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How to Enable Push Gmail on the iPhone

Follow Me: http://twitter.com/appscreencast Quick tutorial on how to setup push email with your gmail account on your iPhone & other iOS devices.

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As of Jan. 30, 2013, only Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government customers can set up new devices with Google Sync.

http://support.google.com/a/users/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=138740

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Easy Ways to Get More Engagement on Your Facebook Page

Easy Ways to Get More Engagement on Your Facebook Page | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
It’s a question almost as old as Facebook itself: Once people have “Liked” your Page, how do you keep them engaged? One way is by using the righ
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A common myth is that if you’re good at what you do, your work will speak for itself. That's true only if is if someone is listening. It's imperative that you are singing music your target audience wants to hear and that you sing loud enough to be heard over all the other "noise". Content is king but don't overlook using images, videos, questions, calls to action and longer updates to increase engagement.

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Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation | Jeffbullas's Blog

Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation | Jeffbullas's Blog | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
Online content curation is a hot trend as business owners and professionals realize that content is vital to add value to their customers and prospects. The trend was already evident in 2011 but 2012 saw an outright explosion of the phenomenon.
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These are very valuable tips for bloggers and journalists. The technology of the web and the rise of the social media networks provides sources of content that were not previously available.

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10 Guidelines for Writing Engaging Posts

10 Guidelines for Writing Engaging Posts | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

Everyone seems to be blogging these days and getting attention, let alone, building a readership is becoming more and more challenging."

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When it comes to writing engaging posts my advice is: write for your readers.  Know who your audience is and what they want to know, then give them what they want.

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4 Year End Blog Post Ideas

4 Year End Blog Post Ideas | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
The crush of the holiday season is upon us and if your life is anything like mine you are challenged to create the time to blog in. There are the concerts and pageants and parties to attend.  There...
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Not enough time to do a comprehensive post?

Make a brief list of  guest authors, most frequent commenters, and/or fellow bloggers who have backlinked to your posts and acknowledge them with some link love.

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Thirteen Tips for Actually Getting Some Writing Done.

Thirteen Tips for Actually Getting Some Writing Done. | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 13 tips for actually getting some writing accomplished. One of the challenges of writing is...writing. Here are some tips that I’ve found most useful for myself, for actually getting words onto the page: 1.
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The distractions are many and the mind is prone to wander. Scheduling enough time for content creation and developing habits that lead to productive time spent on writing are critical to success.

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Andrew B.'s comment, January 21, 2013 4:36 AM
A good thing for bloggers to think of would be also translating their blog! It is very important for going international. Here is a good tool that help translators work on translating .po files of your website or blog: http://poeditor.com/. Hope it will be useful.
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Three Steps to Effective Business Writing

Three Steps to Effective Business Writing | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
Writing is a critical skill for today's professionals. Here are there steps to help you develop your business writing skills.
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Jon Turino's curator insight, December 24, 2012 3:07 PM

Thanks for scooping this one, Dotty. Writing skill improvement is an ongoing need for all of us.

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6 Simple Tips for New Bloggers

6 Simple Tips for New Bloggers | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

It’s easy for beginner bloggers to devote too much time tweaking themes, checking their stats and imagining their posts becoming Freshly Pressed, instead of focusing on content creation and time management.

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Facebook makes it official -- an external advertising network is coming soon

Facebook makes it official -- an external advertising network is coming soon | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

"Included in the changes that Facebook recently announced to its privacy and governance policies was an admission that it aggregates and shares data on user activity with advertisers -- and Facebook says it plans do so not just inside the network but on external websites as well."

 

 

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Mobile Friendly Theme or Responsive Width Theme?

Mobile Friendly Theme or Responsive Width Theme? | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

Back in the day we all viewed blogs on desktop computers. Back in the day every blog theme had at least one sidebar that appeared on every page in the blog. Back in the day mile long blogrolls were common.  Not so, today.

