Coming up with new ideas for blog posts isn't always easy. I'm sure we all go through an occasional rut of, "what should I post about?" Writer's block happens, and that's okay. To help you out, I put together a list of blog post ideas for every major holiday/season. Or, maybe you have a lot of post ideas, but they don't seem to be resonating with other people. Pin it now, reference it later. The guide isn’t any ordinary list of things you could blog about. I performed keyword research for the top things related to specific seasons/holidays. The 20-page idea book is full of ideas people are actually Googling. This will help you grow your blog because you will be writing posts that … [Read more...]
Alright, muscle up buttercup. It's time to grow. Whether you’re a total newbie to the blogging world or you’ve been doing this blog thing for years, I am going to help you grow your audience and income online.
Check out the articles below for suggestions on how you can grow your blog.
If you want traffic from Pinterest, it is essential to create a Pinterest perfect image for every post you write. I've already taught you about the size your graphics should be and how relevant images help you on Pinterest. Today I want to help those of you that don't necessarily want those big vertical images in your blog posts. "Hiding Pins" has become a popular trick amongst Pinterest users. The problem is that most people are using a technique that Google has a tendency to frown on. <display: none> If you want to stay on Google's nice list and "hide" an image for Pinterest, use Pinterest code instead. You'll need to include an image in your blog posts for this to work, but it … [Read more...]
It's no secret around here that I have yet to decide on my "pin style." I have done a lot of experimenting (yeah, we'll call it that) on the type of pins I create for my blog posts. It's actually going to prove beneficial for today's blog post. I went through one phase where I used creative pictures to convey the message of my article. Take this one, for example. In my head, we were all sitting down in a "Facebook Group" for lemonade. I don't know, don't ask. When I saved it to Pinterest on May 12, 2015, I was shocked to see that all the related pins below it were for lemonade or ice tea. Just a little over a week later, the Pinterest engineering blog announced that they have been … [Read more...]
I've had this post in the back of my mind for over a year now. I told myself that I would write it when I mastered the topic. That hasn't happened yet. I still get distracted by social media. They say the best learner is usually the teacher, so I decided to write and maybe it will help you and me be more intentional with our social media marketing. More intentional and less distracted. Pin it for later! There are affiliate links in this post. I only recommend products and services I like. We all know that using social media is an important part of our internet marketing. We hop on Twitter to reply to tweets. We check Facebook to see if anyone has interacted there (hello, anyone?). … [Read more...]
Drum roll! What you are about to see is my first, official, youtube video tutorial. I am, admittedly, a little nervous about it. It's new territory for me. I make video tutorials for my clients b ut haven't done one for the public world yet. Hopefully, you enjoy this quick tutorial and it will help you find the right keywords for your blog posts. Let know what kind of video tutorials you'd like to see in the future. I'll keep on working to improve my video skills (you know, talking slower and louder). Show Notes: Use Google and Pinterest search to help you find out what people are searching for in relation to your blog post topic. Find keywords using Google: Go to Google and … [Read more...]
Now, don't go running away on me because I used the phrase meta descriptions. If you want people to click on your articles that show up on social media, you want to read this post. You'll be a pro at meta descriptions when you're done. Time well invested. Let's dig in. Pin it for later! There are affiliate links within this post. What are meta descriptions? A meta description is a short summary of an article or page on your blog (we're talking 130-160 characters short). The meta description for your blog posts is an essential element for Google, Facebook, and Pinterest. In code, this is what a meta description looks like: <meta name="description" content="Short summary of your … [Read more...]
Size does matter. For Pinterest, at least. By optimizing the size of your blog images for Pinterest, your pin is more likely to look visually appealing and therefore be re-pinned or clicked on (or hopefully both!). There isn't just one perfect size for Pinterest though. Instead, there's a perfect size range. Pinterest has been making a lot of changes to the visual appearance of Pinterest on the desktop and the mobile app. Previously, the desktop had a gray background, and when you clicked on a pin, the screen would display the images with a gray border, unless the picture was 736px or bigger. Those days are no more. Your pins do not have to be 736px wide anymore. Everyone has a … [Read more...]
In the days when everyone else is talking about making money online via e-courses, I am here to talk to you about affiliate marketing. Why? I just took over an eight month maternity leave and still made a decent income the entire time (I was only working 10-15 hour weeks before maternity leave). It's not the crazy 6 digit income figures you see in some reports. It's not even in the 5 digits. However, the money I made through affiliate marketing during my maternity leave was able to pay the rent and cover groceries. Let me tell you, it's pretty sweet to be able to pay for those things and not have to work. The money's starting to slow down now so here I am, back to writing. (Just … [Read more...]