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About This Blog

Omg, she’s blogging AGAIN. Starting and abandoning blog projects is pretty much a signature behavior of mine. Since the age of 13, I have likely had over a dozen blogs that I have created, worked on for a while and somehow lost track of. I owe my incessant need to create blogs for my career in the content marketing industry. It was, in fact, the question “do you blog?” that landing me my first longterm content writing gig for an S.E.O company back in 2012.

So much has happened since then. I’ve started three online businesses! Built my Facebook and Instagram following to over 10K AND been able to help my husband leave his 9 to 5 job!
I did this all while chasing after one…  and now two busy little boys!

What now is THIS blog going to be about? Currently – I am writing about Instagram Marketing and Instagram Growth Hacking, the content promotion tool Tailwind. and my life as a second time new mom an online business owner.

What will this blog become? I don’t know… but I guess that’s half the fun of it!

The Best Beginner Blogging Course!

Get A Jumpstart On Your Blog With This Awesome Blogging Course!

I have made multiple attempts at “becoming a blogger” and frankly, none of yet to be substantially successful. However, they have been awesome vessels for me to express myself, share my life, harvest new opportunities and grow as a person.
I’ve long since accepted that blogging will never be my “career” but, it will always be a small part of what I do online because I enjoy it so much.

While in the process of relaunching THIS BLOG I recently came across this recommendation for this “Becoming a Blogger” Facebook Group – and I decided to pop in and see what all the fuss was about, and immediately found myself “at home”.
Now, trust me – I have been a Facebook Group user for years now. In fact, without Facebook Groups I wouldn’t have my career OR my business… ( maybe more about that some other time. )

This group is unique because it is full of bloggers at varying experience levels all “tribing” together to learn and build passive income blogs.
It is also hosted by Cate Rosales ( a kindred spirit and savvy entrepreneurial blogger ) who puts a lot of time and energy into making the group a great place to be!

After I expressed that I was a bit “rusty” as a blogger and was diving back in, Cate kindly offered me the opportunity to review her “Becoming A Blogger” Teachable course.
I was really impressed by how much excellent and informative material Cate included in her course ( for an astonishing price of only $97 USD ) – her material is short, sweet, and too the point – with clear instructions, no jargon; precisely what I look for in an online course.

It isn’t just your usual “here’s how you get a WordPress blog” here is how you change your theme kinda stuff, Cate includes IMPORTANT >> money-making << details like:

– What is affiliate marketing
– Top affiliate networks to join ( full list ) 
– Amazon affiliate marketing
– What are sponsored posts?
– Getting your first sponsored post!
– Guest posting 101
– List of websites that pay for guest blogs!

Like this is the good stuff!
And the stuff that YOU NEED to know if you want to make money blogging full-time, part-time, or ANY TIME.
It is all the stuff I wish I had known when I was a thirteen-year-old spending 300 hours making the perfect CSS custom WordPress theme for shits and giggles.

So here’s the thing.

If you’ve stopped here… on my blog… because you want to blog yourself – and we’re like hey, she seems to know a bit about blogging… thanks…I don’t, consider me clueless…OBVIOUSLY! *wink*
However, I do have one solid recommendation for you – try Cate’s blogging course on Teachable!
It’s in-depth. Thoroughly done. Affordable. And it will save you years of stress trying to figure this stuff all out for yourself.
If you are serious about diving into blogging, I’d say it is well worth the investment!
And trust me, had I know half the things that Cate covers in this course when I first started blogging ( at age 13…), I would be WAY further ahead than I am now…

Cheers!

Grow Your Instagram Following With Milotree

Grow Your Instagram Following With Milotree

Want More Instagram Followers? Have A Website? Install THIS Plugin!

Ah, Milotree where have you been all of my life? I have been looking for a WordPress plugin that does EXACTLY what Milotree does, which is prompt visitors to THIS website to follow me on Instagram after they have have been on the website for a certain amount of time.

