Your Job is as Stressful as You Make It

This article is not limited to just those who work in social media or on the Internet, but I think many can agree that online jobs bring a different type of stress. Today I was grinding over Google analytics and some advertising details and I was worrying myself sick. I will be the first to admit that I analyze a little too much but that comes with the territory when working on the Net, right? Unfortunately, over analyzing any website can cause problems. Does it really matter if one keyword dropped two spots for a 45 minute period at 3:00 am? It may to some customers and website owners but in the whole scheme of things, it really doesn’t. Over analyzing and stressing can cause problems in any area of life.

Stressful Jobs Make Life Miserable

I am a huge Seinfeld fan. Anyone that has watched Seinfeld knows that Cosmo Kramer lives a surreal life. He never has a full time job and he only brings his stresses upon himself. Whenever I see someone analyzing their job or life too much I always think of any episode in which Kramer walks in Jerry’s apartment and says, “Oh yeahhh, I’m stressed.” The Kenny Rogers chicken show where Jerry and Kramer switch apartments also comes to mind. If you have seen the show you know exactly what I am talking about. Fortunately, I have avoided these stresses for much of my life. That said, we all bring stress upon ourselves.

After analyzing data this afternoon I called a friend and talked about life and jobs. He mentioned that there is nothing wrong with a “low stress job.” Heck, some of the happiest people in the world are WalMart greeters and overnight stock boys in the local grocery store. Having a low stress job makes all other areas of life much more enjoyable. I have been fortunate enough to live that lifestyle for quite some time.

More Responsibility and Money Brings More Stress

Most people have heard the phrase, “more money, more problems.” Well, for the most people, that is true. It does not have to be true. If you can find a way to live a happy live with low amounts of stress, money does not have to bring you problems. This is very hard for some people to understand. The reason people struggle with more responsibility and more money is the fact that they change their lifestyle. Let’s look deeper into this phenomenon.

Let’s say you make $32,000 a year. There is a good chance you are not sitting in the box seats at the NFL games on Sunday. You probably don’t play golf five times a week and a $150 steak dinner is not your Friday cuisine. Does this mean you are not happy? Not at all. In fact, you may be even happier than the individual doing all these things because you cherish the little things in life like simply being alive. Sitting on the front porch and enjoying the weather is something that most CEOs and executives do not do often. Trust me, I know many of them. They are slaving for the dollar 24/7.

Lets take another scenario. You make $125,000 as an executive for your company. There is a good chance you are hosting clients in the box seats at that NFL game. You may also have to play a few rounds of golf with the same clients next week. To finish off a deal you could have to buy them a $125 steak just to impress them. While this seems like an amazing life, it gets old quick. In fact, this $125k executive may give almost anything to have a low stress job that allows them to come home and just sit on the porch.

Your Job IS as Stressful as You Make It

While many of us would love the opportunity to sprint up the corporate ladder it is not for everyone. In fact, I would strongly urge you to step back and think about the things that truly make you happy. If your job is forcing you to avoid these things only you can change it. Go look in the mirror and accept that the only person changing your life is you. Even if you scale back your job or even quit you will still wake up tomorrow. Life may be a little bit different but you will be able to enjoy those finer things in life.

I know there are bills to pay and mouths to feed. I totally get that. I feel as if many people are spending money on much more than the necessities. Those box seats and that $125 steak are not necessities. Spending time with your loved ones and sitting out on the porch enjoying the weather are much more necessities than playing golf three times a week. Think about this before making another life altering decision with your job. More money and more opportunities does not always bring more happiness. Remember, sometimes ignorance is bliss.…

Why Google Does Not Index All Google Plus Posts

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Google indexes millions of Google Plus posts but not all of them. There are a number of active Google Plus users that find that it takes weeks, sometimes even months to see their posts crawled and indexed in Google search. From personal experience, it took about three months for my Google Plus posts to be crawled, indexed and ranked within organic search. Even after three months Google was not indexing all of my Google Plus posts. There is a very good reason for this.

Google Fights Spam Every Second of Every Day

Being on the front page of Google search is very powerful. So much so that entire business models have been developed to increase the likelihood that a website will rank on the front page for specific keywords. Most of you know these companies as SEO companies. There are some fortunate individuals that have websites that rank #1 for a specific keyword and they make over $1000 a day. These are few and far between so don’t quite your day job in an attempt to rank #1 for “New York Defense Attorney”.

The fact that the real estate on the front page of Google is so valuable means that many will try to manipulate the system. Not only will they try but they will pay someone else to do it for them. We have all seen those website that will post 25 articles a day with the same keyword. They will spam your blog posts with comments related to the same keyword. If this is not enough they will create a Twitter account with that keyword, a Facebook Fan page with that keyword and a Google Plus business page with that keyword. Ahhh, about that Google Plus business page.

If any spammer makes a Google Plus business page they are basically telling Google, “Hey, look at me! I am the one trying to manipulate your algorithm!” This makes it very easy for the Google Spam team as they can track all the bogus accounts and blogs that have been posted from this individual. I would hope no one reading this article is stupid enough to do that.

Google Does Not Index All Google Plus Posts

While most spammers are not the brightest individuals they are also not stupid. Many will come up with systems or programs that allow them to not look “as spammy”. Some will create multiple Google Plus profiles on multiple IP address. If they would only use this type of energy to create amazing content they could sail of into the sunset with $100 bills falling out of their pockets. I digress. These manipulation systems can get quite sophisticated. The following results are from those that have built authority and do not spam.

Google recognizes that spam can be detrimental to the health of search results. They are very weary of allowing just anyone to rank in search. There is a reason it takes a few weeks for Google to crawl, index and rank a new website. Many new websites do not see search results for several months and possibly even years as they have to prove to Google that they are a viable option for searchers. The same is true with a Google Plus profile or business page.

If you went on Google Plus today and started posting about home loans in Atlanta you are not going to have much authority on the social platform. Over the next six to nine months if you consistently post about updated trends and the 10 year treasury rate yield you would naturally become an authority. Then, and only then, would Google consider indexing your Google Plus posts.

There is much more to it than just age. You will also need to prove you are an authority through engagement and follower count. I am not a firm believer that follower count is the be all, end all, but there is a reason Google shows it in the search beside anyone with Google Authorship. If you have built a following of 500 people who are interested in the Atlanta housing market Google is likely to index and rank you within search.

Build Authority Through Expertise

If you have an area of expertise use Google Plus to build that authority. Even if you are not getting any +1s or comments you are still telling Google what you know. Every single time you mention the words “Atlanta” and “home loans” you are giving Google the opportunity to give you another stamp of approval. I know most people talk about the fact that everyone is on Facebook. I will say this a million times, “I don’t care if there are only 10 people on Google Plus, it gives you the opportunity to tell Google what you know!”…