The Number One Course for Success with Affiliate Marketing

The Number One Course for Success with Affiliate Marketing

One of the most popular ways to make money from blogging is with affiliate marketing. I remember when I first learned about affiliate marketing about ten years ago.

The concept made sense but there was just so much to blogging that it all became very overwhelming and confusing.

Now, I have had to relearn about affiliate marketing and the newest ways to use it to make money with blogging. It is interesting to relearn it all.

As I go through and read more about it I laugh thinking that I knew all of this so long ago but I just didn’t quite know how to get traffic to my blog or how to implement these strategies.

Fast forward to now and Pinterest is a blogger’s best friend and secret weapon. Only it is no secret at all but yet so many bloggers don’t realize it’s full potential. More on all that later.

For now, I want to talk to you more about affiliate marketing and what I have recently learned and relearned!

 

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I finally caved and took Michelle’s affiliate marketing course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. She is very successful with affiliate marketing and attributes $50,000 of her $100,000+ monthly blog income to affiliate marketing.

Yes, I will say that again, she makes $100,000+ on her blog PER MONTH and $50,000+ of that is from affiliate marketing.

I was nervous at first to take that step and make that commitment to buy her course. I was nervous that it would all be review and that I wouldn’t learn anything new or what I would learn wouldn’t be worth the price of the course.

I’ll go ahead and stop right there and let you know that I learned a bunch and the course is well worth the price tag!

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Let’s quickly answer this question before we get too much further so everyone knows exactly what affiliate marketing is.

My definition: Getting a commission for selling someone else’s product.

That is my quick definition, in a nutshell, to help you grasp what we are talking about. Here is Google’s definition: a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays a commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals.

One of the things that I learned in Michelle’s course is that some companies will pay you for leads and not necessarily sales.

I did not know that. I thought it was only for sales! She said that some companies will pay you for signups/leads you send them. That’s pretty cool!

How to be successful with Affiliate Marketing.

There are two main things that you need to have to be successful with affiliate marketing and that is affiliate links and traffic.

The more links you have and the more exposure you can get to those links the better!

However, it isn’t quite that simple.

There are many factors that go into having success with affiliate marketing. So many in fact that I didn’t realize it until taking Michelle’s course.

You see I am a professional learner. I love to take courses, learn all the details and then wonder why it doesn’t work. It’s because I didn’t work.

I don’t mind working hard but I do mind getting uncomfortable and most of the time you have to get uncomfortable to be successful.

That is why I love blogging so much. You don’t have to stand in front of a bunch of people and give a speech. That is unless you want to. You can speak through the words you type and don’t have to make videos or do lives unless you want.

If you have big goals and dreams and want to be in front of the camera that is wonderful! That isn’t me though. I don’t like the spotlight on me or even shinning next to me.

So, being the professional learner that I am, I have researched and learned almost all there is to blog years ago and I tried my hand at it but I didn’t have any luck. I got discouraged and quit.

I will admit that I have done that with other things as well.

But my heart has always been drawn back to blogging. This time though I pushed through and now I am trucking right along!

I tell you all of this to let you know that I have researched, read, and watched so many trainings all about blogging and how to make money blogging it is crazy!

So again, I worry when I do purchase a course that I may have already learned all I can and it would all be an overview.

However, Michelle is a legend in the affiliate marketing world so I figured she would have the best of the best knowledge and I was right!

What is in the course?

This thing is jam-packed with amazing content and I can tell you I learned so much and barely anything was an overview for me.

I feel like after taking the course, the steps I felt like I needed to take next on my blog were justified and many more steps added.

I wasn’t sure how many affiliate links to add to a blog post, where to put the links, where to advertise the post and links, or where not to advertise the links.

I had my theory but to have an expert verify it made me feel much better in my decision.

Here is an outline of what all is offered in Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:

  • Access to a private Facebook Group
  • Explanation of Affiliate Marketing and how it works
  • Workbooks and worksheets throughout the whole course
  • How to find and apply for affiliate programs
  • Advice from a special guest that shares how to ensure you are accepted into affiliate programs
  • How to properly and legally disclose your affiliate links on all platforms
  • How to get your readers to convert
  • Deep linking and click through rate
  • Strategies and ways to promote your affiliate links
  • How to keep your strategy going strong
  • Things NOT TO DO
  • Special guest that shares how to ensure you are accepted into affiliate programs
  • Special guest talks about Pinterest and how to drive traffic to your blog
  • Special guest talks about Facebook Ads
  • Special guest talks about editing.
  • How to become an affiliate for her course

That is a quick run through of everything in the course but it truly is packed full of amazing content and information that will leave you feeling like you have everything you need to be successful with affiliate marketing.

Why you should do affiliate marketing

You might be thinking “Well, that all sounds great but I don’t think affiliate marketing is for me.” Affiliate Marketing is more than just making up a silly blog post around a product and trying to sell it to your readers.

If you have a blog then you know that your true passion is sharing your word, your knowledge, your advice, and anything you can to help your readers.

That’s why we blog. We want to help share our experiences and knowledge with the world, with our readers, and with our friends!

Yes, it is a bonus if we make money.

Or that may be your only goal is to make money. If it is then it’s going to be harder for you. If your goal is to find what’s best for your readers and help them then you are much more likely to make money from your blog.

But if you are looking out for what is best for your readers, you are going to have some sort of product that has helped you that you want to share with your readers. It is just natural.

Like this post for example! Am I an affiliate for this course? Yes. But that is because I found extreme value in this course and I wanted to share it with you!

I left this course with an action plan and a plan of attack.

