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Mike Allton
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Attended The Ohio State University
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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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Someone really needs to stop me from doing this same failing activity over and over again... I seriously feel like Charlie Brown. 
Among the many issues Charlie Brown deals with as a young child, there’s one that continues to resonate with me (and perhaps you as well). It’s a mistake that I continue to make, even though I’ve
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The Curse of the Solopreneur

What were you doing in 1997?

Chances are, you had no idea how these 4, seemingly random, events would have an impact on you twenty years later.
20 years ago, 4 random events happened. Their common thread explores The Curse of the Solopreneur and how to finally beat it.
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Why This Disney Movie is the Ultimate in Content Repurposing

As soon as I saw the trailer for the new Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to write this article. I think it's fascinating how Disney has been able to keep leveraging this same story and piece of content year after year for more than two decades... and now they're doing it again.

#BeautyAndTheBeast #Disney #Blogging
For 23 years, Disney has been marketing and re-releasing this classic, animated film, and with this year's new release, they're demonstrating the pinnacle of repurposing content.
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+Assassin of worldwide Rebecca Elisabeth 3rd Morris of course there's an entire crew involved, but the article wasn't about the investment of time and effort, but rather the ability and judgment to create new content based entirely on old content.

The crew is vital to the success of any film, but without the decision and financial support of the movie house, there'd be no film at all. 
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If you haven't yet tried using +Friends+Me to help manage your Google+ activity, here's yet one more reason.

Easily pull YouTube videos into your new posts and schedule those shares according to your best times.

Try it for yourself: 
Fast and easy video posting

I'm excited to announce a new feature to make it easier than ever to add high quality video content to your posts with a couple taps. The new youtube icon you’ll find in your posting options leads to a page where you can simply tap on videos to preview them and add them to your post. For easy navigation, we’ve included your recently liked (on youtube) and the most popular videos pre-loaded and you can always search for that specific video you wanted to share.

Happy sharing!
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No without. Didn't realize that feature was unique to friends and me app. Figured that out after posting my question. 
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I'm thrilled to have my article on Wishpond's blog published today. It's all about how businesses can and should leverage social media to generate leads and real revenue - while still being social!
"When you enchant people, your goal is not to make money from them or to get them to do what you want, but to fill them with great delight." – Guy Kawasaki Hi. It’s just you and me here, so...
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I'm so excited to have finally published a guest post for +Jeff Bullas - a blogger that I've followed and admired for years.

Similarly, this topic is one that's been in the making for years - the steady but inevitable decline of passive monetization as a reliable source of income for bloggers. Passive monetization may be dead... but that doesn't mean bloggers aren't without even greater alternatives.

The one currency that every blogger can accrue is this: Influence.

I'd love to know what you think:

With examples and insights from +Michael Hyatt, +IMDb, +Guy Kawasaki, +Trafeze and +Anguilla Beaches.
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‪Have you grabbed your Vine videos? Time is almost up.‬

#Vine #Twitter #ns 
In a stunning announcement, Vine announced on Thursday that the service is essentially shutting down. Why, and more importantly, what will happen to existing Vines and Vine users is of paramount performance.
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🌱Start with an idea. Grow into a website.
Build traffic & fans. Establish trust & likeability.
"Always Be Monetizing." Well-deserved result?...
Your own business with income & equity.🌳
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What do you of all these updates? Is G+ everything you need it to be, or is it still missing something?
Over a Year of New Web Features
With today's announcement ( of our upcoming transition to the new Google+ Web experience, I thought it would be useful to share all the feature additions, fixes, and updates we’ve made thanks to your feedback over the past fourteen months:

Home Stream
* Ability to reply to comments in the stream
* +1 comments with one click
* Turn animated comments (as seen on all streams) on/off
* Extra fast Web page loading with AMP
* New presentation for original comments on re-shared posts
* Real-time indicator of when there's new posts
* Auto-play of animated GIFs (with setting to turn on/off)
* 3 column stream view for very wide screens
* Quick action to view full post pages
* Hover over user images for more info about people
* "What You Missed" posts in your Home stream
* Full timestamp on post pages
* View poll results from the post menu
* No limits on circle streams in menu
* Volume control for Recommended & Trending posts
* Recommended & Trending ranking improvements
* Recommended Community & Collections improvements
* Ability to scroll Community & Collections recommendations

* Drag & drop images to make new posts & comments
* Ability to create polls
* Ability to crop photos in polls
* Upload multiple images at once to a post
* Ability to re-order multiple images using drag & drop
* Warning to ensure you don't lose new posts
* View map for images with location
* Multiple improvements to +mentions

* New "Hold Posts for Review" setting
* Search for members in a Community
* Search for posts within a Community
* New simpler invite to Community feature
* Visible about information for Communities
* Links to categories on Community pages
* New Community content controls
* Community owner & moderator badges on comments
* Possible for owners to delete communities
* Possible for owners & moderators to leave communities
* View most recently visited Communities
* Create new posts inside Communities

* Easily move any of your posts into a Collection
* Improved Collection sharing
* Ability to create a Collection when making a post
* When following a Collection, see related Collections
* Related Collections on post pages
* Follower counts visible on your Collections

* Ability to get Google+ notifications in Chrome browser
* Mark all notifications as read
* Mark individual notifications as read
* Updated notifications in the header
* New full-screen notifications page
* Filter notifications by All, Unread, & Other Updates
* Thumbnails & icons to help scan notifications
* The new Google+ Activity Log
* Pinned posts on Collections, Communities, and Profiles

* Easier access to profile information
* Full "About" information on profiles
* Edit your introduction in About Me
* See large profile images in a gallery view
* New Following screen design
* View 'Posts from Circle' from the Following screen

* Personalized search autocomplete suggestions
* Improved people search results
* Improved Community search results
* More topical results for Collections & Communities
* Search history

Spam & Abuse
* Additional details when reporting abuse on posts
* Approve or reject comments we (G+) flag as spam
* Remove suspended users from Community member lists
* Community “Strict” content control setting
* Community "Hold Posts for Review" setting
* Review & reinstate comments we flag as spam

Some of you might rightly recognize that items on this list were present in Google+ Classic but were added to the new Web preview over the past fourteen months. Why? We completely re-wrote the Google+ Web app from scratch. Rather than rebuild every nook and cranny that developed over the five year history of Google+, we started with a clean slate of the features people used the most (based on our data & research). We then released this preview version to collect feedback and find out what people missed the most of what we left out.

Not every feature/setting has returned but we have been continuously listening and making updates (as seen above). And we’ll continue doing so. To make your voice heard, please send us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item. Thanks~
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Did they leave out ability to post images in comments or am I just not seeing it?
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Love this message: "I measure success by how many lives I can change, not by how much money I make from selling." - Travis Wilkerson
Confessions of a new solopreneur: How Travis helps others out of poverty.
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How to Fill Up Your Social Media Calendar [Strategy + Template]

Struggling to find great content to share on social media?

Feel like you’re endlessly searching for that perfect piece of content?

If you’ve felt overwhelmed by the amount of time you spend on social media…

…Here’s the not so secret, secret.

Social media planning can be a HUGE boost to your business and your productivity.

That’s why you need a social media calendar. But I get it.

Starting from scratch and mapping your content strategy can feel daunting.

To help you get started, I’ve documented the exact strategy I’ve followed for years.

Ready to build a strong and loyal social media community in 2017? Read today's post!
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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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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.

HootSuite Author & Solution Provider

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.
  • The Ohio State University
    International Studies, 1992 - 1995
  • Bowling Green State University
    History and Computer Science, 1996 - 1999
  • Norwalk High School
    1988 - 1992
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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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