5 Tips to Increase Your Facebook Reach

Social Media Tips and How To's

When you post a status or a link on your Facebook page, underneath it appears your reach, a measure of your posts views by users in their news feed or on your page – usually this is much less than your actual likes for your page. What we all want to know is how to increase the reach on each post.

Here are five quick and easy tips to help you
increase your Facebook page reach for posts.

5 tips to increase your reach on facebook

Post often – but not too often

Posting a couple of times a day at intervals means that people in different time zones will see your latest post – using the Facebook schedule option you can schedule posts to go when you are not around. However, posting too often means that people will either hit that spam button or hide your updates from their news feed.

Share – but not only your own stuff

Some of the most popular sites within the Kids Blogging niche have grown not from a blog but instead from sharing ideas of others and then the blog has come afterwards. People love seeing ideas and inspiration from others that you value instead of a sales site. Facebook should be seen as a community of loyal followers that you are building.

Use Photos

In your news feed a picture stands out – it takes up a space and jumps out from the mass of word status updates that you see. They are also shared more often than any other sort of post – suddenly for a picture post your reach can far exceed your number of likes as it goes viral on Facebook being shared over and over again. Putting your water mark on the picture will ensure that it gets back which page/url the picture comes from in the first place.

Ask simple questions

People like to talk about themselves and their kids. A simple question like – “Where are you from?” can get many more responses than something more relevant to your content that requires more thought to answer.

Keep it short

From some research by Virture on post length it’s best to keep your posts short and sweet – up to 90 characters there is a great response. The longer the post the less people will comment or like it.

 

What works for you to increase your reach on Facebook?

 

15 Pinterest Boards for Blog Tips & Advice

I actually find these blogging and social media Pinterest boards few and far between. It seems every blogger has one in their boards, but often they’re close to empty. So I’m excited to share some boards that are filled with how to’s and information in all aspects of blogging.

From photography to Blogger to social media to ebooks. You’ll find your answers in these 15 Pinterest Boards for Blog Tips & Advice.

To start you off, the Blogging With Kids Pinterest Boards are ones you’ll want to follow for sure. We’re just starting out pinning to them, but they will be filled up with blogging goodness in no time!

15 Pinterest Boards for Blogging Tips & Advice

15 Pinterest Boards for Blog Tips & Advice


Blogging Pinterest boards from the big wigs:

 

  1. Social Media Infographics: A social media board specifically for those infographics that are so handy to check out by Your Social Media
  2. Blogging 101: From making the Blogger to WordPress transfer to Google+ Events to How to Get Readers, The Sits Girls have pinned the answers! 
  3. BlogFrog Reads: Pins full of tips and tricks of blogging from BlogFrog.
  4. Michael Hyatt’s Blog Posts: If you don’t already follow his blog (I recommend that you do), you can catch up with the pins for his this pinterest board. Great blogging advice. 
 

Pinterest boards to make your blog pretty:

 

  1. Blog Design & Tips: Make your blog pretty with the design tips pinned here by Happy Homebird.
  2. Social Media Icon Sets: Some seriously pretty amazing (and pretty!) social media icons are pinned here by Type A Conference.
  3. Typography: Just because its fun, I have to share Creative With Kids‘ fun board of fonts to download and use on your blog!
  4. Photographer Tips: Rebakah Lyn Photography has photographer tips pinned!
 

Pinterest boards for the business side of blogging:

 

  1. The Business End of Blogging: Treating your blog like a business is sometimes hard to do, and there’s a lot of ins and outs to it. Don’t miss a pin from A Mom With a Lesson Plan!
  2. Working with Brands: More specific than just the business side of blogging, we all want to know how to get in and work with brands!
  3. Writing an eBook: And when you’re ready to make the leap of becoming an author, A Mom With A Lesson Plan just did and pinned a ton of useful links.
 

Pinterest boards for general blogging information not to miss:

 

  1. Better Blogging: Tinkerlab, along with a few others, have a collective board of general pins to help with blogging!
  2. Tips for Mom Bloggers: A collaborative board headed by Lisa Nolan for blogging tips specifically for the Mom Blogger niche.
  3. Blogging Information: Full of general blogging information that you don’t want to miss, pinned by Rainy Day Mum and others!
  4. Unique Geek Speak: Yet another tips, tricks and tutorials for blogging board that you really don’t want to miss. Headed by Typecast and others.

 


 

No excuses anymore that you don’t know how to do something, right?

 

If you have a blog-related Pinterest board,
share it with us in the comments!

 

Better Photography with these Composition Tips

A common misconception in the photography world is that you need a DSLR to take good pictures. I won’t argue that DSLRs take a better quality photo, but there are many more factors that determine if a picture is good or not such as composition and lighting. Today I will be reviewing some easy techniques to improve composition and lighting which can be utilized with any point and shoot camera!

 

Rules of Thirds

One of the simplest rules of composition is called the rule or thirds. If you separate your picture into thirds (vertically or horizontally, or both) you want the focus point to land on one of those lines, or even better, where two lines cross.
ROT

 

A quick example.  Here’s a snapshot I took of my boys playing with water balloons.
rotbefore

 

A quick crop to make it agree with Rule of Thirds and I find it much more visually appealing.

rotafter 

 

Of course as with every rule, there are exceptions.

 

logansillygiraffe

 

Camera Vantage Point

Also, try different angles and vantage points. Get down on the ground or up on a chair.

