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“Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it.” – Erin Bury
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Five Crucial Elements of a Great Blog Post

Five Crucial Elements of a Great Blog Post | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

Content - Unless your blog post is structured in a way that is easy to read, it won't perform to its full potential. Consider using these elements when you structure your next post.


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An excellent review of what make a great blog post. Well worth reviewing!

(From the article): Considering that companies that blog receive 97% more links to their website than those that don't blog, you're definitely missing out when your business doesn't use a great blog post structure.
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Daniel Watson's curator insight, August 10, 4:04 AM

 

If your website has a blog, or you blog on a separate platform, there is little point in creating and publishing posts to your blog, unless you get it right. Given that businesses with successful blogs see a lot more traffic than websites without a blog or websites with poor blogs, it pays to learn what makes a great blog post. This article breaks a great blog post down into five crucial elements, that you can take on board, to greatly improve your blog posts.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, August 10, 8:10 AM
Useful post, presenting some good tips. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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14+ Tools for Bloggers : Social Media Examiner

14+ Tools for Bloggers : Social Media Examiner | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you a busy blogger? Discover more than 14 tools to help bloggers quickly, efficiently perform common tasks.
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Great list of ideas and tools. What would you add to the list?

(From the article): Whether you’re a small business starting out on your marketing journey or a seasoned pro looking for a few useful hacks, each of these tools will help streamline and improve your social media marketing.
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10 content marketing mistakes to avoid

10 content marketing mistakes to avoid | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

Blog posts take hours to write, great images need to be found or created, and those social networks need to be managed and nurtured. It is often not done or persisted with because there is no apparent quick reward.

 

One way of thinking about great content marketing is that you are building an audience before you need them. Content builds credibility, trust, and followers over time. This earns you the right to then sell them something down the track.

 

Here are some content marketing mistakes that many amateurs new to the game are making....


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(From the article): A recent study by Fractl and Buzzfeed over 6 months and 220,000 articles, looked at 5 different types of content and guess which of the five types worked best? Listicles.

 

Buzzfeed is the master of them. Here is an example titled “27 Completely Innocent Images That Will Bother You For Some Reason”

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 23, 2015 8:57 AM

Don't make these mistakes in your content marketing writes Jeff Bullas.

SageRave of Get Custom Content's curator insight, June 23, 2015 6:38 PM

Don't worry. If you have made these mistakes, you will recover!

Mike Allen's curator insight, August 9, 2015 6:44 AM

(From the article): A recent study by Fractl and Buzzfeed over 6 months and 220,000 articles, looked at 5 different types of content and guess which of the five types worked best? Listicles.

 

Buzzfeed is the master of them. Here is an example titled “27 Completely Innocent Images That Will Bother You For Some Reason”

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15 Resources to Create Images for Social Media

15 Resources to Create Images for Social Media | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Do you post images on social media? Would you like to create attractive images to share? When creating images for social media, quality makes a difference.In this article we'll share tools and resources to create professional and engaging social media images that you can use on multi
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When creating images for social media, quality makes a difference.

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic) | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 2014 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.

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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why your writing lacks the impact of your writing heroes? Find out the simple secret they don't want you to know.

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(From the article): Fortunately, editing isn’t rocket science. If you have someone to show you how.

 

So let’s break down the rules that’ll help you transform your unremarkable draft into a perfectly polished post.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 2, 2014 9:07 PM

 

If you want to be a full-time author or blogger, always strive to perfect your craft. There's always room for improvement.

 

This article is full of those numbered lists we love so much. Read, pick a number, implement, and give your writing an instant facelift!

 

Forget the fillers! Dump wimpy words! Trim the flab! are a few.

 

What's your favorite?

 

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://boostblogtraffic.com/editing-tips/

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 16, 2014 6:02 PM

Very useful secrets !

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How We Used Story To Get 300% More People To Read Our Content

How We Used Story To Get 300% More People To Read Our Content | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
When marketers say that stories engage your readers, it’s not fluff - it’s psychology, and it’s incredibly powerful. Here's how to harness it.

Via Karen Dietz, Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 2, 2014 11:52 AM

Need proof storytelling works? Then here it is! The headline says it all. The article shares what happened and how the company Groove used storytelling to get phenomenal results.


