What happens when you take a year off from your new blog?

What happens when you take a year off from your new blog?

It is too easy to have an ambitious dream to start something but the follow through is really the true test. This could be as simple as deciding to paint your living room a different color. But this is what happens when you take a year off of your new blog.

What happens when you take a year off of your new blog - mom blog from home

Starting a Project

You can picture the end product of painting your living room. You know exactly what you want it to look like and it shouldn’t be too hard! Easy peasy!

The beginning part is also the fun part. It’s not hard work. It’s fun! You go to the store and buy all your supplies and then head home.

You are still be excited at this point to actually get started and change the whole look of your living room!

But after you move all the furniture and lay down all the drip cloths you are starting to lose steam. Then (for me anyways) you get to the least fun part of it where you have to tape it all off.

The Fun is Fading

By the time you finish taping everything off the fun has pretty much wore off of this project and you haven’t even started painting yet!

So you start painting and you gain some momentum in seeing it start to finally come together! But as you paint your arm starts to get tired and you keep dripping paint on the one tiny spot of wood floor that’s not covered by the cloth.

You keep trucking along and hours go by and you stop to look at your project to see that you are almost done with the walls but then you realize that you still have to paint another whole layer as well as paint the trim edging twice.

All of a sudden you feel tired and overwhelmed so you decide to finish this layer and take a break and finish up tomorrow.

Two weeks later your living room is still half done and every time you look at it you just get overwhelmed and you remember how tired you were last time so you keep pushing it off.

Can anyone relate to this story? Or is it just me?

I am the master project started but not so much the master project finisher. It sounds fun when you first start but then when it gets tough it becomes less of a priority.

Also there are only so many hours in the day and I run out of time doing the things that really are a priority.

However, being a project finisher has become my new thing. I see this as an area that I struggle with so I have been working on fixing that.

I have been able to do that by breaking things up into smaller tasks so I don’t feel overwhelmed.

This is What Happens if You Don’t Finish

(stay with me here)

We bought our house this past November and luckily for us the house we bought was across the street from the rental we were in and we purchased it in the middle of the month which gave us half a month to paint before we moved in.

I would go over everyday and paint. The goal was to paint the whole house before we moved in. I did most of the painting myself while my daughter was in school and my husband worked long hours.

I got it 90% done when my husband couldn’t wait any longer and started moving things over when he was off for Thanksgiving. Because we (him) jumped the gun and moved in before we were done painting it has never been finished…and it’s now May.

Everytime I think about getting out the paint I think of how long it’s going to take and the mess it’s going to make plus I have too many other things to do.

I know what you are thinking. Just take one weekend and whip it out! Well, my husband still works very long hard hours and runs a mowing company on the side.

We spend our weekends either mowing yards or trying to spend time together on the boat or doing something fun.

So what I have decided to do is to do one small section a day. Then I will be tackling the project without feeling like I am giving up a whole day of work to do it.

The same has to go for your blog.

Now if you have stuck with me this far this is where I am going to tie it all back into blogging. You are reading this because you too started a new project (blog) and put that project off but you are wanting to finish it!

I have done that myself with my own blog. Honestly I think we all have at some point!

There is a lot that goes into a new blog so it takes awhile to just master the concept of a blog and actually get it started.

Then once you start your new blog you have to maintain it. If you step away it could start to fall apart. It might float for a little while depending on how well it was doing beforehand but eventually it will sink without maintenance.

But don’t worry if you have started a new blog and let it sink you can still build it back up! That is what I am here to help you with!

I started my new blog in September of 2017. I let the holidays get the best of me and the next thing I knew it was January! In January of 2018 I regrouped and added a Tailwind strategy to bring in traffic and boy did it!

I had over 7,000 page views in 30 days when I normally had maybe 300!

Then February I was asked to help at the Church Preschool as a lead teacher and I took the position.

Working full time with 13 one year olds plus doing all the lesson plans was tiresome. My daughter was in 2nd grade (which turned out to be a very hard year compared to previous years) and juggling gymnastics, our dog got sick and passed away, my husband was never home, the house was a wreck, it was flu season so we were all always sick….I was exhausted.

As hard as I tried my blog went to the wayside and I told myself I will pick it back up in May.

May came and it was my first summer home with my daughter ever and for no other reason then being out of the loop and more focused on enjoying the break with her, my blog once again went to the wayside.

When she started school back up in August I tried to pick it back up. It didn’t come easy. I felt like I was starting completely over. I ended up watching videos and reading more than anything. Trying to get back into the game.

I watched neighborhood kids from home for some extra money so from 7:00am-6:00pm I had kids at my house so I was now running into a time crunch again as well.

For all of you full time working moms that rock a side business you are amazing!!

My husband loves a clean house so since I stay home (even though I watch kiddos) I work hard to keep the house clean and organized so that does take priority.

After we got all moved in to our new house and the holidays were all over it was now the spring of 2019 and I really thought about what was important to me.

As much as I love helping the neighbors with the kiddos its not my passion. And with summer coming most of them didn’t need help anymore so I needed to make my new blog priority to bring in money and replace that loss.

So at the beginning of the year I cut back on the amount of time I was watching kids and focused back on my blog.

April 2019

I drew a line in the sand at the end of March. I told myself I was going to solely focus on my blog.

My goal was to prioritize my day better and just put my head down and focus on my new blog only. Then I would see how things looked at the end of April.

This is what happened.

