We would like to thank the local libraries, schools, and universities for recommending students
to visit us when doing research on any of our information topics.
Lemmings are cute, but dumb. If you tell them to jump off a cliff, they will. Just like the people who start blogs because everyone is doing it. Guess what happens after a little while? The blogs die.
In managing a list of many Web sites, most of which are blogs, I deleted countless sites from the list because the sites and blogs no longer existed. The people ran out of steam or had no reason to start them in the first place.
How do you know when a blog is right for your business? Learn why people start blogs, how they find their niche and how blogging tools can be used for more than blogs.
Some people like to read blogs, others like to read newsletters, still others like to rely on feeds and some read a few or all of them. No matter the method the information is distributed, each medium has one thing in common: content. Having a blog connects your newsletter and your business with all of these readers and delivers important content in a particular style.
I've been blogging since June 2000. If you review my early blog entries in meryl's notes, you'll notice they're more personal. When blogs first hit the scene in the late '90s, they were personal diaries and journals. Like the blog business, my blog has transformed from personal to business speak, although I still add personal notes here and there.
A few bloggers tend to talk about their work, their products and their little world. That might work for celebrities where fans want to know everything about them, but it doesn't work for the average business person. Other business people want information on how to succeed and when a blog spends time hawking products offering information of no value, few people will return. The people whose products sell well are the ones who provide valuable information. Readers already know what kind of information they're getting, so they trust that when they buy something, it will be of the same or better quality. This value must be reflected in their blog. It's much like people who only sign up for a newsletter after first seeing an example.
No one wants to be a lemming (I would hope). How do you decide whether or not to set up a blog? The answer isn't black or white (what did you expect?). Ask these questions:
The big decider is whether or not you can write in the blog almost daily. The people behind the high traffic blogs post multiple times a day. Though resourceful, merely linking to other sites doesn't give visitors much reason to make the effort to come to yours. Reading other blogs or feeds is a great way to learn how to carry a discussion. Find other blogs covering topics similar to yours and check them out. Disagree with their opinions? Write about it and explain your reasons. Cross-blog discussions are common, and that's where trackback comes in handy.
Trackback is a blog feature. If you decide to comment on another blog posting in your blog instead of in that blog's comments page, then you link to the conversation through the trackback link. Trackback is similar to the permalink, the permanent URL for the blog entry, but it has a different URL for copying and pasting in your blog's trackback box.
Aside from the technical aspects of operating a blog on a daily basis, subscriber list size and Web site traffic are good indicators of what kind of reaction you'll get when opening a blog. Starting from scratch with little traffic means you have a long road ahead and lots of work to do. There is no magic formula anyone can sell you for $97 to make your blog an overnight success. But with some perseverance and ingenuity, your blog can engage many prospects and clients.
Considering there are numerous blogs out there, pick a niche topic when starting a blog for a better shot at attracting and keeping an audience. meryl's notes focuses on three areas: webby, geeky and wordy. In reality, this is too much. What I need to do for my readers is create three separate blog entry points, so those interested in writing, newsletters and Internet marketing get nothing but the wordy entries. Those interested in Web design get the webby stuff and the technophiles receive the geeky content.
I also manage a personal blog separate from meryl's notes. It's about cochlear implants and deafness. This could fall under the geeky category, but it's a personal blog and doesn't belong in meryl's notes. This blog is written for a different audience.
The blogging tools for both of my blogs come with syndication capabilities so those using feed readers or aggregators can read the content through the software. When sending a new issue of a newsletter, comment on it or link to it in the blog, that way the blog and feed readers will get the goods, so all three bases are covered.
Blogging tools aren't just for, well, blogging. Such tools are an excellent way to help you update your Web site more often than you otherwise would. I use it to manage the list of tableless Web sites. Using blogging tools is much easier than the way I managed it before, updating the HTML files by hand. Though using a blog tool, it isn't a blog. In this case, the blog tool has become a content management system (CMS).
Small business owners don't have a need for the fancy and pricey CMSes out there. They find it easier to use blogging software to manage their sites or hire someone to adapt the tool for their site.
Blogs have found a place in businesses and people are finding creative ways to use them. Some companies have a blog on the intranet for communicating project status, jeopardies and metrics. They're used for knowledge management. With information pouring in, blog tools provide a way to share, organize and process the information.
