KCCA vs SC Villa: Kasasiros in must win situation

first_img Tags: KCCA FCMike MutebiSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop KCCA start the day level on points with second placed Vipers (Photo by KCCA FC Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier League KCCA FC vs SC VillaStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 02-03-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – With Vipers SC hot on their heels, KCCA FC will hope to take care of SC Villa on Saturday afternoon when the two sides collide at Lugogo.The Kasasiros head into the game only top of the log by goal difference, following Vipers 2-0 win over Express on Friday. The top two (Vipers and KCCA) both have 45 points with Vipers having played a game more on the KCCA.Having held a 7 point caution ahead of Vipers barely a month ago, KCCA should already be feeling pressure and they know anything but victory against Villa, swings momentum to the side of the Venoms heading into the last 8 games.However, KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi says his side is not concerned with what is happening behind them.“We are still top and we will not be looking at our shoulders because our focus is on what is in front of us, said Mutebi in the pre-match press conference on Friday.“Yes we have not been playing convincingly in the last few games but the results are not that alarming. Added Mutebi when asked about the performance of his side recently.KCCA have not won in any of their last two League games including losing to URA 2-1 on Tuesday. However Mutebi is still confident that his side will win on Saturday.“We are going to win against Villa because am expecting a reaction from my players and am confident i will get it.“The game is going to be interesting because of the history between the two clubs.Villa is a good team with a coach who knows how to do things but i am confident my team is going to win.KCCA will be without Captain Timothy Awanyi who is suspended for accumulation of yellow cards. In his absence, former SC Villa skipper Bernard Muwanga is expected to martial the defence. KCCA FC are also welcoming back midfielder Lawrance Bukenya although another former Jogoo Nicholas Kasozi is expected to continue playing in the holding role.For Villa, their main objective is to try and finish as high as they can on the standings especially after enduring a disastrous start to the season.Currently, Douglas Bamweyana’s side are on a 5 game unbeaten run which has seen them win two and drawn the other three.Coming up against one of their traditional rivals in KCCA will be a huge motivation especially after already defeating Vipers and Express in the last couple of months.Villa will be welcoming back Derrick Ndahiro after the youngstar served his one game suspension for accumulation of yellow cards, in the 1-1 draw at home to Police. However, they are minus David Owori and Moses Kiggundu who are both suspended. Albert Mugisa and John Adriko also miss out with injury.In Bashir Mutanda, Villa have the second league top scorer, one who will poses serious questions to the Kasasiro’s defence all afternoon.Mutanda converts from the spot in Villa’s last gameMatch Facts:This will be the 18th top flight meeting between the two sides since January 2011.In the other 17 during that period, KCCA have won 7, Villa 2 withe the other 8 all ending in draws.SC Villa are winless away to KCCA in that period, losing 4 and drawing as many in their 8 visits to Lugogo.Last season, KCCA defeated Villa 1-0 in the reverse fixture last season before defeating the Jogoss 3-2 at the start of this campaign in Namboole.KCCA go into Saturday’s game having lost only one of their last 10 League games (W6 D3). That loss was in their last game, going down 2-1 at home to URA FC.At home, they have also lost only one of their last 29 games (W24 D5).For Villa, they head into the encounter having won only two of their last 9 League games (D5 L2). However, they have not lost in their last 5 (W2 D3).However, away from home, the Jogoos have won only one of their last six games (D4 L1).]The other games on Saturday:-Bright Stars vs Ndejje University FC-Onduparaka vs Maroons FC-Kirinya JSS vs Nyamityobora FC-Tooro United vs Police FCFriday’s results:-Vipers 2-0 Express FC-Mbarara City 2-1 Paidha Black AngelsComments last_img read more

H-DNL football: Ferndale captures Little 4 title

first_imgLane Branstetter had two rushing touchdowns, Jenner Christiansen and Landon Gomes each threw a touchdown pass to Tristen Martin and Ferndale High captured its first outright Little 4 Conference title since 2012 with a 42-6 win over visiting Hoopa Valley, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.“Trusting my receivers is a big part of it,” Christiansen said. “We have a special team this year, we do lots of conditioning and its definitely paying off.”Each week during what has been a …last_img read more

