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March 28th, 2014

This weeks reads


5 Reasons I Still Use CommentLuv

Excellent report on why to continue to use CommentLuv but I am already seeing positive results from switching to Comments Evolved. I just wish that CommentLuv was one of the options…

March 25th, 2014

Women’s History Month WomenInspire Blog Carnival

As Women’s History Month is coming to a close, I wanted to follow up one last time regarding the invitation we sent you in hopes that you will participate in our#WomenInspire Blog Carnival , a campaign that celebrates the incredible women in your life who have inspired you.

We’ve been receiving wonderful submissions from people all around the world who are using this campaign to honor amazing women in their families and role models in their communities. You cancheck them out here. We hope to be adding your post to the list!

There are 5 Easy Steps to Participate:

  1. Write about an inspirational woman on your blog this March.
  2. Grab our #WomenInspire badge.
  3. Snap a Selfie with your inspirational woman or an image of her (see attached example).
  4. Submit your blog by posting it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WomenInspire or by sharing your link in the comments section of our campaign page found here:
  5. On March 8, 2014, check out our #WomenInspire Blog Carnival Roundup to read, engage and follow bloggers participating in the campaign. The most inspirational blog posts will be featured on our site starting March 31, 2014.

It’s also not too late to help us promote the women’s day campaign! Copy the following text into your blog post to invite your readers to participate:

“I’m celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day by blogging for the #WomenInspire Campaign sponsored by USC’s masters degree in social work. Join the blog carnival to honor a woman who has inspired you!”

Thanks so much and I hope you’ll join us!

MSW@USC Community Manager

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March 22nd, 2014

Easy Guest Post Opportunity for Wives has an opportunity for any wife to do a super-easy guest post.

She calls it Wednesday Wife.

And you don’t even have to be especially creative in creating your own post because she supplies the questions for you.

Just copy/paste and answer honestly and with your spouse’s persmission.

If you prefer, you can even have your answers submitted anonymously.

Visit Lovetruthfully for more details.



March 21st, 2014

Posts I read this week


7 ways you can still add value to your blog without writing a word

Not what I was expecting but still decent tips.


Why I Follow so Damn Many People on Twitter


10 No Brainer Tips for Making Money with Affiliate Marketing

They really are no brainers. Or, at least stuff that I already knew but fail to consistently implement.

If you have a post of yours that you think would make a good read, feel free to leave it in the comments…


High Bounce Rate? Your internal links are DUMB! Here is the Ultimate FIX!

All common sense suggestions on how to lower your bounce rate. Ie, how to keep your reader on your site longer. Because the longer he is on your site, the more likely he is to click on a money earning link!

March 14th, 2014

Blogs post I read this week


Organization Tool: The Compact Calendar

For the blogs that I at least attempt organization, I just have pen to paper method of when post categories should come out. If I actually followed it, I would have posts 5 days a week. But only if you are new here do you not know of my penchant for procrastination. Doing ok on having these posts on Fridays right? Lol.

Monetization Tip: Affiliate Link Your Images

I learned the advantages of doing this a few years back but it makes a good read for newbies. What is not mentioned that you can grab images from Amazon (or your other affiliate site) for almost any subject.

How to Post to Your WordPress Blog from Anywhere on the Web

This is nifty. I never really explored what the Press This button was all about. Now I just have to figure out how to use it for multiple blogs. Still nifty though.

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Good or Bad?: The Super Massive RSS Subscribe Button

Its eyecatching. But its superbig. But it is eyecatching though. I am of two minds about this one. Probably one of those things where the proof is in the pudding. Anyone want to test to see if you get more subscribers with a giant button? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? (Dated reference, I know.)


21 Ways to Dominate Social Media Marketing

Talk about having your day scheduled. Lol. And they say that all bloggers do all day is post a blog. Yeah, right! At least he scheduled in some free time.

March 13th, 2014

Comments Evolved

Yesterday, I found this awesome plugin that I am testing on all of my blogs called Comments Evolved.

In years gone by, I have tested almost every popular commenting system that WordPress has to offer.




Finally landing on my current favorite, CommentLuv.

But I, and I am sure thousands of other bloggers, really wished that there was a plugin that allowed me to utilize all of them at the same time.

Comments Evolved has come the closest.

And, yes, it is FREE.

Now, I am still trying to figure out the kinks on how it works but Comments Evolved comes the absolute closest allowing my readers to leave comments from Google Plus, Facebook, Livefyre, Disqus, or WordPress.

