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The Newest Content Marketing Technique in Town: Viral Photo Websites

It’s no secret any more that the key not only to search engine rankings, but also to readership, is to have high quality content on the web. Whether that means well-written articles or videos, Twitter feeds or Facebook pages, businesses, artists, and individuals are getting more readership because they are investing in solid content. The latest content marketing technique is the creation of viral photo websites that draw in a sizable audience. Just consider the epic success of the Epicfail.com website; the site is so widely known that the term…

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The splendid way this viral photo of Chris Hemsworth is helping fight mental illness.

Now this is good publicity. <br> The celebrity tabloid news industry is basically a collection of our* guilty pleasures rolled into one massively problematic dumpster fire. *The fact TMZ is bookmarked in my web browser means I am certainly part of the problem. Photo via iStock. Body-shaming, invading privacy, luring famous kids into photos using other children as bait — sometimes it feels like there is no lowest low when it comes to the paparazzi and our infatuation with famous folks. Take actor Chris Hemsworth, for instance. Photo by Dave…

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A heartbreaking photo of a Syrian child went viral. Here are 3 things we can do about it.

We can’t unsee that photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh. But now, we have a choice: We can turn away, or we can do something about it. <br> By now you’ve probably seen that startling photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh from Aleppo, Syria. Plenty of other powerful and arresting moments have been caught on camera since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. But none of them have managed to send shockwaves around the world quite like this photo, taken by Mahmoud Raslan: a child dressed in dust and…

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Can You See The Beauty Of This Photo? Most People Can’t

It seems like a norm for us to take our smartphones out and take photos if we see something amazing. And when you meet a movie star, no one would give up the chance taking a record and maybe sharing it on social media afterwards. However, an old woman in the photo uses the best device – her own eyes, to appreciate what’s she’s seeing and to feel all the feels. Such “old fashion” is actually full of wisdom and I guess she’s even more attractive than the movie star…

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Photo of the Week 249: Burma

I’ve had a busy week since we last checked in. I prepped tons of content for the upcoming weeks, trained for an upcoming 5K run, answered a bazillion emails, had a blast for St. Patrick’s Day, oh… and went to Burma. Unfortunately, no, it wasn’t for the two-week girl’s trip I was so excitedly planning this year — a post on why that trip got cancelled is still in the works — nor for the liveaboard I’ve been dreaming of joining for ages. It was for a visa run. A…

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Photo of the Week 246: Bangkok and Hua Hin

What a week! Last time I checked in, our big ‘ol group of friends from Koh Tao had just soaked up the spoils of the Khao Yai wine region. This week, the party continued with a three-day birthday celebration in Bangkok with the whole crew and next, a quiet retreat down to seaside Hua Hin with Ian. Bangkok is, of course, a regular repeat destination for me, but Hua Hin was a brand new (and long awaited!) one. While I’d scheduled three posts prior to this departure and hoped to…

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Photo of the Week 245: Khao Yai

Greetings from Bangkok! Those following along on my Instagram know I just spent the most amazing few days exploring Thailand’s wine region with a group of twelve of my nearest and dearest from Koh Tao. Yup, Thailand has a wine region and yup, I survived planning a trip there for twelve! The Khao Yai countryside is an extremely popular vacation destination for Thais but very rarely visited by Westerners — part of the draw to the area for me was knowing I’d get to write all kinds of juicy (grape…

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