Why Business Planning Is The Secret To Success in 2020

Why Business Planning Is The Secret To Success in 2020

Do you set aside time regularly to plan what you want to do in your business? If it’s not something you currently do, I would strongly encourage you to embrace it for the remainder of this year as well as the one coming up. Believe me, I know how tough it is to plan! Well actually how hard it is to actually stick to my plan. Raise your hand if you can plan but you don’t tend to stick to the plan. Yup, me too! Raise your hand if you try and plan but end up putting fires out all day in your business. Been there too! 

Setting aside time to plan every month (you can do quarterly or yearly planning) about what I want to do and more importantly what growth I want to achieve has been crucial to my own success and consistency. I want to share some of what I’ve learned and what I’ve found helpful with you.

 

Why is business planning the secret to success? 

Let’s start off by taking a look at why business planning is “the secret” to success. There are a few different factors that come into play here. The first is efficiency. When you go in with a clear plan, you can focus on what’s most important i.e what will make you money. Instead of spending time trying to figure out what you should be working on, what’s missing from your product funnel, or what you need to do to make more mula, you know exactly what you need to be working on to reach your goals instead of putting out ‘fires’ within your business.

With a clear goal in mind and a plan for the year, it becomes easy to walk backwards to create effective and efficient daily to-do lists. Work on what needs to get done each day and you have no choice but to reach your goals.

 

Set a BIG goal for yourself 

Next, setting a big goal for yourself helps you think outside the box. If you don’t believe me, try it. Decide on a big income goal for the coming month. Write it down. Keep it in front of you. Then get to work and start to notice what happens next. You start to think of things that didn’t occur to you before. You come up with creative ways to get more traffic. You decide to run a fun promo that adds dollars to your bank account. The same happens when an important deadline comes up unexpectedly. Think back on that time in college when finals rolled around, or the last time your in-laws told you they would stop by later in the day. You got very creative about studying and cleaning didn’t you? I know I did. That for sure was all the motivation I needed.  

 

The Real Secret Sauce 

So far we’ve been focused on what we are actively doing to make progress by making a plan, setting goals and following through. There’s another dimension to all this that I would consider the real secret sauce and that’s what’s going on in our subconscious mind. While we are busy plowing through our to-do list, cooking dinner for the family, and even sleeping, our subconscious mind is working towards those goals as well. Work with your subconscious mind and listen to affirmations especially if you tend to have negative self-talk. With all the plans you made you don’t want to end up self-sabotaging yourself because your negative self-talk convinces you that you can’t do it.

Planning and setting goals is important because it helps you grow faster. That means you end up with more money for yourself and your loved ones while spending less time slaving away at your desk.

Why You Have To Write Your Business Goals Down

The simple act of setting a goal, even if it’s just in your mind, doubles your chances of success. That’s a pretty big deal in itself, isn’t it? If you take it a step further, and actually write those goals down, you’re 10 times as likely to succeed. Read that last line again please. That’s right…you can increase your chances of making it by 1,000%. That’s mind-blowing.

There are a few different mental and psychological processes going on here that start to give us a glimpse into why it is so important and effective to write our goals down. The first is that it’s a lot easier to remember something that we’ve written down. You’ve experienced this first hand with your grocery list. When you make a mental list of 10 or 15 things, you’re likely to forget about half of them when you get to the store. If you write out the list on the other hand, and then end up forgetting it on the counter, you will remember the vast majority of the items you needed. This is explained through the fact that information has to be moved from one area of the brain to another to turn it from thoughts into written words on a page. A process called encoding is also involved. All of this helps you retain and store the information better. It’s the reason we’re asked to take notes during lectures in college.

 

The Importance of Reviewing Your Goals 

Last but not least, when you write down your goals, you have something you can review regularly. This adds another layer of cognitive processing and increases your chances of success even further. Sadly, only a very small percentage of people make the time to regularly review and evaluate their goals. The ones that do are some of the most successful and highest achieving people out there. In other words, it’s something we should do as well.

