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Blog SEO – How to Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines

There are a number of ways to drive traffic to a blog. One that has been around for over a decade but continues to be very valuable is blog SEO. By optimizing your blog for search engines, you won't just attract traffic to your blog. Instead, you'll attract visitors that have already expressed an interest in the kind of topics you write about on your blog. So whether you're using your blog to promote your business or are monetizing your blog through different methods like advertising, the right approach to search engine optimization can create a lot of value for your blog. Here's how to get started with getting your blog ranked for the right terms: Read the rest of this entry

Why All Employers Need To Provide Employees With Social Media Training

There are numerous reasons that businesses need to have a social media policy. The majority of individuals do not realize the potential danger that can be created through representing an organization in a negative way on social media. Therefore, it's necessary to have rules and regulations which create standards for people to follow so that a company is represented properly on social media. Read the rest of this entry

LinkedIn Training: Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile To Drive Seriously Targeted Traffic

Although the site isn't as large as Facebook, one of the main reasons that so many people are still interested in LinkedIn training is because there's a lot of value in this network. And thanks to initiatives by the company like investing heavily in their mobile experience, the overall size and value of LinkedIn continues to grow. Read the rest of this entry

Why Social Media Certification Training Should Be At The Top of Your List

Digital marketing is a field that continues to grow at a rapid pace. What's interesting about digital marketing is the field itself evolves almost just as fast. This rapid evolution means companies of all sizes find it challenging to hire people who have the current knowledge and skills to step right into a role in a meaningful way.

While there are definitely benefits to having a college degree, those benefits don't directly cross over to the digital marketing field. Even if a degree includes courses that are focused on digital, the curriculum isn't updated often enough to reflect the current state of digital marketing.

Whether you're interested in moving into the digital marketing field or want to get a promotion within it, you're probably wondering what steps you should take We're going to explain why social media certification training is the best thing you can do along with how to get started on this path. Read the rest of this entry

The Top 5 Reasons Businesses Should Care About Blogging

Since blogging has been around for more than a decade, it’s well established that this practice has evolved far beyond individuals talking about how their day went. In fact, blogging has become so prevalent that there’s talk about an overabundance of online content. As a result, some businesses are questioning whether or not blogging is right for them. In addition to concerns about there already being too much content, some businesses simply haven’t come around to this method of online marketing. Read the rest of this entry

The Social Media Marketing Trends You Need to Know About

Now that it's more than halfway over, it's safe to say that 2015 is turning out to be another big year for social media. As a result, countless businesses are relying on this channel as a primary driver of their growth. Regardless of where your business is at in terms of growth or using social media, it's helpful to know about the trends that are shaping the marketing that's being done via social media.
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4 Great Ways You Can Use Content Marketing to Build Your Personal Brand

You've probably read at least a handful of blog posts that talk about content marketing. If you spend a fair amount of time reading about online marketing, you've probably actually come across a few case studies about content marketing. While both blog post and case studies are useful sources of information about content marketing, they're generally focused on how small and large businesses are utilizing this marketing technique.

What most sources of information about this topic don't touch on is whether or not content marketing is a good fit for personal branding. The answer to that question is not only is it a good fit, but if you're serious about building a strong personal brand, you definitely need to be engaged in content marketing. Let's go over four different reasons why this strategy works so well:

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5 Tips for Enhancing Franchise Social Media Marketing Campaigns

Many franchises are in one of two situations. The first is not using social media at all. Although studies show that most business owners are aware that social media can be a highly effective marketing channel, less than 40% of businesses actually utilize platforms like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. The second scenario is using social media but being disappointed with the lack of results it drives. There are plenty of businesses that have gotten started with social media but still haven’t seen it move the needle.
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3 Essential Facebook Post Ideas to Improve Your Organic Reach

When Facebook changed their algorithm and reduced organic reach, a lot of businesses panicked. They worried that this change would torpedo all the work they had put into building a following on Facebook. For businesses that had made the mistake of buying low-quality followers just to boost their numbers, it’s safe to say that their “investments” didn’t pay off. But for businesses who have a real following, things don’t have to be so bleak.

