Saturday, August 26, 2017

How to Create a Twitter Account: Step by Step Tutorial




















This is a step by step guide to creating a Twitter account. I will also add pictures or screen shots for illustration in my basic guide. It is advisable to create 2 Twitter accounts if you have a branded domain name. The first Twitter account will be for your personal profile and the second one for your blog. I will explain with an example; my own personal account is @SabieDivine and on DivineBeautyTrends.com blog, my Twitter handle is @DivineBeautyTrends.



What is Twitter?






I am sure you have heard somehow about social media. Twitter is one of the major and commonly used social media tool in the universe.  It is a blogging tool as well. You can connect with friends and family as well as advertise and promote your business through Twitter for free. After Facebook, twitter is the best thing on the web world. With Twitter you can share your thoughts, links, views etc in just 160 characters. You can use Twitter to connect with many other like minded people, create a relationship with them as well as a marketing platform for your blog. Twitter can also be used to drive traffic and create an identity for your brand.




How to Create a Twitter Account








2.   Fill up your name, phone number and password.




Do remember that Twitter keep changing their homepage design so that the process will be the same, only button placement may differ over the time.



3. After clicking on “Sign up for Twitter” choose a “Username” for yourself or the suggested one. If the user name you chose is not available Twitter will let you know.

If you are creating an account for your blog, make sure you use your brand name as full name. Example: DivineBeautyTrends.





4. Verify your account by a verification code that Twitter verification team will send to you through an email.



Click on the link in the email to verify your account. This is a very crucial step, so do not skip or ignore it.Once you verified your account, you will be taken to “Twitter home page”, and you will be automatically logged into your Twitter account.




5. Click on “Create my account” and complete a provided CAPTCHA to let twitter know that you are human.





Creating your  Twitter Profile







           ·      Upload your profile picture by clicking on the empty profile                         photo of yourself.

· Your profile picture can always be changed anytime if you like.
·  Write a short biography of not more than in 160 characters describing yourself and or your brand.
·  Click on the "edit" button at the top right of your profile of your home page.





·  Fill out and personalize the rest of your profile information about you and or your brand; name, biography, website, and location, etc
·  Add your header photo or picture.
· Save changes if you are done filling up all your needed information.




Building Twitter followers








After creating your Twitter account, now it is time for you to link up with your friends and family. If it’s a Twitter account for your brand or business, you can link up with businesses and people of the same brand. This is called “followers”. Below are a few ways to learn how to start building followers and following people and brands;




  • Twitter will suggest to or recommend a few account as to start following with.
  •  Follow relevant ones only e.g. people you know. 
  • Twitter will ask you for permission to use your email so as to give you a list on your contacts who are already on Twitter. Choose whomever you would like to follow.
  • Follow celebrities as well.
  • You can follow celebrities as well.
  • Be active on the social media platforms.




How to Start Tweeting







Now that your Twitter account is set up, it's time to start sharing messages with your people. Learn about basic Twitter lingo and abbreviations first as you start exploring Twitter. Twitter status update only allows 160 characters so plan your words wisely. Below are links to articles I wrote about making money with Twitter and driving traffic with Twitter.


If you have enjoyed this article, feel free to share it on social media, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google plus.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

How to Open a LinkedIn Company Page















LinkedIn is one of the largest professional social media platforms.


#1. At the LinkedIn homepage, go to "Interests".










#2. Select "Companies" from the drop down menu.Click the "create" button in the "create a company page" box on the right. 



#3. Enter your name and company email address.











#4. Verify that you are eligible to create a page on your company's behalf and then click "continue".


#5. Complete your company profile.


#6. Create your company description and overview of what your company specializes in as well as its uniqueness.


#7. Add  the company logo and an eye catching background banner. I suggest you use canva free website to create a banner. It has been the best thing that happened to me. Sign up  for free at www.canva.com and start using it immediately.










#8. Engage or request your colleagues and employees. Make sure you do not use this platform as mainly advertising forum but company tips,news or industry discussions.


#9. Always include your company or website links.


#10. Include the " Follow" button. 


#11. Add your contacts.


#12. Include images, infographics, videos, and SlideShare presentations.


#13. After completing the creation of your company page, the first thing to do is to grow your community of followers. This is easily done since you have to know your target audience. They say that the best times to post on LinkendIn is midweek;Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 11 am.

Grow followers


 Start with your employees and let them be your followers so that they will add your company profile and help in bringing traffic to your professional page.
Let your customers become your followers and make sure you make regular updates so as to establish brand awareness.
 Make sure that you add rich content articles, company news and specials.
 Make sure as you do updates, you also join in the conversations and comments.
 Put images, links and videos as you update.
Engage your audience and give them all you have. They will always come back to your page and website.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

8 Simple Steps: How to Sign up for a Pinterest Business Account




Pinterest is a very popular social network for sharing and arranging in order photos or pictures. You find and then save stuff such as recipes,art work,make up tutorials, style inspiration,wedding themes, fashion etc. Just like other popular social media networks; Twitter, Facebook,Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn etc, Pinterest is very easy to sign up as well as free to join.

The first thing you should do is navigate to Pinterest home page, https://www.pinterest.com/join/. There you will be given 2 sign up choices or options.
1.The first option will be signing up with your Facebook account.
2. The second option will be signing up with your email address.



If you choose signing up with your email, www.pinterest.com 
will ask you to confirm the address by going to your email inbox and clicking on the confirmation link they have sent you. Notice that when you are done signing up, Pinterest will make your username as part of the web address. For example; my user name looks like the link below; 
https://www.pinterest.com/SabieMogojwe/

#1. Choose a Username

Choose a different or unique username which people can remember easily. You are allowed to change it later on if by any chance you have second thoughts about it.

Business Account

If you are a business or company you can sign up for a special “business” account. It is free as well. The Pinterest business account is not too different from the personal account. A few added features such as buttons, widgets etc are advantageous.

#2. Sign up for a Business Account

Sign up on the below link for Pinterest business account;
http://business.pinterest.com/  if you want to create an account for your business or company.




#3. Create Your Profile

It is a wise idea to use the same username and profile picture for all your social accounts such as Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Google plus etc if at all you have more. If you do that it will make it easier for anyone who will follow to know it’s you.


#4.You will be asked to "like" 3 topics in order for Pinterest to build a custom home feed for you.



#5. Install the Pin It Button

After that Pinterest will ask you to choose your Pinterest "save button" for your browser.This usually varies according to the browser you will be using.




Congratulations you are done with creating your Pinterest Business page. Below is the final step;




#6. Settings

After your account is active, go to your e-mail settings and turn notifications on. Pinterest will send you notifications when someone pins,follows or likes your pins,or even repins from your boards.



 #7.  Add a Pin

A pin is more like a book mark but visual or in images. A pin will take you straight to the website  of whatever image you will be pinning. As you pin an image, you will be saving it for later.

To add a pin to your boards, click on either the "Pin It" button in the website you're reading. A screen will pop up asking you to select the image you want. After selecting the image (pin) save it to a new board and name it.



#8. Creating a New Board

A board is where you save your pins (images) for later. To create a new board on your account, click your “profile button” at the top of Pinterest >click”create a board” box > choose a name to your board and category. You can choose to make it public or private.



Now you can start following people of the same interest with you. Enjoy!

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