Do you have a blog?

Want to improve the content development, publishing and promotion processes?

To discover how to streamline your blogging with the best tools, I interview Ian Cleary.

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The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

In this episode I interview Ian Cleary, the social tools guy. His blog, RazorSocial.com has placed in our Top 10 Social Media Blogs 3 years in a row. He’s also the founder of the Digital Influencer Club.

Ian will explore marketing tools for bloggers.

You’ll discover tools for your editorial calendar, search engine optimization, social media, email marketing and more.

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Listen as Ian Cleary shares tools and apps marketers need to manage their blogs.

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social media how toIs your blog generating leads for your business?

Are you looking for ideas?

Offering a suitable and relevant reward in return for people’s contact information is a great way to generate business leads.

In this article you’ll discover eight ways to generate leads with your blog.

Why Lead Generators?

A lead generator (or lead magnet) is something you offer to your blog visitors in the hope that they’ll exchange their contact information (email, address, zip code, etc.) in return for access to whatever it is you’re providing.

Once you have that contact information, you can use it to target those people with ads on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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social media how toAre you struggling to publish regularly to your blog?

Have you thought about bringing in other writers?

With a team of bloggers, you can share the workload and keep your blog updated with fresh content.

In this article you’ll discover how to set up and support a blogging team for your business.

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Discover how to build a blogging team.

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Do you have a blog?

Want to use your blog to inspire change?

This episode explores how a blogger followed her passion and grew a mega following in a few short years.

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The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

Join me as I interview Vani Hari, who is known online as the Food Babe. Her popular blog, FoodBabe.com, focuses on healthy eating. She’s built a large platform through articles and videos that investigate unhealthy ingredients in food. Her new book is called The Food Babe Way.

In this episode Vani will share how she got started with her blog and built her following.

You’ll discover how to apply Vani’s lessons and journey to your own business blog.

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Listen as Vani Hari shares how a blog launched a movement.

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Are you looking for some good social media blogs to read? Look no further!

Our fifth-annual social media blog contest generated over 600 nominations.

Our panel of social media experts carefully reviewed the nominees and finalists. Each of the social media blogs were analyzed based on a number of factors, including content quality, post frequency and reader involvement.

With that in mind, here are 10 social media blogs to put at the top of your reading list.

#1: Jon Loomer

Jon Loomer consistently delivers long-form articles, videos and detailed educational content that share an impressive depth of Facebook marketing knowledge.

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Jon Loomer’s blog is enthusiastic, helpful, detailed and well-illustrated.

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social media how toDoes your business have a blog?

Would you like your blog to bring in more leads for your business?

You already know you need to create awesome blog content, but there’s more to business blogging than just that.

You also need to include a few tactics to help you bring in the leads you want.

Here are some useful tactics to entice and capture leads used by top marketing business blogs!

#1: Place Opt-In Forms Around Your Blog Content

There are several areas on your blog that you can use to introduce visitors to calls to action such as free trials, free consultations or a simple mailing list opt-in form. These areas include your header, sidebar, the end of blog posts, your About page and your footer.

Unbounce, a landing page software creator, encourages people to try their software or sign up for their mailing list in their sidebar and post footers.

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Unbounce has lead generating calls to action in their sidebar.

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social media how toDo you have a business blog?

Are you happy with the marketing role your blog plays?

Many businesses consider blogs “a cost of doing business,” or code for “We’re not sure what it does but we’re afraid to stop doing it.”

In this article I will explore why and how to make your blog the hub of your content marketing plan?

Why make your blog your content marketing hub?

To put a slightly different spin on what Chris Brogan says, blogs are your home base; they are at the center of your content marketing system.

Whether you’re a small business or a Fortune 100 company, blogs should be at the heart of your content marketing because blogs fuel social media, search optimization and the sales process.

The top five reasons to use a blog as your content hub are:

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Are you looking for some good blogs to read? Look no further!

Our fifth-annual social media blog contest generated over 750 nominations.

Our panel of social media experts carefully reviewed the nominees and finalists, analyzing the quality of their content, the frequency of posts and reader involvement (among other things).

With that in mind, here are 10 blogs that need to be at the top of your reading list.

#1: Social Fresh

Social Fresh, the brainchild of Jason Keath, provides quality social media content from a community of bloggers.

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Social Fresh is an excellent blog with an engaging editorial calendar.

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social media how toDo you want to be a more successful blogger?

Are you keeping up with the newest developments in blogging?

Whether you are new to blogging or you have been blogging for years, you will find insight in this article.

It covers 26 blogging essentials, in an A–Z tour of the blogosphere.

Each one has a full explanation, along with a link to further reading in case you want to know more.

Note: For simplicity’s sake, I assume you’re using WordPress as your blogging platform. Many of these essentials, though, apply to other blogging platforms as well.

#1: Akismet: Anti-Spam Plugin

One problem that every blog faces is spam. Shady Internet marketers will attempt to promote their products through spam comments and trackbacks, which create a poor impression for your readers. (Imagine seeing a building covered in graffiti and scrappy posters: it wouldn’t give you much confidence in the company that owns the building.)

Some hapless bloggers spend hours every month deleting a never-ending stream of spam. But Akismet, a powerful anti-spam plugin, will do all the hard work for you. By stopping spam comments and trackbacks, Akismet ensures that your blog comments section always looks attractive and welcoming to readers. As they explain:

Akismet monitors millions of blogs and forums, watching the methods and tricks used by spammers in real time. We know all about their spambots, comment factories, buffer sites and social engineering tricks.

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