A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to participate in my first webinar with Rachel Sheppard, Jon Roska, and Tadas Deksnys. It was part of an Inside Warehouse discussion titled, “Is Revenue from eCommerce going to be the Next Big Thing for Pet Publishers and Bloggers.” The answer is “Yes.” You can’t really have a discussion about pet publishing and blogging without mentioning BlogPaws. I had several slides relating to how brands interact with bloggers. Businesses both big and small are looking to bloggers to promote their products.
How can you be ready to take advantage of this market? I suggest you follow the same path that I took a year ago. What did I do? I made the decision to invest in myself. I made the decision to attend my very first BlogPaws conference. I had only been blogging for six months. I knew that it was something that I loved and wanted to be a success. That meant learning how to improve my social media skills. The way to accomplish that is what I refer to as “The BlogPaws Effect.”
Prior to 2013, I did not exist on the internet. I began my Facebook page for my book series as a way to connect with my readers. I began Barking from the Bayou on December 3, 2013. My personal and Barking from the Bayou Facebook pages were started a couple of months ago. It is fun, but I need to know more. Thankfully, there is a session this year with Jodi Stone and Jessica Rhae Williams. You can get some tips and great ideas on this YouTube Google+ Hangout “Engage Your Readers & Tips for Growing Your Facebook Following.” I hope my Facebook numbers multiply over the next year. I am also planning to be at the Pinterest session with Susan Wenner Jackson. She is one of the speakers on another BlogPaws Cares & Shares Googles + Hangout. You can also hear Jill Caren and Bill Schroeder’s tips.
The advice I tried to adhere to is choose one or two social media formats and do those really well. Over the past year, I have concentrated on growing my Twitter and Instagram accounts. Here are my social media numbers (followers) from May 2014 to May 2015:
*I did not include my Facebook since it is new but I currently have 280 followers on Barking from the Bayou. If you aren’t following, please join us!
I am also very proud to say that I surpassed 400,000 page views this week.
The BlogPaws conference taught me an incredible amount in three days. I have been able to monetize my blog and build my brand with the tools I gained in Las Vegas. If you can find a way to attend this year in Nashville, I strongly encourage you to be a part of this conference. The tickets are almost gone so do not put it off any longer. It’s time to make an investment in your future and BlogPaws has great returns! (Use my code to save: BP15-Amb-Melissa-10)
*Speaking of returns, I want to share another magazine that is featuring the quote from my second book, The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers. This is a page from Natural Muscle magazine and features the very accomplished fitness cover model and motivational speaker, Thomas Delauer. He is not just a fitness lover; he is a dog lover extraordinaire. Thomas credits his dogs for teaching him how to be a better person. You can read his article here.