Anon vs Jehovah, PhD Dating, and Driving Traffic

Dear Brian,
Why can’t/won’t Anonymous take down Jehovah’s Witnesses—Official Website:

with the JW’s being a large Cult in both doctrine and behaviour and knowing that the Anon group have initiated similar downtime action towards the Westboro Church’s website in the past; i’m wondering why they haven’t approached this Cult too. i ask only out of interest. thx!
You’re misunderstanding what Anonymous is.

Anonymous is a brand that anyone can contribute to. There’s no monthly meetings where Anons contribute to an organized and centralized series of goals like at a corporation like Facebook, Walmart, or Bank of America.

Things happen in life, and sometimes people want to take credit, while other times they do not. Anonymous is for those times you’d prefer people not know you did something.

So the way it actually works is that nobody at all has decided to take down the Jehovah’s Witness website, so nobody could claim responsibility, much less Anonymous.

Know that if “they” were to ever take down the website, you’d likely come up as a suspect when law enforcement starts working out who searched or made Jehova’s Witness-related posts in the last few years.

Dear Brian,
Should a PhD student post photos and stuff on popular dating sites?

Looking for partner but doing this seems not professional.
Profiles on dating sites, apps, and services aren’t typically searchable in search engines. Just like any other form of social media, it’s important to be careful what type of photos you post. They could be harvested and stolen for use on other people’s sites, finding their way to your colleagues in other ways.

So long as you’re not posting anything racy, a dating site is a natural part of human life and society, just like Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Not having a presence on any of these sites has advantages and disadvantages, just like having a presence.

Nobody’s going to see you on a dating site and think “OMG, I can’t hire this person because they’re….*gasp* dating!!!!”

Turn on the news – when was the last time you saw anyone get in trouble simply for dating?

So as a general rule: Social media – OK, Dating sites – OK, Online porn – Definitely questionable.

Dear Brian,
How can a person drive more traffic to his or her Huffington Post blog, other than the obvious ways like sharing to Facebook or Twitter?

Sharing on Facebook and Twitter is a bit overrated. As a general rule, assume that 1 person out of every 1000 people who see a link to your article will click it.

First the good news – Huff Post already submits content to a variety of RSS feeds, and a lot of content I’ve written there has been automatically syndicated on a variety of news sites that pull from them. To ensure you’re getting maximum exposure, make sure to tag your posts appropriately.

Keyword-rich content with inbound and outbound links get the most traffic from search engines. HuffPost already features content on both Internet search and news sites, so a lot of the work is already done for you.

Instead of posting just to Facebook or Twitter individually, use a freemium service like Hootsuite to automate recurring link posts across these services and others, including Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, and more.

Each time you post, 1000 people will see it, and 1 is likely to post. So post the link once a week or twice a month. Vary the time and day for any particular link, as you never know when certain topics will trend. Today’s garbage may be tomorrow’s gold.

You can also post links in the comments section of other blogs posting relevant content. The more links you place, the more clicks you get, so try posting links everywhere you can. Be careful not to be too spammy, as you could get ignored, have your comment removed, or even be banned from the site for spam.

When in Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+, post in groups. With a well worded 50-100 word comment and a link, you can generate decent long-term referral traffic. You can also reach much larger audiences than by posting only to your friends and followers.

I’ve also had luck submitting my posts to StumbleUpon.

Beyond that, you’re asking how to draw traffic to a web page, which is something everyone wants to do. This typically takes money. Without money, you have to to dedicate time and effort getting it in peoples’ faces. That grind is what separates the great from the mediocre.

Dear Brian,
I smoked 2g of weed over the past 3 days and before that I hadn’t smoked in about 2 months. How long will it stay in my system?

I’m 5’8″, 123 pounds, my waist is 30 inches and I’m 16.
Spend $8 on a marijuana test kit and find out… you can order them online through amazon

INSTANT Single Panel Drug Test Kit – Test For THC (marijuana) – 10 pk

Or you can buy them at CVS, Walgreens, etc.

Once it’s clean you’ll know how long it took. Everyone’s metabolism is different, and you didn’t provide us with enough data to answer your question.

Guy Fawkes Mask on Wooden Floor Versability Brian PennyBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in High Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, and The Street.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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