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Showing Marketers ( and everyone else) how to not Plagiarize

The Issue of Plagiarism in Social Media via  Brennan White

For all the marketers who are experienced working on line there are many more who are new, who do not know how to do “content marketing” tweeting or anything else that has to do with putting  something on line, so this post is for you ( but a great refresher for the experienced guys and gals!)

In my last post I had talked about going to jail when breaking the rules in email marketing, well stealing another persons work is right up there in the same thinking – it is called Plagiarism and it is WRONG!

https://twitter.com/TweetSmarter/status/298114052880756736

Twitter / TweetSmarter: #HowTo STOP someone from stealing … via kwout

How many ways can a person plagiarize – Let me count the ways!  According to WriteCheckVideos, there are 10, but there are a few more which I will add after you watch this video.  While this person is talking about schools and plagiarizing, everything being said can be applied to writing articles, blog posts and everywhere you would put content on Social media

How to NOT plagiarize on social media?

When you’re sharing someone else’s content in social media, the approach you take to give proper credit changes depending on the social network. Here’s the breakdown:

To Cite Someone’s Content on Twitter: Simply include a “via @username” somewhere in the tweet. If you’re retweeting someone’s content but you edit their original tweet, be sure to change “RT” to “MT,” which stands for “modified tweet.”

To Cite Someone’s Content on Facebook: Facebook makes it pretty easy to give credit when you’re sharing someone else’s content right from their own timeline — they have a ‘Share’ button ready and waiting for you!

To Cite Someone’s Content on LinkedIn: Proper source attribution on LinkedIn is easy as pie. Just include the link to the content you’re citing in the update, and mention the person or company name.

To Cite Someone’s Content on Google+: On Google+, it’s customary to include the name of the person or company whose content you’re citing in the text of your update, because you can then link to their Google+ profile, much like you would do on Facebook. Simply include a + or @ and their Google+ name — they’ll pre-populate just like they do on Facebook!

To Cite Someone’s Content on Pinterest: Pinterest is all about content sharing, so it’s no wonder proper source attribution is basically built right into the platform with their “Repin” button. When you go to repin content, however, sometimes the original creator has included a URL, hashtag, or other indicator of authorship. Don’t edit that link out — it’s poor form! And marketers, beware. If you include your link in the “Description” section of your pin, you may get flagged as a spammer.

Read more:  How Not to Steal People’s Content on the Web via Corey Eridon

After reading everything…do you think its worth Plagiarizing  anything?  I sincerely hope not!

*This post was  deliberately created using information that was found from  sources who have talked/tweeted about plagiarizing and why you you should not do it  and  you will note that every single link is properly attributed, every image is properly pointing to the web site that I found it…this is how to not plagiarize – this is  how to respect people and this is how show credibility to yourself!

Tips to Stay out of the Spam Folder Jail!

When was the last time you read the Can-Spam act?

How to avoid being put in the spam folder jail|Adlandpro

Sometimes it is the little things that can create total chaos when it comes to delivering marketing emails and after reading an article by Boris Segalis titled “Online Retailers Stumped by Internet Marketing Self-Regulation in an Unwelcome Holiday Surprise”  here is one lesson I learned –

Typos
“In one case, for example, these addresses were legitimately collected at the point of sale for customers to receive e-receipts, but the addresses were mistyped. Some of these typo emails were “spamtraps” (also known as “honeypots”), which are email addresses and domain names that ISPs and Spamhaus create to capture spam rather than to communicate.”

It makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Well after reading this article I thought it would be a good idea to share with you other ways to avoid the “spam folder” and other such things to think about when you are email marketing

1 “Clean” Your Email List

Most if not all email providers have spam filters which will penalze your IP /domain if it is seen that you are sending emails to bad email accounts. Clean you list regulary to avoid this issue.
2. Provide a Clear Unsubscribe Link

People like to have choices and even though they may have signed up to get information from you, people also need to know they can change their minds! Having a clear way to unsubscribe and then making sure you honor their wishes will make you less likely to mark you as spam and lets face it the avoiding spam complaints is extremely important
3.Think about what you are saying