Although I am not a huge fan of pop-ups, I do believe that it is important to collect visitors on your website to your most active social media so that you can speak to them again. This of course, dramatically increases the likelihood that they will return to your blog and read more content in the future. Plus, this gives me/you the opportunity to connect with the people who visit your website or blog.

Milotree was a WordPress Plugin that came to my attention while I was doing research about affiliate links that are popular for bloggers. Milotree also pays a commission back to those who use it on their website and recommend it to their audience. This is simply a win-win. I’ll gladly pay to use this app and tell people about how it can help them grow their Instagram in exchange for a little bit of a commission… because like duh… that’s a no-brainer.

How does Milotree work?

It is actually pretty simple; Milotree generates the code needed to produce a pop up that is connected to your social media profile; Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. When a visitor is on your website, it pops up after they scroll and prompts them to follow you, subscribe to you or like your page.

I installed Milotree using the WordPress plugin provided to me when I signed up. However, if you don’t use WordPress, you can get a piece of shortcode to put into your website code that will allow the popup to appear OR you can follow specific instructions; again provided by Milotree for installing the app into your website if you use Squarespace, Shopify, Weebly etc.

It takes less than 5 minutes to get it up and running, and there is no maintenance required.

This type of pop up is THE BEST way to grow your social media platforms – when you have a blog or website that people visit every day. Most of the time, social media links are subtle and easy to ignore. This pop up prompts the visitor to follow you, and if they are enjoying the content on your site ( or ) if they are a fan of your business they will likely do so no problem.

So far, I am very happy with the results I am garnering from Milotree – as it has already captured me 70 new followers and I only installed it today. If your goal is to increase your follower count on any of your social media or get more subscribers on Youtube, I highly recommend that you check this application out!

Maven: Pinterest That Pays?

Can You Make Money Using A New “Pinterest-Like” Social Media Platform?

Continuing on in my adventures finding realistic passive income sources, I stumbled across a relatively new social media platform that apparently “pays you” to participate on called Maven. Is Maven for real? I have been hearing about these mythical social media platforms that pay you to be a member of them for years, however, when you click to see what they are all about, they turn out to be total scams/click-bait. This is why I approached this new platform “Maven” with guarded skepticism. How is this going to work?

Much to my surprise, it appears that Maven is actually a legitimate social media platform that pays! 

Here is one of my Maven boards:

 

>> JOIN MAVEN free GET STARTED!<<

Crazy right! Here is how it works. You use Maven just like you would Pinterest. Pinning products onto custom boards that you like online; fashion, home decor, beauty products. Then, you share your Maven board with friends via your “other” social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter – if anyone buys any of the items that you have “pinned” you get paid a commission for recommending the product on your board.

You may be wondering what the catch is because it sounds “almost” too good to be true right? 

Well, from where I am standing the only real catch is that the items that you pin to your board must be from Maven’s list of products in order for you to get paid. Yeah… So really what you are doing is a form of affiliate link marketing just delivered in the more unique way. The pin-board gimmick being a way to convince people into thinking that the board, when shared, was built to show off your product and lifestyle preferences – NOT to be presented as a bunch of affiliate links. Clever?… In a way. Worthwhile? Possibly! I would recommend using Maven to make a little bit of extra money if; 

– You have a large following that would easily convert; meaning you are influential in the “lifestyle” niches; fashion, beauty, decor, and can drive enough traffic to your boards – people who may potentially buy the items you are recommending.

-You enjoy building boards and collections. Obviously, the key here is going to be building these Maven “pinboards” to showcase the unique fashionable items and complimentary products. If this is something that you genuinely enjoy doing in your spare time, then why not? Regular old Pinterest pays nothing; Maven offers some return. With that logic, it is a no-brainer.

– You have low to moderate expectations. Like all make money online opportunities, I always suggest that you approach it with skepticism and low expectations. I cannot see Maven replacing anyone’s day job BUT I can see it having some payback if you dedicate yourself to the process; building those pinboards and sharing them. Lifestyle bloggers should certainly check this one out, as they have the best chance of success with it.

