For creative entrepreneurs, designers, virtual assistants, or anyone else looking for new and amazing clients, Facebook groups can seem like a nirvana of eager potential clients. However, time and time again I see entrepreneurs going about marketing and promotion all wrong in these groups. There’s a fine line between spammy self promotion and selling your
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I love to write and share the lessons my family is learning in this game called Life. But blogging was a game changer for me. To be honest, I had never even read a blog, or at least not one that I remembered! So when I decided to create my own blog, I was a
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Growing your Instagram followers isn’t as simple as creating beautiful images and then watching followers flock to your account. There are plenty of other pieces of the puzzle that fit together to make a solid Instagram growth strategy. Perhaps the biggest and most important of these puzzle pieces is hashtags. Are you ready to learn
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I’m sure you’ve heard by now the all-encompassing life changing power of Pinterest in re: your blog or creative business. Melyssa Griffin of the Nectar Collective has sworn up and down for years about how utilizing Pinterest correctly has transformed her website. Personally, Pinterest makes up nearly 60% of my monthly site traffic, which is
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As creative business owners, the best part of the gig is being able to, well, create – all day, every day. But when you’re weighed down by administrative tasks and daily duties, it can be hard to get back to the creative aspect of your biz. So, what’s a savvy business owner to do? If
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Happy Tuesday blog babes! I’ve got an awesome giveaway here with the help of Oh My Gosh Beck and the other fabulous bloggers listed below! Who couldn’t use $500, amirite? What would you use it for? Prize: $500 Cash Co-hosts: Jenns Blah Blah Blog // The Mommyhood Mentor® // Krystal’s Kitsch // Sand, Sun, & Messy
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I talk a lot here about running your own creative business and the idea of working for yourself – but sometimes, that’s not possible, realistic, or desirable. Maybe you don’t want to work for yourself, or you don’t see your blog being more than a hobby or a side hustle. If you’re looking for a
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Everyone has to start somewhere. This is true in all areas of life, and blogging is no different. And generally speaking, you have to kind of suck at something before you get good at it, right? No one wants to be the obvious new kid on the block who’s still using Comic Sans and has
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When you’re working by and for yourself, running a creative business, sometimes the lines between your personal life and your business can get kind of blurry. It’s not like working a “day job” where you’re at the office from 8-5, then hang up your coat and call it a day when you get home. It can
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I know this is a bit out of the ordinary for me to be sharing a lifestyle post nowadays, but y’all – I love love. Valentine’s Day and I have had a fairly tumultuous history (like my middle school boyfriend who broke up with me the day before so he wouldn’t have to buy me
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Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Robin from Snippets of Faith. Her blog is brand new, and she writes about family life with a special needs child, faith, inspiration, DIY, healthy living, and lots more. We worked to develop a new brand identity and to get her site up
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He (or she) who holds the keys to social media can rule the world. Ok, that may be a little dramatic, but it’s not far from wrong. Social media is a powerful tool that’s here to stay. Sure, the platforms may change, but the concept of social media? We’re stuck with it. Likely forever. So
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Most of you have probably heard of or used Bloglovin‘ at some point in the past, but for those who don’t know, Bloglovin’ is a feed aggregator which allows you to follow all your favorite blogs and to easily read new posts in one place. But it can also be a powerful tool for those
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One of the most effective ways to quickly and easily build your blog and business is to identify your ideal audience. Without knowing your audience, and their habits, how can you effectively create content that they want to read? After all, readers are the key to successful blogs. But how do you go about finding
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Chances are, at some point in your online life, someone has unfollowed, unsubscribed, or unfriended you. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, especially for bloggers and those who spend a large amount of time and energy on their online presence. I used to get really bothered when someone unfollowed me, or more recently, when someone
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Friends – today is the third anniversary of the day I started October June. At that time, of course, it was called Emphatically Elle (which is not a name anyone has ever called me, even though it’s arguably a nickname that could have been applied – anyways, I don’t know why I picked that name).
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Hello friends and happy Thursday! For those who don’t know, I’ve recently launched a line of affordable blog and brand consulting services. You can read all about them here. But, I wanted to share the love, and set up a giveaway for you, my very favorite people. By entering below, you can have the chance
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Everyone has heard of blogging platforms, obviously. Generally speaking, people would say WordPress, Blogger, and Squarespace are the main platforms that people use to write and publish blog posts. But lately there has been a trend towards using traditional social media as more of a blogging platform. It’s being called microblogging, a term often applied
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And we’re back! There was a slight technical hitch last week, so the final installment of the #BuildABrand series was delayed til today. Here’s the updated schedule: 12/14 – Creating Community on Your Blog 12/21 – Setting Goals for Your Blog + Biz 12/28 – Writing Content that Sets You Apart 1/11 –  Branding on
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Hello and happy Friday, all! My winter break is drawing to a close (sadness) and I’m cooking up ways to stay on top of things once school starts up full swing again. One of the things that you all said you’d really like to see this year is Q+A posts, where readers can submit questions about blogging,
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Alas, it’s time to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016. For me, personally, 2015 was actually pretty great. I worked my ass off on my blog and business, accomplished things that I never thought possible, and laid the foundation for incredible things to happen in the coming year. And so, I wanted to
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