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5 Blog Tips From Stacey Ferguson

Last week I asked Team Blogalicious if there were any blog tips they wish they’d known before starting their blogs and ultimately, their digital brands. My well had run dry and I needed this information for our Blog Tips series. We’re busy putting the finishing touches on Blogalicious Weekend 2016 so I didn’t expect quick or too in depth responses from the team. I thought I’d eventually pull a tip or two from my arsenal of collected information, as I manage a few blogs anyway, and forge to the next week. Before I could pull anything, I received a Group Me text from Stacey, who’d excitedly shared precious gems she wished she’d known pre-blog life!

Coming from a place of love, wisdom and experience, Stacey’s advice is useful for both the new and seasoned blogger. Take a moment to and see which tip you can use this week.


5 blog tips to building a successful blog


1. “Your blog focus will evolve and change.”

She also adds that stressing about rebranding is unnecessary. It is bound to happen as your blog changes and grows. Instead of being overcome by fear, pat yourself on the back for getting that much close to your purpose.



2. “Ask for help.”

When it comes to managing your blog, can you name a few things you’d rather delegate to someone else? It could be help designing your theme, editing posts, SEO, graphics, or scheduling. Whatever your reasons for needing help, don’t be afraid to ask for it! You’d be surprised by how often others are willing to pitch in and reduce your work load.


3. “Invest in your blog design!”

Stacey says, “You have to LOVE your blog design in order for you to be proud and excited enough to share it far and wide. Invest in that!” Enough said.


4. “Don’t neglect your blog.”

You’ve worked so hard to get your blog to where it is. Regardless of those inevitable blog lows, you’ve got to keep pushing. This is your piece of the Internet — your brand, your voice and your all. Treating it as such might mean that you should implore one of the above tips.



5. “Networking and conferences are critical to success!”

New Stability shared 3 reasons why it’s important to attend conferences and events — demonstrate value, keep up appearances and inspiration. Here’s a good tidbit from their post:

“By holding talks with people that are perhaps more informed, you can stay one step ahead of the curve. If you have a particularly strong relationship with someone, you might just be the first (or even only) person to get your hands on this info. You know what that means? A head start on the competition.”



Simply put: We agree! Meet us in Atlanta for Blogalicious Weekend in November to learn this one for yourself! Which blog tip resonated with you the most?

Ariel C. Williams is the Digital Content Manager at Blogalicious. Email her at:

#WeeklyRoundUp — Speak & Be Self Made
#WeeklyRoundUp -- Speak & Be Self Made

With conference season being on our heels, now is the perfect time to prepare for securing speaking engagements. We’ve found the perfect person to teach any willing and aspiring speaker how to “create an irresistible pitch to speak at conferences!” We’re also introducing the latest and greatest read, Self Made, and replaying our Facebook blab. This is our Weekly Round Up!

Pitch & Speak at Conferences


Amber Wright has branded herself at the go-to for all things speaking and for great reason! For the past several years, she’s dedicated herself to helping stuck, but aspiring professionals speak at large events from the heart. Last month, Wright hosted (a sold out) webinar for those individuals who left remarkable reviews. Stacey Ferguson even chimed in on how amazing Professor Wright is!

For those of you who missed last month’s Irresistible Pitch Training, now is the time to sign up for Wright’s next class, which will be held on June 14, 2016 on the interwebs. Candidates can sign up here for this complimentary class. Directly from the course website, here’s what you’ll learn:

You’ll learn:

  • Why you should start speaking at conferences
  • What to do before you send the session pitch
  • Specific details on what to include in the session pitch
  • What to do after you’ve sent your submission
  • How to get invited back after you’ve presented!

Congratulations, Amber! We’re excited for your next class.


Nely Galan’s Self Made Book is in Stores!

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“Being self-made means you’re in the driver’s seat of your life. It means you control your financial destiny. It means you work because you want to, and not because you have to. It means you see the world through the lens of your goals, instead of being deluded by the temporary lure of instant gratifications. It means you embrace sacrifice, you choose yourself, and you become your own Prince Charming. But above all, being self-made means you are self-reliant, empowered and rich in every way, because instead of following your bliss–you create it.”

