Whistler mode group delays observed at Faraday, Antarctica (65° S, 64° W) and Dunedin, New Zealand (46° S, 171° E) show sudden increases of the order of hundreds of milliseconds within 15 minutes. These events (‘discontinuities’) are observed during sunrise or sunset at the duct entry regions, close to the receiver’s conjugate point. The sudden increase in group delay can be explained as a tilting of the up-going wave towards the sun by horizontal electron density gradients associated with the passage of the dawn/dusk terminator. The waves become trapped into higher L-shell ducts. The majority of the events are seen during June-August and can be understood in terms of the orientation of the terminator with respect to the field aligned ducts. The position of the source VLF transmitter relative to the duct entry region is found to be important in determining the contribution of ionospheric electron density gradients to the L-shell distribution of the whistler mode signals.
Tag: 上海千花验证归来 Prime Pruning
MUSCADINES can be a sweet fall treat. Pruning now can help ensure a bountiful crop next fall. USDA photo If you want your muscadines to grow more grapes and less tangled vines this summer, this winter is an important time for you, says a University of Georgia expert. “Muscadines grow so vigorously every season the vines can get very congested if they go unpruned,” said Gerard Krewer, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Late January and February, Krewer said, are prime time for muscadine pruning. “You can prune muscadines anytime they’re dormant,” he said. “But in late winter the vines are less likely to be cold-damaged after you prune.” Muscadines, Krewer said, produce most of their flower-bearing shoots from the lower part of the previous year’s growth. So the lower section — the first two to four buds — of that part of the vine that grew during 1998 will wind up growing the shoots and blooms and, ultimately, the grapes of ’99. That’s how you prune your muscadines. The part of the vine that grew after those first two to four buds of ’98 is unneeded growth. Cut that off. Start at the tip of each shoot, Krewer said, and follow it back to the first raised bump on the stem, the “collar” that marks where last year’s growth began. That should be anywhere from six inches to five feet from the tip. When you come to the “collar” where the ’98 growth begins, back up to the second to fourth bud and make your pruning cut. The vines may “bleed,” or ooze sap, Krewer said. But that won’t harm the plants. Pruning will keep your vines from getting unmanageably tangled over the years. Perhaps more important, it will also assure you of more reliable crops of grapes. “If you let muscadines go unpruned,” Krewer said, “they tend to produce too heavily, which leads into alternate bearing. That becomes a feast-or-famine kind of production.” If you’ve let your muscadines go unpruned long enough that they’re a tangled mess already, consider cutting them back to the original cane running down the wire. If you do that, though, you won’t have grapes this year, since this year’s grapes will grow only on shoots that emerge from 1998 buds. “Unless you’re willing to almost forgo a crop next year,” Krewer said, “I would suggest pruning one side back to the original cane and the other side back to the bottom two to four buds of 1998 growth. “Then the following winter you can do the reverse,” he said. “Severely prune the other side. In that way you’ll have grapes each year and still be able to clean up your vines by next winter.” On overgrown arbors, where you have seven or eight major canes, “you might want to take out one or two large canes each year,” he said, “That way you can completely renovate the arbor in a few years. “Each year, be sure to cut the previous season’s growth back to two to four buds,” he said. “That will keep the arbor from becoming overgrown again.”
