Mohini Puranik

Social Media Strategist, Poet, Blogger

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Group Pins Edit Feature on Pinterest

Text Image: Pinterest Group Pin Edit Feature


We the pinners love to create boards for different topics keep pinning a lot of posts. When we have done pinning of 100s of posts and feel the need to make our board with new arrangement of pins, or we wish to do some clean up it becomes a boring and tedious task. If you are planning to redesign your Pinterest profile, don’t just worry now! Pinterest has started a new feature which allows you to copy, delete and move group pins. 

I have tried this  feature. Let’s have a quick  look at Pinterest’s gift for businesses. 

Screenshot: Edit options for a Group of Pins on Pinterest Board



# Group editing of pins allows you to


1. Copy group pins

2. Move them.

and

3. Delete a group if you no longer want them on your profile.

# It’s very easy to edit a group of pins. 


1. Just go to the a board.

2. Click on Move Pins. It appears as a ‘New’ option on your board.

3. Select the pins to move. 

4.  Choose move, copy or delete option. 

# Points to note before you move group pins:


1. You can select up to 50 Pins.

2. All these changes will not appear in the home feed of your followers. 

3. Only new pins appear in the home feed. 

# Best Option for Pinterest Visibility:


You can keep same pins on multiple boards as sometimes some posts can have two or more categories. Now you can arrange your pins with smart strategies to increase the visibility of your pins  

So, now with this new feature you can plan new year Pinterest strategy with more flexibility.

Time to get busy with pins and boards. Enjoy pinning!

I share my favorite Social media posts on my social media strategy board. Follow my board for best strategies, tips and Infographics shared on the web. 

How to Enable Search Description in Blogger

When you search any term in search engine, you get the results as the links of different sites. Every result has a small text below the link. This small blurb is known as the meta search description. Some sites do not write the search description, so the text below the result doesn’t appear as the description. Blogger has a feature to write the blurb about the site or article posted.



Why should you enable Search Description ?


The search description is like your small ad of your site or article after the catchy title. People  decide to visit site which has the information which they were searching. Search engine description with the complete information about the particular article with search engine optimization keywords can increase the click through rate.




As you can see in the screenshot above, when we click top benefits of hashtags, the first link appears is my recent article – 4 top benefits of inserting Hashtags. The words, hashtags and benefits are highlighted as they are keywords in the search text. People are more likely to read the description and hence click the link.


Screen capture below is the search result for Narayankripa which shows the short description about the site.









Step by  Step Guide to Enable Search Description in Blogger


You can add search description in every post.


But first you have to enable the option of the search description to work.


1.Log in to Blogger.com. Go to blogger draft.

2.Click on Settings.


3.Click Search Preferences.

You will see the option – Enable search description. Click on Yes.



4.Write compelling description about your site in maximum 150 characters.

5.Save the changes.


6.Now click on the Posts.


7.Start new post or edit previous one.


8.On the right side you will see the post settings.




9.Click on the search description option in the post settings.


Last step:

Write a short description of your article including the focus keyword. It gets saved automatically.


Note: If you write search description for  previous posts they may not appear immediately in the search results. Change may take some time depending on Google crawlers.


Do share your blog’s search result with and without the search description.

Recommended Blogger How To Guides:


1. How To add blogger contact form gadget on blog


2. How to enable Google plus profile as Blog Author profile in blogger posts



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How to Pin Tweets to Twitter Profile Page

Twitter allows highlight your tweets by pinning them on the top of your profile page. Pinned tweets increase the impact of twitter timeline of the user.Let’s learn more about it.



What is Pin Tweets to Profile page Feature?


A pinned post is highlighted on the top of your profile page until you remove it. 

What is meaning of Unpin a Tweet?


A pinned tweet can be removed from the timeline which is called as unpinning of the tweet.

Here are the steps to pin a tweet.


Steps:

  1. Sign in to your Twitter Account.
  2. Go to your profile page.
  3. Click on More options after Favoriteoption. You will see a drop down menu, click on Pin to Your Profile Page
  4. Confirm by the action clicking the Pin Button.


How to Unpin a Tweet from Twitter Profile Page:

  • Click on More options and Unpin the tweet.
  • Once you pin a new tweet the earlier pinned tweet gets removed automatically. Twitter asks before removing the previous tweet.


3 Tips to Pin Tweet Feature Effectively to Increase Tweet Views:

  1. Showcase your achievement by pinning it.
  2. Feature most important or the best tweet to drive the attention of the visitors among loads of tweets when they visit your timeline.
  3. Pin new tweet as the Featured tweet of the week.


Just be creative to get more tweet views!

What is your strategy to pin the tweets? 

Have you measured the impact of pinned tweets? 

Share in comments.


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How To Add Blogger Contact Form Gadget on Blog

Blogger is regularly bringing out new gadgets and keeps improving the program to enhance the blogging experience and to make it easier for all sorts of users.

Text Image: How to add blogger contact form gadget on your blog




Now, you can add the new Contact form gadget introduced by the Blogger platform very easily on your blog so that your visitors can reach you easily. For this, you don’t need to learn the complex codes or don’t even need to register any third party. The contact form is very basic, with the three fields: Name, E-mail, and Message. You can place this widget on the sidebar.

When a visitor leaves a message through this contact form, the message reaches directly to your inbox, and you can reply them directly.

