7 Things You Can Do To Make Your Content Social Media Friendly

socmedfpWhen marketing your website online through social media channels you need to do things a certain way. It’s a bit like redecorating your house; you could do it quickly and as cheaply as possible. But will it look good, and will it last?
In this article we’ll cover 7 things you can do to make your website content social media friendly. If you follow all the steps listed below you should stand a great chance of scoring highly with social media sites as well as effective search engine optimisation.

Let’s get started:

1. Include a picture
If you’re going to bookmark your blog or content, but it doesn’t have an associated picture with it, it’s not as attention grabbing. Think about it; when you’re on a social website and you see a picture next to text; you’re drawn to it.

2. Title tag
If you bookmark your content to a social site; your pages title tag is often used as the title. If your website has the title “My Amazing Blog | Updating daily with super cool content” it’s not going to grab the attention of others. Give each page on your website a unique and grabbing title.

3. Social media buttons
They’re so simple to install and most blogs come with them pre-installed! The buttons next to a blog that allow users to instantly add your website to their favourite social media sites are a great way to help your visitors help your online marketing.

4. Allow comments
Many website owners disable commenting on their blog posts. However, it makes your site interactive. It allows your visitors to talk to you personally. Even more so; it adds more unique content to your website. By enabling comments on your website you might get more people returning to check if their comments have been replied to.

5. Controversial comments
If you do enable comments, do you allow the negative ones? Not everyone is going to agree with what you say and debate sparks interest. If people disagree or even get angry over your content, allow others to read. You’ll soon have many comments and conversations going on.

6. Title for tweets
If you’re tweeting your updates; make sure your titles aren’t too long. Twitter has a 140 character limit on its tweets so just keep an eye out for titles that are too long. Sometimes you can still have an effective, attention grabbing title but without the length.

7. Easy to read
With modern communication channels such as Twitter and FaceBook people don’t always have enough time to read a long article. By making some of your content short but sweet you may engage more readers

If you can implement all of the above tips into your website or blog you’ll be well on your way to social media friendly content. You can expect to see more visitors to your website and an increased client database too.

Need more advice? Check out my Social Media Marketing Mentoring from just £25 a month!

 

The 30 Day SEO Challenge is FREE on Amazon Kindle over the weekend!

30dayseoYes, I’m doing it again!

Last week it was the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, this week the 30 Day SEO Challenge. On Amazon Kindle. FREE. For 3 days only.

If you’re struggling with SEO and getting your site to show up well in Google, then this ebook could be for you.

In this Challenge you’ll learn about:

  • Finding the right keyphrases
  • Making META tags work for you
  • Why Titles matter
  • How to get front page Google listings and keep them
  • Whether link building campaigns are worth it
  • How to get links to your site that really make a difference
  • and more!

Written in Nikki’s usual friendly chatty style, this 30 Day Challenge will take you from the depths of nowhere to the front page of Google in no time at all!

Get it now from Amazon

What do people say about the 30 Day Blogging Challenge?

This review is from: 30 Day SEO Challenge (Kindle Edition)
Nikki has managed to do something I’ve not seen before – easy to understand daily tasks which take you through the process of getting your SEO right. Now, I should point out that I did consider myself fairly well informed about what I need to do. I had a good awareness of tools available and considered that I hadn’t done a bad job of getting myself on page 1 of Google for my chosen phrases. However, I felt I was stuck, had pretty much implemented everything I knew but wasn’t moving forwards.The 30 SEO Challenge takes you through 30 daily tasks (the clue in the in title!) designed to guide you through the process of understanding what your customers are searching for. No specialist knowledge is needed (that’s good, because I don’t have any) and there’s no jargon. Just simple, effective tasks with a great list of resources introduced when needed. There is also a Facebook Group, specifically for the 30 Day Challengers – regular postings have kept me focused (I’ve got the attention span of a toddler!)As I said in the title of this review, I’m only on Day 8 but have seen enough to give it 5 stars. Thanks Nikki, I think I’ll be coming back to you for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge!
This review is from: 30 Day SEO Challenge (Kindle Edition)
The 30 day challenge was very easy to follow, every day a new idea to help improve my positions.
Also lots of tools, tried and tested for monitoring/boosting ranking. All in very simple non technological language. Anything I didn’t understand Nikki helped with.
Even before teh 30 days was up Bump Buddies was no 1 rank for my preferred keywords. I plan to re use it regularly.
HIghly recommend this e-book to others and any other Nikki Pilkington products.

