How LinkedIn can help your business blog

Posted on Jul 2, 2015

Do you have a business blog? Or do you blog about business? Any respectable business entrepreneur will have a LinkedIn profile. It usually consists of their online CV and other promotional features. But did you know that adding your business blog onto LinkedIn can help boost its ratings and gain you more suitable readers interested in your industry or niche?  I?ve been using LinkedIn since about 2008 and I often use it to help promote my blog and therefore my business, my knowledge and my expertise. It?s demands a different kind of blog writing because of its professional nature, which relevant subjects to suit, but nevertheless the interaction and engagement are very similar. Jen and Susanna contacted me to ask if I would deliver a workshop at BritMums Live! about LinkedIn. They were a bit vague about it, so I decided it should also be about blogging (since it will be at a blogging conference!) and how this can relate to LinkedIn. Here is a recording I made in advance of my LinkedIn workshop I gave at BritMums Live! ? just in case you weren?t able to attend ? in which I showed how putting your business blog onto LinkedIn can certainly be beneficial. [embedded content] LinkedIn is (at the moment) the third largest social networking site, below Facebook and Twitter, so if you blog for a business or about business-related matters, you really ought to be on it to raise awareness of both you, your business and your business blog. In this workshop I talk about: optimising your profile how to link to your blog how to actually blog on LinkedIn LinkedIn social sharing buttons and badges on your sidebar how to use LinkedIn groups to help promote your business blog to like-minded readers, potential clients, employers or joint ventures. If you?re interested in using LinkedIn, or you are intrigued about LinkedIn and how it can benefit your business blog, then this workshop is worth watching. Enjoy! About Alice Elliott Alice Elliott writes her award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to ?explain things really simply? about blogging and WordPress. If you want easy to understand training using ordinary, everyday words and simple purple infographics, read her blog to find out more! Share this: here » ( Just take a look here...

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Protein pasta, yes really, and it?s gluten-free. 17p.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015

     As part of my ?health binge? that I?m currently embarking on after the carbtastic Live Below The Line challenge followed by scarcely and sleep and a lot of crap sandwiches to power through a General Election, I decided to experiment and see if I could make gluten free pasta. I?m not a fan of ?gluten free? flour, having used it a few times in the past and being decidedly unimpressed with the results ? and pasta being one of my absolutely favourite foods, I wasn?t going to run the risk of something that tasted like wet cardboard spoiling one of my favourite experiences. And so, the big bag of gram flour came down from the top of the fridge again, and I decided to have a play. I?ve made pasta with ?ordinary? flour in the past (once!), using a simple ratio of 1 egg to every 100g of flour and a splash of oil for good measure ? so I applied a similar theory here to see what happened, upping the egg ratio for no good or fathomable reason other than because it felt like the right thing to do. A lot of my cooking is like that, instinctive and unexplainable ? if you?ve read the Roald Dahl book ?Matilda? (or indeed, seen the film), there?s a line in it where Miss Honey asks Matilda how she manages to do such difficult sums in her head, and Matilda can?t explain it. That?s kind of how I am with food ? often food friends and chefs and writers with a world of experience ask me why I make some of the culinary decisions I do, and I just shrug. I don?t know. Some of it is meticulously planned and executed, but mostly it?s guesswork, trial and error, and an enormous dollop of instinct. So I upped the eggs on my gram flour pasta. Maybe the flour looked denser, or something. I don?t know. And boy oh boy oh boy was this a treat. I was expecting to make it a few times, to tamper and tinker and fiddle with it, but it worked first time, and delightfully so. I had mine with a mushroom pesto (dried mushrooms reconstituted with herbs, oil, garlic and cheese ? yummy!) and wilted spinach folded through. Making pasta is a bit of work, but the first batch is always the hardest. The second batch went like a dream, and took a third of the time ? probably because I wasn?t photographing every stage for my Instagram account! And if you ever make your own bread, well, pasta is about the same amount of effort. And this gluten free high protein version packed full of nutty delicious flavour, is totally worth it. Made approx 275g dried weight, serves 3 at 17p each 150g gram flour, 20p (KTC gram flour £1.30/kg, Sainsburys) 2 free range eggs,...

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#BritainsBrightestStreet ? last chance to apply!!

Posted on Jul 1, 2015

SunEdison, the world?s largest renewable energy development company are on the hunt for #BritainsBrightestStreet and the search closes on 6th July. They are looking for 5 ? 20 households on the same street that want to save money whilst benefitting from solar energy. At-a-glance entry criteria: They?re looking for 5-20 neighbours who want to get solar converted You and your neighbours must live in houses or bungalows that you own ? not flats You have a pitched roof that faces due South, South East or South West Select a primary contact to liaise directly with SunEdison #BritainsBrightestStreet: Apply! You  can enter the search to be on the receiving end of approximately 45%2 off your energy bills from day one, with £0 upfront cost and £0 ongoing costs for 10 years1 courtesy of SunEdison, the world?s largest renewable energy development company. Not only this, the street awarded the title #BritainsBrightestStreet will also be able to nominate a local school or charity project that they believe is deserving of having free solar panels installed. So not only will you be making savings on your household energy bills, you?ll also be doing good within your local community. The search for #BritainsBrightestStreet has been launched to celebrate SunEdison?s new Energy Saver Plan ? a revolution in home solar energy plans. Do you want to be an advocate for the #BritainsBrightestStreet search? We?re looking for savvy bloggers to help us encourage people to rally their neighbours and apply to be crowned #BritainsBrightestStreet. The key call to action is to encourage people to find out more about #BritainsBrightestStreet and visit: www.sunedisonenergysaverplan.co.uk/britainsbrighteststreet 1 SunEdison will pay the first 10 years of fees. After the 10 year point the homeowner will be liable for the usual quarterly fees for the remaining 10 years of the ESP contract. 2 Approximate savings are based on an average 3.99 kW home installation as well as the average UK resident consumption profile according to the information found at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/sites/default/files/reports/PoweringthenationreportCO332.pdf Read BritainsBrightestStreet?s Terms & Conditions About BritMums is the UK’s largest parent blogger collective. We offer bloggers the latest support, advice and how-tos as well as feature great content on food, travel, relationships, health, charities, crafting and much more. Our social network is free to join and helps bloggers connect with others; our BritMums Pro programme connects bloggers with brands on our high-quality projects and our annual conference, BritMums Live, is the blogging event of the year. Share this: > See directly This press...

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