February 11, 2017

A Critical Error I Made With Pinterest

No one is perfect when it comes to creating additional income online or even increasing pins, and of course, I am no different as I discovered a critical error I made with my Pinterest Pins.

All Over Pinterest and No One's Noticing! 
I got so excited in updating my pins that I forgot one serious must-do for getting noticed. I forgot to create great graphics for my pins. Instead of titles and what my pin is about, I just threw up a simple graphics, no bold words to attract visitors.

Example, the photo of me at the right is used in many of my pinned posts because I never even added a graphic, so it attached my bio photo I use in my blog posts as you can see. Who the heck is going to really want to click on that?

So, lessoned learned. One of my major priorities this month is to go back and change all of my personal pins to include a great graphic my fans will want to click on.

Did you discover any errors with your projects? What actions do you intend to make to correct them?

Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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February 5, 2017

How I Got 25 Likes On My Facebook Page in 17 Days

When I started my journey to success last month, I decided that Facebook was my first target. It's one of the biggest social media sites that I have been a part of for many years, so I am very familiar with them, or so I thought! Let me tell you I have a lot to learn, but I'm determined and it all started with a comment made by a Podcaster named Goal Digger. 

Well here I am 17 days later and I've gained 25 likes on my Facebook page! I am extremely excited about this! I have 25 new fans!  It is a blessing and a wonderful feeling, one that I want to share with my readers. I do have a brief post of How I Got 4 Likes on Facebook in 4 Days for those who are already really familiar with Facebook's Features.


For those who are still a work in progress like I am, here are the exact steps I took to increase my Facebook Page Likes:



  • My First Step was to see exactly where I stood with the big boys (competition) or rather my favorite pages. As it turned out I was low man on totem poll with only 118 Likes. Really it could be worse.



118 Likes The Insane Writer Facebook

This is a far sad cry from my favorite competitor, Chalene Johnson. Look at those page likes! Now this is a goal to really aim for! Heck, I'd even be happy aiming for Pat Flynn's Likes. 

I also dove a little deeper and took a look at each of my Competitor's number of posts and their engagement activity. There's more to those little bites of info than just on the insights page. The information is the result of what they posted and whether it caught their reader's attention. So it really is all about the posts once you have built your readership.

  • My next step was to focus on my profile photo. I wanted something fun and real, so I chose one of my photos from my more recent years. You would not believe how many photos I have! One thing I do want to do as a side note is re-create that photo as the 2017 me. But for now, this one is really popular!









  • Then, I wanted to change my cover photo. I had been primarily focused on promoting my novel, "The Generation", so I decided to use my novel's  front cover as the cover photo for my Facebook page. This was a rookie mistake! It stretched out and looked pathetic, yet for some unknown reason I kept it there for a long time thinking it looked just fine! Ha!
I had no clue what I was doing, so I researched it! Let me tell you research is a wonderful tool! I learned the exact dimensions 851x315 my cover photo needed to be in order for it to look decent. I have to say decent because I'm still not 100% happy with the cover page photo, but alas, it's a start. 
  • The final step I took, was sharing my blog posts from here to my Facebook Page. 

In the past blogging has been very hard for me due to my depression and ADHD. My blog posts were far and few to the point at times I was blogging maybe once every two months. But my blog has always been my passion, and although I have learned that a lot of my blog is crap (I think we have all noticed this.), it has also made me realize there's still potential in these words and new changes can lead to greater things, don't you think?




Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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