first_imgGlenties man Brian Carr is to seek the Sinn Féin nomination to contest the upcoming local elections as one of three candidates to go forward from the party for a council seat in the Municipal District of Glenties.His declaration comes some 24 hours following the announcement that the party intends to run three candidates in the Glenties Electoral Area for this May’s vote.If endorsed, the well-known community activist will likely join existing Sinn Féin Councillors Marie-Therese Gallagher and John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh on the party ticket later this year. Brian said “I am extremely delighted and proud to officially announce that, after a great deal of personal reflection, that I intend to seek nomination to be one of three candidates from Sinn Féin to run for the party in the upcoming local elections for 2019.“This has been a hugely important decision for me, but I have been buoyed by the tremendous level of support which I have received from my family, friends and from local people both here in the town and neighbouring parishes, who have all encouraged me to run and seek nomination.“As many people will know, it’s almost exactly four years to the date that, after many years of community activism and engagement, that I was formally welcomed into Sinn Féin.“Having previously contested the 2015 local elections as an Independent candidate for the Glenties Electoral Area, this was an experience that – while very positive – reinforced in my mind the importance and benefit of having a party and strong team behind you when seeking election.” Brian said he took the decision to join Sinn Féin because he personally believes it is the only party in Ireland that is on the side of ordinary people and its members are fully committed to the creation of a fairer, more equal Ireland for everyone.“Anyone who knows me will be aware of my dedication and commitment to community based activism and this is very much reflected in the many local projects and initiatives in which I’ve been involved down through the years.“I believe that my track record speaks for itself in this regard and one only has to look at the role which I’ve had the privilege to play along with many others in my community in helping to develop and promote Glenties and the wider area.“This includes the reinstatement of the Mullantyboyle Bridge and the Save Lough Anna campaign to name a few, as well as my role as Chair of the Glenties Development Committee which I’ve had the honour of holding for a number of years now.“Moreover, while I truly believe that this region has been well represented over the past term by incumbent Sinn Féin Councillors Gallagher and Ó Fearraigh, I nonetheless feel that the time is right for the town of Glenties and its surrounding area to have a representative of its own to stand up for it at Council level. “While I in no way take the party’s convention scheduled for later this month for granted, and while we must now await and respect the view of the membership who will ultimately decide who will be added to the party’s ticket for May’s election, I am hopeful that I will receive the backing from those in attendance on the night and from the wider party membership.“I want to thank everyone again for all their support and for encouraging me to run again this May and I confident that with the continued backing of my family, friends, supporters, local community and my party that I will be successful in my bid to represent the people of the Glenties M.D.”Well-known community activist to seek Sinn Fein nomination was last modified: February 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian CarrSinn Feinlast_img read more

first_imgAround 5:30 pm Sunday evening, the Haywood County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting shots fired on Raby Street near Canton. Officers determined two men had been in an altercation at a residence there, during which time one of the men pulled out a shotgun and fired it.The other man sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment.The suspect left the scene in a primer gray Nissan pickup truck with an orange driver’s door. The incident remains under investigation.last_img read more

first_img18 November 2005A South African working as a waitress in London is on the shortlist for the prestigious Whitbread Award for her first novel. Rachel Zadok (33) joins fellow nominees Salman Rushdie and Nick Hornby with Gem Squash Tokoloshe, the story of a girl growing up on a remote farm in the height of the apartheid era.Zadok’s talent was spotted in a television writing competition on Channel 4’s Richard and Judy show, where she was one of five finalists out of 46 000 entrants.Although she didn’t win, the quality of her work prompted Pan Macmillan to offer her a £20 000 (R230 000) advance for her novel. Gem Squash Tokoloshe was published in September.The Whitbread Award shortlist was announced on Wednesday, with winners in the five categories, who each receive £5 000 (R57 500), to be made known in January.