Newbie Blogger Secret, Why Pinterest is My Bestie

In my first month as a blogger, I seeing traffic and even got accepted by Google AdSense. I take every small win I can and I want to share the keys to success that I’ve discovered!


My blog is barely a month old and yet I manage to get around 100 views a day and my traffic is steadily increasing.

But how am I getting this traffic to my blog?

Does it take hours of tedious work?



If you look through many of my posts, I include a Pinterest image for others to re-pin. This makes it even easier for me to one-click my Tailwind icon later and schedule posts as well because my favorite, pinnable images are already embedded in the post.


Check out these screenshots from my recent traffic and notice where almost all of it comes from…Pinterest!


These numbers aren’t crazy by any means, but it’s only my second month blogging, so just to have any views at all is exciting!



This screenshot of The Luv Aviatrix's blog traffic shows that Pinterest drives the most traffic! Find out how to use this powerful tool!

61 views came from Pinterest versus only 9 from facebook and only 4 from Twitter


This screenshot of The Luv Aviatrix's blog traffic shows that Pinterest drives the most traffic! Find out how to use this powerful tool!

This day I had 114 views from Pinterest and only 5 from Facebook and 3 from Twitter!


So why is Pinterest working so well for me?

Pinterest is very passive compared to all the effort facebook takes. Pinterest continues to circulate your images like a visual search engine, even when you are not online. When others pin or like the image, Pinterest increases it’s circulation.

Did you notice that one of my posts, A flight Attendant’s Air Travel Tips, seems to be doing better than the rest?

A Flight Attendant gives her air travel tips for your best flight. What to bring to make your flight easier

My pin, found here, has 86 repins at the time of this post. Because of that, Pinterest is continuing to recirculate the image. People that search for related tags, like how to pack for air travel, or something similar, will find my image. They can either pin it for later, or they can also click through to my website.

Create a Tailwind account now and start to discover what Pinterest can do to increase your blog traffic!


What is Tailwind?


Tailwind is used to pre-schedule posts. It’s as easy as clicking a few buttons and throughout the day, Tailwind will post Pins on your behalf. Tailwind even knows when the best time to post a pin is! If that wasn’t enough, you can also see how well your boards are performing.


Do you need more about the basics of Pinterest? Check out my post on how to create a pinnable image that drives traffic directly to your website.


Happy Pinning!


The Luv Aviatrix


Want to pin this for later? (See what I did there?) Pin this image and make Pinterest your bestie too!

Pinterest is my #1 traffic driver to my travel blog. Check out how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your website now!

The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay

The Best Coffee shops in Alameda

Huzzah! It’s National Coffee Day and I’m on board to celebrate! I’m from Seattle, so of course I was raised to be a coffee addict. Coffee has been there during many important times of my life. For me, coffee is both comforting and fueling. When I was writing my books (that are now published) I walked to a coffee shop every day because it was the only place I could sit and focus and knock out a few thousand words on my manuscript. Not only did these coffee shops allow me to focus, but by sipping on a well-crafted drink, I felt like I was having a treat!


So in honor of National Coffeee Day, I’m celebrating with a run down of my favorite coffee shops in Alameda, an charming island on the San Francisco Bay!

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Julie’s Coffee and Tea House

1223 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501


What I ordered: 16 oz latte (for here) and a scone (warmed) with Devonshire cream.

What I also recommend: Lavendar latte, ginger lemonade, one of their tonic lattes or anything on the menu!The best coffee houses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island town on the San Francisco Bay.

Julie’s is hands down, the best, or at least top two coffee shops in Alameda. I would argue that it’s one of the best coffee places in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, and that’s saying a lot. But I think it depends on your taste in ambience.

The Vibe

You’re actually going to get eye contact from your barista. Not only that, but the people that work there all come off as intelligent, creative and good at what they do! Being a barista doesn’t have to just be a job, it can be an art and this coffeehouse is a sanctuary for friends to get together, for artists to be inspired and for workaholics to get a fresh of breath air with their caffeine fix. The décor is Alice in Wonderland meets the Secret Garden, but in the most sophisticated way.


