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Bloggertunities: Tips, Tricks, & Opps to Help Build Your Blog

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Blogging Tips, Resources, and Opportunities: Weekly List

I know, I know…. Bloggertunities have been kind of sporadic the past few months. Well – part of it is because of the craziness that is my life. Part of it is because I’m hoping to eventually transition these to my new “in-the-works” site, MeaganPaullin.com, that should be up and running in about a month. {I’ve got it on my hosting plan finally, and a designer is working on making it pretty.} But, I always get emails asking me where the heck Bloggertunities are, so I’m trying to get ’em up as often as possible. I promise – eventually these will be a regular weekly post, over on the new site :) Until then – check out what I’ve gathered up lately. Hopefully you find something helpful. And if you have anything awesome to share – feel free to leave it in the comments at the end!

Do you love sharing tips too? Have a great idea for a blogging presentation or panel? Do you have a set of tips to share? Or do you have a favorite blogger you’d love to see speak at BlogHer this year? Then fill out the form here – BlogHer ’14 Call for Ideas – to share your ideas or apply to speak.

Brands and Products

  • OXO: Sign up to get on the OXO mailing list, and get occasional opportunities to test out their new kitchen or household products. I’m a HUGE fan of OXO so I love this one.
  • Carmex: Join the Carmex Blog Squad! I’ve been a part of this for a couple of years now… There’s no payment for posts, but you get to try out a lot of fun Carmex products, and offer giveaways to your readers. {And it’s crazy – some of my most popular giveaways have been for Carmex bundles of goodies.} In addition to trying out the products, you often get cool branded merchandise – I have a cozy yellow Carmex hoodie I love, and my yellow summer striped Carmex boat tote is one of my fave bags for the pool :) Lots of fun if you’re a fan of Carmex.
  • OnStar: If you’re a current user of OnStar, they’re looking for a select group of bloggers to work with them on a long-term ambassadorship program, including an immersion trip to Detroit in early November. Apply here to learn more.
  • PDX Kids Reviewer: If you’re in the Portland area, have kids, and like fun, then check this out – Apply to Become a PDX Kids Calendar’s Online Reviewer. You have to commit to being able to meet their deadlines, and a few other basic requirements, but it sounds like a great way to see some cool new stuff in the area. I wish I lived closer!
  • Sunoco: Apply for the Sunoco Blogger Program – let them know what types of posts you’re interested in working on, such as giveaways, sponsored posts, guest posts, etc. And they’ll be in touch with new opportunities that are a good fit for you. I’ve never worked with them yet – although I did apply. If you have worked with them – leave some feedback comments below so we can all learn more :)

Networks to Join

  • Glam Media: Glam is searching for Family & Parenting sites to join their network of bloggers. Go to their online application here: http://insidernew.glam.com/insider_new/Signup. And it’d be awesome if you put Meagan Paullin in as the person referring you, since I do get a sweet little bonus for sharing :) Glam is one of my very favorite groups ev-ah. My favorite PR trip ever as a blogger, where I made some life-long bloggy friends, was the trip to the Nike Headquarters for the Youth Innovation Summit – and that was an opp I got from them. I was a much smaller blogger years ago when I applied – so don’t feel too intimidated to apply :) They rock.
  • US Family Guide: This is a fun one… They offer a lot of fun event tickets in exchange for blog promotion. Things like Harlem Globetrotters passes, free admission to local harvest festivals, and LEGO KidsFest Tour. Apply to join here.
  • Social Spark: With the holidays quickly approaching, this is a great time to join Social Spark. They have more campaigns, bigger payouts, and fun product sampling opps. Learn more and sign up here: Join Social Spark.
  • For more: Here’s one of my lists of networks and sites to join to earn learn about more sponsored posts, and paid opportunities – How to Get Paid Blogging Opps. And, since this is another one that I need to get updated, please feel free to leave feedback in the comments… Things that aren’t good, new places I should add, etc.

