing arena, but these are the first steps to ensure a successful start for your business.
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Which social network is right for your personal goals?

Which social network is right for your personal goals? | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

So many platforms, only so much time. Here's how to choose. 


Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Roger Francis
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(From the article): Next, you will want to ask yourself, “What do I want and expect to get out of my Social Media efforts?” This will guide you in determining which social media networks you should join. If you merely want to stay in-touch with friends and family, then Facebook is essential. If you want to keep up with the latest news and trends then Twitter, Reddit, and StumbleUpon deserve your attention. If you want to network with like-minded individuals, then selecting a niche site based on your interests and activities is the way to go, such as the above cooking example.
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All Twitter Users Can Now Create Moments

All Twitter Users Can Now Create Moments | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Why should Snapchat and Instagram users have all the fun with their Stories? Twitter announced Wednesday that its Moments feature is now available to all users.
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Looks interested. Will you be using Moments?

Twitter users: Ready to get started?
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Now you can take storytelling into the haiku moment.  If less is more... then this is more.

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Longer Tweets Are Here: All You Need to Know About Twitter's 140 Character Update

Longer Tweets Are Here: All You Need to Know About Twitter's 140 Character Update | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

Twitter has just made a big change to the way tweets work.




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Twitter has just made a big change to the way tweets work. From today, Twitter is cutting back on what types of content will use up its 140-character limit. Now, @names in replies, media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) and quoted Tweets will no longer be counted against the valuable 140 characters that make up a tweet. This allows for richer public conversations that are easier to follow on Twitter and ensures people can attach media to tweets without sacrificing the characters they have to express themselves. Twitter first announced this update back in May but didn’t quite confirm a date when these changes would reach Twitter’s 300m+ users. However, today the company confirmed the update has been rolled out.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, September 20, 10:11 AM

Twitter has updated its 140 character limit. Buffer' shares everything you need to know about these changes and how they affect Twitter.

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How to Broadcast With YouTube Live #videomarketing

How to Broadcast With YouTube Live #videomarketing | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Have you heard of YouTube Live?

Want to learn how to use it?

YouTube Live will stream video from your webcam or desktop, letting you host webinars, broadcast vlogs, and more in real time.

In this article, you’ll discover how to broadcast video using YouTube Live.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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With the announcement that Google Hangouts On Air is moving to YouTube Live, it’s important that marketers learn how to broadcast with the new technology that works similarly to Facebook Live if you were to broadcast from your desktop.
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5 Important Facebook Metrics and How to Improve Them

5 Important Facebook Metrics and How to Improve Them | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Determining the success of your Facebook activity isn't hard—you just need to know where to look, and what your metrics are telling you.
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Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites, so let’s start with that one. Below are five of the most important metrics you should be measuring and how you can improve them.
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6 LinkedIn Browser Extensions to Enhance Your Marketing 

6 LinkedIn Browser Extensions to Enhance Your Marketing  | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Do you want to get more out of LinkedIn's marketing and lead-generation features? Discover six browser extensions to improve your LinkedIn marketing.
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(From the article): LinkedIn is a wonderful resource for business. Use it with browser extensions to streamline use of your time. Plus, be more efficient while researching and connecting with prospects and reaching out to your network.
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How to Start a Career in Digital Marketing #Infographic

How to Start a Career in Digital Marketing #Infographic | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Ever wanted a digital marketing job? Wondering how to land a job as an SEO expert or social media marketer? This infographic outlines some of the key details around the various digital marketing roles available.

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How to Market Your Business With Instagram Stories

How to Market Your Business With Instagram Stories | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Social Media - Photo-sharing social network Instagram recently launched its most significant and talked-about feature to date, Instagram Stories. Here are five ways you can use Stories as a creative marketing tool.
Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Are you using Instagram Stories?

(From the article): Putting time and energy into another social media feature can seem daunting, especially when it's so difficult to measure your return. However, instant video marketing is a long game. For many brands, it won't instantly result in direct sales, leads, or conversions, but the engagement and loyalty you build through consistent posting could be invaluable.
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7 Elements of a Powerful Snapchat Story

7 Elements of a Powerful Snapchat Story | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Snapchat is becoming more and more popular. Don't fall behind - learn how to create a powerful Snapchat story for your business
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Start implementing these elements into your Snapchat stories, and be sure to track your views. As your stories get better, you should see more engagement, views, and followers.
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Lazy Content Curation Is Ruining Influencer Relationships

Lazy Content Curation Is Ruining Influencer Relationships | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
There's a fine line between content curation and plagiarism and content creators are unwittingly sabotaging the influencer relationships they hope to build.
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(From the article): You see, influencers are tired of having their name and hard work appropriated by brands they don’t know. They’re not flattered by your unauthorized republishing of their content, or by how you’re amplifying their ideas by presenting them as your own. Because I try to assume positive intent on behalf of the curator, it looks like many content creators simply are not aware of the fine line that exists between content curation and plagiarizing, or even stealing someone else’s content. With that in mind, I’d like to share a few examples of what not to do for your content curation, unless your goal is to piss off your favorite influencers and ensure they’re unlikely to want to work with you.
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Couldn't agree more!
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5 Easy Steps to Create Your Snapchat Strategy

5 Easy Steps to Create Your Snapchat Strategy | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Snapchat has become a staple when it comes to social media marketing. If you’re looking to build a Snapchat strategy, here are 5 steps to get you started.
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(From the article): And there you have it! This Snapchat strategy check list should get your brand off the ground quickly. For advanced users, we also recommend a higher level of engagement. Perhaps as a special Q&A activation, open up your chat capabilities and wait for questions and comments to arrive – just don’t be surprised if the occasional unsolicited nude is mixed in. After all, it is Snapchat.
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The 3 Step Facebook Marketing Plan for Massive Growth

The 3 Step Facebook Marketing Plan for Massive Growth | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Looking to improve your Facebook marketing? Try this.
Via Rami Kantari
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Being an entrepreneur can be hard work, and learning to master social media platforms like Facebook is no small order. But with these three simple steps, you can rapidly grow your business and build a community full of loyal customers who cannot wait to buy from you.
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Beyond Google: How to Perform SEO for Other Search Engines

Beyond Google: How to Perform SEO for Other Search Engines | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Unlike getting viral on social media, search engines can’t be pleased overnight.

But, once you’ve built authority in their eyes, then search traffic doesn’t fade away like other sources. 

Search traffic is stable, scalable and free.

Most users do most of their web surfing through Google. The explosion in popularity of Google Chrome as a web browser means that users won’t see other search engines during their content discovery.


Google probably didn’t lose its mojo. Neither will it lose its monopolistic market share, any time soon. 

But, it’s worth considering other search engines, like Bing and Yahoo for your enterprise. This is especially true, given that they get a higher conversion rate.


Via Antonino Militello
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(From the article): Why you should care about other search engines: A look at the current search market Unlike getting viral on social media, search engines can’t be pleased overnight. But, once you’ve built authority in their eyes, then search traffic doesn’t fade away like other sources. Search traffic is stable, scalable and free. Most users do most of their web surfing through Google. The explosion in popularity of Google Chrome as a web browser means that users won’t see other search engines during their content discovery. In the 2016 U.S. Desktop Search Engine Rankings, by ComScore, Google sites had a 63.8% of the search share. This means that other search engines also have a decent user base.
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