3 LeT men, civilian shot dead in Handwara

first_imgThree Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, two bank guards and a woman were killed in two separate shootouts in the Kashmir Valley on Monday. “Three Pakistani militants were neutralised by the joint team of forces in Unsoo, Handwara,” Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid said. One woman, identified as Misra Bano, was also found dead near the site.A police spokesman said the police, the Army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF’s 92 Battalion launched a cordon and search operation in Mir Mohalla, Unisoo, on Sunday night. “Militants hiding in Abdul Hamid Mir’s house fired upon the joint search party. Three AK rifles and ammunition were recovered from the three slain LeT militants,” said the spokesman. The identity of these terrorists is being ascertained, he added.“Misra Bano was killed in the cross-fire after she tried to escape from the house where the militants were trapped,” said Deputy Inspector General, north Kashmir, V.K. Birdi.The civilian killing sparked violent protests in Handwara. Hundreds of mourners raised anti-India slogans during the woman’s funeral. They demanded a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Internet services have been stopped in parts of Sopore and Kupwara as a precautionary measure. “The woman was a soft target for the forces,” alleged the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC). Separatist JKLF also condemned the killing.Independent MLA Engineer Rashid called the civilian killing “unacceptable.” “It has yet again proved that security forces are accountable to none and treat themselves as above the law,” Mr. Rashid said.Cash van attackedMeanwhile, suspected militants attacked a cash van of the J&K Bank on Monday afternoon and killed two guards, while decamping with their rifles.Two security guards, Tariq Ahmad and Mushtaq Ahmad, were injured and succumbed later,” said a police spokesman.last_img read more

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Maroons nip Tigers on Desiderio triple; Archers escape

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ In the second game, defending champion La Salle rode the hot hands of Aljun Melecio as it turned back Far Eastern U,95-90, in their first meeting since their infamous brawl in Davao three weeks ago.Melecio waxed hot with 29 points, while Andrei Caracut and Kib Montalbo contributed 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Archers who also got solid games from big men Abu Tratter and Prince Rivero in the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Mbala is away on international duty for Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket.The Archers came out aggressive, leading by as many as 23 points early on.While it was too close for comfort, the win was just the kind of game that Perasol liked since it achieved one of his targets when he took over the team last season.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES ‘Why even bother? UNHRC is a toothless tiger’ – Roque PLAY LIST 01:32‘Why even bother? UNHRC is a toothless tiger’ – Roque02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:18Why some freed inmates prefer to stay in jail02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The UP community may not care what happened during the game, but it generated excitement,” said Perasol.The Maroons led by as many as 11 points in the second half only for the Tigers to come roaring back in the fourth period to dispel notions that they aren’t good enough to contend this season.“A lot of people are not giving UST a chance but it can give teams a fight,” Perasol said.UP 74 – UST 73UP 74—Desiderio 17, Vito 9, Webb 7, Gomez de Liano Ju 7, Manzo 6, Gomez de Liano Ja 6, Ouattara 4, Lim 4, Prado 4, Dario 4, Lao 4, Romero 2, Harris 0.UST 73—Lee 20, Akomo 15, Sta. Ana 11, Soriano 8, Huang 6, Garcia 5, Faundo 4, Arana 2, De Guzman 2, Basibas 0, Caunan 0, Kwawukumey 0, Macasaet 0, Romero 0.Quarters: 18-19, 42-33, 57-57, 74-73LA SALLE 95 – FEU 90DLSU 95—Melecio 29, Caracut 16, Montalbo 12, Tratter 11, Santillan 9, Ricci Rivero 7, Baltazar 4, Go 3, Prince Rivero 2, Paraiso 2, Capacio 0.FEU 90—Dennison 21, Comboy 13, Orizu 12, Tuffin 10, Cani 7, Tolentino 7, Parker 7, Iñigo 5, Escoto 5, Trinidad 3, Nunag 0, Ebona 0, Bienes 0.Quarters: 29-11, 47-32, 73-54, 95-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Menor’s record win Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Finding his team trailing by two points after being in control for most of the game, Paul Desiderio’s voice resonated during University of the Philippines’ huddle with five seconds remaining.“Atin na ‘to, pasok to (This game is ours, I’m making the shot),” the swingman told his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Desiderio made good on his promise, hitting a fallaway triple off a well-designed inbound play as the Fighting Maroons eked out a 74-73 victory over a gritty University of Santo Tomas squad in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.“During our last timeout, he called it,” said Perasol of his prized guard, who made just one of his 10 triples before the game winner. “He told me ‘coach, we will win, I’m making the shot’ because our instruction was if you’re open at the three-point area, take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingDesiderio’s shot with 1.4 ticks left capped a wild finish where both teams bungled possessions.“I was taking so many shots,” said the Cebuano guard, who made just six of his 20 shots. “Why would I shy away from taking the last shot?”last_img read more

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Abhinav Bindra asks Sports Ministry for helpline facilities to touring Indian athletes

first_imgIndia’s lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra has requested the Sports Ministry to set up a helpline for athletes travelling abroad to avoid the kind of hardships that para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande faced recently due to lack of timely help.Pande was forced to borrow money from fellow swimmers during the Para Swimming Championships in Berlin after the funds sanctioned by the Sports Authority of India did not reach her on time.Bindra helped Pande get a scholarship after the incident through a Foundation, he is part of.”The recent incident of our paralympic athlete in Berlin raised a larger question of athlete management. Things like these continue to happen in Indian sport and leaves everyone in a bad taste and overshadows a lot of good work that is done,” Bindra said in his letter to Sports Minister Vijay Goel.”In this regard I have a suggestion: The creation of a helpline for all athletes especially when in a foreign country to solve matters of extreme concern and having a contingency fund for unforseen situations to provide just in time support to athletes would be a fantastic initiative to be taken up by the sports ministry,” he added.A suggestion submitted to the honourable minister @VijayGoelBJP pic.twitter.com/GJ4wbcqrkV- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) July 15, 2017last_img read more

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Ashes 2017: England batsman Ben Duckett suspended on disciplinary grounds

first_imgEngland Lions cricketer Ben Duckett has been suspended from playing in the remainder of the team’s training camp in Australia and warned about his conduct after a bar incident last week, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday.England’s Ashes tour was plunged into crisis after batsman Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink on a senior England player reported to be paceman James Anderson after an argument in a Perth bar late on Thursday.The 23-year-old Duckett, who was stood down from an Ashes tour game, was also fined the “maximum allowable amount” for a Lions player. He will remain with the team and return to England at the end of the camp on Dec. 17, ECB said on their website (www.ecb.co.uk).Earlier, all-rounder Moeen Ali said England’s cricketers must improve their off-field behaviour or risk turning a younger generation of players away from the game.”As professionals – with the young kids watching and hearing all the news, it’s very important we are on our best behaviour,” Moeen, who does not drink, told a news conference on Sunday.”It’s important we inspire the younger generation to take up the game. These kind of things possibly can turn them away and that’s not what we want. A lot of the families are here now, it’s important we focus on the game.”The behaviour of England players has come under scrutiny after all-rounder Ben Stokes was left out of the tour after he and team mate Alex Hales were arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.advertisementAustralia batsman Cameron Bancroft said England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had given him a friendly headbutt in a Perth bar before the series but both men played down the row.England coach Trevor Bayliss described Duckett’s actions as “not acceptable” on Saturday and expressed his frustration at having to constantly explain the off-field behaviour of his players to the media.”Trevor Bayliss, Andrew Strauss and all the guys who get most of the flak for it… you feel for them,” Moeen added. “We’re all grown men and we should know how to behave.”Through county cricket all the way up to international cricket, the individual needs to be responsible. Off-field behaviour needs to improve and we all know that.”The third Ashes test starts on Thursday in Perth with England down 2-0 and hoping to avoid another humiliating whitewash.last_img read more

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Premier Farnell announce new global franchise with SiTime

first_imgPremier Farnell announces a new agreement with SiTime, giving Farnell element14 customers access to SiTime’s MEMS-based silicon timing solutions, which offer short lead-times, great features, high performance, low power, small size and high reliability.Over one billion SiTime silicon timing devices are being used today in a broad range of applications from smartphones, tablets and cameras to air transportation and earthquake detection systems. Devices such as mobile phones, fitness trackers and tablets rely on the small size and low power consumption of SiTime products. Mission-critical electronics such as space rockets, self-driving vehicles and earthquake detection systems rely on the reliability and precision of the company’s solutions. Farnell element14 will be stocking over 200 oscillators from SiTime, which are 30 times more robust than quartz oscillators, including:SiT15XX µPower oscillators housed in the industry’s smallest chip-scale package with other space-saving features. The high stability of these low-frequency devices enable longer sleep modes, ideal for mobile, wearable, and IoT products.Elite Platform SiT938X oscillators delivering exceptional dynamic performance in of the presence common environmental hazards such as shock, vibration, power supply noise, and EMI. SiT938X oscillators are engineered for ASIL (Automotive Safety Integrity Level) compliant automotive applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and in-vehicle 10/40/100G Ethernet.SiTime products are available from Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 in APAC.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Mouser: MAX32652 ultra-low-power MCU enables extra battery life, scalable memoryNext Infineon opens new development center for automotive and artificial intelligence in Dresdenlast_img read more

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Cadence announces Cloud Passport Partner Program

first_imgCadence Design Systems announced the launch of its new Cadence Cloud Passport Partner Program to give customers a proven and easier path to the cloud when their internal IT teams desire assistance. Cadence has engaged with program members to ensure they are knowledgeable and proficient at deploying Cadence tools in cloud-based electronic design environments. Customers managing their own cloud environments using the Cadence Cloud Passport model now have the option to get support from Cadence-authorized cloud enablement providers to accelerate cloud adoption for chip design projects. Inaugural members include commercial partners Rescale, Scala Computing Inc. and Nimbis Services, Inc., as well as academic partners CMC Microsystems and EUROPRACTICE.Customers using the Cadence Cloud Passport model often have significant investments in on-premises IT and CAD infrastructure and also need to deploy and customize their own cloud-based design environments. Moving to the cloud often requires new knowledge and capabilities that not every company possesses, which leads to delays and unplanned spending. Recognizing this gap, Cadence has recruited and qualified cloud enablement companies with experience and capabilities to make the move to a customized cloud environment much easier. Commercial customers benefit from a broad range of solutions and support options, while academic users gain a new method for deploying and maintaining their design environments.In addition to commercial organizations realizing the potential of the cloud in electronics, the Cadence Academic Network, which promotes the use of Cadence technology by universities and research institutions around the globe, is collaborating with CMC Microsystems and EUROPRACTICE to further cloud adoption in academia. The Cloud Passport Partner Program gives institutions another way to deploy Cadence tools, effectively expanding tool usage among the next generation of engineers and researchers.The Cloud Passport Partner Program supports customers using the Cadence Cloud Passport model, which enables easy access to cloud-ready Cadence tools and a cloud-based license server. The Cloud Passport model is part of the broader Cadence Cloud portfolio, which also includes the CloudBurst Platform for hybrid cloud environments, the Cadence-managed Cloud-Hosted Design Solution and the Palladium Cloud solution for emulation. The portfolio offerings support the broader Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy, which enables systems and semiconductor companies to create complete, differentiated end products more efficiently.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Lanner: wide temperature network solution comes with six antenna inputsNext AAEON: RoboMaker Developer Kit for AWS RoboMakerlast_img read more

