FTC Disclosures: What Bloggers & Influencers Need to Know

FTC disclosures on social media can be confusing, and that’s putting it mildly. The FTC recently had a Twitter chat where they let users submit questions, which helped clarify things quite a bit. Below you’ll find some of the highlights of the FTC’s #Influencers101 chat. Back in 2011, I was invited to spend a day at the Consumer Reports campus in Yonkers, New York. It was honestly one of the coolest days I have spent as a blogger. In addition

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How and Why You Need to Update Old Blog Posts

“They” say that blogging is 20 percent writing and 80 percent promotion, but I think “they” forgot to include one very important aspect of blogging life, and that’s updating old content. Once you write a blog post you really don’t want to just forget about it for the rest of eternity. Well, you could, but it really wouldn’t be in your best interest to do so. Instead, every few months or on a yearly basis (at most), you will want

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Facebook’s New Branded Content Policy Does *NOT* Affect Affiliate Links

Facebook’s new Branded Content Policy is confusing, to say the least! There are so many questions about the policy and who it affects. In this post, we dive into who was really affected by the change and whether or not bloggers can still use affiliate links on their Facebook Pages.     It seems like Facebook is always trying to make things more difficult for bloggers! Whereas it used to be easy to post links and get traffic from the

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How Do Bloggers Make Money?

I was about two weeks into writing my blog back in 2009 when I first asked myself, “How do bloggers make money?” I fully believe that you should write your blog for you and only you — and only then will readers follow — but there’s also no reason why you can’t at least try to make money from your blog while creating content that you love! I loved what I was doing and while I didn’t yet have many

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Set It & Forget It: How to Use Tailwind’s Instagram Auto-Posting Feature

There have always been a lot of rules with Instagram, but they’re finally opening things up a bit by allowing things like Instagram auto-posting. Auto-posting, where you can line up all of your Instagram posts and have them publish on a schedule, is an amazing function that busy bloggers are going to love!   Hallelujah! After years of fighting it, Instagram is now working with some apps to allow auto-posting! With Instagram auto-posting, you will not only be able to pre-schedule your

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