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Markethive is the new Market Network.

You all know what a Social Network is and we can probably identify is MySpace but in reality 6th degrees gets the distinction as the official Social Network established in  1997 (to be noted Veretekk, a social networked automated marketing platform started in 1996). With that said, the burgeoning Social Network revolution really gained steamed as Facebook and Twitter took the field and dominated the market in 2006.

Poor Myspace launched around the year 2000, but the marketing and shear investment brought Facebook to prominence crushing poor underfunded MySpace in the process. We do not want that to happen with Markethive. We are the David and we will be facing Goliaths as we move forward.

As it stands right now, we are ready to fully launch and need the capital to do the launch right and BIG! We have been pursuing venture and angel capital for several months now. Getting pretty close. But something amazing happened yesterday…..

Venture capital started pursuing us. Yes, the word is out because of the power of Markethive’s blog platform and reach, we were contacted yesterday by a capitalist who saw our broadcasts and began seeking us. And now we are in negotiations with them.

This may or may not be the final bell, before Markethive funds millions and starts the launch procedure to begin the ascension to top Market Network.

It may or may not be your last chance to hitch a ride for practically nothing. I know, $500 is a lot for people who have limited resources. But let us play the what if game OK?

LinkedIn posted 2.9 billion in revenue in 2015. That is right Two Billion 900 million in cash revenue. Markethive has all the potential to achieve that and even more. I have always believed this to be the case.

Now what is 5% of 2.9 billion? It is $145 million. Now divide that number by 250 shares (Alpha Legacy shares) and you get $580,000 dollars. That is ½ of a million dollars. I would say that a $500 contribution is a mighty small amount to leverage that potential.

Every year and growing, would that make a difference in your life? And the BOD contributors that paid $4800 for 1 share of 100 will share 20% of this potential revenue. Looks like we night be cruising toward creating 350 millionaires, doesn’t it?

BTW: There are about 10 of those 100 BOD shares still available.

Exciting times Markethive is entering. See you at the meetings.

The Alpha Legacies are limited and will be gone within a few weeks.
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Thomas Prendergast
CEO Markethive Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Idolatry In Relationships

Scripture: “Even after Paul and Barnabas had said all this, they could hardly keep the people from offering a sacrifice to them. Some Jewish leaders from Antioch and Iconium came and turned the crowds against Paul. They hit him with stones and dragged him out of the city, thinking he was dead.”  (Acts 14:18-19)

Seeing a miracle, the people of one town assumed Paul was a pagan god. They started to worship him. But they were just as quickly persuaded to try to kill him. How could someone jump so quickly from love to hatred?

When you make a person an idol, you cannot really love them, for you’re seeking something from them that they are unable to give you. 

The same way an idol is chiseled from stone, you “chip away” at someone who fails to please you. This causes you both great harm. The person believes you love them. But when you try to make them fit your idolatrous heart, your words and acts cut them deeply.

Is there someone in your life who is feeling pain because of your idolatrous heart?

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How More Than 160 Fortune 500 Leaders Schedule Their Days

When you’re in charge of a business, you’re all too familiar with that feeling of racing to catch up. But no matter how hard you push or how much you work, you never seem to reach the finish line.

There’s always more marketing to do, more emails to send, another meeting around the corner, more prospects to qualify…

Terminal “behinderness” is an affliction that generates heart-pounding stress and makes you wonder how the most successful founders and leaders manage to be so productive while you feel like you’re constantly drowning.

A lot of it comes down to how they structure their days.

Curious about how some of the top business leaders spent their time, John Rampton (CEO of Due) and Chris Stowell (VP of the International Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness) conducted a survey of 163 Fortune 500 companies to find out how leaders in the industry schedule their days to stay productive.

Survey respondents included leaders of Adobe, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, BP, Delta, DHL, FedEx, Google, HP, John Deere, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson, and Twitter.

Here’s how the respondents’ average day stacks up – and things you could learn to make your day more productive.

The average leader rolls out of bed at 6:15 a.m. to get an early start on the day. Those early hours are important because they tend to be free of most distractions and give you an opportunity to get focused.

If you really want to maximize this window of opportunity, get up just a bit earlier. A 5 a.m. wake-up time will allow you to squeeze in more time for reflection, breakfast, exercise, and getting a jump-start on communication.

Apple CEO Tim Cook takes his early mornings to the extreme by starting each day sending and responding to emails at 4:30 a.m.

Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief for Vogue, starts her mornings at 5:45 a.m. with an hour-long tennis match.
You always hear that exercise should be a part of your daily routine because it controls weight, boosts your mood, provides energy, and can help you focus. Don’t ignore that advice.

Thanks to technology, we sit a lot nowadays. In fact, those working in tech-related jobs or office positions spend an average of 9.3 hours sitting each day. That doesn’t take into account the sitting you do at home after the workday ends.

This type of activity is so bad for your health and energy that Harvard Business Review has called it “the smoking of our generation.”

If you think you don’t have time to exercise, think again. Those extremely busy executives, CEOs, and founders fit in an average of 45 minutes of working out every day. If they can fit almost an hour of exercise into their jam-packed schedules, then you can manage a 30-45 minute workout.

In Tim Ferriss’ 2010 book The 4-Hour Body, Ferriss spoke about a meeting with Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson, where Ferriss asked him how he could be more productive. Branson responded with “work out” and explained that his workout routine gave him at least 4 more hours of productive time each day.

Leading by example, former National Geographic CEO John Fahey regularly invited his employees to join him on a daily afternoon bike ride.

70% of top leaders take the time to eat breakfast to fuel their day. Among those who eat in the morning, most will take something with them or eat on the go. Breakfast is a crucial part of getting a strong start each day, especially if your morning routine includes exercise.

Add a balanced, protein-rich breakfast to your routine and reap the health benefits, such as:

Balanced blood sugar levels, which helps maintain your energy throughout the day
Improved short-term memory and mood
Faster recovery and renewed energy after workouts
John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, starts his day with a nutrient-rich breakfast smoothie consisting of kale or spinach leaves, soy milk, almond, oats, and fresh fruit. Take a cue from those Fortune 500 leaders and fill your tank before you head out.

Making Better Use of the Commute to Work

Being the boss gives you the freedom to work wherever you’d like, but most of the time, you’re probably in the control room at your business or traveling from one location to another. That means you have a regular commute to and from work.

The average leader has a commute time of around 25 minutes, and they make good use of that time as part of their workday. Some of the ways you can be productive during your commute include:

Catching up on podcasts or listening to business-related audio books
Hands-free calling to get a head start on critical or time-sensitive issues
Reading and responding to emails (for those who use public transit)
Researching and preparing for presentations
Any work-related activity completed during your commute can free up precious time for other projects later in the day.

The act of simply paying attention to other people while you’re on the go also offers a lot of insight and creative inspiration, which could help you be more productive at the office. “By simply keeping your eyes and ears open while you travel, you can get a grasp of what people are reading/wearing/listening to,” notes Paul Ellett on the popular Successful Blog.

Setting the Day’s Pace By Eating a Frog
When some founders and executives arrive at the office, they immediately dig into their email and jump into morning meetings, leaving the more complicated tasks for the afternoon. If that sounds like your typical morning, then you’re making a common mistake in managing peak productivity vs. optimal energy.

Research has proven that the first few hours after waking is the time when your brain is at its sharpest and you’re more likely to stay on task. Why waste that time on meetings or reading email?

This research is backed by other studies that found that participants perform their best early in the day.

Human psychology researchers confirm that our willpower is a finite resource. Once you deplete it, it’s gone for the rest of the day. That’s why you need to focus during early hours on the highest-priority items of your to-do list.

This is why many of the leaders who responded to the survey set aside their early morning hours for creating goals and strategies for the day, week, month, or year. The average leader dedicates about 25 minutes of their morning to strategizing and planning.

During that time, they tackle important tasks and projects while holding off on emails, calls, and texts until lunchtime.

A famous Mark Twain quotation goes something like this: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

That should translate to using your energy and focus to get your biggest tasks or hurdles out of the way first and foremost.

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That’s the approach Lifehacker founder Gina Trapani takes. Each day she starts out with a list of critical items that need to be completed. When she finishes her day, she creates a new list for the next day.

Learning to say no is also an important part of managing your day and staying productive. Patty Stonesifer, former chairwoman of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents, has a secret for getting more done each day: know what not to do.

“…I do a short exercise with every request that comes through. I ask myself ‘If I had to do this today, would I be glad?’” says Stonesifer. “For most requests, the answer is no (because I know I should be working on the big stuff), which means I say no to most extraneous requests.”

