Why Should Startups Blog?


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A friend just asked me a simple but important question – why should a startup have a blog? What are the practical, concrete benefits?

The short answer is, you probably shouldn’t have one! It takes a lot of time and mental energy to keep an active blog going, and if you spent that time on external consulting instead and channeled the revenue into AdWords you’d almost certainly get more traffic for your effort. If you don’t have a burning desire to say something, you’ll get dispirited by the initial lack of interest and give up.

It’s a bit like choosing to do a startup instead of sticking with a salary job – if you stare at the cold probabilities it’s an irrational choice. You hear about the successes, but not about about the hundreds of other blogs that get ignored despite great content.

So why…

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Visual Attraction: How to Captivate Your Visitors’ Attention


Original Source – Search Engine Journal

Being interested in psychology, especially when applied to the web, is more than just reading Cialdini’s Influence. Don’t get me wrong by the way, that book is awesome. But there are just so much more psychological processes at work than people are probably aware of.

One of the most important ones, to my mind, is visual attention. People undoubtedly understand that attention is of importance when it comes to doing, well, anything really. So the same goes for visiting websites. But in my opinion it is not just attention, but visual attention that’s most important for visiting websites.