How to Get More Traffic from Facebook

Facebook gurus tell us how we can increase our Facebook community. We also discuss using it correctly to increase our blog readership! Learn how to Grow Your Facebook Page from 2,000 Fans to 10,000 Fans in One Year Organically.
Facebook gurus tell us how we can increase our Facebook community. We also discuss using it correctly to increase our blog readership! Learn how to Grow Your Facebook Page from 2,000 Fans to 10,000 Fans in One Year Organically.

Facebook gurus tell us how we can increase our Facebook community. We also discuss using it correctly to increase our blog readership!

Speakers in Hangout Are:

Crystal Van Tassel of Crystalandcomp.com

Kelli Miller of 3Boysandadog.com

Dana White – A Slob Comes Clean

Susie Buetow – Susie QT Pie’s Cafe

How to Grow Your Facebook Page from 2,000 Fans to 10,000 Fans in One Year Organically

Dana from A Slob Comes Clean attributes her organic growth to interaction. She likes liberally and replies to most of the comment. Tag your follower in your response to be sure they see that you responded, using your page’s profile.

When relevant, share to your personal Facebook profile links to your blog’s Facebook page.

Track results (actions your followers take & traffic received to your blog).

The key is consistency. Dana spends a total of 20-25 minutes each day sharing and interacting on her Facebook page. She spends 5-10 minutes during each session.

More interaction increases your reach.

Here’s her general list of things to do on her Facebook page each day:

Post a link to today’s blog post (between 12pm-1pm).

Interaction with followers sometime between 4pm-5pm.

Another 4 posts each day, spaced out to include one of the following:

  • Post questions and/ or photo of dinner.
  • Comments on followers’ posts.
  • Links to an old post.

Interaction with followers sometime between 8-9:30pm.

Posts a recap of what she did that day. Asks how readers’ days were. Checks comments.

Likes all comments.

How to Introduce Your Blog to Your Facebook Fans

Crystal Van Tassel says:

Lots of her Facebook fans are from giveaway participants. Use Facebook as a way to show/link to your blog, bio, other content, other places to find you. You have to introduce them to your blog. Facebook apps can connect your Facebook page to your Pinterest & Instagram accounts to integrate and re-post more of your content. There are also apps like “fan of the week,” to help you highlight a member of your Facebook community. You can encourage people to like your Facebook page by giving them access to a PDF.

How to make an ebook/PDF

Use Microsoft Word or Publisher to create your content. Print to PDF. Upload it to your blog or email subscription system to allow downloads or email it directly.

Advice for New Bloggers

Susie from Susie QTPie’s Cafe says:

Don’t spend more time on social media than on your blog if it’s not bringing you traffic and money. She is only on Facebook about 5 minutes/day. She schedules posts using the Facebook scheduler (increases reach). Check for messages and comments. Pay attention to what reaction is (does certain content do well, do bad, cause likes, cause unlikes).

Facebook gurus tell us how we can increase our Facebook community. We also discuss using it correctly to increase our blog readership! Learn how to Grow Your Facebook Page from 2,000 Fans to 10,000 Fans in One Year Organically.

What Should I Post on Facebook?

A balance of auto posts (new posts) and other interactive posts. What would make them come to your blog? Do the same on your Facebook page. Post relevant content and questions for your brand. Provide an opportunity for followers to share their content and opinions. This creates community and camaraderie.

Promoting Your Brand as You Comment

Kelli / 3Boys and a Dog says:

Comment as your brand name (brings traffic back to your page, instead of using your personal profile). They may not be able to see your because they’re not your friend, through your personal profile.

Action Tasks for Beginners:

Determine how to use Facebook to promote your niche (Ex. sharing something personal, ask a question)

Post daily (not auto feed).

Action Tasks for Advanced:

Offer a Facebook freebie in your niche.

Interact with followers (different times).

Facebook process:

Post your link. It shows images from your post. Choose the image you want. Share it!

You can also learn some great Facebook strategies from the Holly Homer method/hangout: How to Grow Your Facebook to 1 MILLION Real Unpaid Followers.

How to Use StumbleUpon for More Blog Traffic

Are you looking for ways to increase your blog’s traffic using StumbleUpon? We’ve got five super easy tips to help you build your traffic in just 20 minutes a day!

Are you looking for ways to increase your blog's traffic using StumbleUpon? We've got five super easy tips to help you build your traffic in just 20 minutes a day!

Speakers in Hangout Are:

Crystal Van Tassel of Crystalandcomp.com

Kelli Miller of 3Boysandadog.com

Annie Shultz of Mama Dweeb

What is StumbleUpon?

