How to Stay Healthy as an Entrepreneur on the Go

Since I was young I always knew I wanted to work for myself, I just didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. Being a blogger, social media specialist/influencer, online content creator – these weren’t even possibilities when I was younger because they didn’t exist yet. Now I work for myself as a freelance writer, I’m in the process of turning my blog into my business, and I have a special project in the works that I can’t wait to share with you guys!

Being an entrepreneur is the dream for a lot of people, but it is a LOT of work. All of your success and profit depends on the work you put in, plus a little bit of good timing ;). The thing about working for yourself is that your work never really ends. From writing articles and blog posts to promoting your work on social media, to networking to planning and booking clients, it’s exciting and overwhelming all at once. And it’s really important to keep your health in mind and not let it fall by the wayside.

Today I’m sharing with you my 5 top tips for how to stay healthy as an entrepreneur on the go!

1. Stay active
Whatever it is you do to stay active, make sure you do it 3 to 4 days a week. Right now, yoga and spin classes are my favorite ways to get my heart beat up! Exercising has been proven to boost motivation and creativity, reduce stress, and kick your endorphins into gear. As an entrepreneur it’s so important to take time out of your busy schedule and get your heart pumping and blood flowing!
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A key part of a proper exercise regime is wearing the proper workout gear. I’m so happy to announce that I am now an ambassador for Tonic Active, an active wear brand that’s consciously made in Vancouver, Canada. I get my best workouts when wearing clothes that are breathable, durable and that move comfortably with my body. And Tonic’s active wear literally has it all! I’m wearing the Cupid Bra and Flame Legging and they’re the most stylish fitness pieces I’ve ever owned! And guess what – until the end of August you can get free shipping with the discount code: “freeship”.

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I find the weeks I don’t work out to be much more draining and unproductive. When you run your own business, you’re the one who needs to keep things in motion, so make sure you’re doing your best to stay active and fit every week!

2. Maintain a healthy diet
When you’re always on the go, it can become habit to eat out. Try to make the majority of your meals throughout the week so you can maintain a healthy diet. Here are some of my favourite quick and healthy recipes for each meal of the day:

BREAKFAST

1. Avacado Toast via Minimalist Baker
2. Overnight Oats 8 Ways via Back to Her Roots
3. Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie via Running with Spoons

LUNCH

1.  Chickpea Lettuce Wraps via Show Me the Yummy
2. Honey Mustard, Chicken, Avocado and Bacon Salad via Café Delites
3. Smoked Salmon Bagel via Adore Foods

DINNER

1.  Asian Zucchini Noodle Stir-Fry with Shrimp via Just a Taste
2. Easy Healthy Baked Lemon Chicken via Le Crème de la Crumb
3. Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowls via Pinch of Yum

3. Drink tea
I’m such a tea lover it’s not even funny! As soon as I wake up I turn on the kettle and sip away throughout the morning. Coffee makes me extremely anxious and jittery, whereas tea has the perfect amount of caffeine to wake me up, yet keep me stress-free.

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I used to work at a tea store and learned about so many benefits of my favourite hot drink. Each type of tea is good for something different, so I love to switch it up to get different benefits on the daily. I’ll break down some of the best below:

Green tea: high in anti-oxidants and caffeine, boosts your metabolism and brain function (aka creativity and productivity!!!)

Black tea: lots of anti-oxidants, increases your energy, reduces stress, boosts your immune system, enough caffeine to keep you going throughout the day!

White tea: anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties, great for your skin, reduces stress and increases energy!

Oolong tea: improves mental alertness, sharpens thinking skills, boosts your metabolism and aids in digestion, strengthens your immune system.

Rooibos and herbal: no caffeine, keeps you calm and stress free, low in tannins.

4. Get social
No, I’m not talking about social media. Make sure you carve out time to hang out with friends, family and whoever makes you the happiest. When you’re an entrepreneur a lot of your time can be spent on your own, which can sometimes get lonely.

Meet up with friends on your lunch break, take a fitness class together after the work day’s done, catch up over dinner and wine, binge your favorite TV show together. A proper balance of work and social gatherings will keep you from becoming a workaholic and going a little stir crazy!

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5. Get a good night’s sleep
I’ve never had a problem getting to sleep at night, but I know it’s something a lot of people struggle with. Especially since everything is always “on” (social media, email, etc.) there always seems to be something more to do at the end of the night.

