What Boom Have Been Reading March 2018 Edition
We’ve arrived in March and BRITISH SUMMER TIME IS FINALLY HERE! The sun has been shining recently too! (No need to mention the Beast From The East, right?). We’ve been busy busy busy over the last few weeks, and the plans are now all in place ready for the 2nd Drink Digital of 2018, why not join us on the 5th April? There’s free pizza!
As usual, we’ve been doing our best to stay at the top of our game, which means we get to read a lot about what’s going on in the digital world. This month, we’ve gathered together what has helped us over the last few weeks and created one glorious list for your viewing pleasure. From GDPR updates, to Ikea style instructions and the best calculator app for MAC that there ever was (disclaimer: In Lindsays opinion).
by Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe)
Another month, another update. Confirmed by Google. Lots of scratching around looking for answers. Glenn does a lot better than most – but you remember when Google said “just make stuff that’s good for users”? Well…
by Jason Acidre (@jasonacidre)
Jason looks at link building in 2018 and how it should be an audience first activity – something that should be read by link builders, outreachers and PR people alike. Answering some of these will help you build more links…
by Benjamin Estes (@BenjaminEstes)
Benjamin puts forward a simple framework for getting people to take action on your recommendations.
by Garrett French (@GarrettFrench)
Sometimes it is good to go back to the old stuff. An absolute stone cold classic from Garrett – who does actually link out?
SEMrush released a nice little Google Docs plugin, how did I not know this semantic analysis tool existed? This SEO tool is pretty good if you are chatting to a prospective client on the phone.
Also if you want to learn how algorithms work via the medium of Ikea instructions then look no further:
by Kåre Mulvad Steffensen (@dejliglama)
Great news this week as the crew working on the GDPR plugin announced they will be rolling it into WordPress Core. This should help a lot of people deal with the incoming GDPR deadline. (Providing they make their launch date of course…)
I was introduced to this and straight away knew that I’d be including it in my return to the monthly round-up. This site is packed with various different ways to visualise data. Using the wrong graph or chart to visualise data is so easy, but this makes it a little simpler. Click on whichever visualisation takes your fancy and it’ll tell you what kind of data you should use it for; comparisons, distribution, etc. There are examples for each style, too, so you can see how others have used it.
by Ted Kitterman
It was National Grammar Day at the start of March. This article served as a great little reminder to make sure that grammar and punctuation is always perfect before sending anything across to a journalist or editor.
From the list of tweets compiled, you get a real sense of common errors that really irritate those who receive no end of pitches in their inbox. Using it as a healthy reminder will definitely make your emails more precise!
This amazing NUMI calculator for Mac has been around for a few years now, so in case you missed it or forgot about it, remind yourself how awesome it is as a work tool. It may have improved a ton since you last had a peek. A kind of super calculator/notepad/spreadsheet/CSS unit converter with seemingly no limitations, you’ll wonder how you got by without it.