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How To Create “Hidden” Pinterest Images

With Pinterest being one of the best search engine marketing tools to date, creating eye-catching Pin-able images is a must for any blogger.  When you create great Pinterest-specific graphics which include the title of the post on the actual image, the visibility of your blog post can reach new heights.  Many bloggers are already practicing this and include Pin-able images within their blog posts. But, what if you’ve created a…


How I Automate Social Content for My Blogs to Save Time

One of the biggest time consumers I found with my own blogs was preparing and posting updates on social media. Since I am a big believer in promoting your past content as well as your new stuff, I am on social sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest multiple times throughout the day. One single post is often not enough to drive significant traffic to your blog continuously, so to stick…


How To Get More Bloglovin’ Followers

Bloglovin’ is a great resource and directory for bloggers who are looking to expand their reach. A good majority of my traffic comes from the site, and being one of the more popular blog/rss readers after the collapse of Google Reader, it’s kind of a no-brainer that your own blog should take advantage of this.The great thing about it is that any traffic you receive from the site counts towards…


Add a YouTube Subscribe Button to Your Blog

YouTube has become a popular secondary outlet for many bloggers, and it’s a platform that shouldn’t be overlooked. Since most of the current generation frequents YouTube often, it is a great way to gain additional followers and drive traffic to your main website. Getting subscribers can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin, but luckily if you already have a blog or a website, YouTube offers a couple…


How to Add a Facebook Share Button to Blogger Posts

Allowing others to easily share your content on social media is something that is always important. Thankfully, many of the services we use for our online promotion have social sharing buttons that we can implement into our websites. Adding a Facebook Share button to Blogger is a little different than some other sites because we want the button to automatically insert the URL of the page the visitor is currently…


How To Add a Twitter Background to Status Updates

Maximizing your social media real estate can be incredibly beneficial. You’re familiar with updating your header or cover photos, but what about those areas that you may have left untouched? Such as your Twitter background image. With the newer Twitter layout, they actually removed the ability to add a background image to your profile page in favor of an enlarged header image. However, did you know that you can still…


Why Do You Need a Mailing List?

Social media has come a long way in the past few years. You have a Facebook Page, Twitter profile, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, and everything under the sun. It seems like a lot of work to keep up with all of these channels, but what if I told you that you could be missing the most important network of all? Your own! Social networks are great for socializing and promoting your…


How To Make an Animated GIF and Why You Should Use Them

While GIF images have been around since what seems like the beginning of time, they are making a comeback in the blogosphere and social media. Recently, Twitter added GIF support to their site, allowing anyone to upload an animated image and play it like a video. These visually attractive photos can be used to increase visibility of your status updates and make for great marketing tools! GIFs are created…


Increase Blog Engagement with AddThis

Sharing and visitor engagement play a huge role in your site’s ranking and monetization goals. The idea is simple: the more shares or click-throughs, the better. They help to reduce your bounce rate and can even increase sales. That’s why I love tools like AddThis because they are able to help keep visitors on your site longer and allow them to share your content quickly and easily on social networks.…


Google+, What They’ve Done Wrong… And Right.

For the past several months I’ve been using Google+ almost daily. I decided that since Google is so insistent on forcing everybody who uses any of their products to use Google+, it’s better to go along with the direction instead of avoiding it. Chances are, you use a Google product too. Blogger, Gmail, YouTube… all of them have Google+ now integrated, and it’s pretty much a give in that you…


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