Social Media

In the age of social media, promoting your photos and images is much easier. Being active on Facebook and Twitter can help. But there are plenty of other social networks you need to be involved in. Here are 5 social networks you can take advantage of to promote your photo sites:

Pinterest: a fast rising social network to promote photos, infographics, and other types of visual content with. It is a social e-board which can drive a considerable amount of traffic to your site.

Google+: not a site just for photo sharing, this amazing social network can help you improve your site’s ranking and drive more traffic to it.

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Unlike some so-called gurus have claimed, Google+ is not a ghost town. It is a growing community with millions of members. As a business, you can’t afford not to be involved on the site. Google has already integrated Google+ in many of its services. That will only continue in the upcoming months and years.

Most bloggers use WordPress to run their websites. The good part about that is you won’t have to struggle to find plugins that could add necessary capabilities to your site. These 5 Google+ plugins for WordPress help you better take advantage of this community:

Floating Social Media Icon: an awesome plugin that makes adding social sharing buttons to your website a piece of cake. It has multiple styles and is highly customizable. [click to continue…]

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Pinterest is a fast rising social network. It is already driving a ton of traffic to websites that are taking advantage of it. Not every website is Pinterest-friendly though. In order to have success on this site, you need to have superb content with great visuals. It’s a visual community after all. Here are 6 ways you can go about optimizing your existing posts for Pinterest:

  • Add more visual content: we are talking about photos, videos, charts, and things people would want to share. If your website only has text-only articles, you are going to have a difficult time gaining traction on Pinterest.
  • Change your content strategy to target Pinterest: in a perfect world, Pinterest users will love every single post on your website. But we don’t live in such a world. You can always change your content strategy to include Pinterest-friendly material on a daily or weekly basis. Once you get new visitors to your door, the real challenge of keeping them with you begins. [click to continue…]

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Pinterest is a fast rising social network. It can be a huge traffic driver for your website as long as you take time to formulate a proper strategy for it. Integrating Pinterest into your website could help your cause too. If you happen to use WordPress to run your website, these 3 Pinterest WordPress plugins can make integrating this social network into your website easier:

Pinterest RSS Widget: lets you add your pins from Pinterest to your website. It sits in your sidebar and fetches your latest pinned content from your account.

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Many of us spend hours on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ on a daily basis. These sites have easy to navigate user interfaces. But you could get a more convenient experience on them by using the shortcut keys available for them. These 3 guides show you how you can use keyboard shortcuts to get things done on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+:

Google+ Shortcut Keys: covers the basic shortcut keys available for Google+. You can use this to navigate through Google+ posts and do all kinds of other neat things faster. [click to continue…]

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Most businesses are now serious about using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to generate leads and traffic for their websites. But those are not the only sites you should concern yourself with. Pinterest is an exciting community that is growing fast and can provide your business with that extra push it would need to get to the next level.

Not everyone has had a chance to use Pinterest for business already. Here are 5 steps you should take to position your business for success on Pinterest:

Build a complete profile: Pinterest is not an open community at the time of this writing. You should take time to get in line so you can create a Pinterest account as soon as possible. Once you have joined the community, you should put some effort into building a complete profile. That includes adding your website and Twitter/Facebook information to your account.

Manage your interests: Pinterest is all about saving interesting content to your account. You should take time to manage your boards and interests in an organized fashion.

Add Pinterest to your website: that includes adding your profile link and a Pin It button to your website. If you have a ton of engaging images on your website, adding a Pin It button could encourage your visitors to share your content on Pinterst. The traffic could be significant if you play your cards right.

Connect with others: just like Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest is a social network. That means you should try to connect with others and participate in the community. Liking and sharing other people’s work is a must. You can also comment on the posts that interest you.

Optimize images for Pinterest community: this is the most important part. If you want to get pins and more traffic from Pinterest, you must have images that are optimized for this community. So paying attention to what is working others is very important.

Pinterest has a lot of potential. It can serve as yet another source of traffic for your business. You certainly can’t afford to ignore it if you want to gain an edge over your competitors.

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Just like any other top social network, Google+ has the potential to bring a lot of leads and business your way if used the right way. You not only have to come up with a decent strategy, you should also analyze your results and keep track of your stats. These 3 Google+ stat tools can more than help:

Social Statistics: a nice tool to use to find out more about the top players on Google+ (people and companies). It shows you the top movers in this community as well as your own stats. [click to continue…]

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Building an impressive following online on Twitter and Facebook takes time and effort. Businesses need to have clear content and social media strategies to get the most out of their marketing efforts. Business owners may not have the time or resources to be active on Twitter and Facebook all day. There are tools they can use to automate some of their work. Here are 5 tools you can use to schedule tweets ahead of time:

HootSuite: one of the best social media clients you can buy. You can not only use it to manage your tweets but also your Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social profiles.

Buffer: one of the most exciting social media management tools around. It lets you add the interesting stories you find to your buffer and have them shared on Twitter and Facebook throughout your days. [click to continue…]

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Many businesses use WordPress to run their websites. WordPress is a very powerful platform to use for your website. It is free too, which always helps. If you are planning to allow people to register for accounts on your site, you need to make the process easier for them. One way to do that is by letting them register and sign in to their accounts on your site using their Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ credentials.

You do not have to spend a lot of time going through the APIs for the above sites to integrate them into your site. These 3 WordPress plugins handle the job very well:

WP Google Plus Connect: connects your website directly to Google+. It also lets your visitors sign up and log on to your website quickly.

Facebook Connect: lets you bring your Facebook community to your website. It automatically publishes your new posts to Facebook. It also enables commenting using Facebook credentials. This plugin supports Facebook’s social plugin. Your visitors can use this to log on to your website using their Facebook account.

Simple Twitter Connect: this plugin adds Twitter login functionality to your site. Your visitors also get to comment on your website using their Twitter account. @anywhere and many other Twitter platform’s features are supported in this script.

Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ can drive a ton of traffic to your website. The above plugins help you build a more solid community with the help of those networks.

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Google+ is still growing as a social network. Google continues offering new features on this network to grow the community. Google+ is not perfect though. It is still very young and has a long way to go before reaching its potential. These 5 Google+ chrome extensions do let you get more out of Google+:

Plus Minus: a handy tool that lets you choose which circles show up in your stream. [click to continue…]

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