Do you need a blueprint for driving mega-traffic to your niche site? Real-world examples of effective use of social proof? How about a product/pricing strategy that seems illogical but drives sales? That, and lots more, is in this week's picks post.
We’ve got a double dose of great content for you this week. We didn’t publish a roundup “picks” post last week due to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s what you don’t want to miss: […]
Book Review:Spin Sucks: Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital Age (Que Biz-Tech) by Gini Dietrich
In a world where public relations firms have been revered for their ability to “spin” stories for their clients, calling a book (and a related website) “Spin Sucks” seems counterintuitive. But, to author Gini Dietrich, it makes perfect sense. […]
Here we go again – great reads from around the web, and a batch of new interviews with brilliant persuasion experts! […]
It was a busy week between speaking gigs in New Orleans and Austin, but never fear – I’ve still got a great selection of the best content I found during the last 7 days! Did you [related: see pronoun article below] find a fascinating feature or amazing article? Leave a comment with a link to your own discovery!
Here are our picks of content worth reading from around the Web this week… Did you find something worth sharing? Leave a link in a comment!
Headline writers have known for years that rankings articles like “Top 10” lists generate clicks. University administrators have simultaneously dismissed USNews college rankings as inaccurate and irrelevant while still striving to improve their school’s own ranking. Practically everything is ranked these days – best cities to find love, best places to retire… people seem to love rankings, even when the rankings are so subjective as to be almost meaningless. Now, there’s some hard data that shows how we humans view rankings, and why it may be worth trying to move up (even if you think the rankings are bogus). […]
Interactivity has been the name of the game for websites for the last few years, and user-generated content (UGC) has been a mainstay of building content and boosting engagement. Indeed, “content marketing” is the latest web marketing buzzword and reader engagement is high on the list of goals. In contrast to a few years ago, today just about every content site, from tiny blogs to the largest news sites, allows readers to add comments. It seems like a complete win-win – readers can get heard, and the sites benefit from more engagement and additional content. It turns out that in some cases that “free” content comes with a price. […]
Do web searchers pay attention to the domain where the link in the search results leads them? A few years ago, I would have said “no.” For years, I’ve operated or advised websites that ranked at or near the top for various brand names, and found many users assumed the site WAS that brand. Even the most cursory look at either the domain or the site itself would show the site to be unaffiliated with the brand, but oblivious visitors would post inquiries about customer service problems, purchase locations, and so on.
Now, it seems, more web searchers are paying attention to what’s in the URL. […]