Will I be using Maven to make money?

I am going to withhold my final verdict on Maven; the Pinterest-like social media platform that pays you to use it UNTIL I have had some time to try it out. I am enticed enough to give it a fair trial and build a few boards of my own, share them, and see what happens.

Browsing the items that are listed to be pinned, I can see quite a few high-quality items that I actually would potentially want to buy. This is important to mention; the stuff on this website that you can choose from isn’t crap – there are NICE clothes, make-up and home decor items that I feel anyone would like. Plus you don’t actually have to buy these items yourself to recommend them, so you can make a commission for suggesting high ticket products that you don’t even own. Seriously, worth daydreaming about some cool outfits and stylish interior design for the sake of building some boards!

Worst case scenario you spend some time window shopping – and playing around.
Best case scenario, your Maven board converts and you earn enough commission to actually buy some of the items you pinned on it!

Swagbucks Is it A Good Way To Make Some Extra Cash?

Swagbucks Is it A Good Way To Make Some Extra Cash?

Could Swagbucks Be A Good Source of Passive Income?

Ever since I started my career online in 2012, I have always been on the lookout for easy passive income opportunities. My current online business is helping with Facebook Ads, and although it is pretty steady work; it is quite time-consuming, finding new clients – working with clients- monitoring all of the ads. I mean I don’t mind the work but it isn’t exactly the #freedomlifestyle that one would hope for. One of my current goals is to spend less time at my desk and more time enjoying my children, so achieving a good amount of passive income has become a new focus of mine. Although, I am always wary of too good to be true “make money online opportunities” I am not against experimenting with different things and seeing how they work. I have had enough experience in the online space to be able to quickly weed out if something is going to be a “time-suck” or a money-maker…

Which leads me to the topic of today’s blog and that is Swagbucks.

I had seen Swagbucks mentioned on a few other people’s blogs about affiliate marketing and passive income. At first, I thought Swagbucks was similar to E-bates ( A website that I am quite a fan of BTW) which is why it first grabbed my attention. However, once I signed up for it and started playing around I realized that Swagbucks wasn’t like e-bates at all, but instead a gamified beginner level affiliate marketing, paid surveys, and some other random actions that you can do online and get paid for. Sorry if that seems like a weird description, Swagbucks really hard to describe because there is such a medley of “stuff” involved in the site.

At first glance, it looks like the payouts for performing these actions are really high, and you may feel enticed to dive right in. But watch out because what the payouts actually are “Swagbucks” – kinda like arcade tokens that you cash out and redeem for Amazon and Paypal cards. This is important to know because when it says you get 50 Swagbucks for a survey you are actually only getting a couple of cents.

According to the redeemable gift cards – $1 USD is equal to 90 Swagbucks… so you need 450 Swagbucks to get one $5 gift card. That’s a lot of work for very little payout.. or is it?

You see one feature of Swagbucks is that you can install the browser extension that will automatically determine if you are doing “Swagbucks” earning actions – and you get Swagbucks automatically just for having the browser extension installed. Okay, so I can handle that – even if it doesn’t payout high I am not against earning a little here and there just for my normal online behaviors.

Like with E-bates and Honey Extension you can also get $5 dollars just for referring your friends to Swagbucks. Like I explained in my blog posts about those two beginner level money makers – you could potentially plug your Swagbucks referral link into your Instagram and start earning money by just telling people about the program.

Other ways to make “Swagbucks” ( redeemable for Amazon and Paypal gift-cards ) on the Swagbucks website:

– Shop online cash back ( get cash back from Swagbucks when you make purchases on affiliated websites ) 
– Answer surveys and earn Swagbucks good “time killer” probably not gonna see a huge return…
– Watch specific viral videos, and get Swagbucks just for watching… interesting, but again not a great time investment ( but definitely do if you are watching videos anyways ) 
– Sign up for product trials and coupons, you don’t have to buy – you get Swagbucks just for signing up for the offer
– Use Swagbucks ( powered by Yahoo ) as your default web browser… ( interesting, if you don’t mind switching your default browser… ) 
– Play Swagbucks online games and earn Swagbucks … [ This is sort of hilarious, Are there child labor laws in place preventing a person from having their kids play online games so I can make the Swag-dollas??
Asking for a friend …]

– Use the Swagbucks app to do all of the above – YES! I was hoping that they’d have an app. 

