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:

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Blog Hop: Social Media Hot Tips for 2018

It’s the year to own your destiny. Heck, if you need even another reason, how about this: YOLO! You only live once, so why not make the next 365 days the best ones to come?  If you are on social media, then here are a bevvy of hot tips for 2018. Buckle up because some of these may surprise you and others, of course, you’ve seen them coming.

SOCIAL MEDIA 2018 TIPS

Video, Video and More Video

Fact: Forbes says, “Nearly half of businesses are already implementing social videos, with another 26 percent planning to implement in 2018.”

BlogPaws Hot Tip: Know how and why you are producing videos for social media, if they make sense for you, and invest in the right equipment to make them happen. (Note: the investment need not be large scale).  Are you making these social media video mistakes?


Robots Are Taking Over – AI Style

Fact: Artificial intelligence will tell you which media ads in which variation perform the best. Forbes says that users can automate campaigns so that your best-performing posts boost to the biggest audience.

BlogPaws Hot Tip: You will still need to spend on much of social media in order to seek the desired results. Automation is here. Here’s why you should consider Facebook advertising.


The Rise of Instagram Stories

Fact: Instagram Stories will continue its upward ascent across the social media landscape. Consider that an account with 10,000 followers or more can also add links to their stories.

BlogPaws Hot Tip: If you follow this blog or do a search of this blog for “Instagram” or “Instagram Stories,” you will note we were ahead of this trend as it becomes a permanent part of social media domination. Here are some Advanced Tips To Drive Blog Traffic Using Instagram Stories.


Virtual and Augmented Reality Comes to Social Media

Fact: The folks at ImpactBND share, “While augmented reality’s initial impact will be on mobile gaming, it is likely that social media platforms will find more ways to incorporate the new technology as well.”  They share that Facebook, has been working on a project called Spaces that is designed to allow friends to connect in virtual reality.

BlogPaws Hot Tip: This truly gives new meaning to “face to face” and that’s a cue to snag your BlogPaws 2018 Conference ticket now.


Influencer Marketing Plants Its Flag

Fact: According to Entrepreneur.com, “Companies like North Face, Hubspot and Rolex use social media–based influencer marketing strategies to connect with new audiences and improve engagement with existing audiences.”

BlogPaws Hot Tip: BlogPaws has long been ahead of this trends and envisions influencer marketing to finally gain the respect it so rightfully deserves.


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:

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12 Ways to Invest in Your Blog Blog Hop

The first week of 2018 I do not make any huge decisions nor heavy declarations. I like to be different and invest in myself in a way that is unique to me. If you feel the same way, here is a bonus: 12 ways to invest in your blog (one for each month or 12 at once). This first blog hop of 2018 is dedicated to investing in your most important asset: YOU!

12 WAYS TO INVEST IN BLOG

  1. Attend the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, April 18-20. Not only is this our 10th conference full of surprises, top notch speakers, and brands, but it is also an investment in you and your blog. Nothing beats the face-to-face and nose-to-nose interaction of a BlogPaws Conference. Secure your conference tickets here.
  2. Get active in the BlogPaws Social Learning Community. Growing from our annual pet blogging and social media conference to our member-driven online community, BlogPaws now brings you a professional learning environment. Join us for ongoing training focused on the evolving skills, tools, and techniques needed for your success as a blogger and influencer online.
  3. Search the BlogPaws blog for content to take your blog to the next level. Looking to grow an email list? Start a Facebook Group? Get better at Instagram? Type your query in the BlogPaws.com search box and have fun learning.
  4. Visit the Blogaws.com site daily as we updated content five days of the week (Monday through Friday). If you used a feed like BlogLovin, be sure to add us.
  5. Take the BlogPaws Social Media Challenge: This challenge is designed to help you feel more confident trying new things as we prepare to enter a new year. As we share tips, tricks, and action items, we’ll all learn how to grow our social channels while supporting each other through the Social Learning Community!
  6. Bask in a Year’s Worth of Social Media Improvement Blog Posts: We encourage you to embrace these posts and apply the knowledge from each to your own social media presence and goals.
  7. Write for BlogPaws: We are thrilled to announce that the BlogPaws blog is now accepting pitches for paid contributions. Please read the pitching guidelines carefully first.
  8. Become a member of the BlogPaws Pet Influencer Network.
  9. Join the BlogPaws News and Boost Facebook Group and the BlogPaws Social Learning Community Facebook Group.
  10. Come to #BlogPawsChat every Tuesday of the month except the third Tuesday on Twitter from 8:30 to 9:30 pm EST.
  11. Set notifications on Facebook so that BlogPaws shows up in your news feed. We do live Facebook videos, share exclusive content, updates, social media news, and more.
  12. Head over to the BlogPaws Social Learning Community on Facebook to watch our video series with various social media and blogging experts.