Since it has been a year since I had that spike in traffic from Pinterest and Tailwind I decided to focus on that and simply updating my blog as well as adding consistently to my new blog.

I implemented that same Tailwind strategy, consistently added one new blog post a week and sent out a weekly broadcast to my email list (after explaining why I was MIA previously).

Plus I updated my 30-Day Challenge Workbook to Start a Blog and my Free Pinterest Image Course. Then lastly I updated a few blog posts.

Results

Here are my results after 30 days of focus.

Besides feeling like I now have the confidence to keep going strong and being extremely proud of all my updates and accomplishments, I made $152.62!

My traffic didn’t spike like before but I feel like I am in “time out” with Pinterest and I have to earn my traffic back. They sent me a bunch before but then I didn’t do anything for a year!

So after only one month I think I still need to show them I am consistent and serious this time.

Now you may be thinking well $150 isn’t that much? And you are right. It isn’t that much. However, it is! That is my best month to date of starting my blog!

I made money with my new blog but if you followed along you see that I didn’t stay consistent at all! Since I started my new blog I have not been steadily consistent.

So the money that I made would be one or two sales here or there. Not 5 sales in one month and $150.00 in my pocket in one month!

Again, you may be thinking that is not much money at all and again I agree with you to an extend.

It isn’t anything to go brag about however it is very exciting and shows me the major progress I made this past month!

May 2019

Now here we are getting ready to start May this week. I had set a goal of $200 in April and I am very happy with my results so now I have a goal of $500 in May.

I would like to break through Tailwind and Pinterest again but instead of looking too far down the road and getting upset I have to remind myself that I pretty much started completely over in April. It’s only been one solid month.

I can’t look at it as if I have been for a year and a half because I haven’t honestly been consistently blogging that long.

My blog as been up for that long and I have wrote many blog posts but not like I should have been. So that is what I am focusing on now.

Sharing my experience (like I always have) even the less flatting ones like this blog post. But my hope is that it will speak to someone in a similar position.

As moms we are constantly putting everyone and everything before ourselves but sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand and rearrange your priority list so it benefits everyone.

With this new outlook I have been able to accomplish everything on my priority list.

Tips for Success

Rearrange To Do List

Sometimes just rearranging your to do list and doing it in a different order will help.

I break up my cleaning throughout the day so I can till work on my blog and keep the house clean at the same time. Before I would do all the cleaning first but then I was running out of blogging time.

So I switched and would blog first then the house ended up being a major task.

Now I clean for the first hour of the day and work on my blog throughout the morning. When I break for lunch, I switch the laundry and unload the dish washer. Then I work on my blog in the afternoon and when my daughter gets off the bus it’s homework and supper time.

This way when my husband comes home the house is all clean, supper is ready, and homework is done. This gives us family time together and I was able to work on my blog too.

Same exact things I normally do just in a different successful order.

Plan Ahead

I plan ahead if there are going to be busy days full of appointments. I make sure that I keep that in mind as I am working on my blog throughout the week. Before it seemed like I was running around to appointments and running out of time to work.

Just planning ahead and seeing what’s to come for the month helps give you a bird’s eye view of how your going to get everything done.

Those are simple tips but you would be surprised how you get stuck into a routine (even if it isn’t working the best) and just a few little tweaks could fix it all!

Goals

Everyone is always telling you to have goals and to write them down. I always did this but I think I shot too big. I would think right away there is no way I can get that all done so I was okay with it when I didn’t get it done.

This time I set realistic goals and I was very pleased with how I ended the month!

Now I have written out how May will go and I am so excited to look up at the end of the month and see how I did!

Your Turn

I am here to tell you that YOU CAN DO THIS! You may feel like you have let it go too long to bring it back to life. I don’t agree. Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, call it like it is, and move forward!

I didn’t like sending out an email at the beginning of April telling everyone what I had done but I did it.

I don’t necessarily like sharing this all in a blog post but I am.

Mom Blog From Home was made to help moms like me start and grow their blogs.

I am far from perfect and I will never be perfect. Honestly, that is a scary thought trying to pretend or shoot for perfect.

That’s not me. I am just a normal mom trying to share my experience and knowledge on blogging with others in hopes to help them learn and grow from my mistakes and my successes!

Now get out there and kick butt with your blog momma!

Vanessa

 

The New Way to Create Pins with Your Apple Pencil

The New Way to Create Pins with Your Apple Pencil

I don’t know if you are an Apple fan like me but this right here is a huge game changer for me! I feel like there is so much that can be done with this amazing app I am going to share with you. For sure it is the new way to create pins with your apple pencil and you’re going to love it!

The New Way to Create Pins with Your Apple Pencil

The New Way to Create Pins with Your Apple Pencil

Why Apple

If you aren’t an Apple user then let me just break down quickly why I love Apple so much! I wasn’t an Apple fan at all until I won my first iPad back in 2013 and then I was hooked! Before the iPad, I was one of those “I hate Apple products I don’t know how to use them so they are dump” type of people.

Then again I won that free iPad and realize just how “undumb” Apple products really are!

User-Friendly

They are extremely user-friendly and that is probably my absolute favorite part about all my Apple products.

Right now in May 2019, I currently have that same iPad, MacBook Pro, Apple mouse, two iPhone 6s’s (that we keep for back up phones and for my daughter to play with), a series one Apple Watch, two Phone Xr’s, two Apple Air Pod sets, the Apple TV and I just bought last week the new iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and keyboard.

