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How to Use the Twitter Dashboard

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Have you heard about the new Twitter Dashboard? Wondering how to use it to manage your Twitter presence? If you’re using Twitter for a business of any size, you’ll want to check out the new features Twitter Dashboard offers. In this article, you’ll discover how to use Twitter Dashboard to better manage your Twitter marketing. [...]

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5 Social Media Management Tools to Save Time

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Do you need to streamline your social media marketing tasks? Are you looking for a better way to manage multiple profiles? In this article you’ll discover five social media management tools to streamline and consolidate your social media marketing efforts. #1: Everypost The black and white dashboard of Everypost simplifies your business flow and makes [...]

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Must Read WordPress Tips and Tricks

Wordpress Tips and Tricks

Well, we have all been there, working away on our posts and perhaps even layout functions and thought “If Only I Could Get It To XYZ”. I for one can confirm that this is happening to me frequently. As I am from a raw coding background, the concept allowing a platform to do all the work for me, just is not normal to be honest and the transition has been a major learning curve. However, as we know we see the issues, we know that there must be so many more of you that also see them and simply wonder “now how do you do that”. So we have complied just a few quick tips to help you hopefully find some shortcuts to making your WordPress blog for you.

Wordpres Bullet PointPlan Ahead and Schedule Blog Posts for the Future
This has to be perhaps one of the most popular functions within WordPress. When creating your blog content, you want to be able to work ahead of the schedule, as blogger or site content writers, we like to product our posts ahead of time. Most of you will even have your diary in this manner. You may only post once a month, once a week or on a daily basis. WordPress knows that we all like to work ahead of time and plan what is being posted and when. By using the scheduling function, you can schedule posts to go live at a particular time of day or night, you won’t need to be at your computer (or even awake) when the post goes live. Check out below:

In the WordPress Posts Dashboard, go to the Edit screen for the actual post you wish to schedule in advance or create a new post.

WordPress Schedule Prompt

  • Towards the top right of your dashboard, you will notice the Publish settings, within there you will find the “Schedule For:” option.
  • Click on the blue “Edit” text adjacent to “Publish immediately” and simply set the month, date, year and time you want your post to be published and become live content. When you are setting the time, you will need to keep in mind that WordPress uses a 24 hour clock, there 2.30pm will actually become 14.30pm. Getting that wrong might be fundamental to your timing by 12 hours.
  • Once your time and date is set, Click the gray “OK” button.
  • What was the “Publish immediately” text will now change to “Schedule” with whatever date and time you have chosen displayed at the “Schedule For:” section.
  • Once you are happy with your settings, just, click the blue “Schedule” button (previously “Publish”). Your post has now been placed withing the Schedule database and will be launched at the time and date you set.

  • Wordpres Bullet PointSetting Your Post and Page URL’s
    We all know how great WordPress is a simply creating URL’s relevant to the title of your page/post title. However there are times when you just need to tweak that URL a little to suit your needs a little better.

  • From within the WordPress control panel, navigate your way to the Edit screen for the post or page you wish to edit.
  • Below the title, you will notice the button titled “Edit” button next to the post/page permalink.
  • The URL text within the box will become highlighted ready for you to alter to suit your needs. Before making your changes, you will notice that each word is separated by the – symbol, it is important that your changes reflect this rule and are also separated in the same way.
  • Finally click the “Ok” button. This will update the URL and display the new URL you have set, within the dashboard
  • In order for WordPress to actually see the changes and apply those changes to the page/post URL, you will actually need to confirm the change by clicking the “Publish” or “Update” button, within the Publish panel.
  • WordPress Permalink Edit Options


    Wordpres Bullet PointWordPress Text editor Shortcuts and Tips
    Now anybody who knows me, knows that a I am old school with my raw code preferences over text WYSIWYG editors, therefore I have had to ask my staff to compile this little list of hints and tricks for you.

    WordPress has a great little text editor built into it, most people stick with the “Visual” option rather then the “Text” viewer. This sections covers just that the “Visual” editor. At the end of this tip is going to be a clue that will also enable you to increase the power of the WordPress basic editor.
    Why not try out the tips below to help speed up your workflow and eliminate many common spelling mistakes and website design issues.

