New Blogger Guide for Moms: How to Start a Blog

True story – I’ve started over 4 different blogs since 2014.

One of them was a fitness blog, but I grew weary of it. The next was a yoga/holistic blog, but then I had my first baby and closed my yoga studio due to lack of attendance. Let’s just say I opened a studio in the WRONG town. (facepalm) After that it was a blog called Momma Works Too, and while that one is no longer living… I’ll likely start it back up once this blog is established and pays for itself.

Last and surely not least, I began what you’re reading now – Simple Little Homestead. This blog started after meeting two wonderful women in the blogging sphere when I was looking to write a blog in more the “lifestyle” niche.

I had no clue what I was doing in this new niche and certainly didn’t know how to grow my blog either.

Update: If you want to learn more about my recent journey of hitting over 10,000 pageviews in less than 30 days you can read that here!

My Journey

I started out on WordPress, but I didn’t take the time to learn it in 2012 when I launched my first site. Someone else managed everything, and eventually I got so fed up I LEFT WordPress for another platform. Yikes, I know.

There was this new platform I heard about, Squarespace, and I loved how intuitive it was.

I still love it, but somehow I ended up tinkering in the backend of my old site one day, and my inner nerd lit up like a kid on Christmas morning. Even though I was on another platform at the time, I was hired multiple times to set clients up on the WordPress platform.

When I decided to start my third blog I jumped at the chance of using WordPress again, and I used a hosting company that I didn’t quite love. This ended up being something I regretted. More and more I started hearing about people leaving them to go to other hosting due to site speed issues and their site being down for days at a time.

Who wants a site that’s always down? Talk about a bummer.

So, I decided to swap from one hosting company to another one called Siteground. They were recommended by many people recommended and I have yet to regret my decision.

Why Siteground?

There are so many hosting companies out there, but I don’t think many compare to Siteground because they offer:

  • Technical support via chat for every problem you could have
  • Phone support if you ever get stuck
  • Multiple hosting options
  • You get WordPress FREE (and can install it in one click!)
  • You’re covered by their stellar guarantee – if you don’t like it you can get out at anytime
  • They’ve been super friendly to me so far and were helpful when I made the switch

Get started right now with Siteground and start blogging today!

How to Start a Blog

Today more than ever women are looking to find a way to work from home whether they have children or not. But, especially if they do. Who dreams of sending their babies to be cared for by someone else at daycare? I know I don’t.

Enter blogging, this is an excellent way to share your story, education and help others on a journey similar to yours while possibly making an income (more on that later in this post).

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Step 1: Choose a Blogging Platform

You can start a blog from anywhere, but you need to decide if you want to go for free or if you can pay for a site like a WordPress.org site or Squarespace.

There are many others, but I wouldn’t suggest them if you are serious about your blogging. If your intention is to turn it into a business, then I would go ahead and hop on a paid platform from the start. It isn’t mandatory, or even necessary, but it does help out drastically.

  1. You’ll own your content
  2. Your domain name will be yours instead of having .blogspot or whatever after your name

I’ve used both WordPress.org and Squarespace for business and still do in a way.

Squarespace is good for someone who may not be very technical or they don’t want to hire out the creation of their site. But, there are a couple minor drawbacks as well.

  1. You can’t use plugins
  2. And, it doesn’t integrate well with most systems

WordPress, on the other hand, is a very robust system but can take a little time to learn. It’s amazing though and can be fully customized. It can do just about anything you want, and probably way more with the right designer/developer.

Step 2: Choose Your Domain and Hosting Server

When you sign up to have your site hosted with a place like Siteground (my recommendation), usually your domain is included in their pricing.

When you go to Siteground website, you’ll be prompted to ‘sign up’ or “see plans”. This process is pretty step-by-step and super easy to navigate.

So you’ll want to click that button to get started, and it will take you to a page where you get to choose which level of hosting you’re wanting. Their basic package will get you most everything you want to start out, but feel free to opt for a larger package if you feel it’s necessary.

After this, you’ll be prompted to choose your domain name. Be careful and think about your domain name.

I can tell you from 5+ domain names of experience. Pick one that you’ll love and stick with for years. Make sure that it reflects what your blog will be about OR is your name. Either way, choose something you’ve thought long and hard about using.

Once you’ve chosen your domain name, you’ll be taken to a page where you’ll be able to select your package options. What package you decide on will depend on if you’re someone who wants to pay ahead or just one year at a time. Personally, I decided to go one year at a time.

I have this thing about being locked into a contract (an old military thing I guess, even though I loved my time in the service).

After everything’s complete, you should be taken to your backend.

From there you need to click on My Accounts to get to your cPanel.

Hooray! You’ve taken that first giant step and are on your way to learning how to start a blog!

Step 3: Set Up Your New Blog

Under where it says AUTOINSTALLERS you’ll see WordPress. Click that and it will lead you through the entire setup.

If that still seems scary, when you sign up through my Siteground link I’ll set your blog up. Don’t worry about how to start your blog; I’ll get it all set up for you.

What this would include:

  • Setting up WordPress
  • Installing your Theme (if you don’t have one I can help you find one)

Step 4: Install a Theme & Design Your Blog

When you’re learning how to start a blog and design it the easiest way to do it is by getting something that is called a child theme. These make it super easy to create your blog and make it look nice.

A company I have used and love to death is StudioPress. They have tons of different options to choose from, and they use the Genisis platform. They make learning how to start a blog a breeze and take the design down to a basic level. To top it all off, they have a way for you to get ALL of their themes (even the third party seller themes) for a really great deal. I ended up purchasing their full vault since I help people new to WordPress get set up and help them choose a theme that’s easy to use.

StudioPress has themes that they’ve created themselves and some that are created by third-party designers. Their themes are also broken down by niche as well (food bloggers, wellness bloggers, and fashion to name a few). This makes it easier to choose.

Designing your blog can be the most time-consuming step of them all. Honestly, it can be as quick or as long of a process as you make it. With that said, if you’re going for simple, it’s easy to throw up a theme and be done. But, if you want to tweak and change different things it can be very time-consuming.

