How to Get Local Followers on Instagram – 5 Tips

How to Get Local Followers on Instagram – 5 Tips

How to get local followers on instagram for your business.

Check out my top 5 tips to easily grow your local followers on Instagram.

If you have a small business, you need local Instagram followers.
It’s truly how you can get local instagram users to notice your business and get them started into your sales funnel or marketing goals.

How to Get Local Followers on Instagram

Today I’m sharing a few powerful ways how you can attract, interact, and gain local instagram followers.

This method is not focused on taking better instagram photos… Pshhh. This tutorial shows you how to take action!

It’s quick and easy!

It gets better, 

You can get local followers for free on instagram. 

That’s right. You’re tapping into over 100 million instagram users… there’s defiantly instagram users that are nearby your local business.

It’s time to gain the benefits of instagram for your local business and get local users’  attention to notice your brand!

If you’re like most small businesses you probably can’t afford to hire a social media expert.

That’s OK. If you have ten minutes to spare per day for instagram, I’ll show you how you can get local instagram followers that will help boost your sales.

Having local instagram followers is beneficial for any small business

  • It helps you gain trust with your customers or potential customers
  • Spreads word of mouth
  • Gets foot traffic to your business
  • Creates a sense of community and branding

If you have a small business that relies on foot traffic, you need local marketing.

 

Ready to get started?

Here’s five tips how to get local followers on Instagram

1. Leverage Local Hashtags

People love using their local hashtags such as their city or exact location in their instagram posts.

Check out an example, I typed in “#SanDiego” (my city btw I’m using my laptop)

How to Get Local Followers on Instagram

How to Get Local Followers on Instagram

See all the local potential?! Over 13 million posts.

Check out the most recent Instagram posts for this hashtag and interact.

Like their photo AND leave a comment.

2. Interact with the most recent local posts

Keep your comments professional and start a conversation, perhaps ask a question. You can even just leave an emoji.

Why should you interact with the most recent Instagram posts?

I recommend that you interact with the most recent photos because these users are most likely still using instagram or have their phone in their hand. They’re awaiting to see how many likes they will receive or how many comments their photo will earn. (millennials… right?)

You have a better chance interacting with them, making an impression.

You want to interact on photos that have no likes or comments, be the first!

For example:

How to Attract local instagram followers

How to Attract local instagram followers

 

Let’s click on this photo:

How to Attract local instagram followers

How to Attract local instagram followers

Now let’s follow, like, and leave a comment. Notice other hashtags we can use too? #SanDiegoCA

3. Leave questions as comments

Now, you might want to leave a more creative comment than “congrats” Notice the address above the man’s head? Point that out, say 4750? You’re practically my neighbor. We’re an IT company in San Diego. Congrats BTW! :)”

The best types of coments to leave on Instagram are questions!

You want to “stir the pot” “create buzz”.

Your goal in this process is to get the Instagram user to click on your Instagram username to see who you are.

Time for a fun example….

Let’s peek into an Instagram user’s mind:

The local instagram user’s mind might work like this:

Local Instagram user: “Hey….. who’s liking and leaving me comments on my account?”

(sees five new likes and one new comment from you)

This raises curiosity who you are. 

They will most likely click on your username  to check out your profile and photos before commenting back.

The point is that you succeeded “getting into their head”

They now know there’s an IT company in San Diego nearby that follows them. (you’re an IT company in this example)

Local Instagram user: “I just looked at their profile, they seem ok… I’ll write back.”

Local Instagram user: “I’m gonna return the favor and like some of their photos now because they liked a bunch of mine…”

Fast forward months from now

4. Interact with your Instagram news feed

Now that you’re following a good amount of instagram users in your area, be sure to like their photos!

It’s important to continue to like their photos and comment. Eventually the local instagram users you follow will follow you back and interact with you.

It does take time and you need to be persistent. However, don’t act desperate or be pushy.

5. Leverage the Geo-locate feature:

Let’s leverage the geo-locate feature in this Instagram post. The user here allowed Instagram to use his location and include it below his instagram username as circled in red. (example pictured below)

If this is a nearby business and it has your target market of customers, in this case it’s a car dealership. They attract people with money in the market to purchase a new car. 🙂

This place is already receiving foot traffic and they’re your neighbor.

  • Click on their location
  • Look for users that recently took photos here
  • Follow them! (in this example it’s mostly the car dealership that populates the “most recent”) However, you’ll find some customer posts.

instagram geo locate

 6. Follow your local competition’s followers

This is quick and shameless tip. If there’s a local business that’s a competitor, check out their inastagram account.

Study what they’re posting, see what’s working for them. It doesn’t hurt to follow their ideas, you can perhaps think of even better ideas, brainstorm with your employees.

If your competitors have followers, they might be more likely to follow you back since they already like the same type of business.

 

Bonus: How to get local business to follow you on Instagram

Depending on your product or business, you may want to only attract local business owners or local businesses on Instagram.

