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10 Ways to (Not) Suck at Email Marketing

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A guest post by Kirsten Thompson, blogger & e-newsletter extraordinaire

Hey fellow creatives! I'm honored to be here with you today, and so grateful to Erika for allowing me to share my love of all things "newsletter" with you!

First, let's be honest with one another.

If you're like a lot of bloggers and online business people, you fall into one of these two categories regarding newsletters:

1. You know you need a newsletter, you just don't know where to start.

2. You have a newsletter, but you know you need to kick it up a notch.

Today, I want to share with you 10 ways to absolutely suck at email marketing, and how to make sure you don't.
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How To Get Pinterest Followers + Repins: The Ultimate Guide

  |   Business Tips, Social Media Marketing   |   188 Comments

The ultimate in Pinterest tips! How to get followers on Pinterest (and drive traffic back to your website) if you are a blogger, business owner, or entrepreneur. Learn how to get more re-pins, what makes people follow you, and get 15+ real-life examples. Read + bookmark it at http://olyvia.co/how-to-get-pinterest-followers-and-repins/. This is like an e-course on growing your Pinterest account, but totally free!

You might think you can't grow your Pinterest account. You may think you'll never know how to get more followers on Pinterest. You may think that Pinterest can't drive traffic to your website. You may think, my friend, that Pinterest is what they call "le giant waste of time."

If so, you and I -- we feel each other.

I've been using Pinterest for years with past blogs, but when I launched Olyvia.co, I honestly wasn't sure how well it would work for the brand.

I knew the platform worked like crazy pants for food recipes, DIY tutorials, quotes, and pretty product photos. But business, marketing, and blogging?

Let's just say I wasn't 100% convinced.

Despite my worries that Pinterest wouldn't be a major social media platform for my business, I went ahead and made a decision from the start to create "pinnable" images (more on that in points 6 & 7 below) for each and every blog post I published.

I had high (read: desperate) hopes that, somehow, it would pull through for me.

Ten months later? Pinterest accounts for 60% of social media referrals to my blog (Twitter comes in second at 20%), and is the top referrer overall with more than 30% of my total traffic coming to me from the image-oriented platform.

To say I have a love affair with the platform is a vast understatement. Me and Pinterest? We're like THAT.

But, I know not everyone sees the same results -- and I'd like to fix that. To help you learn how to get Pinterest followers, more repins, and -- ultimately -- more traffic to your site, I've created today's Ultimate Guide for you.

(Ooo, don't you like things that sound so fancy?)

There is a huge amount of info packed in this post (it may or may not...

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9+ Smart Facebook Groups For Women Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, + Bloggers

  |   Business Tips, Resources, Social Media Marketing   |   102 Comments

9 of the BEST Facebook Groups for Women Bloggers, Freelancers, + Entrepreneurs

Have you ever joined a Facebook group thinking that it looked pretty darn cool, only to get in there and find an endless stream of promos + sunset pictures with sappy quote overlays?

Yeahhhh. Me too.

For the last 4-6 months I've been on a relentless search for "quality" Facebook groups to help me learn more + grow my brand. All I've (ever so humbly) asked for is a place that has:

1. No icky spam

2. Useful, correct advice

3. Helpful, engaged people



Am I being difficult here? No! And yet, for every great community I've stumbled into, I've stumbled into 3 more that give me that "ewwww, I just stepped into a late night infomercial while I was trying to find the Game Of Thrones marathon" sensation.

I don't like feeling so undignified + swindled (can you tell I take my Facebook forays seriously? :) ), hence the creation of this brief guide to help you avoid a similarly dreadful pick-your-own-adventure scenario.

(Ahem. You did read those books when you were a kid, right?)

So in no particular order and without further chitty chat, here are 9 of my favorite Facebook groups for women entrepreneurs, freelancers, and business-minded bloggers!
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How to Set Up Free Alerts on Mention.com: A Video Tutorial

  |   Business Tips, Reputation, Video   |   15 Comments

A video tutorial on how to set up free alerts on Mention.com (the awesome social listening tool that will protect your blog + brand).

Do you remember a few months ago when I taught you how to begin monitoring your online reputation with Google Alerts?

While I love what Google Alerts can do for both bloggers + businesses alike, today I'm going to quickly teach you how to step up your reputation management game with a different, much more comprehensive tool: Mention.

I love it, and I'm 97.3% sure you will, too.

(Please note the margin of error of approx. +/- 2.7% Hey, nobody's perfect!)
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10 Introvert-Friendly Offline Marketing Ideas For Your Blog + Business

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10 Offline Marketing Ideas for Introvert Bloggers + Business Owners

You may or may not be surprised to know this, but it's true: I'm an introvert.

Promoting my business just does not come easy to me.

(Sisters, if I could run Olyvia while living in a comfortable hobbit hole and sharing it with absolutely nobody, I would.)

In the event you share my shy tendencies (or, you know, just like easy marketing tactics), today I thought it would be useful + a shamelessly amount of simple to share some introvert-friendly ways to get your name out into your local community -- without using online methods.

Because although I am a passionate proponent of using digital marketing, I'm also a believer in finding tiny little areas to dominate that others are not.

Do you know what that area is for blogs + online-only businesses right now? Good ole' fashioned, internet-free "guerilla marketing."

So here are 10 easy offline marketing ideas that will help you promote your blog or brand. (But won't result in sweaty hands + stomach knots.)

Try one and see how it goes!
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How To Get A Blog Post To Go Viral (Even If You’re A Small Blogger)

  |   Blog Income Report, Business Tips, Social Media Marketing   |   81 Comments

How to get a blog post to go viral (even if you have a small blog) -- step by step tips anyone can follow!

Pop quiz time:

There's a big company you admire + just so happens to have an audience full of people in your target audience.

And you want to get in front of them in order to grow your fledgling blog or business.

But you want YOUR blog post to be the one that's circulated among their fans and clicked on hundreds of times, not a guest post you simply wrote on their site.

How do you do it?

As part of my regular blog income and traffic report today, I'm going to show you how to get a blog post to go viral.  (And it's not as hard as you may think.)
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