Good Reads on Facebook Data “Leak” and “Hacks”

First of all Facebook is not hacked.

Nor there’s a data leaked.

The whole huh-ha about Cambridge Analytica, FB users’ privacy crisis, and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress on main stream media is entertaining. Watching Mark’s responses to some of the questions remind me (a lot) of the movie “The Social Network”.

Many of these questions and writings are focusing on the shallows or issues that don’t matter.

When you are ready to dive deeper, I suggest reading:

How long can we survive Google domination?

If you wish to know how hard it is to please the almighty Google today, this is a good read.

In the name of “better user experience”, Google has been constantly exploiting small online businesses and pushing content publishers away.

Image credit: Dr. Peter J. Meyers

Knowledge graph. Live results. Snippet answers. Local Google results. Featured videos. Flight schedules.

Every new features being introduced in Google Search draws more internal links back to Google’s assets.

Good content, built with sweat and blood, by smaller publishers are being scrapped by force.

Many of us are creating more (and better) content to temporary solve the issue. But in the long run, there’s no escape from this downward spiral to 0% margin.

It takes good talent and lots of money to create good content.

Yes Google doesn’t owe us a living.

But quoting Dr. Peter J. Meyers  –

…the time has come for Google to stop and think about the pact that built their nearly hundred-billion-dollar ad empire.

After all – what’s there to search after all independent publishers are driven out of business?

Shareaholic Traffic Report (2017)

Recent Shareaholic traffic report indicates that web traffic pattern is shifting from social to search in 2017. Pinterest, Google, and Instagram came out as the big winners as Facebook share of visits dropped ~8% in 2017. Social network, in a whole, is no longer the biggest traffic driver for the 250,000+ sites (this blog included) using Shareaholic app. Instead, search is.

Search finally had a comeback year and overtook Social as the top traffic driver within our network.

Search surpassed social media networks as the biggest traffic driver in 2017.
Facebook visits dropped a massive 12.7% between the second half of 2016 and the second half of 2017.

Bitcoin is the very definition of bubble… yes?

I am no Bitcoin expert. I read the papers on how it works (years ago) and some news from media outlets I trust (definitely not Bloomberg and CNN). And that’s about it. I do not mine. I do not trade. I have yet to done my first Bitcoin transaction.

The idea of having a non-centralized, unregulated currency fascinates me.

Large banks, developed countries, and wolves from Wall Streets (Goldman Sachs might set a new stage for Bitcoin exchange) might not love it because that means end of world control and currency exploitation over smaller developing countries.

Bitcoin is unlike anything else in the past because:

Where there’s risk there’s opportunities?

The dramatic fluctuation of the crypto currency has defies the original purpose of the invention.

Would you spend your coin today if its value might surge 20 or 30% next month?

How would you feel, if you bought a car with 2 Bitcoins earlier this year and found out that the same amount of coins could buy you five or six car (the very same model!) today ?

So is Bitcoin the very definition of a bubble?

I don’t know.

Enlighten me please.

Make more money from your blog by promoting affiliate product

How?

  1. Position your content in a profitable niche.
  2. Make use of info from Spyfu, Google Search, affiliate networks (CJ.com, Impact Radius, etc), find an angle you can soft-sell on your blog.
  3. Build trust with your readers, recommend products or services that solve their problems.
  4. Expand your blog and develop yourself into other relevant niches. For example, CopyBlogger first started as a writing guide blog; they are now into selling premium WP themes, writers job board, and writers training / certification.
  5. Track your blog closely, see who’s giving you the most affiliate sales and traffic. Put more money and effort into those winners.

Start Now

If you have not monetize your blog via affiliate marketing, yesterday is the right time to start.

More tips, tools suggestions, and case studies in my recent guest post at Problogger (Aug 2017).

Also, some of my articles on WHSR might interest you: Make money blogging: niche ideas, case studies, and traffic strategies and 15 practical ways to improve your blog.

I reached out to 28 hosting companies’ live chat support. Here’s what I found

Last month I went undercover and did a survey of 28 different hosting companies and their live chat support.

For this experiment, I visited websites of those companies and asked for live chat support and recorded my experience in a spreadsheet.

Quantitative elements I tracked include:

  • Number of attempts to connect
  • Average wait time
  • Whether he was satisfied with the experience
  • Additional notes and remarks

For hosting support – I prefer live chats over phone calls because:

  • It’s easier to communicate using live chat system compare to phone calls as we (usually) speak in different accents
  • It’s a lot more to discuss technical issues using charts, images, screen casts, and words.

Partial Results

Here are the results I got with some of the hosting companies. For full details, please check out the original post at WHSR.

Web Host Attempts Avg. Wait Time Satisfied? Remarks
AltusHost 2 13 sec Yes Very quick response, my questions were answered professionally. Very good experience overall.
BlueHost 1 2 min 2 sec Yes Reasonable response time, questions answered professionally. Good experience overall.
Crucial Paradigm 1 Live chat support not provided.
HostGator 4 4 min Yes Response time was much quicker when I  signed into my HostGator account. Very good experience overall.
InMotion Hosting 6 40 sec Very Very quick response. We were having some technical issues with our private SSL certificate last month (June 2017) and I spoke to InMotion Hosting support multiple times. The support staffs were always ready to help and very efficient. Excellent experience overall.
Interserver 1 13 sec Yes Very quick response, my questions were answered professionally. Very good experience overall.
iPage 1 1 min 10 sec Yes Very quick response, my questions were answered professionally. Very good experience overall.
One.com 1 5 min 40 sec Yes Took a while to get a response, but their support staff was very friendly and helpful. Good experience overall.
SiteGround 1 30 sec Very Very quick response, my questions were answered professionally. Awesome chat support system (see screenshots below) and very helpful support staff. Excellent experience overall.