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Finding the Right Hashtags For Your Tweets

Finding the Right Hashtags For Your Tweets

How to find the right hashtags for your twitter posts certainly involves some work on your part but without hashtags, your twitter posts will have only 20% reach. That 25% is only from your loyal followers. If you want new followers to your twitter profile, if you want your tweets attract tweeters who are important, you need to include the right hashtags to your posts in twitter.

The search box in twitter is effectively used by majority of internet marketers with the right hashtags followed by their search term.

I am not going to explain what a hashtag is because, this blog post targets experienced bloggers. May be in some other post, I will explain all about hashtags and its importance in internet marketing or blog post promotion.

How do I generate my hashtags?

There are tools to find the trending hashtags in twitter but I employ my own method. It is really simple. I search for the keyword in twitter that I focused in my blog post. I search by placing that hashtag ‘#’ before my search word(s).  If my search word is more than one, I ensure that there is no space in between the words. I generally use only two words in my hashtag.

If my search shows similar hashtags in the search results, then, I would apply that hashtag. I repeat the search for synonyms of the words or I slightly alter my search term using a bit of common sense. I am sorry I could not explain logic behind it.

Now, a bit of exploration of the hashtags finding tools that are available.

The first tool is Twitter itself. There is no better place. As mentioned above, if you repeat my method, you don’t need another tool. Still, it may be useful to know about some of the Twitter tools. You should know that some of the most followed tweeters have said that they have employed real time marketing techniques and that means going with the trending tweets and the related hashtags.

Trendsmap

Trendsmap displays trending hashtags in real time from all over the world. I tested it but I found it be not very user friendly. In addition, it is not free.

RiteTag

This is a very good tool that lets you know if the hashtags that you wish to apply has got some meaning.

  1. You type in your preferred hashtag and press the ‘space’ bar. You will your hashtag colored and you can press a ‘compare’ button beside it.
  2. Then, you can see some observation of your hashtag such as Unique tweets per hour, retweets per hour, hashtag exposure per hour, % of tweets with mentions and some more.
  3. The ‘some more’ are daily averages, geographical distribution and importantly the popular twitters accounts that used and how many number of followers they have. Superb stats.
  4. I tested it just an hour before and I am amazed by the usefulness of the tool. You can find users who have used the same hashtag, retweet or like their tweets to get noticed. Very effective and ethical way to get followers.
  5. In addition, it gives you a browser extension to automatically color your hashtags. As I wrote this, I tested the extension and yes, it colored my hashtag as and when I typed in the Twitter box.

 hashtagify.me

With Hashtagify.me, you can find others who used the same hashtags so that you can target your tweets by tagging them along in your tweets. Cool tool really. Even if you do not want to tag them, simply like their tweets that contain the same hashtag as yours or even retweet it to get noticed.

“Getting Noticed”-that should be your prime goal in twitter marketing.

Tagboard

Tagboard simply lets you search for a hashtag that you want to use and then displays all the tweets that contain the same hashtag along with the images the tweets originally carried. I tried it and some of the images inspired me to find more meaning for my searched hashtag.

Beyond these twitter hashtags tools, you can use your own creative way to come up with new hashtags that have not been used before. I do that and I urge you too.

Why not?

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Options for Hosting Your Blog Free or Paid

Options for Hosting Your Blog Free or Paid

To create a blog, one needs blogging software. They are mostly free for hosting.

Examples:

WordPress

Blogger

Different blogging software programs provide different features to users although all provide the basic elements needed by casual bloggers. The composing window that is in-built in all the blogging platforms is more or less same.

Additionally, some blogging software programs can be hosted for free through the software provider while others require you to host the software through a third party blog host, which will require payment to that blog host.

The term ‘blogging software’ can also be referred to as ‘blogging platform’.

Different Blogging Platforms:

WordPress.com is free blogging software that provides a limited amount of customization by way of free templates that you can download for your blog. WordPress.com does not allow you to monetize with ads of any kind on blogs, so monetizing your free WordPress blog through advertising is not an option.

If you are using wordpress platform, your blog URL will be: acnecreamsreviewed.wordpress.com

That is only a sample URL friend.

Third party hosted blog

WordPress.org (WP) also offers free blogging software, but you must have your own domain and hosting account. The diverse customization options make WP very powerful and business bloggers with good experience prefer WP blogging platform. You need to buy your own domain and hosting account from hosting companies that include, Go Daddy, Blue Host and Host Gator etc.

 

Blogger is undoubtedly the easiest blogging software available. All new bloggers should start their first blogs with Blogger. It’s free and also easy to use. Blogger allows you to publish ads. It is totally free. It is owned by Google.

