Is “Going Viral” Bad for My Page?

If you are a creator, then “going viral” can be a goal or a fear of yours. But the big question is “is going viral bad for my page?”. What are the pros and what are the cons of having a post do astronomically better than your normal content?

Pros of Viral Content

is going viral bad for my page?

Going viral is a great way to get exposure for your page. Whether you are a new account or a seasoned account, new blood and activity on your page is a great way to grow your account.

More attention could potentially mean getting noticed by brands! And once those campaigns start coming in, it could mean more money for you.

This can also be an opportunity to understand what people like to watch from you. If you are a style and travel account but it seems that all the videos that have gone viral were style videos, then you will know to focus on that kind of content.

It can also give you an understanding for what level of quality you need for your videos. Going viral gives you the great ability to really dive in to the big question of “why did this video in particular go viral? What was it about this one in particular that people really liked and felt like they wanted to share it?”

Cons of Viral Content

You could get a lot of people to your page that only followed because of that one video. Although that sounds like a plus, this could negatively affect your other content. If you go viral off of that one video and you don’t consistently make videos exactly in that nature, your engagement could go down because all of those other followers don’t interact with the other content.

New followers that don’t interact with your page could mean that your regular content no longer gets pushed to your veteran followers thereby tanking your engagement.

That one video could have also been a one-of-a-kind experience. Something you only did or would/could ever do once. Or it could have been a video that normally had nothing to do with your “normal” content. Either way, when those new followers start figuring out that this isn’t the kind of content that they signed up for, they will leave.

Either way you slice it, going viral can either be really good or really bad for your page. A case can be made for both! If it’s your goal to go viral, then keep following trends or posting top notch content. If you have already had a video go viral and are wondering “what next”, be careful and take this as a learning opportunity to expand on.

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Bath and Body Works Halloween Collection 2022

Bath and Body Works has really come a long way since 2011. A time when everyone just HAD to have the newest fragrance they carried. Which is why I was surprised to see them as a trending search on Google. This spooky season, people really want to learn more about Bath and Body Halloween 2022!

So let’s discover the 50 plus new items that Bath and Body Works is offering.

Bath and Body Halloween Collection

Their entire collection consists of 10 different scents. Products range from body mist, hand soap, shower gel, body lotion, candles and more! The scents are:

Obviously I can’t smell these scents through the internet. But the label designs are so gorgeous! I have always been a big fan of their scents and fragrances. I have no doubt that this collection is incredible. Not to mention, there is a good range of product types. If you find a scent that you love, then you can round out your home with it!

Bath and Body Works is also well known for their insane deals. With their in-store sales, and after-purchase coupons, it is pretty easy to get locked in an obsession. Currently they have a 5 for $25 mix and match deal for soaps and refills. This is a great way to test a few scents to find your favorite! Not to mention a Buy 3 Get 1 Free deal on body mist and shower gel. Can you see how easy it is to fall down the rabbit whole here? Check out the collection now and be sure to share the deals with your friends!

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The Spoopiest Halloween Small Shop Items for 2022

Spooky season is slowly becoming such a fun season for me. I absolutely love seeing all of the Halloween small shop items from my favorite magical makers. I can’t wait to splurge on all of these shops! If your feed isn’t flooding with Halloween small shop items then let me give you some inspiration with these five shop recommendations.

Click any of the pictures or links to go to that shop or item.

This page contains affiliate links and I may receive a small commission from a purchase. All pictures belong to their respective owners.

Baxter and Co Designs

Want a more subtle Halloween or Disney touch to your home decor? Then check out these laser engraved candle holders! These will look perfect on your coffee table or night stand. Their designs are all so beautiful and detailed.

Wish Upon Magic

Sticker game is STRONG at Wish Upon Magic. They come up with some of the cutest designs. Not to mention that they are dishwasher safe and durable. This makes them great for accessorizing your water bottles!

The Best Day Ever Shop

Spoopy meets preppy at the Best Day Ever Shop! With popular patch options for fanny packs, you can stay on trend and also support a small shop in the process. They truly have such a unique catalog of Halloween items.

Castles and Couture

The great thing about Castles and Couture is that if you love a design, they offer it in multiple styles. That being said, there is a lot of opportunity to find something for your house.

Happiest Tees on Earth

Have you ever ordered a Cinderella Latte at Starbucks? Well you can thank the owner and operator of Happiest Tees on Earth for that! She’s not only known for that, but also for her amazing shirts. They are essential to a Disney park day wardrobe. And when it comes to Halloween items, they have got you covered.

