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12 WordPress Plugins To Grow Your Blog Like Crazy

12 WordPress Plugins That'll Make Your Blog Grow Like Crazy

You can probably relate when I say:

There are so many WordPress plugins out there, but it’s hard to know which ones you should be using.

Actually, it's even harder to know...

...which ones will benefit you and help your blog grow.

I’ve compiled a list of 12 WordPress plugins I personally use on my blog, which will help you:

  1. Keep things running smoothly
  2. Not slow down the backend admin interface
  3. Keep your website speed fast and secure to rank high in Google

Let’s start with number one, a personal favorite...

 

WordPress Plugins #1 - Duplicate Page

WordPress Plugins Duplicate Posts

 

Get Duplicate Page here

A perfect plugin when you need to duplicate a page!

Like why isn’t this feature already just built into WordPress?

Who knows…

Either way, this is a lifesaver when you need to make, for example, 5 of the same pages to put your different training videos on.

Or you like the look of a page, and don't want to rebuild it from scratch.

#timesaving :)

All this plugin does, is simply add a duplicate option in your WordPress interface.

 

 

WordPress Plugins #2 - Easy Affiliate Links

WordPress Plugins Easy Affiliate Links

 

Get Easy Affiliate Links here

Mixing things up, this plugin can hide those ugly 5000 character affiliate links you get given to something shorter…

...and branded to your domain.

Take a look at this:

aaronward.com/recommends/convertkit

This is an affiliate link but masked with my domain.

Looks good right?

Easy Affiliate Links just adds an interface where you can easily create and manage all the afiliate links you need to make.

Heck, they don’t even need to be affiliate links, it could be your youtube channel like so:

aaronward.com/recommends/youtube

 

WordPress Plugins #3 - Enable Media Replace

WordPress Plugins Enable Media Replace

 

Get Enable Media Replace here

You can probably agree:

Sometimes you want to update an image or replace it.

Well, guess what? This plugin does just that.

It makes life really easy to just go to your media library, click the replace media button and upload your new file.

Simple, easy, functional and fast.

 

WordPress Plugins #4 - Imagify

WordPress Plugins Imagify

 

Get Imagify here

This plugin is super fresh.

It makes your images automatically smaller in file size when you upload them.

This makes your site faster and better at ranking in Google search results.

The interface is really clean and fast in the backend WordPress admin panel.

 

Now don’t get this plugin confused with being free…

...because it is technically free.

However, there is a limit cap on how many images you can ‘optimize’ per month.

What’s awesome though is there one time plans.

500mb worth of images for $5.99, 1GB for $9.99 and 3GB for $19.99.

Not bad right?

 

If you’re like “hell naw I ain’t spending money on that”, then check out this plugin which is free and does the same.

Alternative: Get WP Smush It here

p.s I just personally had no luck with WP Smush It it and found it wasn’t actually helping my site get any faster. But lot’s of users have a great time with it :)

 

 

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WordPress Plugins #5 - Insert Headers and Footers

WordPress Plugins Insert Headers and Footers

 

Get Insert Headers and Footers here

If you’re like me:

And run Facebook ads…

...or use third-party websites to grow your blog…

...and need to enter those pesky code snippets into your header…

...then this plugin has got you covered.

Insert Headers and Footers does what it says on the tin.

It lets you easily add code to your headers and footers by adding an extra interface in your WordPress Admin Panel > Settings > Insert Headers and Footers.

 

 

WordPress Plugins #6 - Jetpack by WordPress.com

WordPress Plugins JetPack

 

Get JetPack here: https://jetpack.com/features/

JetPack is a really cool WordPress plugin.

It basically monitors your site, adds security from people trying to login to your admin account, shows traffic on your site, and much more.

The plugin also has extra paid for features, such as site backups and spam filtering.

I personally don't use the paid features. The free version works perfectly alone.

It’s recommended to get this setup as soon as possible, and generally, comes pre-installed with your site too.

 

 

WordPress Plugins #7 - LeadPages Connector

WordPress Plugins LeadPages Connector

 

Get LeadPages Connector here

Using LeadPages like me?

Then use their plugin to easily hook up your landing pages and LeadBoxes to your WordPress blog.

The process of adding LeadPages to your site is made a lot easier.

Not sure what LeadPages is and intrigued?

Learn about LeadPages here

 

 

WordPress Plugins #8 - Social Warfare

WordPress Plugins Social Warfare

 

Get Social Warfare here 

This plugin is super cool.

It helps you increase your social shares on blog posts which means more website traffic!

The plugin adds a small box in your text editor to add social sharing buttons, and automatically ads them to the side and bottom of your blog posts.

It’s super customizable and sexy as hell too.

 

You’ll even see the buttons on this blog post…

...that's Social Warfare at work -- oh and share this post with yah pals ;)

 

WordPress Plugins #9 - Wordfence Security

WordPress Plugins WordFence

 

Get WordFence Security here

Looking for a security guard for yo’ site?

Look no further.

Wordfence will have your site secured from people trying to hack in, place malicious files on your server and all that nasty stuff.

It’s simple to setup. Install, and let it do its thing.

While it might slow down your site a bit, it’s very important to get security on your site...

...You won’t believe how many people try to hack into your site every day using brute force techniques.

 

 

WordPress Plugins #10 - WP Rocket

WordPress Plugins WP Rocket

 

Get WP Rocket here - https://wp-rocket.me/

Alright, there’s a ton of site caching plugins out there.

I did my research.

Testing…

And many site speed tests.

 

WP Rocket won my heart.

It’s a one-time fee plugin of $39, but golly it’s worth every penny for the site speed it gave me.

It resulted in a faster 4 second load time on my blog.

This plugin just does magic and increases your sites speed by ‘compressing’ everything down, so it simply loads faster.

I can’t really explain it because I'm not a technical wiz -- but it works and that’s what’s important.

Plus, Google ranks fast loading sites higher in the search results.

And visitors to your site won’t get frustrated waiting 10 seconds for a page to load.

 

 

WordPress Plugins #11 - WP Optimize

WordPress Plugins WP Optimize

 

Get WP Optimize here

I almost didn’t include this one:

But it can help the right person in the right situation.

Because…

WP Optimize cleans out your website's backend databases.

Once again, I'm not a plugin tech-wiz here.

It’s just great to clear out your post revisions in a single click and delete spam and trashed comments.

This is the main function I use.

And it increases your website's speed, with the main performance increase being in the WordPress Admin interface which can get a bit slow with the more plugins you use -- that's why it's important to use only the plugins you need.

 

 

WordPress Plugins #12 - Yoast SEO

WordPress Plugins Yoast SEO

 

Get Yoast SEO here

How could I not mention this one:

A lifesaver plugin to help you SEO proof your blog.

Just get it.

Seriously.

