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How to Improve the SEO of your Tweets

Google and Twitter recently struck a deal that will help Google surface relevant Tweets in searches. As a result, Twitter gains valuable free traffic and Google gains valuable real-time content.

Why should you care? You can spend significant time on SEO to gain access to FREE traffic. The same is true for Tweets and social media. Tweets that appear in Google increase exposure to your brand. So how do you increase the odds that your Tweets get indexed? Let’s get started.

The deal between Google and Twitter is early but Danny Sullivan, a widely cited authority on SEO, believes that Google will stick to its guns and value the criteria to surface Tweets that it uses to surface other content. Furthermore, Stone Temple Consulting did a preliminary dive into factors that improve a Tweets indexability.

via How to Improve the SEO of your Tweets.

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Know The Difference Between Queries And Keywords via @neilpatel

In casual conversation, the terms “keyword” and “query” mean roughly the same thing. We know what someone is saying (or writing) when we see the word “query” where it should be the word “keyword.”

But there is a difference between the two. A query is different from a keyword.

This seems like a semantic and rather annoying little difference. In some ways, it is. But as search professionals, it helps to be informed about the difference, so we can better communicate with our clients, our service providers, and our team members. What’s more, knowing the difference between queries and keywords helps us to become better at our jobs as SEOs.

via Know The Difference Between Queries And Keywords | SEJ.

Professional vs Personal Social Media

Interesting perspective on a great article…

Max Hemingway

Having read an article from HBR on “How to Separate the Personal and Professional on Social Media” I decided to look at the Social Media tool I often use and in what part of my Professional and Personal life they fall.

Working on from my Personal Knowledge Management System there are a couple of others shown in the diagram. This is just my quick classification of SMT (Social Media Tools) – everyone else may have a different view such as Facebook for business to reach consumers in particular markets. However it is worth looking if you class the tools as Professional or Personal. A few do sit in the middle for me as they have a place on both sides of the page.

Some of the tools are clearly for Professional use, but some do step either way across the line.

One potential way of keeping things apart…

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What’s hot in visual marketing: 2015

Are images important? You betcha!

Not all visuals are created equal. While visual content plays a huge role in making your marketing efforts more effective, some visuals are hotter than others. In an effort to keep you hip and your visuals up-to-date, Shutterstock released its 2015 Creative Trends report this month. We were digging the great information, so we put some of the most important pieces in an infographic, below. Which of these will affect you and your business this year?

via What’s hot in visual marketing: 2015 | Allée.

How to Create a Great Morning Routine

The first hour is the rudder of the day. A great morning routine makes for a great thought leader…

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Knowing the benefits of having a morning routine is the first step of the process. After that comes the decision to create one, and the many trials until you find what works best for you.

A great morning routine starts with getting up early, and then you add a few positive, healthy and successful activities that will get you energized and ready for the day.

But what should these be?
And in what order do you need to do them?

There’s no ideal routine, of course. It takes time and experiments so that you can create the perfect one and make it a daily habit of yours.

But if you are looking for an example, for a step-by-step guide, for an exact morning ritual that has all the important elements it should, then here’s one.

The following infographic (which is my first one, by the way) contains all the things…

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The WordPress.com Reader: Follow Your Feeds, Discover Great Reads

This is a very powerful feature that many people overlook. WordPress.com is not only a great publishing platform, but it can be a great source of content as well. Look into it…

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As you may have heard, Google Reader is shutting down on July 1. As readers ourselves, we understand the importance of a go-to space on the internet for your daily feeds and regular reads — and a place to discover new finds. If you’re looking for a new reader (or are not using it already), we hope you’ll take the WordPress.com Reader for a spin. Check out what you can do:

Import your subscriptions

The WordPress.com Reader can import and export OPML, so you can transfer subscriptions over from another feed reader. Google Reader users can import their subscriptions directly from Google Reader into the WordPress.com Reader. Visit the import page to get started:

Reader Import page

Google Reader users will be asked to select the appropriate Google account (or sign in with a different email address) and grant WordPress.com to access it. For those importing from another feed reader, click on Choose File and then…

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6 Ways To Save Yourself From Drowning In E-mails

I collect articles like this. Over the years I’ve seen hundreds of articles on email productivity but I’ve never seen anyone write about my favorite which is this:

Don’t give your email address to anyone with whom you don’t want to do business.

Just this one thing will guarantee that your email volume will drop by half. Maybe two thirds or even more.

I don’t care where you collect your personal emails, but your business inbox should be reserved for what I call ‘just in time’ emails — emails that affect relationships, revenue and reporting. Everything else belongs in a second, free email account or a news reader.

Of all the articles I’ve read on the topic, I think this is one of the more amusing conclusions I’ve read but that doesn’t mean the other ideas in it won’t help you.

One way you can cut out 90% of your email time is to hire a personal assistant (PA). These can be hired from outsourcing sites for a reasonable hourly rate. You can then train them by giving them access to your business email and then using a tool such as Skype to go through your email inbox every day for a week. After that, they can log into your email account every morning and only forward emails on to you that are absolutely vital for you to personally deal with.

So the only additional step you will need to take is to set up a different mailbox. If you receive personal emails, then it’s obviously advisable to steer them into your new email account rather than allowing your personal assistant to read them. Yes this will cost money, but a freelance personal assistant will potentially cost a fraction of the money you can make by freeing up several hours per day in some cases.

Go to the source: 6 Ways To Save Yourself From Drowning In E-mails.

How Can Businesses Build Trust?

As a marketing manager, I talk alot about becoming a ‘trusted source’ but what does that really mean? Consider this:

Putting in place a new settlement on trust will not be easy. It will take time, commitment, hard work and investment. It will require a new perspective on the relationship between business and society, the responsibility of corporations, and the norms that govern behavior. But we trust the effort will pay off.

Get the rest of the article here: How Can Businesses Build Trust? | Cynthia Hansen.

How to achieve instant peace of mind

My phone was driving me CRAZY this morning…

via How to achieve instant peace of mind – YouTube.

Is Your Smartphone Making You Dumb?


Imagine that after a routine medical exam your doctor delivers some devastating news: Since your last checkup your cognitive performance has plummeted. Your ability to connect with others has eroded. And your memory for everyday events is no longer operating as it once did. As it turns out, there is a cure and it won’t cost you a penny. The treatment is simple. All that’s required is that you put away your smartphone. Few of us will have this conversation with our doctors. But perhaps we should. Over the last few years, scientists have begun studying the way cell phones affect the human experience. Early results are alarming.

via Is Your Smartphone Making You Dumb? | Psychology Today.

Two Screens Are Better Than One?

Is this still true? I think not in light of more recent research.

Microsoft researchers haven’t perfected the genie, but they’ve found a tool that can increase your productivity by 9 to 50 percent and make your work day easier. And you can begin using it right away. The researchers conducted user studies that proved the effectiveness of adding a second or even third monitor to your workstation, creating a wide-screen effect. In addition, they found out how the operating system needs to change to accommodate a larger screen area.

via Two Screens Are Better Than One – Microsoft Research.

In my personal path, I went from one, to two and even three monitors before returning to two and settling on a single 27″ monitor. You get some of the benefits of the ‘wide-screen’ effect without much of the productivity killing distraction.

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