01 Apr 2016

Three Ways To Increase Your Business/Individual Twitter Followers

In this article, we look at a few key ways to bring more traffic and followers to your Twitter account.

1. Hashtag, Hashtag, Hashtag?

Yes that’s right this little thing (#) can gain you more followers, if used correctly of course. The bright side of hashtagging is you making certain words more findable and it’ll stand out. If someone clicks the hashtag or search the word your tweet will show. Hashtagging is like promoting yourself. Down side is, some people tend to over use hashtags.

2. Be an active Tweeter

That’s pretty obvious, if you want people to consistently follow you and engage in your twitter feed then Tweet, and do it frequently. People don’t want to follow a account that last tweeted months ago, trust me I’m the same way. They’ll think you’re not active on twitter and likely won’t follow back. Which leads me to number 3.

3. Follow users, and follow back

Although your Twitter page may look cool to you if your following as little people as possible, following back users and following first could help you gain followers as well. Users are always looking to score on a follow for a follow deal on Twitter.

 

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31 Mar 2016

Why People Start Blogs & Three Reasons To Start Your Own BLOG!

Blogging was not just something that I stumbled across and started doing. When it came down to blogging, it was a matter of when I wanted to start and what did I want to blog about. When blogging you’ll always find yourself pondering questions such as, “am I wasting my time,” or “is anybody even going to read this crap?”

Well, throw those two questions out of your head right now.

Blogging should be stress free, after all it’s done mostly in the comfort of your own home whenever you have some “me” time. Worrying over those questions would just add stress and strain to some.

Another stress can be over what you may be blogging about, but believe it or not many people use blogs to do any of the following:

  • To Help Others by raising awareness and addressing social or political issues.
  • Establish themselves as experts on the topics they cover, varying from video games and movies to business and the economy.
  • Express their own thoughts and voices on situations and want others to hear them.
  • Or the most likely reason, to make a profit. Many people make a profit off of their blog. No matter what niche the blog is in, profits will always come when there is traffic coming to the blog.

There are many more reasons behind why people start blogs, but those are just a few that fuel their decision to ultimately start blogging.

In this article I will address my own three reasons why I believe people should start their own blog, so without further a do.

There is money in blogging

That may sound like such a breezy and easy job to most, but believe it or not blogging is not as easy as it may seem. In order to get the money going, you have to build an audience for yourself. In order to build an audience you have to develop quite a following for your blog and make sure you distribute your posts and promote you and your blog all over the web, through SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and all forms of social media you may or may not be active on such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIN, Pinterest and more.

That’s not even the end to that, in most as in almost the entirety you have to get your site a registered domain and end up spending money to get yourself set up, sort of like investing in yourself. After that is said and done, through Google Analytics and Adwords and any other form of revenue generating sources you can find, will the $$$ start coming in for your blog.

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3

Blogging takes little to no experience at all to get yourself going. Although blogging can be looked upon as journalism, you don’t need any degree in journalism to get started blogging. Many people love blogging because there’s no one over your shoulder telling you what you can or cannot write. That being said there’s really no boundaries in writing on your own blog. You can have your blog up and running in 10-20 minutes just by starting up with WordPress and getting everything together on a Host, such asHostGator. With just about $30-50 dollars you can be on your way to something that can ultimately end up as a success for you, just depends on how devoted and determined you are about it and what you’re audience enjoy.

Blogging is a project

No matter which way you look at blogging, it is indeed a project. Blogging can ultimately bring out the creative side in a person, whether it’s through them designing their own website, designing their own logos and banners, or even the writing behind their content. Blogging can help you discover a part of yourself that you may not have known existed until then. Never shy yourself on trying something new, especially with a low cost project like blogging. If you can’t invest in yourself then who can you invest in?

Blogging allows you to discover more to the world, such as social media, servers, web host, other blog owners, how media and publishing works and even the field of journalism itself. There’s really no downside to blogging, everything points to you getting recognized more and more by individuals who are just like you.

In this article I covered the reasons on why people ultimately decide to end up blogging, as well as my own three reasons on why I feel every one should take up hobby of blogging.

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30 Mar 2016

Three Ways to Grow & Maintain Followers on Social Media

With the age of social media still upon us, many people and both small businesses an large ones are turning to social media to:

A. Grow their audience.

B. Get discovered more easily.

C. Campaign

D. Share and create more products as well as recruit talent for some.

Although the task of growing an audience may be simple to big name brands and others, it’s quite a long and effort filled tasks for most. So I decided do some research, bought Instagram likes for initial testing on my account, and to look up a few quick ways on how to grow and maintain followers on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and more.

1. Provide Content That’s Rich in Vaue

Let’s face it, nobody likes boring content or content that your targeted audience can’t even relate to. If you’re looking to grow, follow your niche. Post content that provides valuable insight and interest to your audience and they are sure to retweet, share, and view the content.

In turn you’ll see more engagement towards your social media account and people will likely talk more with you on the content.

In this case you can also consider the quality over quantity rule. You can be as active as ever with your posts/tweets and pins posting as many as you can but if it lacks quality, nobody is viewing them.

2. Get active

If your on social media just to view posts from your competitors or keep tabs on them, that may not be a good idea and odds are you’re not growing much with your social media accounts.

Billions of people use social media each and everyday and if you’re not actively on your accounts then odds are your missing chances and opportunities to grow and connect with more and more people each day.

As you’re looking to build an audience, the more active you are the more people will see your account pop up and notice your tweets, posts, and pins and are more likely to engage with them. These people in return can become your audience and will likely be the ones sharing your content if it’s of interest to them.

3. Start Engaging With Your Engagers

By that, I mean engage with the people who support your posts an tweets. For example if someone retweets one of your tweets or pictures and comments about it, why not respond to that tweet and either comment back or thank them. The more people see you engaging with your audience the better your social media accounts look and the more likely others are to engage with you and even the followers of the person who shared it would engage with you as well.

Take it upon yourself to build these relationships with people online and over time you never know what connection can lead you somewhere.

The more engaged you are with your audience the more you’re trying to build your support system, show thanks and gratitude by sharing things with them and providing them with valuable content.

There are many relationships I have made with people online that to this day I appreciate and has gotten me to different places in life.

Practice these ways over and over and you may see increases in followers and your audience in due time. Remember with social media everything takes time and doesn’t happen over night.

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