Category: Social Media

Your Facebook Friends Groups

Have you ever wondered what your Facebook friends groups are? Perhaps you just want some new Facebook group suggestions but the generic suggestions tab just isn’t giving you something interesting?

Here is a super simple way to see what groups certain Facebook friends belong to (except Secret groups.)

Go to Facebook and in the search bar type:

Firstname Lastname Groups

The results will show you all the public and closed groups your friend belongs to along with the description of the group, how many members it has and will give you the ability to join right there. Also the avatars to the left of the group show 4 of your friends that are in the group (if there are more than that.)

After the screenshot I share reasons you may want to use this feature.

Finding Your Facebook Friends Groups

It’s a quick and easy thing to do.

When you might want to use this feature:

  1. Search a friend who has similar interests to you to find groups on that interest
  2. Search a friend who has more business authority to you see where they hang out
  3. Search a friend who has a similar health problem to you to see if they are a member of any related health groups
  4. Search a newer friend to learn more about them based on the groups they have joined

Just be warned: You’ll probably end up a member of a lot of new groups.


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Twitter Analytics: A Guide

Twitter Analytics: A Guide

With Twitter Analytics you can get an idea of how your twitter marketing is going. For bloggers I think twitter analytics is important.


Twitter Analytics Summary

When you first enter Twitter Analytics you are shown a 28 day summary that shows your number of tweets, tweet impressions (people who saw the tweet), profile visits, mentions and followers. It also shows the number or percentage of change since the last 28 day period.


As you can see above for my @callista83 twitter account, I got 47 new followers and my mentions and impressions are up since last period but my profile visits and # of tweets are down.

Analytics for More Than a Year

Next your Analytics will show you some tweet highlights for the current month. Your top tweet, top follower, top mention and top media tweet. You’ll also see a summary for the month: # of tweets, profile visits, tweet impressions, mentions and new followers.

You can scroll down and see these for each month for more than a year previous.


But Wait There’s More

That’s just the home tab! At the top, click on Tweets to see your tweets and impressions spread out for each day as well as your most recent tweets, top tweets and tweets and replies along with impressions, engagement and engagement rate for each tweet.

Under the Audience Tab, you can find out more about your followers including how fast your followers are growing, their gender, income, interests, occupation, net worth, consumer buying styles and wireless carrier.

There is an events tab which shows you events and hashtags that are currently live and for some, the audience size. I suppose this gives you ideas of what you can tweet about that might get you a bigger audience. I haven’t personally found much use for this tab yet.

If you click on the more section, you can view your info from your twitter cards, video activity, app manager and conversion tracking. These are more complicated tools.

As you can see, Twitter Analytics is a useful tool for a blogger.

Here are more helpful Twitter articles from a few of my favorite bloggers:

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Blogger’s Guide to Pinterest: Basics

The Blogger's Guide to Pinterest: Basics

This Blogger’s Guide to Pinterest is for those who are new to using Pinterest as a blogger and need to know the basics. I’ll be following it up later this month with an advanced post for those who already use Pinterest but want to know a bit more.

The Blogger's Guide to Pinterest: Basics

Blogger’s Guide to Pinterest


What Pinterest Is

If you are already familiar with Pinterest in general you can skip this section but if you aren’t, here are the very basics. Pinterest is like an online bulletin board that is separated into sections. In a regular bulletin board you might pin all your phone numbers you don’t want to forget in one spot and your photos over there and your notes from school over here.

With Pinterest you create different boards with different themes (DIY, Recipes, Parenting, Books to Read, Places to Travel etc) and “pin” images (that are usually linked to a website or blog post) to those boards. So if you are on a website that has a recipe you want to keep, you pin the image to your recipe board. Later when you are looking for recipe ideas, you can visit Pinterest and look through your Recipe boards for a picture that looks tasty, then click through to find the blog post with the recipe again. Some boards are there just for the images for example I have a Rainbow board that features images full of rainbow colours. It doesn’t matter if the images is linked to something or not, because it’s just for me to view the board. You can also repin an image someone else pinned on Pinterest to one of your own boards.

Take note: You can only pin images so if a blog post has something great in it but there are NO images, you can’t add it to Pinterest. More on this later.

How it Can Help Bloggers

Bloggers use Pinterest to get more blog traffic. When your blog posts are being pinned by multiple people, more people will see them, repin them to their boards and then click through to check out your post. The trick to getting people to click through to your blog then is to have high quality pin images so it will draw people in.

Your Pinterest Profile

To start off, upload a profile image. This should be the same image you use on other social media for branding reasons. You want to have a similar look on your blog and social media profiles. Include a link to your blog and use the verification process to verify your website. To do this you must make your account a business account. Make sure you include your keywords in your profile description. If you don’t know about keywords, they are the words you would expect someone to search to end up at your blog. For example Edmonton Blogger or Baking Recipes or Book Reviews etc.

