Category: Bloggers

Webster Wednesdays: Why You Should All Be Using Social Media!!

Why every blogger should be capitalizing on social media!

I know using all these different social media platforms can sometimes be a pain. But, each one has unique qualities that will give your blog/business a boost. You don’t need to use them ALL. But I definitely recommend using at least half! This is part 1 in my Social Media help. In this post I will be giving you the low-down on each of the social media platforms and why/how they are so helpful! In part 2, I will be explaining tricks to each social media platform, and how to utilize them! Also, stay on the lookout for a future Webster Wednesday on scheduling your posts and how it can make your blog run so much more efficiently!

Why every blogger should be capitalizing on social media!

Now, let’s talk Social Media!!
Facebook

What:
Facebook is considered to be the best social media network for brands- it’s the first one that brands really joined. You can easily update your page and share photos with an audience. Paid ads on Facebook have become very successful.

Why:
All brands can benefit from having one. It is simple to update, has an ad platform, and has one of the largest user bases.

Google+

What:
A platform linked to Google’s SEO. It’s a more professional audience.

Why:
This is necessary for brands because

  • Your brand’s Google+ account can link to other more active profiles- this makes for a full, positive, and visual feed.
  • A Google+ account is required for your brand/blog/business to be found in Google Search.
Twitter

What:
Twitter is a 140 character limit conversational platform.

Why:
You can quickly interact with the users. Your audience wants to be able to talk to a real person, this is where Twitter works best. People can compliment your brand, interact with your handle, and you get to add a voice to your brand.

Pinterest

What:
Pinterest is extremely visual. For visually heavy brands/blogs Pinterest is your key to ruling. It recently released promoted pins to their agenda which is a great way to advertise!

Why:
It’s an easy way to feature your brand, your products, and curate your boards. If you have any ties into fashion, food, fitness, or DIY- Pinterest is a MUST.

Snapchat

What:
The story function is a great way to get a fun message across. It does have advertising, but at a high cost.

Why:
Snapchat’s biggest market is millennials. If your brand has a younger target demographic then Snapchat is a sure way to get their attention.

Reddit

What:
Reddit isn’t called “the front page of the internet” for nothing. It has advertisement banners, and if used correctly – it can be very useful.

Why:
This site/app is seen by over a million people every day. My own boyfriend is on it almost any time I see him on his phone. If you want to surprise your audience (and are sneaky about it- Reddit is pretty suspicious of trails) then Reddit is the place to do that.

LinkedIn

What:
LinkedIn is necessary for any reputable brand. It is more professional (similar to Google+) because it is a place where brand to brand and brand to recruiter go to interact.

Why:
It’s great for more professional brands looking to establish themselves, and also to connect with the older generations.

Youtube

What:
This is where all video content lives. It makes it easy to host, share, and watch videos.

Why:
YouTube allows your brand’s audience the opportunity to view your brand via video on all devices. People are watching video content more than ever and it’s crucial to be a part of it.

Instagram

What:
Instagram is another visual platform. It’s sort of a mix between Pinterest and Twitter. Advertising is very limited at the moment, as well as very expensive. For now, brands can capitalize on the usage of hashtages, geotagging, and using Instagram or “insta”, to connect with their audience.

Why:
Instagram is great to connect to your audience. If you are good at making visually appealing content- your brand should have an instagram account.

Meerkat

What:
Live Vlogging (video blogging) allows you to connect to your audience on a visual level. Use it to livestream events, tutorials, etc.

Why:
It will make your brand more personable. Again, video is becoming a much bigger outlet for all kinds of brands.

Tumblr

What:
Tumblr is an extremely useful and easy to use micro-blogging platform. It is great for posting blogs, videos, and GIFS.

Why:
This is one of the best (in my opinion) multimedia platforms because the content has a large life cycle. Things get shared all the time and the content never really gets “lost” because of it. Months after something is posted- they can continue to be reblogged.

Why every blogger should be capitalizing on social media!

Again, I strongly recommend using at least half of these platforms. Most will be applicable to blogs. The only ones you don’t HAVE to have are the video based platforms because not all blogs will have much video material.

Thanks for checking in and have a great rest of your week!

~Bre

Webster Wednesday: Scheduling Your Posts

Why scheduling your posts is a must-do for blogging and business owners!

