Elite Blog Academy – Coupon Code for $50 Off!

I am really excited about this.  It is the brainchild of my friend, Ruth Soukup from Living Well Spending Less.  She is a genius when it comes to blogging for a profit without selling your soul which is why this entire course is something I am devouring lesson by lesson!  The links below are affiliate supporting Business 2 Blogger.

About Elite Blog Academy

Most of us know all too well how overwhelming it can feel to juggle the day-to-day demands of writing a blog with the big-picture strategy of creating a profitable business.  Have you ever wished someone could guide you through the process of a successful blog and show you step-by- step,exactly how to grow your traffic and generate a sustainable income?

That is exactly what Elite Blog Academy was designed to do.

Through a powerful combination of effective videos, practical and insightful handouts, purposeful assignments, and interactive live webinars, Elite Blog Academy will empower, enable, and inspire you to take the specific steps necessary to refine your message, grow your audience, monetize your platform, and transform your blog into a successful and profitable business.



Take Your Blog to the Next Level

Over the course of 12 lessons, you will learn how to:

  • Eliminate blog confusion by creating an organized framework that sets the stage for everything you do.
  • Discover the secret to harnessing Pinterest, the most powerful free marketing tool in the world.
  • Understand what is not working in your current monetization model and instead develop concrete goals and a solid plan for achieving them.
  • Dramatically increase your site’s passive income by mastering the four key strategies of optimizing ad network revenue.
  • Take advantage of the critical—but often ignored—connection between SEO and ad revenue.
  • Overcome your fear of private advertising and instead learn to approach brands with confidence.
  • Learn what it really takes to earn a six-figure income from your blog, then develop your own product along with a successful marketing plan to sell it.
  • Create a solid working business plan to take your blogging business to the next level.

While so much of the information currently available about Internet marketing is written only by those whose audience consists of other bloggers and marketers, Elite Blog Academy is different. It shares proven, field-tested strategies for building a successful, profitable blog, regardless of the niche and no matter the target audience.

It is possible to create a successful business from a blog, and Elite Blog Academy shares exactly how it’s done, step-by-step.


Here is what the course includes:

  • 12 Comprehensive Unit Videos
  • 12 Detailed Unit Workbooks with Video Outlines
  • 16 Powerful Handouts
  • 30 Purposeful Assignments
  • 4 Live Webinars
  • Accountability & Community within a Private Facebook Group

Elite Blog Academy is designed to be self-paced, but should not be completed in less than 12 weeks. Blogging is not for the faint of heart, and this course requires a willingness to buckle down and get to work. That said, for those who are willing to do the work, it also comes with a 200% money-back guarantee.

Anyone who completes the course and has not seen measurable results in both traffic and income growth will get double your money back, no questions asked. That’s a pretty incredible promise, but it means that you’ve literally got nothing to lose. Enrollment for Elite Blog Academy is extremely limited, and will only be open for two weeks.

If you are ready to finally take your blog to the next level, sign up now to secure your spot!

Oh!  And I have a $50 off coupon code:  EBASAVE50

Go forth and be profitable!


Organic FB Growth Podcast with Lawrence Tam

OK, I have to admit I love chatting!

B2B - lets chat fb growth

So it was super fun to meet and talk to Lawrence Tam from Internet Marketing Mentor.

Our conversation is HERE.

And while you are there, be sure to check out some of Lawrence’s other podcasts…I did.

And it lead me on a fun journey of learning!

Because I Can’t Shut Up About FB…

You can also hear me speak on FB later this month at Blog Elevated {tickets still available!} and I just found out I will be speaking at Social Media Marketing World in March {great sale going on right now}.

I hope you will join me there as well…we will have some FUN!


Instagram & Giveaways

Instagram is one of those platforms that I started using for personal reasons.  I just really liked it.

Instagram giveaways

I have been on it for awhile as seen by my over 500 posts – and really only a handful of those had anything to do with the fact that I am a blogger {you can find me as @Texasholly}.

As Instagram has grown in popularity, sponsors and my own competitive nature has started looking at follower numbers.


In the last month or so I have made a conscious effort over there in terms of increasing numbers and what I have found is that it is a bit different than other social networks I hang out on…of course!  Nothing these days is simple.

It is a weird thing that people on Instagram un-follow if you don’t post.  Oh, and they un-follow if you post too much.

I am not sure what the magic number is, but it is likely different for everyone based on their followers.

One thing I have had success with is giveaways.  Giveaways on Instagram are quick ways to increase numbers, but don’t get too attached to those new followers because they seem to un-follow in herds.  On one of the giveaways, I had lost nearly 1/3rd of my new followers within days.


Here are the three different giveaways that I have tried:

Group Instagram Follow – Blog-based

Instagram giveaway group

I have done this twice lately.  You can see my blog post on Kids Activities Blog for this Instagram Giveaway.

Basically, I have teamed up with a group of other bloggers and thrown money into a pot.  A widget like Gleam or Rafflecopter is used to have everyone’s Instagram profile included and each follow is an entry.  It grabs the attention of the readers you have on your blog who might be on Instagram.

The issue I have with this is that there is little actual Instagram interaction – I promoted it on Instagram, but it is awkward to send people to the blog from Instagram to enter.

I am not a fan of Instagram not allowing links.

Flash Giveaway on Instagram – Easy Partnering

Instagram Flash Giveaway

On this one, another account {@thedailymomapp} gave away one of our books with instructions to follow and tag.

I then posted a notice that it was happening and sent them her direction.

This was super easy and I picked up a few extra followers.

Flash Giveaway on Instagram – GroupRound Robin Giveaway on Instagram

This one is going on until tonight at 7 pm MT.  You can find it on my Instagram.

