A Gift for the New Year

 Mastering Twitter In 10 Minutes or Less ~ Who wouldn’t want to master Twitter in less than 10 minutes a day?

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Here’s a bonus tip for you first though: You’ve probably heard me harping on the benefits of targeting you Twitter posts. The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark a keyword or topic in a Tweet. To reach the Tweeps most interested in your Tweet you want to drill down to the most effective hashtags/keywords just like you do when you list your You Tube videos or books on Amazon. It might help to think of #hashtags like you would SEO keywords.

Hashtags.org not only shows how much use a certain hashtag receives but gives you some analytical information for that keyword also.

TweetChat.com also shows you how often a hashtag is being used. This helps you choose the most effective words to apply the # symbol to and reach the most people searching for that particular word.

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No I didn’t forget your gift.

Here’s the link to you FREE ebook

Mastering Twitter In 10 Minutes or Less

Have a fantastic New Year!

A Gift for the New Year

 Mastering Twitter In 10 Minutes or Less ~ Who wouldn’t want to master Twitter in less than 10 minutes a day?

*****

Here’s a bonus tip for you first though: You’ve probably heard me harping on the benefits of targeting you Twitter posts. The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark a keyword or topic in a Tweet. To reach the Tweeps most interested in your Tweet you want to drill down to the most effective hashtags/keywords just like you do when you list your You Tube videos or books on Amazon. It might help to think of #hashtags like you would SEO keywords.

Hashtags.org not only shows how much use a certain hashtag receives but gives you some analytical information for that keyword also.

TweetChat.com also shows you how often a hashtag is being used. This helps you choose the most effective words to apply the # symbol to and reach the most people searching for that particular word.

*****

No I didn’t forget your gift.

Here’s the link to you FREE ebook

Mastering Twitter In 10 Minutes or Less

Have a fantastic New Year!

Update: How Can You Improve Your Blog or Website?

Not long ago I shared the URL for BlogGrader with you; a great free tool to help you focus on how to improve your site so that you could increase traffic.

Well, BlogGrader has now changed it’s scope and name [still a FREE tool though] so that while it checks out your site it also checks out how influential your Tweets and FaceBook posts are.

This tool wouldn’t be a lot of use to anyone without letting you know how you might improve things and that is exactly what Marketing Grader from Hub Spot does.

Check out Marketing Grader today and see how it can help you increase your influence, branding and traffic!

Interaction Is The Name of The Game

Looking for another way to draw more visitors to your site or Facebook page?

So racoons aren’t who you’re looking for but increasing traffic and visibility are what you want and here are two tools to help you get there.

Asking questions is a great way to create interaction and interaction and involvement draws people to your site. Remember though long answers to your questions aren’t going to keep people around…if nothing else people on the web are click happy and always in a hurry to move on to the next activity. You’ll want to construct you questions so they can be answered in as few words as possible; only one word if you can.

Consider a poll or survey. WordPress makes this easy for their users with their polling plug-in supplied by Poll Daddy. Another free option is Survey Monkey. This is also easily applied to Facebook!

 

 

‘Free’ Is A Strong Promotional Tool

While promotion isn’t necessarily sales or marketing it is definitely vital to branding and publicity and this is where giveaways and contests come in.

Rafflecopter  helps you run these opt-in marvels from your blog. You handle the publicity and promotion of the giveaway or contest and Rafflecopter supplies the widget that provides the start and end dates, ways to enter, rules, etc. based on the information you decided on.

A great tool for authors and book bloggers!

(Caution WordPress users. This widget uses Javascript) 😦

Holiday Pricing And A Giveaway Too?!

 Lynnette & Emily have already done the research and experimenting so you can successfully sell your book. And now you can enter to win a free copy!

UPDATED! EXPANDED!
26-page Report

Do you want to earn money as a writer? If you are considering writing as a money-making proposition you will want a peek at what lies beyond publishing your writing into an eBook. Be Smart about it.

Lynnette Phillips, extraordinary book marketer, radio personality, and author joins IndieAuthor, and self-publishing enthusiast, Emily Hill, in this amazing and expansive look into Smart Promoting – the kind of promoting that Sells Books!

You could surf the net, set aside time for podcasts, analyze blogs for all of this valuable information – but why spend the time when for $2.99 Lynnette Phillips and Emily Hill lay it All out there for You! Be Smart!

These two veterans of the book world and independent publishing give you a host of fresh ideas on how to go about promoting your books, where to save money, and how to make a mark in the ‘New World’ of publishing!

Laid out in Quick and Easy to understand terms you will learn tips on the following topics in this excerpt from the ‘All Smart Cookies Can Self Publish 2011 Guide’: Friends~Family~Fans; Marketing ~ Publicity; Sell Sheets; Libraries; Book Signings; Advertising; Talk Shows.

This is where You Enter Center Stage, Shine, and Start Making Money as an Author. So! Let’s get started!

Enter Your eMail Address for a Chance to Win!

Free eBook: 7 Steps for Using Twitter

All-New 30-page Guide 

Twitter can be a profitable and quick  way to connect with your readers. Check out this FREE eBook!

*Tip: Twitter can also be a time ‘eater – preschedule your tweets using HootSuite of SocialOomph.

Also remember to focus on your branding, information products or book when writing your Tweets – forget about sharing personal information like the secret to Aunt Bea’s oatmeal cookies.

A 2012 Writing Contest From Amazon

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

We’ll start accepting General Fiction and Young Adult Fiction entries on January 23, 2012. Visit CreateSpace to learn more. 

On the Contest

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction. The 2012 international contest will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.

Open submissions for manuscripts will begin on January 23, 2012 and run through February 5, 2012. If you’re an author with an unpublished or previously self-published novel waiting to be discovered, visit CreateSpaceto sign up for regular contest updates.

See the official contest rules, or read details on how to enter.

4 Free Image and Video Tools

Images and video make your site visually pleasing and draw visitors into the site to browse spending a longer time visiting and finding out about what you have to offer. You can also spice up your video creations and connect with readers and more.

Take a look at  Judith Works’, author of Coins In The Fountain, blog to see what I mean about the importance and attraction value of sharing images and video on your site.

MorgueFile.com offers hundreds pics on a multitude of subjects free for download. Find just the right one to convey your thoughts. FREE!

PikNik.com is a FREE photo editor that allows you to tweak and perfect photos until they’re just right.

Animoto.com is another FREE tool but this time so you can use your pictures, video clips and music to create your own striking video creations.

And what would your video be without just the right music to set it off? Incompetech.com provides royalty free music clips for a small donation (intended only to keep the site free and available).

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4 Free Image and Video Tools

Images and video make your site visually pleasing and draw visitors into the site to browse spending a longer time visiting and finding out about what you have to offer. You can also spice up your video creations and connect with readers and more.

Take a look at  Judith Works’, author of Coins In The Fountain, blog to see what I mean about the importance and attraction value of sharing images and video on your site.

MorgueFile.com offers hundreds pics on a multitude of subjects free for download. Find just the right one to convey your thoughts. FREE!

PikNik.com is a FREE photo editor that allows you to tweak and perfect photos until they’re just right.

Animoto.com is another FREE tool but this time so you can use your pictures, video clips and music to create your own striking video creations.

And what would your video be without just the right music to set it off? Incompetech.com provides royalty free music clips for a small donation (intended only to keep the site free and available).

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