Pinterest Tips

5 Pinterest Tips

There is no denying it if you have a blog that fits in a niche which can use images then Pinterest drives traffic – but to see BIG traffic you have to have luck with it being pinned in the right place to get loads of people seeing it.

So you need to make some of your own luck 5 pinterest tips to get you started growing on Pinterest.

Collaborate

Work with other bloggers, join together to start a new board, open up one of your boards to others or find a collaborative board that you follow and ask whether you could join from the lead person (the first image in the board members is the one who started the board and best to ask). We have a collaborative board for our community members where we find the ideas to share for Mom’s Nap Time Reads.

Collaborative Pinterest Board

Promote your Profile

Make sure that people are aware you are on Pinterest – have a pinterest icon that leads to your page on your blog, mention it in posts, tell you followers on other social media you are on it. We have seen a lot of success with blogger producing mini Adverts to tell their facebook following that they are on Pinterest check out this one from Inspiration Laboratories leading to their Pinterest Account.

Inspiration Laboratories Join us on Pinterest

Shout out about boards

Don’t just promote your own profile, you can promote boards as well – but don’t just shout out about how great your boards are – include your own but why not tell others about ones that you follow like we did here in our Pinterest Boards to follow post or these great ones from Nurturestore and Kids Activities Blog.

Pin

Don’t pin only from your blog, create a resource for others to use. As Rainy Day Mum I may not have 100,000’s of followers like some people but I do have a fair few and they don’t all follow me as a whole, they follow specific boards that interest them I share ideas that I find that interest me, collate them into relevant boards and categorise them and then repin to the boards as well as I see ideas from others that I follow that interest me.

Follow

It may seem simple but if you want followers a good way is to start by following others that interest you or blog about similar things to you – this will give you a resource area to start with to repin and find others to follow as some will follow you back and start repinning your ideas as well so your posts will get attention.

So to start you out – please feel free to share your pinterest URL in the comments below or your favourite board and have fun discovering new people and boards to follow

Tutorial – Adding a Facebook Like Box

Adding a Facebook Like Box to your blog

Tutorial on Adding a facebook like box to your blog

If you followed our tutorial on how to add social media buttons to your blog you will now have a way for you readers to connect with you on social media. However, they have to leave the page which you don’t really want them to.

Instead, adding a Facebook like box to your blog is a good way to build a Facebook following without your reader having to leave your page. It also enables people to see whether they already like you without having to leave your blog as well (and whether their friends like your blog as well, which can also encourage people to like your page).

Add a Facebook like box to your Blogger blog

Although it’s more difficult to add the like box to your blog when you use Blogger, it’s not difficult, it’s just a case of making sure that the settings are correct before you begin.

Getting your like box created

First off, you need to create the like box to use on your blog.

You can do this at in the Developer’ Like Box section of Facebook (no need to freak out, its really simple, I promise).

You can also find this page by going to your Facebook page:

  • Click on ‘Edit page’ in the admin section
  • Choose the first option, ‘Update Info’

how to add a facebook like box to my blog

  • Choose ‘Resources’ from the side menu a
  • Click on the ‘Social plugins’

facebook social plugins

  • In the Social Plugin, Choose ‘Like Box’

The other options will give you options to have most recent posts etc but the set up for each is the same.

Set up your Facebook Like Box to your liking

Here you need to set up how you would like the Like Box to appear on your blog.

creating a facebook like box for your blog

Add your Facebook page URL to the top box, make sure that the Send button is unchecked, input a width that will fit in your side bar and decide on the other settings specific to your blog and your preference.

  • Then click “Get code”.
  • From the popup box, select the IFrame tab.

Iframe Like box code to copy

  • Copy and paste this code for your page.

Adding the Facebook Like Box code to your Blogger blog

In your Blogger dashboard, go to layout and add a new gadget to your sidebar. From the menu select HTML/Java Script and then paste in the IFrame code to the box.

Adding a facebook like box to blogger

Click Save and then Save Arrangement in the layout screen. You now have a fully functioning Facebook Like Box on your page.

Adding a Facebook like box to WordPress Blog

To add a Facebook like box to a WordPress blog you can use one of the many Facebook like box plugins for example the Facebook Like Box Widget.

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7 Ways to Get Your Blog Seen

Alright. So you’re doing everything right. You’re writing awesome content. You’ve got your social media sites set up (at least the main ones like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest).

You’re working on SEO and getting your keywords down.

But the numbers for pageviews just aren’t coming in. The followers aren’t happening. What can you do to get some blog growth?

First of all, it takes time. Sometimes, a lot of time. Slow and steady growth is probably best actually, when it happens this way you get followers that stick around and want to hang on to your every word.

Secondly, don’t look at numbers on a day to day basis, step back and look at it from month to month. Are the numbers growing steadily in an overall manner? Don’t be discouraged by a few bad days here and there.

However, there are a few other things you can do to get your blog out there for people to see!

