7 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

Your blog is one of the most powerful ways to sell yourself. It should tell the story of your vision so that everyone that visits will know why they should follow and read your blog. But if visitors aren't making it to your blog, they aren't able to get the best picture of you. These tips can help you garner more blog traffic, which in turn will change the way you manage and build your blog. ...more
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How To Maximize Your Time On Instagram as a Small Business

In this installment of our “get the most of your social media time series”, we explore some features of Instagram and offer some tips on making it easier to post regularly....more

Extremely Cool Right Now: #IceBucketChallenge for ALS, A Very Serious Condition

Pour a bucket of ice water over your head. Videotape it, share it on social media and nominate friends to do the same. It’s that easy to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.You can’t help but notice it on your social media news feeds. Matt Lauer accepted the challenge on “The Today Show.” Martha Stewart did it. Politicians are doing it. Here’s the video of me doing it: #IceBucketChallenge...more

How to Get More Instagram Followers

It's okay, you can tell me the truth, you secretly wish you were Instagram famous. I too wish I had red lips like Taylor Swift and her Instagram stats to match (61.9 million followers to date). It's unlikely that you or I will ever have T-Swizzle level followers, but there are definitely sure fire ways to increase your follower count! Check out all the details on how to get more Instagram followers below!...more

4 Social Media Tactics that Can Take Your Blog or Business to the Next Level

It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the different social media advice available online. Social media experts are all keen to give you advice on how to maximize your social media reach, how to ensure that each update you post has maximum impact and reaches your target audience. It's overwhelming because in a way, they are all correct - if you had the time and the resources to be constantly monitoring, posting, updating, liking, retweeting, hashtagging or whatever then no doubt your blog or small business would be flying. ...more
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5 Book Challenges to Kick Off 2016

Reading challenges are a great way to find new books, reach goals, and remind yourself to... well... read. It's too easy to surf blogs and play games on your phone in the evening rather than picking up a good book. Joining a reading challege will not only remind you how enjoyable it is to curl up with a good book while it's cold outside, it will give you plenty of blog fodder. As you read, keep a notebook of post ideas that the book triggers or write a review of the book when you're done. You can always set your own personal challege, but it's fun to read with a group. So peruse the list below and jump into a reading challege to kick off 2016. ...more
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8 Things I’ve Learned from Instagram Over the Last Three Years

When I got my first iPhone in 2012, the very first app I downloaded was Instagram. Instagram launched in October of 2010, and quickly grew in popularity. By the time I joined in 2012, it already had over 100 million active users. For someone like me who was forever filling up their phones with images, this was an app I knew I would never be without. Sure, I posted most of them to Facebook, but now I could have an app that was dedicated to my love of images. ...more
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Funny Stuff: Best Practices For Using Humor In Social Media

Social media is supposed to be a conversation, an engaging interaction online. Some experts say you should pretend that the people online are all standing with you at a cocktail party and that you should interact with them as such....more

Please Step Away from the Keyboard Before You Post Garbage on Facebook

It has been a difficult month to be an active online participant. There has been so much hate spewed by so many about so much, that I have honestly begun to question whether or not this great social media experiment that billions of us have signed on for is actually worth it. I am all for the free exchange of opinions and ideas, but I have reservations when that careful, cool, and considered debate turns into something darker and more sinister. It isn't just on social media sites. Check out the comments section of any newspaper, magazine, or blog and you will find a litany of venom spewing from all sides of a dispute. And this crap is just the stuff that has made it through the moderators. Imagine what gets filtered? ...more
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