Don’t be me… I tinker forever. But, if you are like me, you’ll play with all of the various gadgets and widgets and tools. I’m a nerd though when it comes to this stuff. I’m just not a developer ;).

Related Post: How & Why to Start Working From Home as a Mom

Step 5: Create Content Your Readers Will Love

While this might be step 5… it should really be step 1. Or step 0 if you want to be really on point. Start out by figuring out exactly who your audience is or who you want them to be and do some research. Researching will help you understand what sort of content they’re looking for and what would be a good idea for you to start producing.

Pinterest is great for this. Use the search bar to type in your prospective niche and see what sort of blog posts people are writing. So, you could type in “mom blogger” or “homestead” or “work from home” or “fitness bloggers” and the list goes on. Just find a few keywords that your niche uses and get to searching. Soon you’ll have a whole list of ideas.

If you’re on Facebook, start joining groups where your ideal audience hangs out. Ask questions in the groups to see what people need help fixing. When you ask the right questions, it will give you HUNDREDS of topics for you to write and publish.

Next, you should convert your Pinterest to a business Pinterest page. Then find a few group blogging boards as well. You want to try to get on 10+ group board to start out if you can. By pinning to these boards it will help to drive traffic to your site.

Step 6: Monetization

I won’t lie to you and say I’m rolling in the dough here. I have earned a total of $16.19 dollars from this blog since I started it in 2017. Or at least, that’s what’s been given to me so fat by Amazon.

But, you can monetize your site in a multitude of ways!

Currently, I’m monetizing this site through ads and affiliate marketing.

Ads

You can monetize your site by having a company, like GourmetAds, place advertisements on your site. For every 1,000 impressions those ads receive you get compensated for them. For ads to really be profitable you need 1,000’s of pageviews.

For instance, I’m currently sitting at a little over 19,000 pageviews and in the last 30 days, I’ve made $43 from ads according to my GourmetAds console. To some, it might seem like chump change, but I’m pretty freaking excited about that!

However, I won’t see a dime of that in my checking account until my running total hits $100. So, I can’t really count that as money made yet. Or, at least I’m not going to. To me, it’s not money earned until it hits my account.

Affiliate Marketing

The way you make money with affiliate marketing is when you link to a product you really, really love and someone clicks on it and either signs up for it or buys something. So, if you clicked on links in this post and signed up for a service I would earn a little commission at no expense to you. The only thing you did was click my link and basically said I was the one that referred you.

It’s that simple.

So, with Amazon, you’re able to sign up for an affiliate program with them. This allows me to link to different products I use and recommend. On this blog, I have recommended things for homesteading, RV living and homeschooling. Each time someone clicks on my link Amazon tracks that.

The great thing about Amazon is that even if the person clicks the link and doesn’t buy that product, but they buy something else I can still get a tiny kickback. Seriously, it’s a pretty small kickback. I’ve seen anywhere from 3% up to 8% fee-rate for different things people have purchased through Amazon.

But, from April 1st until now I have $14 that I’ve made through Amazon. So, that brings me to a total of $57 since I restarted this blog in April! Pretty freaking cool huh?

If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing I really suggest checking out Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. She’s grown her blog and income through affiliate marketing to OVER $50,000 a month. Yes, you read that right… a MONTH.

I’m getting ready to go back through the entire course. Feel free to email me if you decide to join the course and we can partner up or I can tell you about my experience a little more.


 

Things I Recommend:

Tailwind:

I use Tailwind to schedule out all my pins for the month. It takes a few minutes to get them all scheduled and I’m done. In the dashboard, you create the schedule of how many pins you want it to pin each day and then you can source them from Pinterest or even websites to save and schedule. I’m creating a How-To post for Tailwind soon (maybe next week) so keep checking back.

BoardBooster:

I use BoardBooster mostly right now for its pin looping capabilities. It’s amazing in that it will take one (or more) of your boards and “loop” your pins from oldest to newest and then delete the one that’s not performing the best. I’ll be playing with this in the future and detail my strategy so you can copy it.

ConvertKit:

I tried to stay away from ConvertKit because Mailchimp is free and they just added in autoresponders, but ConvertKit is THAT much easier and better in my opinion. Again, I’ll be writing a blog on this soon. But, in short, you can email your entire list at one time vs creating multiple campaigns for different lists. They make segmenting and tagging a breeze. And, they make using content upgrades a no-brainer!

Siteground:

This is now my hosting provider and I absolutely love them. They’re always super helpful to me and I’ve never had an issue. I recommend them above all the others. They can handle a good amount of traffic while your site never skips a beat.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:

The best affiliate marketing training on the “market”. Michelle knows her stuff and has been doing this since like 2010. She grew her Aff marketing income to well over $50k per month and it keeps growing too. Check out her course and be sure to sign up for my email list below. I’ll be sending out discounts to my list that you might otherwise miss.

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How I Hit 10,000 Pageviews In 30 Days

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I’m beyond floored with how fast I was able to grow my pageviews this time around on my blog. I managed to hit OVER 10,000 pageviews in 30 days of blogging. I never dreamed my blog traffic would grow this fast. It felt like a struggle last try.

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As much as I searched, I always read where people said it would take a good bit of time to be able to hit the “10,000 pageviews” mark in a month. Everywhere I read also said it certainly wouldn’t be at the beginning of someone’s blogging journey.

But, I found two amazing resources that helped me TREMENDOUSLY and I’m forever thankful to both the women who wrote them.

From Blog Failure to Blog Success: 10,000 Pageviews in 30 Days

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Before Simple Little Homestead, my blog was called Momma Works Too. At first, I loved writing that blog. But, then something changed and it wasn’t making me happy anymore. I felt like I was writing just to write and writing in order to just make money.

I hated that feeling, so I opted to change to something that I would enjoy more. But, I was scared.

I’ve seen others succeed with lifestyle blogs, but I knew nothing about writing one really. Most seemed to have over 8 categories and wrote on a million different topics. It felt overwhelming.

Thankfully, I came across two women that were making a dent in the blogging sphere and I loved what they were doing. Both women are homestead bloggers that make a full-time income from their blogs. It made me excited to see that it was possible and that they were closer to my level.

