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Sunday Link Love: Cultivating Community, Legal Checklist for Your Blog + Pricing Tips

June 11, 2017

Sunday Link Love is a recurring series of hand-picked digital marketing and entrepreneur lifestyle links from around the web.  The links are very, very rarely affiliate links, but if any are, I’ll say so. Along with sharing my recent favorites, it’s also a way for me to keep an extra-personal touch to my blog. Social media is great, but my blog is still my home base!

On my mind… I just spent the past week in Montgomery Alabama for a client, so my head is swimming with ideas and to dos. It’s always fun getting to revisit where I lived for a few years and see what’s new.

What I’m loving… Summertime adventures are well underway! Not only traveling, but local Pittsburgh events are popping up more and more. I finally got to attend the Arts Fest last weekend and had a blast. 

What fun events are going on in your city this summer?
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Umbrella Sky at Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh


Reading… That Night by Chevy Stevens. After traveling and socializing all week, I buried myself under the covers and read for awhile this weekend. It’s a good mystery/thriller, so I was drawn in quickly.

Now on to this week’s round up!

Marketing + Entrepreneur Lifestyle Round-up:

» Ever heard of welcome email? Not sure what to include or why it’s key for you, your brand and your subscribers? Read this.

» As you probably know, my mission is to help you harness strengths, personality, and energy to easily + authentically market your work to exactly the people who need it. That includes building your community. Check out this free workbook from Ashley Beaudin and her post on how to cultivate more community in your brand.

» Coming up with blog post ideas is SO hard sometimes! This list of 32 blog posts ideas from the Blog Stylist can definitely give you some inspiration. Continue Reading…


Sunday Link Love: Scheduling Your Work Week, Improving Squarespace SEO + Getting Testimonials

May 21, 2017
Sunday Link Love: Scheduling Your Work Week, Improving Squarespace SEO + Gathering Testimonials

Sunday Link Love is a recurring series of hand-picked digital marketing and entrepreneur lifestyle links from around the web.  The links are very, very rarely affiliate links, but if any are, I’ll say so. Along with sharing my recent favorites, it’s also a way for me to keep an extra-personal touch to my blog. Social media is great, but my blog is still my home base!

On my mind… It’s this beauty’s wedding weekend! By the time this goes live on Sunday, they’ll have been married, with Aaron and me by their sides as a bridesmaid and best man.

bohemian wedding bridal shower

What I’m loving… I upgraded my Fitbit to an Alta HR and am loving the sleep cycle tracking! Ever since reading The Sleep Revolution, I’ve been making sleep more of a priority. Some days this week that meant sleeping in until 9am, but I noticed I was more productive throughout the day. Does anyone else have guilt around sleeping in, even if you set your own hours?

Reading… I just finished listening to the audiobook You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. It was nothing I haven’t already heard from Danielle LaPorte, Brene Brown, Jess Lively and all the other inspirational women, but it came at a time when I needed the reminders around the energy you bring to your life. I always need the reminders. 

A few observations from listening to the book:

  1. Despite having read books with the same overall message, I still listened to it and enjoyed it. So if you’re worried about there already being people doing what you want to do, this is an example that there’s room for everyone. You have a unique view, and if you’re spreading goodness and helping people, your message is needed over and over.
  2. The day I started listening to this book, I met someone at Starbucks who was carrying the book. We started talking about business before I noticed he had it, but after seeing it, I had to mention the coincidence. He later sent me another audio book to pay it forward. The Law of Attraction at work, possibly?

 So anyway, on to this week’s round up!

Marketing + Entrepreneur Lifestyle Round-up:

» Ever struggled with explaining your life as an entrepreneur? Especially with your loved ones? The next time someone asks you to make plans during your work hours ask them to read this insightful and caring post on loving someone who is self-employed.

» With springtime comes spring cleaning, and as an online entrepreneur that can include updating your website images. If you’re planning a photo shoot this season, before heading out with your photographer check out these great wardrobe do’s and don’ts for your personal branding photos.

