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My Tianeptine article was #1 this past weekend on Reddit Psychology hot list.  If you’re a Redditor, do me a solid and go Upvote!  http://www.reddit.com/r/psychology/comments/wlsgn/tianeptine_the_antidepressant_that_reduces/

I visited MoMA this past weekend and now all I want to do is remain unemployed and sit at home and make art all day. #firstworldproblems

It inspired me to write another Suite 101 article.  I’ll get back to the Health & Wellness category soon, I swear.

I also need to get into the habit of taking my own pictures for articles, like this one.

At 630,000-square-feet, MoMA’s contemporary and spacious 6-floored building holds a vast array of 19th-21st century artwork. This prestigious museum encompasses a plethora of mediums including installations, paintings, photography, architecture, and vanguard digital media. If you have never visited an art museum before or are an art connoisseur on the prowl for new and exciting experiences, this floor-by-floor guide will provide the details on what New York’s MoMA has to offer.

Read more at Suite101: Guide to the Manhattan Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) by Candice Hall Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/guide-to-the-manhattan-museum-of-modern-art-moma-a409980#ixzz20wHLSzsr

Categories: I arted, Reviews Tags: art, MoMA, museum of modern art, new york city, psychology, Suite101, travel, travel writing

My freelance writing gig–Suite101–which was formerly raped by Google search algorithms, is trying to refashion itself into a sustainable business model. I dunno if it will work and I’ll actually start seeing more money, but I decided to start writing for them again. If anything, it’s a good hub for my more serious writing.

I also decided to concentrate on writing about drugs and Health & Wellness, since I’m technically a health care professional and all that jazz.

I’m normally not big on asking people to promote my stuff, but I do get a portion of ad revenue over there. So please, if you think an article is interesting, retweet and shit (there’s a button on the actual article):

Everyone has seen that Zoloft commercial—the one with the bouncing, white bubble, a cartoon parable about escaping depression to reclaim a formerly emotionally disrupted life. With its multiple parodies and wide-recognition, the Zoloft cartoon permeated the cultural zeitgeist and brought a mainstream awareness to antidepressant drugs. It famously referred to depression as a “chemical imbalance.”

Introduced by Pfizer in 1991, Zoloft (sertraline) became the next major Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) after Prozac (fluoxetine) and heralded a new age of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder. With these new drugs came a revamped model for depression treatment, which revolved around the neurotransmitter that has almost become synonymous with happiness: serotonin.

Serotonin is a complicated chemical with a variety of somatic functions. It has receptors in several different bodily systems and the exact mechanism for creating happiness is unknown. What is known about SSRIs is that by inhibiting reuptake or reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, they increase the levels of serotonin.

But there is a class of drugs, also considered antidepressants, which have the opposite mechanism as SSRIs. They are a class titled “selective serotonin reuptake enhancers” or SSREs. Of these drugs that reduce serotonin rather than increase it, there is exactly one that has been manufactured and marketed. It’s available in Europe and it’s called tianeptine…

Read more at Suite101: Tianeptine: The Antidepressant that Reduces Serotonin Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/tianeptine–the-antidepressant-that-reduces-serotonin-a409726#ixzz205sp2NNV

Categories: Knowledge has vagina dentata so don’t you fuck with it Tags: antidepressants, depression, drugs, medication, pharmacology, serotonin, SSRE, stablon, Suite101, tianeptine

So, as you may have noticed with my notorious link whoring, I recently joined a freelance writing site. I picked Suite101 over Examiner due to higher editorial oversight and general content quality. I made about $3 in 5 days, which is actually better than average for the average newbie freelance blogger. But still, I checked out their writer forum to see if others had insight into how they were doing.

Apparently, people who have been on the site for years found a massive drop in revenue in the last couple months.  People who had way more articles than me were not not doing vastly better. The phrase “Google panda” came up over and over again on the forum. Instead of trying to trace the orignal conversation, I, of course, turned to Google.  (No, unfortunately, Google didn’t adopt a Panda cub.)

I found a great article, apparently unharmed or able to surpass the limitations of Google Panda.  Here’s what I learned:

  • Google has a codename or nickname for their search algorithm.  Formerly “Caffeine,” it is currently “Panda,” named after one of their engineers.
  • The change was prompted in early 2011 by a call to help weed out “low quality” sites from the searches.   This includes websites from content farms.

Via wikipedia: “Content farm is used to describe a company that employs large numbers of often freelance writers to generate large amounts of textual content which is specifically designed to satisfy algorithms for maximal retrieval by automated search engines. Their main goal is to generate advertising revenue through attracting reader page views.”  < Suite 101 sounds like it fits the criteria.

  • Unfortunately, what determines this “low quality” isn’t always relevant to the quality of writing. Wisegeek, which I always thought had great articles, took a 77% hit in traffic, based on keyword exposure.   Simply by having a site with multiple ads hosted by AdSense (iroincally owned by Google) can hurt your ranking.

A Wired.com interview discusses Suite101:  

Wired.com: I spoke to someone yesterday who runs a site called Suite 101. His rankings have tanked, and his keyword traffic is down 94 percent. He says that it’s not fair, since he commissions and curates his own articles and contends the quality is high.

Cutts: Oh, yes. Suite 101, I’ve known about it for years.

Wired.com: So why did this guy take a much bigger hit than Demand Media, which has a reputation as the classic site that wins high rankings for low-quality content?

Cutts: I feel pretty confident about the algorithm on Suite 101.

I’ll still be using Suite101 for certain articles, simply because a couple bucks is better than the nothing I’m getting on WordPress.  But in terms of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), my experience finds WordPress better for Google exposure.  Fair or not?  Probably not, but at least I’m aware of it.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: algorithm, blogger, content farm, freelance, google panda, SEO, Suite101, wordpress, writer