There’s an old adage among creatives that what you create never belongs to you — it belongs to your fans.
The thinking is that you may produce something, but your fans are the ones who interact with it, and because there are so many more of them than there are of you, they “own” it, in a sense.
They decide if it’s good or bad, successful or fruitless, smart or dumb. Even if it’s the best idea you’ve ever had, the opinion of an audience can make it seem like the worst.
Surprisingly, you can say pretty much the same exact thing about hashtags.
When I launched my first website, I had no idea what I was doing. I only knew two things: I wanted a blog, and I wanted something unique that wasn’t WordPress. In terms of running a website, I was new, naïve, and hopeful, which also happens to be a great recipe for making some educational mistakes.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had tons of problems with every part of my site. It took a huge chunk of my time (and life, in hindsight) to fix them all, and it felt like every time I fixed one, I created two more.
When I was finally done, I celebrated by going to other websites that weren’t mine. But that just showed me how many problems my site still had.
They weren’t the same kinds of problems, though. My site had them, but so did some that had been around for years. I never noticed how many websites have the same set of issues, not to mention that a lot of site owners don’t take the steps to fix them.
But now that I have a few more years of experience, I’ve noticed the same six problems all over the Internet.
The current and future landscape for people to make informed purchasing decisions is known as digital commerce. More than ever, people can learn about their product choices, how others have experienced these products, and even the history of the companies selling them.
The Internet is a huge part of everyday life. What started as a project to share data among West Coast universities has exponentially grown and taken a life of its own.
Still, the Internet is relatively new to the world. Computer scientists laid the foundation for the Internet in 1969, and in the past 45 years it’s become the fastest and most efficient avenue of information exchange in history. With text, photo, video, games, social networks, and more, it’s no wonder Millennials reportedly average three-and-a-half hours on the Internet every day — and they’re not even the generation that’s fully grown up with Internet access.
But does all of this time spent online have consequences?
That’s what I wanted to check out. I love the Internet — it’s a big reason why I work at WebpageFX — and when I first started researching this topic, I didn’t think I’d find anything conclusive on how the Internet affects people’s brains. I was really just curious.
But with help from researchers and psychology publications, I found some compelling evidence that stopped me in my tracks. And while I stubbornly didn’t want to believe it all at first, I can’t refute the research — the Internet really does change your brain.
Google’s search algorithm famously incorporates hundreds of on- and off-page factors to deliver results to users. This means that optimizing a site for search engines — or the practice of SEO — can be a complicated process.
Whether you’re looking to improve your current site or create an entirely new one, it pays to be aware of the possible SEO ranking factors that affect your chances of being found in search engines. In general, following these three rules of thumb will help improve your site:
- Make your website easy for GoogleBot to crawl.
- Provide a quality, user-friendly experience to your site visitors.
- Avoid any sketchy, corner-cutting deals or strategies.
While these three rules will give you a solid starting point, we’ve gone the extra mile and compiled a complete list of Google SEO ranking factors in 2015. It’s important to note, however, that while Google may go into detail about how GoogleBot reads websites, the company very rarely provides details about the exact ranking factors they use.
As a result, these factors can’t be 100% guaranteed (though they do have data behind them), and they may change without warning. We’ll keep our list up to date to provide you with the most accurate collection of Google SEO ranking factors possible.
It’s official – Verizon completed their acquisition of AOL, to the tune of $4.4 billion. So what does this mean for the direction of these two giant companies?
In the official internal memo that AOL sent out, they state that the move is a step towards “becoming the largest media technology company in the world.” They also wrote that becoming a subsidiary of Verizon will help them “fully open up the mobile frontier” and be in a leading position in mobile and mobile video.
However, it’s also worth noting that with this deal, Verizon also acquires all of AOL’s media properties. The company owns a few major brands, including Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Engadget. And considering that Huffington Post alone has 81 million monthly worldwide visitors (and has seen 12% YoY growth in unique visitors), that’s a pretty significant acquisition.
This infographic explains everything you need to know about what Verizon gained in terms of media: