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The Ultimate Google Plus Cover Photo Template [Free Download]

Create an optimal cover photo for your Google+ page with this simple template!

Your Google+ profile will often be the first place people go to find out more information about who you are. As such, your cover photo is your first opportunity to make an impression. Use this template and guide to make it count!

Have you updated your Google+ Cover Photo for the new layout?

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Twitter Lists are a HUGE Help for Getting the Most Out of Your Time

If you were invited to the biggest cocktail party in the world, would you be walking around shouting out headlines to every random person in shouting distance? No, you likely would not. Unless you've had a bit too much cocktail during this cocktail party.

But because of the fast and highly cluttered nature of the Twitter feed, you need to take advantage of lists in order to be effective.

The post below gives all 7 of my best tips for utilizing lists as well as a bonus growth hack that involves Twitter lists and a bit of +IFTTT integration.

The big takeaway though is this: use Twitter to find relevant people and interact with them like normal human beings.

#socialmedia   #twitter   #marketing  
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Frame Buster Featured on Product Hunt Today!
Have a look-see: https://www.producthunt.com/tech/frame-buster

We're very proud of what we've done to protect content creators from getting their content hijacked for other people's agendas. So we've launched today on Product Hunt and would appreciate you taking a look and spreading the word to all your fellow #WordPress lovers!

Bust those frames baby!

cc: +Nicholas Cardot +Jason T. Wiser +Social Warfare +Ralph M. Rivera +Carol Lynn Rivera +Mark Traphagen

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Frame Buster - Stop content hijackers from placing ADs over your content..
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Just released:
Social Warfare Users Now Have Buffer and Pocket Buttons!

We've been working away behind the scenes to add new features, update/upgrade features, and eliminate a number of bugs. 

Probably the most exciting things to note for this update are:

- The addition of a +Buffer and +Pocket button! 
- Squashed tweet count bugs once and for all
- Share Recovery tool now handles any possible permalink structure change

If you're a +Social Warfare user, update right away and make sure you clear all caches, CDN and +CloudFlare if you use it. 

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The Great Snapchat Debate: Cut the Crap and Let's Talk ROI

There's a lot of debate in the #SocialMedia world about whether or not Snapchat is actually worth the investment. So far, I haven't heard much compelling data on the side of the pro-Snapchat marketers.

So after a brief Twitter conversation with +Justin Wise I decided that we needed to have a more open, public discussion of how businesses can justify spending time/resources on #Snapchat.

Subscribe to the event here: http://dustn.tv/live/

If you join live, you may also get the chance to share your perspective as well. So spread the word and be there! 
On Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 9:00am Pacific Time I'll be chatting with Justin Wise about one of my least favorite social platforms, Snapchat. This all started because of a few tweets from Justin: https://twitter.com/DustinWStout/status/710320576561176576 https://twitter.com/JustinWise/status/710317953875480576 https://twitter.com/DustinWStout/status/710326123574329344 https://twitter.com/JustinWise/status/710318902937460736 https://twitter.com/...
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Psychological Smarts That Can Get More People Sharing Your Content!

So lets say you just wrote a blog post. You want people to share it, don't you? Of course? 

So I suppose you've slapped some social media buttons on your page, right? How many? As many as humanly possible? Do you think that if you don't offer every option imaginable that less people will share your content? 

Well, this EPIC article by +Nicholas Cardot will show you that the Paradox of Choice is the one psychological principle that proves most people's understanding of "choice" is wrong. 

Take advantage of this in your marketing efforts, and you will win! 

#contentmarketing   #blogging   #socialmedia  
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Don't Just Boost Social Media Engagement, Scale It

It’s not just about optimizing your posts for highest engagement, that doesn't scale. Once you understand all the tips and tricks to increase the amount of engagement you get, you need to then move to grow that effort beyond you.

In business, they call this growing at "scale". This post shows you how to get the exponential growth you're looking for by implementing a number of tactics, including:

- Creating click-to-tweet quotes
- Creating custom Pinterest pins
- Utilizing embedded social posts

So what are you waiting for? Read the full post, and leave a comment with the first tactic you are going to implement today!

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Everything You Need to Know: Open Graph, Twitter Cards & Rich Pins
Understanding what Open Graph Tags, Twitter Cards and Rich Pins are is the first step to social media conversion optimization.

Have you ever shared a link on social media and noticed how that link automatically produces a rich snippet? This is when you see a big image pulled in along with the title and brief description of the page being shared.

Well, these don’t happen by accident. This is the direct result of having proper meta data or “tags” added in the web page’s source code. This article tells you everything you need to know about how these tags are implemented.
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Why CoSchedule is One of the Best Marketing Investments You Can Make

For high-performing content creators, you understand that the process of creating, collaborating on, publishing and promoting digital content can be one heck of a job. For that reason, it's crucial to streamline to process.

+CoSchedule to the rescue! Seriously, there is no one tool out there that allows you to do everything in one place like it does.

In this blog post +Dustin W. Stout gives it a full review and tells how our team is using it to take our content marketing efforts to the next level.

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Leave Your Competition in the Dust with These Image Creation and Optimization Tips!

Many smart bloggers and #SocialMedia  pros know that using visuals in your marketing is a must if you want to grab people's attention. But in my experience, it takes just a tad bit more effort than cranking out an image and calling it a day-- that is if you want long-term success. 

In this 2,600+ word article, I spill it all. This is the workflow and checklist I go through every time I create an image for social media or blog posts. 

No punches pulled. Nothing held back. 

I even give you my sweet little +Adobe Photoshop script that allows me to instantly take one image's layers and add them to 3 other sizes. 

I also give a bit of #SEO  insight I've learned over the years (thanks to +Kristoffer Howes and a great article by +Yoast) that adds an additional competitive edge for bloggers creating visual content.

Some of this research was also added into an article I wrote for +Social Media Examiner last year and has proven all the more important a year later! 

So have a read, tell me what you think, and go create something awesome! 

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Get rid of the "It's already been said" mentality. IMMEDIATELY.

If you're actively trying to build a platform for yourself, this is one excuse you need to eliminate IMMEDIATELY. Inspired in part by +Rebekah Radice​ and +Nicholas Cardot  - a conversation we had a LONG time ago. 

In a nutshell: Nobody has your combination of experiences, perspective, and understanding. This is your greatest asset.

So as impressive and brilliant as +Gary Vaynerchuk and +Michael Hyatt and +Derek Halpern or +Mari Smith might be... they will never have your perspective. 
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Are You Going to WooConf?
I can't stinking wait!

The folks over at +WooCommerce are putting on a 2 day conference specifically for those who are serious about building an online commerce business. Some of the people speaking include:

- +Matt Mullenweg 
- +Chase Reeves 
- +Chris Lema 
- And many more! 

Oh, yea... and they also invited little-old me to jabber for a few minutes. But here's what I want to know-- will you be at #WooConf  this year?

If you are, I want to know. If you are not, I want to know who you'd most be looking forward to seeing if you could go. 

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Helping you get the most out of Google+ with tutorials, tips and tricks. 

Founded by +James Brooks and +Dustin W. Stout, we are a bunch of Google+ enthusiasts that want to make sure everybody has the most awesome experience out of it. We are constantly on the lookout for the latest Google+ news, feature releases, and tips to make sure that we get them to you first.