A few months back I began to notice more page views on my website, more followers on all of my social media accounts, more email subscribers and direct messages from people who liked my content and wanted to learn more about my products & services.

Can you guess what I discovered to be driving tons of new traffic to my website? Or how I’ve been able to develop authentic connections with people in real-time,

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This is really hard! Blogging, keeping up with social media, daily “scopes”, keeping up with comments, emails, IMs, & DMs from your community, that reaches every corner of the web of which your Brand has a presence. It’s more than hard, it’s exhausting (Drink some coffee) but don’t you love it? If you don’t love it, if it doesn’t excite you to jump out of bed and write, write, write about your specific niche….talk,

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*This post has statistics that have been updated as of 8/29/17

Twitter is a very popular and very loud social media platform. There are 7,735 Tweets going out every single second, 460,000 every minute and 662 million+ in a single day.  How in the world is somebody supposed to get noticed on Twitter?

You  want  to  hear  something  even crazier?!  Those  of  us  with  over  1K followers (as I’m writing this article I have 4,718 followers)  are  merely  4%  of the  entire  Twitter population.

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Guess what Muses?! I am extremely excited to share with you, this article that I recently wrote for #SWAY (formerly, The SITS Girls). First of all, in the off-chance you are unfamiliar with The SITS Girls (SITS stands for The Secret in The Sauce), it’s a website & community founded in 2008 with a simple goal. They set out to “create a space where bloggers could find their tribe and grow their audience.

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Getting traffic to your blog is probably not the first thing that crosses your mind once you’ve made the decision to start blogging. You’re all about getting your voice heard, your brilliant ideas out of your head and onto your keyboard. Your blog is up and running and you’ve started crafting awesome posts with equally amazing visual content! That’s all you need right?

Wrong.  What do you think Bloggers are doing on social media all day,

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*This post has been updated here & there over the years but got a major re-haul on 9/6/17

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Since you’ve just launched your blog or online biz you probably don’t have premium or styled stock photos in your modest budget, for use in your visual content. Then you should be thrilled to know there are tons of FREE stock photo sites where you can find images in the public domain. There are tons sources that don’t even require you to give an attribution, although it’s always nice to “buy the photographer a cup of coffee”

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