Category: Blogging Tips

Pinterest Purge: Spring Cleaning Your Pinterest

Pinterest Purge: Spring Cleaning Your Pinterest

Ahh….spring is here!  Woohoo.  Welcome friend.

When I think of spring, I think of fresh starts and new beginnings.  I am someone who actually does a spring cleaning, my closets and bathrooms are usually my focus.  There is no better feeling than getting rid of anything broken, out of date, or just doesn’t work in the space anymore.

I know I am not the only one who feels this way.  During the spring, my Pinterest smart feed explodes with all types of spring cleaning lists, how-to’s, and activities to make someone become more efficient with their spring cleaning.

I am actually here to take spring cleaning to the next level.  Purging your Pinterest.  A spring cleaning of your boards and profile.  Today I am launching my Pinterest Purge: 5-day E-mail Course to Spring Cleaning Your Pinterest Account.  This is a good idea for a couple of reasons.  You can ensure that the pins you have on your account are active pins.  You also need to get rid of any dead links, brand your boards and clean up your bios.

Over the 5-day email course, I will go over updating your profile bio and board bios, show you how to bulk move and delete unnecessary or unwanted pins, and create board covers using Canva.

Pinterest Purge: 5-day email course

Benefits of Pinterest Purge:

The benefits of this course include:

  • Having a clear bio for each board helps your viewers find what they are looking for.
  • Eliminating double and triple pins from same or multiple boards that make your boards look cluttered.
  • Eliminating dead links, incorrect links, or unwanted affiliate pins that muddy up your board.
  • Each board will have a clear intent and focus which makes them easier to navigate.

This will take some time to complete, so make sure that you set aside a certain amount of time each day to work on it.  This is not something you will want to do in one day because after a while all the pins start to look the same.  Trust me, when I first started my spring clean, I tried to do it all at once and I almost drove myself crazy.  Once I took a step back and initiated a plan for myself, it was much easier and a lot less stressful.  And man does it feel good when it is all done.  I changed out my board covers and gave them a new look, so everything looks all fresh and organized.

If you are interested in taking this on and getting your Pinterest account organized for spring click here and sign up to get the course delivered to your inbox.

To get your started, here is your Pinterest Purge Checklist.

 

 

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5 Awesome Ways to Appreciate Yourself as a Blogger

5 Awesome Ways to Appreciate Yourself as a Blogger

If you have started a blog, you understand the amount of time and work that goes into it.  People who have never started a blog, tend to have the misunderstanding that we just sit at our computer a type up a post now and then and go about our day of drinking Starbucks and getting manicures.

Holy Crap, they could NOT more wrong??!!

Creating content, creating graphics, marketing, sending out emails, attracting the right audience, etc.  The list goes on and on.  I am limited on what time I can spend on my blog, but if I didn’t, who knows how many hours I would be sitting at my computer working on my neverending to-do list.

Every time I have a few minutes, I am filling my Buffer queue or filling my Boardbooster boards.

I actually find myself doing this at stop lights….shhh…..don’t tell anyone.

It’s is exhausting as hell, but at the same time, I am proud of what I’ve done for my blog.

To be honest, I had been talking about starting a blog about a six months before I put it into fruition.  My husband was SUPER supportive and kept asking me when I was going to take the leap and start it.  My apprehension was that I had soo many ideas of what I wanted to blog about.  Seriously, it was ridiculous…..

My blog Little Miss List Maker had been redone three times in its first few months, and now I love it.  I was okay with it when I first started, then I got a pro to help me redesign the site, and I began to feel really good about it.  But it wasn’t until I took it back into my own hands again and narrowed down my niche that I absolutely fell in love with it.  Sure, there are things I want to tweak here and there, but I think that will always be the case.

There is always room for improvement.

On that note, I wanted to tell you that you work hard and I appreciate the work you do.  I try and visit as many blogs as I can in Facebook Groups and on Pinterest, and I can see everyone putting their heart, soul, sweat and tears into their work.  I know how hard you must work because I know how hard it is for me.

For all of you who are always pushing yourself too much, beating yourself up over every little slight, and ready to give up, take a minute….. Look at what you’ve accomplished and remember how many people out there who haven’t taken the risk to join this crazy world of blogging.  You are amazing and what you’ve done is AMAZING.