So far we have talked about a lot of different ways to help your blog!! After this recap, we will talk about scheduling your posts and why that’s so important. So far we have covered:

  • Choosing a color palette
  • Editorial Calendars
  • Post Ideas
  • Creating the Perfect Post
  • Using Pinterest
  • Social Media

Today I wanted to talk about something that has really been helping me stay on top of my blog lately. Scheduling your posts, instead of posting and sharing instantly.

Why scheduling your posts is a must-do for blogging and business owners!

First let’s talk about some steps to take to help you out with your posted content!

1) INCREASE HOW OFTEN YOU POST TO SOCIAL MEDIA

We all have that worry about bothering or annoying people by flooding their feeds. If someone is getting upset or annoyed, chances are- they aren’t in the best demographic for you! You want to find a loyal reader base that not only allows all your posts- but are excited by it!

2) FIND YOUR OPTIMAL POSTING TIMES

How often should you be posting to each social media? Let’s take a look at some figures!
Why scheduling your posts is a must-do for blogging and business owners!

3) SCHEDULE YOUR CONTENT!

It can be really hard to remember when to do all of your posting! I have found the best way to do it is to schedule EVERYTHING. This is really the best way to keep yourself efficient. Use a planner, binder, etc. Do whatever you need to do, to make sure you get it scheduled!

Now, let’s talk about some programs you can use to help you schedule!

BUFFER/HOOTSUITE

These are the ones you will probably hear about in the blogging/internet community the most!

How They Work: You link your social media accounts, and then you give them the content you want published, then set it to a schedule! So easy!

This is such an easy way to save you hours and hours of time!

Pricing: You can use both of these programs for free, but I personally use their $10/month plan as it give you alot more access and capability.

COSCHEDULE

CoSchedule is a WordPress plugin that helps with being an editorial calendar and social media link. It supports Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Tumblr.

Here are your action steps to take:

1. Plan a month’s worth of content posts.

2. Write outlines first, then do the actual post writing.

3. Schedule what day it will be posted to your blog.

4. Time for social media – SCHEDULE SCHEDULE SCHEDULE!

With all this you should be well on your way to a better, more efficient blog!!

Have a great rest of your week!
~Bre

How to Develop A Routine To Save Time

How to develop a routine that will maximize your day and save time!

“There is only one thing more precious than our time, and that’s what we spend it on.”
– Leo Christopher

It seems like everyone spend their time rushing from one appointment to the next. Sound like you? Well, this post is definitely for you then! Studies show that the best way to go through your day, for both time and sanity’s sake, is my scheduling your time blocks and setting a routine.

Developing a Routine

Developing a routine can sometimes be easier said than done.

With these tips it doesn’t have to be. Most important, though, is to remember to stay calm and flexible. We can’t always stick to a routine, sometimes life can get in the way. So don’t stress about it, that’ll just make you feel worse.

Here are some great tips for scheduling out your day to save as much time as you can-
The night before:
  • Look at tomorrow’s schedule, so you can plan outfits and things ahead of time.
  • Set your alarm for a 6 am or earlier wake up time. The only exception to this is if you work a job with graveyard shifts. Outside of that, most studies show that waking up sometime between 5 and 7 am leads to not only a more productive day, but a better night’s sleep as well.
  • Turn off all electronics 1 hour before you plan to fall asleep. Screen time causes a higher alertness in our brains which delays sleeping patterns.
When waking up:
  • Don’t stress out about how early it is. Giving yourself time to drown in complaint will just delay getting up and being productive. Or worse, cause you to just go back to sleep. Don’t let this happen!
  • Similar to that, don’t press the snooze button. My biggest suggestion is to actually place your alarm clock somewhere out of reach. This way your body has to phyically get up to turn it off. Then you are already out of bed!
  • Set a simple morning routine for yourself. Basics you will want to include are: drinking a full glass of water before anything, taking a shower (unless you like to shower before bed), some sort of physical activity like yoga or a brisk walk.
  • One of the biggest suggestions I have for the morning is DON’T EMAIL! Let your brain wake up naturally before you tackle any screen time.
Kicking butt all day long:
  • Avoid any TV time until the end of your day, unless for some reason it’s part of your job. TV should be considered a reward for a job well done throughout your day.
  • Having some sort of background music is extremely motivational. Our brains like to consistantly be stimulated and adding music to the background is a very easy way to do this. Studies also show that music helps with motivation.
When at work:
  • Stay away from social media as long as possible. Again, the exception here is if it’s related to work.
  • Start your work day with the most important tasks. This ensures that you get them done before wasting time with busy work.
  • Manage your energy by blocking tasks into time frames, being sure to leave busy work for absolutely the last thing.
Night Time:
    • Use the end of the day to indulge yourself. Play games with the family, watch a movie or TV, read that magazine that’s been sitting on your coffee table. You earned it!
    • Don’t forget to plan and set up for tomorrow as well.

