Sneaky Bastards!

As many do I suppose, I check Google News once a day or so. It’s not my favourite news source, as I have a long list of news and newspaper sites I check most days, but it covers a lot of territory. However, in the last few days I have noticed something that is really starting to irk me about Google News. Well, not just irk really. More like annoy me greatly. It is something that proves that Google is purely an advertising company and nothing else, and that they are becoming increasingly aggressive. Let me start at the beginning of …

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The Social Media Imperative

I don’t know about you, but I hate being given orders. Yet, it seems like this is becoming the order of the day on social media. LIKE my Facebook Page! RETWEET this! BUY my book! FOLLOW me! SUBSCRIBE now! VISIT my blog! ADD me! JOIN our mailing list! ACT now! DONATE! FIND me on Amazon! GET it for free! Using the Imperative mood in English, which is to say, using the bare infinitive to begin a sentence or clause, can imply an instruction, such as in a recipe. Add the tomatoes, and reduce to a simmer. Or it can indicate rules …

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How To Rank Quickly On Google Search

Here’s a little tip on how to get your blog post to rank quickly, and more importantly, highly on Google Search. The image on this post is of my Search listing just now, only six hours after posting an article about self publishing. So what’s the secret? It is to use Google+. All you need to do is share your own post on your Google+ account, but with one little extra. Create a headline for your share, by putting a star symbol either side of your headline, and then add your text. My headline looked like this when I posted …

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Digital Dumbing Down

The 80’s promise of the Information Superhighway has become a tragic disappointment. Instead of being the conduit to knowledge, it has become the tool of choice for the self dumbing down of us all. In place of availing everyone and anyone to all the information known to mankind, the Internet has instead become a freeway of puerile piffle. When once it was imagined that access to every library in the world would bring knowledge to the masses as never before, all we can do with this power and knowledge is exchange images of cute pets. In place of the first real opportunity to …

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Is Reblogging Simply Retweeting?

I have noticed that reblogging has become a new Internet fashion in recent months, so I did a little research to find out where this trend started from. It seems to have started originally with Tumblr and the same function was added a little later to WordPress.com. My assumption is that both of these sites took a lead from Twitter’s popular Retweets. While it is quick and easy, I am not sure what value it brings to those bloggers who use reblogging on a regular basis, but it has been an absolute bonanza for me. Quite by accident, while I …

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