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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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Blogging Opportunities for Power Mom Bloggers

“Don’t agonize. Organize.” – Florynce Kennedy

Welcome to another edition of the weekly Bloggertunities – new leads, opps, resources, and events for amazing women bloggers like you! I keep promising that this will get back to it’s regular Wednesday morning posting time, but again, I’m late. I’m just recovering from whooping cough, and a rib that I fractured from coughing {who DOES that?} – and now Abby is sick too. Luckily, the doc called us today with good news, Abby does not have whooping cough too. Probably just a virus. But she’s still quite the fuss pot – “Sit in chair momma! Sit in chair right now! Cartoons! Cartoons in chair – cartoons with Abby! RIGHT NOW!” Ah, good times. But hopefully, with my nephews back in school, my days a little less hectic, and a recovery in sight – I can finally get back on track again. {Ha.”Man, I’m soooo caught up on work. I just have nothing to do now – I guess I’ll go relax with all of this free time” – Said no mom blogger ever.} I hope that you’re all enjoying the new transition into fall too – and ready for all of the online excitement that the holiday season brings! And, speaking of excitement – I’d love for you to all help out a fellow blogger who’s in the running for a super exciting contest with Macy’s!

Help a mutha-blogga out – Sadie Lankford, formerly of Randomosity, now owner of Slap Dash Mom, needs our help! Most of you know and love her – so let’s help her win the Macy’s Blogger Contest. For this week’s challenge, she needs all of the likes and pins she can get on her Mom on the Go Pinterest board – Let’s see her make it to the next round!!

Giveaways and Events

  • Twitter Party: Join us for the back to school Mompact Twitter party to share tips, connect with other moms, and win a bunch of great swag! RSVP here for the party, and be sure to give it a tweet to share with your friends too. You’ll have chances to win  some great gear like an EasyLunchboxes set and cooler, Today I Ate a Rainbow , Grand Prize of the Easy Daysies Collection, and more!
  • Giveaway Scout: This is a great site to add your blog to – it’s simple to do, add your blog to Giveaway Scout here – and then they’ll automatically pull new giveaways, coupons, or other frugal type posts to share in their daily newsletter. Easy peasy.
  • Harry Potter: Ok, I have to admit it… I’m a total Harry Potter nerd. The kids wanted to watch it last year, so I started ordering  the DVD’s from Netflix. By movie 5 I was hooked. So… I was pretty excited to join this new giveaway – A BluRay boxed set of Harry Potter 1-7. It’s free to join, and you can purchase extra links.
  • Halloween: Are you already getting excited for fall? For cozy hoodies and tall boots, crisp apples and fall leaves  – and of course, all the fun of Halloween! If so, join this great new Halloween-themed giveaway event, free links, from Mom Powered Media.
  • Linky: Promote your giveaway this week on Koupon Krazed’s Win it Wednesday linky – I’ve added all of my current giveaways there, and it always drives some new faces my way!
  • KitchenAid: This is always a super popular prize – Who doesn’t want to win a new KitchenAid mixer, right? This has a value of $300+, and the giveaway event is open now for sign ups – Don’t miss it!

Review and Brand Opps

  • K5 Learning: Apply to work with them, and get a free 6-month subscription to their online learning resources to review. I’ve heard really great things about them – both the products, and working with them as a blogger.
  • Bookieboo: This is an awesome network filled with moms of all fitness levels, who are striving to live healthier lifestyles – and helping their families on their way to better health too. There’s great conversation, awesome opps, and a cool community feel. Join Bookieboo today.
  • Security System: Blog Friendly PR is looking for bloggers who are interested in reviewing a new home security system. It includes 1 base, 1 console, 3 door & window sensors, 1 fire safety sensor, 1 motion detection sensor, 1 keychain remote, 1 yard sign & decals, and service.
  • FavorDeal: I just signed up to work with them, when I found myself falling in love with their amazingly cool, super inexpensive accessories. {I bought 4 owl rings, 2 owl necklaces, another cocktail ring and a leather bracelet for $20 bucks, shipped free. For real. Total steal. Because you know I love owls…} Join today either their partner review program, and watch for their upcoming affiliate program. They’re a foreign company, so the English is less than perfect, lol. But I have friends who have worked with them, and they’re legit and follow through. I was ordering this stuff anyway – so why not share a fun review when I get it, and earn some free swag? So – if you’re an accessory junkie too, you might be interested!
  • Disney Panel: Disney is going to be opening up their Disney Moms Panel for new applicants soon – You just have to watch for the announcement, coming any day during September. Get details on their site. You definitely want to get your app in as soon as they open it, since last year they had to cut it off after 20,000 applications. Craziness, right?