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:

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Last Call for Early Bird BlogPaws 2018 Blog Hop

Fa la la, and a new year is dawning. This final week of 2017 blog hop is dedicated to early bird pricing for the BlogPaws 2018 Conference.

BlogPaws early bird reminder

We know how busy things are during the holiday season, so you may have missed the news that Early Bird pricing for the 10th BlogPaws Conference expires on New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss out, and secure your ticket before the ball drops and the early bird pricing disappears.

Speaker Application Deadline Extension Due to the Holidays: Because we know folks are celebrating, getting ready for and are ensconced in the holidays, we are extending the Speaker Call Out for the BlogPaws 2018 Conference. New Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm EST on 12/31/17. Details and link to apply here.

When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve in New York City, the application process closes. Don’t wait, apply if you want to be considered!!!!

What are the Dates of the Conference? Wednesday, April 18 through Friday, April 20, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.

Can I Stay at the Host Hotel? YES! The BlogPaws 2018 Conference takes place at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. NOTE: There are a semi-limited number of hotel rooms left for Tuesday, April 17th, which is fine because the Conference officially kicks off on Wednesday afternoon, April 18th. Opening reception is Wednesday evening, so this gives you plenty of time to drive or fly in! For any assistance with booking dates outside the official BlogPaws hotel block, email Felissa@blogpaws.com.

What is the Official Hotel Group Rate Link?  Click for BlogPaws 2018 Hotel Group Rate.

Happy Holidays to you and your pets!


 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:

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A Year’s Worth of Social Media Improvement Posts Blog Hop

As we move towards 2018, we look back fondly at 2017. With all of the uncertainties in the world, one thing is for certain: Changes in social media are constant. Instead of fearing change, here are a year’s worth of social media improvement posts in this week’s blog hop.

Over the holidays or in your spare time, we encourage you to embrace these posts and apply the knowledge from each to your own social media presence and goals:

social media improvement

January: “You’re a high achiever. You’re running a successful blog. You might be working a day job or taking on a side hustle to support your blogging efforts. And you’re probably constantly raising the bar on yourself,” says Maggie Marton, BlogPaws’ Director of Content. Learn how to Celebrate Your Wins: How to Enjoy Your Achievements Before Moving onto the Next Task.

February: “Could your Pinterest images use a little invigorating jump start? Maybe you’ve been pinning for a while with no clear strategy, or with all the changes on Pinterest, you need someone to guide you with the best way to create a Pinterest image. There is a way to make your Pinterest images rock…it just take some planning and a little insight,” says Carol Bryant, BlogPaws’ Marketing and Social Media Manager.  Learn How to Make Your Pinterest Images Rock here.

March: Video integration is a necessary part of a social media and blog strategy. If you are growing your blog as a business, video should be one of the tools you call upon regularly. Of course, anyone can pick up a camcorder, use an app, or shoot a video segment using a phone. Here are five advanced video tactics, and stay tuned for the bonus tips, too!

April: It makes sense to embrace a post about social media at live events, considering the BlogPaws 2018 Conference is in April of 2018.

