19 Comments

  1. New Hampshire Man
    May 31, 2018 @ 10:58 am

    Great compilation of action items!

    My struggle on the socials is that I didn’t really play in them before starting a blog, so it seems a daunting task to learn them all.

    The advantage to that is that I get to see them all with beginners mind, and learn from other EBAers.

  2. Jessica Bowman
    May 31, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

    I totally understand how overwhelming it can be, New Hampshire Man! Have you gotten to the Social Media units in EBA yet? The key is to just take it one network at a time when you’re starting to figure it all out. I would start with wherever your readers hang out the most, whether that be Facebook or Twitter or wherever, and then just spend a little time figuring out how those networks work, and then figure out how to best use that network to serve your readers and bring awareness to your blog/business in a way that is helpful to them and not all about promoting yourself. When you do that, you’ll never have to worry about algorithms or how to play “the game” because as long as you are being genuine and helpful, you’ll be able to grow your audience and business through social media!

  3. Ketsia
    May 31, 2018 @ 5:16 pm

    Great article! I use Squarespace for my blog and the Share button is way down at the bottom and blends into the page. Do you recommend switching platforms?

  4. Jami
    May 31, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

    I’ve been hearing for the last few months that it’s not good for SEO to put descriptions for Pinterest in the Alt-text. It should only be used for what it’s meant for: describing the image for Google, when the image doesn’t load, or for impaired (also for voice-search).

    I got a plugin that includes a Pinterest text box or you can use the description box in the media upload, but you shouldn’t be putting it in alt-text, from all I’ve heard.

    • Jessica Bowman
      June 7, 2018 @ 10:51 am

      I’ll have to look into that more Jami; thanks for sharing!

  5. Gibet
    June 1, 2018 @ 12:38 am

    Thanks Jessica for Duch a complete review of all actions we can take to promote our blog. Some of them are done for my blog, but many aren’t and I’m going to put them into action asap.

    I decided to focus on IG for the moment, as main social media platform, since I believe it’s better to do a good job at least in one the platforms, instead of doing a poor job in all of them. What do you think?
    Which platform is giving you better traffic and engagement results?
    Thanks!

    • Jessica Bowman
      June 7, 2018 @ 10:53 am

      Hi Gibet! It really just depends on where your readers like to hang out the most on social media. I think you’re taking the right step by just focusing on ONE platform right now! You’ll get better engagement overall by putting your energies into just one instead of trying to spread yourself too thin. You don’t have to be all things to all people!

  6. Sarah @ ChristCenteredMama
    June 1, 2018 @ 1:05 am

    I loved that you provided an example of the alt text for Pinterest! I immediately brainstormed great ideas for my niche from that!

    • Jessica Bowman
      June 7, 2018 @ 10:58 am

      So glad, Sarah! Though, it has changed again so I need to update that! According to Kate Ahl, who is a true Pinterest WIZARD, your Pinterest description should be 1 to 2 sentences written naturally with keywords peppered throughout. Then add 4-5 hashtags at the end of the sentences. Here’s a helpful article with more info! https://www.simplepinmedia.com/how-to-keyword-on-pinterest/

  7. Wendy Tomlinson
    June 1, 2018 @ 5:05 am

    Love this post. I love it when other people ad click to tweet boxes in a post. I love supporting other bloggers and if something is interesting, I’ll tweet it. Yet, I’ve got out of the habit of adding these boxes to my own posts. I’m onto this one. Thanks for the great tips.

    • Jessica Bowman
      June 7, 2018 @ 10:25 am

      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing, Wendy! Will you share a blog with us that has a Tweet This embedded so that we can tweet it?

  8. Scout Linsky
    June 2, 2018 @ 5:05 am

    Hello Ruth, thanks for Jessica post.It is very educative. I will follow the steps when I start my blog in two weeks times. Great information by all standards.

    • Jessica Bowman
      June 7, 2018 @ 10:23 am

      So glad you found this helpful, Scout! What is your blog about?

  9. Kristy
    June 2, 2018 @ 6:30 am

    Oh my gosh, I’ve been wondering for ages how other bloggers set up social media copy for when people share to FB and twitter! Can’t believe I never noticed that button on Yoast, thanks for the tip!!!

    • Jessica Bowman
      June 7, 2018 @ 10:22 am

      So glad you found it helpful, Kristy! Happy blogging! What is your blog about?

  10. Maria P.
    June 4, 2018 @ 10:44 am

    These are some very helpful tips! I love the click-to-tweet option as well as including Pinterest-worthy images in the post. I’ve found that creating a graphic with a quote also helps. People love quotes and sharing it on Pinterest.

    • Jessica Bowman
      June 7, 2018 @ 10:23 am

      So true! We do that a lot as well. Thanks for sharing, Maria!

  11. CC | Saving Cats, Dogs and Cash
    June 9, 2018 @ 7:38 pm

    I enjoyed reading these tips, but I’ve almost given up posting my blog posts to my Facebook or Twitter pages because my Facebook followers just don’t appear to want to share anything I post, even if I ask them to. My blog is about cat and dog training and health tips based mostly on my own experience (for example, I actually started my blog after I had two vet experiences that cost me the lives of two of my dogs, so what I post is pretty relevant to the health and safety of cats and dogs). I also have a care package business to help me afford the current nine rescues I’ve taken in after they were dumped or abandoned nearby. I pinned that post to the top and asked my 370+/- FB followers to please consider buying one if they have a need and to share the post. Almost no one did. This is despite me interacting with my followers and liking their comments. I’ve gone from posting pictures of my animals on FB twice daily to daily to every other day now because honestly, it gets discouraging to put out so much effort and not get the support of your followers. I’ve asked them and I know many of them have cats and dogs, so I’m not sure why they are so reluctant to share, which I don’t ask of them that often.

    On Twitter, no matter what I post, I hardly ever get a single like or re-tweet. I only have like 71 followers, and I’ve noticed that even those with thousands of followers only get a handful of likes or re-tweets, but I feel like I’m not tweeting about something mundane like types of garden soil, but about keeping pets healthy and avoiding making potentially deadly mistakes. Tweeter seems to just be a place for pictures, gif’s, or short videos. Nobody seems to want to click on links, which I find myself being the same way, so I guess I can’t fault them.

  12. Kayla | The eCommerce Mom
    July 1, 2018 @ 6:02 pm

    Why did I not realize that Social Warfare had a free version?! Thanks so much! I just added it to my blog.

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