Sometimes, that’s more of a bigger client and can be a bigger sale.

For example, it you’re an IT company, you most likely want small businesses nearby to follow you and hire you for your local IT services. You’ll want to simply search for targeted keywords. Use the city you’re located and add “businessowner” for example, #SanDiegoBusinessOwner.

Bingo, do a quick search in Instagram for “#SanDiegoBusinessOwner” and 62 posts show:

 

How to get local business to follow you on instagram

How to get local business to follow you on Instagram

You should follow and interact with the most recent posts. Leave comments and get a conversation started. Connect! Network!

You can also do a google search for any specific businesses nearby.

For example, if you wanted to connect with only dentists in San Diego, do a google search “dentists San Diego” Click on their links and website to find their instagram account.

 

Thanks for reading “How to Get Local Followers on Instagram.”

Do you have any tips how to get local followers on instagram?

Please share your tips in the comments below.

Still confused about Instagram?

I have lots more Instagram tips for you:

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10 Instagram Facts Marketers Need to Know

How to get your business started on Instagram

How to Optimize your Instagram for local business

10 Creative ways your business can utilize Instagram

Get more likes on your Instagram photos using this free app

Instagram hashtags for Selling Jewelry

 

 

How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online – Complete Guide

How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online – Complete Guide

Want to learn How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online? Keep reading! I’m taking you under my wing. Blogging 101 super EASY step by step How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online – Complete Guide.

Perfect for beginners.

Come fly with me! Let’s make money and have fun blogging!

Everyone is an expert at something or has a passion that they’re excited to share.

how to start a blog and make money online

Put that passion and expertise to work for you and start making money today.

I have personally sat down and talked 101 with close friends and showed them how to get started. I have also had some speaking engagements presenting my own amazing personal blogging success story. I do a great job inspiring people about starting their own blog. I do have some close success stories of people I’ve personally helped, however, many start and quickly stop. Ugh! WHY? Because they have some personal traits that sabotages their success.

I think it’s very important to understand which traits these people have before you start your own successful blog.

I’m not sugar coating anything and telling you the honest truths you need to hear before you dive in and get discouraged or fail.

I don’t want to sound rude, but I’m very blunt.

I WANT you to succeed. I WANT everyone to succeed and make money by blogging what they’re passionate about.

I’ve sat down with people 101 and showed them step by step how to start a blog and making money online and unfortunately the majority get lazy and don’t go 100% with the steps. Why?

  1. They’re lazy
  2. Don’t MAKE the time
  3. Not Passionate
  4. Unrealistic Expectations
  5. Get overwhelmed
  6. Don’t want to keep learning about blogging tips
  7. Give up too soon

It’s like they expect me to blog for them. It kinda pisses me off when I take time out of my schedule to genuinely help someone and they don’t make the effort back. That’s why
thanks to them, I’m making this blog post instead, that you can just read and follow along.

These are the same steps I take when I create a new blog from scratch and want to monetize it fast. If I can make money from my blogs, do can you.

how to blog and make money online

You really can blog for money, it’s a fact.

Anyone can become a blogger but not everyone knows how to make money being a blogger.

Comments / Excuses I often hear:

“Do people actually make a living from a blog?!”

“Bloggers just sit in coffee shops all day.”

“Who do you have to know to get famous blogging?”

“Why can’t I just quit my job and blog if it’s so easy?”

I don’t have the time to blog…”

“I wish I had time like you… you’re lucky.”

“Blogger?.. so you don’t have a real job?”

It sounds too good to be true but it’s really happening.

I still don’t think people take bloggers seriously. Yet, there’s bloggers out there right now making 100K a month.

If you actually follow these steps and make the time, you’ll make money blogging and become a great blogger

How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online

If you skip the steps and try to take short cuts or get lazy, don’t even bother continuing reading this article. You’re not meant to be a blogger. Go keep complaining how unfair life is and all that jazz…peace.

Still reading? I didn’t upset you?! SWEET!

Let me tell you the BIG secret How people are becoming bloggers and making money

The big secret is that they don’t stop blogging. Why? Because successful bloggers of this caliber blog with passion. I like to refer to them as blogger unicorns. They’re the real deal and take the time going above and beyond to create a high quality blog post.

10 $ Successful Blogger characteristics:

  1. Writes useful information
  2. Includes details and secret tips
  3. Comments back and answers questions
  4. Interacts on social media
  5. Able to take criticism
  6. Includes helpful sharable images
  7. Blogs with passion
  8. Regularly blogs with passion
  9. Has a nice WordPress design
  10. Has SEO knowledge

 

When you have a passion, you genuinely want to learn and experience everything about it. When you have a passion, don’t you MAKE time for it? Am I right or what?!

There’s nothing more amazing than talking to someone that’s passionate about something, you can see this mysterious and contagious sparkle in their eyes. Have you witnessed this before? It’s mesmerizing.