Dealing with the Distraction of Communication

Email and texting have become the dominant forms of communication for business owners. The average leader of a Fortune 500 spends around 2.5 hours each day reading and responding to emails and text messages. Some spend even more time. That’s acceptable as long as it contributes to your daily productivity and keeps the workflow going.

Here are some ways the most successful leaders handle email and communication to stay productive:

Respond with brevity. Be concise in every response to reduce time spent on communication.
If a response will be lengthy or has the potential to require a discussion, make it a phone call instead.
Schedule time for emails. Leaving email open all day makes for quick responses but creates constant distractions.
Only spend time on communication when it’s scheduled. Don’t block out long, open windows, but rather small windows throughout the day to respond.
Hire a full-time or virtual assistant to handle your communications for you.
Taking Control of Meetings

The average Fortune 500 leader spends 2.5 hours per day in meetings. If you look at the previous statistic on time spent on email and the phone, 5 hours or more per day may not be allotted to direct work productivity, unless you design meetings and modes of communication to be highly productive.

In a 2011 interview with Wired, Google cofounder Larry Page discussed his decision to get rid of his assistant due to the excessive scheduling of undesired meetings. “Most people aren’t willing to ask me if they want to meet with me,” Page said. “They’re happy to ask an assistant.”

After that, if someone wanted a meeting, they had to approach Page directly.

Creating Structure and Order with a Winning Team

More than 50% of Fortune 500 leaders believe that teamwork is essential to meeting productivity goals, and they spend time each day directly engaging with teams and employees on their tasks. As a result, they only spend about an hour and 45 minutes on average on personal tasks and projects.

Cultivating teams and boosting collaboration are some of the most important skills of a successful, strategic leader. Team effort is important for any company with multiple employees to thrive, and it can significantly impact business strategies and productivity. The most effective leaders directly engage their teams and spend a good chunk of their time supporting employees and encouraging them to succeed.

Costco CEO Jim Sinegal is a normal guy loved by his employees. His name tag simply says “Jim,” he works in a plain office with no walls, and he has a single-page contract that clearly states how even he can be terminated for not getting his work done.

He even takes a modest six-figure salary, because he figured that he shouldn’t earn more than 12 employees working the sales floor. By working closely with employees and focusing on collaboration each and every day, Jim has grown the Costco brand at an impressive rate.

Bill Keller, former executive editor for The New York Times, understood that it took an exemplary team to get things done, and as such, he relied heavily on those who worked with him. “Of course,” said Keller, “that only works if you surround yourself with smart, competent people.”

Refueling During the Day

Leaders of some of the most well-known companies may not have the best dietary habits: 52% described their diet as “somewhat healthy.” Still, many understand the importance of keeping their energy up throughout the workday:

41% eat a snack in the morning
45% work an afternoon snack into their schedule
85% of leaders take a break for lunch in the middle of the day
Taking those breaks isn’t just about consuming nutrient-rich foods to maintain energy. Breaks for snacks and lunch are also some of the best times to reflect and strategize for the remainder of the day.

It’s also a good time to work on personal tasks. Jana Eggers, former executive for Intuit and cofounder of SureCruise.com, recommends dedicating some time each day to an activity or hobby that you find fulfilling.

“A fulfilling hobby can also be a healthy distraction from the day-to-day grind,” says Eggers. “It can be cooking, gardening, singing…something that you can focus on and master. The important thing is to pick something big and be dedicated to it.”

From Gaming to Gardening, Personal Development is Important

Maintaining some sense of work/life balance is crucial. Even the most successful Fortune 500 leaders and executives spend an average of an hour and 45 minutes each day on personal projects or tasks that are important to them.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that an entire block of time has to be set aside for personal development.

It can be scattered throughout the day, like the example above of using your break or snack time for personal projects.

Ram Shriram, one of Google’s founding board members, recommends keeping a diary to improve your personal performance. In an interview with Business 2.0, he said that you can’t focus on beating yourself up. Instead, use the diary as a point of growth to “create a kind of manual for what has worked and what hasn’t in your business. Documenting it ensures we’ll always remember it.”

This practice doesn’t have to be limited to workplace productivity, as it can improve other aspects of your personal life, too. When something comes to mind, find a pen and get it on paper.

Get it out of your head so you can focus on more important tasks.

Stephen Gillett, former CIO of Starbucks and “Guild Master” for Google[x] recommends that you fit some multiplayer gaming into your daily routine and use lessons from gaming to teach you how to be a more effective leader.