Being a follower can be good or bad. No one wants to walk off a cliff with the lemmings, but everyone wants to succeed. Best practices won't help, since the decision to blog is based on the organization's mission, needs and goals along with its target market's desires and needs. A blog about lemmings? There is one, sort of. Or maybe you'd like to start your own and talk about dumb business moves.
Meryl K. Evans is the Content Maven behind meryl.net who increases conversion rates by writing and editing content so organization can focus on their core business. She is the editor-in-chief of the eNewsletter Journal and Shavlik's The Remediator Security Digest. Visit her Web site at http://www.meryl.net/blog/.
Ever wonder what blogging tools we use to research and create our blogs and articles? Jack runs through the different tools for blogging that he uses daily.
So, how exactly does LexBlog work? How do we sort through 200 posts aggregated from 23,000 bloggers through our platform each day? On June 26th ...
Other RSS leaders to get their handles verified on Twitter include Krishna Gopal, Suresh Soni, Suresh Joshi, Arun Kumar, V Bhagaiah, Anirudh Deshpande.
Are you tired of watching your blog's analytics look like a barren wasteland? Are you adding new blog posts regularly but failing to see a corresponding increase ...
Mumbai: Rahul Gandhi, who quit as the Congress chief yesterday, on Thursday pleaded "not guilty" before a local court in Mumbai's Mazgaon in connection with ...
Congress and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday condemned the derogatory remarks made by Congress leader and grandson of last Dogra ruler ...
Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.
There are several great alternatives for WordPress SEO plugins in addition to Yoast. Check out this list to see your options.
For the past year-plus, I have been noticing a number of Microsoft bloggers posting that their blogs were either shutting down or moving to private/custom sites.
I am not a fan of journalists making election forecasts. In the newsroom (and in closed, friend circles), however, I've let myself indulge in the pastime. So, three ...
When Google Reader was retired in 2013, many people lost their favorite way to keep up with new posts from their favorite news websites and blogs.
Kibbles 'n' Bits 2/6/19: I have seen the Snappening and it is an RSS feed - The Beat.
Dear Gurumurthy, Intellectually, you are far ahead of RSS colleagues who think the story of Shiva placing an elephant's head on the decapitated Ganesha ...
I am generally very critical of RSS but I agree that people who join it do so because of positive reasons – there can be no doubt that RSS is a genuinely ...
You can take your Wordpress SEO to the next level. Following are 10 ways to make sure your WordPress site and *content* are optimized to the fullest.
I chanced upon an ancient backup of my RSS feed subscriptions, a cold hard stone of data from my time at Wired in the mid-2000s. The last-modified date on the ...
A recent study on blogging in 2018 shows that the least common blogging tactics are most likely to be successful.
George RR Martin's platform switch reminds us of an early blogging giant greatly changed.
What is RSS? We explain why RSS is not dying and why it is still important. For small business owners and bloggers, we explain the benefits of RSS feeds.
We've sorted through customer reviews and expert recommendations to bring you this list.
Where are you getting your social media marketing news and tips? Here are some of the top resources on the web where you can keep up with the latest social ...
RSS was a revelation for blogging and online media; we got our first RSS feed in 2001 and I have relied heavily on RSS feeds to write this site (and stay ...
While most Charleston-area influencers haven't reached a million-dollar level of success just yet, many have tens of thousands of followers and are climbing the ...
Welcome to our new home on the web! For those of you who are longtime readers of Starts With A Bang!, I welcome you to our new location! And to those of you ...
Following the nation-wide police raids and arrests of several social activists – eerily reminiscent of an autocratic Indira Gandhi's Emergency – Rahul Gandhi ...
Blogs are back! At least, they seem to be making a resurgence as we try to disentangle ourselves from the predatory social media platforms that took all the ...
Game community management couldn't be more crucial in today's online gaming world. With the right tools and methodologies, you will gain an unders.
Today University of Wisconsin Law Professor Ann Althouse marks fourteen years in the blogosphere, and she's apparently never missed a day: I'm delighted to ...
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec.18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Tumblr made the decision to ban all adult *content* and its bloggers from its website yesterday. This decision ...
Just two years after taking control of Tumblr as part of its acquisition of Yahoo, Verizon is looking to offload the blogging platform. According to the Wall Street ...
When people have something to say, they come to Medium, where they can say it at length,” a spokeswoman for the online platform said.
