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You’ve probably heard the same advice time and again when it comes to growing your blog traffic with Pinterest:
“Join group boards and pin your content to them often!”

It sounds like a simple undertaking, until you actually try to find and join said group boards. How do you even search for great group boards in your niche when Pinterest doesn’t have a specific search for this anyway?

After spending hours finding boards that are the right fit, half of them are not accepting contributors, and the ones that are have a bunch of elaborate hoops you have to jump through in order to join.

I know from personal experience that the whole finding/joining group process can be totally frustrating. This is especially true if you’re new to blogging or using Pinterest for business.

I wanted to expand my efforts into Pinterest because I’ve seen so many bloggers raving about how +70% of their traffic comes from Pinterest. I totally wanted in on that.

But when I set out to find some group boards to join in my niche I because very overwhelmed and very confused very quickly.

I did eventually manage to figure it out, and I’ve put together a simple system that you can use on repeat to find and join as many group boards as you need to. My traffic has improved so much as a result, and I can’t recommend Pinterest enough as a legitimate growth strategy.

So here are the 5 steps you’ll need to follow in order to successfully join group boards on Pinterest, and start bringing in more traffic to your blog or biz.

If you’re struggling, this step-by-step approach should help you not only find the best group boards in your niche, but will help you join them as well.

Step-by-Step: How to Find and Join Group Boards on Pinterest Step 1: Make a list of bloggers and influencers in your niche

The first step in finding good group boards to join is to find other bloggers and influencers in your niche of all sizes. Because chances are they’re on Pinterest and they’ve joined at least a few group boards.

So write down the names of as many influencers in your niche that you can think of, then head on over and check out their blogs. If you don’t know any, try typing keywords for your niche along with “blog” or “blogger” into Google to find some.

You’re going to find out which ones are on Pinterest (look for social media buttons on their website), and follow them on Pinterest so you have easy access to them later.

The reason you want to target blogger and influencers of all different sizes is because you may not be able to get invited to the top boards that the top influencers are using. If you’re just getting started, you’ll have to start smaller and work your way up as your following and influence grows.

Step 2: Find the group boards they’re contributing to on Pinterest

Once you’ve followed an influencer on Pinterest, take a look through their profile to see what group boards they’re contributing to.

Select the ones that look like they’d be a good fit for you, then click on them to be take to the group board.

Step 3: Identify + follow the group creator

One you find yourself on the group board page, read the group description looking for information about whether the group is open to new contributors or not.

If it is, great!

Go ahead and follow the group board. You’ll need to be following both the group board and the group creator in order to be able to receive an invite.

Now, to find the creator:

Near the top of the board, you’ll see an expandable list of all the board contributors. The first person in the list is always the group creator, so click on their picture to be taken to their Pinterest profile.

You’ll normally need to be following them before they can add you to the group board, so hit that follow button before you do anything else.

Step 4: Follow instructions to request an invitation

Now that you’re following the group board and the group creator, head back to the group board to find instructions for becoming a contributor. Most boards will include this in the group description, and they usually require you to either email the creator or leave a comment asking to be added.

In either case, you should follow instructions and do what is asked for the best chance of being added.

Request an invite via email:

Send an email to the provided email address asking to join the group board. Remember to include the name of the group board you are requesting, and include your Pinterest email (the one you signed up for your account with) and/or your Pinterest link. You can find your Pinterest link by going to your profile and copy + pasting the URL in the browser.

Including a link to your blog can help you out substantially, since they can check it out and confirm you’re legit and not a spammer.

Request an invite via comment:

Instructions vary from group to group, so make sure you follow them closely. What I see most often is that you are asked to comment on one of the group creators most recent posts, requesting to join.

If you can’t find any posts within the group that belong to the creator, head on over to their profile and click the ‘Pins’ tab. It’ll show you all their pins, starting with the most recent. Choose one and leave your comment, tagging them with their @ for your best chance to be seen.

