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A/B Test Your Email Marketing


A/B testing just takes applying an extra bit of text to your email body copy, using an extra subject line field or setting up a second email and marking it as variant "B". Once you do that, your email marketing service takes care of the rest...

Credits: Screenshots from respective app help documentation pages. AWeber results screenshot via Basic Blog Tips. Unhaggle email screenshots courtesy Vero.

Ileane Smith:

I've heard about Zapier before but now that they have shared my AWeber screenshots (with proper credit of course) I surely check the site out further.

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2015 P50 Bloggers Strategy and Directions - Dragon Blogger Technology


From Justin Germino:

"I decided to poll some of my most long term blog friends and contacts on how their strategies apply and if they had any new strategies for 2015 compared to previous years.  These are bloggers that I personally have known since either 2008 or 2009 when I started Dragon Blogger and a great group of bloggers who are all carving out their own place in the Internet for their own passions and ventures.  Here are their strategies or blogging tips for 2015 and I share mine at the end of the article.I decided to poll some of my most long term blog friends and contacts on how their strategies apply and if they had any new strategies for 2015 compared to previous years.  These are bloggers that I personally have known since either 2008 or 2009 when I started Dragon Blogger and a great group of bloggers who are all carving out their own place in the Internet for their own passions and ventures.  Here are their strategies or blogging tips for 2015 and I share mine at the end of the article."

Ileane Smith:

Ileane from Ms. Ileane Speaks says “My plans for 2015 are to continue with creating content on my blog, my podcast and my YouTube channel. What’s new for me in 2015 is the online courses I’m creating on sites like Udemy and Skillfeed. My goal is to challenge myself to produce content that’s more organized and that gets people to take action. I’ve been encouraging people for years to start podcasting and making YouTube videos but many times I find that folks are stuck in the mindset of consuming text content all the time. By making my content available on online learning platforms it will reach more people who are committed to getting on the mic or getting in front of the camera to connect with their audience.”

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My List of 2014 Favorites in Social Media - Jenn's Trends


During this time of gift giving, I really like to be able to give you some sort of a gift. And not just something superfluous or useless. No, I want to give you something that you an use to educate yourself and grow your business even more!

So I have put together my list of favorites in social media from 2014!


Pinterest Accounts

Jeff Sieh

Penney Fox

Ileane Smith

Cynthia Sanchez – Oh So Pinteresting

Anna Bennett

Mary Green

Peg Fitzpatrick


Ileane Smith:

Humbled and honored to see my Pinterest account here on Jenn's list!

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Make These Changes in Your Business — Today


The new year is a time for new beginnings, both in life and in business. If you haven’t already, ... 

Make a Serious Commitment to Video

(Basic Blog Tips)

YouTube is a great tool for businesses. So why not learn as much about it as possible and use it to your advantage? If you haven’t already, now could be the perfect time to make the most of YouTube, with these tips compiled by Ileane Smith. BizSugar members also talk about the post here.

Ileane Smith:

YouTube was one of my primary networks for growth in 2014

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Blogging For Beginners


I also wanted to take advantage of their expertise and asked them each to answer this question for my readers: "What was the biggest mistake you made when you
Ileane Smith:

“Great question. When I started blogging it was purely by accident so I didn’t have any goals in mind. I didn’t know much about social media either so I just fumbled my way around trying to figure out how to use WordPress. It took a few months for me to realize that having a blog is a big responsibility.

My audience grew quickly and I could see that the people who visited my blog or watched my YouTube videos were getting a lot of value out of the content I was producing. I was making an impact on my community and people started turning to me for answers when they needed to solve their problems with blogging and social media management. After about 2 years or more it dawned on me.

I was making the same mistake that many of the top bloggers and content creators make when they start out – I wasn’t building an email list!

Oh well, you know what they say. Live and learn. If anyone want to subscribe to my list now they can head over to Basic Blog Tips and grab a free social media traffic report along with some other exclusive goodies. They will find that I’m still the go-to blogger when they need a helping hand!”

