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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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What types of courses does Pluralsight offer?

Pluralsight Digital Online Courses

 PLuralsight Courses to take  Digital Skills to the Next Level
Plurarsight Helps Take Your Digital Skills to the Next Level
Pluralsight offers a wide variety of online courses to help people increase their digital skills. Want to teach kids computer programming? Improve your Photoshop skills? Create Apps? Sell Video Games? You name it, they have it.
With over 4,000 online courses, you might think Pluralsight has all bases covered, but as we all know, the digital world is constantly changing, and your skills are needed.

How Does Pluralsight Pay Teachers? 

Plurasight works collaboratively with teachers to help them develop their online digital courses and curriculum. When you've completed a course you're paid for completing the course, plus residuals for as long as people are taking the course.
What are the courses like?
Courses can be taken on a wide variety of devices including laptops, desktops, and even phones, so courses are available whenever and wherever web developers want to increase their digital skills.
Pluralsight courses offer free previews, and consist of several modules.
Take advantage of a free 10 day trial at Plurasight to check out their courses, and contact Plurasightt with your course ideas.
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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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.
FTC Disclosure: Blogged Tips accepts paid advertising including affiliate links to help pay our bills. For more information see our policies page. 
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 new 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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Vizify Gives Generous Refunds! 3 Important Things You Need to Know!

Yahoo Purchases Vizify - Did You Get Your Refund?

Vizify was all about making you look awesome by visualizing the data you posted on other sites and services, while that data will continue to live on those other sites and services,Vizify began sunsetting their services earlier this year.  Did you get your Vizify refund?
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How to Decrease Bounce Rate : LinkWithin [Tips Plus Review]

How CanYou Easily Show Related Posts? Use LinkWithin!

LinkWithin a free javascript app allows you to automatically show related - or semi-related posts to readers on your blog. This can increase page views and decrease bounce rate.  Why do you want to show related posts using LinkWithin? How can you change the position of the LinkWithin related posts? How can you change the wording on the LinkWithin Gadget? These are a few LinkWithin Tips explored in this post.

Why Show Related Posts Using LinkedWithin?

LinkWithin Can Increase Page Views
When you show readers related posts at the bottom of your article, you are increasing the chances, they will stick around and read more, and perhaps even subscribe to your blog if they find it has enough interesting information. I have been using Linked Within on my blogs for quite a while, and I have been pleased with the internal referrals I see in my stats. Using the Linked Within app easily automates posting of archived headlines or images to your blog post. You can choose to have 3 or 5 related posts, and if you blog on a dark background, you can choose an option that will work for you too.

Which Blogs Work Best With LinkWithin?

LinkWithin works best when you use catchy titles, great images, and label your posts with relevant tags. While LinkWithin is most appealing on blogs that have images: ie recipe blogs, gardening blogs, how to blogs; LinkWithin will still work for you if you have no images.  No image or few images? No problem! LinkWithin will display a link list of several of your archived articles.

How to Install Linked Within Related Posts? 

LinkWithin Application
Installing LinkWithin related posts is easy peasy!
  1. Surf over to LinkWithin.
  2. Type in  your email xxx@xxx.com and url http://xxxxxxx.com - be sure it is the email you use to log into your blog.
  3. Choose your platform ie Blogger,Wordpress, Typepad, or Other.
  4. Choose the number of posts desired.
  5. Click the "Get Widget" button.
  6. Install the code in the manner specified in the directions
Have more than one blog? Simply repeat!

Installing LinkWithin on Blogger

As the dashboard on LinkWithin shows, dragging the widget to just under the posts area, is supposed to make the widget work better. It may take some time for the related posts to show on your blog,. If after a few days, the LinkWithin related posts are not showing,  or if you find you chose the wrong number of posts for the width of your blog. Go through the steps again.

How to Change the LinkWithin Position

Want to change the LinkWithin related posts position? This can be a bit tricky, and only advised if you are comfortable tinkering with the code on your site.
  1. Open the html then download and save your template. 
  2. Next search for the LinkWithin code line <div class="linkwithin_div"></div>. 
  3. Found it? Good erase the code, then paste it where you want the posts to appear. 
  4. Preview your template. Looking good?
  5. Save your template!

How to Change Your LinkWithin Words

Sample LinkWithin Section image free to use from Blogged Tips Text reads " You might also like"
Sample LinkWithin section from Blogged Tips
The words on the LinkWithin widget usually read "You may also like these stories". Does your blog have recipes, or tips, or crafts? You may wish to personalize this message. Simply use the method above for changing the LinkWithin position, but add the following line of script:<script>linkwithin_text='Your custom text:'</script>.
By using LinkWithin, you offer you readers more tempting choices, giving them a reason to linger, and read a little longer.
Now it's your turn. Tell us : How do you link related stories on your blog? Do you like LinkWithin as much as we do?Having LinkWithin Problems? Drop us a comment, and we'll try to help.

Happy Linking!
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10 ROI Tips to Help Your Biz Win! - Running Facebook Giveaways!

Facebook Giveaways 10 ROI Tips That May Help Your Business Win!

Giveaways can give a good return on investment when done properly. After researching and blogging Canadian Giveaways for several years, There are a few things I've noticed that can make a greater return on investment for a business using a giveaway for publicity and promotion.
Also on Blogged Tips: 
November 2014 Facebook Terms Update Affecting Giveaways

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Twitter Tips: 7 Tips for Choosing Your Twitter Name - Any More Suggestions?

Choosing Twitter Names? Read this!

Does your Twitter name matter? It depends. What is your purpose for establishing your Twitter name? Are you connecting with offline friends, or is it for business? Either way some of these suggestions may help you.

Twitter Tips : 7 Tips For Choosing Your Twitter Name

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Why Still Use 3rd Party #Giveaway Apps? 4 Important Reasons!

Facebook Giveaway Policies Revised Again

Facebook revised their policies regarding Giveaways in August while I was recovering from a serious injury, perhaps policing all those Facebook Giveaways became a major headache. Facebook has now relaxed many of its rules on running Giveaways. Wait- before you break out in cheers,
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Facebook Pages Introduces - 'Posted By' for Team Managed Pages- What Do You think?

Facebook Admins Welcome Facebook 'Posted by'!

Facebook introduced a new welcome addition to Facebook Pages - 'Posted by' How will this improve your Facebook page?
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