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New Opportunity for Social Media Influencers!

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Heeeeey guys. I’ve been asked by C Space to help recruit influencer friends to join me over on Ripple, a community for social media influencers. I’ve worked with these guys for years now, and have always been more than pleased with my partnerships with them.

As a member of Ripple you’ll receive opportunities to work with C Space in their efforts to recruit people for their clients’ research communities. I’m working on one of these opportunities right now, you can see what that looks like in my post here: C Space Wants to Reward Your Opinions with Amazon Gift Codes!  Working with Ripple is super easy – they send out an email asking if you’re interested in recruiting for a specific community, or a general recruitment. If you are, you fill out a quick form. If you’re chosen, you get the info, whip up a short post to let your readers know about it, and share your link around to encourage people to sign up.  [Read more…]


5 Ways to Earn More Affiliate Income

If you’re a full time blogger, you’re probably trying to earn a full time income to make up for those incredibly long hours that you put in. If you’re not a blogger, you might wonder what this whole post is about. Well, affiliate marketing is a way for the people who create online content to be able to keep doing what they love. I strive to educate and entertain. I love to write. I love to tell jokes. I love to connect. But, this is still a job. So, to be able to keep connecting with you awesome peeps that read my site, I have to earn enough to help cover the costs of this site. And a great way to do so is affiliate marketing. Let me explain why…

5 Ways to Earn More Affiliate Income [Read more…]


12 Must-Have Tools for Successful Blogging

Welcome to the #WAHMhop event! I’ve partnered with a bunch of my favorite bloggers to share tips and tricks to help anyone out there who’s interested in starting their own business, or making money from home, get a jump start to success!

So, I’m not an expert, but I’ve been blogging for over 4 years, and have been pretty successful. So, I want to share my tips with you guys, in the hopes they may help you too!

12 Must-Have Tools for Successful Blogging

1. Business Plan: Every business must have a plan. Because if you don’t know where you want to be, how will you know how to get there? I have seen many friends start small businesses, of many kinds, that failed. Not because they didn’t have amazing ideas, talent, or work ethic – but because they didn’t have a plan. There’s a great article I refer to each year from Problogger – How to Make a Blogging Business Plan. It has some great questions to consider. Myself personally, here’s what I do: Answer these questions, each year, because your focus does sometimes change. Think about where you want to be in a year. Make 3 big goals. Then break those down into one goal per month. Then each month I write down 3 steps to reach that goal. It makes it all more doable, helps you focus your energy and time, and keeps you on track. This is how I reached a full time income within one year of blogging. You CAN do it, if you plan wisely :) [Read more…]


10 Most Popular Posts on Boosting Your Blog

At the start of a new year, I like to take some time to evaluate how things are going in my life – business, and personal. I use the whole month of January to look at what worked – so I can add more of that, and what didn’t – so I can make changes. When it comes to business, one thing I like to do is really take a deep look at my statistics, and use that to help create a solid game plan for the upcoming year. Part of that is looking at Google Analytics to see which posts were the most popular. In doing so, I’ve come up with a few categories that people seem to like the most, and the top 10 posts in each category. That gives me some awesome content to reshare, and a great view of what to do more of.

This site will be changing quite a bit in the new year… I want to do a lot more DIY, crafty type stuff, since that’s what I’m super passionate about. Over the past year our life had a lot of changes, and obstacles, so I wasn’t able to do as much of the “fun” stuff that I wanted. But one thing that has always been a favorite here on Sunshine and Sippy Cups since the beginning has been tips on earning more money – whether it’s blogging advice, or other clever online tips. So, for this first round-up of most popular posts, I’m sharing the 10 posts on this site about earning money that got the most visits during 2014. Hope you find some helpful stuff!

10 Tips to Earn More Money Online With Your BlogFirst of all – I LOVE that quote. It’s totally the way I approach my business. I’ve always been an open book – I share any tips I learn, love to support others and answer questions, and never feel that I have to keep “secrets” to help myself succeed above others. If you know me – online, or in real life – you know I love to help, and get super excited seeing other people have awesome accomplishments! So – here’s the list of the 10 posts about building your blog and earning more income, all filled with tips and resources that work for me, and I hope help you too…. [Read more…]


Create Your Dream Business: $2,000+ in Resources for $27!!

This post includes an affiliate link – but I only recommend stuff I love – and I bought this for myself too, so I can vouch for the awesomeness personally!

For quite some time now, I’ve been a big fan of the people who run Blogging Concentrated. I had hoped to make it to their local event awhile back in Seattle, but couldn’t make it work. But – next year I will finally get to meet them at iRetreat! {Learn more about the other upcoming Blogging Concentrated events.} I love being a part of their Facebook group, and reading the great tips that come out in their email newsletters – so when I heard about this seriously crazy-amazing deal they just put out, I jumped on it right away! I recommend you do too – it’s only available for a couple of days. You’ll get over $2,000 in resources for only $27 bucks!! Keep reading to have your socks knocked off….

BC Stack - 60 online business resources [Read more…]


It’s Blogathon Time! #Blogathon2

Biannual Blogathon Bash It’s Blogathon time! If you’re not familiar with the Biannual Blogathon Bash, you can learn more about what it’s all about on their site. It’s a big bloggy party, that happens twice a year – there are challenges to complete, a Facebook group to network and ask questions, Twitter parties to join, and prizes to win! It’s a weekend to set aside as much time as possible, and put some work into learning, growing, and building your blog. It’s an awesome way to make work more fun.

My Blogathon Goals:

  • I want to complete every single one of the mini-challenges this time. I’ve never been able to quite get through all of them, but have more time set aside this time.
  • I’d like to do some work on my new site. I started to be a place to share tips related to blogging, online business, and balancing it all – it’s got a theme, and that’s about it, lol. I want to at least get the sidebar widgets all set up, and a basic About page before Sunday night.
  • Visit all of the other bloggers who are participating. I’m one of the co-hosts for this event {I just love me some Blogathon!} – and want to make some time to connect with everyone else who’s joining the fun.

Not a long list, but a good list. And there are eleven mini-challenges to complete, so that should give me a lot to do! I’ve made it to two super-fun Twitter parties so far {you can read some of the great tips that have been shared so far by searching out the #Blogathon2 hashtag} – and am excited for another one tonight. If you want to jump in and join us in the Blogathon fun, there’s still plenty of time! Write a quick kick-off post to share your own goals, then link up with us and jump in! You’re blog will thank you for it :)


15 Clever Ways to Get New Blog Traffic

Hey bloggy friends! This was a mini challenge, that was created for blogging rockstars who are part of the Biannual Blogathon Bash. This current event is over, but you can check out the site to learn more about the next event coming up: Biannual Blogathon Bash.

15 Clever New Ways to Bring Traffic to Your Blog

Quick background about me – I’ve been blogging for 3 years now, full time. I started this bloggy-adventure with the goal of it being a business – a way for me to make money from home while being here with my brand new baby. I have poured crazy amounts of time, effort, money, and heart into growing this site. I’ve read a zillion books, subscribe to a million email newsletters, follow a babillion sites – all just to keep growing, learning, and moving ahead. But, all that work has paid off { I was able to quadruple my traffic last year!} – since now The Mister works for me, and together we run this site, plus some other projects – together, and it allows us to both work from home. I’m extremely passionate about helping others do the same thing, so I hope that if you’re a newer blogger, these tips can help you ramp up your own business too! If you have questions, comments, ideas, or any other feedback – feel free to leave a comment on this post, tweet me using the #Blogathon2 hashtag, or post it to my Facebook wall. I’ll do my best to help! [Read more…]