You could say we love Apple Products for sure.

Yes, as new updates come out the older Apple Products slow down a little but for example that first iPad I won still works great and it is 6 years old which is old in technology years!

My daughter uses it to watch her videos or she can FaceTime and play Roblox at the same time with my niece. So that’s impressive to me to be able to handle all that while being one of the first iPads that came out.

Hold Value

Surprising they hold their value really well. You wouldn’t think that anything older than a year or two would still be worth as much as you can get out of them. At one point I looked into upgrading my Apple Watch to a newer version only because I do feel like with the new updates it doesn’t hold it’s charge as long and I was surprised at what it was still worth.

I could sell this watch and only pay maybe $100 out of pocket and get the newest watch. I assumed it would be worth maybe $50 but it’s not!

When I looked into selling my daughters barely (and I mean barely) used Nintendo 2DS and with the DS, the case, the chargers, and all the games it was worth $50. That doesn’t seem worth it to sell it all for only that. But we spent almost 4 times that amount when we bought it a few years back.

It isn’t that old and didn’t hold it’s value at all!

They All Connect

This is the main part I wanted to get to about how awesome Apple products are, everything connects!

It is all connected to your Apple ID so if you sign into each one with the same ID it is like being on the same device.

My iPhone XR (which is just flat out awesome), my MacBook Pro, my Apple Watch, my Air Pods, and my new iPad all connect together. If I want to put my Air Pods in then it will connect to the most recent one or whichever one is right next to me. There is no trying to connect and trying to pair. It just connects and pairs.

A window pops up for you to verify and that’s it. So as soon as I open the case my phone will alert me they are connected. If I am listening to music I just take one out to pause the music. Crazy cool.

I love how I can receive messages, phones calls, and FaceTime from any device as well! The Watch doesn’t FaceTime but other than that they all do.

It just works so well for me to not have to adjust when switching devices. They all worked seamlessly together!

The New Way to Create Pins with Your Apple Pencil

I could go on and on but let’s get to why you came here. To find out the new way to create pins with your Apple Pencil. If you are reading this then I am sure you already love Apple products so let’s talk about the new Apple Pencil on the new iPad Pro!

Creating Pins

Bloggers are always creating new pins for Pinterest to drive traffic back to their blogs. We are always looking for creative ways to make pins that are eye-catching and don’t blend in with the crowd. Well, I have some good news for you! I came across this app that is a game changer!

You want to create pins that make pinners on Pinterest save your pin and to do that you have to create beautiful useful pins. I created a free course on how to create Pinterest Images that you can learn more about the different programs bloggers use.

My goal has been to find a better way to streamline my work. I feel like I am tied to a computer when I work on my blog and summer is literally right around the corner and I can’t be stuck inside all day. My daughter is going to beg to go to the pool or be out and about.

I don’t want to sacrifice time with her or working on my blog. So I decided to look into a way to be more mobile. My husband’s job just gave him a Microsoft Surface Pro with a keyboard and pencil. I watch how easy it is for him to just work all off of that.

I did research on the new iPad Pro and thought about it for a couple weeks and then decided to run it by my husband. He is beyond supportive so he didn’t blink an eye and said let’s get you one!

I ended up getting the keyboard so I can type a blog post easily while at the pool and the pencil too for all it’s amazing functions.

iPad Pro

This is the exact ipad that I bought. I did go with the lower storage because I need to get a hardrive anyways so this way I can just get one of those and save money on buying the extra storage. We looked into purchasing it through our phone carrier to add data to it but that costs more also. Plus we found out that our T.V. provider has hotspots I can use when I am away from home.

Just some things to think about!

I wanted the bigger screen so that was my main priority. I wasn’t as worried about storage because I have a bigger icloud storage plan and then again I plan to get an external hardrive to save all pictures and important documents on it.

Now I don’t pretend to be all tech savvy, I know just enough to get by. I know that I am a busy mom and this all makes my life easier and more portable.

I do want to say that it comes with a completely new charger. Supposedly it is to be able to connect to your computer better or other techy stuff I don’t understand but my point is no more USB and no more other end. The cord has the same end of each end. So either way it connects to your converter to plug into the wall and then into the ipad to charge. Just a heads up.

Keyboard


Then since I got the bigger screen I had to get this keyboard that fits it. They are both 12.9 inches so that gives plenty of room for using your screen and typing on a good sized keyboard not a tiny one.

The ipad connects magnetically to the keyboard and there are three dots on the back of the ipad that connects it to the keyboard. Then you can have it in different positions to adjust it to your liking while typing.

Then you can fold it over and closed and you will hear the ipad lock. Also you can flip it around and under the ipad to quickly use the ipad only.

 

 

Apple Pencil

Then of course I got the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation that is compatiable with the iPad Pro. It is very sleek and easy to use. There are no buttoms it looks and feels just like a regular pencil.

It doesn’t erase like one although I think it should. I keep wanting to flip it around and erase with the pencil eraser like you normally would. But just a heads up it doesn’t work like that.

Another fun feature of the Apple pencil is that it connects to the side of your ipad magnetically to charge. This is great to keep track of the pencil and know that it is always charged up.

No plugging it in or cords involved! Once you connect it to the ipad it will tell you what charge the pencil is at as well.

Pin Creating App

After I got home and started playing with it and watching tutorials on what all it could do I came across this app. I became very interested and spent the next 3 days just learning more and more. After much research, I finally decided I wanted it and purchased it for $9.99.

