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Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present -Albert Camus
Generosity comes in many different forms and J from Millennial Boss has gotten a front row seat to generosity in action.
Early on, her mom lived through an incredibly difficult time which sowed the seeds of generosity in her family. Later, her extended family continued this legacy as they helped J out when she was in college and early in her career.
And she’s taken the baton and is running with it, modeling generosity in her own life. Not only is she continuing to help out her family, but J has been incredibly generous with sharing her wisdom and knowledge not only on her blog but here as well.
J goes into great depth and has some KILLER tips on how to maximize your efforts using Pinterest and Boardbooster.
Finally, she delves into SEO and shares tips and tricks for how to drive even more traffic to your site.
Her tips are thoughtful, creative and original, as I haven’t seen or heard them in other places.
And they work.
Millennial Boss is crushing it when it comes to traffic and J is making over two grand from her blog and Etsy store every month.
In short, you’re going to find crazy value in her responses.
And as she shares more personally about her story and how she’s grown in resilience and generosity, you’ll find yourself growing in admiration not only for her as a blogger, but as a person.
What are 1-3 apps/programs/plugins that have allowed you to maximize your time/energy on Millennial Boss or FIRE Drill?
I use iCloud notes daily to share notes between myself and my podcast co-host, Gwen of Fiery Millennials. We can both update the files like our backlog of stuff we want to do for the podcast in real time.
I also use notes to store my Instagram hashtags so I don’t have to rewrite them manually each time when I post a pic. I just copy paste.
The premium version of Canva has also been awesome for me so I can quickly make one image and then resize for Facebook and Pinterest.
For Pinterest, I use Boardbooster for scheduling pins so I don’t have to manually pin every day.
Here is my Boardbooster tutorial that documents the day I set up Boardbooster and what I chose for the settings: https://millennialboss.com/2016/10/how-to-set-up-boardbooster-pinterest/
I write a lot about Pinterest on Millennial Boss and have more tutorials there as well as my monthly income reports.
Me in red 🙂
I use a lot of these same tools as well.
Canva is amazing. If you’re not using it to create your post images and pins, you need to. I just have the free version and it’s working for me right now. Once I’m rolling in the dough like J, maybe I’ll consider the paid version.
I also use Boardbooster to schedule my pins and have been happy with it so far.
I’m really interested to check out the posts J has about her methods for Pinterest. I’m still in the initial stages of getting my Pinterest game going. At this point, I haven’t found it to be super effective for driving traffic, but I’m not giving up!
I’m using my setbacks to come up with solutions and viewing the obstacles as opportunities to grow!
What one thing has been most effective for increasing traffic on Millennial Boss?
At first it was Pinterest and now it’s a combo of Pinterest and Google.
For Pinterest traffic, work on creating good pins that people like to share on Pinterest.
Your “Roth IRA Conversion” pin is probably not going to drive millions of people to your site because there are not millions of people searching for that content on Pinterest.
Putting an inspirational financial quote on a pin that is linked to your Roth IRA conversion post may actually drive traffic to that pin because people like inspirational quotes on Pinterest.
See my Pinterest profile for an example: https://www.pinterest.com/millennialboss/
For Google, remember that people search Google to get information about very specific things. Decide to write a specific post about one thing that people would search for on Google.
Don’t assume the person is familiar with your site at all when you write it. Break the post into sections based on relevant questions people have on that one topic. Name the sections with H2 headers to match the queries that people type into Google on this topic.
Wait a few months and traffic will start to come to that post on your site.
If you see the bounce rate is too high and people aren’t on the page very long, see what search queries they are using in Google Webmasters and then make the page more relevant for those search queries.
Quotes Are Money
O.k., there is just SOOOOO much here to unpack.
First, I LOVE the idea of using money quotes to drive traffic to a related quote. Why didn’t I think of that?
People DO love money quotes. Whenever I’ve tweeted out a great quote about money, I get tons of likes and retweets. Of course I should be leveraging that to drive traffic.
Second, I’ve never heard of breaking your post into sections based on what queries people type into Google. Maybe this is just my newbiness as a blogger, but it’s brand new to me. I’m totally going to start doing this.
And finally, I’ve never heard of Google Webmasters!! What is this Google Webmasters that you speak of J from Millennial Boss??
I will absolutely be checking this tool out as well!!
One thing I find really hard as a new blogger without the money to throw at massive keyword research tools like Ahrefs or Buzz Sumo is figuring out what keywords I should focus on.
For example, how do I find out what “queries people are using in Google”?
I’ve been poking around my different communities trying to find out good answers to this and I’ve found some, but I’m still looking for great tools to help me out!
What does resilience mean to you? When have you had to be resilient?
My cousin died in a car accident when I was 20 and it was very difficult for me and my family.
His twin, my cousin, gave the eulogy at his funeral and I was so impressed by how tough she was. She absolutely nailed it without getting overcome by emotion and delivered for her brother and all of us. She had to do it because if she broke down, everyone would have just fallen apart. It made us laugh and was one positive on an awful day.
Watching her specifically stay so strong and deal with the other negative events that happened as a result of his death has been inspiring.
I now know that a person can keep going after awful things happen if you have resilience and the will to fight. I’ve faced some difficult times but I know I have a support system and the inner drive to push through them.
This is a beautiful but tragic example of resilience in real life.
Building resilience sucks. It does. There’s no way around it.
