#SMB – Instagram Week – Let’s Focus!

#SMB – Instagram Week – Let’s Focus!

There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. Social Media helps you to connect with others, get your posts seen and shared. Are you blogging to yourself? Do you want to be noticed but don’t know how to get there?

Running your blog in a vacuum is a futile process. “Build it and they will come” is just a line from a movie. Instantaneous Stardom rarely happens in real life. You have to be seen to be noticed.

Social Media and Blogging

Social Media connects us with others who find value in our posts. It helps to grow our audience and hone our skills. It will put you in the position to be noticed by Brands. Brands who do business with bloggers.

[tweetthis]Follower count is just one of the things Brands look for. Engagement is key. #allbloggers[/tweetthis]

Social Media and Monetizing your Blog

Brands want bloggers that are connected. Not only are they looking for a large following, they search for bloggers who have an engaged following. You may have a million followers on Twitter, but are you interacting with them? If not, you won’t be as valuable to a Brand as someone with 5,000 followers that are interactive.

Building a large, committed platform can take years. It’s a lot of work and it takes a concentrated effort. Let’s work together to speed it up a bit.

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from Lindsey Tradup Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog Gidget from Mommy Perfect
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sundays
Tinese from Inspired by A3  

Social Media Blast

We have partnered together to bring you the Social Media Blast. Each week we will feature a different social media platform, link up your account and follow the others in the linkup. Your social media numbers will grow, but follower growth is just one part of the equation. We can help you with the numbers, it’s up to you to make the connection.

When you are clicking through to each social media account in the linkup, take some action. Like a few status updates, comment or share. Make a connection.

If you are working to make yourself attractive to Brands, size does matter. Honest. Brands want to work with Bloggers, make them take notice of you, take action and grow!

[tweetthis]Want to work with Brands? Grow your SM Platforms. Let’s do this! #allbloggers[/tweetthis]

Grow Big and Grow Quickly

In order to grow quickly and begin making money from your blog you need to build your platforms. The quickest way to grow is to join with other bloggers, working together to build each other. Add your link below, follow and be followed! Let’s work together and make 2017 a phenomenal year.

Social Media Blast will be live on all of our Blogs each Thursday, giving you the opportunity to hang out with us and meet our Social Media Following.

There will be a different Social Media Platform for you to build each week, we will focus on the platforms Brands and Sponsors like to see. This is where the Blog Karma sets in, the more people you follow, the more that will follow you.

Social Media Blast Requirements

ONE Add the link to your Social Media Account. It must be a Public account or Facebook PAGE not personal.

TWO Follow everyone in the linkup, come back later in the week to follow those that have joined after you. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back! This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

THREE Share. Click to Tweet. The more people that link up, the bigger we all grow.

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST

This week we’re focusing on Instagram

This week, link up the URL to your Instagram account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list. Your Instagram account MUST be PUBLIC for you to join the linkup. It is not required for others to follow you if your account is set to private.

FYI Instagram will only allow you to follow 20ish new accounts in an hour. If you reach 20 and have not followed everyone in the linkup you must come back later to complete.

To find the URL to your Instagram profile, open up Instagram, click your profile picture on the right side, click view profile, grab the URL in the browser bar.

My URL is:

https://www.instagram.com/inspiredbya3/

Yours should be similar!

PS did you know that Brands will pay you good money to Instagram their products? Large interactive IG accounts get paid more. Let’s get some dollars in your pocket!

Social Media Blast – Pinterest Week – Just Pin It!

Social Media Blast – Pinterest Week – Just Pin It!

There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. Social Media helps you to connect with others, get your posts seen and shared. Are you blogging to yourself? Do you want to be noticed but don’t know how to get there?

Running your blog in a vacuum is a futile process. “Build it and they will come” is just a line from a movie. Instantaneous Stardom rarely happens in real life. You have to be seen to be noticed.

Social Media and Blogging

Social Media connects us with others who find value in our posts. It helps to grow our audience and hone our skills. It will put you in the position to be noticed by Brands. Brands who do business with bloggers.

[tweetthis]Follower count is just one of the things Brands look for. Engagement is key. #allbloggers[/tweetthis]

Social Media and Monetizing your Blog

Brands want bloggers that are connected. Not only are they looking for a large following, they search for bloggers who have an engaged following. You may have a million followers on Twitter, but are you interacting with them? If not, you won’t be as valuable to a Brand as someone with 5,000 followers that are interactive.

