30 Of The Best Pinterest Tools For Bloggers

30 Of The Best Pinterest Tools For Bloggers

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C ould be missing some Pinterest traffic because of not using the right Pinterest tools?

More traffic means more page views which equal more money and growth of your customer/audience base.

For a long time, I was only using about 10 out of the 30 Pinterest tools listed below in this post.

Not because I did not like the other 20, but it’s just that I did not know that they exist.

Three days ago I was looking for a Pinterest scheduling tool, and I had only heard on Tailwind, but I was amazed to discover that there are more Pinterest scheduling tools out there.

The more I continued to research I came across other amazing Pinterest tools which were even better than the ones I was already using all along.

So friends that is how this post came about because I thought I should share these fantastic 30 Pinterest tools with you.

Unlike Google traffic which takes more than six months to bring results, Pinterest traffic is instant even if your online business, website or blog is entirely new.

Therefore, you should invest in understanding how to make Pinterest algorithm to work in your favor and also use the right Pinterest tools to sustain that momentum.

This ebook Pinteresting Strategies will teach you all the basics you need to know about driving traffic from Pinterest. 

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Tools for Creating Pinterest Graphics and Images

1. Canva

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Canva is a free graphics creation, editing, and design Pinterest tool, which will help you to create beautiful images for your Pinterest marketing campaign. Canva is easy to use, and they have a wide variety of templates and free photos you can use to spice up images for Pinterest

2. Pablo

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Pablo is a Pinterest tool that will help you to create beautiful images to share on Pinterest in the quickest time. They have a Chrome extension, which makes it easy for you to use this tool from anywhere on the web.

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PicMonkey: Similar to Canva, this is a Pinterest tool, which will help you create beautiful pins which are likely to go viral. The advantage is that it is easy to use and has a wide variety of editing options.

4. Easil

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Easil: This Pinterest tool will help you to create beautiful images you can share on Pinterest.

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Tasty pins: This Pinterest tool will help you to optimize your images for SEO. The advantage is that it will help you to add an alt text for all pins directly from your website.

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Piktochart: This is a fantastic tool which will help you to create infographics. These type of images equally drive lots of traffic just like other pins when they are appropriately designed. Venngage is another infographic creation tool you can use for the same purpose.

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Photoshop: This fantastic Pinterest tool will help you to resize and perform further editing on your Pinterest graphics. It can help you to change them into different formats or even adjust their colors and other design elements.

Suggested reading: 5 image tools for preparing your images for the web

 Pinterest Scheduling and Management Tools

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Tailwind: Pinterest only rewards those who are active in their platform. This means that you have to pin or repin at least 50 pins per day. Tailwind is a scheduling tool which will help you to automate your pinning, such that it will do it for even when you’re busy with other tasks. Tailwind is a fantastic Pinterest tool because it is easy to use and it provides analytics for every

9. Buffer

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Buffer: This is another Pinterest scheduling tool you can use in case you do not have money to purchase Tailwind membership. It will also help you to find great content and images you can save to Pinterest. You can check out Hootsuite too.

10. Viraltag

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Viraltag: This Pinterest tool will help you to schedule pins, pin many images at the same time and provide you with all analytics you can use to track your conversions. Also, this tool has an inbuilt image editor, which will help you to improve the design of your images further.

11. Viralwoot

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Viralwoot: This Pinterest tool will help you to schedule pins in bulk from one dashboard, which saves time. It will also provide analytics, which you can use to measure your Pinterest efforts.

Tools for Growing and Marketing/Promoting your Pinterest Account

12. Milotree

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Milotree: One way to succeed in your Pinterest marketing strategy is through increasing many followers. This fantastic Pinterest tool will help you to build your followers and showcase your profile directly from your website. When a visitor comes to your site, Milotree will show a pop up of your Pinterest profile with a follow button as shown in the image below.

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PinGroupie: Sharing your pins to Pinterest group boards is a great way to drive massive traffic to your blog/website because they have more followers and participation. However, finding the right group boards is not always easy. PinGroupie is an amazing Pinterest tool because it is a directory of all group boards on Pinterest.

14. PinFollow

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PinFollow: This Pinterest tool will help you to track your followers. You can use it to filter those who do not follow you back over a period and delete them. Having many followers’ shows that you are an influencer and it somehow boosts your credibility.

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Pin It button: This Pinterest tool will help your website visitors to save your images directly to Pinterest. This will increase your Pinterest traffic and conversions because it saves time and its more convenient for users who access your website on mobile devices.

16. Pinvolve

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Pinvolve: This Pinterest tool will help you to transform your Facebook posts into vertical pins, which will look good on Pinterest. Also, you can use it to group your pins and share them directly to Facebook. The good thing is that you can automate these two processes and let Pinvolve do all the work for you.