Once you follow all this, your days should start to feel much more productive! I know mine does!

Need help figuring out your own schedule? Leave a comment or email me!

Have a great day!
~Bre

Marketing Tips for Social Media

Social Media is EVERYWHERE! Use your marketing wisely!

 

Marketing on Social Media

That’s why when you are running your own business, understanding social media and the marketing behind them is CRUCIAL! Here are some tricks and tips that I have either learned myself, or have gotten from other professionals!

#1: Host Social Media Events

You can build a loyal, raving community by hosting online events that put the focus on your fans.

The event can last as long as 24 hours or more and is a great way to discover new businesses, get more fans, and build tremendous community!

Many page owners launch a “Fan Page Friday” event every week. I highly recommend every 4-6 weeks. Why? Anticipation! If you have something every week you are more likely to get people to not show up to them because they will always say “Oh, I can just do it next week.”

Be sure to include a hashtag like #FacebookFriday, #ThursdayTweetFest or anything similar to your event. Schedule your initial invitation to go out very early in the morning. Then add another couple of invitations throughout the day.

#2: Use LinkedIn’s “Your Day” Feature

Sync your contacts and your calendar with LinkedIn and the “Your Day” feature will give you an opportunity to more deeply communicate and engage with your network, especially as this feature is new and most people aren’t using it. Strike while the iron is hot!

It will also tell you if your followers are having a birthday or anything!

Your average Facebook user probably gets between 50 and 100 congratulations on his or her birthday. They might get one or two on LinkedIn. Who’s going to stand out?

If one of your contacts just got promoted in a company that you’ve been prospecting, this might be a really great time to reengage with him. And what better way than to congratulate him on his promotion?

How much more business are you likely to close in a face-to-face meeting? What if you could set five additional meetings in the next city you are traveling to? At the very least, you could write the trip off! The announcement section will also show you who in your network lives in a town you’re traveling to and you can set up a meeting right from there.

#3: Use Images!!

If you’re posting on Facebook and not seeing engagement in the form of likes, shares or comments, you’re wasting your precious time. You need fan engagement if you want to continually be seen in the news feed (which is where all the action is on Facebook!).

One simple way to boost your engagement is to use images to amplify your status update with images!

#4: Quality, not quantity!

When it comes to social media, businesses should be rich in quality, not quantity. It’s better to become a master of one or two channels than flounder in many.

When you look at social media channels, a good model is to break them into social platforms vs. social networking sites.

Social platforms are like soapboxes; they allow you to establish your expertise and credibility, but provide a method for feedback and discussion. Examples include blogging, YouTube, podcasting and SlideShare. Think of your social media as a cyber board meeting!

#5: Get the Attention of Influencers

Influencers are important in every industry. They generally have “real” jobs, and are extremely active on social networks, spending their time sharing content and blogging. Getting on their radar is not easy, so to get their attention, you need to give away “content gifts.”

For every six pieces of content shared via social media (think Twitter, for example) four should be pieces of content from your influencer target that are also relevant to your audience. This means that 67% of the time, you are sharing content that is not yours and calling attention to content from your influencer group.

One piece should be original educational content that you have created.

One piece should be sales-related—like a coupon, product notice, press release or some other piece of content that no one will likely pay attention to.

#6: Focus on the Platforms Where Your Customers Are

Social media overwhelm is one of the biggest challenges for small businesses. They think they need to have a presence on every social platform including the latest “shiny object” that comes along. This spreads them too thin and causes wasted time and effort.

The solution is rather simple: if social media makes sense for your business, be where your customers are. Find out where your customers are hanging out online, choose 1 or 2 of those platforms that you enjoy and that align with your business objectives and then focus deeply on those platforms.

There are a number of tactics to help you find where your customers are online such as: ask them (so simple, yet so many business don’t do this), use the search functionality in each of the social channels to see if there are communities talking about your business or topic of interest and use Google Alerts.