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Google’s New AdWords Quality Score Reporting: Where Did All My 10s Go?

first_img Google Updates Originally published Aug 28, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Recently, Google announced a change in the way Quality Score would be reported within AdWords. The change, which they’re reportedly doing for more transparency, is supposed to tie your reported Quality Score — the figure between 1 and 10 that you see in AdWords — more closely with your actual Quality Score — the figure that gets calculated each time you enter the ad auction.As reported on the Inside AdWords blog:”Please note that this is only a change to how a keyword’s 1-10 Quality Score is reported. It does not change how Quality Score is calculated in real-time for each auction, and thus won’t have any direct effect on your ad performance. So unless you have automated rules tied directly to your reported 1-10 Quality Score, your ads should continue to behave as they did before.”So what does this really mean? How did reported Quality Scores change?The New Quality Score Curve: More 8s, But Fewer 10sTo figure out what was going on with the new Quality Score reporting, WordStream’s Product Quality Assurance Engineer, Andy Stefano, did a little digging. He looked at several hundred WordStream client accounts both before and after the change to see how reported Quality Scores had shifted. (Caveat: WordStream’s client bases consist mostly of small- and medium-sized businesses, so this may not be a representative sample across all types of AdWords accounts.)What Andy found was surprising — it appears that Google has shifted reported Quality Scores so they better fit a standard bell curve:As you can see, before the change, the curve looked like a sine wave, with a peak around 4, a dip around 8, and another peak at 10. (That spike at 10 probably represented a lot of branded keywords, since brand terms tend to get a really high clickthrough rate.) After the change, the curve looks like a hill, with the peak between 5 and 6 and frequency trailing off smoothly in either direction. (Oddly, there’s a very small local maximum at Quality Score 1.) At a high level, you may be seeing these effects in your account:Regression Toward the Mean: You may see a lot more Quality Scores in the middle range (4s, 5s, 6s, 7s) and fewer outliers at the high and low ends — with the possible exception of an increase in keywords with a Quality Score of 1.Bye-bye, Quality Score 10s: If this data is correct, you’ll be seeing a lot fewer 10s in your account. If you’ve suddenly lost a bunch of 10s and your average Quality Score has fallen as a result, don’t panic … and don’t blame your agency! Remember that according to Google, it’s a superficial change in reporting and does not reflect any behind-the-scenes changes in how your ad rank and cost per click are calculated.Will the New Quality Scores Affect Your AdWords Performance?If we take Google at their word, the answer is no — these apparent changes have nothing to do with your actual ad/keyword quality and relevance, so your ad positions, CPCs and other paid search KPIs shouldn’t change.The questions is, is that what we’ll really see? It’s too early to say, but it’s possible that the reporting changes coincide with some change in the Quality Score algorithm. If the real Quality Score curve has changed, we’d expect to see an increase in average CPC over time, since higher Quality Scores offer more of a discount on clicks.AdWords advertisers: Have you checked out your Quality Scores since the reporting change? Did Google snatch away your 10s?This is a guest post written by Elisa Gabbert. Elisa is the content marketing manager at WordStream Inc., a provider of search marketing software and services, including the free AdWords Grader. She manages the WordStream Internet Marketing Blog and you can follow her on Twitter at @egabbert.Image credit: woodleywonderworks Topics:last_img read more

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Data Proving Your Work BFF Is the Best [Infographic]

first_img98Save Work Relationship Statistics46% believe friendships with coworkers make them happier. (Tweet This Stat)51% stay in touch with former colleagues. (Tweet This Stat)For 18-24 year-olds, friendships in the workplace make them feel: happy (57%), motivated (50%), productive (39%). (Tweet This Stat)33% of millennials vs. 5% of baby boomers think socializing with colleagues helps them move up the career ladder. (Tweet This Stat)18% of professionals say that friendships with colleagues make them more competitive in their careers. (Tweet This Stat) Got your own work BFF? Send this to them to see if they agree with the stats! Topics: Originally published Jul 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img We’ve all heard the saying that “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”While “who you know” can help you get your foot in the door or your resume at the top of the pile during the job search, it’s also crucial to being happy once you get the job. According to LinkedIn’s Relationships @Work Study, having strong personal relationships with our coworkers is essential for a happy, productive, and fulfilling professional life.LinkedIn created the following infographic to highlight some of the major findings from their study. Take a look at the infographic to learn more about how workplace relationships impact our professional lives. (And don’t forget to share it with your workplace BFFs.)98Save Office Politicslast_img read more

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Why Blog? The Benefits of Blogging for Business and Marketing

first_imgThere’s a huge variety of affiliate programs out there where you can generate an income from referring people to relevant products and services.  When it comes to blogging, most of your sales will likely come from your older posts.In fact, about 70% of the traffic each month on this very blog comes from posts that weren’t published in the current month. They come from old posts. Same goes for the leads generated in a current month — about 90% of the leads we generate every month come from blog posts that were published in previous months. Sometimes years ago.We call these types of blog posts “compounding” posts. Not every blog post will fit into this category, but the more evergreen blog posts you write, the more likely it is that you’ll land on one of those compounding blog posts. In our own research, we’ve found that about 1 in every 10 blog posts end up being compounding blog posts.To me (and hopefully to you), this demonstrates the scalability of business blogging. While you might not see immediate results, over time, you’ll be able to count on a predictable amount of traffic and leads for your business without any additional resource investment — the work to generate that traffic and those leads is already done.If you’d like to learn more about the long-term impact of blogging and how to reap even more benefits from the blog posts that are ranking in organic search for your business, check out this blog post, “The Blogging Tactic No One Is Talking About: Optimizing the Past”. Secondary Benefits of Business BloggingThere are other reasons businesses might want to blog, but I think they’re smaller and stray from the core benefits of blogging.For instance, I love to use our blog to test out big campaigns on the cheap — before we invest a lot of money and time into their creation. I also love to use our blog to help understand our persona better. And while this shouldn’t be their primary use, blogs also become great outlets through with marketers can communicate other PR-type important information — things like product releases or event information. It’s certainly easier to get attention for more company-focused initiatives if you’ve built up your own audience on your own property, as opposed to pitching your story to journalists and hoping one of them bites.These are all great side effects or uses of a business blog, but they’re secondary benefits to me.If you’re looking to start a business blog or get more investment for one you’ve already started, the reasons above are a great place to start arguing your case.Are you already well underway when it comes to business blogging? Just starting out? Share your thoughts on business blogging below and what you’re looking to get out of it.Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. Topics: Business Blogging What is Business Blogging?Business blogging is a marketing tactic that uses blogging to get your business more online visibility. A business blog is a marketing channel (just like social media, direct mail, email marketing, etc.) that helps support business growth.I had a co-worker email me the other day asking for a blog post about the benefits of business blogging.”It’s for a friend,” she said.Sure it was.I told her I’d shoot over one of our up-to-date blog posts about why businesses should blog and … I couldn’t find one. Whoops. Quite the meta mistake.So I’m doing it now. If you’re trying to explain one of the core tenets of inbound — business blogging — to your boss, a coworker, your mom at Thanksgiving, whomever, then send them this post. I hope it helps.Download Now: 6 Free Blog Post TemplatesThe Benefits of Business Blogs for MarketingFirst, if you don’t know what a business blog is, this post, “What Is Business Blogging? [FAQs]” should get you up-to-date. (And if you’ve only recently started your business, check out this comprehensive guide on how to start a business, including marketing, sales, and customer service tips.)On the same page? Cool. Let’s move on to why you should use blogging as a marketing tactic.1) It helps drive traffic to your website.Raise your hand if you want more website visitors. Yeah, me too.Now think about the ways people find your website:They could type your name right in to their browser, but that’s an audience you already have. They know who you are, you’re on their radar, and that doesn’t help you get more traffic on top of what you’re already getting.You could pay for traffic by buying an email list (don’t you dare!), blasting them, and hoping some people open and click through on the emails. But that’s expensive and, you know, illegal.You could pay for traffic by placing tons of paid ads, which isn’t illegal, but still quite expensive. And the second you run out of money, your traffic stops coming, too.So, how can you drive any traffic? In short: blogging, social media, and search engines. Here’s how it works.Think about how many pages there are on your website. Probably not a ton, right? And think about how often you update those pages. Probably not that often, right? (How often can you really update your About Us page, you know?)Well, blogging helps solve both of those problems.Every time you write a blog post, it’s one more indexed page on your website, which means it’s one more opportunity for you to show up in search engines and drive traffic to your website in organic search. We’ll get into more of the benefits of blogging on your SEO a bit later, but it’s also one more cue to Google and other search engines that your website is active and they should be checking in frequently to see what new content to surface.Blogging also helps you get discovered via social media. Every time you write a blog post, you’re creating content that people can share on social networks — Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest — which helps expose your business to a new audience that may not know you yet.Blog content also helps keep your social media presence going — instead of asking your social media manager to come up with brand new original content for social media (or creating that content yourself), your blog can serve as that repository of content. You’re strengthening your social reach with blog content and driving new website visitors to your blog via your social channels. Quite a symbiotic relationship, if I do say so myself.So, the first benefit of blogging? It helps drive new traffic to your website and works closely with search engines and social media to do that.2) It helps convert that traffic into leads.Now that you have traffic coming to your website through your blog, you have an opportunity to convert that traffic into leads.Just like every blog post you write is another indexed page, each post is a new opportunity to generate new leads. The way this works is really simple: Just add a lead-generating call-to-action to every blog post.Often, these calls-to-action lead to things like free ebooks, free whitepapers, free fact sheets, free webinars, free trials … basically, any content asset for which someone would be willing to exchange their information. To be super clear for anyone unfamiliar with how traffic-to-lead conversions work, it’s as simple as this:Visitor comes to websiteVisitor sees call-to-action for a free offerVisitor clicks call-to-action and gets to a landing page, which contains a form for them to fill in with their informationVisitor fills out form, submits information, and receives the free offerIf you scroll down in this blog post, you’ll see a call-to-action button. In fact, 99.9% of the blog posts we publish have call-to-action buttons … and yours should, too. That is how you turn that traffic coming to your blog into leads for your sales team.Note: Not every reader of your blog will become a lead. That’s okay. No one converts 100% of the people who read their blog into leads. Just get blogging, put calls-to-action on every blog post, set a visitor-to-lead conversion rate benchmark for yourself, and strive to improve that each month.3) It helps establish authority.The best business blogs answer common questions their leads and customers have. If you’re consistently creating content that’s helpful for your target customer, it’ll help establish you as an authority in their eyes. This is a particularly handy tool for Sales and Service professionals.Can you imagine the impact of sending an educational blog post you wrote to clear things up for a confused customer? Or how many more deals a salesperson could close if their leads discovered blog content written by their salesperson?”Establishing authority” is a fluffy metric — certainly not as concrete as traffic and leads, but it’s pretty powerful stuff. And if you need to tie the impact of blogging to a less fluffy metric, consider measuring it the same way you measure sales enablement. Because at the end of the day, that’s what many of your blog posts are. Think about the sales enablement opportunities blogging presents:If prospects find answers to their common questions via blog posts written by people at your company, they’re much more likely to come into the sales process trusting what you have to say because you’ve helped them in the past — even before they were interested in purchasing anything from you.Prospects that have been reading your blog posts will typically enter the sales process more educated on your place in the market, your industry, and what you have to offer. That makes for a far more productive sales conversation than one held between two relative strangers.Salespeople who encounter specific questions that require in-depth explanation or a documented answer can pull from an archive of blog posts. Not only do these blog posts help move the sales process along more swiftly than if a sales rep had to create the assets from scratch, but the salesperson is further positioned as a helpful resource to their prospect.4) It drives long-term results.You know what would be cool? If any of the following things helped you drive site traffic and generate new leads:Trip to HawaiiGoing to the gymSleepingGood news, though! That’s what blogging does — largely through search engines. Here’s what I mean:Let’s say you sit down for an hour and write and publish a blog post today. Let’s say that blog post gets you 100 views and 10 leads. You get another 50 views and 5 leads tomorrow as a few more people find it on social media and some of your subscribers get caught up on their email and RSS. But after a couple days, most of the fanfare from that post dies down and you’ve netted 150 views and 15 leads.It’s not done.That blog post is now ranking in search engines. That means for days, weeks, months, and years to come, you can continue to get traffic and leads from that blog post. So while it may feel like day one or bust, in reality, blogging acts more like this:So while you’re hitting your snooze alarm, surfing in Hawaii, and pumping iron, you’re also driving traffic and leads. The effort you put in yesterday can turn into hundreds of thousands of views and leads in the future.What’s more, blogging can be monetized in many creative ways. Business models such as affiliate marketing mean you can generate an income from blogging on just about any topic — from makeup and beauty to camping and motorcycles.  Originally published Sep 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated December 10 2018 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

