#3 Most Read Article of 2014: Index Your Content Faster With the Fetch as Google Tool

By Matt Morgan

Have new content that you’d like to be discovered and found in Google’s search results more quickly? Within Google Webmaster Tools is the Fetch as Google tool, which gives users the opportunity to submit new URLs to Google’s index. …read more

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My Challenge to You for 2015: Only Connect

By Sonia Simone

Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. ~ E.M. Forster, Howards End

The thing, I think, that keeps people from building successful businesses, especially online, is that business seems complicated.

And it is, in the sense of having a lot of moving parts. (Which, of course, is why we work so hard to build tools that make the technical part easy.)

Like anything worth doing — raising a family, building a house, growing a garden — there are a lot of small things you need to figure out how to do correctly.

But arching over all of these is the Big Thing — and if you get it right, the details will tend to work themselves out.

It is my strong belief that we are on this planet to help one another. And that business is a way to do that on a greater scale.

To help each other, we have to connect

I first got online in 1989, when “social media” was called virtual community, for those who had a name for it at all.

Of course we knew that it would change the world, because it had changed our world so much. And yet, it didn’t change as much as we imagined it would.

(In case you’re curious, online community looked pretty much exactly like it does today; the connection platforms are just easier to use now. Spam and scandal, connection and conflict all looked remarkably like they do in 2015. Human nature is a stubbornly consistent thing.)

There were always a few mysterious denizens in any community who remained purely “virtual” to us. Some had dark secrets — on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog, in the words of the 1993 New Yorker cartoon.

And you only had to come across a couple of dogs before you learned to pair online communication with old-fashioned offline connection. To go “F2F” as we said back in the olden days.

Here we are, on the cusp of 2015, and things haven’t changed so very much.

The age of miracle and wonder

The Internet allows us to connect in ways that are remarkable and new. We can form friendships with anyone on the planet. We can share our message with thousands or hundreds of thousands or millions — at virtually no incremental cost. We can even watch an astronaut play a favorite tune … from space. (And talk with him on Facebook or Twitter about it.)

And the more amazing the technology gets, the more it brings us right back around to who we fundamentally are.

I like Jonathan Haidt’s definition of our nature — 90 percent ape and 10 percent bee. We are a social creature. (Even confirmed introverts, like Brian and me.) And it is our deepest nature to connect and to work together.

What made our 2014 Authority conference such a profound experience for all of us at Copyblogger? (Jerod put it nicely in yesterday’s post.)

It was the sitting together in the halls, throwing around ideas, musing on business problems, joking and brainstorming and engaging. Or even forgetting all about business for a few hours to dance in a nearby club.

You can ask anyone who was there: The energy of connection was palpable.

It was meeting lovely, fascinating people like Darren D. and Sonia T.

Making face-to-face connections with longtime “virtual” friends like Henneke and Sean.

Introducing Seth to Grandma.

Catching up with loved friends who live in faraway lands, like Darren.

Why have we talked so much about this year’s upcoming Authority Rainmaker conference? Because we crave more experiences like that — exhilarating, exhausting, deeply satisfying.

Just like we did last year (but on a larger scale), we’ve organized the event around profoundly useful content, yes — but also with all kinds of social spaces for connection and conversation. (This year we’ve scored the very beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, which has not only a superb theater space but also spacious, welcoming areas for conversation away from the main stage.)

We’ll organize a rock-solid program of sessions, which will make you hate to miss any of them.

And then we’ll tempt you to miss some of them.

To venture out into the wide hallways, grab a drink and a snack, meet up with someone you’ve only known online until now. Reconnect with old friends. Make new connections and expand your circle beyond where you thought it might ever go.

Whether or not you can join us this May (I sincerely hope you can, because I want to meet you), make it your resolution for this year.

Only connect — more deeply, more strongly, more widely. Help more people. Accept help from more people. Build cooler things. Deepen your connections. Grow your business, and grow your brain.

And I very much hope to see you in Denver. :)

Here’s where you can find out more about how to do that: Learn about Authority Rainmaker.


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Sonia Simone

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#4 Most Read Article of 2014: 5 Advanced YouTube SEO Tactics to Drive More Traffic to Your Videos & Website

By Brian Dean

YouTube is a very crowded place, so how do you get people to watch YOUR video instead of the millions of others? With video SEO. Here’s how to leverage the signals YouTube uses to get more traffic to your videos – and ultimately to your site. …read more

Source: Search Engine Watch

    

The Best of Copyblogger: 2014 Edition

By Jerod Morris

It’s that time of year again …

The time of year when we wind down one year in anticipation of the next by taking a final look back at the best of the best content published here at Copyblogger during the last calendar year. It’s become an annual tradition.

