Perez Hilton is an OG. Long before social media was a thing, he was blogging and giving us our celebrity gossip on the daily. Now, with TMZ, Daily Mail and a million other competing sites; he's still around and more popular than ever. How the heck does he do it? I had the pleasure of sitting down with Perez at his home, where we talked about everything from The Kardashians to how he’s achieved longevity in such a competitive business.
When did everyone start podcasting, blogging, writing books, or selling online courses? It’s getting ridiculous. Everyone’s a motivational speaker now too. Just picture guys in their 30s and 40s, wearing gingham shirts untucked or black t shirts (they’re not mainstream dude) drinking Kombucha tea and talking about growth hacking, jiu-jitsu, meditation, or Stoic Philosophy. Enough already guys. We get it.
I’ve been a contributor for Forbes for 2 years and I get at least a dozen emails every day from PR people trying to get me to write about their clients. So far I’ve only written about one. Why? Because their pitches are horrible. Here’s one I got yesterday. I didn’t publish the name of the company, but I should have put them on blast:I'm Doris from Anonymous Company. I'm sincerely writing to request an interview by you with the CEO of Anonymous Company, a rapid prototyping tool.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".