Download it already if you haven't.

This plugin adds a box underneath your pages or posts and guides you step-by-step on getting a ‘green light’ on your SEO.

You enter a keyword, then it gives you tips on improving your pages SEO :)

Awesome right?

 

I hope you really enjoyed these plugins I use to optimize and run my blog.

Let me know in the comments what plugins you’re using.

 

And share this post with your bloggin’ pals ;)

 

 

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Create Optin Forms Using LeadBoxes

How To Create Optin Forms Using LeadBoxes in 7 Easy Steps

So you want to create optin forms...

Well guess what:

You’re going to need a tool to create them.

Have you heard of LeadBoxes?

It's run by LeadPages, a popular company who makes high-quality landing page software.

 

How To Create Optin Forms Using LeadBoxes

 

Here's the deal:

I'll show you the simple steps to create optin forms using a LeadBox.

I can confidently say, it will have a signup (conversion rate) of 70%+.

Does this sound good?

Great...

...it's really easy to do.

All YOU need to do, is follow along and create your optin form using a LeadBox.

Easy :)

Let's jump in!

 

New! Video Tutorial/Live Demo of Setting Up LeadBoxes and ConvertKit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqhra9nozJ4&lc=z234jvuqdva3vhgl1acdp432dck40jktgg2hd5wmqhlw03c010c

 

In this video tutorial, I walk you through step by step on creating optin forms with LeadBoxes and integrating the signup process with ConvertKit.

It's super simple and this will take you from step A to B in 20 minutes! Well worth it if you're serious about growing your blog.

Enjoy :)

 

Step 1 - Get a LeadPages Account (14 Day Free Trial)

If you have a LeadPages account, skip this step.

Everyone always says growing your email list is very important.

And guess what:

They’re damn right it is.

That’s where LeadPage’s LeadBox’s comes into your life.

It’s a tool that helps you create insanely modern and high performing optin forms.

High conversion rates baby!

LeadPages (which includes the LeadBoxes tool) starts at $25/month.

 

 

It get's better:

I've hooked you up with a 14 Day Free Trial. This way you can test it risk-free and see if it floats your boat.

 

Click Here to get LeadPages 14 Day Free Trial [full disclosure this is an affiliate link - I only promote products I am familiar with and personally use]

 

 

Step 2 - Create a Lead Magnet

Before you create optin forms.

You need a lead magnet.

This will be a reason why someone should give you their email address.

In simple terms, it's a freebie they can download.

Everybody LOVES freebies.

 

 

Popular lead magnet ideas for bloggers are:

  • Mini course
  • eBook
  • Cheatsheet
  • List of things
  • Case study
  • Webinar Signup

 

Once your blog reader signs up and gives your their email address, you will then send them what they signed up for.

If you just say “Please subscribe to my newsletter” to collect emails, it just won’t cut it buddy. People want a reason for them to give their email address away and a damn good one too.

Also, because you've given them a reason, you know they’re interested in that specific topic -- this makes it a lot easier to market your product later on, such as an online course.

Here are some example lead magnets that kick ass:

 

p.s. you'll see my lead magnet later on in this post. Let me know if you spotted it in the comments!

 

Lead Magnet Example - Post Template

 

Lead Magnet Example - Checklist SEO

 

Lead Magnet Example - Neil Patel

 

 

Step 3 - Create Your LeadBox

Creating a LeadBox is easy.

Even for you non-techies out there.

After you’ve signed up for LeadPages (Free 14 Day Trail Here)

Navigate over to the login page https://my.leadpages.net/login/

Enter your account details.

LeadPages Login

Click the 'LeadBoxes' button located on the Navigation bar (top left-ish).

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Create a LeadBox

 

Next, click 'Create LeadBox'. This will launch the LeadBox interface.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Create LeadBox

Name your LeadBox something you will remember.

For example, I will use: Blog Optin - Blogging SEO Checklist. This is because I will be placing the optin form on blog posts, and it will be giving away a Blogging SEO Checklist.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Naming LeadBox

 

After you’ve done that press ‘Start Building’.

 

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Step 4 - Editing Your LeadBox

Now you’re in the interface.

Want to know a secret:

The best way to make high converting opt-in forms is to keep them simple, super damn simple.

All you want is their NAME and EMAIL.

Don’t distract users from entering this information.

 

The first thing you want to do is delete the image on the right.

You may be tempted to upload a picture of what the users going to get, such as an eBook front cover...

and that is fine.

But from my experience...

...there’s essentially no need to have a picture there.

To delete the image, hover over the section, click the cog icon and then ‘Edit Section Layout’.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Edit Section

 

Next, you need to click the arrow icon (#1) in Row 1 Section to open up the contents.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Delete Image

 

Hover over the Image Container (#2 in the image above), and press the 'Delete' button.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Delete Image Container

 

Hive-five! You're done.

Now it’s time to style the form, changing the text and connect the forms fields to your email provider.

Let’s start with changing the text:

Click in the text box and highlight the text.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Changing Headline

 

This opens up the text editor box, play around with it. You want to match your brand as much as possible.

For example, I use the font Poppin's on my website for headlines, so I use the same on my form to keep consistency and trust with the user signing up.

Here’s what mine now looks like and the settings I used.

Text Align: Center

Text Size: 6

Font: Poppins

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Editing Text

 

Remember, simplicity is key here.

Use a call to action in your title.

I used ‘Get Your’.

You could also use other CTA’s like: Download, sign up for, enter your email for…

 

 

Step 5 - Integrating Your LeadBox

Awesome, you’re Leadbox is looking freaky fresh.

It’s time to integrate your email provider with your LeadBox.

This tells your LeadBox where to send the users information when they sign up.

 

For this guide, I will be integrating with my favourite email marketing tool, ConvertKit.

If you don’t have an email provider, I recommend ConvertKit. It’s designed and made for bloggers and is so easy to setup and use.

Click here to get a Convertkit account.

 

In your LeadBox, click in the form area, as if you wanted to type in your email.

This opens up the form integration window on your left.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Editing Form

 

Click on '+ Add an Integration'.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Add Integration

 

We will be choosing a ConvertKit as our Email Marketing Services.

If you don't see this option, do the following steps:

  1. Click More Services.
  2. Select ConvertKit from the menu.
  3. Add your ConvertKit Account's API Key. This can be found in your ConvertKit account settings (http://help.convertkit.com/article/74-convertkit-settings)
  4. It make take a moment, but wait for your API key to be validated.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Convertkit integration

 

Next, select a form from your ConvertKit account.

Don’t have a form? Check out ConvertKit’s guide on creating a form here.

 

Pro bloggin’ tip: Name the form the same as the opt-in, to keep everything seamless and not confusing in the future.

