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Top 10 Resources for Fashion Bloggers

Ok, I don’t claim to be a fashion blogger – at all… But, I do love fashion. I worked for 10 years in fashion merchandising, management, and visual displays, and loved it. I’m much better at dressing others than I am at dressing myself most days, lol. But – this is another category that I want to get into more this year. Not high fashion craziness – but totally attainable, real-mom fashion. You know – how to still look hot after 4 hours sleep, while chasing a wild toddler. Those type of tips.

Top 10 Resources for Fashion Bloggers

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So, as I have been gathering some tips, ideas, and tools to help me be more successful in this new area of blogging, I thought I’d share some with you ladies too. These are my current Top 10 Resources to check out, for Fashion Bloggers. Stay tuned for more fashion posts – and let me know what kind of things you’d like to see featured in this category too!

  • 1. Spring Fashionista: This is a crazy-awesome event that you definitely want to join in. I’ve heard about it for a year, and just put off joining, because I wasn’t sure about getting the prize set up. Well, this time I joined early enough to put together something awesome! And… When we put together our monthly traffic stats linky, several bloggers had the host blog as a top 10 traffic referrer for the YEAR, that’s how awesome the traffic is for this event. Join here – Spring Fashionista sign up – and I’d love if you mention that I sent ya!
  • 2. Polyvore: This is such a fantastic tool. You install a little clipping button to your toolbar, similar to the Pinterest Pin it button. Then when you see pieces that you love, you simply “clip” them to your Polyvore account. When you log in to your account, you can use those pieces, plus the million things already clipped there, to create looks. Make collages and images, and easily share them to your blog, or with followers on Polyvore. {See some examples of how I use it here: Fashion Posts. And connect with me there here:  Megsp22 on Polyvore.
  • 3. Promote your posts: If you’re a fashion blogger – or if you post fashion posts even once in awhile – check out this list of 25 Ways to Promote Your Fashion Posts. And even if you’re NOT a fashionista, there are some great ideas in here.
  • 4. ASOS: This is a network I just joined recently – It’s a very cool way to share fashions you love, meet new people and discover cool stuff, and a ton more awesome stuff. Join ASOS Fashion Finder.
  • 5. Great tips: This is a SERIOUS resource, from Pretty Shiny Sparkly. It is massively packed full of tips, ideas, and so much more. Get The Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging.
  • 6. Photography: Just like in Food Blogging – Fashion Blogging brings new photography challenges. This post has some amazing tips – Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging: Photography. It’s from the same blog as above – love it.
  • 7. Ideas: This is actually a really great list for anyone to use – it’s just a list of new types of posts to write, new ways to look at content, new ideas to consider. Read 31 Post Ideas for Fashion Blogs.
  • 8. New Blog: Want to start a new fashion blog? Or any type of new blog? Then this might help jump start your brainstorming for coming up with an idea… 10 Tips for Naming Your Fashion Blog. Since I’m currently trying to come up with a name for my new business and blogging tips site, this is SUPER helpful!
  • 9: Sex & the City: I love this – She says, “It’s safe to say that if Sex and the City had started 10 years later, Carrie Bradshaw would have been a blogger. New York City’s “It” girl would have tweeted to Miranda, re-pinned Charlotte’s outfit posts, and liked Samantha’s Instagram photos of the hottest parties.” Right? Get 4 Timeless Blogging Lessons from Carrie Bradshaw.
  • 10. Boost your blog: This is another really comprehensive resource – and one that’s an awesome read no matter what type of blog you have! Check out Killer Fashion Blogging: 50 Ways to Take Your Fashion Blog to the Next Level.

What about you – Are you already a fashion blogger? If so, you probably have some great tips and resources to share. I’d love to hear them – leave me some comments! Are you interested in branching out into more fashion blogging in 2013? If so – what are the challenges in your way? I love hearing from you ladies…

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Top 10 Resource Guide for Food Bloggers

Resources for food bloggers… I love to cook, but have a lot more enthusiasm and creativity than I do actual skill, so not everything I attempt is exactly successful. But – blogging, just like life, is a constant work in progress, right? If you’re working on your food blogging skills in 2013 too – I hope you find something in this resource list helpful!

