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Keep up with tools and tips to help improve your blog and expand your audience! http://BasicBlogTips.com/tips #ileanegram #blogtips
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#SocialMediaPowerChat with Michael Q Todd, Ileane Smith & Dustin Stout talking about Blogging | The Mia Connect

#SocialMediaPowerChat with Michael Q Todd, Ileane Smith & Dustin Stout talking about Blogging | The Mia Connect | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

This Social Media Power Chat is chock full of #BatCrapCrazy! I am surrounded by social media superstars like Michael Q Todd, Ileane Smith and Dustin Stout. We dished on everything from Empire Avenue, Klout, Blogging and Triberr. This is what Google Plus Hangouts are all about people!

Ileane Smith's insight:

This HOA is my all time favorite out of all the ones that I ever participated in. Mia Voss is a fabulous host. She is so well organized that she even sent me a checklist before the show. We hung out in the greenroom for about 20 minutes before we went live and that was another show all by itself.


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How to Fight Bloggers Who Steal Your Content avgjoegeek.net

How to Fight Bloggers Who Steal Your Content avgjoegeek.net | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

If you find out someone stealing your content? What do you do? I tell you my own story on how I fought to get the stolen content removed and how you can to!...

When Ideas are Shared – Good Things Happen

There is a twist on this though. If someone sees your content and likes it? Then they write their own article based off the ideas they got from your original content? That is NOT stealing. And even better? Sometimes you even get some credit for it and they toss some traffic your way as a way of saying thanks! This happened when I wrote about Twitter Cards. So thank you Ileane for giving me the mention!

Ileane Smith's insight:

I could spend an entire weekend filing DMCA claims. It's high on my to do list.

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October's Reading List by @lbogaerts

October's Reading List by @lbogaerts | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

This post is the start of a new “tradition” on my blog....


At BasicBlogTips.com there were a few things this month that I loved to read about. The first article I want to mention is about the Must Have Tools For Blogging and Internet Marketing. Michael Trow put together a list of 10 tools you shouldn’t do without if you want to be a successfull blogger.

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Life of Owly | #plushowly hanging out with @ileane! RT @Ileane:...

Life of Owly | #plushowly hanging out with @ileane! RT @Ileane:... | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it
#plushowly hanging out with @ileane! RT @Ileane: #plushowly is taking over my @HootClub dashboard and my coffee mug hootclub http://t.co/BE5hRb8gpI
Ileane Smith's insight:

HootSuite knows how to cultivate an exceptionally devoted group of brand ambassadors. Now that over 100 people have received their #plushowly from the @hootclub, we are sharing him all over Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Google+ 

HootSuite is posting all of our #plushowly pics on Tumblr. 

Really smart marketing. Really smart!

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How Do I Get More Retweets? Twitter Tools We Use To Increase Re-Tweets

How Do I Get More Retweets? Twitter Tools We Use To Increase Re-Tweets | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

I left a comment on HotBlogTips.com : I've talked a lot in the past about why numbers do count when it comes to social proof and this post will focus on Twitter...


I want to focus on two points; the people and Brian Belfitt. The members on Blog Engage are top shelf, and I mean that. You have folks like Justin GerminoIleane SmithZac Johnson,Karen Woodham, and a bunch of other bloggers that I’ve called friends for years. 

Ileane Smith's insight:

My comment on the post 

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the mention!
You’re a real pro when it comes to social networking so I hope your co-hosts follow your lead on that. I giggled when you thought that Sheryl was posting to your Facebook page but it was really the Chrome extension Friends+me. HA!

I use most of the tools and services you mentioned with the exception of Empire Avenue.

Two that I’m really found of that you don’t have on the list are Social Buzz Club and Viral Content Buzz. I’m getting a lot of traffic and tweets from those sites as well.

Thanks again Brian and have a great week.

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Brian D. Hawkins's comment, November 5, 2013 11:47 PM
Thank you Ileane :)
Ileane Smith's comment, November 6, 2013 5:14 AM
You're welcome Brian!
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Working with Enterprise 2.0: The foundations of creating a successful blog via modern technology

Working with Enterprise 2.0: The foundations of creating a successful blog via modern technology | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

WHY do we spend countless beginnings and endings punching into our keyboards our thoughts and feelings through blogs? Is it for bragging rights with friends, self branding or perhaps to promote our social-existence online?...