In an interview with Wired, Gillett talks about how his position as a top Guild Master in World of Warcraft translated to a total immersion course in leadership: “I used to worry about not having what I needed to get a job now. Now I think of it like a quest; by being willing to improvise I can usually find the people and resources I need to accomplish the task.”

Researchers and scientists have long theorized that multiplayer games can teach players both leadership and problem solving skills in addition to sparking creativity and innovation.

Some of the most successful Fortune 500 executives make time for games like World of Warcraft – and so can you.

Winding Down and Letting Go

Every workday comes to an end at some point. For some executives, that means switching off when they leave the office. Others keep working until it’s time to sleep, which is around 11:40 p.m. for most Fortune 500 leaders.

How time is spent outside of typical working hours can vary, and it’s a little different for everyone. Carol Smith, CRO for Harper’s Bazaar, has a useful tactic for balancing productivity and free time. She comes into the office on Sunday for around 4 hours to tackle a lot of work without distractions, “…so when I come in on Monday, it’s like my vacation day.”

Before leaving the office each night, Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express, takes time to reflect and write down three things that he wants to accomplish the next day. This effectively sets up his attack strategy for the morning.

But what about when it’s time for the work to finally end?

Arianna Huffington refuses to burn the midnight oil. In an interview with Slate she says, “My single most-effective trick for getting things done is to stop doing what I'm doing and get some sleep. There is nothing that negatively affects my productivity and efficiency more than lack of sleep. After years of burning the candle on both ends, my eyes have been opened to the value of getting some serious shut-eye.”

At the end of the day, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong flips the switch and puts his work away. After arriving home from the office around 8 p.m., Armstrong spends time reading to his daughters. “They usually…get two or three books.”

Bill Gates takes a similar approach and believes that reading in the nighttime hours is part of the routine process of winding down to sleep. He reads topics ranging from public health to shipping containers to pull his mind away from business.

Before finally shutting down each day, Buffer CEO and co-founder Joel Gascoigne relaxes with a 20-minute walk in the evening to get exercise and disconnect from the daily grind.

This is a wind down period, and allows me to evaluate the day’s work, think about the greater challenges, gradually stop thinking about work, and reach a state of tiredness,” he writes in a post on his blog.

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg believes that eliminating nighttime distractions will help you focus more on sleep, so she completely shuts down her phone at night even if, as she admits, it’s “painful to do so.”

Make the Most of Your Day

As you can see from some of the best, brightest, and most successful leaders’ daily routines, structuring your day to achieve maximum productivity isn’t just about what you do or how you do it between the hours of 9 and 5. The most accomplished business leaders create rituals for their days, starting from the moment their feet touch the floor in the morning, to the moment their head hits the pillow at night.

While everyone has a different routine that works for them, it’s important to formulate and sustain habits that will improve your work/life balance, professional focus, and personal development. These are all examples you can learn from and replicate in your daily schedule to achieve greater success both at work and at home.

WRITTEN BY 
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How These Awesome Tools Can Accelerate Your Business

The growth of the internet as a means of communication has brought about a profound change in the way business is done. Every industry, has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. In order to survive and grow amidst cutthroat market competition, you need to adapt to the latest tools being used in the industry. Some of them are mentioned below:

Tagove Live Chat
Allows screen sharing with customers

This advanced tool can significantly extend, as well as adjust, to the speed of the user’s website. The Tagove WebRTC and Flash Technology have the capacity to support all features of the Tagove tool in different browsers, tablets and Android mobiles.

Eliminates Communication Barriers

Live Text chat is the most effective method of communication and offers users a quicker live chat feature through which you can send your message to buyers without delay. Moreover, the tool has an instant file-sharing feature through which you will be able to share files with a customer.

Video and Voice Chat for Website

Tagove Live Voice offers a one-click call button on your website through which customers will be able to communicate with you at no cost. The Live call feature also works with all browsers, even in situations when the internet connection runs haywire.

Online Product Tours for Customers

Tagove offers screen sharing and co-browsing features along with the Live call without the need for software installation. Our co-browsing and screen sharing features will allow you to track customer queries in real-time.

Instant File Sharing

With the help of a cloud-based technology, you will be able to share files with customers and the customer can also do the same with your executives on this platform.

Live Call Recording

Call recording is essential for maintaining outstanding customer relationship management (CRM). Proper training for customer care executives can help them to augment the quality of the CRM process.

Mento.io
Makes Product Promotions Easy and Efficient

This tool will enable you to format promotional activity for new products once they are added to your webstore or site.