Nely Galan’s Self Made, now in stores, provides a safe and motivational space for women unashamed of being the boss of their own life. Whether that ownership comes in the boardroom, in love and relationships, motherhood or elsewhere, this book empowers women to feel at their best while living the lives their desire and deserve. Women are constantly told to choose, but leaders like Galan remind us that with a strong and positive mindset and standards, we don’t have to. In fact, we can choose to have our versions of “all”.

In addition to this fantastic read, Self Made  promotes a new website, app and powerful movement of women like you sharing their stores. Learn more about the book here.


#Blab — Facebook Verified Pages: To Verify or Not to Verify

Did you miss our Blab about the dreaded Verified Pages on Facebook? No worries! Our bLink manager Pamela Swear-King provided us with her exceptional interview to share with the community. Now our question for you is: Will you verify your Facebook page? Why or why not?

Reminder: Enter our #WhosThatGirlB8 contest for a chance to win a FREE 2-night stay at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead during #Blogalicious8! Here are the details of the contest. Hurry — contestants are vying for this win!



To be featured in our next #WeeklyRoundUp, email our content manager at: and put WRU Feature in the subject line.

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Blog Tip: Plan Your Summer (Vacation)
Blog Tip- Plan Your Summer (Vacation)

We’ve been praying for summer to touch down and now that it’s here, major adjustments must be made. Surely, there’s a chance that many of those adjustments have yet to be planned or are even dreaded to think about. Who’s going to watch the kids? Should I finally hire that much needed assistant? How can we afford the bills and summer vacation? What more should I be doing in my business? Seriously, who’s going to watch the kids?

In spite of the hiking costs associated with all of these questions, planning a summer vacation is still very critical. The truth is, you (and your family) need a break from all that’s happened since last summer. Having an entrepreneurial mindset often restricts us from slowing down and taking adequate breaks. There’s always something new to learn or implement or teach or sell or…the list goes on. But the greatest asset you have is you and if you aren’t appropriately “breaked” how can anything else make sense?

Here are summer planning tips for work, home and personal lifestyle.

Plan Your Summer for Work

1. Hire an intern. We’ve talked about the holy grail known as Facebook groups. Post an ad to let your colleagues know you’re hiring. Don’t discount, Linked In or Elance, either. The goal is to hire someone capable and willing to do those time consuming things that distract you from creating more awesomeness. Or getting sleep.

2. Schedule your content. These three words are almost cliched at this point, but there is power in scheduling your content. Whether you use Buffer, Hootsuite or Co Schedule, scheduling your content in advance will save you loads of time in the long run. It’ll also ensure that your audience has valuable content to read while you’re vacationing. (Psst, your intern can do this for you, too!)

3. Adjust your work hours. This might be a great time to shorten or change the amount of hours you spend hustling. Parents know this life all too well. Instead of aimlessly working within the 9-5 mold, consider breaking up your day around other responsibilities. An example would be 6 am to 10 am and back on from 4 pm to 9 pm. Pivot and do what works best for you.


Plan Your Summer for Home/Life

1. Implement summer-only rules. (We can envision “the parentals” nodding their heads in agreement.) Give yourself a bit of grace during this break. For parents: School’s out so your routine will be altered for 3 months. Create temporary rules for your child(ren) to save everyone’s sanity, including mandatory nap or quiet time. For non parents: Think of ways to simplify your life at home that are most needed.

2. Schedule a bi-weekly or monthly distraction. You shouldn’t stop working altogether, but you can incorporate some fun into your schedule. Take a breath at the beach, pool or nail salon. Load up on Target’s dollar section. Binge watch Netflix or YouTube tutorials if you have to. Just carve out a moment so your brain can chill.

3. Include your friends. Do this for two reasons. 1) To further help get your summer planning together. They might be willing to take on some of your responsibilities for a short while. 2) To have a partner in fun and laughter during those hot, summer nights. Either way, it’s nice to have friends around as often as possible.

What are your plans for the summer? How are your summer different from the rest of the year? Is it difficult to manage those 3 months of the year?