It showed me new ways (from an expert) that are proven to work. Some of these ways I had thought of but completely forgot about. Others were brand new ideas that I hadn’t ever heard or thought of!

So, just like when you go to the movies and you thoroughly enjoyed a movie, you are going to share that with your friends. You are going to tell others to go see it.

This way when you are sharing what you love with your readers on your blog you are also providing a way to make an income for yourself.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if that happened all the time in the real world when you told your friends and family about something you loved!

Is this course right for you?

If you are looking to implement affiliate marketing on your blog then yes, this course is definitely for you. If you already implement affiliate marketing but you are struggling to make any money then yes, this course is for you.

If you haven’t started a blog but you want to and you plan to do affiliate marketing on your blog then yes, I would still say this course is for you!

I truly feel that this is valuable information to learn from the beginning of your blogging career.

Starting a blog is simple but does require time and effort. It isn’t easy but again it isn’t hard either. There are plenty of guides out there to help you start a blog.

I offer a free 30-Day Challenge Workbook to Start a Blog that can help you walk through the steps to get going!

It doesn’t have to take 30-Days but it is broken down into daily tasks to make it not so overwhelming. If you are like me and you like to dive in then you can just keep pushing forward and get it going in less time!

Again, I think this course would be great knowledge from the very beginning so you can start implementing her tips on writing, editing, and linking your blog posts from the very beginning!

Then once you have your posts full of valuable content and affiliate links you can watch the video in the course from the owners of Create and Go (that have 3-4 million monthly views on Pinterest!) and she will teach you how to be successful on Pinterest to get traffic to those links!

This is how I got over 7,000 page views to my new blog using Pinterest!

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Overview

To conclude, I think it is pretty clear that I strongly recommend Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

I took the course with already plenty of knowledge of affiliate marketing and came out blown away at the value of the course.

It is packed full of amazing information that you have to have to succeed with affiliate marketing. Plus, I couldn’t believe all the bonuses and extra content provided by so many other experts!

I learned more about Pinterest and tips to help me gain more traffic, I learned amazing insights into Facebook Ads, the best tips to ensure I am accepted into any affiliate program, and then the best tips to make sure my blog posts are edited correctly!

Great course, great value, I highly recommend it!

Have you taken Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing?

What did you think of it?

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

Black Friday 2018 Sales for Bloggers!

Black Friday 2018 Sales for Bloggers!

It is that time of the year again and I love it! This is the time where you can grab some really awesome goodies for an amazing price! I’m not just talking about kitchen appliances here, I am talking about blogging tools! Here are some of the goodies that I have found so far for Black Friday 2018 Sales for Bloggers!

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Why shop Black Friday Sales?

Let’s point out the obvious reasons these sales are so amazing.

First, you get to shop from your couch. That is a top priority for me! I love sales but I am not about to go throw punches to get a flat screen TV for half off. Not my cup of tea. I will however gladly spend my money while cozied up on the couch in my slippers! No black eyes needed!

Second, this is a chance for me to grab up some products that I might not normally have been able to get. I am a sucker for a great course that walks me through how to do things instead of wasting days trying to find the answer for myself. I could spend all that time looking and still not get the answer. So if spending a little bit of money that saves me time and stress then I am all for it.

However, that doesn’t mean I have endless funds to put towards said courses. That’s where these awesome sales come into play! Like the Genius Blogger’s Tool Guide that comes out every October. You literally get thousands of dollars worth of courses for less than a hundred bucks! That is something I grab every year. It comes out right around my birthday so that is my birthday present to myself.

Now that Black Friday is here it is another chance for me to snatch up a good deal on a course I might not normally be able to get!

On to the sales!

Let’s talk about the teasers first.

Here are some emails I have been getting from some of the places that will be offering a Black Friday sales but have not yet announced what that sale is…

Teachable

Teachable is a platform where you can offer your online courses through. I have my feature plans, free Pinterest Image course, and soon be to eBook First Time Blogger through Teachable. So you can use it for more than just online courses but that is the main purpose.

They sent out an email teasing all the Black Friday sales that they will be having. So far it sounds like major discounts and lots of bonuses! So if you have ever thought about doing your own course or eBook now is the time to jump on it!

Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes is the company behind the famous Divi Theme. I use the Divi theme and it is amazing! I didn’t like how on all other themes you had to go back and forth from your back office to your live view to see what your changes looked like. With Divi, you can see it all live and it builds each page right in front of you! It has saved me so much time and headache. Plus, probably my favorite part of it is all the premade layouts you can choose from. This makes it super easy to just pick the layout you like and customize it to your style and brand!

They have sent out that they are offering 6 exclusive layouts and once the sale is over, these layouts will never be available again!

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How cool is there landing page though am I right?! That is awesome! I am positive those layouts will be awesome as well!

They are also offering some fun in between now and Black Friday and that is a chance to win a free iMac Pro!

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Convertkit

Convertkit is an email marketing provider. I use them as well for my email marketing. I have loved them so far. They make everything very user-friendly and it is made by bloggers for bloggers!

They are offering a Cyber Monday sale. The sale is that for current Convertkit customers who switch to any annual plan on Monday they will get the next 12 months of Convertkit for the price of 9 months.

It doesn’t say in the email what new customers would get but I assume it’s the same thing if you decided to sign up on Monday.

Name Cheap

Name Cheap is a domain name provider. This is where I purchased my domain name and after using other companies in the past I do prefer NameCheap. Just like their name, they were cheaper and they didn’t try and upsell me 100 different things at check out. If you haven’t purchased your domain name or if you are planning to purchase another this may be the time to do it!