» “Is Squarespace bad for SEO?” is one of the most common asked questions relating to SEO. Kaitlyn shares 5 specific ways that you can start improve your SEO on Squarespace (or any other platform for that matter) today!

» I love running my own business yet like most online entrepreneurs managing my time can sometimes definitely be a real struggle. Reading Lauren’s post on effectively scheduling your work week has helped me tremendously!

» If you follow me on Instagram, you know that in the last couple of months I’ve done quite a bit of traveling both for pleasure and business. And it doesn’t seem like it will be slowing down anytime soon. Now don’t get me wrong – it’s been amazing but these 10 tips on how to continue building my blog while traveling have been a life saver!

» Want to improve your strategy on LinkedIn and win new business? Follow these 9 easy steps from Conversion Minded.

»  The know-like-trust factor is one those online terms that get easily thrown around as the latest “must-have” in order to make your business a success. Megan from the Crafting Creative gives an amazing spin and explains that the “know” part of the know-like-trust-factor actually isn’t actually about your audience knowing you.

» Are you so excited to jump into the next project that you often forget to get constructive feedback and testimonials from your clients?  Here’s the wake-up call you need.


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Sunday Link Love: Perfectionism, Instagram Following + Managing Your Inbox

May 7, 2017
Sunday Link Love: Perfectionism, Instagram Following + Managing Your Inbox

Sunday Link Love is a recurring series of hand-picked digital marketing and entrepreneur lifestyle links from around the web.  The links are very, very rarely affiliate links, but if any are, I’ll say so. Along with sharing my recent favorites, it’s also a way for me to keep an extra-personal touch to my blog. Social media is great, but my blog is still my home base!

On my mind… We had an amazing trip! For the first part of our adventure we flew into Orlando (where we had too much fun in the Harry Potter airport gift shop), then stayed with friends in Melbourne. Next we stayed in Key Largo and explored the Keys for 2 days, followed by a night in Ft. Lauderdale. Each location and beach had such a different feel; it was interesting.

In the comments I’d love hear about any adventures you have planned this summer!

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Our last night in Key Largo

What I’m loving… all of you who nominated me again this year for One Woman Shop’s 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs! This year, they’re mixing it up with a voting period to determine the #1 site in each category. I would love your vote! Cast your vote here before 5/25.

Reading… A mix of not sleeping well lately and my vacation allowed me to finish three books over the past 2 weeks. I got partway through Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, and while it was really interesting, I ditched it to fulfill my fiction craving. I devoured The Death of Bees and You Know Me Well, along with another quick (but funny) non-fiction read called Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs.

What’s on your reading list this summer?

Now, on to this week’s round up!

Marketing + Entrepreneur Lifestyle Round-up:

» Inbox zero is definitely one of the many challenges online entrepreneurs face on a daily basis (this includes me!). Holly breaks down her 3 step system that helps her stay on top of her inbox and stay more calm and productive.

» Have you ever spent hours writing a great blog post and then have no idea how to create a killer blog post title? Check out this great 85 fill-in-the-blank blog title template.

» The idea of perfectionism is something I’ve admittedly struggled with, and Allie’s post on progress not perfection was a great reminder to stay mindful.

» My goal has always been to help you stand out authentically in this crowded online space. A big part of that is choosing collaboration over competitiveness, and this post explains 5 reasons why collaborating is good for your business.

» Creating a cohesive branding strategy is definitely one of the biggest dilemmas that multi-passionate creatives can face. Caroline takes a great approach in this post on how to focus your brand when you have a ton of different interests.

» Ever wondered how much to charge for a sponsored blog post? This great guide explains how what to charge really has nothing to do with a number and everything to do understanding the different factors.

» Clearly I’m an Instagram fan – just scroll down a little more and you’ll see that it’s true. And it’s no wonder that with over 500 million active users, it is definitely one not to miss if you want to build your online business. Fiona shares 9 surefire ways to get started on building real followers on Instagram.

