Better Business Better Life - Part 6

Google Hummingbird Algorithm – The Search Result Changes You Need To Know

Google Hummingbird Algorithm Incorporates Semantic SearchGoogle Hummingbird. Did you notice it?

The completely new algorithm introduced a month ago.

You might have heard of the Google Penguin and Panda updates. They changed elements of the existing algorithm but this is different.

Google Hummingbird is designed to consider ALL words typed into a search query rather than a selection. The goal is to provide search results that consider the meaning of a search query. 

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For example, say you searched ‘where is the closest place that delivers Thai?’ Previously Google might have focused on the words ‘place’, ‘delivers’ and ‘Thai.’

Now Google will consider the whole query and associated semantics. It will assume you are seeking a restaurant that provides delivery service.

Hummingbird will be really valuable if you position yourself well.

What does that mean? Continue reading


Motivate Yourself, Take A Risk = Reap The Rewards

Blogging - Take A Risk and Reap The RewardsEvery week I encourage you to blog for business growth.

I tell you that you can make money from blogging.

You can increase your income.

Yes, I’m telling the truth.

No, I don’t just like the sound of my own voice. (Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise…)

Today I was reading Leaving Work Behind, a brilliant blog by Tom Ewer. He was talking about how to motivate yourself. That you have to find your ‘why.’

Within the post Tom shared a clip of Gary Vaynerchuk back in 2008. Now if I haven’t convinced you yet that taking a risk and starting a blog is a good idea, perhaps Gary will inspire you to take action. Continue reading


How Karen Gunton Blogged A Little Biz

Karen Gunton - Build A Little Biz Blogger

Today I am delighted to introduce you to my gorgeous friend and blogging buddy Karen Gunton, owner of ‘build a little biz.’ 

Karen is a visual maestro, continuously blowing me away with her talent and achievements. I’m sure you’ll pick up on her passion as you read her story. You’ll also find out about her rebellious streak so make you sure read right to the end.

Enjoy!

1. How long have you been blogging?

my journey actually starts long before i started blogging – i am a teacher and taught in a high school for many years before starting a family and moving from canada to australia.  in early 2008 i started dabbling with the idea of starting my own photography business. as i was researching everything i could about starting my own business i came across information on blogging, so i first tried out blogger as a place to experiment with having a blog and sharing my photography.

i quickly realized that i would not be able to create the type of blog and website i needed on blogger so in march 2009 i rebranded and relaunched my new and improved professional photography business and that is when i really got into blogging as a marketing tool: to share my brand message, to share the stories and experiences of my clients, and of course to share my photographs. before then i had never considered myself as a writer but i found that blogging really allowed me to find my voice, i fell in love with it! Continue reading


Don’t Tell Me List Posts Are Worth Jack

List Posts Popular With Readers

Have you read advice not to write list posts?

That list posts have little value?

List posts lack the oomph readers seek?

Do you agree with these sentiments?

Well, all of the above suggestions are wrong and here is why…

Recently I wrote a blog post with 29 tips to revamp your blog as a way to celebrate my 29th birthday. It quite honestly surprised me with the response it got. It’s now the most commented on post I’ve written.

My second most popular post is also a list post. 9 Ridiculous Reasons Your Guest Post Submission Failed (And 3 That Weren’t Your Fault) received 46 comments, 26 tweets and 7 likes.

Also, take the example of Corbett Barr from Think Traffic. Corbett launched his site with the post ’17 Traffic Building Tips From Some Of The World’s Most Popular Bloggers.

110 comments, 96 tweets, 60 likes, 13 +1s. Not too shabby for a first post in my world (and probably your world too!)

Or try Marc and Angel Chernoff’s ’30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself’ on for size.

A mere 407 comments, 608k likes (yep K stands for 1,000s), 25.3k tweets, 5.9K +1s and 3.9k shares on LinkedIn. Frankly, until I saw this post these were figures I would never have even dreamed of.

What is it about list posts that works so well? Continue reading


You Can Create Income From Blogging…No Bull!

Create an income from blogging. Learn from Problogger 2013.

Ask a business owner without a blog why they don’t.

I dare you.

What is it that prevents them from making the leap into the blogging world?

I bet it comes back to time or money.

1. They know the value of blogging for business but claim they haven’t got the time.

OR

2. They didn’t witness an immediate return on blogging investment and so quit. These business owners are missing out…NO BULL.

Are you one of these business owners?

To create an income from blogging (whether a new and/or additional stream) you’ve got to be prepared to work smart AND hard.

You know the saying ‘no such thing as a free lunch’? Continue reading