To learn more on how to become a successful blogger, click here and here. 

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Friday News Round Up from 604media Blog

Friday News Round Up from 604media Blog | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Here’s the top news in technology, web development and social media from the past week:

· Must Have Tools For Blogging and Internet Marketing
Here is a list of tools that can improve the effectiveness, and efficiency, of blogging and internet marketing.

Ileane Smith's insight:

Short and sweet round up of blogging articles for the week. Nice to see a post from Basic Blog Tips included.

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Power Tips For Pinterest

Power Tips For Pinterest | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Pinterest isn't just for pinning photos of your favorite recipes and cute, cuddly animals. It's also and amazing tool for helping your small business reach your small business reach more potential customers every day. Here are some power tips for pinterest from some of the top pinners out there.
Click here to read the entire article: http://bit.ly/1c0eubZ


Via Kelly Lieberman
Ileane Smith's insight:

You'll find my name listed over on the right hand side in blue! Pretty cool to show up surrounded by so many awesome folks!

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29 Most Popular SEO Addons And Browser Extensions By SEO Experts

29 Most Popular SEO Addons And Browser Extensions By SEO Experts | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Here are list of 29 most popular browser SEO addons selected by more than 100 SEO experts. These SEO extensions are for chrome and Firefox browser...

VidIQ Vision for Chrome: A useful addon for video bloggers and video marketers, to find the great in-depth detail of any Youtube video. Ex: What tags are being used, views details, social share and so on. Suggested by Ms. Ileane.

Ileane Smith's insight:

Harsh Agrawal is one of my favorite bloggers. In this post he adds his take on a previous list of SEO extensions for Chrome. 

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Monthly Traffic, Growth & Income Report for September 2013

Monthly Traffic, Growth & Income Report for September 2013 | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it
I know, It's been a while since I've published a traffic report. If you'll remember, when I first relaunched my blog last year, I was publishing traffic reports pretty consistently for the first fe...
Guest posts

Last month I wrote a total of 1 guest post, which was on BasicBlogTips.com.

I was very happy Ms. Ileane accepted my post and shared it with her audience, which was written to not only provide value to her readers, but to also aid in getting more exposure to my blog commenting tutorial. And by golly did it work!

My guest post got a ton of comments, social shares, engagement and interaction from her audience.

Plus, I directly gained 6 more readers directly from the guest post itself by creating a customized welcome landing page specifically for her audience.

Not sure how many of her readers subscribed indirectly via surfing around my content and then deciding to subscribe through another opt-in form of my blog. But I’m happy about the results either way!

I’m planning to write several more guests posts this month for other top blogs in my niche.

I’m anxious to see how they’ll be received so be sure you subscribe and stay tuned for next month’s report!

Ileane Smith's insight:

Ti Roberts is one of my favorite bloggers.  She is so full of energy and eager to learn that she is destined for greatness and I want her on my team any day. 


In this post you'll see her hit a bump in the road on her journey to earning an online income but you'll also see how she takes it in stride and you'll know that she is NOT one bit discouraged!


Want to be inspired? Follow Ti!


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How To Get Help Building A Website For Profit | One More Cup of Coffee

How To Get Help Building A Website For Profit | One More Cup of Coffee | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Get Help Building Your Website, Plus Learn How Turn A Profit From It. For Total Noobs And Business Owners. Reliable Info Sources Plus Video Tutorials....Plus, there are literally millions of free blogs dedicated to teaching you how to write engaging content for your readers. One place I like to go a lot is  Basic Blog Tips by Ms. Ileane, which has a lot more than just writing tips for your new blog (newbie friendly)

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Google+ Communities: Tilting Towards Social Media - Chickory Online LLC

Google+ Communities: Tilting Towards Social Media - Chickory Online LLC | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

A search in Google+ Communities for business topics shows a tilt towards social media...

Searching For Google+ Communities

A search for “ecommerce” returned dozens of communities, but there was something strange.  There were a few communities with over 100 members, but only a couple with 500+ members.  The vast majority were in the one to four member range.  Very surprising; I expected more vibrant communities around that subject.,\...

