Underrated Link Building Tactics!


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If you wish to expand your client list and attract more quality leads, you need to market and sell your brand. Along the same line, if you aim to rank high on the search engine results pages (SERPs), you need to build links for SEO.

Some of the most popular link building techniques that have been proven effective are guest posting, link reclamation, broken link building, and content syndication, among others. While these have stood the test of time, it’s worth looking into other methods, especially since a lot of link builders have been doing the same strategies for years.

If you want to get ahead of the curve and become the best marketer out there, you need to expand your strategies and find which ones work best.

This infographic guide from Spiralytics enumerates the underrated link building techniques you can add to your SEO strategy.

Below, you’ll find methods that are equally, if not more, effective than the usual ones.

Underrated Link Building Tactics

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What Your Desk Setup Says About You (Infographic)


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Building rapport with your coworkers can be essential to working productively and tackling team projects with ease. However, since our workdays are often filled with meetings, assignments, and calls, it can be challenging to make time to get to know your coworkers over lunch or a coffee break. While it’s a good idea to pay attention to the subtle ways your colleagues are communicating in conversation and nonverbally, there is another way to get to know your coworkers, just by looking at their desks.

Since so many hours of the day are spent at a desk, it’s unsurprising that they can grow to reflect the person who occupies them. Things like photographs of kids and spouses can indicate they are family-oriented, while pictures of their various travels can hint at an adventurous side. While these can spark a conversation on their own, they can also give you insight on how to work with them. For example, you may not want to send any emails to the family-oriented coworker after hours. Or, if you need some new out-there ideas for a brainstorm, ask the person with a picture of themselves hiking a mountain.

Whether you already have a great relationship with your coworkers or just starting a new job, there are insights their (workers) desks can tell you that they may never think to say to you themselves. All you have to do is decode them. To help you with translating what these desks mean, Fundera created this infographic that covers what their desks say about you and your coworkers:

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Time Management Best Practices for the Busy Entrepreneur


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Time management is an essential skill to master – whether at home or work. People always want to get things done so they can rest more comfortable when everything is over.

Questions such as where to start from, when to start, or how to start are some of the issues people face on a daily basis in the quest of finding/learning how to manage time effectively.

That said, there are some smart insights you can follow to solve the highlighted questions.

Learning this skill takes time, but following the necessary steps would ensure you acquire them. Some of the steps you should consider is learning to say ‘no’ when you have a lot on your plate already instead of jumping at every opportunity that is knocking at you. You have to be smart when it comes to what you accept and decline. Another point worth mentioning that is relating to the topic under discussion is delegation. It is imperative that a person knows how to delegate when the situation is overwhelming, this way, a person can keep tasks going without any hiccups.

These are some of the things you can take to heart and start mulling over. To know more about the best practices on time management, check out this infographic below:

Time Management Best Practices

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Tips to Boost Wifi Signal [Infographic]


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Whether you use the internet for work or play, it’s more or less like a culture in our world today. We expect nothing less than fast, reliable internet service but unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Most of us have experienced dead zones, slow internet speeds and long chats with tech support help. Don’t worry; you are not in this situation alone hahaha. That’s why our friends at Panda Security has put together a visual on ten ways to improve your WiFi signal. Whether physical obstacles block your WiFi router, or it needs an extender to provide internet in spotty places, this infographic has tips and tricks to boost your WiFi.

Below is an infographic which outlines how you can boost your wifi signal:

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Four Pillars of Brainstorming


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Whether you love brainstorming or feel intimidated by the process, it’s always great to brush up on your idea generation skills. Coming up with creative ideas on demand is no easy feat, but implementing tried and true brainstorming best practices can help make the process easier. If you’re feeling stuck during a brainstorm, consider implementing the four pillars of brainstorming, a framework created by advertiser Alex F. Osborn in the 1940s. Alex F. Osborn created the term “brainstorm” and developed four pillars that you can use when coming up with new ideas.

