Last Updated: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Google+ Community Posts Not Showing Up? Here's the Solution

When sharing blog posts, Google+ communities are my favorite places to go. Why? Because I get more likes, shares and views on Google+!

However, recently, around the month of August this year (2016) until now, I noticed that I'm getting less and less likes, shares and views.

So I've got the notion that maybe, people are not seeing my posts. Then I investigated what's happening.

I shared a post on a Google+ community, then logged in to my other G+ account using another laptop.

With my other G+ account, I went inside the community and voila! I couldn't see the post I made.

God! Am I marked as a spammer? This thought occurred to me, but I immediately dismissed it.

I'm confident that my shared posts are not spam because of 4 things:

1. My posts are all unique. Meaning, I don't share posts with similar wordings.
2. My posts have human-friendly captions. I don't just drop links.
3. My posts are in line with the community's rules.
4. My posts have proper time-spacing. Like an hour or two.

So thinking that I'm following the rules yet my posts are treated like criminals (spams) by Google+, I decided to ask some help on the official Google+ Help community, so that my problem would be solved faster.

However, I was not really in luck finding an answer on the community, so I just scoured the web to look for answers.

After a few hours of visiting several groups and forums, here's the solution that I found for disappearing Google+ community posts.

Solution to disappearing Google+ community posts

1. Go to the Google+ community where you shared a post.

2. Click the triple dot icon on the top-right corner.

3. Select "Preferences."

4. Beside "Sort by top posts or most recent" change "Top posts" to "Most recent."

And there you go! Your shared post that you thought been banned, blocked or flagged as spam by the Google+ community moderators will show up again.

While others may insist that you've been banned, blocked or labeled you as a spammer, don't believe them until you change this sort post setting. Your recent posts won't naturally appear if the posts are sorted by top posts.

Google+ community, then and now

Back then, all Google+ communities show posts by the "most recent" ones. However today, all Google+ communities sort posts as "top posts" by default.

So whenever you refresh the community or visit it later to check out your shared post, your post won't show up.

I'm not sure but I think this is a new update or feature of Google+ communities? Wherein the default setting is now "Top posts?"

I've been sharing in Google+ communities for years and this is the only time that I have encountered disappearing posts because of that setting or feature.

In fact, there are several people who encountered the same problem as mine.

Google+ community not a great platform to share posts anymore?

Since Google+ communities now sort posts as "top posts" by default, people will not see your "recent" posts. Hence, you won't get any likes, shares and views. And I think that most Google+ users are not aware of changing this setting, so it's no use sharing your posts on communities anymore.

What are your thoughts about this?

Last Updated: Thursday, November 17, 2016

How to Be a More Likable Boss?

how to be a more likable boss

Do you want to be a more likable boss? Then you've come at the right place.

I believe these tips will help you become a more likable boss because these tips come from an employee's perspective.

So, let's start?

Learn to smile.

Being a likable boss all starts with how you face your employees. Do you smile as a greeting every time you walk inside your office? Or do you just flash your grumpy face while walking passed your employees at full speed?

When you wear a smile, it helps break down that barrier between you and your employees, and it usually helps debunk that notion that you are a tyrant and unapproachable boss.

Remember all of your employees' names.

Anyone wouldn't like it if you don't remember their name. Well, you may be forgiven for not remembering everybody's names if you have a very large company.

But you've got no excuse for not remembering your employees' names especially if your office is just a one big room.

Don't always interrupt your employees.

Avoid frequent chats or avoid asking the same questions again when they have been already answered. Don't hold surprise meetings every time just because you want to feel busy.

Remember that your employees have something to do and deliver by the end of the day, and you, disturbing them unnecessarily is really not likable.

Allow a relaxed atmosphere.

Don't be too strict to your employees. They cannot enjoy their work and be more productive if you are emanating that menacing boss aura.

Allow them to play their favorite music while working. Let them chat and have a laugh with their colleagues. Don't look too much into it as long as they are able to deliver.

Learn to listen.

Your business is not always about you. Though you are the boss, learn how to listen to your employees' ideas, suggestions and concerns.

A boss who does not know how to listen is usually hated by their employees. What kind of company and management do you have if you are not letting them speak up their own voice?

Accept that you are sometimes wrong.

I once had a boss who lectured us, the content writing department, for having written the headlines "wrong" because they were too short and didn't contain much keywords for SEO.

We explained to our boss that our written headlines comply with the best practices of the web. We even showed him facts and posts written by well-known SEO experts, but he still said no and insisted us using his too long and keyword-stuffed headlines.

We really felt bad during that time. Though facts were already presented (and nicely presented), our boss didn't even lower his pride.

Provide your employees the necessary tools.

If you want your employees to get something done fast and of top quality, provide them the necessary tools. While there are free resources and tools on the web, those only have limited features. And tools with limited features affect the productivity of your workers.

For example, graphic designers always need stock photos. Don't just make them rely on free image sources such as Pixabay or Flickr. Though there are several free images there, your graphic designers may not still find the pictures they need. And I could attest to that.

Don't be a cheapskate boss! Upgrade to a premium account on Shutterstock or any paid image sources. Your money won't be wasted as your graphic designers always need them anyway.

Eat together with your employees.

If you have the time, eat together with your employees. I'm not saying that you always have to treat them to lunch. It's not a requirement to be always treating your employees.

But by eating together with them, you'll get to know more about them personally. Talk to them that's not about work. Ask them about their likes or dislikes. These little conversations might even come in handy on Kris Kringles!

