How to Use Google Analytics: A Beginners Tutorial

So you have installed Google Analytics and now you are wondering… how do I use this ting? What do all these stats really mean?

In the beginning Google Analytics can be a little intimidating. There are all kinds of stats and options and terms such as bounce rate.

You may be thinking, I don’t have time to learn all of this now. However Google Analytics is very important to the success of your blog and business. Once you understand where your visitors are coming from, what they are reading, how they are finding your site and what is converting you will really be able to fine tune your site and online marketing strategy.

In this post I am going to make it simple and teach you the basics and what you need to know most to gain some insight from your Google Analytics. read more…

How To Install Google Analytics On Your Blog

What is one of the first things you should do after getting your blog setup? Install Google Analytics of course!

Google Analytics will allow you to see how many people are coming to your site, what content they are consuming most, how long they are staying and much much more.

In this post, I will show you step by step how to install Google Analytics on your blog and get it setup to start tracking your website statistics.

How To Install Google Analytics On Your Blog

How To Install Google Analytics

Step 1 – Sign into Google

The first thing you will need is a Google account. If you already use Gmail then you already have one. You can sign in or create an account by going to analytics.google.com.

If you are not signed in, it will prompt you to sign in or “create an account”.

sign into google

After you sign in, you will be taken to the analytics sign up page, simply click the Sign Up button.

analytics sign up page

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Ultimate Beginners Guide To Starting A Blog

Are you ready to start your blog but not sure what exactly you need to do?

In this quick guide, I will take you step-by-step through everything you need to do to get your blog setup, configured and live on the web.

With no headaches and just 20 minutes of your time, you can have your new blog up and running!

 

ultimate beginners guide to starting a blog

Let’s get started.

The 4 Basic Steps To Getting Your Blog Up And Running

  • Choose a domain name
  • Get hosting
  • Install WordPress
  • Install a theme

Step #1 – Choose a domain name

A domain name (aka “URL”) is simply the name for your website on the web. Like http://food.com or http://allrecipes.com, your blog needs its own unique address to identify it.

If you don’t have one already, you are going to need to decide on a name (that is not already taken) for your blog.

Here are some tips for choosing a good domain name for your blog:

  • Make is unique and descriptive, your domain name should give someone an idea as to what your blog is about before they even visit it.
  • If you are branding yourself, just go ahead and use your name (if it is available)
  • Avoid hyphens and words that are typically misspelled.
  • If at all possible, get the .com name. When you go to see if your name is available, you will see all sorts of other available extensions (.net, .org, .co, etc.) but the truth is that most people still only think of .com when they enter a domain name.
  • Try to keep your domain name as short as possible – 2-4 words is perfect.
  • Don’t use any words that may be under copyright, for example don’t get FacebookTipsWithSteven.com.
  • Get creative and work in additional words known only to your niche or more common words like “my”, “the”, “a”.
  • If you are still stuck, try using a free service such as namemesh,com. This free services will generate domain name suggestions based on keywords you enter.

Step #2 – Choose a reliable web host

Choosing a good and reliable hosting company if one of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to your blog. The web hosting company is where all the files related to your website are stored and delivered when someone visits your blog.

If you start doing some research on web hosting, you can quickly become confused over the different types of hosting available. read more…

15 Must Have WordPress Plugins For Bloggers

15 must have wordpress plugins for bloggers

Do you love plugins as much as I do? They make it so easy to add great functionality to your site.

There are so many great plugins out there and often it is easy to think you need them all. Plugins make it so easy to add great functionality to your site, but too many also slow your site down.

I have tried hundreds of plugins myself over the past seven years and in the post I want to share with you the very best, tried and true plugins you should consider adding to your blog.

Here are my top 15 must have WordPress plugins for bloggers::

#1 Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO
Use it to: Improve your sites SEO.

Yoast SEO is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin that exists today for bloggers. It makes it super easy for you to optimize your blog and each post for the search engines. This is a must have if you want your blog to be found in the search engines.

Yoast has all the abilities of an ordinary SEO plugin, you can set titles and meta descriptions for all your pages and posts, but the power of Yoast lies in it’s additional features.

Yoast has a SEO grader that will automatically grade your posts/pages for how well optimized they are for a keyword/phrase of your choice. This plugin also has a snippet editor that will allow you to see what your post will look like in the Google search engine results, allowing you to make changes and adjust it to you liking.