Now, if only they would include CommentLuv in the list.

Once I figure out how it all works, I’ll try to remember to make a post with images and clear instructions. (Feel free to nag me if I forget.)

Meanwhile, the plugin can be found by doing a search in the plugin list or by clicking here.

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March 7th, 2014

Read this week


How to make money from your blog.

Old article but still makes interesting reading, especially for a newbie.

Blog Comments and More on Blog Comments

Interesting take on why he took blog comments off his blog and its effect on his traffic…which was none…

How to Build a High-Traffic Web Site (or Blog)

Basically content is key, write for humans not machines (seo), know why you want high traffic, and don’t oversell your readers.


Best Classified Ad Plugins And Themes For WordPress

Title is self-explanatory. I am bookmarking this one as I am still trying to find the best classified plugin for Feel free to recommend any here.

Does Domain Age Have An Effect On Website Rankings?

So, basically is the answer is we don’t know but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be the oldest belle at the ball. That’s mostly for user experience rather than seo purposes, though.


7 Great Alternatives To The Google Keywords Tool

Four are free! Three are paid.

Will Social Media Relics Rise Again

I haven’t even heard of some of these. Lol.


Is Your Personal Information Public?

The privacy is included with my hosting company but this posts gives decent instructions on how to do it yourself.

How to Change the Number of Posts Displayed on Your Homepage

I generally set mine to 7 just because that is my favorite number. Never occurred to me how the number could be effecting load time. Still debating having the “read more” tag. Personally, I am not a fan…but professionally….???

How to Stand Out as a Blogger

Short but sweet. Read other blogs and find one to emulate and then add a bit of you into the equation. Like this blog, if I was using it for its intended purposes, would be blogging for dummies, a sort of anti-thesis of problogger and the other gurus. I am, after all, no guru.


How To Live Your Life In 140 Characters More Effectively?

Every time I tweet, I get a small amount of traffic to my blog. Every single time. I really should get off my duff and tweet more often! Lol.  Or at least program some auto-tweets or something…


How To Increase Pagerank?

Pagerank is not as big of a thing as it was when I first started blogging. Still, it is useful to know and this post breaks down the basics of pagerank.


Understanding The Amount of Content You Need For Your Blog

Awesome post breaking down how often a blog needs to post to reach the goals of revenue, readers, or traffic. Actually, I think that consistency is more the key than number of posts. Either way, I struggle to not procrastinate.


Charles Darwin’s 12 Rules of Blogging Survival

I am thinking of going number 7 “Be More Extreme than the Others” on MsCrookedHalo. Not to extreme, though, that I stray from being a vanilla site though. Lol.


6 SEO Myths Debunked By Google

Some of this was over my head. I never really understood all of the “meta” stuff so it is good to know that now I won’t have to.



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March 6th, 2014

Social Media Marketing World

I got an email from TopRank Online Marketing Blog. I wish that I had the money and time to attend. Maybe the online one if some money clears up…

social media marketing world March 26-28, 2014 Social Media Marketing World, San Diego, CA Presentation: March 27th, 2014 – 11:30am How to Use Content and an Influencer Network to Grow Your Business Companies are investing in content marketing and social media more than ever, yet in an age of information overload, standing out on the social web can require unreasonable budgets and resources. But what if you could hack your way to the spotlight by helping everybody win? Operating with minimal resources, a growing number of marketers are creating better quality content that gets shared more often, reaches more readers and grows their influencer network – all at the same time. In this presentation you will learn how to identify, romance and engage influencers to co-create and promote incredible content that delivers for your audience and your brand. SMMW Liveblogging:  TopRank Online Marketing will also be liveblogging the SMMW14 conference. Be sure to watch for posts being published here by Jesse Pickrain and Emily Bacheller each day of the conference. SMMW Conference eBook: Social Media Examiner and TopRank have partnered to create a surfing themed conference eBook that features tips, insights and advice from social media smarties and thought leaders speaking at the event. We’ve collected 37 tips from B2C brands like Whole Foods, Marriott, and Century 21 and B2B brands that includes Adobe, IBM, LinkedIn, HubSpot and many more. Of course we’ve included social media pro surfers like Mike Stelzner, Jay Baer and Mari Smith too. Watch for this eBook to be published soon. SMMW Info and Register   ClickZ Live New York March 31 – April 3rd, 2014 ClickZ Live – New York, NY Presentation: April 2nd, 2014 – 10:30am Influence the Influencers: The Magic of Co-Created Social Content (U.S. Version) In an age of information overload, standing out requires huge budgets and resources. But what if you could hack your way to the spotlight by helping everybody win? Learn how to identify, romance and engage influencers to co-create and promote incredible content that delivers for your audience and your brand. Through best practices and examples you will learn:

  • Topics and being the best answer for your category
  • Influencer content opportunities
  • How to identify, qualify and engage influencers
  • The mechanics of co-created content
  • Inspiring participation and promotion
  • Performance measurement and optimization

ClickZ Live Info and Register   Marketo Marketing Nation Summit April 7 – 9, 2014 Marketo Marketing Nation Summit – San Francisco, CA Presentation: Time TBD Attract, Engage, Convert – How to Be the Best Answer Wherever Customers Are Looking The nature of search has changed in remarkable ways and social technologies have evolved the way consumers discover, consume and act on information. How brands decide to be present during the customer journey for answers will determine feast or famine in this age of information overload. But what if you could hack your way into the customer spotlight? This presentation will provide you with an accountable content marketing model that folds an understanding of the customer journey and the questions they seek to solve with meaningful answers from your brand. To become “the best answer” wherever it is that customers are looking. You’ll learn: – Attract, Engage, Convert Content Marketing Model – Integrated Content, Social, PR, SEO – 2 Case Studies of B2B and B2C Companies Doing it Right Marketing Nation Info and Register   B2B Content2Conversion Conference May 6 – 7, 2014 B2B Content2Conversion Conference – New York, NY Presentation: Influencer Content: How to Win Buyers Hearts, Minds and Wallets with Content Optimized for Search, Share and Sales Shock and awe content simply isn’t sustainable for most organizations. But what if B2B marketers could tap into a rich source of content optimized for engagement, sharing and lead gen? Through several B2B influencer content case studies, this presentation will help you learn seven steps to developing an influencer content program that will grow your network and inspire more leads. B2B C2C Info and Register   Authority Intensive May 7 – 9, 2014 Copyblogger Authority Intensive – Denver, CO Presentation: Time TBD How to Be the Best Answer Wherever Customers Are Looking Brands large and small are waging a content war few may ever win. Competition for time and attention has grown exponentially as brands, publishers and empowered consumers blast the web with more information in two days than since the dawn of time to 2003. Buyers are looking for answers in that sea of information muck and in order for brands to stand out, they must become “the best answer” when and where it matters most.  By understanding how a target audience discovers, consumes and acts on information, marketers can optimize their programs to attract, engage and convert more effectively. This presentation will provide a model for that integrated approach. Authority is Sold Out!   PRSA May 13, 2014 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) – Webinar Presentation: May 13, 3p.m. EDT The Future of Digital PR is Integrated Singular channels of digital marketing and communications are no longer effective. The changing digital media landscape combined with more sophisticated consumer behaviors means brands are competing for time and attention with other companies, as well as their customers. In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • The foundation of an integrated marketing and PR strategy.
  • A marketing case study that integrated PR.
  • A PR case study that integrated marketing.

PRSA Webinar Info and Register There you have it! 6 events that cover quite a range of integrated marketing and PR topics. A little something for everyone.

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February 28th, 2014

Read this week

I actually opened up my “blogging” email address and read a few of those newsletters that I subscribe to.

Here’s what I read this week…


You Need a Villain To Be a Superhero. These Businesses Turned Their Competitors Into Their Biggest Advantage. Here’s How.

Why All Thin Affiliates are Gonna a Slow Death

Don’t chase the money – Chase the passion.

Should I buy a “make money online product”

JC is crazy


Under-The-Radar Affiliate Programs and Strategies For Boosting Commissions


How to Steal Your Competitor’s Facebook Fans


My Facebook Experiment Results After 1 Week

If you have a post that you would like me to read, feel free to post it in the comments.



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February 5th, 2014

Food Blog Code of Ethics

I knew that there was an unofficial code of ethics for bloggers to basically be honest and transparent in our dealings.

What I didn’t know that there is an “official” food bloggers code of ethics.

I guess that would be because I do not have a food blog because well 1. I don’t cook and 2. Blurry photos are my specialty!

Anywho, if you have a food blog,  are considering a food blog, or just want to read ‘em, click here to find the Food Blog Code of Ethics.


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