Rand Fishkin

Wizard of Moz. Author, speaker, blogger, traveler, feminist, and husband to @everywhereist

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Rand Fishkin

1 day ago

Social media isn't as strong as we think in impacting voters, but TV is *shockingly* powerful, despite receiving substantially less criticism.

Is Media Driving Americans Apart?

nytimes.com

Rand Fishkin

1 day ago

Good to remember this next time there's a similar conflict

The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State. As usual, they're not willing to admit it

latimes.com

Rand Fishkin

1 day ago

Remarkable findings on the power of natural sound to improve people's moods, abilities, and disposition

Sonic Tonic

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22 days ago

Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

hbr.org

Rand Fishkin

33 days ago

Ads *do* work that way, but they also work in many others. Good rundown of them here

Ads Don't Work That Way

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33 days ago

The odds of a lawn dart harming your life aren't high, but we still banned them. The odds of a smart home + security state harming your life seem pretty equivalent...

Why You Should NEVER Buy an Amazon Echo or Even Get Near One

nakedcapitalism.com

Rand Fishkin

36 days ago

A great piece of journalism, this long, but worthwhile read is a series of fascinating, dark stories about the power of SEO, negative reviews, and the lengths companies will go to in order to protect their Google results.

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

fastcompany.com

Rand Fishkin

37 days ago

Excellent analysis and advice in here

Why and how the Cryptobubble will burst

medium.com

Rand Fishkin

45 days ago

I love clear, logic-driven takedowns of pervasive (and useless) gender myths like this one.

Slutty women don’t end up single and alone, actually

metro.co.uk

Rand Fishkin

46 days ago

Caitlin Moran on Fighting the Cowardice of Cynicism

brainpickings.org

Rand Fishkin

46 days ago

It's the aggregation of experience that makes this piece so uniquely insightful

How to Be a C.E.O., From a Decade’s Worth of Them

nytimes.com

Rand Fishkin

56 days ago

One of the best, most illuminating pieces I've ever read about the science of how we perceive tastes

How Science Saved Me from Pretending to Love Wine

newyorker.com

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56 days ago

If Your Team Agrees on Everything, Working Together Is Pointless

hbr.org

Rand Fishkin

59 days ago

This is incredible.

The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets

theguardian.com

Rand Fishkin

66 days ago

A wonderful piece of writing, and a set of concepts that too few of us spend time considering

How to stop professionalising ourselves to death

martinweigel.org

Rand Fishkin

67 days ago

At the heart of America's problems is the belief that an opinion should be just as valid as actual data. Few pieces highlight that better than this one.

More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows

scientificamerican.com

Rand Fishkin

113 days ago

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain

vox.com

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113 days ago

Potentially complex ethics, but a good phenomenon to be aware of

See the cool kids lined up outside that new restaurant? This app pays them to stand there.

washingtonpost.com

Rand Fishkin

117 days ago

Not just a good commentary on the current state of VC (which is damned odd), but also a great example of a company wisely bucking the prevailing trend

A Different Way — Thoughtful Financing, Or Why We Said “No” to a Lot of Money

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Rand Fishkin

117 days ago

Dark, but welcome data in the search for understanding of what the term and those who embrace it are all about

The Dark Minds of the 'Alt-Right'

theatlantic.com

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128 days ago

The findings are actually quite useful and the traits they found to be non-correlated with success were equally interesting

What Sets Successful CEOs Apart

hbr.org

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137 days ago

Well argued, and backed up with data and investigation into counterpoints... We need another giant stimulus

The Great Recession never ended

theweek.com

Rand Fishkin

171 days ago

I hated being groomed to be "tough" as a bit. Took me decades to unlearn it. Great piece.

Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls

nytimes.com

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188 days ago

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Rand Fishkin

188 days ago

Inside every group member is a potential lone dissenter who can restore a sense of individuality and create a foundation for constructive dissent

The Case for Less Solidarity

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Rand Fishkin

188 days ago

May we all have Marilee's courage

Marilee Talkington

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188 days ago

We need to stop stereotyping, because the data doesn't fit the narrative

It’s time to bust the myth: Most Trump voters were not working class.

washingtonpost.com

Rand Fishkin

191 days ago

The best piece I've read on this topic. Nuanced, and complex, just like reality.

I Fought For a Better Israel Than This

politico.com

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199 days ago

Fascinating

Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense

nautil.us

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199 days ago

Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

washingtonpost.com

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199 days ago

This is wholly incredible. Fingers crossed, it takes off like universal basic income, and real attempts are made to experiment.

The Rock-Star Appeal of Modern Monetary Theory

thenation.com

Rand Fishkin

205 days ago

The Most Amazing Lie in History

mentalfloss.com

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205 days ago

This might be the best political writing I've seen in months, and it tells a truly Hollywood-worthy story of Mueller and Comey from the Bush years that I'd never before heard.

What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey

politico.com

Rand Fishkin

205 days ago

Great case study in how PR can help drive adoption

What matters (and doesn’t) when getting press for your startup

medium.com

Rand Fishkin

211 days ago

This is beautiful: "In a time of such upheaval and uncertainty, our reckless, quiet love feels like deliverance."

The Physics of Forbidden Love

nytimes.com

Rand Fishkin

212 days ago

A fascinating, transparent look into the mechanics of cookbook printing (and of rejecting the status quo and standard publishing offers)

Why We Are Self Publishing the Aviary Cookbook - Lessons From the Alinea Book.

medium.com

Rand Fishkin

215 days ago

While remarkably (and obviously) England-centric, there's some interesting perspectives in here (and it might make us all think more about how we converse with each other)

Are men boring?

1843magazine.com

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236 days ago

Frustrating for those of us in digital marketing, but a powerful case for in-person meetings, events, conferences, etc.

A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email

hbr.org

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236 days ago

The evidence for an "ambition gap" keeps shrinking: "women’s desires to reach the top ranks at work primarily varies by company, rather than by family status, as commonly thought."

How Office Culture Can Crush Women’s Ambitions

theatlantic.com

Rand Fishkin

236 days ago

The American way is pure madness

I'm an American living in Sweden. Here's why I came to embrace the higher taxes.

vox.com

Rand Fishkin

236 days ago

I've been guilty of fostering this type of environment myself. Don't make my same mistakes.

'Collaboration' Creates Mediocrity, Not Excellence, According to Science

inc.com

Rand Fishkin

242 days ago

Fascinating all the way around.

The Cult of ‘Zelda: Majora’s Mask’

theringer.com

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245 days ago

Cooking Lessons

story.californiasunday.com

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245 days ago

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

theatlantic.com

Rand Fishkin

246 days ago

A must read for everyone. Like homework or performance reviews, there's just no good reason to keep doing things this way.

The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews

nytimes.com

Rand Fishkin

257 days ago

A very cool competitive advantage

The Berkshire Hathaway of The Internet

medium.com

Rand Fishkin

257 days ago

This nails so much of the f'd up incentives Silicon Valley startup culture has brought us: "What sucker wants to earn $10 million/year at a 52.5% tax rate when you can get away with hundreds of millions in one take at just 15%? Nobody, that’s who."

Exponential growth devours and corrupts

m.signalvnoise.com

Rand Fishkin

257 days ago

I love stories like these, where small scale and patience makes something remarkable work.

Our Odd Startup: 3 ½ Guys, No VC, Profitability, and Patience

medium.com

Rand Fishkin

257 days ago

Damn. Complicated as hell, but also also fascinating.

Why FBI Can’t Tell All on Trump, Russia

whowhatwhy.org

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260 days ago

How the Science of “Blue Lies” May Explain Trump’s Support

blogs.scientificamerican.com

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