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National Dog Day

nationaldogdayI’m taking the day off! Not from working, but from doing a post. Why you may ask – well, it’s National Dog Day, and my pug Pixel will be getting the spare time I have today. She’s hasn’t been feeling well, so she deserves a little extra attention today.

My post will be back tomorrow!

Happy National Dog Day!

Embedding Typekit, 72% Twitter Followers More Likely To Buy, Holiday Retail, Lost Dog App

Finding Rover

Best Links of the Day: August 23, 2013

  1. Best Practices for Embedding Typekit
    Wow, I’ve been on a bit of a webfonts kick lately, huh? I couldn’t resist this one because Typekit has some amazing fonts, and there is nothing like getting best use tips from the horse’s mouth!
    link to article
  2. 72 Percent of Twitter Followers More Likely to Buy From You
    Well that’s quite a stat!There are a few more very interesting pieces of info. in the article, and they all seem to be saying that small businesses NEED to be on Twitter!
    link to article
  3. Finding Rover

  4. 8 Steps to Get Ready for the Holiday Retail Season
    I know, I know, it seems early, but to be fully prepared for running your holiday sales, participating in Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day & having enough time to ship your items, it’s at least time to start thinking about it.
    link to article
  5. How Does Facebook Determine Whether Posts From Pages Are High-Quality?
    This article talks about today’s update by Facebook for determining which posts get the most play.
    link to article
  6. Finding Rover
    I’m a dog lover. My heart ache’s whenever I see a ‘lost dog’ post on Facebook, so I really, really want this app to end up being all it claims to be. It uses facial recognition to match dogs with user submitted ‘found’ ones. You also upload a photo of your dog, so if he/she ever gets lost, you are one step closer to finding him/her. I tried a few different photos of Pixel, and got an error message. I’m wondering if it is because she has a dark face & dark eyes, so it couldn’t differentiate. If anyone tries it, please let me know!
    link to site

Webfont Roundup, Reach Gmail Customers, Brand Ambassadors, Track TV Shows, Upselling

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Best Links of the Day: August, 23, 2013

    webfonts

  1. Roundup Of The Current Webfont Options
    You may recall my post last week on Google Fonts, but even if you don’t, this article explains the different webfont services out there.
    link to article
  2. Are You Still Reaching Your Gmail Customers?
    As you probably know, Gmail made a lot of changes to it’s interface recently. How do these changes affect your email marketing efforts, and how can you make sure they still get seen?
    link to article
  3. How to Grow an Army of Brand Ambassadors AKA Superfans
    What business doesn’t want Superfans? They are pretty much the holy grail for any business. This article offers some tips on identifying, tracking & engaging your Superfans.
    link to article
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  5. How to Track All Your TV Shows So You Never Miss an Episode
    If you use different streaming services & can’t remember what show is on what service, there are services to help you manage that, as well as ones to help you know what you have already viewed.
    link to article
  6. Upselling Basics: The Buyer/Seller Process
    Talks about the benefits to the customer of upselling.
    link to article

View Passwords for WiFi on iPhone, Pinterest Tips for Nonprofits, Instagram Marketing Tips, Selling Techniques From Infomercials

Here is today’s Best Links of the Day list including:

The SEO You’ve Come to Love is No More, View Passwords For WiFi Networks Saved On Your iPhone With Network List, >7 Pinterest Tips for Nonprofits, 8 Instagram Marketing Tips, 5 Selling Techniques to Steal from Infomercials (Without Trashing Your Reputation)