#7: Choose Your Image Wisely

It’s been said that an image is worth a thousand words and since the explosive growth of Pinterest, more and more emphasis is being put on images in social media marketing.

Images can help clarify a message and can also quickly grab someone’s attention. Images used in blog posts help the reader to comprehend the content and tend to be more memorable. The images can then be shared across networks like Pinterest, Facebook and Google+ to help promote the content.

However, images are open to interpretation. Before you settle on an image for your blog or social media post, ask yourself “Does this image communicate my message well?”

#8: Communicate With Your LinkedIn Connections

Send an email to your connections on LinkedIn every month and generate leads and sales.

Although LinkedIn only allows you to send to 50 contacts at a time, you can send many emails.

#9: Make Real Life Connections

Connect in real life with your social media network. Take some time to reach out via Skype or even the phone for a quick hello to people who are active in your niche or in a complementary business to yours.

Many times there are great ways to partner up between people in the same niche or there are ways that complementary businesses can be referral partners.

I know every time I have connected in real life either through a conversation or by meeting at a conference, the social media connection is so much richer and more meaningful. If I look at who retweets, shares and comments the most on my posts, it’s usually the people I’ve met in real life in some way.

#10: Build Online Influence

I have a simple philosophy when it comes to social media marketing: build online influence.

Influence is the secret to social media success. It’s the sugar in the cake. It’s the foundation for building an authentic following online that can ultimately lead to new clients or customers. With the social media landscape constantly evolving, new networks, tools and tactics are always going to come and go. You will hear of new tips and tricks daily regarding “what works” for building your brand and your business through social media.

However, without a strong foundation in place that positions you as a person of influence, it will be difficult to sustain success. You can try every social media tool, strategy or tactic available, but without influence at the core, you likely won’t get too far. If you focus on becoming a person of influence in your market, you’ll build more trust and loyalty. People will know that you are sincere and that you truly care about helping them.

#11: Create Loyalty by Participating in One-on-One Dialog

Provide your customers with the most valuable content and insights across your social channels by participating in two-way dialogue on the right channel.

If you find your demographic is most active on Twitter, or congregates in a smaller forum, join that platform, be transparent and participate in one-on-one dialog.

You can actually ask your customer directly online how they feel about a particular topic. Learn about their pain points, what they like, don’t like and take those insights and apply them to better your business. Do not pose broad questions to everyone, but home in on specific individuals who will yield a higher response rate.

More on Private Messaging

You need to proceed with caution when privately messaging followers on social media. Stick to these very simple rules and you should be fine:

  • Don’t send or reply without some sort of initiation on there part. Did they like a post? Message them! Did you message/reply to you? Message them! You THINK the product would be great for them from looking at their profile? Don’t message yet! You don’t want to get a reputation for being a hassler.
  • Keep it brief! Don’t flood them with information they may not want or need. Give them small bits of info, and clarify when they need it. You could overwhelm them, and that’s not good for either party.
  • Keep it professional! No matter what the other person does, always stay professional. Don’t name call, don’t pressure, and definitely don’t hassle them! If they end up changing their minds in the future, you don’t want them to remember you as the person who made them uncomfortable.

There you have it! Have any great marketing tips I missed? Let me know in the comments!

~Bre

Ideas for Blogging Posts!

As bloggers we are all thinking of new ideas for posts!

Here is a great list of a bunch of posts you can do! Pick one or two, ten, or even all of them! If you used any of them, leave a link to your post in the comments! I would love to read them.

Blogging ideas for posts!

My best advice? Take each set and assign one to a day of the week, each week! For example, maybe in week 1 you will review a website. Week two, do a DIY! So on and so forth!