Why is it free?

Well, my hope is that once you have received it and acted on it,you’ll pop back over to Amazon and leave me a review or maybe even buy one of my other ebooks. It’s by no means obligatory, of course, but I would love it if you did either.
So, what are you waiting for? Get it now from Amazon and kickstart your SEO today!

Guest Post: A Glimpse Into the Future: The Essentials for Business Entrepreneurs

This is a guest post from Mark Kirkpatrick, an experienced writer in mass communication in its relation to business globalization.

guestimageIn the business world, it pays to stay ahead of the curve. Marketing, technology, and basic business tactics evolve all the time; and if you aren’t keeping up with the newest thing, it’s easy to get pushed aside. Here is a look at where the business world seems to be going, and what tools will be essential for entrepreneurs in the near future.

Network Advertising

Gone are the days of cold calling and blind elevator pitches. Today’s businesses are taking advantage of the growing power of social networks.  Sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn can help businesses expand their reach and influence.

Cloud Sharing

Sharing documents, reports and other files with coworkers is a cinch when businesses utilize cloud storage. What’s more, one cloud system allows the integration of office, mobile and home storage options, streamlining how data is compiled and shared.

Wireless Printing

Companies like Canon, Lexmark and Hewlett-Packard introduced web-enabled printers that offer businesses the capability to print documents directly from a mobile device or tablet. Rather than having to carry around a ton of printed documents,professionals can now keep their needed documents on their devices and print them when they are needed.

Touch Enabled

Since the introduction of smart phones with touch screens, the technology has constantly expanded. Now computers and printers are touch screen enabled. Also, as the technology grows and spreads, the price of such devices has started to drop. Technology that was once only available to high end customers is now easily accessible for even the smallest startup business.

Zero-Clients

Companies that require many desktop computers but don’t necessarily need the additional operating system are turning to zero-client PCs. They are smaller and more cost-efficient than their larger desktop counterparts. Zero-clients come with a fast onboard processor and speedy boot up times. An added bonus? They can’t get viruses. Because they are simplified computers: they require minimal maintenance and don’t need regular updates like other systems. They are great options for business that want to provide basic computers for multiple employees for a smaller investment.

Voice Control

Voice control has grown leaps and bounds since it was first introduced. Though it won’t completely replace a keyboard, or an actual human, voice control technology is useful for dictating short notes while you are driving or just too busy to write something down. Along the same lines is voice recognition. Software, like Dragon Naturally Speaking, types your spoken word as you speak it. One word of caution on these tools, they aren’t always 100% accurate and do take some getting used to. Take some time to practice with them before completely converting to them for business use. Nevertheless, they are very useful for certain tasks and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Go Old School

Email and social media have changed the way we communicate. To really get someone’s attention, send them a letter. Even better, make it handwritten. Emails tend to get deleted; tweets get buried in a busy social stream. But a mailed letter to someone isn’t as easy to ignore. It’s a forgotten communication method that still packs a big punch.

As technology and marketing strategies evolve, the business world evolves with it. Adopting new tactics as they come about can really help businesses succeed.

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Today’s guest blogger is Mark Kirkpatrick, an experienced writer in mass communication in its relation to business globalization. In addition to writing for 1800-number.com’s blog, he also enjoys covering business finance, technology and online networking.

How else can you help your SEO / Google listings?

It’s easy to forget about search engine listings when the world and his dog are hyping social media marketing to the max, but it’s important that you don’t forget it.

While social media will obviously serve a purpose, a large proportion of people are still using Google and other search engines to find products and services.

How are you doing? Can you be found when people search for your products and services (NOT just your name!) online? Or are your potential clients finding your competitors?

