Blogging University – Reading and Connecting

July 13, 2015 | Posted in Blogging, Content, Marketing, Wordpress | By

wordpress-reader-smI’m enjoying my Blogging University class but am finding it a bit tricky to ‘make time’ for homework!

Late last week, we were instructed to add some blogs to our Readers. A Reader is the tool at WordPress.com that, well, lets you read your favorite blogs. You can find and read popular blogs, blogs by category or search for something in particular. It’s a great way to organize your ‘library’ and you can even add blogs not hosted at WordPress.com. So that’s nice.

I went to our private discussion-blog (for our BU class) and found some interesting blogs to follow.  It’ll be fun to learn together and see how their blogs develop.  Reading other peoples’ blogs will also give me inspiration and is a great way to get connected with the community.  After all, blogging isn’t just about writing, it’s about communicating and that’s always a two-way street.

Michelle W., one of Blogging University’s instructors has a post about Blogging Communities.  Check it out.  And if you’re looking for a particular niche, do a quick search in Google; you’ll find it!  Search “nutrition blog” — you’ll find the Nutrition Blog Network.  Search “candy blog” and you’ll find a long list of blogs that are about, um, candy!  Try it, but make sure you have time on your hands, it’s a tangled web out there!  Happy Reading, Happy Blogging!

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Blogging 101 – What’s in a name?

July 8, 2015 | Posted in Blogging, Content, Social Media, Wordpress | By

What's in a name?

 

Today’s Blogging 101 class looks at naming your blog. From what I’ve seen so far, most of my classmates are developing personal blogs, rather than business. This allows for some fun creativity in coming up with a name; share your personality; share your viewpoints, that sort of thing. And, depending on who your audience is (or who you want it to be), the name can make a big difference in creating a following.

Certainly the same is true for business blogs. Considering the name of your business blog will be time well spent.  As with any marketing initiative, you need to start with your audience.  Who are you trying to reach?  Depending on your niche, you’ll want to develop a title and tagline that draws readers in.

Blogging 101 references a post by Cheri Lucas Rowlands who shares how the owner of the blog She’s a Maineiac came up with her blog name and offers a few tips.

I especially like the Tip at the bottom of the post about buying a domain name for your blog:

Tip from The Daily Post:

Carefully consider your name before buying the domain, and use a tool to see if the name you want is available. If you’re interested in learning more about domains, visit the All About Domains support page, as well as these handy posts:

Blogging 101 instructor Michelle W. (read her stuff) offers a lot more than I’ll share here – but if you want to dig deeper, register for Blogging 101; a new class starts July 20, 2015.  Just wanted to get the discussion started about What’s in a name?

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Blogging 101

July 6, 2015 | Posted in Blogging, Content, Marketing, Social Media, Wordpress | By

Blogging U.Hi ya’ll (learned that in Florida and brought it up to Georgia with me!)

I wanted to share a quick note with you that I’m taking a class from WordPress.com (that’s the site where you can have a blog for free!) — it’s called Blogging 101.  (The next class, Blogging 201, starts July 20th, sign up here.)   If you’re going to use the Internet to share information, sell your widgets, consult with clients, you really should start a blog.

I’ll share with you over the next few weeks what I learn and explain why “you really should start a blog”!  I hope you’ll subscribe to this blog and follow along.  It’ll be fun.  Want to know more about me?  Check this out: About Me!

 

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5 Places to Find New Content to Post on Your Facebook Page

June 4, 2015 | Posted in Content, Facebook, Social Media | By

5 Places to Find New Content for Facebook @AndreaVahl

I am writing today to share a great blog post from Andrea Vahl.  When you can’t come up with your own content, or don’t have the time, there are some great resources out there to get you going.  Sharing is part of a successful social media marketing strategy.  Here are the five resources:

So check out Andrea’s post: 5 Places to Find New Content to Post on Your Facebook Page; she gives an overview of each one of the resources listed above.   I know you’ll find some great go-to content sites.  (There’s a couple I need to check out too!)

See related post: 20 Great Things to Post on Facebook

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20 Great Things to Post on Facebook

May 28, 2015 | Posted in Content, Facebook, Social Media | By

20 Great Things to Post on Facebook

Having a hard time coming up with post ideas for Facebook?  Look no further.  Here are 20 Great Things to Post on Facebook:

  1. Share a great blog post you’ve recently read.
  2. Share a great blog post you’ve recently written.
  3. Tell your fans about a new product.
  4. Offer your fans a discount on their next purchase.
  5. Share an inspirational quote.
  6. Tell a funny knock-knock joke.
  7. Give a shout out to one of your fans and thank them for being a fan.
  8. Invite your fans to share their business issues or successes.
  9. Share a link to your online survey (try SurveyMonkey).
  10. Tell your fans about an upcoming webinar you think they’ll like.
  11. Schedule a webinar and invite your fans.
  12. Let your fans know about what’s happening in your town (helps personalize things).
  13. Share a beautiful image or photo.
  14. Ask your fans for help with a business challenge you’re having.
  15. Share a link to upcoming events.
  16. Ask your fans what they’re doing this summer (spring break, weekend, holiday).
  17. Tell your fans about what you’re planning to do this summer.
  18. Share a funny story about your early days in business.
  19. Ask for fans to share their funniest business story, i.e. “You’ll never believe what happened to me once.”
  20. Share your other social profiles.

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