‘Writing takes you to another place’Zadok began writing when she began to feel unfulfilled with her job as a graphic designer in Johannesburg.“I suddenly realised that it was something I really enjoyed doing,” she told BBC News. “Writing takes you to another place.“When my husband had to move to London for work, I made the decision to work here as a waitress and concentrate on writing.”It was at her Brixton flat that Gem Squash Tokoloshe began to take shape.The book follows Faith, the young daughter of a mentally ill woman living on a remote farm in apartheid era South Africa.“The book is really about belief and the influence society has on children,” she told the BBC. “I grew up in South Africa during apartheid and saw how beliefs become so ingrained in people.”After one unproductive afternoon, a frustrated Zadok began to doubt her skills. She stopped working and turned on the television in time to see Richard and Judy announce details of a novel-writing competition.Seeing it as a sign, she sent off a sample chapter and synopsis to the competition – eventually reaching the final five of 46 000 entrants, and the Pan Macmillan book deal.“The day the book arrived in the post was the first time that I felt that I didn’t have to waitress anymore. I was overwhelmed that I had actually had my book published,” Zadok told the BBC. “That night, I went to the restaurant and quit.”Now working on a new novel, Zadok hopes to return to South Africa to live.“It’s such a dynamic country, and it’s changing so fast. I’d miss London if I left, but I would always come back to spend time here.”Gem Squash TokolosheGem Squash Tokoloshe takes its title from Faith’s incantation to ward off the tokoloshe, an evil spirit in South African mythology.The opening half of the novel is set in 1985, when Faith is seven. Her father leaves and her mother suffers a breakdown, becoming increasingly obsessed with the African world of spirits, her tales of which terrify her daughter. Faith is a resilient child with a vivid imagination trying to absorb and survive her parents’ marital strife and her mother’s descent into madness.In the second half, Faith, now 20, returns after her mother’s death to the farm she left as a child, and learns why her mother was incarcerated and she sent away. The account of Faith’s return and the awakening of her memories of the death of the family maid, Nomsa, is vivid, particularly in its description of place.“Gem Squash Tokoloshe impressed us with its powerful evocation of a child’s-eye view of rural South Africa,” said the Whitbread judges. “Rachel Zadok sets the private drama of a collapsing household against the backdrop of a changing nation and creates a tangible atmosphere of menace.”The Whitbread Awards recognise the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. They were established by Whitbread, the UK’s leading hospitality business, in 1971.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgBrand South Africa, in partnership with the Sowetan newspaper, has hosted a series of conversations around the country – the Sowetan Dialogues. These discussions explore ways of building the nation and promoting civic pride; they are based on the outcomes identified in the National Development Plan. Can education rescue the Northern Cape child?13 March 2015 – How can parents, teachers and community leaders work together to protect children’s right to education, particularly in impoverished communities wracked by protest, such as the Northern Cape town of Kuruman? MORE > Watch: Can education rescue the Northern Cape child? South Africa needs change-makers for better communities10 October 2014 – If you are not a change maker, what are you? This was one of the points participants were asked to ponder during the Cape Town leg of the Play Your Part Sowetan Dialogues, held in the township of Langa on Thursday 9 October. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues: ‘Excellence must start in our communities’7 October 2014 – Do you own a spaza shop? Are you a community worker, a teacher or an ordinary worker? Are you the best that you can be? All of us are part of building a competitive South Africa. We are responsible for bringing international investment into our country. We are part of building South Africa’s reputation. MORE > True gender equality rests in South Africans’ hands12 August 2014 – The recent Brand South Africa Sowetan Dialogues in Bloemfontein focused on the role women have and can play in the country’s democracy. Speakers such as the Honourable Sisi Mabe – Speaker of the Free State Legislature; Mbuyiselo Botha from Sonke Gender Justice; Kenosi Machepa from the Ministry of Women; and dairy farmer Nompi Zim discussed how women’s rights were, in fact, human rights, and that men needed to support women to achieve a society free from sex and gender discrimination. