I’m currently developing some wireframes as we pave the way for a revamp of this blog later this year. There are lots of things to think about. One of those things is typography. Closely related to that is optimal headline length.
I always try to write headlines that fit on one line, though I don’t always succeed. Nevertheless, short headlines beat longer ones for lots of reasons. As such I’d like to introduce the 65 character rule. Actually it’s 65 or less, to be precise.
It's easy to forget that more than a decade ago, when 'blog' was still a nascent buzzword, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams launched a service that would help propel blogging into the mainstream.
That service, Blogger, was acquired by Google in 2003, and a year later, Williams left to pursue new opportunities.
Blogging has never been so popular, particularly among the online marketing community. But why should you take it up? Here are 25 good reasons…
Earlier this week, Best Burger in Oman almost did a "Benihana", by threatening to sue a blogger for writing a somewhat negative review of their restaurant.
But what Best Burger didn't know was that the blogger it was planning to sue is also a legal researcher by profession. Luckily for both parties in the end, the restaurant decided to do the right thing by withdrawing legal action, and thinking constructively about how the menu could be improved.
However, many companies in the Middle East still fail to recognise the tremendous opportunities borne out of negative feedback, and how it can be used to improve the business and build stronger long-term customer relationships.
After being bought by AOL for $315m, it's safe to call The Huffington Post one of the most successful new media ventures to date.
The HuffPo's rapid rise and nine-figure acquisition is all the more
incredible because of the fact that much of the HuffPo's content is
created by unpaid contributors.
Lured by the promise of being able to
write for a massive audience, experienced and often-recognizable
individuals helped Arianna Huffington build the HuffPo into what it is
I’m sure you’ve already read a lot of articles advising you about the
power of blogs. They provide fresh, content that search
engines love, that you can farm out
through social channels and use to engage and amuse your audience, share links, grow your network… the list goes on.
The problem is, you really aren’t sure how to go about it. First and
foremost, running a successful blog requires a lot of hard work on your
part, and maybe you just don’t feel you have enough interesting content
to fill page after page.
The biggest mistake made is often the
assumption that a blog is simply another promotional channel for your
At Econsultancy we’ve always tried to share the knowledge of our community, which is far greater than our own collective brain.
We used to do this primarily through a weekly interview with an in-house e-commerce professional, where we’d try to ask the kinds of questions that would lead to some revealing answers. We’ve always greatly preferred actionable insight, rather than exclusive company news.
A few years ago we published the first post on this blog and shortly thereafter started to invite industry experts to contribute articles. The Econsultancy brand is heavily aligned to ‘learning’, and what better way to learn that to share first-hand insight from guest bloggers who are insanely knowledgeable in their field?
Yesterday's surprise announcement that AOL is buying The Huffington Post for $315m sent shockwaves through the blogosphere.
The deal is not only one of the biggest in the consumer internet space
in the past several years, it's one of the biggest online publishing
acquisitions ever involving a 'blog'.
Placing posts on high-authority blogs that include links to
your own pages is a sure-fire way to boost your website’s organic optimisation.
Gaining sought-after link juice by negotiating guest
blogging slots on popular websites can be a really powerful weapon in your
search engine optimisation (SEO) tool kit. So powerful in fact, that many corporations and SEO execs are very willing to pay in order to secure the link.
But it’s now looking bleak for anyone who relies on paid-for placement, with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) taking an interest back in December.
The market for blogging and microblogging services is quite competitive, but one of the simplest, Tumblr, has also managed to build a large and loyal following.
But keeping up with that large following as it grows is proving to be tough, and after experiencing 24 hours of downtime the other day, some are questioning whether more tumbles will take their toll on user loyalty.