How To Hide Pinnable Images To Your Blog Post In Divi Theme

How To Hide Pinnable Images To Your Blog Post In Divi Theme

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You can create a beautiful, functional web site and not know anything about writing code. I am proof of that! My secret? I build my site using Divi theme by Elegant Themes. I find it to be extremely user friendly.
So let’s talk about hiding pinnable images in your blog posts. First, why would you do you need to do this? Pinterest is the biggest driver of traffic to blogs. Period. If you are a blogger and not utilizing Pinterest, you are doing yourself a huge disservice! If you are unsure how to use Pinterest for your blog or business, please contact me.

Second, creating multiple pinnable images for the same post allows to pin multiple times, as well as see what kind of images are working to attract people to your site. But you don’t want to crowd your site with a bunch of descriptive pin images, so you hide the image within your post.

1. Create your pins using Canva.

Choose the template for a Pinterest graphic. You can create the pins by customizing a premade layout, or create your own from scratch. Make sure that your pin reflects your brand.

2. Open up your blog post in Divi using the Visual Builder.

3. Add the images you want to hide to your blog post.

I usually add the extra images at the bottom of the post, but you can place them wherever works for you. Make sure to edit your images in the media library to optimize SEO with your title, caption, alt text, and descriptions.

4. Use the image settings to “hide” images.

Open the settings for the image. Click on “Advanced” tab, then click on “Visibility”. Simply check all boxes. Then click the “check” icon on the settings box, and save your changes. Done!

How easy was that?! No code to input. So simple, right? However, if you still need help with creating pins, hiding images, or optimizing Pinterest for your blog, let’s chat! I can totally help you with that. Contact me through form at the bottom of the page or simply shoot me an email sharlabella@sharlabella.com.
The Critical Habit That Every Entrepreneur Needs To Cultivate

The Critical Habit That Every Entrepreneur Needs To Cultivate

As Entrepreneurs, we have systems for everything. We have to in order to keep the engine of our business running like a well oiled machine. However, for many of us out here in the hustle, there is likely one very critical piece of our business that we often neglect: ourselves. So how do we make sure that we make time for ourselves? Below are some tips on creating a self care routine.
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1. Get some sleep.

Your body requires rest to be optimal physically and mentally. Make sure you are practicing good sleep habits.

2. Eat

I am so guilty of sitting down to work and then realizing hours later that I forgot to eat anything. Am I the only one? It is so important to make sure that we are fueling our bodies, not just eating, but eating healthy.

3. Take at least one day a week to completely unplug

Want to elevate your mood and improve brain function? Give your screens a break! Psychologists and those who study the brain are finding that our dependence on technology, and the amount of time we spend staring at a screen negatively affects the way our brains work. This is just one good reason to take regular breaks from our cell phones and lap tops.

4. Connect with family and friends

Everyone needs to experience regular meaningful connection with others. Be intentional about setting time aside to engage with your family and close friends.

5. Do something for yourself

You work hard! If you are a parent, you are already putting in overtime. So, it’s okay to occasionally do something that is just for you, even something small.

6. Engage in your favorite hobbies

Do something just because you enjoy it. Read a book, play a sport, hike, travel or whatever it is that you really love to do. Make sure to take the time to do things that you love.

7. Get regular exercise

If your business requires you to sit at a desk most of the time, it is important to find a way to move at some point during the day. You can get up early and get in a vigorous workout, or you can pause work in the middle of the day and take a walk or a run. Just move!

8. Listen to music

Create a playlist of your favorite songs and listen to them while you work.

9. Celebrate your wins

So often, as entrepreneurs, we get caught up in the hustle that we forget to look back and see all that we have accomplished. I recommend that you pause at the end of each week to celebrate your successes, no matter how small.

10. Delegate

It’s possible that you are looking at some of the things on this list and thinking, “I don’t have time!” Then it’s probably time to start thinking about outsourcing some parts of your business. You are your business, and if you don’t make time to take care of you, your business will suffer.

Consider hiring a virtual assistant to create some space for you to nurture yourself. Shoot me an email! Let’s see what I can take off your plate. sharlabella@sharlabella.com

Favourite Tools for My Online Business

Favourite Tools for My Online Business

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There are so many great tools available to help you run your online business. This list by no means includes all of the amazing apps and resources out there, but these are what I am currently using in my business. I have broken them down by category, which will make it easier to come back and add to later.

Web Site

For my web site I use WordPress.org with Divi theme by Elegant themes. I do not know how write code, and I would not describe myself as super tech savvy. At first, I was hesitant about moving my site from Squarespace to WordPress because of my lack of technial ability, but with Divi theme, it is so easy! I built my entire web site myself in a matter of a couple of days! So if you want the flexibility and ownership of a WordPress site, but, like me, leery of tech, check out Divi theme.

Web Hosting

For web hosting, I have been very happy with and highly recommend Site Ground. They’re customer service is amazing!

