Jul 27

How To Grow Your Pinterest Followers Faster!

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree , Pinterest

How To Grow Your Pinterest Followers Faster | MiloTree.com

This is Part II in my series on How To Grow Your Social Media Followers. You can read Part I on growing Instagram here: How to Grow your Instagram Followers Faster.

If you can get your Pinterest account growing, there’s no better way to drive traffic to your blog. At Catch My Party, we get millions of pageviews per month from Pinterest.

Here are my 10 quick tips on growing Pinterest! If you do these, I promise, you’ll see your followers grow!

Tip 1

Install the free MiloTree pop-up on your blog! The MiloTree pop-up connects directly to your Pinterest account and asks your blog visitors to follow you on Pinterest. It really works!

This has been our secret weapon, and has helped us grow our Catch My Party following to close to 600k followers. There’s a WordPress plugin, for easy installation, and if you have trouble, email me at jillian(at)milotree(dot)com.

Tip 2

Look at what pins are doing well in your niche, and study why you think they’re working. (Are the pins beautiful? Do the pins show multiple steps? Is the text easy to read? Are the pins solving a problem people have?) Then make portrait-style pins inspired by what you see. Make sure to add text overlays on top of your photos so people know exactly what they’ll be getting if they click.

I have three favorite tools for making images.

  • PicMonkey — great for collages
  • Canva – They have a new app for mobile
  • Snappa — I’m really liking this one and made the image for this post with it

Tip 3

Use keywords everywhere. Use them in:

  • Your profile description
  • Your board titles
  • Your board descriptions
  • Your pin descriptions

Think about what terms your audience is searching for, and use those exact words in all your descriptions.

Tip 4

Create 10 boards to start, and try pinning 10 pins in each one. Then each day, pin 10-20 pins. I recommend Tailwind as an easy-to-use scheduler. That’s what we use.

Tip 5

Confirm your Pinterest account so Pinterest knows your business is for real, and your account with get useful analytics. Also, enable Rich Pins on your site so your pins get more “juice” from Pinterest and your logo shows up on all your pins.

Tip 6

Follow a few power pinners every day to let Pinterest know you’re serious about the platform.

Tip 7

Every week, make a new boards and repin your best pins into them.

Tip 8

Use your analytics! Look at what’s performing best on your Pinterest account and make other content like it!

Tip 9

Add the “Save” button to your site so your blog visitors can easily pin from your site.

Tip 10

Be of service. Think about your Pinterest account as a way to help other people find what they’re looking for.

We pin:

  • 50% of our own Catch My Party content
  • 35% repins from awesome content on Pinterest
  • 15% from blogs and other sites we love

Our goal is to be the best party resource on Pinterest regardless of where the content comes from.

BONUS TIP: 

Be patient. A pin can take months to gain traction. It’s a very different platform from Instagram or Facebook, where the feedback is immediate. Pin beautiful, relevant content, make it easy for people to find it, and you will see results.

 If you haven’t yet tried the FREE MiloTree pop-up on your site or blog, click this button. It’s easy to install with our WordPress plugin or a simple line of code.
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If you want to grow your Pinterest followers even faster, sign up for our Awesome Plan. You’ll get all the important tools you need to get more people more people clicking on your pop-up and following you!

Jul 01

Delay Your Pop-Up Until Your Visitor Scrolls

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree

Delay Your Pop-Up Until Your Visitor Scrolls

Would you like a little more pop-up control? Great. We’re giving it to you!

You now have the ability to control how quickly your pop-up shows on your blog. 

Instead of your pop-up automatically sliding up as soon as a visitor lands on your blog, you can now delay your pop-up from showing until your visitor scrolls down your page.

This gives the visitors time to get to know you and your content before you ask them to follow you. If they like what they see, then chances are high they will follow you when you ask. 🙂

Also, you now have the ability to turn the pop-up off on mobile. 

These two new features are available in our Awesome Plan, along with our other premium features (custom colors, frequency controls, no branding, pop-up positioning, analytics).

If you haven’t upgraded yet, this is definitely a good time!

To upgrade, login to your MiloTree account and click on the pink box that says, “Get All Premium Features.”

UPGRADE NOW!

