This week, the lovely and talented Shanna Gilbert of Restoration Redoux is in the Bloglight! I remember how I amazed I was when Shanna first joined Hometalk, because she kept on posting these awesome furniture makeovers, day after day. I just couldn’t believe how many projects she had up her sleeve! Shanna redoes vintage furniture, and actually started her blog as a way to personalize the furniture she sells for customers who wanted to know the story behind the piece-how cool?! Thank you for sharing, Shanna! Read it here.
We announced it previously on the Blogtalk Facebook Group, but just in case you missed it, Beckie Farrant (of Infarrantly Creative, Knock Off Decor, and Roadkill Rescue) is presenting a special webinar on how to get more traffic to your blog, on August 28, 9:00 p.m. EST.
The webinar is going to be hosted on Livestream, so we wanted to post a quick guide on how to tune in.
First, go to our Blogtalk Livestream Channel (http://www.livestream.com/blogtalk). You’ll see the screen below where you need to enter the password: Hometalk. (Make sure to capitalize the “H”!)
Once you’ve made it through, you’ll see the screen below. Instead of the colorful “OFFLINE” shot, you should see video Beckie’s beautiful smile streaming live right to your computer!
On the right, you can participate in a chat about the webinar, and you don’t need a livestream account to chat! Just choose a temporary nickname by typing what you want to say and then entering a nickname when prompted (as shown below).
You can also choose to log-in via Facebook or Twitter, but please note that what you say in the chat will also be posted directly to your Facebook or Twitter.
And be sure to stick around in the chat after Beckie’s finished for a Q&A session!
If you have any problems with the Livestream feed at any time during the webinar, please feel free to post your problem on the Blogtalk Facebook Group and we’ll help you out ASAP.
Looking forward to learning a lot from Beckie, and can’t wait to see everyone else in the chat.
Getting more likes, shares, comments, and views is especially important on Hometalk, because the more activity there is on your post, the higher up it will appear in searches and in the “Popular” feed.
Tip #1: Make sure your content is sharable.
If you share a post with a few pictures and one line reading: ”Big kitchen reveal- visit my blog for details,” you may get a few click through’s, but that’s it. You haven’t provided that “hook” that makes your post interesting, sharable, and memorable. I’m not saying you need a full tutorial, but definitely invest some thought into your description. Try to connect with your reader, and let them know what to expect when they click through.
Look at the difference:
Person #1: Big kitchen reveal- visit my blog for details: (link)
Persone #2: Big kitchen reveal – I hated my kitchen countertops since the day I moved in, but really couldn’t afford to update them (can you relate?) I heard a lot about Rustoleum paint, but I was terrified to actually try it. Well, I did and here’s what it looks like today! We did have one huge scare a long the way -here’s what I wish I knew BEFORE I started! (link).
Now who do you “LIKE” better, person one or person two? Nuff said.
This brings me to…
Tip #2: Be memorable and build relationships.
I think you can achieve this by just being yourself and I don’t think you need a fancy project, either. As long as you bring your personality to your posts, people will gravitate towards them. The more engagement your posts have, the higher they will be ranked on Hometalk.
Build relationships -no, I’m not telling you to comment on every single post (not after that recent blogtalk thread about commenting, lol), but if you start following people, and comment from time to time, they will start following you back! Building your following is essential on Hometalk. Here’s how it works: the more followers you have, the more your posts will be seen which raises your chances for more likes shares and saves. This all translates into more traffic, of course. (Psst — we’re also working on rolling out a new feature where members receive a daily digest email with the new posts of all the people they follow. This means that the more followers you have, the more inboxes your new projects will be in!)
Tip #3: Tidy blog links – (here’s my new feature announcement)
Long lines of URL (like “http://blog.blogplace.com/2012/08/the-project-i-did-this-weekend.html”) are distracting when they’re placed in the middle of a paragraph and they make posts look “spammy.” Make sure your posts look as pristine as possible by putting your blog links in the appropriate place. On Hometalk, there is a field specifically for a link back to your blog’s project post, as shown below:
Tip #4: Three pictures are worth a thousand words.
We all know the age-old saying, “a picture’s worth a thousand words”, but on Hometalk, posts look best with three or more pictures, because they fill out the project preview on the main feed. Besides, people today have such short attention spans that telling your story through pictures is much more effective than through pages of description.
Now, please don’t expect to do this and suddenly every one of your posts goes viral. It’s not magic, but if you follow this formula, your posts have a much higher chance to be “picked up” by the community. :)
That’s all I’ve got for now, but if you’re hungry for even more tips, Funky Junk Interiors and At the Picket Fence both have amazing, in-depth tutorials on using Hometalk. Also, I want to give Beth at Unskinny Boppy a shout out for her incredible post for Blogtalk on How to Go Viral on Pinterest.
BTW- If you’d be interested in writing a blog post to share YOUR social media or blogging tips with all the lovely bloggers on Blogtalk, please feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for being a part of Blogtalk. You are all amazing!