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To Increase Engagement Should You Just Pick One Platform


In building community and increasing Engagement Should You Just Pick One Platform and focus. Or is there a reason to take a more expanded approach.
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The One Secret To Becoming A Blogging Superhero


Blog post at WorthBlogger - Tips for writing a blog worth reading : Who doesn't want to become a blogging superhero? I bet you really want to, I mean you wouldn't have clicked on this post link let alone read[....] 

Blogging Superhero #5: Ileane Smith of BasicPodcastingTips.comChannel/Medium of Solving Problems: Podcasting/YouTube

Another blogging superhero I watch very closely is Ileane Smith. She has gradually graduated from writing blog posts to doing videos and podcasts to directly solve problems for people.

As at the time of writing this post, Ms Ileane has uploaded about 27 podcasts on blogging tips, social media and YouTube strategies to iTunes.

Ileane Smith:

This is an innovation approach to giving shout outs to your favorite bloggers. I love that Jackson took the time to find my Basic Podcasting Tips blog which rarely gets mentioned. 

Jackson Nwachukwu's comment, December 6, 2014 4:06 PM
Hey Ileane,
Jackson Nwachukwu's comment, December 6, 2014 4:07 PM
Thanks so much for the scoop! I really appreciate. Do have a wonderful weekend my friend.
Ileane Smith's comment, December 6, 2014 7:10 PM
You're welcome @Daniel Smith and @Jackson Nwachukwu

How You Can Build Community on the Web and Optimize Toward Success | Black Enterprise


Ileane Smith, known in social media circles as Ms. Ileane, is founder of Basic Blog Tips (BBT), a site that seeks to inform consumers about how to reach their blogging goals and have fun along the way. Based in Philadelphia, she is talks regularly with many early adopters, innovators and leaders in the field of SEO, blog tips and monetization. Because she functions in a community of game-changing, new media influencers and has built a business centered on engagement, we met up with her to learn about the role of engagement in building her business. How did BBT get started?

Ileane Smith: I actually started blogging in 2009 by accident. My daughter Nikki started a free WordPress blog. I thought I was signing up to follow her blog, but it turned out that I was actually signing up for my own blog.

Once I realized what I’d done, I got excited about being able to put my thoughts out on the web for everyone to read. Even today I’m amazed by how empowering it is to have a blog. In those days my biggest challenge was finding good tutorials and instructions for how to navigate the dashboard and other technical aspects of blogging. I found myself hunting for tutorials on “YouTube University” and its support forums, like Lisa Irby’s Website Babble. I had not begun to think about how an engaged community supports the bottom line.

Ileane Smith:

I've always been a fan of Black Enterprise Magazine so you can imagine that I'm absolutely thrilled to be featured here in this interview on their site. It is certainly a dream come true!

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Another Amazing Tsu Profile - Ileane Smith


1. Who are you? 

I’m Ileane and I own Basic Blog Tips, one of the most popular blogs on the web covering blogging, social media and YouTube. My bio reads: Blogger, Podcaster, YouTuber, Social Media Diva. 

2. What's your motto? 

I’m here to learn, to teach, and to connect! This was the tagline of my very first blog and it still holds true today. 

3. Why are you on Tsu? 

It’s an interesting place to hang out. I heard about it and then I got the nudge from you, so I decided to move it up on my to do list. I find it very delightful so far. I use it the same way as I do Instagram but I love that it works just as well from desktop as from mobile and there’s no limitation on posting links. Besides, I can’t call myself a “Social Media Diva” if I don’t give a site like this a fair shot, now can I? 

4. What do you want most to see posted on Tsu? ......

Ileane Smith:

Be sure to read the rest of the interview on Tsu!

If you want to join use my link

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Tuesday Tech Tips #7 - 11/18/14


Here's the 7th installment of Tuesday Tech tips. These are articles I've gleaned while reading If you haven't yet joined that site...

Blogger Interview: Sharing Pinterest Marketing Ideas with Jeff Sieh by Ileane Smith.  Ileane always has great articles on pinterest, and she explains them in an easy to follow way.   She is also a great person to follow on Google Plus.

