Alright, so I’ve been on Instagram for almost a month now and I’m addicted. I constantly find myself rubbing up and down the live feed looking at the same pictures from last time I checked five minutes ago. Seriously ever since I got an iPhone I only seem to pay attention to Facebook status updates that contain pictures, its like I filtered the rest out, but Facebook lead me to Instagram and now I am happy.
I try to post a picture a day which seems to be pretty easy always having a camera in my pocket. Plus with the right filter almost any picture looks badass on the Instagram feed, but try blowing them up and I’m not sure it’d be as pretty (maybe with the 4S). Anyways, so I kept seeing these split Instagram pictures with more than one picture in the frame and I could not figure out how people were doing this. There is definitely no button in the Instagram App itself thats for sure. So I broke down and Googled it and Instagram’s help center offers three solutions for Mac users:PicFrame, Diptic, Photoshake! but all these Apps cost money ($.99 but hey I’m a cheap ass) so I went in search of a free option and found Collage! Here is my first Instagram photo using Collage:
Attracting attention is very important in online business but search engine optimization is really all about relationships. The internet has brought people from all over together in a very community like settings on the world wide web, and just as in any community tight knit relationships are cherished most. These relationships are build through online link building. Establishing strong back links is vital to a websites link building success and deploying “link bait” strategy can not only bring visitors to your site but it can also result in others getting most of this work done for you.
5 Common types of link bait are:
Attack – pieces aimed at a specific target or large group, used to create backlash and incite readers into clicking on the link. Careful though, if not used correctly, this form of linkbait can backfire.
Humor – everyone loves a good laugh, which is probably why joke emails are usually passed along so frequently. When used properly, this type of hook may reel in the largest catch.
Contrary – much milder than the “attack” hook. It uses controversy to drive traffic, but it does it by revealing the other side of a popular opinion or theory. When backed with information and respect, playing devil’s advocate can also show the business as an industry leader in its field.
Incentive – offers such as free items, awards or software is a great way to bring in new visitors. Few people can pass up on something that’s free – just make sure that the terms of your offer are clear and that there’s no catch to the giveaway.
Resource – demonstrate your authority as a “thought leader” in your industry. Creating informative content that resolves important problems for your target market is a great way to drive search engine rankings.
I’m just starting to get the feel for this SEO (search engine optimization) and have been looking to SEOmoz as my guiding light. The last post I put up about SEO was on writing SEO content that seems natural and is human friendly. It is Google’s (or any search engine but lets but honest Google is top dog) job to offer the best content in the fastest time so its users can the information they need at the their finger tips the fewest clicks so making sure they rank the most user friendly content is Google’s highest priority. But what do you do after you’ve polished your web content? What if you’re still not popular online? What else can be done to improve rankings?
I found this article on Twitter by SEOmoz entitled The Guide to Developing a Content Strategy for “Boring” Industries and have found it to be a wonderful realistic guide to setting the ground work from pushing your site to the fullest. Although they use examples of “boring” industries the tactics laid out here can be applied to anything on the web really. From content to purpose, keywords to back linking and blog posting this article will help you set up your site for long term optimization.
It seems to me Apple has the better handle on control over the content available for their users and how they purchase it than the PC world. It’s not super hard but definitely more difficult to download MP3s on the Mac operating system than grabbing music off the web on Windows. I attribute Mac near immunity to viruses to their tight hold on content. Apple would rather you buy anything off the iTunes and consumers know they’re always going to get a clean product so they are more likely to buy.
The first few generation of iPods would even like you take music from different Libraries to the same device. It was always “iTunes Syncing entire library” or “would you like to erase and apply new library”. I have lost many an hour whipping my iPod and re-loading it because of these messages. It was a blessing when iTunes finally like you manually manage music. I understand Apple’s reasoning behind all this but yesterday I tried to purchase my friends, Mustard Bus, new CD off bandcamp.com and got the error message below. The music isn’t available on iTunes and bandcamp is a very reputable and reliable source. So what gives Apple?
A friend of mine just asked me today if she bought an iPad but didn’t have internet at home could she still use it at home. Easy answer, with mine a Wifi only model no but you can buy iPads and almost any tablet now with a data plan through your cell service provider. This trips some consumers up because they don’t want to pay extra for the device and then pay for a data plan on top of that. Sounds like a very lose-lose situation, I know, I understand.
But truth is I wish I had bought a 3G or 4G capable iPad just to have the option. My aunt owns 5 iPads (a lot I know) and all of hers have service plans which have come in handy while nannying her boys and trying to find the beach or a good place for lunch on the road. It would make things easier for work too, being able to post on the road is something I dream of. People seem to shy away when getting into signing data contracts but you don’t necessarily need to have an active monthly plan. Most service providers offer month to month options so you can get data when you need it for a road trip or vacation.