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2012 Blog Traffic Report: Analyzing Stats & What I Learned

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” – Lawrence J. Peter… This quote is so true, and is part of what is helping guide my blogging and business goals for the new year. Last year, I felt like I was often just “trying to keep up” – instead of really taking steps towards my goals. {Although as I reviewed my post, 10 Blogging Goals for 2012: Starting with Be More Awesome – I realized I was lucky to accomplish most of what I set out to. This year, I’m working on setting big goals, and really getting things organized and planned out. And since you really can’t know where you’re going, until you can see where you’re been, I decided to analyze last year’s traffic to get a better idea of what worked, and what didn’t.

Blog Traffic ReportSharing blogging stats: I’ve joined a group of bloggers who are all taking some time today to take a look back at 2012, and share their own traffic stats too – you can find the linky down at the bottom of this post, if you’d like to take a look and get a big picture on what’s working for other bloggers too. And – first things first, here’s my total traffic for all of last year, January to Decemeber of 2012:

Google Analytics traffic report for blog, 2012Traffic was lower than expected: Last year when my blog got hacked, I lost almost two weeks of access to my account, and then another full week of mess once I could get back in. That was a big set back. Then, over the last few months, my little one started having seizures. It started with what we hoped at the time was a febrile seizure, but was then followed my months of more of them. Since October I really lost a lot of my blogging focus, due to traveling to Seattle Children’s Hospital for her appointments, testing and procedures, and dealing with each new episode when it happened. So what should have been my busiest time of the year – wasn’t. But that’s ok. I did my best, I made my family my priority, and she’s doing much better now. So it’s time to ROCK in 2013! Very excited to start fresh.

Where my blog traffic came fromThis list shows you where my traffic came from – my top 10 blog traffic sources: StumbleUpon doesn’t bring me as much as it used to earlier in 2012 – no more BIG traffic explosions. But it does bring steady visitors, and hopefully they’ll like what they see once stumbling onto my site, and come back again. The Weekend.tend is one of Glam Media’s sites – they picked up a few posts of mine during the year, which is always really appreciated. Towards the end of the year, Facebook has moved down to my #8 or #9 referrer, and Google and Pinterest have both moved up quite a bit. I’m working on SEO in the new year, so hopefully that will continue to increase.

Top 10 Blogs that Sent Traffic

What I learned here – One, that linking up some great posts on some good linkys can be a really effective way to bring in traffic. That’s where most of this traffic came from – from linking up to photo challenges, recipe linkys, or my personal favorite to find fun new stuff – the Mommy Club linky on Crystal & Co, where everyone links up their best “mom solution” posts each week.

 Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year

What I learned here – It’s very obvious here that while sponsored posts and reviews pay the bills, it’s the real content that I write that is what brings people to my site. Whether it’s just something funny I think will entertain people, a personal experience I think can help educate people, or a fun recipe or craft idea – those are the things that people like to read. Which is awesome, since that’s my goal in the new year, to write more real content again. Another thing I noticed is that many of these are posts that I link to within posts often, encouraging readers to discover more of my favorite older posts.

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Check out the other bloggers who have put together their own stats posts – See how you compare, what you can learn, what best practices you can adopt. And if you’d like to share your post – leave me a comment below, so I can learn from you, too!


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Bloggertunities: New Opps for Women Bloggers

Grow your blog – Monetize, find new leads and blogging opportunities, and get the best tips too… Hi all! Welcome to another weekly Bloggertunities post, a round-up of the best blogging tips, tools, leads, opps, and events of the week. I hope you’ll find some helpful stuff – and if you do, be sure to share it with your networks too!