 

blogging with passion earns money

You live, eat, breath it. You’re active on your blog not only blogging, but actively responding to comments – connecting with others.

It’s the secret sauce that makes a blog rich with delicious honey, that attracts bees to… sometimes even bears. LOL You want that buzz! It’s called traffic.

Blogging Tips to Make Money Online

how to make money online with a blog

Good traffic generates:

  • An audience
  • Social media shares
  • Authority
  • Making money $
  • Brands wanting to work with you
  • Email newsletter signups
  • Comments

Are you ready to get started blogging and making income?

Ready to get serious and not look back?

Let’s get started.

 

Here’s the steps to become a Blogger and Make Money Online

1. Identify your passion and expertise!

What are you always eager to learn more about? What gets you excited? When you have passion and expertise, you have the ability to write a large amount of helpful content. The more original and helpful content you create, the bigger your site. The more pages you have ranking in Google, the more related ads you can sprinkled on you site. With more people able to visit so many pages, the more likely users will click on ads and generate monthly blog income. I want to also mention that the more trust you build, the more likely people are to make purchases from your site or click on Amazon Associate links of items you recommend.

 

2. Choose a name for your blog

(have your category in your domain name for SEO) This should be primarily what you’re going to be blogging about, your passion! For example if you’re a car enthusiast and own a Tesla, your blog posts are going to be about your experiences, reviews, Tesla news, FAQ, Opinions, about Tesla, why not have a fun domain name like http://www.teslarati.com/
Need help deciding a blog name? Leave a comment below, what’s the majority of your blog posts going to be about?

 

3. Buy a domain and web hosting

I prefer Godaddy (see if your domain is available now) (I’m not being paid by Godaddy)

4. Set up your domain name and hosting

(attach your new domain name to your new Godaddy hosting account)

 

5. Install WordPress

Install WordPress (the blogging platform onto your hosting account) You’ll install this onto the root of your website -so leave the directory field empty.

Blogging Platform I highly recommend

I highly recommend you use WordPress as your blogging platform. It has the best usability and use of built-in SEO features that will help optimize your post. In other words, WordPress will handle all the HTML and SEO (search engine optimization) for you.

 

6. Purchase a Professional WordPress Theme

I recommend you purchase a high quality wordpress them if you want to be serious and monetize your blog. A nice responsive theme that has a clean design. This way you can always contact the theme’s support if you have a problem with your blog. I highly recommend using a theme from elegantthemes.com I’m not being paid to recommend this company! They just released Divi 3.0. It’s a  phenomenal WordPress theme that you can use to easily design your blog. It has a WYSIWYG. “what you see is what you get.” You don’t have to know HTML, CSS, or even PHP.

 

7. Install these FREE helpful plug-ins that set you up for success

Using these plug-ins will help you start blogging the right way from scratch. The better foundation your blog starts with, the more traffic you’ll receive. I’m sharing my holy grail of plug-in you NEED.

 

8. Insert Monetization Code

Do you often hear these online income blog terms such as:

  • Monetize your blog
  • Google Adsense
  • Amazon Associates
  • Monetize your Youtube channel

You need to add these items to your blog!

Google and Amazon do not just magically send you a check for having a high traffic website. (that would be cool)

You have to contact Google and Amazon, there’s even an application process.Ad Networks to Join to Make Money Blogging

Sign up NOW for Google Adsense:

https://www.google.com/adsense/

Sign up NOW for Amazon Associates:

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/welcome
There’s so many ad networks to join to start making money with your blog. Check out my full list you can pick and try out some extras:
Related: 70 PAID Ad Networks to Join to Start Making Money with Your Blog

 

So just how do bloggers make money from blogging is the mystery I’m sharing today. I hope you get inspired and make the effort needed to become successful.  I’m also sharing with you my secret formula I use everyday to create blog posts for other companies that gain them first page rankings. (And if not the first page, the second…)

Even if you already have a blog that’s not earning money, I’ll let you know what you can start doing today and how to make money from your blog. You might have made some mistakes that beginners often make. It could be as simple as installing a wordpress plug-in.

How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online – Complete Guide

9. Craft your First Blog Post with an Excellent Headline

Your success relies on using a catchy headline. Heck, sometimes on twitter, people see a cool headline and just share the tweet regardless! Amazing powerful stuff right?

People click on headlines that tease, build curiosity, sound super helpful, and excite.

Get ideas for sensational headlines by using headline generators.

You can also Google your topic and see what similar successful blogs are doing, just make yours better!

 

Use one of these headline generators:

http://www.title-generator.com

https://www.portent.com/tools/title-maker

http://www.internetmarketingcourse.com/freeheadlinegenerator/

http://www.hubspot.com/blog-topic-generator

10.  Blog Your Heart Out

Blog as much as you want. Go on, let it all out. Blog blog blog! Scream, shout and type it all out. Keep it organized. Be specific. Be weird. Be REAL. Write from your unique perspective. Write useful content!