Building a large, committed platform can take years. It’s a lot of work and it takes a concentrated effort. Let’s work together to speed it up a bit.

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from Lindsey Tradup Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog Gidget from Mommy Perfect
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sundays
Tinese from Inspired by A3  

Social Media Blast

We have partnered together to bring you the Social Media Blast. Each week we will feature a different social media platform, link up your account and follow the others in the linkup. Your social media numbers will grow, but follower growth is just one part of the equation. We can help you with the numbers, it’s up to you to make the connection.

When you are clicking through to each social media account in the linkup, take some action. Like a few status updates, comment or share. Make a connection.

If you are working to make yourself attractive to Brands, size does matter. Honest. Brands want to work with Bloggers, make them take notice of you, take action and grow!

[tweetthis]Want to work with Brands? Grow your SM Platforms. Let’s do this! #allbloggers[/tweetthis]

Grow Big and Grow Quickly

In order to grow quickly and begin making money from your blog you need to build your platforms.  The quickest way to grow is to join with other bloggers, working together to build each other. Add your link below, follow and be followed! Let’s work together and make 2017 a phenomenal year.

Social Media Blast will be live on all of our Blogs each Thursday, giving you the opportunity to hang out with us and meet our Social Media Following.

There will be a different Social Media Platform for you to build each week, we will focus on the platforms Brands and Sponsors like to see. This is where the Blog Karma sets in, the more people you follow, the more that will follow you.

[tweetthis]Build your social media platforms. Follow and be followed. Blog Karma Baby! #allbloggers[/tweetthis]

Social Media Blast Requirements

ONE Add the link to your Social Media Account. It must be a Public account or Facebook PAGE not personal.

TWO Follow everyone in the linkup, come back later in the week to follow those that have joined after you. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back!  This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

THREE Share. Click to Tweet. The more people that link up, the bigger we all grow.

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST

This week we’re focusing on Pinterest.

This week, link up the URL to your Pinterest account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list. This linkup will be open for the next week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back! This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

To find the URL to your Pinterest profile, open up Pinterest, sign in and go to your profile.

My URL is: https://www.pinterest.com/inspiredbya3/    Yours should be similar!

By the way, share this, let’s reach out to as many bloggers as we can, we’ve made it easy to Tweet above. Let’s make 2017 a year for blogging community!

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PS did you know that Brands will pay you good money for large, active Pinterest accounts? The larger and more involved your Pinterest Following the more money you can be paid. Let’s get some dollars in your pocket! 

Protective Style – Medium Size Box Braids

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Hey my luvs ♥!

The Spring time is vastly approaching, and if you live in the south like me, it’s starting to get HOT! Who wants to deal with natural hair in the heat and humidity? NOT ME! Sooooo, I’ve been thinking and looking for great protective styles to try out to help keep my hair healthy and looking good during these hot spring and summer months.

What’s better than braids? So that’s what I tried first! I decided to get some Medium Sized Box Braids. I used to wear braids all the time when I was a kid and now they are definitely in style now. The time is takes to get them installed and the price can be a little lengthy and expensive depending on your budget but they are so worth it. I love the convenience and versatility of them, the styles you can wear are endless. I plan to keep them for at least 3 months. Check out the photos below to see how I’ve styled my box braids so far! Sound off in the comments and tell me what you think?!!

Thanks to Billie of African Braid Action for installing the braids for me.

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What do you think of my Protective Style? Have you tried this style before? Tell me what you think in the comments below!

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Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed on this post are my own. 

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#SMB – Google+ Week – Grow Your Community!

#SMB – Google+Week – Grow Your Community!

There are so many pieces and parts to running a great blog, it’s hard to keep up with it all. Social Media helps you to connect with others, get your posts seen and shared. Are you blogging to yourself? Do you want to be noticed but don’t know how to get there?

Running your blog in a vacuum is a futile process. “Build it and they will come” is just a line from a movie. Instantaneous Stardom rarely happens in real life. You have to be seen to be noticed.

Social Media and Blogging

Social Media connects us with others who find value in our posts. It helps to grow our audience and hone our skills. It will put you in the position to be noticed by Brands. Brands who do business with bloggers.

