Monthly Archives: May 2011

How to Backup Social media and Online Accounts

Losing online and social data can derail your small business marketing campaigns and efforts. Ecommerceguide.com explains how — and why — you need a backup of your online social accounts and data.

Great tips for small business owners and individual users who do not know how to backup Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn, twitter and other online profiles.

Full Story: The Ecommerce Guide to Social Media Back Ups
By Vangie Beal, May 25, 2011

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Protect Yourself from Facebook Scams

Like email spam, one way to stop Facebook spam from spreading is to learn about spam, malware and phishing messages. Know how to spot them and also familiarize yourself with how these Facebook spam messages work.

One of the most common types of Facebook spam is a Wall post that encourages you to install a Facebook application. The application will require that you to agree that the application can post to Walls and your Facebook friend’s pages. When you allow this authorization, the spam message is immediately sent to your friend’s Walls.  If a friend sees the message and performs the action, he or she will then see the same spam on their Wall and the cycle continues. This is how spam messages can move so quickly through Facebook.

Unfortunately, many of these messages are designed to trick Facebook users into cutting and pasting malicious code into the address bar in the Web browser or by clicking an embedded link in the message that takes you off Facebook (commonly through a URL shortner link) where you could potentially become victim to malicious malware and phishing scams.

Read More: How to Protect Yourself from Facebook Scams
By: Vangie Beal, 05-22-2011

Boost Your Facebook Business Page with Business Apps

When you create a Facebook Business Page or Fan Page for your ecommerce business, one challenge you might have is figuring out how to create something that isn’t a static, basic Facebook Page.

The best way to get noticed and to have people make use of the “Like” button on your Page is to have a professional developer design your Facebook page and work with your business to create Facebook-friendly photos, video and other assets.  This will help highlight what your business has to offer and also make your Facebook page an appealing destination for your customers.

Of course, that project will cost money and take time. If your small business or ecommerce business is lacking in either of those departments, then the following three Web apps and services can help you bring your business to Facebook with a little style.

Read more: 3 Apps to Boost Your Facebook Business Page
By Vangie Beal, May 19, 2011