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Looking for proven ways to improve your social media marketing?

Wondering what resources you should read to boost your social efforts?

We’ve compiled a list of our top ten articles from the recent past, each focused on a different social network.

You’ll discover proven techniques to get your marketing on the fast-track to success.

Why a Top 10 List?

Nearly five years ago Social Media Examiner® launched to help business owners learn how to best use social media, blogs and podcasts to connect with customers, drive traffic, generate awareness and increase sales.

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Explore the top 10 ways to improve your social media marketing from Social Media Examiner.

To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular posts.

And if you’re curious, we published our very first article, Top 10 Easy Steps to Starting a Business Blog by Denise Wakeman, on October 12, 2009.

Here’s our list:

#1: Boost Posts or Promoted Posts on Facebook: Which is Better?: Find out the differences between the boost posts and promoted posts, and how to choose which is right for your marketing efforts.

popular social media examiner facebook article

Published on May 5, 2014.

Written by Andrea Vahl.

#2: 8 Types of Twitter Cards Businesses Are Using: Do you know what a Twitter card is? This article shares eight types of Twitter cards, how to install them and their analytics options.

popular social media examiner twitter article

Published on June 4, 2014.

 Written by Kristi Hines.

#3: How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile: Do you want to make the most of your LinkedIn profile? This article reveals special features that enable you to make the most of your LinkedIn network.

popular social media examiner linkedin article

Published on June 11, 2014.

Written by Brenda Bernstein.

#4: 6 Simple Photo Tools for Creating Social Media Visuals: Create graphics, collages, add text, edit pictures and make cover images for your blog or social media profiles without using Photoshop.

popular social media examiner visual tools article

Published on January 22, 2014.

Written by Jill Celeste.

#5: 26 Tips for Using Instagram for Business: Instagram for business: discover useful tips from the pros on how to use Instagram to enhance your customers’ experience and make your brand visible.

popular social media examiner instagram article

Published on September 10, 2013.

Written by Debbie Hemley.

#6: 6 Ways to Grow YouTube Subscribers and Your Exposure: YouTube Marketing Strategy: How to get subscribers with strategically placed annotations, call-to-actions, your blog and Featured Channels.

popular social media examiner youtube article

Published on May 15, 2012.

Written by James Wedmore.

#7: How to Use Google Analytics: Getting Started: Do you need a deeper understanding of Google Analytics? This article shows the basics of navigating Google Analytics and what you need to set up now.

popular social media examiner google analytics article

Published on June 24, 2014.

Written by Kristi Hines.

#8: 5 Ways to Get Your Pins Noticed on Pinterest: Use these Pinterest tips to create a great strategy for your pins to be seen not only by users who follow you, but also by new users.

popular social media examiner pinterest article

Published on November 19, 2013.

Written by Vincent Ng.

#9: 3 Steps to Create Podcasts with Google Hangouts On Air: Want to double the size of your podcast audience? Here’s how to create podcasts with Google Hangouts On Air and gain a live audience for your podcast.

popular social media examiner podcast article

Published on July 17, 2014.

Written by Ryan Hanley.

#10: 11 Ways to Get More Followers for Your Google+ Business Page: Do you want to grow your Google+ business page? This article shows 11 ways to get more followers for your Google+ Page.

popular social media examiner google+ article

Published on July 31, 2014.

Written by Martin Shervington.

Thank You!

What we really want to say is thank you. Thank you, the writers, for sharing your knowledge, experience and expertise here. And thank you, to all of our readers, for spending time with us, for allowing us into your inbox and for sharing us with your friends, peers and colleagues.

We’ve enjoyed growing with you and look forward to another year.

What do you think? How many of these articles have you read? If your favorite Social Media Examiner article isn’t listed, tell us about it in the comments.

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  • Vincent Ng – MCNG Marketing

    Thank you Cindy, and to the wonderful team at Social Media Examiner. This was such an honor that I ended up choking slightly on my breakfast, when I saw that my article was featured. Thank you!!!

  • deb1221

    What a wonderful tradition! And a great list of articles from SME writers (who I’m happy to be associated with!)

    Day in and day out SME provides high quality content and fulfills the needs of social media readers around the world. Wishing SME continued success!

  • kpfled

    Great collection. Really appreciate all of the expertise and great content published by SME. I learn something new every day!

  • Excellent stuff! Going to use some these today. 🙂

  • Excellent stuff! Going to use some these today. 🙂

  • mohamed ali labiad

    so the debate on this page is very important because creat a good interaction between the people from all over the world ,that also one of specificaly that social media had maintainted for the connecting partisants, let me appreciate all the people are working in this field and try always to bring better to the public to benefit themselves.

  • You’re welcome, Vincent! Your article is one of our popular articles on Pinterest!

  • Thank you, Debbie!

  • Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  • Bill Milem


    I have one way you could improve your social media marketing skills, get your sales pitch across to you audience in the first screen shot. Whether making a sales pitch on social media or billboard you have 5 seconds to make that pitch. Your post failed this critical test.
    I think you are probability the smartest person in the room but I don’t have the time to find out.

  • Thank you so much, Cindy, for including my article in this Top 10 list. I am so honored and thrilled! The other articles are so fabulous, and I am humbled! =) ~ Jill

  • Speaks volumes that the first 2 social media tips are about advertising on social media networks, Facebook and Twitter. Ah, the old days are long gone… I haven’t tried Twitter cards and want to confirm with you those are only available for PAY, correct?

  • Hey Bill – Thanks for your comment. Not sure what you are referring to here with a sales pitch and this post. Would you care to elaborate?

  • You’re welcome, Jill! Thank you for contributing!

  • HI Karen! There are two different types of Twitter cards. The ones that affect how tweets from your website look (#1 – 6 in the post referenced above) are free to use – you just need to add code on your website.

    The last two are found in the advertising section of Twitter, so you can only access them if you have a Twitter ads account. You can set up a Twitter ads account for free – most established Twitter accounts can create them.

    As for the cards (website and lead generation), you can create them for free and tweet out the links to them for free, but most people choose to use Twitter advertising to boost the exposure to those cards. I hope that helps! 🙂

  • Always great articles – but there are TWO popups on this page!

  • treb072410

    Great post Cindy, useful information being shared here..

  • Morgan Lyn

    So much good stuff in this article. I learn something new from SME everyday! Thanks!

  • Hi Cindy, I love these style of articles containing a summary of other popular articles. It’s like having a mini-e-book on one single post. Thank you for putting this info together for us, I’m aware it’s a task that takes some time…

  • I understand some people are still reluctant of paying on Social Media; I was one of them. But when first time I tried the Lead Generation card and I saw their results – compared with other lead generation processes I had used – I thought the money spent was really worth it. They are really powerful and at a lower cost than other platforms.

  • #1 Says to click on “Page Post Engagement” that isn’t on the list I have.

  • Kristi, I hadn’t realized that any Twitter cards were free. Thanks for your helpful reply!

  • Thank you, Cindy. Excellent tips in deed.

  • Sabrina Kizzie

    This is a great list with excellent resources for improving Social Media Marketing efforts. Thanks for sharing!
    -Sabrina Kizzie, Author & Social Media Lecturer
    Twitter & Instagram: @Sabrinaonmove

  • It’s all in one post. It is really of big help. With these high quality content, it will really fulfill the needs of social media readers out there. Thanks for publishing. It will help lot to improve social media marketing management and achieve success in business.