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!

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SC Stock Shop

More great girly pics from SC Stock Shop!

12 Tools For a Better Instagram

12 Tools For a Better Instagram

Raise your hand if you want a better Instagram. I mean, yes please, right? You could go out and learn how to be an amazing photographer. But if you’re like me, you lack those skills. Luckily, these apps and sites are here to save the day. This is what I use to make awesome pictures and graphics, and to track and plan my feed. Start using these and you’re on your way to a better Instagram!

You can read my last post on How to Get 1000 Instagram Followers right here (with a free guide!). But for now, let’s talk tools.

12 Tools For a Better Instagram. LOVE these tips and tricks for social media. Beginners and advanced bloggers can all use these tools and ideas on Instagram to get more followers!

12 Tools For a Better Instagram

Iconosquare

Iconosquare is the ultimate Instagram analytics tool. It tracks basically everything (except followers, which it recently stopped doing because of Instagram policies. Boo). But it does track your follower counts, how much you post, your engagement rate, the best time for you to post…all that good stuff. It’s super useful and I use it pretty much every day.

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Planoly

Planoly allows you to plan and schedule your posts ahead of time (it also has some analytics, but I use Iconosquare for that). You can insert photos into your planned feed to see how they’ll look with your already posted photos. It’s pretty neat, and makes for a much more cohesive feed, especially if you’re like me and need to actually see that kind of thing on the screen before you can visualize it.

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Word Swag

I’m a little obsessed with Word Swag. It allows you to put quotes into pretty fonts and onto pretty backgrounds. It’s just really fun. You can use your own quotes, or ones that it’ll suggest for you, and you can use your own photos or a choice of stock photos that it has. Love it.

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A Color Story

A Color Story is my favorite photo editing app. The filters are just awesome, you can create some really funky looks and add lots of color and light, which is my thing on Insta. Or you can not make everything hot pink and bright and make actually good photos. But I like the crazy filters the best. Seriously, though, use it.

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Canva

Oh, Canva. I’ve written about Canva before. I use Canva for all my graphics and I love it. It’s SO easy to use, it’s saved my life many a time. I truly don’t know what I’d do without it. Cheers to Canva.

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VSCO

VSCO is another photo editing and filtering app. It’s very popular, and has some really good filters. I use it more for editing and leave the filters to A Color Story, personally, but lots of people use it for everything.

Afterlight

Afterlight is yet another app, similar to VSCO. I mention all these because small changes can really make a whole different photo. So you might like the filters in VSCO but the clarity feature in Afterlight (that’s what I love in Afterlight). I frequently use two or three apps on one photo before I post.

Facetune

Ok, one more editing app. Facetune is awesome because it can fix tiny little details like making your cat’s eyes brighter (or cooler things than that). I use it for the little stuff.

Layout

Layout is an app to make those collages that you always see. There are about 1000 apps that do this, and they all pretty much do the same thing. But, I like Layout because it’s the official app from Instagram.

Quik

Quik is Go Pro’s super cool video editing app. You can put photos and videos together really easily, add music and transitions and you have yourself a nice little video montage. It’s not made to make 2 hour movies, but for a 60 second Instagram video, I love it.

Boomerang

Boomerang makes those likee 4 second videos you see of like an ocean wave going in and out or a kid waving. That’s all it does. 4 second videos that go back and forth and back and forth. But if you need that in your life (like I do), then Boomerang is where it’s at. Also an official Instagram app.

Over

Finally, we’ve got Over. Over is kind of like Word Swag, but it also has a built in library of tons of cool quotes and words on funky backgrounds. So if you don’t feel like coming up with your own brilliant quote, go for Over.

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So, these are tools you can use for a better Instagram. I know my feed has gotten way better (and I’ve gotten way more followers) since I started using this stuff. Try it and let me know how it goes!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 Get 1000 Followers on Instagram

How to Get 1000 Followers on Instagram

How to Get 1000 Followers on Instagram…Instagram is hard work. I used to think that Pinterest was the hardest of the networks. But I figured that one out (and you can check out my Pinterest course, Pinterest Pop, right here!). So now, Instagram takes the lead as the hardest network. After having an account that was stagnant at 500 followers for almost a month, I finally decided to sit down, figure it out, and up my game. And I went from 501 followers to 1000 followers in under a week.