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How to Take Your Own Professional Headshot: A Bookmarkable Guide

first_img Topics: Image Credit: SiteBuilderReportOnce you’ve cropped your touched-up headshot, it’s time to update your social media profiles, your email signature, your blog author bios, and anywhere else on the web where you want your newly updated professional headshot to appear.We hope these tips have been helpful! Now, learn about the key signs it’s time to quit your job and look for another opportunity. Leveraging #Reddit: The Democracy Of Human Behavior ft. @MikeRugnetta — https://t.co/eVBGoJWEbg #contentmarketing #psychology— Eric Peters (@EricPeters0) July 17, 2016 Job Search Now that we’ve covered what makes a headshot good, let’s dive in to how to actually take one.19 Steps to Taking Your Own Professional HeadshotBefore we begin, keep in mind I am not a professional photographer. These tips are based on research and interviews from folks who know a lot more about photography and headshots than I do — I’ve just organized the tips in one place for your reading pleasure.Before the Shoot1) Grab a friend or a tripod.Contrary to popular belief, selfies typically don’t make for good headshots.The best way to ensure your photos are level and well aligned is to enlist a friend to help you, Professional Photographer Zac Wolf told me. “I think people are better off asking a friend to shoot it for them rather than buying a tripod,” he said. “The friend can help them get better angles and provide criticism that a tripod cannot.”Enlisting a friend will be a major time-saver when it comes to actually taking the photos, too.If you have to be on your own, then you will want to buy or borrow a tripod and holder for your phone so your camera can sit at chest height. From there, you’ll end up setting a timer and posing for the picture. 2) Pick a location inside with good lighting and a simple backdrop.The best headshot location is typically indoors, away from direct sunlight, and in front of a solid color backdrop like a wall or a sheet.Getting the lighting right is the hardest part, so take some extra time finding a good spot that doesn’t have sunlight coming in through a window right onto you. Direct sunlight is harsh and can be totally unforgiving. Not to mention, it’ll make you squint.If you do want to shoot outside, then there are ways to make it work. Wolf actually prefers taking portraits outdoors over indoors. “Outdoors, you’ll find better and more flattering lighting than indoors, even with artificial lighting,” he said.His trick? Finding “open shade” — a sweet spot between sun and shade, where you’re just inside the shade but facing the light — and a nice, clean wall to shoot against.Whether you take your headshot indoors or outdoors, you’ll want a backdrop that makes it look like you’re in a professional photographer’s studio. That means sitting or standing in front of a solid-colored wall that’ll make your face stand out.If you can’t find a solid colored wall, you could purchase a backdrop online for relatively cheap, like one of these on Google Shopping. 3) Invest in additional lighting (if you’re indoors).Remember: Good lighting is the hardest thing to get right in a photograph — but bad lighting is a telltale sign of poor photography. If you’re taking your headshot indoors, the answer to your prayers will be adding additional, artificial lighting of your own.”If you’re going to use artificial lighting, make sure there’s no sunlight coming into the room, too — especially on your face,” says Michael Kolowich, founding producer of DigiNovations, a Boston-based media production company. “Sunlight is bluer than most artificial light, and you won’t like the mix of colors.”What should you buy? On his blog, Dan Shure suggests buying studio lights online in places like Amazon. “Trust me, they have come in handy for many other applications, such as shooting my own videos,” he says. “You may just want to make the investment. If not, you can go a long way with some lights like this from Ikea. Get one or two of those, and don’t position them to close to you [to] avoid weird shadows.”4) Equip your phone with the right camera apps. You can skip this step if you’re using a regular camera. But camera phones are actually pretty great nowadays, and can serve you quite well for the purposes of a headshot.If a friend is helping you out, then you can use the camera app that’s built right into your phone — although I’d recommend using an app like GorillaCam (free / iOS only) or Open Camera (free / Android only) for additional features like a bubble level tool for correctly aligning your pictures.If you’re on your own, you’ll definitely want to download one of those camera apps — especially for the timer feature. 5) Clear up space on your phone.Before you start your photoshoot, you’re going to want to make sure you have room for all the photos you’re going to take. Believe me, you’re going to take a lot of headshots. Like, possibly several hundred. The last thing you’re going to want to do is pause your photoshoot to clear space on your phone.Modern versions of iOS and Android devices have options in settings to show you exactly what’s taking up storage on your device:On iOS: Open the “Settings” app and tap “Storage & iCloud Usage.” Under “Storage,” click “Manage Storage.” Click here for tips on clearing up space on your iOS device.On Android: Open the “Settings” app and tap “Storage.” Click here for tips on clearing up space on your Android device.6) Block off at least two hours for the shoot itself.Remember: You’re going to end up taking a ton of photos to narrow down that one headshot. You won’t want to be in a rush. So don’t make this a half-hour break from your work: Give yourself plenty of time for setup, taking the photos, and going through them — I’d suggest two or three hours, minimum.7) Practice in the mirror.Seriously. Practicing your pose may feel a little uncomfortable, but it can really help you during your headshot session. Practice different ways to “let your personality shine” so you have some looks to work with when you finally start your shoot.The Day of the Shoot8) Clean up.You don’t need to spend a lot of money on makeup and hair. You’ll probably end up looking like a totally different person if you do — and that’s not the point. The point is to look like yourself on a really good day. That means spending time making your hair look good, shaving, putting on neutral makeup that conceals under-eye shadows and redness. If you’re not savvy on this stuff, have a friend help you out.9) Pick a few nice shirts to wear. What you’re wearing in your headshot will say something about you. When you choose a shirt to wear, think about where your headshot will appear and what message you’d like your picture to convey. (You don’t need to worry about bottoms and shoes, as headshots won’t show below your mid-chest.)For example, let’s say you have some cool tattoos on your arms. You’ll want to think about whether you’d like to showcase them as part of your unique personality, or cover them up if you want to be more formal. Here are a few good rules of thumb from Paul Valentino, a European actor currently based out of Los Angeles:Avoid overly bright colors, but don’t wear all black or all white either.Avoid distracting, “busy” textures on your top, and anything that might take away from your eyes.Don’t wear anything with a logo on it to stay neutral.Don’t wear any accessories that you don’t wear daily.Remember to pick out several options, as you can never quite tell how a shirt will look on camera until you try it!10) Set up your lighting.Once you arrive at your location, it’s time for the hard part: setting up your lighting. There are a lot of different ways to go about this, and you’ll have to do some initial trial-and-error work to get it just right.If you’re outside: It’s time to find that “open shade.” Once you find that spot where you’re illuminated by light but not actually in the light, make sure you’re also facing the light.”There are three key factors for flattering portrait light: Open shadows, beautiful catch-lights and brightly lit faces,” says the article from Photographers’ Connection. “That’s why simply being in open shade isn’t good enough.  If you aren’t facing the right direction, open shade is actually ugly.”Image Credit: Photographers’ ConnectionIf you’re inside: It’s time to set up your artificial lights. Set them up so they don’t shine directly on your face, Kolowich told me. “That will produce shadows that are far too harsh. The key to a good portrait is the subtle use of shadow,” he says.To avoid those weird shadows, you’ll want to set up your lights about two feet away from where you’ll be sitting or standing if they’re larger studio lights, or a little further away if they’re smaller, desk lamp-sized lights, writes Shure. The best lighting will come from slightly above your head. “Two lights, one on each side should give you a nice natural look,” Shure continues. “If you only have one light, try getting it in the center and backing it up a little so you don’t look too dramatic (unless that’s what you’re going for!).”If you’re a more visual learner, you can watch the video below for the five basic lighting positions from Digital Photography School. This video features professional lighting fixtures and setup, but you’ll find you can adapt his helpful tips for the fixtures you have. 13) Position yourself at an angle, and look directly at the lens. Now that your equipment’s set up, let’s focus on you.”Don’t face your body squarely into the camera,” says Kolowich. “Sit so your body is pointing 30 degrees to the left or right of the camera, and then turn your head to face the camera. Try both ways, and see which you like better.”Make sure you’re looking right at the lens. “Eye content is perhaps one of the most important parts of a headshot,” writes Shure. “It’s what’s going to grab someone’s attention, so look into that camera!”14) Make yourself laugh, talk to yourself, and turn on some lively music.When you first start taking the photos, you may find yourself looking and feeling kind of stiff. That’s perfectly natural — but it won’t help to just stand there and force a smile. Help yourself out by doing things that’ll loosen you up a little bit.”People should try to look friendly, happy and approachable in their headshot,” says Wolf. “My favorite trick is to make yourself laugh.”Shure suggests leading into a smile by talking to yourself to get a more natural expression. He likes to say things out loud, like “oh wow!” or “that’s so awesome, I’m so happy for you!”, and then finishing with a smile by the time the camera clicks.Another trick? Turning on lively, energetic music to get your mood up.15) Take a ton of photos, and scrutinize as you go. As you start taking photos, review them, scrutinize them, and make adjustments as necessary. Make sure your hair is behaving and that you’ve framed your face well. Play with the lighting, the shadows, and the angle of your face until you find the most flattering pose. And take a ton of pictures. As long as you’ve freed up space on your phone, you might as well take a few hundred — you can always delete them later.After the Shoot17) Choose your favorite 20 photos, then review them with a friend.Once you’re done with the shoot, sit down and review every single one, deleting the obvious bad ones and picking out your favorites as you go.(Pro Tip: If you have an iOS device, you can add individual photos to a “Favorites” folder on your iPhone. When you’re scrolling through your photos, tap the heart icon at the bottom of your screen to add it to a photo album called “Favorites” in your iPhone’s folder’s, which you can access easily and at any time.)Once you’ve narrowed it down somewhat, send what you have to an honest friend, like your spouse or your sibling. Research shows we can’t necessarily see our own facial expressions and body language objectively, so they’ll help you pick the best shot — one where you look good, and your face is communicating the message you want it to.18) Touch it up using photo editing apps. Have your best photo ready? It’s time to touch it up using a great photo editing app.If you have Photoshop, click here for our ultimate Photoshop tutorial for beginners.If you’re working with just a mobile device, then try the apps on this list of the best photo and video editing apps for mobile devices.You can also follow along with some of the tips in this step-by-step guide to editing your photos for Instagram, many of which apply to editing photos in general.Wolf’s favorite photo editing app is VSCO Cam (free on iOS and Android). Its main claim to fame is its filters: Some of its filters have more of a softer, authentic look that resembles real film. The only downside to the app is that its user interface can be a little tough to get used to at the very beginning.Personally, my favorite two photo editing apps are Afterlight ($0.99 on iOS and Android) and Snapseed (free on iOS and Android).Afterlight isn’t a super fancy photo editing app, but it has all the features you need to do a basic photo edit, from controlling the color tones and adjusting exposure and brightness, to straightening out the photo. It also has a few unique features, like its Highlight Tool that brings the blue hues up. I find this gives photos a cleaner, fresher look.Snapseed is also great for basic image enhancements like tuning, cropping, and straightening — although its main selling point is its “selective” editing tool. This lets you pinpoint an area in a photo and adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation of that single point in the photo. So if you have, say, a red spot on your face you want to tone down, you can tone down the saturation of that spot (and just that spot).19) Crop for every purpose.Once you’ve touched up your photo, the final step is cropping it for the places you want it on the web. In most cases, this’ll mean cropping your photo as a square, since every major social network requires square profile photos. Here’s a quick cheat sheet for profile photo sizes on major social networks:LinkedIn: 400 px wide by 400 px tallTwitter: 400 px wide by 400 px tallFacebook: 180 px wide by 180 px tallInstagram: 110 px wide by 110 px tallPinterest: 165 px wide by 165 px tallGoogle+: 250 px wide by 250 px tallWhen you crop your headshot, don’t just crop a square around your face. Instead, experiment with different ways to crop that’ll make the composition of the photo pleasing to the eye. One of the best ways to compose your headshot is to follow the “rule of thirds” — which means breaking your image down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so you have nine parts in total.The theory is that if you place points of interest in these intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced and will enable your viewer to interact with the image more naturally. Surprise, surprise: Your eyes are the most important elements of your headshot, so they should be your “point of interest.”Image Credit: KeliComm HeadshotsCheck out how Shure cropped his headshot in the examples below. The first photo shows how an amateur would crop their square photo, with their head directly in the middle of the frame. The second photo uses the rule of thirds for a much more pleasing visual composition. 11) Position your camera.Once you’ve got the lighting down, set up your camera so it’s on a steady surface. If you’re using a your camera phone, make sure you’re using the lens on the back of your phone, not the “selfie lens.”  (It turns out the back lens has higher resolution specs than the front one.)You’ll want it to be about two or three feet away from where you’ll be standing or sitting. Whether you’re standing or sitting, you’ll want the height of the camera lens to be about at your chin, although you can experiment with a slight upward tilt once you get going. You’ll also want the camera to be facing you dead-on (i.e., with no horizontal angle).12) Set up your camera app.Once you’re camera’s positioned correctly, it’s time to set up your camera app of choice if you’re using a camera phone. If you have a friend with you, she can use your phone’s native camera, although I’d still recommend using an app for its handy additional features.To give you an idea of how I’d set up the camera app, here’s what I would do in GorillaCam. (You can take similar steps using other camera apps.)First of all, make sure your camera flash is off. “Under no circumstances should you ever use your on-phone flash for a headshot,” says Kolowich.Then, tap the “Options” button at the top center of your screen, and select the following:Bubble Level: Toggle this on to double-check your camera is level.Grid: You can keep this off.Tap Anywhere to Shoot: Toggle this on to make your life easier when you finally get to shooting.Become Remote Control: You can keep this off.Capture Resolution: Choose “Best.” Originally published Aug 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM, updated November 29 2017center_img Their headshots are framed correctly, well lit, give off personality, are visible and noticeable even in something like a Twitter feed (see below), and stand out from the crowd — especially thanks to that orange background. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Grab a friend or a tripod. 2. Pick a location inside with good lighting and a simple backdrop. 3. Invest in additional lighting (if you’re indoors). 4. Equip your phone with the right camera apps. 5. Clear up space on your phone. 6. Block-off at least two hours for the shoot itself.Your headshot is kind of like the logo for your personal brand.Like a business logo, it’ll show up everywhere you showcase your personal brand online: your Twitter profile, your LikedIn profile, your blog, your email signatures, and so on. And, also like a business logo, it’s a great opportunity for you to use imagery to make a lasting, positive impression on your audience.Trouble is, professional headshots can cost a pretty penny, which is why a lot of people wind up taking matters into their own hands. But before you reach for your selfie stick, you should know that not all DIY headshots are created equal.Click here to download our free guide on how to succeed in your new marketing job.In order to take a great one, you need to know a thing or two how to set up a shot, what to wear, and how to edit a photo. To help you out with that, we put together a step-by-step guide that’ll walk your through the process. Check it out below. What Makes a Good Headshot?There is a reason photographers can charge so much for headshots: There’s an art to taking good ones. So before I get into the step-by-step, let’s quickly go through the elements of a good headshot. These’ll help put some of the steps in better context. A good headshot …Is framed from the chest up.Captures you looking directly at the camera. Eye contact is one of the most important elements of a great headshot.Has good lighting on your face. Beware of weird shadowing.Showcases the personality and aura you want to give off. This is what makes it memorable.Is easy to see and notice even when it’s small.Here are two great examples from my HubSpot colleagues Brittany Leaning and Eric Peters: How to Take a HeadshotGrab a friend or a tripod.Pick a location inside with good lighting and a simple backdrop.Invest in additional lighting (if you’re indoors).Equip your phone with the right camera apps.Clear up space on your phone.Block-off at least two hours for the shoot itself. Next, open up Camera Settings by tapping the icon with a circle of dots on the bottom right of your phone screen. Then:Self Timer: Toggle this on, and use the slider to choose how long it should wait before taking a photo. I recommend a minimum of 10 seconds.Burst Mode: Toggle on, and use the slider to choose how many photos it takes in quick succession. I recommend 5 photos, in case you blink.Anti-Shake: Toggle on so the camera only takes a photo when the camera is steady — although since you’re using a tripod, this shouldn’t be a problem. What are some cool marketing campaigns you’ve seen recently? Need some #MarketingInspiration.— Brittany Leaning (@bleaning) June 20, 2016last_img read more

