How To Triple Your Production With Each Tweet You Post
Social networking has quickly become the new “in” thing to do in cyberspace. Whether you’re using it to organize your social life or you’re trying to expand your reach as an author, social networking can help you reach those goals because it allows you to reach an audience you might not otherwise reach. Plus, if you’re using it to promote your business, the interpersonal nature of social networking sites gives you the chance to interact with a much more personal voice.
The trouble is that there’s no set conventional wisdom on the most efficient ways to use social networking. It takes time to understand the benefits and potential uses of each platform, so getting comfortable doesn’t always happen right way. That comfortable feeling comes eventually, but in the meantime, you need to manage the time and effort you spend on social networking for your business. You can do that by trying new things and regularly evaluating the strategies that work best for you.
Another way to manage your time is to connect your networking profiles together. Save yourself a significant amount of time by connecting your Twitter account to your Facebook and LinkedIn profiles with these steps.*
An RSS feed is one of the most versatile tools for presenting a regularly-updated content stream online.
In a recent post, we shared some powerful ways to use your auto-generated Expert Author RSS feeds (aka Really Simple Syndication) for your benefit.
The flexibility of RSS makes it perfect for sharing your articles on your own website. Plus, you can also input an RSS feed URL into an RSS reader to follow the published works of a single person or an entire niche.
One of the things we skimmed over in that post and want to revisit now is how easy it is to incorporate your Expert Author feed into other sites, like Facebook. We want to revisit it because it can help you reach an audience that you may have overlooked, and it’s pretty simple.
There are a few options when it comes to posting your Expert Author feed to your personal/business Facebook page. The first option, which we use for the EzineArticles Blog RSS feed on Facebook, involves adding an RSS application to your account to automatically post a status update when new articles or posts are added to the feed. Another option is to import the RSS feed through the “Notes” feature. We’ll cover both in this post.
Taking steps to nourish your existing article inventory.
Article writing and marketing is a powerful tool for generating interest and buzz in your business, but keep in mind that the minute you finish writing an article and submit it, there are extra steps you should be taking to ensure the success of that article.
Think about it like this: When you’re planting vegetable or flower seeds, do you dig a hole, drop in the seed, cover it up and forget about it? Not likely.
You cover the seeds with soil, then nourish and take care of them with water as they build their roots and spring from the ground. If you want to get the best possible results with flowers, you can’t just set them in the soil and forget them.
Submitting articles directly from the WordPress interface is simple for our 10,000+ members now using the WordPress plugin.
Earlier this week, we found out that the 10,000-download milestone for our WordPress plugin was within reach. That milestone was officially met late yesterday. We’re really excited for all the Expert Authors who have taken advantage of this feature. A big thanks goes out to the 10,000 members who made this possible. More authors than ever are using the WordPress plugin to easily repurpose new and existing blog posts right from their WordPress user interface.
If you’re a WordPress user and you want to expand the reach of your posts, here’s a refresher on how to download the WordPress plugin and make submitting to EzineArticles easier than ever.
Find the “Author Tools” dropdown menu and click the “WordPress Plugin” option
Read the details on this page and click on the “Get The EzineArticles WordPress Plugin” button
Then, follow the instructions on the next page to complete the installation. For additional help through the process, watch this video or contact our Member Support Team through your account. Once the plugin is installed, you’re ready to start submitting directly from the WordPress user interface.
Every month @EzineArticles provides well over 100 useful tidbits of information, fun facts and training – We’ve gathered 30 of the best ones from April right here. Retweet any (or all!) of them to enhance your article writing and marketing efforts.
Just CLICK on to auto-populate your Twitter status field.
EzineArticles Tips and Training Snippets:
Depending on your writing style, your tone can be light … but ‘LOL’ is not OK unless you are defining text slang.
Grammar Tip: Watch for homonyms, words that sound the same but have different meanings. Be right when you write.
Use ‘bold’ to emphasize headings, not keywords. Readers get distracted from the content if the wrong words stand out.
Add your Facebook Fan Page URL to your Expert Author Bio today!
Fact: Our Expert Authors are 4 times more likely to include a link to their Twitter page versus a link to their Facebook page.
This is interesting, especially considering Facebook has 4 times as many members as Twitter! Our guess is that many members see Facebook as a channel for personal interaction and not a good place to promote a business – so they use Twitter alone.
