AI News, Big Data and Data Science Recap 2016

Big Data and Data Science Recap 2016

As the year draws to a close, I’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on what I’ve learnt in 2016.

integrated Google Analytics and thicmds has allowed me to track how the blog has grown from a couple hundred sessions a month to over two thousand and has been slowly rising!

Don’t worry, the technical big data and data science posts will still exists however I will look to bring in posts on other topics such as process and behaviour improvement and the tools and techniques I use to improve how I live and work.

101 Blog Content Ideas To Make Your Blog Post “HOT”

#76 Make a post about future plans - Dreaming of being a world-class analyst or an entrepreneur in five years time?

#77 Write down an extremely long blog comments – In that way you can show your readers that you actually care about their comments &

#79 Write about why you actually started blogging - Simply tell your followers how it all started… #80 Abandon your blog for a week and make others think “what happened to you” - It’s pretty risky, but if you are famous blogger – this will get you a lot of buzz.

#81 Write the list of things and activities you want to do before death – Ever seen the books in the bookstore called “1001 places to visit/foods to eat/artists to listen before you die?'

#84 Write a series of blog posts – To make your readers constantly engaged with your blog, then I suggest you to start a blog post series.

#89 Update/invest in customized blog post design - Great blogs and posts need great design to keep the readers coming back.

#96 List nostalgic post about different blogs in your niche, and show readers how they’ve changed from 2000 by using web.archive - Web design and trends have changed a lot.

#97 Link to new or interesting patents in your niche that amazes people - Ever heard that Apple patented the two-finger movements on smartphones and tablets?

A Year Of Weekly Blog Posts – Lessons Learned

With this post, I’ve got a new post up on this blog every Wednesday morning for a year.

In celebration of getting through a full year of weekly blog posts on topics of PowerShell, DevOps, automation and IT strategy, in this post I’ll share some of the lessons I’ve learned.

There’s also nothing wrong with adding your own unique perspective on a topic that has already been covered by other bloggers, since your commentary can sometimes be just as valuable as the technical content.

After a few months of weekly posts, I realized that my daily scope of work didn’t change enough for me to be constantly blogging about what I’m working on.

Not only do you get to help someone in the moment, but you get to help even more people through that blog post being up forever (or until you forget to renew your domain or web hosting).

Scheduling posts in advance, and having a hopper full of posts ready to go is mandatory if you’re going to commit to a weekly post schedule.

The holidays are a time when most of the people who read my blog are away from work, so I felt like I had a little freedom regarding which topics I posted about.

Seven Things I Learned From One Year of Blogging (Yes, This is Clickbait)

This week Of Dollars And Data celebrates its one year anniversary and I thought it would be fitting to talk about seven things I learned over the past year about blogging and side hustles in general.

Below is a picture of that original list of post ideas with selected posts crossed off over time: If you look closely in the center, you will see my most popular post yet “Just keep buying” as one such post idea.

In my case, one day I realized that I had the skills to do something compelling (finance + data visualizations in R) and I could use the excuse of my 2017 New Year’s resolution to motivate me.

If you don’t believe me, consider the empowering truth told in The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (emphasis mine): That’s why successful people in every field are almost universally members of a certain set — the set of people who don’t give up.

For example, I was very lucky that Jason Zweig retweeted me only a few weeks into my blog after I sent him an email about this post: Without this tweet, Michael Batnick (who was one of my first 20 Twitter followers and earliest supporters) never would have found me and I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Being born in a developed country, growing up with supportive parents, and having an above average intelligence has given me advantages in society that I did nothing to earn.

Considering I only had ~1,000 followers at the time of his tweet, you can see the impact of such a rare event: When it comes to the outcome of your side projects, realize that luck will play a big role.

Either way, I am reminded of what Samuel Goldwyn once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Morgan Housel once said: The best way to build a powerful brand is to be good all the time rather than great some of the time.

However, this hasn’t been the case at all, as most of my posts seem to be good with some being great and some being “not so great.” As an example of this, check out the distribution of my post views over my first year.

As you can see, the bulk of my posts get a little less than 5,000 total views, with a small handful getting over 10,000 views: The point is that, it is okay when everything you do is not a home run.

Just keep producing good quality and let the chips fall where they may. The best way to become a better writer is to read more and not just about a single subject matter.

103 Blog Post Ideas That Your Readers Will LOVE [Updated]

Having a hard time coming up with great blog post ideas?

Rather than putting together a list of generic blog post ideas, we felt it would be far more useful to share with you the process of brainstorming blog post ideas.

By asking yourself the questions below, you can come up with at least 100 original blog post ideas within the next 30 minutes to jumpstart your content marketing.

Write those ideas down, and you’ll have months worth of blog post topics to write about without ever having to think, “What am I going to write about today?”.

Social Listening Isn’t a Rear-View Mirror. It’s a 360-Degree Looking Glass

We have reviewed data from over 20 research reports published this year, each of which contains important insights for marketers.

The chart below shows for example, how the number of articles about influencer marketing has grown in recent years.

Overall bloggers are spending more time on content production and producing less content, which makes absolute sense in a world of content shock.

This is because in a world of content shock you need higher quality content and you need to invest more time in promoting and amplifying your content.

For publishers with large audiences and resources, increasing content cadence and catering for more long tail niche audiences can also be an effective strategy.

We are seeing many publishers adopt this strategy, frequently using algorithms to increase output cost-effectively and create niche content for the long tail.

The average video post in April 2017 reached 12.05% of the total page audience, just ahead of photos at 11.63%, links at 7.81%, and status updates at only 4.56%.

The top headline phrases were as follows: As we can see the top performing phrase on facebook, by some margin, was “will make you”.

This is a linking phrase which connects the content directly to the impact on the reader and in doing so it makes a clear promise.

Our BuzzSumo research identified five content formats that have potential to achieve both links and shares: Experimenting with new ways to promote your content alongside tried and tested methods is always a good idea.

was really interested to see that a number Brandwatch React’s articles have gone viral on Reddit this year, leading to traffic spikes of up to nearly a quarter of a million views for a single blog post in a weekend.

Being overtly promotional of your own content will see your account swiftly shadowbanned (meaning Reddit will allow you to keep posting content but no one else will see it) and posting without an understanding of the subreddit you’re sharing content on will get you nowhere.

Similarly research from Stone Temple Consulting, who reviewed 4 million tweets, concluded that tweets with images gain significantly more retweets and favorites.

According to their research, 80% of the images online containing a brand’s logo don’t reference the brand name in the accompanying text.

With over 3 billion images shared online every day, the development of image recognition technology such as Image Insights will enable marketers is to look beyond text and embrace the value of image detection.

When companies fail you can be sure that consumers will be there to record and share their negative experience with the world, via social media.

My colleagues at Brandwatch tracked United Airline’s biggest PR crises this year, #LeggingsGate (135k mentions) and the viral incident involving a passenger being removed from a plane (1.5 million mentions), which brought them lots of negative publicity and a big reputation hit.

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