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Get more retweets, CoPromote

I just discovered this new Twitter tool, and I really wanted to share it. Thing is, if you find it useful, it will help me also…

CoPromote App

CoPromote is an app that finds like minded content for you to earn retweets, by retweeting others. It has a paid version that has unlimited retweets, but the free version allows you to earn retweets for retweeting others. Check it out, I think you will find it as useful as I do. Make it a part of your daily routine, it will only take a few minutes until you hit the limit…

CoPromote App

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10 Secrets to success you can learn from Albert Einstein


I took 10 famous quotes from Albert Einstein and applied rules of business to them.

I have long admired the theoretical physicist from Germany. He won the 1921 Noble prize for Physics, but he he is most famous for E=mc2. Some call the most famous equation ever! While visiting America in 1933, Adolf Hitler took power, and Einstein did not return to his homeland. in 1940 he became and American citizen. While WWII was brewing, Einstein alerted FDR to the research being done in other country with Nuclear fission, and encouraged America to do the same. Later known as the Manhattan Project, it should be said Einstein was against actually using the newly found weaponry.

He passed in 1955, but will long be remembered as a man who really made a change in the world.

I hope you enjoy this SlideShare presentation, please leave your comments below.

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How to build a Social Media Marketing Plan

Social Media Marketing is intimidating for many people, sure they have Facebook accounts, and they engage their friends, but when it comes to their business pages they are not sure what to do.  Many people will just create a page, ask their friends to like it, and then never go back… They don’t engage their clients, and more importantly they don’t give the client anything to engage.
In this presentation you will learn about the top Social Media Platforms, and some insight as to how to create a formula for success building a Social Media Marketing strategy.
Please leave comments below if you enjoy.
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2013 wrap up of Facebook image sizes

Pictures are very important media to you with your blog articles and social media. Facebook has changed a few things this year so I thought I would write this blog article as a wrap up for the end of 2013.

The Facebook Cover Photo Size

The panoramic image at the top of your Facebook profile or page is called the cover photo. The area displayed is 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels high.  In theory the best thing to do is resize your image to the correct size before uploading it, however you can upload any image into this space that is at least 399 pixels wide. A photo that is at least 720 pixels wide will look the best while a picture that is larger than the required size will allow you to move it around and select (crop) the area you want to display.

To update your cover photo, click on the  change cover button.

Change Cover photo on Facebook

If you have not yet added a cover photo you will receive the following warning


After you have added your cover photo, you may want to change it from time to time.  You can change your cover photo anytime by mousing over the lower right hand corner of cover photo.  When you do so the change cover button will appear. If you click on it an additional menu will appear; where you want the


picture to come from. It will look similar to this, you can choose from an existing photo, upload a new one, or delete the current one. You will also have the option to reposition your photo , however if you followed the above instructions, you will not be able to as it will already be the perfect size.

“To get the fastest load times for your Page, upload an sRGB JPG file that’s 851 pixels wide, 315 pixels tall and less than 100 kilobytes. For images with your logo or text-based content, you may get a higher quality result by using a PNG file.” Facebook Advises

 Your Profile Image

The box where your picture of business logo belongs is called the profile picture. It is the smaller square photo on the lower left. This is the image that will shows in the news feed when you comment on another post, or update your status. As long as you make your image a square it will fit in the box properly, it is recommended that you upload a photo of 200 pixels by 200 pixels, however in the end it will only end up being 160px X 160px.

Changing profile picture on facebook


To change your profile photo, hover the photo and click the edit profile picture, here you can choose a photo already uploaded, upload a new one, take a photo if you have a webcam, or edit the thumbnail if you have uploaded a photo that is not a square. Alternatively you can remove your thumbnail, in which case the default Facebook ghost will appear…


To edit the thumbnail when the picture is not a square just drag the image around the box until you have the image showing that you want in the box.

Edit Profile Picture thumbnail on facebook

Profile Image on the Timeline

The profile image that appears next to your name on comments and posts is the same image but is automatically scaled down to 32px by 32px.


Blog URL Shares Thumbnails

Blog share thumbnails on Facebook

Blog share image thumbnails get a little trickier, this is not as cut and dried as the above. Depending on the device Facebook is being viewed on, the thumbnail being displayed will differ. However to be sure the best thumbnail is always displayed your image in the blog article should be at least 560px x 292px. This is the display size for mobile devices, The desktop news feed will show 400 x 209 and in the sidebar it will show 100px by 72 px.  If your image is not at least 561×292 the original thumbnail size of 150×150 will be displayed and the thumbnail will be out to the left of  the description of your article.
I hope this article addresses all the image size questions you have about Facebook, if there is anything I have not addressed here, please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
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Factors for your websites successfulness

While there are different expectations for every website, for them to be successful there are only a few factors that really matter. We have drilled down that list for anyone who would like their website and internet marketing campaign to achieve greatness.

