Archive for April, 2013
Here it is: 10,000 hours of experience running a huge online community, distilled into a 10-minute read. We started our comedy community GAB on ZUG back in the mid-nineties, back when Web communities were still fairly new. While there were plenty of online communities on Usenet and AOL, ours was the first Web-based comedy community, and certainly the funniest.
Over time, our community became extraordinarily successful, generating hundreds of thousands of online conversations, millions of comments, and approximately twelve quintillion laughs. But we made an awful lot of mistakes along the way. For those of you starting or managing an online community of any kind — social media, discussion forum, or Butter Enthusiast Meetup — I want to help you avoid these same mistakes. In that spirit, here’s the guide I wish someone had given us. (more…)
From “11 Handy Housework Tips” to “The Top 6 Ways to Eat Lettuce,” the Internet is stuffed with more list articles than than funny cat pictures—and that’s saying something.
Being the friendly Irishman that he is, Paul Crowe will probably admit that Irish food could use some spicing up. But at the same time, being the veteran blogger, blog designer, and all around honest dude that he is, he’ll also freely admit your blog could use some spicing up too. Paul owns one of the most popular sites for blog tips around, Spice Up Your Blog, which dispenses tips, tutorials, and help for bloggers of all levels. He also recently started work on 9Blogger,a site dedicated to free blogger templates. Let’s probe Paul’s mind, shall we? (more…)
Corporations – especially large corporations – always prefer to follow trends rather than start them. It’s just safer that way. Well, wait, hold on; there was one time, in 1982, when a corporate giant tried its hand at innovation:
Ever since then, companies have rigorously toed the line on trendy. So when blogs started to become a thing about a decade ago, they were exclusively being written by individuals who were looking to log their life’s details on the web. Then the niche-finders came in and we began to get blogs about politics, technology, and finally, cheese: (more…)
Optimizing websites for search engines is a practice that may have began back when Jumanji was clogging up movie theaters, but the phrase “SEO” and knowledge of it has really exploded in recent years. These days everyone from the savvy Fortune 500 exec to the sassy granny selling handmade quilts knows about the importance of search engine optimization.
But there are people who know SEO, and then there are people who know SEO. And then there are people who KNOW (that’s boldface, italics, and caps) SEO. This article is about them. These are the Obi Wans of the Web. The Yodas of getting noticed. The… the… Greedos of Google? Ehh. (more…)
Jonathan Bell is the Development Director with Informed by Nature, a public non-profit organization designed to increase the public understanding of science. While we totally respect what IBN does, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t choose Jonathan as this week’s interview subject in hopes of getting a free science lesson ourselves. Fortunately he obliged! (more…)
For anyone creating and promoting their own content, it’s hard to find a better platform than Google+. G+ is currently the second-largest social network on the web, with only Facebook claiming higher numbers of active users. As of January 2013, it has more active users than Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn and Tumblr. It also has a very engaging, more intellectual community that accepts and appreciates original content. In order to really get the most out of Google+, there are a few tips you should follow. (more…)
If everyone used to be a critic, then today everyone is a publisher. From corporations to personal blogs, the Internet is filling up faster than Louie Anderson at Fuddruckers.
If you’re gonna call yourself Mr. Web Guru, you oughta know what you’re talking about. Luckily that indeed is the case with Robert Wright. For nearly 20 years he’s been an expert on search engines and SEO, and now his expertise has extended into the realm of social media. Mr. Web Guru offers a wealth of services for anyone looking to boost their online presence. Once we learned how to refer to him, our interview went great. (more…)