10 Places to Find Stock Photos for Your Blog

10 Places to Find Stock Photos for Your Blog

Ah, the elusive stock photo. Well, stock photos aren’t elusive. But awesome ones that you haven’t already seen 10000 times can be. I’ve managed to find a few go-to sites where I find almost all of my photos. Here are 10 places to find stock photos for your blog.

I’m a sucker for a good girly/styled stock photo. Put some pearls on a gold Macbook and I’m there. But even if your needs are a little more advanced than mine, these sites will have you covered.

10 Places to Find Great Stock Photos For Your Blog or Social Media. LOVE these sites!! Girly and feminine styled stock photos for anything! Great tips and tricks!

10 Places to Find Stock Photos For Your Blog

Bloguettes

Bloguettes is my absolute favorite. I love almost every one of their pics and I use them constantly. And they’re not too overused!

10 Places to Find Stock Photos for Your Blog

Haute Chocolate

Love Haute Chocolate. You see her stuff everywhere, but it’s because it’s that good.

10 Places to Find Stock Photos for Your Blog

Pink Pot

Pink Pot (aka Creative Convex) has fabulous girly stock photos. And you can get big bundles, too!

10 Places to Find Stock Photos for Your Blog

Creative Market

Creative Market is full of stock photos. Pretty much whatever you want, you could find there.

Etsy

Same goes for Etsy. People put fabulous stuff up there.

Pixabay

Pixabay is my favorite free source for stock pics. Yes, some are way over used, and yes, some are terrible. But I’ve also gotten some really good ones there too!

10 Places to Find Stock Photos for Your Blog

Unsplash

Unsplash is another great free source of pics.

Kaboom Pics

Same goes for Kaboom Pics. All free!

Wonderfelle

Wonderfelle has great girly styled stock pics, and I don’t see them in too many places. Score!

10 Places to Find Stock Photos For Your Blog

SC Stock Shop

More great girly pics from SC Stock Shop!

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post

If you’re looking to add a printable (aka a “content upgrade” or a “lead magnet”) to your blog post, then look no further. This is how to do it. And with this method, you get to ask for someone’s email before they get the printable. More email subscribers for you! This is how to add printables to a blog post.

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post. Awesome tips and tricks for beginners! Add content upgrades to your blog posts to get more email subscribers! Brilliant!

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post

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Make Your Printable

First, you need to make your printable, of course. There are tons of ways to do this. You can use Photoshop or In Design if you’ve got the skills. I use a tool called Beacon for mine. Some people use Canva (which I love and use for all my graphics). Whatever you’re using, make sure that it looks good and is filled with value!

How to Add Printables to Your Blog Post

Set Up Your Email Provider

Next, you need to set up your email provider to deliver your content upgrade automatically. I use ConvertKit for this and it is SO easy! Just create a form for your sign-up (you don’t actually have to use their form, just create it) and then upload the PDF. That’s it! It takes about 60 seconds.

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post

Make a Leadbox

Here’s the good part. Make a “Leadbox” with Leadpages. A Leadbox is a pop-up that is connected to a button. The button can be inserted into the blog post (more on that below), and when someone clicks it the pop-up comes up, telling them that if they enter their email, they’ll get your printable. You can hook your Leadbox up with ConvertKit, so when they enter their email, ConvertKit automatically sends them the printable! Magic!

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post

Here’s my “How to Get 1000 Followers on Instagram” guide as an example. Click the button to see it in action. Get your guide!

See? Pretty cool.

Creating a Leadbox is really easy in Leadpages. You just click create, and then customize your box with the colors and text that you want, set up your ConvertKit integration, and you’re good to go. Honestly, it takes maybe two minutes.

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post

Insert Your Leadbox Into Your Blog Post

All that’s left to do is insert your Leadbox into your blog post. To do this, Leadpages gives you an HTML code. Just copy it exactly as it appears in Leadpages, and come back to your blog post. Then go into “Text” mode (instead of “Visual” mode where you usually type your post, and just paste the code wherever you want your button to appear.

How to Add Printables to a Blog Post

That’s it! Easy! Now you’ve got a printable content upgrade in your post, and people will hand over their emails to get it! Good stuff!