Okay so if we really want to talk about Swagbucks as a passive income opportunity then I would give it a thumbs down. Why, because REALLY when it comes down to it, earning with Swagbucks isn’t passive at all – it requires “action” and keeping up with the program. If you wish to make money Swagbucks you need to be really active on Swagbucks, performing the various actions that earn you those fun tokens that you can then trade in for real money ( but in the form of gift cards only ). Personally, I can’t imagine anyone doing this enough to make it a full-time gig but I do see it as a fun boredom killing activity that is “in the end” worthwhile.

These bucks could potentially add up – particularly the $5 refer a friend deal, so I would not dismiss Swagbucks completely.
That said, if you are looking for a way to make money online and do less – then this probably isn’t the route to go.
What I like about Swagbucks ( to wrap on a positive ) is that the process of earning is “gamified” and I am a sucker for any program or application that turns otherwise boring and repetitive tasks into a game. Rather than just being like other cash back and paid survey websites that are boring as all hell, Swagbucks has turned these processes into “fun games” with daily goals and quotas. I think that this is a nice touch and absolutely novel – for this reason alone, Swagbucks is worth looking into. 

Getting Started With Tailwind

Using Tailwind to Grow Your Instagram Account – Getting Started

Today I am going to show you how to get started using Tailwind for Instagram Growth! I have been experimenting with Tailwind as a tool for content networking, and audience growth. Normally, I am very careful about what type of “apps” and tools that I endorse because I do not want to advocate for something that isn’t ultimately useful. A lot of the people who follow me and read my blogs are busy mom entrepreneurs like myself – and therefore the last thing I would want to do is send anyone down a rabbit hole that just drains their time and they don’t get anything back from it.

However, this is one of the main reasons why Tailwind is so promising –
Because it is a solution for anyone who is spending A LOT of time trying to get traction with their content ( Instagram, Blogs, Videos etc. ) and have not yet had any luck.
Simply by being active on Tailwind, you can 10X – seriously – 10Xs the amount of traffic that your content gets!
It is an app that focuses on mutual sharing within niche’ networks.
So the traffic that you get ( if you use this app correctly ) will be people who are legitimately interested in what the content is.
Additionally, if you know anything about SEO, Tailwind helps with “link-structuring” and “backlinking” that will boost your content’s visibility long-term.
Again, this makes it a very promising app – for anyone who is in the content networking space – I recommend using it.
However, to keep things simple for today, I am going to focus on Tailwind for Instagram.

Here is what you will need:

– Access to a desktop computer or laptop ( this cannot be done on mobile )
– Pinterest account
– Instagram account

Here is how you get started!

Get Your Free Trial of Tailwind

Click >> this link << and start your Free Trial of Tailwind

Okay so naturally the first step is for you to actually SIGN UP for Tailwind. Tailwind offers a Free Trial so this isn’t going to cost you anything to do.
Initially, you want to actually sign up for Tailwind for Pinterest. Pinterest is how we are going to drive traffic to your Instagram account! Yes, Tailwind does have tools for Instagram specifically ( scheduling and posting ) but you need to use Pinterest to get the traffic boost.

So hook yourself up to Tailwind, for Pinterest – not Tailwind for Instagram for THIS tutorial.

Get the Tailwind Chrome Extension!

Optional: Once you are signed up with Tailwind you are going to want to grab the Tailwind extension for your Chrome web browser!
This will make it MUCH EASIER to share your Instagram posts to Pinterest and use Tailwind.

Create a board on Pinterest!

Login into Pinterest and create a new board specifically for your “Instagram Posts”
This is where you will “pin” the Instagram posts that you want to share virally and drive traffic with Tailwind!