Let that sink in….

 

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Celebrate your Accomplishments

Celebrate…no matter how big or how small.  Every new viewer, each post in a Facebook group, new Twitter follower…. it all counts.  Take a second everytime you get discouraged to look at what you’ve already done and what you may have gained since you last looked at your stats or blog and give yourself a high-five.  You’ve worked hard, and it is showing.  Don’t forget that.

Set goals for yourself and make a mental note of when you make progress towards reaching your set goal.  If you feel good about yourself and are proud of the work you do, it will show in your writing, graphics, and your interactions with other bloggers.

 

Help Someone in the Blogging Community

Facebook groups are excellent.  You may have seen me boast about them in once or twice in some of my blog posts.  I can’t help it; it is an amazing community of people I can look up to and ask for guidance.

Every day you need to go through your feed and read the questions that are posed by other bloggers.  Answer someone’s question.  Give some advice, as long as it is good, solid advice.  Don’t answer a question about WordPress if you have no idea what you are talking about.  That doesn’t help anyone.

However, on any given day, I can guarantee there is someone asking for an opinion on which picture looks better or which font works best.  Give your two cents.  It helps the person asking, and you know that you are contributing, not just fishing for page views.  And that can feel pretty damn good.

When I first joined these groups, I would just post my promos, do my reciprocations and skedaddle.  Now, I read what other bloggers are posting in these groups outside of the promo posts, and sometimes I post a question myself.  To get the feedback that I do, makes me feel like people are listening to me and want to help.  It feels great.

Be one of those that wants to help others.

 

Do Something for Yourself every day.

Hold up….I know we are all busy.  I have taken on way too much myself, but there are still things I do every day that I do for myself.  It doesn’t have to be a huge pampering thing, an expensive thing or even a try to find a babysitter type of deal.

Just something that makes you feel good about yourself.  For me, it’s a glass of wine and one of my shows on the DVR.  Tonight, it was This is Us.  Love that show.  Last night, it was taking an extra long shower so I could try my new conditioning hair mask.

Trust me, when you can take a second to only be in the moment with yourself, it can go a long way for your sanity.  Completely clear your mind, or think about only the good things that you’ve experienced that day.

You’ve already spent too much of your time thinking about your to-do lists, remembering what you forgot to do, and adding to your list for tomorrow.  30 minutes of nothing won’t kill you, in fact it may actually inspire you.

 

Cater your blog to fit you

When you started your blog, you probably had this vision of what you wanted it to look like.  Then when you started your site, you may not have had the knowledge or patience to make your site look how you wanted it.  So, you settled.  Well, don’t. There are so many ways to get guidance on this.  You want your site to reflect your personality, so you feel comfortable on it.  When you feel more comfortable on your site, you’ll want to post more and market it more.

There are so many ways to get help with this.  I settled when I first started, then I sought guidance on Fiverr and found a pro for a good price to help me completely redesign it.  From there, I’ve found so much on Pinterest and on Facebook that has helped me the rest of the way.

Trust me, when you love the look of your site, you will want others to see it and will love reading their encouraging comments.  Also, learn to ask for help.  On Facebook, you’d be surprised at how many time I saw  “I hate to ask….” or “I feel stupid for asking….” or my personal fav “Total newbie question, but….”  And once I read the question, I was like “Oh yeah, I was wondering that myself.”  Post your questions because you never know how many you’re helping just by asking, not to mention how much advice you can get in return.

 

Get Offline

Get off of your blog, Facebook, and Pinterest.  When you are constantly online, you will nitpick your site, or you will continue to find those who are more successful boasting about making six figures from their blog.  Those posts are great for inspiration, but when it is constantly in your face, it can become discouraging.  That is not helpful, nor productive.  So you need just to get offline.  If you get blog post ideas when you are offline, physically write them down.

Step back, walk away, or sit down with a pen and paper.  It is also good for your eyes and mental capacity to not be constantly sitting in front of a screen.  This is an excellent time just to brainstorm.

By getting offline, you can have one less distraction so you can focus.  Write down some goals, recap your day and everything you’ve done.  When you can take a minute offline, you may be able to see that you’ve done a lot more than you thought.  This will help you to appreciate what you have done and give yourself a break.

