Get to Know Team BlogPaws 2018 Conference Blog Hop

For this blog hop, let’s introduce the team! As we inch closer and closer to the BlogPaws 2018 Conference, get to know the various team members and ambassadors you can look forward to meeting in person. Each staff member and ambassador is there to help make your conference experience the best it can be!

BlogPaws 2018

Team BlogPaws

Maggie Marton, Director of Content 

My BlogPaws Story: Maggie Marton

Staff Spotlight: What Makes BlogPaws Special: Get to Know Oh My Dog! founder, and BlogPaws staffer, Maggie Marton: http://blogp.ws/2FJJ3DJ

Posted by BlogPaws on Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

Carol Bryant, Marketing/PR/Social Media Manager

My BlogPaws Story: Carol Bryant

Get to know BlogPaws' Marketing/PR/Social Media Manager, Carol Bryant of Fidose of Reality and why she has been to all 9 BlogPaws Conferences to date: http://blogp.ws/CarolBryantBPStory

Posted by BlogPaws on Monday, March 19, 2018

 

Bernard Lima Chavez, Influencer Campaign Manager

How I Was Dragged to My First BlogPaws Conference

Some people's lives are changed by the BlogPaws Conference experience, and our Campaign Manager, The Graffiti Dog 's Bernard Lima Chavez, is one of them. Here's his story and how you can meet him this April for our 10th Anniversary Conference: http://blogp.ws/GraffitiBP

Posted by BlogPaws on Thursday, March 22, 2018

 

Aimee Beltran, Director of Community Education

My BlogPaws Story with Aimee Beltran

What does the BlogPaws Conference mean to our Director of Community Education, Aimee Beltran of Irresistible Icing ? In her own words, here's Aimee's story: https://blogp.ws/2q594HP

Posted by BlogPaws on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

 

Felissa Elfenbein, Director of Influencer Marketing

Felissa

Ambassadors: BlogPaws 2018 Conference

An ambassador is someone who shares in a mission and helps support it every step of the way. Each year, BlogPaws selects a group of pet bloggers as ambassadors to the conference. They are chosen for their professionalism and talent in social media. They will assist everyone in the BlogPaws Conference experience before and during the conference.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

Image: Carl Kerridge Photography

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How to Come Up With Pet Blog Post Ideas Blog Hop

Whether you have a pet blog for a hobby or as a business, knowing how to come up with pet blog post ideas can be a challenge. In honor of this week’s blog hop, here are 10 ways you can develop ideas to produce evergreen content that will keep your readers coming back for more:

Pet blog post ideas

1. Bookmark the BlogPaws 2018 Pet-Related Holidays and Themes: Bookmark this post, refer back to it, and save it for a year’s worth of 2018 pet-related holidays and themes to blog about and share on social media. Remember to put your own blog niche’s spin on the holiday(s). For example, if it’s National Cat Day and you are a general cat blogger, consider a post on litter box training, plan in advance, promote early, and then jump aboard the appropriate hashtag the day of the holiday.

2. Turn Back the Hands of Time: Share a historical perspective. When did cat litter first hit the scene? What mistakes were made along the way? When did ferrets become popular as pets? Great historical blog posts can perform well.

3. Frequently Asked Questions: Read through social media replies to your posts across platforms. What blog comments seem to present themselves time and again? Start gathering a list of all the questions and pain points received by your readers. These make for awesome blog post. Each question can likely be turned into a topic for your core audience.

4. Searches Related To: This is a favorite; head on over to Google, and type in “searches related to” for a treasure trove of what people are searching on with regards to a specific topic.

5. Pet Mental Health: No matter what pet(s) you blog about, the mental health and well being of that species always makes for good blog fodder.

6. Pet Supplies: This topic lends itself nicely to an affiliate post wherein you monetize. Compare and contrast. Use links as you are able for monetization without impeding the natural flow of the text. Looking for ways to monetize your blog with affiliate marketing? Attend my session on Affiliate Marketing at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in April.

7. Newsmaker Pets: What are the pets in your niche doing in the headlines, whether locally, nationally, or internationally? Blog about it! Be sure to appropriately backlink.

8. Blog History: Not all of your blog followers have been with you since day one, and thanks to this fab idea from Dash Kitten (Marjorie Dawson), do a history of your blog post and loop in your best content! Great idea, Marjorie. Check out The History of Dash Kitten.

9. Poll Your Readers: Whether a blog post or a short post on social media, try polling your readers with a topic of interest.