Follow these simple steps to insert contact form gadget to your blog:


1. Log in to your blogger account.

2. Click Layout tab.

Screenshot: Layout and Add a Gadget Tabs on Blogger


3. Click Add a Widget.

4. Click on More Gadget tab, below the basic gadgets’ tab.

Screenshot: Blogger Gadgets


5. Click on Contact Form Gadget.

Screenshot: Blogger contact form gadget

6. Edit the title like, Contact Us, reach us, or whatever creative you title you can add!

Screenshot: How to configure contact form widget


7. Press Save. Move the widget on the place you want on sidebar.

8. Save the changes. The contact form will look like the screenshot below.





9. You can send test message to check if the form is working properly, though it is so easy            that you won’t face any problem.

Benefits of Adding Contact form Gadget:

  • By adding the contact form gadget, the interaction with your readers will increase.
  • You can get the feedback about your work and improve the content and the quality of your blog.
  • Prospective customers, who are interested in your business services or products, contact more, if they have easy contact form, with less information needed to be given as it saves their time.  


If you haven’t already created a means of contact for your readers, create it now and don’t forget to share your experiences after installing contact form on your blog.



Enjoy Blogging! 

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How to Embed Facebook Posts in Websites and Blogs


Facebook is not just a Social Networking site, but has become a big knowledge hub too. Earlier people used to promote links of websites and blogs on Facebook, but now due to highly increased use of Facebook for sharing knowledge, opinions and events sharing of Facebook posts on websites is also becoming important. The biggest socialization site is used by government officials, celebrities, public figures, writers, businesses. Their official announcements and opinions are being shared directly on Status updates. So, for the purpose of analysis, discussions, learning, reactions it has become important to share  Facebook posts on websites too. For the authenticity of the post we can embed Facebook posts onto our website or blog very easily.




Steps to Embed Facebook Posts:  


  1. Go to the Facebook post you want to embed on your website.
  2. Click on the icon which is on the top right hand corner of the post.
  3. A drop down list of options will appear, click on the ‘Embed post’.
  4. After clicking, the code will appear, just copy the code.
  5. Paste it on the website, where you want to embed the post.






If you have tried to embed posts, you might have noticed, only some posts have ‘Embed Post’ option and not all. The reason is Facebook allows sharing the posts which are shared as ‘public’. For  personal profiles’posts , depending on the settings, one can share the posts with only friends, or friends of friends or the user can keep the post public. So if the posts are not public, Embed posts option will not appear on the personal profiles. 

Embedded Post:




You can embed posts by others also. If you or the user whose post you have shared, changed the privacy settings from public to limited visibility, the post will not be visible on the website. Instead, a message will be displayed saying, ‘embedded post is no longer available.’
Please note, the user whose posts are embedded won’t be notified by Facebook.


Benefits of Embedding Facebook Posts:

  1.  Directly embedded post is clearly visible with the authenticity than the screenshot.
  2.  People can like and comment the embedded post on website, they will be redirected to the  original post on Facebook.
  3.  People may follow, thus it will increase the engagement, and following.


Have you tried embedding of your posts? 

How did it affect in growth of your fan following. 


Do share your experiences. 


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How to Stop Your Name and Face Appearing in Google Ads

Google has recently changed their privacy policy and according new terms of Services, now your name and picture will appear in Google ads! Yes in the Google ads that we see when we search anything.  Shocking, isn’t it? 



Google Plus Activity and Reviews May Appear in Google Ads with User’s Name and Profile Picture:


When you review any product in Google plus or in tied in Google services on Google maps, Google apps or Google play music store, your recommendations appear in Google plus ads. Also your activity on G + such as follows, shares, +1s will be used in commercial and promotional context along with your name and profile image.


Google has named this public sharing of your social activity on Google as Shared Endorsements.



The picture appearing in Google plus ads will be same as that of your Google plus profile. This means, because of Shared Endorsements the profile picture, name and comments by a user may show up on any of 2 million sites that are part of Google ad Network according to CNN.

These Shared endorsements are appearing in Google ads according to new TOS by default. If you are worried about the privacy of your information and photo, you can change the account settings to prevent your information appearing in Google commercials.

How to Turn Off Shared Endorsements:

 Follow these simple steps:
  1. Sign in to Gmail account.
  2. Go to Account Settings.
  3. On the left hand side you will see Google Plus, click on it.
  4. Turn Off the Shared endorsements setting. 


Or

Just click on this link : https://plus.google.com/u/0/settings/endorsementsand uncheck  the check-box next to ‘Based on my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads’ And save the change.



Please note,even if turn off Shared Endorsements, if you review any product through Google services, your name and comments will be present at that particular site, e.g. if you review your favorite music album in Google Play music store, your endorsement will be present there in the music store irrespective of Shared Endorsement settings being on or off. So, if you don’t like your name appearing publicly in any review, just don’t review them.  


The reviews done by you appear as Review tab in G plus profile, you can hide the tab from your friends by changing account settings, similarly you can hide plus one and other tabs too if you don’t wish to share your activity.

The name and profile image of the Google users who are under 18 will not appear in shared endorsements but they can still see the endorsements by their friends.

Summary:


Facebook already uses your Likes as recommendations in Facebook Sponsored Ads which appear in the right hand side bar. Also Sponsored Stories show your Likes to different Facebook pages to your Friends.

In short, though these Social Media Channels like Google Plus, Facebook look free, but they are actually making their business by using the information shared by their users.
Apart from safely choosing the privacy settings, one should always use social networking sites carefully to avoid public sharing of personal information and safety.



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