September 22 2011 Editor Assistance Newsletter
I've just hand coded a new Facebook sidebar for us, so that it fits within our sidebar area. You probably noticed that the previous sidebar was too big to fit into our sidebar. Facebook doesn't offer a slimmer version so I had to do a lot of hand coding to get it to work. You can see the new Facebook sidebar by going to any page on our site and looking on the right beneath the "Current Poll". It now features the latest 3 promotions on our BellaOnline Facebook Fan Page. All editors are encouraged to post BellaOnline article news here!
Since I had to hand code this, please let me know if you see any issues with it in your browser or operating system. Thanks!
Social Networking Chat
Mark your calendars! This coming Monday, September 26th at 9pm EST we'll have a chat all about social networking! We'll talk about great ways to use Twitter, Facebook and others to build your traffic both at BellaOnline and at any other sites you run. We'll talk about how to add widgets to your other sites you might maintain and how to encourage people without overloading them. We'll talk about monetizing your efforts!
Each feed has its own tips and techniques. For example, some studies seem to show that, on Facebook, asking an open question like "What did you do today?" gets only mild response. However, making a simple call to action such as "Here's my new Garlic Chili recipe! "Like" if you're a fan of garlic!" encourages people to click and to start interacting. When wording your blurbs for Facebook, think in terms of LIKE. Getting users to take that first step of doing *something* then draws them in to doing more things. You have to nudge them step by step :)
If you're not able to make it on Monday, that's fine, we'll post the full log in the Editor Assistance site when we're finished! We often run for 4-5 hours so even if you're late, come on by, we could probably still be there.
In the meantime, swing by the admin area and look at everyone else's pages in the social networking lists! Friend them all, get inspired with ideas, and stretch towards your goals!
Lisa Shea, owner
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