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#AD Have Great Digital Skills? You Could Make Money Teaching with Pluralsight!

Pluralsight Seeks Digital Teachers to Create Online Courses!

Pluralsightt, dedicated to providing great training for Digital Developers since 2004 has been growing by leaps and bounds. If you have great digital skills and a passion to helping others improve their skills, you could make money developing online courses with Pluralsight.
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Google Plus Profile Picture Size - Free Template!

Setting Up Your Google Plus Page? This Free Template May Help!

Setting Up your G+ Page? Wondering about Google Plus profile picture sizes?  Here's a free template that may help.
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So what size should a Google Plus Profile pic be?
Glad you asked.

Creating Your Google Plus Profile Icon

Google Plus profile photos must be at least 250 px x 250 px. When setting up our latest G+ page we experimented with various picture sizes, and developed a free template you might find useful for creating your G+ profile photo.
If you upload a 250 x 250px  to be your Google Plus Profile photo, you'll find it shows the edges in your G+ Profile pic like this.
image Google Plus Profile Photo Size Example shows Blogged Tips Profile photo screen shot
Google Plus Profile Photo Size Example
In the example above, we used a 14 pt font in Lobster and Arial.
If you upload a 275 x 275 pix photo for your G+ profile picture, you'll get better results, as shown in the Google Plus Profile pic upload screenshot below.

The Google Plus Profile Pic upload cropping process removes the outer edge making a cleaner profile photo. Here's the screen shot of the 275 x 275 pix image used for a Google Plus profile photo - No edges showing!
image Blogged Tips Google Plus Profile Image 275 x 275 px
Google Plus Profile Image 275 x 275 px
To help readers of Blogged Tips make  Google+ Profile images more easily, we're sharing our Google Plus profile picture template.

How to Use the Free Google Plus Profile Photo Template

This Free Template is in Google Drive. and has an invisible inner square 250 x 250 px to help our readers align the most important parts of their Google+ Profile pic in the centre of the 275 x 275 px Google Profile Photo.
image Blogged Tips Free Template G+  Profile Photo Screen Shot  Inner Square 250 x 250 Outer 275 x 275 px
Free Template G+  Profile Photo Screen Shot
Using the Free Blogged Tips Google Plus Profile Picture Template is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Copy the Free Blogged Tips Google Plus Profile Picture Template.
  2. Add your own image or words.
  3. Download your news Google Plus Profile Pic as a  png file, and upload it to your Google + Page.
To see all the steps in our Google + Profile Photo Experiment check out the file on Google Plus .
Note: This link will open with a 3rd party ad. Click "Skip Ad" in the top right corner to proceed to the file.
G+ Profile Photo Experiment http://adf.ly/4009826/g-profile-photo-experiment-file
Wishing you success,

About Suzanne Sholer
image  Suzanne Sholer BA B.Ed Social Media Marketing Enthusiast
Suzanne Sholer BA B.Ed
Growing up a daughter of serial entrepreneurs, gave me an appreciation for small business marketing.  Add to that  a passion for empowering others, a B.A. B.Ed with undergrad courses in psychology of marketing gained through media studies, and you get Blogged Tips - A DIY file of Social Media Tips where I blog solutions to Social Media questions.
Need help implementing this tip or with another Social Media conundrum? Drop a confidential comment with your email address on any post.
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Facebook Rolls Out More Changes !

Facebook January Changes

Thinking of going away over the holidays? As of January 2015 there will be new Terms of Service that must be agreed to to continue using their services. 
Did you get your Facebook message yet?
See Details at Facebook Terms Updates

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Facebook Giveaways - Liking Pages Entries Not Allowed !

Facebook Giveaways: Policies Updates Change How Giveaways May Be Run!

Facebook released another policy update that seems to have missed the attention of many Facebook page admins. If you're a Facebook page admin, it's important to follow policy updates, so you don't lose access to your page and all your hard work. Believe me, it's not fun!
It's not surprising that many people have missed this policy update, because it's not posted in the policies update, but in the Facebook Developers blog.

Facebook Giveaways November 2014 Update - Tips for Increasing Page Reach
What does this Facebook policy change state?
Glad you asked!

Facebook Policies Update Affecting Giveaways

When Facebook updated their platform, about 90 days ago,  they also announced changes to what page admins would be allowed to do on the platform. Here is the statement pertaining to Giveaways:
To ensure quality connections and help businesses reach the people who matter to them, we want people to like Pages because they want to connect and hear from the business, not because of artificial incentives. We believe this update will benefit people and advertisers alike.
Facebook also specifically stated:
You must not incentivize people to use social plugins or to like a Page. This includes offering rewards, or gating apps or app content based on whether or not a person has liked a Page.
However, it remains acceptable to incentivize people to login to apps, checkin at a places or enter a promotion on your app's Page.  Developers had to update their apps to comply with these policy changes by November 5, 2014.
This new change is in addition to the previous policy change that prohibits pages from having contestants use inaccurate tagging, such as tagging themselves or another person on a status or picture that is not about that person, or requiring people to share items on their profiles for entries.It is also in addition to requiring Pages to post Terms of Service.
So if Facebook admins can't ask people to like their page, like a post, tag their friends or share their page, what can they do?

