Free Pinterest Content Calendar from Simple Pin Media: Review

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If you’re a new blogger, like I am, it feels like there are just way, way too many different things to do in order to build up your audience. I know I’m still in the very beginning stages, but I’ve found a few sites that I find super helpful. Today I’d like to share Simple Pin Media with you, along with their amazing, FREE Pinterest content calendar for 2017!

Get a FREE Pinterest planner from Simple Pin Media.
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Kate Ahl heads Simple Pin Media, and offers a ton of free information for bloggers who use Pinterest. She also has a paid course, which I haven’t taken yet, but plan to, simply because her free content is so amazing. One of my favorite features from her site is the free Pinterest calendar.

The calendar gives really clear direction for each month of the year, with suggestions on rearranging your boards, what content to pin when, and strategies to try. When I get too overwhelmed with wondering what I should be doing, I like to get this calendar out and get back to basics.

The layout is super clean and very easy to follow. There’s also a Simple Pin Media Facebook group, and it’s one of the best blog-related Facebook groups I’ve joined. I definitely recommend checking it out! The podcast is great as well, although I know it can be hard to find time to listen when the kids are awake – I actually listen at bedtime because my toddler is used to audiobooks as she falls asleep!

You can download your copy for free by joining Kate’s mailing list – and the list itself is full of good Pinterest tips, too!

You’ll notice that Simple Pin Media recommends Tailwind, and I do, too. It’s a great resource and they offer a free account – it just limits the number of posts you can schedule in a month. I used the free account for a few months to make sure I liked the service, which is officially sanctioned by Pinterest. I’m now a happy, paying subscriber and I think it’s been totally worth the time to learn how it works.

If you’re looking to make Pinterest part of your blog strategy – and I think you should if you’re in any kind of food, craft, fashion, home decor, or DIY niche – you should absolutely grab this calendar!
I didn’t receive any compensation for writing about this 😉 I just love it that much. I’ll post updates throughout 2017 with my blog’s progress as far as traffic, including how Pinterest performs for me!

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How to Get Facebook to Show Your Blog’s Preview Images

This is the first article in a series about starting and running a blog. Since I’m spending a lot of time learning the ropes right now, I thought I should share! A blog can (supposedly) be a great source of extra income, so let’s talk business. Let me know what you think!

How to get Facebook to display your preview image correctly 

Have you noticed it can be really tricky to get Facebook to show your blog’s preview images properly? You go to share your link and there’s no image at all or, worse, it seems to pick some random photo. An attention-grabbing image is really important for drawing attention (and clicks) on Facebook, so you definitely want your hard work to actually show up! So what’s the deal?

I can’t tell you exactly why it happens, besides ascribing it to the vagaries of Facebook. C’mon, Zuck! But I can tell you how to fix it, and that’s what we really want, right? Here we go, step by step through how to get Facebook to show your blog’s preview images correctly.

  1. Try the Facebook debugger.
    This is the first step because it seems to work for most people, most of the time, and I don’t believe most bloggers want to do more troubleshooting than they absolutely have to. So, first things first: When you’re typing a post to share on Facebook and the image isn’t pulling in correctly, go to the Facebook debugger.
    Look for the search box, paste your URL, and click “Debug.”How to get Facebook to show your blog's preview images - step by step
    The debugger will show you a link preview, and if you scroll down a bit further you’ll see a section with Open Graph tags. Look for “og:image” and see what’s in there – that’s what Facebook will use for your preview! If it’s incorrect, press the “Scrape Again” button and see if everything is in order. If it is, you’re good to go!
    How to get Facebook to display your preview image correctly
  2. Tell Facebook explicitly which image you want it to use.
    If that didn’t work, you might want to use the Open Graph format to tell Facebook which image you’d like it to use. (Heads up – that link is to the full Open Graph protocol and there’s a ton of good information, but it can be a little overwhelming, depending on your propensity for techie stuff.) You can do this with a line of code called a “meta tag”, which goes in the <head> section of each web page – including your blog posts.The easiest way to set these meta tags is to use a plugin, and I recommend the Yoast SEO plugin. It’s got lots of other features that are helpful for getting visitors to your blog, but I’ll just talk about how we can use it for Facebook image previews here. Once you have the plugin installed, it will display a box at the bottom of your post editing page. Click on the sharing icon on the left (the one that’s kind of an open triangle) and look for “Facebook Image.”
    How to get Facebook to display your preview image correctly
    Now you can either upload the image you want or, if it’s already on your blog, you can just use the URL. (That’s the part that goes in the src=”” attribute of your img tags, if you look in the Text tab of the editor for WordPress. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s OK – I’ll address it at another time!)Notice that you can also change the title and description that display on Facebook here. Handy, right? After you’ve published your changes, go ahead back to the Facebook debugger in step 1 and ask it to scrape again. You should now see the correct image! Nice!
    How to get Facebook to display your preview image correctly
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