17. Monarch

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Monarch: This is a WordPress plugin from Elegant Themes which will help you to add social share buttons on your website. These buttons will help your website visitors to share your pin images directly to Pinterest. SumoMe Share and Flare are other examples of tools you can use for the same purpose.

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Pinterest widget builder: This Pinterest tool will help you to showcase your latest pins, boards and other elements of your Pinterest profile directly from your website. This can quickly grab the attention of your site visitors and encourage them to visit your profile.

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Share As Image: Also known as Stencil is a Pinterest tool which will help you to convert text and other non-image elements into pinnable images. It has several editing options you can use to improve the quality of the pictures.

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Woobox Pinterest Tab: This Pinterest tool will help you to create a tab for marketing your pins and boards on your Facebook business page. It is a great tool to help you build your community and share your pins across multiple platforms.

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Wisestamp: A tool used to create professional email signatures, which will help to identify your business as a brand. Adding social follow icons, such as that one for Pinterest is one way you can brand your Pinterest profile further.

Pinterest Analytics tools

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Pinterest Analytics: You must have a business account to have access to Pinterest analytics. These are all the statistics that will show you how your pins, board, and account is performing. They will show you who is your audience and the pins that are generating a high amount of traffic to your website. Use this article making sense of Pinterest analytics to understand more.

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Google Analytics: From your Google analytics account (Home> Acquisitions> Social > Network referrals) you can quickly identify the best-performing pins. These pins are a gold mine because you should repin them to keep their momentum to continue driving traffic from them from Pinterest.

24.Quintly

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Quintly: With this Pinterest tool you can analyze and measure how your Pinterest account is performing. Paste the link of your Pinterest account on the search box, and in seconds you will receive analytics on your account.

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True Social Metrics: This tool will not only analyze your Pinterest account, but also every other social media profile/page you would like to know how it is performing. The problem with this tool is that it is expensive, and you can use Cyfe, which is a cheaper alternative and their support is also topnotch.

Other Pinterest Tools

26. Loop88

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Loop88: After being on Pinterest for some time, you will grow an audience base and followers. This Pinterest tool will help you to find influencers and marketers in your niche who would love to collaborate with you on Pinterest to reach their target audience.

27. Ahalogy

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Ahalogy: If you want an audit on your Pinterest account and profile or strategy then this is one the best marketing services you can use. They partner with many brands most of which have diverse expertise with using Pinterest.

28. Curalate

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Curalate: A Pinterest tool which will help you to find viral and trending content to share on Pinterest. This is time-saving unlike searching on the web on all platforms, such as Google.

29. Postris

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Postris: It will help you to discover trending pins on your niche and other topics. You can also use it to gain inspiration on how to design your next pin.

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Rich Pins validator: Rich pins are extra details which give a pin context and description. There are four types: app, product, recipe, and article. After setting up rich pins, you must validate if they are working correctly with this fantastic Pinterest tool.

Conlusion

There you go! You now know 30 Pinterest tools both free and paid you can use to drive more Pinterest traffic to your blog or online business.

The good thing is that all those Pinterest tools are newbie friendly such that you do not need any prior experience or technical expertise to get the bet out them.

Also, most of those that you must have, such as Canva and Pinterest analytics among others are free.

In case you are entirely new to Pinterest, this ebook Pinteresting Strategies will teach you all the basics you need to know about driving traffic from Pinterest.

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How To Build An Email List From Scratch (How I Did It)

How To Build An Email List From Scratch (How I Did It)

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hey say that “the money is in the list.”

What do they mean? In simple words, they are trying to tell you that building an email list from the beginning is very important, especially when you want to make money blogging.

This is not one of those “how I gained 50k email subscribers in one month” kind of post, but one where I share just a small win.

Note: This is a post for a newbie blogger trying to gain even one email subscriber. I decided to share the small win because I believe we grow better by holding each other’s hand.

So I started blogging in March 2018, and growing my email list is one of those areas I saw little achievements until this month (July). See my stats below;

Month

Number of subscribers

March

5

April

9

May

17

June

36

July

67

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Did you notice a pattern in the stats above? If you did not the thing is that my email list subscribers doubles every month.

There are two reasons for this: 1) the four strategies below 2) I created a new freebie (an email course) at the end of June.

 The four strategies I used to grow my email list

1. I choose one of the best email marketing service provider

There are many email marketing service providers out there, such as Mailerlite, MailChimp, Get Response and Aweber among others.

I first started out with MailChimp, but I found it was limiting in several ways, so I switched to Convertkit.

Note: Convertkit changed its name to Seva just a couple of days ago.

Five reasons why I love Convertkit

A) I can complete all tasks on one dashboard. This is one of those reasons which made me shift from Mailchimp to Convertkit because I find such an interface time saving and easy to use. For example, when creating an email sequence in Convertkit you will be able to perform all the changes and settings from one location without moving from one tab to the next.