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey

Well, we all made it through the crazy-hectic holiday season. Hooray! Unlike regular moms, blogging moms not only beautifully gift wrap their well thought out gifts, create delicious dinners and baked goods from scratch, and decorate the house with perfectly coordinated ornaments and such – but we also photograph it all along the way, write up tutorials and recipes, tweet, Instagram, Pin, and share all of those great accomplishments too. {Right? Your season was that perfect too? Lol.} So – congrats on getting through it all – and cheers to an {almost} new year on it’s way! It’s time to start really thinking about your new years goals. If you’ve got a list – share it with me in the comments! Until then – here are this week’s tips, leads, opps, and reads to help inspire and motivate. Enjoy!

Events, Hops, and Linkys to Join

  • All About Owls: I am super duper excited about this one! It’s a giveaway hop that starts mid January. There are no big requirements – except one BIG one. Your prize must be owl themed. How fun is that? I think that this could be super popular, and was one of the first to join! Sign up here: Give a Hoot Giveaway Hop Sign Ups.
  • New Year’s Resolutions: Join this great giveaway hop from Makobi Scribe, to help promote some awesome products to help meet your goals in the new year! Learn more, and join up here: New Year’s Resolutions Sweepstakes Hop.
  • Mom Solutions: Join the Mommy Club: Share your resources and solutions in this awesome linky! I find SO much cool stuff here each week, and see great traffic when I link up too!
  • Blogathon: Join the Blogathon excitement – and sign up as a mini-challenge host!! It’s a ton of fun {see an example, my post from last time: Monetize Your Blog in 5 Simple Steps}. Read the details, and join the Blogathon today!
  • Recipes: This is a great list of recipe linkys you can add your posts too – and it’s a great way to boost the traffic to those great recipes.
  • Kindle Event: Join this new giveaway event – really low prices to add your links, and you’ll be part of a fantastic event to give away a new Kindle! Sign up here.
  • Foodie Conference: Ok, this is a brand new, first-time conference event for foodies. The ticket prices are super low, and all are welcome to attend. Next year they plan to make this a BIG conference event, so join the excitement now!
  • NaBloPoMo: Have you ever participated in the National Blog Posting Month with BlogHer before? It’s a great way to challenge yourself, meet new people, and get new traffic. I have a lot of fun with it.

Freelance Writing

  • Interact: I just joined Interact Media this week – but there are TONS of opps available here. The payouts are per word, and you choose your topics, payout amounts, and jobs you want to take. They update each hour with new projects that you can take. You just write them and submit them -they don’t need to be posted to your site.
  • Examiner: You know how much I enjoy my Frugal Living column on Examiner.com – and the way it gives me an extra way to connect with local businesses, and get media credentials {I’ve talked about it many times.} I’m earning a much steadier income with this now, that I’ve put a little more effort into it all. And now the Mister of the house is starting a column too – on local Racing. If you’re interested, and are an expert on a local topic, apply to be an Examiner of your choice of topic today.
  • Hire My Mom: This is a great site whether you’re looking to pick up new freelance work – or are interested in finding some reliable to outsource some of your current work to. Join or submit a listing on Hire my Mom.

Good Reads & Resources

  • Facebook Fraud: We’ve all talked about it – how Facebook has changed things up too much, doesn’t show our own fans – who have chosen to follow us – our posts. How promoted post seem like a joke. Well – I find this little experiment really interesting, with some of the bs that Facebook is pulling. What do you think? Leave me a comment if you’ve noticed some of this stuff.
  • Ebook: Check out the Work at Home Woman website, for loads of great tips and information. Then take a minute to check out the info on her ebook – I was really impressed with it. Click here to visit The Work at Home Woman. {And it motivates me to get my butt in gear and finally finish up MY ebook too!}
  • Pinterest Group Boards: I know that a lot of you have been wondering too – what’s the deal with group boards on Pinterest? How do they help you? Do they help you?? Well, this post shares a little experiment that shows exactly how they work, love it.
  • Kindle Fire: Did you get a new Kindle Fire this holiday season too? If you need some cool tips on using it, and getting the most out of it – Get this awesome free ebook, Mastering the Kindle Fire. {I have been totally loading up on free blogging, social media, and business books!!}
  • Free Images: This is a great way to quickly search for free images you can use with permission on your blog. All you have to do is give credit at the bottom of the post. Try out PhotoPin.com.
  • Free Keyword Tools: This is a great post from Blogelina, on how to use keywords correctly to increase your search traffic. And she includes links to two different free keyword search tools.
  • Work from Home: This post has some great tips for different things to think about when working from home, and how to find new opportunities.
  • Facebook Tracker: This is a cool tool from Handmadeology {one of my fave sites for smart tips and tools} – it’s usually $8 bucks. But for now, as a Christmas gift, it’s available totally free! Get the Facebook tracker here.
  • Geek Squad: I had thought about getting this for years, but wasn’t sure if it was worth it. Well, lemme tell ya – If you’re online all day, and can’t afford to lose a single minute when things go wrong – this is SO worth it! They remotely log-in, tell you to relax with a glass of wine, and go to work either just doing a basic clean-up {which made my PC SOOOO much faster!} or will fix any issue you have. Any time. On up to three devices in your house for the same price. Read more – it’s awesome.
  • Copyblogger: Get the best of Copyblogger in 2012 – a list of their most helpful, informative, and entertaining articles, all in one place. LOVE this stuff.

