Be a more effective Google User October 24, 2015Posted by Edwin Ritter in Social Media.
Tags: google, infographic, keyword, search, search engine
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Every time we surf the web, we use a search engine at least once. Go to your favorite search engine web site, enter a phrase or two and select a result on what you are looking for. Typical scenario, right? A search engine might even be the default web site whenever you open up a browser. While the search engines have vastly improved and have been in use a long time, are you searching beyond the basics? Are you aware of ways to improve the results, hone your search technique? Maybe it’s time for a refresher on the ways to search.
A few of the search tips to be a more effective user include:
Quotes – to search for an exact phrase, use quotes around that text as in “exact phrase“.
Search on a particular site – to restrict results to a specific site, enter the search word(s) then add site: as in site:this_site_only.com.
Search for a particular file type – add filetype with a colon and then the suffix. Example : filetype:doc
Search with keywords – Insert keywords such as define, translate or movies in front of the search term.
You can view the complete list of ways to use Google search as the Guide is a great reference. Refer to that page for more on ways to make searching more effective. Part 3 of that guide talks about search tools specifically.
Once you start to use and master these techniques, your search results will improve and search time will be shorter.
Share a favorite or two of yours and I will post a summary. Maybe you will find this post in your search results.
Blog Milestone – 5 years and counting April 16, 2014Posted by Edwin Ritter in career, Miscellaneous, Social Media.
Tags: anniversary, blog, blog post, milestone, Social Media
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So the other day, I saw a note from the fine folks at WordPress concerning my blog. The note reminded me that I have been blogging now for five (5) years. Woot! A good run and I have no plans to stop.
Well, to be accurate, it said I registered 5 years ago. No mention of how active I have been on the blog. A quick check of my blog archive shows I have had at least one post every month since I started with one exception. That distinction belongs to December 2010. That is the only month I did not post. So that makes 59 out of 60 months with a post. My style has evolved and is different now than when I started. Hopefully, it is improved and continues to get better. Writers always say the best thing to do is keep writing. I refer to this as Hemingway did as fighting the white bull. The archive shows there is a wide variety of blog topics – personal interests, professional concepts, business practices and social media changes.
There a few posts I am most proud of. In no particular order, they include :
The all-time traffic leader by far is my ramblings on diversity (#1 above). More about that in a future post. I am in a much different place personally and professionally from when I started. I plan to continue on this journey and post further ruminations going forward. I hope you enjoy my observations and invite your comments. Which post is your favorite?
Here’s to another five years!
Rambling on reaching 4 year blog milestone March 16, 2013Posted by Edwin Ritter in Grab Bag, Social Media, Trends.
Tags: birthday, blog, milestone, rambling, rumination
Coming up this month is a personal milestone for my blog. The milestone is my blog birthday. It has been four years since my initial rambling. Or, what that a rumination? Either way, like most new bloggers, I posted frequently in the beginning. Now I have settled into a consistent rhythm and learned a lot about myself, blogging and visitor feedback.
As is typical with this type of milestone, I am a little reflective. I am grateful and very appreciative that WordPress provides this platform. Also, I must give a shout out to my regular followers. Thank You all for subscribing. Reading a few of the early posts, it all seems so simple now. I have enjoyed blogging about a lot of different topics. I will ruminate on those topics again and keep an eye for new topics to ramble about.
In terms of traffic, 2012 has been my best year. In fact, for a while last year, I was getting a boatload of traffic. Much more than ever before. That soon ended about mid-summer and my traffic metrics have returned to the mean, so to speak. From all the posts, I hope to have communicated some insights and learnings that resonate. You can browse the archive as it is listed in the lower right.
Topics of interest that I expect to ruminate further on include big data and cloud computing. New topics will be found to ramble on about naturellement. I look forward to learning and posting about them in due course. Until then, I will celebrate the milestone.
Thanks for visiting and leave a comment or two.
Addendum – Quick update that after I wrote this post, WordPress sent ….
that makes it official. 😉
Tesla, the New York Times and the levelling of the media playing field February 16, 2013Posted by Edwin Ritter in Social Media, Trends.
Tags: Social Media
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As Tesla and the NYT go toe to toe, they are using media tools to make their case. This could be a precedent for firms to directly engage a media company in a war of words. I am interested to see how this will play out. Who will the next to ‘battle’ a review it disagrees with?