Stop Wasting Money: How to Get the Most Out of Your Blogging Education

Over the last couple of years, I have consumed a lot of educational materials - free downloads, ebooks, paid courses, webinars, etc. Chances are, you have too. While it's OK to toss free downloads to the wayside as far as your wallet is concerned, it's not OK if you do this with the stuff you pay for. You want to get the most out of your ebooks and courses, otherwise it's like chucking money in the garbage on a regular basis. And who wants to do that! Photo Credit: Tax Credits on … [Read more...]

5 Tips for the New Facebook Timeline for Personal Profiles

Facebook is beginning to roll out the new timeline design for personal profiles for more users. If you haven't looked at your profile yet, you should go check it out now. It may look similar to this. Basically, your updates, updates posted to your wall by others, and updates you are tagged in show up on the right column. All of the stuff that was previously beneath your timeline cover photo (about, friends, photos, places, notes, etc.) are in the left column. Also added to the left column … [Read more...]

How to Contact Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Other Social Networks

Do you have a burning question you want to ask the support team at a popular social network, but you gave up because you couldn't find the actual contact form through the endless maze of self-serve support documentation? If so, then you're in the right place. The following are links to the contact information for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and Reddit. How to Contact Facebook Support Out of all social networks, I would guess it is likely … [Read more...]

Are Spammers on Your Mailing List Costing You Money?

A few weeks ago, I noticed that Aweber charged me a little more than usual. It had been awhile since I had worked on my mailing list, and I pleasantly thought that I had a growth in subscribers. Unfortunately, that was not the case. When I logged in to Aweber to start a mailing list for my new freelance blogging site, I was surprised to see this. Over half of my list was unsubscribed! If I had just recently sent an offensive email to my list, I would have understood. But I at the … [Read more...]

How to Get Testimonials for Your Business or Blog Using Twitter for Social Proof

Have you ever wondered what mentions and retweets are worth to your business or blog besides a boost in the Klout score? Tweets can be the perfect source of testimonials. Collecting them is easy, and publishing them is even easier. What You Are Looking For When collecting tweets as testimonials, watch for tweets from readers, customers, well-known people in your industry, mentors, and role models. Look for tweets where these people are saying something good about you, your skills, … [Read more...]

How to Increase Twitter Engagement with Nestivity

This week, I had the privilege of taking a new Twitter tool for a spin. Nestivity (currently in beta) takes your Twitter engagement to a whole new level by encouraging people to engage in conversations and making those conversations easy to follow by placing them in a threaded discussion form. Benefits for Bloggers While the tool was developed with brands and businesses in mind, there are lots of benefits for bloggers as well. 1. Engage more with your followers. We all know that … [Read more...]

Google Reader Alternatives: 3 Web Based RSS Readers to Manage Your Subscriptions

UPDATE: Head over to the latest post with 11 RSS readers you can use as Google Reader alternatives starting July 1st! If you follow my writing, you probably know how much I love Google Reader. As you can imagine, this stopped me in my tracks. That's right. On July 1st, Google Reader says goodbye. The Learn More takes you to a page that tells you what you can export using their Google Takeout tool, but nothing in the way of alternatives. Now there is three and a half months to find a … [Read more...]

10 Premium SEO Tools That You Can Try for Free (or Cheap)

If you don't do SEO for a living but want to do some major search marketing work with your website, you're in luck. You don't need to pay an expensive monthly fee if you need to do one-time research. The following are awesome SEO tools you can use for free or cheap for a limited time to do your search marketing research. Premium SEO Tools with Free Account Options First off, let's start with premium SEO tools that offer free accounts for basic … [Read more...]

A Fresh Start on Kikolani

Spring is almost here, and along with it, a new start for Kikolani! Photo Credit: Jason Hines It all started with a webinar from Derek Halpern promoting his new course, Blog That Converts. During the webinar, he talked about content and how people were being driven mad by the misconception that to be successful, you had to pump out tons of content. Most content creators spend 80% of their time creating content and 20% promoting it. What he has found to be successful with his blog … [Read more...]

How to Beat Facebook EdgeRank and Never Miss Your Favorite Updates

By now, you've all heard about Facebook EdgeRank. For those who haven't, it is Facebook's algorithm to determine what status updates are displayed in each user's newsfeed. Facebook EdgeRank Explained The Facebook EdgeRank algorithm is based on three things: The user's engagement level with the person, page, or group sending the update. The type of update the person, page, or group is posting. Status update types rank in order of photo, text, video, and links when it comes to … [Read more...]