Ida Not a Human Ancestor

first_imgIf Ida known then what I know now: the media-frenzied presentation of Ida (Darwinius masillae) as a distant relative of human beings last year has been debunked.  “Many lines of evidence indicate that Darwinius has nothing at all to do with human evolution,” said Chris Kirk (U of Texas) in an article on Science Daily.  Researchers publishing their analysis in the Journal of Human Evolution accused the presentation of ignoring decades of research and an enormous body of literature on the evolution of strepsirrhines, a primate group that includes lemurs and lorises.  Ida’s discoverer claimed it had characteristics suggesting a linkage to haplorhines “However, Kirk, Williams and their colleagues point out that short snouts and deep jaws are known to have evolved multiple times among primates, including several times within the lemur/loris lineage,” the article claimed.  “They further argue that Darwinius lacks most of the key anatomical features that could demonstrate a close evolutionary relationship with living haplorhines (apes, monkeys, humans, and tarsiers).”    The announcement about Ida included a book, a History Channel documentary, and an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the specimen at a news conference in New York city.  The lead author of the new paper remarked, “Just because it’s a complete and well-preserved fossil doesn’t mean it’s going to overthrow all our ideas.”  For more on Ida, see the 05/19/2009 and 10/24/2009 entries.It’s nice when scientists criticize overblown claims of other scientists, but does it help to have one lie displace another?  Ida has nothing at all to do with human evolution, but it also has nothing at all to do with evolution.  A well-designed mammal lived, and it died.  Some variations existed between existing kinds of primates.  That’s all a strict empiricist should say about it.  Did you notice the fudging the new team had to make about convergent evolution?  They said certain traits are “known to have evolved multiple times among primates, including several times within the lemur/loris lineage.”  Known?  Would they swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?  The truth may not get you a book or History Channel documentary, but it has one major benefit over the alternative: it’s true.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa eyes fuel cell future

first_imgSouth Africa’s hydrogen economy Thereafter, following the successful development of the market, Clean Energy will look to establish a manufacturing and assembly plant in South Africa which will ultimately supply the sub-Saharan African and global markets with high quality fuel cell products. The company has been established under a licence arrangement between the Department of Science and Technology’s Technology Innovation Agency, mining giant Anglo Platinum’s Platinum Group Metals Development Fund, and California-based fuel cell developer Altergy Systems. Most fuel cells use platinum-group-metals (PGM) as a catalyst for the conversion of hydrogen into electricity. With 75% of the world PGM reserves residing locally, South Africa has to be an active participant in the nascent “hydrogen economy”. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said the initiative was in line with her department’s goal of promoting South Africa as a source of world-class, high technology transfer and infrastructure opportunities. “Our department is part of the economic sector and employment cluster that has prioritised cross-cutting interventions to promote decent work,” she said. Altergy will initially provide market development services during the initial market development stage and thereafter assembly line services once the manufacturing and assembly plant is commissioned. 3 August 2010 Developing a new market The South African government is partnering with the private sector to establish a new company, Clean Energy Incorporated, which will manufacture, market and distribute fuel cells in sub-Saharan Africa. The objectives of HySA are to achieve the aim of creating a Hydrogen Economy, as well as to enable South Africa to move towards a knowledge-based economy. “We are pleased that our partnership with government and other role players in the industry is bearing tangible results,” Anglo Platinum’s head of marketing development and research, Anthea Bath, said this week. “We believe this will go a long way in ensuring that we further develop the [platinum group metals] market and is a boost for local beneficiation.” The primary objectives of the new company will be to develop a market for Altergy products by marketing and setting up a distribution network throughout the sub-Saharan African region. This will ensure that South Africa enjoys the economic returns on beneficiation processes and is able to promote the growth of the knowledge economy in line with the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research, Development and Innovation Strategy, or HySA, which was approved by the Cabinet in May 2007. Source: BuaNews The ultimate goal of this national strategy is to supply up to 25% of world catalyst demand by 2020. Most importantly, the objective is to enable South Africa to extract more value from beneficiation of its natural resources, in this case, the abundant PGM resources.last_img read more