I know what you are thinking…you just spend a lot of money on an iPad Pro, keyboard, and pencil and you hesitate about a $10 app? Yes, to me $10 is an expensive app! I expected the others to be expensive but I don’t buy apps without a lot of research!

So what is this amazing app?

It is called Procreate.

Maybe you have heard of it or maybe you are like me and you have never heard of it.

All the amazing possibilities with this app are just mind-blowing. If you are an artist you are going to be in heaven!

If you aren’t then no worries NEITHER AM I! It is very user-friendly and not overwhelming at all! I will add that I am not affiliated with this app either I just love it this much! Just check out some of these examples from their website!

Amateur

Don’t worry if you aren’t a professional. Again, I am not an artist in any way shape or form. But I think this app is perfect for on the go designing from anything to logos, freebies, pins, printables, graphics designs, you name it!

But let’s talk about creating pins for Pinterest.

Pinterest

There is an option to create the image as a custom size. You can then create it as a pin size and add pictures, import fonts, make amazing edits, layer it for quick changes, and so much more! It does take a bit to learn all the features it offers but this is perfect on the go pin creation with your Apple Pencil.

There are so many videos on YouTube that walk you through how to use the app but if you are looking for a way to use your creative side and give your pins a leading edge I think this app is perfect!

Again, I don’t have any affiliation with the app besides that I downloaded it, love it, and had to share!

All the Same

If you have been blogging for long you can see that many pins look the same. It is hard to not look the same some what but there are certain stock images that are way over used. I read an ebook that was full of case studies that shared how the author feels free stock images can arm your pins reach.

Pinterest also recently went public on the Stock Market. Things are about to get alitte harder for bloggers. There are going to be more people that are willing to pay for space on Pinterest. Because of that you need to really show Pinterest you are a creator worth sharing.

Many bloggers are saying you should be adding a new pin everday. Well, I don’t know about you but I don’t have time to sit at my computer and create pins all day. I do use a program called RelayThat that creates multiple images for you with just a few clicks so that saves a bunch of time.

However, they also seem to only have the same layouts. It can be customized a hundred different ways but it is still the same layouts so you can’t solely rely on that.

With this app and my new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil I can be mobile and creating pins on the go all the time!

Accessories

Because I will be on the go I did get myself a case and as I said I also have the keyboard too. I have seen some creators have these cool pencil gripper sleeves. I don’t know if I will do that or not because with the new pencil it senses when you double tap to erase when using the Notes App. Also I don’t know how that affects it charging magnetically or staying safely on the side of the ipad.

I worry that it might come off and I would lose it.

Another reason I love Apple Products…all their amazing apps! I use the Notes app all the time. My whole life is in that thing. All categories and accessible on any of my Apple Devices.

If I am sitting at the computer working and I make changes on in my Notes App then later when I only have my phone I can see see those changes. It is like the perfect Notebook that I never forget at home!

Free Pinterest Image Course

Well there you have it! I hope you check out the Procreate App and enjoy it as much as I am! There are so many possibilies I can’t wait to see what all I can create! The best part is this is a way to be artist (or try) without the mess!

Pinterest Image Course - mom blog from home

Don’t forget to check out my Free Pinterest Image Course for other tips and programs to use to create Pinterest images! I will be adding this information with this app to it soon!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

P.S. Comment below with some of your beautiful pins you create using Procreate! I would love to see them and share them!

A Full Walkthrough on How to use Tailwind

A Full Walkthrough on How to use Tailwind

If you are a new blogger I am sure you have heard over and over again how important Pinterest is. You may have also heard how many bloggers use Tailwind to help them automatically pin their pins on Pinterest. This blog post is a full walkthrough of how to use Tailwind so you can decide for yourself!

Pin for later!

How to Use Tailwind - A full walkthrough on how to use Tailwind by mom blog from home

Pinterest

First, let’s back up for one second and talk about Pinterest. If you have not heard that Pinterest is the best way to get traffic to your new blog then I am here to tell you it is.

Here is how I was able to get traffic to my new blog from Pinterest.

If you are like most then you probably thought Pinterest was just for looking up your next DIY project or recipes. Each of those images (pins) on Pinterest was actually created by bloggers and website owners.

Bloggers write blog posts and then create pin images (like I did above for this blog post) and then they pin that image to Pinterest linking it back to their blog post.

It is like free advertisement space for your blog. The more you advertise the more traffic you can drive to your blog.

It takes a little bit to wrap your head around the business angle of Pinterest if you are only used to the consumer side. Don’t worry I have plenty of resources to help you with all of that though.

Resources to Get Started

In this post, I am including several resources to help guide you through using Tailwind. Instead of writing a 3,000+ word blog post I broke it up so you can choose the area of Tailwind you need help with! Let’s start with these resources below.

Pinterest Primer

The Pinterest Primer course is a free course by McKinzie Bean. She walks you through how to set up your Pinterest Business account for success. There is more to it than just signing up to Pinterest, so check out her free course to get started off on the right foot!

Pinterest Primer

Pin to Profits

Then if you are ready to up your game you can move on to her paid course that goes more in-depth on using Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog.

Pins to Profits Foundations

Free Pinterest Image Course

A major part of succeeding on Pinterest is creating beautiful Pinterest images that entice people to share and click through. I created a free course to help you create beautiful Pinterest images!

