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The Best Fucking Advice to Grow Web Traffic

You get what you give.

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Everyone is looking for the easiest way to grow web traffic. However, there’s no such thing as web traffic without effort.

Instead of looking through the hundreds of guides with “surefire” ways to gain traffic, start providing value. If you want to increase the traffic you receive, you have to increase the traffic you give. But how do you provide traffic if you don’t have any? Give value (services) to receive value (traffic).

To me that sounds ass backwards, but it’s spot on. A lot of us are taught that someone should do something for us before we do something for them. Not to say that that doesn’t happen, but it’s not ideal. Seek to work with similar sized organizations, blogs, business, or whatever to build communal traffic. However, don’t expect an immediate return.

If you’re just starting out, look for someone similar that’s not too far ahead of you and network. Get to know them and offer your help, because chances are they will help you in return. Once you start growing, remain open to working with newbies because everyone needs to start somewhere.

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Lecture Hall Tragedy

What makes a bad teacher? 

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We’ve all experienced a bad teacher droning on while the class slowly dies. 5 minutes turn into an hour, and drool is all over your notebook and desk. Nothing is more embarrassing than waking up with papers stuck to your face. This is the lecture hall tragedy.

Everyday, students are held captive by “teachers”. They’re boring and distant. True teachers encourage curiosity and look to be engaging; students need to be questioned and pushed to make mental connections between new ideas.

Why is it that so many teachers are bad? It’s like mediocrity is encouraged. From the time we start schooling to the time we graduate, we’re “taught” that mediocrity is okay. You don’t need to stand out; if anything, we should aspire to be like everyone else.

We should aspire to be individuals. Mediocrity isn’t enough to succeed. We should be extraordinary; we need to reject the lecture hall tragedy. Embrace defiance and curiosity; Embrace enjoyment.


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Eternal Happiness

What if producers stopped producing? What would happen to all the consumers? Would the world fall to pieces, or would we start to live?

Would producers be  focused on providing experiences?

Lots of people are learning that less is more, but what if it were thrust onto the unsuspecting?

I wonder how they would react.

Imagine living in a world where experiences are valued more than products, a world where people are valued and things are there to be used.

Would we finally be happy?

 


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Daniel Sinker is Wrong. 3 Creativity Tips Learned From Lego

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Earlier today I had read an article claiming that Lego is “evil”.

At least the writer, Daniel Sinker, was starting to think that the creators of the beloved bricks had turned against their fundamentals of creativity. Daniel asks his reader to put aside nostalgic memories in order to understand where he is coming from; Lego, for the most part, markets exclusively towards boys with their movie-tie-in models as of recent years. Their product is being marketed towards the demographic that fits best. It’s not evil to market to consumers that are more likely to buy your product, it’s how marketing works.

Daniel Sinker’s article pissed me off.

Despite his claims that Lego is evil for no longer being unisex, Lego can still be enjoyed by both genders. His view is only reinforcing the gender roles that seem to bother him so.

“the unisex, open-ended, building and imaginative creation sets that my peers normally associate with Lego are gone”, says Daniel.

He uses this ad  with the little girl to hammer in his point. Not only does the ad feature a girl, but the model she is holding isn’t built from directions.Oh the horrors of directions! Daniel’s view is so tied up in the inclusion of directions that he has forgotten what it means to be creative.

How has Daniel forgotten how to be creative? Because the tool hasn’t changed. Here’s what I have to say that:

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TIP #1: Use directions as you want

Truly creative kids, and parents, would disregard the directions. Sure they might want the bus from Harry Potter, but as the pieces come apart they should be encouraged to create something new. Likewise, there’s nothing wrong with following the directions. After the model is built and played with, the child will use their imagination and creativity to go on adventures and create new situations. How you go about using direction is truly creative.

TIP #2 Say “NO” to gender roles

Conforming to gender roles will limit your ability to produce anything creative. Within Sinker’s article he mentions that only the girls considered to be tomboys in his son’s class play with Lego. These girls have the right idea when it comes to creativity. I’m not saying the girly girls are wrong in conforming to gender roles; they can still be creative, but they’re limiting their potential to try new things at an early age. Don’t let your “gender” decide whether or not you can use a medium to express creativity

TIP #3 Have fun

The most important aspect of Lego is having fun. Building new and exciting things should be fun. the product is simple enough to use that most people can build just about anything they can imagine without experiencing frustrations. Because of this, Lego is more readily accessible in comparison to other construction sets and computer programs. The learning curve is near zero; anyone can enjoy building. It’s easier to be creative when it’s enjoyable. Have fun while design a new product or writing new content.

What have you learned about creativity?


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4 Tips to Reduce Stress and Improve Content

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1. Use fewer tools more often

Fewer tools are more capable of completing jobs when they serve many uses. This also applies to your resources because they should be used more often and efficiently. Approaching your toolset with the ideals of minimalism reduces the time you spend learning how to operate new devices or searching for appropriate programs, and allows for your projects to progress because your focus won’t be directed at learning to operate a new device. By having fewer tools, you will use them more often and better.

2. Become familiar with your tools to produce better content

Using fewer tools also allows for you to become familiar with what you do use. Familiarity with your tools will help by decreasing workloads and providing you with more time to use effectively. This also allows for your projects to be of better quality, and more chances for your best content to reach consumers. Your content will become better over time, and it will be reflected in everything you produce because you will be the best at using with what you work.

3. Get rid of useless gadgets and invest in better equipment

Minimalism promotes the use of better tools, and it helps you find the best tools. If you have a few gadgets that serve the same purpose, you’re better off getting rid of them and getting one that is capable of performing the same task and a few other tasks. Think about being trapped on a desert island and only being able to bring 5 things. Those 5 objects should be efficient at doing many things. Your desk is your island, use it appropriately.

4. Focus on producing content

The multipurpose aspect of everything you use will reduce clutter. Minimalism promotes the creation of outputs; instead of spending a few minutes here and there searching for the appropriate tool, everything you need will be at your fingertips. This will cut down on your time spent not working on projects. Therefore, you’re effectively increasing your output by approaching your workspace with a minimalistic mentality.

 

What have you done to minimize your workspace?


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3 Reasons Your Blog Sucks

On a daily basis we are assaulted by a barrage of advertisements. Big flashy words, pictures of women and men, and a multitude of colors all bursting in unison. All of these ads are loud and in your face, and fighting for attention. More often than not, these advertisements are ineffective; they have too much going on and not enough substance.

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Blogging is a lot like advertising; a lot of bullshit and not enough inspiration.

Not every blogger is selling a product. We are selling ourselves. You want readers to invest in your personality; it doesn’t have to be money, time is just as valuable. Your personality is what sets you apart. However, there are a few things you’re doing that readers don’t like. Your blog sucks because you’re not doing the following:

1. Keep it simple

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real short. Keep it real short, homies.
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Get to the point. Don’t ramble. Use the fewest words possible to express your ideas. Your blog sucks because you’re transcribing a dictionary.

2. Break it up

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Smaller paragraphs out of bigger plates….. paragraphs….
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You don’t like reading large paragraphs. Most people avoid large paragraphs. Break up your ideas to make them more approachable. Your blog sucks because that first paragraph couldn’t fit in a shoe box.

3. Forget about yourself

You didn’t come here to read about me. You came here because you thought the content was relevant to you. People are selfish. Your blog sucks because you only blog about yourself.

Next time you blog, remember this post.

Your blog sucks, improve it.