StumbleUpon is a social network that helps you discover unique and interesting things across the Web.

Ways to use StumbleUpon

The best way is to use it to discover new ideas, recipes. It can be a great resource to make list posts. You can also see what’s trending (ideas for posts).

Ways to Increase Traffic with StumbleUpon

With regular use, it can provide 50% of her traffic each day or each week (2,000-10,000 views).

She was receiving 3,000 views before using Stumble Upon, is now receiving 5,000 views.

The StumbleUpon Audience

Average StumbleUpon users are techy and internet focused.

How to Use StumbleUpon

Lists are like a board and look like Pinterest boards. Follow and add to your own list (like repins). Stumble Upon limits the number of follows (around 500). Your “stumbles” are color coded by topic. These color codes make up your DNA (their algorithm). Your StumbleDNA is a representation of your Likes. It’s also a quick way to see what you and other Stumblers have in common.

How Much Time Should I Spend on StumbleUpon?

Spend 20 minutes a day for 2 weeks.  Then, evaluate your traffic. It is recommended to maintain this ratio for  sharing 1:7 (1 of your and 7 of others’) or 1:10 (1 of your and 10 of others’). When you’re other blogs, reading and commenting, share their stuff on social media.

Are you looking for ways to increase your blog's traffic using StumbleUpon? We've got five super easy tips to help you build your traffic in just 20 minutes a day!

Advanced StumbleUpon Tips

According to Mama Dweeb, if you can spend three hours each week, that can return 50-75% of your blog’s traffic. That spending just 12-20 minutes each day.

Make posts stumbleable:

  • good image
  • enticing description (share your opinions; use descriptive words)
  • use hashtags for cross promoting with toolbar

Discover means to Stumble Upon. Don’t use hashtags. It’s okay to use them for cross promoting on Twitter.

Be an Active StumbleUpon User

Submit a variety of content. Using StumleUpon more means a better idea of the best content to share. See what’s trending and recommended. Share what you find with your followers via the StumbleUpon toolbar. You can download the toolbar at Stumbleupon.com/downloads.

Avoid sharing time-sensitive content and instead stick with evergreen content.

Working with power users

A power user is someone with more than 1,000 followers. See the recommended follows to get ideas on who you should follow. Then, check out their “DNA.” If the content is something that would be interesting to you or your readers, it may be a good idea to follow them. You can autoshare on Facebook & Twitter from StumbleUpon.

Next Tasks:

  • install browser plugin in browser install browser plugin (social sharing button)
  • stumble & discover
  • find some power stumblers

Are you looking for ways to increase your blog's traffic using StumbleUpon? We've got five super easy tips to help you build your traffic in just 20 minutes a day!

Blogger Etiquette

Social Media is a great place for bloggers and brands to be seen and heard. If you are a blogger that is blogging as a hobby or as a professional, good blogger etiquette should always be observed.

Social Media is a great place for bloggers and brands to be seen and heard.  If you are a blogger that is blogging as a hobby or as a professional, good blogger etiquette should always be observed.

At any given time there are over 3.2 billion people in the world on the internet including well-intentioned bloggers like ourselves searching for inspiration, adding their opinions, and sharing images of what makes their readers tick.

The questions we must ask ourselves when navigating the legalities of blogging are…

  1. When and how should I give credit in a post?
  2.  Am I using images properly?
  3.  When should I use an FTC Disclaimer?
  4.  How do I properly give credit in a post?
  5.  How should I deal with negative feedback and comments?

Social Media is a great place for bloggers and brands to be seen and heard. If you are a blogger that is blogging as a hobby or as a professional, good blogger etiquette should always be observed.

In this #LearntoBlog Hangout Kelli and Crystal will help us navigate proper blogger etiquette that is both honest and professional.

Blogging is a wonderful tool helping to build relationships with readers, a great outlet for our creativity and a source of income for many.  Blogger Etiquette makes the difference in how our readers, our brand, the world sees us.

Get Extra Blogging Tips visit:

Kelli on her blog 3 Boys and a Dog and on Follow Kelli on Twitter
Crystal on her blog Crystal and Comp and on Follow Crystal on Twitter

Remember to join the #LearntoBlog Series every other Tuesday over on Google+ at 10:00 am CST where Kelli and Crystal help us become better bloggers and answer all of our blogging questions.

If you have questions or a more personalized consulting experience please email learntobloghangout(at)gmail(dot)com .

*Sources and Credits mentioned during hangout:

  • Holly Homer,

A Typical Day In The Blogging Office

We have had several people request our blog schedules.  So, this week we are going to talk about how we manage to get it all done. Kelli and Crystal both run full-time blogs, homeschool, help their active husbands, and cook & clean. This is done without the help of housekeepers or nannies. Find out how we manage!

