Stop Spam from Pinterest Group Boards

Pinterest Group Boards: How to Stop “X sent you a Pin” Spam

Stop Spam from Pinterest Group Boards

Several days ago I logged into my Pinterest account. Quite many messages were waiting for me in the Messages tab.

All of them were claiming that X or Y sent me a pin. Geez, everyone suddenly started to spam me?

Very unlikely. I said to myself, “There’s something fishy here, Pinterest.”

So I took a break and I pinned something to a group board that I created.

Huge surprise… I got a message that claimed that I sent a pin. It even had the option of reporting it as spam. Kind of reporting myself for the spam I didn’t send. (more…)

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How to Prevent Linkis From Adding Frames to Your Web Pages Shared on Twitter

How to Stop Linkis From Customizing Your Pages Shared on Twitter

How to Prevent Linkis From Adding Frames to Your Web Pages Shared on Twitter

Linkis is a free app that replaces the original links (like a URL shortening service) and adds additional information to any web page their users share on Twitter.

The users can add their bio, links to their social accounts and blogs, polls, and more.

Using Linkis, Sniply, or any similar service looks like a Twitter hack that will boost your Twitter marketing and the traffic to your site.

That’s not an incorrect assessment. But let’s see the other side of the coin… (more…)

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Facebook Marketing Fails

3 Facebook Marketing Techniques to Put in Your Trash Can

Facebook Marketing Fails

So you’re on Facebook. And you’d like to promote your blog, products, whatever.

But if you annoy your Facebook friends or fans, what are the chances for your marketing to succeed?

Close to zero. Unless you target some noobs, rednecks or spammers who might even copy your annoying “awesome” techniques.

While almost everyone would agree that it’s bad to annoy the prospects, the real problem for some marketers is identifying – in practice – what techniques might annoy their friends. (more…)

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Three Easy Steps to Getting Your Twitter Share Count Back

How to Get Your Twitter Share Count Back

Three Easy Steps to Getting Your Twitter Share Count Back

Twitter pissed off marketers from all over the world. Killing the share counts in the sharing buttons was unexpected and not welcome at all.

However… “There are no problems, only solutions.” John Lennon said it.

BuzzSumo developed a Chrome extension that shows Twitter share counts for any website. In your browser. Not on your site.

Useful extension, but far from what marketers need: social proof available to everyone, not only to the users of that extension. (more…)

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Adrian Jock's Twitter Influencers List - 2015

My Twitter Heroes List. Based on the Only Metric That Matters

Adrian Jock's Twitter Influencers List - 2015

Chit-chatting about the weather, work, or you name it, may be enjoyable. And sometimes useful. But it won’t pay any bills. So… no! That metric isn’t the number of times we interacted on Twitter.

Is it the number of followers the people engaging with us have? Or maybe the number of times they favorited (well, Liked) our content? Or is it the number of times they retweeted our content? Or the reach of their retweets?

These metrics can boost our ego indeed. Some of them can even help our blogs rank better in search engines. However, the individual effect of these social signals on search engine rankings cannot be quantified in any way. (more…)

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TrueTwit Harms Your Twitter Marketing

How to Harm Your Twitter Marketing by Using TrueTwit

TrueTwit Harms Your Twitter Marketing

TrueTwit is a service that “attempts to validate your new followers to see if they are human as opposed to automated bots.” (TrueTwit, the About page)

Their verification is done by sending an automatic direct message (DM) to any new follower who isn’t a TrueTwit user or isn’t already followed by you.

If a follower gets that DM, reads it, clicks a link and successfully completes the CAPTCHA, then TrueTwit considers that follower a “validated human.”

Now let’s see whether this process helps your Twitter marketing or harms it. (more…)

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Twitter Myth: URL Shorteners Save Space

Twitter Myth: URL Shorteners Save Space – Busted!

Twitter Myth: URL Shorteners Save Space

“Q: Why do I need to shorten my URL? A: The most popular reason to shorten a URL is to avoid exceeding Twitter’s 140 character limit.”

That’s a quote from a recent article posted on the blog of a very popular social media management system.

The same idea is repeated on other social media blogs in articles about URL shorteners or branded short links. No, I’m not talking about John Doe bloggers or old articles.

What’s the reason behind so many similar assessments? Simple math counting. A shorter URL has fewer characters than a longer one. It makes sense indeed.

But is that true when we move from theory to practice? (more…)

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Twitter Update: New Retweet Button

Retweet with Comment Punches Marketers in the Face

Twitter Update: New Retweet Button

Twitter has updated its Retweet button. Now you can add your own comment to a tweet. 116 characters allowed.

Adding a comment isn’t required though. If you don’t fill in the field “Add a comment,” the button works exactly like it did in the past.

Now let’s see what happens if you retweet and add a comment…

The first impression is that being able to tell your followers the reason why you like the article you retweet is good for the original tweeterer. That’s an advantage indeed. (more…)

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Pinterest Marketing: Board Name Mistakes

6 Pinterest Board Name Mistakes That Hurt Your Marketing

Pinterest Marketing: Board Name Mistakes

Your friends and fans, the noobs, the bots and the human bots will follow all your Pinterest boards. Irrespective of what you pin.

What about the other pinners? They will follow only some of your boards.

How do they decide whether to follow or not a board? As easy as 1-2-3: the decision is usually taken based on the name of the board.

The more mistakes you make in naming your boards, the fewer visitors are converted into followers. (more…)

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