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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!

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.