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3 best things i read

We are on the last week of the Twitter Challenge and I actually think I might miss it once it’s gone. If you want to read about the progress from last week, you can see the post here. So this week I found some great articles to feature, and I hope that you find them as helpful as I did!

1. Why You Need To Be On Pinterest by Jeff Sieh

I believe that this is a guest post by Jeff Sieh on Maximize Social Business. The reason that this is an important point is that Jeff’s  blog has one of the best names ever – Manly Pinterest Tips. In his article, Jeff goes over the reasons that Pinterest is a social media powerhouse that cannot be ignored. Did you realize that Pinterest grew by 57% compared to Facebook’s 7%? Or that it was the second highest driver of social traffic after Facebook? Or that the shelf-life of a pin is measured in weeks as opposed to hours (like Facebook and Twitter)? But most importantly, Jeff mentions that men are now getting on board with Pinterest too. I’ll admit that I have always thought of Pinterest as a mostly female platform, but men has been their fastest growing demographic – and now more men use Pinterest than read Sports Illustrated and GQ Combined. A good enough article to guilt me into giving Pinterest another look.

Find Jeff Sieh on Twitter – @JeffSieh

2. 19 Actionable SEO Tips to Increase Organic Traffic by Matthew Barby

I think it is fair to say that I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading this article. I just followed a link from Twitter and thought it would be another SEO article. A quick read, maybe a couple of good points. It’s fair to say that my expectations were not all that high. On my initial read I did not notice the green bar across the top of the article that says, “estimated read time – 53 minutes,” or I may have had a little bit more of a clue as to what I was about to read. Yes, this is a very long, very detailed article. But it is actually worth spending 53 minutes reading because Matthew does an excellent job breaking down and explaining each of the 19 tips (most with multiple examples). If you are interested in SEO, this is an outstanding resource.

Find Matthew Barby on Twitter – @MatthewBarby

3. 5 Twitter Hacks to Skyrocket Your Engagement by Tom Hunt

Since I am really working on growing my Twitter audience and engaging with them (without engagement what is the point?), this was a very meaningful article for where I am. It’s not a long read, but it has some very good suggestions as to how to get more engagement and to be known as an expert in your field. My favorite of his tips was to become a hashtag authority. Tom recommends choosing a hashtag that your target market is searching for and regularly tweeting content with that hashtag for a minimum of 6 weeks. He says in that time, you will start to be seen as a major expert in that area simply because of the number of tweets on the subject.

Find Tom Hunt on Twitter – @tomhuntio

What Are You Reading?

So these were some of my favorite reads for the week. What did you read this week that impacted you? I’d love to hear from you and maybe I will showcase it next week! Just leave a link in the comments below and I’ll check it out!

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