Shelley Walsh

About Shelley Walsh

Infographics: visual fast food for information overload

Did you know that 100 years ago it was expected the average person would only read 100 books in their entire lifetime?

In 2007, following research, it was estimated that the average person is exposed to the equivalent of one newspaper (85 pages) of information every 5.5 minutes during the day (based on an average day of 16 hours and 174 papers a day).

That is a tidal wave of facts, figures, stories, data, images and mental junk. Interestingly, infographics (as a term) has seen explosive growth online in the last three years with a rise of more than 20 times in search volume for the keyword.

Could this growth be indicative of how we now want to consume our information and for it to be delivered quicker and easier to cut through the noise. Are infographics fast food for the brain in response to our info-weary brains?

Linkpreneurs: the new school of link building

One of the reasons I am so attracted to link building and SEO, is the very fact that it is so capricious.

I thrive on constantly learning and love the demand of having to adapt, evolve and challenge myself everyday. I feel that without that desire for variation and a thirst for knowledge, that you can’t compete at a high level.

Coming from a creative background, I recognise the similarities between the personalities of art directors, link builders and entrepreneurs (when I use the term I am only referring to quality link builders): a diverse skill set, creative spark and tenacity for the dogged pursuit of the seemingly impossible at all times.

Being an entrepreneur is about finding solutions to problems where no-one else can; like securing the link no-one else can get and creating the unique design solution. Creatives and entrepreneurs have their brains wired differently to other people.

Where a normal person finds a dead end, the creative entrepreneur builds a ladder over the wall (or creates spring loaded shoes to bounce over!).