Networks and Opps to Monetize and Grow

  • SponsoredReviews: When a brand or business wants to Buy Reviews – meaning, you write a post featuring their product, service, site, or new infographic, they pay SponsoredReviews to run a campaign, and they hire bloggers to write the posts. It’s very easy work – just make sure you’re choosing posts that are relevant to your readers. I average about a $100 per post here, and have worked with them for months now.
  • LinkVehicle: This is very similar – and again, just be sure you’re being choosy about which opps you accept, so you’re not compromising the integrity of your site. I get a few opps a month here, but remember – the amount they quote you, you only get paid half of that. So make sure it’s worth it. It usually is, since they’re simple posts to write up. Join LinkVehicle.
  • Be Featured: Do you want to show people an example of blogging as a profession? Parade Magazine is looking for more entries into it’s annual jobs issue. Fill out the form, and possibly have you and your blog featured.
  • Step2: This is one of my FAVORITE kids toy brands, and we’re planning a bunch a few purchases of the cool outdoor toys for this summer, to help make our house “Staycation” worthy. Well, right now they are looking for a great team of bloggers to partner with as ambassadors for the new year. Apply here.
  • Candy: Want to try out a new healthy candy alternative with your local group of moms? If you’re not a member of Mom’s Meet yet, you’ll need to go through the quick application process first. If you’re already a member, simply fill out this one page questionaire to apply to sample these goodies with your group. I’m always happy with my party packages, and sometimes they are crazy-generous. There is minimal work afterwards – they just want to hear you and your groups feedback in a survey, and maybe see a snapshot or two.
  • Reynolds Mom: Are you a total kitchen ninja? Then apply to be a Reynolds Mom! This is only open until the 28th, and you’ll need to do some videos to apply. But there are some CRAZY amazing prizes and opportunities with this. {Although, fair warning, it does involve some fan voting stuff.} But I’m going to toss in an entry on Friday if I have time – sounds super cool!
  • Escalate: Great offers to promote, good payouts, and you get payout each month really quickly. This is such an easy network to work with. I don’t even post offers often anymore – but still see an income from stuff I posted last year when I did more frugal content – I earned over $100 last month on this one 10 Ways to Earn an Income from Home, same with this one, The Free Money Tip You Can’t Afford to Miss  –  Join Escalate.
  • Integrate: I absolutely love these guys. They always send out little cards and thank yous – things like Starbucks gift cards, or Amazon gift codes. {Got a $100 code recentely just for helping out with a survey. Rockin’, right?} A couple of my recent fave campaigns are the Seven Slings free baby stuff {which I actually got myself, a few years ago when I was pregnant with Abby, and loved.} And the Bake Pops {which I really wanted, and just got for Christmas, lol.} Learn more about getting started with Integrate in a post I wrote a while back – or join here.