Week 1

1. Write reviews of physical products
2. Review info products
3. Review software
4. Review books
5. Review magazines
6. Review (and critique) other blogs in your niche
7. Review websites (that aren’t blogs) in your niche
8. List things learned from a book
9. Write out things learned from a magazine
10. Make a list of your favorite niche-related quotes

Week 2

11. Create specific, step-by-step how-to posts (like how to install WordPress)
12. Create more general how-to posts (like how to make it through college)
13. Explain the best way to buy things in your niche (like buying new vs. used, things to keep in mind when buying X, etc.)
14. Share where to buy things in your niche (recommended online stores that have the best prices)
15. Create a beginner’s guide to something
16. Rant about something that really rubs you the wrong way
17. Write a post elucidating the pros and cons of something
18. Create an infographic (my infographic course should be good to go by the end of February, btw)
19. Make charts and graphs
20. Shoot your own videos

Week 3

21. Embed other people’s videos from YouTube or Vimeo
22. Write about case studies that other people have done
23. Conduct your own research or case study
24. Link to your favorite blogs or websites
25. Compile a list of online tools that people in your niche can use
26. List related and relevant forums
27. Write a Things You Don’t Know About Me post
28. Write about how to improve a skill that people want to improve
29. Write about some appropriate goals to set in your particular niche
30. Release your own free ebooks
31. Create a list of other people’s free ebooks
32. Make a huge list of something (like this one)
33. Have someone write a guest post for your blog
34. Explain things you wish you had known or done differently
35. Make a note to your future self
36. Let your readers know how to make money doing whatever you’re blogging about
37. Research some little-known facts relating to something or someone in your niche
38. Unveil features of software that most people aren’t aware of
39. Write about the history of _____

Week 4

40. Express your opinion about a recent news event or practice
41. Predict the future of something (a blog, a company, etc.) or someone (a blogger, a celebrity, an authority in your niche, etc.)
42. Interview leaders and influencers in your niche
43. Interview Average Joes in your niche
44. Write about common misconceptions that people outside of your niche community have
45. Write about common misconceptions that exist within your niche community
46. Create profiles of companies in your niche
47. Profile famous people in your niche (do your research and write a short biography)
48. Email someone a list of questions and post the questions along with the answers
49. Ask your readers a specific question about something

Week 5

50. Ask your readers for general feedback about your blog
51. Conduct polls
52. Play the devil’s advocate on a particular issue
53. Write about your own journey in your particular niche (how you got started, etc.)
54. Write about where your blog was or what you posted 1, 2, or X number of years ago.
55. Write about where you’d like your blog to be in the future
56. Write about where you were (with regards to your niche) 1, 2, or X number of years ago
57. Write about where you’d like to be (with regards to your niche) in the future
58. Write about where you see your niche in the future
59. Share your specific goals and how you plan to achieve them

60. Pick a problem that you see and postulate how it could be fixed
61. Do a collaborative post where you ask a few (or several?) other bloggers their take on something
62. Write about a movie that is related to your niche (maybe including what they got wrong in the movie or what you learned from it)
63. Use analogies to tie your topic to something seemingly unrelated
64. Ask your significant other to write for your blog
65. Write about the challenges of blogging in your particular area of expertise or niche
66. Share some tips for blogging in your particular area of expertise or niche
67. Make a list of your favorite blogs
68. Explain what NOT to do in your niche
69. Write about great podcasts to listen to that relate to your niche

Week 6

70. Run a contest on your blog
71. Write about how to use Twitter and Facebook, but apply it to people in your niche. If you blog about rock climbing for example, you could write about how you can find climbing partners through Twitter or Facebook.
72. Write a parody or satire post
73. Compile a list of the best niche-related jokes
74. Draw a picture or comic
75. Write a best-of posts for a certain period of time (like the best social media blogs of the past week or of 2010, etc.)
76. Break some news
77. Links to other recent or especially relevant blog posts
78. Write a poem
79. Conduct a survey

Week 7

80. Write about your favorite books in your niche (and link to them on Amazon so you can get a commission)
81. Showcase the best comments that you receive
82. Write a post around a particularly good or controversial comment
83. Create a post of your favorite images. They could be funny, inspiring, odd, etc.
84. Create a comprehensive list of the best blog posts or articles around a certain topic
85. Write about a hypothetical situation and what would happen or how you’d react if that occurred (like if Twitter died or if you broke your leg and couldn’t go mountain biking)
86. Write out your guest post guidelines
87. Make a list of great people to follow on Twitter
88. Compile a list of frequently asked questions
89. Write about how NOT to do something

Week 8

90. Explain how to do something in your niche faster
91. Talk about your personal experiences as far as they relate to your blog and niche (like how having a baby made you a more responsible whitewater kayaker)
92. Write a 10 commandments of or 7 deadly sins of or 5 pillars of post (or something else that’s similar)
93. Write a manifesto
94. Provide templates of some kind (like sample Excel spreadsheet budgets if you’ve got a personal finance blog or road trip planner if you’ve got a travel blog)
95. List your best blog posts
96. List your worst blog posts
97. Link to interesting patents related to your niche (check out Google Patents for that)
98. Take someone else’s blog post title and, without reading the post, write your own post. Feel free to change the title once you’re done.
99. Write an article in response to someone else’s post
100. Talk about the ideal skillset to have in your niche
101. Write about what you’d do with $1000 (or some other amount) if you HAD to spend it on something related to your niche.