And the advice shared here is right on. Follow the steps here and get your game on with stories.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, June 2, 2014 4:30 PM

Great article, thanks for sharing @Karen Dietz. The power of a story has made companies like Disney millions. Who doesn't like a good story?

Chuck Bartok's curator insight, June 3, 2014 10:09 AM

Are your "stories" engaging your blog and posting readers?

Should we spend more time honing our Story Telling skills?

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Blogging Tips That Every Blogger Should Know | Technology - Arqtech

Blogging Tips That Every Blogger Should Know | Technology - Arqtech | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

Be sure you know what others in your blogging area are up to, so that you can try to stay ahead of them. Because they are your competitors, knowing what they are doing is helpful to you. Keep it in your mind that they’re probably going through your blog to do the same thing.

 

Two important parts of blogging are great content and marketing


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10 Steps To Curate Your Social Media Content With Scoop.it for Increased Value

10 Steps To Curate Your Social Media Content With Scoop.it for Increased Value | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

If you want learn more about social media curation and/or start your own scoop.it you should read this excellent and detailed blog post from Shirley Williams. [note mg]

 

Are you asking the following questions: “What is social media curation?” and “How does it add value?” Are you like many business owners trying to get your head around curation and the associated benefits? Well I have come to realize, you are not alone!

 

In an earlier post I defined curation. In this post I would like us to revisit that definition and share how value can be gained by demonstrating how to use Scoop.it.

 

Reminder of What’s Social Media Curation?

 

With the exponential growth of social networks and blogs, the amount of information on the internet can be overwhelming and time consuming. Consequently, the role of the social media curator has become increasingly more attractive. Social media curation is when you filter, select, review and reposition quality content on the web for a specific audience and/or topic...

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IRXDad


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angel Graham's comment, May 8, 2012 6:45 PM
These are all very good things. I do some already. Some I need to implement. Thank you.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 9, 2012 5:17 AM
You're welcome Angel. I'm glad if you learned something new to improve your know-how!
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The Digital Writer's Guide to Social Media

The Digital Writer's Guide to Social Media | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
The Digital Writer, Sean Platt, walks you step-by-step through the social media process.

 

Social media is a digital writer’s best friend.


Sure, it’s all the rage for anyone making their living online, but you have something most entrepreneurs don’t.


You’re a natural communicator. This means the rules of social media – engagement, clear communication, and a fluent understanding of human behavior are all a part of your pre-existing skill set.


Once you get going, social media should be second nature to you.


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8 Simple Fixes for Lonely Blog Syndrome 

8 Simple Fixes for Lonely Blog Syndrome  | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
You’ve got a great blog for your business. You figured out where and how to host it, came up with a design, and are actually writing and publishing content that is really interesting for your community. Or at least you THINK it would be be really interesting and useful for your community, but you’re not... [Read More]
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(From the article): Improving your rankings in search results can make a world of difference in traffic to your blog, but that doesn’t mean you should go overboard or engage in useless tactics like spamming other blogs with your link. Here’s what I recommend: think about your keywords and use them naturally in your blog posts. The keywords that drive a lot of traffic to my blog are phrases like “how to make a profile in LinkedIn” or “social media” and those are the phrases we naturally use in the blog posts that discuss those very topics. You should always prioritize quality content over keywords. For more on SEO for your blog, check out Moz (formally SEOmoz)’s extremely thorough yet simple guide to mastering SEO.
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12 Smartest Ways You Can Promote Your New Blog

12 Smartest Ways You Can Promote Your New Blog | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
There are 12 free or almost free tips you can used for promoting and marketing your blog:
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(From the article): The number of new blogs that are created every day by companies and individuals is staggering. Up until now getting a blog designed, optimized and launched are just the first steps that every new blogger must experience. The world will not know you have a great blog to read, subscribe or link to until you take an vital next step: promotion.
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10 Types of Visual Social Media Posts That Get Shared Like Crazy

10 Types of Visual Social Media Posts That Get Shared Like Crazy | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Do you want double your social engagement and get your content shared like crazy? Here are 10 visual social media posts that tend to get shared a lot!

Via Kelly Lieberman
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Visual, Visual, Visual....