10. Interview Pet Parents: Interview some of your regular readers on a topic. Share their tips and what works for them.

BONUS: Here are 10 more ways to generate blog post ideas.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

Image: il21/Shutterstock

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10 Blog Post Ideas to Engage Readers Blog Hop

This blog hop is dedicated to blog post ideas to fill your content calendar and engage your audience. We all get writer’s block, or as I like to call it, blogger’s brain, and that’s where these 10 blog post ideas and topic starters come into play. See how many you are currently using and how many new ones you discover. Then jump into the blog hop and add your link as directed below. It’s a fun way to engage and network with other pet bloggers.

How to write engaging blog post

FAQs

Read through your Facebook comments for your blog’s social media page. Take a peek at Instagram feedback on your posts. What blog comments seem to present themselves time and again? Start gathering a list of all the questions and pain points received by your readers. These make for awesome blog post. Each question can likely be turned into a topic for your core audience.

Pet Holidays

Even though a holiday presents itself on the calendar does not mean you should cover it if it does not make sense for your niche. For example, National Snake Day would not bode well for a hamster blogger and so forth. Use pet holidays to your blog’s advantage. If it’s National Puppy Day and you are a general dog blogger, consider a post on puppy training, plan in advance, promote early, and then jump aboard the appropriate hashtag the day of the holiday.

Product Comparisons

This one works particularly well if you are wanting to monetize with affiliate marketing. An honest look at how two products compare and contrast can really help a reader. You can link to the various products with your affiliate marketing accounts. Learn more about this during my Affiliate Marketing session at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference this April.

How To Posts

So you did a DIY post. Great…did you break it out step by step? Did you show video and pictures? Did you link out to the supplies and products with your affiliate marketing accounts? Whether it is a DIY craft or how to get your cat to use the litter box, there is something you know how to do that someone else does not. As a blogger, you need not be the one who knows it all; this is where knowing who to contact as a resource (or two) comes in handy. ”

Best Blog Posts

This is a favorite idea of many: What are the best blog posts you have read lately? Turn those into a roundup post. Be sure to properly link out and credit the bloggers you are citing. This is a good networking technique as well.

People in Your Niche

Interview someone. Consider doing the interview on a platform like Facebook Live and following it up with a blog post that includes the embed video from Facebook. The key is to promote the post and Facebook Live in advance.

MythBusters

I love mythbusters and I am not alone. Busting myths and dispelling untruths is a huge keyword search these days. Debunk in your niche. People love to learn what they have been doing is either right or wrong.

Go Back in Time

Share a historical perspective. When did cat litter first hit the scene? What mistakes were made along the way? When did ferrets become popular as pets? Great historical blog posts can perform well.

Gift Guides

It need not be a holiday season to put a gift guide together. People always want to know what to buy for a pet or a pet lover year-round. Think of “20 Summer Outdoor Games for Dogs” and include affiliate links to some of those products included.

Forthcoming Events

Tell your readers where you will be locally or perhaps feature local or national events that allow well-behaved pets. Oh, there’s a bonus 11th blog post idea: How to raise a well-behaved pet.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

Image: mala_koza/Shutterstock

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Do’s and Don’ts of Pinterest Blog Hop

In honor of this week’s blog hop for Wordless Wednesday, the topic is Do’s and Don’ts of Pinterest. Pinterest is not a social media platform. Pinterest is a search engine. Once you know this and understand why people go to Pinterest, the focus on blog traffic is crystal clear.

pinterest

Pinterest Do’s

You want pins to be the right size, and that means for mobile devices, too. Here’s a Pinterest cheat sheet to get the sizes perfect the first time around.

Make your pinning process easier. Canva is equipped with pre-made templates for Pinterest. Many of the templates are free, and those that have a fee are very affordable (a dollar, in most cases).

Get a font style in place. If you don’t have a font that is your signature style, get one; in fact, get two or three. There are many free font resources available, and one of my favorites is DaFont.com. Just be sure to follow instructions. Once you download the font, files are easily uploaded to Canva.

Do consider rich pins. Pinterest defines rich pins as “pins that include extra information right on the Pin itself. There are six types of Rich Pins: app, movie, recipe, article, product and place. Rich pins also add to your credibility and can add to the amount of traffic driven to your site when the users click through.”

Having a social media plan is crucial for blogging success. Scheduling pins into that plan is not only helpful but will keep you consistent. Pin at least five times a day, but if 10 to 15 is more your thing, then do it, but do it consistently.