Free Hosting of your custom domain

With blogger, you can also have them host you’re your blog with your own custom domain for free. This means, instead of a blog address that ends with blogsoit.com, your blog address (URL) will be yourdomainname.com

Example:

acnecreamsreviewed.blogspot.com

http://www.mono-live.com/

Here, the hosting is completely free, but you will have to pay for your own domain which is at present $10 per year. Yes, you will have to renew your domain every year at the prevailing rates.

You can buy the domain through Google itself though you can also buy elsewhere and point your DNS servers to Google. Since this involves a bit of technical work, but Google has published an easy to implement tutorial.

Moveable Type is great blogging software, but it requires users to obtain pricey licenses. The installation process is cumbersome and the features are not as rich as other blogging software programs provide. Many people like Moveable Type because it supports multiple blogs without having to install the software again and again.

LiveJournal requires users to pay a monthly hosting fee, and it provides a limited amount of features and customization.

Summary:

So, if you are looking for free blogging software that allows monetization, then Blogger hosting is the best choice.  No downloading, no fees whatsoever.

If monetization is not important to you, then WordPress.com hosting is the choice. No downloading, no fees whatsoever.

For bloggers who want full customization and advanced features and aren’t afraid of technical challenges and out-of-pocket expenses, WordPress.org hosting is the best choice.

You must download the wordpress blogging software and upload it in your hosting server and point to your domain.

The cost of having your blog in wordpress will be:

$10 per year towards domain registration

$6.00 per month towards hosting.

There, I have given you the facts about various blogging platforms and the cost involved! Choose one that suits your wallet’s thickness.

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How a Blogger Can Generate Topic Ideas In Less Than a Minute?

How a Blogger Can Generate Topic Ideas In Less Than a Minute?

There are some excellent online resources for a blogger to generate topic ideas. I have talked about some of the resources in this blog post.

Bloggers, irrespective of experience do encounter ‘idea black outs’ once in a way. There are no exceptions and I have faced quite often these ‘author’s block’ since I started blogging in 2005. It’s familiar to all bloggers.  Even though the first few months of starting a new niche blog would have made you update it with search engine friendly content with the right keywords at the right places, the topic idea bulb will go dark.

This temporary blog topics idea poverty will happen rare if you are dealing with multiple keywords and niches.

How to overcome this topic idea shortage?

  1. I stop blogging for a week or two. After that brief absence, I couldn’t wait to switch on my PC and suddenly, my mind will be flooded with topics.
  2. If I am not able to afford to lay myself off, I turn to the following resources and they will oblige me with instant results on my queries. I call them content creation tools.

Content ATM

Content ATM-don’t you think it’s a creative term? Oh, you can also call it blog topics ATM. Go to any one of them below and you will agree with the name Topics ATM. Yes, they won’t fail you; they will not reject you because you made a spelling mistake in your search term. You will never see a board “No more topic ideas’ hanging in front of them.

<strong>Hub Spot (https://www.hubspot.com/blog-topic-generator)

This is by far the most used content generation tool by freelance writers. Hub Spot’s Blog Topic Generator as it is called is simply an amazing assistant to bloggers.  As you land on the web page, you can see you can enter three search terms in the three search boxes. Hub Spot will generate five blog post titles!

Ah, the titles of your blog post are the toughest part of creative writing. If only you could come up with a title that is compelling to click, you have achieved 50% of internet marketing success.

Example of Hub Spot blog traffic generator.

I typed in the following three words and submitted.

Blog promotion

Targeted traffic

Viral content

See below the five titles I was presented.

  1. 14 Common Misconceptions About Blog Promotion
  2. The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Targeted Traffic
  3. 10 Signs You Should Invest In Viral Content
  4. Why We Love Blog Promotion (And You Should, Too!)
  5. 5 Tools Everyone In The Targeted Traffic Industry Should Be Using

Isn’t that fantastic? You need not write on the above titles but can think of twisting them too.

For example:

10 Signs You Should Invest In Viral Content

Re-written as:

Investing in Viral Content-the top ten reasons.

Got the idea?

 UberSuggest

I have used it almost 10 years ago when I was new to blogging. It is a very useful tool to generate several keywords for your search term.

I wanted more keywords for ‘targeted visitors’. I got these:

  • Targeted visitors for free
  • Targeted visitors software
  • Targeted unique visitors

Each of them presented more options for me that include;

I can search Google.com

I can look up Google Trends

I can expand the keyword to get more related keywords

Awesome tool

I hope you can make use the above blog topics idea generating tools. Once you practice, you will become innovative in your research.

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How Social Media Marketing Helps Small and Local Businesses

How Social Media Marketing Helps Small and Local Businesses

Whether you are running a global business with targeted audience all over the world or if your business targets a small area where you live, it is absolutely essential to make use of the various social media that exist in the Internet. In this article, I address the local businesses.

You must be aware of what the statistics say:” ….for every third search made in search engines, one is targeted locally”.

