I found an easy way to do all of my social media scheduling, without the stress. Keep reading to find out how I schedule all of my social media posts, right from WordPress!…
As part of my New Years resolution and goals, I want to help my readers learn how they can improve their blog’s engagement and reach. Not only do these monthly check-ins help you understand what I am doing each month, but it will also help me keep track of my efforts.
Originally I wanted to get in at least two blog post this week, but only one happened…which was my Pink on the Cheek goals post. As for next week, I would like at least two blog posts published. Coming up I have a blog post highlighting Bluetooth Samsung Headphones and how I am getting my finances ready for the new year with Mint.
- Facebook 1,238
- Instagram 6,337
- Twitter 8,837
- Pinterest 4,860
- Newsletter Subscribers 245
- Google Analytics (January 1-8) 9,500 page views
This first half of the month I focused my efforts on Instagram. Each time I posted, I made sure to go back to the hashtags I was using and engage with the people who were also using the hashtags.
This photo reached 324 likes!
For this photo above, I used these hashtags:
#photosinbetween #thatsdarling #thehappynow #pursuepretty #finditliveit #prettylittlethings #howyouglow #colorventures #myunicornlife #sfbbloggers #goodvibesonly #bbloggers #thebeautycouncil #ilovemakeup #makeupoftheday #makeuplover #wakeupandmakeup #instabeauty #makeupaddict #makeupobsessed #makeupofinstagram #beautyjunkiez #igmakeup #slave2beauty #makeuplook #makeupblogger #beautyblog #beautyflatlay #flatlay
Then after posting the photo, I went to each of the hashtags and liked and commented on the photos I liked.
TIP: when going to the tags page on Instagram, I go straight to the “most recent” section and not the “top posts” section. That way I am directly engaging with the people who just posted.
The next strategy I am trying this month is using Instagram pods. I have created one group and we have already reached the max of 15 bloggers. Which means, I need to make a second group! If you are interested in this, please let me know!!
What is an Instagram pod? Each time one of the bloggers post to Instagram, we share the photo to the group. (The group lives on Instagram messenger area.) Then each of the members in the pod goes to the photo to like it and/or comment. It really works if everyone is active in the group and participates.
For the rest of the month, I will be focusing on Instagram participation and engagement. I am thinking this will either be a bi-weekly report or a monthly report. I will have to see next month how I feel about these reports! I want to be in depth and maybe every two weeks is not enough time to see how my strategies will reflect.
If you are interested in more blogging strategies, check out my Blogging 101 archives
Once I figured out this genius Pinterest hack, it was a game changer for my blog. Today I am going to show you how to put hidden vertical pins in your blog post.
When scrolling on Pinterest, you will notice that a long, vertical pin will grab your attention more than a horizontal pin. Notice the difference between these two pins from The Butter Half.
Both are incredible, high-quality pins, but the one on the left will take up more room on Pinterest’s feed and stand out.
Even though this pin will look amazing on Pinterest, it may not look the best IN your blog post.
Here’s the secret code
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1. Create a long vertical pin using Photoshop, Picmonkey, or Canva with 800 x 1200 dimensions
2. Upload the image to your media library in WordPress and insert the image at the top of your blog post
3. In the HTML area, copy and paste the secret code below the image code
4. Copy and paste the entire embedded image code and insert it into the area where it says “image code”
5. Delete the above embedded image code so all that is left is the secret hidden code
6. Preview your blog post to check to see if the image is hidden
7. Ta-da! Your secret pin is now hidden on your blog post. To share this pin on Pinterest, you have to install the Pinterest “pin it” extension.
I recorded the step by step process here:
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Summers are made for vacations, road-trips, BBQs, and tons of photos to share on Instagram. I am going to share the best summer hashtags to get your photos noticed on Instagram.
#RSSummer (Real Simple Summer)
Want an easy way to use these hashtags on Instagram? Copy and paste these hashtags in a notepad on your iPhone or Android. Then you can refer to them when writing your captions!
#travelgram #ABMlovesSummer #girlswhotravel #MyTinyAtlas #LiveOutside #TravelBloggers #DarlingWeekend #SummerGoals #WhereToFindMe #HowIsSummer #TravelAwesome #RSSummer
Do you have a favorite summer hashtag that’s not listed? Leave me a comment with your favorite!
Pinterest has always been the go-to way to save things on the internet. Now when you hover over a picture, “pin it” now says “save”. Pinterest made the decision last week to change the name because “pin it” does not translate around the world.
To keep up with the changing terminology, I have created three “save it” buttons for my readers! Plus, I am going to show you an easy way to install this button on your images.
Download your free Save It button by joining our Creative Resource Library
How to publish your save button on all blog images
1. Once you have logged into your WordPress account, from your Dashboard select “Plugins” -> “Add New.”
2. Search for “jQuery Pin It Button For Images” A couple more plugin options will come up but I have found this particular one to be the best option. Click “Install Now.”
3. Head back to your “Plugins” -> “Installed Plugins” page and make sure “jQuery Pin It Button For Images” has been activated.
4. Once you are sure your plugin has been activated, click on “Settings”
5. Once on the “Settings” page you will be able to choose which pages you would like your “save it” button to show up on. For example, your home page, any “pages” you have made, single posts, etc.
6. This is where you can customize your button with your own image, select the location of your button on your images, the size of your button, and if you’d like your images to become transparent when they are hovered over.
7. Head over to your own blog and look at your awesome, new Pinterest button!