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Take Your Blogging To The Next Level

This collection of free guides and articles will help you work on every aspect of your blogging, including:


Bookmark this resource, as it's packed with information, and will be updated regularly!

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#Blogging   #BloggingTips   #BloggingForBusiness  
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How Solopreneurs Can Work Together to Achieve Greater Success

How do solopreneurs with products and those with traffic find each other? What happens next? How does this process help to grow income for both parties? Find out here.

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Great stuff, +Trafeze

#networking #monetization #trafeze
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An essential part of Better Blogging is having the right metrics in place. That means setting up Google Analytics and configuring goals like a boss as +Dustin W. Stout says.
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+Dustin W. Stout you're welcome! 
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How to Find Amazing Social Media Content

Social media marketers know that curating, creating and posting social content can take a lot of time. In fact, many freelancers and agencies stay away from offering social media services because it's so time-consuming. However, this is a field that is growing exponentially, and you don't want to miss out just because of the time crunch. We have some ideas to find great content for your social media calendar that won't take tons of time and effort.

Dive In:

#SocialMedia   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Business  
h/t +Alla Bogdan +PromoRepublic 
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Blab is dead... and Facebook Live is flourishing. Here's why:
Facebook Live is about to dominate live video like nothing we've ever seen, and it's something you need to care about now.
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Critical information for bloggers and site owners who want to make more money.
Ever considered selling advertising on your site? A clean layout, quality content and targeted audience make your site a magnet for advertisers.
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Are Instagram Business Accounts Really A Good Idea For Businesses?
Instagram is rolling out upgraded accounts for businesses that include additional features. They may be a great opportunity, but not without risks.
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[Free Webinar] - How to Start Your Social Media Agency! via +PromoRepublic
Download our free PDF Guide and get free access to a webinar series to learn how to build a great recurring revenue stream and start your agency. This free program is good for freelancers, marketers and entrepreneurs.
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If you want to be successful on Instagram, that means you need to post often. For most businesses, that's impractical, unless you make use of a scheduling tool. Here's one method!
The best way to maintain an active, engaging, successful Instagram presence is to schedule your activity throughout the day when your audience is most receptive.
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Some major changes coming to Google+:

1. Comments now support links and images.
2. New Notification Center (uh oh)

As well as some other continued improvements.

Oh, and if you're still using Google+ 'classic' you're going to be flipped to the new Google+ next time you log in... but you can still go back to Class. For now...

#GooglePlus   #GooglePlusUpdate   #ns  
Bringing the new Google+ to more people

Last November, ( we introduced a preview on web of a fully redesigned Google+ to make it easier for people to discover and connect around unique and interesting things. From a Japanese astronaut sharing his experience in the International Space Station ( to food lovers sharing their passion for breadmaking (, people are using Google+ to explore their interests more than ever.

Since introducing the new version, twice as many Collections are followed per day and there are 1.6 million daily new Community joins. Many of you have also shared feedback and requests, and we’ve been listening (

Today, we’re announcing three new updates for Google+.

First, some new features. You can now have richer conversations by adding links and photos to your comments. We’re also offering Community owners and moderators more control over who posts what with approved posting. Finally, we're launching a new notifications center on the web where you can see and manage your recent activity on Google+. These features will be available across the web, Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

Second, if you haven’t yet previewed the new Google+, over the next few days we’ll upgrade you to the experience when you sign in on the web. You’ll still be able to toggle back to classic Google+ for the time being.

Finally, businesses have told us that they’ve found Google+ to be a valuable way to help employees share ideas and expertise via Collections and Communities, and we’re looking forward to making it available to more organizations. Today, Google Apps users already using Google+ ( will also see the new experience ( when they sign in and in the next few weeks, Google+ will become a core Google for Work service.

From the interesting (, to the surprising (, and the delightful (, we hope Google+ continues to help you discover amazing things from passionate people.
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How To Google+

h/t +Denis Labelle
How-To +Google+
I. Getting Started On Google+ >
1. Google+ > I
2. Get started with G+ Collections >
3. Get started with G+ Communities >
4. G+ Help Community >
5. Google+ Collections - Community >
6. Google+ Collections - Support Center >
7. G+ updates on all platforms >
8. YouTube >
9. Branding Guidelines >
10. Google+ For Work >
11. Google+ Growth: 2.7 BILLION accounts >
12. Policies for Google+, Hangouts & Photos >