Tag: 上海千花验证归来 Theft of the Clifton-John Co-op Society
Dear Editor,We request, with much urgency, that our letter be published, as it addresses the plea of a group of dedicated people of the land, whose very livelihood rests in a precarious balance, with them having everything to lose.The above-named society was founded in excess of 50 years ago under the initiative of Booker’s Sugar Co, with 30 members along the Corentyne Public Road. Together, these people built their homes and farmed eleven acres of land that was allotted to them. Some graduated into mechanics and established welding shops; there were three commercial chicken farms, while the others remained as livestock and cash crops’ farmers.This co-op society ran headlong into problems with the Hanif family, and was subsequently thrown into a deliberate defunct state in 2012 by the aforementioned family. With the Booker’s lease expiring some eighteen years ago, multiple attempts have been made to renew the lease, but all attempts were denied.It must be noted that the former chairman, secretary and treasurer reside within the immediate vicinity, on the co-op’s lands.With the aid of a senior controversial lawyer instated as the new secretary, Mr. Hanif organised with his nephews and sons and one misinformed member of the original co-op a cunning and swift ploy to usurp the rights to the lands in contention. They approached the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) and reapplied for the lease, unknowingly to the other original members, and successfully reregistered the said co-op society in their interests. Thereafter, they issued legal notices for the original members to vacate the land they’d occupied and had made investments in.This act by men of no honour is an outright, unabashed and cold-blooded banishment of the people who had banded together, toiled for countless hours, and with humble resources had shaped and developed their fair square of earth with their own hands.We are calling on the President and the Prime Minister to please intervene in this delicately unfortunate and explosive situation, and use their God-given positions to initiate a peaceful resolution.Yours respectfully,Members of the Co-op
Tag: 上海千花验证归来 Cape Town hosts world’s biggest maths Olympiad yet
The 565 teens from 109 nations taking part in the 55th International Mathematics Olympaid at the University of Cape Town this month represent 90% of the world’s population. (Image: IMO 2014)• Marisa LouwHead of communicationIMO 2014+27 72 987 [email protected] KearneySpectacular drumming from Limited Edition Drumming Corp reverberated across the freezing University of Cape Town campus, high above the city, last night. They announced South Africa in fine style, the host team of the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), being held in Africa for the first time.It is also making another record: the most countries ever are participating – 565 teens from 109 nations are today sitting to write the first paper of three questions in 4.5 hours. It is also the first time Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana and Tanzania have sent teams to the event, while Botswana, Madagascar and Myanmar are observers. They will send teams next year to the 56th IMO, taking place in Chiang Mai, Thailand.The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959 with seven countries participating; since then it has grown in size and stature. The IMO is the oldest, biggest and most prestigious of all the international science Olympiads. It is a problem-solving contest for high school students, held in a different country every July. Participants write two problem papers, each 4.5 hours long and containing just three problems, on successive days. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the top half of the contestants in the ratio 1:2:3.The 109 nations at this year’s IMP represent 90% of the world’s population. South Africa, like many countries, has a team of six – five of whom come from Western Cape. Although the breakdown in this Olympiad is not available, there were few girls in the Jamieson Hall for the opening ceremony. In 2013, it was held in Colombia, and 97 countries participated. There were 527 participants, of whom 475 were male and only 52 female.Horsing around with a rhino: IMO contestants with Ukubala, the official mascot of the South African Mathematics Foundation, at Cape Town International Airport. (Image: IMO 2014)Maths in AfricaThe teams for IMO2014 were welcomed to Cape Town by Dr Max Price, UCT’s vice-chancellor. He began with a history lesson, saying perceptions of Africa did not naturally associate the continent with science, technology and leadership in maths. “I would like to suggest these perceptions are wrong and are ignorant of history. Africa is the cradle of humanity,” he said. The first mathematical calculations were done by the Egyptians in building their pyramids.Maths reached its full maturity in Africa under Euclid, in Alexandra, more than 2 000 years ago, he pointed out. “In medieval times, Timbuktu, in Mali, was the centre of learning in the world. The first university was founded here in the 12th century – before the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Its archives show that maths dates back 800 years in Timbuktu.”Yet Africa’s links to maths went back even further, he stressed, referring to the first accepted occurrence of a calendar bone, found in the Lebombo Mountains on South Africa’s north-eastern border. It has been dated as 35 000 years old. A 100 000-year-old ochre tablet from the Blombos Cave in the southern Cape has been accepted as the first abstract geometric design.“The first IMO in Africa is an idea whose time has come,” Price said. He encouraged the participants to consider returning to UCT to continue their studies – they are all still in high school – stressing the beauty of the campus, its focus on diversity and its academic rigour.Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape minister of education, said maths as a school subject was crucial to the development of any country. “It is the basis of science, technology and engineering and is needed for certain degrees and careers.” Improving maths results was a focus of the provincial government, she said, lamenting that more high school students chose the easier option of maths literacy over mathematics. “This has consequences for the country and the economy.”The South African team taking part in this year’s Maths Olympiad. (Image: IMO 2014)Making maths fun and coolTeachers were needed who inspired students to learn maths, and who made it easier. “You are making maths cool and fun,” she told the participants, urging them to consider becoming teachers.Following the formalities came the festivities, with a performance by Cape Town’s Zip Zap Circus School, before South African team member Sanjiv Ranchod took the oath on behalf of the participants, and IMO2014 was declared officially open.Prof John Webb, director of the IMO2014 and a UCT lecturer, says: “Holding a high-profile event such as the IMO in South Africa will bring mathematics into the public eye and highlight the importance of mathematics education in South Africa’s economic and technological development.”The main sponsors are the Department of Basic Education, Google, SABC Education, South African National Roads Agency Limited and Sasol. It is presented by the South African Mathematics Foundation.Members of the Morocco team. (Image: IMO 2014)The Department of Basic Education pledged R6-million ($560 000) to the event. “We are extremely excited about the support from our government for this prestigious event. It shows real commitment from government to address the important issue of mathematics in the country” says Prof Johann Engelbrecht, the foundation’s executive director.“While there is widespread concern about the high failure rate and generally low marks of most of those who passed, not enough attention has been paid to those who passed with high marks. Society needs more quality maths passes. We need architects, accountants, computer scientists, engineers, statisticians and teachers with a strong mathematical background, including numerical, spatial and logical skills. We need to offer pupils opportunities to expand their mathematical horizons and to urge them on to high achievement.”One answer lies outside the formal school curriculum. “Over the years, tens of thousands of high school students have taken part in events such as the South African Mathematics Olympiad and the best of the best have gone on to represent South Africa at the Pan African and International Mathematics Olympiads. Their subsequent careers – Rhodes scholarships, PhDs in maths and computer science, top careers in IT or industry or finance – demonstrate the value of searching for highly talented young mathematicians and giving them a real chance of showing what they can achieve in competition with the best in the world.”Just as the Olympic Games and world cups in cricket, rugby and football promote sport, hosting the IMO in South Africa will focus attention on the importance of mathematical excellence, he adds.Contestants from Belarus. (Image: IMO 2014)
Tag: 上海千花验证归来 PTSD Awareness Month
June marks the month of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness; a condition which approximately 300,000 service members currently suffer from (RAND, 2008). PTSD is considered a silent, invisible injury that is common in wounded warriors who have been exposed to traumatic events while performing their military responsibilities.The Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD is challenging service professionals, families and services members to ‘Take the Step’ in raising PTSD awareness this month by offering a four-week informational guide to PTSD learning. Each week the center offers tools to understanding this invisible wound found in so many returning service members.Week 1: Learn about PTSDWeek 2: Challenge your BeliefsWeek 3: Explore OptionsWeek 4: Reach OutWhether you are a health care professional, family member or friend of a warrior who may be suffering from PTSD it is important to encourage public awareness and to provide assistance to those impacted by the condition.This post was uploaded by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.
Jammu: Prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 were lifted in five districts and curfew was relaxed in Doda and Kishtwar districts, paving the way for resumption of normal activities that were badly hit after special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated, officials said on Saturday. All schools and colleges reopened in five districts of the Jammu region, besides increase in attendance in government offices, a senior official said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “All kind of restrictions in these five districts of Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur and Reasi have been withdrawn and all educational institutes have reopened today,” the senior official told PTI. He said the situation is limping back to normalcy as there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the region since August 5, when the restrictions were imposed. All the market places and shops reopened and traffic has resumed as normal in all these districts bringing much relief to the people. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Friday prayers passed off peacefully in the region, the officials said. Restrictions, however, continued to be in place in Poonch, Rajouri and Ramban districts, the officials said. The administrations of 10 districts in the Jammu region had imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 on August 5 in view of the Centre’s move, according to an official order. District Development Commissioner of Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana said the curfew was relaxed for one hour in a phased manner in different parts of the town for the first time since its imposition on Monday. The officials said the curfew was also relaxed in Bhadarwah town and its adjoining areas in Doda district in a phased manner. The situation in Ramban, Poonch and Rajouri districts was also normal and people offered Friday prayers in a peaceful manner amid heavy deployment of forces to maintain peace, the officials said.