Automates Social Media Marketing

The success of social media often depends on timing, which is a constraint for business owners. Mento will enable you to create content as per your convenience, no matter which platform it needs to be posted on. It will also enable you to set up promotional posts for new products that are going to be posted on your sites either days or weeks in advance.

Collaborate with Team Using Common Interface

The software will enable you to coordinate with your team in order to work on marketing as well as product promotions from a single interface.

Organize and Schedule Future Campaigns

You can devise and schedule future campaigns with personalized branding. 

Skyward CRM
This is one stop solution for all need of a sales person. 

Unique Sales Management

This helps sales people to use and manage customer history, database, and follow-up with efficient manner. 

Customization

Whether it is features, report or dashboard, you can customized everything both – on-premise and online version. 

Sales forecasting 

With full data mining features, it helps you predict sales forecasting and decide where to invest and put optimum resources. 

Criteo
Uses Sales Data and Consumer Behavior to Create Ads

Criteo makes use of the latest sales data and consumer behavior trends in order to create ads. The software utilizes an extensive publishing network of direct relationships with 16,000 publishers at the global level which offer access to the best ad placements.

Uses Post-Click Sales Model

Criteo makes use of the post-click sales model in which a conversion takes place only when a user clicks on the ad. One of the major advantages of using such a model, that according to search experts, is that sales managers can generate an impressive number of email alerts for visitors who come to their site. Sales staff can also detect the keywords that have been used by specific visitors to assist a person who has completed a form on their landing page to qualify.

Provides Digital Advertising Solutions

The software works seamlessly across numerous devices such as mobile, web and apps. It helps you to organize the visual elements of your brand instantly into ads that have a high probability of maximizing sales. The cost-per-click model followed is directly related to the performance of a campaign.

Customer.io
Sending and Receiving Messages Simplified

The software will enable you to provide more personalized messages and ensure that they are delivered to customers on time with the help of an advanced rules engine. As a result, you will be able to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction and retain your customer base. The quality of customer care service offered will, therefore, match the expectations of customers.

Integrating with Other Services Possible

A simple integration will enable you to send the user data from either your web or mobile app. Once the installation is complete, you can start sending emails. It can help you to maximize engagement and revenue, as well as to maintain customer experience.

Campaign Reports Available

The software will provide you with campaign reports, including analytics, which you can use for measuring your campaign’s level of success with opens, clicks and conversions.

Loyalis.co
Know About Customer Engagement

Loyalis will offer you with the opportunity to know your customers better through its CRM. It will allow you to gamify your board by initiating the use of a ranking board. Efficient tracking of customer behavior will be made possible through access to business intelligence tools. You will also get a social network breakdown for your most important and loyal customers. Engagement will be streamlined through perfect integration with your webstore.

Find Ways to Increase Loyal Customers

Loyalis offers users the feature of ROI analytics. Everything that the software does can be viewed on the dashboard. It will assist you with determining how your loyalty program can help in sales enhancement. You can review and track all interactions and detect the exact action in which the visitors perform the highest and where should you exactly lay emphasis. Loyalis also offers users with additional data in the form of shopper analytics. It will enable you to see what and how much your buyers like or share in social media, what type of products they review and the types of products they are using. As a result, you can devise your marketing strategies according to their activities across different social networking sites.
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10 KEYS ABOUT THE POWER OF HOPE/tony buwawa

LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF ROMANS 8:25

"But if we hope for that we see not , then do we with patience wait for it .”

10 KEYS ABOUT THE POWER OF HOPE

1. Good news- IF God is the source of your hope, then your hope for a change can never be in vain . Amen. Roms 15:13 " Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Key – Hope is what fuels your faith and builds up your expectations .

2. God is the source of patience. There is no other way to your miracle if you re not patient in the midst of your storm. Hope is what helps you to become patient . Why? you believe it is going to turn by faith . Roms 15:5 "Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” 

3. Because God is the source of hope , then your case cannot be hopeless. Key? Hope is a spirit and as long as God the source of your hope lives in you , then I would advice you "don't quit." Lam 3:26(Amp)" It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord ."

4. Hope is what builds your expectation. Without hope you won't have any expectations. As long as you have hope, key- "God is at work" . see how scripture puts it .Lam 3:21(Amp)"But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation .” Why? you cannot have hope, if God is not working on your case.

