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!

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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!

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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!

Top Resources to Grow Your Blog Traffic

Top 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 to Writing Your First Blog Post - mom blog from home

Step by Step Guide to Writing Your First Blog Post - mom blog from home
Step by Step Guide to Writing Your First Blog Post - mom blog from home

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 You Should Purchase Your Domain Name for Your Blog

Where You Should 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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Where to Purchase Your Domain Name for Your Blog - momblogfromhome

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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The Only 3 Things New Bloggers Should Focus On

The Only 3 Things New Bloggers Should Focus On

When you first decide to start a blog there are really only three things new bloggers should focus on and master. I’m sure you are so excited and you want to master it all right away but trust me on this. You only need to focus on these three things.

I heard multiple other bloggers say “new blogger should focus on this” but I was too ambitious and I thought I can handle it all. I’m not like other people. Well, guess what, if I would have taken their advice I would be a lot further along than I am!

I took courses and read ebooks and again I heard this over an over. “Don’t try and tackle everything at once”, “new bloggers need to focus on…” but I thought “how hard could it be?”

It turns out, harder than you might originally think. It takes a lot of time and commitment to master just one of the many pieces to blogging. So again, if I would have just stuck to the three main ones then I would have been able to move forward and master the rest one at a time.

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The Three Things to Master

Don’t worry too much about all your social media accounts right now. If you master these three things and are ready to move on right away then you are rocking it and keep going.

But if you can’t seem to master these then don’t move on until you have!

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1. Write One Blog Post a Week

New bloggers should focus on writing one new blog post a week.

If you can make it a full month or two and you have consistently produced one blog post a week then you are probably good to move on.

But for some, this is actually harder than it sounds. Learning how to properly write a blog post can be difficult. You need to have keywords, the right structure, it has to be interesting, and your readers need to learn from it.

You can’t just write a post about what you did over the weekend. Sorry, but no one but family and close friends cares. You aren’t sharing tips or giving advice so no one is going to read it.

If you whip out four great blog posts in the first week then make sure you schedule them out to publish once a week for that first month.

Then every other blog post you write can either continue to be scheduled to be published once a week or you can fill in your schedule with two blog posts publishing a week.

I just don’t want you to write four blog posts and publish them all at once and then think man I’m a rock star. Then the next thing you know the month has gone by and you didn’t write anymore and now you’re behind. (Been there, done that.)

Google

Google will like that you produced a bunch of content but then it will notice that it was a one and done time of thing.

That can hurt you and if you would have just scheduled them out then you would have shown Google you are reliable to produce valuable content once a week.

Google is more likely to share your blog when you show you consistently produce valuable content.

Your Schedule

Plus, then that just takes the load off of you to have to write more blog posts right away. If your blog is brand new then yes you will want to get 5-10 blog posts on there right away but again it is better to have a consistent schedule.

Put a few posts on there and then each one after that schedule them to post once a week.

This just takes the pressure off too if you are always ahead and have a schedule going in case things pop up because let’s face it life gets crazy sometimes!

Especially as a new blogger, you will appreciate the routine of always having a blog post scheduled to publish once a week as you are learning everything.

Need help coming up with blog post ideas? Check out my latest blog post – 7 Surefire Ways to Come Up with Blog Post Ideas

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2. Pinterest

New bloggers should focus on pinning to Pinterest.

Pinterest is a bloggers best friend. Sometimes you two will be besties and Pinterest will send you a bunch of free traffic and then sometimes you may be in a fight and Pinterest won’t “talk” to you.

Either way, you are still best friends and if you are fighting there is always a way to make up!

So how do you become best friends with Pinterest so they send you traffic and how do you make sure you don’t ever get in a fight?

Number One

The best way to become besties with Pinterest is to give “her” a lot of attention. Pinterest likes creators that are active in their Pinterest accounts.

That doesn’t mean that you have to be on Pinterest all day every day but it does mean that you can’t just set up your account and fill it with your own content and then leave it.

You have to be actively pinning your content and other creators content. There are different opinions on this part but some say you should make sure that you are active on both the desktop site and the mobile site as well.

What I do is when I have a minute in the day instead of checking Facebook or my email, I will pin a few pins on Pinterest from my phone. Then other times when I am working I will do the same from my desktop.

Number Two

Don’t ignore your new best friend. That is the best way to get into a “fight” with your new bestie. Similar to number one, Pinterest likes attention but to avoid a fight where you will have to earn her trust back, don’t ignore Pinterest.

I have done this before and I went into Pinterest’s “dog house” and I had to earn the trust back.

It is a fun analogy to think of it as a friendship but in all honesty that is what it is. Pinterest is there to give it’s users the best possible content. So if you as a creator, create great content, then Pinterest is going to share it with its users. Just like all friends do!

Pinterest Users

When you go onto Pinterest as a user you are looking for the best cake recipes, the best DIY projects, or the best workouts. You don’t want to have to sort through all of the unrelated or spammy sites that can pop up like when you Google something.

You are looking for the answer right away.

