Sam Baskar

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SEO Tips and Strategies for Small Business [video guide]

<i>The video above is a replay of a recent live webinar I conducted. Combined with the text below you should have a pretty good feel for the steps</i> …

Google Search

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

University of California

The Difference Between Dependent and Independent Clauses

Grammar teachers will sometimes talk about dependent clauses and independent clauses. What’s the difference between them? On what is a clause …

Vocabulary

How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers. Many of its idiosyncrasies can turn into traps even for the most confident users.<p>But some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every …

Language

This Unconventional Way of Consuming Books Will Transform How You Read

Give yourself permission to read this way and propel your learning to new heights<p>When's the last time you listened to an album from beginning to end? Yeah, right. But of course, you read books from cover to cover. I mean, who in their right mind wouldn't? Turns out, lots of folks.<p>I once believed in …

Writing

17 verbs that cut fat from your writing

Verbs are the powerhouse of your sentences; choose them wisely.<p>Another issue that I see frequently in the work that I edit is weak verbs coupled with …

Creative Writing

10 Motivational Quotes That Will Give You Strength During Hard Times

I have compiled 10 of my favorite tough times quotes that I find has helped me through tough times over the years. Sometimes we need a few pointers …

Happiness

Use this Harvard Law checklist to prepare for any negotiation

When it comes to workplace conflict, many of us sabotage ourselves. Instead of preparing for difficult conversations—which requires dealing with uncomfortable emotions and complex strategies—we avoid the issue until we’re forced to confront it, face-to-face. Emotions like anger and fear then get …

Management

A world-leading technologist on what the year 2038 will look like

Currently Senior Maverick at <i>Wired</i> magazine, <b>Kevin Kelly</b> helped launch the magazine and was its executive editor for its first seven years. He has …

Artificial Intelligence

How to write more better: A look at comparative and superlative adjectives

<b>Bart Simpson:</b> This is the <i>worst</i> day of my life. <b><br>Homer Simpson:</b> The <i>worst</i> day of your life <i>so far</i>.<p>My first-grader has worked hard this school year …

Language

A professor explains why networking is a waste of time and what you should be doing instead

College freshmen are lectured about it on their first day of class. Young professionals race to one more boring party so they can be seen and shake …

Networking

The $140 productivity app that’s managed my life for the past decade

I have a strange obsession with optimizing my life for peak productivity. Part of it is the dopamine hit that comes with a task well completed. But what brings me even more joy is the creation of the perfect Rube Goldberg machine to deflect, swat, and conquer everything the information economy has …

Productivity

Life doesn’t reward you for what you know, but for what you do

Most people have adapted to consuming low-level information on the internet. This is the equivalent of filling your car with water or eating …

Self-improvement

These 17 Kindness Quotes Will Inspire You to Make a Difference

Being kind is in -- thankfully. Get inspired and get out there and spread as much kindness as you can.<p>There's a song that is popular right now about a man who meets a much older man in a bar. They strike up a conversation about everything under the sun and then after a while they go their separate …

Motivation

Punctuation Without Tears: 4 Tips For Professional Punctuation

<i>Punctuation is one of the most basic tools in the writer's toolbox. But let's face it, we all struggle with it sometimes!</i> <i>We can use professional</i> …

Creative Writing

“Write a Sentence as Clean as a Bone” And Other Advice from James Baldwin

Ninety-four years after his birth (and more then thirty since his death) James Baldwin remains an intellectual, moral, and creative touchstone for …

Literature

How Writing Daily Can Help you Free your Mind, Gain Clarity, and Boost Your Confidence

5 Tried and True Tips to Help you Write Daily and Reap its BenefitsI never thought I’d write on a regular basis, let alone make money from it. To be …

Writing

Infographic: The best words to grab audience attention online

Content might be king, but a well-written headline can be the crown jewel of your online marketing.<p>Whether you are posting industry insights on your …

Marketing

5 Principles of Writing That Converts Into Sales

Writing to inform vs. writing to sellThe tendency of most writers is to provide value. We do this out of a desire to help and be of service. And …

Writing

4 Indispensable Resources For Digital Marketing Professionals

As digital marketing professionals, we’re inundated with companies offering us certification after certification. Some cost a lot of money, such as a …

Marketing

These Free Online Courses From Google Will Boost Your Career No Matter What Business You're In

From product design to LinkedIn strategies, Google has a lot to teach executives and entrepreneurs.<p>Google has a lot it wants to teach us. The search giant offers a massive number of online courses, many of them targeted to students or recent graduates through Grow with Google. Others will teach you …

Online Life

25 Online Resources For Freelancers and Small Businesses

Last week I revealed to you how my best friend and I started a side business doing internet marketing for small businesses and one reason for our …

Small Business

6 Free UX Design Courses From Top Universities Worldwide

To master UX skills requires adequate guidance from industry professionals. Here are 6 UX design courses from top universities, all FREE!<p>This article …

UX Design

Billionaire Charlie Munger says living by this rule is key to his success

Billionaire Charlie Munger knows a thing or two about what it takes to achieve success.<p>After enjoying a fruitful law career, Munger joined investment …

Charlie Munger

30 Examples of 30 Day Challenges That Will Change Your Life

Look at life like a series of experiments. Change your habits for 30 days and see what happens.<p>When it comes to self-improvement, two of the biggest stumbling blocks I see people encounter in my therapy office are a lack of motivation to get started and a fear that a goal will be too overwhelming.<p>I …

Minimalism

If you’re not changing as a person then you’re not intelligent (according to Einstein)

If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, you’re not being intelligent. Humans thrive in change and expansion — yet there …

Motivation

5 writing tips for marketers

The purpose of any marketing activity is to get someone to take action.<p>To that end, Ann Handley, head of content at MarketingProfs, offers this …

Public Relations

22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

Category: The Writing Process <b>by</b> <b>Lisa Lepki</b>Back in 2012, Pixar’s Emma Coats (@lawnrocket) tweeted 22 amazing tips for storytelling and they have been …

Creative Writing

5 Belief Shifts That Will Take You From Stagnating to Soaring

Don't let your negative beliefs hold you back.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Belief: It's a tiny word but a powerful force in determining whether entrepreneurs succeed or fail.<p>I see it all the time: Those who have unwavering belief in themselves, their worth and their …

Self-improvement

3 Reasons Why Good Ideas Are a Real Threat to Good Writing - Copyblogger

Ahh, the elusive “good idea.”<p>Writers spend a large amount of time thinking about them and looking for them.<p>It’s an undeniable part of the creative …

Content Marketing