To recap, start by setting smart goals. Write them down in as much detail as possible. Set aside some time to review them regularly. This could be weekly, or even daily. Give it a try for this quarter. Set yourself a goal. Be specific. This could be something like finally creating that first paid product or adding an extra $500 to your bottom line. Decide by when you’ll reach your goal and how you plan to get there. Write it all down and look at it every morning. This will help you stay on track and make time in your busy day to work on making progress towards your goal.

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How To Launch Your Own Virtual Assistant VA Business

How To Launch Your Own Virtual Assistant VA Business

Being a virtual assistant lets you live life on your own terms. You choose your hours, set your rates, and even cherry-pick the clients that you enjoy working with. As a virtual assistant, you can create your own schedule. This gives you the freedom and space to design your life and business. Are you wondering how to launch your own Virtual Assistant business? Continue reading if you want to learn what to put on your website, how to find your first clients, client pitfalls to avoid, how to set your rates and how to turn your virtual assistant clients into repeat buyers.

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What to Put on Your Virtual Assistant Website

Once you’ve decided to start your own business as a virtual assistant, you’ll want to create a website. Your website will function as your digital office. It’s where potential clients will go to learn more about you and your services.

The good news is that creating a website doesn’t have to be hard. There are four essential pages you’ll want to make sure you include…

The About Page

An about page is usually the second most popular page on a website. That’s because potential clients want to learn more about the person they’re considering working with. They want to know a bit about your personality and what projects you enjoy tackling.

Try to write a brief biography about yourself. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. Just two or three paragraphs that cover the basics like your name, where you live, and any previous job experience that’s relevant. For example, if you plan to offer logo design services, then definitely mention that you got a degree in graphic design in college. That will impress potential clients.

The Services Page

This is the page where you tell clients what you can do for them. It doesn’t have to be a particularly long page. Write a paragraph that highlights why you’re awesome to work with such as your attention to detail or your ability to make tech topics simple.

Then create a list of tasks you can do for your clients. You can use bullet points and cover some of the most important ones. For example, if you plan to be a virtual assistant to authors, some of your tasks might include:

  • Creating a Kindle cover
  • Applying for an ISBN number for a book
  • Organizing a blog tour
  • Hosting a Facebook party on launch day

Remember, that your list of tasks is not set in stone. You’ll probably change it as you gain experience and learn more about what services are most enjoyable (and profitable) for your business.

The Contact Page

Next, you’ll need to add a contact page to your website. You can post your email address but this has a tendency to result in heavy spam, making it more likely that you’ll overlook a message from a potential client.

So, you may want to try using a contact form. If your website is built on WordPress, you can use a free plugin like Contact Form 7. If you’re using website software, there may be an option for creating forms. You’ll need to check the help manual or reach out the support team for assistance.

The Portfolio Page

If you’ve never worked with a client, you might think you don’t have a portfolio. But stop for a moment and consider who you may have helped with similar tasks. For example, if you redesigned a friend’s blog, then show off a “before” and “after” screenshot. If you offer content marketing, then create two or three short sample articles to post to your portfolio.

It doesn’t matter that you weren’t paid for these portfolio pieces. When clients come to this page, they’re looking to see if you can do the tasks you promised and what your style looks like. As long as you show them you can do the work, they don’t care if you did that work just to help a friend.

When it comes to building your website, don’t drag out the process for weeks or months. Create your website and get busy looking for clients. You can always come back and change it once you have a steady stream of clients.

Finding Your First Clients as a Virtual Assistant

Once you’ve set up your website, you’re ready to start looking for your first clients. Many new virtual assistants don’t know where to look for clients or how to start marketing their new business. If that describes you, don’t panic. Here are a few ways to land your first client …

Ask for Referrals

The first and most obvious place to look for your first client is for a referral from friends or family. Tell everyone that will listen that you’re a virtual assistant and you’re looking for work.

