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67 SEO Pointers for Blogging Beginners – a free guide

3D Team Leadership Arrow ConceptLots of the questions I get on Twitter and Facebook relate to blogging and SEO, and as I was typing up a quick and dirty guide to SEO Blogging for a client, I mentioned it to someone else and they asked for a copy. Then I mentioned it on Twitter and others asked. So I tidied it up a (little) bit, put it in PDF format and here it is 🙂

It covers:

  • Thinking of what to write
  • What not to blog
  • How much should I write?
  • How do I get people to comment?
  • Should I tweet and facebook my blogs?
  • Blogging for SEO – a quick and dirty guide
  • Making sure Google knows about your blogs

It’s not an advanced guide, it’s not rocket science and hopefully it’s not full of jargon.

I’m offering it free – all I ask is that if you like it, you drop me a line in one of the many places you can find me, and then direct someone else to this page by either Tweeting about it, Facebooking it, mentioning it on Linked in, writing a blog post about it, or shouting on the High Street with a megaphone (special kudos to those of you who do the latter!).

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So, what does a page have to do to get banned from Facebook?

As some of you will know, I’ve recently been the victim of a vile slur, which has propogated to some pretty nasty places on the Internet. I’ve been threatened on Neo Nazi websites, receeived hundreds and hundreds of threats and insults, had my Facebook Business page overrun with illiterate rants and had my home, livelihood and children threatened.

Luckily I didn’t let it get to me too much, but the person or people behind this contine to threaten other people; people who aren’t as blase about it.

Just yesterday on this foul page, a contact of mine was accused of child molestation and murder. It was enough to drive her and her family to tears, and for her to threaten to remove her Facebook profiles. Luckily, with the support of her friends, she’s rallying round and ready to fight back.

On another page, the stories about me and my daughter Leigh were reposted, along with another accusing someone else of being a paedophile (and posting his telephone number).

And then this page appeared – the lovingly named ‘Nonce Watch‘. On this page another nasty accusation against a guy who has done nothing wrong.

dougieNow, Maddie is in the news again recently, so this would pique the interest of lots of people. Did Dougie say this? No, I have no doubt that he didn’t. It’s just another attack – in fact Dougie had been threatened only hours earlier that the admin of Nonce Watch would ‘make his life hell’.

So, surely Facebook would delete the post, if not the page?

Many of my contacts and I reported the above pages as harrassment, amongst other things. The image above is clearly harrassment, right?

Facebook think not:

nonceGee, thanks Facebook.

Then it gets worse…

My daughter shares my fighting spirit, and posted links to my original blog on this subject on the posts on the ‘Alex Wood‘ page (which by the way we believe is run by Joshua Bonehill and not indeed Alex Wood, although who knows).

Here are some of ‘Alex’s’ responses to Leigh:

alex1alex2

Surely harrassment, no? This isn’t the first time ‘Mr Wood / Bonehill’ has resorted to this (this is another fabricated slur he posted and I replied to with a link to my blog):

shagUnfortunately I was banned from the page before I could take him up on his eloquent offer… 😉

Again, many people reported the page to Facebook, and each and every one of us had the same response as above.

To my mind, both of these pages are clearly set up purely to harrass the enemies of Joshua Bonehill – it’s not just Leigh, Maggie and I, it’s many other innocent people who are having their reputations slurred on the Internet, and Facebook are aiding and abetting this by not taking it seriously.

Why bother having a ‘report this page’ facility if they then ignore the contents of a reported page or post?

I realise that Facebook is free, and we’re a country that believes in free speech; but I can’t stand idly by while people (whether I know them or not) are consistently hounded on the 5+ new pages that spring up a day.

I’d appeal to everyone to report the 3 pages detailed in this blog post, I’ll be writing a full post on how to report a page later today so look out for it!

In conclusion, Facebook needs to tighten up its reporting reviewing facility and start taking this seriously before someone gets hurt.

Have you had success in getting a page or post removed? Or is your experience similar to the one recounted here? I’d love to hear your point of view – please comment below 🙂

 

*** Edited to add***

Mr Wood’s response:

parklifeMy response:

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Who’s in charge of your Facebook business page?