Neither women were in the “I made $20k from my blog this month” realm… yet. I know they’ll make it there though. Either way, them being so close to what I wanted to achieve made it seem more real to me. I could connect and feel that “yeah this is possible” rather than feeling like I was lightyears away from my goal.

Making Money From Blogging

Victoria is the first woman I’d like for you to meet. She’s the owner of A Modern Homestead. I first found her when I was looking at transitioning my old blog into a homesteading blog. I was really gun shy and wasn’t sure if I had what it takes. Trying to dive into an entirely new niche and knowing nothing about growing a blog that was considered a “lifestyle” blog was scary.

I emailed back and forth with her a few times and she mentioned her eBook Make Money Blogging At Any Level. Victoria told me that she outlined exactly how she took her blog from $0 to a full-time income. I was hooked. “You got me, where do I sign up for that,” I asked her. And, she graciously sent me her link.

After reading her eBook, I emailed her another time and she pointed me to another woman, Anna, who had a fantastic tip for growing your blog traffic really quick. She linked me to her eBook and when I read the title I knew I had to get it.

Growing Blog Traffic

Anna is the owner of Celebrating a Simple Life (formerly Salt In My Coffee). She also owns 10kpageviews.com which is the home of her amazing eBook Zero to 10,000 Pageviews… In Less Than 30 Days. This eBook revolutionized the way I worked on my blog.

She gives you actionable steps for how to increase your pageviews on your blog in less than 30 days. Be warned – it takes some dedicated work. If you aren’t ready you might get overwhelmed.

In her eBook, she gives tips for using Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Reddit and Stumble to drive traffic to your site. But, if I’m being honest (and I like honesty), I focused on Pinterest alone and hit 10,000 pageviews.

What I Did To Get Over 10,000 Pageviews in Less Than 30 Days

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From April 1st until April 30th I managed to get 14,907 pageviews to my website!!! 

I was floored, to say the least. As my traffic kept increasing I just couldn’t contain my excitement. I would chatter on about it to my husband and a few friends.

Thankfully, they’re very supportive and joined in my excitement.

First

I had roughly 30 posts on my blog already. Some I added from my old blog, but the rest were written for the new blog. They were all in different categories (homesteading, homeschooling, work from home). Both Victoria and Anna said I needed to figure out which were the popular ones.

Since my blog was getting roughly 1000 pageviews per month even though I wasn’t posting I looked at my analytics to see which were driving the traffic. There were three posts that were driving the bulk of the traffic so I wrote down the categories and decided to write more of that category (it was homesteading).

But, I also created new Pinterest graphics at the same time.

I made sure I created fresh graphics for EACH blog post I had… even the old ones that I didn’t really want to promote anymore. The thought was that if they’re still generating even a small amount of traffic I wanted my images to look the same.

In April I posted the following blog posts:

  1. 7 Frugal Living Websites You Should Be Reading
  2. How To Live In An RV Without Feeling Cramped
  3. Getting Started With Container Gardening
  4. Top RV Homestead Kitchen Items You Need
  5. Fun Earth Day Activities For Kids
  6. Easy Cleanup Homeschool Preschool Activities
  7. How To Cook A Full Meal In An RV
  8. Full-Time RV Living With Kids + How We Make It Work

Now, before you say “I can’t write that many posts in a month,” let me tell you something… at least 4 of these were previously drafted. Meaning, they were either almost done, almost half written or partially outlined. So, that meant I just needed to finish writing them and creating their images. Thankfully!

Of those posts, there is ONE that is driving 90% or more of my traffic. Just. One. Post. Isn’t that nuts?

The post driving the most traffic right now is number 2 on that list. This told me that people wanted more RV living posts and so I’m shifting my blog yet again to focus on what my readers want. These will still fall under homesteading because we’re homesteading in our RV :).

Second

I paid for both BoardBooster and Tailwind to help cut down on my pinning time. You don’t have to do that though. You can manually pin and Anna shows you how in her Zero to 10,000 Pageviews eBook. She breaks down how she did it in the beginning while trying to save money on her blog. You’ll even get a Google Spreadsheet that you can use to track everything.

In BoardBooster, I set up a few random campaigns to use specific pins to drip out. I chose my top 7 pins and have them going to my top 7 boards (whichever they are group boards or my own) and one gets dripped out each day to each board.

In Tailwind, I use it to pin other peoples content and I also use it to pin my new content to all relevant boards. I choose the interval setting and optimize it based on the best time for each board and have them dripped 1 day apart.

Third

I scouted for group boards on Pinterest to try to get added as a contributor. This step was the most time consuming and, really, the hardest. You have to search for boards, qualify them (you want to be on boards that will help you not send you false traffic), and then reach out to them with an email, message or comment.

It took a lot of time to contact many board owners. I still have to follow up with a lot of them. But, I would say I added about 10 new group boards this month. There were many that were gracious enough to add me to their boards really fast.

That’s How I Hit Over 10,000 Pageviews

Yep, that’s it. That’s, literally, all I did. It might seem like a lot, but it really didn’t feel like it at the time.

Sure, I was busting my butt, checking my web traffic stat constantly (thanks Google Analytics for having a handy iPhone app –high five) and probably bugged my husband a little much. But, I wrote what I wanted to write about and it flowed pretty quick. The image design process was pretty simple too.

I’m just glad I didn’t have hundreds of posts to recreate images for.

Where I’m Going From Here: Blog Goals

  1. I want to hit 25,000 sessions in a rolling 30 day period so I can apply for Mediavine for starters.
  2. I’m currently taking a course that’s helping me plan out the next 12 weeks of my blog (note: this post is part of my 12-week game plan and I have 23 more posts that are potential topics)
  3. I want to create a better opt-in offer for my audience
  4. There’s also brainstorming going on for my first eBook offer or printable… not sure yet which it will be.

Those are my goals for the next twelve weeks. Crank out more awesome posts to try to have more viral posts, and creating fun goodies for you, my audience.

Be sure to stay on the lookout for an update!