  1. The SEO You’ve Come to Love is No More
    Wow, SEO is one tough field to keep up with! This post talks about how the old methods are on the wane, & user experience is the new orange. This will be a series of posts, so you might want to keep that in mind.
    link to article
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  3. View Passwords For WiFi Networks Saved On Your iPhone With Network List
    Need to see what the password is on your iphone? Well, there was never an easy way to do that until now.
    link to article
  4. 7 Pinterest Tips for Nonprofits
    More research is coming available showing Pinterest & Instagram images drive more traffic than the other social media sites. Besides the obvious, you can also do fundraising through Pinterest!
    link to article
  5. 8 Instagram Marketing Tips
    I didn’t want to leave this article off of today’s list since the link directly above even talks about the benefits of both.
    link to article
  6. 5 Selling Techniques to Steal from Infomercials (Without Trashing Your Reputation)
    Takes you through what you can learn from their technique without coming across as having a split personality.
    link to article

Cheapest Cellphone Plans, Photography In Web Design, WordPress User Roles, Embed Audio/Video in WordPress 3.6

cell phone plans

cell phone plans

  1. This Interactive Tool Shows the Cheapest Wireless Plans for Your Needs
    Compare T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T based on your needs by answering 5 questions.
    link to article
  2. How To Use Photography In Web Design
    How photos can take a good design & make it great.This article talks about how to chose the right photo.
    link to article
  3. WordPress User Roles Explained
    If you run a WordPress site that has more than one contributor, it’s important to define roles. This article explains WordPress built in user roles & capabilities.
    link to article
  4. How To Embed Audio And Video Players In WordPress
    If you upgraded to WordPress 3.6, you should know about a new feature for easily embedding audio & video. This article walks you through the steps (with helpful screenshots).
    link to article
  5. 10 Surprising New Twitter Stats to Help You Reach More Followers
    I do feel like I have been neglecting Twitter in my Best Links of the Day posts. I’ve been using it for so long now, I kind of take it for granted. Well, here are some new stats to get me to pay it more attention!
    link to article

8 Facts For Marketers Cyber Monday, JustDeleteMe, Tools for Tech Support, Branding Basics, Free Google+ Marketing Guide

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  1. 8 Facts Every Marketer Needs to Know about Cyber Monday
    If you’re an online retailer, you really need to be participating in Cyber Monday, and it’s essential to get a plan in action way before the day arrives. Here are some tips.
    link to article
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  3. justdelete.me
    Well this is handy! You know how sometimes it can be quite difficult to delete your account from certain web services, well this site lets you know which are easy & which are hard & who you are just going to have to get on the phone with.
    link to site
  4. The Best Tools to Easily Perform Remote Tech Support
    I don’t know about you, but I am often the go-to person when someone in my family has a problem with their computer. printer, tablet. This article talks about the free tools that give you remote access.
    link to article
  5. 6 Branding Basics that Web Designers Can’t Ignore
    Personally, I think ‘web designers’ should be removed from that title. I think these are valuable things for anybody with an online business to know.
    link to article
  6. Download Our Free Google+ Marketing Guide!
    I know, I know, you still aren’t “into” Google+, but more and more articles are coming out touting it’s importance. Well, here’s a free marketing guide for G+ on getting started, best practices & ways to measure your results.
    link to article

Best Links of the Day: A/B WordPress Testing, Fall Sci-fi, Ultimate Pinterest Guide, Increase Productivity

AB Testing

AB Testing

  1. AB Press Optimizer
    A WordPress plugin to do A/B testing from within your WordPress site. Now you can try that button in red & in green & see which one will get better results, which photo make more of an impact & more!
    link to site
  2. The Ultimate Guide to this Fall’s Science Fiction and Fantasy TV!
    Ok, this has absolutely nothing to do with websites, marketing, social media, or any of the other things I usually share, but it’s science fiction/fantasy fall TV. I couldn’t resist! As far as new shows go, I can’t wait for S.H.E.I.L.D. & now Sleepy Hollow (they made it sound good here!). I’ll check out Atlantis, because I’m a sucker for the BBC & Greek Mythology. Which are you most looking forward to?
    link to article
  3. Top 10 Free WordPress Plugins of the Month — August 2013
    There are quite a few here that I find very interesting & I’m interested in testing out, especially the Lazy Load for Videos, Custom Facebook Feed & Stealth Login Page
    link to article
  4. The Ultimate Guide To Pinterest For Every Brand
    Still deciding if Pinterest is worth your time? This article covers the basics of using twitter,, the metrics you should be tracking as well as tools you can use. As a side note, Pinterest has it’s own analytics available, but you have to be set up as a business account to access it. Don’t worry though, you can convert your current account.
    link to article
  5. How to Take Back Your Time & Increase Your Productivity — Plus 11 Great Productivity Tools
    I’ll admit, I was in this for the tools, especially the tools to help you find your files. Ok, I’m off to check out Alfred..have a great weekend!
    link to article