*You can find a user’s username by looking at the URL of their Pinterest page. For example, my URL is:


…and my username would be @epmompreneur. If you were to tag me in a comment you would include @gorattlethestar in your comment.

Remember to include the specific board name that you want to join in your comment when you are asking to be included.

What to do if there are no instructions for joining:

I normally skip boards that have no information about joining because they’re often not accepting new contributors. But if you’ve found a board that you absolutely love and want to be a part of, there’s no harm in trying!

When there are no instructions you can do one of three things:

  • Find the group creator’s blog (they usually have a link in their Pinterest profile) and look for their email or contact form. Send them a friendly email with all the information outlined above (What board you’re requesting invite for, your Pinterest email, Pinterest link, and blog URL)
  • Leave a comment on the group creator’s most recent pin. Follow the same guidelines outlined above for requesting invites via comment.
  • Message the group creator directly on Pinterest, asking to become a contributor on the specific group board and including all the essential information we already talked about.

Bonus Tip: Group Boards are awesome but you could join 100 group boards and pin like a pro and still not have success with them. The key is in joining good group boards. So how to do you know if a group board is worth joining?

Look At The Repin + Like Count On Existing Pins.

Pinterest’s smart feed looks at how “popular” a pin is, the board is in + fellow pins, impact this popularity. So you could be adding quality pins to a board, but if the board doesn’t have a high repin + like count? Your pin’s less likely to be successful! This sounds weird but I can tell you from personal experience that I’ve added the same pin to two different boards, one full of repins + likes, one with very few (if any!) repins + likes. Which pin do you think did better? The one on the board with lots of repins + likes. So don’t waste time and energy on blah boards.

Now let’s step back for just one tick-tock. Think about what you do as a member of group boards. Here’s the thing, how successful a group board is depends on you. When you join group boards one of the things you should be doing that will help you and fellow pinners is pinning from that group board.

Not everyone is going to get back to you, so it’s a good idea to try joining as many boards as you can. You may send out requests to 20 group boards, but only get answers and invites from 10 of them.

Don’t take it personally!

People are busy, accounts go inactive, and group boards end up with too many contributors to be managed. If you don’t get an invite, move along to the next board.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

For that reason, you want to repeat this process over and over until you’re happy with the number of group boards you are in. I find that 5-10 group boards is a good place to start in getting more exposure for your pins and more traffic to your blog.

So go down that list of influencers you made in step 1 and request invites for as many of the group boards that they’re a part of as you can. Make sure they’re a good fit for your blog and biz as you go.

These boards are filled with other influencers, so you can repeat this process almost endlessly by seeking out new influencers, checking out their group boards, and joining those group boards yourself!

Bonus Tip:

Once you’ve joined your fair share of group boards, automate your pinning to them and put your blog traffic acquisition on autopilot with BoardBooster.

I honestly can’t recommend this tool enough.

BoardBooster is a Pinterest scheduler with a ton of amazing features, but the one I use most is Campaigns. You can use campaigns to automatically pin your content to all your group boards every day, so you don’t have to. It is a serious time saver.

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Looking for new ideas on how to make money blogging, this post will show you three ways that bloggers can make money with Send Owl by leveraging affiliate marketing.

3 Ways To Make Money Blogging With Send Owl

For those of you who hear about the platform for the first time now, Send Owl is an e-commerce integration software that allows you to sell digital goods online, create your own affiliate program and join others.

It connects with the payment provider so you get paid (it’s usually via instant Paypal payments) and it automatically delivers the files to the buyers once payment has completed. So not only do they make selling easy, but they automate the delivery process so you don’t have to worry about it.

There are lots of benefits to using software and it’s well worth the $15 a month to be able to sell digital goods (if you’re just signing up as an affiliate for other programs, it’s free).

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate or referral links which may reward me in the event of a subscription or sale (at no extra cost for you!). I only recommend products or services that I adore.