It’s true that even if you have a quality following, you probably aren’t happy when you look at the current reach analytics for your posts. However, what businesses often forget is the reality of Facebook. When you pull up your personal Facebook feed or the feed of any other individual user, the first thing you’re going to notice is there’s no shortage of content. Read the rest of this entry

How to Promote Your Blog Using Social Media

If you want more traffic for your blog, strategically sharing your posts through social media can accomplish that goal. Since every social platform has its own unique features and audiences, we want to cover the best practices for promoting your blog on four different social media platforms:

 

  1. Facebook

 

The biggest of all the social platforms allows you to share blog posts on profiles, pages and groups. Although posts can be as long as ten thousand characters, Facebook only displays the first 480 in people’s feeds. Case studies have also shown that posts with less than fifty characters do best, so keeping things short and sweet is one best practice for promoting your blog on Facebook. Another best practice is to use an image when you share. One strategy for promoting posts is to upload a relevant image and then link to the post from the text field. The other best practice for promoting evergreen blog posts is to share them more than once. Given that Facebook will only show it to a fraction of your audience, it's worth re-sharing posts every two to three months.

 

  1. Twitter

 

Even though Twitter now allows posts to exceed the 140-character limit, keeping your tweets short is still a best practice for the platform. As with Facebook, including an image will help get people's attention. Two other best practices for Twitter are including a call to action in your tweet and sharing your blog post more than once during the first week after it's published. Since Twitter moves even faster than Facebook, sharing up to four times on different days and at different times can yield very good promotional results.

 

  1. LinkedIn

 

This social platform has evolved a lot over the last few years. Because LinkedIn wants users to share and engage with content, it's a great place to promote your blog posts. With LinkedIn, you can make your descriptions a little longer than is ideal on Facebook or Twitter. You should also ask a question or include something similar to encourage interaction. And in terms of which of your posts will do best on LinkedIn, list and how-to posts are at the top of the list.

 

  1. Pinterest

 

Because Pinterest is such a visual platform, the most important thing you can do to get attention for your posts is to ensure that you use really great images which are optimized for the site. Currently, the ideal pin size is 736 x 1104 to 2061.

 

To learn more about getting the most out of social media promotion, take a look at our self-study social media certification program, which provides exclusive access to every tool and resource you need for success.

Michelle Hummel Web Strategy PlusMichelle Hummel is CEO of Web Strategy Plus a full-service digital marketing agency focused on Franchise Marketing. She was recently nominated for the Woman-Owned Business of the Year! She’s a passionate Social Media Trainer with 15+ years of successful online business development, sales, and marketing experience. She also holds a valuable Internet Marketing Degree however with the ever-changing world of web marketing she strives to learn something new every day. 

She travels Nationwide visiting her 22 Social Media Enthusiasts Chapters delivering in-depth social media training. She also provides Social Media Certifications through founding Web Media University. A current contributing editor to The Franchise Dictionary Magazine and she has written 3 books in her series called, “The Social Media Magnet: Everything You Need to Know to Attract Customers with Social Media”, where she shares her best-kept secrets to success. She also specializes in helping Franchisors and Franchisees develop an integrated web marketing program to drive leads. She’s available for interviews via email, telephone, Skype video, news segments on location and more. Just let her know how she can help!

2019 Calendar
Jan: Marketing Plan Development
Feb: Social Media Tools Review
Mar: Social Media Optimization
Apr: Branding and Advertising
May: Content and Article Marketing
Jun: Video and Blog Marketing
Jul: Email and Mobile Marketing
Aug: Pay Per Click Marketing
Sep: Search Engine Optimization
Oct: Social Media Management
Nov: Building Brand Advocates
Dec: Business Networking and Sales
Each month we will be featuring live webinars from our teachers on the above topics. Get exclusive access as a Web Media University member.
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  • MICHELLE HUMMEL

    MICHELLE HUMMEL

    Michelle was recently nominated for the Women Owned Business of the Year! CEO of her own full service social media marketing agency Web Strategy Plus.  She holds a valuable degree in Internet Marketing with a strong 15+ year background in the field. She has published 2 books in her series titled, “The Social Media Magnet: everything you need to know to attract customers with social media”, where she shares her best kept secrets to success. Michelle travels Worldwide delivering keynotes and in-depth social media certification training to companies. She founded the Social Media Enthusiasts community with chapters Nationwide. Also a current contributing editor to The Social Media Monthly Magazine. Read More »