5. What is hope ? A feeling of expectation and desire. Then the secret is this , if you will not give up , then you will receive your expectations from your source of hope (God). Lam 3:26 (Amp version)" The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God's word].”

6. Key- if you will not give up on your hope, then you shall see it by faith . Matt 9:29 (HCSB Version) says "Then He touched their eyes, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith!”

7. Jesus is the anchor of our hope . So how can we be disappointed or have a hopeless case? . Heb 6:19 (HCSB Version) " We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. “

8. Our hope in Christ is alive and not dead . So we are sure of our testimony., Amen. 1 Peter 1:3 (HCSB Version)" Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on. “

9. Our hope in Christ is a sign that what we believe is "there" in the heavenly realms; but the key to unlocking it is our faith mixed with patience. James 1:4" But let patience have her perfect work , that ye may be perfect and entire , wanting nothing " without defects . Amen.

10 . Hope is like a man who already sees how his end will be and he keeps walking by faith . Proverb 4:18 says "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." 

Personal quote:

" hope has a voice which says it is not over yet"

Prayer: Father help me to stand strong now in Jesus name , Amen.

 

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How to be an authority


How to be an authority (Know Your Why First)

Being an authority figure in the online space should really be the goal of any website. When you are an authority figure you have the power to socially influence through your actions and words which means you hold a great deal of power & trust in front of your audience. The Bing Webmaster Blog recently put out a great piece on being an online authority which I think everyone should read. Please keep in mind that being an authority figure does not come from slapping together a mediocre plan. It takes though and dedication to put together a fierce action plan.

From Google:

“If a site is an authority in your industry, you can bet that it will be for Google as well. So if you’re a web designer, a link from Smashing Magazine or A List Apart helps, as a lot of other web design sites will be linking to those sites, thus causing those sites to be ‘hubs’ in the web design space.”

— Joost De Valk, Yoast

Being an authority online comes with huge benefits.

  •     Increased rankings for individual website pages
  •     Industry authority
  •     Heavy online influence
  •     Increased business
  •     Immense traffic spikes

Basically there is no down fall to being an authority figure in any industry but if you truly want to get there you have to lay out a path in the right direction to make it happen.

Here are some great ways to get on the right path to be an authority figure in your space:

Be Knowledgeable

If you are just getting started in your space you are not going to influence anyone overnight. Authority requires seasoning and experience in a space along with being able to present that experience in the right manner in front of your target audience.

Get Active in your Community

You absolutely have to get active socially in front of your community. If you want to be viewed as a leader you will have to engage with your audience on social communities like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. You also want to make your website a destination spot that promotes back and forth interaction. (important)

Be a Resource

You want your audience to come to you for advice and help. Once they start turning towards you for help that means they are starting to look at you in a whole new different light.

Encourage Sharing

If you want others to share your material you are going to have to share their material as well. Encourage proactive content sharing so your audience can learn from not only you but from the people around you too. This will allow you to become a central hub which is really the focus of your efforts.

From Google: (again)

Its generally held that when an engine assigns deep links to the content of your website, you’re an authority.  And while this is more or less true, the engine seeing you as an authority happens well in advance of those links appearing.

As you produce useful content, we try to match that useful content against queries.  If the actions searchers take indicate they are pleased with your content as a solid resource, then we try you again the next time.  This testing happens a lot.  Hundreds of thousands to millions of times, depending on query volumes and content matches.

We watch the patterns of interaction and soon enough, those resources that searchers seem to be particularly pleased with start to float to the top.  We’re not just talking click-through-rates here, either.  We’re talking the entire signal-set that influences ranking at work here.

  •     Do you have unique, useful content?  Check.
  •     Do you produce new content frequently? Check.
  •     Do you have a solid history?  Check.
  •     Do you have trustworthy links pointing at your content? Check.
  •     Do you have an active social presence?  Check.
  •     Do people retweet and like your social content? Check.

Negative Trust Influences

What can you do to your own site, or could a competitor do to you, that will nuke your trust and therefore rankings?

“I always think that links have a positive or negative value. Let’s say the BBC gives you a +10,000 and a spammy blogspot link gives you a -100, you still have a positive 9,900 score. The problems occur when the BBC get hit with a link selling penalty, if your backlinks have fallen into negative equity things go south quickly.