May: “Repurposing your older work–blog posts, social media shares, video and even print (gasp!)–is the way to save yourself from writer’s block and frustration from trying to get everything done,” writes Nancy Hassel. Here’s How to Re-Purpose Content and Market it Consistently Online.

June: Twitter hacks to the max: Imagine getting some insights into how to grow a Twitter account beyond the basics. Here are 8 advanced Twitter tips to start using right away.

July: Gone are the days of posting content on Facebook and hoping people see it. Here’s How to Boost a Post on Facebook.

August: Here are 5 popular Instagram tips you must ignore (or suffer the not-so-pleasant consequences).

September: Love them or hate them, hashtags are a way of life on Instagram. Do you have a hashtag strategy for Instagram in place? Here’s How to Develop a Hashtag Strategy for Instagram.

October: Discover How and Why to Start a Facebook Group.

November: Take the BlogPaws’ 2017 Social Media Holiday Challenge, which is great for ANY time of ANY year.

December: Dive into advanced tips and techniques to drive blog traffic using Instagram Stories.


Don’t Forget

Get the Latest in Social Media, Pet Blogging and Pet Influencer Education at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  If you want the early bird rate before a sell out, claim your BlogPaws 2018 Conference tickets here.

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:

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Pet Influencer Mythbusters Blog Hop

Every industry has facts and fiction, and the pet blogging and pet influencer space is no different. You need to be a confident influencer, and that means having the facts in your online journey. This week’s blog hop is dedicated to the topic of pet influencer myths and facts.

Pet infuencer facts

Influencer Marketing Myths and Facts

Myth: Influencer Marketing is a fad.

Fact: Influencer Marketing is here to stay. According to Influencer Marketing Hub, “Influencer Marketing is to identify the influencers in your niche and make them work for you by promoting your brand.”


Myth: Twitter influence is dying on the vine.

Fact: Nearly 40 percent of Twitter users say they’ve made a purchase as a direct result of a Tweet from an influencer, says Influencer Marketing Hub.


Myth: Consumers rarely rely on influencer recommendations.

Fact: When consumers feel safe with the recommendations the influencer gives, they’ll follow through and buy the recommended product, per Veloce Network.


Myth: Influencer marketing is slowing down in terms of online customer acquisition channel.

Fact: Influencer marketing is quickly gaining traction. In fact, 51 percent of marketers believe they can acquire better customers through influencer marketing, says Veloce Network.


Myth: The influencer marketing industry makes millions of dollars per year.

Fact: Veloce says that the influencer marketing industry is expected to reach $1.7B in 2018.


Myth: Blogging is not as popular as it once was.

Fact: Blogging is one segment of the social media and pet influencer pie. Blogs are popular. Bloggers are influencers with an entire toolbox of social media tools with which to work. Tap Influence describes an influencer as, “A real, relatable person who has attracted a loyal following on their blog or social media channels. We call them “influencers” because by inspiring others to follow them, they’ve earned the power to move those followers to action.”


Myth: An influencer writes a few social media posts and a blog post now and then for succes.

Fact: A day in the life of an  influencer is quite vast, and you can read more about this here.


Don’t Forget

Get the Latest in Social Media, Pet Blogging and Pet Influencer Education at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  If you want the early bird rate before a sell out, claim your BlogPaws 2018 Conference tickets here.

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:

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December Content Ideas for Pet Influencers Blog Hop

Did you catch our  25 ideas for pet blog holiday content post? Add to that holiday treasure trove of content ideas, as this week’s blog hop for Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to December content ideas for pet influencers. We are going beyond the holidays with creative and unique blog post idea starters. Happy blogging, happy social media posting, and happy holidays! December is upon us!

