– Written by Coco, creator and writer of Blog Darling

Pinterest is the #1 source of traffic to my blog – it makes up more than 80% of my traffic every month! That’s why I’m so shocked when I hear some bloggers say that they aren’t on Pinterest or they aren’t sure how it works.

Pinterest can be an amazing source of traffic for any type of blogger. Here are my top tips for using Pinterest to grow your blog!

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The theme you choose for your blog is the first impression you give readers when they come to your site. That’s why it’s so important to have a theme that’s responsive, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to navigate. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve left a blog simply because I didn’t like the way it looked or it was hard to find what I was looking for. That may seem harsh to some, but it’s the truth. If a blog looks unprofessional I’m not going to trust what the author has to say.

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When I started a blog I had no idea what I was doing. I had my parents camera, some makeup, and a free WordPress site. I posted when I had time, had no idea the importance of an email list, and was happy is my blog got 20 pageviews a day. It’s safe to say I have learned a lot since then about what goes into making a blog successful. Continue Reading

Instagram. Some of us bloggers love it, some are over it, but all of us seem to be fighting an uphill battle lately. Instagram has been getting a bad rep for its less than perfect algorithm, and sometimes it seems like gaining a following on the platform is next to impossible. While it can be difficult, I’m here to tell you that it’s not as hard as you think it is. I’ve started to gain followers that stick around by doing (and not doing) several things.

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I don’t think I’m alone when I say that driving traffic to my posts is my biggest struggle as a blogger. In my opinion, I think my photography and content is high quality. I interact with other bloggers and spend as much time on social media as I can manage. Over the past few months the traffic to my blog has slowly begun to increase, and maybe, just maybe, things are starting to take a turn.

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One of my favorite parts of blogging is the photography! I love finding bits and bobs around the house that I can use to style photos, and then getting behind the lense to take the perfect photo. Photo props can take a good photo and turn it into a great photo, and odds are you already have a lot of these items laying around your house. If not, you can easily find them at Target, because we all need another excuse to go to Target, right?

I’ve already shared with you my photography journey, and taught you how to make your photos look professional, so finally I’m going to share some everyday items you can use as photo props.

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