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Pingraphy-Schedule Your Pins!

pingraphyPingraphy is a Pinterest management tool that allows you to schedule which pins to upload over time. Why should you schedule your pins? Scheduling is important because you want to pin during popular times to increase exposure for your pins. At the same time you want to avoid posting too much content at once and overwhelming your followers.

Creating a Pingraphy account is quite simple.  Simply sign up using the same email and password you used when you signed up for Pinterest. Them be sure to drag the pingraphy button into your toolbar up top below your address bar for easy scheduled pinning, and you are ready to go!

Understanding SEO

If you’ve ever uttered the words, “I just don’t get SEO!” you’re not alone.  When I first started blogging, I totally resisted the idea.  I thought I could just ignore it and skate by without really taking the time to fully understand it.

There were already a thousand things I needed to learn about blogging and trying to figure out SEO was like trying to understand hieroglyphs.  I felt as if I could figure those symbols and pictographs out faster than I could understand the proper keyword density for my blog posts.

I decided to go anti-SEO, and my blog suffered because of it.  Then one day, it hit me – if I was ever going to truly succeed as a blogger, I had better accept it and commit to learning how to use it to my benefit.

No matter how much it made my eyes cross, I decide it to keep researching until I figured it out.  I didn’t have the help of a New York  Search Engine Optimization company or any other experts to mentor me through the process.  It was brutal – at first.

But then I discovered various tools that could help me.  I discovered free SEO analysis tools and combined that with Google’s keyword tool.  I found that the keywords I thought I was targeting were completely different from what actually came up in the analysis.

It made me rethink the way I had been writing.  Most times the keywords that I started off with weren’t as optimized as I’d thought.  It was frustrating to find this out, but if I hadn’t taken action in the first place, I’d still be stuck in SEO limbo!

Here’s what to do:  Get Help

The good news is that you don’t have to try to figure it all out for yourself.  You can get help.  If you just don’t get SEO at all, you can outsource the task to someone does.  Obviously, you should proceed with caution and avoid any company that promises first page or first position results.  Take the time to research the company and try to locate reviews from some of its past or current clients.

I wish you the best with your SEO journey, hopefully it won’t be as bumpy as mine.

No Matter How Hard I Try, I Just Don’t Understand SEO – What to do? is a post from: We Blog Better.

Should you join a blog network?

A blog network is simply a group of blogs which share a common theme. Some of the networks are primarily focused on promoting blogs, while others have a commercial aspect. Blog networks come in a variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from the small networks which focus on specific topics, to the large ones which cover a wide range of subjects.

Some of the most popular blog networks include b5media, Hubpages, Simply Good Media, Content Quake and 451 Press. You can find many other networks by doing a simple Google search or finding out which networks other blogs in your niche have joined.

Once you identify a network that suits you, get in touch with the network manager and explain clearly how your blog would add value to the blog network. Make sure your blog meets the requirements for being part of the network.
As a blogger, the following are some of the benefits you will enjoy by joining a blog network.

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Should you choose a .com for your website?

Whether you’re a blogger, a podcaster, a web TV producer, or a business, you probably have your own website. Or, at the very least, are interested in getting your own domain name so you have have a website. For most people, tons of thought goes into choosing your domain name. One of the elements you definitely need to think about is the extension (.com, .net, .org, etc.).

Here are some of the biggest advantages to choosing a .com for your website:

  • People can most easily remember .com since it is so common.
  • When people do not know, .com is the thing they most common type in the address bar.
  • You can often more easily sell a .com name (if you want to do this someday).

But .com domain names are not going to rule forever, and already we see quite popular sites using different names, especially when the extension makes sense with the rest of the domain name. A good example is Visual.ly, which uses the .ly extension.

An Argument for Other Extensions

While .com makes sense for many, other extensions should be considered for your website as well.  There are some very compelling reasons to choose this extension (or another non-.com extension):

  • Chances are pretty good that the .com domain name you want is already taken.
  • You can do a play on words. Some .me success stories include About.me, Call.me, and the ever-popular Formspring.me.
  • Having something other than .com as your extension can make your domain name memorable.

A slightly shorter extension (three characters instead of two, like is possible with .me and others like .ly and .co) is also better if you’ll be using the domain name as a link shortener. For example, Facebook uses fb.me. Every character counts!

So should you go for a .com or choose a more unique extension? There’s no right or wrong answer to that question. For some website owners, the best choice is .com hands down, but for others, .me or another extension might make more sense. If you’re in the process of choosing a domain name for your next website, don’t rule out non-.com choices.


Website Goals & Objectives-Do you have any?

“A website without objectives is like going on a trip without a destination. How will you know when you’ve arrived?”

There are many good reasons for building a website but it is important that your goals are clear. Your goals and objectives is what will determine the content and the design of your site.  Every website will have different objectives  and goals such as:

  • Build product brand awareness
  • To market detailed product information
  • To target international communities
  • Provide the latest new product or service information to customers
  • Market yourself
  • To make money from an online business
  • Generating new sales or leads
  • Establish a connection with your target audience
  • Growing an opt-in subscription list
  • Improve communications with your customers and prospects

Take a some to really think about your goals for your website…break them down into long-term and short-term goals. Once you have a plan for your site, you will be  to take that “trip” and you will know exactly when you’ve arrived!

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