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SiteGround

SiteGround is a hosting company and is the hosting that I use for my blog. They are offering up to 75% off! It is important to have hosting for your blog so for something like this that is a necessity this is a great deal! Their sale will be running until Cyber Monday.

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Here are the ones already announced!

Me!

Yep, Mom Blog From Home is having a sale as well! I am offering 40% OFF of my Feature Plans! Mom Bloggers can be featured on my blog for free but if you want to enjoy some extra added perks like access to a private Facebook Group, a shout out on my email list, your own time to go Live in my Facebook Group, and more, then those will cost you a small fee. Right now, however, you can get those perks for 40% OFF!

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I am calling it a Thanksgiving Sale because it is already live right now and it goes until the end of the month! I didn’t want to stress and only offer it for a couple of days. I wanted everyone to have an opportunity to get it for 40% off so I just set it for the rest of the month! Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is a look at what each plan offers.

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TO JUMP ON THIS DEAL FOR 40% OFF JUST GO RIGHT HERE —-> THANKSGIVING SALE! and scroll to the bottom to get the coupon code!

Moms Make Cents

McKinzie at Moms Make Cents is offering up to 50% off of some of her products! I have taken her Pinterest course and it was full of great information!

Mom Blogging Mentor Ebook – $9

  • Over 40% off!

Mom Blogging Mentor Course + Ebook Bundle – $37

  • Lowest Price Ever
  • 587 students enrolled

Pin to Profits: Affiliate Marketing – $37

  • Lowest price ever!
  • 600 + students enrolled

Pin to Profits: Bundle – $142.50

  • 50% off!!!
  • Lowest Price Ever
  • Includes FIVE courses
  • Tons of bonuses
  • *best value

To receive these awesome prices you have to have a special code. But don’t you worry I have that code! However, she has asked that it not be released until Black Friday. I will be releasing that code for everyone first thing Friday morning on my Facebook Page. Make sure to like my page and click the star to make sure my post pops up first on your feed!

Start a Mom Blog

Suzi is offering a 40% discount on all of her products! This is huge! I am so excited about this! I think I have purchased all of her products already so I am not excited for me but for everyone else! I love Suzi and all that she has to offer so this is an amazing deal that you can’t go wrong on!

Her sale goes through Cyber Monday so you have time to pick and choose which course you want because there are so many good ones!

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Amazon

Unless you live under a rock, you know about Amazon and the amazing sales that are on there. You can get pretty much anything! And of course, you can get it shipped to your front door in just a couple days! I looked through some of the sales and these are the ones that caught my eye as a blogger.

Neewer Ring Light Kit

I have a small ring light and it is definitely not the best. It will, however, work for now but I would love to get a bigger and better one. So this light caught my eye for sure! It looks like you can change the color of the light and it is portable too. Something to look into if you don’t already have a ring light for your videos!

Lavalier Lapel Microphone

Along with a ring light, I would really like to get a professional microphone. This is of course not a professional microphone but on a budget, it might do! Right now when I do videos it has to be very quiet and I have to really focus on talking loudly and not mumble. I have so much to work on to be better at videos! I am not comfortable in front of the camera and I don’t feel like I am a natural so it isn’t a department I am willing to spend a lot of money on. So that all said, I think this would be something I would get to just be better than nothing while I am working on getting better! We are all beginners right?! We have to start somewhere.

Dual Tip Brush Marker Pens

“All I want for Christmas……is office supplies!”

I am a huge sucker for office supplies. I don’t know why but I love them all so much! I love having multiple notebooks, pens, fancy paper, sticky notes, whiteboard, you name it! So these, of course, caught my eye! How cool are those!

Dotted Grid Notebook/Journal

I recently caved and got a bullet journal. I kept seeing everyone talk about them and after many failed attempts at trying to find just the right planner to make my life run perfectly smooth I finally tried out the bullet journal. I got one because it never failed that I wouldn’t like how the planner was laid out. I tried so many different versions and I want to be that person who has their life all organized and planned out but it never seems to work.

I know it is “the planner” (me) not the actual planner (the book). But I will say that I do enjoy the bullet journal much more than a planner.

Every time I would get a planner I would fill out the normal information but then that’s about as fas as it got and I didn’t feel like I was using it like I wanted to. With the bullet journal, I can use it like a planner, journal, notebook, and a catch-all.

If I think of anything I put it in that journal. I write out the week and my goals instead of the whole thing being prefilled in with the calendar I can choose if I want that page to be a calendar, a blog post, my menu for the week, etc! That seems to work much better for me!

Not Black Friday but I just love them

These are not included in the Black Friday sales, as of right now anyway, but I use these and absolutely love them! They are pens that erase! I don’t like pencils because of the noise. I know that sounds weird but it is like nails on a chalkboard but it’s lead on paper. It gives me goosebumps!

So I use these pens so I can still erase all my mess ups! They really do work great and you don’t see where you erased and also the eraser never goes away! I have erased so many things and it’s still there! Unlike a pencil eraser!

PILOT FriXion Color Sticks Erasable Gel Pens

 

Roundup

Okay, so there you have it! All kinds of sales going on and I’m sure there will be many more announced on Friday as well!

Have you heard of any awesome Black Friday sales you want to share?

Happy Blogging!

Vanessa

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Why Deleting Over 100 Email Subscribers Helped My List

Why Deleting Over 100 Email Subscribers Helped My List

That is such a scary thought, isn’t it? Deleting people off your email list. Why would you possibly want to do that? You worked so hard for those subscribers!

I am going to tell you why. Because it actually helps your list!

