1. Charisma Development

    jake on 2005.07.10
    at 09:40 pm

    The other major link from Tom’s list is an article about research done on charisma. The research found that while charisma has innate qualities you can learn some of the traits that characterize it. I rather enjoyed the thee attributes they list.

    • they feel emotions themselves quite strongly;
    • they induce them in others;
    • and they are impervious to the influences of other charismatic people.

    Apparently if you have charisma you are immune to other charismatic people. I didn’t realize it was some sort of super power. ;)

    I found the article very interesting. But I found the comments a bit disconcerting. Reflecting redundancy and a general lack of understanding.

    Many of them talk about how the research is wrong and charisma cannot be learned. But the article says that not all of the abilities can be taught. It never stated there was going to be an “Idiots guide to… charisma” next year.

    Another weird group of comments was how charisma is a bad trait to possess. It is associated with arrogance and bullsh*tting. This is also a false generalization. While charisma can be used for negative means such as brainwashing people into joining a deadly cult. It also can be used by great men such as Martin Luther King Jr.. to bring about great social change.

    Part of this generalization is Hitler. I wish people would stop using his name so frequently. As seen on The Daily Show politicians use his name to bad mouth everybody they don’t agree with. It is an insult to victims of that monster to throw his name around with such loose tongues. Not to mention the fact that Hitler leaned on the tool of fear much stronger than his ability to sway people with charisma.

    It’s amazing how an interesting article can be butchered so harshly in the comments. Especially with the assumptions that you have to be cocky to be charismatic. The article even says to, “Let people know they matter and you enjoy being around them…” That doesn’t sound like someone who’s arrogant and constantly the center of attention.

    What are your thoughts on charisma?

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  2. How to game Google.

    jake on 2005.07.10
    at 08:16 pm

    It's not what you think...

    Not a very busy day around here. I went and saw Fantastic Four, definitely a good superhero movie. Batman edges them out but mostly for it’s beautiful style.

    Tom’s linkdump from today has a lot of good content. I’m going to try and separate my thoughts on each one.

    The first is a page of pointers on how to get high Google rankings. SEO is a tricky thing. At least it seems like it is. In reality it’s pretty simple.

    • Step One: Have quality content. – No matter how much you try and push your content to the top if it’s all fluff to game the system it won’t matter.
    • Step Two: Don’t try to cheat. – It seems the biggest reason to game the system without content is to continually game the system in the future. Without content you’re in an arms race with Google. And they’ll win, by removing you and affiliated sites from their database.
    • Step Three: Build with structure and clean code. –┬áBy using good code and building with structure you are giving Google more to work with. The more junk, the less useful it is for their Googlebot.
    • Step Four: Don’t forget the technical. – While having good content and structuring it is the most important. It helps a great deal to also do the little technical parts too. Don’t use long urls with twenty variables. Keep it simple. Also using robots.txt can help too. For telling what Google to grab, and what not to. I also didn’t know that using “?id=” in your urls actually tells Google to ignore your pages.

    Finally I’ll leave you with a quote that hits close to home. I get regular calls at work asking if I’d like to pay someone to optimize our site.

    Don’t participate in link schemes designed to increase your site’s ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or “bad neighborhoods” on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.

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