Many VAs have started their careers just from referrals that came from their social circles. Share how you can help clients and be enthusiastic when describing what you do. Your enthusiasm can attract clients who are eager to work with you.

Use LinkedIn

Another place to look for clients is on LinkedIn. If you don’t have a profile on this social media network, set one up. If you have a profile you haven’t used in a long time, then dust it off.

When it comes to your job title, be sure to use the phrase ‘Virtual Assistant’. Project managers and potential clients do search on LinkedIn when they’re ready to hire someone and this is a term they’re likely to use.

After you’ve set up a LinkedIn profile or updated your existing one, start connecting with friends and colleagues. Sometimes, an invitation to connect can remind an old co-worker or friend that they know someone who needs your services.

Look in Facebook Groups

Think about the type of clients you want to serve. Maybe you want to help authors handle their social media. If that’s the case, look for Facebook groups where authors are gathered and request to join.

Depending on the group’s rules, you may be allowed to share your VA services in a post. Some groups don’t allow service providers to post about their businesses but they do let members ask for referrals. You can comment and tell other members about the services you offer if they’re looking for a VA.

Check Job Boards

Some virtual assistants have gotten their first clients through various job boards. Typically, job boards work like this: a client posts about the project they need done on the board. This project can be big like redesigning their entire website or it might be small like scheduling a few social media updates each month.

Then virtual assistants who are members of the job board can reply to the client, answering questions and sharing why they’re right for the job. If the poster decides to work with you, then you get the assignment.

Usually, the job board gets a percentage of your earnings as a fee for letting you use the service. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to pay any money up front to use the board. In fact, you only pay if you’re successfully matched with a client.

Keep in mind that finding your first clients as a virtual assistant can take some time. Don’t give up if it takes a few weeks to start seeing results from your marketing efforts. If you preserve and keep networking, you will land that first client.

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3 Client Pitfalls Virtual Assistants Should Avoid

Not every virtual assistant job is easy or simple. Some projects start out well but as you work, you encounter problems that feel overwhelming. The good news is that while it may seem like a big deal now, many of these problems can be solved quickly and efficiently once you know what to do.

Pitfall #1: Scope Creep

A big pain point for VAs is scope creep. This is when the client asks you to do more work than the original amount you agreed upon. For example, you’re designing a book cover for a client. She wants you to design bookmarks with the cover on them, too.

You may be tempted to accept this extra work without saying a word. But what you should really do is renegotiate with your client.

Keep in mind that most clients aren’t trying to get extra work out of you when they make a request. They just don’t understand how much additional time and effort these extra tasks will cause you.

One of the best ways to handle scope creep is to talk with your client. Tell your client that once the cover is completed, you’ll be happy to begin a new project for the bookmarks.

Pitfall #2: Not Getting Materials

A common pitfall that VAs encounter is not getting needed materials from a client. It might be that they haven’t sent you their logo, copy, or login information. The way to handle this issue is to send a short message to your client and let them know that you’ll have to charge an extra fee because you don’t have the resources you need.

Give them a clear deadline in your email. Say something like, “If I don’t receive XYZ from you within the next week, then you’ll be charged an additional $25”.

Most clients will quickly find the files you need when they get this message.

Pitfall #3: Extensive Revision Requests

Your client might love your work on Tuesday but ask for several large revisions on Wednesday. This is a common problem when you’re working on a project that requires approval from several people.

For example, the marketing manager may love your graphics. But the sales team leader wants to change the colors or suggest different fonts.

You can handle revision requests by communicating clearly. Tell the client that the first round of revisions is covered but after that, you’ll be charging $XX for each hour of work. When clients understand that they could be charged extra, they tend to limit revisions.

If you’re a new VA, you might think you should offer free, unlimited revisions. But you don’t want to make this mistake. Otherwise, you risk working on the same project for months or even years to come. Meanwhile, you keep waiting for the end of the project so you can get paid.