But first, I want to highlight the best Copyblogger moment from 2014.

And it’s an easy one to pinpoint.

It’s the moment when our entire team received an ovation at the conclusion of Authority Intensive in May (see image above, taken by Godhammer).

I’ve never been prouder to be a member of the Copyblogger team, and I can’t wait to have an even better experience in May 2015 at Authority Rainmaker.

I hope you’ll join us.

And now, without further ado, here are the best posts published on Copyblogger in 2014, as chosen by our staff and by you (based on your visits and shares).

Favorites from the founder and CEO

Let’s start with recommendations from the man who started it all nearly a decade ago, Brian Clark.

And for those, I will direct your attention to the sidebar. See where it says “Popular Articles?” That list is curated by Mr. Clark. So anytime you want to know what he thinks is an especially excellent Copyblogger post, just browse that list.

I’ll highlight five here that didn’t make it onto other lists below:

As for other editorial team picks …

Sonia’s top five from 2014

Sonia has come to dread lists like these, where she’s asked to choose between so many of her favorite posts. (Because all of her children are gorgeous, of course.)

Here’s a sampling of great posts that didn’t come from the blog’s editorial team, and that are well worth your attention.

Demian’s top five from 2014

Stefanie’s top five from 2014

Includes two repeats from Demian’s list …

Kelton’s top five from 2014

I speak for our entire staff when I say we hope Demian doesn’t read that last little note. It might go to his head. ;-)

Kelton also added this commentary: “And of course every Rainmaker.FM episode/post.”

Which leads us to …

7 great Rainmaker.FM episodes

To access every episode of Rainmaker.FM, click here. A few you absolutely do not want to miss are:

And now to hand out some hardware …

Award-winning posts from 2014

(Note: To qualify for one of the awards below, the post had to be published in 2014.)

Most Popular Post (based on pageviews): Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

This post also wins the award for Post That Drove the Most Traffic from Facebook.

Second-Most Popular Post (based on pageviews): 11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs [Infographic]

The above post also wins the Repurposing Award for 2014 — as it was comprised of repurposed ideas from the archive while also being repurposed itself into a popular podcast series on The Lede.

The Post That Attracted the Most Visitors from Google: 12 Examples of Native Ads (And Why They Work)

The Post That Attracted the Most Visitors from RSS Readers: Here’s How Elizabeth Gilbert (Bestselling Author of Eat, Pray, Love) Writes

The Post That Attracted the Most Visitors from Google+: SEO is Dead: Long Live OC/DC

The Post That Attracted the Most Visitors from Twitter: The Prepared Writer’s Process for Creating Excellent Content Every Day

The Post That Drove the Most Traffic from an External Link: A 3-Step Formula for Captivating Your Audience With a Few Opening Lines

The Most Popular Post with “Damn” in the Headline: Why a Legendary Album and a Viral Hoax Should Inspire You to Create …read more

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Here’s How Daniel Pink Writes

By Kelton Reid

[Editor’s note: this post was originally published on February 20, 2013.]

It seems only fitting that bestselling author and journalist books and less email.

Can you offer any advice to writers and content producers that you might offer yourself, if you could go back in time and “do it all over?”

Don’t worry about what other people think. And work harder. You might not believe it right now, but persistence almost always trumps talent.

Please tell Copyblogger readers where they can connect with you online.

www.danpink.com

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

My latest book [To Sell is Human] is a great value!

And finally, the writer’s desk …

One glance at a writer’s work space is a window into a threshold where words are wrought that can change the world.

Being extraordinary? That’s up to you.

From composing wise missives about the art of persuasion, to simply sipping wine and listening to a baseball game, thank you for giving us a glance, Mr. Pink.

It’s truly inspiring.

Image of Dan Pink's Desk


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#6 Most Read Article of 2014: Doodle 4 Google 2014 Winner Invents Water Purifier to Make the World a Better Place

By Danny Goodwin

Eleven-year-old Audrey Zhang of New York is the winner of the seventh annual U.S. Doodle 4 Google competition. She directed a team of Doodlers as they created the first animated Doodle in the history of the children’s logo design competition. …read more

Source: Search Engine Watch

    

#8 Most Read Article of 2014: Google Warns Local Businesses: You Have 3 Weeks to Save Your Places Listing

By Jennifer Slegg

Google is alerting some local businesses that they must update and save their Google Place listings, or lose it. Meanwhile, Google has made a change designed to make it easier for new business owners to set up their Google+ Local listing. …read more

Source: Search Engine Watch