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Your Biggest Office Space Productivity Killers and How to Avoid Them

first_img Topics: Office Space We found the number one productivity killer in the workplace, and contrary to what you might think, it isn’t social media, hallway gossip sessions, or Friday’s happy hour.It’s your work space.About 70 percent of U.S. offices use an open environment, including big Tech companies like Apple and Google. But just because Apple’s doing it doesn’t mean you should.Download our complete productivity guide here for more tips on improving your productivity at work.An open office is rumored to increase collaboration, encourage a good work culture, and decrease costs by accommodating more employees in less space. But in some situations, it can actually be less cost-effective than paying for private employee offices.To explore how office space and office design affects employee productivity, Commercial Cafe conducted a nationwide survey of 2,107 U.S.-based, full-time employees from across industries.Read on to find out the biggest dilemmas in open office spaces and how you can solve them without a major redesign.Problem #1: Open Office Space Doesn’t Always Increase CollaborationThere’s a well-intentioned but not always accurate argument that open office spaces (meaning, no cubicles or walls, just one big space where everyone shares a table, etc.) increase collaboration.Here’s the problem: it might increase collaboration to some degree, but it also might increase debates about last night’s episode of The Bachelor, conversations about the best Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors … in other words, distractions.Not everyone is a fan of the open layouts: “Employees are now stuck in open-office floor plans they hate and cause them to resent their loud-talking neighbors more than want to collaborate with them,” wrote Digiday.An open floor plan doesn’t just encourage collaboration — it can also fosters frustration and confrontation. It’s important to remember everybody works differently. Your introverted employees might need silence to work through their thoughts, while your extroverts need to talk through their problems out loud. People’s individual work preferences can’t efficiently co-exist in one space, which is why options are necessary.Problem #2: Open Office Space and Cubicles Could Make Employees Unhappy42.76% of respondents said a private office is their ideal work environment, and 23% chose their home office.With more people working remote nowadays, this might surprise you. Despite the comforts of a home work environment, many people still want to come to the office. They just want their privacy.In comparison, only about 10% of respondents chose open spaces as their ideal work environment, and less than 5% said they prefer working in a cubicle.Ioana Neamt of Commercial Cafe explains it this way: “Every individual yearns for control, and in an open-office layout that’s usually difficult to attain, as everything is shared: the space, the lighting, the temperature, the noise level, even one’s time.”People are more likely to be unhappy in office spaces where external circumstances distract them from getting their work done, and they don’t have the power to avoid those distractions.Problem #3: Open Office Space Can Reduce ProductivityOpen offices are not always the most cost-effective option. In fact, they can even diminish employee productivity. You might be able to fit 25 people in one open space, but of those, about 14 of them won’t always be able to deliver their best results.Open offices can increase employee stress levels, and your employees might also end up taking more sick leave.Essentially, employees might become too distracted by the things going on around them to get much done, and this consequently leads to stress. They don’t have the luxury of closing their office door and immersing themselves in their work.The Good News …Before we get to solutions, it’s critical I mention that although 18% of Commercial Cafe’s respondents are unhappy with their open office space, they are nonetheless content enough to stay at the company. Even though people prefer privacy, there are other factors that play into work satisfaction.Those other work satisfaction factors are powerful. 64% of respondents said they definitely won’t quit their jobs because of their office layout, and 30% said they probably won’t quit.While office space is important, it’s really just one way to incentivize happiness and productivity. If you have an open office space and don’t have the budget to redesign, you’re in luck.Here are our proposed solutions to increase productivity in your office space — at least, the solutions that don’t require a construction company or furniture store.Solution #1: Allow for a More Flexible Remote PolicyAs long as your employees’ roles permit this, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be flexible with your remote work policy, particularly if your office has limited privacy options.If your employees are more productive in the solitude of their home office, why not let them work there?More companies are allowing employees to work remote, and some are even building completely remote teams. If you’re worried about diminishing relationships among employees, try creating more team bonding events. Your employees will probably like one another more if they have the option to interact when they’re not knee-deep in a stressful work project.Solution #2: Let Employees Personalize SomethingEmployees working in generic open floor spaces report the highest levels of emotional exhaustion. But the same can’t be said for personalized open floor space.Researchers correctly suspected that low-privacy employees could regain a sense of control and ownership if they were able to personalize a space. The researchers found employees’ level of emotional exhaustion is mitigated if they are surrounded by personal items.Essentially, people are more comfortable when they feel like they own space, but this space doesn’t have to be a full office. Offering lockers, a table, a chair, or a designated team meeting spot can help employees feel more comfortable in the open office.Remember how you used to get really stressed when someone took your usual seat at lunch in high school? Yeah, it’s like that.Solution #3: Build Privacy or Quiet CentersIf you don’t have the money to redesign your office space and build private offices, that’s okay. Employees can make do with private spaces or meeting rooms.If you do have the means to build new private spaces, many companies are investing in privacy centers, including Google, which created high-tech nap pods.You could dedicate meeting rooms or even unused private offices for employees to use. If this won’t work with your space, consider simply designating areas of your office, like a couch near the coffee station, as a minimal interruption zone.As an employer, it’s important to be empathetic towards different work preferences and remain flexible. No two employees are going to be the same: the guy to your left might wish music was blasting through the speakers, while the guy on your right gets distracted by the coffee machine noises. By providing privacy options, you’re offering helpful and productive alternatives to create an ideal workplace for everyone.  Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Apr 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM, updated April 05 2018last_img read more