    Spell-checking In WordPress
    Perhaps one of most powerful, yet least used function within the WordPress editor has to simply be the spell check option.This is a simple step that many people miss. So many WordPress users think that it is all about the post and content, but before they publish they forget to do a spell check, yet it is so simple and only takes a few seconds to do. Once you have completed your post or page content, (regardless of if you spell check visually as you go along), just click the “ABC” button above your content. You will then be taken on a whistle stop tour of post/page picking out any words that WordPress is unable to recognize and suggestions will be made to correct the mistake/s.

    Remove Formatting from Copied Text
    Now we have all been there and we have all done this and found the following issue. Now personally I only copy and paste from MS Notepad, less chance of this happening. But should you find when you copy text from Microsoft Word or any other word processing package, that the text still just does not look quite right. Perhaps it is is slightly offline or the indents have been carried through in the paste function. Well don’t panic, WordPress even has a option to remove the hidden formatting.

  • Above your text will be the “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink” (not an easy button to spot), the button illustrates boxes or perhaps even tables with squares and rectangles. Click it to display the second row of buttons/options. If you still can not find it try pressing Ctrl+Shift+Z.
  • Select and highlight the text or section that does not appear correctly to you.
  • From the second set of options that appeared, just click on the “Remove Formatting” button. The button that resembles a white eraser that turns pink when you mouse over it.
  • WordPress Sink Button

  • Old Fashioned Carriage Return

    The ever illusive single line break in WordPress can be fun and games to work out, especially when you are using custom themes. You should note here that there is a difference between a single line break and a paragraph break. A single line break simply moves your cursor down to the next line, therefore keeping your paragraph in one piece. However the paragraph break creates a new paragraph with a gap between the new and previous paragraph. In order to create a single line break, instead of just pressing the return key, actually hold down the shift key ad then press return. To do that, just hold the Shift key and hit Return. That’s it. When you want to add a paragraph break, just press the return key. No more special codes or none breaking spaces to be inserted to move your text around.

  • Use WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts

    Shortcut keys are a fantastic way to save time, especially for those who are Cash rich, Time poor. We all know the basic Ctrl+c and Ctrl+V for our copy and paste functions. But what about all the rest, there are so many ways in which you could save time by simply learning these little keyboard shortcuts. For a basic list of the popular check out the WordPress image below or if you have a little more time check out the full WordPress post concerning this subject.

    Wordpress Defined Keyboard Shortcuts

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    Wordpres Bullet PointMedia, Video and Other Media Embedding Made Easy
    No matter where we go on the web, we see this question so frequently and perhaps worse still, we see viewers being told they need a special plugin to embed their most basic media types. Well for those who have installed plugins to enable you to add your YouTube, Twitter, Flicker and other media, the simple fact is, most of the time you don’t actually need a plugin to do the embedding for you. WordPress actually already has the function built in for you.
    Using a simple YouTube video, we will quickly show you how to achieve your embedding without any special plugin’s.

  • Activate your cursor within the text window, where you want the YouTube video to appear, (you might want to ensure that you have a paragraph break above and below your embed location).
  • In a new browser tab, navigate to the YouTube video you want to embed. On this occasion we are going to use one of my hobby videos we made last week of Puppy Lea. Once you have the video on screen, simply copy the page URL into your clipboard. The URL is located at the top of the page in the address bar and will appear something like ours below:
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsQw_h8vtJs

  • Returning back to your WordPress dashboard. Simply paste the URL into your desired location, you should avoid trying to align or play around with the display within WordPress right now as it may cause issues with the embedded object. This is where the magic happens, although in your editor you will only see the URL that you have just added, when you actually view or preview the post, WordPress will have made some changes behind the scenes in order to make it functional content.
  • Click the “Preview” button in the top right within the Publish panel. When you view the preview page, you should now see that WordPress has embedded your video for you. In basic all WordPress has actually done is take your original URL within the post and added some short coding to it in the background. So what you see as:
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsQw_h8vtJs

    WordPress and Browsers now see as, (we have disabled this URL with extra spaces).

    [ youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsQw_h8vtJs ]

    The final result being, your video embedded as below.


    Wordpres Bullet PointMultiple Authors

    Most blogs will have multiple authors within their content. Therefore is it not only fair that the actual author get the recognition for their own content. By default on a standard WordPress setup, as a general rule see’s you are the only authorized author. If you have not set up the author as an authorized other author’s withing the “User” panel, you can quickly and easily modify the Post Author settings.

