Freelance writer/content marketer

Specialties include: retail and franchise owners, veterinary and pet care, real estate, auto safety, real estate, personal profiles, blog posts, content marketing strategy. I am Hubspot certified.

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How Online Business Owners can Benefit from Klout

How Online Business Owners can Benefit from Klout. Debbie Swanson |; Freelance Marketing; | July 17th 2013. 4 Comments. preview-klout-benefits....

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How to Be a Successful Host – on Twitter!

Debbie Swanson |; Freelance Marketing; | March 7th 2013. 0 Comments. Once you've attended a Twitter chat or two, you've...

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How to Use Hashtags in Social Media Marketing

How to Use Hashtags in Social Media Marketing. Debbie Swanson |; Freelance Marketing; | April 25th 2013. 11 Comments. preview-hashtag....

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Are You Too Plugged-in? Disconnect from Tech Temptations - Tuts+ Business Article

Technology has been pivotal to the success of most small business owners. Many wouldn’t be where they are today if not for advances such as the Internet, mobile devices, and the ability to conduct commerce. While grateful for these opportunities, many successful professionals — and their families — have come...

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6 Steps to Planning Professional Business Videos - Tuts+ Business Article

Living in a remote section of Northern Maine, Jennifer Spokes is an active online consumer. “I’ll get online before I’ll take the 40 minute drive to the nearest big city,” says Spokes, who has used the Internet to purchase everything from living room curtains, to a test prep tutor for...

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5 Ways to Use Video to Promote Your Micro Business - Tuts+ Business Article

Since its creation in 2007, YouTube has skyrocketed in popularity, claiming the spot as the world’s second most popular website and boasting over one million unique visitors each month. Its audience is people in search of videos: informational, humorous, educational, how-to, newsworthy, musical, artsy – you name it, it’s out...

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Flexible Project Management with Trello: Boards, Lists, and Cards - Tuts+ Business Article

You may have heard the buzz about the project management and collaboration product, Trello. Created by Fog creek Software, this hosted tool can assist anyone with getting and staying organized — whether you’re a solopreneur launching a new initiative or you’ve been running an established business with an array of...

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How to Grow Your Twitter Following - Tuts+ Business Article

Now that you've set up your Twitter account, it's time you got some followers. Followers are great for two reasons: Followers provide social proof. The more followers you have, the more people will assume you're good at what you do. Every follower is like a micro-testimonial. Think about it: if...

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7 Tips for More Effective Social Media Marketing - Tuts+ Business Article

We all read articles about how important it is to market ourselves through social media. I’ve been talking to successful freelancers to find out the realities of using social media for business and getting their tips for the best ways to network and promote their work. Here are 7 tips...

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A Freelance Graphic Designer's Guide to Marketing on Pinterest - Tuts+ Business Article

Freelance graphic designers and web designers often have to get creative with their marketing efforts. Sometimes the budget simply does not allow for outsourcing. Even more so, freelance graphic designers simply do not have enough time to spend on marketing. This is why social media is such an excellent method...

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How To Clean Up Keyword Research Data in a CSV File - Tuts+ Business Article

Your business, services and products – or those of your clients – need to get noticed on the web: and keywords are the way that happens. Whether it be the exact terms people use when searching for something in Google, the hashtag trends they look out for in social media,...

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Get to Know Your Facebook Fans: Audience Growth and Engagement - Tuts+ Business Article

Previously, I shared some simple ways to find your first Facebook fans. When you've got you're first few likes on your Facebook Page, you're ready to start getting to know your fans through Page updates, photos, videos and contests. There are two main reasons for keeping your Facebook fans engaged:...

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Giving Thanks, Freelance Style - Envato Studio Blog -

Thanksgiving is all about reflecting and recognizing all the great things you have. Before you shut your laptop and start baking pies to bring to Aunt Selma’s house, spend a few minutes giving thanks for the little things that make the freelance lifestyle great. Here are twelve to start you...

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Session: Get Going with Google+ - Tuts+ Business Article

If you’re a freelancing, running your own business online, then you're constantly looking for tools that can benefit your business. Social media is a proven medium for interacting with potential clients and growing your audience, but with new platforms launching on a regular basis, it's difficult to know how much...

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Specialist or Generalist: What’s Your Route to Success? - Envato Studio Blog -

At the end of last year, a fellow freelancer and I were discussing how 2011 panned out for each of us. “It was overall successful, but when I reviewed where my income came from, I realized I’d become too focused on just one market,” she told me. “I need to...