Get caught selling links and your link value could shift from a positive value to a negative value, so I re-visit my clients links monthly and check out what’s happening to the sites that link to them”

    — David Naylor, Bronco

Buy and Sell Links – First is if you are obvious in your link buying, don’t expect to last long in the search engines. Mr Cutts is very keen on tracking down and destroying sold links. There are even some sites that are so “dirty” in Google’s eyes that a purchase in the right place and right time can nuke you over night. Don’t believe me? Ask the right people at the right conferences to show you the evidence. That’s all I am saying 🙂

Bad Neighbors – If your links are not paid but still associate you with the seedier parts of the interwebs, don’t be surprised if you are seen as guilty by association.

Comment Spam – Leave the spam up, get it indexed, and watch your results rocket to the bottom. It’s the “broken windows” theory of SEO.

Unnatural Growth Patterns – Google will look carefully at your link growth for any signs of unnatural acquisition. This isn’t to say that if you get on the front page of Digg and garner 20k visitors and as a result, 100 fresh links that you will be penalized. What is likely though is they will take a closer look if your brand new domain arrives out of the gate with one page of content and 10,000 links overnight.

Lack of Link Diversity – Are your links coming from friends and your own sites or are they arriving naturally because your content is awesome?

Thin or Spammy Content – Duplicate, scraped or feed content, or spammy gibberish is likely to get marked down. As you would expect, Google is aiming to promote the highest quality. They will use human checks, algorithms and watch the behaviour of their customers to see if what they are delivering meets expectations.

So the first element to emphasize is make your site evolve as naturally as possible!

 

“You can manufacture authority with a very intelligent link building campaign but more often than not it’s the natural growth of the site and links with other sites in the same industry that gives Google reason to trust the site.”

 

    — Patrick Altoft, BlogStorm

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There’s only one God — and it’s not you!

The Idolatry of Control
There’s only one God — and it’s not you!

Written by Dan Lee on 27/09/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: God, Control, Sovereignty
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

Proverbs 16:9
We might not think of Control as an idol. Yet anything that we come to value more than God, is an idol. And as humans, we love to feel like we are in control of our own life, our destiny.

We believe we have control over our health, our job, our finances, and our relationships. However, that’s not the case. There is only one Sovereign, one Master of the Universe, and it is God, not us.

Here are just three important things that we cannot control ourselves, but God does:

1. How long we will live
We can take care of our bodies with proper diet and exercise. We’re told that this will allow us a long, healthy and full life.

But how long will we really live? That’s up to God. There are no guarantees no matter how hard we try.

Psalm 139:16 puts it plainly: “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

An accident or attack can end our life at any moment regardless of how careful and healthy we are.

Because of this, we can’t trust ourselves with our lives. Rather, we must put our trust in God, for He has each moment planned.

2. Our Success
There are countless articles here on the internet that explain how to gain success from business, schooling, and changing your mindset. But, does that mean that success is guaranteed if only we just work hard? Not necessarily.

“Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” James 4:13-14

Just think… sometimes a business opportunity promises success. Though you might make a lot of money, you could also lose all of it. Or as this verse says, you might not even be alive tomorrow! (Also see Luke 12:16-21.)

3. Other People’s Decisions
Just as we believe we can control our own success, we believe we can control other people’s decisions and opinions. But, can we really?

“As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises” (Psalm 55:20).

Even if we are loving and kind, those closest to us can disappoint or even betray us. Marriages, can result in infidelity, friends can break promise, and children often go astray, even when we parent them the best we know how. Other people are simply not under our control.

So, what does this all mean? Should we stop trying to care for our bodies, stop trying to make plans, or to stop building good relationships? No, the Bible tells us that these are all important (1 Corinthians 6:19; Luke 14:29).

It does mean that we seek God’s will above our own, and remember every day that His plans are the ones that will never fail! The more we submit to His will and His plans, the more we will experience His peace and joy — even when things don’t turn out the way we planned.

Pray this week:

Lord, forgive me for thinking I am in control of my destiny. Thank You that my life is in your entirely capable hands. Help me seek first Your Kingdom (Matthew 6:33) and trust you with my life.

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Personal Development Goal Setting

Personal Development Goal Setting

You need to initially be clear about exactly what you desire. They know exactly what they do not desire but they don't know what they do want.

Ask somebody if they could have anything they desired in life and 98 out of 100 people will start to describe everything in their life that they don't like. They will inform you what they don't want however have extremely little concept of what they truly do desire.

So the very first step in getting what you want is understanding what you desire!

