When you write something on the internet – on your blog, blog comments, your website, articles that you publish – do you ever stop and wonder where your words may end up?
Personally, it never ceases to amaze me where my articles end up. I often see articles I’ve submitted to article directories on other people’s blog and websites, and I’ve even seen a couple in business newsletters that I subscribe to (all used appropriately and acknowledging the author, of course).
This week, I discovered that a post by Paul B. Brown on the New York Times Business Blog has quoted yours truly. Who would ever have thought? (NB: This is a great blog by the way – definitely worth visiting).
Now, would you like to know how I discovered this? No, I don’t have time to spend all day reading through millions of websites/blogs. I subscribe to Google Alerts. All you do is go to Google Alerts and enter the search terms you want to be alerted to, such as your name, your business name or even just an industry or topic that you’re interested in. Enter how often you want to receive email alerts, whether you want websites, blogs or everything, and your email address. That’s it. Simple.
When someone publishes something that includes your nominated search terms, you’ll be sent an email with the details.
Here’s to your success in business,
The example given is excellent:
“There is nothing worse than saying:
– Achieved strong results due to strong ability to assess situations and utilise strong relationship skills.
Even though only two words have been changed, look at how much more powerful and interesting this next sentence is.
– Achieved outstanding results due to innate ability to assess situations and utilise strong relationship skills.”
These tips are not only useful when writing resumes but are also valuable across all types of writing. Within my business I use my thesaurus often. I also have a ‘swipe file’ of suggestions for alternate words and phrases.
It’s amazing how simply changing a few words here and there can make such a huge improvement to the quality of the text.
Here’s to your success in business…