January 22nd, 2014 | Olga Filonchuk
Blogging is a business for tough players who learn every day and adjust their working methods depending on changes in the industry. Becoming an awesome blogger with a huge readers' list can be your dream , but few people manage to become #1 and even if they do they never stop working and improving.
I asked 18 bloggers to share their best and the most exclusive blogging tips to help you be a blogging rock star. The list features both industry influencers and less known bloggers who write stuff in the language different from English. Their paths are unique in many way, yet they are all united with one thing: a passion, a true uncovered and uncontrolled passion for blogging.
18 bloggers were asked to answer just 4 questions:
- When and why did you decide to start a blog of your own?
- What techniques did you apply in an attempt to gain more visitors, traffic, etc? Which ones worked and which ones were a complete failure?
- What blog capitalization methods do you believe to be the best?
- What advice can you give to someone who's only starting to blog?
All the folks who contributed to this blog post are listed together with their answers in the alphabetical order. Each story is challenging, each tip is a gem, make sure to read each and every line even if you think you are a blogging expert. Read more »
January 17th, 2014 | Olga Filonchuk
Living in the age of Internet should have made people's lives easier. Seriously, we can find any information with just a few clicks and even if we misspell words a cunning algorithm will shed some light on our partial illiteracy.
However I am not going to talk about the fact that mankind would rather browse the web to learn how to make an awesome make-up for a perfect selfie rather than to find out if there's been a progress in AIDS treatment. What surprises me more is that a world where people are supposed to get connected easily even if they don't know each other is paradoxically closed for such kind of interaction.
We can find almost anyone on social networks but it's getting harder to have a chat with them if they don't know you personally. Some people call it privacy, others call it a challenge. Read more »
December 19th, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk
Christmas is a magic time yet we sometimes have to face everyday problems even at best times of our lives. How can an SEO survive this day, cope with mad clients and still enjoy Christmas? We tried to imagine it in this post.
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December 13th, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk
Christmas is a magic time. Even if you're not a kid. Even if you've made 5 minutes to read this list instead of finishing your Site Audit report.
Any SEO deserves a nice present for Christmas. And you know that. Just sit back and enjoy the list we've prepared for you. Read more »
December 6th, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk
Another year's almost over, and - wow! - what a year it was! Some companies had true fun on Social Media while others were struggling to cope with miserable consequences of their controversial actions.
Today we're offering you to look back and remember the companies who kept us in awe on Social Media. By analyzing all successful cases one can spot a certain tendency to align our own SMM strategies for 2014. Read more »
November 28th, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk
Hashtags have become an integral part of our social media lives that have a clear projection in our ''real lives''. They are everywhere – on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, etc. Have we ever thought of the origin of hashtag and when exactly it became so ''mainstream''?
Hashtags didn't always have such prominence in our lives and their transformation can be called a true Cinderella story that you can read in this post. Let's start from the very beginning.
Time before Social Media
You'll be surprised but hashtag was firstly introduced in 14 century, spelled like ''lb'' and meant a pound in weight. In spite of its true origin the so-called pound sign has acquired some extra meaning as a hashtag on Social Media.
In 1988 hashtags were firstly used on a platform named Internet Relay Chat. Basically it's one of the first protocols on the internet that was used to send messages in real time. Hashtags were used to group messages and various information such as images, text content, videos and the like. # sign was used for its primary purpose – search. Read more »
November 19th, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk
The idea for this post came suddenly and thoughts that gave grounds for its growth were not positive. About a year ago I found out about the girl named Stacey who'd been struggling with lung cancer for about 2 years by then. She was a group mate of my friend's boyfriend and also a childhood friend of my former colleague. Yeah, small world.
Stacey died on October 22, 2012. 2 days after I got a newsletter from a local charity service where they mentioned how much money they gathered for her treatment in Israel. I still don't know why I got so furious but I wrote them back: ''Are you insane?!? She's been dead for 2 days by now'' and then sent messages to my friends not to open this newsletter.
Stacey's friends earned lots of money on Social Media – they sold their pictures, participated in auctions and contacted this local charity service who arranges dates between the youth if they provide money for charity. Stacey still died and nothing will change it now.
I wanted to change my mood on October 22, 2013 and I just googled: ''how social media saved my life''. And today I am offering you 5 outstanding, inspirational, positive stories that will make you believe in humanity and in Social Media.
Enjoy the ride! Read more »
November 1st, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk
How often is your business threatened by vagaries of SEO clients who don't often even know what they want? They are getting on our nerves and sometimes we even start to thinks that working with some of them isn't worth it at all. Let's just calm down for a second and try to find the way out of the most typical disturbing situations. Hopefully our infographic will help you with that. Read more »
October 25th, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk
Being new to something sucks anywhere and anytime. Being a young specialist in SEO can make your head explode as this industry is for the one who has the guts to keep a finger on the pulse of any minor change in a vagarious SEO world.
This is why we've prepared this list of SEO pros to follow on Twitter. These folks are fast, have relevant experience, personal opinion and can also have a decent chat with you.
The choice isn't based on followers' count like the majority of resembling posts but rather on:
- Influence in the industry
- Ability to produce genuinely unique opinion that at times contradicts with an established opinion in the industry
- Whether a user is active on Twitter
- Whether a user responds to ''ordinary mortals'' Read more »
September 12th, 2013 | Olga Filonchuk
Some snobs say Social Media managers are useless staff and get their salaries for the job that could have been distributed between other departments with no harm. I will not fight with them (no, not today) and would rather suggest we imagined that SMM was as important as medicine for instance.
Imagine, you've entered the university to study SMM and now you're about to say your Hippocratic Oath. How will it look like?