Pinterest Hacks You Should Know

Okay, I love using Pinterest! I use it for both personal and business outlets.

You can use Pinterest to create menu plans, store future DIY projects, and grow traffic for your web site or blog! The list is endless.

There are two big Pinterest hacks you should know that will help you get more traffic to your blog:

Tip One: Pinterest is NOT a social media network!

This is something I’ve noticed in a lot of blogging circles. People will comment on Pinterest as being their favorite social network. Nope! It’s not. It’s actually a search engine. With that knowledge, it totally changes your game plan, doesn’t it? You’ll start to treat it differently.

Start thinking of it as a search engine instead of a social media network and it will change how you use it overall!

Tip Two: Pinterest needs keywords…just like google!

Yep, good ‘ol keywords are important. Let’s say you write a blog on healthy recipes. Your goal is to make sure your entire profile AND pins are saturated (without being spammy, of course) with keywords related to healthy recipes.

Type healthy recipes into Pinterest and see what other niche keywords pop up. That will be a great starting point to knowing what other keywords to use on your post.

Make sure you add keywords to your short pin description, too!

Want to learn how you can double your Pinterest traffic? Read this article.

Also, be sure to join our awesome FREE community!

What about you? Are you carefully choosing keywords and operating Pinterest as a search engine?

Pin this article to share!

How I Made Over $300 With My Blog

I think a lot of people are intimidated by making money on-line-especially through web sites. The thing is, if you don’t have a typical business web site, you can still make money with a personal blog! I did it for years and it was such a wonderful (and dare I say FUN?) opportunity.

The cool thing about blogging for money with a personal blog is that you can use any platform. On the flip side, you can STILL start a web site and utilize these tips as well. Just do what fits YOUR lifestyle best.

So, how did I make over $300 in one month?

The first thing I did was sign up for a blogging community that connected bloggers with companies. Within days, I was getting responses to my inquiries.

  •  I signed up to review and write an article about a national company. In exchange, they paid me $200.
  • I signed up for another blogging community and participated in their weekly online marketing meetings (co-hosted by companies). During these meetings, they gave away $100 gift cards. By simply participating on a regular basis, I won!

Do your research and find communities that fit your niche. For starters, I would recommend checking out The Sway!

When you blog, whether it’s a personal bog or a business web site, your #1 goal should be networking within community platforms.

PS. Have you join by Facebook Group for bloggers to help grow your site?

~ Heather

Notice: This post contains affiliate links. This means I may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you purchase through one of my link(s). Thank you for your support and consideration!

My Number One Tip to Double Your Pinterest Traffic

Be sure to join our Bloggers Share Facebook Community!

I remember the minute my friends told me about Pinterest.  I signed up.

Pinning became somewhat of an Olympic sport…I even had a pin go viral way back when. But, the dust settled and I honestly thought my days of pinning were over.

Then I stumbled on a few bloggers who shared their Pinterest stories.

Had I missed a crucial opportunity for growing as a blogger? Yes. Yes, I had.

I read a free course, downloaded a book on the topic and put what I learned to use.

By implementing just a few habits with Pinterest my numbers now only grew- they doubled and now have nearly tripled in less than three months!

Here’s some stats:

I started with roughly 6,900 views on Pinterest at the end of May.

By the beginning of August, I have reached 19,000 views.

Pretty cool, right?

But, here’s the thing. While several tricks helped, I noticed that one specific tip is what became my personal game changer.

Pinterest Groups! And not just any groups. Viral groups targeted for bloggers like me. These were groups with 10,000 or more bloggers who participated daily. I highly recommend checking out Top Viral Blogs on Pinterest. She has a plethora of viral boards.

Also, another great way to up your Pinterest Game is to check out Pinterest Ninja! Her book is solid. I’m still working my way through it and have learned TONS of awesome tips. I’ll be writing a review soon.

What has been your experience with Pinterest? Would love to hear in the comments below!

PS. Don’t forget to join my Pinterest group for bloggers!

Two Ways To Simplify Your Life Right Now

 

Simple living is a hot topic these days, and with good reason. With social media, we are constantly connected! Not to mention, we are often hurried from here to there trying to meet deadlines and obligations.

I’ve been slowly working to simplify my lifestyle so that I can better serve my family as a wife and mother. It’s crucial to my well being an to my families well being.

As the saying goes, “You can’t pour form an empty cup!”

Here are my top three tips to simplifying your life that are making a huge impact on my own:

One-Simply Your STUFF

I feel like this has been the root of my stress. We had so much STUFF and no matter how much I organized it never got any better. So, every year, for the last four years, I have streamlined what we own. I’ve purged, purged and purged. Thanks to year yard sales, charity donations and selling on-line, I’ve been able to create better environment for our home. I stopped hanging on to books I was never read again, dresses I would never wear, movies that were no longer my taste…and the list goes on.

It has been so freeing. I feel like I am a much happier homemaker over all!

Two-Simplify Your Schedule

Another area that has changed drastically is our schedule. I’m careful to keep margin on the calendar. If I know we have something planned over the weekend, I will set aside at least two evenings during the week for family time. Or vice versa. If we are busy during the week, I like to keep the schedule clear on the weekend. We don’t have to buy into the lie that being busy is best! It’s not. Family time is best…and so is rest.

So that’s two areas that we have been working on and implementing significant changes. It’s been great!

What areas have you tackled to create a simplified life?

PS. Be sure to join my Blogging Group on Facebook! Click HERE.

~Heather

Join My Online Pinterest Community

Are you looking for a place to share your favorite blog posts? Maybe you created a new recipe or want to show off your latest remodeling project?

I absolutely love to connect with other bloggers. It’s the only way to build authentic community within the blogging sphere! I have met and made so many wonderful friends through networking. Friends who have laughed, prayed and cried along with me through this adventure we call LIFE…

If this resonates with you, then, please join my Pinterest group HERE. It’s family friendly and open to bloggers from all niches. Who knows? You may find the perfect recipe for next weeks potluck AND learn new tips to simply your life. *wink*

Also, you can check out my personal Pinterest here.

PS. Be sure to join our group board on Facebook, too!