II. Google+ Settings
. Part 1 >
. Part 2 >
. Part 3 >
. Part 4 >

III. Google+ Collections (How To)
. Why Google+ Collections? >

13. How to create a Collection > 
14. How to customize your Collection >
15. How to create a post in a Collection >
16. How to reshare a post to a Collection >
17. How to move an existing post to a Collection >
18. How to Pin a Post to a Collection >
19. How to Share a Collection >
20. How to see who is Following your Collection >
21. How to Follow/Unfollow a Collection >
22. Why should I have more than 1 post in a Collection? >
23. Why I should have a good cover photo? >
24. Why should my Collection posts have a catchy intro? >
25. Tips for Creating a Featurable Collection >
26. Moving vs Resharing a Post >
27. Credit the content you share >
28. How to add YouTube videos to Collections >
29. Lightning Fast Keyboard Shortcuts >
30. How to disable Comments and Reshares on your posts >
31. How to share your Collection to Facebook/Twitter >
32. How to change a link's preview Image in a post >

33. How to create a Collection (Android) >
34. How to Create a Poll (Android) >
35. How to create a Collection (iOS) >
36. Create a poll through a Quick Action (iOS) >
37. How to share your Collection to Facebook/Twitter >
38. Following screen visually separates Following from Circles (Android) >

IV. Google+ Communities (Tips & Tricks)
39. Spark a conversation by commenting on others' posts >
40. Post a challenge or activity that gets people talking >
41. Encourage people to join the conversation with +mentions >

V. Collections about Google+:

NEW Google+ Create ->
. 10 things that every new G+ user should know >
. Beginners Tips for Using Google+ Collections >
. A Masterclass in Google Collections >
. Advanced Tips for Google+ Collections >
. G+ Collections PRO >
. The 3 Cs of Google+ >
. The 3 Ways to Share on Google+ >
. 6 Months of Google+ Updates >
. Reflections on the First 5 Years of Google+ and Thoughts about its Future >

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Have a great week.
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Blog Coaching, Social Media Strategy, Google+ Consulting, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Search Engine Optimization, Internet Marketing, Hootsuite
  • SiteSell
    Chief Marketing Officer, 2014 - present
    SiteSell works to help entrepreneurs and bloggers build their online business, and I lead the team that builds and fosters relationships with those people.
  • The Social Media Hat
    Social Media Manager, 2012 - present
    I work with business owners to first identify content marketing and social media opportunities to promote their business and engage clients, and then help them to implement strategies and techniques to achieve those goals. In other words, I can help get your blog started, figure out what you're going to write about and who would be interested, which social networks to post to and when, and how to use social media to entertain, educate and engage your potential customers.
  • Freelance
    Website Developer, 2007 - 2012
    Built hundreds of websites using the Drupal Content Management System platform, providing business owners with a dynamic website they are able to update and add to themselves.
  • Dana Corporation
    ERP Support Specialist and Team Leader, 1999 - 2001
  • Viking Technology
    Sales Manager and Web Designer, 2001 - 2005
  • Litehouse Pools & Spas
    Sales Associate, 2005 - 2006
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Content Marketing Practitioner, Author, Dad

I love to teach others how to better leverage the internet and content to promote their business. Specifically, I provide articles and guidance on how to create blog and other content that helps increase website traffic, generate leads, and convert those leads into sales.

I maintain a blog and article archive at The Social Media Hat, but my primary focus is serving as the Chief Marketing Officer for SiteSell, where we help entrepreneurs and bloggers get their online businesses started.

We have recently launched a new product called SBI! for WP which is specifically designed to help WordPress users build and grow their business. You can read my full review of SBI! for WordPress as well.


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I'm originally from Ohio where I studied Computer Science and History at The Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University. I've had a long career in IT, including PC Repair, Server configuration, networking, sales, websites and more. But in 2012, I discovered a passion and talent for writing and teaching Content Marketing.

I now live in St. Louis with my wife and two adorable daughters, along with two Birman cats. I blog weekly, am working on a blogging course, and will have a new book on Content Marketing out later this year.

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I am available to participate in broadcast Hangouts, Blabs and Interviews on a limited basis. If you would like to schedule an appearance, please contact me with your interview format and schedule.

Training and Consulting

While I am not currently accepting new clients, if you need help with something, please reach out. I may be able to provide the answer you need, direct you to the right resource, or refer you to one of my colleagues who can better assist you.

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With HootSuite, larger businesses, organizations and enterprises can set up social media dashboards used for not only promoting content, but also social listening, customer service, prospecting, and internal team communication. I am a Certified HootSuite Professional and have written extensively to help businesses set up their HootSuite accounts and train staff on how to create a Social Media Command Center.

More casual and individual HootSuite users are encouraged to review my #HootSuiteSeries for HootSuite tips, guides and best practices.

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I sold swimming pools and hot tubs in 2006 and 2007, and became a top salesman within the entire organization within my first year.
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