 

After you’ve selected your form, Press 'Done' otherwise it won’t save.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Save integration

 

Then you can delete the 'Lead Notifications' integration and press 'Next - Fields'.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Save Integration

 

Let’s delete the phone number. We don’t need it right now.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Delete Field

 

We will also re-organize the form to have the name entered first.

Simply, click the little up arrow.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Reorganize fields

 

Next, you will want to click on 'Name' and 'Email' to open up their options.

In here we can change the Label from ‘Name’ and ‘Email’ to CTA’s such as ‘Enter your name/email’.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Edit fields labels

 

Press 'Done' and it will save and update your form.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Save fields

 

Then press 'Next - Follow Up' button.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Follow Up

 

In here you will want to change the follow up to send the user to another URL.

This should be a thank you page you’ve created. It should let the user know they’ve signed up.

Here’s what mine looks like and how to setup the Leadbox.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Follow Up Settings

 

And my thank you page:

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Thank You Page

 

Press ‘Save and Close’.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Save and close

 

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Step 6 - Edit the Button Text

It’s short and sweet:

Click the button, highlight the text, and rename it to a better CTA.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Edit Button Text

 

Here are button CTA examples:

  • Sign Me Up
  • Yes Send Me The Goodies
  • Join The Free XYZ
  • Send Me The Free Training/CheckList/WorkBook
  • Sign Up For Free
  • Join Free For a Month
  • Get Started
  • Send Me The XYZ Now
  • Claim Your Free Spot
  • Click Here To Get XYZ
  • Get Instant Access
  • Access The Free XYZ
  • Yes Please, Send Me The XYZ

 

 

Step 7 - Publishing Your LeadBox

If you’ve made it this far.

You seriously are killing it.

And now guess what:

You get to publish the Leadbox to your site.

Click on the 'Publish' button in the top right.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Publish options

 

This will give you the various options to publish the LeadBox on your website.

Let’s use the 'BUTTON LINK' tab.

This is because if a user clicks the button, they’re seriously interested in your offer and will be more likely to sign up when the LeadBox opens.

Edit the button to have your brands color and style.

Click the '<> Get Code' button once you’re done.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Button Link

 

You then need to:

Copy and paste that code into your website.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - Get Code

 

 

If you’re using WordPress like myself, in your text editor, click the Text Box.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - WordPress

 

Then paste your code into the box like so.

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - WordPress Paste Code

 

Then when you go back to the visual editor, you will see your button!

 

How To Create Opt-in Forms Using LeadBoxes - WordPress Visual Editor

 

And that’s it:

Don’t be afraid to explore the other publishing options in LeadBox's too.

 

Let me know in the comments how you’re using LeadBox’s to grow your email list!

 

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How to write the perfect blog post

How To Write The Perfect Blog Post

 

It’s a weekday.

You’re sitting at your computer.

The blinker, winking at you.

Slowly.

It knows what you’re thinking.

How do I write a perfect blog post?

And where do I even start?

Five minutes go past. The cursors still blinking in your open document.

 

Mind games…

 

Ok but seriously. Today I’m going to help you write the perfect blog post. These will be my top 9 tips that will guide you towards planning, writing and ‘masterpiecing’ content that your blog readers will love.

Let’s jump right in shall we?

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Tip #1 - Focus On Helping Your Readers

 

Focus on creating content that helps your readers solve a problem.

Before writing a blog post, or even thinking of the title. Ask yourself: “What will the transformation my reader have, after reading this blog post?

For example:

After reading this blog post, the reader will be able to write better blog posts

OR

After reading this blog post, the reader will understand how to tie a double boat Knott.

Easy ways to come up with blog posts on how to help you reader is by thinking of the title and including these words:

  1. How to…
  2. 5 Ways…
  3. Tips to…
  4. How you can…

You’re now focusing on providing content, which shows and tells the reader how to solve a problem they have.

People love getting problems solved.

 

How to write the perfect blog post - Help people

 

So, if you can solve that reader's problem. They will be in great debt to you and sell their soul to your blog -- maybe?

Fingers crossed...

 

 

Tip #2 - Use Google Docs, Avoid WordPress's Editor

 

If you’re like me and use WordPress to power your awesome site…

It can be very tempting to write in WordPress’s editor.

The only issue with this is:

  1. It’s pretty damn distracting with all the buttons and stuff
  2. If your internet crashes out, you can lose your work
  3. If you hit publish and it crashes, your work is gone
  4. It also makes you focus on editing your content instead of writing

Instead, use Google Docs -- it’s freakin' free and freeeeaakin' amazing!

In fact, I’m writing this very blog post in it, check it out:

How to write the perfect blog post - Google docs

Great things about Google Docs?

  1. It auto saves like crazy!
  2. It’s very simple and easy to use
  3. It’s FREE
  4. You can easily organize your blog posts into a folder AND…
  5. Access your documents anywhere

So yeah -- start using Google Docs, my bloggin' friend :)

 

p.s -- If you’re not using WordPress to power your blog, and using a site like Wix or Squarespace. I recommend you move over to WordPress due to the power and customization it offers. It’s scary in the beginning I know. But after a week you’ll be cruising through the interface and have a bangin’ blog.

 

 

Tip #3 - Outline Your Blog Posts

 

Before you put keyboard to screen.

Outline your blog post.

It’s always good to spend a few minutes writing out the headlines and subheadlines you will be talking about.

It’s not 1987 anymore. People like short content.

Like this.

You know?

It’s easy to read.

And scan. Quickly. Everyone want’s information quickly.

So adapt and split your blog posts content into sections. Make it scannable. Like this post where I have each tip as it’s own subheader.

In addition, you want to focus on keeping sentences short. And not a massive wall of text, that’s scary.

Here’s an example of me using Google Docs, and outlining a blog post. I did this in around 1 minute.

 

How to write the perfect blog post - Outline post

 

All you simply do is list out the key parts of your blog.

Guess whats next in this one?

 

 

Tip #4 - Vomit Words. Edit Later

 

Vomit words like you just ate some bad fish!

Gross.

How to write the perfect blog post - Vomit words

 

I’m a solid case who loves to edit as I go due to my design background.

Seriously, most people are the same, we want it to look pretty as we go.

You get me?

But super seriously, it’s so much better to just get your content down on the document and edit after. This allows your creative mind to just enter a flow state and keeps you on track of actually getting the content done.

Otherwise, a 1-hour blog post of just being vomited out can end up being 5 hours of editing and writing and chaos and just more mess.

DO NOT:

  1. Worry about spelling/spell checking
  2. Keep fixing your grammar
  3. Looking for and adding images
  4. Change your font size, color, style
  5. Create hyperlinks

INSTEAD

Focus on just writing.

Write like it’s the last time you ever get to write.

And you're on a train.

And you're about to crash into a fiery pit.

Just like on Toy Story 3.