Spam filters will look at what you are saying and will have your mail go to the spam “jail” if you use risky words.
A few of these spammy words are:
Affordable
Apply Now
Additional Income/ Extra Income
Dear Friend
Free
Home Based/Work from Home
Mortgage Rates
Opportunity
Remove
Save $
Weight Loss
buy
Promo
….and I am sure you could add more words to the list

4. Avoid Dirty Tricks

This great tip comes from Kissmetrics and well worth the read ~

Hashbusting: Inserting random characters in the subject line or content to fool spam filters, e.g “F.ree. p.r!z.e”

Deceptive Subject Lines: Starting the subject line with “Re:” or “Fwd:” to suggest an ongoing communication with the sender

Misleading Claims: Subject line stating that the recipient has won a prize, while the copy lists conditions that have to be met in order to claim it.

Image Text: Concealing a text message in an image to fool spam filters

The reality is that even with the tips I have provided here, you still may have a problem with emails being jailed in the spam folder, but being aware of what you are doing, sure cant hurt!

Is Working from Home that easy?

While browsing the news ( which includes social media) I came across a Facebook status  by Jim Allen111 that intrigued me

Facebook Status|AdlandPro

As seen on the graph below,the best jobs in America are work at home jobs and that is something that I realized many years ago when developing AdlandPro as a way for ordinary people learn how to network and be able to garner success for themselves using the AdlandPro Community.

What I find interesting is the fact that what is not mentioned in this news article by Robert Hill, is that for all the successful Work at Home  jobs on line, there are many who would scam people, which is another reason why AdlandPro exists, to help people find and share jobs that are legal and ethical. Like any community, sometimes things slip past us, but our track record of finding out about those who would harm people (scammers) are soon shut down and sent packing, is one of  my highest achievements and something that we make a high priority.

While we all love the imagery of sitting in our sleep clothes making lots of money is indeed a dream for many people, the reality is that working at home means learning how to market, learning how to network and like any job it requires work.

One of the advantages of being on a community such as Adlandpro, is that I (with the help of the members) have created tutorials to help people understand marketing and when you talk to the people who are active on Adland, you will soon see that working at home can be successful when following those people who are experienced and can take you by the hand to learn how to market and be successful.

I would love to hear your thoughts about “working  at home”  What tips would you give people who are thinking of joining the ranks of working online?

Adlandpro – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Times have sure changed since 1998   not only on the web, but the business of Adlandpro and of course myself.

To give you an idea of how things were back then, here is a video of how things were done with computers and talk about slow surfing,  this is a  trip down memory lane!

Back in 1998 Google was still in Beta and who would have thought that there would be such a thing as Facebook, Twitter or G+?

image of Google back in 1998 when it was in Beta

Hotmail was the email of choice back in 1998 and what a thrill it was for everyone to be able to get one of these free accounts.

what hot mail looked like in 1998|Adlandpro

… and then there was AdlandPro!

image of older template of Adlandpro

To give you a real idea of how everything started back in 1998, I found in the  Adland Digest the very first message, dated May 26th,1998 and it starts with:

Greetings to all Adlands’ List Members

Many changes have been made to further utilize this list for all of
your benefit. Many of you may not even realize that you have
subscribed to this list. Sometime in the past you posted an ad at the
Adlands Classified site. There was an option to join an email list.
Some of you may have noticed periodically an ad with the adlands
address. Bogdan Fiedur is the owner of the site. Myself and most of
you have joined our sites’ classified listings to form one larger
database. Bogdan has completely redone the site and you will notice a
big change in the appearance when you visit again.
http://www.softfornet.com
One of the changes involves the effectiveness and use of this list
which includes having a moderator….

It makes a very interesting read by the way and I invite you to go through these wonderful letters because it will show you how things were and what a history it has been.

Today Adlandpro is evolving and growing with the times and the needs of what people are wanting today.  Our “small” community is growing and networking in a dynamic atmosphere, our “data base” is more sophisticated and has a far wider reach and yet the feeling of Adlandpro the community is one of family and that is something I am very very proud of.

I welcome you to Adlandpro  of today where we will continue to build to fit the needs of our members, where our members are important and where we will help you build your business  with honesty and ethics.

Adlandpro today 2013

http://www.adlandpro.com/

Many thanks to @hongkiat for helping me find these wonderful images.  I am truly grateful!

Bogdan Fiedur