If a client feels strongly about a revision, then they’ll pay your additional rate without complaint. A good client understands that your time is valuable and never wants to take advantage of you or your skills.

Most virtual assistant problems can be easily solved with a simple conversation, whether by email or phone. You can stand up for yourself calmly and professionally now that you know what to do.

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Setting Your Rates as a New Virtual Assistant

Setting your rates as a new virtual assistant can feel scary. Many new VAs price their rates very low in the hopes that this will attract more clients.

While you may get more interest initially, this method usually backfires because bad clients tend to hire based on your price alone. You’ll end up thinking that being a VA doesn’t pay enough and is too much of a headache to deal with.

Here’s how to set better rates that attract quality clients…

See What Others Are Charging

It can be helpful to look at what other VAs charge to help you set your prices. Some virtual assistants do post their rates on their website.

But make sure you’re price comparing with VAs who do your type of work. Comparing rates between a VA who specializes in web design and a VA who specializes in social media videos won’t help you set your rates.

Hourly Rates vs Fixed Price

Next, you need to understand how VAs set their rates. There are two common ways to do this. Some virtual assistants charge a fixed price per project while others charge an hourly rate.

The hourly rate is helpful when you’re new and inexperienced. It gives you the space to learn how long it takes you to do certain tasks, which projects your clients value, and what a fair wage for your time is.

However, the hourly rate is not helpful if you have advanced skills. For example, when Trisha started out as a VA, she set up mailing lists for her clients. The process took her about 4 hours and she charged $25 per hour. This means her clients were paying her an average of $100.

But as Trisha developed her skills, it only took her 2 hours to handle mailing list set up. Since she was still charging by the hour, she earned $50 instead of $100. This means she was losing money because of her experience.

The way to overcome a problem like this is to offer a fixed price. That’s what Trisha began doing. She charged a flat-rate fee of $100 for every mailing list set up that she did. She was still offering the exact same service, the only difference was the new price reflected Trisha’s years of expertise and knowledge.

Ask for a Deposit

Make sure you ask for a deposit from your clients at the start of each project. This protects you in the event that you start working on a project but your client has to cancel it for some reason. You’ll still have the deposit which should cover the time you’ve already invested.

But a deposit also protects your client, too. It assures them that they’ve booked time on your busy schedule and makes their project a top priority.

Most clients understand this and will happily pay the deposit. But if a client balks when you bring this up, they may be more interested in test driving your services than making an actual purchase.

Setting your rates when you’re first starting your virtual assistant business might make you feel nervous. This is natural and you’ll become comfortable discussing your prices as time goes on.

Turning Your VA Clients into Repeat Customers

Some virtual assistants complain about the ‘feast or famine’ cycles in their business. But the truth is that VAs with this problem aren’t focused on getting repeat work.

When you have repeat clients, you can balance your bills each month with ease and you don’t have to spend time constantly searching for new projects. So, how do you get and keep repeat work? Try using some of these tips…

Do Your Best

If you don’t do a good job with the initial project, clients aren’t likely to hire you for follow up ones. Think of your first project with a new client as an audition. You want to bring your best work to the table so that next time they have a project, they think of you.

Meet Your Deadlines

When you don’t deliver on time, clients are less likely to give you repeat work. If there truly is an emergency or a valid reason that you can’t meet a deadline, let your client know as far in advance as you can.

Send an email or call them on the phone. Tell them that you won’t be able to meet the deadline then suggest a new one. For example, “A loved one is having emergency surgery this week, so I can’t meet our deadline. However, I can have your project back to you by (a new date). Does that work for you?”

When you approach clients this way, most of them will be understanding and will still be open to working with you again. Honest communication is the foundation of a successful working relationship. It’s essential if you hope to turn a client into a repeat customer.

Offer a Long-Term Arrangement

When you’ve finished working on a project that both you and your client enjoyed, bring up the subject of working together again. For example, you might say something like, “I enjoyed redesigning your website. I notice your social media branding doesn’t match. I can help you with that.”

