How To: Grow A Network of Social Media Followers...
Back in 2013-2014 we sat down with Inland Finder ... The company had some 234 followers on twitter and about 300 friend likes on Facebook... It had also only purchased the www.ladysmith.info domain and had approached us to Web Design and Search Engine Optimize. With our little and fresh knowledge Live Lab steadied on full steam with boastful confidence
Excited about the new Startup we called 10 local well established businesses to advertise on the www.ladysmith.info domain. 9 of them told us to F#%&Off they are not interested as they are paying the local newspapers.... Confidence smacked down within a few hours... Boomed... Bashed and Broken...
So we sat down with Inland Finder and explained to them that we are dealing with a Donkey Years ago advertising Dynamic. These businesses are NOT advanced and people still have Nokia 3310's. They have mediocre facebook pages and no clue about twitter.
The company... Not to be outdone by sharks sniffing around... Purchased 2 more .info domains... making a total of 3...
Basically the 3 adjacent towns next to Ladysmith .... In a rare twist of Luck Inland Finder had approached Geo Solutions to advertise.... Geo Solutions was not happy with the Local Advertising as their reach was local. The company saw potential as made an offer to purchase Inland Finder. The offer was accepted and the new bosses insisted that rural areas be tagged. Geo Solutions provided Live Lab Design with a list of areas that the company operates and we tagged these areas to the Key Words...
Numerous Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc accounts fell under our Social Media Management and the responsibility to grow their following was enormous.
We only followed back mostly and saw steady progress... We also only retweeted and shared verified links, stayed away from news and focused primarily on happy build a life for yourself content. Most of our following was farm and small town people. Rural Entrepreneur Development...
People began to Notice... More importantly Inland Finder's following grew... The company had found some good local businesses with the added trust.
So we did not feel so bad about all the data blown and costs spent in theory and development. Facebook nor Google or Twitter can control the internet. It can control your feed but sooner or later something or someone smarter comes along. Betting on them is like betting on Nokia back then. The wonder of evolution and time. However these two giants seem stable minded and look like they will be around for some time so we going for the safety and give them the Thumbs Up. Similar to a Nokia they did the Job and Seldom Break. The sponsored posts are an awesome feature.
We also began following followers of interest, retweeting, sharing other businesses and influencers content. everyone has a story to tell. So our follower counts are wonkey and we Love IT..
Time, Patience and Real Content that makes a difference and changes peoples lives... As you cannot milk skinny cows... You first have to Fatten them up...
How to Google Webmaster Verify Your Joomla Website Using the *head* tag on your Joomla 2.5 Template
How to Google Webmaster Verify Your Joomla Website Using the *head* tag on your Joomla 2.5 Template...
Google Webmaster Tools are Great for Webmasters, User Friendly, and Easy to Understand.
Google Webmaster Crawl, Fetch as Google and Indexing Your Website - Google Webmaster - Indexing and Crawling your Website - This is a Useful Feature allowing Google Bots to Crawl and Index Your Website. You can add multiple websites within the Webmaster Tools Framework.
A Google Gmail Account is required to Access Google Webmaster Tools...
The *head* tag can be found on your Joomla Template - Templates - Select Template - CSS Personal - Index.php...
Put Your Small Business on the first
page of Google… So naturally curiosity will kill the cat… as Google to me always seemed
to be an awesome cat and mouse tool… Could this really be done...?
Watch the SEO and OBF Video Below
SEO stands for Search Engine
Optimization and having a website alone is not sufficient… Online Business Footprinting is the activity businesses share utilizing online Tools - Apps and Software so before you go
around paying 5k for a 3 month stint to an ‘expert’ here is how you can tackle
the SEO basics for your small enterprise…
Your Business Domain Name Your Domain name is most
things, the be all and end of all of it all.
Avoid long domain names.
Simple Domain names that encompass your business framework and the design of your
business. You can opt for many different types (.com - .co.za - .biz - .info etc).
Good Hosting Costs Money –
Expect to pay between R50 to R150 a month (+-1.2K (R1200.00) a year) for a reliable and good host. Also
check the track record of the hosting company. You need a company that has been
around as you cannot afford to lose your site(s) in the coming years. For some
reason we cannot host with Google in South Africa…
Learn the Basics of Web Designing
Menus and Articles and how they
relate or function around your programme. Request access to the Back End of your
Also of benefit is the
critical Meta Data and Keyword inputs.