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Make Your First $1000 As A Brand New Freelancer

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How To Make Your First $1,000 As A Brand New Freelance Writer

Today, I have the wonderful opportunity to bring you an interview I had with Elna Cain from ElnaCain.com and Writeto1k.com. She created a program that teaches you how to go from newbie to full-fledged freelance writing and helps you make your first 1k (or second, third, and beyond).

I first found Elna back in 2016 when I was starting out in the blogging realm, but I had a different blog at the time where I was focusing on moms working from home. Elna was writing her blog Twins Mommy and I fell in love with the blog. She was so helpful and provided amazing content.

I devoured every article she wrote.

Then I found out she had a freelance writing course and knew I had to check it out. I love to write, but never really knew how to turn that into an income. Thankfully this course shows you exactly how!

Write Your Way to Your First 1k by Elna Cain is the perfect course for anyone wanting to learn how to become a freelance writer.

She’s had multiple students go through her course and become full-time freelance writers in as little as three months.

Just imagine that! The ability to create a full-time income, writing posts for companies, and never having to leave your house.

No, this isn’t a get rich quick scheme and it does require work. With the right people helping you and the right information you can help.

How To Make Your First 1k As A Brand New Freelancer

Rather than keep chatting away about how awesome freelance writing can be, I’m going to let Elna explain her experience to you and her amazing course!

1. When did you decide to become a freelance writer? How long have you been a freelance writer?

In the fall of 2014, I decided to become a freelance writer. As a mom with twins I, couldn’t leave them or put them in daycare. Call it a helicopter mom, but I couldn’t imagine being away from my little babies.

It was at that time that I was exploring ways to make money from home. I discovered I could be a virtual assistant and freelance writer.

Since I love to write, I felt freelance writing would be a great thing for me. And it has!

2. What made you decide to start your course Write Your Way to Your First 1k?

I decided to create a course for aspiring writers after a year of being a freelance writer. Why? Because I wanted to help other new writers find the right way to become successful writers. I made a whole bunch of mistakes as a new writer and that slowed down my success. I didn’t want that to happen to others interested in this business.

I recently re-vamped my course this year based on the new strategies and new things I learned as a professional writer.

I’ve had over 600 writers take the course and many have made their first $1k and are now making a living as a writer.

3. What are the most common struggles that you see in freelance writing?

The biggest struggle is finding profitable clients. For many new writers, they have no idea where to find freelance writing jobs that are recurring, high-paying and can help them make a living as a freelancer.

Many start off on Upwork and don’t know how to go from there. Still, the majority start on content mills – that was my first mistake. These sites pay very little for bulk content and don’t value writing at all.

Knowing how to find profitable clients, the best job boards, how to cold pitch or use social media is a struggle for a lot of new writers that don’t know anything.

4. Does your course address how to overcome these obstacles?

Yes. I created my course with the intention of helping writers build their own writer platform. Instead of using Upwork’s platform to find clients, they make their own. But I also teach them where to find profitable clients. From cold pitching to using social media to unlikely ways to land a gig.

My course also helps you with writing for your clients so that you can show your value as a writer. And finally, it goes into the business by showing you how to invoice your clients or how to submit your work.

5. Roughly how long do you think it would take someone to achieve that first 1k?

That is up to the writer, their niche, their persistence, writing skill, the time and their marketing ability. My course gives you those tools to help you achieve your first $1k. Some replace their full-time within 3 months or less, while others achieve their first $1k.

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6. As a WAHM do you find you have enough time to write and be mom, wife, and woman?

It’s a challenge for sure! I do have other blogs and other diversified income that takes a lot of time for sure. I try to be a mom during the day and be a freelance writer at night. I answer email during the day, but for the most part, I’m painting or running to the park or bike riding

7. What is your biggest tip for managing your time as a mom and freelancer?

For me, the biggest time is to make time for your business. Block time in your week to pitching and writing. Also, try to find clients that are flexible with deadlines. All my clients give me a month or more or don’t have a deadline for me and that makes it easy to write for my clients and grow my brand as a blogger.

8. Who would you say this course isn’t for?

This course isn’t for those interested in journalistic writing or magazine writing. While I do have students that are journalists and are writing for magazines, my course helps you to write for small businesses.

This course isn’t for people who want to make money online. It’s not a get rich quick course. It’s a highly comprehensive course.

I give you a whole business and help you market it!

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Write Your Way to Your First $1k has been crazy amazing for me so far, and I can’t wait to provide Elna with yet another testimonial for the course!

If you decide to take her course too, please let me know so we can support each other. I’d be more than happy to connect 1-1 with people and exchange ideas for finding our niche, clients and supporting our families together. Elna has her amazing Facebook group also.

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How To Use Pinterest For Massive Blog Growth

 

How To Use Pinterest For Massive Blog Growth

Have you been trying to figure out how to grow your blog traffic without actually having to do massive amounts of work? You can use Pinterest for massive blog growth, and you don’t even have to wait months to benefit.

I didn’t know that when I was starting this blog. But, I was trying to find the most efficient way to grow my blog traffic and noticed everyone was talking about Pinterest. Now, this didn’t exactly excite me, because I wasn’t a big Pinterest person.

After starting this blog and testing tips and tricks people were writing about on their blogs I can definitely attest to the fact that using Pinterest for massive blog growth is the way to go!

If you don’t currently have a blog check out how easy it is to start: New Blogger Guide for Moms: How to Start a Blog

How To Use Pinterest For Massive Blog Growth

In this blog, I’ll take you from the beginning up to where I am now in my “massive blog growth” journey (granted I stepped back quite a bit in my journey).

#1 Create a Business Pinterest Account

When you go to create a Pinterest Account you will have the option to turn it into a Business Account by clicking “Continue as a business”.

How To Use Pinterest For Massive Blog Growth

If you already have a Pinterest Account and want to use that one instead then you would simply go to pinterest.com/business/convert and you’d be prompted to follow along to convert your current Pinterest account into a Business Account.

Getting massive blog growth from Pinterest likely won’t happen unless you’re account is a business account. I’m not saying it won’t happen, but the likelihood decreases drastically.

