Last weekend, 48-year-old Sinead O’Connor posted one of the strangest and upsetting Facebook status that a celebrity has ever posted. In the Facebook update, O’Connor lashes out at her family after what appears to be a suicide attempt.
Archives for November 2015
Do you constantly feel stressed? It might having something to do with your social media habits. It’s a symptom that is unique to this generation, and it’s known as “tech stress.”
Because our phones and tablets are likely linked to our work emails, there is little to no differentiation between what we think of as work time and time off. You might feel like having access to your work email is actually a good thing for your productivity, but it’s actually causing you tech stress.
Blogging for a living may seem like all fun and games, that is, until you realize that the buck stops with you. You can’t ask your “employer” for days off because you have a family affair. For employees, they usually have official holidays off, with the option of working on those days at higher rates.
While bloggers do have the option of not working during the holidays, there may be repercussions. We all know how important it is to have fresh content, and if you forget your blog for too long, traffic will suffer. And, if you are running a news blog, or something that relies on timing, then forgetting your blog during the holidays is a sure-fire way of losing out.
So how do you blog during the holidays? Here are a couple of tips that will keep you on track. [Read more…]
If you’re on any popular social media platform, the chances are that you’ve already seen brands pushing products ahead of Black Friday. There’s really no escaping it, especially since shopping online for great Black Friday deals is growing in popularity, making it a genuine alternative to actually walking into a brick-and-mortar store. They times they are a-changin’.
Do you have a successful blog site with a decent amount of monthly traffic? Repurposing it into an online store is a great way to start monetizing all your hard work.
At this point, you’re already done with half the job involved in establishing an e-commerce business. As long as the product you are trying to sell is related to the niche of your blog, you can leverage the authority and backlink foundation of your website to reach more people, position better in Google, and grow your business faster than if you were to start from scratch.
Just remember that the amount of traffic you receive does not automatically translate to high conversions. This is why you need to revamp and optimize your site the right way to make sure your efforts don’t go to waste. Without further ado, here are the four essential steps to repurpose a blog into your very own online store. [Read more…]
On November 17, Reporters Without Borders held the Reporters Without Borders-TV5 Monde Prize award ceremony in Strasbourg, Ethiopian blogger association Zone9 being one of the awardees. Zelalem Kibret, the Zone9 Ethiopian blogger representative was about to board his flight when immigration authorities apprehended him and confiscated his passport. He wasn’t even given the chance to explain, call, or consult a lawyer to handle the situation.
Reporters Without Borders (RWB), or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), is a non-profit organization that upholds the right to free speech and protection of online publishers. They focus specifically on freedom of the press, with bloggers included. [Read more…]
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It’s the Internet version of petty vandalism – a hacker cracks into your site and wreaks havoc, defacing it beyond recognition. How can you protect yourself?
It’s the online equivalent of throwing a brick through a window or covering a wall with crude graffiti. Out of either boredom, malice, or spite, a hacker cracks into a website, at which point they go absolutely wild. They delete pages, replace images and copy, and generally just destroy every last shred of the original site.
In a world where their website is usually the first impression a brand makes on the end user, this can be almost catastrophic, resulting in a ton of lost revenue.
Thankfully, it’s fairly simple to prevent all but the most expert of attacks, provided you know what you’re doing. Truth be told, it’s all a matter of due diligence. So long as you take the necessary steps to protect your website, you should be fine. [Read more…]
There are two types of blogger, those who are passionate about a given subject and feel the need for a blog as an outlet for that passion and those who like to make money. Sure, the two can and often do cross over but you can categorically place the vast majority of online bloggers into these two key publisher groups. With this article we’ll be talking about the specifics of what you need to do from the initial setup of your blog to turning it into a revenue-generating monster. It is not an easy task as let’s be honest, if it was, everyone would be doing it – but it is possible as many bloggers worldwide have proved. First things first…
Did you respond to the Paris attacks last week on social media? The chances are that you did, whether it was adding the filter to your profile picture on Facebook or tweeting the peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower in the middle.