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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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!

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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.

Guide Freebie

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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!

If you want to try Convertkit out then grab your first month free right here!


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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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Why You Should Use SiteGround As Your Hosting

Why You Should Use SiteGround As Your Hosting

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If you have ever thought about starting a blog you have probably thought about what hosting you should use. Well, I’m here to tell you why you should use SiteGround as your hosting. And why wouldn’t I? I use them and I love them so why wouldn’t I share with you what works best?

You may already have a blog and you either don’t have hosting yet or you do but you are second guessing who you have. Then once more I am here to tell you why you should use SiteGround as your hosting.

I have personally used BlueHost and HostGator in the past and I am not saying anything negative about them at all it just didn’t work out for me.

I had always wanted to start a blog and I tried several times to but it just didn’t work out for me those times. Now, I am happy to say that I am trucking right along this time! Those first two times I attempted it I once used BlueHost and the second time I used HostGator. It had nothing to do with the hosting as to why I was unsuccessful at starting my blog, however.

It was just not the right time in my life. I had too much going on and too little self-confidence. 

This time I found the resources that work best for me and since my blog is about teaching you how to blog as I learn then it is my job to share with you what resources I do use and recommend!

Live Chat

First, I want to say how much I love SiteGround’s live chat. Since I am not very tech savvy I love that when I run into a problem I can chat with someone right away to help me fix it! And it isn’t one of those “live chat” buttons that still send you to a contact email form either. It is a live chat with a representative helping you right away solve your problems.

There are several other ways to find out how to fix your problem on your own but I don’t have time to read through all of those FAQ’s and “best results” for the problem you typed in articles.

It will also show you how many other customers that representative has helped and how many stars they have for helping them. That gives me more comfort knowing that rep has successfully helped thousands of other people!

No Down Time

An important factor for running an online business is that you can’t have downtime. If your site is down you are losing customers and losing money. If you have thousands of views a day on your blog and you are down for just that one day. That can add up quickly! No one wants their site to be down. Even if you don’t get thousands of views it is still important to always be open for business!

With SiteGround, I have had zero downtime. I have had my site run into issues that were due to a plugin or a theme but SiteGround was able to help me identify what was causing it so I could get ahold of the right people to get it fixed!

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Speed

This gets a little too techy for me but I do know that I want my site to be fast. This day and age you can’t have a slow site or no one will stick around. We want things fast and convenient!

SiteGround has the hottest speed technologies.

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Data Centers

This is more technology lingo that I understand but don’t at the same time. But I’ll let you be the judge of this right here.

SiteGround has the best data centers on three different continents!

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Hosting

SiteGround does more than just provide hosting for your WordPress blog it also provides hosting such as Web Hosting, WooCommerce Hosting, and Cloud Hosting.

They provide several plans to choose from so you can pick what is right for you!

I went with the GrowBig Plan. It is the middle plan but this way I am able to have multiple sites that can support more monthly views than the Startup Plan. The Startup plan is the first plan and it is a little more basic. It would be a great beginner plan.

The GrowBig Plan just made me feel like I was ready to grow big if I wanted to, which who doesn’t want to. I just have heard stories of bloggers who had started with the small package and then when their pin or blog post went viral they weren’t ready for the traffic that it brought in. This can cause problems with your site or in some cases may cause you to be charged for the overage.

I wanted to be safe and make sure I was prepared so I went with the bigger plan of the two!

The last plan they offer is the GoGeek Plan and that is more for the big dogs. Hopefully, we all get to that stage someday but unless you have 25,000-100,000 monthly visits to your blog you don’t need to get this plan. And odds are if you had that many monthly views you wouldn’t be here reading this anyways haha! So for us, it is not the plan we would most likely go with.

Again, hopefully, someday we will all need it though!

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Friendly Website

SiteGround does have a user-friendly website that is easy to maneuver through. It is fairly self-explanatory on how to use it which is always so helpful!

You can manage everything you need to all in one on SiteGround’s website.

That was one thing that was hard for me to get used to with the other two hosting companies I mentioned before. Again, it could have just been the timing in my life as to why they didn’t work out for me. There was a 6+ year gap from the first time I tried to start a blog to this time. So as you can imagine a lot has changed in the online world and in my life as well!

So now using SiteGround, their website is very easy to go through and not get lost or feel confused. This opens up the customers they can have such as me, someone who isn’t very tech savvy!

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Easy Setup

Of course, they also make it very easy to get started with them. The checkout process is very quick and easy and then with the Live Chat, you can have them do all the hard work!