Fun Reading:

Why You Need to Take a Vacation (Even When You Can’t Afford One)

Here’s Why You Should Take a Break

Four Reasons Why You Should Take a Summer Vacation


Plan Your Summer (Vacation) | Be Blogalicious

#WeeklyRoundUp — Contest & Chats

Learn how our latest contest can win you two free nights at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Buckhead hotel in Atlanta during Blogalicious Weekend this year. Plus, get the skinny on upcoming chats and summits we’ve heard about in the busy blogosphere. This roundup is composed of contests, new book releases, Twitter chats, Instagram training and more. Get into it!

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New Book: Butterfly Transition by Diana Ramsey


We love to see our community members shine! Diana Ramsey, known as @SistersWithBeauty took the plunge and penned Butterfly Transition: Step-by-Step Guide to Transitioning Your Hair While Growing Through Life’s Changes. On her website, she takes a few minutes to share her moment of transition — in womanhood, natural hair and more. Her story is truly moving and tonight, she’ll be joining a few more of our favorite bloggers for in inaugural Twitter party affectionately hashtagged as #ButterflyTransition.

Join Diana and guest hosts tonight at 8PM for a fun chat and the chance to win fabulous prizes. Learn more about her book, which will be released on June 3, here. Congrats, Diana!


Freebie: Instagram Success Summit

Amy Kilpatrick Mascott shared with us a potential gem for anyone in need of this help: a summit about being successful on Instagram! The online event is free and takes place June 7-10, 2016. Hosting the event is Liam Austin, strategic partnerships expert and founder of Small Today, an online community of 100,000+ small business owners.

After reviewing it’s website, we learned that this summit will teach us how to:

  • To plan and set up a content strategy
  • How to utilize Instagram to sell products
  • Best practice for Instagram advertising
  • How to capture compelling Instagram images
  • Learn how to maximize photo filters and editing tools
  • The best tips for recording eye-catching Instagram videos
  • Attract and maintain the right following for your business
  • How to convert Instagram followers into paying customers
  • How to use, track, measure and analyze your progress
  • Using hashtags to increase reach
  • Run successful contest with Instagram
  • Schedule posts and run multiple accounts

Dozens of industry thought leaders make up the summit’s speaker group, including Jamie Derringer, Stacia Pierce, Farokh Sarmad, Yolanda Keels-Walker, and Marco Hansell to name a few.

This summit sounds perfect for those wanting to boost the way they tell stories visually as well as build an engaging following. To register, click here. Will you be attending?


Who’s That Girl Contest

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Want to win 2 free nights at the Grand Hyatt hotel during Blogalicious Weekend? Of course you do! With our latest contest, Who’s That Girl, you can do that by helping us name the mystery woman in our logo. That’s right — the most unique, off the wall, in your face suggestion will win this prize, making it easier to enjoy this year’s conference, where #ContentIsLife is our theme.

To enter, simply tweet us your suggestion @BeBlogalicious in this format: [NAME SUBMISSION] #WhosThatGirlB8. You have until 6/19/16 to tweet us an often as you please. Read our original contest post here. Think you can handle it?


To be featured in our next #WeeklyRoundUp, email our content manager at: and put WRU Feature in the subject line.


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Who’s That Girl? Contest + Prize

A fabulous mystery woman has graced the Blogalicious logo for 7 years. Through our ups and downs, she’s grown with us and been a consistent ride or die chick. This year, we decided to put some respeck on her name, but the problem is: she doesn’t have one! This is where you we introduce you, our crafty digital family, to our “Who’s That Girl?” contest.

The “Who’s That Girl?” contest gives you the opportunity to suggest fun, over-the-top, unique names for our mystery woman. We want you to go all out and share the craziest names you can think of. The contest will run for 30 days, starting today, May 19 and will end on June 19. In exchange for your suggestion(s), we’re gifting one lucky winner with a complimentary two night hotel stay at the exclusive Grand Hyatt Buckhead during Blogalicious Weekend!

Sweet deal, right? Learn how you can enter the contest below.