Meta Data and Keywords Location of services - for
example with Inland Finder the company wanted to tag rural areas so rural people could
find and access related services at a fraction of a cost… at the same time provide a platform for small businesses and entrepreneurs to advertise cost efficiently yearly... We had to assume the
cheapest mobile device utilized in this limited geographical area would search...
So we tagged *Rural Areas –
Business Categories – Services Offered – Population Dynamics – Maps*
It would be impossible and
highly a waste had we sourced domains for farm areas so we sourced the closest
sizable towns with .info domains
The result… completely
satisfied clients… Inland Finder allowed ordinary individuals and businesses
the opportunity to be found online and networked to millions worldwide at any given time.
Dominate HTML Markups
Spread your Pages across all
Social Networks (Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn – Pinterest – Google+ - etc.). You could trysetting up a google+ page for your business or understand how to get maximum benefits from your facebook business pages.
HTML Markups are the end part of your address links… Try and keep them consistent as this will help your overall SEO in the future.
A Blog is the best method to
drive traffic to your business website. The earlier you start the better and always blog relatable content. Do not blog out your business scope. You want to look intelligent and not stupid…
We found Blogger to be useful and simple as the platform is owned by Google... There is also Wordpress which enables more functionality...
Link your blog to your social networking and spread your pages across all social networks. Not all networks will grow at the same rate. Always prioritize growing your smallest network first.
Make use of the provided analytical data tools to assess growth and post reach. Invite friends and people of similar interest which will in turn grow into communities over time. More SEO Videos - Live Lab SEO - Youtube
Resize and crop your images for Facebook, Youtube and Websites
Today there are innumerable uses for photos and images on the web. Websites need favicon and content images, people need Twitter profile pictures and Facebook profile banners, others want to create custom-sized photos for other uses – the need is endless.
To optimize images for web use, you likely need to resize, crop or change their file format type from the source image for their final use. And to optimize your website for site speed, it is best to not resize large images on the fly, but to use properly sized images in the first place, which are typically smaller.
There are many big, complex image manipulation tools available for such work, but not everyone can afford to buy Photoshop or even figure out how to do such simple tasks in its cluttered, confusing user interface. Finding and learning how to use a big tool’s favicon generator, Facebook profile picture editor, Twitter picture size editor, or even performing a simple photo crop is usually an exercise in frustration. What most people really need is a simple image editor tool for cropping and resizing photos and graphics.
Internet Marketing Ninjas is pleased to offer just such a tool for webmasters, social media fans, and everyone else who wants a simple tool for work with images for the web.
Favicon Generator to Crop Images for Twitter, Facebook, and More Tool
The Favicon Generator to Crop Images for Twitter, Facebook, and More Tool is the dream image utility tool for easily converting your favorite digital image into a favicon, a Facebook profile picture, icon or banner, a Twitter profile picture or icon, or simply cropping and resizing an image for many other popular online uses.
To use to free online image editing tool, simply follow these instructions:
On the toolbar, select the location of the image source (My Computer or URL):
If the image file is stored locally, ensure My Computer is selected, click Choose File, select the file, and then click Upload.
If the image file is on the web, select URL, type or paste the image URL in the resulting text box, and then click Upload.
If the image is large, you can either click and drag the selection box to crop the image for the content you want or drag one of the selection box border handles to resize it. You can also click and drag the mouse to create a custom-sized selection box.
To resize the image, click the Choose a Size drop down list and select a predefined output size. Options include:
Custom (use the mouse to size the selection box)
Facebook cover photo (850x315)
Facebook icon (180x180)
Twitter icon (400x400)
Twitter header image (1500x500)
Google+ icon (200x200)
Google+ cover photo (1080x608)
100x100 (common forum/profile sized icon)
50x50 (common forum/profile sized icon)
48x48 (common icon size)
32x32 (common icon size)
24x24 (common icon size)
16x16 (common icon size)
User Input (on the keyboard, manually set custom width and height dimensions)
Once the crop area and image size is selected, click the Format dropdown list to select an output format. Options include:
JPG (best for photos)
GIF (not suitable for photos)
ICO (used for creating a favicon.ico file)
Click Done Editing to resize the image.
To save the edited image, click Download. To send the edited image to a user, type or paste an email address in the Email text box and then click Send.
Click Start Over to edit another image or discard the changes to the current image.
Internet Marketing Ninjas is pleased to offer this free tool to SEOs and webmasters.