WordPress Plug-ins Only Experts Know About

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*updated March 2019*

1. WP Rocket

Ever scroll through Pinterest, find an awesome website, but you click on it and it does load immediately? Do you wait? Or do you find someone else’s website that loads fast? That’s what I thought, get WordPress Rocket so your customers don’t leave you site simply because it’s loading too slow.

WP Rocket - WordPress Caching Plugin

2. WP Engine

Everyone needs web hosting, right? So why not hire a web host that is literally a company employed by all WordPress experts. Side not, 40% of their c-suite is female.

3. WP Tasty

What to make your food blog look legit? Use This plugin to make your recipes look perfect and professional so those food pingers will keep coming back for the next thing you’re cooking up.

4. StudioPress

Web design not your forte? Sign up for StufioPress to get WordPress specific designs so you can do more of what makes you happy.

StudioPress Theme of the Month

How I Make A Full Time Salary As A Stay At Home Mom

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When my husband and I decided it was time to expand our family (with babies – not puppies this time) I knew I wanted nothing more than to be a stay at home mom. But we were not in a place financially where we could make that happen. That’s when I started looking for a different route.

Finding a good paying stay at home job is harder than you think. That’s why I started researching affiliate marketing on Pinterest. After looking through all the different affiliate marketing programs, I landed on ShareASale. Mainly because I liked the companies that I could market for, I knew a lot of them and had used a lot of them myself when I ran a hobby lifestyle blog years before.

Fast forward to 7 months later when we finally saw those two pink lines! Our daughter would be due in March and my affiliate marketing was still in the “research” phase. Has anyone ever tried to start a side hustle while working full time and growing a human inside of you? It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.

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When March rolled around, I had a plan in place. While my little girl was awake, she would get my undivided attention. While she was asleep, I would use my Pinterest account to market my favorite products on ShareASale. Honestly, I’d probably spend that time on Pinterest anyway!

Now we are just about to my little ones 1st birthday *cue the tears* and signing up for ShareASale was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I type this on my phone while my little girl sleeps next to me. And that is my full time job! Not only am I contributing to the family income, but I am showing my daughter that you can be a present mother and create your own career.

Questions about affiliate marketing? Ask away in the comments below!

Want to get started on getting paid to be a stay at home mom (or dad!)? Sign up for ShareASale today with the link below.

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Why Most Bloggers Never Get Rich

When I started my first blog I was so damn excited. I was going to post every day, have followers and make money. No. I was going to make a lot of money.

As the months went by, I started to get discouraged. My money pot of a blog was not making its return on investment. Why you ask? I didn’t know how to effectively use Affiliate Marketing in my blog posts. I had heard plenty about Affiliate Marketing but I wasn’t really sure what it was or how to use it in a way that my followers would want to buy the product I was promoting.

Here are the lessons I learned about how to make $bank$ when it comes to Affiliate Marketing on your blog.

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1. I wasn’t using Using Affiliate Links that made sense with my brand.

We all naturally want to grab the affiliate link with the higher commission rate and slap it on our blog and call it a day. I get it. But if it doesn’t make sense with your brand your audience will be turned off by it. So take down that California Wine Club affiliate link when your audience knows you only like beer. (BUT if wine is your jam check out the California Wine Club’s ma & pa shop wineries!)

2. I wasn’t maximizing my use of Pinterest.

After each blog post, create a branded, beautiful Pinterest specific photo and pin it to all of your group boards. Not a part of any group boards? Join them. Now!!

You can also pin your Affiliate Links straight to Pinterest. ShareASale makes it super easy to find Pinterest images you can post directly to Pinterest. Makes it super easy for you!

3. I wasn’t using a Pinterest business account.

Make the switch. It’s easy. And while you’re add it, brand up your account. Those random vegan recipes you’ve been saving and the idea board for your daughters first birthday? Make them private.

Pinterest business accounts help you see what pins are working with your audience. Use that information to make more pins like that! See? Easy as pie.

4. I wasn’t using hashtags.

Up until a few months ago I had no clue that hashtags did anything on Pinterest. I am living prof that they, in fact, do. Once I started putting hashtags in my posts my posts started going viral. My rule of thumb is 5 hashtags per pin.

5. I wasn’t using Tailwind.

You schedule every other social media account out right? So why are you still wasting time manually pinning! Schedule that shit!

Best Books for Female Entrepreneurs – Complete List

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I always start the new year with a book list. My goal is to always read more, lately that has meant eBooks in the car while I’m driving but its all the same as long as I continue to soak up more information.

These are the best books for female entrepreneurs or even just really career / money driven females. This list is updated as more great books surface.

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Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
By Rachel Hollis

You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
By Jen Sincero

The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage
By Mel Robbins

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
By Phil Knight

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
By Eric Ries

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and John the New Rich
By Tim Ferriss

Think and Grow Rich
By Napoleon Hill

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
By Stephen R. Covey

Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies To Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life
Barbara Stanny

Over Coming Under Earning: A Five-Step Plan to a Richer Life
Barbara Stanny

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way you Make a Living, Do What you Love, and Create a New Future
By Chris Guillebeau

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
By Keith Ferrazzi

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted Work
By Cal Newport

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business
Barbara Corcoran

Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way
By Nely Galan

Which one was your favorite? Comment below!