It is a group of IGers each throwing their own giveaway worth around $50 and sending IGers to the next through a tag on the photo {kinda genius, eh?}.  It is very similar to what I have participating in many times on FB.  While this one will likely end up adding a few less followers than the first one above, I love that it is ACTIVE IGers that see and follow.  To see that much interaction on my account just makes me smile.  My guess is that there won’t be as many un-follows either because the other participants run similar {albeit more beautiful} IG accounts.

What about you?  What has your Instagram experience been?  How have you increased your following?



Blog Photography Tip – Getting Good Kitchen Shots

Way back in the early days of blogging, photography was an after-thought.

Just a nice way to punctuate our wise words.

Kitchen Photography without a flash

Now it it a necessity!

With most social media being visually-based, getting traffic is dependent on the photo that is shared.

The pressure!!!

Thankfully, getting a good picture is getting easier and easier.  But one area of the house that often doesn’t have enough natural light is the kitchen.

Oh, and budget for an additional 20 minutes to scoop all the dirty dishes off the counter.

That is why Rachel Miller and I have another option to share!  Rachel is my blogging partner at Kids Activities Blog and while we don’t do a ton of food photography, we are often photographing kids activities at the “kitchen counter”.

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7 Days of Pinterest Adventure – Join Me!

As many of you know, I have been concentrating much of my social media time on Facebook over the last few months.  It has been worth my time and energy and the resulting blog traffic has been awesome.

Pinterest strategy

The problem is that you can’t be EVERYWHERE at once.  So, some of my other social media profiles have suffered…

anyone following me on G+ right now probably believes that I am dead.

This week I am taking back my Pinterest account from quiet slumber.

I am devoting 1 hour per day to the account and writing about it here at B2B so you can join me if your Pinterest has also been sleeping!

On your mark, get set, go…60 minutes on the clock.

What I did today – DAY ONE

First 20 minutes –

  1. Deleted boards – I went through quickly and deleted 15 boards that I was a contributor, but hadn’t pinned anything in 6 months.  I figured if I hadn’t used it, the space could be given to someone else!  I have over 100 boards…so it is getting a bit ridiculous.  I have a feeling I will be able to delete a few more as I get deeper into this, but for now 15 seems a lot lighter!
  2. Renamed a board – I had one board that I started that I hadn’t used much.  It had good content, so I renamed it something that was related, but would get more use.
  3. Look at my secret boards – I haven’t used these much, so I was unfamiliar with what I was thinking when I started them!  Getting re-acquainted with the possibilities…

Second 20 minutes –

Pinned/scheduled my new blog content {6 pins} and found 15 other quality pins to schedule/share from other blogs/websites.

Last 20 minutes –

I found my largest 3 boards and because they are all boards that I am a contributor to, I read the description/instructions and wrote those down!  I created a “schedule” to use them to their fullest potential finding posts that fit the boards and either scheduling them or adding them to a spread sheet that will make it an easy share later this week.

Whew.  OK, I feel like I have just scratched the surface of what needs to be accomplished, but the good news is that there are solid pins going out today and for the rest of the week on my top 3 boards...and tomorrow is another day!


After day one, I realized how big this job was going to be!  So, my main project today is to get a bit more done without feeling completely overwhelmed.

Baby steps.

Today, I spent the majority of my time finding the rest of my top 10 boards – the ones that seem to get the best re-pin rate.  The funny thing is that it isn’t always a numbers game.  Some of my smaller boards do better than the larger ones.

But, I wanted to identify my top 10 boards {that I am a contributor too} so that I could have those with a scheduling plan by the end of the day.

Oh, and I also noticed this morning when I looked at my blog live Google Analytics is that the morning is REALLY low for Pinterest traffic.  I don’t know if that is because I don’t pin in the morning to my blog or if it is just a low traffic time.  I am going to schedule some early morning pins for a week or two and see if I can change that pattern at all.


 Shhh…life got in the way and day three was a bit later than day three.

I hung out on Pinterest and took a hard look at the remaining boards.  I had 110 boards remaining after day one.  That is still REALLY OVERWHELMING.

My first investigation was to look at how many people were on a new board when I created it.  For me, that is around 30K.  When I got to looking at many of the group boards I was a member of, I noticed that they had a smaller following.  I started removing myself from those boards unless they had a crazy-high repin rate.

I deleted myself from 24 more boards.

I had to be pretty ruthless.  I needed to get this under control!  Ack!

After all that deleting, I noticed that I was down about 500 followers…not bad for deleting 1/4th of my boards.


After the board purge, I was feeling better about what was left.  It was something that seemed to be manageable.

I am attacking it from two different ways –

  1. The top 10 boards will be scheduled and handled separately from the rest – many of them have restrictive rules.  I plan on pinning to these once a day unless not allowed.
  2. The rest of the boards are ones that are mine or smaller group boards or group boards with liberal rules.  I plan on using these to pin an additional 20 pins a day from a spreadsheet that I will be creating tomorrow.


OK today, I tackled the top 10 boards with a spreadsheet to keep track.  If you know me, you know I am NOT a spreadsheet person.  They hurt my head!  BUT I love giving my opinion, so using Google Docs to create a form that feeds into a spreadsheet is something I do ALL THE TIME.

I created a form that asked for my link, pinned photo notes and which boards the pin is appropriate for:

Pinterest board scheduling

So, the first time I go in, I fill this out.

When I am ready to pin again, I access the spreadsheet portion of the form and delete the board name when it is pinned to that board.  When an entry is completely pinned to all appropriate boards, then I delete the line entry.  If there is another photo in that post that also can be pinned, I would start that as a separate entry.

Each of these top 10 boards I am pinning daily {unless the rules say otherwise}.  I am using Curalate by creating buffers for each board so they go out just once a day.  I also like that I can schedule a bunch all at once – like a whole week ahead and then add when time allows.