OTTAWA — Canada’s citizenship oath as it stands today:“I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”After a proposed change to recognize Indigenous rights:“I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada, including the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, and fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.”The Canadian Press
Tag: 上海千花验证归来 Lightning strikes kill 8 in four districts
July 10, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 15+ min read There are all sorts of ways to make money from a blog or website. You could sell ads, write sponsored content or work with content partners. You could create an online shop or use affiliate links to send your readers to someone else’s online shop. You could even create a subscription model, where readers need to pay to view your content.However, none of those strategies are going to work if you don’t have a consistent flow of people coming to your site. That’s why the first step in making money from your blog or website is building an audience. That’s where search engine optimization (SEO) comes in.What is search engine optimization?Any time you google something, Google’s algorithm works to choose stories and posts that will answer your question. SEO is all about understanding those algorithms. That way, when someone googles something that applies to your website or blog, they won’t have to dig through several pages of results to find yours. It’ll be right at the top.For example, here’s an article I wrote:Source: Google Now, whenever anyone searches for “How to Start a Business,” they find my article in the top spot. According to Google, I am the top authority on starting a business. Not Bill Gates. Not Elon Musk.A former English major in his mid-20s with no business background is ranked ahead of Gary Vaynerchuk, Oprah Winfrey — everyone.Now, there are a lot of things that went into that top ranking, which I’ll do my best to explain in this article. But, before I do that, let’s address one broader question first.How much does being ranked highly on Google really matter?In short, a lot.You might think that using social media is the best way to get your blog or website seen. I don’t want to discount them. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the rest can be powerful tools to help you build a following.But, there are two great parts about being ranked highly on Google search results:Google is the highest-trafficked website in the world. Even getting a fraction of Google’s traffic is significant for your website.Optimized content can stay in the top spot for as long as it’s relevant. A Facebook post shows up in a feed for a couple of hours. One tweet might be skipped over. But a top-ranked Google post can last for months or even years. For example, I wrote my “How to Start a Business” post in October, and it’s No. 1 eight months later. You just can’t get that on social media. Even if you use a pinned post, you only get one. There’s no limit on how many top-ranked Google articles you can write.So, now we know what SEO is and why it’s important. But, how do we actually optimize our content? How do we make online content that appears on the first page of Google, Bing and other search engines?Related: Your SEO Checklist: 4 Steps to Optimizing Your Website1. Before you write your post, make sure your site is optimized.Search engines care about more than just the words on the page. They also take into account factors including the quality and consistency of your site speed and authority. There are tons of other factors that go into website SEO, but let’s break down these two.SpeedThere are a ton of reasons why you should want your website to run as fast as possible. Web users are notoriously impatient, and they’re liable to leave your website — maybe forever — if it takes just two seconds to load. At the same time, improving website speed can lead to an increase in conversions, downloads and views.Entrepreneur contributor Thomas Smale has two great strategies you can use to improve your website’s speed.The first is to optimize your images. He writes, “Research shows that, on average, more than half of a website’s memory load is taken up by images. One of the easiest ways to improve your page-load times is to optimize all your images for the web.”Odds are, you can probably make your image files much smaller without sacrificing quality. For example, there’s no need to upload a 5,000 pixel by 5,000 pixel image in a box that’s only a 500 pixel square. That image is 100 times bigger than it needs to be, and it could be the difference between a fast loading site and a slow one.You should also think about the density of your image. Most computer screens only show images at 72 pixels per inch (ppi), which means that anything clearer than that is wasted — like watching a high-definition Blu Ray movie on an old TV.So, even if your image is a 500 pixel square, you should check the ppi to make sure it is set at 72. Often, images are set at 300 ppi, which makes your image file four times larger than it needs to be without improving the quality.Smale’s second suggestion is to optimize for mobile. He writes, “Users now spend, on average, 69 percent of their media time on smartphones. Yet many commercial websites still perform poorly on mobile. This is something that businesses cannot afford.”There are all sorts of things you can do to improve your mobile performance. For example, if you are building your own website, you could implement Accelerated Mobile Pages to simplify your mobile pages and speed things up.If you are using one of the popular web-hosting sites for your website, you should check to see how that host performs on mobile. Entrepreneur contributor Segun Onibalusi found that Duda performed better on mobile than WordPress, Wix or Weebly, but you should do your own research to find which one works best for your content.Related: Marketing CampaignAuthorityAuthority comes from different sources — users, other websites and search engines — but really, it comes down to trust.How long has your website been relevant, and how long have you been creating content around a given topic? Just as important, do other experts use your website as a source? Are they linking to it or citing you?For example, Entrepreneur has released its online list of top 500 franchises each year since 