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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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Over the last few years, Pinterest has risen into the limelight, and its users are taking advantage of what it has to offer. For those that don’t know, Pinterest is basically a glorified search engine. If you search for ‘hair ideas’ for example, every single board from every user that has created a board or pin for hair ideas will load. You then have the choice of which one you would like to take a look at for inspiration. Repinning means that the pin is visible to all of your followers (unless you pin it to a private board) and then if one of your followers repins it, it’s visible to all of their followers too. That’s how pins go viral. Pinterest is especially popular with businesses and bloggers because once one pin goes viral, it can bring a lot of interest to that company.

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Pins are found by using keywords in your pin description. One fabulous blogger that is reaping the benefits of Pinterest gives her tips and tricks on how she gains a lot of traffic daily.

Some bloggers brag that Pinterest is their highest source of traffic, bringing in hundreds if not thousands of views per day! In this article, I’m going to list some accounts that you should absolutely check out next time you’re on Pinterest.

  1. Evan Sharp – Kicking off this list is the co-founder of Pinterest. His boards are always so neat and eye catching. If you’re ever stuck for inspiration, have a look at his boards and it will soon come flowing back!
  2. Joy Cho – Joy’s account is an absolute dream to look at. It’s basically what women dream about. Hair, babies, food, accessories, cute animals, the list goes on. You should visit her account and bask in the glory of her boards.
  3. Etsy – Everybody has heard of Etsy, right? Their Pinterest is just incredible. It’s one of those all rounders, you can find a board for pretty much anything on their account, so go and check it out!
  4. Brilliant Earth – Another board for the ladies here. Weddings galore! I’m sure that even men would enjoy looking at these boards. Be sure to check out their board ‘Pets of honor’ because it’s a total cuteness overload!
  5. Luke Dean-Weymark – Luke’s boards are stunning. They certainly appeal to the male audience too because he’s got boards on travel, bikes, sports, technology, men’s fashion, grooming and much more.
  6. Real Simple – Simply put (pun intended), this account is packed full of things like recipe ideas both healthy and indulgent, parenting, makeup hacks, decorating ideas, DIY, pets and loads of other really cool boards. Be sure to check them out, you won’t regret it!

There are over 150 million monthly users on Pinterest, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye. Why not make your account as beautiful as the accounts above? Maybe you could rise to fame within the world of Pinterest.

The next time you need some super cool ideas for something, turn to Pinterest. You won’t be disappointed!

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest as well!

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Unlike most of my #wcws, I have not actually met Sophie of Rosé Media yet, but I’ve been hearing about her for years. The first time it was from this guy who was telling me about Guest of a Guest and his friend who used to work for them and he wanted me to meet her. Then Diana from Lust Local featured her on her old blog. After reading about Sophie from Diana, I wanted to get to know her and didn’t even make the connection that they were the same person until I went to add her on Facebook and our mutual friend was that guy. Funny how that works out- DC is so small!

In Sophie’s own words:

I used to be a writer/blogger. I was the DC Editor of Guest of a guest for three years, and taking photos of everyone at every party is how I got to know so many people in the district. The DC site got allllmost a million hits a month by the time I was leaving. Now I think you know me just as the founder of Rosé Media, which manages social media profiles and designs websites for small DC businesses in the luxury space. I carved out this niche and it was a little weird at first because I had to explain to people that I absolutely did not do any PR, just social media.

In my words: Sophie is the kind of woman I aspire to be. She’s well connected, a self-starter, a boss. Plus, she’s gracious as all get-out. Like I said, we’ve never met but when I asked her for a question regarding a small business, she answered immediately and then gave me some advice for getting to where I want to be in my career (aka- running shit.) “Just do what I do and make it your side hustle before making it a full time thing.” Welp. That kind of gave me the kick I needed to ask Dani about being the community manager of Bubbles & Bloggers, getting my feet wet with a community organization in a fun way that also applies to what I want to do.

Plus she has an amazing style and a cat who went on a ride-along to Taco Bell sooo…

10 songs for a perfect sound track

Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles

Short Skirt Long Jacket by Cake

24k Magic by Bruno Mars

This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads

Stand Back by Stevie Nicks

Gooey by Glass Animals

Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis

Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake

How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

9 words to describe you

Honest

Healthy

Happy

Opportunistic

Resourceful

Social

Creative

Persistent

Cynical (told you I was honest)

8 reasons that you love your life

I have friends and family who love me

I have the best fiancé in the world

I am healthy and love my body

I live in my favorite city in the world – Washington, DC

I live in an incredibly interesting time – 2017 is wild!

I can afford to enjoy experiences and eat well

I can let go of things and people that are not good for me more easily than most other people

I can sleep as much as I want!!! (I wish everyone could have my schedule!)

7 essentials in your closet

Red patent leather high heels

Dark jeans

Tory Burch flats

Little Black Dress by Project Gravitas

Kate Spade purses

Cashmere Brooks Brothers coat

VERY comfy and sometimes ugly things to lounge around in

Jumpsuits of all colors

6 non-electronic things you can’t live without

Sparkling water

The two quilts my mom has made me over the years. I figure if I am in a situation where I won’t have electronics, those will comfort me nicely.

My new house!!!