What are some ideas you can add? Did you try any of them? Link it below!

Have a great rest of your day,
~Bre

What is Boardbooster, and Why Every Blogger Needs It

What is Boardbooster & Why Every Blog Should Be Using It

What is boardbooster, and why every blogger should be using it!

First of all, to understand Boardbooster, you need to know these things about Pinterest:

1. The more you pin, the better the views! Higher frequency (within reason) is best for Pinterest! They love pins!
2. It’s poor etiquette to only pin YOUR content. Share the love!
3. Frequency does’t mean 100 pins per minute. The best way to get good frequency is by pinning a variety over a span of days.
4. You can read all about Pinterest in my post about it here. But, to sum it up, you should have 1-3 boards for YOUR CONTENT, and 10-15 for OTHER PEOPLE’S CONTENT that is related to your topics. To see all my boards, go ahead and give My Pinterest a follow!

Now that you know those facts, let’s talk about Boardbooster!

This strategy of a variety of pins in a frequent schedule is where Boardbooster comes in. In layman’s terms, it helps you schedule your pins to maximize usefulness!

Now, first of all, money. It does cost a small amount to use it, but you can always start with a free trial. After that you will spend $5-$50 depending on the amount of pins you want to share.

After you have decided on that, there are a few ways to use this great program.

  • Campaigns
  • Scheduler
  • Looping
  • Pin Mover
  • Pin Doctors
  • Manager
  • Reports
Using the Campaigns Feature

What is it? Schedules a drip campaign for your pins. Drip campaigns are known by many other names—drip marketing, automated email campaign, lifecycle emails, autoresponders and marketing automation—the concept is the same: they’re a set of marketing emails that will be sent out automatically on a schedule.

Use this feature for YOUR CONTENT. Here are some more details on it:

  1. Scheduled Campaign – Takes pins from secret boards and pins them to boards you choose.
  2. Random Campaign – Pulls random pins and repins them to the designated board
  3. To use either: Choose a category, make a list of relevant boards, and choose the pin settings.
Using the Scheduler Feature

What is it? Schedules pins from a secret board to other boards of your choosing.

Use this feature for OTHER PEOPLE’S CONTENT.

  1. Click the pink button labeled “Add Boards”
  2. Choose the board
  3. Choose frequency
  4. Submit!
  5. On Pinterest, pin to the secret board that it creates
Using the Looping Feature

What is it? Revives older pins so that new subscribers can see your older content!

Use this feature for YOUR CONTENT.

  1. Click on “Add Boards”
  2. Choose settings. Optimal is multiple per day, basic times, at 2 pins per day.
Other Features of the Site

1. Pin Mover: Cleans boards up for 1 penny per pin.
2. Pin Doctor: Tests pins to identify a common problem for 1 penny per pin.
3. Group Manager: Helps people with collaborative boards.
4. Pinning History: Shows you stats and trends for your boards.
5. Third Party Viral Pins: It gives you reports on your viral pins!
6. Best Time to Pin: Sends reports on when your re pinning rates are the highest.

That’s the basics on Boardbooster! It really is a great tool. Have another tool you want to share? Leave a comment below!

Have a great day,
~Bre

Kick Butt Blog Guide and Workbook are here!!!

The moment we have all been waiting for!

The Hello Mamma’s Guide to a Kick Butt Blog and it’s companion workbook are now up in the store! Don’t know if they are right for you? Here is how to tell if you could use them!

How do I know if this fabulous blog guide is right for me?

Are you new to blogging and want a complete guide on the ins and outs?
Are you a somewhat experienced blogger but want help monetizing your blog?

Then the Guide is right for you!

Guide to a Kickbutt Blog

What does the guide include?
The guide is over 50 pages of in depth information for creating, launching, and maintaining a blog! You can get help with everything from branding, marketing, posting, even understanding the legal parts of running a blog! If you get the workbook, you will have tons of great printable forms to keep track of everything too.