Pinterest Image Course - mom blog from home

Why Tailwind

If Pinterest is free why would someone want to pay for a service like Tailwind?

Well, like I said, the more that you advertise or pin the more traffic you can drive back to your blog. So, unless you are willing to be on Pinterest constantly pinning and repinning all day, a scheduler quickly becomes a necessity.

It is very difficult to manually pin all of your pins. You most certainly can at the beginning but it becomes overwhelming fast. However, that said, if you are leaning more towards manually pinning then this is an awesome ebook to help you with that!

If you are wondering about comparing Tailwind with other schedulers out there to get the best deal then let me help you real quick with that. There are currently no others that are partnered with Pinterest. Tailwind is the only authorized user that works with Pinterest.

There was another called Boardbooster and Pinterest recently made it clear they didn’t authorize them and Boardbooster was forced to shut down.

I’m sure that was a sad day for those that used Boardbooster but a very happy day for Tailwind when all of those users switched to join them.

I was already using Tailwind and right after I started using it I gained over 600 page views in one day on my small blog!

I ended up getting over 7,000 page views in 30 days after I started using Tailwind so I am definitely a believer in using it!

Set Up Tailwind

If you are interested in giving Tailwind a try then you can grab your first month free right here. After you set that up let’s walk through setting up and using Tailwind.

Tailwind is great about supporting its users. There is also a demo video walking you through how to use their features. Like this video.

Plus all of the other videos they have on their site and YouTube Channel. They are also very good about getting back to you right away in the chat box inside your Tailwind account.

Now that you have an idea of how to use Tailwind let’s talk about some of the features.

Tailwind Tribes

Tailwind Tribes is just like it sounds. It is a tribe of users that are grouped together. Inside each tribe, that you can join for free, there is a page full of pins fellow Tribe members have shared.

The purpose of Tailwind Tribes is to narrow down users into groups that are within the same niche. This gives you access to a bunch of pins to repin that are within your niche.

You want to make sure you are pinning other bloggers pins as well as your own. This is a quick way to find pins to repin. This is also a great way to get your pins repinned too.

Within the Tribe, there is a place where you can chat with other members and it shows you the analytics of how your pins are doing within each Tribe.

Tailwind lets you join 5 Tribes for free and if you want to join more you can upgrade.

You are welcome to join my new Tailwind Tribe – First Time Blogger to get started!

Tailwind Smart Loop

The newest feature Tailwind just rolled out is the Smart Loop.

Tailwind gives you 250 loops for free and again if you want to add more then you can upgrade your plan. The Smart Loop feature is designed to loop your pins for you so you don’t have to keep repinning them.

This may sound confusing at first and you may be thinking isn’t that what Tailwind is already doing?

Smart Loop is for your evergreen pins and for your seasonal pins.

There are two different types of loops you can create. If you have pins that are doing great and you want to continue to drip those throughout all of your boards and groups boards you can set up a loop for those.

Or if you have seasonal posts that you want to start pinning a certain time of the year automatically then you can set those up also.

Let’s say you are a food blogger and you want to start your Halloween recipes to start pinning in the summer (yes in the summer at least) then instead of trying to remember on your own, you can set it up to loop for you.

Same for DIY Christmas projects for craft bloggers and so on!

Tailwind Strategy

Each blogger has their own Tailwind strategy so you can start with the basic and tweak it as you go and see what is working and what isn’t working.

Here is the basic run down that I keep reading from other bloggers. So I have personally done this and I have personally read many blog posts and taken courses that outline a very similar strategy.

This is after you have your Pinterest business account all set up and all your boards are full.

  1. Pin 20-50 times a day
  2. Use the 80/20 rule – 80% your pins and 20% other bloggers pins
  3. Pin your pins to your own boards and to group boards
  4. Pin other bloggers pins to just your boards. (The group boards are for advertising your pins)

Tailwind Extension

Tailwind has a browser extension (<–scroll to the very bottom of that page) that you can add to make filling your Tailwind queue much easier. After you install the extension just go to your Pinterest account and once on the main feed click the Tailwind extension (feather icon) on your browser toolbar.

All of the visual pins will now be available to click on to add to your queue. After you click on the ones that you want to add click “go schedule” where you can then select which boards you would like each pin to go to.

This extension can also be used while on a blog or site that you wish to pin something from as well.

Here is a video walking you through how to use the Tailwind extension.

Where to Find Pins

  • Pinterest Group Boards
  • Home Feed
  • Search For Pins in Your Niche
  • “Following” Tab in Pinterest
  • Tailwind Tribes
  • Visit Profiles of Bloggers in Your Niche

Do’s and Dont’s of Pinterest and Tailwind

Do

  • Share other bloggers pins
  • Use keywords everywhere you can
  • Creative beautiful pin images
  • Create multiple pins per blog post (just hide them – learn how here)
  • Connect and chat with Tribe members and comment on pins
  • Check your analytics to see what is and isn’t working. There is analytics for Pinterest, Tailwind and Tailwind Tribes.
  • Have fun! It is actually fun to do!

Don’t

  • Spam. Read the Pinterest rules or you can get banned.
  • Steal other people’s pins
  • Copy other blogger’s pins (use can use designs as inspiration but don’t copy that’s not cool)
  • Pin a bunch one day and then go days without pinning. Stay consistent daily!
  • Break group board or Tailwind Tribe rules. They will kick you out.