>>> Check out Send Owl here! <<<

So, after a year of using this amazing software and testing it as both an affiliate with a free account and a seller with a paid subscription, here are 3 ways that I’ve discovered that bloggers can make money with Send Owl:

Find And Join Affiliate Programs

I was first introduced to Send Owl when I signed up for a few affiliate programs for products that I absolutely loved and just so it happens that they were managed by Send Owl.

Signing up to Send Owl as an affiliate is free and you do so based on invitations sent by the affiliate program owners. Chances are that if you look at some of your favorite digital products or their shops, they are managed by Send Owl.

For me, since I have joined a lot of individual affiliate programs, Send Owl has made things easier, because they help me organise my links and earning reports in one place, since you can access all your programs from their dashboard.

Once you join, you get access to a unique link that you can use to promote that service/product and everytime someone makes a purchase through your link, you make a small commission. You get to track all this, including clicks and your earnings, on your Send Owl dashboard and you get paid straight into your Paypal account.

The beauty of this is that you can start making money with Send Owl without having any products of your own! And you can even start recommending Send Owl to others and get 20% recurring income from the subscription plan they are paying for. What a win!

Create And Sell Your Own Digital Products

If you ever dreamed of writing and selling your own ebook (or any other digital product) and you’ve been looking for a software that will handle payments and deliveries for you, Send Owl is your answer!

The best part is that for only $15 a month, you get to sell unlimited quantities and you don’t get charged per sale (excluding Paypal fees that you will have to pay anywhere else as well). Basically, I need to make a single sale a month just to cover the cost of this amazing platform.

And did I mention that they also integrate with your email service provider? This way, I can add the buyers to my email list and get in touch with them to ask for feedback and testimonials to use on my sales page. Win win win!

(And all I had to do is to create a product, upload the file and start sharing the link!)

Start Your Own Affiliate Program

If you have already created digital products to sell to your audience, why not recruit some affiliates to vouch for your products and help you make sales?

One of the main reasons why I love Send Owl is because they make it so easy for new affiliates to sign up and it’s a breeze to manage your affiliate program through their platform.

You get to decide how much you pay the affiliates per sale, when (you get to decide for example if there’s a delay in payment to allow refunds and chargebacks or if you want to pay them instantly, but you will need to do this manually via Paypal) and they calculate the rest for you.

The only catch is that you have to sell your products through Send Olw to be able to allow affiliates for them, but that’s actually a good thing because it keeps things organized!

>>> Start your Free Trial with Send Owl today! <<<

If you’re ready to join easy to manage affiliate programs, sell your own digital products and recruit affiliates to boost your sales, Send Owl is a tool that cannot miss from your strategy!

I highly recommend you take advantage of their free trial (you can cancel that or any paid plans at any time) and you dare to put yourself out there more.

Have you heard of Send Owl before? Does it sound like a tool that can help your blog or business? Comment below and let me know!

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Super Easy Self- Hosted WordPress Set Up With Siteground

Welcome to our little blogging community! Today I am going to walk you through how to start a blog that is capable of being monetized, by setting up WordPress.org with Siteground. If this is your first time at EpicMompreneur, I’ll give you a quick rundown! I’m Mariah, I’m a marketing strategist and momprenur I run a successful business as a blog-at-home-mom, teaching others how to blog and how to make a lot of money doing it!

How do you start a blog?

How do you start a profitable blog?

How do you make money blogging?

I’m going to help you with all of this!

If you are new to the world of blogging, welcome! You are going to be great at it! There is a lot to learn, but I know you will be successful. It’s my passion and mantra at Epicmomprenur is to provide easy to understand, no b-s advice and inspiration to new, aspiring and blossoming bloggers on how to create a profitable blog and business.

My tutorials always have a money-saving edge to them too, as I do my best to provide information about the best low cost or free options and resources for bloggers. Helping you succeed at blogging is my ultimate goal and your success makes me so happy!

