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Turn Blog Posts Into An eBook

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As a blogger I’m always looking for ways to get more use out of my existing content. Ebooks are a natural place to expand for bloggers. SITS Girls posted a great step-by-step post to walk you through the process. Even if you’re not interested in this right now, bookmark it!

Step-by-step instructions to help you turn blog posts into an eBook – choosing the right posts, designing your cover, formatting, and self-publishing.

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Source: How To Turn Blog Posts Into An eBook | SITS Girls, Self-Publishing

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A Beginner’s Guide to Periscope

Getting started on Periscope? Check out this beginner’s guide from Vivid & Brave. It’s a great place to start.

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Source: Periscope: A Beginner’s Guide | Vivid & Brave

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Find Instructions to Add “Pin it! Button to Your Blog

One of the most useful things you can do for your blog is to make it easier for your readers to share your posts. This post gives instructions on how to add a “Pin It!” button to your blog. The instructions seem simple. I promise to do this to my blog … later.

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Source: Add “Pin it! Button to Your Blog/Cómo Insertar Botón “Pin it” en tus Posts | Lifestyle with Danny

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Social Media Training for Beginners

Need to get started on social media? Constant Contact has a great online repository of “101” guides on everything from Facebook and Twitter to managing online listings for small businesses. It’s a great resource to bookmark for future use.

Get the social media training you need to get started on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.

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Source: Social Media Training for Beginners – Social Quickstarter

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Create or Improve your Facebook Business Page

Sprout Social posted a great step-by-step guide to creating your Business Facebook Page. It walks you through every decision needed to start a page from scratch, from the name to adding videos. The article also covers steps to improve an existing page and ways to grow your fan base as well as planning out your content. Check it out.

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Source: Essential Facebook Business Page Guide | Sprout Social

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How do I Start a Blog and Make Money Online?

I get this question frequently: “how do I make money blogging?” This guide from Tips and Trips HQ is the most comprehensive single source I’ve found that gives you info on everything you need — from getting a domain to creating content then making money off that content. Very useful page to bookmark.

This is a step by step and easy to follow guide that will help you setup your own blog from the start. This guide is not to motivate someone to start blogging.

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Source: How do I Start a Blog and Make Money Online? | Tips and Tricks HQ

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Places To List Your Business Online

Places To List Your Business Online (more info at www.goingsocialhouston.com)

If you have a business, then your number 1 priority is getting it in front of prospective customers. Vertical Response pulled together a great resource you should check out: “The Top 20 Places Your Business Needs to Be Listed Online.

It’s vital to get business listed on all applicable online directories. Here’s a guide to the top 20 online directories and links to their sign-up pages:

The list includes some you will know, like Google Places for Business, some you may have forgotten, like the Yellow Pages, and a few that were new to me, like MapQuest. The complete list should go on your “to do” list as a business owner.

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Source: The Top 20 Places Your Business Needs to Be Listed Online | VR Marketing Blog

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2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet (more info on www.goingsocialhouston.com)

I’m always trying to figure out what size/dimensions I need to save an image in for a Facebook post vs Twitter vs Google+. I recently came across this handy (updated) easy to read 2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet on the Constant Contact website which gives sizes for most of the everyday social media images you’ll need to post.

Since I try not to reshare images that I don’t actually own or for which I’ve been given permission to share… I’m linking to the article instead of posting the image here.

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Apps for Success

Need suggestions on apps to help you in you productivity and success? Check out “10 Apps You Would Find in a Successful Person’s Phone.”

In this digital age successful people are taking advantage of getting more done with their smartphones. You can learn from them by using some of these apps.

I was pleased to note that I have a few of these on my own phone:

  • Flipboard
  • DropBox
  • Dragon Dictation
  • Mint
  • Evernote
  • LinkedIn

Which are yours?

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Source: 10 Apps You Would Find in a Successful Person’s Phone

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IFTTT recipes to help you share Instagram pics

IFTTT recipes to help you share Instagram pics (more info at www.goingsocialhouston.com)I recently started using my first IFTTT recipe, and I love it! For those of you who (like me) haven’t discovered IFTTT, it’s short for If This Then That. It lets you set up triggers on your social channels that prompt specific actions.

In my case, when I post an image onto Instagram, IFTTT subsequently reposts the image in Twitter as a native image, copying over the message. It’s awesome! That way I don’t have to post it twice myself and Twitter shows real photos in my posts instead of Instagram links.

I got the “recipe” link from this Mashable article, “5 IFTTT recipes to share Instagram pics like a boss.” The article includes other recipes like automating your Instagram Photos being added to a specific Facebook album and sending tagged photos to Tumblr.

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