Hello! I am super excited to announce a new series I am doing on the blog this month and next month during my "maternity leave" (baby hasn't come yet, but she's due any day. Watch Twitter or Instgram for baby updates). Interviews with Power Pinners. I think one of the best ways to learn is by example. I've interviewed several bloggers on how they use Pinterest for their blog. They will be sharing their success stories, strategies, and some tips for you! Today's Pinner is Kayla of Variety by Vashti. Kayla blogs about fitness, healthy living, and being a mom. Her goal is to "help you unleash your inner sexy supermom." Variety by Vashti and Pinterest Pinterest Profile: … [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.
Pinterest group boards can be very beneficial for bloggers. When you join a group board, the people who follow the owner of the board or that specific board will now (potentially) see any pins you post to that board. More exposure is always a good thing! I am always surprised when I see group boards that are only getting a few repins per pin or none at all. Especially when there are tons of contributors to the board. They way Pinterest is currently working, pins are more likely to show up in the smart feed if they are being repinned. If a board has pins on it that have a high repin number, not only will that pin do well but so will other pins on the board. The more successful … [Read more...]
Guess what? I have stopped paying super close attention to my blog's bounce rate. Why? The short answer: because I don't always see a bounce as a bad thing. Websites that are primarily blogs tend to have a high high average bounce rate because people come for one specific article. If you have an eCommerce website or similar, you should be working on lowering your bounce rate. This post is directed to bloggers. According to hubspot, a realistic bounce rate for the average blog a bounce rate is 70-95%. Parachute designs describes blog's bounce rates even further: Due to the nature of blogs and how information is commonly shared across social media streams and back linking, it … [Read more...]
Income and traffic reports are becoming very popular these days. I always find them interesting to read, but frequently find myself feeling envious. I'm sure you've felt the same. I mean, who wouldn't want to be making $15,000 a month blogging? Most of us aren't making that much (yet) and that's okay. You have to remember that your blog is at a different stage than other blogs. Instead of comparing the actual numbers, I like to compare my RPM to other bloggers and then I feel much better about the success of my blog. Pin it for later! What is RPM? Revenue per 1000 impressions. RPM is used to calculate how much money your website makes per 1000 pageviews. Here is the formula: … [Read more...]
Have you joined in on any Twitter chats lately? Here are some great Twitter chats for bloggers and online entrepreneurs! I've made it super easy for you to join in by including the date and the time for multiple timezones (because, who likes doing them math to figure out when it starts?). This post was originally published on Sept. 12th, 2014 but has been updated with the latest and greatest Twitter chats. Pin it! #BlogElevated Date: Tuesdays Time: 7pm PT |8pm MT | 9pm CT | 10pm ET Host: Blog Elevated, blogelevated.com If you really want to learn blogging techniques– this is the blogging chat for you. The #blogelevated chat always has great information and current tips and … [Read more...]
"Okay, here we go. Focus. Speed. I am speed. One winner, forty-two losers." - Lightning McQueen, Disney-Pixar Cars Alright friends, let's focus on speed today. Your blog/website's speed that is. I want you to be the winner with a "faster than fast, quicker than quick" site load time. Having a fast loading site will improve your SEO, make your visitors happier (and less likely to leave), and generate more sales. When you run your site through Google's page speed test or WebPageTest, you will get a lot of technical feedback for improving your site's load time. Those are all good practices, but there are also a lot of simple ways to speed up your site. Pin it! *There are affiliate … [Read more...]
I think we can all agree that pictures or graphics are one of the most essential ingredients of a blog. You probably spend a lot of time taking fabulous pictures for your posts or searching the internet for the perfect image. What you might not know though is that those pictures could be hurting your blog. Pin it! When I say hurting your blog, I mean slowing it down. Pictures are usually the number one reason blogs load slow. A slow blog will drive readers away faster than it can load! « Click to tweet Have no fear though. I am going to show you how to save and upload your pictures to your blog for optimum load speed (which will also help your SEO). First, let’s do a little … [Read more...]
Everyone always talks about things you should be doing on Pinterest, but today I want to focus on things Pinterest says we shouldn't do. Hopefully by looking at these suggestions you will be able to improve your pin strategy and create Pinterest Perfect Pins. Pin it for later! Before I dive, I want you to know that I’m not making these things up, nor are these my personal opinions. Everything on this list comes directly from Pinterest's guides. 10 things you shouldn't be doing on Pinterest. Don’t include hashtags in either the image or description. Don’t use images that are poorly lit, out of focus or otherwise appear amateurish Don’t use more than four separate images in a … [Read more...]