How to Optimize Facebook Cover Image

Simple Tip to Optimize your Facebook Cover Image

So you have a Facebook fan-page and with a smashing good cover image. That would be the big one at the top of you page

Have you made sure you optimized it when you uploaded it to your page? What do we mean by optimizing your cover image?

Well simply put we are talking about the description you write for that image. Now you may not think this is very important but trust me when I say “it actually is”.

I cannot tell you how many fan-pages on Facebook I have come across where the admins of the page have neglected to do this one simple optimization strategy with their cover image.

Now it really doesn’t matter if your page is a community, brand, local or charity page, the simple fact is if you optimize your cover image on your fan-page you are, basically opening the door for your fans to see more great stuff you have on offer.

To optimize your cover image and this can apply to all your images you upload simply follow this one simple rule.

Fill in the description/status that is attached to that image for the duration of its time on Facebook.

What can you put in the Description?

  • your thoughts on the image
  • your feelings about the image
  • a small story to go with the image
  • a click-able link to your website
  • a landing page link
  • a link to another post on your fan-page
  • credits to people who helped you with your cover
  • basically anything you write as a post you can put as your description

Now keep in mind you are using Facebook as a free member and Facebook has given you the privilege of using fan-pages for free to showcase your talents, skills products etc. So don’t abuse this privilege by adding false, deceptive information or spam links that may offend or cause harm to Facebook’s members.

This is not only bad practice in general as a human being but is in direct breach of Facebook’s rules for fan-pages, images and community guidelines.

Remember Facebook is a business  and they have spent many years, man hours and money building their membership site which they offer the benefits of connecting with friends, family and others as part of your membership.

They do not charge you a membership fee to be a member nor do they charge a fee to build as many fan-pages as you like, so if you are using fan-pages to showcase your goods or services be mindful of this and add value for those who visit your page.

You don’t want a suspended account and if you breach the guidelines bad enough Facebook will even cancel your personal profile as well.

In my efforts to keep this article short I have done an explainer video on optimizing your images and thrown in a couple of simple tips for list building or collecting leads as well.

Please watch the video below for the full explanation.

For those of you who are unable to view the video above here are the how to instruction in basic.

  1. Click on cover image to open in its own window.
  2. Go to description box on right hand side of image ( your right hand as you are looking at screen)
  3. Click on the little edit button and open description editor
  4. Type in description or story to go with photo placing link/URL you want people to go to first and
  5. This is where you can include any credits to others if you wish
  6. Click the done editing button when finished
  7. Click the tag button and tag your photo with your name and anyone else who you want to include. When tagging be respectful and only tag those you know won’t mind and make sure what you’re tagging them in is relevant to them No-one likes chronic tag abusers on Facebook.
  8. Click done tagging when finished and now you have optimized your image

You should do this with all your photos and videos you upload and have already uploaded to Facebook.

In the description you can also finish with a couple of relevant #hashtags for further optimization but as with tagging make sure they are relevant to your photo and don’t overdo it.

Please watch the video when you get a chance to as I also share some tips on how to collect leads on your Facebook fan-page with some free and simple page optimization tips.

Well that’s it for me now. I hope you have found some value in this post and are on the path of optimizing your Facebook fan-page images.

Please leave a comment below and share this post with others looking for this information.

 

 

How To Download & Install a Plugin on WordPress

Downloading and Installing Plugins on WP 4 Beginners

Plugins on a WordPress website a fairly common. Web-masters use plugins for a majority of things on their websites from functionality to collecting leads.
Now the WordPress platform has many free plugins available but sometimes you are just wanting a plugin that is that little bit extra.
These types of plugins, free and paid are bountiful amongst third party developers and depending on what you need you can generally find what your looking for.
So today I am not going into the deep realms of plugins. What I want to do with this post is show beginners how easy it is to install a plugin onto their website from a third party developer.

Now before you more experienced computer and internet savvy users jump up and down and scream

“oh gee every-one knows how to do that”

Step back and shut up; not everyone grew up with a computer in their cradle and for some of us, growing up, like myself computers were only existent in sci-fi movies set in the future.

Beginners Guide to Downloading and Installing Plugins

So you have purchased or found a plugin outside of the WordPress platform.

Now how do I get it onto my website?

Step 1. Make sure you are on the correct plugin page and you should see a download button. Click on that button

Step 2. In your computer window that has opened up choose where on your computer you want to put the plugin file. Remember where you put it.

Step 3. Log into your website and choose plugin – add new and wait for page to load.

Step 4. See the button at the top of this page that says upload, click on this and wait.

Step 5. Your computer window will have opened and you can now select the plugin file you downloaded early. Once you click on it and upload the plugin file is now on your website.

Step 6. Activate your plugin.