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Why We Removed 3,000 Pieces of Outdated Content From the HubSpot Blog

first_img Originally published Sep 19, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated September 19 2019 How often should you run a content audit?Like almost everything in SEO, it depends. If you have a large site, you may want to audit a different section every month. If you have a small site, consider evaluating the entire site every six months.I typically recommend starting with a quarterly audit to see how much value you receive from doing one. If you end up with so many next steps you feel overwhelmed, try running them more often. If you’re not learning that much, run them less often.Why run a content audit?When my team kicked off this project, we already knew there were a ton of older pages on the HubSpot blog that were getting essentially zero traffic — we just didn’t know how many. Our goal from the start was pruning this content.However, even if that wasn’t the case, there are still several reasons to run periodic content audits:Identify content gaps: where are you missing content?Identify content cannibalization: where do you have too much content?Find outdated pages: do you still have legacy product pages? Landing pages with non-existent offers? Pages for events that happened several years ago? Blog posts with out-of-date facts or statistics?Find opportunities for historical optimization: are there any pages that are ranking well but could be ranking higher? What about pages that have decreased in rank?Learn what’s working: what do your highest-traffic and/or highest-converting pages have in common?Fix your information architecture: is your site well-organized? Does the structure reflect the relative importance of pages? Is it easy for search engines to crawl?Choosing your goal from the beginning is critical for a successful content audit, because it dictates the data you’ll look at.In this post, we’ll cover content audits that’ll help you prune low-performing content. Go to the URLs removal page of the old Search Console Select your property Select ‘temporarily hide’ Enter the URL of the outdated page and select ‘Continue’ Choose ‘Clear cache from URL and temporarily remove from Search’ Press ‘Submit request’ You know what sounds like a really bad idea?Deleting 3,000 pages from the HubSpot Blog.You know what our SEO and Web Dev teams did in February?Deleted 3,000 pages from the HubSpot Blog.No, this wasn’t some Marie Kondo-ing team-bonding exercise gone horribly, horribly wrong (although those posts were definitely not sparking joy).It was a project that our head of technical SEO, Victor Pan, and I had wanted to run for a long time — because counterintuitively, getting rid of content on your site can actually be fantastic for SEO.Access Now: 22 SEO Myths to Leave Behind This YearIn the SEO world, this practice is called “content pruning”. But, while a good idea in theory, content pruning doesn’t mean you should go crazy and hack away at your content like it’s a tree and you’ve got a chainsaw. Content pruning is far more methodical than that — like trimming a bonsai.I’ll get to the results we saw at the end of this post. But first, let’s explore what content pruning is, and then dive into a step-by-step content audit process, so you’ll have a detailed blueprint of how to do this for your own property (or your client’s). What’s content pruning? 1. Define the scope of your audit.First, determine the scope of your audit — in other words, do you want to evaluate a specific set of pages on your site or the whole enchilada?If this is your first time doing a content audit, consider starting with a subsection of your site (such as your blog, resource library, or product/service pages).The process will be a lot less overwhelming if you choose a subsection first. Once you’ve gotten your sea legs, you can take on the entire thing.2. Run a crawl using a website crawler.Next, it’s time to pull some data.I used Screaming Frog’s SEO Spider for this step. This is a fantastic tool for SEO specialists, so if you’re on the fence, I’d go for it — you’ll definitely use the spider for other projects. And if you’ve got a small site, you can use the free version, which will crawl up to 500 URLs.Ahrefs also offers a site audit (available for every tier), but I haven’t used it, so I can’t speak to its quality.Additionally, Wildshark offers a completely free crawler that has a very beginner-friendly reputation (although it only works on Windows, so Mac users will need to look elsewhere).Finally, if you want to run a one-time audit, check out Scrutiny for Mac. It’s free for 30 days and will crawl an unlimited amount of URLs — meaning it’s perfect for trying before buying, or one-off projects.Once you’ve picked your weapon of choice, enter the root domain, subdomain, or subfolder you selected in step one.For instance, since I was auditing the HubSpot blog, I only wanted to look at URLs that began with “blog.hubspot.com”. If I was auditing our product pages, I would’ve wanted to look at URLs that began with “www.hubspot.com/products”.If you’re using Screaming Frog, select Configuration > Spider. Then, deselect:Check ImagesCheck CSSCheck JavaScriptCheck Links Outside FolderCrawl All SubdomainsCrawl Outside Folder Content pruning is the process of running a content audit and removing, updating, consolidating, and/or redirecting the low-value pages on your site. How to audit your site content How to remove outdated content using Google Topics:center_img Blog Optimization Don’t forget to share this post! To perform a content audit, you map out each page that lives on a subdomain, folder, or site. Essentially, you’re creating a directory of every page. SEO strategists typically think of doing content audits like getting their teeth cleaned — it might not be fun, but it’s satisfying, and there are real benefits to doing it regularly. What’s a content audit? Which brings us to the next question: Define the scope of your audit Run a crawl using a website crawler Evaluate pages with non-200 HTTP status codes Pull in traffic and backlink data Figure out what action to take for each page using predefined performance criteria Next, tab over to “Limits” and make sure that “Limit Crawl Depth” isn’t checked.What if the pages you’re investigating don’t roll up to a single URL? You can always pull the data for your entire website and then filter out the irrelevant results.After you’ve configured your crawl, hit “OK” and “Start”.The crawl will probably take some time, so meanwhile, let’s get some traffic data from Google Analytics.Since we’re evaluating each page, we need the “Site Content > All Pages” report.If you have a view set up for this section of the site, go to it now. I used the view for “blog.hubspot.com”.If you don’t have a view, add a filter for pages beginning with [insert URL path here].Adjust the date range to the last six to twelve months, depending on the last time you ran an audit.(Also, don’t forget to scroll down and change “Show rows: 10” to “Show rows: 5000”.)Then, export that data into a Google Sheet.Title the sheet something like “Content Audit [Month Year] for [URL]”. Name the tab “All Traffic [Date Range]”.Then go back to GA, click “Add Segment”, uncheck “All Users”, and check “Organic Users”. Keep everything else the same.(It’s a lot easier to pull two reports and combine them with a V-LOOKUP then add both segments to your report at once.)Once it’s finished processing, click Export. Copy and paste the data into a new tab in original content audit spreadsheet named “Organic Traffic [Date Range]”.Here’s what you should have:At this point, I copied the entire spreadsheet and named this copy “Raw Data: Content Audit May 2019 for blog.hubspot.com.” This gave me the freedom to delete a bunch of columns without worrying that I’d need that data later.Now that I had a backup version, I deleted columns B and D-H (Pageviews, Entrances, % Exit, and Page Value) on both sheets. Feel free to keep whatever columns you’d like; just make sure both sheets have the same ones.Hopefully, your Screaming Frog crawl is done by now. Click “Export” and download it as an CSV (not .xslx!) file.Now, click “File > Import” and select your Screaming Frog file. Title it “Screaming Frog Crawl_[Date]”. Then click the small downward arrow and select “Copy to > Existing spreadsheet”.Name the new sheet “Content Pruning Master”. Add a filter to the top row.Now we’ve got a raw version of this data and another version we can edit freely without worrying we’ll accidentally delete information we’ll want later.Alright, let’s take a breath. We’ve got a lot of data in this sheet — and Google Sheets is probably letting you know it’s tired by running slower than usual.I deleted a bunch of columns to help Sheets recover, specifically:ContentStatusTitle 1 LengthTitle 1 Pixel WidthMeta Description 1Meta Description 1 Pixel WidthMeta Keyword 1Meta Keywords 1 LengthH1-1H1-1 LengthH2-1H2-1 LengthMeta Robots 1Meta Robots 2Meta Refresh 1Canonical Link Element 2rel=”next” 1 (laughs bitterly)rel=”prev” 1 (keeps laughing bitterly)Size (bytes)Text Ratio% of TotalLink ScoreAgain, this goes back to the goal of your audit. Keep the information that’ll help you accomplish that objective and get rid of everything else.Next, add two columns to your Content Pruning Master. Name the first one “All Users [Date Range]” and “Organic Users [Date Range]”.Hopefully you see where I’m going with this.Unfortunately, we’ve run into a small roadblock. All the Screaming Frog URLs begin with “http://” or “https://”, but our GA URLs begin with the root or subdomain. A normal VLOOKUP won’t work.Luckily, there’s an easy fix. First, select cell A1, then choose “Insert > Column Right”. Do this a few times so you have several empty columns between your URLs (in Column A) and the first row of data. Now you won’t accidentally overwrite anything in this next step:Highlight Column A, select “Data > Split text to columns”, and then choose the last option, “Custom”.Enter two forward slashes.Hit “Enter”, and now you’ll have the truncated URLs in Column B. Delete Column A, as well as the empty columns.This is also a good time to get rid of any URLs with parameters. For instance, imagine Screaming Frog found your landing page, offers.hubspot.com/instagram-engagement-report. It also found the parameterized version of that URL: offers.hubspot.com/instagram-engagement-report?hubs_post-cta=blog-homepageOr, perhaps you use a question mark for filters, such as “https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/brands/levis?color=black”.According to GA, the latter URLs will get little organic traffic. You don’t want to accidentally delete these pages because you’re looking at the parameterized URL stats, versus the original one.To solve this, run the same “split text to columns” process as before, but with the following symbols:#?!&=This will probably create some duplicates. You can either remove them with an add-on (no, Sheets doesn’t offer deduping, which is a little crazy) or download your sheet to Excel, dedupe your data there, and then reupload to Sheets.3. Evaluate pages with non-200 HTTP status codes.I recommend filtering the URLs that triggered a non-200 response and putting them into a separate sheet:Here’s what to investigate:Redirect audit:How many redirects do you have?Are there any redirect chains (or multi-step redirects, which makes your page load time go up)?Do you have internal links to pages that are 301ing?Are any of your canonicalized pages 301ing? (This is bad because you don’t want to indicate a page is the canonical version if it’s redirecting to another page.)404 error audit:Do you have internal links to pages that are 404ing?Can you redirect any broken links to relevant pages?Are any of your 404 errors caused by backlinks from mid- to high-authority websites? If so, consider reaching out to the site owner and asking them to fix the link.4. Pull in traffic and backlink data.Once you’ve standardized your URLs and removed all the broken and redirected links, pull in the traffic data from GA.Add two columns to the right of Column A. Name them “All Traffic [Date Range]” and “Organic Traffic [Date Range]”.Use this formula for Column B:=INDEX(‘All Traffic [Date Range]’!C:C,(MATCH(A2,’All Traffic [Date Range]’!A:D,0)))My sheet was called All Traffic January-May 19, so here’s what my formula looked like:=INDEX(‘All Traffic January-May 19′!C:C,(MATCH(A2,’All Traffic January-May 19’!A:A,0)))Use this formula for Column C:=INDEX(‘Organic Traffic [Date Range]’!C:C,(MATCH(A2,’Organic Traffic [Date Range]’!A:A,0)))Here was my formula:=INDEX(‘Organic Traffic January-May 19′!C:C,(MATCH(A2,’Organic Traffic January-May 19’!A:A,0)))Once you’ve added this, click the small box in the lower right-hand corner of cells B2 and C2 to extend the formulas to the entire columns.Next, for each URL we need backlinks and keywords by URL.I used Ahrefs to get this, but feel free to use your tool of choice (SEMrush, Majestic, cognitiveSEO, etc.).First, enter the root domain, subdomain, or subfolder you selected in step one.Then, select “Pages > Best by links” in the left-hand sidebar.To filter your results, change the HTTP status code to “200” — we only care about links to live pages.Click the Export icon on the right. Ahrefs will default to the first 1,000 results, but we want to see everything, so select “Full export”.While that’s processing, add a sheet in your spreadsheet titled “Live Backlinks by URL”. Then add three columns (D, E, and F) to the Content Pruning Master sheet named “Backlinks”, “URL Rating”, and “Referring Domains”, respectively.Import the Ahrefs CSV file into your