This plugin also has an XML sitemap feature which will automatically create an XML sitemap for your site and automatically submit it to Google every time you create a new post or page. This will aid in Google finding and indexing your new posts and pages.

One of my favorite features of Yoast is their social features. Yoast SEO’s social features lets you add Facebook Open Graph data, Twitter Cards, Pinterest verification, and Google+ meta data to your website. This means you can take control over what image and description appears when sharing your post on social media.

Price: Free

#2 Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker

Use it to: Find and eliminate broken links

As you continue to add content to your site and your site gets older, some of the links stop working. It could be you are linking to content that no longer exists or maybe you have changed the URL for some of your own content.

These broken links can hurt your search engine rankings and annoy visitors.

This plugins will regularly scan your blog/site and detect all broken links. Your will receive an email with a list of all broken links so you can start to fix and address them.

Price: Free

#3 Simple Social Icons

Simple Social Icons

Use it to: Add links to your social profiles on your site

This is a handy and super simple plugin allowing you to add social icons for your social media profiles to any widgeted area on your site. You can also customize the size, color, and shape of the icons to match your brand colors.

Price: Free

#4 Simple Share Buttons Adder

Simple Share Buttons Adder

Use it to: To encourage social sharing of your content

This plugins allows you to easily add social sharing buttons to your site’s posts and pages.

This plugin is highly customization and lets you choose which post types should display the buttons and where they should appear. You can control the size, style, or even create your own custom buttons.

Price: Free (or premium for $10/year)

#5 UpdraftPlus

UpdraftPlus
Use it to: To automatically backup your site

Regularly backing up your site is one of the most important things you should be doing.

This plugin allows you to easily backup your WordPress blog and restore previously saved versions.

You can schedule automatic or run manual backups and save them just about anywhere: Amazon S3 Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, email, and more.

Price: Free (or a premium version for $70/year) read more…

10 Social Media Tools That Will Save You Tons Of Time

10 time saving social media toolsSometimes it may seem like social media can be a huge time suck. I am always looking for tools that will help me to be more efficient and save time.

In this post, I have listed 10 Social Media tools that will save you tons of time.

Quill Engage – This free tool will connect with your Google Analytics and send you a weekly summary of your Google Analytics data. The best part is that it turns all those numbers and stats into a word friendly sentences you can easily understand.

Post Planner – This tools makes it super easy for you to schedule your Facebook posts as well as discover new and popular content to post. It gives you access to an entire list of status ideas, access to the most viral posts on Facebook and insights on trending content based on your industry.

Edgar – The smart scheduling tool. What make this social media scheduling tool different from all the rest is that it allows you to recycle “evergreen” content so it will automatically post again in the future. No more having to go back and enter the same posts again and again every month.

BuzzSumo – A great tool to find find top blogs, influencers and topics based on any keyword or phrase. This tool makes it easy to find the most shared blog posts on a given topic. Use it for inspiration to generate post ideas for your future posts.

TabSite – Makes it super easy for you to manage custom aps and promotions on your Facebook page or website. With this tool, you can easily offer coupons, run contests or Groupon-like deals.

Canva – Not a graphics designer, no problem. This free tool makes it super simple to create stunning graphics.

Buffer – This super handy tool allows you to create a “buffer” of posts and then select when and how often per day you want Buffer to post them to your social networks. Found some great content while your browsing the web that you know your fans would love, simply add it to your buffer and it will automatically be sent out according to your buffer schedule.

Likealyzer – A handy free tool that will analyze your page and give you actionable tips for increasing your likes, engagement, and let you know which types of posts your fans like the best.

Social Mention – A great tool to monitor keywords and hashtags across multiple social networks. Use it to monitor mentions of your brand or custom hashtags.

ManageFlitter – A free tool for Twitter that allows you to easily find new people to follow and unfollow those who do not follow you. The paid version of this tool has some great automation features you can use to manage and grow your following.

Topsy – A powerful Twitter search tool that will help you find influencers and popular content on Twitter.

Looking for even more great tools, check out this post from the Buffer Blog

Now it’s your turn

Comment below and let me know what some of your favorite time-saving social media tools are!

