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Pinterest vs Facebook: how different algorithms encourage different publisher behavior

While both Facebook and Pinterest traffic are hugely important to me, I interact with the two networks very differently. As a publisher, Facebook has me trained like a dog: we post all day, every day on our Facebook page because we see an immediate, real-time traffic boost when our posts go out. Meanwhile, I have very little control over the traffic Pinterest sends, even though I also post there all day every day. So why do I keep pinning?

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Let's talk about clickbait

I think of clickbait as manipulative and forcing your hand (ie "This bride got left at the altar — YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT SHE DID NEXT"), but the truth of publishing is that a huge portion of a publisher's job is what's known as content marketing.

How do you make sure that people who are interested in your content A) see it and B) are interested enough in it to click through to read it? People do NOT want to leave Facebook, so it's a significant challenge.

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How Offbeat Empire comment moderation has changed

Over the last couple years, however, things have shifted DRAMATICALLY with our comments. The shifts felt so natural to us behind the scenes that they felt kind of gradual, but when I look back I realized that it's been a huge change over a relatively short period of time, all leading up to a dramatic shift that readers may not be fully aware of. Here are a few of the things that have changed…

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Taint week 2014: The power of the taint is strong

I've written many times over the years about how I make the most of "Taint Week," the editorial dead zone between Christmas and New Years. Since it's one of the slowest news weeks of the entire year, I noticed back in 2012 that we seemed to have our stories picked up more frequently by the mainstream media when there's nothing else going on.

"Hmm," I thought to myself.