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How To Combat Stolen Pins on Pinterest

Are you as tired of stolen pins as I am?

I have found a way to make sure that my Pinterest boards don’t contain any stolen pin images, and it’s actually pretty easy.

The best part?

I can easily help out my blogger friends by letting them know if I come across a stolen pin image of theirs during the process!

In this article:

  1. What is a stolen pin?
  2. Why would someone steal a pin?
  3. How can you tell if a pin is stolen?
  4. What to do if a pin image is stolen?
  5. How to identify stolen pins on your own boards using Pin Doctor!

If we all work together to get these stolen pins OFF of Pinterest, then we can go back to creating content for our readers without worrying that they will be sent somewhere other than our site when they click on our carefully crafted pin images!

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What Is A Stolen Pin?

You may be wondering what the heck counts as a stolen pin anyway…

If someone uses an image that they did not create and do not have permission to use as a Pin Image pointing to their site, it is usually considered “stolen.”

Sometimes a Pin Thief will have the stolen Pin Image point to their own affiliate link as well.

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Why Would Someone Steal A Pin?

Often, the stolen pin is a popular one, and the Pin Thief is hoping to capitalize off of that traffic to use it to their own advantage.

By “stealing” a pin image from a popular blogger or well-known website, the Pin Thief knows that there will be a better distribution of that pin across Pinterest and it will be more likely that Pinterest users will click through to their site.

Since many sites monetize via advertising networks, there is a direct correlation between increased traffic and increased revenue, even if the visitor doesn’t stick around.

If you are struggling with getting traffic to your website, please don’t follow the lead of the Pin Thieves!

Check out this FREE Blog Traffic Bonus Guide from Lena Gott to get some great ideas about increasing your traffic.

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You can also see my post on working smarter instead of working harder with some additional tips from her!

When redirecting a stolen pin to an affiliate site, the Pin Thief is hoping to “lock in” their affiliate cookie and get credit for future purchases from that user.

As a result, many bloggers are spending HOURS reporting their stolen pins to Pinterest in an effort to protect their brand and their means of income.

 

How can you tell if a pin is stolen?

As you are skimming the Pinterest Feed, you may notice that the URL of the Pin Image will not match the destination that the pin directs you to, and the site listed will seem spammy & unrelated.

As you can see from this image, the website listed in white when I hovered over it with my mouse is the same website listed below as part of my username. Also, the title of the post on the pin and the title of the article it links to cover the same content.

A stolen pin, on the other hand, might have the title of the article below listed as “ways to make money fast” or something else completely unrelated.

Like in the example above, Rich Pins can be insanely helpful in this research, and I highly recommend that if you don’t currently have them enabled, that you do so soon.

 

Check out these articles to get started:
Pinterest For Business | Rich Pins
Simple Pin Media | Complete Guide To Rich Pins

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What Do I Do If I Find A Stolen Pin?

If the pin is yours, you can report it directly to Pinterest.

But if it doesn’t belong to you, you can either notify the creator of the image or just move along and not repin it to your own board.

Lena Gott, who runs the popular website What Mommy Does, recently wrote a very good article titled What To Do When Someone Steals Your Pins. Make sure you check it out as it gives a step-by-step process for reporting pins that have been stolen as well as tips for identifying stolen pins and protecting your images.

How To Identify Stolen Pins On Your Own Pinterest Boards Using Pin Doctor

Watch the short video below where I show how to navigate the Pin Doctor report in BoardBooster and check the images versus the associated URLs to identify stolen pins. If you are anything like me, there are so many pins on your boards that checking each one manually would be quite cumbersome, but luckily your first report via Pin Doctor is FREE!

As a side note, if you haven’t tried out BoardBooster yet, you can get a FREE trial including 500 pins, one Pin Doctor report, and one use of the Pin Mover. Go ahead and sign up today, it only takes a few seconds and it’s totally worth it!

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Hopefully, this post gave you some insight as to what can be done to combat stolen pins on Pinterest.

This is a huge problem, as pin thieves use bots to “scrape” the images from original pins and replace the URL with their own.

As bloggers, this causes us to lose both income and credibility.

Until Pinterest comes up with a better way to manage this issue, I hope that you will do your part and make sure to rid your own boards of stolen pins and help your fellow bloggers out by letting them know if you find one so that they can report the stolen pin to Pinterest.

Have you been affected by stolen pins? Let me know in the comments below, and add any other tips you might have for us as well!

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How You Can Build A Blog In 5 Days And Learn From The Best

Learn How You Can Build Your Blog In Just 5 Days!

I love blogging, but I’ll be honest —it can be overwhelming! Especially learning how to build a blog from scratch.