My bed

My cat, Noodle (note from Caro: I had to do some back-stalking but this picture of Noodle makes me CTFU)

Micron pens

5 people who have impacted your life

Both of my parents

Amy Argetsinger at the Washington Post

My fiancé

Reed Landry

4 places you’d like to visit

Marrakech, Maldives, Singapore, Santorini

3 unpopular opinions you have

I was madly in love with DC’s most hated bar, Smith Point, for about a decade (another note from Caro: I once fell off a table there)

I hate almonds, both their texture and flavor

I LOVE baby photos on social media. Post away, moms and dads!

2 things that scare you

Aging and cosmic insignificance

1 quote to live by

Everyone is dealt a hand of cards in life and we must play them as best as we can. It does you no use to be jealous of someone else’s better cards, nor does it if hold yourself back because you feel guilty about your strengths you were born with or worked hard to achieve.

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Wanting to look absolutely perfect is one sure-fire way to feel miserable. This can breathe life into the bad habit of thinking you’re not what you should be. Despite what modern media and marketing would have you believe, happiness is not a body shape. If you don’t escape this mindset, you may shed a few pounds, but you’ll also make yourself pretty miserable! Here are some great tips for loving your body, and yourself as a person.

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Take a Break from Social Media

One of the most effective ways to feel happier in your body is cutting down the time you spend on social media. While there’s a lot on there, social media often ends up being just a highlight reel of other women, and not much else. You’ll rarely see tough times and the stories of how women overcame them. Instead, you’re much more likely to be bombarded with perfect abs and exquisite home-cooked meals. This, in turn, can lead to you comparing your own life to these superwomen, and thinking about it negatively. Try cutting back on the time you spend on social media, or unfollowing accounts that tend to get you down about your own situation.

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Trade Stressy Cardio for a Morning Walk

Hardcore cardio is very popular with adult women who are looking to lose weight. While setting your alarm early and going for a run is always a slower process than a trip to clinics like the Bel Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery, many women see this as the more natural, accessible option. However, it’s not always a positive. While it’s good to want to be a healthy weight, starting your day off with the blare of an alarm and a strenuous run can often kick up a lot of unhealthy stress. Subbing it out for a more peaceful walk can make all the difference to how you feel for the rest of the day.

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Get a Date, a Pet or Both

Seeing someone or taking care of an animal can help tremendously with your overall mood, regardless of your weight loss and beauty goals. Getting to know someone on an intimate level will allow you to talk about your goals and dreams, all the while getting a look into the lives of another person. As you realize how little you think about another person’s (or animal’s!) weight and eating habits, you’ll become less conscious of your own. There’s a handy guide for getting yourself out there on Your Tango.

Dress for Now

Are you still holding onto the swimsuit you had when you were a size 4, hoping that you’ll fit into it again one day? If clothes like these are hanging in your wardrobe, acting as constant reminders of your weight loss goals, it may be time to ditch them. Filling your closet with clothes for now, not clothes for then, will make you much more satisfied with your current body, and cut out one of the many harmful reminders that things “need” to change.

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It’s the most important question you will ever ask someone, and their answer will either comprise of some of the sweetest or the most heartbreaking words you’ll ever hear. Proposing isn’t easy, for both the man and the woman, but very few of the things that really matter in life ever are, so you want to try to make the moment itself as magical as you can.

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Do Make It Special

Try to incorporate those activities you love doing together so if you enjoying diving why not propose underwater or out on the dive boat? Whatever you choose to do make it personal, unique and relevant to your interests as well as who she is as a person. Need some inspiration? Take a trip down memory lane and recreate some emotional moments such as the first date, first kiss, and the first time you said you loved them in your relationship. Remember, not everyone loves being in the spotlight and often the most romantic moments in our lives aren’t ever meant to be witnessed by anyone else.

Don’t Try To Be Cool

Just because everyone says you should propose at a cool restaurant, On Valentines Day or surrounded by candles on the beach doesn’t mean you should. In years to come, you’ll want to be able to visit the place where your lives together actually started, and things change, businesses fold or get rebranded, and hot new nightspots take their place. Try to pick somewhere you know will pass the test of time like a natural beauty spot, a historical monument or building or a national landmark that is unlikely to be removed.

Do Check You’re On The Same Page

Marriage is a big deal, and if your partner has been busy focusing on school, their career or even trying to find a new home now may not be the best time. However, if you’re thinking about proposing you should know whether now is a good time or not. Before taking the next step in your relationship you should have at least had a couple of conversations with them about the future, expectations of marriage and if any children are on the cards.

Don’t Propose Empty Handed

While a spontaneous, spur of the moment declaration might seem romantic in reality it’s not and could leave your partner feeling like you were pressured into it, it was last minute, or even worse that they’re an afterthought and barely worth thinking about. A beautiful, sparkly engagement ring like one from Verragio will help to seal the deal, and it’s a wonderful way to round off a thoughtful, impassioned speech about why you love them.

Do Let Family Know Before Social Media

Tradition says that you should ask for the bride’s father’s permission for her hand in marriage before you go down on one knee. However, it’s now 2017, not 1917 and many women feel like this gesture’s become outdated. Did she say yes? Make sure you either phone or visit both sets of parents in person to share the happy news before plastering your feeds with pictures, ring emoji’s and ‘blessed’ status updates.

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