If you think you’ve done all you can on your website, here are a few more ways you can enhance your SEO, followed by a couple of blog posts you might want to read, and of course the by now obligatory offer :)

3 Ways to Help your SEO

1) Get a Google Plus account. Like it or not, Google is giving preference to sites that have been ‘plus oned’ in Google+ and the more you take part, the more you can promote your sites and content. Share your site with your G+ contacts and encourage them to ‘plus 1′ you too.

2) Blog. I know, I know, you’re sick of hearing me saying it, but a regularly updated blog gives Google more content and makes your website seem more dynamic – both great for enhancing your SEO.

3) Guest blog or write articles. Incoming links do still count for something, and rather than buying a load of dodgy links and risking getting penalised, guest blogging on popular blogs or submitting articles to popular article sites will help you to get well thought of dofollow links that matter.

There are just 3 ways you can help your SEO with very little effort – have a think about it over the weekend and get started next week!

Of course, none of that is going to help much if you haven’t got your on page / site SEO sorted, so do have a look at our Super Silly Spring SEO Offer to get you on track there.

SEO Blog Posts You Should Read

  • They Know Your Name So What?
    It’s easy to become complacent when your analytics tell you that you’re getting lots of hits from Google and other search engines – but look at those stats a little more. If the only thing you’re being found for is your company name, you’re missing out on a whole load of potential customers who will never find you. And that means they’re going to your competitors.
  • Why Duplicate Content Doesn’t Matter
    This has been a hot topic of debate for some time now, but it became more widely discussed a couple ofyears ago when Google did their ‘Panda’ update. You’ll never get 5 SEO people in the same room to agree on this topic, but I’m of the view that it’s not as important as some people are making it, and this blog post explains why.
  • The one single way your content management system could be ruining your chances in Google
    Content Management Systems are great and allow you a massive degree of control over your website. But if your system isn’t set up properly, it could be ruining your chances of Google positions – read this to find out why and how.
Enjoy reading, and feel free to update me on how you’re doing with SEO (especially if you’re doing my 30 Day SEO Challenge) and of course, do have a look at our Super Silly Spring SEO Offer if you need any help.

Happy SEOing!

Nikki


5 Reasons Your WordPress Blog Should Be Self Hosted

I’m a HUGE fan of WordPress for websites and blogging, as anyone that reads here regularly will know.

But did you know that there is a difference between having your blog hosted by WordPress themselves, and hosting it on your own hosting (known as self hosting)? If you didn’t, don’t worry, a lot of people don’t.

To clarify, if your blog site has an address something like http://yourcompanyname.wordpress.com or http://yourcompanyname.blogspot.com then it’s hosted by either WordPress or Blogger / Blogspot.

If your blog has an address something like www.yourcompany.com/blog then the chances are it’s self hosted (although hat’s not always the case, drop me a line if you’re not sure and want to check).

So, read on to find out just 5 reasons (there are many more) why you should be self hosting your WordPress blog if you’re serious about your business blogging.

You’ll have more credibility

It used to be that if you had an @aol.com email address or a geocities domain name, you were seen pretty much as ‘second class’. And the newer version of that seems to be having a WordPress.com or Blogspot.com domain name for your blog.

It’s pretty simple – do you want people to see that your blog is a part of your business, or are you happy with them thinking you’re ‘playing’ at it?

I know and you know that there are some great blogs out there that AREN’T self hosted – but if you want to be taken seriously in 2012 then your blogsite needs to be either a part of your main site or have it’s own domain and be hosted on its own web space.

Are you serious about your blog?

You’ll get better search engine positions

A simple fact of life is that free blog sites just don’t do as well in the search engines. Quite odd really, especially as you consider that Blogger is owned by Google! But that’s how it is.

Add to this the fact that you can get some great SEO plugins for self hosted WordPress and it’s a no brainer.

Do you want your potential customers to find you when they search on Google?

You’ll have control

OK, it’s unlikely to happen, but what would you do if WordPress decided to take down your blog? Or remove your blog posts? Or jus remove access to them for a while?