» If you’ve been following my blog for some time you know that I’m a firm believer in running an authentic business. But when it comes to affiliate marketing it may sometimes feel as if your selling out. Nesha does a great job of explaining how to boost your freelance income while still being true to your values.


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Sunday Link Love: Handling Writer’s Block, Using Yoast in WordPress + Boosting Newsletter Subscribers

April 23, 2017

Sunday Link Love is a series of helpful marketing and entrepreneur lifestyle resources from around the web, plus a few insights into my behind-the-scenes life.

On my mind… The past few weeks have been all about the ebb and flow of energy for me.

What I’m loving… The warmer weather! Even while living in Florida I was somehow vitamin D deficient, so you bet I’ve been enjoying soaking up the sun lately.

Reading… On Monday I started Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, by T. Colin Campbell (co-author of The China Study published a few years ago). I haven’t read a book about nutrition in awhile, so I’m enjoying the reminders. Just like The Sleep Revolution that I finished last week, I’ve read similar books before but need a reminder every so often.

Anticipating… Heading to Florida on the 28th for the first non-work or family related vacation I’ve had in a long time!

Learning… I had another inspiring session with my business coach this week. The biggest lesson from my session was around value messaging for my services. My clients pay me for my experience and results, not for my hours.

Now, on to this week’s round up!

Marketing + Entrepreneur Lifestyle Round-up:

» Consistently writing great content for your blog and business definitely has its challenges! I know I’ve struggled with this in the past, and it can often lead to self-doubt and mental blocks.  These four great writing tricks will help you get out of your head and start writing.

» Struggling to get more clients? Read about how to use the fundamentals of online marketing to build a sales funnel. You’ll be bringing in clients on autopilot!

» Choosing a name for your blog can be hard! Here are great tips on how to choose the perfect blog name (plus a free editable style guide template).

» Speaking of starting a blog, read this first: 13 myths you believe about launching your blog & online business (but never should) – trust me you won’t regret it!

» In the online business world, your subscribers are key to your success. Maya shares amazing tips on authentically boosting your newsletter subscribers into a healthy and thriving email list filled with people who love your message.

» Looking to better use Yoast settings on with your WordPress site? Check out this guide on how to use Yoast SEO in WordPress Pages and Posts.

» Being an introvert in an extrovert-favored world can be exhausting, and you know I’m all about promoting self-care! Kayla shares how she’s managing her energy levels as an introvert.

» Ever wonder how you can create a workbook to share and help your readers? Read this post will definitely help you get started on the right track.


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Sunday Link Love: Money-Talking Tips for Introverts, Using NoFollow Links Correctly + Building Smart Work Habits

April 9, 2017
Link Round Up Including Introvert Business Tips, Using Nofollow Links Correctly & Creating Smart Work Habits

I don’t even know where the time and days are going this year… but I guess that’s every year, right? Does anyone NOT feel like this? I’d love to know.

On my mind… I’ve been taking my marketing and networking offline more lately. I set a goal at the beginning of the year to attend one in-person networking event per month, and so far I’m averaging two or three. As an introvert it can be exhausting, but I also feel like I’m finally establishing some roots in an area. Pittsburgh has a lot to offer for female entrepreneurs, so it’s really exciting.

What I’m loving… All the live music I get to see in Pittsburgh. Everything from The Lumineers and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness to local blue grass bands in the War Streets Brewing garage, it’s all fun.

Last weekend I made new friends at a concert and we accidentally stood in line to meet Atlus Genius. They did put on a great show, so even though we were trying to find Andrew McMahon, it’s all good!

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Accidentally meeting Atlus Genius

Reading… GUYS. You have to read The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington. I knew sleep was important, but this book is still changing how and why I’ll prioritize it.

Anticipating… Aaron and I finally booked a vacation at the end of April. If you have any recommendations for things to do in the Florida Keys, let me know!