 If you haven’t yet tried the FREE MiloTree pop-up on your site or blog, click this button. It’s easy to install with our WordPress plugin or a simple line of code.
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Jun 29

How To Grow Your Instagram Followers Faster!

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree

How To Grow Instagram Followers | MiloTree.com

I get asked all the time: How do I grow Instagram followers faster?! Well, here are my top 5 tips:

Tip 1

Install the free MiloTree pop-up on your blog! Your MiloTree pop-up connects directly to your Instagram account and asks your blog visitors to follow you on Instagram.

Because it’s personalized with your Instagram account, if people click on the pop-up, there is a high chance they will follow you because they like what they see.

If you want to grow your Instagram followers even faster, sign up for our Awesome Plan ($6/month) and get all the important customization and analytics tools you need to get more people clicking on your pop-up and following you!

Tip 2

Give your Instagram page a theme, and the narrower the theme the better.

I always say, if you post about chocolate desserts, I want to see beautiful photos of chocolate desserts, not photos of your kids at Disneyland (even though I’m sure you have adorable kids).

Be consistent in the type of photos you post. Also, be consistent in the times of day you post, so people know to expect great content from you.

Tip 3

Instagram give you up to 30 hashtags per post. Please use them. Hashtags are the only way to search on Instagram.

Try using a mix of very popular hashtags, hashtags that are specific to your content, and even a personalized hashtag for your business. Experiment to see which of your posts get found and which hashtags you used.

Tip 4

Make sure what you post is beautiful and compelling. As Instagram moves to a smartfeed, the quality of your posts will matter even more because they’ll start hiding your low performing posts.

I use an app called A Color Story to brighten up the colors of my photos so they really pop. I also try to make my text relatable because I want people to interact with my posts.

Tip 5

Be strategic about using your bio link. If you want to drive traffic to a blog post, put the link to the post in your bio link. If you are selling something, put the link in your bio to where people can purchase the item.

If you want people to sign up for your mailing list, put a link to a landing page where they can add their email address. It’s one of the most valuable pieces of real estate on your Instagram page, so use it wisely!

Tip 6

Interact!! Respond to comments on your page to let people know you’re a real person.

Use the “discover” feature and find new accounts to follow, then comment on their posts. Instagram is definitely a social platform, so the more social you are, the more followers you will attract!

BONUS TIP

Think about your overall strategy. What are you trying to accomplish with your Instagram page? It could be growing followers so brands want to work with you, extra blog traffic, sales. Keep your eye on that prize because that will push your business forward.

 If you haven’t yet tried the FREE MiloTree pop-up on your site or blog, click this button. It’s easy to install with our WordPress plugin or a simple line of code.
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May 25

MiloTree Press from iBlog Magazine

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree

We launched MiloTree, our smart pop-up, in March 2016, and in a few months we got our first article written about us! Take a look at our first MiloTree press below or read it here.

Catch My Party just passed 515k followers on Pinterest, a large majority of those followers are from our MiloTree pop-up.

“With our pinning strategy in place, we needed to find a way to ask our Catch My Party visitors to follow us on Pinterest. Who better to champion you than your own audience?” In a nutshell, that’s why we built the MiloTree pop-up.

MiloTree Press from iBlog Magazine | MiloTree.com

MiloTree Press from iBlog Magazine | MiloTree.com

I can guarantee if you have traffic to your site or blog, MiloTree will grow your followers or email list. It’s that simple! It can grow your Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest followers, and even your email list!

 If you haven’t yet tried the FREE MiloTree pop-up on your site or blog, click this button. It’s easy to install with our WordPress plugin or a simple line of code.
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Mar 29

The One Ask Rule To Grow Your Blog

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree

The One Ask Rule To Grow Your Blog | MiloTree.com

For the people who receive our MiloTree emails, they know that when someone visits your site, it’s like having them over for dinner. You want to impress them, you want them to have a good time, and you want them to want to come back.

So instead of asking your visitors to do a ton of stuff for you — like join your email list or follow you on Facebook and Pinterest and Instagram, I challenge you to ask them for one thing.

If you try to grow all channels at once, you’ll burn them. But by being intentional, and using the “one ask” rule, your chances of success will be much higher.