While you’re hosting your blog on a freebie site, you’re at their mercy – your content belongs to them and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Self host, and YOU’RE in control – you can back up your posts, move them where you like, and run pretty much no risk of your account being closed down and your hard work wiped out.

Would you like to be more in control of your content?

You’ll have a better choice of themes

There’s a massive range of themes on WordPress.com, but let’s face it, how often have you seen the same themes being used time and time again by different industries? With self hosted WordPress you can have a hue choice of themes, from an out of the box standard one to one that matches or complements your own website.

Do you want to stand out by looking different to everyone else?

You’ll have better plugins

I alluded to this earlier with the mention of SEO plugins, but there are a whole array of plugins that you can use on self hosted WordPress but not on the free hosted version.

From Social Media plugins to sharing plugins to commenting plugins to analytics plug ins and beyond – if you’re serious about your blog you need quite a few of these plugins.

Are you serious about your blog?

In short, self hosted WordPress is the way to go if you want to look professional, have more control, have flexibility and make the most of your blog – what’s stopping you going self hosted today?

Like this post? Check out our Wacky WordPress offer to take you from free hosted to self hosted at a drastically knockdown price!

 

 

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The many faces of the Internet User – which one are you?

The Internet is made up of a great many different types of people, and this infographic by Column Five Media covers a fair few… I think I can honestly say I’ve come across all of the ones mentioned!

Which one are you and which ones do you think are missing?

internetuser

10 Things to Post on your Facebook Business Page

tweegram(2)It seems so easy – click a few links and hey presto, you have a Facebook business page!

But then comes the hard bit – you need to gain ‘likers’, keep them interested, get them to participate, keep the page going on top of all your other efforts, don’t let it get dull and boring, not be too self promotional – AARRGGHHHH!! How on earth can you think of all that AND run your business?

Well, worry not, here’s a quick list of 10 things you can post on your Facebook Business page to keep it interesting and encourage interaction – feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

1) Questions – Update your status each day, but rather than telling people what you’re doing right now, ask them a question. It’s clear by looking at the statuses of people on Facebook (whether individuals or businesses) that asking a question provides a massive response. Let your fans and contacts feel involved – ask them a question related to your business right now.

2) Videos – It doesn’t even have to be your video! It could be a demonstration video from YouTube, a funny video related to your industry, or a music video if you like, but video reaches people that words sometimes don’t. If you have your own video, then even better; either way, break up the monotony of your page with the odd video to keep things interesting.

3) Links to sites other than your own – yes, we know it seems to go against the grain. You started a fan page to promote YOUR business, right? But people soon switch off if your page is nothing more than a list of links to your website, so show them that you’re not just in it for you. Post links to other websites – interesting blogs about your industry, funny stories, news items, even (gasp!) competitors sites occasionally. If some of these sites belong to your fans too, then you’ll inspire loyalty and may get the same in return!

4) Requests for more fans – ask your fans to use the ‘share’ button or the ‘suggest to friends’ link to share your page’s details with their friends on Facebook. It may not have occurred to them to do so, and if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

5) Links to discussions on your wall – if one of your posts isn’t getting the responses you want, it may be that people just aren’t noticing it! Post links to interesting discussions on your Business Page wall, and ASK THEM TO COMMENT!

6) Photos & pictures - again, a great way to break up the relentless words of a business page, photos tell your fans more about you and your business. Post pictures of your premises, your customers, your products or services, diagrams, cartoons, in fact anything that you have that is related to your business.

7) Links to your blog – If you use a plugin, you can do this automatically, but even if you don’t, when you post a new blog, link to it from your Business page – encourage comments and contributions – remember, no asking, no getting :)

8) Events - use the events tab to post details of time sensitive special offers, open days, launch days and more. It’s an often forgotten tab but can be very useful if you think about it a little differently ;)

9) Notes – the notes tab can be used for lots of different things; mini blog posts, testimonials, quotes, thoughts – anything that is too big to be put as a status update. It’s another way to add extra interest to your fan page

10) Thanks you to your fans - if your fans are interacting, then it’s worth taking the time out to post a public thank you to them every so often. You can do this by posting a status update and referencing certain fans by prefacing their names with an ‘@’ sybmol. You could go one further and offer prizes or giveaways to a couple of fans per month, given to those who interact the most and the best.

