How To Ask Facebook Questions

Today I wanted to run a poll but to do so I had to go through Facebook Questions. And, when I could not see anything obvious about asking questions on my Personal Profile, I consulted Facebook’s Help Centre

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Which is fabulous… but where exactly is the sharing menu?

I scoured my profile page but could only see the option for a status update, pictures, link or video.

Curiously, it transpires that it’s not on your main profile page but on the Home Page where your newsfeed resides.

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Click the ‘Ask Question’ link and you will be offered the chance to ask a question in a drop down box.

Below the question box is an option to ‘Add a Poll’. You can add in as many boxes as you like.

It’s slightly different for Facebook Business Page Questions.

Here, the Ask a Question link is actually on the wall rather than the Newsfeed on the Home Page. Add a Poll is in the same position in the dropdown menu that ensues. Click on that and it opens up all the poll options.

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If you have any Facebook Questions – whether it’s using it for Business or pleasure, give us a call at Lollipop Local.

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Why Use YouTube for SEO?

youtube for seo“So why do we need a YouTube account as well as a Facebook account? Surely, we can just post the videos onto Facebook and they’ll get seen?”

Yes, they will certainly get seen by people viewing your Facebook page but will they get seen by the people who prefer the YouTube platform over Facebook and, more importantly, will they get the same exposure from the search engines?

A growing force in getting your business ranked, particularly when it comes to Google, is VSEO – video search engine optimisation. Rather than just uploading them to your website or Facebook page, a YouTube account allows you to optimise your business videos properly so that you get the full value from them.

Using the keywords you have identified for your product or service, you need to fully complete the title, description and keyword sections for each individual video, as well as using the geotagging function so that Google knows this video relates to your business address. Make sure you put your url into the description so that people who enjoyed watching can click back to your site, as well as getting yourself a link from YouTube. January 2011 edit:  Having said that, YouTube links are nofollow – this means Google does not give any juice back to your site from the huge authority of YouTube but it is always good to have a mix of nofollow and dofollow links.

If you’ve uploaded your videos to your YouTube site, you can then use the embed code to put them onto your website and every time someone watches the video on the site, it equates to a view on the YouTube account helping to prove the popularity of your YouTube site. They can also be manually posted to your Facebook wall or automatically linked to it through one of the Involver apps.


Why Use YouTube for SEO? Video Search Engine Optimisation is becoming more and more evident on Google SERPs

The value of this optimisation is definitely borne out by the video I have done for Essex local SEO Services. Searching from my location in Essex, my video appears at position number 3 for that search term underneath two of my site’s pages. And we’re talking the ‘Everything’ section of the Google SERPs, not the exclusive section for Video results. This ‘weighting’ of keyword-relevant videos adds a whole extra dimension to the search results page and, currently, works better than many Facebook pages for ranking on Google because of their association with YouTube.

January 2011 edit: Even today, six months later, that video is still at position number 9 on the first page of the Everything SERPs for Essex local SEO and Essex local SEO Services

Originally posted 2011-06-20 09:48:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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When OnlyWire Plugin Goes Wrong On Yelp and Posterous… and Twitter… and Linked In… and

onlywire pluginMy Posterous and Yelp accounts are full of dead links because of a problem between OnlyWire and WordPress scheduler. I can also seeing the dead links going out on Twitter, which probably means that they are going onto my Linked In account as well.

The OnlyWire plugin sets things to post by default on the day that you schedule. If you decide to change the scheduled day on the blog, it seems to be impossible to stop OnlyWire from still sending out the notification and the link to all the sites on your list on that day.

Hence the dead links… because the post has not gone live on the site. I’ve also noticed that I have about 250 posts waiting somewhere in limbo in the Onlywire distributor where I have scheduled and then changed my mind about the date on the blog. I had to turn off the submitter and raise a ticket with their Support who deleted the queue of unwanted posts 24 hours later.

onlywire to yelpI was a little confused when I first saw the link to Yelp on the OnlyWire list in the first place but, since I do have an account with Yelp, I thought it might set up a nice feed on my Business Page so I could spread some useful information about Local SEO. What it seems to be doing is posting links on the conversation part of the Chicago site, which is a little bizarre.

Naturally, some of the residents of that particular forum were not especially impressed to be receiving a lot of dead links… but it seems that I am unable to comment on my own thread or to contact the other members by private message.