We have had several people request our blog schedules.  So, this week we are going to talk about how we manage to get it all done. Kelli and Crystal both run full-time blogs, homeschool, help their active husbands, and cook & clean. This is done without the help of housekeepers or nannies. Find out how we manage!

Speakers in Hangout Are:

Crystal Van Tassel of Crystalandcomp.com

Kelli Miller of 3Boysandadog.com

When should I work?
Where should I setup my desk?
What needs to get done each day?

How to Get Your Most Important Tasks Done First

We can get so much done when there are no distractions. Biggest tip – Decide if you’re going to get up early or stay up late. Crystal may get up at 5:30 to start her day. You get 4 hours worth of work done in 2 hours. She used to check email first, schedule to Facebook, start working on a blog post, and then plan the rest of the tasks for the day.

Where should I setup my desk?

Crystal has an open layout in her main living area. The kids are working nearby her desk. Consider your personality, your kids’ personalities, and where you are in your life to setup your blogging office successfully. Maybe you setup a desk in the main area alongside littles or maybe you need a room with a door to get away from loud teens. Do what works best for you.

What Things Must Get Done Every Day?

A quality post needs to go out every day, or every day Monday – Friday, or whatever your posting commitment is. If something else is taking up too much of your time, figure out how to outsource that or barter with someone, an automated way to make it happen. Remove time sucks from your day. If you can pay someone $10 to do something and your time is worth $50, why wouldn’t you outsource?

There is a cycle: content –> pageviews –> revenue –> money to invest back into your business. What if I don’t have $10 to reinvest? Get your blog posts done. You have to have a supportive spouse Kelli can have her “must do” work done by 9:30/10 am each day.
Here’s how:

What are the must do’s?
Crystal:

  • Facebook
  • one blog post
  • one Amazon deal blog post
  • tribe work (pinning, sharing on Facebook)
  • check email
  • checking the forum throughout the day
  • at night, links up to Facebook share days in kids activities group

Kelli:
1. quick scan through of email (several times a day)’; any deadlines approaching?
2. substantive blog post
3. Viral Tag (prefers to do 6 each hour, but at a minimum schedules her most recent post and anything she’s currently promoting)

Should I Outsource Some Tasks?

Sometimes it’s best to hire out things that need to be done. For example, Crystal knows that StumbleUpon can bring her traffic but she doesn’t understand it. She’d rather pay someone $20 to spend a certain amount of time promoting her content there. She doesn’t have the time to commit to learning about the community to utilize it well.

She needs to spend her time creating content.

Example: Linky parties can get you sidetracked. Worth it pay someone else $16/week to do. She checks her traffic on a monthly or quarterly basis to see the results. If a certain party isn’t bringing her traffic, she doesn’t continue linking there.

Kelli needed another source of traffic to give her a boost because her traffic plateaued. She chose StumbleUpon. She takes money she’s making from her blog and invests it back into her blog by having someone use StumbleUpon to promote her content.

How to Balance Your Home Life & Work Life

Keep the main living areas clean: kitchen, living room, and a load of laundry done. This will give you a sense of calm, especially working from home.

What are your basics that you must have done to make your home function?

At the same time, your blog can’t dictate your life. If the house has been a total wreck for three weeks, you’ve eaten out every night, and the kids aren’t learning anything in homeschool, something is out of balance.

Success brings success. Failure brings failure.

When you’ve done everything that needs to be done, you check email, there’s nothing new, you check Facebook and there’s nothing new, you keep checking, and there’s nothing new…that’s your cue to walk away. You don’t always have to be busy.

Consider keeping email off your phone. See the email mobile, but don’t remember to respond when you get home.

We have had several people request our blog schedules.  So, this week we are going to talk about how we manage to get it all done. Kelli and Crystal both run full-time blogs, homeschool, help their active husbands, and cook & clean. This is done without the help of housekeepers or nannies. Find out how we manage!

Get More Done By Setting Limits

Set a timer, check email only for that allotted time.

How would you schedule commenting?
Commenting on other blogs – Set your timer for 15-20 minutes. Then, move on. Aim to comment on 5 each day ( a total of 25 each week). Kelli’s method. Go to Bloglin, open 5 tabs in internet browser with the post, works on them.

How to Control Email
Set a timer: weeds out spam, deletes any she can, responds to ones she sees. If she doesn’t get them all done, it’s ok, she stops. She’ll spend another day going through emails.

