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3 Easy Ways to Quickly Grow Your Pinterest Following

3 Easy Ways to Quickly Grow Your Pinterest Following

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Any blogger or business owner knows that a strong social media presence is key to success in today’s virtual community.  While the algorithms of each social media outlet seem to be ever-changing, one of the biggest platforms for bloggers and business owners still remains with Pinterest.  So, to increase your reach on this platform, there are three easy ways to quickly grow your Pinterest following.

 

MiloTree

MiloTree is a pop-up that you can customize to showcase your Pinterest account to attract new followers.  (MiloTree also can connect with your Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or email list as well!)  I would normally recommend against pop-ups; however, this one you can customize how often it will pop-up when a visitor comes to your website– so you don’t annoy your audience.  There are both FREE versions and paid versions, so it is a very affordable resource to help grow your blog.

 

Group Boards

Group Pinterest boards are a great way to post high quality content and also find other high quality content to share.

I am a member of several group boards started by other people, but I also have started by own group boards.  I’m going to leave the links for them below and if you find that one of these boards suits your niche, just follow the board directions to be added:

  • Beautiful Budget Life—anything that has to do with frugal living. It can be recipes, DIY, budget travel, everyday money saving ideas, inexpensive family fun… you get the idea!
  • Blogging Tips, Tricks, & Advice—share your great blogging hacks and tips to help other bloggers grow…
  • Bloggers United—pretty much any topic (family friendly only!)
  • Christmas Roundup—bloggers can post their own original posts and agree to allow other bloggers to use them in roundup posts for Christmas.

Why do I love group boards so much? 

Well, because Pinterest loves it when we share other people’s pins and content!  Of course, we have to share our own, but part of the equation is sharing other content as well.  I don’t know about you, but I want to make sure that I am sharing good content.  So having access to group boards is a great way to know that my content will be shared with a lot of other people and I also have a huge pool of high quality pins to re-pin from… and this helps all of our numbers increase!

 

Auto-Pinning vs. Manual Pinning

So then the next question is, should I pin manually or automatically?

Short answer: Both!

I have not done any scientific studies on this, but from my personal experience, I saw my number skyrocket when I started using Tailwind!  So I am a believer in auto-pinning… but I haven’t given up on manual pinning.  My strategy is to use Tailwind to make sure that I have my own pins, as well as some other pins scheduled so there is always activity in my account, but then I also go in and manually pin every day as well.  This is the only auto-pinning resource that I have used, but I love it!  Tailwind gives you insight into the best pinning times for your audience, what their interests are, which pins are high-performing, etc.—lots of great info to know if you’re trying to grow your Pinterest account!

Happy Pinning!

Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner

Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner

So how is your blogging going in 2018?  If you are like me, you probably had really good intentions of getting organized and getting off to a good start.

Unfortunately, that has not happened for me.  Things are always so busy at the end of the year with the holidays… and so I thought I’d get things in order when my kids went back to school.  Well… we had a lot of snow days, and when my kids are home, my focus on the blog is set aside…

But, it is not too late to get organized and still get going on a great year!

So, I put together a calendar with monthly topics to publish and a look-ahead to see what I want to start writing about… and you can download your FREE copy of my Ultimate List of Blog Post Monthly Topics + FREE Printable Planner and use it to organize your blogging topics this year too!  

This list takes into account the things that are popular on social media— such as seasonal topics, but also includes a bonus list of evergreen topics that can be used to write about throughout the year and be of interest to readers year-round.

 

January topics

Organization • Healthy Recipes • Weight Loss/Fitness • Resolutions • Winter • Starting a Business • Winter Skin Care • Snow/Snowflakes • Silver/Gold • Comfort Food • Super Bowl Party/Recipes • Heart Health • Cold/Flu Season

Planning for February

Valentine’s Day • Black History Month • President’s Day

 

February topics

Ground Hog Day • Valentine’s Day Gifts/Quotes • Black History Month • President’s Day • Handmade Valentines Crafts/Cards • Cold/Flu Season • Winter Fashion • Meal Planning • Heart Health Month • Date Ideas • Date Ideas on a Budget • Indoor Gardening Tips • Love • Red/Pink

Planning for March

St. Patrick’s Day • Preparing for Spring • Easter • Mardi Gras Recipes/Parties

 

March topics

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts/Recipes • Passover • Easter Cards/Crafts/Recipes • Spring Cleaning • March Madness • Basketball • Daylight Savings • National Nutrition Month • Spring Break • Spring Gardening • Mardi Gras • Entertaining

Planning for April

Tax deductions/filing taxes • National Financial Capability Month • Spring Weddings • Summer vacation

 