Linkys and Promotion

  • Teach Me Tuesday: Do you have something fun to show and share? Teach Me Tuesday on Someday I’ll Learn is a great place to share your best tips and tricks, recipes and crafts, home decor and hacks – and more! Plus, you’re guaranteed to find a few new cool things to pin yourself, too :)
  • Home for the Holidays: Join us for a super fun giveaway hop – Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes! Have your own prize of at least $25, announce the event with a blog post, FB post, or Tweet – and Nature’s Sleep is going to be sponsoring the GRAND PRIZE. This should be a great traffic event.
  • Recipe Group: Do you like a cooking challenge? Then join us in the 15 Minute Supper group, where we – you guessed it! – create recipe posts that can be made in 15 minutes start to finish. I’m hoping to get my post for this week ready to join the fun – everyone links up to all of the other recipes, so it’s a fun way to get new exposure.
  • Holiday Gift Guides: One of my bloggy besties – Dusty, over at As Mom Sees It – is offering up an awesomesauce way to get your Holiday Gift Guides a big boost in page views this season. She’s creating a Holiday Gift Guide Directory, where you can pay a fee to have your directory featured, get social media promotion, and more. Very cool idea. Sign up here.
  • Giveaway: If you’re a totally awesome blogger, join the Totally Awesome Thanksgiving Giveaway. This is run by Oh My Gosh Beck, and options for joining this big event start at only $5. She always has really well run events, so I definitely recommend this one!
  • Travel Blogging: Link up your favorite travel blogging post in this great linky for the month of November.

Tips and Tools

  • Google Analytics: Google is offering a free set of courses on Digital Analytics Fundamentals – just log in to your regular analytics account, and sign up for the courses.
  • Toolbox: I just found this site, but it looks like it offers some really cool resources :) Sign up today to get a weekly “Toolbox” of tips delivered to your inbox, from Build a Little Biz.
  • Blogging Planner: Get a free printable blogging planner for 2014 – very pretty, and a great way to stay organized if you’re more of a pen and paper gal like me :) You can also check out my Printable Planner board on Pinterest for more ideas.
  • Blog Evaluation: Would you like a fresh pair of eyes to take a look through your site and give you some feedback? Sign up for the free Rocks & Roses Blog Evaluation. You have to commit to doing an evaluation for someone else too. I’ve done this before, and loved hearing what someone else saw when visiting my site!
  • Ebook: I’d been hearing about this from a few different people for awhile now, and finally snapped it up – How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul). I’ve only read a little bit into it, but love it. Very clear and concise, with tips on how to truly take action on your blog.
  • Google+: This post has some easy tips to implement to help you get more consistent with using your Google+ account, how to have Google consider you an expert, and increase your followers and interaction: How I got over 10,000 fans on Google+.

Freelance Writing and Guest Posting

  • Guest Posting: Want to be a featured guest writer on social media, blogging, or entrepreneurship? If so, drop us a note at assistant@thenichemommy.com with your content ideas. All we ask is that your post is an original piece and a minimum of 250 words.
  • Type-A Parent: It’s that time again – the November edition of their call for paid blog posts. They have several topics to choose from – including blogging tips, seasonal recipes, and fun decor DIY. You’ll be paid $50 for your contribution if selected, and you can get more details on their site.
  • Local Columns: If you want to expand where you write, start your own columns on Examiner.com. I have two columns there –Frugal Living, and Yakima Events, and you can choose pretty much any topic you want. Not only do I get paid for posting and getting page views there, I also use it to drive traffic back to this site. An example: This post, 8 Frugal Recipes for Fall, is a slideshow of recipes from my site, with links back to each one.
  • Free Webinar: This guy has pretty good newsletters, so I’m hoping this webinar will have some cool tips. It’s How to Make $500 Per Post Writing Guest Posts. Sounds a little too good to be true, but definitely worth checking out.
  • Contributor: If you’re interested in being a regular contributor to a great site, check out the available positions from A Mom Entrepreneur – it’s not paid, but they’ll give you some monthly features and promotion.

Tips:

  • Facebook Rules: Most of you have probably heard by now that the Facebook Giveaway Guidelines have changed. But, while most of the old restrictions have gone away, there are still a few things to be aware of, to be sure that you’re following so you don’t get into trouble. Check ’em out, there are some really good ideas.
  • Content Theft: Have you ever found your content stolen or misused? Unsure of what to do? {Sadly, it happens waaaaay too often.} This post has some very helpful steps to help you figure out what to do next, and what’s worth your time. Read – What to do when writers get ripped off online.

So – there ya go. My round up of helpful goodies that I’ve loved this week. Hope some help you guys too. Feel free to leave anything helpful you have to share in the comments – links to posts you’ve written, tips, linkys you run, giveaways you’re looking for people to sign up for, whatever. I’ll try to tweet out as many as possible all week. And – feel free to share this list in any of your own blogging groups or networks too. I love to help. And – I have a whole board on Pinterest devoted to Blogging and Social Media tips, if you want to learn more.

 

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Comments

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE when you do these lists! You always teach me so much!

  2. Great tips, I love the list!

  3. I applied for a few and tweeted!

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