Most of us are active at a number of social media sites. And I bet, we all have a blog (or several blogs). You are very likely to be eager to share what.
Insult, humiliation, abuses, sarcasm and deprivation of the honor and positions were the weapons of violence applied by the invaders, foreign subjugators, ...
Shape Theory is a theory we all know apart about and we are aware of it subconsciously. Here I break down how it can be used for level design and how.
Gameplay may come in all forms and genres, but today, we're going to talk about how we can break it down into two philosophies that govern the player'
Most of the oldest board games that have been found are Race Games, and they are found all over the world. They are also incredibly popular, being pla.
Hello fellow level artists and designers,. I recently recorded a podcast about one of the core design principles I use every day - the familiarity principle. You can ...
A new generation of union activists see their struggle as part of the fight for equitable resources for the communities in which they teach.
Christie Tate has been writing online about her family for more than a decade. Now, her daughter is old enough to notice. After receiving a laptop for Christmas, ...
Bloggers often ask me, what is thing called RSS and is it something I need for my blog. I tell them, only if you want more people to read your blog. RSS Feeds are ...
A look at domain name blogs I read frequently. Earlier this year I published a list of blogs that I subscribe to. That list has changed somewhat over the year ...
We show you how to become a science blogger and set up your science news site in 4 steps.
SEATTLE — A 97-year-old blogger is helping explain what happens when we grow old. Some of it might surprise you. Each morning, Doris Carnevali sits at a ...
Ever wonder how EverQuest has stuck around for the last 20 years? This article shares insight into EverQuest's ability to retain players decade after.
Congress leader former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday said that it was not proper to remove security provided to the RSS office in ...
The top 5 reasons indie game marketing falls on deaf ears - and how to steer things back on track for your game!
Signing with a publisher is a step which shouldn't be taken lightly. Its important to ask yourself the right questions and to set up realistic expecta.
The games industry is notorious for overloading arbitrary terms in game development, making it very confusing to communicate with others. This post wi.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) last week held a three-day conference to outline its world view. A lecture by its chief Mohan Bhagwat appeared to signal ...
In this recent study, bloggers were asked a range of questions, including the time, length and frequency of their blog posts. Here's all the blogging stats.
After several years of instability on this list, 2018 saw things settle down a bit. In past years, blogs would make the list for a flurry of great posts one year, then ...
You see a lot of slides at GDC. These are the best ones from the sessions I attended.
At Niantic, we're in the process of developing an incredible planet-scale Augmented Reality (AR) platform. In this post, we explore where we believe.
If you spend much time online, it's likely you're aware of RSS feeds as a method of keeping up with blogs and websites. But what exactly is this technology? And ...
If a blogger falls in a forest, and there's no one around to see it…will Google still pick up the feed? Ha! I crack myself up. For those of us who spend time blogging ...
by Nanette Senters. For the past 20 years, I've walked at least nine miles a day on the body shop floor of the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where I ...
Attract followers and keep followers with these social media marketing basics...
Asymmetrical game design can lead to some of the most unique experiences around, but it's also a never-ending challenge for designers to get even part.
New Chinese regulations put restrictions on how loot boxes can be monetized. Put simply, the more revenue you drive from selling loot boxes to your pl.
Apple has announced its new game distribution *service*, Apple Arcade. This subscription-based *service* offers unlimited access to games present in its c.
Quick guide to some of the programming that goes into creating a rhythm game. The article uses Unity to build a game, but the principles could be appl.
Recipe bloggers are often derided for writing long narratives. Here's why we should leave them alone.
Having moved from Prez to citizen, on Thursday Pranab Mukherjee turned philosopher-politician at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur. He reminded all present, ...
On stream, I had a chance to try and fail to learn Stellaris, even with the help of people who have played and beaten it in the past. Experiencing a game from the ...
Here's how you start developing your first game — with Shovel Knight as an example.
In *content* marketing, it's often all about the B2Bs. But what about you? The small online business owners, the B2Cs, the local marketers? Are the benefits of ...
Designing a new website? Here are the pros and cons of using a CMS vs. a website builder, as well as some SEO considerations when choosing a platform.
Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal ...
Two gay rights advocates see encouraging signs for LGBT+ Africans, even though Kenya's High Court refused to overturn that nation's anti-gay laws.