Pinterest even offers a help section for how to set it all up right here: Set Up Your Business Account

#2 Name It After Your Blog (Your Name – Blog)

When it comes to naming your account the general way people name their accounts is to either name it directly after their blog or their name + their blog.

By naming it ONLY after your blog you are taking yourself out of the picture. This would be something you’d choose if you don’t want your name or your person associated with the blog itself. People will do this if they intend to sell the blog or think they may sell the blog later.

If you are ok with your blog being associated with your name and your person, or if they are intricately tied together than using your name + blog is how most bloggers choose to name their Pinterest accounts.

For instance, mine is pictured below as Brianna Nash | Simple Little Homestead

How to Use Pinterest for Massive Blog Growth

By naming your page this way you’re letting others know that it’s not a personal account and that it’s linked to something else (i.e. a blog). This also helps others find you when they’re searching on Pinterest in the toolbar.

#3 Create a “Best of” Board

Now that you’re account is all setup or converted over to a business account it’s time to get your boards all squared away.

Whether you do or don’t have any boards yet you’ll want to create a “best of” board that will be only for your blog. This is a board that you will only be pinning the blogs that are coming from your website or guest posts. Essentially, you want a place that someone can come to on Pinterest and find all your blog in one area without searching all of your boards.

If you’ve never created boards before it’s super simple. You’d click that big red and white plus circle to create one. You’d name it whatever you want, write at least 200 words for the description and then select the category it best fits in.

After this, you’re one step closer to using Pinterest for massive blog growth!

#4 Create 10 Extra Boards

This one ties into the last step. Same as above with creating a “best of” board, you’ll toggle the little red plus circle and create at least 10 more boards (unless you already have boards and then hold on). You want at least 10 boards so that it gives your followers some options for what to look at when they come to your profile.

You want to make sure that the boards you create all tie into the blog you’re starting.

So, if you’re starting a food blog you likely won’t have a camping board featuring tons of gear (unless it’s camping stoves, pans and such) because this wouldn’t necessarily appeal to your audience. They’re coming to you for recipes, not camp gear. You’d want boards like Fast Breakfasts, Easy Lunches, Quick and Simple Dinners, Delicious Sides, and so on.

Create at least 10 and then pin at least 20 pins to each board. This gives you a good bit of content to start out with so you’re followers stick around more.

If you already have boards:

You’re going to want to go through your boards and either make them all private boards so you don’t lose your pins, or if they can be used for your blog you’ll want to edit the names of the boards likely. Go through your boards and see which ones relate to your blog and which ones don’t.

Once you know which to make secret and which to keep live go ahead and move your excess boards to secret and move to step #5.

#5 Naming Your Boards + Descriptions

When you’re creating boards or re-creating boards you want the title of the board to basically be an SEO title. What that means is that when someone types something in the Pinterest search bar you want your board to pop up so the name should be something someone would search.

So, if you blog about Parenting and Minimalistic Living and you wanted a board for helping moms get started with minimalism your board could be Minimalist Parenting or Minimalism for Moms.

You want your Pinterest board title to be catchy but searchable.

Once you have your boards named or at least written down, it’s time to give them a description. (PS I like to work in chunks so I do names first then descriptions so I’m not hassling over something)

The description of the board is a great way to add in more SEO terms that will help your boards get noticed. So, when you’re writing out your descriptions make sure you’re using keywords and phrases that someone would use to search for whatever the board is about.

#6 Follow 50+ Bloggers In Your Niche

Ok, you have your business account, name, boards and descriptions… now what?

Now it’s time to go out and follow other bloggers and people who would be interested in what you’re going to be pinning.

We’ll go back to the Minimalist Mom for this example. She would be searching for other minimalist bloggers and following them. The best way to do this is to search for the pinners and then once you found one that you really like see who they’re following!

This is a great way to find amazing people to follow.

Typically, you won’t get a follow back from everyone you follow, but you’ll get some and that’s a start. This is your starting point and it will all grow from here.

#7 Create a Pinning Schedule

Don’t freak out! This one is super easy when you have the right tools.

I use Tailwind and BoardBooster to help me with scheduling my pinning and repinning and it cut down on loads of my time. So much so, that I almost feel guilty sometimes and will still get on and pin more.

Tailwind is great for helping you pin a ton to your boards each day (30+ pins is a good aim). With pinning that much daily it is really a time saver! I have it all scheduled out for each day and then will use their chrome tool and fill up for the month in a matter of an hour or so. Amazing.

Then there’s BoardBooster and their amazing Looping feature. It allows you to loop boards forever. It will take a board and loop pins from the oldest to the newest and then delete the one that isn’t performing the best. But, you can save pins that have a high virility or lots of repins.

Related Post: How to Plan Your Week Working From Home as a Mom

#8 Schedule Your Pins For the Month

Once you have Tailwind or BoardBoster (hopefully both) it’s time to start scheduling. When you’re just starting out I’d go by board and schedule pins to be pinned to that board with Tailwind’s Chrome extension.

After you have a decent amount of pins on your boards you can use BoardBooster’s looping feature to loop those boards. This gives the appearance of pinning without really adding new things to the boards. It’s a great way to keep your boards fresh without adding any pins that may not be high quality or worth it. Getting massive blog growth with both of these two tools saves you countless hours and headache.

I’ll be doing a blog on each of these tools separately to show you exactly how to use them and why each one is uniquely different and amazing. I’ll likely record a video as well or put them together in a mini-course at some point, so stay tuned.

How To Use Pinterest For Massive Blog Growth

#9 Pin All Your Blogs (and old blogs) to Your “Best of” Board

Are you just starting out with your blog?

Make sure when you’re posting your blog to your site that you’re also pinning it to your “best of” board on Pinterest! By pinning it to your board and any other relevant board you have it’s the fastest way to get your new blog out in the world for people to see it.

Already have a blog?

You should start by going through all your old blogs and pinning them to your new “best of” board so that people have one central location (that isn’t your blog) to find your blogs. We want to make it super easy for Pinterest lovers to find our blogs and follow them back to our website.

#10 Join Pinterest Group Boards to Grow Your Following

One of the best ways to get followers on Pinterest is by contributing to group boards. It was how I crossed the 1000 followers mark when I started blogging last year. It is one of the best ways to get massive blog growth traction today.