Pinterest for Business Tips: Using Keywords on Pinterest

Pinterest for Business Tips: Using Keywords on Pinterest

Pinterest can be a major source of traffic for your blog. But you absolutely must set it up correctly. And a big part of this is using keywords on Pinterest. Using keywords on Pinterest is crucial because Pinterest essentially acts like a search engine, and it uses keywords in order to find your pins and show them to other people. It’s how your pins get out there into the world. Using keywords on Pinterest can be total make or break for your Pinterest success.

But never fear. I’m here with a guide to get your keyword action going! And if you’re looking for even more Pinterest knowledge, I’ve got you covered in Pinterest Pop! Check it out right now!

Pinterest for Business Tips: Using Keywords on Pinterest. Love these social media tips and tricks for beginner bloggers!

Using Keywords on Pinterest

Where to find keywords

You may be asking where to find these magical keywords. Two ways. First, just use common sense. Obviously for me, things like “blog, blogging, social media, SEO, Pinterest, Instagram…” are all going to be keywords. Yours will, of course, be totally different depending on your niche. But some are obvious. But beyond that, Pinterest itself has a great way for you to find keywords. Just go to the search bar at the top of the screen, and type in one of your big keywords. Pinterest will then come up with a whole list of other suggested words for you. These are words that other people are commonly searching along with your word. Voila, keywords!

Using keywords on Pinterest

Your Profile

The first place you should think about using keywords is your profile name and description. Yes, even your name can have keywords in it! My “name” on Pinterest is “Blogs by Becca | Blog + Biz for Beginners.” “Blog,” “Biz,” and “Beginners” are all keywords for me. Aside from your name, you also want to get some keywords into your profile description. Mine says: “Helping beginners become bloggers. Blog, social media, and biz tips and ideas for beginner bloggers. Free Blog Bootcamp: http://bit.ly/2gxdAXO.” The bold words are all keywords for me. It’s still in plain English, but I managed to fit a lot of keywords in there. I want someone searching for something like “beginner blogger” to have my profile pop up. That’s the whole point.

Your Board Descriptions

The next place you want to have keywords are your board titles and descriptions. Your board titles should have simple, easy to understand titles with keywords. It’s tempting to make board titles pretty and cute (believe me, I’m tempted), but don’t do it. Use your keywords and make it obvious to the reader what the board is about. So not “~~Pretty Things~~.” But “Best Home Decor and Design.”

You also need keywords in your board descriptions. Use the same method outlined above to find these. You get 500 characters for a board description. You don’t need to use all 500 (though you can if you want). Some people use full sentences to describe their boards, others just list keywords. I’m in the second camp on that one. But either way, make sure you’re using lots of keywords. For example, my “Pinterest Tips + Tricks” board says “Pinterest Tips Tricks Tutorials Ideas Organizing Pins Pinning Social Media Photos Pictures Captions Descriptions Keywords Growing Followers Business Blog Blogging Blogger Promote Market Money DIY Craft Recipe Food Fashion Style Beauty Quotes Boards Help Hacks.”

Your Pin Descriptions

Finally, your pin descriptions need to use keywords. You’re not going to rewrite the description of other people’s content. That would take forever. But YOUR pins need to have fabulous keyword-heavy descriptions. I usually put the title of the blog post (which has keywords on it), followed by a “fan description,” followed by another sentence describing the pin with more keywords.” So my description for this post will probably be something like “Pinterest for Business: How to Use Keywords on Pinterest. Love these tips and tricks!! Great social media ideas for beginner bloggers!”

As an aside, make sure that you are using the “Alt Text” field to enter your pin descriptions when you insert the image into your blog post. This ensures that that image will have that exact description every time it gets pinned by anyone, not just you. You want other people pinning it to be using your awesome description too, right?

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So that, my friends, is why you need to be using keywords on Pinterest. And that’s how to do it. It’ll take you a little more time, but it’ll be highly worth it when people can find, repin, and click your pins! Happy pinning!

If you’re still looking for Pinterest help, I’ve got you covered. I cover keywords and a whoooole lot more over in Pinterest Pop. Check it out!