Rules & How to Enter:

  • Each candidate must be registered for the conference before entering the “Who’s That Girl?” contest. This means you should have already purchased your conference ticket.
  • Each candidate can submit an infinite amount of fun names to us from 5/19 – 6/19.
  • Tweet your submissions to us at @BeBlogalicious and use the hashtag #WhosThatGirlB8 so we can find you. Here’s an example of what your tweet should look like: [NAME SUBMISSION] #WhosThatGirlB8. Submissions will not be counted if they’re not in the proper format.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, but transferable.
  • Hotel room name can be transferable as well.

Contest runs from 5/19 – 6/19.


So, what happens next? This!

  1. When the contest ends, Team Blogalicious will review all entries and select our top 10 favorites.
  2. Next, we’ll open up a week long poll so that YOU can choose the best name from our pickings.
  3. The name with the most votes will be announced via social media and newsletter as the winner of our Who’s That Girl contest, who’ll receive that awesome free two night hotel stay!

Word travels fast, but not without you. Share this post with your friends so they can join in, too! We want as many names as you have to offer. And not just any ordinary name, but the good stuff.

To get you in the mood of flexing those creative muscles, we’re leaving you with a the 2001 classic itself, by rapper E.V.E!


Who’s That Girl Contest | Be Blogalicious

#WeeklyRoundUp — Twitter Chat, News & So Much More
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This week is all about Twitter. See what’s happening at their headquarters, what it means for you as a user, and how you can join our next chat.

Twitter Will Remove 140-Character Limit

Twitter has an average of 310 million monthly users. The social media platform is popular because it allows users to share quick messages and thoughts on the fly from devices of their choice. The downfall that many users have felt over the years is it’s 140 character limit, which is hardly enough to share a complete, sincere thought. The Twitter gods put their ears to the pavement and are now “giving users more freedom to compose longer messages.”

The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment.

There isn’t much more information about the change other than it’s coming soon. Read the concise report on Bloomberg.


Debra Lee, New to Twitter’s Board of Directors



In 2015, Laura Dunn asked BET chairwoman and CEO Debra Lee what advice she’d offer women who are seeking a leadership role. Her response was short, but impactful:

“Women seeking leadership roles should take some risks. People often say women are promoted on accomplishments and men are promoted on potential. We need to start fighting to be promoted on potential. Tell yourself, I haven’t done this job yet, but I’m smart and I can learn it. Be self-confident about that.”

Since then, Ms. Lee has been named as Twitter’s newest member on their board of directors. To put it plainly, Black Girl Magic will be sprinkled throughout Silicon Valley as she is the first black woman on the board! We couldn’t be more excited for Ms. Lee and Twitter as they ride off into the sunset together.

Lee has been one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment, and the first African-American female executive to get a Vanguard Award from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. On Monday, she tweeted what we all felt:


We’ll be closely following this relationship!


Join Our Twitter Chat With Dreamer’s Academy


What are you doing tonight at 8:00 PM est? We hope to indulge with you on Twitter at the Dreamer’s Academy #DDADISNEY chat. We invited you to the chat here, but in case you missed it,

Join us next Wednesday, May 18th at 8pm ET for an info-packed Twitter chat about the life-changing Disney Dreamers Academy. Applications for the 2017 Class of Dreamers are now being accepted and we want that bright and motivated teenager in your life to apply! The Disney Dreamers Academy introducing its young people to inspiring professionals in an environment that encourages them to dream big.


Other than fun chats, two things we love are prizes and giving them away. There are 4 $200 Disney gift cards to be won to registered participants. VISIT THIS PAGE FOR COMPLETE RULES. Will we see you online?


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Dream Big w. @DisneyDreamers Academy! Join the #ddaDisney Twitter Chat 5/18 @ 8pm ET

Join us next Wednesday, May 18th at 8pm ET for an info-packed Twitter chat about the life-changing Disney Dreamers Academy. Applications for the 2017 Class of Dreamers are now being accepted and we want that bright and motivated teenager in your life to apply! The Disney Dreamers Academy introducing its young people to inspiring professionals in an environment that encourages them to dream big.

dreamers-academy-logoLearn more about the Disney Dreamers Academy and
apply for the Class of 2017 HERE.