I checked my cold subscribers and I had 150 on my list. That is 150 people that don’t open my emails. That is 150 people that make my numbers go way down on clicks and open rates. That is 150 people that if they have a Gmail account it shows Google that people aren’t opening my emails.

That is 150 people that I could be getting charged extra for being on my list that doesn’t even open my emails. Most email providers will charge you based on the number of subscribers.

If you have so many that you fall into a different category that costs more but yet some of those folks are cold and don’t even open your emails then you are paying for them for nothing!

Those are all things that I learn in Suzi’s List by Number Course. Things that I wasn’t fully aware of and made me go into action on deleting those cold subscribers.

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deleting cold subscribers improves your email list
deleting cold subscribers improves your email list
deleting cold subscribers improves your email list

The Course

First, let me tell you a little bit about this course because I really think you will like!

Suzi has so many awesome courses and it’s no secret from me. I talk about it all the time. This one is the latest that I have tried out and I wanted to share with you just how awesome this one is! She is getting ready to up the price so you may want to check here to see if it’s still at its original price.

If it isn’t then don’t worry because a) she always is running a sale! b) whatever it is priced at is worth it! She never let’s down.

Convertkit and Mailerlite

She walks you through how to use both of these email marketing companies. She, and of course I do too, use Converkit. Her husband uses Mailerlite so he walks you through how to use it.

There are SO MANY modules full of awesome detail on how to use these two companies.

She includes:

  • Email templates
  • Resources
  • A breakdown comparison of the two companies
  • Ideas to grow your email list
  • How to make freebies
  • How to make money while growing your email list
  • Additional help and Bonus Material – How to set up your professional email address and how to create easy to remember and professional links fast

Then for both companies, they go through:

  • Importing and Uploading subscribers
  • Building Landing Pages
  • High-converting pop-up forms
  • How to create Opt-ins
  • Email campaigning
  • Automations and email sequences
  • Send broadcasts
  • Ideas to grow your list
  • Funnels

I was very happy with this course! Suzi is great about holding your hand and giving you a birds-eye view as she walks you through step by step in her videos. I think you will really like it! You can check it out here with my referral link – List by Number!

Now on to deleting my cold subscribers!

How I deleted them

Now, let me tell you how I went about deleting them. I will walk you through how to find them in Convertkit and what I did before just completely deleting them. I wanted to give them a chance before I just wiped them out. Because truth be told I haven’t been the best with keeping in touch with my subscribers. I wasn’t doing a very good job keeping them warm.

My blogging journey isn’t different than everyone else’s. I don’t have a huge overnight success story and that is because I struggled to be consistent. I am just being completely honest here! I have always been fascinated with the idea of having a blog and there are many blogs out there that will help teach you to blog…but none of them clicked with me.

I either had to read a hundred blog posts to figure it out or pay a lot of money for it all to still be over my head.

I did find a blogger who has been amazing at leaving no stone unturned in helping explain how to start and grow your blog. That inspired me to also help moms out there learn how to start a blog too!

The Course That Helped Me the Most

The course I took that changed it all was Suzi’s Blog by Number Course. It helped me so much! That is the reason I actually have a blog finally after years on the sidelines.

After I started my blog in the summer of 2017, I officially launched it in September of 2017. Then the holidays hit, two birthdays, and a trip to Disney later it was already January of 2018. I hadn’t worked very much on my blog. Then in January I buckled down and started working on it again and implemented this Tailwind and Pinterest strategy and I was blown away with the results!

I had gained over 7,000 page views in 30 days! WOW!

I also gained a bunched of subscribers too! Then in February my daughter and I both got very sick with the flu for 10 days. After what felt like death, we were finally healed and a local church I used to work at needed a lead teacher immediately due to the first one being in a bad accident. A little girl I used to watch (a very good friend’s little one) was in that class and Kayla asked me if I could help out.

I thought sure I could use the extra money and I need to help out my little Riley girl too! Well, that meant I had to put my blog on the back burner.

I was the lead teacher for 13 one-year-olds and when I got home I was so tired and still had all my mommy duties to do. All you working momma’s, you are amazing!!

Gaining Traction Again

I tried to pick my blog back up after school got out but it was hard gaining that traction again. Once school started in August and my daughter was back in school full time that has made it much easier to find time to work on my blog.

I do help out some of the moms in the neighborhood put their kids on and off the bus and throughout the day as well. But I have drawn a line in the sand and said no this is a priority.

I love working on my blog, I love helping other moms find the answers they are looking for, so my blog is being moved back up to the top of the priority list.

It is easy as moms to put ourselves last. It is our instincts to take care of everyone else first. However, if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

If you want to be the best mom and wife you can be then you have to move yourself up on your priority list!

That all being said. My number of subscribers is not huge. It is a little embarrassing actually. To think about how long my blog has been launched. But hey, things happen, life happens, and it’s my fault.

So I am starting fresh. Cleaning out those that don’t open my emails anymore and moving forward!

Email one

I sent everyone an email letting them all know that I was deleting 150 subscribers. I sent this email out to my list so they could see what I was doing as well as give them a chance to become warm subscribers again.

You can see the email I wrote right here.

I explained why I was going to be cleaning out my list and how they could stay on my list as well as how they could unsubscribe if they didn’t want to stay on my list.

This way if they did open the email because curiosity got to them (which now made them a warm subscriber again) but they truly didn’t want to continue to receive my emails they could just unsubscribe.

By doing that I was able to keep 24 subscribers! That is pretty good I think! So now my cold subscribers’ number was 126.

Since they were cold I honestly did not expect any of them to open my email at all so that made me very happy seeing that! I didn’t just send that email to the cold folks though.

