November 28, 2014

Check This Chart Before You Add That Picture

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To Download, or Upload, That Is The Question

One of the things that really slows up my blog posts is trying to decide whether or not I’m committing some grievous sin against the Google gods by posting a photo. Well, maybe not Google gods, but photo owners and creators who might send out the creative commons jack-booted thugs to confiscate my files. Seriously, sometimes I just don’t know whether I’m in violation, but this week’s flow chart tells me (and now you) what to do before you post that JPG.

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What Does It Look Like When Google+ And Pinterest Get Married?

A Marriage Made in Cyberspace
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This is what Google+ looks like when it’s paired with a Pinterest-type look. I always find that images draw me in 100 times more often than anything else. Pinterest is hot and it doesn’t look like it’s going to cool off anytime soon. So hot that now everyone is finding a way to emulate it. I’ve just looked at my own Google+ pages (friends, genealogists, etc..) and I really think it’s going to be much easier to find items of interest, but I will say that images are going to be key in attracting readers.
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8 Places To Share Your Social Profile

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Let’s Get Social!

Depending on your intent, you might want to add your social profile to any or all of these sites. Some are well known, but if you’re just getting started online these links will make it easy for you to get your social presence “out there” initially. This is a random list and not presented by any personal preference.

Write Your Profile First!

 Write your profile first and keep it in a file on your computer for quick access so you can upload it with just a few keystrokes. You might want to add a paragraph for inclusion to personalize it for the site, or type of site, to which you are uploading it. What you upload to Facebook might not quite be the same as what you would like someone on a photo type site to know about you.

Facebook – Almost everyone online has a Facebook profile. I would caution that you only include just the information you are most comfortable in sharing with the whole world. As an added help, you might want to use Social Fixer to whichever browser you are using.

Twitter – If you are planning to just have a social presence on Twitter, there is probably not much need to have more than one account. If you want to keep your business and social lives separate though, then I would suggest at least two accounts. The way to have two accounts is simple, just create each one with a different email account that you own.

LinkedIn – Whether you are in business or not, LinkedIn is an excellent site in which to make like-minded friends and have the ability to gain authority and a trusted social presence through joining specific interest groups and/or giving and receiving endorsements.

About.me – About.me has the ability to put all of your online presences in one location via badges for the other sites I’m listing. Kind of a central hub for your fans.

Google+ – If you have a blog, it’s great to have Google know that, and one of the best ways is through Google Authorship.

YouTube – Are you doing webinars, lectures, etc., or creating fun videos you would like to share? Having your profile on YouTube will make it so people can find them by looking for your ‘handle’, name, interest or topic.

Instagram – Wild about sharing your photos with the world? Adding Instagram to your smart device, or sharing through an account on your PC is also a way to catch and keep your reader’s interests. They can subscribe to your account and get updates as they choose.

Flickr – Flickr is another photo sharing site that can be used as a free member with limited uploads, or as a paid member for more flexibility. As a site that hosts your photos it’s good in that you can easily access all of them. The downside (to me) is that putting them all in one place online is like putting all your eggs in one basket. If their website goes down for any reason you are left with no way to get a photo you want. Personally, I have my photos in several places, but that’s just my personal preference.

 

 

GrabPress WordPress Plugin For Quality Videos Now Served Here

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Grabpress

We’re trying out a new WordPress plugin for this blog to enhance the amount and value of articles here. They will be in the form of videos and the feed for them will be through the GrabPress plugin created by Grab Media, and auto-posted at least once a day. So far, the sources I have chosen for the videos are Martha Stewart Living and LeGourmet.tv. Those two should be family friendly enough for all my readers. I hope that there will be some interesting recipes the plugin will auto-post for me. No, this isn’t a cooking blog per se, but food cooked by my ancestors is one of my interests, so it’s not too far off the mark. ;)

If you’re considering using GrabPress on your WordPress blog it is very easy to download the plugin and upload it to your blog via your dashboard. From there, you will find how to customize it using the “gear” looking icon in your left menu bar.

How GrabPress Works

The Grabpress plugin gives your editors the power of our constantly updating video catalog from the dashboard of your WordPress CMS. Leveraging automated delivery, along with keyword feed curation, the Grabpress plugin delivers article templates featuring video articles that compliment the organic content creation your site offers.

As an administrator, you may use Grabpress to set up as many feeds as you desire, delivering content based on intervals you specify. You may also assign these feeds to various owners, if your site has multiple editors, and the articles will wait in your drafts folder until you see a need to publish. Additionally, for smaller sites, you can automate the entire process, publishing automatically and extending the reach of your site without adding work to your busy day.

To get started, select a channel from our catalog, hone your feed by adding keywords, set your posting interval, and check the posting options (post interval, player style, save as draft or publish) for that feed to make sure the specifications meet your needs. Click the preview feed button to see make sure your feed will generate enough content and that the content is what you are looking for. If the feed seems to be right for you, save the feed and you will start getting new articles delivered to your site at the interval you specified.

I’m not an affiliate of Grab-Media, so this is just an informational article for WordPress blog authors.

 

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