2001. We break down each of the businesses — why they made the list, the company history and more.That sort of consistency and longevity has made our rankings noteworthy. If you go to McDonald’s franchise page, Entrepreneur’s rankings are mentioned in the first two sentences: “McDonald’s continues to be recognized as a premier franchising company. Entrepreneur ranked McDonald’s #1 on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 for 2018.”We aren’t just an expert on franchises — we’re the expert. So, when we write an article about franchises, our authority helps push that content to the top of Google. If you searched for “Cheap Franchises,” you’d see something like this:Source: Google We’re not just the top search result — we own four of the top five places. We are the authority on cheap franchises.But, that doesn’t mean we’re the authority on everything. There are a lot of topics that we don’t cover at Entrepreneur. For example, if we wrote an article about the World Cup, we wouldn’t expect to outrank ESPN or FOX Sports. Those sites cover soccer every day.In the same way, you can carve out your own niche on Google. The more general you are, the more likely you are to encounter a website with more authority than yours who has written on the same topic. But, if you can create content specific for one audience, you can avoid the behemoths in your industry and find your way to the top spot on Google.For example, Entrepreneur Special Products Editor Andrea Huspeni runs a website called This Dog’s Life, which calls itself the “trusted resource for dog parents to discover the latest local happenings in their community.”Recently, This Dog’s Life published an article titled “8 of the Most Dog-Friendly Offices of 2018.” Now, if you were to google “Dog-Friendly Offices,” you wouldn’t find the story from This Dog’s Life. The top spot would be taken by an article by a much larger website, Fortune.Source: Google Note the date on that article — it was published in March of 2016. It’s a good example of how long a top Google result can last. For the past two years, people wanting to learn about dog-friendly offices have been going to Fortune to read that article.Fortune’s article also provided an opportunity for This Dog’s Life. Since it’s from 2016, it’s possible that those suggestions could be outdated. Dog lovers might instead choose to search for something more specific, like “Dog-Friendly Offices in 2018.” And guess who’s on the first page for that search, ahead of the Fortune article?Just this little bit of specificity allowed This Dog’s Life to rank on the first page on Google — even reaching No. 1 for a time.Related: 4 Reasons Why Quality SEO Will Cost You, and Why It’s Worth It2. While writing your post, you should have a keyword or search term in mind.Google isn’t going to magically rank your website in the top 10 just because you write a post. You have to help search engines out by predicting what people will search to find your story. For example, let’s say I write an article for Entrepreneur about what kids need to run their own lemonade stand.If I were writing the headline of an article about lemonade stands for a print newspaper, I might try to write a funny or punny title, such as (bear with me on these):How to Be Beyonce and “Lemonade”Lemonaid: Helpful Tips for Running Your Summer StandSugar, Water and Lemons: A Perfect RecipeAnd if someone read my article in a print newspaper, they might see a picture of a lemonade stand or read a little of the story and figure out what it’s about.But no one on the internet is searching for terms like “Lemonaid” or “Sugar, Water and Lemons.” They might search for “How to Be Beyonce,” but they’re not going to want a story about lemonade stands as an answer.If you are writing an article for the web, then, it’s important to be clear. Here are some better SEO headlines for an article on how to run a lemonade stand:How to Run a Lemonade StandTips on Running a Lemonade StandWhat Ingredients Do You Need to Run a Lemonade Stand? A Checklist.These titles are more straightforward, and they mirror the way a potential user would search for information on lemonade stands. That’s important.The key search term in each of my titles is “Run a Lemonade Stand,” because I want people to find my article when they search for information on running a lemonade stand. When picking your own keyword, you should try to think about how people would search for the information you’re offering.Related: What Exactly Is SEO?Once you pick your key search term, you have to use it in the post.Putting the keyword in the headline is important, but it isn’t the only thing you should do to optimize your story.You should also include your keyword throughout the story, including in your intro and in a “heading 2,” or H2, tag somewhere in the piece.One potential way to add keywords is through the use of related links — by adding related links with similar titles, you can add keywords without actually changing the content of your article. In my story on “How to Start a Business,” I added a link to a story about “How to Start a Business Online.” That story is more specific than mine, because it only relates to online businesses, but it still contains the keywords I used.Use internal links to other stories on related topics from your website. For example, I might add a link in my lemonade stand story to an article about kid entrepreneurs or how parents can make extra money for college.If you have the budget, online tools such as Searchmetrics or Brightedge can help you identify how often you should use your keyword in the article, as well as additional keywords that you should include in your article. If you don’t, that’s OK. Just try to use your keyword or search term as much as you can without going overboard.Related: 10 Search Engines You Don’t Know AboutYou should still write like you’re talking to people and not a machine.Search engines penalize short articles (think less than 300 words) that jam in keywords without saying anything. Google and others prefer longer articles.Depending on the subject matter, what “longer” actually means can vary. For an article on lemonade stands, 700 words might be longer than average. For an article on how to start a business, search engines might demand something closer to 4,000.This is another difference between writing for search