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5 Steps to voice search optimization in 2020

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on January 08, 2020 • ... comments

2019 saw a lot of changes in the SEO world. Search engine marketing is growing at such a rapid pace that it can be incredibly difficult for small brands to stand out. In an effort to dominate the search engine space, Google has created a platform that is great for consumers but terrible for publishers.

But there’s still hope for aspiring brands!

2019 in review

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on January 02, 2020 • ... comments

2020 has arrived, and yet we still catch ourselves thinking twenty years ago was 1980! Not only has so much changed in the last 20 years, especially with all of the exciting new tech that has emerged, but a lot has changed in the last year alone too. From the rise of new social platforms to the widespread growth of podcasts, to better optimizing voice assistants for search, digital publishers everywhere have been busy in 2019. And while the digital landscape we live in is ever-changing, it’s also important to appreciate these advances as they create new opportunities to evolve and grow. 

How publishers are using Snapchat

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on December 18, 2019 • ... comments

 

Many of us remember the dreaded Snapchat update back in 2018 when they announced the redesign to the layout of the app, immensely confusing the majority of their users. The change was so disruptive that even Kylie Jenner took to Twitter to admit she no longer was using Snapchat, resulting in a loss of $1.3 billion from the company’s market value (6% decrease to their stock price). However, in the last year and a half since the drastic interface changes, Snapchat’s global user growth has actually exceeded expectations! Don’t believe me? TechCrunch reported that Snapchat has apparently added 7 million new daily active users in just the third quarter alone, bringing their daily active user base to 210 million (compared to the 166 million they IPO’d in 2014). It’s also estimated that Snapchat would reach 297.7 million monthly active users by the end of this year. On top of that, their share prices have actually tripled since the beginning of the year, according to TechCrunch. 📈

6 Disqus shopping sites to gear up for the holidays

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on November 27, 2019 • ... comments

We get it, you want to get your family, friends, and maybe even coworkers the best (and most affordable) gifts for the holidays, but you don’t have the time to spend hours combing through the best deals! Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, let’s just say the internet can get a bit overwhelming. You want those savings served to you on a silver platter, and I am here to tell you that this year, we’re doing exactly that. Whether you’re into the latest tech gadgets, the trendiest new clothing, or just more of a gift card person - we got you. Check out these shopping sites running Disqus that definitely deserve their own folder on your bookmarks bar! 

What We're Reading Volume 5

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on November 13, 2019 • ... comments

Welcome back to Volume 5 of our What We’re Reading blog post series! This series aims to share our favorite articles, posts, and reports, relevant to the growing world of digital publishing, with our publishers, readers, and commenters. If you haven’t done so already, you can check out our last post in the series here. As always, we love to hear your opinions about these articles and others that you are reading. So, be sure to share your thoughts with us below in the comments! 

Beating Writer's Block

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on November 06, 2019 • ... comments

We’ve all experienced it at one point or another-- whether that was finishing your Creative Writing midterm paper back in college, or writing your next article for your blog or company’s website…writer’s block finds us all at some point. It’s just part of the job! 

Before we jump into some of the common reasons for writer’s block and how to overcome them, I want to quickly share a few ways to not overcome writer’s block, commonly mistaken for solutions. You do not overcome writer’s block by avoiding writing until you feel “inspired” or by watching TV (or really any form of procrastination). You won’t beat the block by wallowing in self-pity, either. At the end of the day, there is always one fail-proof way to overcome writer’s block, and it is one that you already know. It’s just the answer that you’ve been avoiding, the one you don’t want to hear: The key to beating writer’s block is by writing. 

What is TikTok, anyway?

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on October 30, 2019 • ... comments

If you’re anything like me, you may be wondering… what the heck is TikTok, anyway? You’ve probably seen their branded content syndicated to a number of social platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and maybe not even given it a second thought, but this quickly growing app is not one to ignore. It may seem like only teens are using this new, popular social channel, but it’s important to understand how TikTok can work for digital publishers too! We want to jump right into how TikTok can help publishers increase engagement and reach, but if you’re interested in learning more about the background and history of the platform, check out some great information here. To start, let’s dive into the offering of this trendy new platform. 

A Spooky Comment Contest That You Don't Want to Miss!

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on October 21, 2019 • ... comments

 

This week we are trick-or-treating you to some seasonal fun on our Instagram page! In the spirit of Halloween, we challenge you to head over to our Instagram (@Disqus) and comment on your favorite spooky movie to watch and tag your favorite movie buddy! We’ve partnered with some of our favorite Disqus entertainment publishers to create a prize box worth gasping over! 😱 We cannot wait to hear all of your fa-boo-lous scary movie choices. This contest will run from Monday, October 21st to Friday, October 25th at 5 pm PST. After that, we will announce our winner and mail out the grand prize! So, without further ado, here are the rules: Comment your favorite scary movie and tag a movie buddy for one entry. 

5 Disqus Travel Sites to Bookmark

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on October 17, 2019 • ... comments

 

With the holidays just around the corner, you may be planning your trip home to see your family or maybe even a tropical getaway to escape the cold winter. While planning travel can be overwhelming (especially on a budget), we wanted to highlight some of our favorite travel sites to help you plan the smoothest - and hopefully most affordable trip possible! So, because time is money 🤑 let’s jump right in with some of our favorite travel sites to check out: 

Getting to Know Your Audience

Posted by Sabra Mwaura on October 10, 2019 • ... comments

 

Before you decide on which digital content strategy will work best for your brand and goals, it’s important to know as much as you can about your audience. Without doing the research and analyzing who your readers are, you can’t even begin to sort out important aspects of your strategy like messaging or how to retain those loyal followers. So to get started, let’s explore a few ways that you can begin to better understand your audience: 

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