How do I know if the kick butt workbook is right for me?

Do you have issues with being organized?
Do you love being organized but don’t have the time to make your own templates?

Then the workbook is right for you!

Guide to a Kickbutt Blog Workbook

The workbook is over 20 pages of printables that help you keep track of your blog.

You can get them at a discount if you buy them both!

What are you waiting for? Go grab them at the store!

~Bre

20 Apps to Get You Organized and Productive In 2017!

20 Apps that every organized person should have in 2017!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am personally on my phone and computer for what feels like all day. The amount of time I spend scheduling, researching, price checking, and more is all time I am spending in front of a screen. So, what if we could cut that screen time in say, half? I think it’s worth it, right! Here are 20 great apps I have found that not only save you time, but also make you more organized and productive!

Organization:

Key Ring-
Stores all of your reward cards, and makes versions of them on your phone that can be scanned. This eliminate a lot of the bulk in your wallet or purse, especially if the majority of your stuff is reward cards!

Grocery iQ-
This is a great app for grocery shopping made easy. It tracks the grocery list, updates the list every time a better coupon comes along, and will give you the bill estimate before you even leave your house! This is also great if you have some sort of personal assistant or employee that does your grocery shopping because you can see how much to give them for the trip.

Evernote-
An interface where you organize your notes and paperwork. It’s great for basics, but you can also upgrade for $5 a month if you want more storage and offline access.

Remember the Milk-
Organize your tasks and sets alerts for them. You have options to organize by day, priority, type, and more!

BigOven-
Access to over 200,000 recipes, meal plan prep, schedules, and more! You can schedule up to a month of meals.

Savings:

SavingStar-
Gives you coupons for the stores you frequent. Then when you check out, you’ll pay full price still, but the coupon value goes into a savings account instead. It adds up quick, trust me! I started this app a few weeks ago and I already have $27 saved!

Large brand chain stores-
Stores like Gilt, Macy’s and Target all have great apps. They usually put the best deals and coupons in their app, similar to Safeway4U.

Blogging:

WordPress-
Gives you mobile access to your WordPress site. I use this frequently when I am wanting to check site stats, or perform many essential tasks such as creating, editing and publishing blog posts, moderating comments, checking on analytics data as well as publishing photos or videos taken with the camera on your mobile phone.

Hubpages-
Collects internet information on specific topics and compiles the information for you. This is great for when your researching a topic for a blog post.

Tumblr-
This app, made for Tumblr bloggers, has useful features for posting content, scheduling posts, viewing and replying to messages, and you can even manage multiple Tumblr blogs with the app. It will also show you Tumblr blogs of Contacts in your address book, so you can start following them.

Fitness:

Charity Miles
Tracks your walks or runs, and donates money to charity based on distance!

Cyclemeter-
Tracks your bike rides or other methods like walking and running.

Fit Radio-
Music streaming app that creates upbeat mixes based on musical preferences.

Johnson + Johnson Workout-
Makes a 7 minute workout based on information you provide. Great for when you find yourself in between tasks!

Lose It!-
Weight loss buddy that helps with counting calories, logging exercises, and more!

Parenting:

PBS Play + Learn-
Teaches kids new skills and vocabulary! Great for entertaining the little ones in an educational way!

Koi Pond (.99c)
Basic app for entertaining the younger ones.

Disney Fairies Fly ($4.99)
Flying game for all ages.

RedRover-
Helps find kid-friendly activities in the area. Great for when your on vacation!

SurfBalance ($4.99)-
Keeps your browsers kid-friendly by blocking any inappropriate material.

 

Let me know what you think of the apps!

 

~Bre

Webster Wednesday: Social Media Pt.2

Hey guys!

Welcome to another installment of Webster Wednesday. Today I wanted to discuss a few more details about social media. Some bloggers really don’t see the potential you gain by using all sorts of social media platforms. So I wanted to touch on it again, just to really get the message across!!

Here is a recap of Social Media Part 1!

 

We all know how and why to use Facebook. So for today we will skip that. I’m going to give you some quick and easy tips for Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Pinterest.