Grow Your Blog

11 Ways to Grow Your Blog

11 Ways to Grow Your Blog

Growing your blog is a big topic. And I don’t just mean making money. I mean getting traffic, getting followers, and getting an email list. It’s all important to blog growth (and to monetizing, if that’s what you eventually want to do). It’s not easy, but here are 12 ways to grow your blog.

11 Ways to Grow Your Blog. Love this!! Amazing blogging and social media tips and tricks for beginners to start a blog and grow a blog.

11 Ways to Grow Your Blog

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Network in Facebook groups

I can attest that there are a million blogger Facebook groups out there (I’m probably in half of them). I only actively participate in a handful, but they can be super, super useful. You can share your links (if it’s allowed) and meet other bloggers in your niche. And get your questions answered. Facebook groups are a great way to do all of that.

If you’re looking for a new group to join, check out my group, Blog Boss Babes!

Use social share buttons

You should definitely have social share buttons on your blog. I have them on the lefthand side and above and below each post. This ensures that it just takes one click for someone to share your post to Twitter, Pinterest, or whatever. Obviously you want your post to be shared as many times as possible, so make it as easy as possible. SumoMe and Social Warfare are my favorite for this.

Use social follow buttons

Just like you should have social share buttons, you also need social follow buttons. This means that it just takes one click for someone to follow you on Facebook or Instagram. I use Simple Social Icons for this (and it’s free!).

And hey, here’s my shameless plug to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Automate your social media

I just did a whole post on social media automation right here, so I’ll let you read the details there. But the short version is: Meet Edgar and Board Booster rock my socks and save me approximately 25 hours a day.

Use the Milo Tree pop-up

I just discovered this one recently, and I love it. Milo Tree is a small pop-up that comes up in the righthand bottom corner of the screen when you enter. And it asks the reader to follow you on one of the social networks, or to enter their email. I use it for Pinterest follows, but you could use it for other networks as well. I like it because it’s small and unobtrusive, but still gets the job done.

Grow Your Blog

Schedule your content

With some exceptions, I generally schedule all of my content ahead of time. I know what I’ll be posting on the blog for the next few weeks. It helps me stay on schedule and it means that I have time to properly plan each post. Good content = growth.

Use Yoast SEO and proper keyword locations

SEO (search engine optimization) is crucial for blog growth. If Google doesn’t like your blog, it’ll bury it. People teach entire courses on it (and I’m not one of those people). But I do use the Yoast SEO plugin, which is a lifesaver. It tells you exactly what to do to improve your SEO on every post, in real time. I’m using it right now. It’s free. So get it.

Run a giveaway

My last giveaway added almost 1100 people to my list. For real, that’s pretty crazy. And it’s not like I was giving away a free car. The package was worth around $200. Tldr: Giveaways are the fastest way to grow your list. I use the King Sumo app and love it. It creates a viral giveaway, meaning that everyone gets a unique link, and if they are it on Twitter and someone else enters through their link, they get extra entries. People love it.

Here’s the link to my current giveaway so you can see it in action.

Girl Boss Blogger Giveaway

Utilize content upgrades

Put content upgrades in every blog post. People like free stuff. You have to give people value in exchange for their email address. Never forget that. Make (good) content upgrades and you’ll keep people coming back for more. I use Beacon to create mine, which I love.

What a coincidence, I’ve got a content upgrade for you! You can download the How to Get 1000 Followers on Instagram Guide right here. Get your guide! Smiley face.

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Start an email course or challenge

Running a free email course/challenge is a great way to grow your list and to show your own expertise in your niche. My current main email course, Blog Boom Bootcamp, has been great for my list. If you have something like ConvertKit, it’s SO easy to run an email course, too. Writing the content takes time, of course, but after that it takes about 5 minutes to set up in ConvertKit and then you never have to touch it again.

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Get serious about Pinterest

Last, but very certainly not least, if you want to grow your blog, you should get real about Pinterest. Pinterest can bring crazy traffic to your blog. But you must, must, must use it correctly. Otherwise it’ll do basically nothing. I’ve got a long post on it here, and a way more in-depth explanation in my course, Pinterest Pop. Check those out if you haven’t gotten on the Pinterest train yet. You won’t regret it.

