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HootSuite Social Media DashboardThe beauty of having an online business is the ability to manage it remotely with the help of HootSuite Social Media Dashboard: Part 1 (this is a 2 series post – stay tuned for Part 2 next week).

As an internet marketing consultant I’m often asked how I keep my presence active on social networks when I’m studying abroad in Europe, speaking at functions, out hustling new leads, networking, or in meetings.  The million dollar answer:  Hootsuite!

This social media management tool can be used to manage multiple social profiles, schedule updates to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, WordPress and other social networks via the web.  You can also track brand mentions, analyze social media traffic and much more.  The best part is it’s free!

Here are 7 quick and easy steps that will help you get started with your HootSuite social media dashboard experience:

1.  Go to HootSuite.com

HootSuite Social Media Management

2.  Type the required information in the “Sign Up Today – FREE” box

Hootsuite Sign Up Today - FREE

3.  Click “Sign Up Now”

4.  From the launch menu on the left, click on your “Getting Started” tab


HootSuite Getting Started Profile Icon

5.  Click “Add a Social Network”

*  Make sure you’re logged in to the social network you want to add in order for it to connect to HootSuite

HootSuite Add a Social Network

6.  Select the social network you want to add

HootSuite Select Social Network

7.  Click “Submit”

You did it and welcome to HootSuite!  I hope you enjoy this platform as much as I do!  Next week I’ll explain how to compose and schedule messages so stay tuned.  Let us know in the comments if you currently use HootSuite social media dashboard or if you plan on using it in the future.

Editor’s Note:  Angel Soria is an Internet Marketing Consultant, entrepreneur, columnist and sponsor for the Tulare Kings Hispanic Times, social author for www.SaltyWaffle.com, and currently obtaining her Executive MBA at Fresno State.  If you are business owner and you qualify to work with Angel, with her help you will dominate your market in 6 months or she will do your marketing for FREE until you do.  Visit www.facebook.com/AngelSoriaInternetMarketing for more information and follow her @talk2angelsoria.