How to find out what’s true in a glowing letter of recommendation

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They’re all fabulous and wonderful! How to figure out what’s true in an inflated letter of recommendation. Over the decades that I’ve worked in universities , I’ve watched academic letters of reference become increasingly inflated. And letter inflation goes beyond the academy; friends who hire in business say they, too, have witnessed reference letter inflation. Read Full Story

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Fifteen Years Is a Long Time in SEO

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Posted by willcritchlow I’ve been in an introspective mood lately. Earlier this year (15 years after starting Distilled in 2005), we spun out a new company called SearchPilot to focus on our SEO A/B testing and meta-CMS technology (previously known as Distilled ODN), and merged the consulting and conferences part of the business with Brainlabs . I’m now CEO of SearchPilot (which is primarily owned by the shareholders of Distilled), and am also SEO Partner at Brainlabs, so… I’m sorry everyone, but I’m very much staying in the SEO industry. As such, it feels a bit like the end of a chapter for me rather than the end of the book, but it has still had me looking back over what’s changed and what hasn’t over the last 15 years I’ve been in the industry. I can’t lay claim to being one of the first generation of SEO experts, but …

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SEO Pack: 21 Worksheets, Templates, and Cheat Sheets

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SEO is tough. It’s time-consuming and hard to implement. And, because of that, I have a free SEO training course and even an SEO tool to help you out. But what if you don’t have the time to go through a 21-part training series? Or what if my SEO tool doesn’t give you the step-by-step instructions you need? What other options do you have? Well, today I thought I would make your life easier by sharing 21 of my own SEO and content marketing worksheets and templates to help you get higher rankings in less time and, best of all, with less effort. Marketing definitions Let’s start off with the basics. In marketing, we all use terms that might be a bit confusing. Sure, you probably know what SEO is and what it means , but what about terms like CPC? Or more complicated ones like CAC, BANT, LTV, or …

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Best Business Phone Systems

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Phone communication plays a critical role in today’s business landscape. Practically every business, regardless of size or industry, needs to have a business phone system. This statement holds true for freelancers and single-member LLCs to Fortune 500 enterprises with thousands of employees across multiple locations. There’s just one problem—finding the best option for your business. With hundreds, if not thousands, of choices to consider, narrowing down the top pick for your business can feel like a daunting task. Fortunately, I’ve handled all the heavy lifting for you. After spending countless hours researching and testing different business phone systems, I’ve picked the top six that I can recommend with conviction. The Top 6 Options For Business Phone Systems Ooma Freshcaller Dialpad RingCentral Line2 Intermedia Unite How to Choose the Best …

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The Entrepreneur’s Guide of Outsourcing Work Without Losing Quality

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No matter what industry you’re in, there’s always more work than time to do it. This means that there is always something lacking, always more work to be done, and new companies often fall behind their expectations and deadlines. One of the most insidious parts is that it leads to massive stress. According to business coach Michael Hyatt, 45% of entrepreneurs are stressed . So, what’s an overworked entrepreneur to do? There are plenty of answers, and not everyone works for every type of entrepreneur. But the answer more and more business owners are turning to is a simple one: outsourcing. Outsourcing is giving your work to someone else outside of your main business. That could be through freelancing, or by hiring another firm (like a call center) to handle segments of your business. You could even outsource by shipping a business process like manufacturing overseas. For most small business …

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Spot Zero is Gone — Here's What We Know After 30 Days

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Posted by PJ_Howland As you are probably aware by now, recent updates have changed the world of search optimization. On January 22nd Google, in its infinite wisdom, decided that the URL that has earned the featured snippet in a SERP would not have the additional spot in that SERP. This also means that from now on the featured snippet will be the true spot-one position. If a web page listing is elevated into the featured snippet position, we no longer repeat the listing in the search results. This declutters the results & helps users locate relevant information more easily. Featured snippets count as one of the ten web page listings we show. — Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) January 22, 2020 Rather than rehash what’s been so eloquently discussed already, I’ll direct you to Dr. Pete’s post if you need a refresher on what this means for you and for Moz. 30 …

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How to Detect and Improve Underperforming Content: A Guide to Optimization

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Posted by SamuelMangialavori Content, content, and more content! That’s what SEO is all about nowadays, right? Compared to when I started working in SEO (2014), today, content is consistently one of the most popular topics covered at digital marketing conferences, there are way more tools that focus on content analysis and optimization, and overall it seems to dominate most of SEO news. Don’t believe me? Here’s a nice Google Trends graph that may change your mind: Google Trends screenshot for “content marketing” as a topic, set for worldwide interest. But why is it that content is now dominating the SEO scene? How vital is content for your SEO strategy, actually? And most importantly: how can you be content with your site’s content? Puns aside, this post aims to help you figure out potential causes of your underperforming content and how to improve it. Why content is key in SEO in …

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17 Advanced SEO Techniques for 2020

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This is a list of 17 advanced SEO strategies, techniques and tactics. In fact, these strategies have helped my site bring in 350,973 visitors per month from Google. So if you’re sick of reading the same old beginners stuff (“create great content!”), you’ll really enjoy this list. 1. Rank for “Journalist Keywords” 2. Use Animated Images to Improve Time On Site 3. Create Content Hubs 4. Target Comparison Keywords 5. Use Dynamic Parameters for Pagination 6. Build Backlinks With Podcasts 7. Forge a Content Alliance 8. Maximize SERP Real Estate 9. Embed Original Images In Your Content 10. Optimize Your Content For Keyword Relevance 11. Create a Comments Section On Your Blog 12. Uncover People Also Ask Keywords 13. Add “Content Features” To Your Page 14. Publish Topic + Year Content 15. Get Backlinks From Unlinked Brand Mentions 16. Optimize for Google Discover 17. Find Low-Competition Keywords From Reddit Bonus …

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I tried every major direct-to-consumer bra company. Here’s what I found

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I tested bras from Third Love, Cuup, True & Co., Lively, and Negative Underwear in my search for the best fit, style, and quality. “Let’s talk about boobs!” is just about one of the best icebreakers I’ve heard. That’s how my fitting with DTC bra company Cuup started, and my search for the best bras began. After spending a few months in quarantine (and, like most people, gaining a few pounds), I became determined over the summer to find the perfect new bra that I could get delivered to my door. I met with multiple sales reps to talk about the fit and functions I needed, and tested multiple styles from Cuup, Lively, Third Love, Negative Underwear, and True & Co. Read Full Story

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Live events may remain digital for the long term — words of wisdom from Certain’s CEO

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30-second summary: Certain, Inc. is an event automation and management platform headquartered in San Francisco whose clients include Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. Their focus is with companies that have over a billion dollars in revenue primarily within technology, financial services, and health care. We spoke with Certain’s CEO, Peter Micciche, to learn about their technology and how they’re working with customers to navigate the fundamental shifts in the event industry as a result of COVID-19. Certain’s customers have had to scramble to replace live events that they had scheduled and move them to their platform to deploy virtually. Micciche recommends that marketers stop thinking in terms of running large conferences virtually, but take larger conferences and carve them into many slices aimed at specific segments of buyers. Micciche predicts that marketers will see increased capabilities from event technology providers that make it much more conducive to being immersed in a …

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