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10 REASONS PEOPLE DON’T INTERACT WITH YOUR BLOG
Posted on April 24, 2012 by admin | in longhorn
- They Don’t Know It’s There – Comments are a result of incoming traffic; if your blog isn’t being actively promoted through more than one method, it can easily be driven into obscurity. While spamming every outlet at your disposal is certainly not the way to go, it’s important to take opportunities to promote yourself, your brand and your blog whenever it’s appropriate.
- Spelling Errors and Typos Drive Them Away – Content that’s rife with spelling errors, grammar issues and typos will appear unpolished and unprofessional to any visitors that come your way. Meticulously proofreading and editing each entry before it’s posted is one of the most important things a blogger can do to protect their reputation.
- It Doesn’t Feature Unique Information – Offering information or content that’s very lightly “spun” from other blogs and articles might pad your blog, but it won’t make it stand out. In order to differentiate yourself from the other blogs in your field and also avoid any trouble stemming from copying content from other bloggers, it’s very important that your content always be fresh and unique. Rehashing the same tired information typically doesn’t inspire rave reviews or thoughtful comments from readers.
- Your Target Audience is a Broad One – Blogs that cater to a very broad audience or a particularly saturated field can be lost in the shuffle. Carefully cultivating a loyal audience with content dedicated to your field of expertise is a much more effective way of boosting readership and interaction than jumping onto the Next Big Bandwagon.
- Postings Are Too Frequent – You should assume that your readers probably follow several other blogs within your blogging niche. Making several posts each day might fill your blog out a bit, but the majority of those posts will probably be ignored. Keeping up with many related blogs can be difficult enough; staying current with one that is constantly being updated in addition to staying up to speed with rest on a list is almost impossible.
- Postings Aren’t Frequent Enough – A blog that hasn’t been updated for weeks or months leaves readers with the impression that it has been abandoned. Operating under the assumption that the blogger won’t be reading any comments, many of these readers will simply choose not to leave any.
- Your Entries Are Too Long – The “Too long; did not read” mentality of today’s teenagers and young adults can often extend to the blogosphere. Even the most informative and well-written posts can be passed over by busy readers who don’t have time to commit to novel-length updates, and when posts aren’t read, they’re not commented on.
- It Isn’t SEO-Friendly – Eschewing SEO standards completely in favor of producing creative copy is one of the biggest temptations for new bloggers, especially if your niche is an artistic or otherwise creative one. However, ignoring search-engine optimization rules altogether will result in a blog that can’t be found through a search engine, and thus has almost no traffic.
- You’re Too Focused on SEO – On the flip side of the abovementioned point, content that’s too heavily focused on search-engine optimization usually comes across to readers as dry and “market-y,” which can easily turn them off. Striking a delicate balance is the key to driving traffic, maintaining a loyal readership and generating those comments.
- You’re Not Interacting With Other Bloggers in Your Niche – One of the best ways to boost your blog’s visibility is to comment on the posts of others in your field. As with the offline business world, networking with other professionals in your field is of the utmost importance.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Depending on your reasons for considering the deletion of your Twitter account, there may be less drastic options available. If you’re simply ready for a new username, changing the handle on your existing account or the connected email address is quite simple. For those with privacy concerns, a Twitter account can very easily be locked, meaning that only followers approved by the account holder can view that user’s tweets. These options can save users who simply need a change a fair amount of headache related to the permanent removal of a social networking trail.
However, if you’re determined to remove your Twitter footprint permanently, there are ways to go about it. Unlike Facebook, Twitter doesn’t hide the link to delete a profile or resort to passive-aggressive tactics to entice you to stay. Twitter users in the process of deleting their account will simply be presented with a playful request for the reason behind their decision, “Are you sure you don’t want to reconsider? Was it something we said? Tell us.” Deleting your account starts with the “Deactivate My Account” option in the account settings menu. This permanent deactivation will result in the eventual removal of your data, though it may take up to four weeks after the deactivation period for all of the information to be completely purged.
Users are urged to change the email address, user name and phone number connected to their Twitter accounts before deactivation; though the microblogging site doesn’t specifically state that these pieces of information will be permanently blocked, it could make starting a new account with that information difficult, should you regret your decision after the deactivation period has ended. Also, it’s important to note that deactivating your Twitter account can not be accomplished through a smartphone app or a mobile browser; completing the process will require use of the web from a Mac or PC.
In a move vaguely similar to Facebook’s convoluted policy, there is a thirty day deactivation period in which users can opt to reinstate their account by logging in. However, Twitter clearly states that all user information will be permanently deleted after this period ends, unlike Facebook’s secretive responses to the same question. Any other sites with a Twitter login connect should be cleared, smartphone apps removed and browser caches cleared in order to avoid an accidental login that will start the month-long process again. If you’ve been using Twitter via SMS and you’ve stored the number in your contacts, it’s probably a good idea to also delete that information, as an accidentally-sent text will also result in the reactivation of your account.Though Twitter’s model includes an immediate settings change that removes most search indexing, old links can sometimes appear in a Google search. After the deactivation period ends, it’s a good idea to Google your Twitter handle to see if any information remains. If there are old tweets or related data, you can send Google a take-down request by following this link.
