Is your Facebook fan page a cocktail party, a barbecue, a conference or a drum circle?

The funny thing about social networking is...we often forget that it's just a virtual party. It's not about amassing tons of "fans" so you can have the biggest party -- it's about inviting the right people and serving tasty snacks and drinks. It's about playful banter, music and laughter. You know what happens when you … Continue reading Is your Facebook fan page a cocktail party, a barbecue, a conference or a drum circle?

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How to drive more traffic from Google to your website.

How did your website do in 2013? I am stunned to discover that even though I mostly ignored mine, my Alexa rank soared by 15,966,175%! - this personal blog,Visibility Shift, is now in the top 3 million sites in the world! How did this happen? In this post, I dissect and analyze everything I did -- there are … Continue reading How to drive more traffic from Google to your website.

Why I’m not excited about the #Twitter IPO. (I’ll wait for @Pinterest.)

Unless you've been under a rock you know the @Twitter IPO is soaring into the stratosphere right now -- "from the Moon to Mars" says the Mercury News. Yes, Twitter has triple digit growth -- but no profit. Just like the good old days of the 1990s dot com boom. It is very exciting for to watch the … Continue reading Why I’m not excited about the #Twitter IPO. (I’ll wait for @Pinterest.)

Social media marketing isn’t free — you get what you pay for

I get at least one inquiry per day from someone begging me to help launch their product, their festival, their conference, fix their online reputation or get them better SEO results for their site. But 9 times out of 10 people somehow think that because Facebook is free, getting someone to post for you is … Continue reading Social media marketing isn’t free — you get what you pay for

With social media, you’re making the news, and telling your own story

Everyone loves it when they make the "news" and the local paper writes about their business. Now, with Facebook, You Tube, Twitter and other online communities, or your blog, you’re making the news  and telling your own story. And your fans and customers respond in a conversation. I call it “Social PR.” Instead of filtering … Continue reading With social media, you’re making the news, and telling your own story

7 lazy ways to shamelessly promote your blog and social media posts to get more traffic

  1. Use "Share This" widgets to shamelessly self promote. Whether you're using WordPress or any other blogging or web development tool, you can use the "Share This" widget on your website to quickly promote your posts .  Just install the widget on your site and right after you file your post share it shamelessly! … Continue reading 7 lazy ways to shamelessly promote your blog and social media posts to get more traffic

Seven lame, business-killing excuses for not having a social media presence.

This article was selected as 1 of 1 million WordPress posts to be on Freshly Pressed where it created a momentary sensation and 15 minutes of social media fame for me. It's two years old now, and clients are still making excuses so I am running it first to remind you all that it's about … Continue reading Seven lame, business-killing excuses for not having a social media presence.