Visit Your Instagram Profile ( In browser not mobile )

Then hop over to Instagram.com and load up your personal Instagram profile view.
Click the “tailwind” icon in the corner ( if you installed the extension ) and live links from your Instagram – to post on Tailwind will load up.


Select the images from Instagram that you want to schedule to be pinned.
Choose the “pinboard” you wish to post them to.
Select “schedule all” or individually “add to queue”

Now hop back over to Tailwind and go to your publisher.

You will see your Instagram posts have now been scheduled to be pinned.
Now, this is something that you want to do with all of your appropriate Instagram posts on a regular basis.
Having your Instagram posts pinned to Instagram – and share-able will allow you to get more traffic to your Instagram content over time.
Making this a regular habit will immediately make your Instagram posts “discoverable” on Pinterest.
This is easy to do, saves time and beneficial for both your Instagram and Pinterest growth.

 

The benefits of pinning your Instagram posts

You might be wondering, what is the point? Here are the benefits.

– Traffic potential; by pinning your best Instagram posts you are making your Instagram content discoverable on Pinterest!
– Network; now your Instagram posts are also pin-able and can be shared and re-pinned within an online network for again, increased visibility and traffic
– Visibility; this makes your Instagram account visible outside of Instagram and now on Pinterest
– Tribes; if you choose to participate in Tailwind’s Tribes or join a Tailwind Tribe for growth this makes your Instagram a post for tribe sharing

Long-term what you should see is more organic traffic to your existing ( pre-existing ) Instagram posts – driving traffic to your profile daily and allowing people with an interest in your content to find you and follow you.

It doesn’t take any more than a few minutes to add your Instagram to Pinterest using Tailwind and you can do this “repeatedly” ( post cycling ) so that your Instagram always has a fresh presence on Pinterest!

Will you be trying this out?
If yes let me know! And if you want to join the Tailwind Tribe you are more than welcome!

Join my Tailwind Tribe!

I Created A Tribe On Tailwind! Join Me ( Organic Content Sharing Strategy )

I have been playing with Tailwind App and doing some experiments to see how it can be used to help you grow your Instagram following. Over the last few days, I have come to realize that Tailwind is so much more than just an Instagram booster – or another way to schedule your social media posts.

A few days ago I mentioned how excited I was to play with Tailwind’s “Tribes” feature.

Tailwind Tribes allows you to host and join what are essentially engagement pods/swarms to boost the visibility of your content.

I say content because tribes are meant for promotional and link building not just for Instagram but also for blogs, Youtube, business websites.

>> Basically, any piece of content that has a URL you can share and promote it in your “Tribes.” <<

As someone who has previously tried to organize engagement pods and swarms in Facebook Groups; only to have them inevitably fall apart when they grow too big and chaotic, I LOVE the concept of Tribes.
And all of the features that Tailwind provides makes it easy to keep your tribe engaged and organized.

Here are some of the fun features!

Host a Tribe –

So if you want to build a community online Tailwind Tribes may very well be an alternative to Facebook Groups. ( Who are we kidding it is way better than Facebook groups… ) You have the option of making your group, public, invite only, or secret. You can also create rules for your tribe.

Communicating with your Tailwind Tribe is also super easy, as there is a built-in chat feature.
You can engage with your community in an ongoing group chat, or start one to one sub-chats with your Tribe members.
This alone is a pretty awesome feature.

Join A Tribe

If you don’t have the time or desire to build a tribe of your own you can also join one of the many already existing, niche’ tribes.
Choosing a tribe to participate in, is easy – just search by topic or niche’ and read the description.
Depending on what your goals are for content sharing ( are you growing a business? driving traffic to a blog? increasing your Instagram following ) you can find a tribe and connect with people who have similar goals –

Participating In Tribes

From what I have seen so far, partaking in Tribes and how much time commitment it takes varies depending on the group rules and how much spare time you actually have to commit. However, the plus side is that you can essentially go into your tribe and schedule WEEKS worth of Pinterest activity – sharing tribe posts, saving yourself time later. And, with the handiest chrome extension in the world >> you can easily ADD your own posts to multiple tribes that you are a member in.