Best Links of the Day: Social Media Specs, FeedPress, Optimize YouTube, Facebook Ads

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  1. Social Media Spec Guide
    Want to change your Facebook cover image, but not sure what size it should be? What about that Twitter background? Don’t forget Google+, Linked In & YouTube. This helpful guide gives you all the sizes & specs you need!
    link to article
  2. FeedPress RSS

  3. FeedPress
    The fate of FeedBurner has been up in the air for a while now, with no one really sure if it will stick around, and not a lot of alternatives. This one looks promising.
    link to article
  4. 6 Proven Ways For Optimizing Your YouTube Videos
    Tips on how you can increase the effectiveness of your YouTube videos to increase results.
    link to article
  5. 3 Strategies for Finding Customers With Social Media
    Check out the 3 ways they suggest, which are – asking your customers, setting up Google alerts, searching the social media sites.
    link to article
  6. INFOGRAPHIC: Insider’s Guide To Facebook Ad Types
    If you’ve been thinking about advertising on Facebook, this is a great infographic to see what your options are & the differences between the desktop & mobile dimensions.
    link to article

Best Links of the Day: Google Voice Search, Lost Android Phone, Writing Website Copy, Branding Your Blog, Nonprofits Using Instagram

google voice search

google voice search

  1. Google Search Can Now Answer Questions About Your Specific Life
    Now you can ask Google for specifics about your flights, reservations, purchases & more.
    link to article
  2. How to Locate Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone (and Wipe if Necessary)
    Although I have an iPhone, I thought this might be useful to others, and that’s what this blog is all about, right?! Now you can have a little piece of mind if you are concerned about what would happen if you lost your phone.
    link to article
  3. Five Tips for Writing Website Copy That Connects
    A short article on the basic premise of KISS – keep it simple stupid!
    link to article
  4. Branding Your Blog Is Difficult, Or Is It?
    Some good information on what branding is, and why it’s important. Talks about colors, tone of voice & consistency.
    link to article
  5. 5 Nonprofits Using Instagram Video to Promote Campaigns
    I always think it is a good idea to see how other people/companies/organizations use different mediums. Social media is tricky for a lot of people. Here you can see how these Nonprofits used the new video feature to engage their audience.
    link to article

Best Links of the Day: Ignored Emails, Cell Phone Images, Duplicate Content, Hashtag Tips, Cross-client HTML Emails

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email

  1. 11 Reasons Important People Ignore Your Emails
    Possible reasons your emails aren’t getting read & tips to improve them.
    link to article
  2. WARNING!!!! If You Take Photos With Your Cell Phone
    This is a quite scary, and something I think everyone should look at. The video explains how your phone tags your photos & makes it very easy for anyone to find you & your kids.
    link to article
  3. How To Stop Your WordPress Blog Getting Penalized For Duplicate Content
    It’s surprising what Google penalizes you for, so it’s important to understand what it considers duplicate content.
    link to article
  4. Running A Hashtag Event: The Facts & 7 Tips That Will Stand The Test Of Time
    Still confused on how to get your hashtag some traction. Here are 7 tips to help you on your way.
    link to article
  5. Create Cross-Client HTML E-mails – Premailer
    HTML emails are still in the dark ages, still using inline styles & tables. The free Premailer tool, converts styles to inline for you & converts relative to absolute paths. CSS styles are also checked against the capabilities of the email clients.
    link to article
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