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Google Verifies Full-Bleed Image Requirements

Google Verifies Full-Bleed Image Requirements | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
When Google+ began rendering article shares with larger images and a description back in March, there was a great deal of scuttling about, trying to determine what it took to get that treatment. If you look at my original post, there was update after update as new information was discovered and changes were affected on Google+.
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How to Get Full-Bleed Images on Google+

Thanks to some Article Rendering documentation spotted by +Mark Traphagen earlier, we now know exactly what it takes to trigger the large image treatment of link previews that we've had available since March.

We've known for some time that a minimum width of 506px was required. What wedidn't know was that Google+ was also looking at the kind of content being shared. Specifically, only Articles and Blogs are receiving this rendering, hence the name,Article Rendering.

For that, you need to make sure that your Meta Tags are in place using either Open Graph or Schema.org and that the Type tag is set to Article, Blog or BlogPost.

For a complete breakdown, including image aspect ratio requirements and more, refer to the article below.

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Blog like Bilbo Baggins

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Bilbo is a Hobbit who found himself "having an adventure, and doing and saying things very unexpected." He was also a writer.
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Can we gain insights into what it means to be a great blogger from a fictional character? I think so.
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SiteSell's Independence Day Sale Is On! - The SiteSell Blog

SiteSell's Independence Day Sale Is On! - The SiteSell Blog | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
There is no better time than now to get started turning your ideas into income! Take advantage of SiteSell's summer sale with a whopping 33% off!
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How To Make Your Content, And Your Business, Stand Out - The SiteSell Blog

How To Make Your Content, And Your Business, Stand Out - The SiteSell Blog | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
There’s a little-known feature within WordPress you can use to create different kinds of content, leading to a truly unique experience.
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How To Develop Your Writing Voice And Turn Readers Into Fans - The SiteSell Blog

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Getting attention in a crowded, noisy space isn’t easy, but with the right voice, your business can stand out!
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How To Find Influential People Who May Be Tweeting Your Content

How To Find Influential People Who May Be Tweeting Your Content | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
Most people who tweet links don't bother to mention the author, so it's hard to know when someone important does that for you. Unless you have this tool.
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What do you do if an influencer tweets a link to your content, drives a bunch of new readers... but doesn't mention you in the tweet? That's what happened to me yesterday, when Michael Hyatt was kind enough to share one of my posts. The share itself was awesome, but it's the 'light bulb moment' I had afterwards... how I found that share, that I want to show you.
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How We Generated 2302 Blog Subscribers In 10 Months Using Content Upgrades

How We Generated 2302 Blog Subscribers In 10 Months Using Content Upgrades | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
Wishpond hit a plateau with their new subscribers, and needed to do something different. Leveraging their existing content with content upgrades jumpstarted their lead gen. Here's how:
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Learn the technique Wishpond utilized to explode their email subscriber growth and generate new leads for their business. A fantastic guest post from Kevin Ho.
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Instagram Has A New Look, But How You Use It Hasn’t Changed… Yet

Instagram Has A New Look, But How You Use It Hasn’t Changed… Yet | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
Instagram's icon and the style of the app has been updated with a new minimalist design. But don't worry, all of the functionality you're used to is the same. For now.
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Any time Facebook releases a major change to the app... or even a tweak to the news feed... it's cause for major concern and hair-pulling-out for many. We all hate change, and changes to the things we use or do daily are felt most dear.

So it's no wonder that, when Instagram announced a complete makeover and "an updated icon and app design" that applies to main app as well as Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse, many started to panic.
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Social Media Active Users by Network [INFOGRAPH]

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One of the most common questions from both businesses and social media marketers is "how many?" How many users. How many people. How many opportunities - for each of the social networks. Here are updated Active User Counts.
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Win A Free Copy Of The Unofficial Book On Hootsuite!

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This is your chance to be one of FIVE LUCKY WINNERS who will each receive a free digial copy of The Unofficial Book On Hootsuite, The #1 Social Media Management Tool. They'll also each receive a copy of my Social Media In 30 Minutes A Day Checklist.Find multiple ways to enter below. Top five most entries wins!Hootsuite Book Giveaway
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How To Check Your Hidden Facebook Inbox

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When Facebook tried to improve the message system, the result was a new hidden inbox that's even more hidden than the last. And you've got important messages there!
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You may be receiving important messages to your Facebook inbox right now, and you wouldn't know it. There are no notifications, no sounds or lights. Only an inbox buried beneath multiple clicks and tabs. Make sure you check yours right now. I had several important messages waiting for me which were weeks old!
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How To Grow Your Email List

How To Grow Your Email List | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
What if I told you that you could improve your subscriber rate by 300% in 4 steps? Here's how I did it.
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"There's gold in them thar hills."

Twain may have been talking about the gold nuggets falling out of the streams of 19th century California, but today, marketers know where the real gold is.

Lists.

Email lists, that is.

As Twain's character Mulberry Sellers would say, "there's millions in it." Growing and nurturing that subscriber list should be at the top of every blogger's mind. Today's article walks you step-by-step how to do it, including the tactics I used to improve my subscriber rate by over 300%!