Facebook Giveaways Permitted Actions

While some Facebook admins are asking entrants simply to "visit" their page, hoping the visitor might like the page while they are there, it's actually counter-productive to have contestants "Like" your page. Why?
 Unless fans interact with your page, the more inactive Facebook Fans you have, the fewer people Facebook shows your posts to. What are some more effective actions?
One of the most effective actions Facebook page admins can require is to ask entrants to comment on a specific post on your  page.  The more comments a Facebook post has, the more people Facebook shows the post to,
When fans comment on a status, be sure to like their comment and reply to it, this will stretch your organic reach even further.
Another very effective action that has not yet been regulated, is to ask contest entrants to message your page. This allows you to contact the people who enter your giveaway by messaging them back or even by email.
Remember, these changes are in addition to previous Terms of Service.
How did we find out about this change in Facebook Policies? Let's just say a little birdie ...errr helicopter told us.
A helicopter?
 Yes. We highly recommend using Rafflecopter for giveaways, even on your Facebook page, and subscribing to their blog for updates.
Don't lose all your hard work. Follow Facebook's Terms of Service, and keep your account in good standing.
You might also want to subscribe to our Blogged Tips blog, for more Facebook Secrets to painlessly increase your organic reach.
Wishing you Success,
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Oops! Twitter Blocking - Twitter Unblocking - Why, How, Free Tools! [Post in progress]

Twitter Tip - Blocking and Unblocking Twitter Accounts

Reader Q - How Do I See Which Twitter Accounts I Blocked?

Using Twitter? Sometimes by a slip of a finger, we might block a Twitter account accidentally, or we might change our mind about a Twitter account we previously blocked. This post has information on Blocking and unblocking Twitter accounts that you may find useful. 

Twitter- Blocking -Talk to The Hand!

If someone blocks you on Twitter, and you try to Tweet them, you will get the message:

Twitter -Whom Did I Block?

Are there Twitter accounts you haven't heard from in a while? Perhaps they're blocked! This is what I discovered when I started searching for answers for this reader. Of the accounts I had blocked, there were two I was surprised to find in the blocked list!

Twitter Unblocking Accounts 

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3 Reasons to Send Your Facebook Page to Twitter Plus How To!

Why Send Your Facebook Page Updates To Twitter

Should you syndicate your Facebook Page updates to Twitter? Many debate the value of sending updates automatically from one social platform to another. While there are some syndications I advise against,  I highly recommend syndicating your Facebook Page to Twitter. This post has my three top reasons for sending your Facebook Updates automatically to Twitter, and a step by step tutorial on how to set up your Facebook to Twitter Syndication.

3 Reasons You Want To Syndicate Your Facebook to Twitter

Why syndicate your Facebook Page Feed feed to Twitter?
Syndication of regular sharing tasks allows you more time to do real social work-engaging with new potential clients and building a rapport. Why not Syndicate your Facebook Profile Updates to Twitter? Why not syndicate Twitter to Facebook? Leave a comment and we can cover these in future posts. Which would you like to here about first?
Syndicating your Facebook Page updates to Twitter offers several advantages for Facebook Page admins including:
  1. Facebook Syndication Brings New Active Facebook Fans. Skillfully syndicating your Facebook Page Updates to Twitter can draw new Facebook fans to your page who are used to being interactive. Facebook pages need active Fans to succeed with organic reach.
  2. Facebook Syndication Allows Longer Messages. Skillfully syndicating your Facebook Page Updates to Twitter can allow you to post longer messages that Twitter friends can access by following the link back to Facebook. Basically a form of the Twit Longer App except it drives traffic to your Facebook rather than a third party App.
  3. Facebook Syndication Save Time. Skillfully posting on Facebook and having it appear on Twitter simultaneously is a big time saver.  However, do NOT simply syndicate your Facebook to Twitter and leave it. Twitter audiences are very social and appreciate interaction. You need to show up in person on a regular basis.
Did you notice I said "Skillfully" syndicating your Facebook Page to Twitter? If you choose to syndicate your Facebook Page updates to Twitter, you will need to remember this syndication is in place when you post to Facebook to get the most out of your Facebook messages. More about the best types of messages for Facebook syndicators in the next post.

How To Syndicate Your Facebook Page to Twitter

Each time I set up a syndication package for a client, this is part of the procedure I follow. Want to Syndicate your Facebook page updates to Twitter yourself? Follow these steps:

To connect your Facebook Page Updates to Twitter.
  1. Log into the Twitter account where you want your Facebook updates to show.
  2. Log into Facebook.
  3. Go to https://www.facebook.com/twitter/
  4. Click "Link to Twitter" beside the Facebook Page you want to syndicate to Twitter
  5. Click "Authorize App" when asked "Authorize Facebook to Use Your Account?"
  6. Edit Settings. Choose which activities to syndicate. 
  7. Close Facebook Tab.
That's IT! Congratulations! You've now Connected your Facebook Page to Twitter! Go make a post on Facebook, and see how it shows up on Twitter! You can experiment with a few different types of posts, or  read our next Post : Using Facebook- Twitter Syndication Effectively.
Thanks for reading Blogged Tips. 
What Facebook Frustrations, Twitter Troubles or Blogger Bits would you like help with? Leave me a comment or connect on LinkedIn.


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Free Embeddable Online Character Count Tool by JavaScriptKit! 5 SEO Tips Using JavaScriptKit Tools!

How Many Characters? Great SEO Tool!

Need Search Engine Optimization? Long tail key words in your first 150 characters for meta descriptions are essential. Count your characters, and find out how embedding this tool on your site could help increase your SEO.
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