I keep getting an error which says that Yelp is too busy for anyone to make any posts.

Anyway, I shall allow this post to go to Yelp and hope that they will accept my apologies – then I will discontinue the feed as I don’t want to be associated with spam.

onlywire plugin on wordpress postsAnd, in the meantime, I have unchecked the Autopost All Articles box in the Onlywire settings and will have to ensure that I don’t put my X in the Post This To OnlyWire box on each post until I am absolutely certain that I want it to go out that day – which rather messes up the whole purpose of the scheduler.

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Link Blog To Facebook Page With Networked Blogs

With the constant instruction that content is King, many people want to know how to link their blog to their Facebook Page to ensure a constant stream of status updates on autopilot.

Ways to Link Blog to Facebook Page

You can use RSS Grafitti or Networked Blogs.

Link Blog to Facebook Page using Networked Blogs

link blog to facebook page 1From your Facebook Page or Personal Profile, type Networked Blogs into the search bar and you should see the App for it appear in the drop down menu. Click through and you will see a page that offers you the options to register and syndicate your blog in the top left hand corner.

Click on Register and you will be given a box into which you can type the name of the home page of your blog – http://www.YourDomainName.co.uk. Don’t jump ahead like I tried to and add /feed because it will bring up an error message register a blog on networked blogs

register to link your blog to facebook page via networked blogsYou will then see a page asking for various pieces of info – the home page of your blog http://www.YourDomainName.co.uk/slug-of-blog-page, the keywords you want to be recognised for and the feed address which is http://www.YourDomainName.co.uk/feed and will probably already be completed for you. Make sure you also fill in the name of your blog and the language it will be written in – English in most cases. It’s about half way down the first drop down menu and needs to be clicked so you can accept it.

how to install verification widget from networked blogs to blog widgetOnce you click Next, you will be asked whether you are the author of your blog. So long as you have access to the dashboard of the WordPress blog in question, you will be able to proceed quickly if you click Yes. You will then need to have it confirmed that you are indeed the author.

There are two ways to be verified as the owner – by adding some code onto the website itself or by receiving authorisation from ten of your friends. Click the ‘ten friends confirmation’ option and you will need to select from a drop down menu the ten friends that you want to ask. It is far quicker if you can just put that code into a widget on your website.If you have WordPress on a self-hosted blog, just highlight the code in the first option box by putting the cursor onto it and clicking ctrl and A, then ctrl and C to copy it.

how to add networked blog widget to blogNow go to the dashboard of your WordPress blog. Click Appearance and then Widgets from the drop down menu. Drag a ‘text’ widget from the central panel into your sidebar and allow the box to open. Paste (Ctrl and V) the code into the text box. Save and then return to networked blogs to click the ‘Verify Now’ button.

You should then get a confirmation message that you have been verified.

syndicate a blog to facebook wall via networked blogsNext up, go back to the top right of the page and check the Syndication option which is alongside Register.

choose a blog to syndicate to facebook with networked blogs

Choose the blog you want to link to your Facebook Page from the list in the drop down menu.

Then, in order to link blog to Facebook Page, check the Facebook option and select your blog and/or personal profile by pressing the ‘Add’ button beside it.

Go down to the bottom of the list and check ‘Close’.

publish blog posts to Facebook with networked blogsIf you’ve done it all properly, it will confirm this and then offer you the option to customise how your posts look on Facebook with the choice of images from the post or just a blog thumbnail.

From there you can link your Facebook Business Page to your Twitter account to ensure that the content is leveraged as a status update on both Facebook and Twitter.

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Who We Follow and Unfollow on Facebook

Why We Follow and Unfollow on Facebook infographic

Interesting infographic from NMIncite and Social Media Examiner about why we follow and unfollow people on Facebook. Friends and Frenemies as it was described.

Who We Follow On Facebook

The 82% who follow ‘people they know in real life’ is not really a surprise.

And I guess neither really is the 8% who trawl the internet following people they find physically attractive, which probably explains the collection of gentlemen who want to be my Facebook friend when I have no clue as to their identity. I suspect I should feel flattered

Who We UnFollow On Facebook

Over half the unfollows were due to offensive comments and 39% for persistently selling stuff – a warning for all of us who mix business with pleasure a little too often.

 

I did smile at the stats which say that men are most likely to use social media for business networking and dating, whilst women are more likely to be looking for discounts and to give positive feedback.

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