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10 Clever Tips From Our Community For Increased Profits


It’s time for another community news and information roundup. This week from our community come some tips on profitability. Many factors go into your business’s profitability and success from marketing to monitoring key metrics. This week we look at these factors and more to help you build more small business success...

Use Customer Personas to Craft Your Message (Basic Blog Tips)

To make your marketing massage on your blog or elsewhere, you must know more about the customers you are talking too. Small business advisor E.J. Dealy has these suggestions for using customer personas to craft a more effective marketing message.

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A Brief Guide to Pinterest Marketing for Your Business


If you’re a savvy marketer and like to be on the top of things, you know that Pinterest is social media’s newer kid on the block and a rising star.

It was enough to make online authority bloggers listen up when Shareaholic shared a study claiming Pinterest brings in more traffic to websites than LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Redditcombined.

That is something only a heavy-hitting marketing tool can provide. The platform is the third most popular social media platform in the US in terms of traffic with a more than 10 million users in February 2012....

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Best Blogging Tips: June 2014 Edition - Tech Toucan


Has another month flown by already? It seems only yesterday that I sat down to write last month’s “roundup” post of the best blogging-related articles I’d read! And now, here we are in June, basically half way through the year …

Instagram Tutorial Getting Started With the Most Engaged Network of Our Time

Did you know that engagement rates on Instagram are higher than Facebook, Twitter or indeed any other social network? This means hot prospects for your marketing. Ms Ileane spills the beans on her proven system for claiming your own part of this rapidly-growing traffic generator.

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How Often Does Moz Domain Authority Update? |


Much of what goes on in the SEO industry comes from reacting to Google’s algorithm and the changes they make to it over time. In order to measure how Google changes, and to gain some idea of what they change beyond what they simply…
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10 Pinterest Pros Share Their Best Tips and Tools


Want to get a boost on Pinterest? Why not learn the best tips and tools from 10 Pinterest Pros. Find out how they use Pinterest.
Ileane Smith:

Here is my contribution to the post:

Ileane Smith is the “accidental blogger”, or perhaps better known as the Podcasting Queen. She has so many titles, I cannot keep up. She loves to help people thrive online, whether it be blogging, podcasting or youtubing, and she loves to get visual on Pinterest. She was also thefirst guest of honor on the Mad Lemmings Podcast, sharing her wisdom with the world. The best place to find her is on Basic Blog TIps andPinterest.


I’m really excited to see all the traffic coming into my blog from Pinterest for a couple of reasons. One is that the traffic is very targeted and to top it off the bounce rate is extremely low. I want others to have the same experience so I’m offering a free Pinterest 101 guide. This is geared toward anyone who is setting up their very first Pinterest boards.

You can download the PDF here (no optin required).

1. One of my favorite tools for promoting my blog posts on Pinterest is Viral Content Buzz. I love this network and because I’m active there, other users are reciprocating by Pinning my content as well.

Since VCB also allows you to share content on Twitter, Facebook and StumbleUpon it’s great for building social proof and getting unexpected bursts of traffic from any of those sites including Pinterest.

2. I also find the free online image editing tools Canva and PicMonkey to be super useful for creating images for Pinterest. I find it best to use them together since they both have unique features.

For example, Canva is great for grabbing pre-formatted layouts for your design, but PicMonkey fills the gap with their options for resizing and adding simple borders that can’t be achieved inside of Canva.


1. Here is a video I recorded that I call Pinterest Quick Tip: How To Check Your Pinterest Notifications. I recommend that your readers check it out to discover a handful of gems hidden behind the little red notifications button.

2. My other advice is to check your analytics and in order to do that, your site needs to be verified. It’s simple to do, and very similar to the process for verifying your site with Google Webmaster Tools by adding a snippet of code to your theme.

However, I wouldn’t rely on the basic stats from inside of Pinterest. Take it a step further and sign up for TailWind App so you can find out who is Pinning your content and which boards are more engaging. Here’s a TailWind App Tutorial.

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Business Brokers and Twitter Value Questioned in Community This Week


It’s time for another installment of the Small Business Trends Community News and Information Roundup. We track important blogs and business communities for the news and topics most important to you. Here’s what’s being discussed: Questions for Your Business Broker ( If it ever comes time to sell your business...

Use Google Plus with Hangouts on Air (Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast)

The opportunities for communication open to entrepreneurs and small business owners, continue to expand. Here blogger Ileane Smith talks about one option that should not be overlooked. Do you use this channel for creating free live broadcasts? Smith shares more with the small business community.