Boeing, SA school to train African pilots

first_img14 December 2011US aerospace giant Boeing is partnering with South Africa’s 43 Air School to offer a comprehensive pilot training programme as part of its efforts to expand its presence and improve aviation safety in Africa.Participants in the programme will benefit from high-quality training at the basic level, delivered by a world-class, experienced flight school and at the commercial jet level, delivered by Boeing.Programme graduates will be qualified as a Boeing Next-Generation 737 First Officer, ready to assume the right seat in the flight deck.“With three branches in South Africa, 43 Air School is Africa’s premier flight school, and with Boeing as a strategic partner, we can now compete globally, delivering world-class aviation instruction rooted in international standards of training and safety,” 43 Air School CEO Attie Niemann said in a statement this month.“We have a unique understanding of this region’s training needs, giving our customers a competitive advantage that cannot be matched on the continent,” Niemann said.“We’re the perfect fit to partner with Boeing in delivering the ‘Street to Right Seat’ programme.”Opportunity to progress seamlesslyThe three-phase programme is designed to provide a candidate with no prior flying experience the opportunity to progress seamlessly through professional training to full competence and accreditation – from basic instruction through jet training.Phase One of the programme will take cadets through basic flight instruction at 43 Air School. Phases Two and Three continue with Boeing Flight Services Jet Bridge and Type Rating programmes completed at any Boeing training campus around the world.Upon completion of training, graduates will have earned a private pilot licence, with multi-engine and instrument ratings and commercial/multi-engine qualification and a type rating in a Next-Generation 737 or other models, as the market requires.Boeing Flight Services chief customer officer Roei Ganzarski said the company was working to provide expanded access to flight training solutions across the world, enabling airlines to reduce their overall training costs as well as to help meet the increased demand for pilots.“Over the next 20 years there is a global need for hundreds of thousands of new airline pilots,” he said. “Through partnerships like this we’re working to expand the pool of pilots from which airlines can select.”South African partnershipsBoeing is one of the largest aerospace companies operating in the region, and already has partnerships with South African companies Aerosud Aviation and Denel Aerospace, who both make certain components for Boeing commercial aircraft.“The addition of 43 Air School to the Boeing portfolio of partners is a further investment in supporting Africa’s leadership in the aviation industry,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes international sales director Miguel Santos.“Flight crew training is going to be a critical focus in Africa as we seek to provide the necessary human resources to operate airline fleets to meet the region’s market demands.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Electronic teddy bears the latest target for hackers

first_imgRecorded messages spoken to teddy bears could be the latest target for hackers, according to a report from security researcher Troy Hunt.CloudPets toys, the maker of electronic stuffed animals, left the personal information available for anyone to see. This included details of the child and recorded messages.See Also: Smart cities will soon buzz with drones prone to hacking, conflictsThe data was indexed by Shodan, a search engine that publicizes data from insecure devices. Over 800,000 account details and 2.2 million recorded messages were available.Hackers and data miners used the personal information for ransom, some asking the parents for Bitcoins in exchange for the data. Others may use the account details, which include the password, to hack into more valuable online accounts.Because you can doesn’t mean you shouldCloudPets has taken the personal information offline since the leak, but did not inform its customers that their information had been made available online. This is in breach of state law in California, and CloudPets may face serious charges for failure to inform its users.Spiral Toys, the makers of CloudPets, was unavailable for comment.“This is the perfect example of why just because you can connect a device to the Internet, it doesn’t mean you should,” said Steven Malone, Director of Security Product Management at Mimecast.“Additionally, if you’re going to trust a company with your sensitive data – be it email, files, web traffic or in this case, highly personal content – doing so without checking the security credentials and practices of the cloud provider in question is simply asking for trouble.”It is not the first toy company that has shown poor authentication practices, Cayla dolls in Germany were found to have serious security flaws. Hunt also found the same security flaw in VTech gadgets for kids. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#authentication#CloudPets#data#encryption#hacking#ransomware#security#Spiral Toys#toys center_img Related Posts Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Anticipatory bail Bill gets President’s nod

