bigstock Blog concept vector illustrati 15641798 300x244 The Secret To Becoming An Excellent Blogger (In Just 30 Days) How would you like to join the ranks of the blogging elite?

You can and here’s how!  Today starts the   Ultimate Blog Challenge for the month of October.  It’s a simple task. Write a blog post every day during this month.  Yes, every. single. day.

I know.  For new bloggers, the task seems rather daunting.  But what if I told you, the sheer accountability of the challenge will force you to focus and in the end become a noteworthy blogger?

Need more convincing?

What if I told you the creators of the challenge are personal friends of mine and will bring you blog tips and ideas, sprinkled with motivation and encouragement all along the way?  Would that make it a little more enticing?

What if I told you that you would immediately be connected to a blogging community like no other?  A community that will support your efforts all along the way?

My experience . . .

At this point in my blogging career and in the life of my coaching business, I don’t necessarily have to blog every single  day to have my readers show up.  However, I like to give them current up-to-date information that will help push their online businesses further and further up the ladder of success and I like to do it on a really consistent basis.

By inserting that magic called “accountability” into my blogging schedule, it’s amazing how I just “get it done!”  There is something about letting the world know you intend to do something that actually makes you get it done.  There’s that say-what-you’re-going-to-do-and-do-what-you’re-saying-you’ll-do thing going on.

Who else likes RESULTS?

The real reason I do the Ultimate Blog Challenge is simple.  Results.  You just can’t argue with hard core stats!  My readership increases, my online visibility gets a well-needed boost, my network grows, and my business expands.  Need I say more?

If you’ve never considered using this proven technique, I encourage you to join with me here and now.

This may sound a bit cliche, but you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Sign up here:  Ultimate Blog Challenge

I’ll be looking for you!

Peace,

-Martha

p.s.  And no excuses about not having enough time.  There’s always time to grow your business!

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Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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bigstock Follow Smartphone Means Follow 62818654 300x244 7 Powerful Ways To Increase Twitter EngagementTwitter.  Still the darling of the social media sites, in my opinion.

 It’s one of the easiest and best ways to have conversations with your ideal audience.  

However, engagement is the key to your success and many people don’t quite understand how to get and keep it going. 

Here’s 7 Powerful Ways to Increase Your Twitter Engagement:

  • Don’t talk so much!  While this may seem counter-intuitive, it’s actually not.  What I mean is, leave some room in your tweet for others to comment.  (especially the retweeters!)  Try it.  Make those tweets LESS than 140 characters!
  • Weekends ROCK!  While many business tweeters are there Monday through Friday, many MORE folks are tweeting up a storm on the weekends.  Saturday and Sunday can both be REALLY dynamite days!
  • People like to watch! It’s not what you think.  I’m talking about images and videos.  People are visual.  Even on Twitter.  Want to get people talking? Pictures speak 1000 words.  Or so we’re told icon smile 7 Powerful Ways To Increase Twitter Engagement
  • Ask!  Don’t be shy about starting a conversation.  Want folk to join in or RT?  Simply ask.  Say, “Can we discuss?”  or “Please RT” or something similar.  Just ask.
  • Use Hashtags.  This is the norm on Twitter, not the exception.  Hashtags group people together who are talking about the same topic.  Use them.
  • Link!  Don’t forget your link.  People are looking for your valuable content.  Tell them where to go get it!
  • Always have a Call-to-Action.  This is so important.  Whatever it is you want people to do, tell them.  Ask them.  Suggest to them.  Say, “click here” or “snag this” or “let’s chat.”  You get the picture!

OK, so now you know WHAT to do, the DOING IT is up to you!

Happy Tweeting!

-Martha

p.s.  Don’t forget to connect with me on Twitter: @MarthaGiffen

 

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Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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bigstock twitter icon 59068679 300x300 How to Get Started Using Twitter for BusinessSo you want to get started using Twitter for your business.

Great idea, because Twitter now has over 500 million users and many of those are your potential customers.

One of the first things to consider is why you want to use Twitter.

Know what you are trying to do and what results you are looking for.  Here are a few reasons that might make sense:

  • Build your brand
  • Generate leads
  • Promote products and services
  • Connect with others in your industry
  • Share articles, blogs, news, ideas, etc.
  • Become the “go-to” person in your field

Once you have honed in on your mission, the next step is strategy.  No matter what your “why” is for using Twitter, always remember that social media is about communication.

Twitter communication can be either direct or indirect.

When you are tweeting, retweeting, sending out content, etc. you are indirectly communicating.  The same goes for your profile.  Yes, your profile IS a way of communicating.  You are letting people know what you look like, what you do, how you help THEM, and where they can get in touch with you.  Very indirect, but very effective!

Of course, if you are tweeting with someone (having a conversation), participating in Tweet Chats, or using direct messaging, you are directly communicating with people. 

This all adds up to a nice communication combination that leads to business growth.

The important thing to remember about Twitter is to make the splash you want, you have to be seen, followed, and listened to.

That’s where your strategy comes into play.  You must decide the frequency of content, how often you are going to show up “live and in person,” who to follow, who to retweet, who will retweet you, which keywords you need to hashtag, etc.

The secret to getting noticed?

Headlines.

You simply must take the time to use keywords in your headlines, make them interesting (questions work great, so do lists and how-to’s) in order to be compelling enough to pick up followers.  It’s not difficult, but it does take some thought.  The beauty of it all?  When you find something that works, use it. Again and again.

Twitter is a fantastic site to connect with prospects, find new clients, and grow your tribe.  Simply make a plan, be consistent, and just DO IT!

Need more?  Pick up your free copy of my special report, Best Tweet Tips and you’ll be on your way!

Happy Tweeting!

-Martha

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Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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