Try your best to turn off early and get a proper night’s sleep. 7 to 8 hours is ideal and I feel that’s how much sleep I need to feel really great when I wake up in the morning. Whatever that number is for you, make it work! Instead of checking your emails and scrolling through Instagram, read a book, meditate, or take your stress out with an adult coloring book or journal!

Are you an entrepreneur? What do you do to stay healthy? Let me know in the comment section below!

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As an entrepreneur it’s essential to keep your health at the front of your mind! When you work for yourself, sometimes the work just doesn’t end, so you have to make a point of carving out time for certain things. From health and fitness tips to my favourite healthy recipes and how to get a better night’s sleep, here are my top tips to staying healthy as a creative entrepreneur! Click to read the awesome tips or save this pin for later!

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Month 2: Traffic Report and Pinterest Stats

Hey guys! I know I missed a post last week. I was really under the weather and since it was a short week (in Canada), things have been quite crazy around here, but I’m back with a blog traffic report for July! July was a good month. As you’ll see in this traffic report I didn’t see as much growth as I would have liked, but I’ve heard summer is a slower season for bloggers.

I also wasn’t on Pinterest for a full week as I was trying to figure out which scheduler I wanted to use, so I think that also had something to do with it as Pinterest is my biggest traffic driver! If you’re new around here, or would like a reminder, you can check my Month 1 blog update here!

I’m still happy with the effort I put into growing my blog and the results I’m seeing. I’ve been getting a lot of comments which means my readers (YOU GUYS!) are engaging with my content, and that makes me the happiest of all! I love hearing from you guys, so whether it’s a comment or email, please know how ecstatic it makes me 🙂
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Alright, I know what you’re here for – let’s get to the good stuff!

PAGEVIEWS

June: 4,709

Goal for July: 8,500

Actual for July: 6,678

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I failed in terms of my page views goal. I’m disappointed, but okay with it. Like I said, I missed an entire week pinning. Part of that was choosing a scheduler and part of it was just slacking off (let’s be honest) and it did make quite a difference! Like I’ve said, Pinterest is queen when it comes to blogging! And if you want to know how I’ve been using Pinterest to grow my blog, check out this post!

Goal for next month: 8,500

Since I didn’t reach that goal last month (and still have a ways to go), I’m going to keep my goal at 8,500. I really hope I can reach it, and will be sharing my posts like crazy on Pinterest and my Facebook groups! I’ve been getting a lot of love from the Facebook groups I’m part of lately, which has been so great! I’ll definitely keep promoting on those! Twitter and Instagram haven’t shown me as much love, but Instagram continues to be my favourite social media site to engage with new like-minded people and bloggers!

EMAIL LIST

June: 46

Goal for July: 200

Actual for July: 141

I grew my list by almost 100 people in July! So even though I didn’t reach my goal of 200, I’m still super pumped about it!

What did I do? I offered new incentives including a Pinterest workbook, Epic post checklist and SEO checklist! My Pinterest workbook has been my highest converting incentive, although my Instagram e-book has had the most subscribers!

I also switched over from Mailchimp to Convertkit for my email provider. With Convertkit you can create customizable (and really pretty) opt-in forms and I just love all of their features. Having an awesome email provider is something I’m happy to invest in for my blog!

Goal for next month: I’d love to get to 250 subscribers by the end of the month!

PINTEREST ANALYTICS

At the beginning of July, I decided to switch up my Pinterest scheduling. Previously I had been using BoardBooster only, and now I am using both BoardBooster and Tailwind. I use Tailwind to schedule all of my pins and BoardBooster to loop my pins. Looping means it takes pins from the bottom of my boards and loops them to the top.

One of the biggest things that urged me to switch my scheduling to Tailwind is that it is an official partner of Pinterest’s. Boardbooster isn’t, and it may be in the future, but until it is I’m a bit skeptical about using it for scheduling all of my pins.

Tailwind also has amazing features – it needs its own blog post, which will be coming soon, but in short it allows you to easily pin to a customizable schedule, create board lists to pin to, and see analytics for your pins!

In terms of my Pinterest following and analytics, I’m very happy with my progress!

Followers

June: 1,128

Goal for July: 1.5K

Actual for July: 1,497 – SO close, so we’ll call it a win 😉

Goal for next month: 2K

As I said in last month’s growth report the number of followers you have doesn’t matter so much anymore, but it’s still nice to see them grow!

Monthly views

June: 106, 314

Goal for July: 150,000

Actual for July: 191, 676 – WOOHOO! I blew that goal out of the water with almost 200,000 monthly Pinterest views! Very, very happy about that!
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Goal for next month: 300,000 – let’s just go for it, right!?

Overall, I’m happy with my progress even though I didn’t grow as much as would have liked! I’m planning some exciting things for the end of summer/beginning of fall and can’t wait to share it all with you guys!

Were you happy with your blog growth in July? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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Two months after switching my focus to blogging for bloggers I’ve seen amazing growth with my blog! From upping my social media to growing my email list, I lay out exactly what I did to boost my page views and hit almost 200,000 monthly Pinterest viewers. Click through to see my stats, the tools I used, what worked, and my best tips to grow your blog!

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How Bloggers Can Boost Their Income with Freelance Writing

Are you a blogger who’s looking to make some extra income on the side? Or someone who’s interested in making a living as a freelance writer?

Freelance writing (or blogging) is an excellent way to add to your monthly income. I decided last year around this time that I was going to pursue freelance writing and I haven’t once regretted that decision.

I now make over $2,000 per month writing online, working from home or a local coffee shop and I couldn’t be happier! You can read about how I went from $200 to $2000 a month as a freelance writer over on Horkey Handbook!

Come right this way to see how you can get started!

LAY THE FOUNDATION

It can feel overwhelming jumping into something new. When I first started my freelance journey, I enrolled in Gina Horkey’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. It helped me in a bundle of ways. The self-paced course lays the foundation for your freelance writing career, covering everything from choosing your niche, to setting your rates, to how to pitch clients and build portfolio samples, to tips for formatting articles, and SO. MUCH. MORE!

It’s delivered in a 30-day email format, with a new lesson coming in when you’ve completed the previous one. Gina was one of the first freelancer writers I came across in my research and she instantly became such an inspiration. I can’t recommend this course enough!

CHOOSE A FOCUS

Just like your blog, it’s important to have a focus for your freelance writing. What topics do you love to write about? What topics do you know lots about?

I write under the lifestyle umbrella, which covers anything from health to beauty and fashion to travel, and even celebrity. These are all related and meshed together, for instance, for the travel blog I write for, I write beauty and fashion-related travel posts! So choosing a focus doesn’t mean you just have to write about one thing for the rest of your life!

You could be a finance writer and write about meal plan budgeting, saving for college, planning for retirement, etc. Don’t think of a focus as cutting you off from other things, think about how you could expand your knowledge about the topic in different ways.

Once you’ve narrowed your focus you can pin point the jobs you’d like to pitch!

BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO

It can be hard to land writing gigs without any writing samples. If you have a blog, that’s a great start! Your posts are excellent samples of your writing, especially if you’re going to be focussing on the same topics for your freelancing.

You can also guest post on other blogs! It may not be for pay, but it can be great exposure and if you have your own byline, you can start building a portfolio! You can check out my online Contently portfolio here.

When I started out, I had interned at three online fashion/beauty publications that year where I wrote articles online almost every day, so I had a good foundational portfolio. But I also wrote a few guest posts for free to add to it!

FINDING JOBS

Finding good quality freelance writing jobs can be the toughest part. Make sure you’re not selling yourself short, and that you’re getting paid for the time and effort you put in.

I’ve made everywhere from $25 to $250 for an article, and everything in between. It’s okay to start off on the lower side, especially when you’re just getting your foot in the door and if you want to get samples, but make sure you don’t get stuck there – you have rent and bills to pay!

You can find jobs a number of different ways:

1) Job boards

There are paid and non-paid job board options out there. Here are some that I’ve used or heard good things about, and a quick Google search will show you even more!:

NON-PAID

Pro Blogger

All Indie Writers

Craigslist (not sure if this is considered a job board necessarily, but it’s free and sometimes has great freelance jobs in the ‘writing/editing’ section!)

PAID

Paid to Blog Jobs

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2) Cold pitching

You can also find jobs by heading to your favourite websites to see if they have writer submission guidelines. Many websites and blogs are open to contributors, in which case they’ll provide guidelines for you to pitch them. Some may want you to email in story ideas, some may want a hed and dek plus the intro paragraph of your story, etc. For example, you can find these guidelines below when you visit Fashionmagazine.com’s “Contact Us” page.

