Stop Forcing Membership on Your Readers

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I get it. You want to grow your list. You know your email list is the most important thing you own in social media and blogging. But, seriously, STOP forcing it on your readers! Stop forcing membership on everyone who comes to your site. Stop with the 19 pop-up reminders to sign up. Stop with [...]

Before You Change Your Social Media Usernames Think About This

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I was having a lovely Saturday morning this past weekend. I had a couple things to do but was more or less free to catch up on some stuff for Jenn’s Trends. After a great chat with Sue B. Zimmerman, I decided it was time to finally change my Instagram and Twitter usernames. This is [...]

What Do You Do When Instagram Goes Down?

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If you use Instagram regularly and tried to access the site on Saturday, chances are you experienced the same panic, confusion, frustration, and anger that the rest of us did. OK, I exaggerate slightly. But slight panic attacks were definitely experienced! There were many a joke made about Coachella crashing Instagram, and whether or not [...]

It’s Time to Update Your Cover Photos

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More big updates have been announced recently regarding our favorite social media sites. One of the changes which can be the most tedious of changes for social media marketers is when cover/header photo sizes change. And both Facebook and Twitter have introduced changes to these images recently. Many people may not realize the effect that [...]

How to Create an Award Winning Blog

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In case you didn’t know, I started this blog in January 2013. In February 2014, I was honored to be listed as one of the top 10 social media blogs of 2014. After only a year of blogging, I achieved a milestone I honestly never imagined and was bestowed an honor that thousands of bloggers [...]

Do NOT Follow This Instagram Advice

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I recently read an article about getting traffic and making money from Instagram. The premise sounded good and the article started off well. But then the advice got bad. Bad in ways I would never recommend. While I did post a comment on the author’s Google+ post, I also wanted to share my thoughts with [...]

My Latest Facebook Rant and Why I Still Refuse to Pay

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I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. It’s been going on for a while and they continue to taunt me. Just when things seem to be stabilizing (gasp – maybe even getting better), they start to suck again. The yo-yo that Facebook plays with my emotions is taking its toll. As you may know, I [...]

Stop Your Blog’s Twitter Shares from Looking Ridiculous

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Have you ever tried to share someone’s blog post only to have the generated tweet look ridiculous? Maybe the title is cut off or their name isn’t included, or maybe it’s blank altogether. These tweets don’t do much to generate interest in those blog posts. Here are some of the most common tweet mistakes that [...]

Do Faces Generate More Likes on Instagram?

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Whether you use Instagram for business or personal use, you likely want more likes on your posts. You want to know that the posts you share are enjoyed by your followers. There are plenty of studies out there that describe what types of photos get more likes on Instagram. And the latest study from Georgia [...]

Is It Crazy That I’m Stalking You?

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Here’s the thing, I’m not really stalking you. But sometimes I feel like I am! Social media is an amazing tool to keep in touch with so many people. And I love it for that. But what if I’ve never actually met you? Or what if I haven’t seen you in a long time? If I know [...]