Thanks in advance for your comments and shares!
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The Book On How To Promote Your Blog Is Available Now!

The Book On How To Promote Your Blog Is Available Now! | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
There's only one totally complete and thorough guide to promoting your latest blog posts, and now it's available on Amazon for immediate download!
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Everything You Need To Know To Promote Your Blog -> http://owl.li/ZZCi1
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What Is The Future Of Content Marketing?

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Learn what 21 experts think is in store for us in the future... of Content Marketing, that is.
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I was thrilled to be included in this roundup, and the infograph is incredible!
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Huge News For Live Streaming Video

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Major announcements from Facebook and YouTube for live video broadcasts, as well as Twitter and Tumblr.
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Four Questions To Ask Yourself To Turn Your Traffic Into Income - The SiteSell Blog

Four Questions To Ask Yourself To Turn Your Traffic Into Income - The SiteSell Blog | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
The four questions you should ask yourself once you are getting traffic to your site on how to improve it.
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Instagram Business Accounts: What Marketers Need To Know

Instagram Business Accounts: What Marketers Need To Know | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
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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Are Instagram Business Accounts Really A Good Idea For Businesses? The news officially broke yesterday, and I wrote about it last night, in case you missed it.
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Give Your Social Networks The Spring Cleaning They So Desperately Need

Give Your Social Networks The Spring Cleaning They So Desperately Need | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
Do a little maintenance on your social media profiles now in order to maximize your time the rest of the year.
Mike Allton's insight:
Time To Clean Up Those Profiles! Summer is almost upon us! Today in particular is a day that many are kicking off their summers with bar-b-que's, picnics, and opening of pools that they've cleaned up. It's also the perfect time to clean up those social profiles! Updated headshots. Updated bios. Review of privacy settings. And more. Today's article helps you go through the most critical aspects of each of your social profiles and make sure that they're all cleaned up and ready for Summer!
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The next 5 years: how technology will shape the future of content marketing

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After surveying 300+ marketers & speaking w/8 top influencers, we've come up with a prediction for how technology will shape the future of content marketing
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What Is Happening With Blab?

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Blab, one of the most popular platforms today to create live video broadcasts and recordings, seems to be moving in a new direction and that has marketers extremely worried.
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Solopreneurs, accomplish twice as much, stress free, with these 3 simple steps - The SiteSell Blog

Solopreneurs, accomplish twice as much, stress free, with these 3 simple steps - The SiteSell Blog | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
Multitasking may not be the time-saving, business-efficiency machine you’ve always been led to believe.
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Don't fall into the multi-tasking trap!
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The Many Faces of Facebook Ads

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If you haven't spent much time creating Facebook Ads, the whole process is likely daunting. With multiple kinds and formats and placements for ads, businesses need someplace to start.
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While Facebook advertising may be the most cost-effective platform available, it's not exactly easy to jump into. Multiple ad formats, placement options, and audience settings make Ad Manager a bit confusing. This guest post from Michael Georgiou will help clear some of that up.
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How To Set Up Recurring Invoices For Your Blogging Business

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Passive revenue from ads and affiliates is great, but the most successful bloggers combine that with more active revenue streams like products and services, and something you can bill for every week, month or year is the ideal!
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As you're growing your blog and online business, you'll no doubt begin to set up products and services for which you will need to invoice clients. Passive revenue from ads and affiliates is great, but the most successful bloggers combine that with more active revenue streams like products and services, and something you can bill for every week, month or year is the ideal!
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8 Amazing Reasons Why Instagram And Twitter’s Changes Are Good For You

8 Amazing Reasons Why Instagram And Twitter’s Changes Are Good For You | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
Instead of chronological order, Twitter and Instagram are changing how posts appear in your feed. It's not as bad as you might think.
Mike Allton's insight:
On February 10, Twitter announced their version of a news feed algorithm and the Internet said, "meh." 

 A month later, Instagram announced their version of a news feed algorithm and the Internet's hair caught fire. 

What's the big deal? Should you really be worried?
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Is Your LinkedIn Profile Working For You?

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Working For You? | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
LinkedIn has always been a tremendous tool and platform for professional networking and employment. But with a little tweaking and intentional creativity, your LinkedIn profile can become an excellent source of leads and sales.
Mike Allton's insight:
Is Your LinkedIn Profile Working For You?

If you aren't actively looking for a new job, you might not be paying much attention to LinkedIn, or what your profile there is saying.

Big Mistake!

LinkedIn is an excellent platform for generating leads and sales, and all it takes is a little tweaking of your profile and a little more focused effort.

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Is Your LinkedIn Profile Working For You?

If you aren't actively looking for a new job, you might not be paying much attention to LinkedIn, or what your profile there is saying.

Big Mistake!

LinkedIn is an excellent platform for generating leads and sales, and all it takes is a little tweaking of your profile and a little more focused effort.

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You Have To Write The Book That Wants To Be Written

You Have To Write The Book That Wants To Be Written | The Content Marketing Hat | Scoop.it
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L'Engle One of my own favorite authors as a
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