By going for quality, withholding criticism, welcoming wild ideas, and combining and improving ideas, you can radically transform the success of your brainstorming sessions. Check out the infographic below from our friends at Fundera that outlines the four pillars and provides actionable tips to improve idea generation. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comment box below.

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16 Gmail Tips & Tricks To Streamline Your Inbox


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Are you suffering from email overload?

The average person spends 28% of the work week reading and responding to emails. This equates to 13 hours a week, and 650 hours a year. Consider how productive you could be if you had a few extra hours every week to focus on the projects that really matter.

It’s not just your professional life that suffers due to information overload. 59% of Americans say that they check their emails outside of office hours.

So what’s wrong with that?

Constant connection comes with a price. Even if you stay on top of your inbox, studies have found that constantly checking your email can lead to burnout, health issues, and personal problems. A work/life balance is essential to staying healthy — both physically and mentally. It’s a no-brainer that burnt-out, sick, and unhappy employees aren’t going to be at their best when it really matters.

While you might not be able to cut down the volume of emails that you receive from colleagues and clients, you can use a variety of tools, tips, and tricks to help you make your inbox more manageable.

One of the reasons why Gmail is preferred by individuals and corporations alike is due to Google’s attention to detail when it comes to features and functionalities. Many of these tips and techniques will require you to spend some time tinkering around with your settings. But once you’ve mastered some of these shortcuts and helpful hacks, you’ll save yourself from hours of wasted time.

Below is the visual to learn the tricks.

Gmail Hack

By optimising your email account to work for you instead of against you, you can boost your productivity levels, get more work done, and reduce the risk of allowing an important email to slip through the cracks.

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29 Microsoft Excel Hacks to Make Life Easier and More Productive (Infographic)


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Regardless of what industry you work in, chances are you’ve probably dealt with spreadsheets in some capacity. Using spreadsheets typically means using Microsoft Excel.

Excel is far and away the leading spreadsheet software as it is used by most businesses. However, Excel has a bit of a learning curve, and if you’re new to the program, it can be a bit overwhelming.

Fortunately, GetVoIP has created an infographic that shares tips, shortcuts, and hacks for using Microsoft Excel more efficiently. These hacks include:

  • Selecting all cells.
  • Inserting new rows or columns.
  • Bolding, italicising and underlining text.
  • Inserting date and time.
  • Switching between formulas and values e.t.c

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Do you know your preferred learning style?


Everyday, we learn new things and we use the term ‘learning’ all the time in our everyday life. Abigail Adams once said – “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” In the quest of searching for information, understanding your learning styles is imperative. This help life coaches, trainers, teachers, mentors, and parents etc. to know how best to deliver their programmes or build learning relationships in a more effective way and it can also help you enhance your learning experience.

To start with, why don’t you ask yourself this questions before you proceed?

  • What is my preferred learning style?
  • How best do I learn?
  • How can I improve on my learning experience?

Different researches have shown that people have different preferences and concentrations in how they absorb and process information. These preferences are occasionally referred to as ‘learning styles’ and are used to explain and assist us in understanding the different ways in which different people learn. There are several preferences on learning styles but one of the most famous and widely adopted is Honey and Mumford’s learning style model.

According to the authors of this model, there are four major learning styles. These are:

  • Activists;
  • Reflectors;
  • Theorists;
  • Pragmatists.

Activists – are ‘practical’ learners. They prefer to have a go and learn through test and error. They like to ‘do’ first before thinking of the risk. They tend to act first and consider the consequences afterwards. Their days are filled with activity. They are sociable people constantly involving themselves with others. Activists are likely to say statements like: “Let’s just give it a try and see the outcome”, “Can I try it out?” etc.

An activist philosophy is: “I’ll try anything first time”.