If you have ever spent time manually pinning and trying to get traffic on your own content posts THEN YOU KNOW how revolutionary this is.
Obviously, like any tool the factors that come into play are

1.)  The quality of your content to begin with…

If you don’t have great content people in your tribe aren’t going to share so partaking is really a waste of time. Instead, focus on building good content for sharing and then networking it using Tailwind’s Tribes.

2.) The time you put in…

I am constantly reminding people that there is no magic solution for organic content networking. You need to do the work if you want the perks. However, I LIKE any application that automates a process and allows you to make THE MOST out of the time you are spending.

Okay – so as I promised I’ll be doing more reviews of Tailwind and the features included within Tailwind.
However, Tailwind Tribes right now has much attention as I can see this being a vital part of my own daily content networking strategy.

Already, Tailwind’s monthly cost is worth it – just for providing me access to this feature.
However, if you want to you can actually TRY OUT Tribes – for free ( no cost ) ...

I’ve also gone ahead and created my own Tailwind Tribe to start collecting people into.
You can join my Tribe by clicking the link below.
See ya there!

JOIN MY TAILWIND TRIBE! >> FREE <<

Brandie's Instagram Growth Hack Group On Tailwind

This is a tailwind tribe dedicated to growing your Instagram following and helping other people grow their Instagram following!

Members of the tribe are expected to follow the Tribe rules - sharing and promoting group members Instagram posts for the purpose of mutual growth and community.

Build Your Own T-Shirt Shop and Sell Shirts Online

Build Your Own T-Shirt Shop and Sell Shirts Online

I Launched A T-Shirt Shop And You Can Too!

Okay of all my “make money online” adventures this one is probably the most experimental and “let’s just see what happens” of them all. Today – despite the fact I had like 100 better things to do, I launched a t-shirt shop.
What!? How? Did you go out and buy a t-shirt printer? Like how did this go down?

Well, let me explain.

I have been thinking about getting into drop shipping for a while now.
I figured because I do Facebook Ads and I have run several successful campaigns for other drop shippers I may as well get in on the action.
However, I have had to put a pin in this idea for a for a few months because I am currently swamped with new ad clients and the time it would take to choose products and build up the dropshipping store, I just don’t have it.
But, today – while I was googling baby onesies on Pinterest ( and procrastinating on important work ) I saw a basic design for a romper and thought to myself I could do that…
I SHOULD do that.
Two hours later I am mucking around the backend of Spreadshirt and finalizing my designs in Photoshop.
Guys, I clearly have an addiction to creating side hustles.

Anyways – I launched my Spreadshirt T-shirt shop in under 2 hours. And I came up with the designs pretty much on the fly ( making social media-themed T-shirts because that’s my jam ) …
They aren’t very extraordinary but I do think – to the right people they will sell…
And for experiment’s sake, I am willing to drop some Facebook Ads on a few of ’em and see if I can get some movement.

Why did I choose Spreadshirt?

There are other “T-shirt” shops out there that anyone can sign up for and become an instant T-shirt designer. Spreadshirt is by no means unique or special as far as “concept” goes. However, I did do some quick research and I discovered that Spreadshirt has one of the best commission models for their designers, so that’s a plus one. Plus two is that I have ACTUALLY made t-shirt purchases from Spreadshirt in the past myself. So, I am already familiar with the quality of the shirts and I know that they don’t ship out trash. This is very important to me if I am going to endorse any online business that sells physical products. Spreadshirt uses a variety of different T-shirt suppliers ( shirts that they print on ) so you can choose what brand and what quality of T-shirt you want to put up in your shop.

For my shop, I put in a variety of premium quality shirts.

