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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How To Grow Your Facebook

Ah, Facebook.... you fickle brat.  If you are a blogger or business owner you likely already know how difficult Facebook pages can be with their all too often updates that make it even harder for your fans to see what you post.  So today, I'm going to give you some tips that despite any updates and changes, should still help you grow your Facebook.

1. Engage Your Readers in Comments
When people comment on your posts, make sure you respond to them and don't just do so by liking what they said.  Respond with a full sentence or two and tag them in the response.  This makes them feel appreciated, noticed, and they are more likely to respond next time as well.

2. Post Things That Require Interaction
Whenever you post a photo or share a link to a blog post, make sure to include a call to action at the end.  Make it something that requires people that see the post to answer a question like "Which of these is your favorite way to use vinegar around the house?" or ask them to "LIKE" if they agree and if not, leave a comment as to why they disagree. The good ol' Facebook algorithm makes it so that if people are engaging and interacting on your posts, you'll be showing up more in their feed. 

3. Make Viral Posts That Can Be Shared
If you post a really pretty graphic or very informative post and ask your fans to share it, make sure there's a part in the original post or on the image that makes a note to follow your page for similar content.  This way when people see these shared posts and think "Wow I love this type of information", they can see where they can get more. 

4. Discover Best Traffic Times and Schedule Posts
So there are lots of tools that show you how much engagement each post of yours gets.  Take advantage of that and look for a pattern where your engagement is higher and what day of the week and time of the day it is.  Then make sure you schedule future posts for around that same time.  Remember that your readers may be in different time zones as well so posting something at 5 am Eastern time is definitely not going to be seen right away by the West Coast because they're asleep.

5. Get Personal
It's nice for your fans and readers to see the personal side of you, not just the business side.  So in between the promotions of your brand, be sure to give them a glimpse of your life.  Share a newly redecorated room from your home, a glimpse of what you are up to over the weekend, and even a photo of you with your family and pets.  This makes everything about you more relatable.

6. Paid Advertising
Facebook does offer paid advertising where you can pay a fee and they promote your post to get even more views, engagement, etc.  Try to do this once a month at least. It's a great investment and you get to see a full breakdown of the results afterwards.  You can specify the specific demographics of the people you want to engage, the location, and even what other people in your field do that gets good results.  And if you're not doing so good along the way, Facebook messages you with tips on how to improve the results.

So hopefully with a few of these tips you'll see your likes go up and your engagement increase! Good luck!

Do you have any tips for growing your Facebook??

Monday, May 21, 2018

Another Stella Update

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A few months ago we realized Stella was limping and it turned out she injured her ACL.  Since then we took steps to help her heal conservatively to avoid the expense and risk from surgery.

It's been since January and she is doing so so much better!  She still holds her one leg up when she tries to run super fast across hard floor but that's because she doesn't want to slip with it again.  Once she's on carpet or outside on the grass she uses all 4.  

It's still going to take some time to get her used to using all 4 on ALL SURFACES but we're working on it. 

We still have carpet runners in different areas of the house to help Stella stay cruising along! Another important thing I began doing was pushing Stella's back end back and forth which caused her to use both legs to hold her up and balance the weight.  Sometimes dogs are so used to not using something or they are afraid it will hurt if they use it so they continue to hold their paw up.  That's exactly the case with Stella it seems because after we did those exercises for 2 days I saw her using the "bad" leg again.  She just needed to be convinced. 

I also have been giving Stella Nutramax Cosequin (DS) Plus from Chewy! These chews just get plopped into her mouth once a day and she enjoys the taste.  It's so so important to use a product like Cosequin.  Cosequin plays a vital role in maintaining optimal joint function.  It helps the cartilage production and it protects the cartilage that's already there so it doesn't breakdown.  Cosequin is also the only glucosamine sulfate supplement show to be safe and effective.  The glucosamine and chondroitin help with mobility too and these even contain omega-3's to promote a healthy coat and skin.  Stella needs to be on this for life so she always has healthy joints and can jump, rise, and climb her doggy steps.  It's never too soon to start giving this as a supplement so that you never have to deal with joint issues with your dogs.

I'll post another update soon.  But for now I'm going to keep working on Stella using all 4 legs ALL the time.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Why You Need To Think Outside Of The Box When It Comes To Transport

As women, we don’t always tend to think too much about how we get from A to B. While you will often find that some of us will be auto enthusiasts, most of us won’t be. Sure, we all like a nice car, but that’s generally where our interests can lie. And at the same time, we probably always tend to go for the same kinds of cars too. But that can get pretty boring. So why not think about shaking things up a little bit? Let’s take a look at a few other auto options that can make sure you start to think outside the box!

A Truck

First of all, you should consider a truck. When you have stuff to cart around with you (especially the kids’ or dogs’ stuff), a truck is great. And you know that you’ll look just as great driving around in your big truck as you could a super sports car!

A Bicycle

If you want to make sure that your choice is kinder on the environment and you don’t have too far to go, then a cute bicycle (complete with basket) is always a cool idea.

A Motorcycle

And finally, maybe a motorcycle would take your fancy? Motorcycles have often be the choice of baby boomers, but these guys are starting to grow out of it due to aging. It’s safe to say that there’s not enough women riders on the road! And motorcycles can be a lot of fun as long as you’re safe. So why not think about giving the riding lifestyle a try? Take a look at the below infographic to see how you could help save the industry when you do.

Infographic Design By Solomotoparts

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