Like I said I sent it to most of my list (except folks in a sequence, I didn’t want to bother them) so this showed all my readers what I was up to as a learning experience for them as well as me!

Second Email

A few days later I sent out another email confirming that they would, in fact, be deleted. I did this for a couple of reasons.

  • To give them one last chance
  • Because maybe they missed the first email
  • To give me one last chance

I just don’t want to go deleting people willy-nilly so I wanted to make sure! Again I sent this email out to everyone again. So those that didn’t open the first one had another chance to open this one. Those that were already warm throughout this all saw what I was doing and that I was following through, and then to give myself one last chance to win them back!

You can see the second email I wrote right here.

I felt like this email would also catch some interest from my subscriber’s because if they saw the first email that said I am deleting 150 subscriber’s but didn’t open it they may be interested when I say that I now was only deleting 120 subscribers! Well, 126 to be exact.

That may have caught their attention and think wow I wonder how she did that? Or I wonder what is going on? Or maybe they missed the first one and now needed to read the second one.

Need a walkthrough?

This is how you can find your cold subscriber’s within Convertkit.

First, log into your Convertkit account and go over to the top left corner and click on subscribers.

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Then click on the filter button that looks like a funnel.

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Use the drop-down menu to select that you want to filter all your subscribers to only view the cold subscribers.

 

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Hit Add Filter and then bam! There is your cold subscriber number!

 

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Final Number

Here it is almost a week after sending the first email and the number is now 121! I was able to retain 29 subscribers! It might not be a huge number but hey I worked hard for those folks I want to keep them!

I haven’t decided exactly when I will rip the band-aid off and delete them. I will probably wait until the end of the week. Then I will most likely create a cold subscriber’s email sequence similar to what I did this time and once a month go through and clean out the cold ones.

This will seem like a much smaller loss and still keep my list growing and filling up with folks that want to hear from me! I don’t want to bother the ones that don’t. We all sign up for freebies and then get annoyed with all the emails that follow so I don’t blame anyone!

Have you ever checked out your cold subscriber’s? How many did you have and did you delete them?

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

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Hiding Images in Your Blog Post Can Get it More Views

Hiding Images in Your Blog Post Can Get it More Views

Have you ever heard of hiding images within your blog post?

This is just one of the many reasons it is so important to follow fellow bloggers! You learn so many cool little tips and tricks.

I love that moment when you learn something new…like “Oh! That’s how you do that!”…or “That’s why you do that!”. It is so amazing all the ins and outs of blogging and how we can always keep learning and growing from each other!

So one thing that I have learned is how to hide images in your blog post. You may be wondering why that is even important and I’m going to share that with you as well!

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First, I will tell you that I learned this little trick from Suzi at startamomblog.com. If you haven’t heard of her yet then be prepared to be amazed. She is a rock star in the making. When I first started following her she was sort of popular but in the year and a half that I have been following she has blown up!

If you haven’t checked her out that is a must but for now on with the images!

How to create a blog image

Here is a free course I created to show you how to make images. That is step one if you don’t know how to make them yet. I show you how you can use several different programs to make one image as well as one image into multiple different images for your blog posts!

 

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Hiding Images in your blog post can get it more views - mom blog from home

We all have our own styles and likes and dislikes. Everyone is different so having different images helps you reach more pinners and potential readers of your blog!

After you have created several different images for your blog post you want to then add them to your post.

You don’t want all of them to show or that would be too overwhelming and it would clutter up your blog post. So this is where you will hide 3 out of the 4 images in your blog post. By hiding them this allows a reader that is reading your post to choose which image they want to pin to Pinterest without showing all of the images all of the time.

Here is what the post will look like.

As you can see there is only one image showing in the blog post.

And then here is what it will look like when they click on the Pinterest icon to save your post.

Now there are several images for them to choose from! Isn’t that amazing! They can choose which image they like best! That particular post doesn’t have 4 different images so I will add more later on to it. But you can see there are a couple to choose from.

That image is with Monarch plugin through Elegant Themes. If you use the SumoMe plugin then it may look more like this.

Again this post also needs to have a few more images added to it.

But I have recently been playing around with which plugin I like best. I like the SumoMe option to choose from the images better. I like how all the available images to be pinned show up across the street and in full view. However, I like the way the Monarch buttons look on my blog. I will have to keep playing around and see which one works best!

It is important to have multiple images for each blog post so when you pin your blog post on Pinterest you can create several different pins. Again everyone has their own tastes and by using several images you can reach more pinners. If one style of pin that you share is a fun and crazy font but then another image you is more streamlined, then you are reaching two very different styles on pinners.

By creating more than one pin per blog post this also gives you the opportunity to play around with the pin description as well and see what works best.

So how do you hide them?

Here is the special secret code.

Actually, I don’t know if it’s special or secret but this is what Suzi gave me to be able to hide images in my blog post.

<div style=”display:none;”>  IMAGE CODE HERE  </div>

After you insert all of your images into your post you will then click the Text tab in the upper righthand corner of your post within WordPress. It should give you the options of either visual or text. Click on text.

Now it is showing your blog post in HTML text.

Find your image codes and replace them with the code above. The easiest way I have found to do this quickly and to not get confused is the following. (because if you are like me I don’t know anything about codes)

I use my notes app for everything but you can use a Word document, a sticky note on your computer, or whatever is easiest for you.

I paste the code there. Then I copy my image code from the Text Tab in my blog post within WordPress. Then I paste it into the code in my notes app. At that point I now have the image code within the code Suzi gave me to hide the image. I copy the whole thing and replace the image code in my blog post with the new code hiding image code.

