DIY: How to embed a tweet onto your website (video)

Howdy guys,

In yet another **AWESOME** screen recording video, I show you how to embed a tweet onto your website/blog. Embedding a tweet holds many advantages including that it allows people to favourite, reply or retweet straight from your website or blog, as oppose to clicking away from your blog and having to log into twitter. As bloggers, we’d like people to linger as long as possible on our blogs/websites for better statistics at the end of the day. This makes today’s DIY Monday a very handy tool to use.

Whether you use a blog like WordPress (like I do) or any other CMS (content management system) backend, the principle is pretty much the same. It should work on just about any CMS/backend. Happy tweeting and sharing everyone!

Till next time, hugs and high5’s.

xoxo

Ps. Everyone, please meet Vimeo, my new video sharing site. What do you think? Yay or nay? I lovit!

How to embed a tweet onto your website… from Meriza on Vimeo.

DIY: Why your business needs content marketing (video)

Howdy guys,

So as many of you may (or may not) know, I’ve been advocating for content marketing since forever. Although content marketing has pretty much been established in overseas markets (mostly developed countries), it’s still a relatively new concept here in South Africa. And even though I hate following western trends, I’m sorry to tell you that content marketing is here and it’s not going anywhere. So best prepare for it now. This entire blog is my business’ content marketing. When potential customers come to my blog, I’d like them to know these four things;

  • I am creative in writing and content formation and presentation.
  • I am innovative.
  • I am helpful; and
  • My pictures don’t look too shabby.

These are also the services my business offers. This blog tells potential customers a lot about who I am and what my capabilities are. And hopefully that translates into the fact that I have an immense passion for what I do, and who doesn’t wanna work with someone who loves what they do? But, while some people might not like it, many may like it a lot. And those are the people I’d love to help and work with.

For today’s DIY Monday, I’d like to share a very entertaining (even if I have to say so myself!) slideshow with you. It encapsulates the essentials on why your business needs content marketing to build and maintain a trustworthy relationship with your customers and potential customers. Please see the video below;

Why your business needs Content Marketing from Meriza on Vimeo.

 

I’ve also created a great diagram for you to download and keep close-by should you need it; Content Marketing

Ps. I’d like to apologise for posting video links (as oppose to posting the actual video). Unfortunately WordPress only really allows for youtube clips to be viewed as videos on the blog and since I don’t have a youtube channel (yet!), it prevents me from showing my videos straight from my blog. But I’m working on that youtube channel, promise. Please bare with me.

P. P. S. I know you’ll fall hopelessly in love with the background music in the slideshow and before you ask, I’ll tell you; it’s Beethoven’s Silencio.  Wowie! Isn’t it just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard?

Till next time, hugs and high5’s!

xoxo

How to merge two WordPress blogs

Howdy guys,

As you know, I’ve recently migrated my old blog’s contents into my new blog. I was struggling with how to do it and even though I trolled the internet with tips, I ended up figuring it out all my myself, with little help online. So I thought I’d quickly compile a quick guide as to how I merged my two blogs into one.

Let me start off with saying why this posed a problem to me. For those less technically advanced like myself, let me clarify firstly the rookie mistake I made; Before I tried to merge the two blogs’s content (photonistatheblog & aimtheblog), I registered the ‘aimtheblog’ name in a haste without investigating the merge firstly. As a result, the “Change Blog address” and “Transfer Blog” functions (as highlighted in yellow below) were ineffective since the blog name I wanted (aimtheblog) was already registered (by me!). So it didn’t allow me to choose the domain I wanted. As a result, I either had to find another blog name, or find another way. I chose the latter, of course.

Merge blog pic1
So here’s what I did. Instead of trying to merge the two blogs under the ‘My Blogs’ section (home/my blogs), I clicked on my old blog (photonistatheblog.wordpress.com), and then went to my ‘Export’ section (Tools/Export), see highlighted in yellow below.

Merge blog pic2

Next I exported all the contents of my old blog (photonista.wordpress.com) by choosing the free, “XML file” option. It gives you a little pop-up to confirm that this is what you’d like to do and once you click continue, the file downloads in like five seconds or something. A new pop-up will tell you that the download has been completed and then you move onto importing the file into your new blog.

Merge blog pic3
So next, I went back to my new blog under “My blogs” (Home/My blogs). I clicked on my new blog, aim.wordpress.com, then went again to Tools/Import and I imported the saved file (usually it saves under ‘downloaded files’ on your pc) and voila! Keep in mind that you’ll still have to tweak things here and there. My new blog’s theme changed but that was easy to fix, also all my widgets were gone but I added it back in a jiffy. It was very easy and straightforward.

Also just a small warning in case you are contemplating starting a new blog address; all the contents, including the comments from your old blog will be transferred to the new blog address, except for the stats and email address of people who subscribed to your old blog. So in that regard, you will have to start from scratch, so to speak which is a real bummer.

I hope you find this little piece helpful. I’m so proud of my new blog, yay!

Happy blogging everyone!

Till next time, xoxo

Facebook Content Map

Howdy guys,

I’ve had so many people ask me what the perfect daily dose of Facebook content should look like. That’s a very tough question. You have to find a balance between stimulating, entertaining and not boring your Facebook followers. Plus you must add engaging content otherwise your posts are pretty much in vain.

The whole point of posting something onto Facebook, or any other social media site, is to build a relationship with your target audience. However, you should be careful not to bore, irritate or annoy your viewers. I’ve unfriended and unfollowed many pages because I simply could not cope with their daily posts that were either too many and annoying or too little to be really meaningful to me.

In aid of this small little predicament, I’ve created what I call, the perfect ‘Facebook Content Map’. It’s a combination of posts you can use daily to interact with your audience. These few posts will keep them engaged and not irritated or bored.

What I did not add to this list is the importance that original content plays on all your social platforms. But I will post another article on why original content is so very important when sharing with your viewers.

Download the content map below and keep it handy for your daily posts.

Happy facebooking everyone!

Till next time,

xoxo

 

Content Map_Aim