Here’s the Scoop:

When: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 @ 8pm ET

Where: On Twitter! Follow @beblogalicious, @socamomdc, @frugalflirtyfab and follow the conversation using #ddaDisney

Prizes: Four (4) $200 Disney gift cards (woot!!) to registered participants. [Giveaway open to U.S. Residents Age 18 and older. Visit THIS PAGE for complete rules.]




#WeeklyRoundUp — Events, Inspiration & GMail

Events, Inspiration and…Gmail? See what we’ve learned this week and how it could impact you, both mentally, spiritually and professionally. Here’s your Weekly Round Up!


Atlanta Event: INHMD Hosted by Pamela J. Booker

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Our friend and CEO of Koils by Nature, Pamela J. Booker, is hosting this year’s International Natural Hair Meetup Day. The event, which is said to teach “valuable hair, beauty and business education, with some of the top entrepreneurs in Atlanta,” will be held on May 21, 2016 from 12-5 PM.

What is INHMD?

“The International Natural Hair Meetup Day is an annual one-day event. Its purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meetups on the same day. Natural hair meetups are events designed to share information, techniques, inspiration and products to aid individuals in their natural hair journey.”

Attendees can meet other naturalistas in the area while learning how to plan and execute their own natural hair meetup. Connect with their favorite natural hair companies, bloggers and YouTube vloggers. Find new ways to care for their hair from people who know it best.

Tickets range from $21-42. Register for the event here. Congrats Pamela!


From $4.35 an hour to CEO of J.C. Penney, Meet Marvin Ellison

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Twitter @MarvinJCPenney.

If not for anything else, we’re sharing this story because it is inspiring. Tennessee born and raised Marvin Ellison worked as a part-time security officer at Target during college to supplement his student lifestyle. He made only $4.35 an hour, a wage probably not livable for the times and certainly not today.

This Fortune article says that, “That gig turned into 15 years at the retailer, as he climbed the ranks in theft prevention. Those early jobs gave Ellison a close-up view of how retail works at the store level, everything from the cadence of markdowns to the science behind keeping shelves stocked. But the jobs also taught him something that would shape his management style: Too many managers don’t listen to the troops on the frontlines, the workers in stores. Ellison had tons of ideas but didn’t share them with managers, he says, because they wouldn’t ask.”

As we’re on the trek to building powerful teams and tribes, it’s important that we keep in mind the ideas and concerns of our people. Are you listening to your team?

The article is quite lengthy as it delves into existing problems the giant retailer has (and how Ellison will reinvest the brand to fix them.) Most notably, this question highlights their biggest problem area:  If you wanted to buy a pair of men’s shoes at a department store, would you look for them next to (a) Men’s Clothing, or (b) Women’s Footwear?

“He [Ellison] ran a test to see whether men’s shoes would sell faster when showcased next to, say, men’s suits; once the data showed that they did, he instituted that change last summer across the company’s 1,000-plus stores. Since entrusting guys to buy their own brogues and boots, Penney has seen double-digit sales gains in footwear. “That reset has been one of the smartest things we’ve done,” says Ellison.”

We often say “the struggle is real” and truthfully, it is. It is so easy to compare our third chapter to someone’s 20th. If you’re on the come up, delight in the beauty that is your struggle and be inspired by stories like these. You’re building a promising business with the potential to one day land you in Forbes, too. Keep going!

Read the full article here.


Was Your GMail Hacked? Gasp!

Our Lead-in-Tech Terrance Gaines (@BrothaTech) broke the news to us that 272 million (yes, million) email passwords and addresses were super hacked and some of them from Gmail. In short, and to be safe, change your passwords (again). Here’s an entire article dedicated to the complexities of the hack and everything else you need to know.


To be featured in our next #WeeklyRoundUp, email our content manager at: and put WRU Feature in the subject line.

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Blog Tip: Actually Start A Blog
Blog Tip- Start A Blog


This weekly series is dedicated to helping bloggers become better bloggers. We do our best to share actionable tips, tools and resources that can improve your blogs and user experience. None of them can work without an actual blog, though, and a random, visual survey of a few online groups revealed many of you don’t have one. Let’s fix that this week!