Seriously – I knew there were a ton of components that had to come together for a blog to be successful, but I had no idea HOW many!

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I have certainly enjoyed my time blogging so far, but as such a new blogger, I feel like I have to track down another course or how-to post every time I turn around, and I had a pretty slow start in learning how to build a blog before I launched mine.

Do you ever feel the same way?  

I talk to people all the time now who want to start blogging, but never get past the first hurdle: getting it set up!

There’s selecting your domain & hosting provider, finding & installing the perfect theme, & installing your plugins… all before you even get started blogging!

No wonder so many people feel overwhelmed!!!

For many true beginners, these are insurmountable hurdles.

This might even describe you.

If so, you’ve probably wished there was someone out there who could just show you, step-by-step, exactly how to start a blog – from scratch.

The pros at Elite Blog Academy® are offering a FREE 5-day Build Your Blog Bootcamp March 1-5 to help people do just that.

You’ll not only get some great advice about blogging, it’s also the perfect way to get a taste of EBA® and decide if it might be right for you.

I know I have been looking forward to EBA® since I found out about it last fall when I downloaded one of Ruth’s awesome freebies!

The doors for EBA® 3.0 won’t open until March 5th, but this series is designed to help you get your blog up and ready for the next steps that EBA can guide you through.

Even though I have already launched my blog, I am planning to attend the Build Your Blog Bootcamp to make sure I have set up a strong foundation for my blog to grow.

**Build Your Blog Bootcamp comes with free access to an exclusive pop-up Facebook group where VIPs and fellow bloggers will help you meet your Bootcamp challenges and set your blog up for success.**

When you sign up, you’ll get:

  • All Bootcamp videos & daily challenges
  • The technical know-how you need to set up and optimize your blog
  • Inspiring strategies from experienced EBA Alumni (who have been where we are!)
  • Several exclusive Bootcamp FB live sessions moderated by Elite Blogging Academy staff and special guests

Since 2014, Elite Blog Academy® has been field-tested by bloggers just like us. The program is designed to get results, and it does. In fact, it even comes with a 100% money-back guarantee, which means we’ve literally got nothing to lose.

But don’t wait!

Enrollment for Elite Blog Academy® only opens ONCE a year, for five days only. If you want in, you’ll have to act fast!

This year, the doors officially open on March 5th, but EBA® founder Ruth Soukup is offering a free training series the week beforehand called Blogging Made Simple that I highly recommend! I will be tuned in right along with you 🙂

You can get registered for this free training series HERE.

Which of these awesome resources do you plan on signing up for?

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When Working Harder Isn't Working Anymore, You Have to Start Working Smarter

Write. Publish. Promote. Crickets.

Write. Publish. Promote. Crickets.

Wait a minute…

Nothing’s happening?

No traffic?

Must.

Post.

More?

Sound familiar?

You aren’t the only one caught in the cycle of thinking you need to post more and more content at a faster and faster rate in order to drive traffic to your website.

It happens to everyone at some point in their blogging journey.

 

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The problem is, working harder isn’t going to solve this particular problem.

Working smarter, however, just might be the solution you’ve been looking for. And with some traffic tips from the amazing Lena Gott, it’s definitely worth a shot to give it a try!

This post contains affiliate links which means that I may be compensated should you choose to purchase anything through them I only suggest products and services that I personally use and love.

You don’t have to wonder how you can implement smarter strategies!

I have learned some amazing ideas from following Lena Gott, blogger at What Mommy Does and author of the go-to resource for better blog traffic – the Traffic Transformation Guide.

 

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But I have a confession…

I purchased her e-book before I started my blog and just knew I would remember to implement her amazing strategies when I officially launched and my traffic would SOAR!

It didn’t.

I wrote, and I published, and I promoted, and I heard crickets.

 

I tore my hair out for over a month trying to figure out what I was missing and trying to come up with a way to write more, to publish more, and to promote more.

And then I remembered a story that sounded awfully similar to my own…

When you sit around stressing and struggling about not getting traffic after you publish your posts – know that you are not alone.

It feels lonely, I know.

But this is a cycle that almost every online publisher finds themselves in at some point, at least once.

 

When I finally realized the cycle that I was stuck in, I decided it was time to go back to basics and revisit Lena’s book, whose story of feeling stuck in her blogging journey really struck a chord with my current situation.

 

I knew that I needed to walk myself and my blog step-by-step through her advice if I was ever going to see the other side of this cricket farm I had built for myself!

 

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The Real Deal- ALL of the steps I am taking based on Lena’s advice!