Ways to Promote your Blog

7 Ways to Get Your Blog Seen

  1. Pinterest. I’m just restating this one because its a big one. Collaborate with other bloggers to build a bigger and better Pinterest board for your followers! Work in numbers! When you join others’ Pinterest boards, you’re sharing your pins with their following. Don’t go all collaborate though, you need to keep yourself as yourself too. Don’t put all your eggs into just Pinterest though.
  2. Comment on other blogs. This is the best way to build one on one relationships with other bloggers. Why would you want to do that, bloggers aren’t your readers or followers, they’re actually competition? A big secret to blogging. Bloggers love to share other bloggers’ ideas with their readers! Build a relationship with others and soon you’ll be sharing each others’ posts left and right. Getting your posts in front of their readers. Yay!
  3. Reply to your comments. Same concept as commenting on other blogs. It builds relationships. But this one brings in your own readers. It makes you a human to your followers and makes them want to come back for more conversation with the next post.
  4. Guest posts. This one is the hardest and most time consuming to me. But, can benefit you the most too. Guest posting on a blog that’s bigger than your own is good for a couple of reasons. One, it gets your name, your idea, and links to your blog in front of all their readers, first hand. Secondly, it also helps with SEO to have your links associated with a blog that’s bigger than yours! And an even bigger bonus maybe, it gets you in good with that blogger (a relationship has formed), they’ll have respect for you and your content and more likely want to promote you down the road.
  5. Submissions sites. Submission sites are sites such as The Crafty Crow, or UCreate with Kids that tend to feature other bloggers’ posts on a regular basis, and a lot of times as a single post to really let you shine. There’s usually a submission form, or an email contact, on their site to submit one of your posts that is fitting for their site.  You then just wait, hope and pray that they like it enough to feature it. And when they do, shout it to the world and share it with your readers, and then check your stats because you’re sure to see some good pageviews coming in.
  6. Collaborate with others! Once again. I feel like I’m pounding this into you. Building relationships with other bloggers is an amazing avenue to gain followers, promoting each other, and so on. So, work together to bring your readers something even more brilliant than you could do on your own. Believe me, after doing The Heart Project and raising over $2300 for The American Heart Association, I know it pays to work together in numbers. We’ve created ‘Events‘ here on Blogging With Kids to make collaborating with each other easier. You can see all the happenings in one place and get a group started to work on your projects!
  7. Link up to the happenin’ parties! That’s linky parties! Find parties in your niche, like It’s Playtime!, Tuesday Tots, Learning Laboratory, and so on. Usually these are weekly parties to share a post that is fitting (read the rules of the specific party) and browse others to get new ideas and, once again, find other bloggers and start building relationships with them! Once again, browse the Events here on Blogging With Kids. Members of the Learning Zone Community have added their linky parties so we make sure we don’t miss any!

There’s always other ways to share your blog posts to gain new readers, such as StumbleUpon. Every once in awhile you might get a nice spike in traffic from them. Also, giveaways are a way to get new followers (but not necessarily readers), but they’re not the best quality of follower, and you really have to know where to promote your giveaways to make it a successful one!

Do you notice anything that’s repeated throughout the list? Build relationships. This is the fun part of blogging, and also a crucial part of getting your blog out there more. Be social, interact, ask questions, join forces. Become friends!

So let us in on your secrets. What do you do to gain new readers, followers, or just to get your name out there one more time?

How do you get your blog seen?

Blog Etiquette: 13 Ways to Share Nicely

Blog Etiquette: 13 Ways to Share Nicely

A lot of bloggers take great pride in the content they share on their blogs (can you blame them? Its their time, their content, their photos, their writing!). Bloggers that blog about their kids especially do. While they want their posts to be shared by you, they don’t want their content stolen and implied to be your own.

Sharing others’ content with your readers, fans, and followers is a great way to start your own community. It is a good thing to share! It’s a win-win for both you and the blogger you’re sharing! Do it!

But wait.

While sharing others’ content is great and usually very much appreciated, you can’t just take it and make it seem as if you created it. There is a right and wrong way to share others’ content, photos and posts.

Its easy if you just remember to play nicely. Ask yourself a couple of questions before sharing:

  • If the situation were reversed, would I be happy with the crediting?
  • How would I like someone to share my own content?
  • Did I give credit to the proper person? 



Let’s share and play nicely, just like we teach our kids to do.

Let's Share and Play Nicely


Here’s 13 tips on what sharing is acceptable, and what’s not.


Sharing: What isn’t acceptable?

    • Copying an entire post of someone else’s. This just is plain stealing. Its wrong. Even if you have permission from the other blogger to use their post in its entirety, Google doesn’t like it. It’s not good for your SEO or the other blogger’s SEO. It needs to be changed up even when you have permission. Copying any more than 3 sentences of content isn’t acceptable.
    • Using photos that aren’t yours without credit. Whether it’s in a blog post or on a social media platform, it’s always best to use photos that you take yourself. You will run into absolutely no gray areas that way. There are times that you’d like to feature a post with a photo. Most bloggers are okay with you using one of their photos with it linking back to their post that includes that photo, as well as text credit and link. This isn’t always the case though, so look for a disclaimer on their site. They may want you to get permission for any photo you use first. When in doubt, ask first.
    • Using more than one photo that isn’t yours. It’s not okay. There’s no reason to use more than one photo of someone else’s. If you are, you’re probably stealing too much of their content otherwise anyway.
    • Stealing ideas without credit. This is a huge gray area. We all know that an idea cannot be copyrighted, right? That said, if you see an idea that you’re trying out, and you blog or write about it, just give the person that you saw it from some credit. This gets to be a gray area because so many ideas are just common ideas that have been around for ages. But if its new to you, and you saw it somewhere before you did it that inspired you (even if you changed it up a tad), the right thing to do is to just to share your inspiration.

