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March 25, 2024
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José M. Duque

Content syndication platforms in 2024

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March 12, 2024
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José M. Duque

The plagiarism pandemic: safeguarding intellectual property online

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March 7, 2024
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José M. Duque

Balancing AI and human values: the Vatican's call for ethical AI

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February 28, 2024
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Jason Loch

The myth of never working a day: finding balance as a creator

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February 15, 2024
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Jason Loch

Pick a path and stick to it

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January 31, 2024
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Jason Loch

Everybody wants to cancel somebody

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January 11, 2024
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Jason Loch

Why you should care about primary sources

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December 20, 2023
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Jason Loch

Insights for specialist bloggers (part 3): research

March 25, 2024
Content syndication platforms in 2024
Mar 25, 2024

Content syndication platforms republish your content on third-party sites, broadening audience reach and brand exposure while enhancing SEO through backlinks. Choosing the right platforms is crucial. This guide outlines the best options in 2024, including general audience platforms, B2B/professional sites, precise targeting capabilities, and authoritative content distribution networks. It covers optimizing syndicated content through format flexibility, keyword integration, clear calls-to-action, and internal linking strategies. Maintaining SEO integrity, tracking performance, and navigating potential pitfalls like content saturation are also addressed. Leveraging content syndication effectively ensures your content reaches a wider audience and significantly contributes to your digital presence.

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March 12, 2024
The plagiarism pandemic: safeguarding intellectual property online
Mar 12, 2024

YouTube recently wanted me to watch a video about the ancient Egyptian bureaucrat-turned-demigod Imhotep. I knew it was going to be a hot mess from the thumbnail alone. Obviously AI-generated, it made poor Imhotep look like he’d just visited the face-painting booth at the county fair. The actual content, such as it was, featured an artificial voice reading out nonsensical statements like “Imhotep lived in the ancient Egyptian period 267 BCE AD 648” (he actually lived around the 27th century BCE). Unfortunately, schlock like this has become all too common as many creators try to churn out as much content as possible with the least amount of effort. But while the Imhotep video was just cringy, there is a darker side to low-effort content. YouTuber Harry Brewis (aka hbomberguy) recently put out a four-hour video exploring the increasing prevalence of plagiarized content on the platform.

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March 7, 2024
Balancing AI and human values: the Vatican's call for ethical AI
Mar 07, 2024

The other day I stumbled upon an interview that POLITICO did with Fr. Paolo Benanti, a Franciscan friar who advises Pope Francis on matters related to artificial intelligence. Until I read that article, I had no idea that the Vatican was paying such close attention to AI. But I’m glad they do because they can offer a unique and valuable perspective that’s often overlooked. Benanti’s core argument is that we need to have “human-centric” AI that operates within carefully prescribed limits. As he told POLITICO, “[s]ome people treat AIs like idols, like oracles, like demigods. The risk is that they delegate critical thinking and decisional power to these machines.”

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February 28, 2024
The myth of never working a day: finding balance as a creator
Feb 28, 2024

I recently stumbled upon a video about all the YouTubers who are either quitting the platform entirely, taking an extended hiatus, or pivoting to different types of content. This includes creators like Tom Scott, Matthew Patrick (aka MatPat) of The Game Theorists, and Jordan Maron of Captain Sparklez. While they straddle many different niches, they’ve all been wildly successful–many of them have subscriber counts in the millions. But they’ve ultimately decided that it’s time to move on. But what caught my attention was the fact that many of them said they simply didn’t enjoy the act of creating content like they used to. Or in the words of MatPat, “I miss the days where I could just sit down on the couch with her and play video games and it's not for content, or I'm playing a game and I'm not thinking about what theories are gonna come out of that. I miss it.” This hints at an unpalatable truth of life as a creator: no matter how much you enjoy making your content, that doesn’t mean you’ll live happily ever after. 

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February 15, 2024
Pick a path and stick to it
Feb 15, 2024

Last month, I talked about how I came up with my personal brand as a specialist blogger. Today, I’ll be talking about what it’s like to live with that decision. Identifying your brand is only the first step in the process. You need to sustain your brand on a day-to-day basis. This can be challenging when we’re constantly bombarded with unfiltered content, from eccentric relatives ranting about fringe political theories to celebrities who seem determined to prove that they have more money than sense. But if you’re looking to make a name for yourself as an authoritative content creator, you’d be well advised to resist the urge to share whatever crosses your mind and stick to the brand you’ve chosen for yourself.

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