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Blog SEO: How to Easily Optimize your Blog for Search
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Do you write a great business blog but struggle for readership? Have you heard of Search Engine Optimization but think it's too complicated or too time-consuming? This article will dive into the SEO world and leave you still breathing on the far side …
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Instagram is popular, and sharing photos with its community is—let’s face it—a lot of fun. But it can also be a little complicated, it turns out, at least if you want to avoid looking like a hipster wannabe who’s just applied your first filter.
So share away, but first make sure you’re not committing any of the following Insta-fractions. It’s not the end of the world if you find you’ve got some bad habits to correct. But don’t linger; some of these mistakes can cost you big on the follower front.
1. Blurry Photos And Videos
This is a no-brainer. Unless your Instagram trademark is some seriously skillful photo-impressionism, try to post shots that are in focus, not taken in a dark alley or filtered through the beer goggles you were wearing last night.
And while you’re at it, don’t overdo the selective focus option (the little droplet symbol). Considering that it’s a purely visual social network, we Instagrammers aren’t crazy about stuff we can’t see. If your photo or vid isn’t in focus, how are we supposed to appreciate that meticulously crafted, oh-so-clever caption?
2. Selfie Fever!
To clarify my stance officially: I am not anti-selfie. Selfies have a time and a place—and that time and place very rarely align. If you’re prone to autobiographical imagery, at least do us a favor and make an endearing self-deprecating caption. Posting pictures of yourself without a nod to the phenomenon known as the selfie is awkward for everyone. Pull off a tongue-in-cheek selfie with a playful hashtag that at least admits that yes, you just posted a photo of yourself and you’re going to own it.
For brands, keep photos of actual humans on your Instagram feed relevant and interesting. Tie them in closely to your brand’s mission and don’t overpost. We don’t want to meet your team just for the sake of meeting your team—tell us something cool while you’re at it.
3. Untimely Posting
Put the “insta” in Instagram. The social network is an amazing portal into real-time moments around the web, so track as close to real time with your posts as you can. If you’ve got something good to share, why wait?
Sure, sometimes you’ll be beyond the reaches of LTE or want to avoid a social interruption of unforgivable magnitude, but post as you go when you can. If your photo is good enough to share later, be sure to tag it as a #latergram. Avoid posting a slew of #latergrams all in a row, after an event, for example. We’ll all just feel like we missed out. And besides, Instagram is only fun so long as we play by its most basic rules.
4. All HDR, All The Time
Like the selfie, the HDR (high dynamic range) setting is tolerable in small doses. Instagram is about giving the world an in-the-moment glimpse into your world—and odds are your world isn’t as trippy as a Dr. Seuss book. Often, the amped-up contrast and crazy colors provided by HDR only obscure an otherwise compelling lens into your life.
If you’re going to use HDR (the little sun icon in the app) or the more vibrant, contrasty filters like Lo-Fi and X-Pro II, do so with a light touch. When used well, the technique can bring out missing detail in a shot with a dark foreground or background. With a heavy hand, it can blow your photos out into a non-consensual psychedelic experience for your followers.
5. Screencaps And Memes
Do everyone a favor and don’t stock your Instagram account with whatever’s just gone viral on Reddit. The social media universe offers plenty of repositories for viral flotsam and memes du jour. And get off my lawn, while you’re at it! No really—get off my lawn and go hang out on Tumblr.
Guilty of a few of the cardinal sins of Instagram cobbled together here? Don’t feel bad. We all commit a social media misstep here and there, present company included.
Think of it this way: A social network is only as strong as its content. Playing by the unspoken rules (with exceptions for experimentation, of course) keeps Instagram’s content fun—and it saves your finger from more time spent scrolling for what’s relevant.
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You must test ads to make your paid search account grow and thrive. That fact is no longer debatable – it is just a best practice fact. Ad testing in small accounts is very easy as there are not thousands of ad group or hundreds of thousands of ads to track. However, in large accounts, [...]
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When it comes to social networking, one golden rule seems to apply. If you share it with Facebook, you share it with the world. Whether or not Facebook makes it crystal clear, the onus is on the user to protect their personal information. This fact was plainly demonstrated over the weekend and confirmed by Facebook. [...]
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A number of adCenter feature enhancements have recently launched to give more insight into lost impression opportunities. Below are some of the best practices for leveraging these features, as well as other expert tips to increase volume.
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That did not take long. The Kindle Fire has already been rooted by a developer that goes by the name death2all110 using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and SuperOneClick 2.2. Since the Kindle Fire has been in consumers’ hands for all of two days, that is certainly a quick turnaround, though nobody expected rooting the Fire to be difficult. Amazon even said that it will not stop people from rooting the device and side loading applications.
The hacker posted his process on XDA Forums and it is a relatively simple process if you know what you are doing. Take a look at how it is done below.
Foremost, you are going to need the SuperOneClick application and an Android SDK. That can be found in the XDA Developer Forums or available at shoftfuse.org and from the Android Developer site, respectively. The process for setting up SuperOneClick requires some patience and technical knowledge but nothing outside the normal realm for developers that do this all the time (non-coders like myself might have some trouble).
Next, you want to have the ADB on your Kindle Fire.
Then go into the open device manager and find your Kindle and choose the android_winusb.inf file. Turn on the “allow non market apps” from SuperOneClick and run the ADB kill-server.
SuperOneClick should help you take care of the rest. There appear to be at several steps in the actual rooting of the device, depending on what prompts are taken at the time. See death2all110′s documentation below.
The question now becomes: what can you do once you have rooted your Kindle Fire? Well, access to other app stores like the actual Android Market will be good, especially to get away from the heavily curated (and often paid) versions of apps in the Amazon App Store. It will be a couple of days before someone ends up putting the recently released Ice Cream Sandwich on to a Kindle Fire (what, you thought Google’s timing of that was a coincidence?) but make no mistake, that will be done very soon.
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Some people have said that it is a shame to root the Kindle Fire since Amazon did a swell job of forking Android and creating its own skin that is superior to what other Android tablets could offer. What do you think? Is the Kindle Fire worth rooting or is Amazon’s default operating system preferable? Let us know in the comments.
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