The Coffee

The Best Coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay.If you order a latte, it will be the smoothest, creamiest latte you’ve ever had, in a good way. And no matter what kind of milk or non milk you want, Julie’s had it for your specific needs or taste preferences. Julie’s Coffee and Tea is also the coffee shop where you’re most likely to find latte art in your drink, which I always enjoy. Back when I was in college, there was a tall, hunky, blonde man-bun barista (don’t judge me) and every time he put a heart in my latte foam, I secretly hoped it was for me lol. It wasn’t because it’s the most prevalent latte art installation. ;) The espresso at Julie’s is strong, in a great way! Even if you order a flavored latte, you’re going to be able to taste the high quality brew. Julie’s is all about coffee as it’s supposed to be. Order a machiatto and you’re going to get what you would have been given in Italy, not Starbuck’s impression of what a marketable machiatto would be.

*Tea* Although this post isn’t about tea, Julie’s gets an honorable mention because they have an entire wall of fresh loose leap tea. Even though I’m not a tea person, every time I have ordered tea here, it’s been amazing. I love the smoky black teas. Not ssure which tea you want? Ask the barista what they recommend.Best Coffee shop in Alameda. Alameda is a charming island town on the San Francisco Bay

The Food

Julie’s Coffee and Teahouse deserves a section for food because although the menu is small, it’s because they deal in quality. Quality, locally sourced ingredients, executed perfectly before it’s brought to you. Whether you want a soft boiled egg or a quiche or an amazing salad, you can’t make a wrong choice. My two must-haves when I come to Julie’s is either a scone with Devonshire cream in the AM with coffee or their toasted grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. When I was in college, I spent most of my income on scones with fresh Devonshire cream. My order was the same every day: Lemon ginger scones (with amazing flecks of candied ginger) and Devonshire cream, thick, and freshly made, a cold contrast against the lightly toasted scone. I love to bake, but I have never tasted a scone with such a perfect texture. When they stopped serving the Lemon Ginger scones and only offered other flavors, like currant, I was heart broken. The other flavors are amazing, but the Lemon Ginger had a special place in my heart. So special that I baked four batches of scones in two days trying to recreate the same perfect texture. But enough about the scones, I could probably dedicate an entire post to Julie’s scones. #SconeProblems Back to the grilled cheese. It’s the most amazing grilled cheese you will ever have. And the best part, you don’t feel like you’re going to have a heart attack after you eat it.


Wes Café

1518 Webster Street Happy National Coffee Day! The Best Coffee shops in Alameda!
Alameda, CA 94501


What I ordered: 16 oz Latte (for here)


What I also recommend: Tis the season for the Pumpkin Spice Latte! Wes Café has the most amazing pumpkin spice latte I’ve ever had. It’s so creamy and not too sweet. It actually taste like there’s real pumpkin puree in it!


Order anything you can dream up because they have syrups and flavors galore and aren’t afraid to use them. I hate sweet drinks usually but I walked up once and they had a cupcake syrup on the counter so I just had to try their Cupcake latte, and what do you know…it didn’t suck. 🙂 It was actually quite tasty. Don’t judge me!


The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay



Wes Café is one of my favorite places to enjoy a brew, along with Julie’s Coffee and Tea. I’d dare to say they’re both at the top of my list, I just enjoy strolling Park Street more than Webster. But both are great for a walk about!


National Coffee Day - The best coffee shops in Alameda!


The Vibe wes-cafe-window


Wes Café has an masculine feel to it that’s both earthy and modern. Think lots of wood planks (earthy) and marble and blackboards to keep things both modern and low key. The large art piece depicting a historical train is a nice nod to Alameda’s history.





Mosley’s Café


2099 Grand Street Alameda, CA 94501


What I ordered: Large Iced Latte 


I couldn’t keep completely cohesive with my post and do a hot latte because it was too darn hot outside. I ordered an iced latte and was given a cold brew, but the barista assured me it was the same thing. I was dubious, but whatever, it was strong and tasty. I also had a breakfast croissant sandwich and it was amazing.






Mosleys Cafe, Alameda, California

The VibeMosleys Cafe, Alameda, California

Okay, can we talk about how charming this place is? Even if the coffee sucked (which it didn’t), this place would be worth sipping a day old cup of Joe if only for the view. It’s actually more of a stand than a shop, with only a bar and one table in the sun to sit. Definitely unplug at this place (no really, you have to) and enjoy watching kayakers paddle by and sail boats coming and going.


