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Honored to appear on the #vcbuzz  chat yesterday. Thanks, +Ann Smarty 
Viral Content Buzz is the content promotion platform, so I am sure most of our members love writing. Is there any way to earn your living by doing what you
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+Ann Smarty knows how to pick 'em! :-) xoxo
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My latest on +Crazy Egg - all about data and making your content work better for you.
 
Always good to get a refresher in the basics. 
Looking to improve conversions for your website? Don`t miss out on these 5 crucial sets of data. They give you the insight you need to convert.
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Thanks +Melanie Kissell, glad you liked it.
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What's in your #contentmarketing  arsenal? Here are three types of content to include - more coming in part 2.
Content Marketing Strategy Must-Haves | Part 1: When creating content, a good rule is to make it deep and wide. To get the full benefits of inbound marketing, you need to create shareable content.
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My latest on the +Crazy Egg blog.
 
What's big in SEO this year? Think user intent, and you'll nail it. Here's our required reading list, compiled by +Sharon Hurley Hall 
User intent is the new SEO - how can you use it to improve conversions? This article rounds up tips and resources to help you with user intent.
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Thanks! +Sharon Hurley Hall​
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This tool has some good features. If you're planning to run a Facebook or Twitter contest, it could make it easier. 
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A friend of mine is having a tough time. Please spread the word about this campaign and if you want to contribute that would be awesome too. http://www.gofundme.com/i6j3vo
Hi, I'm Annie - and I just received some pretty bad news right before the holidays: my daughter and I have to move. This month. I'm partially disabled thanks to scoliosis, and have run my own web development and copywriting business out of my home for the last six years. I used to teach online c...
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Integrated marketing isn’t just a pretty phrase. It’s a comprehensive strategy that can make a measurable difference to revenue and customer attention. “While we are very successful with individual channels, we can be more successful in driving bigger and better results to the bottom line with an integrated strategic approach,” says Adept’s co-founder Danielle Walton. …
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Excellent discussion started by +Carol Lynn Rivera about Snip.ly
 
Today thanks to +Ian Anderson Gray I learned about a service riding on the coattails of content curation that really incited a meltdown. After the meltdown I sat on it and thought about it rationally for a while and went through pros and cons and tried to be fair. And then I had another meltdown. So basically I'm a puddle of lava on the floor right now, thanks Ian!

Anyway, I want to share this because it's worth opening a dialogue and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

The service I just learned about is called snip.ly and the premise is simple. You create a floating ad with your photo, your message and a link to your website, signup button for your email list, or a link to your free download - and then you put it on someone else's site without their knowledge, approval or permission. 

Want to see it in action? Visit this link... with fair warning to +Ryan Hanley

http://snip.ly/P65a

So the next time you curate something, you can rather easily place your offer over the curated content. Sharing a +Forbes article? No problem. Throw on a floating box with a signup for your email list. Sharing a +Copyblogger article? Fantastic, let people download your ebook right from their page! Sharing a Web.Search.Social article? Oh, HELL NO. Don't even go there right now, because I'm not sure what happens when lava melts down.

You may have discerned my opinion on the matter. Now you tell me.

** Is it ok to put your message, face, download, email signup on someone else's site, which they have no control over?

** Is it ok to do it in a way that makes this transparent to the reader, who has no clear way of knowing that they're signing up for/downloading/visiting a completely unrelated entity?

** Am I just overreacting?

I came across the attached article today because after I'd heard and learned more about this service I immediately went to work finding a way to block it from being used on my site. And karma came through because I found +Jonathan Bailey's  amazing article on the subject. Jonathan is a plagiarism expert and he brings up not only some ethical questions but some legal ones that are worth taking a look at.

He also shares some ways of blocking this from being used on your site. I can tell you at least one person who I know is going to be doing some programming. (I'm looking at you, +Ralph M. Rivera)

Share your thoughts with me on this - would you use this service? Do you want someone else using it on your site?

In the words of +Jason T. Wiser ... "What, are you kidding me?"

And do me a favor and share Jonathan's article with every content creator you know.

Would love a few other specific people in on this conversation including those I've already mentioned. What say you +Dino Dogan  +Alisa Meredith +Mike Allton +Colleen Conger +Melanie Kissell +Pam Aungst +Ian Cleary +Patrick O'Keefe +Brooke Ballard and anyone who feels like chiming in!

PS: If you comment on this let me know if I can use your comments in the article you KNOW I'm writing about this next week.
A new service, Snip.ly, makes it easy for anyone to put their ad on your site, or almost any other site on the Web. Fortunately, there are ways to block it.
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Building a list off the backs of other people's content....that should be all anyone needs to know to avoid this tool. At least if you're one of the creators. 
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My latest on LinkedIn. #business  
Five Tips for Doing Business in Emerging Economies. Jan 5, 2015. 89Views; 31Likes; 0Comments. Share on LinkedIn; Share on Facebook; Share on Google Plus; Share on Twitter. Planning to expand your business to new markets? Here are some tips for success.
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Thanks Sharon. Great Tips!
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Fascinating stuff in this #Twitter  study.
This study looked at over 4 million tweets to discern what factors most drive retweets and favorites.
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Syndicated this article to LinkedIn - it's an experiment to see how the viewing figures compare. 
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  • SharonHurleyHall.com
    Chief Wordsmith, 2005 - present
    Web copywriter, professional blogger and word nerd. I love testing and reviewing shiny new web tools, reading anything I can get my hands on and playing Scrabble. Find out more at sharonhh.com
  • Coventry University
    Senior Lecturer, 2000 - 2005
    Developed and taught journalism courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Set coursework and examinations. Participated in course review meetings and examination boards. Developed and led Masters program in specialist journalism. Served as module leader for undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses.
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Writing great content for biz owners & webpreneurs.
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Here's the skinny on Sharon Hurley Hall:

I have 25 years of experience writing professionally – as a journalist, an academic writer, a blogger, a ghost writer and an online copy writer.I  love to write, I don’t just do it because I can and I’m good at it – which makes writing the only and obvious choice for my career and business. 

My ideal writing job is blogging about a range of topics. Check out my blogging credits to see what I've done in the past or just go ahead and hire me

I’m a word nerd, fanatical about grammar, and interested in almost everything – or at least I’m fascinated by learning new things, so there are very few topics that bore me.

I’m a mentor to other writers and have been running the site Get Paid To Write Online since 2005 to help other writers improve and build sustainable and successful writing careers. I am active on social media – on Twitter here, on Facebook here and on LinkedIn here – and while the writing I do professionally is fact-based, I enjoy writing creative fiction and poetry purely for myself when (if) I get a spare moment.
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  • Coventry University
    MA Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Coventry University
    MA Media and Culture
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