They will get you all set up and everything. Make sure it is all installed correctly so you don’t waste any time and you can have your blog up and running right away!

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Happiness Rate

SiteGround has a 99.7% Happiness Rate. I don’t think I have seen that before on any other site where they advertise their “happiness rate”. I have seen testimonials but to proudly state the percentage of happy customers is awesome!

I can believe that number too! It is easy to find out people’s opinions these days. Ask or don’t ask and they will give it to you. But If you do ask on one of those Facebook Groups for blogging, people are more than willing to give you their honest and helpful opinion. I see all the time people say how they use SiteGround and are so happy with them.

A long time ago when I first tried to start a blog I had never even heard of SiteGround. I don’t know if they even were around back then. But this time when I got back into it SiteGround is all I ever see being advertised or used by bloggers!

That right there speaks for itself how awesome they are!

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Affiliates

Last but certainly not least, SiteGround offers an awesome affiliate program. I became an affiliate and was able to make my first sale before I even launched my blog! They paid me $50! That to me is a very high commission and I was beyond excited about that!

What is unique is that they pay you more the more sales you make! Let’s say you make $50 the first sale then if you make more than 5 sales it goes up to $75 a sale!

I don’t know if they will ever change that so I don’t want to put out all of the details, but you can see how quickly that could add up!

Five sales a month and you could make $250! Then if you sold 3 more at $75 each you almost doubled it to $475! An extra $500 bucks a month just right there in helping share how great SiteGround is! That would be awesome!

Plus, inside your affiliate page on SiteGround they show you your Stats & Reports, they give you premade banners to use for advertising, they show you your payouts, and they even give you success tips!

The affiliate program is just as awesome and helpful as the hosting they provide!

Conclusion

Siteground provides the fastest hosting for multiple platforms on 3 different continents with 99.9% uptime and 99.7% happiness rate with their live chat option, user-friendly website, and easy setup. They also have an awesome affiliate program!

I hope that you can see why SiteGround is an easy choice. All you have to do is a little research and you can see it is what most bloggers are using. When I just started to catch back up on blogging I was doing my research and the three ladies that I love to follow and learn from all three use SiteGround so it was a no-brainer for me!

I hope it is a no-brainer for you!

Have you tried SiteGround before? How do you like it?

Thanks!

Vanessa

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Want to Be Featured on Mom Blog From Home?

Want to Be Featured on Mom Blog From Home?

At the beginning of the year, I decided to offer to feature new bloggers on my blog. They had the option to sign up and have an image of their choice and a biography added to my blog. The image was either their logo or profile picture. They could have however long of a bio they wanted and their blog URL.

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Feature Mom Bloggers on Mom Blog From Home

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Feature Mom Bloggers on Mom Blog From Home

It went great! I had a bunch of new bloggers sign up. I wanted to focus on new bloggers that really needed a helping hand on getting their name out there. I too am a new blogger but anything helps!

This was a great resource for me as well as I could ask each blogger that signed up what their struggles were in starting and growing their blogs. That gave me insight on how to help my readers! It gave me blog post ideas, course ideas, freebie ideas, etc.

I only wish that I could pump out the blog posts as fast as the ideas came in!

It was really hard when I had all this insight, traffic, and momentum but then I had to step aside from blogging for a few months to help out a local Church in their Preschool class. Now I am back at blogging full time so I have a lot of ground to make up!

While trying to dive back in I made a few changes to my blog. Such as my logo!

My daughter and I made a fort and we were spending time together in there while I was working on my blog so she helped me design it! I love it! It is definitely more me!

I also had changed a few things on my home page that ended up reducing my bounce rate by half! That was just an added bonus.

Then I an awesome idea!

As a blogger, you are always thinking about how can you better serve your readers? My blog is about teaching moms how to blog. Really anyone can read it and learn how to blog. Again, if only I could pump out the blog posts as fast as I think of them!

But I have moms in mind when I write and share what I have learned about blogging.

So, how else could I help moms? Originally, I thought that I could help moms be free as in debt free. That would just solve so many problems in the world and especially motherhood! I do have a passion for budgeting and paying off debt but I just felt like I could do more.

Then that’s when the idea hit me!

The turn out was very impressive when I offered to feature blogs! I couldn’t believe how many new bloggers signed up. So there was a reason for that. There was a need for that.

Benefits of being featured

Here are some benefits to being featured on Mom Blog From Home:

– To broaden your audience

– Gain new followers

– To collaborate and reach new people

– Build your SEO

– To have your blog listed amongst other like-minded passionate mom bloggers!