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Since I am being completely honest…

I will also share that I am an expert at making plans.

I am not an expert at following through with them.

I have plenty of unfinished courses that would likely be super helpful to my blogging journey, but I may not ever get around to finishing them.

  • Maybe the teaching style isn’t what I had hoped for.
  • Maybe the timing isn’t right for where I am at in my blogging journey.
  • Or maybe I just don’t feel a connection to the story behind the material.

 

But I will tell you that I opened up my dogeared printed copy of Traffic Transformations, dug in, and started seeing changes immediately.

 

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The first change was within me:

I went from being completely overwhelmed to feeling like I could turn things around. Sometimes our mindset is the biggest thing that holds us back – whether we realize it or not.

The second change was my to-do list:

I stopped frantically promoting and posting without a clear plan and started working my way through the 21 Traffic Transformation steps one at a time.

 

I’m not even close to done, but I feel better about my blog than I have in weeks!

 

In fact, I was so excited about the progress that I’ve made so far that I reached out to Lena to see if she would share a few insights about traffic for beginning bloggers like me and allow me to share them with others who may not be familiar with her blog and products.

Read on below to see what Lena shared with me!

 


My number one burning question really hits close to home for anyone who has recently started a blog:

If you could go back to the beginning of your blog, what would you do differently?

 

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Lena is a CPA turned SAHM of 3 little ones ages 4, 6, and 9. She’s a mommy by day, blogger by night. Join her as she writes about fun kids activities, family finances, and losing 50 lbs after baby #3 at her blog, What Mommy Does!

“That’s a great question!

If I had to go back, I would start investing in blogging education sooner and come up with a content strategy instead of writing about what I wanted, when I felt like it. I realize now that the thing that propels me forward is investing in blogging education, and there’s no need for me to spend an entire year learning something the hard way through trial & error when somebody has already done it before and I can just pay them $50, $100, $200 to just show me. ”

As a blogger, it is so tempting to try and do everything at once. What strategies do you use to stay focused and keep from being overwhelmed?

” I would say to find a blogger or two that you admire and listen to their advice. Join Facebook groups of like-minded bloggers and get their feedback but only take advice from those you know KNOW their stuff. There’s so much bad information circulating out there. But if you always go back to an expert you trust and take their guidance, you’ll be on a good path.

I am the queen of trying too many things at once. Most often, it’s from starting a project, then putting it down because doubt starts to creep in. Self-doubts like, “Who wants this product anyway? Nobody’s gonna buy it so I’m just gonna work on something else for now.”

Self-doubt is the enemy of success. Just put yourself out there and keep your head up even when things seem tough.

And, going back to point #1, don’t be afraid to pay for the tools you need and advice that can help you. If something is hard for you, it comes easily to someone else. And if you are trying to do everything on the cheap, that can quickly overwhelm you. ”

What are the top things you think every blogger needs to have in place to get better traffic?

“I’m a big fan of keeping track of everything in Excel. At the very least, I recommend having a spreadsheet to keep track of your posts (blog post names, URLs, pin URLs, etc.).
Blog traffic isn’t just about churning out more and more content. You’ll have posts do really well and others that flop. You need a way to keep up with the ones that do well because they can keep doing well if you promote them and they will also give you clues as to what to write next.
After a way to track, I’d say a sharing plugin like SumoMe or Social Warfare is non-negotiable, and if you’re on Pinterest then I love Tailwind for that. There’s no reason to share everything in real time and after a certain point, you can’t keep that up. I have over
800 pins…no way I could do that myself without a tool like Tailwind. “

 

Not only is Lena super down to earth, but she has some great free resources that she happily shares with beginning bloggers as well!

Learn how to boost your blog traffic painlessly with her Blog Traffic Bonus Guide that includes tips to complement the updated version of her Traffic Transformations ebook! Download it for free today —->

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Have you ever tried any of Lena’s tips? What other traffic tips do you have to add?


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Supermoms Systemize Everything! (2 Tips to Get You Started Now)

How to Systemize Everything

If you’ve ever looked at another mom & wondered how she manages to get it all done, the answer just might surprise you.

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It’s true.

The most productive people all have one thing in common: they don’t reinvent the wheel every day.

Instead, they’ve figured out the best, most efficient way to do every task, & they create a system to do just that.

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No matter what business you’re in & what projects you find yourself tackling, a systemized approach will help you:

  • Work faster & produce more
  • Produce higher quality results with fewer mistakes
  • Easily outsource the tasks you don’t like to do

The Magic of Templates

How many times do you answer email from potential clients?

What about responding to customer complaints?

Or mailing your JV partners about an upcoming launch?