How to write the perfect blog post - content spacing

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Tip #5 - Make Posts Scannable

 

We’ve already touched base on this in tip #3.

But to elaborate on the subject like a bloggin’ pro, I will give more godly insights on making your posts more scannable.

More scannable you say?

How to write the perfect blog post - Scanable

Yes, you want to add images!

This breaks up the massive amounts of 1,000, 2,000 or even 3,000+ words you will be writing.

I think this post itself is just over 2,000+ words. 

Jeez.

You also want to CAPITALIZE THINGS to make them stand out.

Or even throw some bold text to highlight important takeaways for your readers.

There’s no need to get to crazy though.

You DON’T want to be this guy.

You just want to ensure that the most important parts of your content are being seen by those super pesky (I’m one of them) speed readers who are scrolling quicker than they can read.

 

 

Tip #6 - Proof Read The Blog Post Before Publishing

 

Oooooh yeah.

No one want’s a sloppy blog post. Especially you -- once the grammar and spelling police come wailing by in your comments section.

And make you look like an IDIOT.

*Please don’t scold me for my terrible spelling and grammar. Thanks, I will send cookies!

A good idea is to give access to your Google Docs blog post to a friend or your dog to proof read it and say what sucks.

It’s good to hear nasty feedback from the ones you love…

:)

It's also a good idea to use the free version of Grammarly too, it helps spot out spelling mistakes and grammar errors.

 

 

Tip #7 - SEO-Proof Your Blog Post

 

Ok, this tips going to be a bit juicy.

BUT it is very, very, damn important.

You do want your blog posts to be found on Google right?

Yes? Good.

I’m sure you’ve heard of SEO. If not, it stands for Search Engine Optimization. And as you’ve probably guessed, it helps you optimize your content (blog post) for search engines like Google.

So when people search for “how to tie my shoes”, Google shows them relevant content.

So by SEO-Proofing your blog posts, you help Google rank your content for people to find.

It’s basically letting Google know what your blog post is all about.

 

Now, if you use WordPress, just get Yoast SEO Plugin.

Get Yoast SEO Plugin Here (It’s Free FYI)

It’s epic.

Easy SEO. Easy Life.

The Plugin tells you what to do for your blog post to help it rank in Google by giving Red/Green traffic light signals and tips towards getting a green light.

HOWEVER. Let’s cover the best and most simple SEO techniques that work.

I won’t be going crazy technical on it all, but if you want to learn more check out this SEO post here covering everything you need to know.

 

1 - Finding a Keyword

You will need a keyword for your blog post.

A keyword is a search term someone types into Google, like “how to paint with watercolors”.

How to write the perfect blog post - Keyword search

The main keyword is “paint with watercolors”. This is your starting point.

But how the heck do you find keywords people are searching for?

You can use tools like these to help you:

  1. Google Keyword Planner (shows monthly search volume and gives ideas on what to use)
  2. BuzzSumo (shows you what content gets shared the most so you know what people like)

The keyword is the ‘seed’ to your SEO for your blog post.

You only ever want to use one keyword per blog post, not in multiple blog posts (otherwise you start creating competition between your posts).

You can also use similar keywords in your actual writing.

Like watercolors, painting with watercolors, mixing watercolors etc… but these come naturally.

So don’t think about it.

 

2 - Do Not Keyword Stuff

Google is smart.

You are smart ;)

Do not try to put your keyword awkwardly in your blog posts actual main content.

You want to keep the flow. Write for humans. Not for Google.

Google wants to rank content, for humans.

 

3 - Add the Keyword to your Title

You now want to include the keyword in your blog posts title.

For example: How to easily paint with watercolors in 3 steps

You are including the keyword, but making the title clickable.

 

4 - Add the keyword to your images

Instead of using thisdopeimage.jpeg

You want to use paintwithwatercolors.jpeg, paintwithwatercolors1.jpeg, paintwithwatercolors-example.jpeg

 

5 - Meta description, link and page title

Finally, add the keyword to your pages meta-description and title.

Yoast SEO makes this super easy.

How to write the perfect blog post - Yoast SEO

Include the keyword in the blog posts link -- www.aaronward.com/write-perfect-blog-posts

6 - If using Yoast SEO

Don’t try and make everything perfect. It’s normal for you to be missing some green lights.

Especially ignore the keyword was found in your content one.

It doesn't matter no more.

 

 

Tip #8 - Grow Your Email List

 

You writing for free over there?

Wait, you ARE?!

Why??

Let’s step up your business approach to blogging.

People read your blog posts, right? They LOVE your blog posts right?

Then why are you not collecting their email to let them know about your new blog posts!

Let me step back and be nicer.

I swear I’m friendly in person...

You want to be giving users a call to action (CTA) on each of your blog posts.

Also known as a lead magnet.

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This lead magnet should make a reader want to give you their email, in return for a freebie you email to them after signing up.

This is very important. Because...

You have this anonymous reader on your website right.

If they leave, they’re lost and forgotten into the foggy swamp of the deep dark web…never to be seen again.

If they sign up with their email, you now can email them any time of day. You have access to either update them with a new blog post, tell them about your new product, or simply say “Hi”.

When you create a lead magnet, it should make the reader say “f#uck yeah that sounds awesome, take all my email addresses and gimmi!”

So what is a something you can give users in return for their email address?

  1. Cheatsheets
  2. Lists
  3. Mini Course
  4. 30 Day Challenges
  5. eBooks

Anything will work, just help the reader solve their problem -- just keep it related to your blog post.

They don’t have to be crazy good. Guess what? People love free stuff.

If you want to learn more about creating lead magnets and automatically sending them the email download.

You can sign up for my free tutorial here (p.s this is a lead magnet in live action!)

 

Click here to subscribe

 

 

Tip #9 - Don’t Stress. You Can't Write The Perfect Blog Post

 

I’m about to get all Kung-fu-panda Master Shifu on yo ass here.

How to write the perfect blog post - master Shifu

Perfection is something we all strive for.

But what if perfection is just a reflection of what we already are? - Master ‘Aaron’ Shifu

Just be yourself, write how you want to write.

Like, I consider myself a terrible writer.

I’m very basic, but I aim to keep true to how I would speak in person-to-person interaction.

If people hate me or my style, oh well. Bye?

If people like it. Amazing. We will get along well :)

At the end of the day, it’s much better to write a blog post than not write one. As that isn’t helping anyone.

Just go for it, take these tips as you wish and start creating awesome blog posts.

I know you can do it.


How To Use Gmail With Your Own Domain

When you register your domain with your web host, you generally have the option to also create an email address.

The only downside to these web hosts is that they use terrible user interfaces for you to actually access and read your email 😠

Today, I'ma show you exactly how to take that custom email you made and access it through the Gmail interface! #balllinnn

How To Use Gmail With Your Own Domain

 

The big reason you want to use a custom domain with your Gmail account

For a long time, I wasn't using an email address with my custom domain, just a normal aaronbusinesshere@gmail.com one.

