Go Viral on Pinterest

As the third most popular social network, Pinterest offers incredible opportunities to drive traffic and increase awareness of your site. Whether you want to gain new followers, increase affiliate revenue or achieve higher positioning in Google search, a viral pin can get you there. So how do you get your content to go viral? Follow the points below to find out!

Pinnable images

This can be a bit more complicated than you think. Nothing is worse when a user clicks the “Pin it” button on their browser to share your viral worthy image and getting the “unpinnable images” message. Flash slide shows, certain javascript image tools, or the structure/volume of images can present problems for pinners, so take care with formatting. The ideal image is a jpg, png, or bmp, and 600 pixels wide. Pinterest does not have a height constraint, but if your graphic is taller than 2,500 pixels it will be unreadable to Pinterest users.

Final Note: if your photos are hosted on Flickr, then you need to take a few steps to make them pin friendly. See this post for more information.

To add or to not add text…

There is definitely a debate here on whether to add text to your images. On one hand, it gives the pinner an idea of the link behind the photo. Others declare that text covers up great photography. What really matters is the content behind the pin. Is it a to do list? 10 Steps to Save More Money? Or an awesome picture of the Trevi Fountain? If you have a cool new way to do something, like update your fireplace, then by all means use text. But if you have a drool worthy picture of pancakes? Leave it be.

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How to Choose Running Shoes

With increasing public emphasis on health and fitness, more people than ever are hitting the pavement. Whether you want to lose a few pounds, maintain heart health, or run a marathon, choosing the right shoe is critical to an enjoyable and injury free experience. Follow the tips below to figure what kind of shoe you need.

How does the shoe fit?

It’s best to have your feet measured at a specialty running or athletic store. You might need a half or a full size larger shoe since feet swell during running. Shoe lasts (shape of the shoe) vary by manufacturer, so make sure you try on the shoe to see if it is comfortable.  Make sure that there is a thumb width distance between your big toe and the tip of the shoe. No one wants to lose a toenail running downhill! Continue reading

Pinterest Followers – How to Get More

Pinterest Followers - How to get more

Want to go viral? Or just boost traffic to your site? Increasing the number of your followers increases the odds of both happening. Build awareness for your blog or site by using these tips below.

1. Organize your boards.

Whether you are a brand or blog, pinterest users will follow you only if they are interested in your content. Organizing your boards in to specific subjects will help users to see and effectively “want” your content. A “recipes” board turns in to desserts, appetizers, slow cooker meals etc while a “work out” board may turn in to strength training, treadmill workouts, yoga poses etc. Note that this isn’t always the case for every pinner, but if you are a business or blog focused on a particular audience, then this is the route to go.

2. Follow your niche

Find out what your target audience is interested in! Are you targeting fashionistas or DIY-ing, money saving moms? Follow what they follow to figure out what is popular and trending to help you with ideas and help you stay on top of your game. Repin their content and maybe they’ll do the same to you.

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Genesis 8-11

This section of scripture is particularly interesting because it begins when Noah and his family are still on the ark and goes through the spread of his family lines, the Tower of Babel, and the birth of Abram (later renamed Abraham). All of chapter 10 describes the lineage and spread of Noah’s sons. To me this is pretty remarkable because in the first few generations after Noah, major clans and cities are established that exist throughout the entire span of the Bible, at least until Jesus is born, and many of them are eventual enemies of Israel.

  1. Genesis 9:1-4

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

This is an interesting section. Animals now fear people, contrary to before the flood. Which means we can conclude that animals had no fear pre-flood. This makes me wonder if Adam and Eve had tigers for pets. Or if Seth had a gorilla for a friend. How cool would that be?

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Genesis 4-7

Most people, even non-Christians, have heard of Cain and Abel. However, delving deeper in the story presents a lot more questions and surprises than I expected. The Bible presents the account in a very factual way without a ton of description or explanation.

For example, Cain was essentially banished from his family after killing his brother and all of a sudden had a wife. Whoa. Wait, it doesn’t say where his wife came from. Did he have his wife before he left his family? Or did he find her in the Land of Nod? Did God create people outside of Eden? Was his wife his sister and the Bible left that out when Eve bore Cain and Abel? I thought Adam and Eve were the first people on Earth and that everyone descended from them. And yes, I thought about the whole incest thing, BUT God works wonders and no one was described as having two heads, so I was fine with it.

  1. Genesis 4:23-24

Lamech said to his wives:
“Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
you wives of Lamech, listen to what I say:
I have killed a man for wounding me,
a young man for striking me.
If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold,
then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold.”

So, the second murder of all time occurs 5 generations after Cain. And for some reason, Lamech thinks that no one can kill him (since a mark was put on Cain so that no one would  kill him). Hmm, this guy with two wives isn’t really showing improvement for the human race. Additionally, in the description of Cain building a city and having offspring, God isn’t mentioned anywhere, which leads us to believe that the descendants of Cain most likely live their lives without respect for him. Continue reading

Genesis 1-3

I recently felt the urge to read through the entire Bible. In the past, I’d done the “6 month” plan. It didn’t go through every word, but presented many of the big stories, lessons and ideas. As a new Christian, I really enjoyed going through the verses and absorbing all the stories that I’d heard before, yet never fully understood because I hadn’t interpreted it through the filter of Jesus’ sacrifice.

The history buff that I am, I chose to read every word of the Bible in chronological order. Contrary to what many people think, the Bible isn’t written in chronological order. It is written by God, but through people’s hand and many of the books written cover a wide range of years. From what I have gathered, the Bible is organized more by type of book instead of date written. The Old Testament is broken in to Law, History, Wisdom and Prophets while the New Testament is divided by Gospels, Epistles and Apocalyptic. My chronological plan seems to be a standard one, which I found on the ESV Study Bible site. Reading the Bible online helps me, the techie I am, to take notes and look things up with more ease.

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