DECEMBER CONTENT IDEAS

Seasonal

  1. How to snazz up a non-traditional pet home for the holidays (birds, ferrets, fish, reptiles)
  2. December 2: Hanukkah begins at sundown, National Mutt Day
  3. December 19: National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (great for pet fun)
  4. DIY Ornaments with a Pet Theme
  5. Decorating a Christmas  Tree with a Pet Theme

Safety

  1. Winter dangers for pets: Everyone blogs about holiday dangers; be different and showcase winter dangers for pets.
  2. Treats Your Pets Can Eat
  3. Christmas Tree and Decorations: How to Keep Pets Away
  4. Why Pets Do Not Make Good Gifts for the Holidays
  5. Liquid Dangers to Pets

New Year’s

  1. Keep Pets Safe From Bolting: Fireworks and Pots and Pans Clanging Alert
  2. Alcohol and Pets Do Not Mix
  3. New Years Resolutions for Pets
  4. End of Year Sales and Bargains for Pet Lovers (include affiliate links, as people want to spend those holiday gift cards)
  5. Pet Friendly Things to do For New Year’s Eve

Non-Holiday December Themed

  1. December 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day
  2. National Cat Lovers Month
  3. Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  4. Pet Friendly Places to Visit to Escape the Holidays
  5. Pet Themed Books to Read by a Cozy Fire

December Potpourri

  1. Bah Hambug: How to Channel Your Inner Elf When You Hate the Holidays
  2. Reasons for the Season: A list of things to be grateful for and encourage your readers/followers to chime in with their favorite reasons for the season (makes a great social media post)

Get the Latest in Social Media, Pet Blogging and Pet Influencer Education at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  If you want the early bird rate before a sell out, claim your BlogPaws 2018 Conference tickets here.

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:

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The Dangers of Pet Safety Blog Posts Blog Hop

If you ever write about pet safety or share pet safety social media content, credibility and authenticity are the keys to successful content that resonates with your readers and followers. What better idea for a blog hop than to talk about accurately sourcing and writing blog posts and social media content as it pertains to pet safety.

How to write about pet safety

Sources That Count

An influential pet blogger will be held to a different set of standards, but the importance is there. Are you recommending a dog food? Does your blog ever dispense advice on behavior, training, places to visit, treats to feed, or how to keep a pet healthy? For most bloggers, credibility is a combination of experience, delivering the message properly, and being able to substantiate the information in the blog post with sourcing. Knowing how to grow a pet blog includes knowing where to find sources.

Where to Find Pet Safety Health Resources

With millions of pet parents sharing their lives with dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets, lizards, fish, birds, guinea pigs, and so much more, one of the most highly searched topics is, by far, pet health.

Reyna Gobel, whose pet articles have appeared on CBS.com, in Modern Dog, and on Reuters.com tells BlogPaws, “When you’re writing about your own pet’s illness, you don’t necessarily need a source because you’re retelling a factual event. No one can agree or disagree with what happened because it happened personally to your family. However, you can strengthen an argument for a particular therapy or treatment by adding a quote from the veterinarian that helped your pet.  If you’re situation is about an illness or condition when you aren’t retelling a personal story, always quote an expert.”

One of my favorite resources in petMD. petMD is the largest global source of pet health information in the world today. Part of a global network of veterinary professionals, petMD’s content was created by veterinarians for consumers and veterinarians. I feel a huge sense of comfort and relief knowing that content is created by veterinarians.

Whenever you are researching and looking for sources on the Internet, there are a few things to verify that the information is credible, namely:

  • Authority: Background of the writer, credentials.
  • Accuracy: Is the information cited with reliable sources, is it free of grammar and spelling errors?
  • Objectivity:Is the article written without prejudice,or bias, towards the writer’s own opinion or to another, opposing view?
  • Currency: How current is the site you are sourcing? Are there many broken links? Frequent updates in content?
  • Coverage: How in depth is the article? Are there links to resources on the topic?
In an article for BlogPaws, Gobel recommends a few ways of finding credible blog post resources and sources. First, she recommends contacting associations.  She says, “For pet health insurance questions, I contact the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. For behaviorists, I contact the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.”
How to write a pet safety blog post