It seems like a no-brainer, right? Obviously YOU’RE in charge of your Facebook Business Page… aren’t you?

But it’s not that simple. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you ever outsourced your Facebook Business Page updates to someone else?
  • Did an employee who has now left ever do the updates?
  • Was the page set up for you by someone else?

You see, I manage over 50 Facebook pages for current clients, and in my time have managed over 50 for clients who have then gone on to take the management on themselves, once they understood the principles.

Yet, looking through my Page Management list last night, I see that of the pages I am currently admin for, 15 or so are ex clients.

What I’m saying is that I have admin rights on 15 sites that I really shouldn’t have. I could post anything I like to those pages, and it would seem as if it’s coming from the page owners.

Of course, *I* wouldn’t do that, and over the next couple of days I’ll be removing myself as admin on those pages.

But would a disgruntled ex employee or a sacked contractor be so magnanimous (for want of a better word)?

Remember, everything posted from your page looks as if it comes from you, whether it does or not.

Add in to that simple human error – maybe your page is still listed in their Hootsuite or Buffer account and they post to your page by accident – and it could be a PR minefield.

I’d advise all Facebook Business Page owners to take a few minutes to see who is admin on their pages and remove anyone who shouldn’t be there right now.

How do I find out who is admin on my Facebook Business Page?

First, navigate to your page and click on the ‘Edit Page’ button:

1From the drop down box choose ‘Edit Admin Roles’

This will give you a list of people who are admin – now on my page it’s just me:

2If your page has more than just you, and that shouldn’t be the case, then you need to remove the others.

How do I remove admins that shouldn’t be there?

Using a page I should no longer be admin on, I’m going to sho you how to remove admins 🙂

From the ‘edit admin roles’ link, I get this (I’ve removed identifying features of the page to protect the innocent 😉 :

3See that X to the right of my name? If I click on that, and press ‘save’ (bottom left) there will then be a pop up box asking me to confirm my password:

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Once your password is in and confirmed, the admin (or manager) you want removed will be gone. It’s that simple!

So, take a few minutes today to find out just how secure your Facebook Business Page is!

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How do I report a Facebook page for abuse?

Sometimes it happens… you see an aggressive or abusive message on a Facebook page or group, you’ve been attacked by one, or something you see just doesn’t sit right with you – so what do you do?

Well, you could sit and moan, shout at the screen, call your mum, or you could… REPORT that page.

Facebook has a facility that allows you to report a page or a post and in this blog post I’m going to tell you how to do it, and tell you my experiences.

So, let’s take a page – I’m going to use the British Democratic Defence League page as an example because they recently attacked me and I (and others) successfully had the posts removed.

If you dislike a page as a whole (and I have no thoughts for or against this one apart from where they used me as a pawn) then the process is simple.

First of all look top right on the page and see the cog symbol:

1

When you click on this you get a drop down box which shows:

2As you can see, ‘Report Page’ has been highlighted. Click on this and you get an array of options:

 

3

Now, we can all be sure that “I just don’t like it” and “I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook” are putting us on a hiding to nowhere, so ignore those options.

In my case it was “It’s harrassing me or someone I know” so i’m going to continue using this as an example (I’ll use another example in ‘reporting a post’ later).

Clicking on that gives us this:

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Now, don’t think that ‘getting help from someone you trust’ is what you need. You need to tick that report to Facebook box right now.

Then you’ll get this:

5

And you won’t hear anything for a couple of days.

If you’re lucky the page will disappear and you’ll get a message about this, but in my experience this is VERY unlikely.

The answer?

The fact that you’re a little bit miffed is more likely to do with a post than the entire page, so start small – from little acorns great oak trees grow, right?

So, find a post (yes I know there may be more than one but you can report each one individually) that you’re unhappy with and let’s report that!

Firstly locate the time that the post was made and right click the downwards facing arrow to the right of it:

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See that ‘Report / mark as spam’?

Click on that.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that’s it, as no fanfare is made, but look out for this box:

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It’s not the easiest to see but it’s there.

Click on the ‘Report’ link and you see this:

7

Now this bit isn’t obvious… if you click ‘I don’t think it should be on Facebook’ you get a generic reply. Ditto if you click ‘It’s spam’.