Ileane Smith:

Activerain looks like a cool site for Real Estate professional. Glad to know that they got a chance to see some of my Pinterest tips.

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Top 33 People to Follow on Tsu


Tsu is a new social network that actually pays you to be active on the site and publish content. Here's a list of the Top 33 People to Follow on Tsu!

Ileane Smith:

I got "listed" again. If you're not on Tsu, please join me

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Top 100 Internet Marketing Blogs to Read Often, With RSS and Twitter Feeds


#38. BasicBlogTips (RSS) BasicBlogTips posts an average of 2 blog posts per week. With a focus on blogging tips, social media and Youtube tutorials, BasicBlogTips has quickly become a trusted source of inspiration for aspiring bloggers.

#38. BasicBlogTips (RSS) BasicBlogTips posts an average of 2 blog posts per week. With a focus on blogging tips, social media and Youtube tutorials, BasicBlogTips has quickly become a trusted source of inspiration for aspiring bloggers.

Ileane Smith:

I read a lot of these blogs and got introduced to some new ones too! Honored to be mentioned here as well!

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Ask the Editors: How Do You Want to be Pitched and What Has Changed?


From Amanda DiSilvestro on Higher Visibility:

I talked with some of the best editors in the SEO and online marketing industry and asked them the following questions:

When a writer emails you about getting involved in your content marketing and contributing content, what is it that you look for in his/her email? Are there specific things you don’t like to see with this type of pitch? Have your standards and thoughts on this subject changed over the last several months?

Ileane Smith:

This is my contribution to the post:

I started accepting guest posts on Basic Blog Tips over 4 years ago and during that time nearly 200 guest authors have contributed content the blog. Most of those bloggers were already on my radar before they approached me about guest posting. I’m active in a number of blogging communities like Blog Engage, Triberr and Social Buzz Club so it’s much easier for members of those communities to connect with me for guest posting outreach. I talk more about my process in this episode of my podcast.

When I get approached by people who use a template email—most of the time I’m not interested. I can always tell when the person hasn’t done their research about me or my blog based on the tone of the email. Of course any email that mentions a “team” of writers gets rejected. Then there are those that are going to provide an article at absolutely no charge or free of charge. I find that type of email very annoying and consider it spam or junk mail.

In the past, the only way I would consider a new guest author is if they left a voice mail for me through my Speakpipe account. That’s a great way to filter out the noise. And I always ask for examples from previous guest posts so I can check their interaction and responses to comments. Something I started doing recently is checking Buzzsumo to search for past articles of potential guests. Just type in “author:author name” to see the results and it does a great job of pulling in their portfolios.
Overall, I’m starting to see a lot more guest posting requests come through from more qualified authors and I find that very refreshing.

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125 Best People to Follow on Twitter for Social Media Geeks


Do you LOVE social media but you're bored with your Twitter feed? No problem. Here are 125 of the best people to follow on Twitter for social media geeks.
Ileane Smith:

Honored to appear on this list of top 125 people to follow on Twitter from the Post Planner blog.

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8+ Courses to Diversify Your Marketing Strategy Without Feeling Overwhelmed


List of free (and cheap) marketing courses aims mostly at diversifying your list of learning resources: Many of them will be absolutely new to you.
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The Manly Pinterest Tips Show - With Special Guest Ileane Smith


Join us each week for *The Manly Pinterest Tips Show and Podcast* Our mission, (and we choose to accept it) is to give practical tips to help you succeed on Pinterest  

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Get Basic Blog Tips for Android on Google Play



Welcome to Basic Blog Tips. You’re here to get blogging tips or help with social media optimization and I’m here to help. Basic Blog Tips is all about helping you reach your goals and having some fun along the way. My goal is to help YOU build a better blog.
I do that by providing Blogging tips; Social media tutorials; YouTube training videos and last but certainly not least; The Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast.

Together we’ll explore all the top strategies available to help you master the art of content creation!