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Google is another way to find websites to cold pitch. If you type “*Your focus here*, write for us” it will turn up websites that are looking for writers in your niche!

3) Word of mouth

Almost all of my writing jobs have actually come by networking and word of mouth. Make sure you’re always talking about your writing and letting people know that you’re available for hire!

One of my best tips is to join freelance writing Facebook groups! (You’ll get access to the 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success group once you sign up for the course). The group is full of people in the same shoes as you and it’s packed with helpful information from other freelancers. It’s been such a source of inspiration and motivation for me, I can’t even begin to explain! It’s also one of the ways I landed one of my on-going freelance gigs and FAVOURITE clients (Hi, Dani!)!

PITCH, PITCH, PITCH

Once you’ve narrowed your focus and found websites (or print magazines) you want to write for, pitch your little heart out! I will admit, it can take time to build a pitch you’re happy with, but keep tweaking and eventually you’ll have a kick-butt pitch that gets noticed every time!

Here’s the ultimate cold pitching template if you’re feeling a little bit like a lost puppy when it comes to pitching!

My best advice to aspiring freelancer writers is simply to get started. The longer you hold off, the longer it will take to reach your goal, whether it’s making some extra income from a side hustle, quitting your 9 to 5, or expanding your writing portfolio as a blogger.

Freelance writing has kept me afloat while I’m trying to turn my blog into my biz and it’s an awesome way to grow your income as a blogger! If you have any questions, sound off in the comment section below, and as always, thank you so much for stopping by!

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The Blogger’s Guide to SEO: 10 Ways to Improve Your SEO Ranking

Improving your SEO (search engine optimization) ranking is a sure fire way to get more eyes on your blog posts. Search engines like Google and Yahoo! scour the web for content and organize it from best/most popular to least popular. Have you ever wondered why certain pages show up when you search something in Google? SEO, baby!
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Optimizing your posts for search engines is the best way to get organic traffic to your blog, but it can be tricky to figure out. A lot of posts and courses that cover SEO can be downright confusing and full to the brim with too much information. That’s why I created this step-by-step guide that lays everything out in a straight-forward way. Oh, and I also whipped up a handy dandy FREE checklist so you can ACE your SEO every. single. time.

Let’s get to it!

1) WELL-WRITTEN CONTENT

This may seem obvious, but search engines aren’t going to be impressed with posts that have lots of spelling mistakes and paragraphs that don’t really make sense. Once you’ve written your blog post, make sure to read it over, or even have a friend do it for you. You may get off the hook with a few MINOR spelling mistakes, but bad grammar and low readability are a recipe for SEO disaster.

2) USE KEYWORDS IN YOUR POST

Search engines love, love, love keywords. Keywords are the peanut butter to their jelly, the yin to their yang, the Frank to their Claire Underwood. You catch my drift.

What do your readers want to know about? What are they struggling with? What words describe this?

Keywords are words that describe and are significant to your topic. For example, with my post, How to Land Your First Sponsored Post, I made sure to include keywords such as brands, bloggers, sponsor, monetize, products, etc. These are words that people could possibly search for that relate to that topic and post in particular.

3) OPTIMIZE YOUR IMAGES

Always make sure to add images to your blog posts. Aesthetically it makes your post stand out, and search engines favour posts with multimedia. There are a couple ways to optimize your images.

First off, name your images descriptively. If you upload an image from your camera, it might save as something like IMG_1614. Do not keep it that way. I like to name my images with the post title and then a descriptive word or phrase. For example, Bloggers-Guide-SEO-Image-Optimization.

Another way to optimize your images is adding keywords to your image alt text when you add the image to your post. This will make your images searchable, and since search engines can’t interpret the photo, it lets them know what the photo represents. For example, if you’re doing a post on bite size desserts, add “bite size desserts” to your image alt text!

Here’s an example of the alt text I added to my Pinterest post.

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4) WRITE LONG POSTS THAT SOLVE A PROBLEM FOR YOUR READERS

Write posts that are helpful to your readers! Solve a problem, give examples, show your progress, make people want to come back for more! It’s recommended to write posts that are at least 750 words, but I like to go for 1,000 to 1,500 for ultimate optimization. It may seem long, but when you’re writing really in-depth, helpful content, it actually flies by and you wonder how the heck you just wrote so much juicy content in the last half hour!

