Category: Social Media 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  There is no better feeling than getting rid of anything broken, out of date, or just doesn’t work in the space anymore.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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10 Instagram Tips and Tricks

10 Instagram Tips and Tricks

Navigating Instagram can seem tricky to those who don’t have much experience, but once you get the hang of it, it can be quite easy.  That is why I am here to offer 10 Instagram Tips and Tricks for Mastering Instagram.

Instagram is a visual social media platform.  It is a great place to network and gain traffic to your website.  There are a lot of benefits, so why shouldn’t you jump on board and reap some of those benefits?

Just remember, you only have a few seconds to catch someone’s eye, so you have to make sure what you post is aesthetically pleasing and/or informative.  I’m here to help you make your few seconds count!

I have done a lot of research and compiled a list of some of the best snippets of advice for using Instagram.  There is a lot of conflicting information out there, and I guess in reality, it is all just a bunch of trial and error to find what actually works for you and the rest doesn’t matter.

 

10 Instagram Tips and Tricks

  • Create a cohesive theme.  If your niche is cooking and your Instagram is filled with recipes and also pictures of cute animal memes, political satire, and other non-food related posts, it may seem confusing to your readers.  Your Instagram account is part of your business and it needs to be treated that way.  Fill your portfolio with what is cohesive within your niche.  Create another private account if necessary for the other stuff.
  • Grammar and spelling are important.  Since Instagram is part of your business, it needs to be professional and grammatically correct.  There isn’t a ton of writing associated with Instagram in general, adjusting the one or two lines of your post or comment shouldn’t be too hard to do.  Take a few minutes and make sure its all cleaned up before you post.
  • Post consistently.  There are a lot of followers out there who look forward to your next post.  Don’t let them down.  It doesn’t have to be something that takes forever to put together with long thought out comments, just post something that makes you happy and fits within your niche.  I use Buffer and queue up a bunch of posts; then Buffer lets me know when its time to post and I just press a few buttons and bam, done.  For instance, I am a mom blogger, and I also blog about my blogging journey, I find funny parenting memes I queue up to have posted 1-2 times a day.  I find that when I post consistently, I am less likely to have people unfollow me as long as I stick to my theme.  When I go a couple of days without posting, I lose a few followers and once I get back on track, I don’t lose more than 1 or 2 and may even gain a few.
  • Use Hashtags.  For bloggers who are trying to gain followers, you will want to find which hashtags pertain to your niche.  You will also want to tailor hashtags to what you think people will search for.  I keep a list of hashtags that I use for parenting specific posts and a list of hashtags for my blog specific posts.  For instance, I will use #momblogger #momlife #mom #toddlermom for those funny parenting memes.  For my blog posts about blogging, I will use #blog #bloglife #blogging #bloggoals.  Note: Don’t use hashtags like #likeforlike #followme, you run the risk of spammy activity along with a bunch of followers who may unfollow you the next day.
  • Promote your Instagram.  I do this using Facebook Groups, but you can use any social media platform or search engine to do this as well.  Promote anywhere you would promote your blog.  There are a lot of Facebook Groups out there.  Most will include a daily post allowing their member so post their Instagram account for others within their niche to follow or post an Instagram post to garner new attention.
  • Understand Follow for Follow.  Be mindful of the groups that have follow for follow boards.  While you will increase your followers, there are people out there that will unfollow you the next day.  The Facebook Group hosts make a note discouraging this, but it does still happen.  This can seem frustrating when you are trying to get to a certain number of followers.  Participate in those follow for follow groups with that in mind.  Also, don’t be one of those that UNfollowers unless there are posts that are inappropriate or against your beliefs.  Otherwise, what is the harm in continuing to follow them?
  • Update your profile.  Make sure you have a snappy profile snippet.  When people come across your profile and have the option to follow you, they will read the first 15-20 characters which will show up before the ellipses and people have to click on your profile to read the rest, which they won’t always do.  So make sure those first few words count.  I find when I look for people to follow, I look for profiles that include “mom blogger, blogger, or blogs about parenting…”.  This lets me know that they will likely post stuff that interests me.
  • Set Goals.  Setting goals is a good thing to do in general.  Setting goals will help you to see where you want to be with your Instagram account.  Writing goals down will help keep that goal in the forefront of your mind, which makes it more likely to be achieved.  Set a goal to post once a day, or set a goal to gain 100 followers a week.  No matter how small or large the goal is, set it and challenge yourself to achieve it.  I dare ya!
  • Quality counts.  Make sure that the pictures you post are not blurry or dark.  If someone can’t see it or make out the image, they are going just to scroll right past.  You only have a few seconds to capture the attention of a new audience, make a good impression.
  • Include your website in your post. When promoting on Instagram, ensure that your post includes your website.  It can be included in the image itself or the comments.  This allows people easy access to your site.

There you have it!  10 Instagram Tips and Tricks to help you navigate through Instagram a little easier.  Make sure that you are interactive on your account as well.  If you want followers, likes and comments, lead by example.

What are some of your best Instagram Tips or Tricks that others would find helpful?

Tips and Tricks for Twitter Chats

Tips and Tricks for Twitter Chats

Tips and Tricks for Twitter Chats

I love all the aspects of blogging.  This new world that blogging has opened me up to is so fascinating, and I love learning everything that it has to offer me.  Case and point, Twitter Chats.  As someone who has been solely focusing on Facebook Groups to network and gain advice from fellow bloggers, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about these chats are also very helpful for that as well.