Facebook recently made it much easier for business owners and entrepreneurs to promote their business AND themselves separately through the use of Fan Pages. So we’ve upgrade your Extended Author Bio to now include a link to both your personal Facebook page and your Fan Page.
Adding Your Facebook Fan Page URL:
Optimize your Facebook Fan Page so it’s unique, inviting and attractive
Log in to your EzineArticles Member Account
Click on the “Social Media” drop-down menu and select “Facebook”
Copy and paste your Facebook Fan Page URL into the second text field (If you have a personal Facebook page, add it to the first field)
Our other Facebook-related upgrade allows members to “Like” your Expert Author Bio page. If a reader finds your bio interesting, they can click on the “Like” button. Now a link to your Expert Author Bio will appear on their Facebook page!
If you missed the original submission deadline, you’re in luck! We’ve decided to give all of you aspiring filmmakers a little more time.
In the last few days, we’ve received several requests from members to give them some additional time to complete their EzineArticles promotional videos. Since we’re not up against any real time constraints on our end, we’ve decided to move the deadline back 1 week to Sunday, March 21st.
Before you dive in, however, make sure you watch the explanatory video and read the PDF Checklist. They both provide important information that you’ll need to know if you want to earn your place in the video spotlight.
5 Key Points to Remember:
We need video of you participating in your hobby and/or business.
Tell us about why you’re using EzineArticles and how it impacts you or your business/organization.
We need to be able to hear you – so get that microphone close and cut the background noise.
Do not make this a hard sales pitch for your business or organization.
Give us some data, like how long you’ve been writing, how many articles you currently have live, etc.
If you’re unclear about what we’re asking for, go check out some of the videos that have already been accepted. There’s a list (with links) at the bottom of the February 26th Blog post. Or you can ask your question by posting a comment here.
Thanks to everyone who has already submitted a video! There are some REALLY good ones – why not invest a little time and make yours one of them?
Marc, Product Marketing Manager on March 17, 2010 at 9:48 am
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How to be sure the site you submit your articles to is worth your time, effort and content.
At EzineArticles, we’re not afraid of a little competition. As a matter of fact, we encourage it! We know the only way for you, and all of our members, to truly excel at article writing and marketing is for each of you to consider the competition carefully and use their services when it’s appropriate and beneficial for you.
Unfortunately, in the realm of article marketing services, there is a lot of … um, crap out there. Since it’s in our mutual best interest for you to be successful in your marketing efforts, we wanted to give you the knowledge you’ll need to separate the great online article services from the aforementioned crap.
In this video, I’ll take you through the 9 qualities and features you should look for in identifying a great article marketing system. When you’re done watching, you should be able to recognize a good sign and instantly spot a red flag. The 5 minutes you invest watching now could save you a lot of time, effort and heartache down the road.
Millions of monthly visitors are able to subscribe via email to receive automatic updates whenever you publish a new article!
One way of judging the popularity of an author is by the number of Article Email Alerts subscribers they have. Below are the top 31 Expert Authors based on their number of subscribers. Their subscribers have stated a clear desire to be automatically notified via email each time that author publishes a new article.
The Top 31 Leaders (listed by number of subscribers):
Displaying a list of your recently published articles on your website or blog is easy with the power of RSS!
RSS (also known as XML) stands for Real Simple Syndication and is a way for people interested in certain topics to quickly get new information, news and other good stuff without having to wade through tons of web pages. RSS Pages are not meant for the human eye, but rather for RSS Readers or Aggregators.
Every EzineArticles Expert Author has an RSS feed of their articles, which means if you’re a Member with at least one published article, you have an RSS feed that contains a title, link, description and published date of your articles.
To Access Your RSS Feed:
Go to your Expert Author Bio
Mouse over this icon
Click on this button
You’ll be taken to a web page depicting your RSS feed. Copy the URL for that page onto your clipboard.
Paste the URL into the appropriate field in your RSS module or plug-in application.
Most website and blog authoring softwares have RSS capabilities in the form of plug-ins (WordPress), modules (Squidoo) or macros (WebGUI CMS). There are also HTML templates and add-ons like CaRP available online. You’ll need to review the documentation or contact your webmaster for details about how to add RSS to your site.*