If you want to know exactly how to create epic content your readers will gobble up, check out this post where I share all my best tips!

5) CREATE A KEYWORD-HEAVY TITLE

Just like your content, make sure you have keywords in the title of your post. Long-tail keywords are even better. Long-tail keywords target a specific market and are typically between 2 to 5 words long. For instance, while Pinterest is a keyword, Pinterest for New Bloggers is a long-tail keyword. With that example, new bloggers are the niche you’re targeting; the audience you really want to reach!

6) INCLUDE LINKS

Search engines really like links – outbound links, inbound links and links to your site from other sites! New to link lingo? Outbound links are links you put in your post that direct people to other helpful posts. For example, if you want to read about dealing with self doubt as an entrepreneur, Morgan Timm tells you all about it here. <– That is an outbound link!

Inbound links, on the other hand are links that direct people to other posts on your site like I’ve been doing in some of the previous sections of this post. This is another example.

Another way to get links to your site is for other blogs to link to one of your posts. The bigger the blog, the better. A great way to do this is to guest post on bigger blogs. Typically, if you guest post you will have an author bio that will link back to your site. One of my best days for traffic was when this freelance writing post went live on Horkey Handbook. My bio at the end of the post links directly to my blog, and using analytics I was able to see that most of my page views that day came from HH!

7) POST CONSISTENTLY AND FREQUENTLY

The more consistently and frequently you post, the more chances you’ll have to pop up in search engines. Search engines like websites that give their readers lots to read and choose from. If you’re not posting consistently and don’t have a big archive for people to read through, readers aren’t able to gain trust and fall in love with you as a blogger.

If readers love you, search engines will love you, too. Easy as pie!

8) ORGANIZE YOUR POSTS WITH HEADINGS

Headings and sections make your posts organized and easier to read. Without them it can turn into a jumble and people are less likely to read through the post. Imagine if this post didn’t have numbered headings? It would be super overwhelming and most people would click away.

Section your post with headings and include keywords in the headings so people can find what they’re looking for!

9) OPTIMIZE YOUR URLS

I cringe when I think back to my first few months of blogging. I clearly knew nothing about SEO, which showed in many ways. One of the EASIEST ways to improve your SEO is making your URL easy to understand. Make sure it tells your readers what the post is about and includes keywords.

When I started out, many of my posts would have URLs like:

https://mydomain.com/564hfg54/mggjjtb=675392015hh#768419

Since I didn’t know anything about SEO, I didn’t really know this was a problem, but check out the difference:

https://mydomain.com/create-epic-shareworthy-blog-posts

Clearly the latter is much better. It tells people exactly what they’re going to get from the post, and of course, makes it make searchable!

10) WRITE ABOUT WHAT’S TRENDING

Write what people want to read about. Don’t guess, do research, and solve a problem for your readers. The best way to find what your readers are looking for? Social media. Social media is queen for bloggers, and search engines can read the links from most social media platforms, meaning if you’re writing about a topic that’s trending on social media, you have a better chance of being found by search engines.

Be active on social media, share your links, and write what people want to read about!

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How to Use Pinterest to Grow Your Blog

If there was one thing I wish someone had told me when I started my blog, it would be to get on Pinterest STAT! It wasn’t until three years into my on-and-off blogging career that I realized how crucial it is for bloggers. At the beginning of this year I was really trying to figure out which social media platforms I should hone in on, and through all of my research, Pinterest kept popping up as the number one platform for bloggers.

After purposefully using the platform over the past few months, Pinterest is now my blog’s top referrer and I’ve reached over 140,000 avg. monthly viewers on Pinterest! It was also the main reason I was able to quadruple my page views last month.

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So how can you start seeing the same results? First of all, start thinking of Pinterest more like a search engine than a social media platform. People are using Pinterest to search and find information from recipes to blogging tips to fashion advice. You need to be creating helpful share-worthy content if you want to do well on Pinterest.