All of these tasks & more become effortless when you create fill-in-the-blank templates that can be repurposed for specific uses.

Templates can be as simple as a “canned response” set up in your email, or you can use software such as Text Expander (for Mac) or Phrase Express (for Windows).

You could even create a template document in Dropbox* or Google Drive to house all of your templates for easier access from any device.

While templates will undoubtedly save you time, the real beauty is that once they’re created, you can easily outsource things like email & even sales or other administrative tasks.

Simply instruct your assistant or VA on the proper use of your templates, & you’ll be free to do other, more important things.

Checklists Prevent Mistakes

It might seem counterintuitive, but when you perform the same tasks over & over again, it’s easy to miss a critical step.

You might think you paid your affiliates this month—you might even remember doing it—only to look back to see it was never completed!

OOPS!!!

But once you implement checklists, it’s suddenly much more difficult to miss an important task.

You can easily create checklists for all of your common tasks & projects using nothing more than a text document.

I like to create them in Google Docs and be able to have access from anywhere thanks to my Google Drive folders.

If you’re managing a team, checklists shared between team members allow you to see exactly what tasks are complete & which are still outstanding. 

You can create a project management spreadsheet in Google Drive, or utilize a collaborative tool such as Asana or Trello* to streamline communication.

 

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Templates & checklists can turn you into a productivity superstar, & it’s so easy to get started!

  • The next time you answer an email you’ve answered before, save your response.
  • The next time you set up a new product in your shopping cart or create a new opt-in page, take the time to record the steps.

These documents will make future projects easier and faster to complete, & best of all, you can hand them off to your future assistant to do instead.

What ideas do you have that make it easy to systemize tasks in your life? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Price or Power – What to Look for in Your Mailing List Provider

Price vs. Power: Choosing Your Mailing List Provider

Aside from time & location freedom, the biggest benefit to starting an online business is the lack of start-up funds required. You don’t have to buy inventory to stock a store, you don’t have to spend a lot on equipment (I got this desk at Amazon for under $30 – but it is so cute!), & you don’t have to shell out cash for employees & insurance & all those other costs associated with brick and mortar businesses.

But being too focused on that low-cost mentality can cause you to lose sight of the bigger picture, too.

While it is possible to start a business without spending any money at all, it’s truly not a good idea. Your free hosting account will no doubt have downtime issues & support issues not to mention the mess of ads they’ll serve up to your visitors! Social media accounts are great, but what happens if your account gets locked or deleted? All of your contacts are GONE!

So, while bootstrapping your business is a good thing, making business decisions based solely on cost is not.

Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to choosing an email list provider.

Deliverability Issues

Here’s the biggest problem you may see with low-cost providers: deliverability. Email services such as Yahoo, Gmail, & others vigorously defend their users’ accounts against spam & will often mark your legitimate email as spam, simply based on the IP address it originates from.

Larger email service providers have the resources to fight these false spam reports & keep your deliverability rates high. That’s what their users are paying for. But if you were to choose a free or low-cost provider, you might get sent straight to spam. Over time, you’ll see your email deliverability rates plummet!

Limited Features

Deliverability aside, many lower priced providers can afford to charge lower rates because they limit the features available. For example, you might only be able to collect 500 addresses before being upcharged, or you may only be able to send a certain number of emails each month. Even worse, you may not be able to segment your list or automate your emails without incurring extra fees – if they even offer that option at all!.

Before you make the impulse decision to use a low-priced or free email provider, be sure you fully understand the limitations of the account. While some limits might be okay with you, others might put a serious cramp in your business-building efforts & journey to a new lifestyle.

ConvertKitI used MailChimp for about a week before deciding to switch to ConvertKit in order to have access to their features. They even offer great getting started tutorials on their website, free of charge, along with One Month Free for New Users!

 

Finally, keep in mind that changing providers later (when you’re “ready”) can be a huge undertaking.

You’ll have multiple landing pages & opt-in forms to edit, connections with your shopping cart, webinar host, social media accounts, & countless other integrations to deal with. Hopefully you’ll have a big list of names to import to your new provider, many of which could either opt-out or be marked as undeliverable at your new host.

Rather than go through all that trouble, the best option is to choose the right provider from the start, & if cost is an issue, create a plan to cover the expense instead of settling for the wrong service.

Personally, I opted to enroll in a course by a professional blogger in order to ensure I was using all of the features in the best possible way for my business.
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If you are interested in learning more, check out this Free Welcome Email Swipe Sequence from Monica at Redefining Mom, which also provides information about her ConvertKit Masterclass Course.
Quick Tips to Build A Business

Build A Business, Not Another Job

Do you dream of building a business, working for yourself, being your own boss, & having the freedom to only take on clients and projects you love?

