So based on the comments and reviews I've read, should I continue saying "no thanks" to Google's "do you want to change to the new Google+"?
I'm really impressed by its ability to understand me and give me fast, relevant results, sometimes even via a direct verbal answer.
For example, while watching Top of the Lake, we wondered where exactly this Kiwi mini-series was shot. I didn't want to miss anything or stop the show to type my question, so I pressed the microphone button in the Google search box on my phone and simply asked "where was Top of the Lake filmed".
Within 1 second, I heard: "According to Wikipedia, filming took 18 weeks and was shot entirely on location in Queenstown and Glenorchy, in New Zealand." (Followed by two more sentences, and the extract also appeared on screen.) Wow.
I can also just ask "what's the weather today" and get an immediate response for my location. Even "will I need an umbrella this afternoon" results in a direct verbal answer.
When I last tried a voice search for "content writer", a year or more ago, no matter what accent I used, Google had no idea what I was saying. Now I can say it in an Australian, American or British accent and it's understood. Same with other words that have totally different pronunciations across the world.
I think it's awesome. I'll start using voice search much more often now that I know it works so well.
Do you use Google voice search? What do you use it for mostly? Does it work well for you?
Just now, I was writing. Really writing. Words were flowing. I was in "the zone". Suddenly, it stopped. I was distracted. My concentration was broken. I looked up, confused. What happened? Then I realised: the music had stopped!
I knew my instrumental background music helped me get into "the zone" and stay there, but I had no idea it had this kind of power. Ripping me out of "the zone" when the playlist ends - wow. Better put it on repeat so that won't happen again. Now it'll probably take me forever to get back into "the zone"...
To stay in the zone, I use the "pomodoro technique". As I'm a huge procrastinator, I set the timer to 20 min, and tell myself I'll only write for 20 min (no big pain!). I find that it's much, much easier to get started, I get in the zone way quicker - I think my brain is relieved that it has to produce "only" 20 min and happily starts concentrating right away. And what usually happens is that when the timer goes off after 20 min, I hit it shut and continue writing without any focus issue.
Have you used this technique? Do you find it helpful? :)
I find this article very interesting because it's based on such a huge amount of actual search results.
Some insights: Backlinks and exact match anchor text still seem to matter more than Google says they do. Topically relevant, in-depth content is very important, while keywords in title tags seem to matter less with Google moving more and more towards semantic search.
If you're interested at all in SEO and what makes pages rank well, you should have a read.
New report is out.
Among the findings: Social media content is the most popular content marketing tactic, but e-newsletters are the most effective tactic.
I bought the .com domain for my own name several years ago, planning to make a quick profile page for it with links to all my social media accounts and websites. Yesterday, I finally did it. The result: www.mickystuivenberg.com < Let me know what you think. (I'm still tinkering with the background image.)
How do you get into "the zone" (and stay there) if you need to concentrate?
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