Tоdау wе саn’t hеlр but wоndеr if оnlinе рrivасу iѕ a mуthiсаl сrеаturе thаt livеd in dауѕ lоng раѕѕеd, bасk аt thе dаwn оf thе Intеrnеt. Wе аrе аll uѕеd tо bеing trасkеd, mоnitоrеd, аnd аd-bоmbаrdеd. Our реrѕоnаl dаtа inсluding оnlinе асtivitiеѕ, intеrасtiоnѕ, imаgеѕ аnd соntасt dеtаilѕ аrе bеing соllесtеd саrеfullу thаnkѕ tо diligеnt mасhinеѕ аnd сrаwling bоtѕ аnd kерt оn filе fоr еvеn lоngеr thаn оur оwn mеmоrу соuld hоld оn tо. Wе tаkе thiѕ еnvirоnmеnt fоr grаntеd. Wе think thаt thiѕ iѕ thе рriсе tо рау fоr hаving thе wоrld’ѕ knоwlеdgе dаtаbаѕе аt a сliсk diѕtаnсе. Truth iѕ wе рау a hеftу рriсе fоr оur сuriоѕitу аnd оnlinе ѕurfing аnd wе dоn’t еvеn rеаlizе it. Wе ѕасrifiсе оur рrivасу whiсh in dауѕ оf unреrсеivаblе tесhnоlоgу grоwth hаѕ fасе vаluе оf 0. Whаt wе tеnd tо реrсеivе аѕ tооlѕ fоr filtеring аnd ассеѕѕing оnlinе dаtа еnd uр uѕing uѕ fоr ассumulаting fоrtunеѕ. Sеаrсh еnginеѕ аrе оur gаtеwау tо thе еndlеѕѕ оnlinе librаrу, but thеу аlѕо роѕе a thrеаt tо оur рrivасу thаt wе nееd nоt tо ignоrе. Thеrе аrе fеw ѕеаrсh еnginеѕ thаt еmbrасе thе рrivасу ѕаfеguаrding соnсерt аѕ thеir сrеdо аnd dоn’t trасk thеir uѕеrѕ, but аrе thеу thе оnеѕ wе wаnt tо uѕе? Lеt’ѕ trу tо аnѕwеr thе аbоvе quеѕtiоnѕ bу соmраring thе mоѕt рrоminеnt ѕеаrсh еnginе оffеring реrѕоnаlizеd ѕеаrсh rеѕultѕ – Gооglе аnd lеѕѕ рорulаr аltеrnаtivе – thе рrivаtе ѕеаrсh еnginе DuсkDuсkGо.
Ah, it’s an age-old debate: dogs versus cats. Man’s best friend pitted against… a strange furry little creature that leaves all sorts of surprises in unexpected places. Personally, I’ve always loved both (RIP Honeybear), so I’m with this girl: BUT this is a popularity contest, and we demand a winner! So, let’s dive into the source of all truth: the Internet.
The ShowdownSocial media dominates our time connected to the net, so what better place to get started? With the assistance of Buzzsumo (a really awesome tool that monitors social shares and identifies influencers) and search modifiers, let’s look at the key queries: 40,354 pages of results 58,349 pages of results Dogs are out to a fast start, but cats can be pretty sly. Dogs have a larger number of total results, so let’s start tallying up totals there. Our canine friends snagged up 2,506,141 shares on social media channels for the top 10,950 results. Because Mark Twain quotes are always good. Cats, on the other paw, had a total social share count of 2,251,157 for their top 10,950 results. This one goes to the dogs! Dogs: 1. Cats: 0. That Mark Twain knew what he was talking about. Humans with whiskers? Brilliant! Let’s pause the battle for a second, though, so I can share a few of my favorites. Here goes:
- This Snuggie-style hoodie with a kangaroo pouch for your cat. If only my cat would do that…
- Some good ol’ cat-shaming.
- Another one of those dog-owner reunion videos. I may have needed to take a break after watching it.
- These crazy cute, cuddly bundles of fur.
- The 31 Most Cat Things To Ever Happen
- 24 Cats Who Have No Idea What This World Is About
- Which Cat From “Cats” The Musical Are You?
- These Adorable BFF Dogs From Ontario Are Destroying The Internet’s Heart
- 26 Helpful Dogs Just Doing Their Best
- 21 Puppies Who Are On The Naughty List This Year
The VerdictIt was close (actually, it wasn’t that close), but our obsession with cats on the web wins them the grand prize of most popular pet. I blame I Can Has CHEEZburger for adding fuel to the cat craze for the larger part of a decade. Aside from seeing that we clearly love all our four-legged friends, there are lessons to pull from this.
The TakeawayBy using tools like Buzzsumo or even a simple search modifier, we can hone in one specific results to identify aspects of content that “goes viral.” For example, many of the top posts adhere to the popular “listicle” format. Some pieces play on humor, while others tug on your heartstrings, and others still are just downright different. It all comes down to what I refer to as “The Four I’s”: In order to be successful at content marketing, you need to have at least one of The Four I’s. Ask yourself the following when planning:
- Interesting – Can this piece hold readers’ attention, or is this a waste of time and energy for me and them?
- Informative – Does this content offer some kind of insight or provide valuable information that will make my readers’ lives better in some way?
- Important – Is this relevant to my audience? Why should they care about what I am writing?
- Imaginative – Am I adding to the discussion on the topic, or am I simply regurgitating existing information?
I’ll admit it: the first email address I actually used was a Yahoo one. Whew – it feels good to get that off my chest although we won’t even discuss how embarrassing my username was. I’ve completely bought into Google, even though it can be a little creepy at times. In the last decade, Google has dominated email services, online search, and a little bit of just about everything else. Old man Yahoo, little brother Bing, and all the awkward cousins we generously call “search engines” have been grasping at Google’s coat tails for years. They have even conspired together, but this time around, it’s Google that’s hooking up with Yahoo. Aren’t they cute together? At the end of October, the two companies struck a deal that will run from October 1 through the 2018 calendar year. According to the deal, Google will provide Yahoo with various search ads for both desktop and mobile devices, including search ads, image search, and algorithmic search (except in Europe). This will not apply to all searches, however, as Yahoo can decide when to use the Google algorithms for its own results. The incentive to do more instead of less? Google will pay Yahoo a percentage of revenue generated from the ads. What It Means For search engine marketers, our jobs are simplified. Although most of us are already focusing on Google primarily since it holds two-thirds of the market, Yahoo will now be serving up some of the same results as Google. All of the main search engines already serve up similar results for the most part, but this will create further uniformity. Continue to follow best practices, and you’ll be in good shape for organic results. Paid search, however, could see more significant ramifications. Will you have control over which engine displays your ads? How might costs fluctuate? Yahoo is typically more popular with older users, so in what ways will audience targeting shift? This is definitely an area to keep your eye on. In short, this deal further reinforces Google as the top provider for search results, and Yahoo gets to walk away feeling good, knowing that it has the ability to enhance its own product at will for a cost. It’s a perfect case of “When you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” As digital marketers, the landscape of online marketing has changed drastically in the last 15 years, and it will continue to evolve. Success for a brand online goes far beyond keyword rankings and even organic search. Adopting an all-encompassing marketing strategy is the only way to ensure success for the present and future.