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Add your social media activity to your website

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This is Jess Stratton, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. And as you can see, I haven't been that So wouldn't it be easier if I didn't have to do anything, and all my personal I'm going to go to Twitter.

Add your social media activity to your website

This is Jess Stratton, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. Your potential customers will most likely Google your name and then visit your website at the first stop, checking you out. If there's one thing you want to convey to those people, is that you're active. You're here. You're around, and that you're still part of things. The last thing you want your clients to see is a stagnant website that leaves them questioning whether or not you're actually updating it, or if you're still in business. Here's my blog website. And as you can see, I haven't been that good at updating all my current video releases that I've done for lynda.com, mainly because it's a manual process for me to create these pages on my blog.

So wouldn't it be easier if I didn't have to do anything, and all my personal social media activity, or my social media activity relating to my company (if I had a separate twitter account for that), was automatically put on my website? That way people can know that I'm here and that I'm still active online. So the good news is that it s incredibly easy to update your website without even having to go there. In fact, you can have it update without even having to do anything. All you have to do now is focus on staying active on social media sites.

It's very easy to add a Twitter stream to your website. If you have a WordPress blog, then you can easily search for a plugin. There's lots of them. And a lot of themes nowadays come pre-built-in with that functionality. All you have to do is tell it what your Twitter username is. You can also get the HTML code directly from Twitter. Now that's what I'm going to show you how to do right now. This way, you can learn how to put your Twitter stream on any website, whether it be a corporate site, or a Wordpress blog. So here's my site, and I'm thinking if I scroll down here, a Twitter feed would look great right above, or below, this video releases section here.

I'm going to go to Twitter. And I've got it open right now, and I'm in my account settings. And I got there by clicking on the gear and choosing Settings. From here, on the left hand side, I'm going to select Widgets. And now, I can start building my widget for my site. I'm going to click Create New to make a new widget. And I can choose a timeline source. Right now I'm going to have it default to my regular timeline. Any tweets that I make or anything that anybody mentions about me. Although I can also choose from a particular search if I wanted to. For example, I could have a Twitter feed of searches of my product name if I wanted.

I can get a preview of how it's going to look on the right hand side, and I have some options here. I can put in my username that I want to show up embedded on my site. I can exclude replies that I send to other people if I wanted. I can also choose to have it auto expand any photos that I posted on Twitter. I can choose a particular theme if I wanted; it defaults to the light one and that's what I'm going to stick with. For now, I'm quite happy with the way it looks right out of the gate, so I'm going to select the blue Create Widget button. My widget's been created and now down here at the bottom, the code that I want is highlighted.

So I'm going to right click in that box and choose Copy. And now I'm going to come over to this page, where I've already logged into my WordPress blog, and I'm going to choose the place where I want that code to go. Now, if you don't have WordPress that's fine. This is where you would log into your website, or open up the particular page that you wanted to put this blog, find the right HTML code that you wanted to insert it in between, and just paste it in. Because I'm on WordPress, I went to the Appearance section on the left hand side, and I chose Widgets.

And now I need to find on the right, the particular place on that site where I want to put my code. So this is going to be different for you based on what kind of WordPress site and theme you have. Now there's all sorts. So you do need to be a little bit familiar with how your site works and WordPress first. So here's my Home Sidebar. This is the homepage and the side bar. And I can see my Video Releases section here. So here's a widget that's a simple, text widget. Here's where I can put any arbitrary text, or I can put HTML code in here.

So I'm going to drag that right on top of Video Releases and let go. For my title, I'll call it Latest Tweets. I'll put my cursor in here, right click and choose Paste. I can click the blue Save button down at the bottom. Once it's saved, I can hit close. And now, let's go back to my site, and I'm going to hit the Refresh button or just hit Return in the title bar, and let's see what that did. I'm going to scroll down. And here's my latest tweets. So because they're dated, my customers can come to my site now, and see that I'm very active on Twitter.

