Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

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Say Goodbye To Long And Ugly URLs

November 28, 2010

Have you ever copied and pasted a link that was so long you couldn’t
send it in a tweet; or maybe it was so long that it just didn’t look good in the
email? Here is the solution.

Go to tinyurl.com and paste the long url into the provided field. After
this is done click on “Make tiny url” and a new [short] link will be
provided. The new link goes to the same web page as the long link, but it
won’t take up your character space.

I hope you get a lot of use out of tinyurl. This post ties in well with my
Twitter category
which gives advice on what to tweet, how often to
tweet, and other general Twitter tips.

Thanks for reading,

~Joshua Lyons

P.S. Since posting this entry I have had about a dozen comments from
people recommending  bit.ly.com. as well. I checked out that site and
I am impressed with it. I would encourage you to check out both sites
and see which one is more comfortable. You’ve got options!

P.S.S. Here is a well written article about the concerns/pitfalls of using
shortlinks from tinyurl, bit.ly, and similar sites. It’s worth a read.
http://www.metaltoad.com/blog/url-shorteners-must-die

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Are Social Media Your Minions?

October 10, 2010

This post is very different from everything else I have done on this
blog; but it should help drive home the point that social media platforms
should work in unison and not independantly.

Here are three of the best minions I have ever had working for me. I have
given each one some orders. They are as follow:

Minion #1: Twitter – Twitter, when someone runs a Google search there will
be 10 results on the first page. Your job is to make my name, my
reputation, and what I have to offer appear as all ten of those top search
results. By doing this we can knock all opposition off the first page of the
search results.

Minion #2: Blogs – Blogs, your objective is to continually give the world great
information. Tell them what they want to hear and give them a longing to
come back to see what you have to say next time. Then, create interest and
desire within the reader. Persuade the reader that we are awesome and that
they will do anything for us. Convince them that they need us!

Minion #3: Facebook – Facebook, your mission is to direct our fans. If we are
needing to push them to our blog and feed them information you will give
them incentives to go there. If we need people to go to Twitter, to help
increase page rankings, you will convince the fans that they need to go to
Twitter. Do whatever is necessary to guide the world in the direction we
desire.

By having my minions work together I can create an effective plan for world
domination. If they do not work together I will be left with a team of
minions who are aimlessly trying to do something but will not be able to do
so effectively.

1. Use Twitter to get your company, products, and services all over the first
page of Google.

2. Use your blog to inform your target market and to create a desire for
what you have to offer.

3. Use Facebook as a way to guide your fans to do whatever it is that needs to
be done. This could be retweeting your tweets, posting comments on your
blog, giving feedback about a product, or something else. Facebook should
be used to direct your fans.

By making your social media platforms work together you will find your
social media campaigns to be much more successful than if they are not
working together.

Use your minions and rule the world!

Thanks for reading,

~Joshua Lyons

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Be Smart – Use Your Hyperlinks Properly

September 9, 2010

Hyperlinks can be very valuable if you know how to use them.

Prehaps you’ve seen an article or some other means of
communication that had a link which looked like part of a text but was
blue and if you clicked on it you would be lead to another
page. This is called a hyperlink and can be used for two purposes.

First, these links tell search engines what your article is about. If
for exampleI insert this Twitter hyperlink I am actually
telling the search engines thatI am writing about Twitter. We both
know that isn’t true, but the search engines don’t know that.

Of course, you don’t want to include tons of hyperlinks with
words that don’t apply to your site. However, in my case, since this
entire blog is focused on social media it won’t hurt for me to
have a Twitter hyperlink in the previous paragraph; even though the post
isn’t exactly about Twitter.

Secondly, hyperlinks are used to help guide the flow of traffic to where
you want it.

Let’s say you just created a Facebook fan page. You are wanting to
generate some traffic but you don’t know how. What you can do is
include hyperlinks to your Facebook page in your
e-mail signature, blogs, website pages and articles. By doing this you
will create doors to your Facebook page that your audience can
find you by.

It is highly recommended to always use hyperlinks to your Twitter page,
Facebook fan page, blog, website, and any other type of
site you have. Include these links in as many places as possible so as to
help direct traffic to your sites.

In order to make a hyperlink you should highlight the text you wish to make
click-able and then click on the hyperlink image.             This image usually looks like a link from a chain. Then, in the new window,
you will enter the URL of the site you are wanting to direct the traffic to.

Good luck with your hyperlinking and I hope this helps.

