In a world where content is next to cleanliness (and cleanliness is in fairly close proximity to godliness) it’s fallen on a lot of digital marketers to start writing. For some of us, this hasn’t been much of a chore. We delight in putting our thoughts down on the page and sending them out for (a very, very small portion of) the world to read. Other marketers aren’t such big fans. They either outsource their writing or do it themselves but do a half-assed job of it. If you fall into that category, you gotta clean it up, because when it comes to your business SEO, it should be full-assed or nothing.
Successful marketing requires the ability to track and analyze and deduce, it’s what makes the industry exciting. Businesses are always clamoring for more analytics tools from the services they use, and now Pinterest is delivering an interesting new tool, sure to be a boon for any SEO company smart enough to invest in social media.
Reddit doesn’t have a cash problem. They had $20 million in the bank when they were given partial independence by Conde Nast two years ago and unless they’re buying solid gold servers and platinum-plated Macs to run the site, they probably have enough to keep going without a hitch for another decade. When Techcrunch reported rumors that the social news giant was looking for investors against a $400 million valuation, many of us wandered why they would risk losing their status as one of the most community-driven websites on the planet by playing into the hands of profit-driven venture capitalists.
If there’s one thing you can say about the Reddit community, it’s that they have a sharp sense of humor. The king of social news sites hit another milestone this week when the biggest subreddit, r/funny, surpassed the 3 million subscriber mark. The second biggest subreddit, r/pics, is not far off and will hit the same mark in the next couple of weeks.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve heard of Reddit or ever visited it. If you watch the news, check your Facebook feed, or see a meme on a regular basis, the chance that you’ve seen content that originated from or spread as a result of Reddit is nearly 100%.
After the whole Digg incident when its original founders disregarded its users and changed its platform to highlight businesses, one would think that other social networks would learn how to treat its users, especially since it was the downfall of the original Digg (which has since been bought and taken over). The lesson was that no matter how influential you are to businesses, how credible you are for Search Engine Optimization or how many pageviews you can bring from a single popular post, users reign on Social Networks.
We’re four and a half months into the new version of Digg. The social news site that was once the darling of technology and business bloggers alike had seen a dramatic downturn in traffic and users over the previous couple of years and there was a lot of excitement about the potential rejuvenation of the site. What came shortly afterwards was a flurry of criticism, a dramatic drop in traffic due to the scrapping of millions of pages that had been indexed in Google, and a loss of individuality – users were no longer really users that engaged with the site. The “social celebrity” status that many such as MrBabyMan and LouieBaur had achieved through years of work were destroyed by the new site “as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”
If you like StumbleUpon but don’t have a lot of time keeping up with all the shares and information, you just might want to check out Scoop.it.
Scoop.it is a new curated site gathered by its users and even though there is no true voting happening, you are able to like the content that is shared. They have allowed you to create boards that you can name and tag to fill with relevant images, articles, videos or anything else you see fit.
If you are looking to discover something on StumbleUpon this morning, it looks like you may have to wait since it is currently down due to technical difficulties, what they are we are unsure of but wonder if it may be yet another update.
The World Wide Web is as much a part of everyday life as three meals and sleep. The Internet is taken for granted, and social media sites like Facebook are in many way used like the phone used to be … back when the phone had to be plugged into a wall and maybe even had rotary dialing action.
Relatively few, however, are aware of the architecture behind the presentation. We just log on and surf, and the content washes over us. Those few are the ones building the sites of which the Web is made, and those sites are hosts for all the applications enjoyed by the user public.
What is web hosting?
It’s like this: Operating systems like Windows and Linux provide the connection between computers and the Internet. Business-minded users who want traffic and/or commerce via the Internet, or creative souls who would like to put their art out for public consumption, need to make a site to which traffic can come. Hosting applications provide the framework needed to build and host Web pages, and the process has become easy and very affordable.
People want their sites to be eye-catching, easy to navigate, have a professional appearance, and provide constructive, creative latitude. Accuweb hosting applications are the vehicles for all this. There are loads to choose from, particularly for the Windows OS. Here are the top 5 highest recommended for any web hosting needs.
ñ The most widely used web template system, WordPress offers interchangeable themes, loads of plugins and widgets, and mobile access programs for WebOS, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Windows Phone 7, and BlackBerry. Also featuring integrated link management, a clean permalink structure, and the ability to assign multiple categories to articles, WordPress is the go-to application for first-time bloggers and professional multiple blog managers alike.
ñ On Windows, Joomla! can be installed using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. Joomla is engineered with programming patterns that will minimize “bugs” for the first-time user. All content is kept on the most popular RDM systems. With a host of aspects that visitors to professional websites have come to expect, it’s no wonder that Joomla is the second most downloaded application of 2012.
ñ One of the most popular photo album organizer and photo sharing web applications, Gallery allows even beginners to quickly install and get started blending photo management seamlessly into any website, regardless of the size. Some of the many features include thumbnails and full image support, integration with other web-based products, and voting/polling/rating of images. And these are only a fraction of the benefits of incorporating Gallery into the fabric of one’s web-based endeavor.
ñ Providing options for all different types of content management needs including: images, podcasts, blogs, video, calendars, and forums … Drupal’s extensibility allows for the quick and simple addition of more content types, functionality, and even themes. With the growing popularity of online catalogues and community web portals, applications like Drupal are becoming indispensable.
For the bulletin board style of website, phpBB is the most popular open-source system on the Internet. Its application installer quickly establishes sites well suited for everything from a small, stand-alone group of friends or family who want to stay in touch, to large multi-category discussion forums on existent websites. With an extensive and user-friendly administration panel, customization with phpBB is a breeze. And with features like user registration settings, password protected forums, and private messaging between users, a new website creator could have his/her own private Facebook-esque web address in nearly the time it takes to establish a Facebook profile.
Internet access has never been greater, and just keeps growing. With apps like these, anyone can have a website of their very own, and so ever grows the destinations available to Internet users.