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10 Pinterest Strategies You Should Be Using

Wondering how to use Pinterest for your blog or business effectively? Check out these 10 Pinterest strategies that are really effective right now!

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Pinterest strategies for bloggers

Guest post from Maura of HappyDealHappyDay.com

I’ve heard from many other bloggers that Pinterest is their number one referral for traffic, and it’s true for me as well. 

But just like any platform that gives you traffic outside of your blog itself, there are things about Pinterest that you cannot control. Pinterest is always changing and testing new things, which results in ebbs and flows in your traffic.

Things may be great for months, and then traffic suddenly increases or decreases and you don’t always know exactly why.  While we can’t control the constantly fluctuating algorithms, there are some best practices that I believe will help you stay ahead of the game on Pinterest! 

Even though many still call Pinterest a social media platform, it really isn’t.  Pinterest is actually a visual search engine, and so to be successful in the long term on Pinterest, you have to start treating it as such.

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Black Friday Deals for Bloggers 2019

It’s Black Friday weekend and that means that there are some amazing deals on some fantastic products for bloggers. We’ve rounded up some of our very favorites below on products that we love and highly recommend.

(Note: These are affiliate links — if you click through and make a purchase, we’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you!)

WP Engine – For a limited time, get 5 months free on an annual Startup, Growth, or Scale plan. Use discount code “CYBERWKND30” at checkout. Plus get 60-days completely risk free.

Bluehost — I recommend using Bluehost if you are new to blogging and/or just need a robust site with great customer service. I used Bluehost for a few years when I was first blogging. I no longer use it now that my sites have a lot of traffic and we need more personalized and customized service. But Bluehost is a great fit for small to medium-sized sites.

For Black Friday weekend, they are offering an introductory offer where you can get their hosting services for $2.65/month for the Basic Plan, $4.45/month for the Plus and Choice Plus Plans, and $9.95/month for the Pro Plan. Go here to find out more.

WP Forms is offering 60% off ALL WPForms plans. This is a powerful drag-and-drop form builder that is perfect for beginners. This is great if you need/want to put robust and customized contact forms or other forms on your site. Go here to shop the WPForms Black Friday sale.

Elegant Themes – Check out Elegant Themes’ mega Black Friday event — they are offering:

  • A 25% off Discount
  • $1,000,000 In Free Bonus Prizes
  • Dozens Of Exclusive Perks
  • Free Divi Layouts & Theme Builder Packs

We use Elegant Themes’ Divi theme for our courses and LOVE it!

We’re running a HUGE Black Friday sale where we’re offering 50% off 13 of our courses!

Psst! If you’re not signed up for our affiliate program, you can sign up here and share your affiliate links with your followers (using some of the tips I share below in this post) and make 50% commissions on any sale generated through your link!

Black Friday Sale Pricing — Our Best Prices of the Year!

Here are all of the courses included in the Black Friday sale + the price you’ll get with the coupon code:

Want to purchase more than one course? Go to this page and you can add multiple courses to your cart at one time.

Know of any other great deals out there for bloggers? Share with us in the comments below!

10 Things You Should Be Doing on Instagram

If you find yourself intimated by how to use Instagram to grow your blog, don’t miss this 10 Instagram Strategies that are sure to be effective!

Instagram Strategies for Blogging

I have fallen in love with Instagram over the past couple of years. It is the number one way I engage my community and I have so much fun with it!

If you’re struggling with where to start or how to use Instagram to grow your blog, try these 10 Instagram Strategies I’ve found to be very effective:

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10 Things You Should Be Doing on Facebook

Feeling frustrated by Facebook’s algorithm changes? Experiment with these 10 effective Facebook strategies to increase your Facebook engagement and ultimately grow your blog traffic!

Facebook is constantly changing and sometimes it can almost feel like it’s not even worth it to have a Facebook page for your business anymore.

And trust me, I get it! Over the past decade of blogging, I’ve definitely had my share of frustrations when it comes to Facebook’s algorithm changes.

But it’s also kept me on my toes and challenged me to experiment with different strategies and try new things — which has resulted in Facebook still being our number one referrer for MoneySavingMom.com!

So if you’ve been feeling discouraged by Facebook lately, here are 10 effective Facebook strategies I think every blogger should be experimenting with right now!

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10 Things You Should NOT Be Doing as a Blogger

After putting together the list of my best blogging tips recently, I thought it’d be helpful to also put together a list of blogging mistakes to avoid!

I’ve made my share of blogging mistakes over the past 10+ years of being a blogger!

And while I think it’s important to fail and learn from your mistakes, I do think there are some things you should avoid altogether as a blogger!

Fair warning: I get a little up on my soapbox here, but I hope that you can learn from blogging mistakes I’ve made in the past!

Are you ready? Here’s my list of 10 things you shouldn’t do as a blogger:

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10 Things You Should Be Doing as a Blogger

If you’re a blogger wondering what to prioritize during your work time each day, check out my 10 blogging tips for what you should be doing as a blogger.

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blogging tips for growing a blog

When trying to grow your blog, it can get be a bit intimidating to figure out the most important tasks to focus on and what to prioritize.

Add to that all the constantly changing algorithms and the bombardment of online advice from the “experts” and it can get straight up overwhelming!