Depending on if you choose to join my Feature Facebook Group:

– You will be able to connect with other featured mom bloggers

–  To inspire new ideas

– To motivate each other

– To drive each other to reach our goals

– To build each other up

– To build our confidence

– Have fun together!

– Educate each other with tips and tricks

– Help support each other financially (purchase each other’s course/ebooks etc.)

– Build rapport and our reputations

– Get the advice you can trust

I know when I first started blogging (or still) I would have loved to have been featured on another blog! Especially if it was a bigger blog!

You have the potential to reach so many more readers!

That is what we are all after isn’t? To reach as many people as we can.

When I asked my readers, as they signed up to be featured, what their biggest struggles were as new bloggers wouldn’t you know it…most of them said traffic! So, just like I said…we all want to reach more people!

The main benefit I got out of it all was enjoyment! I flat out enjoyed every moment of helping those bloggers! They were so grateful I was willing to help them and it felt great!

So, my awesome new idea is to up my featuring game!

There were some kinks that needed to be worked out before that I fixed such as before I had to send out multiple emails a week and I added two features a week so after signing up it took a while to actually be featured. That is now fixed!

How does it work

This is how it will work now.

If you are a mom blogger (fur babies count!), but sorry guys this is for the ladies only, then you can sign up here to be featured on Mom Blog From Home.

Your feature will be categorized by niche and will be sorted alphabetically. This way there is no waiting in line and your feature will be easy to find when others search through the features. Oh, and did I mention that by being featured you will be apart of a blogging directory. I want it to be a place for bloggers to come to connect with other bloggers. I want it to benefit everyone!

Categories 

There are several categories that your blog will fall into. I am sorting all blogs by these categories until we have so many I need to niche it further down. 

However, if you don’t fit into any of these categories right now I can add more!

This will help organize all the features and make it flow!

The categories are:

  • Health
  • Beauty and Fashion
  • Faith and Inspiration
  • Technology
  • Coaching
  • Education
  • DIY

Benefits

There are many benefits to being featured but here are the benefits you get from me for being featured: 

Feature Image– You can submit one image you would like to use for your feature. That image should either be your profile picture or your logo.

Biography– You can submit a bio for your feature that would tell readers about you and your blog.

Blog URL– Please submit your blog domain address or website URL (ex: www.momblogfromhome.com)

“Featured On” Image– Each feature will receive a “Featured On” image for you to place on your blog letting your readers know that you are featured here on Mom Blog From Home.

Promotional Link– A promotional link is a link to either an email opt-in, a blog post, or even an affiliate link. It is not a link to a product or service you are selling or providing. VIP Features can change their link up to once per month with a 2-week notice.

Product Link– A product link is a link to a product or service you are selling or providing. VIP Features can change their link up to once per month with a 2-week notice.

Special Feature Spot– Each package has a feature spot. The free package features will be listed in alphabetical order per category. Package Basic & Advanced will be featured in alphabetically order above the free features. The VIP package will be listed alphabetically above all other packages. Please see the chart below.

Private Facebook Group– There is a private Facebook Group for paid features. In this Facebook Group, you will have to opportunity to advertise your blog, freebies, promotions, affiliate links, products, services, etc. Each day will be for a certain category and if your blog niche falls into that category that is the day you will be able to share. Other days are for blogs in the other niches.

Facebook Live– VIP Features will be allowed to do one 10- minute Facebook Live. Lives will be scheduled with me prior to and will be set on your specific category niche day. Ex: Your blog is about health, your live will be scheduled on the day of the week that category is on.

Featured in Email– You will be featured one time in an email to my email subscribers.

FREE BRACELET– Please enjoy and show off your free Mom Blog From Home bracelet!

When you sign up you will get a PDF of exactly what is included in your feature package. Instructions on how to submit your information to me. Instructions on how to join the Private Facebook Group (if you choose those packages) and then a copy of your “featured on” image!

I am so excited about all the new benefits of being featured on Mom Blog From Home!

I tried to make it as easy as possible for you to have your blog featured. You get to pick which benefits you want by choosing which package you want!

The best part for you is super easy to just submit your information and be done! You don’t have to worry about writing a long post or anything just your basic info and that’s it!

This is a community you will be joining where we are all here to help each other. Everyone benefits from this!

I can’t wait to lock arms with you and all of us moms help each other grow our blogs together!

Have you ever been featured on another blog before? How did it go?

Talk to you later!

Vanessa

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