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues discuss the role of women in a democratic South Africa8 August 2014 – Women’s rights are human rights; these powerful words were uttered and echoed by South African leaders at the Sowetan Dialogues in Bloemfontein, which discussed women’s roles, rights and progress in a democratic South Africa. MORE > Youth look to build South Africa’s brand23 June 2014 – The future of the country depends on the youth of today, which means their attitudes and thoughts are crucial to building a strong and prosperous nation. To get a deeper understanding of youth and prompt debate and discussion on a range of pertinent issues, as part of Youth Month activities, Brand South Africa hosted a Youth Caucus. MORE > True gender equality rests in South Africans’ hands12 August 2014 – South Africa ranks high for its legal framework regarding women’s and gender rights, but Phontso Manzi says that South Africans need to play their part in making true gender equality a reality by teaching children that men and women are equal. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues discuss the role of women in a democratic SA8 August 2014 – Women’s rights are human rights; these powerful words were uttered and echoed by South African leaders at the Sowetan Dialogues in Bloemfontein, which discussed women’s roles, rights and progress. MORE > 21st-century South Africans need to leave a lasting legacy19 June 2014 – Commemorating Youth Day, the 18 June Sowetan Dialogues asked South Africa’s young people to consider the legacy they want to leave for their children. MORE > Watch: Are South African youth creating a legacy? Are they lost? Are they lazy?  Brand South Africa’s Sowetan Dialogues urge African unity3 June 2014 – The most recent Brand South Africa/Sowetan Dialogues event urged South Africans to recognise the role other Africans played in the nation’s struggle for freedom. MORE > Brand South Africa’s Sowetan Dialogues set for Durban22 May 2014 – Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogues is headed for Durban, with the focus on Africa’s contribution toward South Africa’s fight against apartheid. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues: Positive thinking for success30 April 2014 – The young attendees at the most recent Brand South Africa/Sowetan Dialogues session received an eye-opening crash course in leadership development and positive thinking. MORE > Play Your Part and build our future leaders25 April 2014 – Brand South Africa will on Friday 25 April 2014 host the 5th Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogue in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. MORE > South African Human Rights culture discussed in Mahikeng27 March 2014 – Brand South Africa, in the fourth Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogue on Wednesday 26 March 2014, hosted a robust discussion on fundamental human rights and the responsibility of citizens in our country. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues comes to Mmabatho24 March 2014 – Brand South Africa is continuing with its Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogues, with the latest in the series to be held in Mafikeng in the North West province on 26 March. MORE > Brand South Africa Dialogue on health in the Eastern Cape21 November 2013 – Community members, government leaders and health activists and professionals held a stimulating debate at Brand South Africa’s inaugural Play your Part/Sowetan Dialogue in East London on Wednesday 20 November 2013. MORE > Sowetan Dialogues address high school dropout rate23 January 2014 – South Africa recently received its highest matric pass rate in 20 years, with 78.2% of 707 136 matric students passing in 2013, but many pupils don’t complete their schooling. MORE >last_img read more

first_imgIf radio waves could tell the story of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) latest administrative crisis, the blips on the radar would map out a series of frenetic phone calls from Chennai to Kolkata in the first week of April. If they could measure the tone,If radio waves could tell the story of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) latest administrative crisis, the blips on the radar would map out a series of frenetic phone calls from Chennai to Kolkata in the first week of April. If they could measure the tone and tenor of these conversations, they would reveal intense agitation as International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan grew increasingly frustrated at not getting his way on the selection of committee members and the cancellation of the Bangladesh tour in June, allegedly threatening the board’s President, Jagmohan Dalmiya, with instant impeachment if he didn’t comply. And then, a loud final bleep, caused by an infuriated call from Kolkata to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Washington would explain the sudden flat-lining of Srinivasan’s life as world