Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on January 23, 2024.
I have a confession to make- I don't like Pinterest.
To make a long story short, I simply never enjoyed how long it took to create pins for the return I got out of the network. This was likely due to my niches not performing best on Pinterest more than anything. But at the end of the day, the manual approach to making and scheduling pins simply was too time-consuming for me for the results (and, even when paying for a VA to do the work for me, I felt the same end effect all the same).
At first, I hated the program. But then I worked through the service's many glitches and found a pattern that worked for me- the tool helped me speed up creating and publishing pins by 95-99x! Although my traffic from the network is still nominal (partly because I am still waiting for the vast majority of pins to publish as scheduled), this improvement in time spent creating pins really helped me get back to using the service outright.
So let's jump into it with this review on why I found this one so buggy at the start and why I eventually came around to liking the program despite its many flaws.
Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on January 19, 2024.
We're always on the lookout for new travel affiliates and products to help generate revenue on our travel blogs.
One company that has been making waves in recent years is Stay22, a 3rd party affiliate company with unique blogging tech like maps with live API pricing of hotels, optimized redirects, generous payout terms, and, as of early 2023, a unique pop-up tool aptly known as POP.
I put the POP tool to the test on three of my blogs with travel content, and after collecting a year of performance data, I was truly shocked at what was found. This one product from Stay22 helped increase our annual revenue by $6,600- roughly doubling our hotel earnings in just a few minutes of installation work!
So in this one, I thought I'd share more about the POP tool from Stay22, my performance data over the 12 months monitored, and draw a few conclusions about how POP influenced my earnings.
Notes: I installed the scripts for POP on January 13th, 2023. Data referenced as 2023-2024 follows 12 months starting on this date and does not account for any optimization time that may be present shortly after installation. Likewise, any data reported from the previous year, labeled 2022-2023, uses January 13th as the reference point- not calendar year, despite being fairly close. Other discrepancies or estimates will be noted when relevant. Finally, this article was sponsored by Stay22; however, all data points and expressed opinions are my own.
Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on January 8, 2024.
The new year always feels like a fresh start in many aspects of life, and work on our blogs is no different.
As January is also fairly slow for many niches, the month is a great time to do some backend tasks to start the new year off right.
Whether you're analyzing last year's performance, updating dates or your media kit, or launching something new, now is the time!
Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on January 16, 2024.
The start of a new year is always a time to look forward, and when it comes to blogging in 2024, there are a lot of things to be aware of.
So in this one, we thought we'd pull out our crystal ball and look at some of the biggest things that are likely to come this year, predict what will happen, and share a bit about what we are doing to prepare!
Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on December 11, 2023.
For the longest time, I hated making Reels and TikToks. Actually, if I am being honest, I would go as far as saying that I hated making all videos for one simple reason- it is incredibly time-consuming.
Where I could edit a photo in just a few seconds using tools like Lightroom, editing video took tens of minutes to hours or even days pending length.
I almost even gave up on producing Instagram Reels because I simply found the in-app editing features to be buggy, glitchy, and not user-friendly and it really did not help my already unmotivated self get into it.
It wasn't until I downloaded CapCut (particularly, CapCut's desktop application) and started messing around with the program that I really began to enjoy making Reels and TikToks.
CapCut truly makes this one easy!