Thanks for reading,

~Joshua Lyons

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Cheat Your Tweets – Become More Popular

September 6, 2010

I wrote a while back about what type of content you should
use for your tweets. Since that posting I’ve come up with some valuable info I really want to share.

You want to provide interesting info but you can only find so much
info related to your industry. I would suggest
using interesting content that is not just industry related. For example,
use animal trivia for your facts, something you find interesting for
your tips, humor for your quotes and Darwin awards for your
links. Just make sure to include your
name and keywords before the rest of the tweet.

Here are some examples of interesting tweets that could help
you with your ranking but aren’t industry related.

·    Joshua Lyons: social media – Did you know that mosquitoes have
47 teeth?!! #animals #facts #mosquitoes

·    Joshua Lyons: consultation ~Simpsons “Don’t worry, getting eaten by a crocodile is like falling asleep, in a giant blender.” #quotes #funny #Simpsons

Try to leave enough room at the end of the tweet so that  people can easily retweet you.

I’ve noticed that this has worked much better for me because this type of information is more popular with the followers and it is easier to find random information than it is to find industry related
information.

Just don’t forget to use your keywords.

Thanks for reading,

~Joshua Lyons

Here is a link to my other Twitter content posting.

 

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The Easiest Way to Get More Traffic

September 2, 2010

Get traffic!

It doesn’t matter what kind of site you have. You must
get traffic to your site!

If you don’t get traffic you might as well not develop and
maintain an internet site.

What is the best way to get traffic to your site without having to
spend a million hours on Twitter and Facebook to let people know about
your site?

Before I answer that question I’m going to talk about Twitter and
Facebook for a minute.

Twitter is great because there are so many people out there who use it. If you send a tweet there could easily be thousands of people who see it!

Twitter has about 160 million monthly users. Granted, only a
few of them may click the link to your site; but still, that’s better than
nothing. That’s free traffic!

Facebook is great for virtually the same reason. Facebook has about
500 million active users [Check both of the links above for stats.] When people comment on Facebook the comments are not as ignored as they are on Twitter.

Twitter is like almost blindly hunting with a shotgun and Facebook is more like hunting with a scoped rifle.

My advice for getting traffic to your sites without having to work too hard is to add tweet and like buttons to your
pages. [I would add the like button to my blog but it’s not
available for WordPress.com.] *There is a like button that is automatically built into WordPress.com.

This is important because every time someone sees something they
like they can shoot the shotgun and rifle for you. This means
you have people encouraging their friends [people you don’t even know] to visit your site.

All you have to do is post interesting content, add a couple of
share buttons and let your visitors do the work for you.

I would still recommend doing your own tweets and
Facebook status updates to let people know about your updated content, but don’t do it alone. Let your visitors help you.

I’m sure you will see how helpful this is. Also, keep an eye on what
people are tweeting. This will help you have an idea of what
type of content your visitors like. Keep this in mind as you prepare more content for your site.

Thanks for reading,

~Joshua Lyons

P.S. Check out my Facebook and Twitter categories and “Tweet” them if you like them. I’d like more traffic so feel free to fire the Twitter shotgun and Facebook rife for me. =)

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Use Keyword or Kiss Your Business Good Bye

August 29, 2010

If you don’t know how to use keywords your business will die. This is because
keywords are vital to getting your site seen on the internet.

Prehaps the best way to get traffic to your site is by understanding and
using search engine optimisation (SEO).

Search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo look at titles, bios, and articles for keywords. Keywords are used to show the reader and the search engines what the website or article is about.

The first thing to do is find out what the best keywords for your industry are. If you go to Google keywords you can enter
keywords to see how popular they are or you can enter a competitor’s website URL to see what people type in Google to find them. This could
be extremely valuable! The top keywords you see are
the keywords you should consider using for your website, blog and articles.

Whether you are using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, a website or you are writing articles it is important to know and use your keywords.

By including keywords in your titles, bios, and content you can tell the search engines what your site is about.

When people search your keywords your site will appear! As you drive more traffic to your sites you will get a higher page ranking. The higher your ranking the more traffic you will get to the site.

Here are some more sites about SEO if you would like some more reading.
SEO Article
Keyword Article

Good luck on your search for and implementation of outstanding keywords!

I hope this helps,

~Joshua Lyons

P.S. Feel free to add some feedback in the comment box if you found this to be helpful or have anything to add.
Thanks.