So there you have it – a quick and dirty list of ways to keep your Facebook Business Page interesting. Without interaction and interest, a page quickly becomes nothing more than a list of links, with no intrinsic valu whatsoever. Don’t let your Business page fade away!

No time to sort out your business page? Stuck for what to post? Fans not interacting or even following you? We might be able to help – check out our Free Facebook Business page offer.

Promoting your Website: Stand and deliver – your money or your time…

highwaymanThese days, if you have a product or service to sell, you need to own a website. But there’s no point in having a website if people don’t visit it and if they’re not finding you online, then you aren’t going to make any money. Yet, there’s millions to be made out there for those smart enough to effectively promote their website. So, what should you do?

The key to successfully promoting your website comes down to a very simple choice. Do you have the time and/or the money to promote your website? If you want to promote your website, you must find either the time or the money to make a success of marketing.

If you have no money, then you need to find the time to do the work for yourself. If you have the money, then you can save yourself the time by investing in the work of experience Internet marketing professionals. Of course this in turn produces more money, so it’s a worthwhile investment in the end.

Quite simply, if you really don’t have the money, then you need to find the time to do the job yourself. You need to find the time to do the job of promoting your website, the time to learn about how to promote your website, learn through doing, learn from your mistakes (no matter how costly) and learn the best ways of promoting the site, which may take considerable time.

The trouble is that whilst you can always make more money, you can never make more time. Can you afford to squander your time in trial and error activities? Meanwhile the competition marches on ahead of you. If you aren’t willing to invest money in the future of your organisation by effectively promoting your website, then you’ll have to do all of the work yourself. The trouble is that if you don’t have the skills, you may do more harm than good.

But what if you simply don’t have the time?

Then it’s time that you reconsidered your budget and placed the responsibility for the promotion of your website in the hands of someone else. For some people, that might be an existing member of your staff, or if you don’t have anyone with the prerequisite experience and expertise, it may be that you look for an external professional, an expert in website promotion that will stop you from wasting your time and also help save you money.

If you don’t have the budget for it, then you’re going to have to find it. These days, more and more people are turning to the Internet for a product or service just like yours. If you don’t have adequate marketing in place, they just won’t find you and your competitor will reaps all the benefits of marketing in the Internet Age.

So what should you do? Well, it’s not rocket science. If you don’t have the time to promote your website, then call in an expert. To find out more visit www.nikkipilkington.com or email Nikki on nikkipilk@gmail.com

Get the 30 Day Blogging Challenge for free!

bloggingchallengeLooking to make more of blogging in 2014? Then the 30 Day Blogging Challenge is for you – and for the next few days it’s FREE on Amazon!

Find out:

 

  • How to write headlines that do well in search engines
  • What to blog every day for 30 days
  • How to vary your blogs and increase your audience
  • How to increase comments and interaction on your blog
  • Why adding a picture to your blogs is vital
  • How to make your blogs look better
  • How to track which blogs are doing the best
  • How a call to action can increase take-up by 65%
  • Why guest blogging is vital
  • How to use tags
  • and more!

This vital guide gives you a great grounding in blogging if you’re a newbie, and some great ideas if you’ve been blogging for a while – and it’s FREE on Amazon right now!

What are people saying about the 30 Day Blogging Challenge?

Here are just some of our Amazon reviews:

I signed up for Nikki’s blogging challenge a while back because I was a little frustrated at the lack of movement I was getting in any of my social media efforts, and was aware that I was writing easily, but with little direction.

Her challenges are brilliant – if you’re a person who needs to be nagged then getting one tiny task a day is perfect. They’re like mini-homework-bites – you have only one task to do; you are told exactly what that is, so for example it might say “Today you are going to choose one of your products/services and blog about why it would benefit someone”. She always gives a few examples, some hints, some important things to remember, and is available for help if you get really stuck.