April topics

April Fools • Easter eggs • Decorating Easter eggs • National Financial Capability Month • Graduation • April Showers • Spring • Spring Break • Pastels • Outdoor Entertaining • Gardening—vegetables/fruits/herbs/shrubbery/flowers • Fresh starts

Planning for May

Cinco de Mayo • The Masters (golf) • Mother’s Day • Memorial Day • Memorial Day picnic/recipes/party planning

 

May topics

Flowers & Gardening • Cinco de Mayo • Mother’s Day Crafts/gifts/cards • Graduation • Kentucky Derby • Grilling/BBQ Recipes • Memorial Day recipes • Outdoor Entertaining • School’s Out • Summer Activities for Kids • Picnic Foods • Weddings • Vacation Plans

Planning for June

Swimming/Pool • Father’s Day • Summer Parties

 

June topics

Vacation • Staycation Ideas • Summer Drinks/Infused Water • Summer Travels • Beach • Father’s Day • Picnics • Pool Party • Grilling/BBQ • Gardening • Summer Skin Care • Wimbledon • Outdoor Entertaining • Outdoor Décor

Planning for July

4th of July/Patriotic • Beach vacations

 

July topics

Healthy Recipes • Weight Loss/Fitness • 4th of July • Grilling Recipes • Outdoor Entertaining • Weddings • Patriotic • Summer • Beach • Summer Adventures • Summer Crafts • Vacation • Frozen Drinks • Pool Fun • Fun Ways to Beat the Heat •

Planning for August

Back to School • Weekend getaways

 

August topics

Back to School • School Lunches • Back to School Shopping • Summer Olympics • Tailgating • Labor Day Recipes/Parties • Scheduling • Planning • Picnic Foods/Recipes • Gardening • Recipes from the Garden

Planning for September

Canning • Tailgating • Fall/Autumn • Fall Sports

 

September topics

Labor Day • Fall • Fall Décor • Fall Crafts/Recipes • Fall Fashion • Motivation • Organization • Apples • Grandparent’s Day • Yom Kippur • Comfort Food • Canning/Food Preservation

Planning for October

Halloween • Fall/Harvest • Breast Cancer Awareness • National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

 

October topics

Halloween • Fall/Harvest • Breast Cancer Awareness • National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month • Pumpkins/Fall Colors/Leaves • World Series • Football • Slow Cooker Recipes • Fall Recipes • Halloween Crafts/Parties • Preparing Outdoor plants and house for colder temps

Planning for November

Thanksgiving Crafts/Recipes • Gratitude • Harvest • Cold/Flu Season • Christmas

 

November topics

Thanksgiving Recipes • Gratitude • Leaves • Thanksgiving Crafts/Tablescapes • Fall Celebration Crafts • Veteran’s Day • Election Day

Planning for December

Christmas Crafts/Recipes • Hanukkah Recipes • Kwanzaa Celebrations

 

December topics

Christmas • Christmas Cards/Crafts • Holiday Recipes • Gift Ideas • Snow • New Year’s Eve Parties/Recipes • Hanukkah • Kwanzaa Celebrations

Planning for January

Weight Loss • Budgeting • Organizing • Resolutions • Goal Planning

 

**PLUS, get the Evergreen topics list as a Bonus with the FREE downloadable planner!

 

 

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Happy blogging!

Bloggers: Become a Target Affiliate and Start Earning

Bloggers: Become a Target Affiliate | Money Savvy Living

You guys!  For a limited time, Target is offering a $500 shopping spree to a new affiliate!  So any new affiliate that joins by the end of January 2017, will be entered into the drawing to win this awesome shopping spree!

And let’s be serious, who wouldn’t want a $500 shopping spree at Target??

In addition to the chance to win the shopping spree, when you become a Target affiliate, you are eligible for some pretty nice commissions too!  Here are some of the highlights of the Target affiliate program:

  • Earn up to 5% on popular categories
  • 7 day cookie
  • Weekly newsletter with updates on promotions, contests, and sales opportunities
  • Clean, well-regulated program
  • Dedicated program management

There are also payouts for other things besides shopping.  So you will also get paid when people apply and are approved for a Target card, or create a Wedding, Baby, or College registry at Target.

 

Sign up today and start earning!  Click HERE to get started!

 

Who can benefit from signing up to become a Target Affiliate?

Every blogger.  Do your readers buy things for their babies and kids?  Home décor? Apparel? Health & Beauty items?  Of course, they do!  So why not sign up today!?

Get FREE Exposure for Your Blog with TalkMarkets

Get FREE exposure for your blog with TalkMarketsGet FREE Exposure for Your Blog with TalkMarkets | Money Savvy Living

TalkMarkets, a new financial media site which customizes its content to user’s interests, preferences and levels of investment sophistication. While TalkMarkets covers the entire breadth of the diverse financial realm, it is customized and tailored to each individual user; this ensures a browsing experience which is easy, quick, and personally relevant.