If you are curious about Twitter Chats, I offer up my Tips and Tricks to Twitter Chats to help you branch out and try something new!img_3772

  • Twitter Chats, also called Twitter Parties are chats that are held on certain days at certain times typically weekly, some are biweekly or even monthly.   Take a look at the chats on this chart to see the days and times of Twitter Chats.  These are specific chats for bloggers.
  • To participate in the chat, make sure you are using the corresponding hashtag so that your replies are visible to others in the chat.
  • To make a great first impression, I suggest that you head over to Canva and create a Twitter card.  This card should include your blog name, picture, and link to your site.  It will be similar to handing out a business card that you would Tweet once you join the chat.  This will get people to notice you and what your business is. It also gives people the opportunity to visit your blog.
  • Twitter chats are NOT designed for self-promotion, but to gain knowledge and meet others who can help you and offer support or vice versa.  However, most chats will allow links at the end of the chat.
  • If you choose to join in on the conversation, that is awesome, but make sure that your replies say something.  Create meaningful responses that offer something to the conversation.
  • Twitter chats are fast paced, you may be re-tweeting or commenting more than usual.  You may want to give your followers a heads up.  This is just a courtesy before starting your chat so your followers are aware that you may have a lot of new activity in your feed. It also lets your followers know about the chat, in case they want to join in too.
  • Be polite, these chats are not for negative comments or judgment.  Please use common courtesy.  Think of it as a business meeting or networking event.
  • Ensure that if you are targeting your conversation to a certain someone, in particular, include their @twitterhandle, so they know you are responding to them.
  • Use a period character (.) in front of someone’s @twitterhandle so that your mentions will show up on all feeds instead of just the person you are referring.  (Example: instead of @littlemisslistmaker, you would put .@littlemisslistmaker)
  • The host of the Twitter Chat will throw out topics to keep the chat moving in the right direction and will create questions with Q1, Q2, Q3 markings and you can answer with “A” and the corresponding number of the question, A1, A2, or A3.
  • If you can’t make a chat, you can go back a read the transcript.  You could also do this even if you were in the chat so that you can refer back to.  This will include tips and be able to contact those you interacted with in the chat.
  • Use the right tool.  There are a host of tools to join to find and join chats.  Your regular Twitter app won’t be able to refresh fast enough to keep up with the pace of the chat.  Check in to TweetDeck or Hootsuite, both are free.

Well, there you have it, my tips and tricks to Twitter Chats.  There are a ton of chats out there for all types of blogs, lifestyle, fashion, food, religion, parenting, etc.  There are also many different chats for marketing, social media, advice for new bloggers, affiliations, etc.  You can just search on TweetDeck to find the right ones for you.  Look at past transcripts to see if the content is what you are looking for.  Good luck!

Please comment below of any Twitter Chats that may prove beneficial for me and others!

5 Tips For Facebook Groups

5 Tips For Facebook Groups

I joined my first Facebook group a little over a month ago, and since then my traffic on my blog has gone up 1000x, I’ve increased my Instagram followers from 12 to 367, I’ve increased my Twitter followers from 20 to 269.

This may not seem like a lot to those who have thousands of followers and page views, but as someone just starting out, this was amazing to me.  Now keep in mind, this was all purely promoting in my first few Facebook Groups, nowhere else.  Since then I have joined a lot more groups.  I love these groups!

However, I did have to learn the ropes, and I was booted from 1 or 2 groups because I hadn’t read the rules or I had gotten in over my head and was remiss on something.

So I’m here to share with you 5 tips for excelling in Facebook groups.  I am by no means an expert, but I have learned quite a bit, and for this, I’ve seen progress, so I’m happy.

1.Read the group rules:

I can’t stress how important this is!  Each group has their set of rules and are typically on the right side of the screen under “description.”  Please read over them, if possible, read over them before you request to join the group so that you know what the group entails and can know if you have the time to devote to it.

2.  Don’t post anything without planning on reciprocating:

Some groups are like for like, which means that when you post your share, you have to like every share that is posted and everyone will like yours.  This takes time to complete.  There have been some nights that I have spent a couple of hours just reciprocating likes, comments, and shares.  If you don’t have the time to do this, then don’t post anything yourself.  A. its rude and B. it will get you kicked out of that group.

Some groups only require that you check out a few others after you post your share, this is just common courtesy.  Don’t just drop your link and run.  Some groups frown on this and will kick you out of the group if they see this happen enough times.

3.  Make a list of your posts:

I am a part of a lot of groups, and it can be hard to remember where I’ve posted and what I’ve posted.  So I’ve also included a Facebook Group Post Tracker.  This nifty little spreadsheet will help you keep track of where you’ve posted and when.  You should also write down what the reciprocation rules are so you can complete those too, in case you can’t do it all in one sitting.

4. Post several different promos:

Since I am in so many groups, I can bet that there are a lot of the same people in the same groups that I am in, so when I have 10 blog post promo threads that I can share to, I have recently started to share several posts split up over those threads.  This way, I am not missing out on traffic because someone already visited my site from another promo thread.

For instance, I will do my “5 Times I Learned To Be a Kid With My Kid” post in 3 or 4 groups, then I do “5 Reason Why Your Child Should Set Goals” post in another 3 or 4 groups.  I also do the same with my Instagram, Twitter, Pins, and Facebook posts promo threads.  This way I can still get the traffic I want without having people skip over because the same post is in all the threads across the board.

5. Take time to thank all those who support you:

There are those group threads where they are like for like, but there are also threads that just require you check out promos that interest you.  If someone likes your post or replies that they have shared or commented on it, take the time to reply to their comment and like it. This is common courtesy.  It shows that you’ve acknowledged that they took the time to view your post, shared it and that you appreciate it.

Facebook Groups can be extremely beneficial when utilized correctly.  You can’t just expect to promote your post and be done.  There is reciprocation, there is interaction and being able to answer each others’ questions.  It is a group; you are part of a team.  Just remember that.  They are there to support you and help you out, the least you can do is fully participate.

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What are some Facebook Groups that you would recommend?