5 Fantastic URL Shorteners

Have you ever received an email with a super-long link in it—a link so long it was unclickable? I certainly have.

Enter the amazing URL shrinker, a handy tool that shortens lengthy URLs (web addresses) to 25 or so characters.

In this article, we look at the pros and cons of URL shorteners, and review five excellent services:

  1. bitly
  2. TinyURL.com
  3. is.gd
  4. goo.gl
  5. su.pr

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3 Ways to Harness the Power of Mobile for Your Small Business

Sixty-three percent of US adults go online using their mobile phones and 1 in 5 US adults do most of their online browsing using their mobile phone, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center.

Mobile usage is growing by the day, so how can small business owners harness the power of mobile?

  1. Optimize your website for mobile devices
  2. Act on mobile marketing statistics
  3. Use responsive design
  4. Read on to learn how you can make mobile marketing work for you.   read more >

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Blog: The Most Powerful Tool in Your Marketing Toolbox

Thinking about blogging this year?

Websites that include a blog integrated into the site (NOT hosted separately on Blogspot or some other blog hosting service) typically have 434% more indexed pages.

Blog posts are doorways to your business. Publish a blog post once a week this year, and give your customers 52 doors to open.

This article and accompanying infographic explains how to use the “doorway” method to help new customers discover you.   read more >

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Top Stories on Blogging Bistro During 2013

We’re so grateful for our dedicated readers, as well as to those of you who drop by once in a while — nearly a half million of you visited BloggingBistro.com during 2013!

While our primary goal is to serve our clients through (1) coaching on brand identity and social media strategy, (2) writing content, and (3) creating custom websites, we love to blog. We look forward to another year of learning with you during 2014.

But first, here’s a look back at our most popular articles from 2013.   read more >

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Merry Christmas (Video) From Blogging Bistro

Merry Christmas from the Blogging Bistro team: Laura, Robert, Marty, Christian, Andrea, Sandi, and Josh!

Enjoy “Carol of the Bells” (for 12 cellos), performed by The Piano Guys:

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‘Merry Charisma Wrist’ – YouTube Christmas Carol Caption Fail

YouTube’s closed caption tool automatically generates captions for videos you upload based on what it thinks you’re saying. Or, in this case, singing.

And sometimes… well… the interpretation tool gets creative with the translation.

In this video, Rhett & Link sang some Christmas carols, uploaded them to YouTube, and let YouTube’s captioning feature interpret the lyrics.

Then Rhett & Link took the interpretations and made those the new lyrics to the old Christmas carols. The results are guaranteed to bring you some Christmas “Ho Ho Hos.”   read more >

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The Best Gift Ever for the Writer in Your Life

If you’re looking for a life-changing gift for the writer in your life, consider giving cash that your loved one can apply towards tuition to a writers’ conference.

Writers’ conferences are like a master’s-level crash course in all things writing related. Dozens of workshops cover topics such as writing fundamentals, blogging, novel writing, magazine writing, poetry writing, screenplay writing, public speaking, and more.

This winter and spring, I’ll be teaching at four writers’ conferences. Here’s a snapshot of what I’ll be teaching at each; please click the link to view detailed information and to register.
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The Essential Guide to Using Instagram for Your Small Business

If you think Instagram is a passing trend, think again: Instagram was the fastest growing social network of 2013, with 150 million users as of September 2013 and 55 million photos shared daily.

In this Essential Guide to Using Instagram for Your Small Businesses, we’ll take a look at:

  • Why your small business should use Instagram
  • How to promote your small business on Instagram
  • How to get started with Instagram

You’re definitely going to want to print this article and save it for future reference. Grab your favorite beverage to sip while you read. Let’s get started!   read more >

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4 Ways to be a More Effective Tweeter

It’s Twitter How-to day here at Blogging Bistro. Brush up your Twitter strategy and become a more effective Tweeter with these three articles and an infographic.

Let’s take a look at:

  • How to use Twitter’s Inline Images to Increase Engagement
  • How to Not Accidentally Hide Your Tweets
  • How to Schedule Your Tweets in Advance
  • How to Maximize Your Tweets (infographic)

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