More Resources

Now that you have a walkthrough of how to use Tailwind, here are some more resources for you!

Get Pinning

Well, there you have it! Using Pinterest and Tailwind for the first time can feel intimidating but don’t worry it soon becomes second nature! And it makes it all worth it when you see that traffic come pouring in! Good luck to you, now go get pinning!

Vanessa

12+ Resources to Grow Your Blog Traffic

12+ Resources to Grow Your Blog Traffic

The most important thing for any blog to be successful is to have traffic. The more traffic your blog has the more people you can help and the more money you can make!

When you are a new blogger it is hard to build up your traffic organically. Most new bloggers rely solely on Pinterest as it is the best way to get traffic to your new blog.

Others use Facebook groups and social media to grow their blog traffic. Then, of course, there is also SEO and hoping that Google sends you some blog traffic love. 

Another option is to guest post on other blogs or be featured on their blogs. 

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Guest Posting/Featuring

Here is a list of places that you can add your blog on to get more traffic!

Each of those sites you can add your blog information to and reap the traffic benefits!

If you notice the last one is my blog. I offer to feature bloggers on my blog! You can take a look here at some of the blogs I have featured!

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Ebook and Courses

Another great resource to learn much more about growing your blog traffic is this ebook Boost Blog Traffic. I got this ebook when I purchased the Genius Bloggers Toolkit and it is packed full of resources to help grow your blog traffic! Including 100 Ways to Promote Your Blog Post Checklist!

Next is this course by Suzi that teaches you how to create the perfect blog post and submit a guest post to her blog.

Suzi walks you through how to create the perfect blog post and then she gives you the opportunity to take what you have learned in her course and submit a guest post to her blog!

The course Post by Number is only $9 so not only is it worth it for everything that you learn in the course but on top of that, you really can’t beat the guest post opportunity to get in front of Suzi’s large following!

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Pinterest

You can’t talk about driving traffic to your blog without talking about Pinterest. It is the fastest way to get traffic to your new blog.

Here are some resources to help you grow your blog traffic with Pinterest!

Pins to Profits Foundations

Pinterest has definitely been my main source of traffic. I try and post on my social media accounts often so I do get some traffic from those and I am starting to see organic traffic as well. It takes time regardless of where you start but as a new blogger, I would focus on Pinterest and looking to guest post and collaborate with other bloggers!

Collaborating with other bloggers is a great way to connect and grow your blog. Plus, it is really fun to work with other bloggers! That is why I started my feature program. I want to help connect other bloggers so we can all help each other grow together!

I can’t wait to connect and collaborate with you!

Happy blogging

Vanessa

Step by Step Guide to Writing Your First Blog Post

Step by Step Guide to Writing Your First Blog Post

 

Writing your first blog post can be very intimidating. There are too many scary questions. What if no one reads it? What is no one likes it? How do I even write a blog post? We have all been there and I think all blogger would give the same advice. Just do it!

Even if it isn’t perfect. Even if no one does read it. Just do it! The only way to get better is to just give it a shot and learn from each blog post!

I do have some good news for you though, I am going to help you so you aren’t jumping in blind.

First, you aren’t always going to be able to write a perfect blog post in my opinion. Of course, there are going to be great ones and not so great ones but I don’t think any are perfect.

I say that because everyone is different. What one reader may find it as amazing advice and another won’t. But still, there is a guide to go by to get pretty darn close to perfect!

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Step by Step Guide

There are certain checkpoints you want to cross off with each blog post to ensure that you are doing everything you can to make that the best blog post for your readers and for your blog.

For Your Readers

You want to create a blog post that is interesting and educational. Something that grabs your readers attention and takes them on a journey to the answer.

Some blog posts it will be easy to grab their attention and keep it throughout the post. Others that don’t have a personal attention-grabbing story behind it (like this one) may be harder to do that.

But my goal is just to help you solve the blog you are looking to solve! And for this post, it is writing your first blog post!

For You

Each post should also have the goal to do well with SEO and be easy to read. If your blog post checks off all the tips to do well with SEO then it will do better in the blogging world.

Google will share your post, Pinterest will share your post, and readers will share your post.

How to Use WordPress

(Already know how to use WordPress? Just skip on down to the good stuff!)

I like to share even the basics in my blog posts because it was hard for me to find these details when I first started blogging.

That is why I decided I wanted to teach others how to blog. So I could help them skip the trouble I had!

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Once you log into your WordPress site on the left side you will see Posts and the Add New Post. Click on that and it will take you to the next screen.

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Title and URL

Now on this screen is where you are going to write your first blog post. At the top, you will add your blog post title. It will automatically generate a URL for your blog post.

You have the option to edit it. If you want to edit it do that right away. After you share your blog post you won’t be able to edit it or then everywhere else you shared it won’t link back to this post anymore.

Publish Draft

On the right side, you can see there are options to edit when your blog post goes public. Right now as you write it, it will only be a draft. Make sure to save your blog post periodically as you write it.

WordPress will automatically save it for you but I have unfortunately lost a lot of work when I lost connection once and it didn’t save. Now regardless I will save the draft as I write my blog post.

Once you are completely done with the blog post you can publish it immediately or schedule it out.

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The next set of drop-down menus is the format of your blog post, the categories you want this post in, tags you want to be added to this post and a feature image for this post.

Format

The format should stay the same. It is only changed if you want to create a video post or other options besides just a blog post so just leave that.

