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Promoting Your Resources Using Timeline Software « Information Twist I’ve been experimenting with historical timeline software recently to see if we could promote our library service resources online to our users (mostly books and online subscriptions around a particular topic area) in a different way. Historical timeline software allows the user to build a dated list of related events that can be browsed by other users. Normally our resources would be promoted by refering to them and linking back to them from our website and via our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Our aim was to include the timeline as a small project focused on the Queen’s Jubilee and her links to Surrey – giving us a narrow topic area to deal with. I had a look at a number of pieces of software before we decided upon which one to use. Below is a list of ideal requirements I wanted from the software.
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Link Building Tactics - The Complete List Remember how people say, "it's not about what you know, it's about who you know"? The same goes for the Web. Those relationships will turn into links, both in the short-term & the long-term. Just like with getting people to see you content, I realized a lot of the tactical ways to build relationships aren’t direct ways to get links, I decided to delete that section in this guide, and list all of them here instead. So here they are. Random acts of kindness - Whenever you can, be nice to people.
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SEO Strategy Case Study: From #6 to #1 In One Week Today you’re going to see one of my favorite SEO strategies in action: The Guestographic Method. First, I’ll show you how Perrin used this technique to boost his organic search engine traffic by 963%. Then you’ll see how David used the same strategy to rank #1 for the keyword “internships”. Palantir: The Next Billion-Dollar Company Raises $90 Million When Alex Karp needed funding for a young start up named Palantir in 2005, dozens of investors said “No.” He was trying to sell them on the idea of a high-powered analysis platform that could scan multiple databases simultaneously— a tool that government officials and corporations could use to tackle complex problems. “It was very scary since doing enterprise software [from] 2005 to 2009 was a little bit like starting a circus in the middle of Palo Alto with engineers,” Karp says, “Enterprise is a dirty word and that’s the business we’re in, and government is also not very popular in the Valley, [we combined] both.” [See our interview with Karp above]
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Former Myspacers Build Link Curator ‘Tagging Robot’ Former VP of Product at Myspace Todd Leeloy and Myspace Product Manager Joe Munoz have launched a semantic tagging network and link curation service today called Tagging Robot. Tagging Robot currently crawls your Facebook newsfeed and separates your links based on topics, as well as giving you relevant topics data for each link. Tagging Robot uses NLP and Machine Learning to build users a topic-centered profile, and uses your Facebook Interests and Social Graph to populate the page. What you immediately see on your profile is a list of recommended links (based on followed topics), a list of all links shared recently by your network and your favorites (which you track by clicking the <3 symbol next to each link). In addition to pulling from your Facebook Interests, you can follow topics on Tagging Robot by clicking on the “plus” or “minus” sign next to the link topic. You can sign up for the beta here.
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