Got a question? UpCity’s Ask the Expert encourages UpCity members to ask inbound marketing-related queries and receive in-depth, personalized answers from our experts. Each week, we will post some of the Q&A’s here on UpCity Daily Tips.

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Question 1: I’ve heard people talk about using Vine to produce videos. Can this help my business?

Our Response: Vine is Twitter’s new video sharing tool. Recording and promoting short videos via Vine is an innovative strategy to get your business’s message heard on Twitter and beyond. Although this free mobile application is surprisingly easy to understand very quickly, our suggestion would be to take some time to get familiar with Vine before you start downloading and publishing videos right away for your business. As we all know, after social content gets published, it’s out!

A quick tip: Once you start creating a Twitter Vine video, ensure that it has a strong main idea and is planned out in detail since you only have a few seconds to get your main point across. As a wise UpCity member recently pointed out, be aware of the content you are posting as an authority in your industry. Vine is utilized throughout all of Twitter (not just for businesses :-)), so there are plenty of Vine examples on the Internet to browse before posting your own clip.

We’re excited to see what’s to come with Vine throughout the next few months! Let us know your thoughts on how Vine’s video sharing app will impact social media at the end of this blog post. Interested in finding out more about utilizing Twitter or video optimization for your business?

Question 2: My blog is hosted on WordPress.com, and I can’t get my WordPress.com log-in to work… what should I do?

Our Response: We know running into this issue can be quite frustrating! Here are a few options to try. Try Gravatar.com, which is part of the WordPress.com Network. Gravar is a site that allows users to display one globally accessible profile image across many blogs. When a WordPress.com account is created, a Gravatar account is also created at the same time. Therefore, we’d recommend attempting to log into your Gravatar account in order to gain access to the WordPress site. The log-in information should most likely be interchangeable. As a reminder, if your site is run by WordPress but not hosted on WordPress.com, it is likely that you may not have an associated Gravatar account.

If you need a new password, visit this link to be issued a new one. Additionally, try reaching out to WordPress directly if you still are not able to enter your WordPress.com blog. You will most likely need to send an API key or transaction code to prove your account ownership. Let us know if you need further help, and we’d be glad to see what we can investigate any way we can.

Question 3: Does Google still like those article marketing websites? I was wondering if these actions could effect my website’s search ranking if we continue to feature content on these sites.

Our Response: UpCity members can read the answer to this inquiry, as well as many others, in the UpCity Ask the Expert Help Center. Members are encouraged to ask their own online marketing questions for their business, and our inbound marketing experts are on call to respond to all those questions.

Tap into our community of experts today! If you’re curious about online marketing or SEO, consider signing up for a free trial of UpCity. If you’re already an UpCity member, you can access the Ask the Expert area here and the general Help Center here.