I repeat that for all three of the images I want to hide.

Here is a quick video to better explain that!

https://www.useloom.com/share/adece600341c49a892315e8da6b3c4bb

Now you have 4 images in your blog post but when you view the post it only shows one. So again when someone wants to pin your post it gives them more options to choose from! It also gives you more options to choose from when you pin your new blog post to Pinterest!

Did you already know how to do this?

Do you have any other cool tricks you would like to share? I would love to hear them!

Vanessa

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What I Use to Grow My Traffic as a Small Blog

What I Use to Grow My Traffic as a Small Blog

There is no doubt that you have probably already heard of Tailwind. If you haven’t then I’m glad I am the first to be able to share this with you. If you have heard about it but you aren’t quite sure what all the fuss is about then I am about to tell you.

Tailwind has helped me grow my blog traffic from 300 page views one month to over 7,000 page views the next month! My blog was only a few months old at that point as well!

 

What is tailwind

  • Tailwind is a scheduler for posting to Pinterest and Instagram. There are options to have it post on Twitter and Facebook as well. But you can schedule out in advance for Pinterest and Instagram.
  • It has designated times for your pins/ posts to go live according to when it will be most viewed by your follows.
  • The Instagram feature even offers you suggestions for the best hashtags to use and you can save a list of the hashtags you want to use for each post. This saves time trying to remember all of them and then, of course, typing them all in.
  • You can add up to 50 times per day to pin to Pinterest
  • You can make board lists to group your boards or group boards together.
  • It breaks down the analytics to tell you how your pins are doing. If you are analytical you will love this feature. Pinterest provides analytics and so does Tailwind. You can compare and see how well your pins are doing and so much more! For me, it is a bit overwhelming how much information is provided. That is a great problem to have though! I can learn it all but I would prefer too much information than not enough!
  • There are Tailwind Tribes on Tailwind that is a group of others in your niche that you can share each other’s content.
    • Benefits of Tailwind Tribes
    • You can easily pick pins to repin in your niche
    • Your pins will be more likely to be repined as well by those in your Tribe (you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours)
    • You can see how many times your pin has been reshared within the Tribe
    • You can see how many pins you have repined within the Tribe
    • You can chat with the Tribe members
    • You can sign up for 5 different Tribes for free
    • You can add up to 30 pins per month into the Tribe. This helps from it being overloaded. You will make sure you are sharing your best pins in there and so will your Tribe members. Making the pins in there higher quality to share with your followers.
  • Tailwind is working on rolling out a loop feature. It is in Beta testing right now. From what I hear it is really awesome. This will save everyone even more time!

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1. Sign up for a free trial ($15 credit)

You can sign up for a $15 credit that works out to be a one-month free trial if you use my referral link right here! 

2. Enter in your info on profile

Once click on the link just go through and sign yourself up and fill in your information in your account. There are also awesome tutorial videos that will pop up and walk you through how to navigate through Tailwind.

3. Install extension

  • The Tailwind extension is super easy to install and use. It will place a Tailwind icon on the top toolbar of your internet window. This makes using Tailwind on Pinterest a breeze!

Once you are on Pinterest you can search for the pins that you are looking for (ex: how to blog) and then when the results pop up you can then click on the extension and it will pull all those pins so you can then choose which ones you want to repin.

You simply click on the pins you want to repin and the board you want them to be pinned too.

You can have them all go to the same board or you can choose a different board for each pin!

After you have selected which pins you want and where you want them to go, you just hit schedule the queue and it will fill up your Tailwind schedule!

You can also use the Tailwind extension on any other website as well. If you are on a blog you just love and you want to repin from it, you can use the extension the same way.

After you have hit schedule Tailwind will pull up a list of other pins you may also be interested in repining. Sometimes they have awesome suggested pins and sometimes they don’t. You don’t have to repin any of them but it is great to have more pins to choose from if you find one that you like!


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4. Set up preferences/how many pins per day.

  • As I said you can set your schedule to pin up to 50 times a day. You don’t have to do that many and if you find it difficult to keep it full then you may want to do less.
  • I used to do 50 but then I was unable to stay consistent. It felt like my queue would never stay full and I would end up pinning 50 times for 2 days and then only a few for 2-3 days and then back to 50 when I was able to refill it.
  • I decided to drop it down to 20 times so that my queue was consistently full every day. You just need to find what works for you!

It has a smart schedule so it knows when your followers are on Pinterest

  • Of those different time spots that you can choose from on Tailwind to pin your pins, they are in a small schedule. This means that Tailwind knows when it is best for you to pin for you. They know when your viewers are most likely on Pinterest and can see your pins!

How amazing is that! You don’t have to guess if you need to be up at 5 am pinning about breakfast recipes. Tailwind will do it all for you!


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Pin up to 50 times a day

  • As I said you can pin up to 50 times a day. Of those pins, you can do them all of your own pins or half yours and half others. It is all up to you!
  • Pin to your preference. Some say 80/20 some say 50/50 and some say 20/80

Pin to group boards and your own boards

  • You have the option to pin to your boards or to group boards you are apart of.
  • Group boards are boards where there are multiple collaborators. You all contribute to the same board and share each other’s pins.

Group Boards

  • Most group boards are niched down to be specific about a certain niche. There are some that are broader such as Mom Bloggers. That could be any type of blog made by a mom. You could have a wide variety of blog topics in there.
  • But most are narrowed down. Such as gluten-free recipes group board. So you are only sharing gluten-free recipes on that board.
  • There are pros and cons to both. Not niched down gives you more opportunity add more pins. However, that also gives chances of it being overlooked because there are so many different kinds of pins in that group board. Niched down means those people in that group board are interested in your niched pin so it is more likely to be noticed however you may not have as many pins to contribute.