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a key Bill of Uttar Pradesh that will pave the way for reintroduction of the provision of anticipatory bail, revoked during the Emergency in 1976, officials said on Monday. Barring Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, all other States in the country have the provision of anticipatory bail. “The President has given assent to the Code of Criminal Procedure (Uttar Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2018,” a Home Ministry official said. With the Presidential assent, the provision of applying for an anticipatory bail in Uttar Pradesh has been restored after over four decades.last_img read more

Davis Cup to be transformed into a 1-week World Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico FILE – This is a Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 file photo of the French captain Yannick Noah, center, holding the cup after France won the Davis Cup at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France. France won the Davis Cup for the first time in 16 years after beating Belgium 3-2. The Davis Cup is set to be transformed into a one-week, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis in a major overhaul of the international team event in men’s tennis. The International Tennis Federation says it has unanimously endorsed a proposal to create a new season-ending event in November starting in 2019. The World Cup of Tennis would be played over seven days in the traditional week of the David Cup final and comprise a round-robin format followed by a quarterfinal knockout stage. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)The Davis Cup could be transformed into a one-week, one-location, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis in a major overhaul aimed at enticing the best men’s players to play.Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are among the stars to have reacted positively to the creation of an annual season-ending event, starting in 2019, that will have a total purse of $20 million.ADVERTISEMENT “I have to say that I haven’t spoken to them directly, but I know that Gerard has had some conversations over the last few days and had positive comments from Andy Murray, from Novak Djokovic.”The ITF board unanimously endorsed the proposal, which will be submitted at the ITF’s annual general meeting in Florida in August.Haggerty said a decision on the venue for the inaugural competition will be taken in four to six weeks. There has been interest in the United States and Asia, among others.It will be on a hard court to begin with, so players featuring in the ATP Finals in November don’t have to change surfaces.“We want to find a relevant city that is world class,” Haggerty said, “where sport and entertainment can come together, where fans will travel.”Haggerty said the ITF’s long-term goal is to turn the Fed Cup into a similar one-week event.“This is a complete game-changer for the ITF and for tennis,” he said. Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments MOST READ Europa League or bust for Arsenal after feeble cup loss AFP official booed out of forum “We think the change we are making will make it so much more appealing and tangible to the top players,” David Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, told The Associated Press on Monday.Established in 1900, the Davis Cup has struggled for relevance at times in a crowded sporting calendar in recent years because many top players have chosen not to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn this revamp, the World Cup of Tennis would be played over seven days in the traditional week of the Davis Cup final, rather than across four weekends in February, July, September, and November. It would comprise a round-robin format followed by a quarterfinal knockout stage. Each tie would be best-of-three sets and consist of two singles and a doubles.Sixteen teams would automatically qualify for the finals, and two more would be selected. “In November 2018, players will know who is playing in November 2019 and they’ll be able to factor that into their plans, travel, and prioritize it,” Haggerty said in a phone interview. “Now, you may know where your first tie is, but you’re not sure where your second would be. You’re not sure of the surface.“There are some uncertainties and this will bring some clarity to it to help make the commitment to play.”The event has been devised in conjunction with investment group Kosmos, which was founded by Barcelona and Spain soccer player Gerard Pique. The partnership is worth $3 billion over 25 years.Pique has been a big driver behind the overhaul. He personally presented the proposal to the ITF board in Barcelona on Saturday, a few hours before playing that night for his team in the Spanish league.“He has had conversations with players, and the players council,” Haggerty said of Pique. “The players are very supportive of this idea.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Internet Marketing: Separating The Confused, The Curious and The Committed