 

The mobile explosion has yet to crest but visitors are accessing our blogs via mobiles and tablets is on the rise and affecting on blog design. Our blogging future will feature responsive width themes, infinite scroll and effective use of custom menus, page templates and post formats.

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Nomophobia: Disconnect and Detox

Nomophobia: Disconnect and Detox | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

Do you leave your home with your phone and have it with you at all times? Do you refuse to read and follow written instructions and demand to "speak to a human being" when dealing with businesses. Nomophobia is the word first coined by British researchers in 2008 for the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. The 2012 study British cellphone technology company SecurEnvoy reveals 66% of the mobile users suffer from Nomophobia.

 

The more users view their phone's menu screens, news, e-mail and apps throughout the day the more addicted you become. The brain’s dopamine system allows humans to experience pleasure and reward, but people who are addicted to the Internet have fewer, or impaired, dopamine receptors, making it difficult to feel rewards without extra effort.

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Freelancer Buys vWorker, Potential Freelancing Domination Looms

Freelancer Buys vWorker, Potential Freelancing Domination Looms | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
In an attempt to dominate outsourcing, Freelancer.com purchases vWorker for an undisclosed amount of cash.
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WordPress.com Upgrade Payments

WordPress.com Upgrade Payments | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

As more people make the transition to electronic, mobile credit and debit card payments, industry innovation is  focusing on these payment methods and WordPress.com is on board. 

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Blog Exercises: The Content Project Form

Blog Exercises: The Content Project Form | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

"In this exercise, we’re going to create a content project form.

The goal of a content project form is to collect all the information you need to complete an article or article series in one place. In theory, you may have one project sheet for every article, a page-by-page to do list."

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Lorelle created a template of a content project form with 16 fields (PDF) to download and print if.  http://lorelle.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/content-project-sheet.pdf ; If doesn't suit then you can create your own. 

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Use Content Curation to Drive More Traffic

Use Content Curation to Drive More Traffic | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

"For the last couple of weeks I have been using a content curation service called Scoop.it to generate lots of referral traffic"


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Barry Deutsch's curator insight, December 31, 2012 1:59 PM

One of the most powerful tools that I've been using for the past 3-4 months is Scoop.it. I can curate content that is relevant to a specific segment of my network within 3-5 minutes with an insightful assessment of the article within 3-5 minutes vs. 45-60 minutes for a typical original content blog article of 300-500 words.


Mixing your curated content along with your original content can establish you as a leader in your niche, an expert in your subject area, a thought-leader, and a "go-to" person among your network.


It also can drive an extraordinary number of leads toward you.


What are you waiting for? If you would like a demonstration of how scoop.it works with a social media site like LinkedIn, shoot me a note to set up a complimentary assessment of how you're using content marketing with your network.


Barry Deutsch

Social Media Coach to Vistage and TEC Speakers and Trusted Advisors

 

Are you reading our Blog on How to Attract and Engage with Potential Clients Through Social Media Blog?

http://www.barrydeutsch.net/vistage-speakers-trusted-advisors

 

If you're a Vistage/TEC Speaker - Consultant - Coach - Trusted Advisor, join our LInkedIn Discussion Group to learn how to find, attract, and engage more clients

 

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Vistage-TEC-Speaker-TA-Group-1875142/about

 

Not a Vistage or TEC Speaker or Trusted Advisor, then be sure to visit our public blog on how to drive sales through social media, AND/OR our open discussion group on LinkedIn, Sales Through Social Media

 

http://www.barrydeutsch.net/sales-through-social-media

 

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sales-Through-Social-Media-3854199/about

David Bennett's curator insight, January 1, 2013 1:26 AM

I learned from this article that there is a 'suggest' tool within Scoop.It where you can suggest your content to other users and a search tool to find the popular Scoop.it users who are good to suggest to.


 

Mitchell Levy's curator insight, January 26, 2013 9:13 AM

To be a successful thought leader today, it's important that you curate the appropriate content.

