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How to Use Memes and Add Value to Your Brand

How to Use Memes and Add Value to Your Brand (via http://paulschaecker.blogspot.nl)

By Adrienne Erin in Branding Technology A lot of Internet users are fascinated by, amused by and addicted to memes. It’s probably because memes are statements about our culture — images, phrases and videos that can spread ideas from person to person…


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Using “Shared Experiences” to Create More Valuable Content for Company Blogs

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 “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Many people today are constantly searching for purpose in life. Discontentment transcends age, gender, economic status and race. Fortunately, we are interdependent as a species. We thrive on affirmation and never hesitate to give advice. Such interactions don’t always lead to knowledge of the “ultimate goal”; but they do yield meaningful, shared experiences.

Answering a friend’s question.

Making a suggestion to a colleague.

Following the advice of a family member.

These are all great examples of shared experiences. Since technology has made communication much more convenient, idea and opinion sharing effectively found its way online. Capitalising on the human tendency for semantics, search engines are rapidly moving away from keyword-prompted results towards meaning-based answers to user queries. Read More

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How to Succeed as a Freelancer


freelancerSo maybe the Great Recession has been unkind to you, and you lost your full-time job and have been unable to find another. If you’re flexible and smart about it, you can look at this as a terrific opportunity, rather than a disaster.

If your talent lends itself to multiple purposes, then it might be time for you to join the next wave of employment – the freelancers. Not tied to one employer or one job only, freelancers can work when, where, and how they want. They can work only one gig, or multiple gigs. They can work part-time or full-time. And best of all, they call no one “boss” except themselves.

The Age of the Freelancer?

Freelancing in general and the amount of freelance writers is on the rise in the United States, with approximately 33% of workers today not tied to any one employer. Many are freelancing by necessity these days, but lots of people, including yours truly, are discovering a love of the freedom and flexibility that this kind of career offers. Read More

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Work and Play: Unleashing the Power of Gamification

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“Gamification is the process of using game thinking and mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” – Gabe Zicherman

People have an innate desire to play games, whether it’s a hardcore gamer playing Xbox through the night, a family gathering around a board game on a Sunday afternoon, or a stag party off for a weekend of hedonism in Las Vegas. Given the choice, and whether we realise it or not, we would probably choose playing games over most other activities. Gamification is a concept that has many applications in the business world, but particularly across digital media. It’s about applying game mechanics to non-gaming situations. Game mechanics. Big word. You’re probably telling yourself: “I’m no big shot game developer.” Well, you don’t have to be. You simply need to understand how the process works, and its impact on users. Read More

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Dumb Blogging Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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So you call yourself a blogger. Odds are you’ve discovered that the road to readers and advertisers is paved with good intentions. However, even those of us with the best intentions can make some dumb blogging mistakes.

Presumably you understand that crappy writing and bad grammar won’t get you far in the blogging world. We also assume you understand the value of proofreading everything before it goes live and utilizing behind-the-scenes tools such as tags and SEO. Beyond knowing the difference between their, there and they’re, and not slacking on the SEO there’s a few other ways to elevate your blog above the rest of the chatter.

Here’s our list of some common blog traps, as well as tips on how to mistake-proof your career as a pro blogger. Read More

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5 Solutions For Backing Up Your Blog

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If you’re like me you put your heart and soul into your blog and the last thing you want to see is a blank page when you load your domain. Unfortunately servers can fail and sometimes even your backup can leave something to be determined.

Thankfully there are some very simple solutions that can help you backup your website with very little technical knowledge and very little cost. From online backup services to simple USB drives here are five solutions for backing up your blog.

1. Choose A Backup Service

If you currently run your blog on WordPress as a self-hosted solution you can choose from various different backup services. The most popular of those services is VaultPress, a constant backup platform that is operated to WordPress creator Automattic. These services require only a simple plugin to activate and often provide one-click restore functions and constant blog monitoring.

VaultPress isn’t the only solution, there is also BackupBuddy, BlogVault and various others.  Read More

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The Blogger’s Quick Guide to Emergency Cash

Emergencies, by their very nature, are irritating and unexpected. While there are worse emergencies (than cash flow issues) that a blogger can face, there is no denying that cash problems can be more than a pain in the butt. For anyone who works online as a freelance blogger/writer, finances are an even more uncertain factor. There are great months, but there are lean months.
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The best advice I can give any blogger is to make it a habit to stash money whenever it comes in. Big or small, you need to make sure that you always set aside some cash for a rainy day. Over time, your stash can reach a sizable amount that will serve as a buffer against most emergencies.

However, sometimes, life really just delivers a blow or two, and you might still find yourself needing emergency cash. What do you do then? Take advantage of your online prowess, and find emergency cash sources! Read More

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5 Fitness Bloggers to Follow in 2013

Niche blogging is one of the best ways to make your mark online. There are so many blogs out there that it really is difficult to stand out – I guess I’m preaching to the choir here – but if you are a fitness enthusiast, and you really want to get out there and make yourself known, it’s a good time to dive into the waters.

Fitness Bloggers

Fitness blogging has exploded in recent times, also because the awareness of the topic has increased in general. Additionally, health and fitness gurus know that they have a huge market, and they have taken advantage of the easy access that blogging has provided them. If you’re looking at entering the fitness blogging niche, or you simply want to read the best fitness bloggers out there, here is a list where you won’t go wrong.

Take note – this does not mean you don’t have to go to a fitness center anymore. In fact, many of these bloggers won’t advise against that. It’s more like these bloggers get to the core of things and empower the average person to get serious about their health.
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Alternative Income Ideas for Bloggers

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Blogging has gone way beyond merely being a creative outlet for the average person. That’s not to say that blogging cannot serve that purpose, but there are various ways to enjoy writing on your blog and making money out of it at the same time. The stark truth, however, is not every blogger will become rich out of the activity. You might not even earn enough from it to sustain your lifestyle!

The good news is that if you are good at it, you just might make enough and still have some time and resources for other money-making activities. There are many other income ideas which you can dwell on if you want to continue being your own person – blogging, writing, fishing, traveling, or whatever floats your boat – without having to take on a day job. Here are three relatively easy alternative income ideas for bloggers. Read More

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Is High Keyword Density Really Important?

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You may have read it and even have heard it from many self-proclaimed SEO experts, that keyword density is vital and tremendously important to a successful article and overall website. In fact, many SEO companies that use both ethical and unethical search engine optimization strategies always aim for an article with quality keyword density.

Search engines know when writers are constantly thinking about a keyword when writing an article. However, some people question whether keyword density is really important at all. Read More

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