36 Awesome Resources For Creating Images For Social Media

36 killer image creation resourcesUsing quality images in your social media posts is more important than ever now. Social media is becoming all about the imagery and those posts with intriguing images get noticed more and read more.

Now if you are like me and not the greatest at graphical design, then this post is for you.

It is loaded with great resources to help you create stunning images, even if you have no design skill at all.

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How To Duplicate a Facebook Ad Keeping The Social Proof

How To Duplicate a Facebook Ad Keeping The Social Proof

The best ads are the ones that generate a lot of social proof (likes, comments, and shares). When you have an ad like this, it instantly fosters trust and credibility.

Not to mention more likes, comments and shares also gives you a higher relevance score which means lower ad costs for you!

The one problem is when you want to create a new ad, to test some different targeting, you lose all of that social proof when duplicating an ad.

In this post, I will show you how you can create additional ad while reusing and keeping all the accumulated social proof from the original ad.

What Not To Do

Let’s first quickly talk about the way not to do it, this is the way most will duplicate an ad or ad set.

Let’s say I have the following ad which has a lot of social proof tied to it and I want to duplicate the ad set to target a different audience.

post with social proof

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Ultimate Guide To The Facebook Ad Pixel

Ultimate Guide To Facebook Ad Pixel

Confused about the Facebook Ad pixel?

If all this talk about Facebook pixels is a bit overwhelming to you then this is the post for you.

In this article, I will help you understand just what you need to know about the Facebook pixel and explain:

  • What is the Facebook pixel and how can it help you track conversions and retarget your website visitors
  • Where to place the pixel.
  • How you can use the pixel to improve your ad results
  • An incredibly effective ad strategy using pixels that is sure to improve the results your getting from your ads

Let’s get started!

What’s Is A The Facebook Pixel Anyway?

It is simply just a small piece of javascript code that Facebook provides for you to place on the pages of your website. This small piece of code allows you to:

The Facebook pixel is designed to allow you to:

  • Build Custom Audiences from your website
  • Optimize your ads for conversions
  • Track conversions
  • Show ads to those who recently visited your website
  • Track your website activity, allowing you to use Facebook Analytics to learn more about your website visitors

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How To Install The Facebook Pixel – The Simple Guide

How To Install The Facebook Pixel

Ready to install the Facebook pixel on your site but not sure where to start?

This is the easy step-by-step guide showing you how to add the Facebook pixel to your website.

Maybe you have heard about the Facebook pixel but you still don’t really know exactly what it is.

It is simply just a small piece of javascript code that Facebook provides for you to place on the pages of your website. This small piece of code allows Facebook to better optimize your ad results and allows you to build custom audience of Facebook users who visit your website.

Let’s get started!

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How to Use Facebook Audience Insights: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Use Facebook Audience Insights The Beginners Guide

Want to have more insight as to who your ideal prospects are, what they like, where they live/work, how much money they make, etc? Would you like to have access to all the data Facebook has so you can narrow in on the exact interests of your ideal customer?

Well with Facebook’s Audience Insights, this is all possible. Facebook is giving you access to its own data so your job is to take advantage of it and learn how to use it to your own advantage.

In this article, you will learn how to use Audience Insights to help you learn more about your audience.

What Is Audience Insights Anyway?

Audience Insights is a free tool, Facebook has created, to allow you to better target your ads and learn more about your ideal audience.

It is a tool that allows you to access the vast amount of data Facebook has compiled over the years from its users.

Available Insights

You can view several different insights on your audience:

  • Demographics — Age and gender, lifestyle, education, relationship status, job role and household size
  • Page Likes — The top Pages people like in different categories, like women’s apparel or sports
  • Location and Language — Where do people live, and what languages do they speak
  • Facebook Usage — How frequently are people in your target audience logging onto Facebook and what device(s) they are using when they log on
  • Household Data – Compiled household data including household income, home ownership, household size and spending methods.
  • Purchases Activity — Past purchase behavior (i.e. heavy buyers of women’s apparel) and purchase methods (i.e., in-store, online)

Why you should use Audience Insights

While you think you may know who your fans really are or what your ideal customer likes, with Audience Insights you can really drill down into their likes, demographics and behaviors.

This is an excellent tool to use to learn more about your current fans, website visitors or those on your email list.

But the true magic of this tool comes in when you may not have a large following and need to find other interests to initially target with Facebook ads.

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