Work in bulk
Each day, she has a different focus. After she finishes her must do’s for the day, she works on a project. Examples:
-does research and may create 20 blog drafts
-collecting links (searching Pinterest, Google, custom search)
-one day just on email
-printables (based on her post template)

Remember Your Why

Turning your hobby blog into a business. You have to be writing about your passion. Ask yourself why you’re home.
How are you helping your family if you’re in front of the computer all day? Stick with it. When it’s your time, you will be rewarded.

Get Creative to Find Time to Work

Find a schedule that will work for you. If that means that you get up 30 minutes before or one hour before everyone else in your house on Mon Wed Fri, so you can publish a post on those days, do it. If that means you have to train your children to listen to a book on tape for 30-45 minutes a day, so you can get your work done, do it. Get an educational video from the library to keep them busy.

Can you earn an income from your blog while working full time outside the home? Mom Advice does all of her work on the weekend. Prepares blog posts, edits photos, and then schedules everything.

Make Time for Family

If you’ve run up against a wall where the kids are arguing, acting out, etc., leave the house to go run errands, go to the park, or go outside and play on the trampoline together. It will rejuvenate everyone.

Be sure to spend time with your spouse and children. We cannot spend more time on our blog than we do with our family.

When you get away from the computer and spend time with your family you will be inspired and recharged. You will have more ideas for things to write about.

When people say how do you do it all?

Being busy is not always a good thing.

What are your goals? What are the daily basics that must get done?

Make a list. Pick 3-5 that are the most important. Get those done everyday. (home and work)

Getting done is all about planning. Plan your meals, use your crockpot if it helps.

Use a timer to limit the time you spend on tasks. Spend 15 minutes and move on.

A service like ViralTag allows her to promote her content without being sucked in to reading content during her promotional time.

You can’t start out by researching apple crafts for kids on Pinterest and end up spending 30 minutes. Add in extra tasks like the forum, class, and hangouts.

No matter what, you have to be able to bend.

Get up before your family. Have a list of priorities for the day.

Should I Spend My Time Applying for Sponsored Posts?

Do you spend a lot of time applying for and working on sponsored posts? Kelli’s approach: she completes a profile for a network or PR firm, will not spend 30 minutes filling out a form to work with a particular brand. She spends her time creating content.

Crystal’s approach: feels the same way. There was a time when she would spend 45 minutes completing an application for Social Fabric to work on a particular campaign, then only receive less than 25% of them. The pay was not great. It’s a place to start. If you don’t want to apply, then don’t. They both like to work with IZEA and TapInfluence because you accept or decline and choose a date.

No matter how much money you’re offered, be authentic.
Whatever you earn, reinvest some back into your site. If you make $200, put $20 into a service (Facebook, StumbleUpon, linky parties, etc.) to grow your blog.

You don’t have to say yes to every opportunity, every dollar, every brand.

How to get organized and schedule ahead for the summer or the holidays

Kelli made a plan and scheduled out Tuesday and Thursday for the summer. Did the same for Wednesday. Then Monday and Friday. Worked really hard leading up to the holidays.

Example: start in September for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Work on today’s blog post. Start working on another blog post. Tomorrow, work on tomorrow’s blog post. Finish the second one from yesterday and get it scheduled for December.

If December has 31 days, you will need 62 days to get ahead on those posts (starting October 1 at the latest).

Find a way to work smarter so that you don’t have to work 10 hours a day to get the results you want.

Look at how you’re managing your day and figure out ways to make it better.

ACTION ITEMS:

  • Decide how much time you’re going to spend and what your must do’s are for every day.
  • Make a short list of 3-4 items.
  • Figure out when you’ll get them done. Maybe you do it all at once. Maybe you split it up into 3 parts throughout the day.
  • Do what works for you. Don’t be afraid to try different things.

Are You REALLY Ready to Start Blogging for Money? #LearntoBlog

Whether you have been blogging forever or are thinking about it, you need to have all your ducks in a row before you can take the leap to part or full time income from your online world.

Whether you have been blogging forever or are thinking about it, you need to have all your ducks in a row before you can take the leap to part or full time income from your online world.Speakers in Hangout Are:

Crystal Van Tassel of Crystalandcomp.com

Kelli Miller of 3Boysandadog.com

Whether you have been blogging forever or are thinking about it, you need to have all your ducks in a row before you can take the leap to part or full time income from your online world.

Determine your WHY

Examine why you want to start a blog. If you think it’s because you’ll make 6 figures, you’re in it for the wrong reasons. If you think it’s easy, you’re wrong.

In order to earn a full-time income, you’re going to have to put in full-time work.
Kelli said that she earns a full-time income from her blog.