spreadsheet. You’ll need to repeat the “Split text to column” process to remove the transfer protocol (http:// and https://) from the URLs. You’ll also need to delete Column A:In Column D (Backlinks), use this formula:=INDEX(‘Live Backlinks by URL’!E:E,(MATCH(A2,’Live Backlinks by URL’!B:B,0)))In Column E (Referring Domains), use this formula:=INDEX(‘Live Backlinks by URL’!D:D,(MATCH(A2,’Live Backlinks by URL’!B:B,0)))In Column F (URL Rating), use this formula:=INDEX(‘Live Backlinks by URL’!A:A,(MATCH(A2,’Live Backlinks by URL’!B:B,0)))5. Evaluate each page using predefined performance criteria.Now for every URL we can see:All the unique pageviews it received for the date range you’ve selectedAll the organic unique pageviews it received for that date rangeIts indexibility statusHow many backlinks it hasHow many unique domains are linking to itIts URL rating (e.g. its page authority)Its titleIts title lengthIts canonical URL (whether it’s self-canonical or canonicalizes to a different URL)Its word countIts crawl depthHow many internal links point to itHow many unique internal links point to itHow many outbound links it containsHow many unique outbound links it containsHow many of its outbound links are externalIts response timeThe date it was last modifiedWhich URL it redirects to, if applicableThis may seem like an overwhelming amount of information. However, when you’re removing content, you want to have as much information as possible — after all, once you’ve deleted or redirected a page, it’s hard to go back. Having this data means you’ll make the right calls.Next, it’s finally time to analyze your content.Click the filter arrow on Column C (“Organic Traffic [Date Range]”), then choose “Condition: Less than” and enter a number.I chose 450, which meant I’d see every page that had received less than 80 unique page views per month from search in the last five months. Adjust this number based on the amount of organic traffic your pages typically receive. Aim to filter out the top 80%.Copy and paste the results into a new sheet titled “Lowest-Traffic Pages”. (Don’t forget to use “Paste Special > Values Only” so you don’t lose the results of your formulas.) Add a filter to the top row.Now, click the filter arrow on Column B (“All Traffic [Date Range]”), and choose “Sort: Z → A.”Are there any pages that received way more regular traffic than organic? I found several of these in my analysis; for instance, the first URL in my sheet is a blog page that gets thousands of views every week from paid social ads:To ensure you don’t redirect or delete any pages that get a significant amount of traffic from non-organic sources, remove everything above a certain number — mine was 1,000, but again, tweak this to reflect your property’s size.There are three options for every page left:DeleteRedirectHistorically optimize (in other words, update and republish it)Here’s how to evaluate each post:Delete: If a page doesn’t have any backlinks and the content isn’t salvageable, remove it.Redirect: If a page has one or more backlinks and the content isn’t salvageable, or there’s a page that’s ranking higher for the same set of keywords, redirect it to the most similar page.Historically optimize: If a page has one or more backlinks, there are a few obvious ways to improve the content (updating the copy, making it more comprehensive, adding new sections and removing irrelevant ones, etc.), and it’s not competing with another page on your site, earmark it for historical optimization.Depending on the page, factor in the other information you have.For example, maybe a page has 15 backlinks and a URL rating of 19. The word count is 800 — so it’s not thin content — and judging by its title, it covers a topic that’s on-brand and relevant to your audience.However, in the past six months it’s gotten just 10 pageviews from organic.If you look a bit more closely, you see its crawl depth is 4 (pretty far away from the homepage), it’s only got one internal link, and it hasn’t been modified in a year.That means you could probably immediately improve this page’s performance by making some minor updates, republishing it, moving it a few clicks closer to the homepage, and adding some internal links.I recommend illustrating the parts of the process you’ll use for every page with a decision tree, like this one:You’ll notice one major difference: instead of “historically optimize”, our third option was “syndicate”.Publishing the articles we removed to external sites so we could build links was a brilliant idea from Matt Howells-Barby.Irina Nica, who’s the head of link-building on the HubSpot SEO team, is currently working with a team of freelancers to pitch the content we identified as syndication candidates to external sites. When they accept and publish the content, we get incredibly valuable backlinks to our product pages and blog posts.To make sure we didn’t run into any issues where guest contributors found a post they’d written several years ago for HubSpot on a different site, we made sure all syndication candidates came from current or former HubSpot employees.If you have enough content, syndicating your “pruned” pages will reap you even more benefits from this project.Speaking of “enough” content: as I mentioned earlier, I needed to go through this decision tree for 3,000+ URLs.There isn’t enough mindless TV in the world to get me through a task that big.Here’s how I’d think about the scope:500 URLs or fewer: evaluate them manually. Expense that month’s Netflix subscription fee.500-plus URLs: evaluate the top 500 URLs manually and hire a freelance or VA to review the rest.No matter what, you should look at the URLs with the most backlinks yourself. Some of the pages that qualify for pruning based on low traffic may have hundreds of backlinks.You need to be extra careful with these redirects; if you redirect a blog post on, say, “Facebook Ads Best Policies” to one about YouTube Marketing, the authority from the backlinks to the former won’t pass over to the latter because the content is so different.HubSpot’s historical optimization expert Braden Becker and I looked at every page with 60+ backlinks (which turned out to be roughly 350 pages) and manually tagged each as “Archive”, “Redirect”, or “Syndicate.” Then, I hired a freelancer to review the remaining 2,650.Once you’ve tagged all the posts in your spreadsheet, you’ll need to go through and actually archive, redirect, or update each one.Because we were dealing with so many, our developer Taylor Swyter created a script that would automatically archive or redirect every URL. He also created a script that would remove internal links from HubSpot content to the posts we were removing. The last thing we wanted was a huge spike in broken links on the blog.If you’re doing this by hand, remember to change any internal links going to the pages you’re removing.I also recommend doing this in stages. Archive a batch of posts, wait a week and monitor your traffic, archive the next batch, wait a week and monitor your traffic, etc. The same concept applies with redirects: batch them out instead of redirecting a ton of posts all at once. To remove outdated content from Google, go to the URLs removal page of the old Search Console, and then follow the steps listed above. This option is temporary — to remove old content permanently, you must delete (404) or redirect (301) the source page.Also, this won’t work unless you’re the verified property owner of the site for the URL you’re submitting. Follow these instructions to request removal of an outdated/archived page you don’t own.Our ResultsSo, what happened after we deleted those 3,000 blog posts?First, we saw our traffic go up and to the right:It’s worth pointing out content pruning is definitely not the sole cause of growth: it’s one of many things we’re doing right, like publishing new content, optimizing existing content, pushing technical fixes, etc.Our crawl budget has been significantly impacted — way above Victor’s expectations, in fact.Here’s his plain-English version of the results:”As of two weeks ago, we’re able to submit content, get it indexed, and start driving traffic from Google search in just a matter of minutes or an hour. For context, indexation often takes hours and days for the average website.”And the technical one:”We saw a 20% decrease in crawls, but 38% decrease in the number of URIs crawled, which can partially be explained by the huge drop in JS crawls (50%!) and CSS crawls (36%!) from pruning. When URIs crawled decreases greater than the total number of crawls, existing URI’s and their corresponding images, JS, and CSS files are being ‘understood’ by GoogleBot better in the crawl stage of technical SEO.”Additionally, Irina built hundreds of links using content from the pruning.Finally, our Ahrefs rank moved up steadily — we’re now sitting at 249, which means there are only 248 websites in the Ahrefs database with stronger backlink profiles.Ultimately, this isn’t necessarily an easy task, but the rewards you’ll reap are undeniably worth the hassle. By cleaning up your site, you’re able to boost your SEO rankings on high-performing pages, while ensuring your readers are only finding your best content, not a random event page from 2014. A win, win.last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma can succeed as Test opener if he tightens his defence: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFor the first six years of his ODI career, Rohit Sharma wasn’t the ‘Hitman’ that he is today. He had the silken cover drive as well as the majestic pull but his ODI statistics mirrored his current staggered Test career numbers.Rohit Sharma held an average of 30 in 81 ODI games until the then captain MS Dhoni came up with the idea of promoting him up the order in 2013.Rohit took to opening like fish to water and is now a limited overs batting powerhouse. His cumulative average stands at 48.5 in 218 odis and has added 25 hundreds to his 2 in the middle order before 2013.Indian cricket is hoping the switch to being promoted as a Test opener does the same magic to Rohit’s long format returns. Currently, he averages 39.6 in 27 Test matches spread over the past six years, with just three fifties to show outside the subcontinent.The challenge ahead of India’s leading white-ball performer will be immense as the adage ‘different ball game’ will come alive when he fronts up against the red new ball.India’s all time great Test opener Sunil Gavaskar examines. “Look we know there is a difference between red and white ball. The white ball can stop swinging in five overs. With the kind of stitches on the red leather, you may find it swinging even after the 35 to 40 over mark.”So facing up against swing is a different matter and he does struggle a bit against the incoming ball. Having said that, if his shot selection is good, he will be able to score in test cricket too,” Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementUnlike Rohit’s promotion to opening in one day cricket which suited his stroke playing ways with the field in, elevating a middle order bat to facing the new ball can easily backfire. The team management as well as the selectors would have drawn inspiration from the Virender Sehwag experiment, India tried in 2001.Gavaskar points out Rohit would need to tighten his defence to have hope of succeeding in Test cricket like Sehwag.”When we talk about Rohit Sharma, he doesn’t have the water tight defence like Virender Sehwag. But he perhaps has more shots than Sehwag. Sehwag would not hit the ball so much on the on side. Rohit can use the pull and hook very well. So Rohit does have more attacking shots. If he can tighten up his defence against the good balls, he can also be successful like Sehwag in Test cricket.Sehwag’s promotion to opening in Test cricket was at the then captain Sourav Ganguly’s behest. With a packed middle order involving fab four, Ganguly had realised Sehwag’s effectiveness could be wasted if he had to wait too long to break in. Rohit find himself in the same situation as Sehwag.Wrong notion that Sehwag did not have a good defence: GavaskarHowever, Gavaskar objects to loose parallels being drawn between Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag only based on their attacking batting instincts.”A lot of people have this wrong notion that Virender Sehwag did not have a defence. I have seen very few batsmen who would have the bat coming down as straight as it did with Sehwag while he was defending,” Sunil Gavaskar added.Gavaskar, highly impressed with Sehwag’s defensive technique, can’t help invoking a simile.”The bat and pad would be so close, like one sees with newly-married couples. There would not be a gap of even an inch from which the ball can go through. He had a terrific defence. It’s another matter that he would summon the defensive shot only if he was bored attacking,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar does not rule out Rohit finding a way, if he can pull together one tall innings in the upcoming series against South Africa, starting October 2.”With the way Hanuman Vihari has batted in the middle order, it’s difficult to see Rohit Sharma making a comeback in the middle order currently.So this is his best opportunity. We will know after a couple of Test matches. Visakhapatnam and Pune have good wickets. So if he can get one good innings going on these pitches, he could well end up opening in the next two or three years,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Why so loco jattji: Rohit Sharma secretly records Shikhar Dhawan ‘talking to himself’Also Read | MS Dhoni should go without being pushed out: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more

