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Michael Gray writes:

"If you’re one of those people writing 3.1416 ways to optimize your blog titles with wordpress plugin THX-1137 and you’ll triple your subscribers with some meaningless traffic ponzi scheme, I’m talking to you. Are you really creating and writing something of value that hasn’t already been said before? If you hesitate for even a second thinking about it, I think you need to re-examine your approach."

Amen, Michael.
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from JstaTad 2589 Days ago #
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GrayWolf nailed it.  I blogged about something very similar last night.  But his rant was a lot more thorough.   I’d love to get more notoriety from my peers through Social Media outlets like Sphinn and StumbleUpon.  But those are ego clicks.  Blogging about content that potential clients would need to know may not generate the volume of traffic, but its at least targeted to make me more money.

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from MattC 2589 Days ago #
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Amen

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from DoshDosh 2588 Days ago #
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I love the little THX-1137 reference Michael put in there.. and I thought he was referring to THX-1138 . Awesome movie.  :)

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from datguygabe 2588 Days ago #
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ouch ... ew and i so wanted to be like those guys

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from andrewsho 2588 Days ago #
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I read Michael’s rant and immediately thought holy crap this guy has nailed me to the wall for the shallow shameless huckster that I am.  Then I had some sushi (liberal media elite that I am) and thought a) socializing and building relationships is an important part of business, and b) when you’re early in the development of your business generating awareness and feedback from your peers is pretty helpful.  The big question for me was how the $%! did he acquire 30,000 visitors for that little travel blog - Digg?  StumbleUpon? - I hope it was via some other crazy technique. And I wonder just how qualified were those visitors?Ok I have abused social media enough for today.   And Michael seems like a super smart guy whom I should listen to. 

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from HustlinGrind 2588 Days ago #
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Great points by Michael. People always ask me why I hardly post on my personal blog. Maybe because I’m working ;) Oh btw looks like your URL isn’t on perma-ban here lol.

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from TimDineen 2588 Days ago #
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Completely agree, but what’s the solution?  Calling someone a jerk, Lisa, isn’t going to help.  And appealing to people to be fair to the author (or topic initiator) rather than to feed their own ego/greed isn’t going to stop it.  Sure, talking about it and suggesting "just don’t Sphinn it" etc may have a small impact or serve as a reminder to those who actually care about the community.But I fear that nothing will stop it enough to be able to keep social sites like this one from being negatively affected.  I think it’s going to come down to having active moderators killing or commenting on articles when they are duplicate topics, unfortunately, though it needs to be done carefully to avoid elitism.

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from Rhea 2588 Days ago #
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@Dosh - I was digging the pi reference. Maybe I missed it, but if someone used a linkbait title with 3.1415 ways to... anything, I would give it a thumbs up. Well, not if the subject matter sucked, but I would hope such a title wouldn’t be wasted on crap. =)

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from neil 2586 Days ago #
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Of course is provides no value. The reason for this is because someone alreay blogged on 4.1416 ways to optimize your blog titles with wordpress plugin THX-1137. If you want to provide some value you have to create a list of 5.1416 ways.

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from Halfdeck 2586 Days ago #
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"Are you really creating and writing something of value that hasn’t already been said before?" "Bloggers Step Away from the Keyboard" v2.1?I do have to agree there’s alot of noise out there, but I think creating a better filtering system is a more viable solution than trying to persuade bloggers to write better posts. Though I don’t really like for-entertainment-purposes-only SEO posts, there is a demand for that. As long as there’s a mechanism for me to filter out things I don’t want according to my personal preferences, I don’t have a problem with 1,000 people blogging about Blogrush.

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from MattC 2586 Days ago #
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@halfdeck, "I don’t have a problem with 1,000 people blogging about Blogrush."Do you have a problem with a percentage of those people submitting their article about blogrush over the next weeks and months to Sphinn? Sure a bunch will get filtered by Mods but how many of them will be smart enough to make an interesting Headline to sneak past the filter knowing that they are duplicating topics because of ego, linkbait, etc...That kind of thing turns good resources into garbage.

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from Halfdeck 2585 Days ago #
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"Sure a bunch will get filtered by Mods"MattC, I’m talking about an algorithmic filter which is scalable. I wouldn’t want the mods to waste their time trying to filter out an onslaught of spammy submits.You can tell people to stop blogging about something, but will they listen? No. I mean hey, if Wikipedia told people to please stop injecting links for SEO purposes, would people have stopped? I doubt it.Or better yet, if Google says "stop buying links to boost your ranking, write something worth reading for a change", would people stop buying links? Yeah right. At the end of the day, the burden falls on the social media sites, not the bloggers writing 1,000 meaningless posts about Blogrush, just like when it comes to spam/paid links/nofollow, the burden falls on Google, not webmasters.

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