Learning… How to customize Squarespace templates. I’m working on something exciting that I can’t wait to unveil. My Instagram stories will have sneak peeks over the next few weeks.

Now, on to this week’s round up!

Marketing + Entrepreneur Lifestyle Round-up:

» As introverts, the thought of talking with a client about money can create a lump in your stomach the size of an exercise ball.  Erika understands this and in her kind way provides amazing tips plus 4 polite fill-in-the-blank client scripts to help you be a boss.

» Not using “Nofollow links” properly can get you into big trouble with Google – even if you think you’re doing everything right. This post explains why and what you can do to protect yourself.

» JPG? PNG? GIF? Not sure what the difference is or when you should use which graphic format? Read this.

» Although owning a business is amazing it definitely comes with periods of stress and overwhelm… especially if you suffer from migraines like I do. Taking care of ourselves is vital to keeping our businesses moving forward. Here are 5 major migraine culprits and how you can avoid them.

» I don’t know about you, but finding my voice and writing the copy for my business was something I struggled with when I first started my blog. This post is filled with 16 ways you can update your website copy in one day and attract the right kind of audience.

» Speaking of website copy, here are 3 client questions your website homepage should answer.

» I love getting my hands on productivity tips that help me to stay focused and moving forward. Alexandra explains how block scheduling can help you not only stay focused but more intentional with your time.

» If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know how important I think self-care is and even more so when running a business or side hustle. It’s important to build smart work habits and ensure your well-being so that you can stay creative and keep your business thriving.


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Sunday Link Love: Free Planning Calendars, 38 Webinar Ideas + How to Get Better Sleep

March 12, 2017

I’m trying something new this week and jumping in on The Blogger Tribe‘s Sunday Lately series, led by the lovely Angelica and Katy!

Each Sunday the group shares a sneak peek into their lives based on different prompts.


I’ve been really into peppermint essential oil lately.


Sunshine. The weather here in Pittsburgh has been insane the past few weeks. From days of sunny 60-degree amazingness to waking up with an inch of snow on Friday…I’m just not sure what to do with myself.


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Sunday Link Love: Mind Mapping, Affordable Stock Photos + Winter Self-Care

February 26, 2017

The past two weeks included a trip to California, another round of The Imperfect Boss campaign, and a busy week trying to catch up on emails.

On my mind… With all of that going on, the idea of the entrepreneurial “hustle” and finding the right flow in my business have been weighing heavily on my mind. You can read more of my personal feelings on hustling in the first Instagram post below. I’d love to know your thoughts in a blog comment or Instagram comment!

What I’m loving… I can’t get enough of The Lively Show podcast and the direction Jess is going with flow, intention, energy, quantum mechanics, etc. It’s so fascinating! What podcast are you loving lately?

Now, on to this week’s round up!

Marketing + Entrepreneur Lifestyle Round-up:

» I had never heard of Peek User Testing before but thanks to this great list of must-have business tools by Studio Krystal I will definitely be checking out.

» I’ve heard people mention mind mapping but haven’t had the opportunity to test it out yet. The visual organization aspect of it looks really helpful.

» Like I always say when you feel your best, you’ll do your best! These ideas will help you to fight the winter blues and prepare for spring.

» There’s a lot of confusion surrounding how to best use categories and tags on your blog. I haven’t found a post that explains it exactly how I view it, but this one comes really close.

» If you’re an introvert, you can still be an excellent entrepreneur and have a social media personality.

» I love lists, organization tips, and spreadsheets…so this post is PERFECT.

» Want to monetize your blog but not sure what to believe? This post breaks down popular myths about making money from blogging.

» #1 and #3 are the biggest business habits I’m trying to break this year. Which ones are you working on?

» Having great images is SO important for your online presence, but you don’t have to break the bank to create them. Also, check out this great guide on where to find free or inexpensive styled stock photography.

