I am going to give you my best social media advice today. That is it: before implementing any social media advice from articles look at the date the article was written. People are always surprised when I tell them that hashtags are irrelevant in Pinterest or that Google Authorship is dead. The usual response is, "but I just read a post yesterday that said I should! I'm so confused." Here's the thing with social media and search engines: they are constantly changing. If the article is older than 6 months, chances are it is out of date. How to find current social media tips Check to see if the post is updated. Some authors will write in the beginning of their article that they have … [Read more...]
Social Media Tips for Bloggers
You can't just build a blog and they will come. You have to share it, like it, pin it, tweet it... and then maybe they'll come. Get more traffic to your blog and build an audience with these Social Media tips.
Pinterest board covers have changed again, and there's a cool new place they are being featured now. A big, beautiful showcase. You choose 5 boards that you'd like to display on top of your profile. The board cover image is featured in a SQUARE image to the left with snippets of your most recent pins to the right. Down below, you'll find your regular boards. Again, the board cover picture is square to the left with 2 of your most recent pins displaying to the right. I'm a big fan of the final outcome for board covers. Here's why: You get to choose what your board cover image looks like, and viewers still get a peek at what you're pinning on that board. I also am so happy that it is a … [Read more...]
A few months ago I asked this question on Twitter, “What is the hardest thing about blogging?” The answer was almost unanimous. TIME. Blogging takes a lot of time. Understandably so, there is a lot to do: write posts, create a pin-able image for that post, take and edit pictures for the post, promote, socialize, answer emails and comments… etc. They say that the best learner is the teacher, and I am hoping that is true with this post, because even I struggle with managing my blog time. Hopefully this post will help all of us manage our blogging time. Use a blog calendar Using a calendar is a great way to help keep your days, weeks, and months organized. There are a lot of great … [Read more...]
This post is going to show you how easy it is to include a “tweet this” quote in your blog posts without using a plugin. Plugins are great, but they aren’t always necessary and can slow down your site’s load speed. By using the click to tweet's free basic plan you will be able to quickly add tweet this quotes to your posts and be able to control the design of the tweet. The end result of your tweet this quote will look something like this: Learn how to include a "tweet this" quote in your blog posts! It's super easy. Tweet this! Go ahead and test it out ;) Let's get started. Head over to clicktotweet.com and click to sign in with Twitter. Twitter will ask you to authorize the … [Read more...]
Pinterest made a big announcement this week: you can now send messages on Pinterest! Check it out: What can you do with Pinterest messages? According to Pinterest, here are a few of the things you can use Pinterest messages for. Reach out to people who share your interests Plan a project with friends Share discoveries with people who'd appreciate them the most Planning and sharing just go easier! Previously, when I wanted a friend to check out a Pin, I would tag them in a comment: Now with Pinterest messages, I can have more personal conversations... and secret if I want! Learn all about Pinterest Messages If you want to learn more about Pinterest messages, check … [Read more...]
One of the most important tools for bloggers is social media. You can’t just build a website and they will come. You have to build the website and then like it, share it, tweet it, and pin it. Then, they will come. We recommend setting up your social media before you launch your new blog. Actually, some bloggers like to set up Facebook or Twitter accounts long before they launch as a way to tread the water before jumping in all the way. They use these accounts to build a following and get readers excited for their upcoming site. The 3 main social media platforms that we utilize are Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter. Some other platforms are Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Flickr, … [Read more...]