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5 Rules for Ethical (and Good) Blogging

blogging101On most Saturdays, I make it a point to thank tweeps for shout outs on the retweets or favorites regarding my PRNewser posts. Why? Because it’s nice to get a shout-out and I’m from Texas, so I’m sweet like that.

In short, everyone — bloggers and tweeters alike — appreciates the sharing of love in “@” form. We’re all working here.

That is what led me to think about today’s “5 Things“: the rules to ethical (and good) blogging. 

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5 Reasons Why the PR Industry Needs to Do Some Damage Control

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Yeah, that’s about it.

For years, your friends at PRNewser have dared to think and write things that some in our industry aren’t too crazy about us posting. Why? We are spilling the secret sauce all over the kitchen floor … and then dance in it to show our panache.

Listicles such as: PR myths that need debunking, traits of bad PR people, the worst PR stereotypes, PR buzzwords that suck, things PR people do to piss off the media, and the highly controversial things the media does that piss off PR people are itemized retrospectives on what ails the industry we all adore.

Yet, public relations is in dire need of PR itself. And here, right on schedule, are five reasons why…

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Keyword Research

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If you need me, I’ll be doing some research.

If you have been in public relations for any amount of time, you have heard the call from a client or an account director for the wish … list: “Hey, so we really need to find this brand on page one or two of Google. And fast. Any suggestions?”

Oh sure, let me just break out my smartphone and dial up Matt Cutts for a quick bit of insight. Be right back.

Annnnnnnd since that will never happen this side of TMZ stalking … well, me, it’s time to get strategic with your research. However, understand all that time online needs to be spent searching for one thing — keywords. Why? That’s how that brand will be found in the first place.

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5 Great PR Lessons We Can Learn from Mark Twain

Time Mark TwainSo, I’m sitting in church this past Sunday when I heard my pastor delve into the Bible discussing how there is nothing we can do to deserve a blessing.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ~Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

Whether you believe that or not isn’t the point of this particular story. To echo that sentiment from the Apostle Paul, we were all reminded of the profound words from Mr. Samuel Langhorne Clemens. You may know him as Mark Twain. He penned, “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

And the ‘Amen’ corner shouted.

That’s when this latest edition of “5 Things” hit me: What else can we learn from this beautiful mind? So, I did some research. Here are 5 great PR lessons all flacks can learn from Mark TwainRead more

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5 Easy Tips for Proofreading Your Own Work

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We all do it. Regardless of one’s stature in the PR community, whether one’s business card includes the letters “APR”, or the phrase “agency principal”, every flack has to serve as his/her own editor on occasion (facepalm implied).

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m thinking of getting myself checked into editing rehab for “cerebral flatulence”–or something like that.

I read each blog post at least once before submitting it, and I read my own releases twice. And yet, someone, somewhere always finds that one mistake that makes me feel like I’m just learning to overcome dyslexia. We all miss words because we wrote them, so in our heads everything is peachy.

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