In fact, they can follow me right from here. So that's how to get Twitter on the site. There's one more thing I want to show you. Now, I kind of have a big square here, because there's a lot of room. And I do have a band, and we play out a lot. So, maybe I want people to know when we're playing. This way, all I have to do is maintain one calendar, and automatically have it update all that information on my site. So people can check my site, and know when we're playing out. This is a great way to have a constantly evolving and updating site without having to do anything, and there's the added bonus that everybody will get to know when and where we're playing.

So I've got a Google calendar here. I created an extra calendar. In My calendars, you can select Create new calendar, and create a calendar for whatever events you want to show up on your site. In my case, I created one called the Stratones, for the band. I gave it its own color. And so now, any time I want to create an entry, for example, if we book a gig, I can simply create that calendar entry, and choose that particular calendar. So, I don't have to go anywhere near my site to maintain this calendar.

As long as I keep up to date with when we're playing, I'm going to show you now how to put it on the site. I'm going to select my band calendar, and choose Calendar settings. The first thing that I need to do is click Share this Calendar at the top and place a check box next Make this calendar public. From there, click Save. Now that step has to be done. I'll click Yes when it asks me am I really sure that I want to make it public. And now, I have to go back into the calendar settings.

And now, if I scroll down, I can see that I have code here so that I can embed this into a site. I can click this button to customize the color, size, and other options if I wanted to get the color scheme to completely match my site, but I'm not going to worry about that for now. I'm going to click and drag, and copy the entire block of code. Right click and choose Copy. I'm then going to come back to my widgets, and again, this is where you would look on your site and find the exact spot where you want to paste that code in, so that it will insert into the right spot on your site.

I'm going to find my Home Row section, because I just know that that's where on my site I want it to go. And then I'm going to drag my arbitrary text or HTML widget back in, and create a new one. I'll call this one Stratones Calendar. Put my cursor in there, choose Paste. The iframe code gets pasted in. I'll click the blue Save button again, at the bottom. Click Close. And now, I'll go back to my site again and hit Enter to refresh it, and let's see what we've got. So I have a little bit of adjusting to do. I can come back in and, customize it, and make it a little less wide so it'll fit in there.

But it even used my nice heading for my site, so that the font matches. I can see my calendar. I can see when we're playing. And most importantly, all my customers can see when we're playing. Now, this took no time at all. And it's just like a regular functioning calendar. People can flip back and forth throughout the dates and see where we're going to be. So I've just shown you two very quick ways that you can get live, constantly-updating data onto your website without even having to go to your website.

That's a great way to let your customers know that you're still alive and kicking, and out there on the internet.

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Monday Productivity Pointers