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How to Automate Your Social Media and Save Hours

How to Automate Your Social Media and Save Hours

If you were to sit and pay close attention to my social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, you’d see that I post alllll day long. Including sometimes at like 4:00 am. When I first started blogging I literally had reminders set on my iPhone that said “Time to tweet!” Turns out there’s a much, much easier way. If you learn how to automate your social media you can save hours of time, be more productive, and boost traffic to your blog. It’s so worth it.

To be fair, my Instagram is not automated. All of my Instagram posts are actually me posting. But Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest are almost entirely automated. Sometimes there are multiple days in a row where I don’t touch any of them! But I’m still posting constantly. It’s magic.

So let’s talk about how, shall we?

How to Automate Your Social Media to Save Time On Your Blog and Be More Productive! AMAZING TIPS! I LOVE these tools! Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest are so easy once you get these tips, ideas, and tricks.

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How to Automate Your Social Media and Save Hours

Now, there are other social media automation tools out there. These are not the only ones. But these are the two I use. And I didn’t just pick randomly. There are unique features on both of these that I LOVE and that save SO much time. Shall we?

Meet Edgar

Meet Edgar automates your Twitter and Facebook (and also Linked-In, but who uses Linked-In for blogging?). You put in your tweets or posts ahead of time, set a schedule, and Edgar sends them out throughout the day. But, that’s not that amazing. What is amazing is that Edgar doesn’t delete the tweets or posts. It recycles them. So, say I have 20 tweets about my blog posts. It goes through the first one, the second, the third, and so on. When it finishes number 20, it goes back to number one. Can we talk about how incredible this is? It means that I only have to tweet one time about each blog post, and it will get cycled forever and ever. This is amazing because there’s no reason that you need a unique tweet every time you tweet and link to your blog post, right? No one is going to notice that you tweeted the same thing a week ago. This saves SO much time and effort.

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I have a very complicated schedule on Meet Edgar (to be fair, this is for two separate blogs). I should probably reorganize it. But the point is, I tweet/post to my heart’s content without ever touching Twitter or Facebook.

I tweet/post to my heart's content without ever touching Twitter/Facebook.Click To Tweet

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Board Booster

Board Booster saves my life. Board Booster automates your Pinterest and it is amazing. Pinterest would be the BIGGEST time waster if it weren’t for Board Booster. I pin around 75 pins per day using Board Booster. But I spend just a few minutes a day on Pinterest (although occasionally I decide that Pinterest is really fun and I’ll sit on there for like an hour…but that’s rare).

Board Booster has three main features. First, it has the Scheduler. This allows you to pin your pins ahead of time and then they go out on a set schedule throughout the day. Board Booster creates a secret board for each of your real boards. So you pin to the secret board, and then Board Booster pulls a set number of pins (however many you want per day) off the secret board and pins them onto the real board. So you’re not pinning 100 things at once. You’re pinning once every few hours.

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It also has a feature called Looping. Board Booster takes your old pins and repins them on a loop. So the thing that you pinned two months ago now has a chance to get seen again. It will also delete the duplicate pin, so you don’t have 20 of the same pin on your board. This allows you to pin as much as you want without doing a single thing. It’s completely automated.

Third, Board Booster has Campaigns. This allows you to pin to multiple group boards at the same time. You can tell it to pull from a particular source board and then pin to any number of group boards. So you can basically forget about your group boards forever.

Extra points: It also has a feature called the Pin Doctor. The Doctor will go through all of your pins and tell you which ones have broken links, missing descriptions, and other bad stuff (Pinterest penalizes you for this stuff). Obviously it would take approximately the rest of your life to do this yourself.

So, I am in love with Board Booster.

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So, yeah. Automating social media pretty much equals my favorite thing ever. If you were to ask me how to be more productive on your blog, this would be my number one answer. High five for cool things on the Internet.

How to Get 1000 Subscribers in 5 Weeks

How to Get 1000 Subscribers in 5 Weeks

It would be a little prettier if I could say “How to Get 1000 Subscribers in 30 Days.” But, the true version is that it took me 35 days, so let’s go ahead and be honest. “How to get subscribers” and grow your email list is a huge topic.

