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Keyword suggestion tools, niche finders, traffic estimators, training videos, analyzers and more:
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Keyword Tools & Analyzers

SEO Book List of Tools

Google AdWords Keyword Suggestion Tool

Google Traffic Estimator (for new keywords)

Microsoft/Bing Ad Intelligence

Google Suggest Keyword Suggestion Scraper Tool

Wordtracker Free Keywords Tool (& training videos)

Uber Suggest

SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool

SEO Book Keyword List Generator

SEO Book Keyword List Cleaner – Bad Keyword & Number Stripper

SEO Book Link Suggestion Tool

WordStream Keyword Suggestion Tool

Free Keyword Niche Finder from WordStream

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SEO diceThis week my three objectives for my social media marketing class were to do search optimization research for 15 cloth diaper board titles and their descriptions for my Pinterest business account, to research and plan a “pinning” schedule and start using Pingraphy to schedule pins to my Pinterest business account, and to research and plan a “tweeting” schedule and start using Hootsuite to schedule tweets to my Twitter business account.

Pinterest Search Optimization

I researched cloth diaper competitor’s board titles and board descriptions on Pinterest. I also used the keyword phrase “cloth diapers” to do keyword research using Google AdWords and Google site search on Pinterest (site:pinterest.com cloth diapers).

I found a better title choice for one of my five existing cloth diaper boards as well as titles for the 10 new cloth diaper boards that I need to create. I will need to create content on my site before I can create three of these new boards. Some of the new boards that I will be creating right away include: Newborn Cloth Diapers, Organic Cloth Diapers, Baby Shower Gift Ideas and Natural Babies. The boards that I will need to create content for are: Washing Cloth Diapers, Wizard Cloth Diapers and Night-time Cloth Diapers. I also have a list of keywords that I will be incorporating into the descriptions of the 15 cloth diaper boards.

What I Learned

I learned that it can be difficult to have enough of your own content to create and fill similar boards with different keywords/titles. Since the goal of these boards is to get traffic to my site, I don’t want to be pinning other people’s content to them. I also learned that it can be very difficult to choose keywords (titles) when more than a Google search is affected. In this case, I’m concerned with competitors on Pinterest, Pinterest search, and Google search.

Pinterest Pinning Schedule & Pingraphy Scheduling

I researched the best times to pin on Pinterest. I have also added in my own “theory” that I will test. I am not only marketing to working moms and “moms-to-be”; but, I am also marketing to stay-at-home moms that currently have children in diapers and may have more. My theory is that the stay-at-home mom may be on Pinterest early in the morning as well as during nap time and the late evening.

I have created a schedule that has me pinning 20 times per day. This schedule is for 5 pins in the early am, five in the afternoon and ten in the evening. Fifteen of these are scheduled on Pingraphy. Pingraphy has been “cooperating” so far. I have had problems with Pingraphy in the past. At times Pingraphy wouldn’t load and at other times my scheduled pins weren’t pinned.

What I Learned

Scheduling pins allows you to pin at peak times without having to spend your entire day on Pinterest. I have hopefully also learned what times are best to pin (for repins and likes). I will be keeping tabs on this and constantly testing.

Twitter Tweet Schedule & Hootsuite Scheduling

I researched the best times to tweet and I have created a schedule of 7 tweets between the hours of noon and 3:00. I am using Hootsuite to schedule 5 of these tweets. Hootsuite works really well.

What I Learned

I hopefully learned what the best times to tweet are and that scheduling tweets frees up a lot of time.

6 FREE & Awesome Pinterest Image Pinning Tools:

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Have you ever wanted to pin a great article to Pinterest but you couldn’t because there wasn’t a picture to pin? Have you ever wanted to pin a quote, but you needed an image?



Here are six great tools that you can use to pin snippits, screenshots of an entire web page, quotes, sticky notes and more. These sites all function as great image creation or image editing tools even if your not using the image for Pinterest!