The third reason why I went with Spreadshirt, frankly – is because it has the most user-friendly interface. One minute I was doing my research, the next minute I am clicking around building my shop. It was SO EASY… almost a little too easy * looks around suspiciously*…

 

Anyways so now I am a T-shirt Designer / T-shirt Shop Owner as well.
You can check out some of my designs >> here! <<
I get 20% the commission on the T-shirts that I sell – so don’t be shy, buy, buy, buy!
( That was lame, I know )

Btw, I have already made my first sale.
To myself.
I just spent $50 in my own shop …
And yes, I am already very happy with my purchases.

Working Online My 4 Sources of Income

Working Online My 4 Sources of Income

I was inspired to write this blog after seeing a Facebook group posting that said: “are there any work online jobs that aren’t scams?“. I had to laugh. When I first started “working online” back in 2012, I to lamented that most of the work from home opportunities I came across were fake, or super sketchy. And, now 6 years into my digital career I have had my fair share of bad experiences and horror stories but somehow I’ve gone from being a “cynic” to a success story.

Now I think it is unfortunate that so many people believe that everyone who makes a living in the online economy is a scammer or part of some evil make money scheme. In fact, once you ingrain yourself in the online entrepreneur community you discover that the majority of people who are really doing it are creating unique, individual businesses that are in not scams and are no less real than any business you could walk down the street and walk into.

Online business – for the most part is just that “a business that exists online”… and the people ( like myself ) who run them, try our best to do so legitimately – with only a few bad eggs ( scammers ) in the basket. So, you may be wondering, as an online entrepreneur – How exactly do I make my income, if I am not part of some mega-scheme/scam? Well if you ask my husband, he’d say “I play on Facebook and the money just rolls in“… This isn’t exactly true, although the majority of our household income currently DOES come from Facebook and my Facebook-based business;

Growth Hack Ads – Growth Hack Ads is a business I created where I provide Facebook Ads help “on demand” for anyone who needs it. I work with other online entrepreneurs as well as small, and mid-sized brick and mortar businesses. The difference between what I do – with Growth Hack Ads – and a Facebook Marketing Agency is that there is no contract or retainer. The client simply messages me, books a time and during their appointment, we hash out the copy, creative, and targeting strategy for their ad. Then, I get it up and running and keep an eye on it for them. I also do Facebook Ad campaign consulting and help people come up with their funnel content. This is currently my main gig, and how I make money online But I also have three other sub-sources.

Instagram Training and my Instagram Mini-course – The stuff that I do with Instagram ( believe it or not ) is actually a fun little side-hustle. I started helping people with their Instagram because I had a lot of people in my online community asking me to after I reached 10K on my personal account! I created my free PDF: 5 Instagram Growth Hacking Techniques that you have not heard before – and then a mini-course about how to grow your email list and capture leads from your Instagram. I also have a virtual classroom that I run teaching more advanced Instagram marketing techniques!

Affiliate Links & Influencer “Stuff” I also get the odd payment here and there from companies that I have signed up to be affiliated with. This is something I just finally started taking seriously and I am surprised by how well it has been going. For the longest time, I resisted putting affiliate links on any of my content because I was skeptical about whether or not I’d get anything back. However, after having my “audience size” grow ( particularly on Instagram ) I decided to give it a shot. So far so good. I recently was approved for a few lucrative affiliate and influencer opportunities so we will see how those pans out.

Consulting Lastly – and this has been something I have done in one capacity or another throughout the majority of my online career is consulting. What I consult on varies depending on what my focus is at the time; currently being social media marketing and Growth Hacking strategies, but I usually can rely on consulting to pad the bank account here and there when the right opportunity comes up. What I mean is every once in a while I encounter someone who sees what I do – and wants me to teach them how to do it also. And so I send them an invoice and we make a plan to meet for one to ones and I teach them all about what I do online. Consulting, on the different things that I do, is something that I enjoy. It allows me to help someone else “skip a level” and get where they need to go faster than just figuring it out themselves.

Me: So that’s how I make money online – if you were wondering…
You: shut up Brandie, nobody asked… If you are reading this and still think that all internet money making opportunities are probably scams I hope I have at the very least inspired you to reconsider.