Happy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with the best coffee houses in Alameda! Mosleys Cafe, Alameda, California

Pictured left is the view from the bar. That’s right, you’re literally sipping your coffee right on the Marina.


Final Verdict

Come to Mosleys and soak up a quintessential Alameda view. You’ll remember that you’re on an island as you sip your coffee in the sun, watchers sailors leave for a day on the San Francisco Bay. Stick your thumb out, you might get lucky and hitch a ride around the most beautiful city in the world.




The Beanery

1650 Park St Alameda, CA 94501Happy National Coffee Day. Celebrate with the best coffee houses in Alameda.


What I ordered: 16 oz Latte (for here) and a Crème Brulee Bar



The Vibe

At eleven o’clock, I’m probably the only person under thirty, including the baristas. Which isn’t a bad thing at all, but it gives you an idea of the clientele. Meaning there aren’t too many college kids monopolizing the coffee tables. Yours truly used to be guilty of that of course, but now I’m the twenty-something coffee drinker that doesn’t want to feel like an underachiever every time I go to a coffee shop. That’s one thing I immediately like about the Beanery. Many people here are enjoying a coffee together, socializing. It gives the place a certain laid-back, unpretentious air.


But what about the coffee?Coffee Beanery Alameda CA

It’s great! I’m a sucker for a well done latte. Although there’s no crazy latte art in my Beanery mug, there is a nice enjoyable micro foam and strong espresso flavor.



The Crème Brule Bar I ordered is good, but I won’t rave about it and I definitely wouldn’t order it again. Although I can tell that quality ingredients were used, it’s basically a vanilla cheesecake bar. There’s nothing Crème Brule about it. This of course is coming from a bit of a Paris snob, but I don’t want to lead my readers astray either. There is a caramelized layer on top, but it isn’t crunchy as you would expect from anything crème brule. Since I fancy myself a decent baker, I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t have done a separate layer to keep that crunch that’s typical of a Crème brule. The flavor doesn’t harken to the traditional French dessert either, but it does have a very good vanilla bean taste. If they called this a Vanilla Bean Cheesecake bar, I’d probably have better things to say. Everything taste good with a good cup of coffee though, am I right?



The Blue Danube

1333 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501


What I ordered: 16 oz latteThe Best Coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay.


My first impression

Each time I come here (usually it’s because somewhere else is full), I say I’m not going to come back. The place isn’t terrible, it’s just not the best coffee and it’s certainly not my scene. I’ll tell you why. The Blue Danube has the most potential out of all of the coffee shops in Alameda because it’s in one of the coolest buildings. Alameda, CA is known for it’s historical architecture, and the tall brick building has super tall ceilings (maybe fifty feet), a cool front door that’s almost nearly as tall, and old wood floors. That’s where the charm stops for me though. Well, I suppose that’s a bit harsh, I don’t hate the large wall chalkboard menu or couches toward the back of the place. I guess I’m just bummed because it looks like every other average coffee shop in Alameda. It’s obvious to me that the owners of the Blue Danube don’t have a passion for coffee or for the building they’re in. It’s almost like they thought, “Let’s open a coffee shop, it’ll be an easy moneymaker.” It’s true though, every single coffee shop on Park street is always packed. So it’s certainly not a bad investment.

The Best Coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay.The Décor

But I personally feel like it’s a crime to be in a cool historical building like this and not show it off. Let’s see some exposed brick or traditional elements that I’m sure were in this building to begin with. Instead, it has gaudy green and orange walls that I can’t appreciate because it feels like it was supposed to be a part of a theme, but then got lost in translation. The only aspect of the décor I do love is the couches near the window and at the back. Very cozy.


The Vibe

The wall that stretches back through the shop is Laptop central. The Best Coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay.People are on their cell phones (annoying much?) and I can’t help but wonder if the owner of manager ever comes in this shop. I haven’t seen the high-school age baristas smile once. When I ordered I didn’t even get any eye contact. One thing about the vibe that I will say is positive, is that it’s definitely laid-back…obviously if people are on their phones right? Personally, I think that’s coffee shop sacrilege. 😉 But if you want to drink coffee in public and talk on your phone, The Blue Danube is for you!