I also invested in myself. I worked through the Blog Clarity course called Pinning Perfectwhich I very highly recommend. There are 8 super in-depth units that take you through everything from creating killer images for Pinterest, to making your blog Pinterest friendly, to using boards to grow your traffic and so much more. All the units have been recently updated and both instructors work WITH Pinterest to bring you the most up-to-date info! This course is seriously PACKED with amazing information and has helped get me to where I am today with my Pinterest account, so if you are looking to invest in a super affordable Pinterest course, this one is for you! (PS. That’s an affiliate link, so if you make a purchase, I get some cash money).

Before we get into the juicy content of this post, I’ve created a Pinterest foundation workbook for you. It will ensure your profile (from your bio to your boards) is set up for ultimate success right from the get go! Read the post, fill out the workbook, and start seeing awesome results!

THE BASICS

1. Set up a business account

First thing’s first. Switch your profile over to a business account. This way you’ll get access to awesome things like Pinterest analytics. Go to https://business.pinterest.com, click “convert now” and follow the steps.

2. Apply for rich pins

To look more professional on Pinterest, apply for rich pins. This means that your website name will be attached to any pin that is pinned from your website. See where it says “From Layered Indulgence” on the pins below, that’s because of rich pins! Pinterest guru, Melyssa Griffin breaks down the process for you in this in-depth post!

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3. Fill out your bio

Your name and bio will be a key part of your success on Pinterest. Use key words and explain who you are and what you do. Here is mine below. My name on Pinterest is Kate Bialowas| Lifestyle Blogger & Blogging Tips – those are both keywords/phrases. My bio also has keywords placed within it and lets people know exactly what I do. A call to action also never hurts. It’s a great way to bring people to your site or have them opt in to your list!

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4. Blog board

Create a board that is solely for your blog posts. Make it your first board and pin each of your blog posts to it as soon as they’re published. Then re-pin that pin to all relevant boards and group boards. This will increase your repin number, which works in your favour!

A blog board is also great because when people visit your profile they can see what your blogs all about and see all your awesome content in one place.

5. Clean up your boards

Make sure your boards are on brand. Delete any boards you don’t pin to or that don’t have anything to do with your blog and brand (PS. deleting boards will delete your followers who are only following that board, but if it doesn’t work with your brand, you’re better off!).

Add boards that do suit your brand and place your most relevant boards first. For example, “Blogging Tips” “Entrepreneur Tips” and “Social Media Tips” are my first three boards after my blog board because they’re what I blog about most!

6. Board covers

Your board covers set the tone for your Pinterest page. Pick branded colours and images that all work together. You can even create custom board photos if you want! Here are some of my board covers:

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7. Your pins

When creating pin images for your blog posts, make sure to brand them. Use the same fonts and colours, similar background photos (you can find free styled stock photos here), and make sure your website name is on them. Anna from My Life and Kids has awesome, branded pins!

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You can create pin images in PicMonkey or Canva (I use PicMonkey). Both are free and easy to use. Play around with it and find a pin aesthetic that suits you!

8. Pin high quality, on brand content

Make sure the pins you repin are on brand. Pin pins that fit your aesthetic and only pin quality pins that are helpful. That means, click on the pins and make sure they go to legit posts. Some send you somewhere completely different or to horrible content. I find that MOST pretty, well-created pins lead to high quality content, but it’s always best to make sure.

9. Pin… a lot

Like other social media platforms, Pinterest likes when you are active and engaged. Right now I’m trying to pin 70 to 75 pins per day, but I want to eventually get up to 100-150. Invest in a social media scheduler and schedule your pins to go out throughout the day. I use BoardBooster to loop pins and Tailwind to schedule all my pins. What’s looping? BoardBooster will take pins from the bottom of your boards and re-pin them to the top of your boards (make sure you have at least 100 pins on a board before you start looping)– it’s a great time saver!

10. Join group boards

Joining and pinning to group boards gets your pins in front of a bigger audience. Your pins will be seen by anyone who is following that board, so it’s not just your followers anymore. Look for group boards that are active and have lots of re-pins!

The best way to find group boards? Check out Pinterest accounts that are similar to yours and see what group boards they belong to. Any group board will have two little icons in the top right corner. If the group board is open to contributors there will be directions on how to join in the description of the board. And make sure to follow the group board rules!

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Alright, we just covered a lot of juicy stuff. Start applying these tactics and watch your Pinterest account, as well as your blog, grow. And don’t forget, I made a handy workbook for you to create a successful Pinterest foundation!

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