That said, I actually don’t believe that there is a whole lot of money making opportunities just sitting around on the internet waiting for you to come across them! You make your own opportunities. *wink* *wink* If you want to avoid a scam or being scammed – create something original; a service or a product. That’s my best advice.

Find Your Tribe On Tailwind

Tailwind Tribes! >> Try it for Free 

Okay, so I just wanted to post a quick update about Tailwind – as I announced that I was trying it out and in the process of writing an in-depth review of the app.
One feature on Tailwind that I am already just SO EXCITED about is the “Tribes” feature…
And it turns out that ANYONE can use this feature even if they have not yet signed up for Tailwind! 

So why is “Tribes” such an awesome feature in this app?
Two words; engagement pods.

What is an engagement pod you ask?

Well if you have never heard of engagement pods before ( come on seriously? ) – they are an online community or group; usually hosted in Facebook Groups where everyone shares content and interacts on each other’s content in a mutual exchange of traffic and for a bump in engagement numbers ( and reach )…
The reason why engagement pods are so popular is that when you participate in them your posts on social media or if you are a blogger, on your blog – get a bump in interaction on the day that you share the link in your pod. AND because all of the platforms have algorithms that determine who gets reach and visibility ( and the algorithm tends to favor posts with a lot of traffic and interaction ) you are able to use the traffic earned from participating in your pod community, to get an increase in organic reach on the content that you post.

Should you be participating in pods?

Pods or engagement swarms ( in my opinion ) are re,ly beneficial IF

a.) You have great content. Increasing reach on lousy content is just a waste of time. Because even if you increase the visibility to get new real traffic on the content – people will just bounce off NOT GOOD. So, first, you need to have share-worthy content.

b.) You have a business model that allows you to profit from this activity- this means that you either have your affiliate links in order OR a funnel in place to capture the traffic and turn people who engage with you, into potential customers –

c.) If you have the time to spare! – partaking in engagement swarms and pods can be quite time-consuming – if you don’t have the time to be an engaged member of that type of community or effort THEN you are better off not committing yourself

THAT SAID, if your ducks are in a row – you have content that you are proud of, a funnel or affiliate links in order, AND you have the time to spare.. then YES – yes you should be participating in these pods because IF you have enough people participating in this activity can give you an awesome leg up.

This is especially a good idea IF you do not have a budget for paid advertising for your business, but you do have content to share. As this is one technique that anyone can use to increase their organic visibility reach on sales funnels, blogs, videos and social media posts. ( Works for all )

Why are TRIBES by Tailwind so exciting???

Okay – so now that you know what an engagement pod is – I have to tell you a hard FRANK truth if you want to be part of one. Very often these things are disorganized clusterfucks. And unless the person in charge of it is extremely consistent and organized they can very quickly become a mess and fall apart. As someone who has tried to launch engagement pods of my own AND who has been in many ( that have died over time ) myself – this is the truth. And… in my many daydreams, I have hoped that somebody tech savvy would come up with an application that served as a solution.

Enter Tribes by Tailwind.

This is freak’n AMAZING. So Tailwind has a feature built into called “Tribes” within tribes a person can join communities ( that suite their niche ) and post links to their content ( to be engaged with and pinned ) – and then EASILY reciprocate within their tribe community by pinning and engaging on other members posts. FINALLY, engagement sharing is made easy.

PLUS this isn’t just a great way to get your content out there.
If you are looking to build your own following and connect with more people it is also a FANTASTIC way to serve your audience –
Honestly – if that doesn’t sound wonderful enough, you can also USE THIS FEATURE FREE without having to sign up for Tailwind – I know, I am salivating.

Okay – so if you are hearing about this for the first time and you have some content that you want to boost – and some time to spend; then >> click here << and give it a FREE trial.

This is something I KNOW I will be using to boost my Instagram content – and as I play with it, I will write up some more tutorials and reviews so that everyone can benefit!

I have started my own Tribe on Tailwind click the link below to request to become a member of my Tailwind Tribe!