But What About the Coffee, Jaye!?!? Who cares about the décor!

It’s…eh. It’s okay. My latte came in a nice thick mug, which I appreciate. The micro foam was…perhaps not true micro foam but close enough. It was a bit overly foamy for a true coffee snob, but I couldn’t do any better. Actually, that’s an apt comparison. This is the type of foam I can accomplish at home with my espresso maker. Not great, but not terrible. Definitely not latte art status. 😉 The flavor is good, but not super strong espresso taste. The milk taste light, not creamy like some of the other great coffee shops in Alameda.


The Bull Dog Café

3215 Encinal Ave Suite D Alameda, CA 94501


What I ordered: 16 oz Latte


First impression:The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming town on the San Francisco Bay

I’ve always loved this location, the coffee house is located on a corner in a cool Victorian building. I’ve been here before, but not under this ownership. Honestly, it seems like this location goes through new ownership every couple years. After I walked in, I almost walked right back out. I kind of wish I would’ve, but I guess forcing yourself to experience something is the only way you can give an honest opinion. So why did I almost turn tail and walk out? They have speakers, which sound like they’ve been blown out, blasting pop hip-hop. Honestly I could probably put up with the pop-hip hop, but not through muffled, static-booming speakers. The music is so loud that I can’t even drown it out with my head phones. I don’t have the heart to say anything because I’m the only person in here and I’m sure the barista (who was very nice by the way) was probably just jamming out.


The Vibe:The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay

Beside my extreme distaste for the music playing way too loud on blown out speakers, the interior is enjoyable enough and filled to the brim with local art. The tables and chairs feel like they were stolen from an out-of-business diner, and not in a good way. They definitely give the feel of a new owner trying to save money. I wish I could peel the linoleum table tops off and put anything else on top, whether it’s just sand and stain or tile, anything would be better. Positives though are the many, many local paintings and photographs on the walls, and the tons of light that spills in. They have live music in the evenings, which I wasn’t able to experience, but I love that they offer that.

The best coffeehouses in Alameda. Alameda, CA is a small, charming island on the San Francisco Bay



The Coffee:

I wouldn’t come back for it. It’s okay. The espresso tastes strong, it’s just not my preference. It goes to the bottom of my reviewed lattes on this post. For those that like lighter, fluffier higher foams, this might be the place for you.




So…are you thirsty yet?

How are you celebrating National Coffee Day?

Do you have a healthy espresso buzz or are you scoffing at the coffee drinkers and enjoying some herbal tea instead. 😉


Happy Sipping!


The Luv Aviatrix


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It's National Coffee Day! Celebrate by checking out these charming coffee shops in Alameda, California

What I Learned My First Month of Blogging

This is a tale of woes and wins.

This is what I learned during my first month of blogging.


I purchased my domain August 20th, so my blog is almost a month old! I’m excited to tell you about some of my aha moments and what I learned. Be warned, I had no idea when I started writing this post, but it’s my longest blog entry to date! Eek! This post also contains affiliate links which means I may receive a commission, bonus! It hasn’t happened yet, but maybe by Month 2. I’ll keep you posted!


My Background As a Writer


Although blogging is new to me, I’m not a complete newbie to writing or the blogosphere. Let me give you a quick run down on how I got here. I grew up traveling a lot because I have family in the airline industry and I always wanted to be a flight attendant and a writer. I thought I’d want to major in journalism, The Luv Aviatrix Travis Blogbut I quickly realized all the legal studies involved were a major buzzkill. This led to a complete 180 into fiction writing. I majored in Cultural Anthropology at university, hoping all those history and archaeology classes would serve me well during my travels.


By the time I graduated, I had my first book deal for a steamy romance novel trilogy, available here, from an indie publisher. Not long after, I got another romantic series I had written published, this time by a bigger publisher. Although let me tell you, a bigger publisher does not equal bigger royalties. But having my books published taught me a lot about writing and the publishing industry and most publishers wanted me to be active on social media. These are all things I tapped back into when getting my travel blog going. It would have to be a completely different audience since some of my novels are of the steamy sort. I did have an author website, but it was an easy website for idiots as I call it, hosted by Wix. I’ll tell you more about Wix below and if I recommend it.