Friday, April 13, 2012
10 Things Moms Dream of Doing with Their Daughters
The relationship between a mother and her daughter is a very special bond. It begins long before birth, as do the dreams of every mother or mother-to-be. Even as children themselves, it is deeply engrained within the female gender of the human species to hope and prepare for that bond. Here are 10 things that moms dream of doing with their daughters:
- Holding her for the first time – To finally take into her arms this tiny life that grew inside of her and that now depends upon her for life itself. Look at what you have brought into the world, Mom, and smile.
- Hearing her first words, and then talking together – At long last she speaks. You always knew she had so much to say, and she tried to tell you. Now she’s using words you can actually understand, and the two of you can finally sit and talk together.
- Dress-up and make-up – Showing your little girl how to dress up like a young lady, and then later on showing her how to apply make-up, are two very precious times between a mother and her daughter.
- Teaching her to cook – Being able to share the recipes that have been handed down for generations is nearly a sacred thing in many households, a rite of passage to be sure. There’s just something about the family kitchen that speaks to that continuity and closeness.
- Going shopping together – It’s one thing to have your daughter come along with you and to enjoy her company while you shop. However when she reaches an age where she can participate in making choices and suggestions, well, then you’ve got a companion and a daughter.
- Prom shopping – Speaking of decisions, here is where a mother’s daughter is essentially practicing for her wedding day. It may not seem to the casual observer that there’s all that much at stake here, but Mom knows, and she wants to make sure everything is just right.
- Planning her wedding – And before you know it her biggest day is at your doorstep – her wedding day. So many feelings are packed into every moment of preparation. You’re never quite ready for when it arrives, but you’ve dreamt of this day for years.
- Buying baby clothes – Your little girl is going to be a mom, which means it’s time go pick out some cute outfits and dress up her little baby, just like you dressed her… it was only yesterday, it seems.
- Planning a shower – Now is the chance to prepare a celebration of your daughter having a child of her own. What could possibly be more special than this?
- Playing with the grand-children – This is your answer, right here. More little ones to spoil and a chance to relive those early days of motherhood you remember so fondly. This time, though, you get to pack them off to their mother once you’re tuckered out.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Job hunting in the workplace is always a risky business and, unless you’re being right-sized out of your present job, should be done only on your own time. If you insist on searching for a new job during work hours, or suspect that one of your employees has one foot out the door, you may want to know about these ten online signs that an employee is job hunting:
- Job site- A straightforward indication that an employee is on the lookout for a new job is finding their resume on a job searching website. Particularly if the resume includes their current position in their work history.
- Twitter – Tweets from their Twitter profile mentioning things like job openings, interviews, etc. Social networking is after all, networking as well as social, so job searches often begin there.
- Facebook – Status updates on a Facebook page might also allude to a job search, or dissatisfaction with the employee’s current position. The frequency with which people are busted by their bosses making such comments on their social profiles is pretty sobering.
- Blog – The employee may also have a blog where she is posting and networking about job hunting. This is another area where the level of privacy and separation between professional and social life aren’t always what the person thinks.
- Email – Email responses from prospective employers may be visible in the employees inbox. Correspondence regarding job hunting should be limited to your private email account, and for that matter your personal time.
- LinkedIn – LinkedIn recommendations will tip off an employer that one of their workers is actively seeking a new workplace. It’s a good idea to use confidential profiles, avoiding public access to private information like name, phone number and email address.
- Desktop – An employee might have a desktop icon for something like resume-making software, which is another pretty reliable indication that all is not well in Cubicleville. Also having multiple resume copies on the desktop or job sites in bookmarks are big signs.
- Resume – An employer might find the resume of one of their own employees while scanning the internet for potential candidates for current openings within the company. This could very well lead to one more opening within the company.
- Silence – Another sign that an employee might be looking for an alternative job is when he stops griping about his current job. So if his boss’s inbox is no longer dotted with complaints from a disgruntled worker, it may be because he’s given up complaining, and started looking for greener pastures.
- Music – Music selection on your employee’s online playlist could provide some clues as well. If she’s blasting Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job and Shove It” over her computer speakers, she just may be sending a message that she’s going bye-bye.
No matter the reason, a job search should never be done during company time. If you find an employee looking for a new job, let them know that is not acceptable. If you don’t know why they want a new job, this would be a good opportunity to find out if there is something you need to change for the next employee or other current employees. To employees searching- always remember not to burn bridges. You may need a reference in the future.
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