  • In order to change the Author settings you will need to be within the blog post/page Edit screen.
  • In the top right corner of the Edit screen you should see the “Screen Options” tab.
  • Click the “Screen Options” tab and a new set of options will appear along side it.
  • Add a tick to the Author check box.
  • Screen Options

  • Now within your post/page dashboard you will see a new panel has appeared, normally directly below your content editor
  • Change Author In WordPress

  • Using the drop down menu within “Author” panel, simply select the author that is appropriate for the post. Once you click the “Publish” or “Update” button on the post and it goes live within the blog, the Author will have been changed to your required Author.

  • As always we hope you enjoyed our tips and find some of them useful.
    Looking forward to your insights, feedback or questions in the comment section below

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    Everyday we have action points in our diary for Facebook marketing. We hope that below we have created a basic simple help list for anybody who may want to increase their marketing strategies. As you can see from the details below our Monday morning is pretty busy, yet chilled with easy tasks.

    What does your Monday morning diary include, now whilst ours may be chilled and easy going, the impact that this actually has on our Fan Pages, it has proved to be a very good investment of our time to reach our audience/customers. The best part is, it cost nothing and Facebook is doing all the work for us.


    Diary Post It Note One1. Download Insights…Withing your Fanpage Dashboard, you will have a link to “See All” within the Insights section. Click that link to view all your resent Insight statistics. It is worth keeping in mind here that Facebook is not actually as fast as we might like them to be and is normally a few days behind in updating your insights. We tend to simply check that the dates displayed cover Friday to Friday. In the upper right corner is an Export Data button. Click this button, set up your options as you require, we use Microsoft Excel (.xls) files and set the dates to cover the week span Friday to Friday. Once your options are set, click the download button and within seconds you will notice that the file has been downloaded in your requested location, (normally downloads folder on PC).


    Post It Note Two2. Print Insights… Once the download has completed, simply open the file and print out the pages or work book that you require. If you have never worked through “Insights” before, you should perhaps have a read of this, very useful video included. Once you have printed out your data, simply place it to one side, because if your like me, you going to need that first cup of coffee of the day before you even think about trying to digest it. :-).


    Facebook Diary Post It Note Three3. Share Your Page… Well now that the exciting stuff is done, lets get the boring marketing actions out of the way. You may have noticed while viewing your “Insight” details there was a “friends of fans” number displayed. Our’s is currently around 26,000. This is the number of people anything you Share or Post could potentially be seen by. So to take full advantage of this free marketing option we are going to Share our page with as many of those people as possible. In the top right, Click on the “Build Audience” button, from the drop down menu simply select the “Share Page” option. A new Facebook panel will open showing the normal share options, with a link and details of your Fanpage already included. Simply complete the text box with a little marketing/promotional blurb and click “Share Page”. Now how easy was that, took around two or three minutes and you just reached out to potentially 26,000 people or more. {Note} – You can Rinse and Repeat this system for all your Fanpages and as often as you like, although keep in mind how you feel about being “Spammed”.


    Facebook Post It Note 44. Invite Friends To “Like”… How many friends do you have on Facebook??? Currently we have around 1500/1600, but our Fanpage likes is no-where near that kind of number, (we wish). Most of our friends have very little interest in our hobby or business. Or perhaps they don’t even know it exists. Therefore every Monday we go through our promoting to friends exercise. If you have more than one Fanpage, you might want to do this more often to cover each Fanpage. This is so easy to do and even with our number of friends only takes around 5-10 minutes. Again simply open your Fanpage, and again click the “Build Audience”button, from the contained drop down, simply click “Invite Friends”. A new Facebook panel appears showing all your friends that are connected to your personal Facebook profile. {Note:} By default Facebook only shows those friends that you have recently interacted with, this option is in the upper left of the Facebook panel, we normally change this in the drop down to show “All Friends”. Simply go through the list and click on each friend that you would like to invite. At the bottom of the panel is a “Submit” buttom, once you have finished, Facebook will send out an invitation on your behalf to all those friends.