We at devtodev collected 10 great links which could be useful for game analysts and game developers and tried to organize them in the most logical way.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day is event that takes place on the third Thursday of every May, with the goal of raising awareness about digital accessibility.
(This article is a repost from my personal blog at https://marccgk.github.io). I recently wrote about why I think Object Oriented Programming is not a good tool to ...
A comparison of the main ways to reference objects: names and GUIDs.
Aspiring to climb Everest has never been so big. 77 Indians this year constitute the largest number from any single country. Already four of these are dead, ...
Back in 2010, I published a blog post about the choices bloggers gave their readers when it came to how they consumed that blogger's *content*. The gist of the ...
From “flashy” beginnings to the development swamp and finally launching a console game, this is the story of how Move or Die was made.
Though Google Reader addicts are in mourning, they should have seen it coming. It's not the kind of product that makes sense for Google in the longer run.
The new approval process requires you to share extensive information about your game. Not presenting all relevant information could slow the approval.
Outlines two approaches to picking a target platform: one which begins with your game's design and works upwards and another that starts at the platfo.
State governments have many options for recouping the windfalls large corporations and the wealthy received through the 2017 Republican federal tax law.
This blog post is a more friendly and accessible version for our paper (by Ahmed Khalifa, Fernando de Mesentier Silva, and Julian Togelius). Also, we added ...
Let's talk about social media automation, RSS feeds & get a comprehensive how-to on dlvr.it. An RSS feeding tool to automate posts to your social media.
Colloc was called Fission when the idea(a low poly puzzle game) of the game first came out. Maybe inspired by some random elements in my life, I started ...
The Minority Department in the Congress party organisation is charged to look after the affairs of minorities that include Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, ...
In this installment of Game Designer Spotlight, I look at the acclaimed director of the Metal Gear Series and Death Stranding. How did he get started.
Security Bloggers Network has been promoting and distributing Cybersecurity news and blogs from some of the leading experts in the security industry for over ...
Analyzing the open world design in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild to break down Nintendo's level design and use of topography to guide where t.
Skeletons and sharks, two distinct AI systems in Sea of Thieves with their own interesting design secrets.
Compliance deadline for CVAA accessibility legislation was Jan 1. This post details what it means for you.
While 99% of the time we're using our skills to make games, sometimes we get to use them to create something truly special—in this case a mural for.
World Cyber Games, the “Olympics of Esports”, had announced that Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone is one of the official game titles in the.
2018 would have marked the 30th anniversary of the Advance Wars franchise, and the recent success of Wargroove made me nostalgic to talk about a great.
Game composer Winifred Phillips discusses ways for new game composers to achieve their first professional gig. Article includes advice regarding the.
Craig shares 1.5 years of learning game development while working a full time job. He talks about the summer leading up to creating Buttery Games and.
Troll/raging games can teach us a lot about how to the design a golden path and how use it to motivate the players.
Want to start a blog, but not sure how? These free platforms are totally customizable, and will help you publish your first post in minutes.
Communities like mine, in small-town Michigan, are told to blame immigrants when unchecked capitalism hurts us. We don't buy it.
This Thursday, there were two defining moments at the periphery of the real action that captured my attention. The first was when a greatly excited Arnab ...
Observations and opinions on the current state of Linux as a platform for gaming and game development.
Given how closely Indian life is bound to family, the unrelenting pressure on young people to marry, and the industry that orchestrates 10 million weddings a ...
Microsoft and Google Show Its Time for RSS Marketing
Many internet marketers are still wondering whether to start marketing with RSS or not. It seems that not even all the case studies, hard metrics and benefits available can't convince them, or everyone would be jumping on the RSS wagon by now.
The RSS Promise for Internet Users
The RSS promise for end-users is simple:--> a unified one-stop-shop to consume online content, without having to visit dozens of sites every day to see what's new and without having their online subscriptions interfere with their personal and business e-mail communications;--> complete control over their content consumption, including a quick, easy and reliable mechanism to unsubscribe from content they do not wish to receive;--> the ability to receive breaking news as it becomes available, without having to wait for a monthly, weekly or daily recap sent to their e-mail addresses;--> the certainty of actually receiving the content they want, without the fear of it being stopped by spam filters on the way;--> the ability to receive rich-media content directly to their desktops, including audio and video content;--> the promise of providing the tools to make their lives easier, including receiving critical content updates as soon as they become available.These points are not simple enhancements, but important advancements that can fundamentally change how internet content is consumed.
