Share Your Wedding Plans with Your Own Blog

Your wedding day is certainly a wonderful event in your life. Since you get married once in a lifespan, you need to pre-plan your wedding day to make sure it will be memorable for the rest of your life. One such way to make your wedding feel extra special is by starting your own wedding blog.

A typical blog consists of a series of articles with visuals and video written and dated in a sequential order. You can share your blog (and thus your special wedding) with the world via the Internet. Besides wedding blogs, you probably have run across many other types of blogs such as: fashion blogs, sporting events blogs, scientific blogs, pet blogs, and so on. Your wedding blog is one of these “types of blogs.” Most brides schedule time into their wedding planning to use a blog to assist in their planning of “to do lists” and to have their special friends and guests participate in online discussions via your blog. When I needed to find wedding music in California, I asked my guests to leave their comments and recommendations after my blog post.

A common question I hear a lot is, “Why do I need my own wedding blog when I already have a wedding coordinator to support me?” What an excellent question! Your wedding blog can assist you in planning your wedding more effectively and resourcefully. More notably, it will serve as an interaction channel between you, your family members, friends and guests. Your acquaintances and attendees can discuss the progress of the wedding planning with you; they can offer you advice and guidance based on their experience; you can also communicate with many other people online who are enduring the same task. You might find more in-depth ideas and answers by browsing the blogs of other brides.

You should launch your blog prior to mailing out your wedding invitations, conceivably closer to mailing your “Save the Date” invitations, so that guests and family members can go to your blog for travel details and for any new information about your wedding plans.

It’s possible that your blog becomes popular with other brides because the information that you provide serves as an in-depth international wedding guide.

Lastly, you don’t require advanced computer or design skills to create your blog and to write informative posts. All you need is a common familiarity with computers and the Internet and you can establish your own blog in less than a half-an-hour. You can use free blogging services and platforms such as WordPress.com and Blogger.com. You can also find special wedding sites that allow you to setup your own wedding blog. These are all free services so you don’t have to dig into your wedding budget.

Even after your wedding day has ended, your blog will resemble a charming “diary” and journal of all the special moments and decision-making prior to your special day.

Marriage is a special event in your life, filled with emotion and passion. Tracking all of those special moments is just as important. So use a blog to share your wedding planning activities and the special moments that you experienced during your wedding ceremony.

How to Promote Yourself on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is currently the largest professional network that makes staying in touch easy. With over 150 million users, this networking website is much more than a place to post your resume on the web for others to see. Whether you are looking for a job, in search of an employee or wish to find a new business opportunity, there are many great ways to promote yourself on LinkedIn.

If you were to ‘Google’ yourself or your business, the chances are that you would find that your LinkedIn profile appears at the top of the search results. This clearly shows that this networking site is very powerful and that the majority of us should be using it.

Here are a few ways to promote yourself on LinkedIn:

Create a Great Profile

It’s essential that you have a great profile on LinkedIn. Your goal here should be to make your profile so interesting that people will want to get in touch with you. Instead of focusing on yourself and your accomplishments, put your focus on what you can offer others. Do not use your profile to talk about your past history and achievements, but rather use it to state what you are currently doing and what people can expect from you in the future. People are more interested in what you are working on now rather than what you have done in the past.

You can add up to three website links to your profile so by all means take advantage of this. But instead of using the default settings in the drop-down menu, type in search engine-friendly text. For instance, instead of “My Company” type in “home builder in Phoenix” and instead of “My Blog” use something like “home builder in Phoenix, Arizona”.

Do take the time to fill out your profile completely. If you fail to do so, people will wonder if you are lazy or if you have something to hide. You certainly don’t want anyone who views your profile to think either of these things so fill it out and keep it updated.

Import Your Blog’s RSS Feed

If you are like most professionals, you probably have a blog. If you don’t, you can import the feed of your business blog. Doing this allows people in your network to read your updates as you publish them. Of course, you must see to it that your blog contains relevant and interesting information that people find useful so aim for fresh, high quality content.

Join Groups and Be Active

LinkedIn has thousands of groups you can join to discuss news and topics with like-minded individuals. When you are in a group you can contact anyone in the group directly and you are able to post new threads and reply to current ones. This all helps to make yourself credible and is a great way to make new connections with people. If you are already a member of several LinkedIn groups, review them to ensure that they are all related to your interests and profession.

Make Connections and Many of Them

Make a point of connecting to friends, colleagues, former work associates, previous bosses, clients and family members. Once you have connected with someone you can browse his or her network. If you run across someone in those networks whom you find interesting you can ask your contact to introduce you.

LinkedIn is very much like other social media sites in that your success depends upon how well you interact with other users and on how broad your exposure becomes. However, LinkedIn is far different from Facebook and the other major players in social media because it focuses on developing professional relationships. Making the most of what LinkedIn has to offer can go far in helping you succeed so use this powerful networking site to your full advantage so that you can expand your horizons and achieve your professional goals.

This article is written by Cynthia Rupp. LinkedIn helps to manage your professional identity.

Big List Of Ideas For Real Estate Internet Marketing

When working as a real estate professional, harnessing the power of the Internet can provide you with a limitless supply of clients to work with. If you are currently trying to figure out ways to market to your customers via the Internet, here are a few ideas that you might want to try out if you’re not already.

Add Multimedia Content

If you want to really get your visitor’s attention, try using a little bit of multimedia content. For example, record some videos of yourself providing tips or information about your local real estate market and post them on your site. You may even want to include some audio content. When you add multimedia content, you make it easier to get your visitor’s attention.

Tweak the Home Page

Regardless of whether you have a blog or a website, you may want to consider changing your home page up a bit. For most sites, the majority of their traffic sees the home page at some point. This means that you need to make the home page as attractive as possible. Add some photos, new content, cool widgets, or anything else you can think of that would be helpful to your visitors.

Use Social Networking

Another option that you may want to consider is boosting your social media profiles. When you get involved with social media, it gives you a completely new avenue to drive traffic to your business. When you build profiles for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, you will be able to drive traffic record to your website. You can develop a potentially large following on all of these social networks and interact with them on a daily basis. When you post something new to your site, put a link to it in a post on all of the networks. You may be surprised how much traffic it can generate.

Add Regular Content

If you want to be able to generate traffic from search engines, you’re going to need some regular content posted to your site. The search engines love fresh content that is based around specific keywords. They also like high-quality content. If you are an expert on real estate in your area, you can pass on some of this expertise through your content. It will help your standing in the search engines and with your potential clients.

Do a Webinar

A new trend in the online marketing field is to host webinars for your potential visitors and clients. With a webinar, you host a type of online seminar for other people. You get people together in an online conference and provide them with some valuable information. There are a lot of different software programs that you can use to do a webinar. This can help drum up interest in your business and your website.

Capture Leads

If you are getting some traffic to your website, you need to take advantage of this and capture as many leads as possible. This means that you need to have some kind of email newsletter or sign up form on your site. This will make it possible to get a list of people together who may be interested in using your services at some point in the future. Once you develop a list, they will be more likely to trust you in the future.

Andrew Handley writes business tips in the area of online marketing, most recently for Samuelson Hause & Samuelson. Not much is needed to succeed in the online world, but you have to do it better than the competition.