 

We all need a little encouragement and appreciation sometimes.  However, when you can appreciate what you’ve done and can see how far you’ve come, you will strive to do more.

5 Ways To Make The Most of Your Content

5 Ways To Make The Most of Your Content

Creating your blog content, it is so important and if done correctly can get you an enormous amount of traffic.  I think it is every blogger’s dream to have evergreen content, which is content that is always relevant.  This will ensure that no matter the time of year or day you publish, it will be on topic.  Bloggers want to have content that will attract the right kind of traffic to their blog.  That is why I have gathered a list of the 5 ways to make the most of your content when you are creating blog posts.

When I began writing blog posts, I had to get it all done right then.  I will spend 4-5 hours glued to my laptop.  I will create the blog content, add links, and create the graphic.  Then I will plan the social media posts, and get the SEO just right.  Then when I realize that it is time to write another post and I’d stress out thinking about how it takes me those 4-5 hours.  I would analyze if I had the time to spend to get the post completed right then.

Well, now that I have been doing this a while, I’ve realized that you don’t have to do it all in one sitting.  I am still just as excited once I get a post idea, but I’ve learned to schedule, downloaded tools and I’ve created templates, so it’s not so time-consuming or stressful as it once was.

Blogging doesn’t have to be stressful.  It is a great way to make money and an excellent way to share your ideas with others.  However, unlike a regular 9-5 job, you are the boss, and you can make the decisions on what/when/where/how you do your work.

If you want to put your best foot forward when you hit publish, take a look at these 5 ways to make the most of your content.

Creating the right content

Make sure that you are staying true to your brand when coming up with new content.  If you have steady viewership, then there are certain things that your viewers expect from you.  You want them to keep coming back and for them to find consistency with your blog.

Utilize tools on your blog that will increase the readability of your posts.  I love Yoast SEO.  It lets me know when my SEO and readability for my posts are up to par and informs me of how I can improve them before hitting “publish.”

Grammarly is a great tool to ensure that the content you are writing has correct spellings and is grammatically correct.  I know that many people like to write as if they were having a conversation with someone and sometimes it isn’t always grammatically correct, that’s totally fine.  I love reading posts from those bloggers who I feel are talking to me.

At the same time, though, you can ensure that what you are writing will make sense to those who are reading it.  When I was typing up this post, I had 12 errors in the first 3 paragraphs.  It turns out I use the word “actually” a lot and reminds me of other words I overuse so that I can delete it or use a different word.  When I write, I want to sound like I know what I’m talking about, but I also want to keep the conversational aspect as well.

Also, since I’ve installed Grammarly on my computer, it not only helps me with my blog posts but whatever I’m writing.  It comes up when I’m writing social media posts, emails, school work and when I’m commenting.  It is such a helpful tool.  You guys should check it out.

Plan Ahead

I use CoSchedule to schedule out most of my content.  Mainly because I love the headline analyzer and the alert emails, I get when something is coming due.  When I think of an excellent blog post idea, I add it to my calendar in CoSchedule.  Currently, I have the next couple months of ideas planned out, and it is such a relief.  On top of CoSchedule, I also have a physical planner that fits in my purse.   I like to cross things off my lists physically, it gives me a sense of accomplishment.  Also, when I’m out and about, I can read ahead and create outlines for the posts.

Content Upgrades

Stuck trying to create new content?  Maybe it’s time you look at some of your old posts and give them a little facelift.  See if those old posts would benefit from adding a download such as a checklist or other type of freebie.  This can bring new life to a post that may have fallen flat in the past.  Maybe change up the outline of it, change the photos or add headlines that would better grab a readers attention.

Research

When you have an idea for a blog post, test the waters to see if it would be something your readers would find interesting.  Send an email survey so that you can get feedback from your subscribers.  You can also post a survey in a Facebook Group.  Also, it ‘s nice to see if there have been a lot of recent blog posts lately on the same subject.  You don’t want your content getting lost in the crowd.  If you find that there is too much similar content on the topic, see what you can add to make it stand out above the others.  Maybe you would benefit more by adding a freebie or creating an email course.

Promotion

Once you have created your masterpiece, you don’t want it to go unseen.  Promote that precious jewel that you’ve just spent your valuable time building.  There are so many social media platforms where you can get the word out there about your posts.  I post in at least 5 Facebook Groups a day.  A majority of my viewers come from the groups, and I am so thankful for those participants.