Do you want to build a business that will not only bring in the income that you need but provide you with a creative outlet for your passions?

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Business owners scale their income. Self-employed people trade dollars for hours.

Business owners leverage the skills and talents of others. Self-employed people rely only on their own skills.

Discouraged yet?

Don’t be.

Every business owner starts out self-employed. But you don’t have to stay there.

These tips will help you build a business instead of just another job.

Quick Tips to Build A Business

Don’t Try to Do It All Yourself

Building a sustainable business requires that you leverage the talents & time of others. While it might seem cost-effective to simply do everything yourself—except in the start-up phase when you likely have more time than money—it’s a path to burnout and stress.

As you grow, separate your tasks into those that you love & are especially suited for (such as marketing) & those you dislike or aren’t good at. Then make a solid plan to get those tasks off your list of things to do. Fiverr anyone? If you feel like you can’t afford to outsource it all at once, start with what you tend to procrastinate the most on, even if it’s just a few hours each month.

Don’t Allow Yourself to Work All the Time

The trouble with working at home is that you live at work. That means that there’s no clear line in the sand between your work day & your home life – especially once you throw kids into the mix!

Since there’s always work to do, it’s easy to find yourself working every available moment—often to the detriment of your family.

You can help avoid this by:

  • Setting—& maintaining—clear work hours or time blocks
  • Having an office with a door you can close when you’re done (if you’re lucky enough to have an office!)
  • Scheduling time into your calendar for family & other activities
  • Taking time for yourself each day

I am in LOVE with my Carpe Diem Planner – this is the one I have, & I also added the “home” insert set… & stickers because 🙂

         

Vacations and Downtime Are Important

Don’t create a business that requires you to be “in the office” every day. At the start, you may need to be available more, even if it’s just to respond to comments & emails, but you should definitely be planning for the day when you can be “off the grid” for extended periods of time. Isn’t that the whole point of starting your own business anyway?

While you might not be able to hit the road with no internet access for weeks at a time, at the very least you should be able to reduce your workload to a daily check-in.

Sound impossible? It’s not.

With some forethought and planning, you can create the systems you need to successfully run & grow your business without becoming overwhelmed & overworked.

 

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What's More Important Than Money? (Find Out & Find Your Why)

What Is More Important Than Money?

Understanding Why You Really Do What You Do Will Lead You To Find Your “Why”- Your Passion And True Calling.

 

What do you think super-successful people all have in common?

 

It’s not experience.

It’s not extraordinary skills.

It’s not even a powerful drive.

 

Although all of these things can definitely help you succeed, they’re not a prerequisite.

After all, no one is born with experience or skills, & plenty of successful people lack drive.

 

The one thing that does make a difference in your level of success, though, is being able to identify your “why.”

 

  • Why did you decide to become a ________?
  • Why do you spend so many hours at your job every week?
  • Why do you stay up too late & get up too early, just so you can work on growing your side hustle into a business?

“Why” is what ultimately drives us to success, but here’s the thing: it’s different for everyone.

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Your why is not my why, & my why is not her why.

It’s a deeply personal choice that can have great meaning…or maybe not.

For example, a survivor of domestic abuse might happily spend 60 or 70 hours each and every week mentoring other victims of abuse, or counseling couples on how to break the cycle. Her big why is a strong desire to prevent other women from suffering in the same way she did.

A mother of small children may be saddened at the thought of sending her kids to daycare just so she can go to work to (barely) pay for it. Her big why is a drive to spend as much time with her kids as she can, while still supporting her family.

A young entrepreneur might resist taking the same path her parents took, working for a big company for 40 years, only to retire & find themselves with barely enough to live on. Instead, she dreams of having the income (& the time) to see the world while she’s still young enough to enjoy it.

 

So what’s your big “why”? It’s not money, is it?

It might be the freedom to travel, the ability to spend time with your family or to earn enough money to be able to live debt-free.

Whatever it is, make your “why” the driving force behind every action you take.

When you’re deciding whether or not to take on a new responsibility, ask yourself if it’s aligned with your “why.”

When you’re setting goals for the year, ask yourself if those goals are moving you closer or further from your big why.

Thinking of branching out into a new business venture?

If you ensure that it’s in alignment with your big “why” success is suddenly much more attainable.

Think about what your biggest wants & needs are – is it money or something deeper? What will it take to get you there?

In an upcoming post, I’ll break down the best ways to set your goals to align your actions with your “why.,” but for now, decide what is more important than money in your life.