Content is King

People visits websites looking for information, it may only be a phone number in your case, however if you don’t have good content, Google will never allow them to find you in the first place.

Usable & Accessible Design

Sometimes the coolest websites fail, because people can’t figure out how to use them, or the site performs slowly on alternate devices. To make sure you don’t fall into this trap browse your site on a phone and tablet. Also ask a few friends to navigate the site, and give you legitimate feedback. Resist the urge to defend yourself, or you may never get a honest answer from them again.

Good Strategy

Before investing any amount of money in a website, you should know the Who, What, Why & How.

  1. “Who” is your target audience?
  2. “What” do you expect from your website?
  3. “Why” are building your site?
  4. “How” will the end user find it?

Appealing Design

Once you know the target audience, you can work on a design that appeals to them. If you target audience is 70-90 year old females, your design & color scheme should be different than a site for 30-40 year old males.

Marketing Strategy

Just building a website is not enough; you need a way for people to find your website. This can take many forms; Search Engine Optimazation(SEO), Pay per click (PPC), Flat rate link ads, and offline methods such as print, radio, or flyers. Just make sure you have a realistic strategy that you can invest in, and follow through on the execution.

Give a reason to come back

Ok so if you’re offering a service maybe you don’t care if people come back so long as they call you today, and that’s OK! Most companies however are going to want people to come back again and again, because they are selling something that isn’t a fast decision. Offer as much information about your product and your competitors as you can. This invaluable information may just be the reason the customers bookmarks your page, and come back from more information.


Analytics track who visits your site, where they are from, how long they stay, and what they do while they are there. Use these tools to your advantage, and if you don’t understand what it all means ask a specialist to explain it to you.

Update your information regularly

We all have something to share about what we are doing in our industry. Even if you think it is the most meaningless thing in the world, use a blog to update your website at least once a week. The fresh content will be enjoyed by the search engines, and will lead to higher rankings.

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Avoiding Simple Design Mistakes

Many of the world’s websites suffer from mistakes that can dramatically impact their effectiveness. We’ve compiled a list of the 17 common mistakes with helpful advice on how to avoid them.

Many of the world’s websites suffer from mistakes that can be easily avoided. It is our hope that this list will help you to ensure that your site is not similarly afflicted. Some of these problems merely result in irritation, whilst others will inhibit or prevent visitors to your site from accessing the material or functionality that you have placed there.

No matter how well or how poorly your site is implemented, by far the largest mistake occurs when the website’s role in the overall strategy of your organisation has not been well thought through. Only once the strategic purposes and role of the site are understood can the site be built in a manner that achieves those objectives. For a pilot, this is akin to bringing your plane in for a nice, smooth landing only to find out that you’ve landed at the wrong airport.

1. Lack of Accessibility

Accessibility refers to the ease with which a wide spectrum of users can access your site. On one level it can relate to the specialist web browsers that are used by people with a disability – a significant market in their own right. It also refers to the vast array of equipment, operating systems and browsers that are used to surf the web. Some examples to consider include: Visually impaired people surf too: Does the font size on your site increase if a visitor changes the text size from “medium” to “largest” in their browser? Does the page layout of your site fall apart when a visitor changes the text size? Small devices: What does your site look like when accessed from a PDA or mobile phone? How long does your page take to load at GPRS speeds? Other Operating Systems: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer doesn’t run on the Mac or Linux. How does your website design look on Opera, Safari or FireFox? Old Browsers: Believe it or not, there are still plenty of users running browsers that are 4 or 5 years old. A good website designer will take advantage of the formatting and presentation capabilities of the newer browsers, whilst “gracefully degrading” when viewed with an older version. Screen Sizes: There has been an explosion in the variety of screen sizes. Your site needs to be able to display appropriately on different sized screens, and it can’t be assumed that the user will have their entire screen allocated to their browser.

2. Infrequently Asked Questions

Have you looked through an FAQ page and been irritated by the irrelevance of the questions? Have you wondered if the questions had ever been asked, let alone frequently? If so then you’re not alone. Many sites no longer have FAQ pages and have instead updated their content to provide that information. However the point here is not so much about how fashionable the FAQ is or isn’t – the point is that all of the content on your site needs to be relevant to the people who are likely to visit the site. Relevant content will give them a good impression and will increase the likelihood that they will take the next step towards becoming a customer.