cricket’s undisputed lord and master.The rise and fall of Srinivasan, 70, will perhaps be remembered as cricket’s most compelling narrative over a decade when the game transformed from a serious sport that generated bountiful revenues to a Twenty20 circus that made more money than anyone could ever imagine. Srinivasan’s story would arguably beat anything that happened on the field, including India winning the World Cup at home in 2011, and maybe even edge out the sordidly dramatic saga of his friend-turned-foe Lalit Modi, who has been in self-imposed exile in England for the last five years. Modi, the larger-than-life creator of the IPL, was a maverick who thought he had become bigger than the system, only to be cut down by a board that takes no prisoners-just like Dalmiya in 2005 and Srinivasan now. For the BCCI is a poisoned chalice. What it giveth, it taketh away.And so its wheels continue to turn, making cricket firmly a consequence of, rather than a precursor to, power as the larger universe of politicians, industrialists, lobbyists, promoters, players-turned-agents and legends-turned-commentators prepare to crown the next monarch of a password-protected society that has gone in the last three decades from a non-profit organisation to a corporate giant with an annual turnover of Rs 2,286 crore. In a system where the stakes are high, control is addictive, and hubris is intrinsic, the next rise is always round the corner, followed soon after by the next great fall. So let it be with Srinivasan. His unforgivable indiscretion is that he has turned on the board itself, and is now in danger of losing his job as the ICC chairman, a post to which he had so grandiosely nominated himself despite being mired in controversy last summer.advertisement”We all know that the BCCI is really about control, not cricket,” says a former member who knows its inner workings. “Even its bosses are becoming more brazen with the passage of time. When Dalmiya was beaten, he concentrated on regaining control of the Cricket Association of Bengal and chose to quietly bide his time. When Modi realised his time as IPL chairman was up, he fled to England and continued to hound the board intermittently through leaks and tweets.Now, Srinivasan is desperately trying to hang on to his empire, trying every trick in the book to regain lost ground.”Directed by the Supreme Court to choose between being a cricket administrator and an IPL team owner, Srinivasan allegedly tried to shortchange the BCCI through a hilariously simplistic scheme. Chairman and Managing Director of the Rs 4,000-crore India Cements, he created a subsidiary of the company with the same shareholding pattern and transfered Chennai Super Kings shares to it for just Rs 5 lakh. To put this in perspective, CSK are one of the top teams in the IPL, and the Sahara Group had paid a staggering Rs 1,700 crore for the now-defunt Pune Warriors in 2010. Even considering that 2010 was the IPL’s boom period, market insiders peg CSK to be worth Rs 1,000 crore today. The Rs 5-lakh ploy was crafted so that Srinivasan would have to the pay the BCCI, which takes a 5 per cent cut from any sale, only Rs 25,000 for the transaction, instead of an estimated Rs 50 crore at market price. Srinivasan’s hold was such that the IPL governing council cleared the transfer, before the board’s new working committee blocked it at the last minute.Perhaps the last straw came in late April when an increasingly desperate Srinivasan allegedly used the ICC to try and establish a link between the new BCCI Secretary and BJP MP Anurag Thakur and a suspected bookie. Though the veracity of the allegation is still open to interpretation, Thakur promptly hit back, claiming that Srinivasan had hired a London firm to spy on certain BCCI members and saying that his position as the BCCI representative in the ICC was now under review. From cricket’s supreme leader, Srinivasan suddenly became a man with a target painted on his forehead.advertisementThe story of Srinivasan’s fall from grace fits into two riveting timelines-one much longer than the other. It all began two years ago, when his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was named in a spot-fixing scandal by the Mumbai police, opening an investigation into the board’s affairs by a Supreme Court panel led by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal. Even as the saga continued, and Srinivasan’s stock within the board gradually began to fall, he wrote an almost superhuman survival script, managing to stay on track despite numerous hurdles thrown in his path. Denying that either he or Chennai Super Kings had anything to do with Meiyappan’s activities, he first refused to step down as BCCI chairman, then created a scenario where he could ‘step aside’, thereby regaining control of the board and even naming himself as ICC chairman in 2014. It was only in January 2015 that the Supreme Court verdict finally barred Srinivasan from contesting