What Social Media Means to Business

I saw this quote in a post on Ileane Smith’s BasicBlogTips.com:

“SEO is done by getting people talking about your site on social and on other important websites in your market”

(you can read the entire article here)

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What Was Worth Reading This Week: This Can Save Your Online Business

What Was Worth Reading This Week: This Can Save Your Online Business | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

This is already the third week that I'm doing a news roundup, I barely write anything besides these. Sad. Anyways lets get started....

Triberr 

Triberr is a very powerful app that allows you to easily spread your newest content. It helps you drive traffic and social shares to your blog posts almost immediately. Check out this blog post by Ileane Smith to learn more about Triberr.


Ileane Smith's insight:

My Comment:

Great link round up for the week.

I’m looking forward to checking out Michelle’s site and listening to Jon Loomer’s latest Facebook podcast.

Thanks for featuring two posts from Basic Blog Tips. I appreciate it.



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Who Wants a Successful Business Podcast?

Who Wants a Successful Business Podcast? | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Today we are talking business podcasting, the cons of free hosting (again), as well as podcast success stories, a last five in five, and we answer your podcast questions. Please vote for the School of Podcasting at the Podcast Awards

Can You Ask For Too Much From Your Audience [1:00]

I recently appeared on episode 20 of the podcasters roundtable and we tried to answer that question. The panel consisted of Join me (Ray Ortega), +David Jackson, +Nick Seuberling +Corey Fineran +Izabela Russell and +Ileane Smith  and it was great content to where I now changed my show opening to give ONE method of contact. Subscribe to the Podcasters’ Roundtable – Podcasters Discussing Podcasting in iTunes and never miss another episode.

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The Day In Online Video News And Views 8th November 2013

The Day In Online Video News And Views 8th November 2013 | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Amazon Studios is staking a strong claim for their place in the VoD market with the launch of two new shows on the platform later this month...

The Day In Online Video News

Need a New Way to Promote Your YouTube Channel? Try RSS Syndication BasicBlogTips


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Why We Are All Teachers & Learners In The New World Order

Why We Are All Teachers & Learners In The New World Order | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Content marketing is increasingly about online teaching and learning...

These days we’re teaching and learning on a social media platforms. Here are some of the more powerful examples (which include video):

  • Google Plus is a social media platform and you can teach or learn there by screen sharing in Google Hangouts (and later on YouTube)
  • YouTube is a social media platform and you can teach or learn there. Check out Ileane Smith’s recent Triberr training.
  • Udemy and SkillFeed (and a plethora of other online learning platforms) are social media platforms and you can teach or learn in these places and get paid
Ileane Smith's insight:

Rob Cubbon shares powerful insights and encourages us to constantly learn and teach what we know.

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21 FireProved strategies to get 60,000 visitors (Ultimate guide) - FireProved Marketing

21 FireProved strategies to get 60,000 visitors (Ultimate guide) - FireProved Marketing | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

It took me long to write this post. No, it isn't about hours. Nor days. Not even months. It took me years to write this post.


16.Start a Podcast

There are only few people who I know that are running a Podcast. You can start by listening Ms. Ileane from BasicBlogTips where you can find some cool tips. Podcast open door to a whole new audience. Use it.


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10 Signs a Content Marketing Campaign Is Dying (And How to Save It)

10 Signs a Content Marketing Campaign Is Dying (And How to Save It) | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

If your content marketing campaigns are dead in the water, you may be guilty of one of these 10 fails. Read what they are and how to fix them....


For web users, there’s nothing more annoying than wanting to share a piece of content and having to do it manually, or using the buttons on the site only to find they don’t work. Most people will only give you one chance to get this right before going elsewhere.

The fix: If you haven’t already, check your analytics and see where people are sharing your content, then make sure you have the appropriate buttons so they can share at will.

Check out how Backlinko has included social buttons to the side of their posts for easy sharing.

And for goodness’ sake, please input your Twitter handle so people don’t have to type it in.

Ileane Smith's insight:

I see countless bloggers who neglect to have their Twitter handle applied to their social sharing plugin. Even when your content does get shared, you'll never know if you don't monitor your @mentions. 

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Why Buffer App rocks - Tips, Tricks and Features

Why Buffer App rocks - Tips, Tricks and Features | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

A long time ago, in a blogosphere far far away…I was looking for some awesome tools to automate my tweets. There are certainly a lot of them out there. I checked. As a result, the choice is quite difficult....