 

You WILL be a Great and Successful Blogger if You want to write and share Useful Information

Contribute to the free wealth of knowledge online. Perhaps you figured something out on your own when you couldn’t find any help online yourself.

Chances are, there’s someone else out there like you that’s searching Google for the same problem. There’s moments when you’re dealing with software and you run into a problem, Google it and there’s nothing to help, nothing on a community forum, you even contact the company support with little or no helpful response. Then you somehow after an hour of frustration figure it out on your own. You think…this would really help someone if I just blogged about it with screen shots.

You’re just what the internet needs.

It’s not just about how to blog for money, it’s how to add quality online too. Never forget that.

Count all the times the internet has helped you. The internet has SAVED me so many times with random things. You know what I mean…

 

11. Pump up the SEO

Get yourself a nice long tail keyword and work it into your headline.

Wait, what’s a long tail keyword?

They’re the search term people type into Google’s search bar. For example, a keyword could be “Computer repair San Diego” lots of competition for this popular keyword if you’re an IT shop in San Diego. So you should use a long tail keyword that’s less popular and more specific. An example would be “Lenovo laptop repair San Diego” or even longer “Lenovo laptop keyboard repair San Diego” Now we’re targeting a brand of laptops and location for laptop repair. This is an easier search term to rank for.

When you’re using the Yoast SEO plug-in, be sure to place this long tail keyword onto your title tag as well as url. See my example below:

How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online – Complete Guide

This ranked the page #1 in the organic search results.

Work this keyword and variations of the keyword naturally into the content. Make sure you name the images this long tail keyword and also the alt tags.

12. Submit your blog post to Google

Using Yoast SEO plugin will help you with your SEO.

13. Self Promote

Share your new blog post on your favorite social media platforms. I highly recommend that you unleash the magic of Pinterest. Make a sharable image you’d like to see on Pinterest. I recommend http://www.idpinthat.com for newbies that want to use free images combined with a free image editor online. Using the free SumoMe will allow your website visitors to hover over the image on a desktop computer or click on the image on their mobile device to share on Facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

Add stunning images! Websites To Find Free High Quality Stock Photos

I made a list of websites that offer free high quality stock photos for your blog and social media posts.

When you self promote and you’re new… you should do the 80/20 rule. Promote your posts only 20% of the time and promote similar high quality content 80% of the time. This will help give your audience helpful information.

If you’re new and don’t have established social media accounts, create them now and join http://viralcontentbuzz.com

This is a site where you can submit your blog post and people will share it on their social media posts in exchange for points. You earn points when you share someone’s post. It costs you points to get your article shared. Get it? It’s a win win.

Email your blog post to your friends and family. Why not? Maybe you have some friends that are natural influencers.

You can even put your social media accounts on auto pilot using Meet Edgar.com (paid) or Buffer.com (free)

I prefer Meet Edgar (I’m not paid for promoting this)

meet Edgar review

Read more: Meet Edgar review

14. Make Improvements / Update Content

What do your friends think?

Have you read it a few times and think you forgot something? Maybe more helpful graphics? Share updated information that can make the content even more relevant. Perhaps adding more related images can help make the content less boring.

15. Internal Linking

Sprinkle links of related blog posts you’ve written into your new blog posts. Mix the fresh with old. This can help the click through rate of you site and keep your visitors on your site. This helps your page rank. Google will see your site as more valuable and want to rank it higher in search results. You want a site that keeps visitors engaged reading, learning, commenting.

16. Rinse and Repeat 

Wow, you just went on a trip and a journey with me. Did you learn anything new? (I hope) Perhaps you already have a blog and you learned some new tips that can help you earn more money with your blog. Great! Which tips will you use on your own journey now?

Thank you for reading. I honestly hope you will get inspired to start a blog and make money starting today!

 

17. Your blog needs Patience, Persistence, Passion! 

Congrats!!! You know how to get your blog started, monetized, and promoted. NOW you need to use your passion and keep motivated to blog!

This is how you need to picture blogging success

Starting a blog is like planting a seed.

Developing your brand, domain name, topic, installing your blogging platform, this is like planting a seed. Soon, your blog sprouts and it’s a new seedling, it needs water.

growing your blog

Blogging makes content and that content is your water. Without water, your seedling will dry up and wither away.

Soon you develop lots of content and a healthy young tree. Lots of time passes and your tree begins to produce fruit and shade. Branches – backlinks from other websites. The shade attracts life.

Your blog gets bigger and attracts visitors. The fruit is your revenue. Keeping your tree plentiful of  juicy fruit requires lots of watering.

18. Keep the momentum going 

Once you become this unstoppable blogging machine that blogs their heart out with passion. You become an authority of your topic. People become interested in your opinion. You’re eager to share new things you’ve learned and share what works and what does not. You’re sharing that passion with others.  There’s no magic number of blog posts you need to start making money.