Your Boards

Create Boards for all the topics you post about on your blog as well as other common ones and ones that people who visit your blog might also be interested in. For example a Family or Lifestyle blogger should have DIY, Recipes, Fashion, Beauty, Parenting, Gardening, Organizing etc. A book blogger might have Books to Read, Book Reviews, Bookshelf Ideas, About Reading (plus some other common ones like DIY, Fashion, Beauty etc.) Or perhaps Book Reviews: Romance, Book Reviews: Nonfiction, Book Reviews: Mystery etc. A food blogger would have more than just Recipes, they might have Breakfast, Vegan, Desserts, Snacks, Party Food, Chicken Recipes, Beef Recipes etc.

Use keywords in your boards. Also add board descriptions to each board. Pinterest is a search engine so when someone searches for something you pin about, you want your board to show up as an option. So instead of Clothes I Like it should be Fashion,  instead of Places I’d Like to Go it’s Places To Travel or Travel.

If you are pinning to get traffic, you will want more than just the boards you are interested in. For example I never Garden but I have a Gardening board because people who visit  my blog are often interested in Gardening.

Pinning Tips

  1. You have to pin other people’s stuff as well as your own. When you see a post you like, pin it. When you are browsing Pinterest repin pins that look good and make sure all the pins are going to relevant boards.
  2. Check the description that shows up when you pin. If it’s not good, change it to something better. Make sure you do this BEFORE you choose a board.
  3. Pin every day. The more often you pin, the more often you will show up to other Pinners and you will get more followers who will also check out your boards and click through your content.
  4. Pin high quality images only. Unfocused, blurry images with no indication of what the post it’s attached to is about are NOT good to pin/repin. High quality photos with a blog post titles are much better.
  5. Don’t pin like crazy one after another after another, space them out a bit otherwise you are spamming the feed (aka the people who follow you will see all your pins and no one elses.)

Group Boards

Group boards are boards that more than one person contributes too. You can take any of your existing boards and make it a group board if you want by inviting others to contribute. It’s better if the person who creates a group board already has lots of followers so if you are new to Pinterest, I would focus on joining group boards, not creating them. There is a Facebook group dedicated to finding group boards, otherwise you can post in any blogging group or forum, saying that you are looking for a group board with “such and such” a theme to join.

Promoting Yourself

I will cover this more in the advanced post but pin your post as soon as it’s live using a vertical, high quality pin that you have created. Occasionally pin your older content onto relevant boards. Find group boards on topics you post about and pin your content to group boards as well as other people’s content of course. Add social sharing buttons to your posts that include Pinterest to make it easy for you and everyone else to pin your posts. Go back to older posts that are good quality and add pinnable images.

Check back for the advanced post which will go into more detail on promoting yourself and includes how to use Pinterest Analytics and how to get the most out of Pinterest.

For more helpful Pinterest posts, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:

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How To: Basic Facebook SEO

How To: Basic Facebook SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is almost as important on Facebook as it is on your blog. Facebook pages show up in search as well as in Facebook Graph Search. If someone is searching for a topic you cover, you want your page to show up.


Basic Facebook SEO

1. Pick a good name

You want your Facebook fan page to have a good name with your keyword in it if possible and you want to make sure it’s something that will stay permanent as you can’t easily change your name.  It’s the same with choosing your blog name and domain. You don’t want to have to change it, it’s a lot harder than it sounds.

2. Customize your URL

Which do you think will show up in Facebook Graph search more? ?

or ?

After you have 25 or so fans you can change your URL by going to

Be careful! After you set it, you can only change it ONCE! This is why you want a keyword in your name if possible because you can’t just stuff your url with keywords, it should represent who you are.

3. Edit your About Section

For starters, don’t just put your URL to your blog or website in the URL section. Also put it in your About section. Only 140 of the 250 available characters will automatically show on the main page so make sure you include your keywords, very short about and url in that 140 characters.


Fill out as much of the other fields as makes sense for your website. There is a section to go more in depth as to what you are all about and a spot for your start date. Make sure you include keywords here too.

4. Optimize your posts.

Use your keywords in your Facebook posts too. For example a keyword for this page is social media. So when I share this post on my Facebook page, I will preface it with:

{Social Media Tip} How To: Basic Facebook SEO

I can also include some appropriate hashtags. #socialmedia #Facebook. If you choose to use hashtags, stick with 1-3.

5. Optimize Your Photos

When you upload a new photo, add a description that explains the photo and ideally, has a keyword. Sometimes you can’t add a description when you upload the photo but after it’s live, you can click on it to add one.


For more helpful Facebook posts, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:

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