What are the benefits of Content Syndication?

Here’s the situation.

You have a self-hosted blog.

You also have several blogs third-partly platforms, such as Blogger, WordPress.com etc.

You also have accounts on a number of social media sites where you can post articles (such as Tumblr).

In that scenario, when you have something interesting to say, you’d quite like to post it on ALL of the relevant sites, without having to go to each site individually and post the content multiple times.

That’s where content syndication tools and services become extremely useful.

I recently signed up to use SyndLab which performs that service. The developer actually promotes the tool as a way to get high search-engine rankings because in the content that you syndicate, you can include links to pages and videos which you want to rank, and those links will help you rank.

This post is actually a test of the use of SyndLab.

I’ve included a featured image and a video so I can see how the whole article appears on the various sites that I syndicate it to.

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Alex Goodall

First Blog Post By Email

If this appears on this blog it will prove that I’ve mastered the somewhat tortuous task of linking my email with my blog.

The theory is that I will be less reticent about making posts because I will be able to skip the login step – and more importantly, I will be able to post easily from my phone – so I will be more likely to post the random thoughts I have when not sitting in front of my computer.

It seems that when I’m in front of my computer I am less inclined to allow myself to indulge in non work-related mental activities. 

This may or may not prove to be a good thing as regards the quality and interest value of my posts.

Alex

Running the UK is a sideline

I have been continuing my studies into how money works – inspired by the excellent folk at http://PositiveMoney.org.uk

This has led me to the High Wycombe MP – Steve Barker – who is a director of the Cobden Centre and a thinker of some depth.

In turn, he led me to the Institute of Economic Affairs and Nick Silver, who wrote a shocking and sobering report in 2008 – A Bankruptcy Foretold – about the real size of UK  debt – when you account for pension (and other) liabilities in the way you would for a company.

With the latest figures, UK government debt is not £772 billion (54% of GDP) but £4.8 trillion (333% of GDP).

The figures quantify the situation, but what moved me most was his succinct summing up when he had to update the figure to £6.5 trillion:

Looked at this way, the UK is effectively an enormous unfunded and effectively bankrupt pension scheme, with a large speculative holding in some banks and a sideline in running a small island state off the northern coast of France.

I wonder – is it better to continue with the perverse (but accepted for countries) accounting policy that ignores pension liabilities, or face the reality that the UK – if it were a company – would be bankrupt?

Would that acceptance change our responses to anything – in particular, the spending cuts?

Somehow, I doubt it.