I got 1000 new subscribers in 35 days. You can totally do it too. I have no super secret magic. I’ll tell you exactly what went down. So here we go.

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How to Get 1000 Subscribers in 5 Weeks

Giveaways.

How to grow your email list? Well, I got a ton of people through giveaways.

So, yeah. If I have a “secret,” it’s giveaways. And that’s obviously not a secret. People like free stuff. And they will give you their email to get it.

BUT, here’s the thing. I was NOT aiming to get that many people on this giveaway, and I actually kind of wish that I hadn’t. I was aiming for a more focused giveaway where only people who were really, really interested in Blogs by Becca would enter. So…I kind of failed? I vastly underestimated the number of people who want a microphone. I never wanted a microphone until I started doing webinars, but apparently other people do.

So, while this was a “win,” it’s also kind of a fail. But also a win.

If you want to know exactly what I used to set up this insane giveaway and every step that I took to do it, check out Subscribe Vibe. I go over every one of my list-building strategies, step-by-step, including screen-sharing tech trainings on how to do it. For real, if you’re into list building (and you should be!), you’ll love it.

Courses.

How to grow your email list? I’m launching a brand new signature course for beginner bloggers early next year, it’s called Break Into Blogging, and I’m super, super excited about it. I could go on about it for about an hour (and you should totally check it out!), but long story short, I’ve had a ton of people enroll on the waitlist and scoop up the VIP earlybird price I’m offering. So, that nets subscribers.

Email courses.

How to grow your email list? Blog Boom Bootcamp just launched the other day (and has been awesome so far!), but the 10 Tools//10 Tips//10 Days course has been going on for a while and it’s been my most popular course ever. People love their blogging tools.

Email courses are great because there’s zero cost to you, aside from the time it takes to write the emails, but they provide legit value to your readers (assuming you have a good email course, I guess).

Brownie points because ConvertKit makes it soo easy to do an email course. Aside from the time it took to write the thing, which of course can’t be avoided, it’s taken me a total of about 5 minutes to “run” the course. I do nothing other than check in on my numbers and watch them grow. (Note, I am a ConvertKit affiliate, so that’s an affiliate link. I get a small commission if you sign up. Zero cost to you, of course).

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Content upgrades.

How to grow your email list? I offer a content upgrade in almost every blog post. Occasionally I won’t, if it just doesn’t make sense to do so. But most of the time, yes. And these get subscribers. Provide real value in your content upgrades, and people will subscribe. I also store all mine in my Resource Library, and people like that as well.

Content upgrades are really a surefire way to get subscribers, and they’re probably my favorite way, because they provide so much value (assuming you do it right). And, it’s kind of fun to create those pretty PDFs.

They are complicated, though! Subscribe Vibe gets into all of it. How to create the content upgrades themselves, how to put them on your blog with buttons like this Get it!, and how to get ConvertKit to send out the PDFs on autopilot. If I had had someone sit down and explain this to me when I started, I would have saved approximately 1 million hours of time. And some pretty unfortunate subscriber mishaps (I hereby formally apologize to anyone who was a victim of me not understanding how this works in the early days of my first blog…I owe you a content upgrade!).

Opt-ins.

How to grow your email list? Last, but not least, sometimes it’s just a good old fashioned opt-in. SumoMe welcome mats are doing pretty well for me. And sometimes people even subscribe in that little sidebar widget. Believe it or not. “Regular” opt-ins are by no means my biggest source of subscribers. But, it’s enough that it’s worth mentioning.

Don’t skimp on the opt-ins. You should have five on your homepage. I know, but you should. People need to see it if they’re going to use it. Not everyone looks at your sidebar. Although I’m sure you have a beautiful sidebar.

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So, that’s it. Those 5 methods are where my 1000 subscribers came from. So, no secrets here.

You can totally get your first (or next) 1000 subscribers. Even if you don’t want to spend money on a giveaway, create a free email course or challenge and bank on those content upgrades. They really do pay off.

