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Ok- consider my blogging slump officially over. Last night, I went to support Dani at a blogger Q&A hosted by the DC chapter of The Blogger Union. I got to catch up with some of my Bubbles + Bloggers pals and make some new connections with bloggers I’ve never met. I was so proud of Dani- she did an amazing job answering questions about how social media works for her as a blogger. It was super inspiring and I decided that I wanted to share some of my favorite resources for both monetizing my blog and social media.

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Social media helpers:

Since the theme of the night was really social media, I’ll start off with that.

I use Hootsuite for all of my scheduling for Facebook + Twitter. My ideal formula is to have three of my own blog posts and three affiliate links (more on that later) a day per social media. I’ve been slacking on this, and blogging in general, since getting my new job but I want to get into a better routine, especially since Hootsuite makes it to easy. Admittedly, I don’t really schedule my Instagram posts- I just post on my Instagram and the Bubbles & Bloggers Instagram in the morning on the bus. Hootsuite takes the guesswork out of when it it best to post as well as shortens the links to make them more visually appealing to the reader.

Linktree is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. You know how it’s super annoying that you can’t link in Instagram? No more is that a problem! You can add multiple links to one main place in your Instagram bio. For example, you can have your blog linked, a post you’re especially proud of, your Poshmark closet, and an upcoming event you want to share- all in one tidy place in your Instagram bio!

I mostly use Crowdfire for the Bubbles & Bloggers twitter at this point. It’s a great tool for growing your twitter network plus it helps find great, relevant content to share. The way it works is that it sets up daily “prescriptions” letting you know what would be great to share, who would it make sense to follow, etc. It also lets you know if you have any inactive followers and reminds you to show your followers love on their posts. Twitter is honestly my favorite social media, so I tweet pretty organically from my own account, but it has been totally instrumental in growing the B&B account.

Tools to monetize your blog:

The first way I ever monetized my blog was through ShareASale. When you sign up for ShareASale, you decided which of their merchants fit into your blog brand, and you apply to be an affiliate with the individual brands. Once approved, you can essentially “make” your own links that, if used to make a purchase, you will earn money for those purchases. There are a lot of smaller brands as merchants through ShareASale, but the ones that do the best for me are ModCloth and Stella & Dot! It’s great because if I feature a necklace that I love from Stella & Dot, I can link that necklace directly using my own personal link using Create Custom Link and if someone buys it from my link, I earn money on it.

Where ShareASale pays me per purchase, Shopstyle Collective pays me per click and there are thousands upon thousands of items to link to. It took me some playing around to get to the level of comfort I have with it now, but Shopstyle Collective is a great tool. (It’s also how I make my nifty widgets). I think my favorite way to use it is in my outfit posts. Let’s say I do an outfit post with a navy sweater, but I bought that sweater a couple years ago and can’t link it for my readers to buy. I can easily search “navy blue sweater” in Shopstyle and find something similar to share with my readers.

I’m a huge Amazon fan, so Amazon Associates (in theory) is awesome because it lets me share my Amazon purchases with custom links so that if my readers purchase using those links, I get a percentage (just like ShareASale). I do have to say though, I do not understand one bit when I do and do not get paid or how much. That could just be me not getting it, but it seems a bit inconsistent.

I feel like I just threw a lot of information out there, and I hope at least some of it was useful to bloggers who are just getting started and need a few hacks. Please, as I told many ladies last night, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about the above tools, social media, blog monetization, or blogging in general. It’s all one big learning curve and I’m always happy to share ideas or even just chat. Feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email at thecarolove@gmail.com.

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TGIF

I can’t believe June is halfway gone- where has this entire year been going!? Kendall will be home within 48 hours and I cannot wait until we are back in our little routine! Speaking of- so sorry my TGIFs have naht been happening. I’m the craziest I think I have ever been at work and my energy is zapped. I’ll try to be better because I love sharing links with you!

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This week on The CaroLøve

Happy Father’s Day to all the papas out there! I’ll be going home to see mine on Sunday, but next year, I’m hoping that Brunch on the Baselines happens again because I would LOVE to take Daddy D! Thanks to Angelica for sharing!

Didya hear the news?!? Bubbles & Bloggers is now on Twitter! Check us out and connect with us there! We’ll be sharing member posts + fun updates!

If you’ve been following me since Little Bitty City One, you may remember that I had a couple of roommates and a catmate who I absolutely adored. Meghann is now taking in fosters and you can follow their adventures on kittersofgeorgetown!

Sophie of Rosé Media weighed in on First Lady Melania Trump’s Instagram- why it’s so bad and how to avoid the same mistakes.

On a serious note, you may have already heard about the local woman who was bitten by a snake in her own home. Christie is actually my manager for my yoga studio job, and not that anyone deserves to be bitten by a snake in their own home, but she really didn’t. Please keep her in your thoughts as she recovers.

Have a wonderful weekend! Have fun and make good choices!

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Happy Friday, lovelies! Kendall and I are going out to Laytonsville this weekend to see my parents and pick up our framed artwork for the apartment. We might also check out Field of Screams (or maybe not- it looks absolutely horrifying) and go to lunch with some friends on Sunday. I’m also checking out Illusions salon on Friday for a color consultation.

This is kind of a crazy campaign that made people look at the drinking habits of millennials. Absolutely genius, if you ask me.

It’s easier to dress like a rockstar than you think.

Town & Country has a similar taste in Halloween decor as I do! If you need a refresher, you can visit my post here.

How sweet (and brilliant!) was this man’s plan to check in on his grandma after Hurricane Matthew!?

Today is the last day of the SHOPBOP Sale! Use code MAINEVENT16 at checkout for 25% off up to $500 and 30% if you spend more than $500!

Have a great weekend! I’d love to hear your plans!

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So… there was never supposed to be an outfit post for this outfit. The dress is a few years old and, honestly, I pulled it out of my closet before I took a shower and crawled into bed on Monday night because I love how it fits and it’s kind of a great standby when I don’t feel like actually picking out an outfit. It’s also nice summer going into fall because while it’s sleeveless and not very heavy, it incorporates those fall reds and oranges- plus my favorite, navy! When I put it on Instagram at 8am yesterday with an absurd caption and apparently I was right that my birds were “on point” and people wanted to see the rest of the outfit. So here it is!

Although I’m not even sure where this dress is from at this point, I know it was a gift from my mom when she was in LA- which probably means Macy’s. I linked more “on point” dresses with bird patterns, all under $50, below. My shoes are also a couple years old, but I found a similar pair here.

Do you have favorite easy pieces for work that stray from solid neutrals? I’d love to know about them in the comments below!

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Jacket: Target||Belt: Target||Shoes: TJ Maxx||Bag: SheIn||Sunnies: ASOS

 

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Happy Friday! By the time you read this, I will be en route to Alabama to meet Kendall for his Kappa Sigma big brother’s wedding + to start off our road trip. I’ll be sharing on my Instagram, so be sure you’re following me there!

So we have this road trip, but I’ve recently gotten very into the idea of not really a “stay-cation” but a “close-cation.” A short road trip to these Chesapeake towns would be so nice in the fall!

If you want a true stay-cation, you should really include some of these new DC bars and restaurants.

Coach did it. Kate Spade is doing it. I might just have to jump on the Minnie Mouse bandwagon- but at a much more reasonable price.

I don’t have to wear glasses, but I wanted to pass along these makeup tricks for glasses-wearing gals.

This is good news! There are health benefits to drinking bubbly! (we think)

Hopefully my blog will stay updated next week, but if it doesn’t, forgive me. This is my first real vacation in about 2 years, and I can’t wait to spend a solid week with Kendall!

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