The Value of Checklisting Pet Safety Blog Posts

 I love lists, especially when that list is in the form of a checklist in planning and executing a blog post.Having an idea is easy, but putting that idea into a successful blog post that is SEO friendly, properly formatted, and image savvy, is a whole other beast. Writing a successful blog post is a step-by-step process that can be accomplished with three P’s:

  • Pre-Planning
  • Publishing
  • Promotion (and then again and again)

I don’t write a masterpiece on my first attempt, so outlining helps me hone my craft and my post. Some of the sections in my outline include:

  • My topic or idea
  • A working headline, which I refine later
  • The problem it solves or addresses.
  • Why my reader should care. I ask myself “who cares” and until I can answer that, I won’t blog.
  • Sources and quotes/experts
  • Outbound and inbound links to include
  • Terms to rank for SEO-wise
  • Images I want to take and/or already have in my files

Your outline can be as simple as a one page sheet of paper with subheadings on it or as intricate as you like it: We all have different learning and planning styles.

READ THIS ===> 7 Steps To Writing a Successful Blog Post

Next Steps

Get the Latest in Social Media, Pet Blogging and Pet Influencer Education at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  If you want the early bird rate before a sell out, claim your BlogPaws 2018 Conference tickets here.

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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Blog Hop: 25 Ideas for Pet Blog Holiday Content

Capture the magic of the holiday season with your content. Even if you are not big into the holidays, many of your followers/readers probably are. As a pet blogger or someone who shares pet-related content on social media, having holiday content ready to roll is a great way to gain traffic this time of year.

Here are 25 ideas for pet blog holiday content followed by our weekly Wordless Wednesday blog hop. Enjoy!

Holiday content for pet bloggers

25. Give your readers a glimpse into holiday traditions you partake in with your pets. Even better, take video and pictures so they can replicate the fun in their own pets’ lives.

24. Movies that include animals to watch for the holiday season.

23. How to get through the holidays if a pet has died: Tips, memorial ideas, how to keep your pet’s love and memory alive.

22. Non-traditional things to do with your pets; there are other ways to celebrate if you just aren’t into the holidays overall. Your non-holiday readers will love you for it.

21. A look back and a leap ahead: Share your best and/or most favorite posts with your readers as a year-end blog post, with perhaps some of the things they can look forward to.

20. Show your pet-themed decorations or consider a DIY ornament, treat jar, or craft post for pet parents who love to do hands-on projects.

19. Foods that pets should never have: At the holidays or otherwise.

18. Non-food dangers of the holidays: From lit candles to poisonous plants. Bust some myths, too.

17. Clever Ideas for Pet Parents for the Holidays: Infuse your affiliate marketing links into this post.

16. A Holiday Gift Guide: It needs to be out NOW, as people are starting to shop. Make it unique, different, and don’t forget the affiliate links. Remember, with Amazon affiliates, the person need not buy the exact product you have hyperlinked, but they do need to buy something after clicking on your affiliate link on Amazon within 24 hours.

15. Gift giving ideas for pets other than dogs and cats.

14. Holiday Recipes for ___ (insert pet here): Why should people be the only ones who savor the flavor of the season? If you aren’t much of a chef or cook, enlist the advice or guest blogging of someone who is qualified to write about feeding and treat pets this holiday season.

13. Where to go to escape the holidays: You can’t be alone in feeling stressed this time of year: Show me places I can go to get away from it all…and better yet, make them pet friendly.

12. Celebrate National Mutt Day: December 2nd celebrates the mixed breed dogs across the U.S. – share the word, pick a pooch to spotlight.

11. Write your own version of the Night Before Christmas with a pet spin on it as a happy holiday blog post for your readers.

10. Learn about  others holidays that take place this time of year like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Interview folks who celebrate these holidays with their pets.