Randomly Awesome Stuff

Geek Glasses: I’m dying over these – If you’re a geek like me, working from home all day on your laptop, why not accessorize appropriately with a pair of these pixelated Computer Nerd Geek Glasses? They’re only a couple bucks on Amazon, and totally crack me up. Ordered two pairs :)

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Bloggertunities: Over 20 New Ways to Rock Your Blog!

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde… When it comes to blogging, that’s some of the best advice that you’ll ever get. Perfect grammar, a beautiful design, and good connections to PR are only going to take you so far… It’s the personal connection you make with readers, when you write from the heart, that is what brings success. Plus, when you write “real” – you’ll enjoy what you do MUCH more! I hope you find something helpful in this week’s post – and you have anything awesome to share too, please feel free to add it to the comments!

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ProBlogger Once in a Decade Sale: All eBooks just $10

Darren Rowse, the blogging genius who’s books helped encourage my jump into the online world, has a very cool event going on. To celebrate his tenth anniversary of starting blogging, he’s offering all ProBlogger ebooks at just $10 each. Since his ebooks are normally priced at between $20 and $100, that’s a 50-90% discount, depending which ebooks you choose. And that is rockin’, lemme tell ya.

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ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

The very first blogging book I ever read, and the one that is still my favorite, and that I recommend to everyone – beginner or not – is ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. My copy of this is so worn – highlighted, underlined, scribbles in the margins, and filled with Post-Its. I’ve bought a couple of his ebooks already – but am SUPER excited to buy the others that I’ve been wanting, at just $10 bucks each. Awesomesauce. If you want them too, here are the links for each book, that will take you to the promotional price page. This sale is only good for 10 days – so stock up now!

  • 31 Days to a Better Blog: 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a downloadable ebook designed to help you revitalize your blog by giving you 31 tasks that will all help to turn it into the pageview powerhouse you’ve always dreamed of. Each day includes teaching, and an actual task to complete.
  • Blogwise: How to Do More with Less: One of the most common obstacles to successful blogging among our readers is simply finding time. So we sat down with nine prolific and successful bloggers to find out how they not only blog successfully, but balance that with busy work, family, and social lives. {Buying this NOW!!}
  • Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers: It’s the ideal resource for all bloggers who are just starting out and want to learn the basics of SEO or those who’ve been at it a while but want to grow their search engine traffic.
  • ProBlogger’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business: Written by Mark Hayward, a successful business owner, activist, and blogging coach, the guide takes readers step by step through how to set up a blog, thinking through goals for a blog, developing a content strategy, finding readers and growing traffic, establishing and growing a social media footprint, and much more.
  • ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging: This ebook is jam-packed with practical activities and exercises to do in your first week to make sure your blog is heading in the right direction. {I did this one earlier this year – it’s super helpful even if you’ve been blogging for awhile. Gets you back to basics, focused, and helps you refine things a lot, since you’ve probably changed your blog style a lot since you started.}
  • The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing: The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing—31 Steps to a Profitable Blog is a comprehensive, 31-chapter blueprint for your blog’s ongoing profitability, from the ground up. This one is regularly $100 for the full set of materials, printables, and resources!!!!

If you’ve read any of these books before – I’d love for you to share your thoughts on them in the comments, to help other readers figure out which ones might be best for them. And if there’s a ProBlogger ebook {or two, or three…} you’ve been wanting – now is the time to buy it! I’m buying the three I don’t already have, to get ready to really kick my blog into gear going into the new year. Super excited…

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{Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. But only because I LOVE the ProBlogger books so much, that I joined their affiliate program, to get the inside scoop on cool new products and promotions from them, to share with you.}

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Bloggertunities: 35 Ways to Improve Your Blog, Build Traffic, & Earn More Money

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Timothy Leary… Love this quote, lol. But really – being a mom is a hard job. When you throw in being a blogger on top of that, well, life gets crazy. {You can read about how MY day is going today here. So.Very.Tired…} So many people don’t “get” what we do at home all day – from diapers to carpool to snacks to dinnertime to blogging and business… So, let me be the one to give you a cyber high-five, pat on the back, and enthusiastic “Good job!!” for everything you do each day! {Feel free to cyber high-five me back. It’s been a long week for me, lol.}

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