Posts Tagged ‘creative commons’
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It’s an article of faith in many parts of the SEO industry that publishing content unrelated to your niche is at best useless, and at worst actively harmful to your rankings.
There has been mounting evidence, however, that tangentially-related or even unrelated content can help your site rise through the rankings.
Sheer link bulk, from viral videos, ad campaigns or popular meme macros, can cue search engines to increase your rank.
But why, and how?
If you want to make money on the Internet then there’s a good chance you will have to become a great writer. There are other options and writing is not the only way. When people have a lot of money they can pay someone to do it for them. Some people prefer using video as their main weapon of choice because it plays to their strengths, but for the majority of people who are trying to bootstrap their business it means learning how to write properly. If you can’t do it then there’s much less chance of you being successful.
Well written articles get talked about by everyone and get linked to from various websites. One of the easiest ways to make money is by writing information products that need to be of a certain quality. Even building an audience by writing guest posts can only be done by someone who has a way with words. Then you have the sales page that will make you sales. The list goes on and on. It’s not too hard, so you have nothing to worry about, though you do need to learn a few things and we can go over them now. Read More
This post brought to you by Flat World Knowledge. All opinions are 100% mine.
Flat World Knowledge, a new entrant in the educational text book scene, brings a new platform and setup to both professors and students. With their “MIYO” setup, professors and students get access to the complete Flat World Knowledge library and can easily customize, publish even, their own textbooks.
The Make It Your Own (MIYO) book editor, allows the user to handpick elements from the entire open books library and render the combined selection in the form of a new book. All expert authored and professionally published, textbooks in the library of Flat World Knowledge are published under Creative Commons License, making textbook customization
of books by reuse of content possible. Additionally to the easy ‘click and drag’ setup of Flat World Knowledge’s platform, professors can easily insert rich media to the textbooks, which are rendered upon click.
Books are published in different formats, optimized for digital platforms. Every customized publication is available in the form of a PDF for printing, a HTML ebook with search functionality and option to add notes, and even as .mobi and .epub files, which can be read on mobile platforms such as the iPhone, iPad and Kindle, as well as in Android. Textbooks are also published as audiobooks and are available in Braille in order to exclude nobody and make the whole, fully available library, totally accessible to everyone.
Thanks to the possibility to customize books and tailor the textbooks 100% to the learning program, Flat World Knowledge
, who has raised over $27 million over the last 2 years in venture capital from investors including Bessemer and BDMI, is able to offer the books in different pricing schedules as well, even free and make education much more affordable.
Online edition: free to use
Print version: $35
Other formats: $25
What terms someone can use your content? Can they post your articles on their blog? What if the blog is commercial? What if they don’t give attribution? Can they share it on Facebook? What about printing out copies to give to friends?
If you don’t have a clear, ready answer for these questions, your visitors won’t either and that, in turn, means they will make mistakes. Whether they are taking liberties with your content you don’t approve of or avoiding sharing content in ways you do want, they will make mistakes with your content and hurt its chances of being used properly.
As such, you need to quickly and easily convey to your readers what your rules are regarding your content if you ever hope for them to be followed.
Unfortunately, most bloggers don’t think about content licensing and the issue doesn’t come up until they find their work on a spam site or plagiarized on another blog. By that time, however, it’s often too late as the situation is likely already out of hand.
This makes now, before there is a problem, the time to think about content licensing as tomorrow may simply be too late.
Everyone knows thatÂ images help make a good blog post great. Not only do they provide a much-needed visual element to break up the gray text, but they help your content stand out in RSS readers.
Unfortunately though, not everyone has the photography or art expertise to make an image for every post and, even those who do often lack the time or consistently apply it.
So bloggers routinely turn to other sources for their image. Some use screenshots or logos under fair use, others find press photos by the organizations they talk about and still others find licensed works from other aritists.
However, some make the mistake of finding their photos wherever they can and it is a mistake that has cost many bloggers dearly, both literally and figuratively. Read More