Your content has these key factors

  • Original
  • Good photos
  • Has helped people solve a problem
  • Has helped people make a purchase based on your unbiased review
  • Has long tail keywords and phrases that people have searched into Google
  • High quality – valuable information
  • Other blogs have linked to -backlinks
  • Has been interesting enough to get shares on social media
  • Creates buzz

19. Don’t be a cry baby blogger

How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online – Complete Guide

What the hell does that mean? It means, once you start a blog you don’t just blog ten articles and call it a blog and stop. Don’t wimp out. Keep going. It can take a year before you see thousands of daily visitors.

It took me about one year to start making BIG money from one of my blogs. I started seeing 7k website hits per day. It took time to build an audience, trust, and useful content. Because I blog with passion and it’s a rewarding process in itself, making money from my blog is a bonus.

However, when making money from a blog, people lack patience!

Most people wimp out too early and never make a successful blog.

These are always their cry baby reasons why they stop:

Blogging takes too long…”  – If it takes too long you probably don’t have the passion

I just wrote a new blog post and it’s not making money… this doesn’t work, you lied…” – It takes a long time to start seeing massive daily traffic.

I have five blog posts, they’re good but they’re not getting traffic…” -However your blog posts are less than 400 words and it’s low quality

You don’t just wake up one morning and say… “uh… I’m bored blogging about cooking…” “I’m gonna blog about dogs instead…””

You also don’t wine that you’re not getting traffic or making money

Blogging should never be solely for the sake of just quitting your job, that’s just the benefit of a successful blog

Blogging should ALWAYS be for sharing useful quality information

Why You’re Not Getting Search Engine Traffic

Read More: Why your blog is not getting website traffic

Time for some frequently asked blogging questions

How often should you blog?

Blog as often as you can make high quality content! Websites that have fresh content receive more traffic. However… never blog when you’re not feeling into it. Your readers can tell when a blog post feels forced. Google loves fresh content and as an incentive, Google rewards you with frequently sending google bots to your site to check for new content. You also gain an increase on your search rankings, (SERPS).

how often should i blog for my business

Read more: How often should I blog for my business?

How long should each blog post be?

Ideally, the longer the post, the higher it will tend to rank. It’s seen as having more valuable content. Try looking at the top ranking blog posts for a random search in Google. If you can go 2500 words, do it!

How to keep your blog posts ranking high?

Once you get a highly successful blog post that ranks on the first page, you want to keep its place.

  • Frequently publish more high quality blog posts
  • Update the content of the aging blog post
  • Add internal links to old posts within your new posts
  • Continue to promote the old blog posts on Social media

The number one fault I see on blogs that causes their rankings to slowly drop

Many bloggers don’t make improvements or keep up with Google’s algorithm changes. For example, Google had a responsive website update. Google rewarded websites that used a responsive website design. This is one of Google’s many quality content guidelines.

Read Google’s 160 page .PDF of their search quality rating guidelines

This can help you understand how Google rates a website’s quality. (released March 28th, 2016)

Thank you for learning about blogging and how to get started making money from your blog.

Now get creative and start blogging!

 

Do you have any questions about blogging, WordPress, Online marketing, or monetizing your blog? 

Please leave a question in the comments!

Thanks for reading: How To Start a Blog and Make Money Online.

30 Bad-Ass Websites To Find Free High Quality Stock Photos

30 Bad-Ass Websites To Find Free High Quality Stock Photos

Stock photography is hella pricey right?

If you’ve browsed stock photography websites offering high quality photos for $33.00 a pop, you gag.

Forget those “fancy schmancy” stock photo sites…

Check out these 30 bad-ass websites with the freshest and 100% FREE high quality stock photos.

(they’re totally legit and legal too btw.)

Websites To Find Free High Quality Stock Photos

I know the struggle…

If you’re new to blogging and can’t afford paying for stock photos or a subscription, I hear ya. That was once me. Heck, I still love using free stock photography to cut costs. 😉

It’s crucial your new blog and social media has stunning images that make people instantly want to share your new blog post. Also she a tweet without even visiting your site. (it’s true)

 

This is my hand-picked collection of free photo websites that have creative large high quality images you can download for FREE.

  • Large photos – perfect for trending parallax backgrounds
  • Videos – another huge web design trend I’m loving
  • Vector / Illustrations 
  • High Quality 

 

(all links tested and working as of 10/1/2016)

1. PEXELS

pexels.com
This free photo website has stunning images. They also add 100 new photos every day. This site keeps getting better. I’ve been using it for the past two years.

2. Pixabay

https://pixabay.com
This site is my “go to” for downloading free videos for my web design. I mentioned the parallax web design trend, go here. There’s also nice illustrations and vector graphics all for FREE. Yay! I can always depend on this site’s powerful search tool of I can’t find an image anywhere else for free.