Don’t be disheartened – if you click on ‘I don’t like this photo of me’ then you get this:

8

This gives you a little bit more to play with.

HOWEVER it gets a little more interesting if you click on ‘Other’:

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From here it’s pretty self explanatory I would hope.  There are sometimes other options such as hate crime, incitement to violence and other options, but just go with what you think.

So what will happen?

Honestly? The chances are that firstly you’ll get this:

denied-the-pigs

Now, I don’t know whether Facebook actually review the pages the first time you report them, as every single page I have reported has had this response. I suspect it is an automated process, and they hope you’ll go away.

But, there is still hope – you can give Facebook feedback on the post and extra information using the link provided, and this allows you to go into more detail about the issue. It seems that an actual person then reviews the page or post you have complained about and, if they agree, remove it.

It’s easy to give up at the first hurdle, but by reporting posts and pages (and encouraging your connections to do the same) that are harmful or hurting people, maybe, just maybe, we can help people out and make Facebook a nicer place for them to be.

 

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So, what does a page have to do to get banned from Facebook?

As some of you will know, I’ve recently been the victim of a vile slur, which has propogated to some pretty nasty places on the Internet. I’ve been threatened on Neo Nazi websites, receeived hundreds and hundreds of threats and insults, had my Facebook Business page overrun with illiterate rants and had my home, livelihood and children threatened.

Luckily I didn’t let it get to me too much, but the person or people behind this contine to threaten other people; people who aren’t as blase about it.

Just yesterday on this foul page, a contact of mine was accused of child molestation and murder. It was enough to drive her and her family to tears, and for her to threaten to remove her Facebook profiles. Luckily, with the support of her friends, she’s rallying round and ready to fight back.

On another page, the stories about me and my daughter Leigh were reposted, along with another accusing someone else of being a paedophile (and posting his telephone number).

And then this page appeared – the lovingly named ‘Nonce Watch‘. On this page another nasty accusation against a guy who has done nothing wrong.

dougieNow, Maddie is in the news again recently, so this would pique the interest of lots of people. Did Dougie say this? No, I have no doubt that he didn’t. It’s just another attack – in fact Dougie had been threatened only hours earlier that the admin of Nonce Watch would ‘make his life hell’.

So, surely Facebook would delete the post, if not the page?

Many of my contacts and I reported the above pages as harrassment, amongst other things. The image above is clearly harrassment, right?

Facebook think not:

nonceGee, thanks Facebook.

Then it gets worse…

My daughter shares my fighting spirit, and posted links to my original blog on this subject on the posts on the ‘Alex Wood‘ page (which by the way we believe is run by Joshua Bonehill and not indeed Alex Wood, although who knows).

Here are some of ‘Alex’s’ responses to Leigh:

alex1alex2

Surely harrassment, no? This isn’t the first time ‘Mr Wood / Bonehill’ has resorted to this (this is another fabricated slur he posted and I replied to with a link to my blog):

shagUnfortunately I was banned from the page before I could take him up on his eloquent offer… 😉

Again, many people reported the page to Facebook, and each and every one of us had the same response as above.

To my mind, both of these pages are clearly set up purely to harrass the enemies of Joshua Bonehill – it’s not just Leigh, Maggie and I, it’s many other innocent people who are having their reputations slurred on the Internet, and Facebook are aiding and abetting this by not taking it seriously.

Why bother having a ‘report this page’ facility if they then ignore the contents of a reported page or post?

I realise that Facebook is free, and we’re a country that believes in free speech; but I can’t stand idly by while people (whether I know them or not) are consistently hounded on the 5+ new pages that spring up a day.

I’d appeal to everyone to report the 3 pages detailed in this blog post, I’ll be writing a full post on how to report a page later today so look out for it!

In conclusion, Facebook needs to tighten up its reporting reviewing facility and start taking this seriously before someone gets hurt.

Have you had success in getting a page or post removed? Or is your experience similar to the one recounted here? I’d love to hear your point of view – please comment below 🙂

 

*** Edited to add***

Mr Wood’s response:

parklifeMy response:

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