Born from the boredom and creativity of the deals.woot community combined with my love of made up holidays and a need to create an unforgivably long domain name, Friday March 4th marks the first annual Do Something Unexpectedly Nice For Someone Just Because Day.
The name speaks for itself so the website doesn’t have to, freeing me up to have a little extra fun. I hope you will enjoy it and I hope you will try to do something unexpectedly nice on Friday well!
March forth on March fourth and do good things!
Image via Wikipedia
Maybe you’re like me and didn’t see the Superbowl this year but still would like to be part of the conversations tomorrow? Well, everyone knows that the post Superbowl conversation breaks down into 3 major categories:
10% – The Game
15% – The half-time show
75% – The commercials
Want to join in on the conversation? You can surf on over to USA today’s site and catch up on all 60 of the Superbowl ads on your smartphone or tablet and see what everyone is talking about. The ads are listed in popularity order by default so you can even be sure that you see the best ads first if you have limited time, use the two finger scroll method to move down the list.
If you ever wonder why Superbowl advertising is so expensive, look no further – I just actively sought out something that i normally go to great pains to avoid. Happy watching!
Activity on Woot‘s deal aggregation site Deals.woot.com has exploded over the past week, what lit the fuse? A new reputation system that is clear, easy to understand, and gives users hints on actions that they can take to increase their reputation.
Deals.Woot Top Reputation Leaderboard
This was a much needed to boost to traffic and user activity, more than making up for the brutal attack on the site’s most active users a few months ago. Segregation of the site’s more social area and excessive, at times stalking and shockingly personal, moderation of users caused many of the sites most active users to fade into the shadows or abandon the site altogether.
These changes to the reputation system have been in the works for quite a while, but the deals.woot programming team used the time well and the enhancements have been well received.
Deals.Woot Reputation Dashboard
The new dashboard is the center-piece of the changes, it details how the users rank in all the categories of activities that earn reputation. It also provides useful hints that inform users what they can do if they want to increase their reputation.
Some activity is bound to drop off after some of the novelty wears off, but this change has made a real difference in getting the users more involved and has given the site a much needed shot of energy.
What do you do when things get busy and your creative energies are being focused elsewhere? You cut back on things that aren’t as important or as interesting. I cut back on my online reading and playing with new start-ups – and, well here we are 1 year to the day and no posts. Maybe you are in the same boat as me? You like having a site and like that you’ve written some things that people still find useful, and have a few things you’d still like to write about?
What can you do to breathe a little life back into your site?
- Set the bar LOW: Once a month is a crappy goal when you were cranking out 5 posts a week, but better than once a year!
- Set a specific day: Put it on your calender, think about your post during your commute, type some notes on your break at work, have lunch at somewhere with wi-fi and crank out that post.
- Get a buddy: Know someone else that is still posting away or even that isn’t and wants to get back to it? Have lunch with them and talk about posting or even write together
- Reward yourself: Pick something small as a reward for yourself when you finish a post
I’m sure that there are a number of other things that people have done to get the ball rolling again and if anyone is still out there that has succeeded I’d love to hear about it.
Are you getting human spam on your blog? I am.
If you are running Disqus right now and have some pages with page rank there is a good chance that you are getting hit with human spam from site owners trying to accomplish some bargain basement SEO requiring the bare minimum of work. This isn’t limited to Disqus, but since Disqus continues to leave NOFOLLOW off of the link to the user’s website in their username they have become a specific target.
It’s pretty trivial to mark these guys as spam and the worst of them are easy to recognize because they’ll move from page to page leaving the same worthless comment, but there are a few that have an interesting perspective on what they are doing and it’s worth thinking about before you start blowing away all the comments that they leave.
In comments left on my blog and on a thread I started about this problem on Disqus’s forums I’ve seen an attitude of entitlement from the Spammers that put the smallest amount of effort to customize their spam comment to the content of the page. Their logic (?) is that comments add value to a site and by leaving a comment that is somewhat on target they “earn” the link and the SEO value that it instills.
There is some truth to this perspective, comments mean a lot to a blogger. They add new content to a page and keep it active and updating something that Google likes to see, they can also provide new search terms and enhance the keyword usage on the page, helping it rise in the search results.
What human spammer’s fail to take into account, and where their perspective diviates so far from that of mine, is that comments are encouragement and validation of a bloggers work. That engagment is worth more than all the SEO benefit a spammer can offer me and why I take such offense at their half hearted attempts and sense of entitlement and why so few of their comments will be allowed to stand here.
That’s my perspective – what’s yours?