Activists would wants to be involved in a course that is grounded on laboratory investigation for researchers or detailed assignment to develop the skills on the job. In addition, activists enjoy undertaking real-world open and flexible interactive learning programmes, or activity-based training courses (communication and virtual classrooms (Chats like) rather than those that call for quiet study at home on your own. They involve themselves completely and without favouritism in new experiences. Conclusively, activists have an open-minded approach, not doubtful, and this tends to make them eager to learn anything new.

Suggested learning process activities for ‘activists’ are: brainstorming, competitions, role-plays, puzzles, group discussion and problem solving etc.

Reflector – are ‘tell me’ learners. They fancy to be fully briefed before continuing a task or an activity. Reflectors like to think about what they’re learning. They are careful in type and always want to think about things in detail, watch and assess from a variety of angles before taking action. Reflectors are likely to say: “Give me time to think about this”, “I like to take things one step at a time” etc.

A reflector philosophy is: “to be thoughtful”.

Reflectors like time to read around a subject, reflect and also observe others try things out. They prefer courses that will give them time to study in advance, and discuss overtime, rather than just a day course needing their immediate contribution. “Reflectors are relaxed people, they like to think about their experiences and observe them carefully from many different angles. They prefer collecting data (both first hand and from others) and take their time to work towards an appropriate conclusion. They are cautious people and they desire to take a back seat in deliberations and meetings. Lastly, Reflectors enjoy observing other people, listen to others and get the point of the dialogue before making any contribution.

Suggested learning process activities for ‘reflectors’ are: Coaching, paired discussions, feedbacks, books, interviews, self-analysis questionnaires, articles, observing activities and time out etc.

Theorists – are ‘prove me’ learners. They seldom want reassurance that a task or project makes absolute sense. Theorists are interested in knowing how the new knowledge fits into their ‘framework’ and into earlier theories. They tend to be difficult with knowledge that doesn’t fit into existing knowledge of theirs. Theorists are likely to say: “How does this fit in with (x)? ”, “Does it make sense?” etc.

A theorist philosophy is: “If it’s analytical then it’s good”.

Theorists enjoy models and theories, with loads of background information. They prefer courses or assignments that are theory-based rather than case-based. They are perfectionists who won’t relax until things are in order and fit into a logical structure. They like to examine and synthesise. They believe in thinking problems across an upright, step-by-step logical way. They are likely to be isolated, methodical and committed to rational objectivity rather than everything vague or biased. They approach problems in a consistent logical way. They believe in what they know and will refuse anything that doesn’t fit strictly. Above all, theorists are the type of learners who are always curious to understand the theory behind every action.

Suggested learning process activities for ‘theorists’ are: quotes, stories, basic assumptions, philosophies, theories models, systems thinking, statistics, background information etc.

Pragmatists – are ‘demonstrate to me’ learners. They are interested in what works in reality and will only approve of a specialist demonstration. They are experimenter, who enjoys testing out new ideas, philosophies and methods to see if they work in practice. They don’t believe in abstract concepts. Pragmatists are realistic, simple people who enjoy solving problems and making concrete decisions. Pragmatists are likely to say: “How will it work in real-world?”, “How relevant is this to practice?” etc.

Their philosophy is: “In as much as it works, it’s OK!”

Pragmatists prefer interactive or problem-based learning, where they have ample time to think about things on their own, and discuss them with others. They are interested in thinking about the practical applications of what they’re learning. They answer to problems and opportunities ‘as a challenge’.

Pragmatists confidently search out new ideas and take the first opportunity to experiment its real world application. They are the type of people who after training or a course are full of ideas and are eager to try them out in practice. They like to follow things through, act fast and positively on ideas that fascinate them. In conclusion, pragmatists are likely to be irritated with meditating and flexible discussions.

Suggested learning process activities for ‘pragmatists’ are: Problem solving, discussion, case studies, practical books, time to reflect about how to apply learning in real world etc.

Can you identify your learning style after reading this article?

If yes, lucky you but if you can’t and would like to know your learning style using the Honey and Mumford questionnaire, drop your e-mail at the comment space below this post and I will send you a copy of the questionnaire.