Twitter

  1. Hashtags!!! People who correctly use hashtags get 2X the amount of retweets. Although, be careful. Studies show that you lose 17% of your audience if you use more than 3 hashtags.
  2. Write a bio- this really helps people learn more about you. It’ll help entice them to follow you. Again- use hashtags!
  3. Use your header as a promotional space!
  4. Use images. This really makes your tweets come together.
  5. Use twitter lists. This can un tap a lot of secret potential!
  6. ENGAGE PEOPLE. Retweet posts that are similar to your content. Talk to people.
  7. Use a schedule for posting- and stick to it!

Tumblr

  1. Understand the 6 different post types.
  2. Know and understand Tumblr “language”
  3. Follow people with similar content, and those who follow you!
  4. Choose a good theme for you Tumblr page. With Tumblr- simpler is better
  5. Utilize tagging the same way you utilize hashtags on Twitter
  6. “Like” and “Reblog” others!

Google+

  1. Set up your circles
  2. Add headlines by using *insert heading here*- this grabs people instead of them seeing a wall of text.
  3. Format well for attention.
  4. Use hashtags and pictures. That can really help other people to find your posts
  5. Share to PUBLIC. Don’t limit yourself to one or two groups/communities
  6. Reply to any +1s you get!
  7. This one is important: Read the rules for any communities you join. You don’t want to be the jerk that ruins it for others.

Pinterest

  1. You need “pin-worthy” pictures.
  2. Add a Pinterest tab to your blog’s Facebook page
  3. Pin to multiple boards (in a preview post we talked about how you need at least 10 boards.
  4. Engage with your followers! Follow them back!
  5. 9 pm is when traffic on Pinterest is peaked.

Here is a great time schedule to stick to!!!

I have a GREAT set of printables for you and your social media out now!

You can find them in my Etsy Shop!!

That’s all the tips for today!! Want help with social media and I haven’t covered your topic? Send me a comment and I would love to help out!

Be kind today,
~Bre

Webster Wednesday: Using Pinterest

Whether it’s for a business, your blog, or personal use-

Pinterest is, in my opinion, one of the best tools out there. I use my Pinterest account for everything. Need a new recipe for dinner? – Pinterest Want to know how to refurnish a chair? – Pinterest Want to know how to organize that pain in the butt junk drawer? – Pinterest. And just like I look up everything there, so do the 100 million other users PER MONTH. It is a fantastic tool to use for spreading the word about your blog. But you’ve gotta know how to use it right.

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Now, onto Pinterest!

Creating a Pin– At first, creating a “perfect pin” can be difficult. But, once you learn the ropes it is an easy, simple, and effective way to get your information out and gain foot traffic. There are a few things you want to get right when it comes to your “perfect pin”

  1. Photo The optimal size for your Pinterest “pin” is 735 X 1100. Studies show that pins that are “repinned” the most have some are all of these qualities.
    • Best size for a pin is 735 X 1100
    • Multicolored- Although the most pinned singular color is red, pins should be bright and colorful.
    • Portrait style won over landscape style for most repins.
    • No human faces- Pins without human faces were repinned 23% more often than those with faces in them.
  2. Wording No hashtags- Unlike it’s social media counterparts- hashtags don’t rule the Pinterest world.

Now that you have created your pin, when should you post it? Studies show that the best times to pin are 2 pm-4 pm , 8 pm-1 am. The worst? 5 pm-7 pm. What about days of the week? Fridays are at an all time high for pinning, completely wiping out the other days of the week.

Alright- Now you’ve got all your pins in a row. Time to make your boards. If you are using Pinterest to further your blog then you need to be prepared to have quite a few boards. Here are the minimum boards you need:

  1. 1-2 Boards with specific images and links to your blog and your blog posts
  2. 3-4 Boards with related to material to each subject you have featured on your blog. For example I have 2-3 boards each for:
    • Organizing
    • DIY Projects
    • Blogging
    • Health and Fitness
    • Children/Family
  3. I also have a few locked (hidden) boards for my own use for the blog.

Create a spot on your blog to link people to your Pinterest account so they can follow.   Most sites for blogging have a widget or some sort of add on to make a “Follow Me” section. If you are purchasing a blog theme, make sure it includes an area for this! And make sure you are continuously adding to the boards. The more pins you HAVE the more attentions your pins will get. Just make sure that everything you pin and repin is somehow representative of you and what your message is.

Once you’ve got all the basics you are well on your way to Pinning Heaven.

Happy Pinning!
~Bre