3. Gratisography

http://gratisography.com

This has some attention grabbing images that are kinda bizarre but cool. Perfect for attention grabbing tweets, pins, and blog post header images. I’ve seen a lot of blogs use this website.

4. Picjumbo

https://picjumbo.com
I appreciate that this free image site has original photos. All nice big high quality photography. This website has some nice photo categories. I like checking out their tech photos when I blog for an IT company website.

5. New Old Stock

http://nos.twnsnd.co/

If you need vintage photography, this is the website for you! Black and white photos and even sepia colors, you name it. Searching is easy peasy. Fun creative photos to change up the mix.

6. Snapwire Snaps

https://www.snapwi.re/collections
You have to check out the photo collections on this website. I love how it’s organized. Cooking, Coffee, Silhouettes, Smiles, Fitness, Fashion…and so many more! its all nicely organized. Amazing images.

7. Splitshire

http://www.splitshire.com

More creative video background downloads and free photos. Very creative and useful original collections. I highly recommend these photos for your blog. They’re clean and high quality. Very professional looking photography.

8. Jaymantri

http://jaymantri.com

All these stunning photography were taken by Jay Mantri. Probably the most unique free photo website in this collection. Lots of architecture and close ups of doors,textures… perfect for someone out there.

9. Stokpic

http://stokpic.com
Its a great site with easy to navigate categories. Only bummer, you have to register. Worth checking out. I wish they showed more photos per page. I love their fashion collection. I could see these images being used on pinterest.

10. Unsplash

https://unsplash.com/collections/featured
Interesting free photo website that keeps growing. Be sure to browse the featured collections, especially the “stock diversity: women” Photos of real women un photoshopped, from all ethnic backgrounds, finally! yay!

11. ISO Republic

http://isorepublic.com

Another great free photo resource for web designers that need high quality images. I also love their category of free textures.

12. Picography

http://picography.co/
Just a collection of unorganized photos, however they’re high quality. I wish these free photos had categories. Some real weird photos but hey everyone needs a little weirdness now and then right?

13. Get Refe

http://getrefe.tumblr.com

Great photos, I just don’t like the website usability. There’s some really unique images that catch your eye!

14. Foodies Feed

https://foodiesfeed.com

If you have a food blog… or as they say foodie blog 😉 this site’s for you! Also great if you’re the owner of a health blog, fitness blog, or just need free food related photography. Great hidden gem.

15. Travel Coffee Book

http://travelcoffeebook.com
Jaw dropping images of traveling, nature, architecture. Everything is on one long page, sorry no search function. This site has such lovely graphics, you might get inspired to travel too.

16. Magdeleine

http://magdeleine.co
Lots of elegant images free to use on your blog. I like that it has categories and you can search by color.

17. JeShoots

http://jeshoots.com
This site is bad-ass for having free mockup photos and free photoshop .PSD files. Great if you need a photo of someone holding an iPhone and you want to change the screen etc.

18. CupCake

http://cupcake.nilssonlee.se
A small batch of free photography by Jonas Nilsson Lee. Fun to check out. Many scenic photos.

19. MorgueFile

https://morguefile.com/search/morguefile/1/most

This free photo site has tons of photos, all unique. I love how it displays how old each photo is. Check out the most popular / most downloaded images. There’s some great shots. So many images! I searched, typed in “colorful” and was delighted how amazing this site is.

20. Kaboompics

http://kaboompics.com

Clean, high resolution free photos that are all tagged and easy to find. I love the collection of desks with paper, pencils, phones all neatly placed.

21. Freeimages

https://freeimages.red

This website contains a very large selection of photos, but also videos! They offer the opportunity to contribute and get paid for it as well.

22. Life Of Pix

http://www.lifeofpix.com
I’m happy to find this free photo site, good layout and they even have free videos! Beautiful images I’m sure you’ll want to place some of these images into your blog.

23. StockSnap

https://stocksnap.io

I thought this was pixels for a second. This has amazing photos… omg. The business category has nice photos. I’ll defiantly be using these in the near future. I love their categories, especially that they share what’s trending. There’s always something good.

24. FancyCrave

http://fancycrave.com

The best part of this site is that they offer free photo collections! It’s amazing. In the nav, click on photo packs. You can get an entire image collection, perfect for consistency if you want to place multiple styled images on one page for a professional look and feel.

25. GoodFreePhotos

https://www.goodfreephotos.com

If you’re in search for location based photos, this is your ticket. Every country is organized on the left navigation. This website does have images I’ve seen on other free photo websites but this is organized. Many as you know are not organized this nicely.

26. LibreShot

http://libreshot.com

Nice big website with a clean layout. They all have some sort of muted tone or styled filter applied to each photo.

27. Idpinthat

http://www.idpinthat.com
A great free photo site for bloggers that want to create beautiful pinnable images for pinterest. This website can help everyone build a great pin. The website name says it all!