first_img The Curious:  . .  As such, these particular body of website visitors are not troubling.  These days, having some random traffic to your website doesn’t really cost you anything (unless you paid for their clicks through AdWords or something).  As such, you can let them go as easily as they came and not spend too much time worrying about it. This is a particularly troubling argument because it has the ring of truth to it.  Most of the small businesses executives I talk to are doing quite well and have a steady flow of customers from their existing marketing efforts.  And, as the argument outlines, filtering through the noise of a whole new wave of website visitors takes time and energy that in many cases is not worth it.  So, does this mean that successful small businesses shouldn’t be investing online or giving much thought to their website?  I don’t think so. “Most of the users I get over the web would not make appropriate clients for me.  I have enough work to do with the business I have.  I don’t have time to filter out all the noise.” When talking about internet marketing strategy with small businesses, one of the common arguments I hear against investing in Internet marketing goes something like this: RSS feed If your efforts to drive traffic to your website are successful, chances are, a significant portion of your new visitors are what I would label as “confused”.  That it is, they weren’t really looking for something specific when they came upon you, and they succeeded in not finding whatever it is that they were not looking for.  The good news is that these people are not spending a lot of time on your site.  They’re not going to subscribe to your newsletter.  They’re not going to call you looking for more information on your offering and they’re not going to send an email to The committed visitors are often the highest quality ones.  They are actively searching for something very specific.  They have an agenda.  They are coming to your website to figure out whether your offering is a good fit for what they are looking for.  Even in this case, I would advise using the web to provide ways for these visitors to “self-select”.  Give them access to information that will help them make the decision.  Share your ideas on what makes your business different.  Reveal to them prior client experiences and help them understand what you consider to be the “ideal” client.  And finally, make sure that they have a variety of ways to “engage” your business – and don’t just force them to contact a salesperson or otherwise reveal who they are.  Based on the personality of the web visitor, different ways of interaction will appeal to them.  For example, I hate phone conversations.  If I come across a company that forces me to call them in order to learn more, they are not likely to get my business.  I’d much rather learn on my own and read.  Maybe even leave a blog comment or two.  Basically, by providing a variety of tools for the web visitor to engage you, they are more likely to do so. These visitors are the ones that are potentially good prospects for you, but they’re not really searching for an offering right now.  They may have read the title of one of your blog articles on a social bookmarking site.  They may have found a link to your site on one of the other blogs they read.  They may have been doing a search on Google that led them to you.  Whatever it was, this is a curious user that finds you because you have something to say that is of interest to them..  These are also the visitors that cause small businesses the most heartache.  Based on how targeted your online marketing strategy is, the percentage of times that these “curious” visitors actually become qualified leads can vary dramatically.  Could be as high as 25-50% or could be lower than 1%.  Your mileage can and will vary.  The reason these visitors are troublesome is that in their quest to determine whether you are the right fit, they can consume your time.  If the quality of these visitors on average is low (from a sales perspective), then you are going to spend a fair amount of energy separating the signal from the noise.  I think there are very effective ways that you can use the web to actually do this filtering for you (and that most small businesses fail to take advantage of).  I plan to write on this topic in my next article.  If you’ve not yet subscribed to this blog, now would be a great time to do so.  You can either subscribe by email – or better yet, impress us with your sophistication and subscribe to our So, my advice is simply this:  Don’t let the cost of filtering the noise from the signal dissuade you from stretching the top of your sales funnel and attracting more prospective customers.  Just as the web can help drive more potential customers to your business, it can also help these visitors “self-select” so that you don’t have to do all the hard work.   Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack The Committed:  The Confused:  Separating The Confused, The Curious and The Committed sales@yourcompany.com Originally published Feb 5, 2007 11:14:00 AM, updated March 21 2013last_img read more