Buffer integrates with Bit.ly

Ok, so scheduling your tweets is pretty cool. But the fun does not stop there!

If you like using link shortening services, Buffer integrates with some of the best ones:

  • J.mp
  • Buff.ly
  • Bit.ly

Of course, we all know Bit.ly is the best service out there. If you want to learn a bit more about how to use Bitly, check out Ileane Smith’s post on statistics and tracking with Bitly.

Bit.ly also allows you to add UTM params for unique link tracking, in order to monitor your marketing campaigns. Awesome huh! I know, you just fell off your chair.

**Note:  If you don’t know about link shortening services – they replace URLs with very short ones. It gives you more space to tweet. Remember, you only have 140 characters.


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Shout out from Mia Voss on Social Media Power Chat

Thanks for the shout out @themiaconnect #batcrapcrazy #ileanegram


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWNtZC0tjvw

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Blog of the Week | Design Created in Canva and Shared on Instagram

This is my first design using Canva! So far I like it #canva #ileanegram

ileane's photo on Instagram #ileanegram

Ileane Smith's insight:

Canva is a new visual content creation platform that is currently in Beta. I waited over a month after requesting access before I got in. I had a chance to poke around a bit and found something that I could put together quickly. I still have a lot of questions about how the interface works but I'm not finding many "how-to" tutorials available at the moment.


If you know of any tutorials, please send them my way.  

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The Bad & Good of Lack of Focus and Meteors in the Sky | CRE Radio - Commercial Real Estate Radio with Howard Kline

The Bad & Good of Lack of Focus and Meteors in the Sky | CRE Radio - Commercial Real Estate Radio with Howard Kline | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Mike, my producer describes it as the Next Bright Meteor Streaking Across the Night Sky Syndrome or “NBMSANSS”, (thank goodness there are two “N”‘s in there).  I’m looking up at the night stars and all of a sudden, a streak of light catches my attention. Off I go, watching the new streak.....


As I go through my inbox, I open an email from Ms. Ileane promoting her new blog post, The Positives and Perils of Monitoring Your Brand on the Internet. Ms. Illeane’s blog site first appeared in my night sky a few weeks back. Her site is all about how to blog and social media.  She provides an incredible amount of valuable information and insight to the world of blogging and social media.  If you blog or intend to, she is a must-have resource.

Strangely enough, even Ms. Ileane falls prey to my multi-meteor attention span.

Ileane Smith's insight:

Comment I left on the post:

Love this!! Thanks so much for the shout out and it's my pleasure to introduce you to SpeakPipe. Btw - in the latest podcast I talk more about SpeakPipe and more importantly I created a little guide that shows how to leave a SpeakPipe message using Android. Feel free to share it with your audience. 
One more thing - I found this post from a new site I'm using called "More Shiny Objects Than You Can Count - MSOTYCC"
Just kidding, the site is really called Monitor Backlinks. 

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101+ SEO Experts Reveal Their Favorite SEO Browser Plugins/Extensions

101+ SEO Experts Reveal Their Favorite SEO Browser Plugins/Extensions | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it
101+ SEO Experts Reveal Their Favorite SEO Browser Plugins/Extensions Ask any search engine optimizer, and they will tell you how much they are obsessed
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My Contribution:

I started using SEO Site Tools years ago and I just stick with it out of loyalty I guess. Then a few months ago I found PageRank Status and that is the one I use most of the time. Honestly, these days most of my time and interest lies with YouTube so I was thrilled when VidIq released their extension a few weeks ago. It’s very comprehensive and shows video tags, social share counts including Facebook, Google+1′s, LinkedIn and StumbleUpon. You can even see a list of Tweets from each YouTube video. Great way to discover new subscribers. Here’s a little video preview I did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0AwGztrinM

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How Experts Make Money Blogging? - Interview

How Experts Make Money Blogging? - Interview | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it

Via Amal Rafeeq
Ileane Smith's insight:

#1: How do you Drive Traffic to your Blog?