Back to the travel blog. What made me start blogging if I have steady income as a flight attendant and a couple feet in the door of the publishing industry?


Honestly? I got injured at work, flying, and was told by the doctor that I’d have to be on bed rest for two months. No travel or anything for two months! I’m rarely home for more than three days at a time so two months (without travel privileges) was nuts! I tried to write more of my current work-in-progress, but the pain meds made me feel…well, not very able to write cohesively. I wanted to maintain my writing schedule (and I just NEEDED to write) so I decided to write some travel posts on a free WordPress site.


When I wasn’t passed out or writing a travel post, I was on Pinterest just scrolling. Pinterest became my best friend on bed rest because it doesn’t require many brain cells. Pinterest is what caused me to consider getting a domain and starting a legit WordPress site that I could monetize. Because why not? I’ve got nothing but time, and it was pretty cheap. And some bloggers out there are making big bucks. And obviously I would have to do a travel blog because it’s all I do. And who knows, maybe I can put Harlingen on the map. 😉 *Sorry, insider Luv Crew joke*


So here I am with a blog, one month in and I’m here to tell you what I’ve learned.

But Jaye, you’ve only had a blog for a month, you can’t be an expert! I’m not, far from it, but you’d be amazed at all you will learn in your first month AND all you can accomplish.


Which host do I use?


I purchased my domain, from GoDaddy, just because at the time it was cheapest. I’ve also used NameCheap for my author site and never had a problem with it. At first, I had planned on pointing that domain to a BlueHost hosted site. It was a slamming deal, 2.99 plus a bunch of advertising bonuses, or 1.99 a month without. I started signing up, and my stupid computer froze. This computer is the bane of my existence and if I ever make money with this blog I’ll use it to get a new one. Anyway, my computer froze and by the time I got it working again, the deal supposedly had expired. It hadn’t even been a day! I immediately contacted Bluehost and explained what happened and that I had already put in all my information and was at Paypal when my computer froze. They would not honor the deal and instead wanted to charge me 5.95 and no advertising extras. Bluehost was the worst customer service experience I’ve experienced.

But why do so many bloggers use Bluehost? Bluehost has a stellar referral/affiliate system. For every referral you send to Bluehost through your blog, you get $$ *cough* So obviously I’m going to include a link right here just in case you feel so inclined. I’ve told you my opinion and now you can make yours 😉 Besides, maybe you can get that deal I missed out on


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So who did I go with after Bluehost gave me the shaft? I went with Ehost because it was pretty cheap (not the cheapest at the time) but it came with $200 in advertising extras like Google Adwords, ect. so that was a nice bonus. At this time, I haven’t used the advertising bonuses yet because I thought it would make more of a difference after I had gotten more established and possibly approved by Google AdSense. So far I have had a good experience with Ehost.


The author website that I have for my romance novels is hosted by Wix. Do I recommend Wix? Yes and no. Wix is great for a true beginner. Their templates for website design are basically idiot proof and come out looking very professional. However, if you want to monetize a site, or think you might want to monetize in the future, a self-hosted WordPress is the way to go. If you’re just trying to tell people about your product, whether it’s a book or home made jewelry, Wix is an easy, affordable one stop website shop.



Concerns of a Newbie Blogger

I finally started getting visits and comments, but are they legit? Is this spam?!?


Unfortunately, my early comments were indeed spam. My high of “Huzzah, I finally have visitors!” turned into a “Aww, man…I should’ve known I couldn’t have legit comments already.” In my defense, the comments looked super real and as a blogger, you may have gotten the same ones already. Things like “I love your blog, what is the theme?” This seems like something a normal person might ask, right? But the link at the end did make me leery along with the Mail Catch email address. I googled mail catch and found that it’s a temporary email system. Suspicious much?


