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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

Image source: FirmBee / Pixabay

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Pinterest Contest Guidelines

2013.11 pinterest-256-blackPinterest has updated its contest guidelines. For those of you who use this social network, Donna DeClemente has a great post on Lipsticking detailing what the changes are. Of particular interest:

As always if you do use Pinterest as part of a contest or sweepstakes, you are responsible for making sure it complies with all legal requirements. This includes writing the official rules, offer terms and eligibility requirements, etc. This is where we can assist many of our clients to make sure they are in compliance.

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Resource: Pinterest Updates its Contest Guidelines || Lipsticking

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When to Post to Social Media

According to this article from Entrepreneur.com, the best times to post to social media are:

  • Facebook = 1-4pm ET
  • Pinterest = 2-4pm ET or 8pm-1am ET
  • LinkedIn = 7-9am ET or 5-6 pm ET
  • Twitter = 1-3pm ET
  • Google+ = 9-11am ET

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Pinterest verification code

I’m not an active Pinterest user, especially as a blogging tool. For those of you who are, apparently you can install a verification code on your website. This article, “How to Upload Your Pinterest Verification Code to your Website (Using Go Daddy),” is a good place to get you started.

— Posted by Sandra Fernandez

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Links, posts and news you may have missed — March 18

LInkedIn Groups
In “5 Tips for Effectively Managing a LinkedIn Group” there are a few tips worth checking out. These include: 1: Review Your LinkedIn Group Name and Description. 2: Create a Strict Group Policy. 3: Screen New Members AND Member Discussion Posts. 4: Use the Group Announcements Feature. 5: Lead Your Group. For in-depth information, read the article.

Pinterest
Still thinking about getting started on Pinterest? There’s a comprehensive guide at Problogger to help you out. Check out “Heavyweight Help: The Complete Guide to Getting Started on Pinterest.”

SEO
Always an important topic for bloggers and website owners, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Read “10 SEO Tips to Improve Your Search Rankings–and Your Website” for some good tips. Some of the ones you need to know in general are: Create incredible content. Carefully research keywords. Stick to SEO-friendly URLs. Use tags and Meta descriptions. Don’t forget image attributes. Build internal & external links. Avoid using Flash and images as text. Read the article and pay attention to a few of the things it recommends: it will help. 

Tumblr

TechCrunch has an interesting article about why you should be paying attention to Tumblr. If that doesn’t convince you, how about “Tumblr Beat Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn for SocNet Time Spent in December.” If you need some inspiration, visit “26 Ways to Market Your Business With Tumblr.” And while we’re at it, check out my previous mini-posts: “Using Tumblr for business” and “Tumblr pros and cons.” 

Video
For those of you working with video, ClickZ has a good article to read, “How to Create a Mobile-Friendly Video Marketing Campaign.” The tips include: Target specific types of users; Keep it short, packed, and not too sales-y; and, Keep the video quality high. Video is an area where I’m improving my skills, so I expect I’ll be sharing content on this topic throughout the year. 

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Pin your YouTube Videos

Since Pinterest is now open to everyone, learning what it can and can’t do is going to interest a much larger group than before. For example, did you know that you can pin YouTube videos? ProBlogger has a great post on this topic, How to Add Your YouTube Videos to Pinterest.

Some noted tips in this post:

  • Make sure you have an active YouTube channel.
  • Make sure your videos are branded.
  • Create a Pinterest board specifically for your YouTube channel.
  • Grab your YouTube embedded link.
  • Upload a new pin.
  • Select the appropriate board.
  • Add a description.
  • Add a link to your blog or squeeze page. 

The post includes more detail and screenshots to make it easier.