Pinterest Don’ts

What does not work on Pinterest:

  • Small images
  • Images without some sort of text overlay
  • Most horizontal images
  • Blurry or pixellated photos
  • Crummy descriptions

Don’t neglect the call to action. After you’ve uploaded a photo and added your hashtags and blog link. You can edit the pin and add a call to action. Consider this: “I’m running a contest on my blog, click here (then include the link).” This will drive traffic to your website and may gain you a new reader. This will also amp up your engagement because you’re not just presenting information, you’re giving visitors to your pin boards a reason to interact.

Don’t leave empty or unused boards up: Two definite no-nos are an incomplete profile or empty board. You either pin to it regularly or nix it.

Don’t neglect keywords to help your pins. Keywords can help your blog get noticed by the audience you want seeing them. Take the time to optimize your Pinterest account with relevant keywords.

Learn from the Pros

Pinterest is on the agenda at this year’s BlogPaws Conference. Go face to face with social media experts this year at the BlogPaws 10th Anniversary Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, April 18-20. We’re a 3-day conference jam-packed with educational sessions led by top professionals, networking with influencers, a busy exhibit hall, exciting brand events, more influencers, and lots of pets. Get your tickets for BlogPaws 2018.

pinterest dos and donts

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

Image: yDan Kosmayer/Shutterstock

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BlogPaws 2018 Nose to Nose Awards Emcee Blog Hop

He is well-known to millions of television viewers as the “Voice of the Westminster Kennel Club,” as co-host of USA Network’s annual telecast of the famous dog show for 27 years (1990-2017), and as co-host on NBC of The National Dog Show presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day since its inception in 2002. We are speaking, of course, of David Frei.

We are thrilled to announce David Frei as the BlogPaws 2018 10th Anniversary Conference celebrity emcee for the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards. Frei is a lover of all animals, and he went nose to nose with many pet attendees at the conference.
BlogPaws Conference awards emcee

Frei now works as a consultant for NBC Sports, continuing his on-air and off-air roles for the National Dog Show and the Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina. USA Network’s second annual broadcast of the Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina will air on Easter Sunday, April 1, at 6 PM eastern. The competition, which is co-hosted by legendary dog show judge David Frei and actor John O’Hurley, will also include pet lover and Sirius XM host Maria Menounos as red carpet correspondent and Mary Carillo reporting from backstage. In addition to the Easter broadcast of the BEVERLY HILLS DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA, USA will present an encore on Monday, April 2 at 9 AM eastern, and NBC will air an encore on Sunday, April 8 at 1 PM.

Frei is no stranger to the BlogPaws Community, as  he was the  BlogPaws 2013 Nose-to-Nose Awards celebrity emcee. David’s contributions to the world of dogs have been recognized with top awards from Purina (2015 “Better With Pets” Award), the Dog Writers Association of America, the World Dog Press Association, and the Association of Purebred Dog Writers. Petside.com named him as the Pet Person of the Year in 2011, and in 2015, Dog Fancy magazine, in its final issue, included him in a retrospective, “45 People Who Changed the Dog World.” In February of 2018, Frei was inducted in the Dog Writer’s Association of America Hall of Fame.

David Frei with ferret

In true BlogPaws spirit and form, Frei gives back to the pet community and more. David is most proud of the wonderful work that his dogs have been doing since 2000 as therapy dogs at places like the Ronald McDonald House New York, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the VA Medical Center in New York. His Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, pioneered the practice there and in many other places, and his Cavalier, Angel, and Brittany, Grace, are carrying on.

David Frei is the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side, a critically-acclaimed best seller about a heroic service dog, published in 2002, also named Book of the Year by DWAA. His third book, about his years at Westminster, is now under way.

In 2004, he appeared in one of the final episodes of the HBO hit series, Sex And The City, playing a smitten dog show judge awarding a big win to Charlotte and her Cavalier (in that order). Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York.

A native of Oregon and a longtime Seattle resident, he owned two popular sports bar restaurants in the Seattle area, as well as his own public relations agency, before moving to New York City in 2002. David and his wife, Cherilyn, relocated to the West Coast this past May where Cherilyn, a certified Catholic chaplain, serves as Director of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care at Providence Hospital in Seaside, Oregon.