First I focus on providing valuable and relevant content, otherwise I’d be fighting a losing battle. On top of that I use some basic SEO like creating a sitemap, submitting my site to Webmaster Tools, and implementing Google Authorship. Social networks play a big role in sending traffic to my blog as well. Here are a few of the networks that I use and recommend: Blog Engage, BizSugar, Triberr, Social Buzz Club, Just Retweet and Viral Content Buzz. Many of the posts on my blog are guest posts and I’m very appreciative of the role those authors play in promoting their content which contribute greatly to the overall traffic profile.


#2: How do you Monetize your Blog?

I’m not really big on monetization, although I do a little just to cover the costs of keeping the blog running. I use affiliate marketing and Google AdSense. Most of the AdSense income is generated on my YouTube channel right now since I scaled back on using it so much on the blog.

One strategy I’ve used successfully is to create YouTube video tutorials that help my audience understand how to use a product and what actual benefits they can expect. I think this works well because most product developers concentrate on promoting their product’s benefits but often they fail to mention the pitfalls or demonstrate real-life  outcomes.


#3: What are some of the other Blogging Strategies you got?

One thing I get questions about all the time from new bloggers is about using AdSense and making money with their blogs. I see a real problem with that approach and it’s one of the reasons so many blogs die in the first few months. I invest a great deal of my time networking and building relationships with other bloggers and it is something that I’ve done from the start. Blogging is hard work and it involves constant research and outreach. It’s not just - throwing up some rehashed content and a bunch of AdSense ads.


#4: What do you Suggest to all those ambitious Bloggers out here?

You have to find a balance between consuming content and creating it. Put your own personal touch to any bit of information you find out there and do your own tests to back up your findings. Don’t look for “gurus” to tell you exactly how they do things and then try to replicate them. Be yourself and you’ll find that is what people really want to connect with.

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Harsh Agrawal's comment, October 6, 2013 1:53 PM
Hey Amal
Thanks for reaching out and for the interview. Here are my answers:

1# How do you Drive Traffic to your Blog?

I mostly rely on organic traffic and social-media traffic. 80% of my blog traffic is from Search engines, and most referred site traffic is Facebook. Along with it, web mention sends me more quality traffic, which has better avg. time on site and less bounce rate,


#2: How do you Monetize your Blog?
I follow few methods to monetize my blog, and always play with new monetization network on different blogs. I have shared a detailed post on how I make money from shoutmeloud over here: http://www.shoutmeloud.com/how-i-make-money-with-shoutmeloud.html . To sum it up:

Affiliate marketing: Affiliate marketing adds the most in term of revenue. I promote those online marketing and blogging products which I personally use or like.
Blog Consultancy and WordPress SEO : These are two services which I offer to other bloggers. Usually I do 1-2 consultancy session a month.
AdSense: One of the best network for recurring income and quality ads.
Viglink: This one I use on my tech sites to make money from outbound links. An interesting ad network.


#3: What are some of the other Blogging Strategies you got?
My content marketing is always targeted for readers and traffic. I follow a rule of 30-70, where 30% of content in a month will be written for driving traffic from search engine (ex: List posts such as top 10, best of) .. And rest are targeted for bloggers to learn new stuff.
Youtube : I have been video blogging from more than a year, and it helps me to build better relation with my readers. I usually cover tutorials or new interesting websites which is useful for bloggers on my Youtube video channel.


#4: What do you Suggest to all those ambitious Bloggers out here?

Always remember " There is no excuse for failure", if you not reaching out there, that means you are not doing something right.
Have a proper goal, strategy, business plan for your blog.
Most important learn a new thing every day.
Work a lot on getting your basics right, and focus on learn search engine and social media optimization.
Do remember, promoting your content is as important as writing a high-quality content.
Last but not the least: Be natural and let your blog reflect your personality.
Adam C's comment, October 6, 2013 6:17 PM
No problem Amal!

Thanks Ileane, you too! :)
Amal Rafeeq's comment, October 7, 2013 9:36 PM
The post is now LIVE
http://www.bloggerdoc.com/experts-make-money-blogging/
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Ileane Smith's Vizify Bio | Connections

Ileane Smith's Vizify Bio | Connections | Basic Blog Tips | Scoop.it
The Connections page of ileane smith's graphical bio. From Vizify, makers of infographic bios that make you look awesome online.
Ileane Smith's insight:

Neat way to visualize your Twitter connections. However, if you are active on Twitter you already know who is sharing your stuff. 


It's fun to watch though.

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