Statistics don’t lie but of course will vary for sure every second. In order to capture the local market to the fullest extent possible, your business needs to ride on the social media wave; else, as per the popular cliché, you are ‘leaving the money on the table’.

The invention of social media is bringing the world as close as possible. For businessmen, it is one of the most powerful online tools in terms increasing sales with a meager investment.

Have you ever realized that there has never been a better way to reach thousands of targeted customers and expose your products or services to them, who, thus far, had never even heard of you?

Nevertheless, before you embark on this journey, it’s important to understand what to expect from social media and how to ensure that you’re generating the lion’s share from it.

Infinite patience produces instant results.

The most important aspect of making an impact in social media marketing is to first create an unshakable in trust you. Your social media content should be able to do that. It won’t be achieved in a few months but at least a year will have to pass before your prospective customers begin to notice you and slowly are drawn towards you.

With dedication, you need to consistently update, interact, and research the latest business trends in your industry.

Consider the following:

Gaining trust: Just like you develop a friendship with your neighbor and it becomes strong over a period, gaining trust in the social media world should be treated the same. It takes time and effort to prove yourself, but once you do, the rewards for your efforts are worth it.

Planning takes time: You’ll need to develop an effective plan and stick to it, in order to get the most from social media. This surely requires a long-term commitment on your part.

Tracking Progress: You must invest time and money to track your progress, once you have set the wheels in motion. This way you’ll be able to determine what’s working for you and what needs to be changed.

Interaction with Customer:  Customer interaction needs to be a permanent activity. Everything you’ve built up can be easily lost if you forgo customer interaction and engagement.

Don’t Give Up.

It is very likely to happen that none of your efforts are producing results; it would seem so but not really. You must give time for the seeds you have sown to germinate.

When you find yourself in such a depressing situation, consider tackling social media marketing with new videos, photos, or anything that will excite you, and in turn give people something to talk about.

Social media marketing takes time, effort, and dedication.

6 Leading Social media.

The top 6 social media sites that are swarmed by billions of people as well businesses are:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Linkedin
  4. Youtube
  5. Google plus
  6. Pinterest

Take social media marketing seriously. There are ample free guides in the web to educate you.

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Choosing a Niche for Your Blog in 3 Steps

Choosing a Niche for Your Blog in 3 Steps

In 3 simple steps, learn to pick the overall subject (niche) for your blog.

Once an aspiring blogger has decided to start a blog, the next step is to decide on what’s to blog about; it means picking up the correct niche to blog about. There is no dearth of selecting a subject to talk about online but it is necessary to choose one that you have a basic interest. You need not have complete knowledge in the niche but interest is must to expand the knowledge so that, you can engage yourself in compiling an article.

Learning to choose a niche for your blog is the first and important action even before you name your blog. In order to persist a blog for a long term, one must have absolute passion in the subject he chooses to blog about.

Now that you get the first and useful tips, let us go through the 3 quick and easy steps to narrow your interest as you are likely to have more than one interest.

Niche Blog

Step 1. Let us assume you have more than one interest. To select among them, you must think hard to find out which one can sustain your interest for a long term. The reason for this is you may quickly abandon your blog if you lose your interest in two or three months. There is no special guide to help you to narrow down your choice. It is for you to decide.

Still, you might ask, “What if I lose my interest?” Well, in that case, start afresh all over and choose another niche. (smile)

Remember, you may have to do a lot of research online on your chosen subject so that you don’t fall short of content ideas in future. If you don’t have a basic passion for the subject you choose, you won’t be interested in doing your content research.

Step 2: If your aim is to earn a second income by blogging, you must analyze the profitability of your selected niche.  This involves doing an in-depth keyword research. Before doing that, you must find out the number of subcategories for your niche. Under your broad subject of blogging, there can be many subcategories and some of them may pose less competition and thus can fetch more money than others. You must be an organized person while doing your keyword research by keep notes of all your findings neatly online.

Tools to do keyword research:

A keyword means the search term that everyone keys in the Google search box to find something. There are some free as well paid tools to do keyword search and analyze.

Some of them are:

Google Trends:  It is a free tool offered by the Google.

SEMrush: This is my personal favorite keyword finding tool. I have used it quite often over the years. It allows me to learn more about overall competition, where they are ranked and what the search volume is etc.

Long Tail Pro: It is a paid tool. Since I have not used personally, I have no idea about its usefulness but it is quite popular and hence must be very good.

Step 3 – You must able to gauge the future of the niche. Some niches selected by you might be very remunerative but may not sustain it after a year or so. For example, if you chose a big sports event or a national election or even an upcoming movie, the public interest will die in due course and the visitors to your blog will finally stop.

By applying these 3 simple steps, you will narrow down your blog niche in a day or two.

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