Don’t be pushy when you make this type of observation. Simply point out a problem area and offer to help. Some clients will be enthusiastic and want to start work immediately while others may not be ready to hire you for another project just yet.

Create a Package

Another way to land more repeat customers is to create a package around your most popular services. If you’re a virtual assistant who specializes in social media management, then you could create a package where you upload 100 social media updates for your clients.

Your clients may be more likely to hire you to do this task when they know how much you’ll charge. It makes it easy for them to look at their budget and determine if they can afford your services.

But when it comes to creating a package, try to look for a task or project that clients will need monthly, like blog content or website backups. This way, your clients can continue to pay you month after month.

Getting repeat work can take time. Keep offering exceptional service and let clients know that you’re available for more work in the future.

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35 Places To Get High-Quality Photos for Your Blog

35 Places To Get High-Quality Photos for Your Blog

Have you ever wondered when you look at a website and see all of these beautiful, vibrant, professional and colorful photos? Where are these people getting their photos? Are they taking all of these photos themselves?  A high-quality photo brings a lot of attention to the viewer and as an entrepreneur or blogger, it’s important that you have scroll stopping photos. 

Think about it, say your shopping on a website and you came across a product that you really wanted but the quality of the photos was so pixelated and to small to really gauge the product that you ended up passing it by without a second thought.  Or maybe the picture looked unflattering, maybe the lighting was off or the background was too distracting. 

If you are selling products in an online store the best practice would be to have as many images from different angles that you can possibly add. If it is a digital product one or two images will suffice. If you have a blog you want to have beautiful photos that display what your post is about. As long as its high quality! 

I know what your thinking……how much is this going to cost and can I get it for free? Do you have to buy a high-quality camera? Do I need those extra lighting all over the room? Do I need a blank white backdrop?  That’s like a whole new skill to learn! But that is not necessary starting out. You can actually get a lot done with just your phone with the technology out these days. Phone pictures can easily pass as professional.  Don’t sweat it, your all good! 

But what if you don’t want to take photos on your own?  What if you want a photo of the Caribbean but you live nowhere near the Caribbean to take a photo of yourself?

You may be thinking I can just grab a photo download it off google or a website and put it on my website.  That would work in a perfect world but there are big limitations to that. Not everything including images you see on the internet is free. There are copyright and commercial use for photos from the owners that took the photos. But that’s okay, there is a way to search for images that are free to use.  You can make sure you are safe legally in finding your photos by searching the word “free use images” after whatever image you are trying to find.

A few examples of the keywords:


Sunset free use images 

Free to use sunset images

Non-copyrighted sunset pictures

Non-commercial use sunset photos

Royalty-free sunset pics

There are many great photos on the internet that are specifically for anyone to use extremely high-quality images.  They call these stock images they are professional photographs of common places, landmarks, nature, events, people, children, babies, fashion, animals, relaxation, jewelry, workplace, electronics the list goes on that are bought and sold on a royalty-free, commercial free, non-copyrighted basis and can be used and reused for commercial design purposes.

Here is a list of my favorite stock photo websites:

You can use these stock images to fill up headers, footers, welcome pages, landing pages and about me pages, backgrounds, blogs to fill and dazzle your pages with professionalism and engaging posts.

Good luck and happy creating!

Resources: 

Free Course: How To Start A Blog – https://buildyourbestyear.com/Free-Start-A-Blog-Course

Free Course: Start A Dropshipping Store, Shopify Course – https://buildyourbestyear.com/Free-Dropshipping-Course

Done-For-You Social Media Calendar: https://buildyourbestyear.com/Angies-Social-Media-Calendar 

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What Web Hosting Service Should You Use Between Bluehost, Hostgator Or Siteground?

What Web Hosting Service Should You Use Between Bluehost, Hostgator Or Siteground?