Pinterest is always there for you as a user because they make sure they provide the best content and images right away.

Content Creators

So if you start adding content to Pinterest and start building that relationship with them then you stop and ignore Pinterest. Then they are going to think you are not a reliable source.

Pinterest isn’t going to share your content when users are looking for the best content.

The only way to get out of the dog house is to prove yourself. Consistently add good quality content and images and build that trust back up so Pinterest will start sharing your content with its users again.

Learn From My Mistake

I hope that makes sense and you don’t make the same mistake I did. When I first started I used Tailwind to add pins to Pinterest and I received a bunch of traffic from Pinterest!

When I was still a new blogger, I didn’t know what to do and I learned the hard way. My traffic started declining because I wasn’t creating new content to add to Pinterest.

I was too focused on other things and not these 3 important things I am sharing with you now.

It cost me and I don’t want that to happen to you! That is why I am sharing this advice I received from a veteran blogger that I wish I would have listened to and focused on these only.


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Google, Pinterest, Social Media

So why only focus on Pinterest?

Google, Pinterest, and Social Media are all completely different. They can all be used to drive traffic to your blog but they are each used in different ways.

Google takes a long time to drive traffic to your blog. You have to build your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) before Google will start sending you traffic.

Social Media takes a long time to build an audience that will drive traffic to your blog.

How Pinterest Works

Pinterest however, doesn’t take long at all! As I said before I was able to send thousands of page views to my blog within the first week of using Pinterest.

Some mistake Pinterest for a social media platform but there is nothing social about it. You don’t go onto Pinterest to chat with other members. You go on there for inspiration and for answers to a problem.

Pinterest is more like a search engine. Bloggers and website owners create an image that will attract the attention of Pinterest users and then they attach their URL to that image.

Made By Bloggers

If you go onto Pinterest to find the best cake recipes you are going to see awesome images. Those are most likely were created by bloggers to entice you to click on their image and go to their blog post.

Once on their blog post, they will show you how to make the best cake just like you searched for.

All of those pins you see when you type in “best cake recipes” are from bloggers or website owners that created those images as advertisements of their blog posts or websites.

Pinterest is going to show the best images and the best content first when someone searches for something.

If you keyword your pin correctly and have a beautiful image then your pin will do well and drive traffic to your blog!

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3. Grow Your Email List

New bloggers should focus on growing their email list.

The third important thing you must do as a new blogger is to build your email list.

You have worked hard on your blog and driving traffic to your blog so you want to make sure you keep those people and get them to come back.

Now it’s impossible to keep them all but it is still important to try and keep some of them as returning readers. The best way to ensure that they come back and continue to read your new blog posts is to get them on your email list.

Then you can email them with new updates about your blog and they can return and check them out!

The Power of The Email List

I knew I needed to do this from the beginning but it still wasn’t clear to me exactly why it was so important.

Then as I learned more I realized the power of the email list.

It’s like building your tribe or building your followers on social media. The ones that follow you look forward to what you have to say next and are much more likely to make a purchase from you versus someone that just came across your blog.

Your goal with your audience is to build trust with them and show them you are there to help and solve their problem.

When you solve a problem for them for free then they will trust you when you try and sell them a product that will also solve their problem.

Help Them Don’t Sell To Them

We can all spot the ones trying to only sell to you from a mile away. When they provide no value but only want to sell to you then you don’t trust them and you don’t trust that the product they are selling is good for you either.

However, when you have a good relationship with someone because you have provided all kinds of valuable information to them for free. They won’t second guess that a product is valuable when you mention it that could help them.

They trust your advice and your intentions.

So, if you keep building that trust with your readers and grow your email list then when you are ready to launch a product you can announce it to your list. They are much more likely to purchase it!

Learn more with my post on How to Grow Your Email List and Why it is So Dang Important!

There you have it!

Those are the 3 most important things you should focus on as a new blogger. I can’t express this enough. If you do these three things first and then work on the back office stuff you will be fine!

If you get caught up in learning everything there is to know about blogging and you don’t do these three things then you will regret it. Trust me on this one. I know from experience!

It is too easy to get caught up in making your blog look all fancy and learning everything there is to know about blogging. Which obviously you will need to know but don’t lose focus on these three things.

It does you no good to have a pretty blog with no traffic.

  1. One Blog Post a Week
  2. Add Content to Pinterest
  3. Grow Email List
  4. Repeat!

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Freebie For You

If you are like me and you need a reminder of the basics then you will love this free printable I made for you!

It is to help keep you focused on what is important and to not get lost in the whirlwind that comes with learning everything about blogging.

These 3 basic steps are what you need to focus on!

Grab your free copy of this printable right here! And stick it somewhere in your workspace where you can see it every time you go to work on your blog!

I hope you found this advice helpful and you are able to keep your blinders on long enough to master these three things for new bloggers to focus on! 

It is very hard to not get shiny object syndrome and chase after every new thing you come across. Which again, you can still learn and grow your knowledge but don’t forget to focus on these first!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

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