As the month progressed, I realized I got multiple comments with this same exact message. Seemingly innocent comments like “I love your blog, what theme do you use?” Or even better, this next one really got my heart rate up, “I love your site so much, but I didn’t see a subscriber list…” This comment too had an iffy link at the end and a mail catch email. My word to the wise is, be very cautious with comments and emails proposing anything with a link or included file. You can never be too careful about malware and viruses. Even before I was a published author I encountered this. I would search Google for things like “publishers” and “editing tips” and “how to get published” and before you knew it I was getting contacted by supposed “boutique publishers”. Luckily, I was smart enough to know that you should never be required to pay for publishing services. That’s what a legit publisher is for.

I have real comments, but I’m locked out of replying. Do I have a virus!??!The Luv Aviatrix Travel Blog


This was literally my first reaction when I tried to reply to someone’s comment and got a creepy error message. My reply failed and I got a red message that said, “Sorry. You lose!” OMG I freaked out. Doesn’t that sound like something a hacker would say? Everything else seemed to be working, but I was terrified that I had a virus. I do have software to prevent and scan for that, but I was still scared. My website said that I had no virus or malware, but the comment elements still weren’t working. All comments, even the ones that had already been approved, now said spam check pending. So what happened? I finally noticed a tiny error message that said I hade to reactivate Aksimet, my spam monitoring software. Once I fixed this, everything was right in the world!


Wait, I had comments, but where did they go?!?!?


Okay, this lesson I learned is not just about comments, but about content in general. Always make sure you are backing up your wordpress site. When I transferred my free wordpress site to my self-hosted domain, all my blog posts came through, but I lost the few comments that I had. No big deal since I only had one or two posts, but if you’ve been blogging for a while, I don’t want you to be surprised and have your hundreds of comments disappear. About two weeks into my blogging journey, I had begun to accumulate comments and visits (which I was thrilled about) but I noticed that two posts had lost all their comments. I still don’t know what caused this, but I do know that at the time I hadn’t backed up my site. So back it up, people!

How did The Luv Aviatrix finally get traffic? Organically?


Hell no. I wish. I had to work for it. Week One of my blog I joined a couple FB groups for bloggers. Both of them were set up as support groups, but ever so often they have threads where you can post a link to your site to get visits. This is my number one tip for new bloggers, join a bloggers support group. Facebook has tons of them. Personally, I joined Bloggers Corner and Female Travel Bloggers. I quickly learned what blogging hurdles or wins other bloggers were having and was able to learn from them as well as share questions of my own, such as “Is my paragraph font too small?” I also met other bloggers and was able to see what works for them. Not only that, but I honestly feel like I’ve become invested in meeting these great people with so many interesting blogs! It definitely made me feel less lonely while on bed rest. There are some very inspiring people out there in the blogging community. Want to get to know me better? I’m on Facebook and Instagram more than is good for me 😉


But did The Luv Aviatrix get any organic traffic at all?


Yes! Thank goodness. Let me tell you where most (pretty much all) of it came from… Pinterest. Right now, if you look at my page views, it’s almost 50/50 from Facebook and Pinterest with a few stragglers of google search, ect. The difference is, Facebook is not really organic because it Starting a blog is easy, check out what I learned my first month!comes from me posting a link to my blog in a few FB blogging groups. Pinterest however is just from people scrolling through and becoming intrigued by my image. If you have a good image designed, it’ll make the person that sees it, want to click on it. I have a post on Pinterest here. So facebook is good because any views are great, but I think it’s worth it to put more effort into Pinterest, because it’s the gift that keeps on giving.


Don’t have endless time to spend on Pinterest? I recommend Tailwind App, it’s a site where you can schedule your pins ahead of time and see how your boards are performing as far as repins and clicks. There is a free version where you can only schedule so many pins and have basic features. You can also pay $100 a year for unlimited pins. As a beginner blogger, I’m using the free version right now and I think it’s an amazing app. By scheduling my pins in bulk, I have more time to write and do other things. Tailwind makes social media easy and Pinterest has been my #1 traffic driver by far. Sometimes I’ll have a tweet retweeted 100 times and might be lucky to get one click to my website from that. Start your free trial here or start using the basic, free version.


Want to learn more about the Pinterest Pins I created to drive traffic? Check out this post for beginners.


How much traffic did you get your first month?