In business, a website is a must-have asset. It’s where potential clients will find and get to know you. It’s the first place referrals will turn to learn more about you. It’s where you’ll sell your products and services, invite contact requests, brand yourself in your niche, and show off what you know. It might also be where you host your webinars, offer group coaching programs, publish a podcast, create a blog, sell your products and even set appointments with clients. 

Whew! That’s a lot of jobs for a single website to do. There are multiple ways to set up a website: You can use WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, or tools like ClickFunnels

If you’re going to have a website you need to have a reliable web host. Web hosting is a service provided that stores your website information. If you would like to learn, which web hosting company you should choose then continue reading. 

Web Hosting

How do you find a web hosting company with the features, support, and price that serves your needs? Here are some tips that will help you select the right web host.

I’m going to compare some of the best web hosting companies that you can use to start you off on your entrepreneurial journey. Bluehost, Siteground and Hostgator will be the main ones that I will refer to since I have experience with them all.

Bluehost is one of the largest and oldest hosting companies out on the market helping more than 2 million customers.  Hostgator also is no slouch while it is a little younger in the game it has helped millions to run their website and hosting needs.  Siteground is the youngest of the bunch and has learned a few things from its predecessors making it stand out and will make a good comparison.

These are the most basic plans for each of these major hosting giants that I have worked with.  By the time you are finished reading this blog post, you will know which web hosting company will be the best starter up plan to get your website up and running.

Domain

When first starting a website you will need a domain.  The domain is simply the name of your website. You will recognize it as the www.NameOfYourWebsite.com.  

BlueHost @ 36 months

Hostgator @ 36 months

Siteground @12 months

BlueHost and Hostgator both include a free domain for 1 year, which is great because you wouldn’t have to take an extra step into buying it with another provider and having to transfer it over. With Siteground you will either have to purchase a domain with them for $15.95/year or get it from other places like GoDaddy where prices vary from $7.99 to $17. 

Upon completing the process you will have to check for domain availability.  This means that you will have to be creative in figuring out what your brand name should be for the name of your site.

Security

Free SSL certificate is pretty much the standard for many web hosters.  This is what keeps your website secure especially if you want to run an eCommerce store in the future where your site will be dealing with transactions. You can feel safe that your website won’t get hacked and also none of your customer’s information will be stolen.

Bandwidth

This means that traffic would not be an issue for you, you can have many users visit your site without any limitations!  All three of these hosting companies do a good job on that.

Pricing

In order to receive the best discount possible (i.e you are sure this is a business/blog you will be consistent with), you will need to choose a longer plan to commit to like 12, 24 and 36 months. 
If you don’t want to make that big of a commitment just yet and spend your hard-earned dollars on something you are not entirely sure about then that is okay, you can try it out for one month and that is where Siteground shines they offer a one month trial for ($3.95 +$14.95 startup fee) $18.90.

Emails

You are going to need a domain email address that is official for your brand. I’m not talking about isellstuff@yahoo.com or buymystuff@gmail.com you want to have something like support@yourbusinessname.com or hello@yourbusinessname.com. If you are in business, your customers do not want to see the yahoo or (please don’t tell me you have) aol as an email for correspondence.

Why is it important?

  • You look more legit.
  • You appear more professional.
  • And it creates more brand awareness.

Siteground and Hostgator offer unlimited emails with their web hosting accounts.  BlueHost offers 5 free business emails. 

In my opinion, if it’s just you 2 to 3 emails are just fine. But if you’re like me you want to prepare ahead of time because you just know your business is going to blow up and you will need 100 emails. Don’t be me!  

Money-Back Guarantee

In any case that you are not satisfied with your service or just didn’t use it the way you thought you were going to.  You can contact your chosen web hosters and ask for a full refund. This is a very great option for many businesses and it also gives you peace of mind knowing that if you didn’t like the service for any reason really, you can cancel it.

Hostgator offers more of a cushion than the other companies up to 45 days!