Pin to Tailwind Tribe

  • Don’t forget to add pins and share pins from your Tailwind Tribes!
  • When using the extension sometimes the URL and description on that pin don’t move over and you have to manually add it. Sometimes that is easy and sometimes you can’t read on the image who made the pin.
  • In Tailwind, Tribes you don’t have to worry about that. Those will always be on the pin making resharing it super easy!

Semi-loop pins


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5. Tell others and get free months of Tailwind

  • Tailwind has a referral program that if you share Tailwind and someone signs up they get $15 and you get $15. This is equivalent to a free month for each of you! Tailwind will automatically add that to your accounts. So by sharing Tailwind, you can essentially use Tailwind for free yourself with at least one sign up from a friend each month!

So to get started with Tailwind

Go here (https://www.tailwindapp.com/i/momblogfromhome.com) and sign up

– Install the extension

– Watch the tutorial video on Tailwind

– Start pinning

– Grow your blog traffic!

For more information on how I grew my blog traffic over 600 page views in one day on my small blog, you can check out this post.

Happy pinning!

Vanessa

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How to Grow Your Email List and Why it is So Dang Important!

How to Grow Your Email List and Why it is So Dang Important!

Have you ever wondered what the big deal is with having an email list as a blogger? I always read that it was such a big deal but I didn’t fully understand why. Now I get it!

Having and growing an email list is your way of keeping in touch with your followers! It is like having a secret mailbox to send them information about your blog. You want to stay in touch with the people that come to your blog. You don’t want them to just stop by and then forget about you!

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A great way to gain email subscribers is to offer a freebie for them to sign up for. People are more likely to sign up when they are going to receive something. Also, this is a great way to give value and share with your readers so they see you are worth coming back for more.

Not only does it add value but it also hooks your readers. They can learn just enough from your freebie to feel they got something of worth but then they will see you are knowledgeable and want to learn more!

What’s the big deal

Imagine going out door to door trying to advertise your business. You meet people, talk about your business, and then leave them with a business card and a sample.

Let’s say you sell vitamins and you leave them with a sample (a freebie) they are more than willing to take that sample even if they don’t use it. People love free stuff!

You have now made a connection and introduced yourself and your product. But now the ball is in their court. For them to become a returning customer they would have to call you. They have your business card so now it’s a waiting game.

Your card most likely will end up in the trash can and unless your product was super amazing the odds of them becoming a customer are very slim.

But if you followed up with them again and asked how they liked the product and maybe even offer them some more free samples then you are getting closer to them become a customer!

Now obviously you can’t go door to door trying to sell your product and then be able to return to those same potential customers to follow up with them. However, if you got their email address you would be able to pop up in their inbox easily!

This increases the chances of them becoming a true customer!

Your Blog

Now I hope you can see that I was using that as an example of how if someone comes to your blog and gets a freebie on “The Best Vitamins to Take After the Age of 30” then you could easily follow up with them and see if they enjoyed the list, if they have tried them before, why they are looking for supplementation, etc!

You now have their email address and you can pop in weekly and refresh their brain on how much they enjoyed your freebie and how they want to learn more.

Having a list of email addresses that you can email weekly while still building your list and reaching new people is amazing! Your potential customer list is growing and you are able to follow up and cater to them!


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Loyal

Once you have established a good relationship with your readers you now have gained their trust and they have become loyal followers. Not just someone who stumbled across your blog but a loyal follower who looks forward to your next email.

Then when you have a paid product you are ready to introduce to them they are ready to buy from you. They trust you. You have established a good foundation and relationship with them by providing helpful and useful information every week. They know that whatever product you are sharing must be good!

Your loyal followers turn into loyal customers.

Customers who will also in the future look forward to what you have to offer! All because you got their email address and you were able to nurture that relationship.

I have had bloggers tell me that 50% or more of their sales come from their email list. 50%! That is amazing!

Freebie

So what is a good freebie? A freebie is something you will offer your readers in exchange for their email address. It won’t feel like you are trading to them. It will feel like you are friends helping each other out.

If you put “If you give me your email address, I’ll send you this free printable” no one is going to sign up. That just sounds like a scam.

If you put “Hey friends I made this awesome printable. I’d love to send you a free copy!” They won’t think twice about entering their email address to get that free printable!


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So what makes a good freebie?

You want to offer them something of value. It needs to help solve a problem for them. It could look super cool but if it is about “The Best Ways to Train Your Goldfish” then I’m out. I don’t need that. There is no value in that for me personally. Now if your blog is about training goldfish then sure!

If your blog is about makeup then you could offer “The Top 5 Makeup Brushes to Use in 2018”. That would be helpful for someone who has no idea what makeup brush to use. You could even go a little further and explain what the brushes are used for.

For someone like me, I couldn’t tell you anything about makeup brushes so if I was trying to get into it I wouldn’t even know what brush was for what purpose!

This would solve a problem for me. It would be a great freebie!

Niche

Make sure that your freebie pertains to your blog niche and that your freebie isn’t too broad either. If you blog is about gluten-free foods then a freebie that would be great is “Top 5 Gluten Free Recipes For Muffins”. It is within your blog niche but niched down just a little more to a more specific need.

I don’t watch for gluten-free recipes but I do know a few friends that I could see downloading that freebie for sure!