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  1. 9m 31s
    1. Migrating to Google Apps
      9m 31s
  2. 10h 24m
    1. Welcome to the series
      1m 13s
    2. Running a group meeting with coworkers
      7m 19s
    3. Recording and marketing chat on air
      8m 30s
    4. Creating a quick presentation
      5m 37s
    5. Presenting from an iPad or computer
      3m 36s
    6. Migrating your accounts to Mint.com
      9m 55s
    7. Setting budgets and goals
      7m 4s
    8. Collaborating on team documents
      5m 53s
    9. Creating an online photo gallery
      4m 58s
    10. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
      10m 41s
    11. Driving traffic to your project
      5m 48s
    12. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
      6m 40s
    13. Adding video and chat notifications
      4m 7s
    14. Accepting a payment with Square
      4m 35s
    15. Using the Square Wallet
      2m 32s
    16. Setting up shop on Etsy
      6m 31s
    17. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
      4m 9s
    18. Raising your Klout score
      7m 3s
    19. Earning Klout perks
      4m 55s
    20. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
      4m 56s
    21. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
      2m 57s
    22. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
      5m 5s
    23. Removing a page from the Google search index
      4m 42s
    24. Browsing privately in public
      4m 38s
    25. Cleaning up your session before logging out
      5m 8s
    26. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
      3m 42s
    27. Taking screenshots from a PC
      4m 12s
    28. Taking screenshots from a Mac
      3m 36s
    29. Setting up Find My iPhone
      3m 36s
    30. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
      3m 49s
    31. Sampling color from the screen
      5m 27s
    32. Using ColourLovers.com for inspiration
      3m 22s
    33. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
      5m 49s
    34. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
      5m 41s
    35. Record your screen using QuickTime
      3m 14s
    36. Record your screen using CamStudio
      2m 34s
    37. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
      3m 9s
    38. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
      3m 38s
    39. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
      9m 0s
    40. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
      5m 46s
    41. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
      6m 52s
    42. Customizing the Mac Mail View
      7m 13s
    43. What's a firewall?
      7m 36s
    44. What is the Cloud?
      4m 42s
    45. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
      7m 19s
    46. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
      5m 7s
    47. Installing the Feedly browser extension
      6m 34s
    48. Customizing Feedly
      6m 53s
    49. Understanding the basics of Twitter
      9m 9s
    50. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
      9m 14s
    51. Working with URL Shorteners
      5m 45s
    52. Using bit.ly
      8m 31s
    53. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
      6m 19s
    54. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
      6m 7s
    55. Shutting off access to social networks
      6m 18s
    56. Hiding taskbars
      2m 36s
    57. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
      10m 7s
    58. Running a productive online meeting
      3m 44s
    59. Getting meeting minutes faster
      6m 47s
    60. TextExpander for Mac
      7m 6s
    61. Breevy for Windows
      3m 44s
    62. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
      5m 52s
    63. Using Windows Libraries
      4m 25s
    64. Finding large attachments in your email apps
      5m 13s
    65. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
      3m 30s
    66. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
      2m 56s
    67. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
      4m 7s
    68. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
      3m 16s
    69. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
      3m 45s
    70. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
      3m 20s
    71. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
      4m 1s
    72. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
      4m 10s
    73. Resetting browser site passwords
      7m 11s
    74. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
      7m 42s
    75. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
      7m 59s
    76. Setting up dual band speed on your router
      7m 36s
    77. Add your social media activity to your website
      8m 54s
    78. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
      4m 48s
    79. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
      8m 20s
    80. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
      5m 58s
    81. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
      5m 11s
    82. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
      4m 31s
    83. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
      4m 18s
    84. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
      5m 52s
    85. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
      4m 25s
    86. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
      3m 55s
    87. Getting to Inbox Zero
      11m 4s
    88. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
      3m 19s
    89. Adding 2-step authentication
      3m 39s
    90. Enabling in-app PIN codes
      3m 31s
    91. Accessing your digital movies
      5m 20s
    92. Copying movies onto a device
      3m 25s
    93. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
      3m 34s
    94. Sending your scans
      2m 41s
    95. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
      4m 49s
    96. Writing a letter of recommendation
      7m 49s
    97. Constructing a successful press release
      4m 48s
    98. Troubleshooting wireless security
      4m 48s
    99. Writing a claim letter
      5m 22s
    100. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
      5m 9s
    101. How to do a firmware update
      6m 34s
    102. Siri, your iPhone assistant
      4m 48s
    103. Writing an email that gets read
      4m 51s
    104. Writing an email that requires action
      2m 54s
    105. Your Blu-ray questions answered
      3m 50s
    106. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
      3m 9s
    107. Exporting WordPress blog entries
      3m 28s
    108. Understanding how Office 365 works
      5m 9s
    109. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
      2m 58s
    110. Downloading your Facebook timeline
      3m 10s
    111. Scheduling email with Boomerang
      4m 24s
    112. Google Labs for Calendar
      2m 58s
    113. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
      2m 10s
    114. Requesting your Twitter archive
      2m 59s
    115. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
      4m 59s
    116. Easily remote to another computer with Join.me
      3m 47s
    117. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
      2m 58s
    118. Easily annotate images with Skitch
      6m 4s
    119. Blurring photos for posting on social networks
      6m 41s
    120. Get your Google Calendar schedule by email every morning
      3m 3s

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