10 Secrets to Marketing with Social News Sites – Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and more

first_imgPR used to mean you did a lot of hard work with a very small number of people (writers and editorial staff)who had a huge amount of control over what was published or broadcast.  But now a lot of marketing and PR for both online and offline businesses takes place on the Internet, and increasingly on “social news” sites, which are sites that allow their users to submit news stories and vote on them.  The theory behind this is that the world at large can do a better job figuring out what news people want to read than a couple editors can.  My personal experience is that these sites tend to devolve into a lowest common denominator of stories about celebrities and animal costumes, but nonetheless they are important to build links and traffic for your website in today’s world.  With some simple tips, you can exploit these websites for your benefit.  For a great overview of these social news sites, their audiences and more, see this TechCrunch article Towards a Better Digg, and also see the end of this article which lists the major social news sites and some key statistics from Website Grader about each of them.So, here are my Secrets to Marketing with Social News Sites:1) Great headline required.  You need a great headline to make your story stand out from all the rest of the others on the page to engage the other readers on the social news sites.  The headline needs to be less factual and more enticing, sometimes mysterious.  Think about what will make it most likely someone will click through to your article, usually telling them too much is a mistake.  A great resource for creating good headlines is Copyblogger, he has 2 articles on this topic: 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formats that Work and 7 More Sure-Fire Headline Templates that Work. You can see I took one of his headline templates for this article.2) Get your friends to help.  While there are lots of posted rules about not “spamming” these sites, there is nothing wrong with emailing a link to your new story or blog article to your friends and asking them to submit it or vote for it if they like it.  This will help you get a few initial votes (it also helps if they vote for your article at the same time, see #4 below).  Plus, if they really are your friends, they probably are interested in what you wrote and will like it.  Don’t be shy.3) Make it easy.  For people who come to your site and read your article, the easier you make it for people to vote on it, the more likely they are to actually vote.  Clicking your mouse once is easy.  Clicking through to another website and then entering some infomation and then voting is not easy.  An example of what I mean are the simple links to Digg this article and vote on Reddit at the top of this article.4) Timing is everything.  An article that gets 25 votes in 15 minutes will rise very quickly to the top page of most of these sites.  An article that gets 100 votes over two days will not in most cases.  So, not only do you want your friends to vote for your article, you also want them all to vote at the same time, and usually near the time that the article has been submitted.  What this does it helps it rise in the rankings early on. Then if other people on the social news site like it, it will continue to rise or at least remain near the top for a longer time.  Because most people never make it past the first or second page of these social news sites, you need to get to the top of the rankings quickly to have any chance of making it there at all.  If you are on the 4th or 5th page of Digg or Reddit, it is very unlikely you will ever make it very high and get any meaningful traffic.5) Remember you’re buying lottery tickets, not government bonds.  Remember, you are trying something that might work, but might not.  If it does work, it can be extremely valuable.  Being on the front page of Digg or Reddit can mean many thousands of visitors (or more) to your website in a single day, and you will also get a lot more links to your website, which helps you rise higher in search engine rankings.  But, your efforts may not pay off at all.  When marketing to social news sites, you are buying a lottery ticket – the price is low and the chances of winning slim, but the potential payoff is big – not a government bond where the payoff is certain, but much smaller.  So, if it doesn’t work the first time, try again and buy another ticket.  It’s not too hard.6) Become an active community member.  It is easy to just submit your own articles to the social news sites and not submit other articles and not vote on other articles.  But you will be more successful if you are at least paritally engaged in these communties since you will gain a better understanding of what the community likes and dislikes.  This will help you be more successful over time.7) You cannot predict success.  No matter how hard we have tried at Small Business Hub and HubSpot, we cannot predict which articles will be successful and which will not.  I have also not found anyone who can predict this with enough accuracy as to be useful.  My advice is stop trying to predict success (remember, you’re buying lotttery tickets) and focus your mental cycles on writing more articles and submitting them.8) Target the right sites.  Perhaps most important of all, you need to focus on the social news sites where you will have the most success.  There are enough of them around now that you can’t really spend time trying to promote you content with all of them.  You need to pick where you think your efforts will have the biggest payoff.  My personal opinion is that the community at Digg is so big and so picky and so focused on a certain topic set (very techie and apple/design stuff) that for most businesses it is not worth doing.  Especially when you are first getting started.9) Use these stats for each social news site.  These stats give you a sense of the and how valuable the link will be for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social News SiteAlexa Traffic Rank Google Page Rank BlinkList 3,5716ClipMarks 5,2956CoRank34,7574Digg 858Netscape 5349Newsvine3,7737OpenServing187,4986Reddit8938Spotback56,1235Spotplex40,6070*StumbleUpon3577* Their site was down when I was researching this article, so I was unable to determine the PageRank.Also, here are Website Grader reports for each social news site if you want to explore more marketing information about each site:BlinkList  |  ClipMarks  |  CoRank  |  Digg  |  Netscape  |  Newsvine  |  OpenServing  |  Reddit  |  Spotback  |  Spotplex  |  StumbleUpon10) The best “arbitrage” opportunity is probably Netscape.  Netscape still gets a ton of traffic from the days when they were a regular web portal, which came form the days when everyone used Netscape as a web browser and the default home page was netscape.com and most people did not bother or did not know how to change it. Topics:center_img Social Media Trends Originally published Apr 17, 2007 12:48:00 PM, updated October 18 2015last_img read more