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B) Convertkit helps me to create forms and landing pages to gather subscribers. Follow these two links to check out samples of landing pages: a Free toolkit for online entrepreneurs and Make your first $1000 online free email course I have created using Convertkit.

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C) In Convertkit I can group my email list subscribers into tags and segments. This helps me to send relevant broadcasts and information to each group. See examples of some of the rules I use below.

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D) The RSS feed function in Convertkit helps me to automate the sharing of my new blog posts to my email list subscribers. I can send a single broadcast or a digest of all posts weekly, monthly or annually.

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E) You get analytics for everything. In Convertkit you can be able to track the conversion rate of your forms, landing pages, sequences, and Convertkit gives data on the open rates, click through rates, and number of new subscribers/unsubscribes among other statistics.

Note: There are many benefits you can get from Convertkit. I kept the list small because I do not want to shift from the main agenda which is to show you how I have been growing my email list.

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2. I created several freebies and lead magnets

Lead magnets and freebies are the incentives that you must offer your readers and target audience for them to join your email list. For example, a free ebook, checklist, course, planner, worksheet, and guide among others.

The bitter truth is that no one will join your email list unless they get something in return, such as a discount, a free guide download/course, checklist and any other digital offer.

Four freebies I created to get subscribers to my email list

A) A free 7-days email course

Make your first $1000 online free email course

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B) A downloadable PDF toolkit for online entrepreneurs

The Ultimate Toolkit: 100+ Tools, Apps and Resources for online entrepreneurs

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C) A downloadable SEO checklist

I also add this form to all my posts on SEO and any other related subject.

The Ultimate SEO checklist

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D) The ultimate guide to starting and building a blog

Build your blog today

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Other types of Lead magnets you can use

I will mention a few examples because you can find more here: 69 super effective lead magnets to grow your email list.

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a) Swipe files
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b) Coupons, discounts and other exclusive offers, such as free consultation
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c) Cheat sheets
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d) Free Trials
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e) Webinar
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f) Templates, worksheets, printables, and planners

Tips for creating better email list lead magnets

  • Keep it specific and targeted to your target
  • Use clear calls to action and make them stand out from the rest of the text or graphics.
  • Use attention-grabbing design and emotional headlines and descriptions to increase conversion.
  • Do not give false expectations
  • Always give your best to keep them coming back and motivate them to sign up for the next offer.
  • Use A/B testing to discover which lead magnets to appeal to your audience and business type more.
  • Stay on brand

3. I placed the email signup forms on strategic locations on my website

You may create attractive lead magnets and highly valuable freebies for your email subscribers, but if they are not placed on strategic locations on your site/blog, you are hindering your email list from growing.

Five locations I use to market my email sign up forms on my blog

A) I add them to my blog posts with similar content or subject. For example, on my recent post on how to do keyword research, I added the SEO checklist form. See the image below or visit that post to see the form. Convertkit produces a code for every form, which you can use to embed every form within your blog posts. They also have a WordPress plugin you can use to do the same.

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B) Below every blog posts, I market the free email course. To achieve this, I use Bloom from Elegant themes, a WordPress plugin which will allow you to create and embed optin forms on several locations on your website. I love Bloom because it supports integration with Convertkit where you will be able to link every form to a specific list or form in Convertkit.

C) I use popup and fly in forms on every page to market the free online entrepreneur’s toolkit. Just as I mentioned above, I use Bloom to create my pop up and fly in forms.

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D) I place some of the sign-up forms on the sidebar. I think you see the newsletter and free email course forms on the sidebar as you read this post.

E) I add at least one sign-up form on the footer. Visit any page on this website, and you shall see the newsletter form on the footer.

F) I have included some sign-up forms on my Thank you Page.

Other suitable locations

You can find more locations here: 14 highly converting locations to place your email sign up forms

a) Floating bar mostly placed above the primary menu: You can create such with several tools, such as Hello Bar, Right Bar, Viper Bar and Optin Monster among others.

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b) Homepage header: You can make it the first thing your website/blog visitors see when they visit your site.

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4. I promoted the freebies, landing pages and lead magnets on multiple platforms

Yes, you have done a great job placing the sign-up forms on the right locations on your website. Unfortunately, if your traffic and page views are still low, you need to promote on other places.

Four places I use to market my sign up forms

  1. Facebook: I use Sproutmentor Facebook page and Facebook groups, which allow self-promotions, such as Bloggers promotion.
  2. Twitter: I use Twitter cards to pin one of the landing pages at the top of my profile. I use to promote the freebies on the main Twitter timeline.
  3. Pinterest: I create pins for each landing page and pin them to relevant boards weekly
  4. Email signature: At the end of every new email broadcast I add a link to the course and toolkit.

CONCLUSION

aybe everything I have mentioned in this post, you have heard it elsewhere on the countless guides on how to build an email list.

My primary goal was to show you that indeed those strategies work!