[tweetthis]Follower count is just one of the things Brands look for. Engagement is key. #allbloggers[/tweetthis]

Social Media and Monetizing your Blog

Brands want bloggers that are connected. Not only are they looking for a large following, they search for bloggers who have an engaged following. You may have a million followers on Twitter, but are you interacting with them? If not, you won’t be as valuable to a Brand as someone with 5,000 followers that are interactive.

Building a large, committed platform can take years. It’s a lot of work and it takes a concentrated effort. Let’s work together to speed it up a bit.

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST Bloggers working together to grow our social media platforms. Brands are looking for large, engaged communities, let's work together to grow and prosper.

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from Lindsey Tradup Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Rena from Fine, Whatever Blog Gidget from Mommy Perfect
Leah from Elm Photo Studio Leanne from Smiles and Sundays
Tinese from Inspired by A3  

 

Social Media Blast

We have partnered together to bring you the Social Media Blast. Each week we will feature a different social media platform, link up your account and follow the others in the linkup. Your social media numbers will grow, but follower growth is just one part of the equation. We can help you with the numbers, it’s up to you to make the connection.

When you are clicking through to each social media account in the linkup, take some action. Like a few status updates, comment or share. Make a connection.

If you are working to make yourself attractive to Brands, size does matter. Honest. Brands want to work with Bloggers, make them take notice of you, take action and grow!

Grow Big and Grow Quickly

In order to grow quickly and begin making money from your blog you need to build your platforms. The quickest way to grow is to join with other bloggers, working together to build each other. Add your link below, follow and be followed! Let’s work together and make 2017 a phenomenal year.

Social Media Blast will be live on all of our Blogs each Thursday, giving you the opportunity to hang out with us and meet our Social Media Following.

There will be a different Social Media Platform for you to build each week, we will focus on the platforms Brands and Sponsors like to see. This is where the Blog Karma sets in, the more people you follow, the more that will follow you.

[tweetthis]Build your social media platforms. Follow and be followed. Blog Karma Baby! #allbloggers[/tweetthis]

Social Media Blast Requirements

ONE Add the link to your Social Media Account. It must be a Public account or Facebook PAGE not personal.

TWO Follow everyone in the linkup, come back later in the week to follow those that have joined after you. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back! This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks.

THREE Share. Click to Tweet. The more people that link up, the bigger we all grow.

Social Media Blast. Thursday at 9 PM EST

This week we’re focusing on Google+

This week, link up the URL to your Google+ Profile (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list.

To find the URL to your Google+ profile, open up your Google+ account, click profile, grab the URL in the browser bar.

My URL is:

https://plus.google.com/b/106009594613872478321/106009594613872478321

Yours should be similar!

Why Google+ Is So Important

You may not have thought that focusing on Google+ was a priority, but you may want to rethink that. Brands and Sponsors ask for your Google+ connections and it’s great for sending you organic traffic from Google. So let’s work together to grow our accounts.

Compelling reasons why you should be using Google+:

As of June 2014 there were 343 million active accounts in Google+ (and even more use it indirectly, such as by uploading mobile phone photos without opening the app). That is far less than Facebook’s 1.28 billion, but quite a lot more than Twitter’s 270 million. It’s certainly not a slow market that you can choose to ignore.

 

If you want to sell your product or service, you would be crazy to pass up the opportunity to put your brand in front of qualified leads, right? Whether lots of people use Google+ or not, the truth is that Google loves it when you play in their sand box. Today 68% of searches are conducted on Google, so if we told you Google+ can help your company rank higher in their search results, wouldn’t it be worth looking into it?

 

Everything you post on you Google Plus for Business page is immediately indexed by Google. Thus, the content you post to your page can rank in search results even if your website doesn’t. This is huge for companies and professionals, because the websites that appear on the first page of Google, and especially in the first few positions, get 54.8% of all clicks from users (Optify).  Business to Community

 

If you’d like more info read the whole article from Business to Community

Now let’s work to grow Google+

By the way, share this, let’s reach out to as many bloggers as we can, we’ve made it easy to Tweet above. Let’s make 2016 a year for blogging community!

PS did you know that Brands will pay you good money for large, active Google+ accounts? The larger and more involved your Google++ Following the more money you can be paid. Let’s get some dollars in your pocket! 