Naturally, this takes away professionalism and it's something every business owner should do if they haven't already.

If you're sending out automated emails with a tool like ConvertKit, this will seriously step up your game and make people take you more seriously.

Since it's so easy to setup your custom domain with the Gmail interface, why wouldn't yah?

 

Step 1 - Create your custom email with your domain.

This step will be different for everyone depending on your web host.

You need to create a custom domain email, such as yourname@yourdomain.com.

I've included guides below for the most popular hosts and how to create a custom domain:

 

Step 2- Sign up for Google G Suite

Click here to sign up for Google G Suite: https://gsuite.google.com/

  1. Click the Get Started button and create your account.
  2. Fill out the form, where you let them know about your business and details.
  3. Does your business have a domain? Make sure to choose "YES I HAVE ONE I CAN USE" otherwise you can't setup your email
  4. Now you need to “verify” your domain name. The easiest and fastest way to do this is to “insert an HTML tag into your site’s home page”.
  5. Copy the provided code into your website’s <head> section.
  6. If you can’t find your <head> section and use WordPress, use this plugin here that will provide an easy-to-edit <head> section.
  7. After you've entered the code into your header, click “verify.”
  8. Done? Perfect, login to your Google Apps (top right) account and click “Users.” You'll be able to add new users which let you make custom email addresses. Each one will cost $5 per month. Totes worth it to look like a legitimate business.
  9. Boom! You're all done.

 

Awesome job on stepping up your email game.

If you're using any email marketing services, make sure to update your email to the one you just created!

 


Instagram Shadowban Fix

Instagram Shadowban Fix + Everything You Need To Know

Today we're going to get down and dirty on the unstable subject of an Instagram shadowban fix.

Why unstable? Well, Instagram hasn't stated that they actually implemented a shadowban on the platform, but most users think otherwise.

Personally, I think its just from me and you breaking some rules and being put on the 'naughty list'.

Not to worry though, let's start fixing this problem.

 

What is an Instagram Shadowban?

An Instagram shadowban hides your Instagram posts from users who don't follow you, and also hides your posts which have hashtags attached to them in the hashtags explore page.

This makes it very hard for you to reach new new users who don't follow your account and destroys your efforts in growing your followers.

 

What causes an Instagram shadowban?

It hasn't been officially stated by Instagram, but these are the trending topics that can cause your account to receive the shadowban-hammer :(

 

  • Botting/Automation

Liking/Following/Commenting/DMing too many users per hour can cause your account to be flagged. Stick to the limits of 900 follows, unfollows and likes per day & only 50 comments/DM's per day.

 

  • Uploading posts with the same hashtags

Instagram may think your spamming if your uploading more then 3 posts per day, with the same hashtags on each post.

 

  • Selling affiliate/CPC offers OR coming off spammy

If you use Instagram to sell affiliate/CPC offers just be thankful your account isn't fully blocked. Instagram doesn't like people using their service to 'cheat' users. Also if you're constantly spamming users, this can cause you to be shadowbanned.

 

 

Here's Instagram's response to the issue. It 'kind-of' provides us some insight as to why it could be happening, but at the end of the day they're ultimately saying that they want you to use the platform in a positive way.

The shadowban is their to reduce toxic behaviour.

 

Instagram Shadowban Fix - Instagrams response

 

 

How to know if your Instagram Profile is Shadow Banned

Knowing if your shadow banned isn't the easiest thing to confirm.

The best way is to upload a picture with hashtags, and use a friends phone to see if your picture shows up in those hashtags for you.

Alternatively, there's a great tool which checks if you're shadowbanned: http://shadowban.azurewebsites.net/

 

Instagram Shadowban Fix - Test

 

 

How to fix your Instagram shadowban

Let's now discuss the steps towards an Instagram shadowban fix.

With Instagram's response to the situation, the best way to remove a shadowban is to follow their rules, offer great content for users and not come off as spammy.

 

 

1. Stop using the same or flagged hashtags

If you use a single banned hashtag in your post, Instagram will prevent your post from appearing on any of the hashtags you used.

Keep up-to-date with the hashtags you're using, while that sounds easier then it is, there is a full list of banned hashtags here: http://thedatapack.com/banned-instagram-hashtags-update/

 

 

2. Put your hashtags in the caption (not in the comments)

This is a trick that works for a lot of people.

"People reported that when they put their hashtags in the comments, their post was shadowbanned after 1 – 2 hours."

Here's a quick tip to make your caption clean whilst still using hashtags: use 5 (or more) full stops, bullet points or any other means to separate your caption from your hashtags. For example:

Our new family member! The extra strawbelishious smoothie 👍🏼
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#sunday #freshjuice #smoothies #toronto

 

 

3.  Relax for 3 days

Take some time off Instagram. Go outside and sing with the birds. Stop uploading. Just don't open the app for a few days and everything can reset back to normal.

It's like saying "Hey Instagram, I understand you may be concerned with my account, but I am human and respect your rules".

 

 

4. Stop automation for 3 days

If you're running FollowLiker or something similar to automate your account. Stop running it for minimum of 3 days.

You're most likely causing Instagram to flag you due to liking, following, unfollowing, commenting or DM'ing too many users in a short period of time.

If you keep automating, it just lets them know you are a bot.

 

 

5. Remove old linked third party applications

If you have old third party services connected to your account you want to go and remove them.

They may still be trying to access your account and Instagram doesn't like every third party service due to their business update.

 

 

6. Slow down your uploading

Been uploading more then 3 times per day? Slow things down and mix up hashtags for each image to be relevant to the content you're uploading.

By uploading a lot your going to be triggering spam filters.

 

 

7. Switch from business to personal

If you took the leap to using a Instagram business account, some are saying that if you switch back to a personal account it can fix the issue.

 

 

8. Resume automation, but slow it down

Finally, you can turn your automation back on but increase your delay times by adding an extra 10 seconds to them.

Instagram accounts aged under 3 months have reduced limits. With time these will increase and you'll be running into less issues :)

 

 

Conclusion

Slow things down. Move your hashtags from your first comment into your caption. Only use 30 hashtags. Stop automating for a week.

Don't panic, everything will work itself out - Instagram is always making changes to the app, and naturally good and bad things will come from it.

 

Thanks to the following sources for sharing information on the topic:

 

Let us know in the comments if you've been shadowbanned and found a fix for it!

 

 


7 Subject Line Strategies to Increase Email Open Rates

7 Subject Line Strategies to Increase Email Open Rates

The thing about email marketing is that it's not going away anytime soon, it's actually still the #1 way to reach consumers and sell.