28. Negativespace

NegativeSpace.co

This free  photo site just uploaded a ton of free christmas photos. Worth checking out if you’re going to do seasonal marketing.

29. Stocktookapic

https://stock.tookapic.com/photos?filter=free

Lots of beautiful free photography. Just make sure you click on the photos with the little cloud icon.

30. MMT

http://mmtstock.com/category/new-york/

Gorgeous one-of-a-kind photos by Jeffery Bettes. Nice categories. If you like one photo you’ll love them all. Check out his New York free photo collection. Love it!

31. IM FREE

http://www.imcreator.com/free

Great categories such as Occupation, Icons, Beauty, Fashion, Technology, Business, Recreation, BW, Ambient, People, Templates, Buttons, and more! Check it out already! 😉

 

WOW, so many websites to choose from with free high quality photos!

Which are my faves you ask…?

Hands down my fav images sites:

  1. Pixels.com – For high quality professional images
  2. Pixabay.com – for video
  3. fancycrave.com

Here’s some examples of the stunning images you get for free online. Click the image to go to the source.

free stock image sites

 

free photos

free photography

I hope you found a new favorite free photo site that’s perfect for your blog!

Did I miss a great photo site?
Which is your fav free high quality stock photos website for your blog?

Please let me know in the comments!

Jen Ruhman

5 Benefits of Blogging For Your Business

5 Benefits of Blogging For Your Business

When you think about it, a blog for your business is one of the most useful things you can build. It’s powerful, valuable, and so many benefits… it’s worth it! You still don’t have a blog for your business? Say Whaaaaat?! No worries!

benefits of blogging for your business

The benefits of blogging for your business have never been better!  If you don’t have a business blog, now’s a great time to hop on the blogger expressway. Let’s go… (I saved you a seat)   There’s so many NEW tools such as plug-ins, and exclusive SEO advantages that only blogging can accomplish.   By the time you’re done reading about all these benefits, you’re going to start blogging up a storm. (I promise)

 

1. Helps Convert Blog Traffic into Customers

Business is all about gaining good leads and blogging casts a net of opportunity. Let’s use fishing as an example. The bigger a fishing net you cast out to sea, the better chance you have catching more fish. The more content your blog has, the better chance you have gaining leads. Every blog post is another opportunity to gain a new customer. Place a “Call to action” on the bottom of your blog post. For example If you have a blog post:  “10 Signs Your Computer Has Spyware” Have a call to action on the bottom offering computer support or sell a solution to the problem such as anti-spyware software.

Pro tip: You should blog often, to create more content that your potential customers find useful and sharable.

 

2. Helps Establish Your Business as An Industry Expert

You know what experts get? Business! When you share helpful content, people see you as an expert. It’s ok to give away your “secret ingredients” Too many business bloggers keep the good stuff a secret… You shouldn’t – just about everyone has access to the internet and they’ll find it somewhere else… so why not you?! This is true, your content may help answer someone’s question. They’ll see you as an expert, you may have a helpful blog post and the see all the steps involved. They may not feel confident about fixing their problem but they would love to hire your business to fix it for them! Pro tip: Make sure your blog has these elements to make you look like an expert:

  • Blog posts about helpful topics
  • Receives tons of shares on social media
  • Responds to comments
  • Sharable infographic or Pintetest graphic
  • Email subscription
  • No misspelled words 😉

 

3. Creates Sharable Content for Social Media & Newsletters

Blogging gives you the perfect sharable content for twitter, Facebook, pinterest… you name it! Also, if you’re building an email list (you better be) it’s another way to gain traffic from your subscribers. They already like you so they’re most likely going to check to see what’s new on your business blog and website. For example, if you’re a clothing company…. share your latest blog post titled “30 Trending Fall Outfits to Wear Now” This is another great example of an irresistible heading to write for your blog post. Your blog post can talk about how fashionable it is right now to wear boots, neutral colors, etc. Pro tip: You’ll want to have many pinnable images of people modeling these looks. Because you’re a clothing store, people will want to purchase from you! Plug-in recommendation: I use sumome for collecting email addresses etc.  https://sumome.com You may have noticed it on this site, try hilighting some text on this page, a social share box comes up! Hover your cursor over an image, share buttons pop up. It’s also great for collecting email addresses and so much more! Blogging benefits your business with backlinks and shares on social media. The share you receive on pinterest help boost your SEO. You may start seeing tons of traffic coming directly from Pinterest!

4. Gives Your Website Long Term Traffic

I have blog posts that I’ve written years ago that maintain healthy website traffic. It amazes me how creating one high quality blog post can be turned into a marketing machine. Once you create content, it’s there to stay on the web as long as you maintain your domain and web hosting. 😉 It really pays to create great useful content. over time, you’ll receive a ton of shares on all different social media platforms. Heck! I have an old pinterest image that has over 100k shares… Pro tip: Always place a sharable pinterest graphic on your website.