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7 Social Media Pros Share Little-Known Tips for Social Networking Success


Having a hard time figuring out how to make the major social networks work for you? Trust me, I understand! That is the reason why I invited some social media pros to share little-known tips on the...

YouTube analytics is probably one of the most overlooked audience building tools by the vast majority of YouTubers today. There’s a ton of actionable data hiding in those reports. You can find everything from your traffic sources and the age of your viewers all the way to what keywords people are typing in search to find your YouTube videos. YouTube just released a brand new feature that shows real-time traffic reports in your desktop dashboard for your last 5 published videos. Those stats are great to have and it’s wonderful to see how your current promotions are going. But what if you have an older video or 2 that you want to track in real time?

Here’s the tip – from your Analytics dashboard at the top right, you’ll see an option to create video Groups. Now just to be clear, your Groups are different from your playlists. They’re only visible to you and they are only used for tracking purposes. Create a Group with any combination of up to 5 of your older videos to see the real-time stats for those older more popular videos that have a lot of activity and watch the traffic roll in. Here’s a screenshot showing real-time stats from videos I published in 2013 and 2010.”

Ileane Smith:

I added my YouTube tip to this post (see above).

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What Super Engagement Bloggers Say is the Magic Ingredient in Blogging


Blog post at WorthBlogger - Tips for writing a blog worth reading :

Ms Ileane Smith Takes Engagement To Blog Interviewing

Ms Ileane is one of the top female bloggers that have rocked the blogosphere. I have had the privilege of working with her on her blog which gave me an insight of what blog engagement was all about. She values comments as herself and take her time to reply to each an every one of them.

Today, Ms Ileane has taken blog engagement to something more thrilling. She steps out of her comfort zone to Increase Engagement and Build Relationships with Blog Interviews.

Here is what she said in her post:

The reason we all enjoy blog interviews so much is because they are a great example of those successful collaborations I’m so in favor of, and the “engagement” that we all seek to have on our blogs is pretty much built in by nature.

Ms Ileane Offers Some Tips for Great Blog Interviews

Some advice for those of you who are going to be interviewed:

1. Obtain a list of the questions or topics ahead of time
2. Add the interviewer to your list of contacts on Skype, Twitter, Google+ and other networks
3. Make a few notes of key points and people that you want to mention
4. Keep your voice even, and remember to be natural
5. Be sure to smile – so that your voice sounds energetic and upbeat

Ileane Smith:


Engagement is the new Black.

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Get more blog traffic by doing something you enjoy


2. Ileane Smith of Basic Blog Tips – The lovely lady who introduced me to a very big pie of the blogosphere with a rocking intro post (I am not linking to that post here coz the post is a LOT outdated ;)). The thing I like about her is that she shares a lot of new tools in her blog – usually the stuff you don’t hear about anywhere else. This post about Circloscope is an example!
Ileane Smith:

Nice shout out from my friend Jane Sheeba!

Problogging Success's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:48 AM

Thanks for sharing  Ileane

You would have already tried hundreds of ways to get more traffic to your website, right? But if you are still reading this post, it means you are not getting enough traffic. You still want more!


While I can give you at least 25 tips to help you get more website traffic, I am going to give you only ONE tip.

So, what is that tip? Read the post!

Sangbaran Karmakar's curator insight, September 22, 2014 3:32 PM

Nice article on Web Traffic building by creating network and relationship with other bloggers from your Niche... 



Social media cardinals to create a positive outreach


Social media can pump up your blog traffic only with a correct attitude. Do you know how to present yourself in social internet world? Social media cardinal...Ileane Smith has also influenced me largely of late. In fact, I have learnt two very important aspects from her about generating traffic to a blog. She runs her blog at Basic Blog Tips and has a huge social media following.  She is also a master communicator. Her videos speak of how much quality she can bring out while relating to an audience.

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50 Respected Bloggers Gave Me WRONG Advice On Twitter Marketing. Oops!