Learn from the Pros

Go face to face with social media experts this year at the BlogPaws 10th Anniversary Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, April 18-20. We’re a 3-day conference jam-packed with educational sessions led by top professionals, networking with influencers, a busy exhibit hall, exciting brand events, more influencers, and lots of pets. Get your tickets for BlogPaws 2018.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:




Image:  Carol Bryant

Carol Bryant is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for BlogPaws and runs her own blog, Fidose of Reality and its fundraising arm, Wigglebutt Warriors. When not busy playing with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, she stays far away from cooking. Her trademark is her mantra and is tattooed on her arm: My Heart Beats Dog.®

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Improve Your Social Media Skills Blog Hop

It’s the one topic (other than loving our pets) on which we can all agree: We want social media skills that rock. This week’s  blog hop shines the spotlight on some of the many social media pros who can help you improve your social media strategy:

social media skills improvement

Facebook Ads: Essentials to Make Magic Happen

This year, at the BlogPaws Conference in April, Facebook guru, Elizabeth Keene, will share a process for making Facebook ads work for you. From engagement and awareness to how to budget for a post boost all the way to storyboarding and creating top notch Facebook photos and videos, your social media skills will benefit.

Facebook ad essentials

Tips and Tricks to Explode Pinterest and Instagram

With 150 million users on Pinterest and 800 million on Instagram, it’s easy to see that the Internet has gone visual. But how are brands finding success with these networks? Join Melissa Megginson from Tailwind as she walks you through how to find success and explode your growth on Pinterest and Instagram.

Grow your Pinterest

Use Instagram Stories to Connect With Your Pack and Boost Engagement

Join this Instagram power panel to learn how to use Instagram stories to boost engagement and connect with your audience.  Learn how to maximize the tools available to you including photos, videos, boomerangs, and more. We’ll dive into how to use locations, hashtags, tags, and polls can help boost engagement. Tori, Meesha, Hannah and Marika have a combined following of over 200K!

Instagram stories tips

Learn from the Pros

Go face to face with social media experts this year at the BlogPaws 10th Anniversary Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, April 18-20. We’re a 3-day conference jam-packed with educational sessions led by top professionals, networking with influencers, a busy exhibit hall, exciting brand events, more influencers, and lots of pets. Get your tickets for BlogPaws 2018.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:




Image:  Moshbidon/ Shutterstock

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How to Handle Negativity Online Blog Hop

It happens to the best of us: Someone rocks the apple cart and says or does something to make us feel down, bad, or ruin our day. Knowing how to handle negativity online takes on a whole new meaning for bloggers and influencers. In #BlogPawsChat on 02/06, here are some of the comments surrounding watching what you say and do online:

@FidoseofReality shares, “My favorite tip for working with brands: Watch what you say on social media EVERYWHERE. Brands are watching. Trust me. Big time.”

@Truffle_Brulee replies, “Great tip! Some people think they are safe in private groups. I’ve had reps to tell me they know what is being said. “

And @TrainWithBain says, “Nothing on the internet, in an app, or in email (or text!) is ever private. This is the internet. We screen shot everything.”

How to HANDLE NEGATIVITY


What we say and how we react to negativity online can greatly impact the way followers, fans, and brands choose to engage (or not) with us.

If you want to know what to do when someone is wrong on the Internet, read what Maggie Marton has to say.

Controversial blog topics are definitely reader and traffic inducing, but as with all blog topics, there is a way to approach them, handle the content, and respond to feedback.

How far is crossing the line? What won’t you write about? Is there anything that doesn’t deserve the spotlight? How do you handle “haters” and “trolls?” What about the folks who respond and aren’t so nice but they provide their name, email, and/or Facebook info: In other words, they aren’t hiding their disdain to something you wrote?

Case in point: I wrote a blog post titled, “Five Things Your Vet Should Never Say To You,” and though the post was very popular and garnered a lot of views, shares, and feedback, I kept abreast of where it was being shared. These are my words and my reputation, after all. Set a Google Alert at the very least and follow your post.

In the event someone bashes me, calls me names, becames defamatory or otherwise puts me down, their comments are toast. Civil debate is encouraged, but being plain mean and offensive should never be tolerated. Watch what you put in writing, so resist the urge to blast someone with your words: they can end up splattered all over Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Here’s how to handle criticism and what to do if you are trolled from Maggie Marton, BlogPaws’ Director of Content.


The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:




Image:  Moshbidon/ Shutterstock

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Social Media Planning 2018 Blog Hop

Social media planning takes the guesswork out of feeling overwhelmed and not getting sidetracked in the rabbit hole of LIKES, Comments, and sharing. This week’s blog hop is dedicated to the art of a social media plan. Don’t let the word “plan” overwhelm, as there is a a purpose and method to your social media planning for 2018.