Enough to get approved by Google AdSense! I’m celebrating this as a major win because it makes my blog feel legit! There are requirements that Google has before it’ll approve your site and most bloggers say to wait at least 45 days, but I applied after three weeks and was able to get approved. I know that Google AdSense doesn’t mean I’ll be rich (I learned to have low expectations after getting published lol) but it does make me feel that I’ve created a professional blog, which makes me proud.


What was the most embarrassing lesson I learned?

Okay, so remember how I mentioned Facebook group threads? I’m not on witter much, so I decided to try to get on a retweet thread and see if I could get some traction. The idea behind the group Tweet thread is that all the users share the love and retweet each other. I carefully crafted a Tweet that I thought would pull readers into my site. It was retweeted quite a bit and then I realized something…In only 140 characters I had somehow managed a typo! &*%$ How embarrassing. I finally get a bunch of retweets and my credibility is shot as a writer. *headsmack* What did I learn? Edit and then re-edit. I’ll include the humiliating tweet below so you can see what escaped me.


What am I hoping to learn next?


Okay, so now that I’ve been approved by Google Adense, I need to actually learn how to use it to my advantage. I was terrified this morning when I logged on to my website and saw an advertisement with a huge butt on it with underwear riding up the crack. It was an advertisement about butt health issues. Really!?!? OMG, I was humiliated and I haven’t figured out how I go about changing it. Why can’t I have a sexy Bora Bora hotel ad instead?


So are you a new blogger or have you been around the block? Thank you for stopping by and hearing about my first month blogging. It’s been such a learning process and I’ve had amazing support from other bloggers.


Happy Blogging

XOXO The Luv Aviatrix


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Pinterest: The Basics of Marketing


Besides being a professional jetsetter, I also love to write. I don’t so much love to market those books I have published, but it’s a necessary evil. Marketing feels like so much work when I’d rather be writing or traveling. I know many of my fellow published authors feel the same. Endless hours spent on facebook and twitter and for what? A few followers that facebook won’t even reach unless you pay? That’s right facebook, I’m pointing an angry finger at you. But I digress…


Why Pinterest Sucks Way Less!


So, I’ve always been on Pinterest because when I’m bored, it’s so fun and easy to just scroll through things without much commitment. Waiting for a plane to board, waiting on a delay, trying to ignore the person sitting way too close to me in the floating sardine can…Pinterest is a wonderful diversion! It’s so easy to pin images and save it’s content for a read later. And then I realized how this applied to marketing my books. I read a few blog entries, like this one, (found on Pinterest) that talked about how almost all their traffic comes from Pinterest, and I decided to try some of these tactics myself. It’s only my one week blogoversary and I’m impressed with my stats. They’re lackluster compared to bloggers that have been around a while of course, but it’s only week one and I’m already getting more daily views than the website I’ve had on Wix for three years. Now, I’m not talking thousands of daily views. But yesterday, I didn’t do any social media and I still got sixteen hits. My Wix site got zero. Today morning as of 1PM I have already gotten thirteen views and ten of those were via Pinterest, the other  being search engine referrals. Not earthshattering statistics, but seeing the amount of traffic that comes from Pinterest on a daily versus twitter and facebook leads me to believe that if I’m going to invest any time on social media marketing (free) it should be on Pinterest.


Every pin should link to your content

(Blog post, amazon buy link, ect.)

Make sure the image that your pinning is eye catching.

Text also helps as a call to action. (Example: Click for a steamy excerpt)

Make sure keywords are always in your description.

Keywords related to your pin will make the pinned image more searchable.

Pin and Repin.

Group boards are a great way to do more of this, which is important, because it’s one of the ways that Pinterest decides which pins to circulate more frequently and to which audiences to refer to.


How to Create or Edit a Pin


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Pinterest Tips

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From there, it’s easy. Just 4 Steps 🙂


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1. Upload a pin image via your website or computer. (I recommend website unless you create a custom image with text)
2. If via website, input blog or website URL
3. Choose the image to pin from your website
4. Choose which board to pin to


Voila! You’ve created a marketable pin!

Here  example of Pins I created to point to this blog to get you inspired.

Love Eternally Book Review            Yosemite Day Hike                  Cinque Terre


Follow me on Pinterest for travel and romance pins 🙂


Happy Pinning


The Luv Aviatrix