 

(From the article): Adding visual content to your social media strategy is a no-brainer, but using visual content that reaches your fans emotions and catches their eye is the smart marketer’s approach.

 

Whether you’re creating original content, sourcing photographs or shooting your own always consider how it will impact your audience.

How do you stand out from your competitors? Do certain types of visual posts work better for you than others? 



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Tom George's curator insight, May 12, 2015 11:08 AM

We just recently had a visual work related post do well on LinkedIn, so there is certainly some truth here. And Jeff Bullas always provides an excellent post.

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Why Your 2015 Goals Should Be To Blog Daily & Be Social

Why Your 2015 Goals Should Be To Blog Daily & Be Social | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Last year Jason and I proposed to blog daily for 2014. We made it our goal. We didn't quite hit 365 blogs posts, but we did post over 200 which I'm very proud about. But beyond being proud the results we're getting because of it is what really counts. Our business has grown (thank you for being a part of it) and we've seen our traffic soar in the past year. A huge part of this growth is due to the fact that we've been blogging very regularly and been social every day. In 2015 we'll do the same and try to blog even more.
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What social media goals are you setting for 2015?

 

(From the article):  Social media helps your blog get found and helps you drive even more traffic than the blog could do on it's own. Of course for it to truly work you need to have a blog. Without a blog you will be sharing other people's content, which of course is good, but you won't be driving the traffic to your site, you'll be driving it to someone else's.


Social media also helps you build relationships. The stronger those online relationships are, the more likely that person will click on the links you share and even share your blog posts themselves. See how that works. :)

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic) | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

Via Lauren Moss, Jack Varnell
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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 2014 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.

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Social Media Storytelling: 5 Stories Your Business Should Tell, esp. on Facebook

Social Media Storytelling: 5 Stories Your Business Should Tell, esp. on Facebook | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you leveraging storytelling in your marketing on Facebook? It's one of the best ways to connect with fans! Here are 5 stories you should be telling.

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(From the article): Your fans love to hear about your vision for the future. When told correctly, these stories help convince fans that your company is worthy of their support. 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 11, 2014 6:47 PM

Here is what I really like about this article -- the concrete examples of the 5 kinds of stories you can tell using Facebook as a platform. Yeah!


Getting your story out on social media can be challenging at times. This post is clearly written and should give you plenty of ideas about ways to tell your story on Facebook and other social media channels. 


But what is most important about telling your stories via social media? Having fun doing so. 


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Tom Tabaczynski's curator insight, June 12, 2014 10:30 PM

Story telling is so important for social marketing these days.

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22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue [Infographic]

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue [Infographic] | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Best possible ways to create and curate content for blogs and websites for bloggers and webmasters by creating best killer content articles and posts...

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About to Publish A Post? STOP! Read This

About to Publish A Post? STOP! Read This | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

It used to be that it was just us writer people that were responsible for publishing blog posts. But, my, how times have changed. As business owners, marketers, and social media mavens, we’re all responsible for publishing content on a regular basis. We publish posts to our own blogs to build our authority and search engine happiness, and we publish guest posts on other blogs to increase your readership and gain new eyes. With all the time we now devote to writing great content, we want to make sure we’re getting the most out of it that we can. And that means taking the time to optimize your content before you ever hit the publish button. Because search engine optimization always works better when it’s a priority, not an afterthought.

 

Before you hit publish on that post, make sure you’re hitting seven important points. They may just make all the difference.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/KMIeVT


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7 Blogging Mistakes That Small Businesses Make

7 Blogging Mistakes That Small Businesses Make | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

Many small businesses have turned to blogging as a way to engage and further connect with customers. But making mistakes in your blog can kill your business. Here are some of the biggest to avoid.

 

Blogging for your business is important, but doing it wrong can cost you customers and your reputation. As more and more small businesses enter the world of content development, the scrutiny continues to increase. Consumers can be retained or lost simply from your blogging efforts, so its imperative this public-facing activity is done correctly.

 

In this guide, we'll explore why small businesses should have a blog, a company that is doing it right, the biggest mistakes made by small businesses, and how to avoid those potential pitfalls.

 

7 Blogging Mistakes that Small Businesses Make: Why Start a Blog?

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IX3t9i


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