BCCI elections and told him to give up his IPL team. Even at this point, he “helped” Dalmiya become BCCI president, ostensibly in the hope that he would do Srinivasan’s bidding.The second timeline began just this April, soon after Srinivasan was heckled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground while handing the 2015 World Cup trophy to Australia. Two days later, ICC President Mustafa Kamal, nominated by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, announced he was stepping down because decisions were being arbitrarily made in the ICC under Srinivasan’s chairmanship. He went on to say that the ICC had become the Indian Cricket Council. The statement so infuriated Srinivasan that he apparently began frantically calling Dalmiya, asking him to cancel India’s Bangladesh tour in June, which would have caused its board severe financial distress. When Dalmiya refused, saying it would harm diplomatic relations between the two nations, Srinivasan allegedly lost his cool and virtually put Dalmiya on notice: cancel the tour or face impeachment as BCCI chief.An angry Dalmiya called Jaitley, one of India’s most powerful ministers who also controls Delhi cricket, to tell him about the threat. Srinivasan, meanwhile, had spoken to his bte noire, former BCCI and ICC chief Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party, who is also Jaitley’s political rival, to bury the hatchet and form a partnership that might help him stay afloat. That is when Jaitley, who had been soft on Srinivasan, is said to have pulled the trigger. It has been a downward spiral since.The Dalmiya-Thakur duo, egged on by a few other senior members led by former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar, are now talking about calling an emergency Special General Meeting (SGM) to end Srinivasan’s tenure as ICC chairman with imme-diate effect. They would need a two-third majority, or at least 21 votes, to oust him since he is the BCCI’s representative in the ICC.advertisement”You can’t imagine the hostility against Srinivasan,” says a senior BCCI member. “He had manipulated the system to his advantage and always had the numbers he needed, but nobody is scared now. If you take his case to the floor, he will definitely lose the ICC chairman’s job.” The issues that have angered BCCI members range from the presence of India Cements or Tamil Nadu cricket officials on Team India’s roster in various capacities to alleged favouritism towards loyalists by sidestepping the board’s venue rotation policy for international matches. And from the staggering Rs 320 crore that the BCCI had to pay as litigation fees last year to defend him in court to how the cases against Srinivasan allowed the Supreme Court to get into the BCCI’s affairs, something the board has resisted for decades by using the Societies Act to block all litigation.But a final decision on the SGM has not yet been taken since sources say the Dalmiya-Thakur combination is willing to wait until the Annual General Meeting in September to boot Srinivasan out of the ICC. In any event, his days at the helm are numbered.If a cat has nine lives, Srinivasan probably has ten or eleven. But abandoned by colleagues, booed by fans, and goaded by the Supreme Court, he may have run out of lifelines. Just like his rise, his fall may be not quite cricket. But what does cricket really have to do with the BCCI, anyway?Follow the writers on Twitter @_kunal_pradhan and @vikrantgupta73 To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

first_imgWebsite Grader has grown a lot since it launched it 8 months ago, and it recently reached a total of over 100,000 websites graded.  As of this week, Website Grader has over 15,000 inbound links, 1,500 bookmarks on Del.icio.us and an Alexa rank of under 24,000.What are the key takeaways you can use to achieve the same results?  You both need to get a little lucky and also build something remarkable. (OK, so I stole this from Seth Godin. But that doesn’t make it less true.)  Here are some of the reasons why I think people like to talk and blog about Website Grader so much.1) Make the “Time To Enjoyment” (TTE) short.  We use the acronym TTE within HubSpot to talk about the amount of time it takes for someone to get value out of a product.  For buying enterprise software, the TTE is long, usually months or years.  For buying a cup of coffee it is really short, usually a few seconds.  We try our best with all of our products to have the customer get something useful as quickly as possible, and then also have that value increase over time.  But, the faster someone says “oh cool, that’s valuable” the happier your customers will be.  And the more they will tell others.2) Make it free.  We could have charged for Website Grader.  We have had SEO consultants tell us they charge anywhere from $1500 to $5000 for a very similar report that they call an “initial assessment”.  We could have easily charged $99 and sold tons of reports and made a lot of money.  