Mixed news for you this week! Sad face about the Instagram algorithm, happy face about the Facebook Instant Articles WordPress Plugin! I also love the books for entrepreneurs (I’ve only read one, better get busy in that department!), and for the product launchers among us, plenty of tips from Michael Hyatt’s recent launch.
It seems just about everyone is using Slack these days, and if you’re a member of several groups, the notifications can get out.of.control. And if you’re responding to notifications as they come in, then you’re slashing your productivity. I love the tips in here that show you how to make Slack work for you by making use of the options available to you – as they say, sometimes the default setting isn’t the right one!
Facebook Live Video to Get Priority in News Feed | Marketing Dive
Yes, again FB is changing up its algorithm. And again, it’s prioritising its own features – this time, live video. Facebook wants you to be on Facebook, so will shoot livestream video to the top of the newsfeed, and other pre-recorded video will be demoted. Along with every other update you’re trying to share with your audience <insert side-eye emoji here>.
Killer Takeaways from a Bestselling Book Launch | Michael Hyatt
Michael recently launched his latest book Living Forward: a Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, and his Chief Marketing Officer Chad Cannon outlines all the things they did that worked. If you’re creating your own products, writing a book, or launching something for your audience, take a peek at how Chad and Michael got it so right.
An SEO Warning to Bloggers | StewArt Media
If you write a review on your blog in exchange for money or product, you need to be adding nofollow tags to your post – Google has announced it will be cracking down on exchanges for backlinks on blogs, and will move to penalise those in breach.
5 Books for the Entrepreneur | Potential Psychology
A fantastic roundup of books to read that will help you on your online journey.
Fascinating results from real-time experiments, some conducted by Rand Fishkin. And a tip – if you’re not ranking for Rich Answers, you better get on that!
10 Creative Places for Opt-In Forms That’ll Supercharge Your Signups | Boost Blog Traffic
Don’t just go the usual places – stand out from the crowd! It’s often that element of surprise that shows you mean business – and are worth following.
Instagram Testing New Algorithm-Driven Feed | Wall Street Journal
To the groans of just about everyone everywhere, Instagram is finally doing what we all knew was only a matter of time: introducing a news feed algorithm. Bye bye real-time updates in your newsfeed and hello whatever Instagram deems worthy. Sigh.
New WordPress Plugin to Create Facebook Instant Articles | The SEM Post
You will probably want this in place for when Instant Articles are available on Facebook on April 21, particularly if you don’t have a coding background. If it’s a new function, you know Facebook will make it a priority in the news feed!
The Content Delusion (or, Why You Still Need to Hustle) | Jonathan Fields on Medium
Because people aren’t just gonna come running to you every time you post content. Also top tips for how to hustle when you’re an introvert.
So what caught your eye? How many of those books have you read?
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