SOCIAL MEDIA PLANNING

Bottom line: Schedule content but engage in real time. Engage a lot. Engage a real lot. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. What social media platforms do you want to be on? “Every single one” is not an answer. Choose the networks and have a reason why.
  2. Do a complete audit of the platforms from step one: Everything from your about page to URL, to imaging, branding, and more. Want to know more about a social media audit?
  3. Have a posting strategy and timeline in place. I would lose my marble without a social media plan and a calendar to keep me on track. I’ve got a Trello board for ideas, a social media planner for content on social, and a social media scheduler to help with getting it all done. However, you must engage in real time. Put the social in social media.
  4. Analyze and test what you did month over month. Set goals, use analytics across platforms to see if you are hitting those goals, and make tweaks where needed.

Those are the four main things you need to do to implement social media planning for 2018.

Now, another tip: Engage with others in this blog hop and on social media in general.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:




Image: Kei Shooting / Shutterstock

 

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How and Why to Do #BlogPawsChat Blog Hop

Twitter chats are alive with the sound of music! If you’ve ever attended a #BlogPawsChat on Twitter, you know how busy, engaging, and valuable they are. If you’ve never attended a #BlogPawsChat or are a veteran and want to maximize your #BlogPawsChat experience on Twitter, this week’s blog hop is dedicated to the topic.

BlogPawsChat how to

What is #BlogPawsChat

BlogPaws hosts a Twitter chat every Tuesday (except the third Tuesday) of every month from 8 to 10 pm ET. Use the hashtag #BlogPawsChat.

Our weekly Twitter chats bring pet professionals, brand reps, and pet lovers together for conversation, learning, networking, and just overall fun! Join us and chat with hundreds of your pet pals.

How to Take Part in #BlogPawsChat

Rather than tell you how to take part in #BlogPawsChat, here’s a step by step tutorial to have you tweeting with us like a pro. Bonus: We love and welcome newbies and veterans alike. You need not have a blog to attend – just show up if you have a love of pets!

Why to Take Part in #BlogPawsChat

The intent of #BlogPawsChat is to foster networking and engage people in the topic at hand. However, the true meaning of this chat lies in its value….

The Value of #BlogPawsChat: What To Do Afterwards

Here is a list of 5 things you should do after a #BlogPawsChat:

  1. Follow the people you are not already following who came to the chat.
  2. Say hello to any brands who attended: This is a great way to engage with a brand. Do this on Twitter.
  3. Re-tweet during the #BlogPawsChat. Re-tweeting is a great way to show someone you care and to put the social in social media.
  4. Make a Twitter list (or more) and add people who came to chat. For example, you might want a list for Pet Industry Brands, dog bloggers, cat bloggers, social media experts, etc.
  5. Scroll back through the #BlogPawsChat hashtag and look for tweets that might spark social media or blog post content ideas.

The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:



Image Credit: Carl Kerridge Photography

 

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Newsletter Services Comparison Blog Hop

So you want to start sending a newsletter to subscribers or you are considering switching to a new service. This week’s blog hop is dedicated to newsletter services comparison.

Bloggers and newsletter services

As bloggers and influencers, we consider ourselves to be small businesses, and for many of us, we have that legal entity on paper (LLC, S Corp, etc.). Over at WPBeginner, they’ve outlined the  Seven Best Email Marketing Services for Small Businesses, 2018 edition.  In their post, they turn the spotlight on:

  1. Constant Contact
  2. Drip
  3. ConvertKit
  4. AWeber
  5. GetResponse
  6. MailChimp
  7. Active Campaign

There are other email newsletter services, but the ones mentioned above are geared toward lead magnets and growing an email list with such online marketing techniques. When asked recently in the BlogPaws Facebook News and Boost Group about email newsletter services, here are some of the comments we received:

Laurren Darr says, “I switched last year from InfusionSoft to ActiveCampaign. It’s been less than half the cost and it’s worked great. One thing I like is that I can make ‘blocks’ that can be used in different newsletters – think an ad for a vendor, etc. that I can just move over in the graphical newsletter generator. I have forms on the websites that automatically add people to the list like most mail programs offer, etc.”

“I use MailChimp free version – I am honestly not very good at it so I just send out my RSS feed. It’s something I hope to focus on more in the future and improve,” says Joely Smith.

Read the entire conversation in the  BlogPaws Facebook News and Boost Group.


The Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

BlogPaws offers year-round interaction, activity, community and more to learn, earn, and connect. Visit and leave comments on other blogs to make some new buddies and maybe some new followers. You can add the button to your post and/or to your blog sidebar, either by cutting and pasting the image or using the HTML code below. Need help? Here it is:

How to Join a Blog Hop – BlogPaws Tutorial Video: Step by step help to get you started:




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