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A Beginner’s Guide to Email Lists

{This post is sponsored by Constant Contact. All opinions are my own. Read our disclosure policy here.}

This Beginner's Guide to Email Lists will put all your fears and confusion to rest and help you get started right away with an email newsletter!

We talk about email lists quite often on this site — the importance of having an email newsletter, how to make it successful, and the secrets to growing your list.

But if you’re brand new to blogging, all of this talk might be a little overwhelming. Maybe you don’t even really understand the basics of how an email list works, who to send it to, or what to include in it.

With that in mind, I created a simple Beginner’s Guide to Email Lists for you:

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How To Find Popular Keywords To Rank For On Google (For Free!)

SEO doesn't have to be hard when you use these free keyword search tools! Here's how to figure out popular keywords to rank for on Google!

Guest post by Micah from HomeFaithFamily.com

I believe SEO is one of the most underused traffic tools for bloggers because of the overwhelm that occurs when trying to figure out what keywords to rank for.

But here’s the thing — when you have so many incredible ideas and words of wisdom you want to share with the world, learning how to optimize your blog post with the correct keywords will carry your message even further!

Once you’ve demystified SEO and discovered what keywords your blog is already ranking for on Google, you can then venture into the world of finding popular keywords to rank for on Google.

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To do this, I recommend using a FREE keyword search tool called Ubersuggest. This is the only keyword search tool I use, because it’s FREE and it’s an incredible resource!

The Ubersuggest search tool was created by Neil Patel — a marketing and SEO guru who provides invaluable information about online marketing and ranking for keywords. This is his newest program and it really helps eliminate keyword search overwhelm when creating blog posts.

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5 Ways to Know What to Post on Live Video

It makes me SO happy to see so many of you getting brave and getting on live video lately! Thank you for tagging me on Instagram, sharing your live videos with me, and sharing about your live video experiences with me!

While I’ve heard success stories from many of you, I’ve also had quite a few of you write in and tell me, “I just don’t know what to talk about on live video.”

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The Importance of Listening to Your Audience Well

I recently announced over on my MoneySavingMom.com Instagram account that I’m bringing back my live Instagram morning show. This is something I used to do back when Periscope was still in existence and my audience loved it, so I thought it might be fun to bring it back on Instagram Live (IG live) and then post it on Instagram TV (IGTV).

And I had strategy in mind, too. You see, I’ve been noticing that Instagram is really rewarding people for uploading videos to IGTV. Not only are they promoting these pretty upfront and center to your current followers, they’ve also been showing these videos in the explore section of the app and pushing them out to a new audience.

I felt like this would be a way to serve my current audience and also be able to get in front of a new audience on Instagram — with very little extra effort (the only time involved would be the minute or two it takes to upload the video to IGTV).

My initial thought was that I was going to just do the morning show live on IG live and then I’d delete it and upload it to IGTV. I personally don’t watch almost any IG Lives ever and I thought they just cluttered up people’s feed. So I assumed this would be a way for me to allow people to watch them live and watch the replay without cluttering up their feed.

I told people on Instagram stories that this was my plan (as that’s what I thought would work best) and I literally said, “If you hate this idea, please let me know.”

Well, let me tell you… my audience showed up and gave their very strong (but very helpful!) opinions about this decision.

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3 Reasons You Should Still Have a Facebook Account

I recently received a question asking, “Is it still worth it to have a Facebook account for your business?”

My answer? Maybe, maybe not. I really depends on your audience, where they’re hanging out, and what kind of content you’re producing.

Unfortunately, we’ve really seen the power of Facebook decline over the past few years and I no longer see it as important as it used to be.

Once upon a time, Facebook was the driving force behind MoneySavingMom.com. But our Facebook numbers have continued to plummet with each passing year.

That being said, there are still some really great reasons to have a Facebook account for your business. Here are the top three:

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How to Easily Know What Keywords Your Blog is Ranking For

How to Easily Know What Keywords Your Blog is Ranking For

Guest post by Micah Klug from HomeFaithFamily.com

When was the last time you used your phone for directions? If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing it was pretty recently!

Let’s say you pulled up directions to your local grocery story. Did you do a search for the exact address or for the store’s name?

Most likely, you searched for the store’s name. Why? Because even though you don’t know the exact address, you know where you want to go!

The organic traffic to your blog — also known as search traffic — works very similarly to this.

When people go to Google to search for an answer to their question, they might not input your exact blogging URL, but they will search for specific keywords that end up sending them to your blog! That’s because people are searching for answers to their questions using specific keywords.

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