I’ve been blogging for over a decade and I’ve learned that a lot of times you just have to experiment and see what works for you and your audience.

But I’ve also discovered several strategies that have been SO effective, I think every blogger should try them out!

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How To Grow Your Blog With Printables

Did you know you can grow your blog with printables? You can increase your page views, grow your email list, and even increase your income with printables!

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Guest post by Bridget of Sunshine And Rainy Days

I spent hours creating an eBook called The Garage Sale Handbook. This was going to be it — the one thing that readers would love to give up their email address for.

Every one of my blog posts had an opt-in for The Garage Sale Handbook. It was also in the sidebar and the Hello Bar. I plugged it everywhere I could, even dedicating special blog posts to promote it.

What I didn’t realize is that my work wasn’t done with just one product, and that one opt-in was not nearly enough to resonate with everyone who visited my blog.

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Monetize Your Blog… on a Shoestring Budget

If you have ever felt frustrated that you can’t figure out how to actually have a profitable blog…

If you’ve ever wondered how people make a part-time or full-time income from blogging…

If you’ve ever wished you could figure out how to quit your job and replace that income with blogging…

If you have a blog set up and running and you’re ready to start getting paid for your time and effort…

I’m here to help!

I get it — and I was once where you are. I was trying to figure out how on earth I could make a part-time or full-time income from home so I could stay home with my first baby.

The only problem was, we were living on a super tight budget and I didn’t have any extra money to invest in courses or classes or fancy software or systems. So I had to learn how to do it all myself and find creative ways to do things on our tiny budget.

Fast forward a number of years (14+ since I first started blogging!) and my husband is now home full-time, my blog earns 7 figures every year, we are completely debt-free (including our house!), we get to travel regularly, and give generously to causes we believe in.

All because of my blog. And I did all of this on a shoestring budget — without a college degree, without a marketing background, and without spending thousands of dollars on coaches, programs, or software.

I want to help you do the same!

Blogging Isn’t Dead!

So many people believe that blogs are no longer relevant or profitable. But I’m here to tell you that is just not the truth at all.

Let me be clear, since I first started back in 2005, blogging has changed a LOT. (Imagine trying to build a blog without Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram! Back in the day, we had to rely on commenting on other blogs and guest posting for people to actually find us on the internet!)

Yes, it’s a very different online world these days, but it is still very possible to make good income from blogging. In fact, advertisers and companies are spending millions of dollars each year in online advertising campaigns.

Plus, blog readers are even more willing than they used to be to buy digital products — because that’s how they consume much of their media now anyway!

There is no better time to monetize your blog than NOW!


Every week, I receive messages from my followers asking questions on how to take their blog to the next level. I want to help each and every person, but it would be impossible to offer one-on-one coaching to each of my followers. In fact, I could try, but I’d never sleep or eat or see my family!

But if I had the chance to sit down with you one-on-one, this course teaches you everything I would want to share.

It’s for someone who has their blog set up, who is regularly blogging, but who can’t figure out how to actually start making a part-time or full-time income from blogging.

It’s for the person who is tired of spending hours of time blogging and seeing no income for all their time invested. It’s for the person who doesn’t have money to invest in expensive software or programs and who just wants to figure out how to actually start making a true part-time (or full-time!) Income from blogging.


This is the most comprehensive course I’ve ever created. It’s packed with practical, step-by-step help and ideas, hands-on tutorials, and worksheets.

Every word was written by me — which means that it’s not going to be techie language you can’t understand. Because if you’ve been following me for more than a minute, you know I’m not a techie person!

In this course, I will teach you:

  • Why you need both passive and active blogging income (and how to set up both!)
  • What ad networks you should join and how to get started earning while you sleep.
  • How I effectively use affiliate marketing to earn thousands each month.
  • My best tips and strategies for effectively promoting referral and affiliate links.
  • Where to find real, legit sponsored post opportunities and my well-tested formula to determine how much you should actually charge for these.
  • Simple ways to create and sell ebooks — with very little cash outlay to create them.
  • Other proven income-earning ideas you should consider to boost your blog’s profit.
  • What types of affiliate disclosures and privacy policies you need to have in place to follow the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.
  • How to track your blog income and follow legal requirements for blog posts.
  • My favorite affiliate companies — and the best ones to get started with.


When you purchase Monetize Your Blog, you’ll get access to:

  • 23 hands-on video lessons taught by me
  • Supplementary video tutorials where I show you a screencast of my computer and teach you how to implement what you’ve learned and how I do things on my blog
  • Our online course portal with all of the lessons and video information
  • A downloadable workbook that covers all of the lessons in greater depth and gives you loads of extra resources and links to check out if you want to dive deeper into a topic
  • Access to our exclusive affiliate tracking spreadsheet and details on how to use it
  • Worksheets to help guide you through some of the projects
  • BONUS video #1: A recording of a one-hour live training I did on How to Be Strategic on Affiliate Marketing
  • BONUS video #2: A recording of a one-hour live training I did on My 10-Step Strategy for a Successful Product Launch
  • My Product Launch Formula cheatsheet

Ready to order? Go here for more information or click on the link below to go straight to the purchase page.