Next you require to know why you desire it. Every desire, desire or objective begins with a feeling. If you can identify the feeling behind your desire and duplicate the way you will feel if you were to have that desire you will definitely receive it!

Next compose down your goal. Ensure you include the sensations that will be stimulated when you have your goal.

— "I feel immensely grateful for my brand name new Mercedes SL Class sports vehicle. Every morning I feel exhilarated as I open the magnificent black metal door and climb into the black nappa leather-bound driver's seat. It feels as comfortable as an armchair. When I start the ignition and I smile approvingly as I reach down to move the equipment stick set in its burl walnut wood fitting, the engine purrs into life. When I speak gently the voice recognition system instantly shocks the CD gamer into life and my preferred tune fills the surrounding location. The drive along the street is so smooth and the engine is so quiet I feel like I could be drifting on a cloud. Gratitude and delight start to fill me as I understand that I produced this." 

Next imagine your objective while you repeat your composed declaration. Feel the sensations associated with it.

Make sure that you remain favorable and focused throughout the day. Never ever permit aggravation to sneak in or impatience. When you end up being restless you are verifying that you do not have your objective. Stay focused on the sensations that you understand you will experience when you reach your objective.

There are a limitless number of methods you can get your desire. If you can cultivate a strategy for achieving your desire that is even better.

The last step is basic– take some action. Do something no matter how little that will get you closer to your objective. Organize a test-drive, go look at homes in the neighbourhood you desire, ring pals and invite them out to dinner. Do something!

When we take a little step forward deep space will take 10 actions to meet us. Follow these easy actions and your objective achievement is guaranteed.

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Yep, Disney is in talks with bankers about possible Twitter acquisition

Disney has had talks about a potential acquisition of Twitter, we’ve confirmed. They’re working with bankers now to determine whether the deal makes sense, multiple sources have informed us.

While some reports have suggested that Twitter could fetch $30 billion, we are hearing that the price tag is much lower. Twitter stock is currently trending upward on the news, and Disney’s downward. At the end of last week, Twitter’s market cap was below $13 billion on Thursday, before rumors of a possible Salesforce acquisition broke. Twitter’s market cap is now almost $20b, suggesting that investors believe it could optimistically fetch that price.

Disney, which owns media properties like ESPN and ABC, is hoping that the social media platform could amplify their reach. Twitter has also been dabbling in content partnerships, including one with the NFL. Successful implementation of these partnerships could also prove to be beneficial to a media conglomerate like Disney.

Twitter’s live streaming efforts with companies like the NFL and its own Periscope platform have reportedly sparked interest from some acquirers. Disney’s ESPN, of course, has had its own struggles with revenue recently but still accounts for a huge portion of Disney’s value. Twitter’s streaming of NFL games on the web and in its apps are powered by BAMTech, the tech spinout of Major League Baseball’s MLBAM. So any acquisition would likely not be about hard tech in this arena but instead the combination of live streams and commentary shown off by Twitter’s Thursday Night Football experiment.

Because of the decline in cable viewership, companies like Disney are looking for new platforms to expand the reach of their leading brands. ESPN and ABC could benefit from greater digital video partnerships and social media integration.

Ultimately, this combination would be about re-imagining distribution platforms and building a long-term vision for a real-time content powerhouse.

News of the deal has been juiced a bit by the fact that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey serves on Disney’s board.

News of Disney’s interest was broken this morning by Bloomberg, and as far as we know the deal has been being worked on for a bit now.

There are plenty of roadblocks to a deal like this happening, not the least of which is Twitter’s major issues with abuse and its one-time stance as a bastion of free speech. Disney has had a mixed record with free speech issues in the past, having once essentially torpedoed the distribution of 1997’s Kundun, a movie about the Dalai Lama critical of China’s relations with Tibet. Disney’s not alone there, Universal dropped its bid to distribute Kundun so as not to offend the massive Chinese market. But the incident illustrates the rocky relationship media companies have with controversial free speech issues.

Twitter is also a bridge network that has attempted to court a variety of media-rich companies from the NFL to every major publisher. As a distributor of news and commentary platform, Twitter’s strengths lie in at least some amount of agnosticism when it comes to media companies. How having it owned by one of the largest content businesses on the planet would affect that efficacy is doubtless a part of these discussions.

We’ve reached out to Twitter and Disney for comment.

FEATURED IMAGE: CHRISDORNEY/SHUTTERSTOCK   /   Katie Roof (@Katie_Roof), Matthew Panzarino (@panzer)

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