Elegant Photo Booth Frame

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Check out these pretty and elegant Photo Booth Frames sure to add some fabulousness to any party, bridal shower or baby shower. I made these frames for my Friend’s 34th birthday party.  They were so easy to make and did not take a lot of my time. I free styled them and just let my creative vibes flow!  The best part is that I got most of the materials from Dollar Tree!  Super Inexpensive!!

Tell me what you think in the comments below. Is there something you would have done differently?! Ar5e you going to try to make it? Sound off in the comments and tag me (@inspiredbya3) in any of the pictures, if you are going to try this out.

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Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed on this post are my own. 

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Look of the Day!!!!

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Hey Luvs ♥

Happy Tuesday! I just wanted to share with you guys my look of the day! Nothing too Special, but I’m loving this green look. I usually stick to neutrals when it comes to shadows but lately I have really been enjoying trying out new bold colors!!!! I love this green. I think this look is so cute. The lip color and eye shadow complement each other!  The shadow is for a broken palette that I purchased a long time age at one of the local beauty supply stores here in Memphis, and the lip color is by  LAC ( L.A. Colors) in the color Venom! The Foundation is MAC Studio Tech of course! , in the color NW 45.

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What do you think of my Daily Look? Have you tried any of these products? Tell me what you think in the comments below!

For more product reviews, tips, and other posts, follow me on all of my social media sites.

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Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed on this post are my own. 

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PINCHme: What’s In My Box!

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Hey Luvs ♥

I finally got one of the three PINCHme boxes that I picked on Sample Tuesday! If you’re a Blogger/Product Reviewer and never heard of PINCHme you probably live under a rock! So if you exist under a rock (joking!) and you’ve never heard of PINCHme, it’s a website that sends you free samples according to your profile preferences once you sign up. Sign up for PINCHme, update your profile, then, on sample day ,which are always a certain Tuesday, choose items you want to add to your PINCHme box and they will send them to you free of charge. No Subscriptions. No Credit Card required. Cool Huh? In return for your free samples, they want your opinion . If you’re a product reviewer that’s pretty easy huh?! So if your not a PINCHme member, head on over  and join the rest of us pincher’s.

A couple of weeks ago my November box arrived in the mail (takes about 4 weeks to arrive) and it was full of stuff. I forgot what I chose initially, but I believe this is the most I have received in a box since I’ve joined PINCHme.

 

Here’s what was in my November Box!

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  • Scotcbrite Non-Scratch  Scrubbing Dish Cloth (my favorite item in this box)

  • Vagisil Pro-hydrate Personal Lubricant (Ooh La La!)

  • Olay Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Bodywash (3 fl oz)

  •  Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Very Dry Skin (1 oz)

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin  Cleanser for all Skin Types (1 oz)

  • Coupons

As you can see, I got a ton of good, useful items and can’t wait to try them all!  I plan to review most if not all of these products.  Make sure to come back  and stay updated with A³ so you won’t miss out on some great content!

Have you tried any of these products? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

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Disclaimer: I received these  products from PINCHme at no charge for the purposes of testing and review. The views and opinions expressed on this post are my own. 

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Product Review!!!! – Mercury iii – Vegan Cosmetics

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Hey My Luvs Happy New Year!!!!!

So, I know I’m late but …I’m trying to get it together and bring you some great content this year!! I am super excited! I plan to do a heck of a lot more product reviews  as well as increase my social media presence. So, if you are not following me on social media now is a great time to do so! ( FB – /inspiredbya3, Twitter – @inspiredbyA_3, Instagram – @inspiredbya3)  You’ll be seeing a lot more of me this year!

 

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I want to start the year off with a product review from a great, up and coming company, Mercury III. If you have not heard of this brand, you are missing out on some great products.

Mercury III is a vegan cosmetic line full of products that are vibrant and energy filled. The Three in the name represents the Father Son and the Holy Spirit. (That’s my most favorite part.) This vegan company creates custom formulas of mineral eye shadows, blushes, body shimmer and natural lip glosses sure to fit your make-up needs.

I normally wouldn’t wear bright colored eye shadows, so when I was sent the bright blue mineral eye shadow called “Frozen”, I was sure it wasn’t going to mesh well with my skin tone.  LET ME TELL YOU!!!! THIS BABY SPARKLED! as soon as I applied to my eyelid! I absolutely love the bold blue color. It blends very well for a soft look, but I prefer to pat it on rather than blending it, which gives me this much bolder, POP-OUT look.