Sharing: What is acceptable?

    • Absolutely credit any photo that’s not yours. 
    • Credit any idea that you’ve been inspired by with a link to their blog. And a helpful hint: Don’t just say from “this post” and link “this post”, be descriptive in your linking and its a boost for SEO for both you and the other blogger!
    • Use only one photo from a source. You should crop it and resize it to a thumbnail size photo, and always make sure to link it to the source. And give it a link in the text too!
    • Always link to the original post (not just the blog homepage) and mentioning the source in the text is always nice.
    • Don’t alter a photo just to take out the watermark. Do not crop out watermarks! Thumbnails of images are great actually, so you can crop for that as best you can. And sometimes a photo of a child’s face that isn’t yours isn’t the best thing to feature. If you can, choose a different photo. If you’re cropping to take the watermark out, it makes it look like you’re claiming it as your own. Be better than that.
    • When in doubt, ask first.


A text example of proper sharing:


“Inspired by this Mess Free Painting from Rainy Day Mum.”

3 ways to easily and properly share on Facebook:

    • Whenever possible, find the originator’s Facebook Post of the post that you’d like to share and click “Share” from there. This automatically gives them credit right there. (Sometimes this is hard to do because it might be an old post, or you may actually be ahead of sharing it before the source blog does!)

Click "Share" on the original source's Facebook post

      • Share the link to the source.
      • Whenever possible, tag the source’s Facebook page using the @ symbol. You may have to look up their Facebook page from their blog to find the name they use (it’s not always the same as their blog name).



If you are sharing a photo that is not yours, remember to always:

Edited to Add: This is a huge gray area of good blog etiquette. If you do decide to share a photo on your Facebook page that is not yours, please remember to do the following. However, please consider that there are bloggers that don’t want you to share their photos on your Facebook page either. And just a link to the blog post is appropriate then when you want to share.
      • Absolutely be sure you know who is the originator of the photo (quotes have a tendency to be floating around with absolutely no credit whatsoever, so be careful with these).
      • Link, link, link.
      • Tag, tag, tag.

How to Properly Share on Facebook

(The photo shared above was shared on the Blogging With Kids Facebook Page and is from Everything Etsy in her post about 10 Tips for Writing Blog Post Titles that Sell! — I recommend checking that one out!)

I know there’s a lot of instances of improper sharing.

If you’ve seen improper sharing, please share it in the comments!

I’d love to add it in here as additional unacceptable sharing behaviors! 




Social Media: Scheduling Posts on Facebook

Social Media Tips and How To's

With social media, it’s important to have a presence. One of the things that we know you have to do to help extend your reach on Facebook is to post often, around 2 – 3 times a day, but spread out over the day and night depending on where your audience is based. Without being online constantly, there is no other way to do it but through scheduling posts.

Facebook over the summer has introduced scheduling with pages. This means that you can plan your Facebook posts in advance and set them to go without having to be there to click ‘Post’.

How to schedule posts in facebook pages

Scheduling posts using the Facebook page scheduling appears to not affect your reach, unlike Hoot Suite, DVLR.it or other methods to post where posts scheduled via these systems are seen by less people, or so it would appear. Scheduling is easy, following these steps.

How to Schedule Posts in Facebook Pages

Write your post as normal and instead of clicking on post – click on the little clock icon at the bottom of the post box.

scheduline posts in your page timeline

You can then set the year, month, day, hour and minute (to the 00, 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour) that you want your posts to go out in your timeline. Once your post is set, click on the ‘Schedule’ button.

scheduling posts on your facebook timeline

Administer Scheduled Posts

Once a post is scheduled it disappears from your timeline – but don’t worry, you can review it and delete it if neccessary.

Go to the pages admin panel at the top and click on ‘Edit page’- then ‘Use Activity Log’.

reviewing scheduled posts in your timeline

Once in your activity log – you can see the scheduled posts at the top of the log. Using the arrow at the side of the post you can delete and change it if neccessary.

activity log showing scheduled posts

Social Media: Scheduling Posts on Facebook
Recipe Type: Social Media How To
Author: Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum
How to schedule posts on your Facebook page.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Write the post as you would normally.
  2. Click on the clock icon in the botton left hand corner of the post box.
  3. Select the year, month, day, hour and minutes from the drop down boxes.
  4. Click on ‘Schedule’.
  5. To administer scheduled posts: Go to the admin panel.
  6. Click on ‘Edit Page’.
  7. Click on ‘Use Activity Log’.
  8. You can edit/delete posts in your activity log