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Tanya McTavish

Tanya McTavish is an in-house chatterbox fascinated with information discovery and social media. She shares her dose of finds and scatterings on our blog and keeps an eye on the company’s LinkedIn page. You can find Tanya’s tweets on Link-Assistant.Com's official Twitter page and shower her with +1’s on the company’s Google+ page

Lady Gaga is following you … Yeah, right.

July 2nd, 2012 | Tanya - Link-Assistant.Com


Earlier this week, Tom Webster’s readings got me thinking of spam.

Huge bags of digital trash get dumped on us with annoying regularity. Sometimes the bags are closed, and we simply discard them all with a click - something I practice daily with email junk.

But in some cases it's hard to spot trash. Take Twitter, a hotbed for gullible social media explorers and intricate spam networks, as an example. If you don't get good at spotting spammers, and spotting them quickly, they will get the better of you. You may leave Twitter altogether, disillusioned, confused and humiliated.

To not let that happen, let's examine most glaring signs of Twitter spam.

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Secrets to human networking in cyberspace

May 23rd, 2012 | Tanya - Link-Assistant.Com


Take 3 social media dudes – A, B and C. Dude A has got 1,000 followers, dude B has around 3000 and dude named C has a whopping 35,000 followers. Who is more important? Surely it's the cool mister C?


Photo credit: Garry Knight via Flickr

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Pinterest for Joe-the-Marketer?

March 2nd, 2012 | Tanya - Link-Assistant.Com




Somehow I just can't picture Joe the marketer making bank on Pinterest. Repinning and liking pins? Sure. Making money and driving traffic to his site? Nope. Don't see it happening. Here's why.

"I want to pin!"

Meet Joe. An online marketer blogging about tech, with a decent following on Twitter, Facebook and (maybe even) Google+.

For the past few months he keeps reading about this Pinterest thing. It's making headlines all over the place. Mashable can't stop talking about these exciting Pinterest stats. A look at Compete alone is worth a million words. Joe is pumped. He is so ready to pin.

Question is how does Joe's pinning bring money for his biz? Read more »

Forget SEO, Think Long Run

January 30th, 2012 | Tanya - Link-Assistant.Com



I may get fired for writing this post but the heck with it. It’s time to vent. About SEO, online marketing, priorities, goals and, quite simply, a sense of purpose in business, and life. As you read, ponder these two short and simple words: long run. Read more »

My favorite social media posts of 2011 (and 2012 since I keep updating this post)

January 10th, 2012 | Tanya - Link-Assistant.Com



"You like talking to people. Why don't you do social media stuff for us?" my boss asked one morning. "Why not," was my first thought. "Holy sh***," was my second... This post is about my Twitter journey with links to the most useful social media posts I found in 2011, and keep on finding in 2012. Let's delve right in!

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The 7 links challenge on crack – are you up for it?

December 16th, 2011 | Tanya - Link-Assistant.Com


Tanya McTavishCall me all you want - a web glutton, a site crawler with a human face, a sentimental bot with blond hair, but one thing is true - I sift through an overwhelming amount of sites and blogs on any given day, for pure fun. This post is about my most recent – and awesome - discovery. It’s called The 7 Links Challenge and I found out about it thanks to Adrienne from

The rules are simple, with a bit of a Tanya twist, hence the name – the 7 links challenge on crack. Read more »