Makin’ Money

  • Eden Fantasys: Ok, this one isn’t for everyone. But I’ve blogged about Eden Fantasys many times, and there are plenty of ways to keep it PG and family friendly. I am in looove with the bath and body products – especially the Cake and Booty Parlor lines. You can join their affiliate program to earn a whopping 20% on any product purchased from your link. And, when you order yourself, add product reviews to the site, rate items, etc – you earn more free points that can convert to free product gift cards. Love it. Also, if you’ve blogged about them a lot in the past, why not join this program and add in affiliate links to any of those posts that still get traffic?
  • Paper Coterie: You know I love this one :) If you haven’t signed up yet, and would like to get a taste of what their products are like – Right now they’re giving every single new customer a free $40 credit to spend on their site – no strings. This is how I originally found them last year, with this deal. I totally fell in love with their pretty products – so when they opened up an affiliate program this year, I jumped in right away! You can learn more and sign up here. {Another bonus – you get codes for free stuff each month too!}
  • Amazon: If you live in a state where you can work with Amazon, this is a fantastic affiliate for anyone to join. Do reviews? Add an Amazon link to the product in each post. Do craft tutorial? Add links to some of those cool supplies and tools you use. Do recipes? Share links to the cool baking pans you use, or your favorite kitchen gadgets. Love it.
  • Commission Junction: As the holiday shopping season approaches, it’s a great time to get signed up with a few new affiliates. That way, any product/brand/holiday shopping idea you share this season, you’ll have a way to monetize that post. All of those clicks add up! Commission Junction has a TON of brands to choose from.
  •  Cookies Kids: This is like my super fave site to shop for kids clothes on – {See the crazy-amazing deals I got for Abby last week. Sah-weeet.} And did you know that you can earn free credit from them just for sharing their info? You get a link like this – Join me at! – that gives your reader a free $10 credit when they sign up, and rewards you with a free $10 too when they order. With you huge social media influence, it’s a great way to share fun stuff, and get rewarded for it.

Good reads and resources

  • PR Pitches: Are you tired of a million and two random and totally not relevant to your site pitches each day? You know, the ones addressed Hi, {followed by no name at all} – or maybe the totally sweet “Dear Blogger” pitch? Well, here’s a post with a great piece of advice for getting those to stop.
  • Media Kit: I am loving this article – SUCH a great critique, and filled with so many amazing ideas to help you build a better blogger media kit. I’m super excited to work on some big changes inspired by these tips! This is probably the best article on blog media kits that I’ve ever read.
  • Tips: This is a great post from a blogger who does PR too. She put together a list of things that bloggers do that can be really frustrating for PR, and that can totally distract from your awesome content. Dear Bloggers, Please… {Advice to Bloggers, from Bloggers and Marketers.}
  • Facebook Engagement: This is the whole goal of Facebook, right? To build a community of people who are engaged and interested in what you have to say? This new report is really interesting: How Superbrands Breed Superfans: 6 Best Practices for 10x Greater Fan Growth. Definitely worth reading through.

Guest Posting & Freelance Writing

  • Crafts: If you’re a crafty momma, And Then There Were 5 is looking for a couple of ladies to guest post monthly on her site, sharing fun kids crafts. If you’re interested in branching out, sharing your projects, and bringing some new faces your way, this is a great opportunity.
  • Examiner: There are so many fun local things in my area that I wanted to write about and promote, but they didn’t really seem quite right on my blog, since only a small percentage of my readers are going to be local. So I have a column on that I really enjoy, you can see what they look like here – Frugal Living Examiner. It’s been a really great way to connect with local business owners – plus I often get perks like free attraction tickets, since people want me to write about their events. Learn more about being a writer on, and pick your topic today.
  • Project Eve: This is a fun and informative site that you might already be reading… They’re expanding, and are now looking for new guest posters on the following topics – Marketing, Money, Management, Technology, Innovation, Startups, and Family.

What’s new with you?