Royalty Free Stock Images

Unsplash and Pexels are my go to sites for royalty free stock photos. Use these high quality images for your web site, blog posts, and graphics.

Design

Canva and PicMonkey are great sites to design all your marketing materials from social media graphics to ebooks and check lists.

Calendar & Appointment Setting

AcuityScheduling is an amazing tool I use to book all of my appointments. It syncs with my google calendar as well as other apps that I use for my business.

Bookkeeping & Invoices

Freshbooks helps me keep my business finances in order. It has so many amazing features, you’ll have to check out for yourself. They offer the first 30 days free!

I will continue to add to this list. Is there a business product or app that you love and think should be included, leave me a comment!
3 Things to Outsource to Your Virtual Assistant

3 Things to Outsource to Your Virtual Assistant

Have you have reached a point in your business when it is time to delegate some of the items on your long list of “to-dos”? Maybe you have been running your business on your own for so long, and you don’t quite know which tasks you should hand over to the person you hire. Well, keep reading because this post will tell you what things you need to pass off to your virtual assistant.
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Here are 3 hings that you can outsource to your virtual assistant.

 

1. Things that you hate to do.

You know what I’m talking about. Everyone has those tasks in their business that they like to put off because they simply don’t enjoy them. These things are different for everyone, but it doesn’t matter. Simply move those items from your “to-do” list to your VA’s.

2. Things that you don’t have the time to do.

Some tasks in your business take up time that you would rather be, or need to be, using elsewhere. It could be sending out invoices, confirming appointments, filtering through emails, or designing graphics for social media posts. Outsource these time-consuming tasks to your virtual assistant.

 

3. Things that you don’t know how to do.

You know what your strengths are, and you know what they’re not. For example, you may be excellent at writing copy, but stumble when it comes to designing your web site. Find a virtual assistant that can help you with those things that outside your comfort zone of expertise.

Is it time for you to consider outsourcing to a virtual assistant? Go to http://sharlabella.com today!

6 Things You Can Do To Get Support For Your Business

6 Things You Can Do To Get Support For Your Business

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Starting a business from scratch comes with a long list of challenges. Where do I start? What do I need? Where should I focus first? What should I spend money on? Where do I find clients? How about the techy stuff? And many, many more questions that you ask yourself. It is so easy to become overwhelmed.

This why you need support. Even with all of the know-how and all of the tools, it is so important to also surround yourself with the right people. Your connections are an important key to your success.

So who are these people, and how do you find them?

 

Here are 6 ways to get support for your business:

 

1. Attend a conference or event. 

Going to large teaching events like the Global Leadership Summit provides you with opportunities to learn from successful business leaders, as well as provide you with opportunities to network with those in attendance. Sit and take notes, but also get to know some people at the event.

2. Join a mastermind group on Facebook.

Entrepreneurship groups on Facebook are plentiful. Find one that fits your niche and your values. These groups are not places to advertise your services, in fact, it’s usually against most groups’ rules. This is a place to ask questions, bounce off ideas, and network with other professionals.

3. Take an online course.

Courses provide you with tremendous resources for your business. There are so many to choose from. Whether, you aren’t quite sure what you want to do for a business, or how you can get to the next level, there are courses that can give you a blueprint to get you on the right track to success. Not only that, but they offer a community of people who are on the same journey of entrepreneurship. These connections are invaluable. Here are some courses that I loved and recommend:

1K1Day with Nicole Walters — this usually has a long waitlist, so get on it! When the opportunity comes up, take it! You won’t regret it. She also has other mini courses that you can take in the meantime here.

Freedom Hackers by Kimra Luna offers so many valuable courses. If you have a chance to take Be True Brand You, do it! Though I think now it’s a live event. But be sure to check out what Kimra has to offer.

The Virtual Assistant Bootcamp with Abby Ashley is an extremely thorough course to get your virtual assistant business up and running. If you are thinking of becoming a VA start there.

4. Hire a Business Consultant

This would be a good investment to make in your business. If you can find someone to get up close and personal with your business and help you make the moves and the changes needed to take your business to another level, I mean, who wouldn’t want that?? It is an investment. *side note: there are many “business coaches” out there, be careful. Find someone with a solid reputation.

5. Join a local networking “meet-up”

Any chance you can have to network, do it! First of all, it’s a great way to practice your pitch without any of the pressure because you will be in among people who actually want to know what you do. Second, networking increases the opportunity for new clients, whether through people you meet directly or through referrals.

6. Hire a virtual assistant. 

You will find out very quickly that you simply can’t do it all. A virtual assistant is business support in the literal sense. They can help alleviate some of the load of running a business from admin tasks to web site design to managing your marketing plan and customer service.

I am not your basic admin virtual assistant. Because of my coaching background, and even though I can do all of the admin( and creative, and some tech), I also bring a passion to see my clients succeed. I am a sounding board, an  ideas generator, an encourager. Like you, I am also a dreamer, a planner, and a doer. You can learn more about the services I offer here.