And that’s the philosophy we used when we first built MiloTree.

We wanted to ask our visitors to do one action when they came to our site (like us on Pinterest). Then when they came back, we asked them to do something different (like us on Instagram), but it was still one action. And it’s worked.

MiloTree is one pop-up that can show multiple social media accounts, but never at once. And that’s the beauty of it. We live and breathe the one ask rule.

And hearing from our early MiloTree subscribers, they are seeing it work for them, too!

When it comes to asking your visitors for a favor, the old adage “less is more,” couldn’t be more true!

 If you haven’t yet tried the FREE MiloTree pop-up on your site or blog, click this button. It’s easy to install with our WordPress plugin or a simple line of code.
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Mar 28

What Does The Instagram Algorithm Change Mean For Me?

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree

What Does the Instagram Algorithm Mean for Me? | MiloTree.com

Chances are you’ve read that there is an Instagram algorithm change coming. Instead of showing every post chronologically in your feed, it’s going to show you the most relevant posts first.

It going to be a little like Facebook, trying to anticipate what you’ll like.

So what does this mean for me?

If you are currently getting engagement on your Instagram posts, you could be better off after the change because your posts could show up more in people’s feeds. Cool, right?

And if you aren’t getting engagement, this is the time to start building it. Here are my suggestions:

  • Give your account a unique point of view
  • Only post compelling, interesting, or beautiful photos
  • Follow other people’s accounts
  • Like and comment on other people’s photos
  • Respond to the comments you get
  • Set your MiloTree pop-up to only show Instagram to help grow your followers faster
  • Reach out to people in your niche to share each other’s Instagram accounts

Instagram says it is going to roll out the algorithm changes slowly, so there’s no need to panic, like I’ve read people are already doing. This is just a great time to check in and refresh your strategy.

 If you haven’t yet tried the FREE MiloTree pop-up on your site or blog, click this button. It’s easy to install with our WordPress plugin or a simple line of code.
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Mar 16

Instagram is Experimenting with a Smart Feed

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree

Instagram is experimenting with a Smart Feed! | MiloTree.com

People like Instagram because of its simplicity, you see everything people post in reverse chronological order. But now Instagram is experimenting with a Smart Feed, like on Facebook, where they will serve you posts they think you’ll like at the top of your feed.

I knew this was inevitable because of the incredible growth Instagram has experienced in the last year. If you follow a lot of accounts, wading through your feed can now be unruly.

Also, I knew this was inevitable because Instagram is owned by Facebook, the king of the Smart Feed.

What this means for you is that you should expect your posts to be seen by fewer people over time.

They’re rolling this out slowly, so it won’t affect you right away, but be prepared!

Let your presence be known on Instagram as quickly as you can. Grow your following and engage with people on the platform! Let Instagram know you are an account that matters.

And if you haven’t added your free MiloTree pop-up to your blog that will help grow your Instagram following, I recommend you get on it!

Here’s a WSJ article to read more on the topic.

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Mar 12

How To Grow Your Pinterest Following Easily

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree

How To Grow Your Pinterest Following | MiloTree.com

I just created this image for Pinterest to get the word out about MiloTree. If you have any friends who are bloggers who could benefit from it, please share.

 If you haven’t yet tried the FREE MiloTree pop-up on your site or blog, click this button. It’s easy to install with our WordPress plugin or a simple line of code.
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Feb 16

Switch Between Multiple Instagram Accounts In The App

By Jillian Leslie | Milotree

Switch Between Multiple Instagram Accounts In The App

Now you can switch between multiple Instagram accounts in the app! You no longer have to logout of one account and login to another to post on both. This is a huge time saver.

How To Switch Between Multiple Instagram Accounts In The App

  • Go to your profile
  • Tap on your username at the top of the screen. You should see your multiple accounts.
  • Then tap the account you’d like to switch to

For entrepreneurs, it’s never been easier to start a second Instagram account.

I recommend you have one for business and one for personal. This way you can go deep in your business account and still share random stuff on your personal page.

Consistency of message is key to growing your business!! Look at Simple Green Smoothies for a consistent message on Instagram.

If you want a leg-up on growing your Instagram account, check out the MiloTree pop-up.