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Interview with Ivana Zuber From BloggLess: Sharing Social Media Insights


Hey You bloggers we are back again with another Social Media brilliant interview. As part of our BloggersIdeas interview series, today we have Ivana Zuber from who is extremely obsessed with learning about online marketing. She is also Software Developer, Blogger, Social Media Strategist. Learning, Coding, Designing, Writing, and making her clients Happy. So lets start the expert chat section with Ivana.


What blogs do you read to increase your blogging knowledge .

My favorites are TrafficGenerationCaffe by Ana Hoffman, BoostBlogTraffic by John Morrow, and BasicBlogTips byIleane Smith.

ANNA RICHARDS's curator insight, May 8, 4:50 PM

Amazing range of blogging knowledge. Am also obsessed with learning about online marketing

Marilyn Moran's comment, May 14, 5:25 PM
Thanks for sharing, I'm now following Ivana. Great blogging tips here.

11 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Pinterest


Blog post at : Pinterest is among the most popular social networks used today for sharing photos and videos.

4. Build Relations

Again, the classical rule of the online marketer.

For a winning strategy, it is necessary to build relationships with your industry influencers and Pinterest is the right tool to do so.

You can repin their content, for example, and discuss it with them : it could be a way for you to be noticed or receive a positive feedback!


There is a good article about Pinterest promotion from Ileane Smith, read it here:

Time for You to Get Serious with Your Pinterest Promotions

Marilyn Moran's curator insight, May 6, 8:41 PM

If you're seriously looking to add Pinterest to your digital marketing mix, this is the blog post for you.

The Mia Connect Power Chat-Q1 2014 Recap - The Mia Connect


This week we recapped the overall progress of online & social media trends in 2014 and  chatted with a fantastic panel of guests about what’s new in their world and what they see happening as the year progresses:

Guest Lineup:
+Dustin W. Stout  -  - web designer, branding enthusiast, blogger and social media junkie
+Ileane Smith - +Basic Blog Tips  - Blogger, Podcaster, YouTuber, Social Media Diva!
+Debi Davis - +3D Communications (Debi Davis) -  Business Communication Strategist
+David Amerland - Author, Speaker, Analyst, Mental Magician (I made that one up, David!) –

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5 Must Follow Rules While Writing Long Blog Posts


Tweet  Regularly writing long blog posts should be an important part of your blogging strategy. Long blog posts attract more backlinks than short ones as shown in this study by SEO MOZ. People probably prefer linking to longer blog posts as they are more informative. Many of the top blogs regularly write long blog posts …11 Brilliant Podcasts to Help You Improve Your WordPress Blog Significantly is a well written blog post by Ileane Smith Which is also easy to read and navigate through. You will find everything from big subheads, short paragraphs, bold text and short sentences which make the entire blog post a fun and helpful read.

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25 Top Blogs To Help You Become A Smarter Blogger


Want to become a smarter blogger? Build a more profitable blogging business with the help of these 25 top pro bloggers and their blogs..#18.
Miss Ileane Smith is the gal behind popular blog BasicBlogTips.  Now BBT specialises in sharing beginner and advance blogging tips, social media tips and one of Ileane’s favorite topics, YouTube and video marketing.  Ileane has a large and loyal reader base and updates her blog regularly with fresh content with actionable tips.  I’ve even had the pleasure of guest blogging for  You can visit Ileane’s blog here and become part of her growing community.

Fabrizio Van Marciano's comment, April 13, 2:57 PM
Thanks a bunch for sharing this here Ileane :)
Wiziva's curator insight, May 23, 5:02 PM

Before you become the best and the brightest blogger, first it is a good idea to see what are the other smart bloggers doing. This is a great list of the top blogs that you need to check. 

How to add Pinterest pins to Twitter


When you add Pinterest pins to Twitter you can bring exposure to your Pinterest account to a whole new audience....In the example below, I clicked on one of the pins from Ileane Smith of  Basic Blog Tips .

KindredReaders's curator insight, April 2, 11:41 AM

Wish it showed the photo, tho ...

How Important is a Thank You in Blogging?


How important is it to say thank you in the blogging world? A Thank you really shows appreciation for others, whether they are reading or commenting
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The Top 100 Bloggers on Triberr [INFOGRAPHIC]


Are you an amateur or professional blogger? If so, you may be finding it hard to get people to read your blog posts from social media given the ...
Ileane Smith:

Check out #87 :)

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15 Lessons From 1,500 Blog Posts | I'm Just Sharing


This is post #1,500 for I'm Just Sharing and it's been quite an interesting ride. I started this blog in December 2007 with an idea that maybe I could make some money blogging. My other intention was to be able to write whatever I wanted to write, and to that end I was in immediate conflict. You see, though I didn't necessarily see it as blogging, I started chronicling parts of my life and thoughts back in 1995 on a site called My Dear Diary. It allowed you to be anonymous and, well, it was a diary. It was a diary that could be read by others if they so chose, and of course you could read other people's diaries as well. It allowed for a stream of consciousness that I had started back in college when I used to buy all these spiral notebooks to chronicle what was going on in my life; strange stuff… What is it with some people that they like to write down what they're thinking and what's going on? For me, I saw it as a sense of history, people I wanted to remember, events that were s
Ileane Smith:

My Comment went into moderation but I'm sure it will be live soon:

Hi Mitch,

One thing is for sure, you certainly have a lot to say!