But our goal was to build something remarkable, not make money right away.  So Website Grader is a free SEO Tool, and we plan to keep it free.3) Don’t require registration.  Sure, we could make Website Grader more valuable to HubSpot if we required you to tell us your name, title, company, phone number, annual sales, number of employees, annual marketing budget and a good time of day to call you.  But you wouldn’t like it as much and we probably would never get to the point of having evaluated 100,000 URLs.4) Ask for feedback and listen.  We’re always asking people what they think about it and what they would change.  We actually found about 50 bloggers that seemed like they knew what they were talking about and emailed them asking them to use it and give us feedback to make it better.  A lot of them responded, and some actually wrote a review and linked to Website Grader.  We didn’t ask for it or plan on it.  We really did want their feedback (and we still do), but this shows that people are much more likely to promote something if you are not asking them to promote it in your first conversation with them.  In fact, there have been dozens of enhancements made to Website Grader since it first launched.  This has two effects. First, it makes the product better so more people will like it.  Second, the person who gave us the feedback feels like we listened to them and value their input so now they love Website Grader even more since they feel like it is something they helped create (in fact, it’s true!).If you have other ideas why Website Grader has grown so much, leave a comment so the community can learn from your insight. Originally published Oct 9, 2007 12:11:00 PM, updated October 01 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Threat Level is a great guy, a creative visionary and a starter of things.  But most importantly alexis (or kn0thing as he is known online) is single-handedly responsible for what modest success I have as an entrepreneur — and any future success I might have.  He’s second only to my mother in making me possible.  This bold admission was arrived upon after some negotiation with alexis.  His modesty would not allow him to take full credit for my success.  (His modesty is widely acclaimed and demonstrated through his use of all lower-case characters for many proper nouns associated with him — hence the weird capitalization in the title of this article.) Back to why alexis is responsible for my success.  alexis and reddit Favorite Business Book(s)? startup blog Steve Huffman , but after his vote on the telecom immunity bill, I’m denying him the shoutout.  You’re on notice, Barack. Discipline: the ability to commit to something and get it done. Your first “real” job?: alexisohanian.com Originally published Jul 30, 2008 1:36:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 ).  So there you have it.  alexis begat reddit begat OnStartups.com begat HubSpot begat my plan for global domination. Former Fannie Mae CEO, Franklin Raines. My laptop.  Granted, I’m typing on her right now, so I’d better answer that way. The Guardian Blog you read most frequently? Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking? My mother and father inspire me on a near daily basis. Who Was Your Best Manager? Why? The last time I was asked this, I said Obama alexis ohanian, the co-founder of Gmail begat reddit (this is the first time I’ve used the word begat in a sentence — it feels good).  reddit sort of begat OnStartups.com (my What Do You Most Value In Employees/Colleagues? alexis ohanian Proust Questionnaire Social Media Tool you actually use? Speech & debate.  Or cuddling.  But not both at once. TechCrunch Favorite Newspaper(s)? (Real answer: Person that inspires you? Your Favorite Software Application? Device you would never give up?  — it helps me learn English, too. I had to Google “Social Media Tool,” but I’m still not sure what it is.  All the results I got were Twitter-related; it’s just not stable enough for me.  I do actually use my BlackBerry every day, though. Tony, my manager for two years at Pizza Hut.  He told me I could make a successful living as a professional waiter in a big city like New York.  This means a lot to a 16 year old, as did the fact that he let me take free pizzas home. What Would You Like To Be The World’s Best At? Shower.  That’s why I sometimes take so long in there, honest. One day, after helping a customer choose between two mice, he handed me his business card and offered me a sales job at his company (food-related, I remember).  I was an overweight kid until the end of high school, so he probably thought I was older — and would enjoy a job working with food.  Just kidding!  I get all my startup news from the conversations I overhear in SF cafes; I strive for credibility. Frankly, I don’t think I’ve had one.  My first non-lawnmowing job was in the summer after 8th grade, when I worked as a sales rep for a now-bankrupt company called Sidea.  We demoed software and hardware in a booth at my local CompUSA. Dot.con – How America Lost Its Mind And Money In The Internet Era Which business visionary would you most like interviewed next? marketing software startup For more about what alexis is doing now (like breadpig), visit and , which is owned by my parent company.) ) by driving a bunch of traffic in the early days and helping build that crucial initial readership.  OnStartups.com sort of begat HubSpot (my current The Loraxlast_img read more