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Jan 09

How To Set Up A Blog In Five Minutes!

By Jillian Leslie | Blog , Milotree

How To Set Up A Blog in Five Minutes (and get the Milo Tree pop-up for three months free) | MiloTree.com

If you need a blog, we’re here to show you how to set up a blog in five minutes!

We are offering our Milo Tree pop-up for three months free if you set up your blog here through Bluehost. It’s win-win for both of us because we receive an affiliate fee from Bluehost and you get your pop-up for three months free (an $18 value).

To set up your blog in 5 minutes, it just take three easy steps:

  • STEP 1 — Set up your hosting and pick a blog name
  • STEP 2 — Set up WordPress software to run your blog
  • STEP 3 — Make your blog look professional and awesome!

STEP 1 — Set Up Your Hosting and Pick a Name

Your hosting company is where your blog lives.

We think Bluehost is a terrific service for two reasons: it’s super reliable and it provides great customer support.

To set up your blog, head to Bluehost and choose the “basic” plan. It’s inexpensive and has everything you need to get started.

Bluehost Recommended Plan | MiloTree.com

 

Next pick a domain (blog) name. Bluehost gives you your domain for free if you sign up with them, a nice benefit.

Here are my easy tips for picking a name:

  • Pick a name that speaks to you and that represents your business or blog
  • Pick a name that is easy to spell and not too long
  • If you can’t find a “dot com” for the name you like, don’t worry about it. People are used to new suffixes. (e.g., brit.co)
  • Be creative!

HINT: Give your name room to grow. Pick a name that describes what you’re hoping to do, but is not too specific that it boxes you in.

Bluehost Domain Registration | CatchMyParty.com

For the package information section, we don’t think you need any of the extras, so unclick them all.

Bluehost package information | CatchMyParty.com

Nice job, you’ve got a hosting company and a blog name!

STEP 2 — Set up WordPress software to run your blog

WordPress is the most popular blogging software in the world with over 75 million sites using it. But it’s not just for blogging, it’s also a great platform on which to build your business. WordPress is so flexible, you can eventually add a store to it, turn it into a full-fledged website, even create a community on top of it. But don’t worry about all that now.

All you need to know is that WordPress is free to install, and easy to use.

So, to install WordPress, login to your new Bluehost account.

Under the “website builders” section, click on the “Install WordPress” icon.

How To Setup WordPress on Bluehost | MiloTree.com

 

Next click the “install” button.

How to install WordPress on Bluehost | MiloTree.com

 

Make sure your domain URL shows up in the box, and then click the “check domain” button.

How To Set Up WordPress on BlueHost | CatchMyParty.com

 

Check the terms and conditions button and click “install.”

How To Set Up WordPress on Bluehost | CatchMyParty.com

****ONE LAST IMPORTANT STEP****

Once WordPress has been installed on your site, click the “View Credentials” button at the top of the page and write down your admin URL, username, and password for logging in. These are very important!

Now to get into your blog, copy and paste your admin URL into your browser. (This is how you’ll get to your blog in the future to add/edit posts, change design, add features, etc.)

Next, enter your username and password, and you’re in! Congrats you have a full-fledged blog!

STEP 3 — Make your blog look professional and awesome

With the click of a button you can give your blog a theme (a design) and make it beautiful. In fact, WordPress offers a host of free themes. Try them out and see if you like them.

If you want a more premium look, check out StudioPress Themes for WordPress and MyThemeShop which have themes for anything you’re looking to build with your WordPress site: a blog, a magazine, an ecommerce store, or a business website.

Some very popular themes that many bloggers use: Foodie Pro, Magazine Pro, and Divine.

Remember, a large part of your audience will be viewing your blog on mobile, so make sure the theme you choose is “responsive.” That way you guarantee that your mobile audience has a good experience.

Well, congrats on creating a blog!

To Get Your MiloTree Pop-Up For THREE MONTHS FREE…

Forward your Bluehost confirmation email to jillian@milotree.com and I’ll email you back a coupon code to get your pop-up for three months free!

If you run into any trouble with your blog, or have questions, contact Bluehost — they are your friends. Also, use Google to find answers to your questions. So many people across the world use WordPress, there are easy answers out there.

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