But somehow we never get bored listening to you. :) Thanks so much for including in the list of thank yous. That's a real honor.

I think my favorite point was #14 when you said "stuck to my principles". That's one of the things I count on when I think about you and your blogs and videos. I know that you won't be a sell-out and in the long run that is extremely important. Even if you change your mind about something there's always a compelling reason that you manage to make others see your point (even if they don't agree).

I asked around about Dennis a few months back and I agree that he was a great guy who always had a unique perspective and left some awesome comments.

Congrats on 1500 and I'm looking forward to what comes next.

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9 Inspirational Bloggers to Give You a Blogging Boost


These inspirational bloggers with show you how to reach new heights in blogging even if you are facing challenges. Take a look and be inspired

.....A great source of inspiration (and tips) for anything related to the online marketing world is Ms Ileane Smith.

She has done and tried it all. Blogging, Youtube, Podcasting and all forms of social media.

And on top of this, she does it all on the side because she has a full-time job.

She has been such an inspiration in my journey online, I was eager to talk to her as the first guest on my Podcast.

Take a listen, and learn from a pro and be inspired at the same time.

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Women’s Day Special: My 7 Favorite Female Bloggers


Everyday is Women’s Day but there should be one occasion to celebrate women spirit to make her feel special. In the Women’s Day I cannot spare myself ...

2.Ileane Smith (

A very lovely person I cannot resist her.  She is renowned and symbolic importance of her existence is always give cheers to others. Her blog is all about blogging tips. A wonderful blog basicblogtips is her dream come true and letting other realizing her dream as well. Her one of the post I admire lot i.e the interview with Atish brother Interview with Ms. Ileane Of Basic Blog Tips

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MLP 001: Blogging Success - Ms. Ileane Smith reveals how successful blogging is done


Welcome to the Mad Lemmings Podcast This is the first episode of my new podcast, which will delve into all the best tips and tricks from the pros, when it comes to: Online Marketing Blogging Social Media The rest of the online puzzle I will be interviewing guests each week (with perhaps a few exceptions) …
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Weekly Marketing News • March 1, 2014


In the marketing news this week: scraper revenge, Facebook throws us a bone, Twitter adds ads, Gmail unsubscribe, Panda is 3, Yahoo is 19, & more....

Additional Scoop.It resources from +Ileane Smith: Tutorial – Curate Content, Build Backlinks and Track Engagement [VIDEO]

Ileane Smith:

Ana Hoffman never disappoints in her weekly Marketing Skinny. This time is no exception and she even includes some news about and an evergreen tutorial I did way back in the day! Check it out

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Learn How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog with Ileane Smith Interview


In the bloggers interview series so far, we have done interviews with some of popular female bloggers like Ann Smarty and Jane Sheeba. In today’s interview series, we have a lady who has made a big name in the blogging...For few of you, who did not get the chance to know about Ileane Smith, let me share a brief intro about her. Ileane Smith is the founder of popular blog and she is also running a podcast blog here. She has an active Youtube Chanel here and has been very active on major social media and blogging communities.

Ileane Smith:

Loved doing this interview with Anil!

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Liking Or Sharing Your Own Stuff With Others; Let’s Talk… | I'm Just Sharing


A couple of weeks ago the Hot Blog Tips Crew (without me these days...) did a video on the subject of what to share on Google Plus without, what Brian Hawkins of said Hot Blog Tips believes, is spamming. I thought it was a fairly interesting video, and since I'm not a part of it I'm just going to include the link to that video and tell you to check it out. ryancr via CompfightOne of the things he said in the video I totally disagreed with, and in thinking about that one particular thing it got me to thinking about some other things, hence I thought it was time to share some thoughts while asking y'all what you think of these same things. There was another blog post I read a couple of months ago (from where I can't remember) where the writer was saying that in today's social media world sometimes you have to "like" your own submissions. He didn't mean you have to like what you write as much as publicly affirm that you like what you write by clicking a Like button or a +1 button on
Ileane Smith:

My Comment:

Hi Mitch,
Thanks for mentioning me here.
So let's talk about that for a sec. How did I know that you mentioned me?
I started off monitoring @ mentions in HootSuite, but I knew that I was missing some of the mentions because the counts never added up with what I was seeing on the sharing widgets on my blog. Then I found out about Google Alerts - this worked great for me at first and I'm lucky enough to have a unique spelling of my name (not one that is the same as a famous musician such as yourself). Then as time went by Google Alerts became less and less reliable and I found a few other tools like TalkWalker and (which is how I found out that you mentioned me here). But those two aren't 100% accurate either and I found more and more tools to monitor mentions. I can't even remember the names of all those tools but let's just say that none of them finds the same stuff. They all return different results and there are lots of times when people share my content but they don't even mention me or the name of my blog. To be honest I could spend about 45 minutes a day just going through all of the alerts I get! Keep in mind I have 2 Twitter accounts, 3 blogs, an active YouTube Channel, a Podcast, Facebook Page, Google + need to go list everything here that I get notifications about because I think you get the point.

So here are some of the questions that I'm faced with - is it more important for my content to be shared or does it need to be shared by influencers in order for people to read it?

Do I care if Michael Hyatt or Amy Porterfield share my content even though they never read it? Or should I be thankful that they sent hundreds of people to my blog who did eventually read it - and they reshared it and I got huge traffic spikes and great comments and interaction? Some of these folks mentioned me when they reshared my posts and some of them didn't. Do I need to thank all these folks?

Ok so let me just say this now - I don't have answers to all of these questions I just wanted to point out that I have some totally different questions than you have.

In fact I even wonder if I am wasting my time monitoring all of these mentions if I don't have time to acknowledge all of them.

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Community Response To Libsyn 4, Superstar Podcasters Keith and The Girl, Growing Your Audience And Keeping It Real - Official Libsyn Blog


Download MP3 Quick Episode Summary: Intro Ms. Ilene Speaks Promo On the Libsyn Blog Podcast Talent Show Promo Ludwina Dautovic Shout-out Hutch feedback Dr Vibe feedback The Americana Music Show Promo Rob and Elsie Conversation Libsyn 4 responses from the community When willl Libsyn 3 disappear? Libsyn stats are on GMT – Question via Lucas …
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Best WordPress Plugins: 40 Experts Share Their Favorite WordPress Plugins


Best WordPress Plugins: 40 SEO and WordPress experts reveal their 5 favorite free and Premium WordPress Plugins. Amazing content, check it out....

Ileane Smith – BasicBlogTips

This question comes at a really good time because I switched themes recently which caused me to take an even closer look at the plugins I use on Basic Blog Tips. Before I give you my five favs, I want to start off by saying how important it is to have a great theme with basic features built-in. This will make a huge difference in performance and greatly reduce the number of plugins you need to install.

My current theme is Genesis and I use a child theme from Appendipity called Showcase. So right out the gate I don’t need to install any social sharing or following plugins because they are integrated within Showcase.

With all that said, it’s still challenging to pick 5 plugins but I’ll give it a shot.

1. Anti-spam – is the newest one I’m testing to cut down on the time I spend moderating comments. I almost don’t want to give that little secret away because somehow whenever a plugin like this gets popular, the spammers figure out a way to work around it. But it’s so good I have to share it with you guys.

2. AuthorSure – is a plugin that takes all the fuss out of setting up Google Authorship, which is essential for any blog with multiple authors and for bloggers who don’t  want to mess around with code. It adds a nice looking author bio box and a lot of other options as well.

3. Pretty-link Pro – is another must have for anyone doing affiliate marketing. It makes your links easier to remember and it’s also great for YouTubers and Podcasters who want to share links on their shows.

4. WP-Optimize – is a great one to have around. If you haven’t used this one before, the first time you run it, you will most certainly notice that your blog loads faster.

5. P3 Plugin Performance Profiler – will come in handy when you see that your blog is loading slowly. This one will tell you which plugin is causing the issue and give you a complete rundown of the time it takes for each one to load. When you see the load times, I know it will be hard but just un-install the one with the longest load time and you’ll be thankful you did!

Bill Gassett's curator insight, February 16, 6:15 PM

If you are a blogger and are on Wordpress you know how flexible it is as a blogging platform. You can add functionality for just about anything by using "plugins". The article takes a look at 40 of the best plugins surveyed by top social media professionals. Take a look and see if you can find a plugin that could be useful for your content marketing strategy.

Thanks Impartial Geek for the New Mic!


Just a quick thanks to David from Impartial Geek and everyone who helped me win a Blue Yeti Mic!
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Content and Pinterest Marketing with Kaila Strong @cliquekaila #VCBuzz - YouTube


Read the full chat script here: Kaila Strong This week we had a great opportunity to learn from one of the most prominent content marketers, Kaila Strong. Ka...
Ileane Smith:

Nice! My quote got featured in this video. Time Stamp 1:26

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