Here I am standing up and looking down at the subject.

DSC07723

 

Here I squatted down and got a more interesting shot.

DSC07722 

 

That’s my basic intro to composition! The best tip I have is to try new things and see what fun pictures you can come up with!

 

SEO Tip: Keywords

Today's Blogging Tip

I quickly mentioned “Keywords” the other day in how to use image alt and title descriptions as a SEO tip.

Google likes keyword rich content. More importantly, it likes it to pertain to your actual content (not just keyword filled for no apparent reason).

When I started trying to figure out SEO, I had a few questions about keywords:

  • What keywords should I use in my posts?
  • How do I make them my keywords?
  • What can I do to maximize these keywords for SEO?
SEO Tip: Keywords

 

What keywords should I use in my posts?

The keywords are what a reader would use to search for in Google to find your post. It should be relevant to your post. They’re not necessarily a word like “toddler” or “activity”, but can be a phrase such as “toddler activity”.

For instance, the 50 Activities Just For Your Toddler post is my most searched post on hands on: as we grow (it brings in the most traffic from Google). The keywords for this post could be:

  • toddler activities
  • sensory activities
  • toddler art
  • toddler crafts
  • toddler sensory activity
And so on. 
 

How do I make them my keywords?

Google looks for keywords in a lot of places.

  • The Title of your post/blog. This is what you see in the tab or at the top browser window. You want to make sure your title of the post shows here, not just your blog name.
  • Post titles. (H1, H2, H3 headings, these will also probably be your blog title and sidebar titles).
  • The URL. (By default, the URL is the same as your post title but with hyphens – and some other exceptions – but you can change this to make it even more keyword rich if needed.)
  • The beginning of your post. The first paragraph should have your keywords in it!
  • Image alt tags.
  • Post content.

 

These are very important places to make sure you include your keywords in order to optimize your SEO. A biggy is your content. You need to have your keywords in your content! And for SEO purposes, the keywords should show up the most in your content. Checking back in with the 15 minute SEO guide, number 4 on the list is about keyword density:

Keyword density in document text

Another very important factor you need to check. 3-7 % for major keywords is best, 1-2 for minor. Keyword density of over 10% is suspicious and looks more like keyword stuffing, than a naturally written text.

 

You can check your keyword density using a keyword density checker! (They make a tool for everything, don’t they?) This one only shows it based on a word and not a phrase, but if gives you an idea of your most used words, as well as if you’re getting a little wordy (you may want to cut out unnecessary parts in your post to make your keyword density higher). Just try to get those main keywords in the 3-7% range.

Bonus tip: Google loves to look at larger text, or bold or italic words in your content. Try to work these styles of formatting with your keywords into your post as well when its fitting!

 

What can I do to maximize these keywords for SEO?

To maximize your keywords even further, you can use Google’s Keyword Search Tool to analyze the best phrases and words that people are looking for. 

You type in a phrase, or two, of what you believe to be your keywords and Google will tell you how many monthly searches are made on that phrase, and what kind of competition that it gets. The lower competition the better. The higher the number of searches, the better. The goal is to find the best balance of those that fit with your keywords.

This keyword tool will also give you suggestions of other phrases you might want to try.

For an example, I entered in the above keywords that I mentioned for the toddler post. What would be ideal is if my post was about ‘games for babies’! A ton of monthly searches on that, with very little competition. Unfortunately, most of the keywords for this post have a medium competition, but the monthly searches are decent.

SEO Keyword Tool

 

This will be something you’ll have to play with to get the hang of. Give it a shot!

 

Social Media: Setup DLVR.it

Social Media Tips and How To's

Using social media can be time consuming – you pop on to share a post and get sucked in to spending time surfing, chatting, or browsing so it’s always good to know that you can share your content easily within one of your networks without having to put in time.

how to use dlvr.it

For sharing to Twitter we have already said about setting up your facebook page to update to twitter automatically which is a good move, but how about sharing content? With Rainy Day Mum I use DLVR.it – this is straight to Twitter and it’s working as a way to share my content, I’m seeing DLVR.it as one of the top 10 referrers in my stats each month.

How to Set up DLVR.it

dlvr.it

In DLVR.it register with an email and password

setting up dlvr.it

It will ask for your blog URL or Feed – at Blogging with kids we use Feedburner for our RSS feed so I added that into the URL.

dlvr.it for twitterThen click the large Twitter Icon. You will either be asked to authorize the app or to sign into twitter.

dlvr.it set up to twitter

Then you are good to go.

A note about scheduling to Facebook

We advice against this – everything that we have read and seen from our own facebook pages is that scheduled posts via a system such as DLVR.it, Hootsuite etc… has a smaller reach than when you post yourself. Take these 2 posts from my Rainy Day Mum Facebook Page – they were posted within 30 minutes of each other and the reach for my test DVLR.it post is 200 people less than the post that I wrote myself.comparison of scheduled vs normal posts in facebook

Social Media: Setup DLVR.it
 
Recipe Type: Social Media How To
Author: Blogging with kids

 

A quick how to on setting up DLVR.it to share your blog content with Twitter
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sign in on http://www.dlvr.it
  2. Add your blog feed URL
  3. Authorise the DLVR.it app to use Twitter
 

Would you like to have your blog tweeted to the Blogging with kids Twitter followers – then leave a comment – join our community and we’ll add your blog feed