You don’t want your freebie to be too broad. For example: “100 Gluten Free Recipes”. There might be some that would jump on that but to me, that seems too overwhelming. I don’t want to read all that. That isn’t something I could quickly print off. That might be something I would pin for later but I don’t think I would give my email address for something so broad.


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Where do you put your freebies?

There are several places you can put your freebies on your blog. But each blog post should contain one freebie for sure. Your goal with writing each post is to get your readers to read it by helping them with a problem and then turn them into loyal readers.

Reading one blog post probably won’t make them loyal readers. However, getting their email address through that blog post will help turn them into loyal readers. How? Like I said before, now you can reach them weekly and keep reminding them of how awesome you are!

Then when they read your email and get more great information they will look forward to your new blog posts and emails!

You can put your freebie right in the middle of your blog post, at the beginning, at the end, or have it as a pop-up, really the option is up to you!

It depends on what your freebie is on where you would feel it should go. If in the middle of your blog post is where you are talking about that freebie then that might be a good place to put it! If your freebie is broader and doesn’t specifically fit into that blog post but you can remind them about it at the end of the post then that’s where you should put it!

Maybe you can’t come up with a freebie that fits anywhere in your blog post then you could have the option to have a pop up to a popular opt-in that does well on your blog. Then it wouldn’t matter so much if it doesn’t pertain directly to that post.

What should my freebie be?

This is similar to the reason you are writing the post in the first place. You want to solve a problem for your readers. With a freebie, you want to help them along the way of solving their problem.

If your goal is to teach them the best workouts to do to lose that belly fat then your freebie could be an easy printout with the steps on it. It could be a checklist so as they do those exercises every day they can check it off!

The best freebies can be checklists, calendars, resources, free mini-course, etc!

Here are two freebies that I offer to my readers that do well. One is a guide and one is a mini-course.

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Mini-Course Freebie

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Once you have them signed up for your opt-in and on your email list you can now nurture and grow that relationship.

How do you make a freebie?

I use PicMonkey to create all of my freebie and Pinterest images. You can check out How I do them in my How to Create Pinterest Images Course listed above!

Email Service Provider

Depending on what email service provider you use can make a difference too. For example, I use Convertkit. It is a paid service but it is worth it to me because they are one of the best!

I love their live chat option that you can use to ask quick questions. The reps are always so nice and helpful. They have tutorials and videos to walk you through step by step on setting things up. They are on top of their game when new regulations change such as the GDPR. And so many other wonderful things.

But I will tell you why I love them the most. It is their easy to use system that integrates with so many other services out there.

Let’s say that you have a new course on Teachable that you want to offer to a certain group on your email list. Convertkit and Teachable integrate and work together. You can then send out an email to your certain group of people (that you can separate using tags within Convertkit) and then after someone signs up for your course Teachable will communicate with Convertkit letting them know.

So then when you follow up with that same group in a few days to see if they had time to sign up or missed your email or whatever you don’t want to send that email to the ones that already signed up right? No, so you can tell Convertkit to send it to that same group that hasn’t signed up yet.

That is pretty specific! You can add tags, segments, automations, email sequences, and so much more within Convertkit!

This makes email marketing fun! When you can have your list organized so when you need to talk to just a certain group of our list you can narrow it down and target just that group!

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Why Convertkit?

You may be wondering but why Convertkit? There are other companies out there too. Well, this is why I chose Convertkit.

Live Chat

They offer a live chat to help walk you through any questions you may have. If they live chat is down then you can send them a quick email and you will get a speedy response!

This is awesome for me because I like to know the answer now. No one likes to wait. Plus, that may the only time you have to work on something and you don’t want to be stuck on one little hiccup.

Integrations

They integrate with so many other services like WordPress, Shopify, Teachable, Woo-Commerce and more!

Automations

You can have a bird’s eye view of you automations. This shows you your funnel in an easy to understand view. You can see that once your reader finishes this email sequence they will then go into this email sequence. Or maybe you have a trigger that says they purchased a product so then they go into a different sequence.

Rules

You can set rules up so that you can guide your readers where you want them to go. This will ensure they are getting the best service from you. So, if your readers click on a link you can have that triggered to add a tag to them so you know they are interested in whatever that link was.

This just helps tailor and customize each reader’s experience with you.

Triggers

Just like I said before you can have something trigger to add a tag or add that reader to a segment. The possibilities are pretty much endless!

Stats, Stats and more Stats

Convertkit provides so many different stats! You can filter it down to whichever detail you want! It is very awesome!

Landing Pages

Convertkit offers landing pages. You can choose to have your opt-in be a form or a landing page and then it gives you more details from there. It is great how you can customize your opt-in to get exactly what you are looking for!

Plug-in for WordPress

It, of course, has a WordPress plugin. This makes it nice to be able to easily add an opt-in at the bottom of your post or again change your how page into a landing page.

Tags

As I stated before you can tag your readers so you get to find out more about them. If they click on a link in your email that is for learning how to write an ebook then you know that is something they are interested in. So later if you have more information on how to write an ebook then you can send it to those who clicked that link and were tagged with saying they liked that information.

Segments

Segments let you organize your tags, sequences, and forms like a folder.

Video Tutorials

This has been great for me since I am not the most tech savvy person. I like going on and getting a quick video walkthrough on how to do something. This could save me a bunch of time but watching someone walk me through how to do it.

They came highly recommended

Many of the bigger bloggers I follow use Convertkit. This helped to give them credibility. I knew it must be a good service and company for them to trust Convertkit. That was the main selling point for me.

I knew if I wanted to be successful like them I need to do what successful people do (and use!).

Do you already have an email service provider? Who do you use? And do you like them?

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

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