Categories

The categories tab is where you will check the categories you want this blog post to go in. If you have categories about healthy eating and parenting tips and your blog post pertains to both of those then you would check off both of those.

It is a way to organize your blog posts to make them easy to find for you and your readers.

Tags

The tags section is where you can add keywords you want to be associated with this blog post.

Again, if your blog post relates to healthy eating and parenting then you can use those keywords plus healthy recipes, parenting hacks, healthy food, etc.

Anything that you think people will search for regarding your post.

Feature Image

The feature image is the smaller thumbnail image that will pop up on the other pages of your blog.

When your readers click on the blog section of your blog (depending on exactly how you have it set up) then they will be taken to a page where it will display all of your recent blog posts with the feature images.

I use the Divi Theme and it has an option to remove this image from the blog post itself. If a reader clicks on the feature image and is taken to that blog post, I don’t want the feature image at the top of the blog post.

I already have a pin image at the top of my blog post so I don’t want the feature image there as well. So keep in mind you probably have that option with your theme as well.

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A great resource to have to ensure that your blog post checks off all the SEO points is to install the Yoast SEO Plugin.

It will tell you if your blog post needs improvement with SEO and Readability. When both turn green then you are good to go!

Just click on the different sections and it will tell you where you need to improve to get the green lights.

The Blog Post Checklist

Now let’s move on to the good stuff, the blog post itself!

You now know how to write the blog post in WordPress but let’s talk about actually writing the blog post itself. What all makes a great blog post?

Great blog posts contain:

  1. Keywords
  2. Have great content
  3. Follow a structure
  4. Have inbound and outbound links

The best course (and at the best price) for mastering writing the perfect blog post is Suzi’s course Post by Number. It is currently only $9 and if you know anything about Suzi she only provides the absolute best.

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The best part about this course (besides all of this for only $9) is that at the end of the course you get to submit a blog post to her blog!

It is worth $9 to get the exposure and traffic you will get from posting on her blog! It is geared towards moms so keep that in mind regarding the guest posting part.

But the course is packed full of useful information on writing the perfect blog post for any niche!

Keywords

Every post should have keywords to make it easy for readers to find your post when searching for relevant information.

If someone types into Google “how to bake a cake” and your blog post is about “how to bake a cake” then you should have those keywords in your blog post.

However, if you are just using any keywords that no one is searching for then you will have a hard time getting SEO love.

In Post by Number Suzi walks through how to find keywords and what makes them good keywords.

Here are some of the tools that I use to find keywords.

Or you can check out my post 7 surefire ways to come up with blog posts where I talk more about finding keywords!

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Great Content

Each blog post should be knowledgeable and full of great content. You don’t want to have a short 500-word blog post that doesn’t give the reader much information and is just packed with keywords.

That won’t work.

You need to answer a problem or provide value to your reader on the subject. Give them useful and helpful information to help them solve their problem.

I have heard that highlighting or bolding your keywords throughout your content is also a great way to help your SEO. I just recently started trying it to see if it helps!

I actually like it so far because it has helped me make sure I am using keywords throughout my post as well as using the Yoast SEO Plugin.

Grammarly

Another great tool to use to make sure that your content is easy to read and make sense in the Grammarly extension. This tool is my best friend!

When I write I do it as if I’m talking to a friend. So when I do that it is too easy to have long sentences and misspelled words.

I talk a lot and so, therefore, I type a lot.

If I get to going too fast then I have many grammar errors. This extension underlines the errors in red for me. This saves me so much time.

I just start typing and Grammarly will tell me what to fix! Of course, I always go back and reread my posts too.

Yoast SEO also tells me when I have used the same word too much, when my sentences are too long, and when I have too much text and not enough headings.

Follow a Structure

Suzi goes more in-depth in this section but you should make sure that each blog post follows a structure.

No one wants to read a sea of text.

You need to make sure there are headings throughout your blog post. Only have a few sentences between breaking them up.

There should be images throughout your post to also help break up the text and even give examples on what you’re trying to teach your readers.

Like I said before, you should bold keywords or important information you want to grab your readers attention.

Each blog post should be at least 1,000 words and people love bullet points or a numbered list.

This really helps show them exactly what they are looking for. If they are in a hurry and scrolling through your post these bullet points will show them this information is important.

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Inbound and Outbound Links

Lastly, you want to make sure that your blog posts contain inbound and outbound links. What that means is there are links in your blog post that link back to other blog posts on your blog and links that link out of your blog.

You may worry about outbound links sending your readers away. Well, if your content was good they will be back! Outbound links are great for SEO so make sure that you are linking helpful links for your readers.

When I come across a blog post that is full of great content I will bookmark it to come back later. I may click out and read the other post they suggested from another blogger but I don’t want to lose that post so I will save it to come back to.

Or that is exactly why you need to have beautiful pin images for each blog post. Then your reader can pin your blog post to come back to later!

Pinterest Perfect Images

If you are writing your first blog post then odds are you aren’t very familiar with creating Pinterest images either.

Each blog post should have a beautiful eye-catching image that makes your reader a) save it to Pinterest and b) entices others on Pinterest that see that pin to click through and read your blog post!

I created a Free Pinterest Image Course where I share how to create images for your blog and for Pinterest.

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In this course it covers:

  • What makes a good pin
  • The different types of pins
  • Where to get stock images
  • 5 different programs you can use to create images
  • How to reuse on image multiple ways
  • How to add your new image to Pinterest

One of the programs I just recently started using it a huge time saver for creating images!