According to a study by ExactTarget, "77% of consumers prefer to receive permission-based marketing communications through email." and while they like receiving emails, "64% of people say they open an email because of the subject line."

So today we're going to talk about how you can increase your subject line creative skills.

 

 

1. Keep it short

Email subject lines under 10 characters have a 58% higher open rate.

Whilst it's not always easy to get your 'point' across in 10 characters, it's good to be aware that most people view email on a mobile device, which quickly cuts off subject lines due to the limited space.

The image below shows that more and more users are starting to use mobile devices to open emails with Apple iPhone's being the #1 device.

 

Subject Line Strategies to Increase Email Open Rates - Email Market Share

 

 

2. Use Numbers

Lists are popular right now and it's time for you to take advantage of them.

Think of including odd numbers in your email subject lines to grab the attention of a crowded inbox.

  • 7 Email Conversion Tips
  • 11 Hacks For Instagram Managers
  • 5 Ways to Grow Aloe Plants
  • 9 Errors Your Contact Us Page Has

 

Here's some more examples:

Subject Line Strategies to Increase Email Open Rates - Using Numbers

 

 

3. Don't ask questions

Asking a question comes off as promotionally. It generally appears that your a sales-man (think back to the car-lot ads) and only after their money, instead of bringing valued content to their inbox.

"Are you looking for a product that will change your life?” just doesn't really make you want to open the email, instead try "7 Ways Product Will change Your Life".

This subject line still gets the product in-front of the consumer, but keeps your business in their eyes as something that solves their problem.

 

 

4. Add a deadline

Deadlines make people open emails to ensure that they're not missing out on something great.

Including words such as:

  • “Today only”
  • “For only 24 hours”
  • “24 hour deadline”

 

These are all words you can include in your subject lines, and naturally open rates will increase. Simple yet effective.

 

 

5. Use the word "Free"

People LOVE free stuff. Heck I love free stuff. But only if that free 'stuff' is high quality and good value.

Think about what you can give away for free, these are generally going to get you email opt-ins anyway, but it's always nice to throw in an extra free something down the line.

 

For example here's a few Free email subject lines you can use:

  • Sign Up For Your Free Trial Today
  • Download Your Free Ebook
  • Your Free Instagram Course Link
  • 9 Free Tools To Increase Your Website Conversions

 

“Emails with ‘free’ in the subject line were opened 10 percent more than those without.”

 

 

6. Use "Video" instead of "Webinar"

If your like me and provide a lot of video tutorials, you may also be doing webinars.

But did you know that using the word video has a 16% better open rate then the word webinar.

 

Subject Line Strategies to Increase Email Open Rates - Use the word video

 

  • Instead of: "WEBINAR REPLAY: Pricing Strategies to Make More Money With an Online Course"
  • It could be: "Video: Best Pricing Strategies For Online Courses". It's shorter for mobile devices and replaces webinar with video.

 

 

7. Use the word "Alert"

When subject lines included the word Alert, “there was a 61.8 percent increase in opens”.

Alert creates and brings attention to users, I'm a fan of using it when I have an announcement to make or want to ensure my email list subscribers don't miss out on a great promotion or piece of information I released.

Give it a go for your important emails and see the open rate increase.

 

 

Conclusion

Keeping your subject line relative to your email content is what's important.
You don't want to trick users to open your emails, for them to find out you were lying - they will never trust to open an email from you again.

Stick to being honest, and your business to customer relationship through email will blossom.

 

 

What methods are you using to increase open rates? Let us know in the comments below!


How to convert Instagram followers to customers

Hello, beautiful people of the Instagram business world.

Trouble converting your Instagram followers into customers or email list subscribers?

I had the same issue, it can seem a bit tricky when you don't have a clear strategy in front of yo face.

Not to worry though, because I'm going to show you exactly, in 3 easy steps, how to convert your Instagram followers into customers...the SMART way!

 

 

Before we jump into the gooey fountain of success, I want to clear up one BIG important thing with you.

Instagram followers are worth...$0, nothing, nada, not-a-thing.

Why?

Because if Instagram shuts down all of those followers are gone: slowly slipping into the nether of doom. Or something like that.

So your main take away from this guide is to turn your Instagram followers into your own stored information, where you can contact them giving information or providing an offer for your product or service.

And this is how you do that...

 

Step 1 - Get a freakin' email list already!

If you don't have an email list,  just get one.

Hundreds of online business owners always advise you (at least the legit and successful ones) to get a freakin' email list from day one and to start growing it.

 

Now be a minion and copy the successful online business owners, get an email list...

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You want an email list so you can convert your Followers into email opt-ins.

There's 2 reasons you want to do this:

  1. Converting a follower into an email address allows you to market to them at any time and secure them in case Instagram shuts down or your account gets banned
  2. If a follower does opt-in to your email list it means they're actually interested in what you offer (as most likely 60% of your followers on Instagram don't really care about your product or service)

 

Now there are lots of email marketing tools out there. I did the hours of researching when I first started and I went for two services to grow my list and haven't looked back:

 

ConvertKit - Email marketing and automation

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ConvertKit is just bloody brilliant.

It's an email marketing and automation service that helps you grow your business. It is clean, simple and just gets everything right. I have used Convertkit for 1+ years now and have no complaints.

This is the service I recommend and many others like the respected Pat Flynn from smartpassiveincome.com recommend.

This will let you collect emails and automatically send out emails to new subscribers so you can tell them about your product/service.

Click here to sign up for ConvertKit

 

LeadPages - Email Opt-in forms and boxes

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Lead pages is a luxury option for you fancy shmancies out there who want great email opt-in boxes.

 

I'm a huge fan of using Leadpages for collecting emails (email opt-in forms) and using ConvertKit for storing and sending out emails to customers and leads.

In this guide, I won't be covering how to setup the services as both of them have amazing tutorials built into the interface of their service and I know your smart enough to figure it out ;)

IF you just want to grow an email list, get ConvertKit. Leadpages is just a luxury opt-in form.

Click here to sign up for LeadPages

 

Step 2 - Make an irresistible email opt-in freebie

What you need is a damn good reason for someone to give you their email.

Hey, you already may have one which is great!

If you don't, then...

It's time to put your thinking cap on and say "what can I give away for free that people reeeeallly want in my niche?".

 

Now don't go too crazy with the ideas, it can be something super simple that you can use as an opt-in insensitive.

Here are some great examples you can use:

  • Give access to a free mini-course
  • Email them a list of the 'Top 10 SOMETHING HERE TO GIVE BENEFIT'
  • Let them download or email them a free 5-10 page eBook
  • Send them a free guide on a popular problem in your niche
  • Offer them a free trial for your service for 10-30 days
  • Something from your main product or service (like 10% of it such as a section of your main e-course)
  • A cheat-sheet of step by step actions to achieve a goal

 

Take a look at this one here to see a live freebie in action (that's the whole web page, super simple and LeadPage's lets you create these without HTML/CSS knowledge)

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The Gorgeous Long Form Lead Gen Page

The Long Form Landing Page That Builds Your Brand

 

 

Now you want to make a new landing page specifically designed for this offer you are giving away for free.