This guide below will show you how to:

  1. Set up a self-hosted website with hosting & domain registration with Siteground
  2. Install WordPress.org
  3. Change the permalink structure
  4. Set up Google Analytics
  5. Set up Google Search Console
  6. Submit your sitemap to Google
  7. Install a theme
  8. Install plugins
  9. Create content
  10. Begin a social media marketing campaign for your blog
  11. Monetize & make money from your blog
What Is The First Thing An Aspiring Blogger Needs To Know?

The first thing you need to know when starting a blog is that it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed in the beginning! There are so many things to learn, especially when learning how to create a profitable blog – but don’t give up! Do a little each day, vow to never stop learning and believe that you CAN DO IT. I’m here to help you.

I have tutorials for every step of the way, from how to blog, how to make money blogging and how to grow your network with social media – but first things first, we need to get your blog set up, and set up correctly so that it is capable of being monetized. I am going to show you exactly how to start your monetizable blog in this tutorial, and it will only take a few minutes! So let’s get at ‘er shall we?!

What Is First Step In Starting A Money Making Blog?

The first step in starting a money making blog is you need to self-host.

What is Self Hosting?

Self-hosting is when you own your own domain, and you pay a company such as SiteGround, or others – (here’s a list of top 8 Web hosting providers)  to allow your site to be viewable and ‘live’ on the Internet.  Paying for this means that you own your website and all of your content – which is extremely important if you want to make money blogging. Self-hosting means that you do not use a free host (such as Blogger, Tumblr).

http:// Why do I need to Self-Host? Why can’t I use a free host?

When you pay for your hosting and own your domain, you can monetize your blog, meaning you can run ads, join affiliate programs, work with big brands and even add an eCommerce cart/shopping functionality. Free sites like Tumblr don’t allow ads, and advertisers often won’t work with non-self-hosted bloggers. Because when you use a free host, you don’t own your website or content, the free host owns it and can shut you out whenever they please.

Free sites are not actually ‘free,’ because they limit your ability to earn an income, literally stopping you from making thousands of dollars a year or month!

This is why it is recommended that anyone who is wanting to take their blog seriously and intending to make money with it, purchase their hosting/domain with a reputable host, and run their blog on WordPress.org (not WordPress.com). I will show you exactly how to do this now so that your blog can be up and running and ready to monetize today!

Good News: Self-Hosting Is Actually Affordable!

You don’t have to spend much to get high-quality professional hosting for your site! There are many great options for hosting plans available (I have written about my top 8) but my number #1 choice is Siteground, which we will be talking about and doing a step-by-step walkthrough in this tutorial. With SiteGround you will get free WordPress.org hosting, and a ton of web space.  I love Siteground because of the incredible amount of value they provide, at such an affordable price. When you sign up with my link you get 60% off all packages, making the starter plan just $3.95 per month!


Set Up Hosting & Register Domain Name

Go to: Siteground and choose your WordPress hosting package. That link will take you directly to the WordPress hosting area, and will give you my discounted pricing options at 60% off the regular price.

I recommend the GrowBig package as for just $2 more than the StartUp package, you get double the web space and visitor capacity. The StartUp package is good, but it is limited at only 10GB webspace and 10,000 monthly visits.

GrowBig also gives you the ability to host multiple websites which will be a big time and money saver if you want to run multiple money-making niche sites.

Select the package that is right for you and then choose ‘Get a new hosting account.’ Then select either  ‘Register a new domain’ or ‘I already have a domain’ if you want to transfer an existing domain.

Enter the domain name you want for your blog, and make sure you spell it correctly, it can’t be changed later!

Next, you can enter your account and payment information, along with selecting additional products. I highly recommend you purchase private domain hosting. This will protect your personal information.

Once you have paid, you will get a notification that your account has been successfully created! Now you can proceed to the Customer Area where you will be able to choose a username and password for accessing your Siteground dashboard and CPanel.

install wordpress

Now you will be logged into the Siteground Customer Area. Here you will see a popup asking you if you want to have WordPress preinstalled on your account. Yes, you do! Select that option and click on the Proceed button. This WordPress SetUp Wizard makes installing WordPress..

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