Research Pinners in your niche and see if they have group boards they’re a part of. It’s likely that if they’re in group boards that those same boards you could participate in and reap the benefits. When you’re searching you’re looking for boards that look like the ones in the image below:

How To Use Pinterest For Massive Blog Growth

Group boards have a round circle in the bottom left that will show multiple people’s faces/profile pictures. You can click on the board to open it and there will be a description at the top that will indicate how you can join the board.

Goal: reach out to at least 10 group board owners to be invited to their group boards.

#11 Stay Consistent But NOT Obsessive

I made this mistake starting out. When you’re so focused on growth it can be pretty easy to overwhelm yourself with your growing to-do list.

The easy thing to do is to set out times to 1) schedule your pins, 2) create images for your blog posts, 3) interact with others.

The more active you are and the more you’re pinning the more your profile will be seen by others. But, you want to make sure that you’re pinning on a consistent basis, which is where Tailwind and BoardBooster come in handy. These tools will help you eliminate the need to be on Pinterest everyday pinning 50+ pins a day.

Plan your days accordingly so you’re not on your computer or phone all day checking your account.

Also, be patient. Your Pinterest growth won’t be super speedy (unless you’re using paid ads) so give it time to take off. Massive blog growth isn’t an overnight opportunity unless you pay for it, but let’s not do that. The more active and the more consistent you are the more you’ll be seen. This converts to followers.

How To Use Pinterest For Massive Blog Growth

Do you have tips for using Pinterest for massive blog growth? Share your best tips in the comments below!


Things I Recommend to Use for Massive Blog Growth:

Tailwind:

I use Tailwind to schedule out all my pins for the month. It takes a few minutes to get them all scheduled and I’m done. In the dashboard, you create the schedule of how many pins you want it to pin each day. After you have your schedule you can source pins from Pinterest or even websites to save and schedule. I’m creating a How-To post for Tailwind soon (maybe next week) so keep checking back.

BoardBooster:

I use BoardBooster mostly right now for its pin looping capabilities. It’s amazing. It will take one (or more) of your boards and “loop” your pins from oldest to newest. Then, it will delete the one that’s not performing the best. I’ll be playing with this in the future and detail my strategy so you can copy it.

ConvertKit:

I tried to stay away from ConvertKit because Mailchimp is free and they just added in autoresponders. But, ConvertKit is THAT much easier and better in my opinion. Again, I’ll be writing a blog on this soon. But, in short, you can email your entire list at one time vs creating multiple campaigns for different lists. They make segmenting and tagging a breeze. And, they make using content upgrades a no-brainer!

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:

The best affiliate marketing training on the “market”. Michelle knows her stuff and has been doing this since like 2010. She grew her Aff marketing income to well over $50k per month and it keeps growing too. Check out her course and be sure to sign up for my email list below. I’ll be sending out discounts to my list that you might otherwise miss.


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How to Plan Your Week Working From Home as a Mom

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How to Plan Your Week Working From Home as a Mom

I won’t lie and say working from home as a mom is easy, or even slightly challenging. It can be downright grueling at times. That’s why you have to plan your week working from home! Without planning you’re bound to let some things slip or even forget completely about others.

When you don’t have a plan it can get a bit horrific. I’m talking the hair-pulling, teeth-grinding, screaming kind of horrific. On the flip side, though, it can be a completely rewarding, fun and even an amazing journey.

There is so much room for personal growth on every level when you’re working from home as a mom. You have to learn to cope with a crazy fast-paced environment and possibly late nights to get work done. Unless you plan your week working from home… then you won’t have late nights unless it’s by choice!

Related Post: 7 Easy Tasks You Should Be Outsourcing in Business

How to Plan Your Week Working From Home as a Mom

I am going to be honest… I used to hate planning. Oh, sure, I’d buy planners galore and pretend that I was going to be this super planner mom. I’d pretend that everything would be planned and it would be hunky dory.

Then reality would set in and I’d be eyeballs deep in the planner thinking “wtf did I get this for,” knowing good and well it would just sit on the shelf collecting dust. And who wants extra to dust, am I right?

Things changed though as I started my business. I realized that those partially used planners I owned would come in handy. I’d slowly start using them and referring to them on a daily basis. It was where my notes went, where ideas went, important dates, etc.

My planner slowly started getting more use.

Then, I discovered how much more efficient I was using an online calendar as a planner. I transitioned nearly everything over to Google Calendar because, hello, it had notifications (insert my surprised face). But, there was still planners that ended up on my desk even though I had Google Calendar at my disposal.

The act of writing them down is what made things work for me. There was something about it and I’d heard others say that writing it down creates pathways in your brain (which I never researched) but wasn’t sure if it was true. I can see how it would be true though (still haven’t researched it).

#1 Write It All Out

Writing it all out is the first step to successfully plan your week working from home. There are so many things that could get in your way, but when you write it all out you won’t forget things. The easiest way to do this is by grabbing a blank piece of printer paper and just brain dumping it all onto the sheet.

Then you can make it neat and tidy on either lined paper or just stick straight in your calendar.

I keep a running tab of things I need to do and cross them off as I add them to my task list and calendar schedule. This helps me know what’s been added to my schedule and what hasn’t been added to my schedule.

#2 Group Thing By Tasks

You may or may not like doing this, but give it a fair shot first. This will help you batch items rather than trying to do everything at once and then getting nothing done.

For instance, you can write out your blog post titles for the month and brainstorm the content in one sitting. Then, in the next, you can source all the images for each blog. After that, you’ll create your “Pinterest worthy” images (don’t worry I’ll show you how in an upcoming post). Schedule your social media in another batch. And so on and so forth.

When you do things in batches it will save you time and stress.

Or, you could just be one of those ones that like to write their posts, create images, and schedule all in one sitting. Depending how much time you have to allocate to this, you could literally knock out a months worth of work in one sitting. Aside from interacting on social media of course.

Related Post: 8 Steps to Finding More Time in Your Busy, Frantic-Filled Day

#3 Make Your Schedule

Scheduling things out is pretty much what makes this awesome. When you plan your week working from home and schedule it all in a calendar, shit gets real. And I mean it gets really good.