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Rani Rampal thanks Union Sports Minister and SAI for showing faith in her team

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team has confirmed a place in the Tokyo Olympics after surviving an extraordinary fightback from the US in the second leg of their Olympic qualifier at the Kalinga stadium even as an elated skipper Rani Rampal on Sunday credited her team members, coaches and support staff for the achievement.In their game against the US, the opponents fought back from a 5-1 deficit in the first leg to level the score 5-5 in the first half. However, India put up an improved performance in the second half with skipper Rani Rampal scoring what turned out to be the winning goal in the 49th minute on Saturday.Taking to Twitter, the India skipper also said her team will give their best in the preparations for the mega event in Tokyo next year.”With a collective effort of our team members, coaches & support staff we have qualified for Tokyo Olympics but we will work hard for next 8 months to perform our best in Tokyo 2020,” she tweeted on Sunday.With a collective effort of our team members, coaches & support staff we have qualified for Tokyo Olympics but we will work hard for next 8 months to perform our best in @Tokyo2020 .Thanks to @TheHockeyIndia @KirenRijiju sir @Media_SAI friends,family & fans for believing in us. pic.twitter.com/k8wENaJ88vRani Rampal (@imranirampal) November 3, 2019The skipper also thanked the Union Sports Minister and the national federation for showing faith in her team.”Thanks to Hockey India, Kiren Rijiju Sir, Sports Authority of India (SAI), friends, family and fans for believing in us,” she added.advertisementAlso Read | Double delight for India as men’s hockey team joins women to qualify for Olympics 2020Also see:last_img read more

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World number 1 Novak Djokovic claims 5th Paris Masters title after defeating Denis Shapovalov

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic saw off Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 to win his fifth Paris Masters title on Sunday in a warning to his rivals ahead of the ATP Finals.The Serbian faced only one break point in another impressive display to claim a 34th career Masters title against world number 28 Shapovalov, who was playing his first final at that level.”I served very well, there were not many rallies in the match. A break in each set was enough, it was the best serving performance in this tournament,” said Djokovic, who did not drop a set this week.”It was his first Masters final so in a way experience prevailed.”Djokovic, who will be supplanted by Rafael Nadal at top of the ATP rankings on Monday, made a fine start, stealing Shapovalov’s first service game as he opened a 3-0 lead.The MOST #RolexParisMasters….Singles titles 5Singles finals 6Match wins 37Consecutive match wins 17@DjokerNole is King of Paris. We like the pic.twitter.com/bSN1zrKjvu ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 3, 2019The Serb was never threatened in the opening set, dropping only four points on serve as Shapovalov looked tight having not played on Saturday following Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal.Shapovalov faced a break point in the first game of the second set, saving it with a powerful first serve but a forehand error on Djokovic’s second opportunity gave his opponent a decisive 4-3 lead.Djokovic then held serve throughout to snatch a morale-boosting victory ahead of the Nov. 10-17 ATP Finals in London, where he will be looking to secure the year-end world number one spot.advertisementAlso Read | WTA Finals: Ashleigh Barty beats Elina Svitolina to win title and record prizeAlso see:last_img read more

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No.2 to ‘not found’: Shakib Al Hasan goes missing from T20I rankings after ICC ban

first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is currently serving an ICC imposed year-long-ban from cricket, didn’t find a place in the latest T20I rankings released by the world body on Monday. Shakib was ranked 2nd on the all-rounders’ list before he was banned last month by ICC for failure to report corrupt approaches from a bookie.Shakib was also ranked 9th in the T20I bowling charts and 32nd on the batting list. But in the updated rankings released by ICC on Monday after the conclusion of the 3-match series between India and Bangladesh, Shakib’s name has been dropped altogether from the T20I lists. Interestingly, Shakib is still placed 3rd in the world in Tests and top-ranked in ODIs amongst all-rounders in the world. However, it shouldn’t be a surprise if he is dropped from the longer version lists too once those lists are updated by the ICC.In Shakib’s absence, Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi has climbed on to the top-spot among T20I all-rounders with Glenn Maxwell following him closely at the 2nd spot. Current Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad is now the country’s highest-ranked all-rounder in the world, sitting pretty at the 4th spot.Mohammad Nabi is the No.1 T20I all-rounder in the worldPlayers from Scotland, Oman, Kenya, Ireland and UAE also take big strides after the #T20WorldCup Qualifier!UPDATED @MRFWorldwide ICC T20I Player Rankings https://t.co/DX80kHAdvr pic.twitter.com/4Mv1z3x78wICC (@ICC) November 11, 2019Meanwhile, India fast bowler Deepak Chahar, who returned a world-record haul of 6 for 7 against Bangladesh on Sunday, has moved up 88 slots to 42nd position but the bowlers’ list continues to be led by slow bowlers.advertisementThe top five and eight of the top nine are spinners, with Mitchell Santner reaching second place – his best position since he topped the table in January 2018.Other left-arm spinners to have gained. Ashton Agar’s fine performances against Sri Lanka and Pakistan have seen him move up 57 places to ninth while Scotland’s Mark Watt’s successful ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 sees him advance 13 places to 15th.Also Read | ICC T20I Rankings: Deepak Chahar jumps 88 slots; KL Rahul gains one spotlast_img read more

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Transfer latest: CSL club hopeful of Messi deal