This limits confusion when a visitor comes to your site -- no searching for the form or sign up link hidden at the bottom or side of your page.

Ultimately your page needs 3 things: add your email opt-in form, set up the page to and give a reason why and then you're all done just like the examples above!

  1. A compelling heading with the main benefit of your freebie
  2. Short paragraph explaining the freebie a little more
  3. A picture or illustration of your freebie so people can see what they're getting
  4. One Opt-in form using either Convertkit or Leadpages

 

Check out the examples above if you need some inspiration :)

PS - Here's more example opt-ins from Leadpages: https://www.leadpages.net/the-ultimate-list-of-free-landing-page-templates

 

 

 

 

Step 3 - Tell your Instagram followers about your freebie

80% there!

Finally you simply need to let your followers on Instagram (and visitors to your profile) know about your irresistible freebie they can get.

How?

Let them know in your bio that they can get your freebie + make sure to update your link to the landing page with your opt-in box/form is. Example at the end of your Instagram profile bio: Get your free Instagram marketing mini course: aaronward.com/free-instagram-mini-course

 

Then you can also post about your freebie too and mention it in your captions.

Don't go too crazy though. Mention it casually at the end of captions.

This example from Melyssa Griffin just had to be shared:

melyssa_griffin Instagram Post Example

And if you are going to post about it do it 1 time in every 10 posts to not spam users about it.

Your goal is to direct users to the link in your bio essentially, as that takes them to the email opt-in, you collect the email, give them something for free and then have the opportunity to sell them your main project/service.

 

Finally, you can use this free opt-in you've created anywhere, it doesn't have to be only for Instagram followers. It can be for website visitors, add it on Pinterest, let your Twitter and Facebook fan base know too :)

 

Let me know what your free opt-in will be to convert your Instagram followers into email subscribers!


6 Best Apps To Edit Instagram Photos

The 6 Best Apps to Edit Your Instagram Photos

A key to growing your Instagram profile is having a high quality and damn good-looking photos. Today I'm sharing my favorite and instant go-to apps to edit your Instagram photos with you.

Luckily the easiest way to do this is by using you smart phone combined with some dope photography apps to help you take your photos from zero to hero... or something cheesy like that :)

 

Let's go!

6 Best Apps To Edit Instagram Photos

 

1. Snapseed - FREE

"Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google." - App Store

Snapseed - Apps to Edit Your Instagram Photos

This app is freaking awesome when it comes to retouching your photos. If you want to take your editing skills to pro-level this app is for you.

 

The app includes a ton of tools with some of the best being:

  • Tune image – adjust exposure and color automatically or manually with fine, precise control (7 controls)
  • Details – magically brings out surface structures in images
  • Transform – fix skewed lines and perfect the geometry of horizons or buildings
  • Brush – selectively retouch exposure, saturation, brightness or warmth
  • Lens Blur – add a beautiful Bokeh to images (background softening), ideal for photographic portraits (11 Bokeh types)
  • Glamour Glow – add a fine glow to images, great for fashion or portraits (6 styles)
  • Face – add focus to the eyes, add face-specific lighting, or smoothen skin (10 predefined styles)

 

Trust me you want to try this app, that's why it's number one on my list. 🏆

Get Snapseed for iPhone here

Get Snapseed for Andriod here

 

2. VSCO - FREE

"The best app to edit & share photography. Edit your photos with film-inspired filters & professional image tools." - App Store

VSCO - Apps to Edit Your Instagram Photos

VSCO has some super dope filters to make your images look amazing. ✌️

Ever heard of that little thing called color grading? This app nails it with its filters -- they're honestly so so damn good.

 

Here are the features as listed on the iTunes app store:

  • Film-like presets to give your pics a high-quality, professional film look.
  • Download hundreds of free and paid filters in the store.
  • Includes 19 of the best editing tools including exposure, contrast, and crop.
  • RAW editing, including high-resolution images.
  • Easily capture moments with the in-app camera, including manual controls.

 

I always recommend you use VSCO first to edit your photo, make adjustments and do standard editing then move to other apps after.

Get VSCO for iPhone here

Get VSCO for Andriod here

Visit VSCO website here

 

3. AfterLight - $0.99 (totes worth it)

"Afterlight is the perfect image editing app for quick and straight forward editing." - App Store

Afterlight is the only paid app I'm listing here.

It's only $0.99 which is super good on the bank statement. #winning 💸

The app is brilliant for adding textures and frames. These really make your photos stand out to the next level.

They're not a 100% necessary step to apply to your photos but can make them super cool so I couldn't resist to tell you about it.

 

Here's what's included:

  • 15 adjustment tools
  • 74 filters
  • 78 textures
  • Cropping and transforming tools
  • Frames (they put your image into a letter or shape)

 

Get Afterlight for iPhone here

Get Afterlight for Andriod here

Visit Afterlight website here

 

4. A Color Story - FREE

"A Color Story focuses on fresh photos, bright whites, and colors that pop. Rather than forcing you into a moody look" - App Store

No lie, this app is super cool.

Need help making sure your edits are dope? No problem!

It's super fun and easy to use this app so you won't have to be a tekwiz for this app📱

 

Here are the features listed on the app store:

  • 100+ carefully crafted filters, incl. purchases
  • 40+ movable effects, incl. purchases
  • 20 FREE tools, including curves
  • Custom filters saved from your editing steps

 

Get A Color Story for iPhone here

Get A Color Story for Andriod here

Visit A Color Story website here

 

5. Cymera - FREE

"Cymera is a powerful editor and an all-in-one beauty camera." - App Store

Here's one for you beauty gurus!

An all-in-one app to help you bring out the sexy in a photograph. With lots of features, you can apply any adjustment you need to make sure your photograph is model magazine worthy.

 

The beauty features:

  • Best For a Natural-Looking Glow
  • Professional Filters For Fabulous Results
  • Variety of Camera Lenses and Silent Mode
  • Collage and No Crop InstaFit Features
  • Retouch Your Photos Instantly Without Photoshop
  • Shape your dream body with new features!
  • Super Easy and Fast Editing Tools
  • Upgrade Photos with Unique Items

 

Get Cymera for iPhone here

Get Cymera for Andriod here

Visit Cymera website here

 

6. Fotor Photo Editor - FREE

"Fotor is a one-stop photo editing, sharing and sale platform. It's considered the PhotoShop lite" - App Store

 

Boom! #6 is an app which has been labeled as a Photoshop Lite.