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How to Set Up, Optimize, and Explode your Pinterest Account

How to Set Up, Optimize, and Explode your Pinterest Account

Are you using Pinterest? If not, you definitely should be. And if you are, is your account optimized? Pinterest can be an amazing traffic source for your blog, BUT there are some very specific things that you  need to do to set up and optimize your account for growth. You can get more followers, more traffic, more clicks, and more repins. But you’ve got to have the right strategy.

This guide will show you exactly how to set up your account for maximum growth. Plus, I’ll show you my top tool for automating my Pinterest. It saves me SO much time, and it helps grow my account every day.

If you’re looking for a Pinterest email challenge, by the way, you can sign up for mine right here.

Let’s get started.

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How to Set up, Optimize, and Explode Your Pinterest Account. Social media tips and tricks for beginners or advanced bloggers! Grow your Pinterest, get more followers, get more traffic, more clicks, and more repins!

How to Set up, Optimize, and Explode your Pinterest Account

Set up a business account

When you sign up for your account, make sure that you are signing up for a business account, not a personal account. This is free to do, so no reason not to do it. It has a few benefits. It gives you access to analytics (which can be very helpful), it lets you put your blog link in your profile, and it allows you to set up rich pins.

Rich pins basically add metadata to the pins from your blog. It just adds more info about you and your blog to the pin, making it easier to identify your pins with your site. You definitely want rich pins. Pinterest has a good article on how to set them up right here.

You’ll also need to “verify” your website with Pinterest. This involves adding some code to your site. I suggest getting the Pinterest Verify free plugin, which will make it easier. Note, if it still doesn’t work, contact Pinterest support and they can probably just take care of it for you.

Set up your profile

You’ll need to set up a few elements of your profile.

First, your name. It should be your blog name, of course. But I also add a few words after to describe what I do. So mine says: “Blogs by Becca | Blog + Biz for Beginners.”

Second, your profile picture. It should be of you, not of your logo.

Third, your description. Describe what you do, and use keywords. You want people to be able to search and find your profile, so keywords are always important in all aspects of Pinterest. Mine says: “Helping you turn your good idea into a GREAT blog. Blog + biz tips and tricks for beginner bloggers. Social media boosts. Free Bootcamp: http://bit.ly/2gxdAXO.” You can add a link, like I have, to some kind of free resource or course (or whatever you want to direct people to). You only get 150 characters for your description, so you’re pretty limited in what you can do. So use them wisely.

Create your boards

Now you  need to set up your boards. Your boards should all relate to your topic/niche. So, if you’re a travel blogger, you should not be pinning recipes. You need to stay on brand. And, if you start pinning random stuff, the people that follow you will unfollow you because you’re making stuff that is uninteresting to them show up in their feed. If someone follows you, as a travel blogger, it’s because they want travel tips, not recipes.

Note, if you do want to pin recipes (or whatever), you totally can. But just use a “secret board.” These are boards that will not show up for anyone but you. You can have as many as you want. So, pin whatever you’d like, but do it on a secret board.

There’s no magical number of boards. I think between 10-20 is good. I have around 20, not counting group boards.

You’ll want to split up your topic between the boards. So, I don’t have one board called “blogging.” I’ve got “How to Start a Blog,” “Monetizing your Blog,” “Growing Your Email List,” and so on.

You’ll also want one board that is entirely dedicated to your own pins from your blog. Everything you post should get pinned there. And nothing else, just your own pins.

Using keywords

Using keywords is crucial on Pinterest. People need to be able to find your stuff, and that’s how they (and Pinterest) do it.

Aside from your profile, you also need to use keyword-heavy descriptions for your boards and your pins.

If you need help thinking of keywords, use Pinterest’s search function. Type in one keyword for your topic, and it will suggest a bunch of others that people commonly search for along with that word.

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Join some group boards

Group boards can be a great way to get your pins seen. A group board is just a board where more than one person pins to it. Some of these boards have literally tens of thousands of followers. So if you join and pin to it, all those people can see your pin, even though they don’t follow you.

To join, just look in the description for the group. Some are not accepting collaborators, but a lot of them will say something like “To join as a collaborator, follow me and email hello@blogsbybecca.com.” So, shoot that person a short and polite email requesting to join their board. Sometimes you won’t hear back, but you will get some responses.