I will probably get beaten real hard for this headline, but at least it should effectively steal your attention ( will thank me for this very soon). And if you think that this is going to be
Ileane Smith:

My contribution to this group post:

6. Ileane Smith of

Most of traffic that comes to my blog from Twitter is the result of my blogging friends sharing my content.

I’m really thankful for all of the relationships that I have built with other bloggers over the years. And I really appreciate that some people have added my blog’s RSS feed into tools like Twitterfeed, or Autoshare on Triberr.

It really boils down to the fact that they feel confident that I only publish quality content on my blog. It’s key for bloggers to connect with one another and build that trust factor.

I know people like quick results but that kind of trust only comes with time and consistency. You also have to be a giver and I always try to give just as much if not more than I receive.

Thanks for asking the question Tim, because Twitter is one of my top traffic sources and I think it’s important that new bloggers understand what it takes.

Follow Ileane Smith on Twitter.

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What is Blogging?


Seems like the simple word blog became so complicated to some of the minds of todays business owners....

I like medium size. Somehow some blogs when it gets too popular, they stop answering their comments and to me that is not cool. So no matter where you at in your ladder, you should not stop engaging or answering your comments.

Ileane Smith:

My comment:

Hi Angela,
You have done a fantastic job of explaining what blogging is and I love the graphics you use in this post. My favorite is the WordPress, Genesis, Studio Press one – very cute.

Thanks so much for the mention Angela! I’m so pleased to be on your list.

Brenda Lee's curator insight, August 23, 2014 6:59 PM

#Genesis themes are simply the best way to go for #WordPress themes imo.

Sangbaran Karmakar's curator insight, September 26, 2014 3:13 PM

The more I read this post the more I get motivated... Awesomely written article by my friend Angela... Bravo... 



Disqus Comments vs. CommentLuv & Other Comment Systems


Disqus comments are becoming more popular for bloggers today than ever before. Which comment system do you prefer and why? Read what other bloggers say.
Ileane Smith:
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“I’m a big fan of CommentLuv, and in fact there was a time when I worked closely with Andy Bailey as the Official CommentLuv Ambassador. However, I bit off more than I could chew in that role and eventually I had to step down. Around the same time I decided to stop giving “Luv” to my commenters and ending up trying to explain why I made the decision in this post If You Wait for Perfection You Might Miss the Boat I’m still not sure if people understand what I was going through at the time because I believe my situation was somewhat unique. Let me try to explain, although I still use the plugin, I turned off the LUV back in May 2013, yet I continue to get traffic from people who see my blog listed as a DoFollow commenting blog.  It’s pretty frustrating, because even when I did have the LUV turned on, most of the comment links were not DoFollow. So what started off as a beautiful thing turned into a but pain because I spent hours moderating comments every day. I know there were solutions like adding additional plugins but that was the last thing I wanted to do. All in all I don’t regret using CommentLuv, but I do regret the fact that there are so many bots and spammers out there that will do anything for links that in the end are just a big waste of everyone’s time. It’s such a shame that we have to load our blogs down with plugins just to have a normal conversation with a real person.
I never used Disqus comments on my blog so I can’t give you any feedback there. Currently I use the native WordPress commenting system along with Google + comments. As I mentioned in the blog post, it’s not a perfect solution, but it will have to do for now.”  - Ileane Smith.
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Tips from Our Community for Boosting Your Online Presence


Whether you sell products online or run a local business, boosting your online presence is essential. Our community has been discussing the importance of online marketing recently. So we collected posts from some top small business blogs and communities that offer tips for improving your company’s presence online. Enjoy ten of these tips in this week’s Small Business Trends Community News and Information Roundup.

Leverage the Power of YouTube

(Basic Blog Tips)

YouTube is now bigger than Facebook, according to some recent research. And the platform can do wonders for your business if you use it to your advantage. Some members of the BizSugar community discuss the power of YouTube here. And you can read more about the platform’s benefits, along with some tips and a video, in Ileane Smith’s post on Basic Blog Tips.

Ileane Smith:

We are all looking for ways to make our content stand out. YouTube is one way and podcasting is another. In this post you'll get a few more ideas.

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