I did not use the spammy follow/unfollow technique, and I definitely did not use any of those ultra-spammy “tools” to get followers.

So what did I do? You can get the full details in the Instagram Guide right here:  Get your guide!

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Plan a cohesive feed

I recently started using Planoly to map out my feed ahead of time…and I’m so glad that I did. Planoly allows you to put pictures in (without actually posting) so that you can see what your feed will look like. You can then schedule them from there. That grid of 9 is super important. It’s what people see when they click on your profile and decide whether to follow you. You want it to be cohesive, on-brand, and pleasing to the eye. Planoly has been great for this. (Note: This section contains affiliate links.).

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Edit your photos

Don’t just use the Instagram filters (in fact, don’t use them at all). Use one or more good apps to edit and filter your photos. I usually use two or three apps to do different things. I recommend A Color Story (my favorite!), Afterlight, VSCO, Facetune, and Snapseed. You can completely change your photo with good editing. And I am by no means a photographer. I know almost nothing about it. But if I play around enough, I can get a good look for my photo.

Engage with the people that engage with you

When people comment on your photos, make sure to comment back. Instagram loves engagement. And it may get you more followers.

Engage with others

Engage on other people’s photos. Go down your feed, or look through a certain hashtag, and like and comment on other people’s photos. Don’t just leave a comment saying “Love it!” Leave something more substantive that shows that it’s actually you, not a spambot. This can get you more followers, and again, Instagram loves engagement.

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Do your hashtag research

Proper hashtags are 100% key on Instagram. You get up to 30, and I say use all 30 (though I only put a few in my caption and then the rest in the first comment). Avoid huge hashtags with millions of hits. You’ll just get buried. I like hashtags with 300,000 or under, give or take. You stand a better chance of getting seen. Use a variety of different tags that describe your photo and your general topic area.

Post consistently

Don’t go days without posting. Most people say to post 1-3 times per day. I’ve actually been posting more than that on some days. But don’t go crazy with it. You don’t need 20 posts a day. It’s not Twitter.

Follow the right people

Don’t be afraid to follow people. Follow people in your niche, with good feeds that you actually want to look at. There will be plenty of these people. Don’t just follow everyone who comments on a photo. But do look at their profiles and see if they’re a good follow. Follow some big brands, and bloggers big and small.

Don’t follow too many people

Just don’t go crazy with the follows. It looks weird if you’ve got 500 followers and 5000 follows. I try to keep it within 100-ish. I unfollow people whose photos I don’t like (regardless of whether they follow me).

Craft a good profile

Put a good profile together. Use a nice profile picture of your face. Describe what you do in your profile. And include a call to action to click on your link. You can change your link to be your latest blog post, or whatever you want. It doesn’t always have to be your homepage.

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Figure out the best times to post

Use a tool like Iconosquare to figure out the best times to post. All times are not created equal.

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That’s it. That’s what I’ve been doing. No magic and no spam. Just quality and engagement. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

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15 Top Social Media Tools for Bloggers

15 Top Social Media Tools for Bloggers

Like it or not, social media is a huge part of blogging. You don’t have to be on every network, but you do have to be somewhere. I’m all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. (Let’s be friends!). Some of those I like (Instagram and Pinterest) and some I don’t really (Facebook and Twitter…sorry). But, regardless of my personal disdain for 140 character limits, if you want to be successful and not spend 10000 hours a day on these things, you need the right social media tools. Here are my absolute top favorites for all four social media networks.

PLUS, I’m giving you free trials of two of my top favorite tools. So read on!

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15 Top Social Media Tools for Bloggers. AMAZING social media tips and tricks for beginners or advanced bloggers! I need all of these tools! Click through to check it out!

15 Top Social Media Tools for Bloggers

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A Color Story

I recently discovered A Color Story and I am in love. It’s a photo editing tool for Instagram and it is amazing. There are about a billion photo editing tools out there. But I love the filters on this one. It’s also got tools for clarity, brightness, contrast, and all that kind of stuff. My photos have been looking so much better since I discovered this one.

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Board Booster

Board Booster is my absolute Pinterest secret weapon. Not really a secret because it’s hugely popular. But whatever. It schedules my posts based on what I pin, both to personal and group boards, and it “loops” them, meaning that it repins old pins to give them fresh life. It’s also got analytics and tools to remove pins with broken links and other bad things. I pin about 75 pins a day with Board Booster. That would take forever and a day doing it by hand, but with Board Booster I just pin randomly for a few minutes while I’m in a cab to work or waiting for carryout. I don’t know what I would do without Board Booster.