Small Business: To Blog or Not To Blog
A weblog, or "blog" started out as a personal journal on the Web. They have evolved far beyond that initial concept.
How To Make A Cool Xanga
A xanga is something akin to a blog. It all began in 1999 and the xanga community is 2.
Blogging For Business - Great Reasons For Every Business To Start A Weblog
If Howard Dean's failed political campaign accomplished anything, I would say that it brought to the mainstream the use of something called a weblog or "blog" as it known in cyberspace.A blog is really nothing more than a diary uploaded to the Internet and until about the last 12 months was the realm of the individual who saw it as a way to publish there random (and sometimes disturbed) thoughts.
How Can You Use Blogs To Increase Traffic?
I am conducting my 1st customer appreciation webcast and asked my subscribers list what is their most pressing question they have about blogs and rss.Here's one of the questions I have:How can you use blogs to incease traffic?Blogs can increase traffic through the following:1.
Should Bloggers be Helping Google Fix Their PageRank System?
By now, most bloggers have heard the announcement that the Big 3 search engines - Google, Yahoo, and MSN - have united in support of a new tag that will supposedly combat comment spam. The new tag is a nofollow attribute that can be added to links.
Creating A Basic RSS Feed For Your Site
The future of RSS Feeds and internet marketing is looking bright and promising. It would be a wise decision to get yourself up to speed on this developing content sharing technology by putting together your own news feed for your site.
Blog and Ping: The Basics!
The buzz words on the internet at the moment are Blogging and Pinging and according to the internet guru's we should all be looking at these as the must have system to be attracting visitors to our site and consequentially making revenue.At first glance you may be forgiven for thinking that this is a new comedic duo just bursting on the entertainment scene, but seriously what is Blogging and Pinging and how will it help us to become a viable internet site owner and if indeed an internet marketer, make a serious income online.
Who needs T.V. News, Newspapers and Radio News?
How to Increase Buyers Traffic Through Writing Articles and RSS Content Syndication
Benefits of Writing Articles:1. Every Webmaster would like to publish fresh content on their websites.
Top 6 Reasons for Having a RSS Feed - Come and Explore the Possibilities!
Getting traffic to your website can be hard. No one just randomly types in "make lots of money online quickly and from home".
What the Heck is a Blog?
Everybody is talking about blogs. They are everywhere: on the TV, in the newspapers, and all over the internet.
Five Ways A Blog Helps You To Market Your Business
Want to advertise online without spending a fortune? Get a blog.If you're an Internet marketer, you need a blog, because:* a blog helps your site to rank higher in the search engines; and* a blog expands your customer base.
Using RSS for Publishing and Syndication
There are two reasons why you would want to use RSS as a webmaster and that is for publishing and syndicating your content. If you publish your content via an RSS channel then you can keep your subscribers notified of changes to your site, announcements and news.
The 6 Top Reasons Marketers Should Blog
If there is a downside to blogging, I have yet to find it. The more you learn about blogging, the more there is to like.
5 New Internet Marketing Opportunities Through RSS
When it comes to new internet marketing opportunities for your business, RSS just might be the answer you were looking for. Here are just some of the new opportunities it can provide you with ?1.
How to Make Money with Your Blog
-- What Is A BlogA blog (or web log as what originally called) is the modern day equivalent of a journal?think 'captains log stardate?' and you're heading in the right direction.A blog is an online publication about a subject or subjects that interest you.
Marketers Still Don't Get RSS Metrics - How We Really Can Measure RSS
Even after all that's been written and explained, even reputable online marketing publications such as ClickZ still don't get RSS metrics.In an otherwise good RSS marketing article, Add RSS to Your Marketing Mix, Heidi Cohen has this to say about RSS metrics:"From a marketing perspective, RSS's measurability is still evolving and therefore limited.
How To Use RSS Correctly
There is no doubt in my mind that RSS is here to stay. RSS is a simple and effective means of communicating your message to your visitors without invading their privacy or spamming them.
Ohio Unclaimed freight outlet
Find used office equipment in Ohio at www.OfficeJax.Has.It
Find the best fleamarkets at www.FleaMarketWorld.Has.It
Find homes for rent
Find electric powered vehicles at www.NoGas.Drives.It