 

 

For a limited time, TalkMarkets is accepting new contributors to its Founding Contributors Club. As a Founding Contributor you will earn equity in the company in exchange for your contributions.

Four ways to earn equity:

  1. Submit content—you can choose to upload your own content, or TalkMarkets will monitor your blog and repost anything that they feel is relevant. Content can be Non-Exclusive (something you have already published on your own blog), or Exclusive (written specifically for TalkMarkets and not published anywhere else).  Of course, Exclusive content is worth more equity points than Non-Exclusive content.
  2. Drive Traffic to your TalkMarkets Content—the more shares you get the more equity you will build…
  3. Refer Others—any other contributors that you refer, you will get bonus equity for those that you refer who register and when they become a contributor. You also earn 10% equity on the equity earned by those that you refer.
  4. One-Time Bonus Opportunities—there are several tasks that you can complete in order to earn additional bonus equity points.

So why should you consider signing up to be a contributor with TalkMarkets?

  • As a financial blogger, you will receive extra exposure for your blog! This is the big one, right?  Your TalkMarkets profile links to your social media and your blog, so people can easily find your work.
  • Once you sign up, TalkMarkets can monitor your blog for relevant articles to re-post, so you don’t have to do anything else to get your content promoted, unless you want to…
  • You are earning equity in TalkMarkets. While you don’t receive income now, your work is earning equity in this website… and you still get the free exposure, right?!

 

Click here to sign up to become a contributor. It’s free to sign up, and so easy…

 

If you want to see an example of how becoming a contributor for TalkMarkets directs readers back to your blog and social media, check out my TalkMarkets Contributor page.

Get FREE Exposure for Your Blog with Talkmarkets | Money Savvy Living

Best Sources for Free Stock Photos: No Attribution Required

Best Sources for FREE Stock Photos: No Attribution Required // Money Savvy Living

Do you have a blog that you would like to have access to high resolution stock photos to really make your blog stand out?  Or perhaps, you are a small business owner and would like to use high quality photos for advertising or on your website…. if either of those scenarios describes you, read on because I have discovered 75+ of the best sources for free stock photos, and in many cases, no attribution is required.

 

There are a lot of places that you can find free stock photos.  Sometimes you can sign up for a free membership and have them emailed to you.  Other sites provide some for free, but require you to pay for others.  Or have restrictions on when and where you are allowed to use the photos.  When I am looking for stock photos, I don’t want to have to spend a lot of time searching for sites or worry about having to provide attribution… finding high quality, photos that are truly free and don’t require attribution, and from a trusted source is what I am looking for.

 

The absolute worst thing that anyone can do, whether on their blog or personal/business website, is to post a picture that they have searched for on Google images without attribution.  DON’T EVER DO THAT.  Many of those images are copyrighted or not a part of Creative Commons (CC0).  Using those images could have very negative consequences, such as lawsuits or fines.

 

I have used sources that I have paid for in the past, but have more recently found a few great sources that provide high quality photos, which have been released under Creative Commons (CC0).  Creative Commons Zero “enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.”

 

So here are my three favorite sites that provide great photos, and can even be used commercially… and best of all, I don’t have to worry about attribution.  Each of these sites has a search option where you can enter in a topic or you can simply just scroll through the gallery of photos.

PIXABAY

On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.  According to their website, “All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.”  You can read more about Pixabay’s policy here.

UNSPLASH

Unsplash is another great resource for high resolution images that are released under Creative Commons CC0.  This website allows you to do whatever you want (all photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash) with the high-resolution photos on their website.  What I like about Unsplash, in particular, is that the site adds 10 new photos every 10 days, so you always have fresh images to choose from.

PEXELS

Pexels is also a website that offers free stocks photos, which you can use without attribution:

“all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

  • The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use.
  • You can modify, copy and distribute the photos.
  • All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required.

The CC0 license was released by the non-profit organization Creative Commons (CC). Get more information about the license on the official license page.”

 

*I have included links to each website’s policy of use and to Creative Commons, so make sure you check those out before downloading and using any of the photos…

 

Best Sources: FREE Stock Photos | Money Savvy Living

 

ADDITIONAL FREE STOCK PHOTO RESOURCES

*Attribution may be required*
There are so many websites that offer free stock photos, that you literally may never need to purchase a stock photo again.  Canva has a great list of 73 websites that offer FREE stock photos!  Keep in mind, that many of the sites on this list do offer FREE photos, but DO require attribution, so make sure you carefully read each websites rules before using the FREE stock photos that you find there.