Do you have cool blogging news to share – or a helpful blogging tips post you’ve written lately? Do you have a weekly linky or hop that you’d love to share? How about a fun giveaway or event sign up to promote? Feel free – as always! – to share them in the comments below so everyone else can check them out too. The more good stuff here, the merrier!

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Build a Better Blog 2012 – Chapter 5 #RockYourBlog2012

2012 Blog Building

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” – Arthur C. Clarke

I’ve partnered with a group of bloggers to follow the advice from the super duper amazing guys at Problogger, to follow the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog book together – And I am SUPER excited to take on this challenge! I started my blogging journey in late February of 2011, and what a fun {and sleepless!} year it’s been so far! Now that I feel like I’ve got my feet planted pretty firmly here on my little patch of the web, I’m ready to take things up a notch. I think that the 31 days of ideas, tasks, projects, and posts is going to be pretty darn cool. To prepare for the 31 Day Challenge, we’re first doing Problogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging {Click here to learn more} – and while it’s written for your first week of blogging, this is an incredibly helpful book for any blogger! If you’ve missed the beginning of the series – catch up here.

Problogger Ebook

Chapter 5 – Putting Yourself Out There

To get the full notes on this chapter of the book, read Misty’s post on CEO of Me, Inc – and I’ll share my ideas on this chapter with you here. For this chapter, it’s all about getting out there into the web. Getting to know other writers and bloggers in your niche, learn what your readers are interested in, and interacting more with others. Because really, that’s what blogging is all about.

“Link to your enemies. Link to your competitors. Link to everyone. Instead of being sticky, be linky.” –Robert Scoble

Blogging is about community – the community you build with your readers, the community you belong to in your blogging niche, and even the community of other bloggers of different types. So get to know them – I love a quote Misty mentioned, “Leaders are Readers and Earners are Learners.” Perfect.

Task 1: Sharing Your Story

Get your “My Story” post that you worked on earlier in the week posted and shared. I used that task as motivation to update my About Me page, since that had been neglected for much too long. You can use this task to set up a new About page, update your own, or just write a story sharing a little info about the face behind the blog – it’s up to you. Then, share it! Share it with your fans on social media, and ask for feedback. Ask a blogging buddy or two to take a look and offer suggestions. {Here’s my About Me – Let me know what you think in the comments!}

Task 2: Start your Pillar Content Post

By now you have a folder of great blog ideas, including plans for a series of posts on an “Evergreen” topic, that will still be relevant at this time next year. Misty has amazing tips on creating a successful blogging series. Earlier this week, I set up an editorial calendar, with themes for each month of the year – I’ll use these to help me stay organized, and plan content. I’ll be putting together a new series each month, which I’m excited about.

Task 3: Using Blog Comments to Help Create Content

This is a such a great idea! Read through the comments that people leave on your blog. Is there a question that you could answer with a post? What types of content get the most attention and interaction? And – read the comments on other blogs in your genre. Not to copy anyone, just to see what types of posts get a lot of attention for others. Your blog is unique, because YOU are unique. Never try to be someone else, or compare yourself to them. But – it can really helpful to see what is working for others, and use it to create cool new ideas to use on your site.

Task 4: Ask the audience

{This reminds me of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, lol} Choose a topic that you cover on your blog. Now ask a few questions about that topic to ask your readers, and followers on social media. Make sure that this is an open-ended question, something that requires more than a yes or no answer. Example: I recently asked my Facebook fans, “What’s the best and worst parenting advice you received as a new mom?” – It was very interesting to hear their answers, and some of those gave me ideas to write about in an upcoming series. I’m also going to start an “answer the readers” type weekly post, which will be kind of the opposite of this, but fun. I’ll ask them to come up with THEIR questions about a topic, and I’LL answer them each week on my site. Your readers are your customers – get to know them. If they’re anything like mine, they’re awesome :)

What do you think so far?

We’re almost done with this Guide to Your First Week of Blogging ebook, and I have learned so much! I love that this book centered on setting up systems, getting organized, and building a solid foundation for your blog – new or experienced, every blogger should revisit these ideas from time to time, and make sure they’re moving in the direction they want to go. We’ll soon be starting our full adventure – Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog ebook – and you can join us! To join, just buy the ebook – {Click here to view more details} – and then link up your homepage below! After you join, send me an email, and I can invite you to our group on Facebook.  Rock Your Blog in 2012!! #RockYourBlog2012