To find group boards to join, you can use Pin Groupie. Pin Groupe is a site that lists all group boards and sorts them by a bunch of different categories, so you can find ones in your niche with lots of repins.

Creating pinable graphics

Every blog post needs to have its own dedicated pinable graphic. You don’t just want to pin any random picture from your post. It needs to be a graphic specifically optimized for Pinterest. Pinterest itself will obviously give you a million examples of how they should look. There’s no one magic formula, but you want to use good colors and fonts, and make your blog post title clear and easy to read.

This is an example of mine:

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To create these, you can use a tool like Photoshop, if you’re skilled like that. But if you’re not (and I’m not), use Canva. Canva is a free tool for designing stuff exactly like this. And it’s SO easy to use. Plus, it automatically sizes stuff for you, so you don’t have to worry about making it the right size. I’ve got a whole article on Canva right here.

Pin your own content

You should be pinning every one of your own blog posts. Pin it to your dedicated board, but also to as many other of your boards as it’s relevant to. And pin it to group boards. You want to get it out there.

Make sure that your pin has a description with lots of keywords. To set the description automatically, when you insert your image into your blog post, use the Alt Text field to insert your description. This is important, because it will ensure that every time someone pins that image, that same description will show up. You want your own keyword-heavy description in every pin. People can change the description if they want, but very few will do so. Plus, you should be using Alt Text for SEO anyway.Pinterest

What to pin

Aside from your own content, you also want to be pinning other people’s content. Just peruse your smart feed and pin away. Keep it on topic, and make sure you’re pinning to the relevant board.

Automating your account

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I highly suggesting using a Pinterest automation tool. There are two main ones, Board Booster or Tailwind. I use Board Booster, and like it better, but some people would tell you to use Tailwind.

Board Booster does a few things for you. First, it pins on a set schedule. You pin as much as you want, without actually pinning. Then, Board Booster will take those pins and actually pin them on a set schedule throughout the day.

Second, it loops your pins. So, it repins everything on your boards on a set schedule. So old pins get picked up again.

Third, it pins to group boards. You can tell it to pin 3 random pins per day (or whatever) from your dedicated blog board to all your group boards.

Fourth, it gives you analytics.

Fifth, it has the “pin doctor” feature. This will go through all your pins and find ones with broken links or other problems. Pinterest penalizes you for stuff like this, so it’s important to get rid of them.

Board Booster saves SO much time. And it really grows your account because you can be pinning so much, without actually doing anything. I pin about 100 pins a day through Board Booster. But I only spend a few minutes a day actually pinning things. Board Booster does the rest.

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Deep breath. That is what you need to do on Pinterest. Honestly, the set up takes a while, but once you’re set up, you’re golden. It won’t take much time on daily basis, and the results can be huge.

Tell me about your Pinterest. Are you using these strategies? What kind of growth are you seeing? Let me know in the comments!

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The Complete List of What to Do Before and After Publishing Each Blog Post

The Complete List of What to Do Before and After Publishing Each Blog Post

When I first started blogging, I would just write my post, hit publish, and be done. Not so much anymore. Now I have a whole list of things that must be done before and after publishing each blog post. Things to get your post noticed on your blog, on the internet, and on social media. “How to promote your blog” is a major topic. But this list will help.

Do not consider your job done once you write the great content. Not that great content isn’t important. Obviously writing killer content is the first and best thing you can and should do. But, assuming you’ve got that taken care of, these are the other things you should do to make sure that your blog post is optimized for success.

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The Complete List of What to do Before and After Hitting Publish on Every Blog Post

Before Hitting Publish:

Once you write your content, there’s a lot to do before you can hit publish. There’s a lot that goes into a blog post, besides the blog post. Knowing how to promote your blog includes knowing what to do BEFORE you hit publish.