That means lots of powerful features which are easy for you to use. 🙏

Most of all there's a sweet feature which simulates a DLSR (digital camera) and provides you with beautiful depth of field (background blur).

 

Here are the other features:

  • Editing photos with professional picture editor
  • Enhanced camera with Photo Grid, Big Button, Burst, Timer, Stabilizer, and Square
  • Customize your photography to different lighting situations
  • A massive range of updated Photo effects and filters

 

Get Fotor Photo Editor for iPhone here

Get Fotor Photo Editor for Andriod here

Visit Fotor Photo Editor website here

 

What are my recommended apps to edit your Instagram photos with?

If it comes down to what my go-to apps are, it would be VSCOCAM and  Snapseed to retouch if required (such as removing a spot).

And it's worth checking out all the free apps to edit your Instagram photos to see what works best for you!

Finally, keep your Instagram feed editing consistent. Keep to a similar look on your photos and that will increase your likes and comments!

 

So go out there and start grammin' some cool stuff!

 

Let me know what you use for your Instagram photo editing.


Mass Planner Alternative

Mass Planner Alternative

Looking for a Mass Planner alternative?

No problemo.

With the service just being shutdown I respect that a lot of you may be scrambling for a new application with similar functions.

FollowLiker is your answer.

Check out my video covering it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Sk_vb_InM&lc=z13rwhn54nf0uz2kh23eyriwjv3ly552o

 

Super fast QnA about FollowLiker

 

What is FollowLiker?

FollowLiker is an Instagram automation application

 

What OS does it run on?

Windows, MAC, Linux

 

Does my computer need to be on to run it?

Yes

 

How much is it?

1 Time payment starting at $50 for 1 Instagram account and $100 for unlimited accounts.

 

Mass Planner alternative links?

I wanted to include any links I mentioned in the video to help you easily navigate and get setup ASAP:

 

FollowLiker Website

http://www.followliker.com/

 

FollowLiker Free Course

http://courses.aaronward.com/p/instagram-marketing-automation-beginners-guide

 

The Ultimate FollowLiker Course

courses.aaronward.com/p/followliker-course


Pinterest Profile Tips for 2017

5 Must Do Pinterest Profile Tips for 2017

It's Pinterest profile tips time.

These Pinterest profile tips will guide you through the process of converting your profile into a traffic generating machine.

Sounds good?

Damn right it does :)

Let's do this.

 

5 Must Do Pinterest Profile Tips for 2017

 

 

1. Get a Pinterest Business Profile

First things first.

It's time to say goodbye to your standard profile.

And upgrade to a Pinterest Business Profiles which gives you access to Pinterest Analytics.

This new feature will let you see what pins are working best and how your profile is performing.

 

To get a Business Pinterest profile do the following:

Go to your Profile page.

Then click the three little dots icon (see picture below  for guidance)

 

Enable Pinterest Business Profile

 

Choose "Access business tools"

 

Pinterest Access Business tools

 

Fill out your information and then click "Convert". Here's an example of mine

 

Pinterest Create Business Profile

We will talk about how to you can access analytics later after converting to a business profile.

Next up you want to up-date your profile to look like a Pinterest pro.

 

 

2. Edit Pinterest profile basics

 

Let's start off by showing you my profile.

And then dig deeper into each part.

Pinterest Profile Example Aaron Ward Media

 

Business Name

This should simply be the name of your business.

Or if you're a personal influencer like myself, add keywords after your name.

This lets people find your profile easier, for example when someone searches for Blogging tips I have a chance to show up in their search results.

Also adding these keywords let's new people know what you do.

 

Picture

You want this to be either your business logo or a clear head shot.

Use the same logo/head-shot you use on other social media to be easily identifiable.

Here's how mine looks:

Pinterest Profile Image Aaronwardmedia

 

Which is exactly the same as my Instagram profile picture:

Instagram Profile Image aaronwardmedia

 

 

Username

Try and get your own name or your business name here.

I use aaronwardmedia as that's the same as my website + most social media accounts.

 

About You

The about you section is where you give people a taste of what you're all about.

Think of this space as letting someone meet you for the first time.

And hey, first impressions count.

 

There's 2 very important things you want to include here.

  1. Short introduction of who you are, let knew people know what you do and if you can help them
  2. A call to action (visit my website/follow me etc...)

 

Example #1:

Creators of beautiful wooden watches made ethically in Indonesia. Shop our new bamboo collection by visiting our website:

 

Example #2:

The wiz-kids of social media. We help you grow your audience through creative content. Explore our work on our website:

 

Location

Let them know where you're at :)

 

Website

Add your business website here.

Next you want to confirm it.

Depending on your platform (Wordpress, Shopify etc...) there's a way to do it.

I'm going to link you to Pinterest's super helpful guide to confirm your website.

View the guide here: https://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/confirm-your-website

 

 

3. Your boards

Our third Pinterest profile tip is about your boards.

You may already have boards created, with some lovely pins on them.

Great, but are they related to your business?

From now on you only want to create boards related to what you do.

Because I teach social media + blogging tips, all my boards are related to these subjects.

Take a look...

Pinterest Boards Aaronwardmedia

 

You want to do the same.

Step 1: Delete/make all irrelevant boards private

Step 2: Create 7-10 boards related to your niche

Step 3: Create 1 branded board for all the content you create (mines called Aaron Ward's Tips). This will be for your blog posts/products etc...

 

4. What to pin

Pinterest has million gazillion trexajillion pins.

 

Pinterest Search Social Media

 

So which ones should you pin?

You want to start having a search for pins which you think will really help your audience and add these to the relevant boards.

Over time you will start creating some awesome boards which has a ton of links to lots of helpful guides.

At the same time, you want to pin anything you create to these boards as well + your branded board (remember my Aaron Ward's tips board).

 

So to summarize in a step-by-step actionable routine:

  1. Spend 30 minutes a week (minimum)
  2. Find pins in your niche by doing a search for keywords
  3. Pin helpful guides, articles, tips etc... to a relevant board you created
  4. Pin anything you create from your blog etc... on to your branded board

 

5. Pinterest Analytics

As promissed I would show you how to see your profile analytics.

Go to your Pinterest account.

The click Analytics top left of your browser > Choose Overview

Pinterest Analytics

This window will then give you a ton of information about your account.

You can see which pins are working best, so you can say let's pin more 'Instagram Tips' because it works better then my 'Twitter Tips' pins.

 

To finish up the Pinterest profile tips

Badaboom you're profile is fresh and will start gaining views, followers and leads to your website.

My profile when writing this was super fresh and new.

Less then one month old.

It had 450 pins.

68 followers.

Yet I was still getting 2.5k views per month, let's say 10% of those end up being visitors to my website...

that's a free 250 interested visitors #winning

 

Leave me a comment on your your Pinterest profile is going!