Google is a great resource on learning how to start a blog. We searched it for you and concluded that The Blog Starter has one of the best (free) guides on starting your blog with their 2016 Guide, which is broken down into 7 parts. We’ll share the first three steps below.


Step 1: Get Started/Pick a Domain

Step 2: Set Up Your Blog.

(The Blog Starter recommends using Blue Host as your hosting service. Many bloggers have success with Blue Host while many do not. We recommend carefully reading this guide before making a final decision on a hosting service. Use Google to read up on alternative hosting services like DreamGator, SiteGround, or Liquid Web Hosting. Who Is Hosting This and PC Mag compare some of the top/most used hosting services so you can easily read their pros and cons.)

Step 3: How to Use Your Blog. Read the entire guide on starting a new blog here.


Some of our most relative Blog Tips posts are:

Start your blogs this week and share them with us on social media and here in the comments. We would love to support you.


Start a Blog | Be Blogalicious

#WeeklyRoundUp — Learn to Blog Like A Business

This week, be inspired to run your blog like a six-figure business. We’re inspired by women bloggers who are doing it and in one post, are sharing their tips and hacks with you. Plus, we’ve got the latest on Facebook’s content rules. We hope you learn something!


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Learn: Building A Six-Figure Blog

Tamara Floyd sat down with Julian King of Bold and Fearless to talk about how she built a six-figure brand as a natural hair blogger. If you do nothing else today, make sure you read the interview. Tamara is very candid about her journey (the ups and downs) and inspires any blogger with a dream. Like many of us (or our friends), she’s a devoted wife, mom (2 boys) and entrepreneur who battles fear, but in spite of it, consistently works the gears of her business. One of the most motivational quotes from her remarkable interview is this:

“Once you know how to make money as an entrepreneur you’ll continue to always make money as an entrepreneur.”

Tamara’s journey is a true testament to what having faith and a relationship with God can do for your life and business. Read the full interview here. Share your favorite part with us in the comments.


Learn: The Importance of Managing Your Blog Like A Business

Did you catch Vashti Patrick-Joseph teaching us how to manage our blogs like a business? Don’t fret! We have a replay of it here:

Vashti’s blog strategy is, as the kids say, on point! For more inspiration about what’s possible, visit her lifestyle blog at


Learn: Facebook Branded Content & Your Blog

By now you’ve heard: Facebook is cracking down on what we share on our fan pages. Nuances like your blue check approval being based on your page’s category or whether or not sponsored posts are allowed have influencers rightfully pulling at straws. The information is confusing, but it’s something we all must understand to avoid issues in the future.

The Motherhood shared a very insightful article about the Facebook branded content tool and what it means for your page and essentially, how you distribute your blog’s content. Here are a few important notes:

“Influencers, bloggers and content creators are permitted to share content on behalf of a brand as long as they have a relationship with them. If a blogger shares a link to a sponsored blog post on his or her own website, that is not considered branded content, even if that blog post is sponsored or contains affiliate links – because the page is sharing content that they own. FTC guidelines still apply here, however, and disclosure notices should be used.

“What is not permitted by Facebook is sharing affiliate links or asking people to buy directly in a Facebook post. In those cases, the influencer is required to be blue verified and use the Facebook branded content tool.”


Best practices for sponsored content on Facebook moving forward:

– Always tag the brand and agency in the sponsored post.

– Disclose that the post is sponsored by a brand by using “ad” or “sponsored” in the post.

– If a post is flagged as not complying with the new branded content policies, Facebook will not penalize the page or delete the post; however, they will give you a warning that the post violated their guidelines.

– The blue verification and Branded Content Tool will likely take a while to become applicable to bloggers.

If you are a brand or company reaching out to influencers to share branded content on their Facebook pages, we highly suggest consulting a marketing agency that has knowledge on the subject and is up-to-date on all policies. You can contact The Motherhood with inquiries at

Please read the full article at The Motherhood here.


Learn to Blog Like A Business | Be Blogalicious

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