Okay so that sounds pretty simple I know but for some it can be daunting and challenging.
To help you even more I have recorded this short video of me doing this live with a third-party plugin on one of my WordPress websites.

“How To” Video Tutorial-Plugins

I have tried to keep this very simple for those of us who have basic computer skills and internet skills.

If this post and video has helped you in some way please leave a comment below and share with some-one you know who is looking for help on a basic user level.

As always have an awesome day. Do things you are passionate about and share your knowledge with others.

Subtitles for YouTube Videos

Subtitles/Captions on YouTube Videos

If you have ever been to YouTube to watch videos on a regular basis you may have come across subtitles on videos.

You may have noticed some are in gibberish, annoying and they have spoiled your user enjoyment of the YouTube video.

You may or may not know how to turn captions on/off as a viewer and so just avoid the YouTube videos with captions/subtitles.

One Big Mistake on YouTube Videos

The biggest mistake I see quite often with YouTube videos and it is one I am guilty of as well, is that as a channel owner we do not set our subtitles/caption options correctly. What does this mean well simply put when we upload our videos the subtitles could seem to be gibberish.

Conclusion

So let us all take a moment to familiarise ourselves with our user dashboards on YouTube to make sure we don’t make simple mistakes that take away from our visitors user experiences.

So I have done a short tutorial video that walks through the basics of subtitles/captions on YouTube videos from both sides of the fence.

As a YouTube visitor/viewer and as a channel owner.

Please enjoy this short video and please show my channel and blog some love by liking, commenting and sharing with your circles.  Have an awesome day and be kind and respectful to yourself and others

If you would like to see some more how to videos on other things please rock on over to my contact page and let me know or place your request in the comments below. Thank You for your time and visit to my on-line home.

In the next blog post we will delve into the advanced settings in our YouTube manager and show you how to edit your captions in your uploaded videos so it makes sense.  So Be sure to transcribe or follow my blog for the next training tip on captions

Welcome to WordPress 4.3

WordPress 4.3 makes it even easier to format your content and customize your site.

Have you updated your WordPress website to WordPress 4.3, are you even going to. As web-masters it is our responsibility to run our WordPress websites and tend to the general sometimes mundane task of ensuring a functional healthy website.

I am no expert web-master and I enjoy the ease of running a WordPress site so I generally go with the WordPress flow and update my website fairly quickly.I am not privy to all the pro’s and cons as to why you should or why you shouldn’t.

I just know for my own ease of having a good functional site for people who land on my website I generally update my WordPress fairly quickly and to date this task has served me well and allowed me to get on with the other tasks at hand of running a website and building my business.

So here is some relevant information from WordPress on the new update to WordPress 4.3 and the benefits and changes you can expect.

Formatting Short-cuts

Screen snippet showing WordPress 4.3 formatting short-cutsYour writing flow just got faster with new formatting short-cuts in WordPress 4.3. Use asterisks to create lists and number signs to make a heading. No more breaking your flow; your text looks great with a * and a #.

The formatting short-cuts I am enjoying although at this stage I have only played with the WordPress 4.3 update for about an hour but the short cuts are proving time value.

 

Site Icons

This is a pretty cool feature that has been added with the new WordPress update that I am yet to use, but you can bet I will most definitely give this one a whirl

screen snippet showing the new site icon feature of WordPress 4.3Site icons represent your site in browser tabs, bookmark menus, and on the home screen of mobile devices. Add your unique site icon in the customizer; it will even stay in place when you switch themes. Make your whole site reflect your brand.

Better Passwords

Keep your site more secure with WordPress’ improved approach to passwords. Instead of receiving passwords via email, you’ll get a password reset link. When you add new users to your site or edit a user profile, WordPress will automatically generate a secure password.

Menus in the Customizer

Create your menu, update it, and assign it, all while live-previewing in the customizer. The streamlined customizer design provides a mobile-friendly and accessible interface. With every release, it becomes easier and faster to make your site just the way you want it.

A smoother admin experience

Refinements to the list view across the admin make your WordPress more accessible and easier to work with on any device.

Comments turned off on pages

All new pages that you create will have comments turned off. Keep discussions to your blog, right where they’re supposed to happen.

Customize your site quickly

Customizing your WordPress website quickly and smoothly has always been a bone of contention but this new feature to come through in the update if it works as it says it is supposed to, it will certainly go a long way in squashing this conversation.

Wherever you are on the front-end, you can click the customize link in the tool-bar to swiftly make changes to your site.

Conclusion

There are a few more tools and features that came through with this update and many I have not had the chance to experience yet but all in all from my own perspective so far I have welcomed this reason fresh WordPress update with more smiles and phew than complaint.

Have you updated your WordPress website yet and if so how are you finding the new update. What do you like or even dislike about it. Please feel free to share your experience and opinions in the comments below.

Have a great day.