engine optimization and writing for a newspaper. In a newspaper, every word is taking up physical space on the page. Every unnecessary word is literally a waste of space.Online, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you’re clear, even if it takes a few extra words.You should also write in an approachable way. Try not to get too in the weeds, even if you’re talking about something technical. If you write with easy-to-read prose, search engines will be more likely to rank your story well and, more importantly, your readers will appreciate it.Which leads us to the last stage of search engine optimization …Related: Meet The Real Search Engine Optimizer3. After writing your post, you have to share it.And you need to get other people to share it, too.It’s pretty simple: If people share your article, it means they think other people should see it. Isn’t that the whole point of a search engine — pointing people to the posts, websites and information they should see?In the same way that you might be more likely to buy a product or service after someone recommends it, Google and other search engines are more likely to commit to your page after others have shared it.You need to use social media to start that conversation, so others can recommend your post. To do that, you can use one of two strategies:Rely on your own social network.Rely on a partner’s social network.Ideally, you’d be able to do both of those at the same time. For example, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger interviewed Alisha Marie in an article called, “What This YouTube Star With 7.3 Million Subscribers Is Doing to Deal With Burnout.”Belanger shared the story on her Twitter account with 4,500 followers, which is already a good start. But then, the article got more firepower behind it when it was shared by Entrepreneur’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts, which have about 3.4 million followers each. Plus, Marie put the article in an Instagram story, tapping into her 3.7 million followers.By tapping into all of those sources, Belanger’s story was shared by accounts with more than 10 million combined followers.To put that in perspective, Bill Gates’s Instagram account has about 1.7 million followers.Related: SEO 2018: 15 Rules for Dominating Online Search ResultsThere are many ways you can create partners who will share your content. You could do what Belanger did and interview someone with a big social following. You could agree to swap stories with other websites or blogs in your industry, where you share their stories and they share yours. You could create Facebook Groups with like-minded people who will want to read and share your work.But, it’s also important to grow your own social following. That way, you don’t have to rely on others’ participation. You can start the conversation that gets you recognized on Google.In a post from April of 2018, Entrepreneur Contributor Deep Patel offered seven ideas for growing your social following. They are:Develop a multichannel approach. You never know which social media channel will be in favor in a few years. If you have the resources to do so, it never hurts to establish a presence on multiple platforms.Invest in influencer marketing. These don’t necessarily have to be long-term partnerships, but influencers can help you connect with your target audience.Engage commenters as quickly as possible. Facebook and Instagram use “engagement” as a primary factor in their algorithms for determining what to show their users. If you can respond to your followers quickly, they’re more likely to engage with your content.Amplify reach through look-alike audiences. Consider using paid social media marketing once you’ve established a clear strategy.Measure strategy success through on-platform and on-site measurement. Analytics are your friend. Use the tools available to you from Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics and more to figure out what’s working and what’s not.Create a clear and unique brand identity. We’ve already gone over how it’s important to carve out a niche for search engine optimization. The same holds true for your social brand. Social networks are crowded, and you don’t want to be a second-rate version of someone else.Find creative ways to delight people. According to Patel, the average person shares a positive customer service experience with nine other people. So, if you can create a positive, memorable experience, odds are you’ll develop loyal followers who will become your brand ambassadors.However, as in all things, the number one key is simpler. If you work at growing your social media platforms with deliberation, consistency and patience, you’ll do just fine.Related: 9 Key Questions to Ask an SEO Company Before Hiring It — or Firing ItRecap: To optimize your content for search engines, you must do three things.One of the best ways to earn traffic is to improve your site’s search engine optimization. Ranking in the first page of a search engine results page (SERP) can bring literally millions of people to your website. You can then use that traffic to sell ads, write sponsored posts or even create a thriving online store.To optimize your content, you need to first understand that SEO starts with the construction of your website. Work with a developer or research what Google and other search engines expect from your website, then do what you can to make sure they get it. Focus on making your website as fast as you can. Over time, you should try to build up your authority on topics that are essential to your website.Next, you need to write a post that targets a specific keyword or search term. Make sure you use that keyword in the headline, as well as throughout the article. You should use related links and internal links that reference your website and inform Google what the article is about. At the same time, make sure you are writing something that informs the reader and doesn’t just target Google’s algorithm.Last, you need to create an online conversation about your piece through social media. Use partnerships as well as your own platforms to create a buzz around your website that even Google can’t ignore.If you can do those three things, you can create top-ranked articles and put the power of Google in the palm of your hand.
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