I ignored most in my first three months of blogging (March to May), and in June and July, I have hope that my email list will keep growing further because I have the right strategy in place.

Over to you now!

Feel free to leave a comment sharing your experience of building an email list or email me for any clarifications of further assistance.

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How To Do Keyword Research Like An SEO Expert

How To Do Keyword Research Like An SEO Expert

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o you want your blog posts or online business to rank on page 1 of Google and other search engines?

I know every online entrepreneur wants that, but there is a price to pay, which is knowing how to do keyword research.

In this post, I am going to show you a highly actionable keyword research process, which I use to find the right keywords for my blog posts.

You do not need any technical expertise or experience to understand this how to do keyword research tutorial because it is simple and newbie-friendly.

Also, I shall only use free keyword research tools in this tutorial, which makes it even more convenient for you.

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What are keywords and why are they important?

We cannot talk about keywords without understanding how search engines work.

Search engines, such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo among others, are systems which find information from databases on the World Wide Web.

The search phrase or word you enter on the search engines is what is referred to as a keyword.

Therefore, keywords are topics or ideas which help search engine crawlers to find information on the web quickly.

Thus, this means that if you want your online business or blog posts to rank on search engines, you must learn how to do keyword research like a pro.

Why are keywords important?

  • They help search engines to return the best results to people searching for information on the web. Therefore, to create content which people are looking for, you must know how to do keyword research.
  • They drive free organic traffic to your site from search engines search results. More traffic equals higher page views, which results in making more money from your online business.
  • They will help you stay relevant to your target audience because keywords are hints of their problems and needs. All you have to do is use those keywords to create better content, products/services and solutions to their problems.
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How to do keyword research in 5 steps

Step One: Gather your keyword research tools

There are many keyword research tools both free and paid, which you can use to find the right keywords.

In this keyword research tutorial, we shall you two free keyword research tools: Keyword everywhere and Ask The Public.

How to install and set up Keyword Everywhere

A) Visit this link Keyword everywhere and choose the web browser (Chrome or Firefox) option, which matches the one you use.

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B) I will choose the Chrome browser option. Click on “Add to Chrome”

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C) Input an email address where the API key will be sent.

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D) Copy the API key then paste it on the Keyword Everywhere “update settings option” as shown in the image on the right.

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E) Finally, we need to test to see if it works by running a search on Google. If your results have the metrics shown with arrows in the image on the left, then that means that your keyword research tool is ready for use.

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Step Two: Write all topics relevant to your business

This step of this how to do keyword research process is more like a brainstorming session.

The purpose here is to get a broad topic/keyword which we can narrow down into more specific keywords in subsequent steps.

See the examples below;

Type of business

Relevant topics

Health

Fitness, lifestyle, physical fitness, weight loss, workout and Exercise among others

Content management systems (CMS)

WordPress, Joomla, Squarespace, Drupal

Money

Make money online, personal finance, saving, investing

Parenting

Styles, skills, articles, magazines, emotional, psychological, social

Step Three: Narrow down of the topics above into specific keywords

A) Visit this link Ask The Public and enter one topic from step two above on the search box. In this case, I shall use “WordPress.”

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B) Browse through all the questions and click the “star” to add all the keywords with a search volume above 1000 to Keyword everywhere favorite tool. The star should change from white to yellow as an indication that it has been added to the favorites list.

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C) After you finish selecting all the relevant keywords, go back to your Chrome browser toolbar and click on the Keyword Everywhere extension icon. Choose “my favorite keywords” option from the drop-down

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D) Download the keywords CSV file for further analysis. Keep this file safe because we shall use it in all the other subsequent steps in this how to do keyword research guide.

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STEP FOUR: Narrow down the specific keywords from step three above into long tail keywords

Long tail keywords are search phrases which are longer with 4 or more words.

Long tail keywords are the best to use, especially for new businesses, because they have less competition, high click-through rates and they represent the searchers intent.

A) Go back to the CSV file with keywords you downloaded in step three above then arrange/sort the keywords by search volume from the largest to the smallest.

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B) Pick one of the keyword from the list- any option which catches your attention or matches your keyword research goals is okay. For example, I will pick the first option “WordPress login.” Visit this link Ask The Public and enter “WordPress login” in the search box.

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C) Browse through all the questions and click the “star” to add all the keywords with a search volume above 300 to Keyword everywhere favorite tool.

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C) After you are select all the relevant keywords, go back to your Keyword Everywhere extension “my favorites keywords” option, and download the CSV file for all the marked keywords.

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Note: You can repeat the keyword research process in this step again with one of the keywords in the final CSV file to find more specific long tail keywords. For example, you can repeat the process a to d above with “WordPress login admin” keyword.

STEP FIVE: Choose the best alternative

In the steps above I have shown you how to do keyword research with two free tools.

After ending up with at least 20 keywords from step four above, how do you choose the best option for your content, blog post or campaign? See the three strategies below;

Five strategies you can use to select the right keyword

A) Keyword search volume

Search volume is the number of searches a given keyword receives over a specified period.