first_img Find and Convert, a web marketing and search engine optimization company Bernie Borges , president and chief find officer at  SEO  serving B2B clients nationwide. Photo: Twitter Visualization,  As adoption of social medial continues to explode by personal users and business users, the lines are beginning to blur among them. Well known social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn are now being used in the same sentence as Twitter, Flickr and DIGG. Isn’t Twitter a micro-blogging tool? Isn’t Flickr a photo content sharing tool? Isn’t DIGG a content sharing tool? What about YouTube? Is YouTube a social networking site? Ross Mayfield Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack When you join any of these organizations the premise of your membership is to participate in their charter. Each of these organizations mentioned offer networking value. And, each is made up of communities of like minded people. Sound familiar so far in comparison to social media? If you belong to a health club, you joined it (presumably) to exercise. On the surface, that is the purpose of a health club (or gym). If you belong to a business organization such as a chamber or local business club, each of these organizations has a defined charter. Even if you joined any of the above for pure networking, you have to play by their rules. You can’t go to your gym and hand out fliers and a business card in street clothes. You’ll annoy so many patrons you’ll get kicked out by some muscle-bound patrons. Topics: It’s very apparent to me that socializing, networking and relationship building in online platforms help to build SEO value through the propagation of content and organic link building. So, I ask why use Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter? Is each one so unique that I should spend valuable time maintaining each one? I submit there are benefits to maintaining different platforms, as long as they are different. Each one offers unique features and opportunities to interact with different communities. Since my profession is Internet marketing, in particular search engine optimization (SEO), another benefit to maintaining several profiles is the ability to spread content I produce. Such exposure can result in my content being shared among my networked communities which can result in quality links back to my website. Some content exposure can be incidental and some can be intentional. This article is a guest post by  I have developed some very good relationships at my health club that carry into my personal and professional life. I can say the same for a local non-profit business organization I belong to (TBTF). The wonderful thing about social media is that the user communities are defining them. I will offer some offline comparisons to consider as you ponder this situation. If the lines are indeed blurring among the social media platforms, I say “let them.” The more content I can produce and proliferate, the better! Originally published Oct 21, 2008 9:29:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 In both cases, my intent has been sincere. I go to my health club to workout. I go to TBTF functions to get involved, give of my time and talents and meet smart people in peer groups (communities). Because both of these examples are local to me, I occasionally overlap. I sometimes see people at my health club that belong to TBTF and vice versa. Have you noticed how many social media tools are available? Social Media The same can be said of social networking, even though the local geographic aspect is not a factor. I know people in Facebook whom I also know in Linkedin and Twitter, and vice versa.last_img read more