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Tailwind

Like Board Booster, Tailwind is a Pinterest automation tool. It does not have looping, but you can schedule your posts. It also has “tribes,” which are basically Pinterest sharing groups. And analytics. I mainly use Board Booster, but I’ve been experimenting with Tailwind lately. Some people swear by it. We’ll see if it becomes my main Pinterest tool.

I’ve got a free month of Tailwind for you, too! Just click here to get your first month free (for new users only).

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Meet Edgar

Meet Edgar is an automation tool for Twitter and Facebook and Edgar is amazing. Aside from the fact that it schedules all your posts, it also recycles them. So when it runs out of posts in a certain category, it just starts over. It doesn’t delete them, like most other similar apps. So, schedule your blog post one time, and you’ll never have to do it again. This is probably my biggest social media timesaver.

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Social Warfare

Social Warfare is my favorite social sharing plugin. It does so many things, I can’t even remember them all. Its main function is to give you share buttons on the side of your blog and above and below your posts. But it’s also got a Pinterest share button for images, Pinterest settings to set the correct image, a Click to Tweet button…and probably a bunch of other stuff that I can’t even remember. I like the buttons a lot, they have kind of a cool animation and the color are customizable. I alternate this one with SumoMe, and love them both.

(Buttons like this):

Word Swag

Love Word Swag. Word Swag is an app that creates quote images for Instagram. That might not by your Instagram style, but if it is, you’ll love it. It syncs up with a bunch of stock photo sites for the background image, and then you can use one of their many quotes, or input your own. And there are multiple different text styles to choose from. I use this for all of my quotes on Instagram.

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Afterlight

Afterlight is another one of my favorite photo editing apps. The clarity feature somehow improves every single one of my photos by like 100%. And it’s got a zillion other editing features and filters too. I use it along with A Color Story for most of my Instagram photos. Some people prefer VSCO, but I personally like Afterlight better.

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Iconosquare

Iconosquare is an Instagram analytics tool. It tells you basically everything you could possibly think of about your Instagram. Likes, followers, media posted, the best time to post, filters used. You can also schedule your posts. I’m minorly obsessed with tracking my Instagram on here.

Iconosquare

Simple Social Icons

Simple Social Icons are social media follow icons for your blog. It’s a free plugin, so no downside. I use them in my sidebar and my footer. Customizable colors, and you can set whatever accounts you want. I’m a fan.

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Canva

Canva is amazing. It’s a graphic design tool and it is so easy to use, even for people like me that are terrible with that stuff. Add photos, backgrounds, text, icons, illustrations, lines…whatever you want. I use it for almost all of my blog and social media images. I don’t know what I would do without it (learn Photoshop?).

Canva graphics for Blogs by Becca

Pin Groupie

Pin Groupie is kind of what it sounds like. It lists all the group boards on Pinterest (which is kind of an amazing feat). And you can filter it in a ton of different ways to find the one you want. Super useful for finding and joining Pinterest group boards.

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Click to Tweet

Click to Tweet allows you to create a tweetable quote and ask people to tweet it. Like this:
Tweet: Awesome social media tips from @blogsbybecca! http://ctt.ec/gPr11+

Social Warfare also has a prettier version:

Awesome social media tools from @blogsbybecca!Click To Tweet

IFTTT

IFTTT stands for If This Then That. It’s an automation tool for pretty much every social media network under the sun. You can create automations like “Every time I post an image to Instagram, post the same image to Twitter.” Mix and match any networks. Time saver!

IFTTT

Planoly

Planoly is an Instagram planning app. You can schedule and plan your posts. And it allows you to see how things will look in your feed. My feed is not exactly the most gorgeous, cohesive thing in the world. But I try! Planoly helps.

Planoly

Over

Over is an app that creates Instagram images and quotes. Similar to Word Swag, but even more styles to choose from. I usually use Word Swag when I have my own quote, but I use Over when I’m braindead and looking for some swipe copy.

Social Media Tools

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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 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

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:

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!

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!

P.S. You can sign up for my free Pinterest challenge right here.