Raise the salaries of your employees.

Remember your contract with your employee that you'll be giving them a raise every year? Don't you forget that, especially if your employee is deserving of a raise.

Don't make your employee come to you and ask about it just because you forget. It feels awkward on the employee's part, you know? Always be sensitive on this matter and do the initiative to review your employee's performance in order for him to receive his raise.

Wrapping up

Most bosses were once employees once. If you want to be a more likable boss, then reminisce those times when you were just still an employee and ask these questions:

  • What do you hate about your boss?
  • What do you like about your boss?

Then sort your answers. Do what you need to do as what you would expect to your previous boss.

Last Updated: Thursday, November 10, 2016

5 Tips to Help You Become Happier at Work

Have you take a look at your old photos? Compare them with your recent ones.

What did you notice aside from you gaining weight?

You look happier... younger... and less wrinkle lines.

But today, no matter how you pose a smile in front of the camera, you cannot hide the fact that you are stressed and a bit sadder.

What's the cause of it? Is it your job?

Sure, you've got your dream job, and it pays you just the exact amount of money that you ever wished for.

But every time you go to the office, you feel unmotivated... uninspired... depressed.

You are always looking forward to end the day even if your work hasn't started yet. And this is what's contributing to your wrinkle lines.

When you are depressed or feel horrible at work, you are looking older than your real age because stress ages your genes.

So for you to revive that positive energy towards work, here are some tips to help you become happier.

1. Decorate your desk the way you want it.

You'd be much happier at work if your working space looks like the way you want it to be. It gives you a feeling of uniqueness and it screams that you "own" this particular space.

You could bring your favorite mousepad instead of using the company's. You could neatly stack on your desk your favorite books, pin sticker notes, put picture frames, pen holders... anything that would make you happy and comfortable.

2. Don't pay too much attention to your stressors.

Sometimes, you don't feel getting up for work because there is someone in your office who makes you feel stressed all the time which is usually your manager or boss.

Don't be too self-conscious whenever they are around. Don't think like "Oh damn, I'll be seeing my manager and boss again." Don't make it a big deal.

Just continue working like they are your ordinary colleagues.

3. Always make yourself clear.

Usually, you feel stressed seeing your manager and boss because there's something that you haven't finished doing in your deliverable yet which makes them pester you all the time.

They always check upon the status of your work as if you are not doing your job. This is really stressful, right?

So to make them give you a little space for you to focus on your work, be clear on your deliverables' deadlines.

Tell them when they would expect to see the finished product and create a specific schedule on when you would do your regular reporting regarding the status of your work. And do it nicely.

4. Have a work buddy.

Make friends in your office. Or if you are uncomfortable being too friendly with everyone, at least, have a work buddy - your best friend in the office.

This would make you feel less alone. You have someone to talk to, eat lunch together, or even hang out after office hours.

So even if the whole office is against you (for whatever reason), you have that one close buddy whom you could ask for support.

5. Don't forget the reasons why you are working hard.

Why do you work? Is it only for you to survive and pay your bills? Or do you have a goal and inspiration?

If you feel like giving up on your work or you are less happy, just think of your goal and inspiration. Imagine yourself reaching that goal and you'll be a lot happier.

While you cannot fully avoid the things that make you less happy at work, it all comes down to on how you deal with them.

How about you? What are your ways on how to become happier at your work place?

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How to Find Your Website's Broken Links Using Google Webmasters Tools

According to Google Support, your website's broken links or 404s don't harm your site's indexing or ranking.

But if you would ask your SEO friends, they would highly recommend that you fix them as it will affect the ranking of your website. But Google says otherwise. So whom should you believe? It's gonna be Google, the gods of the search engine, right?

However, I don't think that our SEO friends are wrong. While Google may say that broken links don't affect your site's ranking, it can in the long run.

According to A Bright Clear Web, broken links are bad for your website because of the following reasons:

  • A source of frustration for the user
  • Gives the impression that you don't do regular housekeeping
  • Harms your credibility as an authority
  • Affects your sales page's conversion
  • Hurt your SEO and page rankings

If you always lead your readers to broken links, your website will have a higher bounce rate or exit rate making it appear that your website isn't of value at all. So what would search engines do? Lower your rankings.

So to prevent this from happening, you should start looking for your website's broken links. But how?

As web owners, I'm sure that you have already heard of Google Webmasters Tools. You might not be aware of it but Google Webmasters Tools also has a broken link checker.

Steps on finding your website's broken links with Google Webmasters Tools

1. Login to your Google Webmasters Tools account. Login here: If you don't have a GWT account, create one.  

Notes: If you have just created a GWT account, you need to wait for a few days for Google to "crawl" your website to gather data. Wait at least a week.

2. Go to the Search Console Dashboard of your website by clicking your website's property URL.

3. On the left side, look for "Crawl" and click "Crawl Errors."

4. Under "Crawl Errors," Google Webmasters Tools will show you the entire list of broken links if there's any.

5. To locate the source of the broken link, click the reported broken link, then click the "Linked from" tab.

By clicking the "Linked from" tab, you can discover which pages contain the broken link. To fix the broken links, you can change them, replace them with a new source link, or delete them entirely. Once you have fixed everything, click the "Mark as fixed" button.

What is your favorite way of finding broken links on your website? What tool do you use? Do you use Google Webmasters Tools too? Let me know your thoughts and comment below.