You do not want to choose a keyword with zero, too low or too high search volume. Zero search volume means no one is searching for that keyword on search engines.

Too low search volume (for example 50-300) means very few people are searching for that keyword, and so your content is not likely to reach a wider audience.

A keyword with high search volume (for instance 10000+) is highly competitive, and you may never rank for it because other businesses with higher page authority (PA) and domain authority (DA) than you have a competitive advantage.

Therefore, your right keyword is the one which has a balance and does not fall in the three extremes above.

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B) Keyword Difficulty

This is a number (0-100), which shows how hard or easy it is to rank for a particular keyword.

The lower the number, the easier it is to rank for that keyword, while the higher the number, the tougher and challenging it gets.

For example, most SEO experts, such as Rand Fishkin agree that scores in the 20-35 range are suitable for beginners, 36-50 for medium businesses, 51-65 for grown brands, and 66-80 for prominent, popular and established brands.

Note: If your online business or blog has a low DA and PA you should focus on keywords with low difficulty scores.

Tools for measuring keyword difficulty

There are many tools you can use for this purpose, such as Moz keyword explorer, KW Finder and SEMrush keyword difficulty tool.

For example, I used WordPress login page” keyword, and this is the keyword difficulty results below from the three tools above.

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MOZ KEYWORD DIFFICULTY TOOL

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C) Competition

Remember you want to choose keywords which match your business level (PA and DA).

For example, if you have a PA of 12 and DA 11, you cannot begin to chase highly competitive keywords because you will never rank for them.

You can use Moz open site explorer to measure your blog or website PA and DA right now.

Two tools I use to measure a keyword competitiveness

1. MozBar chrome extension

You need to install this fantastic Google Chrome extension to your browser first before you can use it.

Paste or type your keyword on Google and turn on MozBar extension from the icon on your browser toolbar.

So the goal here is to find if other businesses with a lower, similar or slightly higher PA, DA and referring links to yours are ranking for the same keyword.

If they are, then you are good to explore that keyword because it is an indication that you can also rank for it too.

Recommended reading: The ultimate guide to measuring keyword competition with Mozbar

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2. SEMrush

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D) Your audience

Never forget that you are writing for humans, not for search engines. Thus, the keyword you choose must blend naturally with your content.

I know you do not want to make it obvious to your readers that you are trying to obey search engine rules of using a certain keyword.

Therefore, the right keyword is the one which will allow you to write naturally for your audience.

Moreover, the keywords you prioritize must be those which match with the needs of your target audience and the motive of your keyword research process.

E) Seasonality

Some keyword is more relevant than others based on the season or trending topics.

Thus, choosing the right keywords also means picking those that match the season.

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Bonus: Best SEO locations to add keywords

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a) Blog post titles and subheadings
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b) Throughout the blog post while avoiding keyword stuffing
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c) Links anchor text
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d) In the first 100 words
e) Meta description, title tag, and URL slug
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5 of the Best Facebook Groups for New Bloggers

5 of the Best Facebook Groups for New Bloggers

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he first six months of starting and growing a blog are stressful for most bloggers.

You will feel like giving up, get exhausted from too much information and even get discouraged by not making money, low traffic, and sometimes negative feedback.

Joining bloggers communities, such as best Facebook groups for new bloggers discussed in this post, will make the journey bearable in the following ways.

Firstly, you will discover that you’re not the only one facing those challenges.

Secondly, you will get a platform to network, collaborate and get all your questions answered by other bloggers.

Finally, you will receive personalized advice and recommendations from bloggers in similar niches to yours who overcame the challenges you are facing.

NOTE: This post only features 5 best Facebook groups for new bloggers, and this does not mean that there aren’t better Facebook groups out there, but these are the ones I have used and they have helped me gain success in a short amount of time.

Therefore, you are welcome to leave a comment below this post sharing any other best Facebook group you have used and think other new bloggers need to try it out.

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5 of the Best Facebook groups for new bloggers

As a new blogger, you do not need a Facebook group with 1 million plus members.

I believe what you need most is a community of bloggers (both new and experienced) who are willing to help each other like this one.

This group has 3k plus members, and I think it is one of the best Facebook groups for new bloggers because it is a community of bloggers who will help you to overcome all your blogging fears and make money blogging.

4 reasons becoming a blogger is one of the best Facebook group for new bloggers

1. All the information, books, courses, tools and recommendations you need to get started are pinned on the first welcome post in the group.

For example, there is a guide on how to start a blog, blogging tools, how to get blog traffic and how to make money and becoming a blogger course.

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2. The group admin, Cate Rosales is reliable, approachable and dedicated to helping new bloggers.

She comments on every post, and even you can reach her directly through her inbox to get personalized advice.

