-+*We’re so grateful for our dedicated readers, as well as to those of you who drop by once in a while — nearly a half million of you visited BloggingBistro.com during 2013!
While our primary goal is to serve our clients through (1) coaching on brand identity and social media strategy, (2) writing content, and (3) creating custom websites, we love to blog. We look forward to another year of learning with you during 2014.
But first, here’s a look back at our most popular articles from 2013.
-+*When authors ask me to help them with their online marketing, they usually open with:
“My agent told me I need a Facebook ‘fan’ page, so I had my son create one for me. But I haven’t posted anything to it. I don’t even know how to use it. Help!”
Most writers struggle to balance the demands of writing and marketing our writing. Unsure about how to woo readers, we use the ‘spray and pray’ marketing method: we create a blog and multiple social media accounts, spray out random updates and pray someone pays attention.
-+*Ever wish you had your Pinterest boards handy, when trying to explain your design style to someone?
Now you can.
Clipzine.me is a new platform for gathering images from your Pinterest boards or around the web, and putting them together on a page. You can then save that page as a pdf or jpeg to use later – perhaps in a real estate brochure, as ad copy for your wedding photography or maybe for a cookbook pitch.
There is also an embed function that allows you to post your creation, called a “zine,” right to your own blog or website.*
This tutorial explains the simple process of creating a zine and provides several creative examples of how to use zines.
-+*If you love reading top-notch articles to help you become a better blogger and content writer, you’ll want to sign up for a free membership to my.copyblogger.com.
I’ve followed copyblogger for years they consistently produce superb materials – articles, ebooks, seminars, webinars – on topics including content marketing, copywriting, email marketing, metrics and analytics, productivity, and SEO.
To sign up, go to http://my.copyblogger.com/free-membership. Provide your name, email, and a password, which you will use thereafter to log into their system. The basic membership (which gets you tons of goodies) is free.
-+*Lots of cool improvements going on at YouTube! Here’s a rundown of what you’ll learn about in today’s post.
YouTube’s new interactive Trends Map helps you explore which videos are trending in cities and regions throughout the US.
Video Uploading: YouTube will now email you when a video you’re uploading is finished uploading and processing. You can forward that email to friends or family to share your video link.
Privacy Settings Change: Now, when you upload a video, it will default to “private” – so it’s visible only to you – until you click “Publish.”
Top 10 words tabloids love to use. I’ve included a brainstorming activity for you to try that will help you fine-tune the core message you use on your website, blog, YouTube, and other social channels.
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