ShotPin
ShotPin is a Chrome browser extension to make it easy to take a screenshot/snippit of any web page then share it on Pinterest. Visit the Chrome Web Store and type “Shot Pin” (with a space) into the search bar. When the results come up click on the “extensions” tab.
Pinstamatic
Pinstamatic allows you to pin a screenshot of a website, a quote, a sticky note, a Spotify Track, a Twitter profile (and last tweet), a date, a place or one of your own photos. IMPORTANT: After you press the “Pin” button delete Pinstamatic’s description and add your own. Then after you press “pin” the second time, click “See your pin”, then click “edit”, then paste the link of the site that you want the image to link to, into the link box (otherwise it will link to Pinstamatic).
Quozio
Quozio gives you a choice of 28 different backgrounds to place your quote (or any text) onto. Quozio offers images or solid color backgrounds.
Pinwords
Pinwords allows you to add text onto one of your own photos (multiple style/template choices) or you can choose one of their backgrounds.
URL2Pin
Url2pin is a free tool to help you share your websites on Pinterest. With url2pin you can share a screenshot of any website (not just a single image on the site). Just type in any url and you get a snapshot of that web page. You then have a choice of what like to do with it. Some of the choices are: you can “pin it”, “tweet it” or “G+” it.
Share As Image
Share As Image lets you highlight text anywhere on the web and easily convert it into an image. Choose from different background images or colors.

Do you know about any other image tools? Click on the “Leave A Reply” link! I love to learn about other tools!

keywords make the world go 'roundMy Social Media Marketing class was given an assignment to come up with an objective related to Twitter and then to blog about our experiences. I am currently on a “wishy-washy” weight-loss diet; so, I decided that it would be great to connect with people on Twitter for weight loss and fitness motivation. My specific objective was to find and follow twenty people that are currently involved in a weight loss/fitness program and are using Twitter for their own motivation and to motivate others. The second part of this objective was to get ten of those people to follow me back so that I could engage with them. It would be great to share low-calorie recipes and tips and ideas related to weight loss, fitness, and healthy eating and living. This assignment was due in seven days so I figured that this was an attainable objective.

I almost changed my objective within the first couple of days. Some of the hashtags that I was using to search for people were: #diet, #weightloss, #fitness, #exercise, #skinny, #thinspiration, #health, #nutrition, and #wellness. I started following nine people out of desperation. I have since unfollowed these nine people. I was becoming very frustrated and disappointed with my findings.

Here is what I found using those hashtags:

  • Websites and blogs that were using Twitter to market their products
  • Magazines and news sites related to health, weight loss and fitness
  • Anorexic people with very disturbing profiles, tweets and images. One of these images was so disturbing that I had to look away. Some of these people were on a mission to convince others that anorexia was a choice, not a disease.
  • People with random tweets about weight loss or dieting that were not currently on a diet or fitness program
  • People with very negative attitudes which became very apparent by their very negative tweets
  • People with very sexually disturbing and/or excessively profane tweets
  • People with very different weight loss ideas: One person ate celery only and another allowed herself only 400 calories per day.

Just when I thought that I was going to have to change my objective I found a hashtag that I hadn’t come across before. That hashtag, #FitFam, changed everything. It led me to swarms of people that were currently on a diet and/or fitness program. These people were posting positive tweets and were using a few more hashtags that I hadn’t found before. They made it clear in their profiles and tweets that their intent was to help and motivate others in their journey and to receive the same in return. They referred to themselves as part of the “family”. The family that they were referring to was the Fit Family (#FitFam).

I have since followed ninety-seven people; of which, twenty-seven have followed me back. I have started to engage with some of them. My next objective is to pick twenty-five of them that I will engage with on a regular basis.

The biggest lesson that I learned from this exercise is that you really need to do your research and dig deep when choosing keywords. The second lesson that I learned is that the keywords that you choose (hashtags in this exercise) vary greatly depending on what media you are using. Whether you are using hashtags for Twitter search or keywords for search engine optimization, selecting hashtags and keywords can be very tricky. Skill, research and the right resources are needed. The third lesson: NEVER GIVE UP!