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Three anti-social skills to improve your writing - Nadia Kalman

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/three-anti-social-skills-to-improve-your-writing-nadia-kalman

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Educator Nadia Kalman suggests a few “anti-social skills,” like eavesdropping and muttering to yourself, that can help you write an effective dialogue for your next story.

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CDA 230 Success Cases: WordPress.com

CDA 230 Success Cases: WordPress.com | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

One of the largest hosts of third-party speech is the site WordPress.com. With over 38 million sites all over the world, the site has empowered users to speak their minds and comment on each other's creative content.

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CDA 230 limits the liability of a number of Internet services that host user-generated content. I answer a lot of support forum questions almost every day and I always have the links that follow handy. Tags: wordpress.com, abuse, complaints, DMCA, freedom of speech, harassment.

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The Power of Descriptive Writing

The Power of Descriptive Writing | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
Descriptive writing calls for acute attention to detail, as well as creativity and intense use of imagination. It is one way that a writer can practice adding detail to their writing without fear o...
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Unless you have a really vivid imagination, you'll find it difficult to write much about a subject you know little about. Tthe trick is to paint a word picture about something you know something about. Make the description as precise and detailed as possible while keeping the word count to a minimum.

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Check it out .... tips for descriptive writing...

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2012: WordCount's freelance writing year in pictures

2012: WordCount's freelance writing year in pictures | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
A pictorial look back at some major freelance writing themes covered on this blog over the past 12 months.
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From the page: Bloggers – including me -redesigned their sites to be mobile friendly, a nod to the fact that more people read the news on their phones. Besides keeping up with the times, simple design changes can boost followers and traffic.

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8 Sneaky Little Ways To Make Blog Post Shareable

8 Sneaky Little Ways To Make Blog Post Shareable | better blogging tips | Scoop.it

Do you want to make blog posts shareable? If you believe that blogging is a way of serving humanity for the greater good, then this post is for you. There are 8 simple ways to make your blog posts more shareable.

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Mary Duff's curator insight, January 10, 2013 8:35 AM

this is a cool article

Alan Keen's curator insight, February 20, 2013 4:29 AM

Some cool ideas here. You should find this very helpful. Tell me what you think. 

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21 Pinterest Tips to Build Your Brand Visibility

Social, visual, interactive – Pinterest had since developed itself into a social media phenomenon where people coming in everyday for gift ideas, sharing discoveries and inspirations. If you’re into visual branding but haven’t got on the ‘Pinterest’ bandwagon, perhaps it’s time to reconsider your approach.

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Are You Curating or Hijacking the Content You Share? | Business 2 Community

Are You Curating or Hijacking the Content You Share? | Business 2 Community | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
Social media networking is all about balance.

It’s a legitimate and effective blogging strategy to use someone else’s content as the jumping off point for your own article (as I’ve tried to do in my recent posts about content curation and Twitter).Read more at http://www.business2community.com/content-marketing/are-you-curating-or-hijacking-the-content-you-share-0336010#l4bKGA4IMIuCCtmj.99

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30 Words for Small Amounts

30 Words for Small Amounts | better blogging tips | Scoop.it
Words that refer to small amounts or objects are frequently associated with specific idioms or a certain connotation. Here are many of those words included in sample phrasings that suggest the sense in which they are often used.
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timethief's comment, November 26, 2012 10:08 AM
synonyms
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The Future of Search

Search is changing. This post discusses the future of how we'll find information online. In recent years, it's become fashionable to declare that we're facing the end of search as Google's algorithms mature and newcomers like Facebook challenge the status quo. Many observers claim that keyword-based SEO is no longer the defining aspect of search and that inherently social platforms like Facebook are the future of search online. While it's tempting to accept this simple assessment of the state of search and its future, the reality is a bit more complicated. In truth, the evolution of search is ongoing and we're really just starting to explore the potential of the industry.

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The Benefits of Recycling Your Content | Business 2 Community

Content is definitely king; however, at some point, you may find that it becomes difficult to continually come up with new content on such a frequent basis.
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