Before full-time income, before passive income, you have to put in full-time work. Before you put in full-time work, there are things you will have to do.

How do you know that this is your passion?

Could you write for free for the rest of your life?

Could you write about this topic for free for the rest of your life?

If not, don’t do it. Don’t do it just for the money, because the money may not be there for a while. You will grow to resent your blog if you dread getting up to write (about this topic) every day.

“I think, for me, that’s been the most difficult. What Kelli Miller said about putting in the work. It’s hard. And family and friends don’t always view what I do as a profession. So, I must work even harder and keep my schedule, regardless of how others view it.” -Mitzi Smith

Whether you have been blogging forever or are thinking about it, you need to have all your ducks in a row before you can take the leap to part or full time income from your online world.

Can I Make Money Blogging?

Invest in your business. You have to have money to start the business. You have to buy/lease the building (your website URL, hosting, etc.). You have to have inventory (sell information).

Can it be done? Look at successful blogs in your niche. See what they’re doing. You can make 6 figures, a full-time income, or a part-time income.

Can you sit down at the computer and work while your family is doing something fun?

There is so much volunteer work that goes into blogging. If it’s not your passion, it will fail. It is a labor of love.

If you want to make consistent income, you have to be able to continuously learn, research, and change in order to be successful in blogging.

Reserve some of the money you make from your blog to reinvest into it.

What You Need to Do Whether You’re a New or Established Blogger

1. WordPress (best for SEO, Analytics tracking, best to make money, taken more seriously in business, posts read well by search engines, you own your content not Google). You will have to transfer or pay someone to transfer your blog from Blogger to WordPress. This will cost you money and/or time. Why not start out on WordPress? Why not move now to prevent more headaches in the future?

Related:  The Differences in Blogger and WordPress

2. Hosting
You are paying for your online space whether your blog makes money or not (domain, hosting, design, etc.). That’s why there needs to be a focus on quality content. Make sure that your URL reflects what your blog is going to be about and has room to grow. If you can’t get your .com, then someone else is already writing about your topic and you should rethink it. It confuses your readers, too. Even better is your main keyword is part of your URL.

Related: Hosting & Blog Maintenance (Part 1) & Hosting & Blog Maintenance (Part 2)

Question: As a mom of young children, should I keep blogging at a part-time income vision?

Answer:
Yes, it’s possible.
What can you handle?
What are you willing to do?
Are you writing about your passion?
Are you willing to put the work in to do it?
Are you going to get up early or stay up late?
You can get 5 hours worth of work done in 3 hours when you have a dedicated chunk
of time that’s uninterrupted.
Do you have ads on your site? Do you partner with brands on sponsored posts? What
are you doing to make money?
Kelli didn’t watch TV when she first got started.
How are you deliberately working to do that?

Question: If I am contacted by a brand before I create a media kit, should I decline their offer?

Answer: No, you should respond right away. How much money do you want to make from that post or ad? How much money would YOU pay for it? That’s a good starting point. Do you have AdSense, Media.net, or Lijit ads on your site? If so, that will tell you how much a spot is worth on your site, based on your traffic. Example: I would charge $50 for a sponsored post or $25 for an ad above the fold. Put that in your media kit.

Childcare While You Work

  • Work while your spouse is home to watch the kids.
  • Work in the same room as younger kids who are playing or watching tv/a movie.
  • Take the kids to a restaurant with a playground and work for an hour while they play.
  • Swap with another mom so each of you can have some time off without the kids.

Related: Getting Support from Your Family

3. Themes

A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software.

Examples:

DIY Themes: Thesis

Genesis Framework by StudioPress

Prose Theme by StudioPress

Dynamik Website Builder for Genesis

4. URL
In addition to owning “yourblog.com,”go into every social media network and setup your accounts. Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Vine, Tumblr, and any others. Look at all of the options available on Shareaholic. Claim all of those names before someone else does. Even if you don’t plan to use these platforms.

5. Logo
Create branding that is consistent with your brand. Get a full color, black, and white. You can use them to watermark photos. Resource: Fiverr. Consistently driving your brand into people’s minds. They should see the same thing on your site and your social media profiles.

Logo sizes you need:

  • Blog header
  • Circle for G+
  • Large header for G+
  • 125×125 button
  • 250×250 button
  • 350×350 for advertising
  • 250×300 for advertising

6. Website design
You can build your site around your logo. Then, you can work on your site’s navigation once you have money coming in. You can change your site in the future.

Watch the Hangout “Are You REALLY Ready to Start Blogging for Money?”:

Whether you have been blogging forever or are thinking about it, you need to have all your ducks in a row before you can take the leap to part or full time income from your online world.