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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Share your blog posts at the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party {11}

G'day sweet friend and welcome to my bloggy home Down Under! Are you ready to share your blog posts at the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party? I hope so!

Sundays Down Under Linky Party @natashainozblog

I'm afraid that I don't have anything too exciting to share this week. I've had so many things going on at home and at school it's been quite crazy!

I did however want to quickly share my first Periscope video that I shared a few weeks ago. If you aren't too familiar with Periscope you might want to read a post that I published about it to learn more. It recently hit 13 million users in 5 short months so this is obviously a very popular and worthwhile social media tool to be engaging with!

Share your blog posts at the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party {11}


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Share YOUR great content at the Sundays Down Under Linky Party {10}

Welcome lovely friend to the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party. Are you ready to share YOUR fabulous blog posts with bloggers and readers from all over the world?

Sundays Down Under Linky Party @natashainozblog

I love visiting your blogs each week and sharing your amazing content with an international audience on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Flipboard.

I also love pinning YOUR posts to my Sundays Down Under board each week and sharing your talent with my 3000 followers!




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'

Today, August 18th, is Vietnam Veterans Day. The day was originally known as Long Tan Day, a day to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, Australia's most significant campaign in Vietnam. Now, we use this day to formally acknowledge the service and sacrifices of all Australians and New Zealanders who served in Vietnam.

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'

On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. The Australians prevailed, but only after fighting in torrential rain for four hours. They were nearly overrun, but were saved by a timely ammunition resupply, accurate artillery fire from the nearby Australian base, and the arrival of reinforcements by armoured personnel carrier. Eighteen Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded, the largest number of casualties in one operation since the Australian task force had arrived a few months earlier.

Long Tan Action by Bruce Fletcher (AWM ART40758).png
Long Tan action, Vietnam, 18 August 1966 by Bruce Fletcher (Wikipedia)

Many of the soldiers who served in Vietnam are still psychologically and physically wounded by the war that no-one wanted to take part in. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, of the 60,000 Australian troops who served in Vietnam, 74% are classified as suffering from some form of health impact as a result. Many veterans, like my father, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and many more suffered from cancer related to Agent Orange. On top of this, when the Vietnam vets returned home many were ignored, spat on and shunned. Most of these soldiers were conscripted and did not want to be there.

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'

This Vietnam Veterans’ Day I want to remember the sacrifices made by our young men and women in a conflict that spanned a ten year period. I especially want to thank my dad for overcoming PTSD, being a great dad, inspiring my kids to try their hardest in everything they do and for being a great Australian.

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'


Please thank a Vietnam Vet today if you know one and remember the sacrifices that they made throughout the war and on their return.



Lest we Forget

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 


Please visit me at PINTERESTTWITTER, GOOGLE+

Sunday, August 16, 2015

How to write a brilliant blog post headline and the Sundays Down Under Linky Party {9}

G'day from Oz sweet friend. Thanks so much for joining me for another fun Sundays Down Under Linky Party.

Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

I LOVE pinning YOUR posts to my Sundays Down Under board each week and sharing your talent with my wonderful 3000 followers!



Last week I shared some tips on how to ensure that your beautiful and informative blog images get more pins by suggesting that we add good quality image alt tags and title tags. 

Tips to help with Search Engine Optimization @ www.natashainoz.com

This week I'd like to explain a little more about SEO and why we need attention grabbing headlines.

How to write a brilliant blog post headline

Blogging Tips via www.natashainoz.com

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Link up to the Sundays Down Under Linky Party {8} and get some SEO tips for your blog.

G'day from Oz sweet friends and welcome to my little bloggy home Down Under! Welcome to this week's Sundays Down Under Linky Party.

Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

This link up keeps getting bigger and better each week and I am so grateful to YOU for your support! This week I've been super busy at school so have been a bit slack with my pinning. Incredibly, however, I'm still receiving heaps of great traffic from Pinterest...where would we be without that amazing site?!

I'm sure you would all agree that Pinterest is amazing source of traffic for our blogs and I LOVE pinning YOUR posts to my Sundays Down Under board.



Pinterest is an incredibly useful resource for bloggers so this week I thought I'd share a few quick tips to help us all get more traffic. I've found over the last few weeks that I've been spending a lot of time adding descriptions and details to my pins so that they sound good and read well when I cross-share to Twitter. I've realized that images that have good quality image alt tags and title tags get more pins! So this week's blogging tips are all about the importance of image alt tags and title tags for better SEO.


Tips to help with Search Engine Optimization @ www.natashainoz.com

Just imagine...I'm busy pinning away to find the perfect recipe for choc chip cookies and I land on YOUR gorgeous site. I click on the 'Pin It' button on your delicious image and to my dismay I find the words DSC-1234.jpg comes up. Alternatively, maybe the phrase Choc-Chip-1 pops up as the description. I have to either type in a good description for the image or just give up and move on. Now, not only have you as a fabulous food blogger missed out on getting your amazing recipe pinned, but, the magical search engine spiders have completely ignored your blog as well and found another picture to crawl and another blog to optimize! 

This is why it's absolutely essential that you rename your images using keywords and good descriptions detailing what the image is about.


Here's the five best ways to make your images SEO rich:

Blogging Tips @ www.natashainoz.com


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Join me at Periscope and link up your blog posts to the Sundays Down Under Linky Party {7}

G'day from Oz lovely friends and welcome to this weekend's Sundays Down Under Linky Party. I'm so thrilled you have been able to spend some time down under this Sunday!

Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

So, this week I got myself organised and finally signed up to Periscope, Twitter's New Live Video Streaming App.

Live streaming at Periscope. Find me @natashainozblog

I have heard lots of things about it, some good some bad, but since I'm such a social media nut I thought I'd better get it!

Periscope was co founded by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein and their vision was for the product to be a way of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. The co-founders stated, "It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation."

Periscope- screenshot

Periscope can be found via the iTunes app store and it also is also available as an android app.

Periscope- screenshot


So what can you do with Periscope?



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