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3. In this group, you are free to ask anything related to blogging, such as all your struggles, fears, wins, confusions and anything else you need to discuss with fellow bloggers.

It is one of the most active Facebook groups where members are highly engaged. Thus, you do not have to worry about being lonely or not getting your posts not responded to at all.

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4. Apart from getting a community of bloggers who can answer your questions and hold your hand, you will also get a place you can promote your blog content through the weekly promotion threads.
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This best Facebook group for new bloggers has around 7k plus members, and I think it is a gold mine in the following ways;

5 reasons blogging like we mean it is one of the best Facebook group for new bloggers

1. Unlike most Facebook groups with countless rules, this one has one rule only-“Do not spam or self-promote your ”

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2. The admin, Carly Campbell from Mommy on Purpose, is one of those role model bloggers you want to subscribe to their newsletter and RSS feed because she only offers quality blogging tips and resources.

She is the author of one of the best and most recommended Pinterest traffic resource the Pinteresting Strategies eBook. Her weekly emails never disappoint because you always learn something new from them see an example of mines below

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3. This group has a unique blogger friendly model of operation. For example, when a member asks a question you are allowed to share links referring to useful content from your blog or other bloggers.

If you do this in most other facebook groups for bloggers, all posts or comments with links will be deleted. However, do not forget the one rule above on spamming and self-promotion here.

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4. This group allows some form of self-promotion, but you must take time to monitor what level is permitted or ask Carly directly before you break the one rule of this group. See these two examples:

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5. You can ask any question either directly by posting a new post or through the Q & A threads or Facebook live videos.

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I feel I need to mention that the experienced bloggers in this best Facebook group are very supportive. For example, recently Whitney Bonds from Tried and true mom jobs shared a link to one my blog post, and this act of kindness helped to double my page views.

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This is a Facebook group with an entirely different method of operation than the two above.

It is one of the best Facebook groups for new bloggers because it is a platform, which allows you to promote yourself and your blog.

It is a group with more than 59k members and does not put any limitations on using it for self-promotion blog.

4 ways you can use this best Facebook group for new bloggers

1. Use it to grow your social media profiles and pages.

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2. Use it to find bloggers to collaborate with or freelancers or experts to work within your blog niche.

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3. You can use it for link building and boost engagement in your blog posts by looking for bloggers in the same niche as yours to exchange comments and backlinks.

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4. You can promote your services and products in this group and find freelance work, paid gigs and guest posting opportunities.

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I know you have probably heard most bloggers confess that Pinterest is their main traffic source.

This is because you need at least six months to get Google or search engine traffic to a new blog, yet on Pinterest, you can get traffic right away in a couple of weeks to a new blog.

However, I am not saying that you should ignore SEO. No! No! That is a costly mistake because Pinterest traffic is not stable-it changes when its algorithm change. Therefore, diversifying your traffic sources is the way to stay safe.

Now that you know how Pinterest is important to bloggers, I believe you understand why you need to join at least 2-5 Pinterest-related best Facebook groups.

 4 ways you can grow your Pinterest account with this Facebook group

1. Promote your pins and find trending pins to repin to your boards in the weekly threads.

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2. Use it to grow your followers.

Quick tip: Another tool you can use to grow you Pinterest followers is Milotree

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3. Promote your group boards and find collaborators. You will also be able to discover new group boards and tailwind tribes relevant to your niche you can join.

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4. Boost engagement (comments, clicks, and saves) on your pins.

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Megan Fulton from A Hint of Meg manages the group, and she is a Pinterest virtual assistant so you can learn a lot from her or use her services.

The major advantage of Bloggers unite on Pinterest Facebook group is that it allows you to promote and grow your Pinterest profile, BUT I noticed that there is little activity when it comes to asking questions and collaborating with other bloggers.

For this reason, I like to use this best Facebook group together with the Pinterest Savvy bloggers Facebook group where there is too much engagement-you can ask questions, network with other bloggers and find collaborators.

For example, Sarah Beth Fournier from Caffeine and Conquer posted asking bloggers to share their experience with Pinterest which I did. Later the news that she had featured me in the post warmed my heart-who knew that I could earn a backlink from a Facebook group?

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Apart from getting your questions answered and collaborating with other bloggers in this group, you can also promote your Pinterest account in the weekly promotion threads below.

Weekly Threads Schedule

Monday: Share your Pinterest Account

Wednesday: Ask a Question (questions are permitted on the wall at all times)

Friday: Group Boards

Saturday: Get Feedback

Sunday: Anything Goes (Pinterest related naturally)

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Over to you!

Nobody paid or forced me to recommend these best Facebook groups, and this is why I kept the list too small because I have only recommended what I use.

Therefore, there is a high possibility that I have left out many other best Facebook groups like those featured in these two posts: 15 Facebook groups for WordPress bloggers and 17 Facebook groups for bloggers.