5. Boosts Your Website’s SEO

This is HUGE. Blogging regularly can be your ticket to help improve your website’s overall search engine rankings. When you blog often, Google’s bots visit your website more often. Every fresh new page added to Google’s index gives you another chance to show up in search results. When you blog consistently about a topic, Google sees you a high quality expert. Pro tip: Pump up the jam by sprinkling some internal links to your other related useful posts and really see a gain of traffic. See my own example below. 😉

Related: How Often Should I Blog for My Business

    Many business owners are finally seeing the importance and benefits of blogging for your business. Take a look at your competition. I bet they have a blog… study their blog posts that have the most shares. What works for them can work for you, just make sure your content is more helpful and has sharable features. There’s so many benefits of blogging, but I’ve kept it to the top 5 most important. Thanks for reading, I hope this gets you excited about blogging for your business! If you have any questions or want to add some of your favorite benefits, please list them in the comment. Go for it! Start your own business blog. Get ready for website traffic! Need help starting your business blog? I can help.   Jen

70+ Ad Networks to Join – Make Money Blogging Today

70+ Ad Networks to Join – Make Money Blogging Today

Join one of the 70 awesome Ad networks to make money blogging.

You have a blog, now get paid for your blog posts!

It’s true. The fastest way to start making money from your blog is by using paid blogger networks.

Ad Networks to Join to Make Money Blogging

Paid blogger networks are sponsored post agencies. This is where you can make money publishing blog posts such as reviews and articles.

Why use networks? It saves time so you don’t have to find companies on your own to work with.

*It’s great making money online, but be honest by ALWAYS including a disclosure in your blog post that you are earning money for your blog post.

As promised, here’s the list for 2016:

(All links working and tested 9/16/2016)

 

  1. SponsoredReviews 
  2. SocialSpark
  3. ReviewMe
  4. LinkFromBlog
  5. LinkWorth
  6. LinkVehicle
  7. BlogsVertise
  8. Amazon Associates Affiliate Program*FAV
  9. Share A Sale
  10. Swag Bucks
  11. Blogdash
  12. Bloggy Moms
  13. Blogsvertise
  14. Boost Insider
  15. Bookieboo
  16. Collectively
  17. Cooperatize
  18. DepositPhotos
  19. IStockPhotos
  20. Ebates
  21. iConnectInfluence
  22. Global Influence
  23. Green Moms Meet
  24. Influenster
  25. IZEA
  26. Linqia
  27. Mami Innovative Media
  28. Markerly
  29. Mom Central
  30. Mom It Forward
  31. The Motherhood
  32. Mami Innovative Media
  33. Mom Select
  34. Parents
  35. Pollinate
  36. PubExchange*FAV
  37. Savings DealPro Network
  38. SITS Girls
  39. Social Fabric
  40. Socialix
  41. Shop At Home
  42. Social Insiders
  43. Sponsored Reviews
  44. Sverve
  45. SIXPushMedia
  46. Ultimate Bundles
  47. WeChooseVirtues
  48. $5Dinners

    Popular Ad Networks

  49. Google Adsense*FAV
  50. ClickBank
  51. CJ
  52. Ad Media
  53. Sovrn
  54. Tomoson
  55. Walmart Affiliates
  56. Target Affiliates
  57. Affiliate Window
  58. Flexoffers
  59. Avantlink
  60. Revenuewire
  61. rakuten

    Popular for Beauty and Fashion Bloggers!

  62. RewardStyle
  63. ShareASale
  64. Beso
  65. SHOPBOP
  66. eBay affiliates
  67. OSAP
  68. Estarer
  69. Romwe
  70. ShopStyleConnection
  71. HouseofCB*FAV
  72. AgaciStore*FAV
  73. Forever21
  74. CharlotteRusse
  75. FashionNova
  76. Sephora
  77. SigmaBeauty
  78. JuiceBeauty
  79. SallyBeauty
  80. Wantable

 

It’s super easy monetizing your blog!

There’s a blog network that works for every niche. Take a look at each of these paid blogger networks. Every blogger can earn money online! Everybody such as stay at home moms, dads, fashionistas, foodies, travelers, you name it. They all earn money from at least a few of these paid blog networks.

 

“But I think it’s too complicated…”

I talk to tons of bloggers and many say their blog brand is not established enough or they think it’s difficult or they’re not tech savvy enough.

But they’re wrong.

No blog traffic yet?
Monetize your blog now because eventually you WILL get traffic!

Imagine waking up realizing one of your pinterest pins went viral and one of your blog posts went viral.

What are you waiting for?

I DARE you…

Join one of these 70 Ad Networks to Make Money Blogging

 

The best two networks to get you started:

I highly recommend everyone join Google Adsense and Amazon Associates.

If you don’t get approved for Google Adsense, you can always TRY Amazon’s NEW cpm ads!

 

Enjoy! And good luck!

Jen Ruhman