    Facebook Fan Page Post It Note Six5. Promote Your Most Loyal Fans… Now lets be honest here, without our Fans/Friends our Facebook Pages would not have any impact, we need them to interact and help promoting our brand in order to create awareness and bring attention to our brands/products. At this point you need to be a little ruthless and perhaps self indulgent with a marketing promotion here. Simply go to the Applications Center on Facebook, there are loads of application there that search through your Fanpage Timeline for you and work out who your most popular Fans/Friends are. Perhaps search for Top 10 Friends, or Friendship Circle . Once you have selected an application that suits your needs, simply follow the onscreen instructions and create that post and special Thank You to all those popular Fans/Friends. {Note,} Don’t forget to check the Timeline’s of those friends and check that the post is on their Timeline.


    Facebook Fan Page Post It Note Five6. Celebrate Your Best Fan… Promote your most popular or regular Fan, do this publicly to highlight their input and the fact you appreciate their help. They may not even see it as having helped, but as a business you will. “What wrong with showing your most popular visitor off in lights, don’t we all like to be in the lime light from time to time”. Once again this will only take you a few minutes once you have system set up to make your life easy. You don’t want to have to trawl through last weeks “insights” to find out who that person was. Use An App. Simply go to the Application Center and search for a suitable App, Top Fans or perhaps Fan Of The Week. Simply chose the app that suits you best and follow the onscreen instructions to use it. Be sure once you have completed it that you check your “Fans/Friends” Timeline to be sure they will see your Thank You. Once they have seen, if they comment or share it, create a communication line, have a quick chat, secretly promoting the status you have created and your business.


    Facebook Fan Page Post It Note Seven7. Join Like Minded Groups… For a long time this function has been so far over looking but is very rapidly becoming a regular event on Facebook and other social networks. This is broken down into two sections. Section One, in the Facebook search bar, simply type in a relevant search criteria to display groups/pages like yourselves. Do not press return once you finish typing as this will take you to the top result, you want to see the full list not just the top result. When you finish typing, a list is displayed but at the bottom of that list is a link to bottom saying “See More Results For ???????”, click that link. On the left hand side of the new page, click “Pages”. Visit around 10-15 of those pages and connect with them, making a point to interact/introduce yourself to the page and its operators. Hint: Once you finish on each page, use the “Back” button in your browser to return to the results page. After you have visited the number of Pages that suits you, return to the search results page and from the left select “Groups”. Rinse & repeat exactly the same as you have done above, although you will want to pay attention to the groups rules, you don’t want to post/comment if it breaches their rules. Groups can and do generally ban people very quickly if anybody breaks the rules, personally I have even seen them ban people for doing something on your own Timeline that they don’t agree with. Not exactly good marketing for them though. 🙂

    Section two, however this can be more time consuming and you have no control as to when it is going to happen. FanPage Facebook Parties. There are a number of Pages appearing on Facebook that have got this system pretty much nailed down to work in a very good way. As this is not actually part of the diary series, (and in all honesty, they are pretty self explanatory once you read the Post rules) I am simply going to supply the links to some of the most popular and then you can just watch out for their next party. Mari Smith, Azura Social Media, Buoy Marketing, LLC and Julia Maria Energy Works, not forgetting obviously our own parties that we run from time to time. These parties are also becoming popular to promote other social media networks on, twitter, pinterest, linkedIn, google etc. Perhaps worth keeping your eyes open for all these events.


    Facebook Fanpage Post It Note Eight8. Review Insights Results… With Facebook insights, most of the information provided and the methods used in the analysis of the information is Business specific or down to personal preference. We would not want to indicate on this page how you should analyse this information. If you have never reviewed your Facebook “Insights” before or are simply not sure where to start, perhaps check out this page and video. When reviewing the details of Insights, its primary function for this morning is to simply work out, how, when, why people are interacting with your Fanpage. Once you have this information you can start to truly understand your Fans/customers and therefore you will be able to sharpen up your marketing methods to fit in with their trends.


    Facebook Fanpage Post It Note Nine9. Plan Ahead… Now that you have the information that the Facebook Insight has provided you with, together with your own personal knowledge of your Facebook market, you should be in a much stronger position to direct your marketing plans and events directly to your online customers. We generally spend a good couple of hours planning our weeks marketing content, as this can sometimes actually create more interaction than our simple posts and comments. Everybody in business need to keep in mind the customers that they don’t yet know about and the customers they already have. Time needs to be spent reviewing plans and checking that they are following the trends of your Fans/friends.

    Well that is our normal Monday morning diary, we hope you have enjoyed the page and found it useful. Please do feel free to leave your comments and ideas below as always.

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