I’ve been a little lax on this lately and it really hit home last week as I was going over things I needed to do in order to get this blog back where I wanted it to be. So much so, that I took my own advice and started with a blank piece of paper and wrote it all out.

Currently, I’m reviewing my list so I can plan out my week(s) too.

Sometimes we need our own medicine but are too reluctant to take it.

Once you have all your to-do’s brain dumped, grouped and all sorted it’s time to start to scheduling. So, break out your planner or Google Calendar and start putting things in their places. If things are grouped together then schedule them together.

Make sure that you’re giving yourself enough time to finish the task and make sure you give yourself enough time to take breaks too. You don’t want to overwork yourself.

#4 Revisit Your List Often

Just like anything, when you plan your week working from home you need to revisit your list often. Sometimes things won’t be necessary anymore and sometimes you’ll have to add things.

Your schedule is a living breathing object that should be able to flow with your daily life, shift and move just like you do. Be prepared for things to change, for tasks to shift spots and for scheduled times to be rescheduled.

#5 Figure Out What You Can Automate

Automation will save your life!

Ok, but for real, automation will save you so much time it’s unreal. You can schedule an entire month of pinning in a matter of hours depending on how many pins you’re wanting to schedule to be pinned per day.

Pinterest isn’t the only thing though, you can automate other social media channels as well. By batch scheduling your social media posts you’ll save yourself countless hours each day. And, if you use a scheduler like Meet Edgar you can schedule out a TON of content and then have it on repeat! This is such an amazing concept because it allows you to repurpose social media posts over and over and over again.

Essentially, you could schedule out 1000 posts and have them rotated continuously and you never touch it again aside from adding new blog posts to the mix. Imagine how many hours this would save you! Amazing right?

Ideally, you wouldn’t stop posting new content, but in theory, you could and let it loop it all for you.

#6 Consider Outsourcing

Once you get to a point where either the amount of work is getting more than you can handle OR you’re to the point where you want more time freedom you can outsource.

Outsourcing means taking things off your plate and giving it to someone else to do.

So, all those things you don’t like doing? You can hand them off to a VA or business manager and then focus on the things you like doing.

This obviously requires a bit of an investment as you’ll be paying someone to do these things. But, if you can do more of what you love doing (writing blog posts or working with clients) then you can do more of that by freeing up your time.

This could easily help cover the costs of a VA or business manager. You would be focusing on things that would grow your business and add income to the business versus being in the day to day monotonous tasks that take time away from the money making things.

How are you going to plan your week working from home from now on?


Things I Recommend:

Tailwind:

I use Tailwind to schedule out all my pins for the month. It takes a few minutes to get them all scheduled and I’m done. This is the perfect tool for helping you plan your week working from home without adding any unnecessary headaches. In the dashboard, you create the schedule of how many pins you want it to pin each day and then you can source them from Pinterest or even websites to save and schedule. I’m creating a How-To post for Tailwind soon (maybe next week) so keep checking back.

BoardBooster:

I use BoardBooster mostly right now for its pin looping capabilities. It’s amazing in that it will take one (or more) of your boards and “loop” your pins from oldest to newest and then delete the one that’s not performing the best. I’ll be playing with this in the future and detail my strategy so you can copy it.

ConvertKit:

I tried to stay away from ConvertKit because Mailchimp is free and they just added in autoresponders, but ConvertKit is THAT much easier and better in my opinion. Again, I’ll be writing a blog on this soon. But, in short, you can email your entire list at one time vs creating multiple campaigns for different lists. They make segmenting and tagging a breeze. And, they make using content upgrades a no-brainer!

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:

The best affiliate marketing training on the “market”. Michelle knows her stuff and has been doing this since like 2010. She grew her Aff marketing income to well over $50k per month and it keeps growing too. Check out her course and be sure to sign up for my email list below. I’ll be sending out discounts to my list that you might otherwise miss.

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to plan your week working from home? Share them in the comments so we can all benefit!

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How & Why to Start Working from Home as a Mom

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How & Why to Start Working from Home as a Mom

Working from home can be super stressful, but very, very rewarding. I’ve learned a lot along the way in the past four to five years. Quite a lot actually, but I am always learning new things every day.

The ability to make money and work from home is so vast that sometimes it can be very confusing around where to start or even what you should be doing.

How & Why to Start Working From Home as a Mom

I first considered working from home while I was finishing my college degree online. Doing school work from home was fulfilling and was easy while I was pregnant. It made the substituting work I did feel like a chore.

When the idea of working from home was sparked it made me reconsider my desire to finish my master’s degree in English and even if I wanted to teach or have any other job outside of being home. This both shocked and scared me some.

I knew nothing about what sort of jobs you could do from home and I wasn’t even sure where to start. I did tons of research and joined tons of groups when I was starting. There was a lot I learned how to do and a lot I learned how not to do. I want to save you a little headache and help you get on the right path though.

Related post: 7+ Ways to Work Virtually and Make a Good Living

First I’ll be going over some awesome reasons why working from home is great and then I’ll be diving into how you can start working from home as a mom.

Why Work From Home

#1 You Get to Be Home With Your Kids

This one should be sort of a no-brainer really. Being home with my kids while I work was the number one reason I started scouting for things to do from home. The simple thought of taking my kids to a daycare made me cringe inside. No matter how much they drive me crazy during the daytime I just couldn’t stand the thought of them going to a daycare.

Since it made me cringe so much on the inside I set out to find ways to make money from home so that I could keep them with me, but still contribute to the family income.

#2 You Work On Your Schedule

It’s amazing to know that I can get up when I want (well, at least sort of when kids are involved) and that I can drink my coffee as slow as I want without being rushed to the office.

I can work in the morning, at naptime or after the kids are in bed and no one will tell me to work faster or that something needs to be done “right now”. It’s an amazing feeling.

It can be a little stressful, but with the right systems in place, it can be really amazing too.