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Mineral Eye Shadow – “Frozen”

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Blended VS. Patted 

I was also sent some body dust called “Snowflake Dust”. This beautiful, elegant, pearl dust is sure to add a little extra sparkle to any look. It can be used as a facial highlighter or mix it with an oil or lotion to add more body sparkle.

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“Snowflake Dust”(Used on the eyelid and blended a very small amount on the cheeks)

Both of these products are hypoallergenic and cruelty free. Although it seems like a little amount of product is provided in the container, it is more that enough. You will only need a small amount to achieve your desired look. Overall, I am very satisfied with these products and excited about this company!  I can’t wait to see what other great products Mercury III has in store!

So…I’m sure by now your wondering how you can get your hands on these. Click the link below to check out their website and to view all of the other great products they have to offer.  Don’t for get to follow them on your favorite social media sites as well.

Check Them out here >>>>Mercury III

Follow Them on your favorite social media sites!!!!

Instagram: @mercuryiii

Facebook: /mercuryiii

Have you tried this product? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments!

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Disclaimer: I received this product from Mercury III at no charge for the purposes of testing and review. The views and opinions expressed on this post are my own. 

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Social Media Blast – Facebook Page Week- “I Like It!

Why Should We Work Together?

Brands and Sponsors are looking for bloggers just like you and me, but they need us to have a platform that matches their vision. You may already have the blog of their dreams, but perhaps you don’t have the quantity of social media contacts they require. They need an audience, and they will happily pay you to promote their products if they see that your blog has a large social media following.

So, we’re throwing down the gauntlet, getting the ball rolling. Let’s change our thinking and work together. 2016 could be an incredible year, if we decide that we aren’t competing with each other. We’re on the same team. #WAYWOW Social Media Blast will be featured every Thursday, we can use it to grow, each and every one of us.

Meet your hosts:

Social Media Blast! Let's work together to grow our Social Media Platforms.

 

Nikki from View From In Here Jessica from Adventures of a Cavemom
Lindsey from LindseyTradup.com Yvonne from Double the Monkey Business
Leanna from Faeries and Fauna Rena from Fine. Whatever. Blog
Rosie from Everything’s Coming Up Rosie Marina from Simply Marina
Gidget from Mommy Perfect Leah from Elm Photo Studio
Leanne from Smiles and Sundays Tinese from Inspired by A3

So, are you going to pick up the gauntlet? Together we can all make 2016 a great year!!

Here’s the challenge, stop competing, let’s all support each other. Link up each week, there will be a different Social Media Platform for you to build, we will focus mostly on the top platforms that Brands and Sponsors like to see. This is where the Blog Karma sets in, the more people you follow, the more will follow you.

Again, Blogging is NOT a competition.

So, why aren’t all of us bloggers working together more? Why aren’t we jumping at the chance to follow each other on social media? You don’t have to write in my niche for me to learn from you, how you tweet, share, write, brand. And I’m not competing for my share. There’s enough to go around. Honest.

And we would love to throw down the challenge, let’s work together to grow! Social Media Blast will be live on all of our Blogs, giving you the opportunity to hang out with us and meet our Social Media Following.

This week we’re focusing on Facebook

FYI Facebook will only allow you to “Like” so many pages per day. If you also place a comment on the Page you should be able to like as many as listed in one go.

This week, link up the URL to your Facebook account (NOT YOUR BLOG URL), follow others on the list. This linkup will be open for a week, so come back and follow more as the week goes on, and get followed back! This is not a link dump, if you aren’t following others your link will be deleted. Thanks

This week is Facebook week. Make sure you are adding your Business Page to the linkup and liking or following all the pages with your personal account, likes from a Business Page do not raise your follower count! When I like someone from the linkup I will leave them a message that I found them here so they will make sure to follow my Business Page back. Blog Karma!

To find the URL to your Facebook Page, open up Facebook, click on your business page and copy the URL.

My URL is: https://www.facebook.com/inspiredbya3/

Yours should be similar!

This week is Facebook Page week.

By the way, share this, let’s reach out to as many bloggers as we can, we’ve made it easy to Tweet above. Let’s make 2016 a year for blogging community!

PS did you know that Brands will pay you good money to post their products on Facebook? The larger and more involved your Facebook Following the more money you can be paid. Let’s get some dollars in your pocket!