I found lots of great blog posts this week on my journey through the web.
So I cherry pick the best of the best to help you stay on top of your game!
These collections are mostly for evergreen content. To find breaking news, be sure you check out the new NewsBites podcast!
Here’s a few posts you won’t want to miss:
1. How Facebook is killing itself off and very quickly too via Michael Q Todd
Sad but true. I’ve been saying this for a while but everyone is trying to pretend like it’s not happening. Of course, a site the size of Facebook doesn’t die overnight. Not even over 2 years. Heck, even MySpace is still around. But good luck finding your friends there. Facebook has to appease shareholders and we cross our fingers that it can do that before it completely implodes. The hate towards FB is high and even the people who use it most often often complain of feeling trapped there. Not really the energy you want people to feel towards your company!
2. 5 Excellent Tools for Modifying Images via Ian Cleary
With images playing a key role on almost every major social channel now it’s really important that you know how to produce stellar ones. Even if you’re not graphically inclined a few minor edits can really give even a purchased image some pizazz. Check out these tools (do remember to do a backup of your site contents before you install that WP plugin though)!
3. U.S. Navy Emerging Media (July 2013) via U.S. Navy
Did you know that the USA Navy has a social media strategy? Isn’t it more businesses had one? If something as steeped in tradition and secrecy as our military has a strategy, odds are you should have one too! This slide deck was for a presentation they did and highlights some of the ways they focus on keeping a cohesive picture. High level stuff but useful if you’re developing strategies for businesses.
4. Why you do not trust yourself via Peter Shallard
Some surprisingly hard-hitting advise for entrepreneurs about why we are our own worst enemy. Not your ordinary piece of psycho-babble. This one’s going to make you think.
5. 26 Signs You Work In Social Media via BuzzFeed
Oh dear… I think they got most of them right! Check this out if you work in social media for a good chuckle!
6. Why You Need To Look Like Your Profile Picture via Nikol Murphy
Sorry, but that 5 year old picture of you has GOT to go! Almost no one ages gracefully enough to hold an old photo around even if it is the image that people know of us. There’s so many downsides to not keeping a current picture… including being unknown at events and having others quickly realize you hate how you look now compared to then. Take this advice as well as the tips on how to optimize your photos to last the longest.
7. StumbleUpon: A Beginner’s Guide via Mashable’s Jess Fee
StumbleUpon can be a very fun social media that can be enjoyable to work while driving traffic. However, it’s also an unusual network, so a blogpost like this is helpful to walk you through getting set up right! Don’t miss the tip about time-sensitive content!
8. Google + Guide via Denis Labelle
This is one of the best free guides for Google+ you’re going to find. Sure there are better paid courses but if you have time to do the legwork with a free course, this will be right up your alley. A really nice resource to share with your own community too. Denis has done good work on this so please give him lots of love.
9. This Teen Girl Is A Social Network’s Worst Nightmare — And Best Hope via Huffington Post’s Bianca Bosker
Dealing with Google Penguin related traffic drops? This post has great coverage of how to approach the problem. The link report is actually the one I suggested prior getting from my friend Clint for a much more affordable rate. I stand by that recommendation. This is definitely a post you should bookmark if you’ve suffered traffic loss recently.
10. Google Analytics Hit Limits: When 10 Million Suddenly Seems Like a Small Number via SwellPath’s Adam Ware
Did you know that Google Analytics has limits? Interesting ones in fact! Not something for a small blog to worry about but certainly something larger company sites and launch platform sites need to be aware of! More commonly though, smaller sites can still get in trouble with the hits counter because they choose to monitor a ton of events which each also generate hits and so send the values unusually high earlier than you might expect. Interesting post!
11.10 Powerful Facebook Ad Tools and Features Used by Successful Marketers via FanBoom’s Gary
Don’t blink or Facebook Advertising will change! Here’s 10 of the new tools that you need to know are available to you if you take advantage of Facebook PPC Ads. It’s really interesting to see how robust the ad platform has grown to be. Don’t miss this post if you do FB Ads.
12. Before You Post: A Blogger’s Checklist via WeBlogBetter’s Shanna Mallon
Here’s a checklist to run each post through before you hit publish, from “Does this suit my readers?” to “Are all the links working?”
13. How To Set Up Your Own Video Studio For $90 Or Less via Vertical Measure’s Mike Huber
Create your own video studio on a small budget that will help you generate great content for your blog.
14. Which Pop Up Works Best? via Denise Wakeman’s Sarah Arrow
While popups drive some readers nuts, they can be a highly effective tool if configured properly. Sarah Arrow reviews several of the common options and shows you which one actually worked best (most subscribers) for her. It turns out that she and I agree and I use the same here on the blog.
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Have an amazing week!
~ Kim ~
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