In the same spirit, feel free to leave a comment sharing some of the best Facebook groups which have contributed to your growth as a new blogger. I would love to discover new suggestions I can try and add to the post.

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15 Deadly Blogging Mistakes And How to Fix Them

15 Deadly Blogging Mistakes And How to Fix Them

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Y es, blogging can be a career/profession and a full-time job when done right from the beginning.

You can make money blogging as long as you avoid these common beginner blogging mistakes and pitfalls.

Therefore, ignoring these 15 blogging mistakes will increase your chances of giving up too early in your blogging journey.

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15 blogging mistakes you should avoid

1. Picking a too narrow or broad niche

A niche can represent your target audience, the subject of focus or the industry/market you are targeting.

For example, fitness, personal development, health, lifestyle and making money online are all niche markets.

This is one of the many dangerous blogging mistakes because a narrow niche will suffocate and discourage you since coming up with fresh and unique blogging ideas and content will be exhausting.

Also, your traffic will grow at snail speed in a narrow niche because it has few engaged target audience. As a blogger, you do not want less traffic and page views because the higher you have, the more chance of making a lot of money blogging.

On the other hand, you do not want a broad niche because it will be hard to find a focus and the right target audience.

Therefore, take time to choose the right blogging niche which is not too narrow or too broad.

Recommended reading: 3 quick hacks to finding your perfect niche

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2. Not knowing your audience

Who are you writing for? What are their problems, needs, and wants? Where do they spend most of their time? What unique value do they receive from your competitors?

In summary, all the questions above answers who is your buyer persona or target audience.

Some bloggers make this deadly blogging mistakes when they start to write for themselves- what they feel, their desires, who they are etcetera.

If you want to grow an engaged fan base and customers, then always remember that your blog your needs and wants, but about the needs of your target audience.

You must solve a problem for them and provide unique value for them to buy from you and act as brand ambassadors.

Suggested reading: How to find your right target audience and unique selling proposition

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3. Lack of consistency

Do you have a publishing or marketing schedule or do you perform such tasks when you feel like?

For example, a consistent blogger will publish at least 2-5 posts weekly and actively promote them across many platforms, such as Pinterest and Facebook daily.

Also, they will keep in touch with their audience through emails, responding to their comments, messages and any other channels of communication.

Are you such a blogger or are you the type that does it today and then gets lost a whole week, month or year and then gets back to it again?

Inconsistency is one those blogging mistakes you should avoid because it can quickly ruin your trust both to search engines and your target audience.

Therefore, to avoid this blogging mistake, you must have a weekly or monthly schedule to stay organized and track your wins and losses.

Recommended reading: A bloggers guide to blogging consistently

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4. Writing boring, outdated or shallow content

Who wants to read shallow content which does not solve a problem or pass new knowledge?

More so, who wants to read audited facts or boring content, which does not meet their present needs?

The answer is no one!

Thus, before you begin wondering why no one is leaving comments, sharing or engaging with my blog posts, avoid this blogging mistake.

There are many strategies you can use come up with unique and attention-grabbing blogging ideas, so you have no excuse for making this blogging mistake.

Your content must be 10X better than that of your competitors if you want to stand out as a serious and professional blogger.

Suggested reading: 15 strategies you can use to come up with fresh and unique blog post ideas

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5. Not engaging with your target audience

There are two ways you can commit this blogging mistake: ignoring your target audience and not encouraging them to engage with your blog content.

Ignoring your target audience means not being there to respond to their comments, emails, messages, mentions, follows, subscriptions, concerns, complains, recommendations and any other form of feedback or communication.

If you are doing that, you are sowing a seed of doubt in them, and this means that they will never buy from you or trust any recommendation you give them.

On the other hand, not encouraging engagement from your target audience means lacking channels for engagement on your blog and other platforms.

For example, not having a comment section on your blog posts, not having social media pages and profiles for your blog business and not collecting emails from your blog and many other blogging mistakes.

Recommended reading: 15 ways you can encourage engagement with your target audience on your blog.

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6. Having wrong unrealistic expectations

For example, thinking that all your blog posts will go viral, imagining that you will make 6 figure income in the first months or you assume that your traffic will continue to increase all the time.

High and unrealistic expectations is a deadly blogging mistake because it can easily kill your morale and increase your chances of giving up.

Therefore, get real and accept that the journey of starting and building a blog is similar to that of other businesses with high and low moments.

Sometimes you will make losses and other time profits-what is most important is keep moving and winning is short-term goals.

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7. Being like everyone else

You write the same content as they do, you have a similar blog design, you make the same mistakes they do, and your unique selling proposition is just a photocopy of theirs.

So if become a copycat, why will their target audience choose you over them? Of course, they will not, and you will become one of the many bloggers failed stories.

According to live internet stats, more than 2 million blog posts are published daily, too much competition and screaming noise right?

Unfortunately, if you do not offer something unique, you will get lost in the noise and become just a statistic.