Everyone wants resilience but no one wants to experience the crappy things in life necessary to get it.
Find the wisest, strongest, most resilient person in your life. Then ask them how they got to be so wise and resilient. I guarantee that they have gone through the ringer at various times in their life.
Often times in life, things don’t go like we want them to. We’re often left looking up at the sky and asking WHY??
Perhaps one of the reasons why is because we need to grow in wisdom and resilience so that we can be an inspiration to others around us, just like J’s cousin was to her on that incredibly difficult day.
How has generosity been a part of your life (someone generous to you or vice versa). What impact did it make?
My Mom was raised as one of ten siblings. Her Dad died of cancer when she was 10 and her brother has special needs, so her Mom stayed home and cared for all of them with barely any money.
She tells me about growing up and not having any new clothes for school that fit her and sharing a room with a few siblings. Her older siblings worked and would buy things for the family and her sister bought her a new pair of pants at the start of one school year.
This same extended family was there for me growing up even though times weren’t as tough for me as they were for my Mom. We still had money problems though and family members helped out.
My grandmother’s sister bought me my computer when I went to college because my parents couldn’t afford it. Another Aunt sent me checks when I studied abroad so I could do things with my friends. My older cousin gave me a $200 check when I got an internship in D.C. for the summer so I could have money. Other family members have given countless times and opened up their home.
My parents have given back by taking in the same grandmother’s sister when she broke her hip and needed care. They’re always going out of their way to give their time and love.
I now try to give back to the younger generation when I can. I send my younger cousin money on occasion and flew her out to Silicon Valley to see what it was like to work for a tech company and try to inspire her.
Power To Leave A Legacy
I love this. Absolutely LOVE it.
This is a family with a legacy of resilience. But not just personal resilience that has grown internally inside each person. They’ve let their resilience spill over into incredibly extravagant generosity.
This is what family is supposed to be like. This is how it should work.
But I know it’s not like that for many.
In my role as an Assistant Principal in an elementary school, I see families that are a MESS. Kids without support at home. Parents who care more about how they can get ahead than how they can help their kids, spouse or others.
That may be the family you’re from.
The awesome thing about life is that you have the power to change the legacy you’re going to leave to those you care about.
Sure, maybe your family was a disaster and they left you with a legacy you’d love to drop off at the dump. And that sucks.
But you have the power to turn that nasty legacy into something beautiful!
J’s family could’ve let the hardships they experienced establish deep family roots and grow up into bitterness and a victim mentality.
But they didn’t.
Instead, they let these experiences bring them together, to forge them into a solid extended family unit that looks after one another, a family characterized by generosity and self-sacrifice. A beautiful family.
That’s the legacy they chose to leave. And it’s the one each of us can leave regardless of where we come from.
What are the top 3 most common money problems you’ve seen people consistently fighting to overcome?
1. They have no idea how to make more money.
2. They are afraid to push the boundaries and be different than other people in their spending.
3. They are afraid to invest and put their money into anything other than their savings account.
Hmmmm, this is interesting. J brings up some very unique problems.
Having no idea to make money is for sure a huge problem. I find many people stuck in one of these two camps (they’re not the only ones though):
1. I have to work a regular 9-5 job. That’s the limit of my income. The only way I’ll earn more is if I somehow get a promotion by doing “a good job”.
People stuck in this camp don’t think about other avenues for income, or about ways that they can actually improve their skill set in order to move up in their current roles. Many people are scared to actually look at other options for work because just looking adds to their feelings of insecurity, and they’d rather stick to the devil they know than the one they don’t.
2. I’m going to go to school for something I love to do, without taking into account the cost of such an education related to its earning potential.
O.k., great, you have a passion for studying the greatest bagpipers in history and how they contributed to Scottish culture. So you go to school to learn all about their history. You can recite from memory every great bagpiper from Scrooge McDuck to Braveheart (I know, I know, neither of them were bagpipers, but I needed to come up with a couple of famous Scotsmen and they were the first that came to mind).
After you graduate with $100,000 in student loans, you go to work at Starbucks because there’s not a big demand for bagpipe historians.
When you go to school, you absolutely need to go and learn about something that interests you.
But the point of going to school isn’t JUST to learn about something that interests you. You need to gain marketable knowledge and skills that will enable you to get a job to support yourself and your family in the future.
That may be a controversial thing for me to say. You may disagree with me.
We can chat more about it over coffee…while you’re serving it to me the next time I come into Starbucks
(Too snooty??!! – Let me know in the comments 🙂
Bringing It All Together
J is leaving a legacy.
Whether it’s with the generosity that she’s showing towards her family and friends, the authenticity with which she blogs, or the way she’s building Millennial Boss and FIRE Drill, she is leading by example. And she’s passing what she’s learned on to all of us as well.
Thanks to J for taking the time out of her CRAZY schedule and agreeing to be a part of Band of Bloggers.
I’m grateful to her for being so generous in sharing her wisdom and insights with us. And an especially big thank you for being so transparent and honest.
When someone shares from the heart like she did, we’re all a bit richer for it!
How has generosity been a part of your life? Add to the conversation in the comments below or on Twitter @method_money or my Facebook page Method To Your Money. You can also find me on Pinterest. Want more great ideas for mastering your money? Sign up to receive my weekly emails detailing how to keep more of your hard earned cash!