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Sunday Link Love: Create a Business Plan, Improve Your Sales Page + Take Care of Yourself

February 12, 2017

I’ve been compiling these Sunday Link Love posts for years now with varying styles, but only recently did I realize I’ve completely neglected an intro.

I probably had an intro on the very first post, but otherwise, nope. Nothing.

The intro is always the hardest part of writing for me (and probably most people). I would probably have way more blog posts published if it weren’t for the intro.

Honestly, I’ve been lazy with these round-up posts. But I’m working on updating and improving my content this year, so that includes improving the Sunday Link Love series!

In the comments, I’d love to hear:
  • Which type of content do you click on most? (business-starting tips, wellness & lifestyle tips, social media tips, etc.)
  • Are there any categories you’d like to see more of? (email newsletters, healthy recipes, introverts in business, etc.)

Now, on to this week’s round up!

Marketing + Entrepreneur Lifestyle Round-up:

» Business plans are important, but if you’re short on time (and/or patience!) Rosanna shows us how using a basic SWOT analysis can get you started in a short amount of time.

» Once you have your business plan in place, it’s time to get serious about your sales page. Try this simple three-step system to help make you the obvious choice for your clients.

» Pinterest is one of my top traffic referral sources, so harnessing all that potential for leads is key. Here’s how you can turn Pinterest traffic into leads, and the best part is you can automate it!

» Ever feel like someone is going to call you out for being a fraud…despite the fact that not only are you qualified, but your clients have told you how great you are? Break the imposter chain and start feeling like your amazing self again.

» Feeling tired? There’s been a lot of online buzz promoting the idea that in order for your business to succeed you have to work longer days and give up on sleep. Are you guilty of this? It’s been scientifically proven that lack of sleep compromises your health and productivity.

» Speaking of self-care, if your super busy schedule is preventing you from taking care of yourself giving up these 13 things will help you to gain the success you’re looking for.


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Sunday Link Love: Planning Downloads, Business Finances + Reaching Your Goals

January 8, 2017
Business Lifestyle Link Love

Launching something new in 2017? This free quick start guide will help tremendously!

As an entrepreneur managing 15-20 brands at any given time, it can be hard to stay focused. I can’t wait to dig into this free workbook to get a better handle on it!

I’m getting serious about planning and efficiency, and I think this blog boosting planning download will help tremendously.

While I’m talking about free printables, I have to mention these adorable (free) daily and weekly planner sheets I found on Pinterest!

I love the Click to Tweet graphics I’ve been seeing on blogs lately. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create them easily with Canva.

Want to get your social media strategy organized for 2017? Follow this easy, stress-free guide from Devan Danielle.

It’s that time of year again! Are you guilty of these business finance misconceptions?

Do your email campaigns match the rest of your branding? If not, here are 3 simple ways to fix it.

If a super busy schedule is preventing you from reaching your goals, these tips will help.

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Sunday Link Love: Growing Instagram Followers, Building a Client List + Avoiding Burnout

December 4, 2016
Business Lifestyle Link Love

Loving these email scripts to help build a client list!

If you work from home, you know it can get lonely…especially during winter. Kayla Hollatz has 3 ideas to beat these winter blues. (I’ve already started doing #2 more!)

My days have been non-stop busy lately, so I’ve been relying on quick nutrient-rich meals like smoothies. I haven’t been a fan of beets since an ill-advised juicing experience, but this “Beet the Dragon” smoothie has me intrigued!

Speaking of busy days, anyone else get stuck in the burn-out cycle? This blog post and free download will help you change your habits and reclaim your evenings.

Writing a good introduction is SO hard sometimes! This simplified guide from Hubspot makes it much easier.

Wonder how some bloggers get thousands of Instagram followers? Charlie from The Runner Beans is dishing on how she got 20k followers in one year.

Putting yourself out there online can be such a challenge. It makes us vulnerable and open to criticism from complete strangers. Here are 10 helpful ways to deal.

You CAN grow your coaching business using Instagram. Here are 10 ways.

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