Well, there you have it.  5 ways to make the most of your content.  I know how much time and effort is put into creating a blog post and it is so disappointing when it doesn’t get the attention you feel it deserves.  Go back and tweak an old post or put these ideas into play when creating a new post, it’s not too late.

What are some of the best pieces of advice you’ve received when it comes to creating content?

 

7 Totally Awesome Blogging Tools

7 Totally Awesome Blogging Tools

I can’t tell you how much I love blogging, but even more, I love tools that help my blogging life easier.  I love planning, scheduling and automating so that I can breathe easier when life gets in the way.  That is why I like the fact that there are so many blogging tools out there.

I have tried so many blogging tools and have had a great amount of luck with some and little to no luck with others.  Some were super easy to navigate and were user-friendly, whereas others, not so much.  When I look at blogging tools, I don’t always look for easy; that helps, but I look at what the tool will do for me.  I want to know that I am investing my time and sometimes money on something that benefits me and gets me the best results.

That is probably the best advice I can give any blogger.  Utilize free trials and gauge how each tool helps traffic or followers and then invest in those that work.  There are some tools that you may have to invest in, but that are completely worth it, for me, that is CoSchedule and Tailwind.  Others are free and help me immensely, such as Buffer and Mailchimp.  There are just so many tools out there, and I would say to take your time to find what works for you.

BlueHost is what I used to create my blog.  The tips and customer service through BlueHost are fantastic.  Their online chat service is so helpful when I was first starting out; when I would have issues with blog 404 errors or is not accessible, and I would want to give up, but within 5 minutes, they would have it back up.  I have never experienced such excellent service as I did with them.  For those wanting to start a blog, I can’t recommend them enough.  It also doesn’t hurt that they are so reasonably priced.

Canva is what I use to create my blog graphics or social media graphics.  They are easy to use and have such great free templates.  I always upload stock photos so that I can then add my titles and other text as necessary.  I know that there are a lot of other tools to create graphics, but Canva has been the one that has worked best for me.

Ivory Mix is a great site for stock photos.  Kayla’s photos are so amazing and are featured a lot on my blog.  She has plenty of photo options to appeal to any blogger.  By just subscribing, you can get free monthly photos delivered to your inbox or sign up for a $10 monthly membership and have access to her 300+ stock photos.  You can’t lose.

MailChimp was a great resource in regards to setting up email lists and sending/tracking emails to your subscribers.  I was intimidated with the whole emailing thing.  I have been saying for months that I was going to start emailing my subscribers, but have always put it on the back burner, and it has simply not happened, until yesterday.  Finally, I bit the bullet and sent out my first email to my subscribers, and it was so much easier than I though.

Tailwind is a great tool for automating your pins on Pinterest.  Pinterest can suck you in….hard, and before you know it 3 hours has passed, and you’ve forgotten to do the laundry, or realize it’s almost midnight and your little one will be waking you up in 5 hours.  Tailwind is a great way to spend 20 minutes and quickly gather pins and set up automation for the next week.  If you go to Tailwind through my link, you will get a free month!  Also, join my Tailwind Tribe Help A Blogger Out and increase your reach with fellow bloggers.

CoSchedule is great for scheduling content.  You can also schedule social media posts and there is also a headline analyzer.  The headline analyzer is so helpful.  I will play with words until I get the highest score for the title for my blog post.  It almost is like a game, just by changing one or two words, the score can increase by 15 or 20 points making your headline more appealing.  It is probably my favorite thing about CoSchedule.

Buffer is a great tool for scheduling out your social media posts.  I still have the free account so I am limited on how much I can add to my queue.  It beats not posting anything or posting inconsistently.  Having this tool is extremely helpful and easy to use.  I have the app on my phone as well so I don’t have to be on my computer to add to my queue like I do with Tailwind or CoSchedule, which I like as well.
Finding what works for your blog depends on you.  Blogging tools that work for my blog may not work for yours and there is nothing wrong with that.  I have tried several tools and some didn’t work, and some did.  That is why I love free trials.  Most of these apps offer that, which makes trying them a no brainer.  Let me know what works for you or what didn’t.  Any feedback is helpful!