Hostgator- 45 days

Bluehost -30 days 

Siteground-30 days 

Be Smart About Your Hosting

Unlimited domains! Unlimited space! Unlimited bandwidth! And all for around $8 per month. You’ve probably seen the claims and may even have a hosting account with one of these companies.

Here’s the problem. This type of shared hosting is inexpensive only because they overload their servers with thousands of websites. Just as close proximity in crowded classrooms allows human viruses to quickly spread, close proximity of websites on a shared server means one infected site is a risk to all the others.

Rather than looking for the least expensive (and riskiest) hosting option, choose a host that allows you to isolate each site on its own cPanel. Doing so will greatly improve the security of your website.

In the end, the safety and security of your site and its data is entirely up to you. Keep your software up to date, use good passwords, and choose a secure hosting environment, and you’ll be well ahead of the curve on this. That’s why I recommend you go with Bluehost, Hostgator and Siteground

Conclusion

Bluehost, Hostgator and Siteground can get you where you need to go.  They all do the same thing the only difference is the quality and price that you pay.  They all offer upgrades and add-ons to make your process easier to achieve your goals 24/7 customer support, reliable speeds, uptime. 

Avoid free web hosting services. These services support themselves by placing advertisements on the top of all the websites they host. These advertisements may annoy your visitors or make your site appear unprofessional. In addition, some free hosts may restrict the amount of commercial content allowed on the websites that they host.

As is obvious by now, getting a website up and running takes more than just choosing a catchy domain name, you need a good web hosting company, for starters. There are many web hosting companies to choose from, but not all will be suitable for your site. Take the time to compare hosts, and put these suggestions to use as you assess your needs, make comparisons, and ultimately select the right web host with the service and features you need. 

How To Embed A Pinterest Board On Your Website

How To Embed A Pinterest Board On Your Website

How To Embed A Pinterest Board On Your Website. Learn how to add an image of your Pinterest board, pin or profile to your website. There are many apps out there, like MiloTree that you can use to get people to follow you or your boards on Pinterest right on your website. While these apps are great, some of them cost money monthly to use or they will slow your website down.

Luckily there is an easy way to display your Pinterest Board, pins or profile on your website that does not require you to install an app on WordPress.

Why Add your Pinterest Board or Profile in the Sidebar on WordPress?

250 million people use Pinterest every month and this number continues to grow. Pinterest is a platform where people are ready to buy. 90% of Pinterest users say that Pinterest helps them decide what to purchase.

If a user visits your websites and they prefer Pinterest, with a WordPress sidebar widget you could keep him or her engaged with your brand on the social media platform they prefer. This will help you reach a wider audience as well because they can start pinning your valuable content. You can find out how to build relationships on Pinterest, here

How to Add a Pinterest Board in the Sidebar on WordPress?

In order to add a Pinterest board to your sidebar in WordPress, you will want to go to the Pinterest Widget Builder. 

There are a few options for you to embed to your website like the save button, follow button, a pin, board or your profile. 

Once you click on board. You will be given the option to add your Pinterest board URL and then select a size. The size options are square, sidebar, header or you can create your own dimensions. 

To add your Pinterst URL, open another tab and click on Profile > Boards. Click on the board you want and then copy the URL at the top.

 As you can see I added my Pinterest Board URL and selected the sidebar size. 

 Now scroll down and grab the code.  

Now that you have the code for your Pinterest Board, you will go into your WordPress dashboard and select Appearance on the left hand side. You will then select Custom HTML and then add the code into the content section and save. 

Now you have the Pinterest widget added to the sidebar of your WordPress website like mines below. 

You can also add a Profile and Pin widget by selecting Profile or Pin instead of board in the Pinterest Widget Builder. Check out my examples below. 

As you can see it is super simple to embed a Pinterest board, pin or profile on your website. Which widget did you add to your website?

P.S. These pins where create with the Pinterest widget builder! Simply go to pin and enter your pin URL. Then you can copy the code and enter it on your blog post. 

If you liked this blog post, please save one of the pins below to your Pinterest account. 

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