Use headings

Make sure that you’re using headings in your post. (As I am here). It makes the post easier to read. People are likely to skim the post, so headings make it easier for them to do so and find what they want, keeping them on the page for longer. You can set headings right in the toolbar above where you type your content:

What to do before and after every blog post

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Use Grammarly to proofread

I use Grammarly (affiliate link) to proofread all my posts. I love this tool. It catches everything, from dumb typos to advanced grammatical mistakes. You can install an extension on Chrome that will catch things automatically for you. Or you can copy-paste your post into the Grammarly site and proofread it that way. Either way, it’s a win.

Use your categories and tags

Make sure to set your categories and tags. This is a simple step, but it’ll be a nightmare later on if you realize 100 posts later that you should have been categorizing everything. So do it on every post and save yourself a headache.

Set up Yoast SEO

You should be using the (free) Yoast SEO plugin. It’s the easiest way to SEO-optimize your site, without knowing anything about SEO. Aside from doing a bunch of stuff on the backend, it will also tell you in each post what needs to be done to make it more SEO-friendly. So you can fix it in advance.

Here’s what I need to fix before I hit publish on this post:

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Create blog images

Create a featured image for your post, at the very least. And maybe some images to go in the post too, if appropriate. I like to use branded featured images, rather than just random stock photos. I create these on Canva, which is free, easy to use, and basically my soulmate. If you know how to use Photoshop, you could of course use that. Other options include Stencil, Pic Monkey, and Snappa (affiliate link). But whatever you use, make sure you’re creating great branded images.

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Create social media images

You also need to promote your post on your social media networks (more on that below). So create images using the same tools I just mentioned. Branded images are a good thing.

Create a content upgrade

Every blog post should have a content upgrade. Ideally, it should be an individualized one, specifically for that blog post. But if not, one of your more generic ones will do. But make sure that you’re offering it in your actual blog post (more on how to do this below).

I use Beacon to create my content upgrades and I love it. It’s really easy use to use and the PDFs look great. For examples, check out my resource library (you can get the password right here). You can also use Photoshop, Apple Pages, Canva, or Google Docs.

Create a Leadbox for your content upgrade

To insert my content upgrades into my blog posts, I use Leadboxes, which are a feature of Leadpages (affiliate link). After I create the content upgrade (see above), I create a Leadbox, which is basically a pop-up connected to a button. The pop-up offers the content upgrade. Then I insert the button into the blog post. So when someone clicks it, they’ll get the pop-up. When they insert their info, ConvertKit will automatically send them the PDF (more on this below). It works beautifully, and I use it in pretty  much every blog post.

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Create a ConvertKit form

To integrate your Leadbox with ConvertKit (affiliate link), you need to create a form in ConvertKit. This creates a sign-up form, but you don’t use the actual form, you just use the integration feature. You hook the form up with your Leadbox, then you tell ConvertKit that anyone who signs up for that form should get an email attaching your content upgrade. Upload your content upgrade to ConvertKit, and you’re all set.

After Hitting Publish:

Check it over

Always go look at the post and make sure that everything looks the way it should. Sometimes something just gets lost in translation. Better to realize it now than a month from now. Knowing how to promote your blog definitely involves knowing what to do after you hit publish.

Load your content upgrade into your resource library

If you have a resource library (which you should), you’ll want to upload your new content upgrade to your library. You can get the password to access my library right here. You can create your own resource library using Essential Grid (affiliate link), which I love.

Load it into Edgar

Once you’ve published and have your link, you’ll want to load it into your social media automation tool so that it’ll get promoted on Twitter and Facebook. I use Meet Edgar for this, and LOVE it. I load everything into Edgar and then it just gets recycled on a promotion cycle over and over again.

Tweet it

Even though I’ve loaded it into Edgar, I like to tweet it right away too.

Post it on Facebook

Same with Facebook. Put it on your page, or in your group.

Post it on Instagram

And it also goes on Instagram. I create a promotional image just for Instagram, and then I caption it with something about the article.

Pin it

Make sure that you’re using your pinable image and that it gets onto as many board as possible.

Put it in an email

If you have some kind of a weekly newsletter, you might want to send out the link to your new article. I only do this with particularly exciting articles, but some people do it for every article on a weekly basis. Up to you.

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Boom, there you have it. That’s the looong list of things I do before and after every blog post to make sure that it is optimized and gets promoted properly.

What do you do before and after you post?