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Fall Festivities at Belmont Park

Mission Beach comes alive for Halloween with the Fall Fest at Belmont Park. All the rides and activities that you love from this iconic San Diego landmark, now ready for a frightfully ghoulish time!

Belmont Park’s Fall Fest Details

This event takes place from September 9th through October 31st. Here are some more of the details regarding fall fest specifically:

  • FREE Trick-or-Treating every Sunday in October
  • Mr Jack O Lantern’s Pumpkin Patch
  • live acoustic performances and festive beer garden Friday nights
  • specialty treats from your favorite stops
  • go karting
  • multiple photo opportunities for fun, seasonal pictures
  • iconic rides and attractions and MORE!
Ice cream with chocolate dipped waffle cone with Halloween colored sprinkles

Although you are welcome to walk around the park for free, if you want to be a part of the action a little more, then you will need to purchase a pass. Although, you can pay individually for the rides, activities, or attractions that you want to do. However with the Ride and Play pass being $60 per person, this is an EXTREMELY fair price! It is a great deal that allows you to do pretty much everything.

Personal Experience

When my husband and I went, we had the Ride and Play Combo pass which included all rides and activities. This included all day turns on the rock wall, LazerMaze, Sky Ropes, mini golf, the roller coaster and rides, and two turns on the zipline. To name a few! We arrived at around 4:45 pm and the park closed at 8pm. We didn’t do everything we could have done with the pass, but we sure did a lot! You will definitely need a decent amount of time if you want to do it all at Belmont Park.

I highly recommend attending. theFall Fest at Belmont Park if you want to mix up your date night activities or do something fun with your kiddos. There are so many things to do. Not to mention you are right next to the beach and those sunset views cannot be beat.

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How to Start Affiliate Marketing

Everyone makes it seem like every single influencer is making stacks on stacks with affiliate marketing. But if you are trying to start affiliate marketing for yourself, then this guide will help.

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is when influencers or creators use commissionable links to make money off of the sales made using that link. Commission will vary across different brands. Using a creator’s affiliate link does not affect the customer’s end price that they pay.

Is it only for popular social media influencers?

Absolutely not. Yes, the majority of people using affiliate marketing and affiliate links are creators with large followings posting on social media. However, bloggers and smaller creators can use affiliate marketing too. The whole purpose is having a group of people who trust your recommendations and would make an educated purchase because of that trust. As long as your engagement rate is high, that’s really the only key factor in being successful with affiliate marketing.

How do I start affiliate marketing and using affiliate links?

how does affiliate marketing work

The simple answer is with a platform that connects users to trackable, commissionable links.

The most popular sites to use to start with affiliate marketing are:

All of these platforms require you to apply in some way. Reward Style and Shop Style require you to apply to access the site as a whole. They will do a deep dive of your social accounts or websites to ensure that they are only accepting people who take their pages seriously and will be actively using their links. They don’t necessarily have a follower requirement, but as you can imagine, they won’t accept someone who only has 30 followers. Your acceptance chances are high as long as you are showing good, consistent content on your pages. Once accepted on these sites, you can start using commissionable links for thousands of stores instantly. and CJ Affiliate work a little differently. For one, it’s easier to be accepted on these sites. But once accepted on the site, you can not link to any brand sites automatically. You will then have to apply to brands specifically to use affiliate links with them. Not every brand you apply to will accept your application.

In addition to these options, some brands will work directly with a person without using one of these sites. When that happens, the brand will give out your own personal tracking link to use when posting or talking about the brand or product.

How do I get paid?

When someone purchases something using your trackable link, the sale will ping to the system that that sale was made because of your recommendation. Based on the brand’s commission rate, you will get X% of the sale you made. It is imperative to use your links when posting as that will be the only way to get paid.

If you recommend something using your link, and someone purchases in-store, you will not get any commission from that sale. If someone clicks the link on their phone but completes the purchase on their desktop computer, you will not get any commission from that sale. To get paid with affiliate marketing, the click and purchase must happen on the same device.

Consistency is key with affiliate marketing. The more high quality links published means more opportunity for payment. The links do not stay live forever. Most affiliate links will only leave a 30-day cookie trail. That means that if a purchase is made on the 31st day, you won’t be paid. Encourage quick purchases by linking products during sales or high shopping seasons.

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