Alternatively, if you actually like to sit down and study, then you can get her Challenges in book format. What is really clever, in particular about her Facebook, Twitter, and most certainly her SEO Challenges, is that they build over time – so whilst you can dip in and out (and I do every time I write a blog post, so I keep it fresh, stay disciplined and don’t fall back into bad habits) you are also building on solid foundations – many tasks build on previous tasks. She also helps not only with content and context, but the technical stuff too – such as how to add Facebook comments to your blog, or to do important search streams in your Twitter account. She also gives you tips on good apps/online resources out there we should be using to help achieve our social media goals.


I’ve been blogging for over 4 years. I have 3 blogs. BUT Nikki’s reputation was such that I checked out her book.
If only I’d had the benefit of her advice when i started.
But even now there are some wonderful nuggets and ideas. She explains things in a very simple to follow way and has inspired me to try out many of her ideas.
Highly recommended!


Nicky Pilkington’s #30Day Challenges are the best available about professional use of social media. The first I did was ’30 Day Blogging Challenge’ which not only got me writing substantially but with purpose for my catering company, MoreSouth. It was not just informative but interactive and social. I furthered my own skills and got to know many other business bloggers.


The 30 Day Blogging Challenge helped me at a time when I was flagging. Constantly worried about content or ideas for fresh blogs, I turned to Nikki’s challenge and found myself inspired. I would seriously recommend this to newbie bloggers or those that have found their established blogs have gone “stale”.
Thanks Nikki.

But don’t take their word for it – go get the book for free now! (And don’t forget to leave your own review!

 

Out-SEO the competition with long tail keyphrases

longtailTo maximise the number of visitors coming to your website, you might try an alternative approach to SEO keyphrases. Traditionally, people have used short keywords to capture traffic such as ‘Mechanic Plymouth’ or ‘Blue Widgets. However, these days, those in the know are turning to the ‘long tail’ keyphrase to drive the right traffic towards their site.

So what are Long Tail Keyphrases? Quite simply, they are search phrases that involve a collection of keywords rather than just one or two words. For instance, if your keyphrase was ‘Wedding Cars’, you might expand this as a long tail keyphrase with ‘Hire Luxury Wedding Cars Chesterfield’.

The phrase ‘Long Tail’ relates to the decrease in the number of searches performed as the number of words in the search phrase increases. The shorter phrases are overused and there is tons of competition for those keyphrases, but the long tail phrases are underused and the competition is greatly decreased.

It can take months or even years to dominate highly competitive phrases on the Internet. However, long tail keyphrases can be driving great volumes of traffic towards your site within a few days.

There is little point trying to compete with big money firms for the most popular keyphrases. You cannot possibly beat them on short keywords, they have people, teams, and whole departments dedicated to Internet Marketing. BUT you can out-market them by using Long Tail Keyphrases.

But what if these long tail phrases only get a limited number of searches each month? Then increase the number of specific long tail phrases that you use. People using long tail searches are much more likely to be searching for the very thing that you’re selling, so that increases your chance of boosting revenue by playing outside the traditional SEO keyword game.

Rethinking search allows us to stop thinking of keywords, product names and brands as short phrases. Search is rapidly evolving, it’s all about phrases now, keywords are already out of date for the canny marketer. The average search term is growing, as people start to search specifically for what they are seeking. In the past, the average keyphrase was 1.2 words, last year, it increased to 2.1 words, but sources tell us that this year and beyond, it will push to 3 and 4 words.

Constructing keyphrases is all about thinking about what the customer might write when they are searching for a product or service. It’s not just about writing a bunch of terms with one keyword or brand name in it. It’s about embracing the entire long tail approach, accessing through Natural Search the thousands of potential customers that will use a long tail keyphrase when searching.

So, the long tail is a fantastic opportunity to increase the number of visitors coming to your website. It allows you to target multi-worded search queries and means that you can adjust your SEO and create content that matches the long tail approach. Of course, the downside is that you will need to work hard at promoting a large pool of long tail keyphrases, but this approach can yield a much greater conversion rate, so it will be worth it in the end. SEO is changing, don’t get left behind.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Keyphrases and Higher Google Listings then drop me an email at nikkipilk@gmail.com

 

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