9. The XX Most Fashionable Pets This Holiday Season

8. How to Help Homeless Pets This Holiday Season

7. How to Cyber Foster a Pet This Holiday Season

6. How to Keep Your Pets Stress Free This Holiday Season: Pets need this. Think of all the sights, sounds, guests visiting, etc. This is a big change in routine.

5. Ground rules for friends and family when your pets plead for holiday food. Make a list that readers can print and hang on their fridge! Include tweetable nuggets of info.

4. High tech toys for pets (affiliate marketing links, too)

3. Thanksgiving: A list of things you are thankful for that include your pet and ask your readers to share their reasons, too. This is a great idea for Facebook, too.

2. New Year, New You: Share the resolutions (or not) that you and your pet are making to welcome in 2018.

1. Presents My Pet Received: Do an Instagram video or a Facebook Live sharing the presents your pets received. Show your followers a holiday slice of your lives!

Holiday Gift Idea

Get the Latest in Social Media, Pet Blogging and Pet Influencer Education at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  If you want the early bird rate before a sell out, claim your BlogPaws 2018 Conference tickets here.

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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Blog Hop: Pet Blog Trends

This blog hop is dedicated to pet blog trends. As we start winding down 2017, the prospect of a new year includes taking a look at what is trending and what we expect to stick around in the pet blog and pet influencer space.

Pet blog trends

Pet Blogs That Make a Difference: Cultural introspective blogging is not a new concept, but the idea of connecting your pet blog with a cause has finally come into its own and is making a permanent mark. More than a trend, this is a way of life and a movement with meaning. Here are 10 reasons to connect your blog with a cause.

Livestreaming: From planned and promoted videos to on-the-spot spontaneity, if one word sums up the year that was in the pet blogging space, it is video. FOMO (fear of missing out) is a big factor, but also the fact that a lot of social media channels favor video, including livestreams, in their feeds, also helps this hot trend

Video: Everyone is doing it. Video is here to stay. As we move into 2018, expect to see video refinement and the power of what was once reserved for filmmakers into the hands of the pet blogger and influencer. Step by step, this blog post will outline how to get comfortable doing online video, tricks of the trade, and the one mistake that even seasoned pros make (and you can avoid).

Longer Form Traffic: Yes, blog posts can still be short, sweet, and to the point. Check out this study on SEO from one million Google results. The folks at Medium say that a seven-minute post captures the most total reading time on average. What does that mean for you, the blogger, and just how many words should a blog post be? It depends, but sometimes size does matter. Read more about How Many Words Should a Blog Post Be?

Data Analysis and Insights Overhaul:  The analysis of data is evolving, where artificial intelligence enhances the user experience. Did you read our Google Analytics blog post?

The Increase of Influencer Marketing: To tell stories through influencer marketing campaigns will continue to soar. Information so called experts put out pales in comparison to the recommendations of friends, family, and yes, online influencers they trust. A loyal following translates to engagement and that translates to sales. Brands love us, need us, and want us: With good cause: We are established, trusted influencers.

Podcasting: According to AdWeek, “Podcast users make for an interesting advertising segment, as they not only make up a higher percentage of social media users and on-demand video subscribers than the overall population over 12, but a higher percentage of people who follow companies or brands on social.”

Mobile Traffic: If you have a pulse, you probably have a mobile device. People everywhere are using said mobile devices to connect with you. Realize that most of your blog traffic will come from mobile. If you aren’t mobile optimized, it can also cost you dearly with Google penalties.

The Almighty Face-to-Face Connections: Despite our innate draw to everything mobile, like, click, and comment, the value of face-to-face connections will continue to soar. There is something profound, important, huge, and life-altering to be said about face-to-face networking. Despite all the promotions, all the reasons of why it’s a good idea to attend the BlogPaws Conference, and all of the ways it can change your career path, there is one element that cannot be summed up in a flyer, Facebook post, tweet, or email: Networking.

Get the Latest in Social Media, Pet Blogging and Pet Influencer Education at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  If you want the early bird rate before a sell out, claim your BlogPaws 2018 Conference tickets here.

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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