#3 You Don’t Have to Top Out On Your Pay

When you’re working at an office you can only get paid so much unless you take on extra shifts. And, sometimes taking on extra shifts isn’t possible for every job. So, once you reach your 40 hours a week you’ve pretty much topped out unless you get a raise.

But, when working from home you don’t have to top out on hours. You can create passive income that will make you money while you sleep! That’s one of the main things I plan to do with this blog.

#4 Focus On Things You Love

This is probably the second thing I love about working from home! I can focus on things I love versus things I don’t love.

For instance, I started this blog to help women who want to work from home. Rather than trying to help women individually I can do it on a mass scale through Pinterest. It’s amazing. But, this also leaves me time to create things for my new leather-working business!

Pick something you love to focus on and you’ll never really get bored with it. With that said, don’t push yourself too hard or you’ll end up burned out like I burned myself out. You don’t want to do that.

Related Post: 8 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Working Online

#5 No Boss Nagging You

Ahhhh. This one is quite nice too.

Ever had that one boss that you just couldn’t stand the site of or the sound of? I’m sure we’ve all had a boss or two like that.

Well, when you’re working from home you don’t have to worry about that! You are your own boss. You make the rules, the schedule, and the tasks. Don’t overwork yourself and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

#6 If You Get Sick You Can Take Off Without Being Scared

On days I would get sick and couldn’t go in to substitute at the school I was working at it made me worry. If I didn’t go in I wouldn’t get paid. This meant my check would be way less than if I had gone in to work. But, I never wanted to get the kids sick.

Now, I don’t have to worry about what happens if I don’t go in to work. I can work from my bed if I need to or even want to work. If not, I can just get to it the next day after I’ve rested.

No one can dictate my pay any more. Only I can!

#7 Can Take Vacations Without a Pay Decrease

This one is not something people always have to worry about. Some people get paid vacation, but for those who don’t, it can be a big one. For me, if I didn’t work, I didn’t get paid so I had to plan my vacations around school vacation times. Granted, this wasn’t always bad, but if I wanted to take a vacation during school time based on my husband’s schedule it would mean I wouldn’t get paid.

Now, working from home, I don’t have to worry about not getting paid if I go on a vacation. Once my passive income is going I can even let things run on autopilot without my help and take a computer-free vacation!

That is my ultimate goal.

#8 Can Choose What You Do & What You Outsource

This one is amazing. If you don’t like a certain part of working from home you can 99% of the time find someone you can outsource it too! This means you don’t have to do anything you don’t like doing.

Now, with that said, you will likely have to do things you don’t want to do in the beginning. But, once your income can pay someone else to do it, then you can start outsourcing for the things you don’t like.

#9 You Can Save On Daycare

Can I get a hallelujah!

Has anyone noticed the costs of daycare have gone up drastically over the years? Where we live it would cost us near $1200 for two kids to go full time!!! If I went out to get a job right now that would eat my paycheck. So, I would essentially be making money for the kids to go to daycare. And that’s at $10/hour!

How ludicrous is that?!

Now, I can make money from home and save money on daycare too! That means saving $1200 I would have had to spend on daycare.

How to Work From Home

#1 Blogging

You can start a blog in minutes now and get started on your blogging journey. Choose your niche (what you want to blog about), map out some posts, write them, and start promoting via social media.

You can monetize your blog via affiliate marketing and the best person to learn from is Michelle from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

In her course, she teaches you exactly how to get started with affiliate marketing and how to get your first commission. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.

I’m actually going back through her course myself so that I can put the practices into place and start generating passive income this way.

#2 Sell things in your home

Do you have an excess amount of things in your home? Are your kids growing out of their clothes or toys?

There are probably many things you could sell around your house to make extra cash. A good spring (summer, fall or winter) cleaning would likely uncover a lot. It may not be a long-term way to make extra money, but it would help you start.

This one also ties into #3 as well.

#3 Amazon FBA

The Selling Family has an amazing program my husband and I are going to be starting next month called Amazon Boot Camp. They teach you everything you need to know about sourcing products and selling them on Amazon via the FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) program.

This is a great way to make extra money while letting Amazon handle all the business. You can make it a family affair by getting your kids to help you pick things out to put on your Amazon store.

Related Post: 5 More Ways to Make Money From Home

#4 Handmade Business

Are you a particularly crafty person? Do you know how to create printables? Perhaps you know how to sew?

Creating a handmade business is becoming really popular. Essentially, you’re creating things by hand and selling them for profit on a platform like Etsy or Shopify. (I’ll be creating a free course on how to setup both of these)

Etsy has a community already built into their platform that allows people to find you and your products.

#5 Service Provider

There are many things you can do as a service provider and get paid a decent amount. The one thing I chose to do was become a Virtual Assistant.

You could also do something like being a graphic designer, website creator, Instagram Manager, Facebook Group manager, social media manager, Facebook Ads manager, and so much more.

Things I Recommend:

Tailwind:

I use Tailwind to schedule out all my pins for the month. It takes a few minutes to get them all scheduled and I’m done. In the dashboard, you create the schedule of how many pins you want it to pin each day and then you can source them from Pinterest or even websites to save and schedule. I’m creating a How-To post for Tailwind soon (maybe next week) so keep checking back.

BoardBooster:

I use BoardBooster mostly right now for its pin looping capabilities. It’s amazing in that it will take one (or more) of your boards and “loop” your pins from oldest to newest and then delete the one that’s not performing the best. I’ll be playing with this in the future and detail my strategy so you can copy it.

ConvertKit:

I tried to stay away from ConvertKit because Mailchimp is free and they just added in autoresponders, but ConvertKit is THAT much easier and better in my opinion. Again, I’ll be writing a blog on this soon. But, in short, you can email your entire list at one time vs creating multiple campaigns for different lists. They make segmenting and tagging a breeze. And, they make using content upgrades a no-brainer!

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:

The best affiliate marketing training on the “market”. Michelle knows her stuff and has been doing this since like 2010. She grew her Aff marketing income to well over $50k per month and it keeps growing too. Check out her course and be sure to sign up for my email list below. I’ll be sending out discounts to my list that you might otherwise miss.

Do you have tips & ideas for working from home? Share them with us in the comments.

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