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours: Chinese club hopeful of Messi deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:51 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Hebei Fortune hopeful on Messi dealHebei China Fortune remain hopeful they can secure a deal to sign Lionel Messi, according to Mundo Deportivo .The Chinese Super League outfit saw a bid for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner rejected last summer, with Messi instead signing a new deal at Barcelona.Fortune have since signed Javier Mascherano, and with fellow Argentina Ezequiel Lavezzi also among their ranks, they believe the presence of his countrymen could tempt Messi to move to Asia. 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Neymar’s relationship[p with Edinson Cavani is damaged, says the report, and the Brazilian has decided that Morata is the best option to complete PSG’s attacking trio alongside Kylian Mbappe. PSG could reportedly put Cavani on the table to lure Morata to Paris.’Icardi leaving Inter, Sarri to join Arsenal’Mauro Icardi InterMauro Icardi will make a big money move away from Inter at the end of the season, while Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, agent Federico Pastorello has told Tuttosport .Icardi is once again being heavily linked with a transfer, as Real Madrid are said to be heavily interested, and Pastorello believes the Argentine will be involved in the deal of the summer and head for the San Siro exit.But the famous agent said more big developments are coming, with Sarri tipped to head to north London after his impressive work with Napoli.Lewandowski wants Real Madrid move Robert Lewandowski Bayern MunichBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski hopes to join Real Madrid and flirted with the Champions League holders in January, Marca reports.The Poland international has long had a dream of turning out for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit and urged his agent, Cezary Kucharski, to make an approach in the last transfer window.Lewandowski has no intention of extending his current contract with Bayern and will hope to engineer a switch to the Spanish capital in the near future.Chelsea begin Luis Enrique talksLuis Enrique BarcelonaChelsea have offered Luis Enrique a two-and-a-half-year contract as they look to convince him to replace Antonio Conte as coach, says  Sport . The Italian has come under pressure in recent weeks and Chelsea are reportedly close to relieving him of his role after they suffered a 4-1 loss to Watford on Monday..Ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is the man Roman Abramovich wants to replace Conte and have already offered him a deal. Lemar rejects new Monaco dealThomas Lemar Monaco 2017Arsenal and Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, according to  L’Equipe .The France international was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, and both clubs are reportedly still monitoring his progress.And Lemar has now moved a step closer to leaving the Ligue 1 champions after turning down the offer of a new deal, with his current contract set to run until 2020.Arsenal could be set to lose trioArsenal vs. EvertonMesut Ozil’s new bumper contract could result in Arsenal losing the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere, according to the Daily Mail . Ozil’s new contract is worth up to £350,000-per-week, which has changed the wage parameters at the north London side. Ramsey and Welbeck, who are both in the last 18 months of their contracts, could dramatically increase their wage demands and force the Gunners to sell, while Wilshere could leave on a free transfer this summer. Hazard in contact with RealEden Hazard ChelseaThe first steps toward a Real Madrid move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard have taken place, according to Don Balon . The Blancos have been in touch with Hazard’s camp over a move and are reportedly convinced that the Chelsea star wants to depart for the Bernabeu this summer. Karius wants Reds out of keeper market Loris Karius Liverpool are being heavily linked with a summer swoop for a new goalkeeper but Loris Karius is determined to keep them out of the market.“I just want to present myself well and then I’ll have the chance to play at this club for the next season as well,” he told the Liverpool Echo . “That’s the challenge facing me personally. I also want to help this team achieve as much as we can.”Read the rest of his comments on Goal.   De Gea will demand £375,000-a-weekDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea wants a new deal worth £375,000-a-week to keep him from joining Real Madrid, according to The Sun .  The Spanish keeper is aware that new team-mate Alexis Sanchez is now the highest-paid Premier League player ever on £505,000-a-week, and wants a new deal of his own to take him closer to the Chilean’s wages.De Gea’s current £210,000-a-week contract runs out at the end of next season.Alisson worth ‘far more than €50m’Alisson Becker RomaWith Liverpool and PSG both reportedly interested in Roma goalkeeper Alisson, the Serie A club have warned that the Brazilian will be extremely costly. Former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo, in addition to calling Alisson the Lionel Messi of keepers, says the 25-year old is worth “far more than €50m.”Read the full story on Goal! City in for DybalaPaulo Dybala Verona JuventusManchester City hope to land Juventus striker Paulo Dybala in the summer, according to Don Balon . The Argentine forward reportedly feels his time in Italy is coming to a close, and would welcome the chance to move to England and work under a manager like Pep Guardiola. Mahrez strike set to continueRiyad Mahrez, Leicester CityLeicester star Riyad Mahrez is set to miss this weekend’s match against Manchester City, the club he wanted to join from the Foxes last month, reports The Telegraph. Mahrez has not attended training since last Monday, as he continues to fume over the Foxes refusing to let him join City on deadline day. The Algerian has already missed two Premier League games, and the club is understood to be growing more concerned over Mahrez’s continued absence. Releasing Kompany would cost City £8.5mVincent Kompany Manchester City Brighton Premier LeagueIf Manchester City were to terminate defender Vincent Kompany’s contract this summer it would cost them £8.5 million, according to the Daily Star . Pep Guardiola has serious concerns about Kompany’s ability to stay healthy, and has a decision to make over whether to set the Belgian loose in the summer, or let him play out the final 12 months of his contract.Luis Enrique wants Suarez at ChelseaLuis Suarez Luis Enrique BarcelonaIf Luis Enrique is to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager he will try to sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona, according to Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda, via Express . Appearing on Spanish show “El Chiringuito TV,” Inda reported that Enrique, who managed Suarez at Barca, will look to bring his former charge to Stamford Bridge next season.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Pledge Thabo Mwaniki to play in O-D All-American Bowl

first_imgOklahoma State senior defensive back Thabo Mwaniki, a three-star prospect from Denton Guyer, has committed to play in the O-D All-American Bowl in December according to Adam Boedeker of the Denton Record-Chronicle.The O-D Bowl is a notable postseason all-american game that includes alumni such as Dez Bryant and Cam Newton.After missing the first game of the year, Mwaniki has recorded 35 tackles, 5 pass breakups, and an interception. He also plays on the offensive side of the ball for Guyer, where he has 9 receptions for 123 yards. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Q&A: Get To Know Texas Tech and Coach Bro

first_imgSeth Jungman of Staking the Plains was kind enough to answer our questions this week. You can see my answers to his questions at his excellent Texas Tech website. Hope you guys enjoy!1. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has a lot of similarities to OSU Head Coach Mike Gundy (offensive background, coaching at his alma mater, former quarterback). What are thoughts so far in year four of the Kingsbury era?These last few games, except for the TCU game, have been rough for me personally. It seems as if there’s some regression in some key areas and the defense really doesn’t show improvement at all. Mahomes is falling into some old bad habits and that’s caused the offense to have significant lapses.The problem is that we all want Kingsbury to succeed because, as you mention, he’s one of us and we really want nothing more than for him to succeed. For me, I need to see some improvement, tangible and consistent improvement and I don’t think Texas Tech is going to win this game, but it would be nice to see some consistency.2. Coach Kingsbury talked about how he challenged the team after the loss to West Virginia and the team looks to have answered the call with a great win at TCU and close losses to OU and Texas. What have been the biggest improvements in the upturn in the 2nd half of the season?It’s funny that you look at it that way as lots of fans, me included, that there hasn’t been a huge improvement the second half of the season other than the win on the road against TCU, that there’s been a lot of bad that’s gone along with the two closes losses to OU and UT.The epically bad defense against OU and poor results for the defense again against UT (over 600 yards of offense and 400 yards rushing) plus an offense that becomes stagnant has led to an some frustrating results for each of those games.If I had to guess as to the positive aspects, the team apparently amped up practice after that game, actually hitting rather than more walk-through stuff.3. There seems to be a youth movement on the defensive side of the ball with Jordyn Brooks leading the team in tackles and Douglas Coleman’s incredible play last week against Texas. What would you say are the strengths of the unit and how the Cowboys would be best off attacking the defense?Oh, jeez. Well, there really isn’t a spot that the Cowboys can’t attack. There’s really not strong point to the defense. Teams have run at will for most games and the same thing with the passing game.There are bright spots, young bright spots, as you mentioned Brooks has played well as well as can be expected and Coleman has played well for two weeks in a row, the fumble return last week and he had an interception in TCU’s end zone the week before. Malik Jefferson has played well as of late and against TCU, Ondre Pipkins played well at nose tackle.4. Coach Gundy compared Patrick Mahomes to Dallas Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott — can you tell us more about Mahomes and what he brings to the table, and maybe what famous quarterback(s) he most compares with?I think Prescott is as good a comparison as any. Mahomes isn’t really a runner, he’s mobile and a bit elusive, but he’s not fast like a lot of other quarterbacks.Mahomes has a big arm and the problem recently is that he’s had trouble finding open receivers when teams drop seven or eight in coverage. It’s been a significant problem and it’s stalled the offense to the point where they won’t score for five straight possessions.That’s not normal for this offense and Kingsbury and Mahomes have to figure it out because I can almost guarantee that Oklahoma State will attempt the same thing as Texas and TCU.5. What matchup(s) interests you most heading into Saturday’s game?I’m interested as all get-out in how OSU plays the game defensively against Texas Tech. Traditionally, OSU is a 4-3 defense, but if what’s given Texas Tech fits is a 3-3-5 and what worked particularly well for Texas in the second half was Malik Jefferson shadowing Mahomes for the entire second half.It’s time for Kingsbury and Mahomes to figure this out and I hope it’s against the Cowboys, but I’m not betting on it.6. Four years in, Coach Kingsbury is still nearly the youngest Power 5 coach (I believe just barely second to new conference peer Matt Campbell), does he seem to operate differently than more experienced coaches and do you have any interesting stories about you can share?Maybe the most interesting thing is that the “coach bro” narrative is played out. Yes, he’s good looking and all of that, but he’s also a hard worker. His dad is a Marine, his mom passed away when he was in college.He gets to the office at 4 a.m. and he doesn’t leave until late. His hobby is binging on Peaky Blinders and Narcos when he has the time in the offseason. The persona isn’t really what he actually is, which is a hard-working individual.7. Texas Tech is 2nd in the nation at converting third downs (55.1 percent), to what do you attribute such great success?It’s really be at the arm of Mahomes more than anything. There are times where he completes a pass on third down that most quarterbacks just can’t do. That percentage has fallen off as of late and the big reason for that has been opposing defenses.Plus, Texas Tech has some terrific receivers, who have been his go-to for a lot of those opportunities. Jonathan Giles is terrific, Cameron Batson, Ian Sadler, Keke Coutee, Dylan Cantrell and Derrick Willies have been incredibly solid pass catchers.8.  While things seem to have died down on the expansion front, what do you gather to be the general sentiment from Texas Tech fans on whether or not to expand and who they would like to add? Most fans know what’s coming, which is the likely implosion of the Big 12 and I think most fans just want a seat at the table for a Power Five conference. It’s what makes winning so important between now and 2024 when the wheels might start turning in that direction.It’s why this year and the prospect of Kingsbury moving forward has to start putting together some wins. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Headed To Alamo Bowl To Face Colorado

first_imgOklahoma State has been selected to play in the Alamo Bowl on December 29 against the Colorado Buffaloes. The Cowboys were the second-place Big 12 team behind Oklahoma (which is headed to the Sugar Bowl), and the Alamo Bowl has second choice of Big 12 teams.This will be a top 12 matchup as OSU is ranked No. 12 in the final CFB Playoff rankings and Colorado is No. 10. Those are the top two teams that did not make one of the New Year’s Six games. Impressive stuff and a big get for the Alamo Bowl.Oklahoma State has not been to the Alamo Bowl since 2010 when it pasted Arizona 36-10. Other appearances at this bowl include: While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 1997: Purdue 33, Oklahoma State 202004: Ohio State 33, Oklahoma State 72010: Oklahoma State 36, Arizona 10The game will be played on December 29 (a Thursday) two days before the CFB Playoff semifinal games. It will be aired at 9 p.m. on ESPN just after the Belk Bowl.New Year’s Six bowl teams by conference:Big Ten: 4ACC: 2Pac-12: 2SEC: 2Big 12: 1MAC: 1— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) December 4, 2016This is Oklahoma State’s 11th straight bowl appearance. They are one of just 11 teams currently that have played in 10 or more consecutive bowls. Mike Holder released a statement about OSU’s excitement of playing CU.AD Mike Holder statement on #OKstate Alamo Bowl berth pic.twitter.com/fcY6PIlpTL— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 4, 2016last_img read more

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