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8. Not promoting your blog

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule in content marketing which states that you should spend 20% of your time and energy producing content and 80% promoting it?

Yes, you may have fantastic blog posts and a unique writing style but if no one knows where they exist all that is in vain.

Therefore, not promoting your blog posts widely across multiple platforms, such as social media, forums, bookmarking sites and influencer outreach is one of those fatal blogging mistakes.

Identify the platforms that work best for bloggers or one where your audience spends the most time and master it.

For example, most bloggers including me will tell you that Pinterest is the best traffic driver for most of us. Therefore, if you are a new blogger looking for a recommendation, you can never go wrong with choosing Pinterest.

There are many resources out there you can use, such as this fantastic eBook Pinteresting strategies, which has helped me to double my Pinterest traffic in a few months.

Recommended reading: How to promote your blog in 8 ways

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9. Neglecting SEO best practices

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of making your blog posts easily found and indexed by search engine crawlers through performing all on page and off page optimization practices.

Yes, it is true that SEO benefits take long (around 6 months plus) to mature for bloggers, but this is no excuse for not performing SEO from the beginning on a brand new blog.

Imagine going back after six months to optimize your old blog posts for SEO, why not start doing it right from the beginning?

This is one of those blogging mistakes you should avoid because you can miss out on search engine traffic for ignoring SEO altogether.

Suggested reading: How to optimize your blog posts for SEO in 2018

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10. Using a wrong writing style

Does your writing style has some of these characteristics?

  • You do not use subheadings
  • You use long sentences and paragraphs
  • No white space between your sentences and paragraphs
  • Your copy is not clear and does not have logical thoughts.
  • Your copy has many grammatical errors
  • You’re too rigid or serious in your writing
  • Do you use boring headlines
  • Using hard to read fonts
  • Using too many colors
  • Using crappy photos

This is one of those blogging mistakes you should avoid because it puts off your readers.  

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11. Choosing the wrong blogging resources and tools

The good thing about the blogging market is that there are many free/paid blogging tools and resources out there that you can use.

The problem is that not all are right for your niche, target audience or blogging goal.

For example, not all web hosting company providers are right for bloggers. Most bloggers I included will advise you to use Siteground or Bluehost when starting out.

Check out my Sitegrond review here or follow this link to discover how and why Bluehost is right for bloggers.

Similarly, one of the common blogging mistakes bloggers make is choosing a free theme instead of a premium one. Unlike a paid theme, a free theme is likely to have bugs because it does not have active support working hard to improve its functionality.

I use the Divi theme from Elegant themes, and you can read my full review on the 20 reasons why I love Divi WordPress theme by following that link.

In summary hosting service provider and blogging, theme is just two out of the many blogging resources you should choose right.

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12. Not monetizing your blog well or early enough

Some bloggers wait until their blog gets traffic and engaged audience before they monetize it.

This is one of those blogging mistakes you should avoid because it’s like throwing money out of the window.

So will you go back to the old posts and begin monetizing them after you get the traffic? Is that not a waste of time?

In short, there is nothing wrong with putting in place money making opportunities on a new blog, such as adding affiliate links on every post.

Also, you should choose the right monetization methods which work best with your audience and blogging model to messing up with your reputation.

Recommended readings: Do bloggers make money or is it all bullshit? & 8 ways to make money from a blog.

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13. Failure to network with other bloggers

Have you heard of this saying that walking alone is safe, but if you want to get to your destination faster and earlier you need to walk with others?

Not building a rapport and collaborative network with other bloggers is one of those blogging mistakes you should avoid.

If you keep in touch though commenting on and sharing their blogs posts or asking them questions, you will eventually win their hearts.

Once you win an experienced bloggers heart, you are one step away from success because they can recommend your posts to your writers and also share shortcuts and wins with you.

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14. Not investing in yourself

Similar to a journalist, a blogger must stay updated and informed to remain relevant.

Therefore, you are making those big blogging mistakes if not investing in reading more books, enrolling in courses or attending conferences which will build you as a blogger.

All you need to do is get over these blogging fears and begin to invest in your success and personal development.

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15. Not having a user-friendly blog

Your blog is your primary marketing tool, and it can break or make your success.

Here some of the blogging mistakes that are common in blogs which are not user-friendly;

  • They load at a slow speed
  • They are not mobile friendly
  • They are hard to navigate
  • Use too many colors, fonts, crappy photos and other putting off elements.
  • It is not responsive on different devices
  • It is not easy to find content in it
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Conlusion

T here you go, it is over to you now!

Have you been making any of these blogging mistakes? If you are you should correct them because they can quickly ruin your blog and all the efforts you have invested.

Starting and growing your blog to a money making business is a process, which you must make the right decisions along the journey.

Feel free to leave a comment asking a question, sharing any mistake I might have left out or your own experience and better suggesting a piece of content you would like me to write about in the near future.

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