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Simple Web Development Skills Every Blogger Should Know

Simple Web Development Skills Every Blogger Should Know

Oct 9, 2012

In the late 1990s I began learning HTML code by reverse engineering the designs of other websites. I searched heavily for information and programs that were affordable to do graphic design with, and I struggled daily with uploading and configuring CGI scripts through an FTP client. Once everything came together, I had a feeling of accomplishment that hasn’t...

Getting Started With HootSuite

Getting Started With HootSuite

Oct 1, 2012

When I first started using Twitter, I began using the official Twitter platform along with their apps for my two mobile devices.  In a short time I had tried out many different apps for my iPad and Android phone but still wanted to keep things simple.   HootSuite seemed like a big tool with more features than what I needed.  As I became more active on...

The Best Social Media Chats on Twitter

The Best Social Media Chats on Twitter

Sep 28, 2012

**To participate in any Twitter chat, use the free app called TwChat. It makes following any Twitter chat much easier! Twitter chats focused on social media marketing offer a great way to network and exchange ideas as well as to collaborate with a wide variety of social media professionals. With hundreds of different industry Twitter Chats focused on social...

The ABCs of Social Media Marketing

The ABCs of Social Media Marketing

Aug 2, 2012

Do you remember the first time you heard the term ROI? How about Klout? Did you use to think viral meant contagious (in a bad way)? Didn’t branding used to involve a red-hot iron and cattle? Social media marketing can sound like a foreign language if you’ve just set foot in this industry. It is sometimes intimidating to see a large community...

Pinterest Apps: Mobile, Web, & Integration

Pinterest Apps: Mobile, Web, & Integration

Aug 1, 2012

Pinterest is one of the hottest new social sites of 2012, and developers haven’t wasted any time developing creative apps to enhance the experience. We hear about it everywhere and chances are you have spent some time pinning images and browsing popular boards already.   As for me, I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict with more than 100 boards myself....

Improve CTR: Optimize Your Search Listing

Improve CTR: Optimize Your Search Listing

Jul 19, 2012

Almost immediately after the introduction of the +1 button, people began selling +1s with the attached claim that it would help your SEO; specifically, that getting more +1s improve your ranking in search results.   Most SEO professionals will agree that +1s help with SEO, and that concession is the end of the matter for most people. The truth is a...

6 Premium Social Media Tracking & Analytics Tools

6 Premium Social Media Tracking & Analytics Tools

Jul 5, 2012

Measuring your social media success used to be a cumbersome process. You would need to track your own measurements across all platforms and then analyze them yourself in a spreadsheet. Of all the advice you’ll hear about social media marketing, tracking your progress to examine the return on your investment is a point everyone agrees on.   It’s...

Get Twitter Followers: How to Become a Twitter Celebrity

Get Twitter Followers: How to Become a Twitter Celebrity

Jun 25, 2012

One of the first things users want to know about Twitter is how to get more followers. It’s a metric that new users view as the ultimate social proof, and it’s logical to assume that more followers equates to more influence. It’s a measure of influence and fame that average people have achieved.   The truth is that sheer volume doesn’t exactly equal...

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