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Don’t forget to sign up for Suzi’s course if you are interested in learning more about writing a perfect blog post and getting the opportunity to guest post on her blog!

I hope you found this post helpful!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

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Where to Purchase Your Domain Name for Your Blog

Where to Purchase Your Domain Name for Your Blog

No matter what kind of site you want to create you are going to need a domain name. A domain name is the URL address of your site or blog. I am going to show you where to purchase your domain name for your blog or website.

For this, I am going to assume you are starting a blog. If you are a new blogger then don’t worry we have all been there. It may seem overwhelming learning all of this but really it’s pretty easy once you get the hang out it.

To start a blog it takes more than just a domain name. If you need help with all the ins and outs of starting a blog then I suggest my freebie the 30-Day Challenge to Start a Blog workbook.

For now, let’s walk through where to purchase your domain name for your blog.

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Choose a Company

There is more than one place you can purchase your domain name through. And sometimes it is included in your hosting plan so make sure to check that before purchasing it.

I have used two different companies when purchasing a domain name. Like I said there are many more but I like to cover things I have personally used before.

1. NameCheap

NameCheap is just like its name. They offer cheaper domains than other companies. If you test it out by searching for available domains at both sites you may see that sometimes GoDaddy actually has a cheaper option. However, as you continue on with the checkout process they upsell you to death.

Some of it you may need so then your total goes up to what it would have been at NameCheap. A lot of it you don’t need and they just keep on trying to add more on.

I have purchased my last two domain names through NameCheap and it is a one and done deal. Just add it to the cart and purchase. No upsells or hassle at check out.

2. GoDaddy

That all said there are plenty of people who use GoDaddy. I’m sure the comfort of the name is part of it. When you see it advertised all over you feel more comfortable that you are purchasing something with a bigger well-known company.

Just be aware as I said they do try and tack on upsells at checkout.

3. Google

I didn’t realize this until writing this blog post but Google actually sells domain names as well. You can’t get much better than that! Here is the link to check out domain names at Google.

4. Domain.com

Here is another option that came up while I was researching more places for you to purchase a domain name. There is a domain.com that you can purchase your domain name through too.

Again, each person is going to have their own opinions and things they like or dislike about a company so just review these options and maybe do a little more research of your own to choose one that fits you best!

Walk Through

Since I use NameCheap I am going to walk you through how to purchase your domain name through them! Again, you will want to double check that the hosting you have doesn’t already provide a free one for you.

I know when I signed up for SiteGround (the hosting company I use) they provided a free one for me. I don’t know for sure if that was a special they were running at the time or if they always do that.

If you haven’t purchased your hosting yet you can check out my post on why I use SiteGround to help you decide on a hosting company.

Go to NameCheap.com

First, go to NameCheap.com. It will look something similar to this screenshot below that I took today.

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In the middle of the screen, you can see there is a search bar. Search for the domain name that you are wishing to purchase. In this example, I used “www.searchdomain.com”.

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Not to my surprise that domain name was already taken. After a few different tries, I was able to find one that was available.

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As you can see below “helpsearchdomain.com” is available.

If you need help coming up with a domain name for your blog then again I suggest that you download a free copy of my 30-Day Challenge to Start a Blog. There is a section in there that helps walk you through coming up with a domain name.

Once you have found an available domain name you like for your blog then you will see it shows you the total. Most domain names average between $2.99-$14.99 per year.

Usually, the more years that you purchase it the better the price. For instance, if you purchased it for two years versus only one year.

Those are all factors you will have to think about and decide what’s best for you.

Now hit add to cart and then view cart.

Also, you will see that below it is showing you a list of other domains that you might like to add to your cart. I like how it shows you the different options that are available and the prices.

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Coupon Code

Once you are in your cart you will see there is an option to add a promo code. When I purchased my domain name I was able to find a 10% off coupon code at RetailMeNot.com.

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To look for a coupon code, go to retailmenot.com and search for NameCheap.

I love using RetailMeNot.com for all sorts of things. I usually use it for a coupon when we decide to order pizza but I have even got $40 off of SeaWorld tickets before!

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Over on the left side of the screen at RetailMeNot, you will see the option to search the coupons by type. I like to do the codes. If I have a coupon code then I can see if it works on top of a sale that is already running. Sometimes it works!

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After you enter the coupon code (if you were able to find one) then you continue with your checkout process. If you don’t have an account already with NameCheap then it will ask you to create one here. If you do then go ahead and sign in.

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Now you are ready to purchase your domain name. Select your payment method and continue on with the checkout process.

It will then take you to your NameCheap account where you will be able to see your new domain name for your blog! Congrats!

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You have now taken the first (or second if you purchased hosting already) set to setting up your blog! It is a scary and exciting feeling!

Next would be to go ahead and purchase your hosting which averages about $3-$5 a month. You do have to purchase the full year but I can think of many other less important things that I waste $3-$5 a month on so to me it is worth it!

After you have your domain name and your hosting you will then need to connect them. I feel kind of silly saying that I didn’t know you had to do this but if you are like me then you didn’t know either. That is why I created this blog. To help people that are like me and need a literal walk through!

I created this short video last year that walks you through how to do that. You can check that out here!

Congrats again on talking those first steps to starting a blog! Once you are up and rolling I would love to feature your blog on Mom Blog From Home!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

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