3. Can’t find contact information

We’re constantly amazed by sites that make it difficult to find physical contact information. For small and medium businesses this is critical as your contact information provides a key link to reality, giving customers confidence that they are dealing with a real business rather than a scammer. Contact information should include conventional contact methods such as phone and your business address.

4. Click Here To Enter Site

Don’t waste your home page with a “Click here to enter site” link or a gratuitous splash screen. Your website visitor is already here, so reward them immediately with useful, relevant content.

5. Audio

Audio should be used sparingly on any website and it should never be played automatically, especially if you are trying to reach users in a corporate setting. The best sites that use audio require the user to click a “play” icon. For sites that need a voiceover, you will dramatically enhance your organisation’s image by having the track professionally recorded.

6. Too Much Flash

Flash is great when used sparingly and tastefully. Flash can add excitement and movement to your site, adding capabilities that are difficult or impossible using only HTML. Unfortunately it has two key detractors: not everyone has flash and not everyone has the bandwidth to support flash. If you have decided that it is appropriate to use a sizeable flash component on your site then make sure that the user receives visual feedback while it loads.

7. Too many meaningless graphics

The graphics on your site should enhance the user experience. This needs to be kept in balance – enough to ensure that the site is attractive and functional, but not enough to create clutter and slow down the user experience. Site graphics need to be optimised to ensure that the site is displayed at a respectable speed.

8. Search Engine Unfriendly

Whilst having a search engine friendly site won’t guarantee you high rankings on your favourite search engine (that’s a discipline called Search Engine Optimisation), there’s no excuse for not having done the basics. These include having a site map, concise and relevant content, use of standard mark-up tags that are recognised by search engines as well as meta tags such as keywords and a description.

9. Welcome to Our Website

Commence your content with something a little more compelling that “Welcome to our website”. Such an opening appears amateurish and communicates to a visitor that the site is in no hurry to provide them with useful information.

10. Poor Navigation

Navigating through your site should be intuitive. This means that the site navigation should be organised and presented in a manner consistent with accepted web navigation conventions. Stick to standard techniques and standard locations for navigation elements such as links and menus. Links should look like links. It should be easy for a visitor to find the “home” and “contact us” links. As well as having navigation elements that are easily recognised, it is important to think through the logical organisation of your site. One useful metric to keep in mind is the average number of clicks required to find a piece of information or to access a page. Another key aspect is how easy/obvious is it for a visitor to find out which link to click on. For example, to find “double sided tape” on your website, should they look under “Art & Craft” or “Office Supplies”?

11. Poor Color Schemes

A poor color scheme will distract visitors from your message. At worst, the message will become unreadable. It is also important to keep vision impaired users in mind, so if your site features colored text on a colored background then it would be wise to offer a high contrast option. This can easily be done using style sheets.

12. Expecting that people will read your Web Pages

Very few people read a web page in its entirety. Rather, people scan web pages looking for relevant information, zooming in on the elements that catch their interest. It is therefore important that information be well ordered and easy to locate on the page.

13. Pop-up Windows

Unless you have a very good reason, avoid pop-up windows. They are irritating and many browsers block them.

14. Dead Links

All of the links on your site should work. Having users visit your site and encounter broken links will look unprofessional, cause frustration and undermine the confidence of visitors in your site and hence your organisation. All links on your site should be properly tested. Links to external sites that are not under your control should be tested on a regular basis, especially if they link deep into the content of that site.

15. Requiring That Surfers Install Software

Generally, users will not want to install software to view content on your site. By default, most browsers block websites from installing software. Exceptions to this rule are some extensions/applications that have gained widespread acceptance such as Acrobat and Flash.

16. Pages that are slow to load

Web surfers are notoriously impatient and will punish slow sites by leaving them. A good site will load in no more than a few seconds. Reasons for slow loading pages often include such factors as overloading a site with pointless graphics, sub-optimal graphic formats and hosting factors such as using an overseas hosting company or a “backyard” hosting company. If there is a legitimate, unavoidable reason for having a slow site, then provide visual feedback for the visitor while it loads.

17. Not monitoring your site

There are numerous tools available for monitoring your site. They can provide valuable insights into the behaviour of users on your site, allowing you to determine where they come from, how they found your site and the kind of content that they are interested in and which links are the most popular. With excellent tools available free of charge, there is no excuse not to monitor who is visiting your site and what they do once they arrive.

Thanks to the web design experts for this free article


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Add Me Fast

Another create promotion tool on Social Media is Add me Fast

It allows you to earn points promoting others to spend promoting your own social media content. I have been using for a few years, and while organic traffic is preferred, most of us don’t have the time to build followings on every platform. Check it out, you’ll be glad you did.

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