first_img . Max Klingensmith If you’re not too averse to risk taking, this is probably the most effective link building strategy of the Bad B’s, because you can control what sites you are getting links from, and analyze these sites to ensure that you are not placing links in bad neighborhoods. You can also place links within relevant content and use anchor text for the keywords you are trying to rank for. But, and it’s a big but, it’s still risky. Google It explains how to do link building the right way and provides a path for newbies to get started and progress to master link builders, the right way. The way that Google wants you to build links–by attracting and earning them.  build links the right way Topics: If I had to pick a winner in the fight between a surreptitious link builder or Google’s algorithms, I’d pick the algorithms. In other words, Google will eventually perfect their detection of who is I guarantee that someone will leave a comment on this post with a link to their website in the body of their comment. Here’s an example.  .” Bribing Aah. How adolescent does that sound? And how much easier do you think you can make it for Google to detect that you didn’t earn that link? Google’s power is that it detects patterns. This is a pretty easy pattern to detect: “Site B links to Site A. Site A links to Site B.”   search engine optimization for lead generation kit ing links and who is earning them. SEO for Lead Generation Kit Buying FTC frowns upon this . It is one of the most read articles on our blog. explicitly states This is borrowing links. Then, there’s the beggars. They send emails to people they don’t know asking for links. I recently received a really creative e-mail. The person inroduced himself as a big fan of my writing and suggested that “based on reading what I write” I should check out this new social networking site. He wrote about how awesome the site was (without any explanation why). He suggested that I should write about it because everyone else who did it received floods of traffic. He got very offended when I responded that I wasn’t interested and that he should be more upfront about his link begging intentions. Why Leaving Comments is Not a Link Building Strategy Begging : . And won’t provide long term advantage.  Of course, begging comes in many forms. Not all are as creative as this guy. Most people just send emails to webmasters asking them to link to them. While begging is one way to build links, it is ineffective and the fastest way to annoy a webmaster.  Download our So, what’s the wrong way?  Many companies try to bribe webmasters and bloggers for links. We’ll send you stuff if you link to us. Although harder for Google to detect, this isn’t a great practice. In fact, the Several sites and services help you buy text links on other sites that pass SEO credit. There is also a black market in link buying that is much less formal, more secretive and not necessarily that organized. I wouldn’t recommend either one. . I’m not sure whose wrath I’d fear more–the FTC’s or Google’s. Either way, it is best to not disobey the government.   Even though this article has been read by thousands of people, attracted 50+ links and garnered almost 200 comments, it still hasn’t been read [or understood] by enough people.  link building Participating in these “link building rings” is even riskier than regular bartering. It’s believed that Google labels websites into “neighborhoods.” There are “bad neighborhoods” that you don’t want to live in. By interlinking with websites in a bad neighborhood, Google will think you too are bad. So, these link borrowers also resort to inserting their keywords where their name is supposed to go. I wrote a controversial post about this bad practice previously, ” Bartering.  . Therefore, although it might work, I do not advocate buying links. A while ago, I wrote an article about Of course, bartering or trading links gets more creative by saying, “I’ll link to you, if you link to him and I’ll link to this other guy if he links to you, etc.” There are even networks you can join to facilitate this process. Originally published Jul 8, 2009 12:11:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 I’ll link to you, if you link to me. I’ll buy your services, if you buy mine. I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours.  Borrowing  Many blogs allow commenters to insert links into the body of their comments. Many don’t.  high quality links In fact, as you might have guessed, we do not advocate borrowing, begging, bartering, bribing or buying links. blog software’s However, some SEOs and webmasters engage in the practice of buying and selling links that pass PageRank, disregarding the quality of the links, the sources, and the long-term impact it will have on their sites. Buying or selling links that pass PageRank is in violation of Google’s webmaster guidelines and can negatively impact a site’s ranking in search results. Our Don’t do it. The risk isn’t worth it. Learn to  Photo Credit: I personally know entrepreneurs with websites that were generating tens of thousands of dollars one month and zero the next because of practicing the Bad B’s of link building. Learn more about how you can optimize your site to get found online in search engines to generate more leads for your business. B’ spam filter catches many of these comments. Yet not every site has spam filters in place, and many people automate or just cut and paste such comments all over the web. This is borrowing and it is wrong. Doing it might get you a short-term, unsustainable burst in rankings. But these are not Link Building Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more