Today is the registration day for the new year of school and then in 6 days the kids start school again. Am I excited? A bit. I do love spending time in the summer with them, but I also like to work and it slows down business which is why I’m writing this article.
When your kids are at school you should be taking advantage of the time off. Isn’t your goal to spend as much time as possible with your kids and that’s why you started your business? Then summer comes around and you realize that you don’t have as much time as you would like to work on your business? I’m sure we have all thought about this and by the time summer ends you’re about to pull your hair out because you haven’t done as much as you have wanted to do over the 3 months.
This year let’s change the pattern. We have about 10 months left of the year to get moving to a profitable summer. What we need to do is plan ahead and get things done on a daily basis while the kids are at school. What can you get done during this time? Articles? Videos? MP3s? Everything? Of course! If you plan to do x amount of articles and social networking per day then you will be ready to enjoy next summer without freaking out about your business.
Believe me, I’ve been there. Last year got cut short because we had some issues at the school and my son was home schooled at the end of the year then summer came. As you notice that is about when I stopped posting a lot of articles. That was completely my fault. I didn’t anticipate this to happen so I didn’t plan for it and my blog suffered probably a huge hit in SEO. This year I’m going to do it differently and I want you to do it with me. Let’s plan ahead and get all of our work done before school gets out. Let’s use the first 6 months of fall and winter to make the following 6 months easy to manage. All we need to do is plan ahead.
We can get done most of the posts and schedule them and unless there is a big change in the way things are done the posts will remain. We can still plan videos and do them early and then release them later on. I don’t believe youtube has a calendar release schedule, but it does have a way to somewhat hide the video until you’re ready to go public.
All you need to do is setup a calendar and enter in all of your important dates then get them done. What was that Ronco commercial with their rotisserie oven? Set it and forget it? Something like that. It’s just like that. It will totally work for you if you work it. You just need the dedication and focus needed to get those articles out. Then, when they’re already to go set aside a few other articles for marketing your main blog articles. Save them in a folder on your hard drive with the date to be released and upload them to the ezine sites or other places you plan on marketing your work. That way it takes you a couple of seconds just to upload what you have. Use this time to write the articles and the summer just to post them if the places you post do not have a scheduling calendar. If they do then totally take advantage of the process just like you would with your blog.
It doesn’t take a lot of work to get your blog moving, but it does take dedication and consistency. Make it work for you and never ever stop because once you do then you need to pick off where you left and it’s almost like starting all over again.
I have a friend whose sister just went through something absolutely horrible and lost everything. She has two young children and as of right now they have no extra clothes, toys, books, or a home.
I’m asking for donations for these great people through amazon gift cards. What I will do is forward the giftcard number to her so they can just choose what they need to replace what they had.
If you are interested, please send an amazon gc to therealgeekmom [at] gmail.com and in the message put “I Love Family” on the card so I know who it’s for. You can also email me for more information if needed.
The first transaction went smoothly. I didn’t want to make a big deal. I just wanted to see if it worked. It was a private little trade and I’d do it again with this person if I needed to. It went great. I used another service that is now gone. It went well. Then I switched to another service. Others have used it fine so I’m sure the issue isn’t with the service. I tried to put my MP code into my card. At first the screen flashed and then nothing. As if nothing happened. So I tried it again. It said the amount was zero. I had no funds on the GD card.
The person who bought the card showed me the receipt. I spent ALL DAY on the phone with moneypak trying to resolve this issue. First, I don’t know where their customer service people are, but they’re hard as hell to understand. Second, I had to keep running back and forth for information. A tiny amount of cash ended up probably costing me $300 of my time in work.
I needed my money back. I don’t have it back. The person I was working with was nice enough to spend his time helping me. Greendot was just difficult to work with. Next time I’m going to find a company where English is the native language thank you very much.
Anyway, I understand there are some states having issues with bitcoin so until I can confirm what is going on with all that I’m just not going to use it. I thought it was a great idea, but then issues like this pop up and it’s really difficult to deal with. There are pros and cons with not having a centralized system. Today it would have been a positive note to work with.
In the end, I pretty much told the guy to keep the money and told moneypak to take a flying leap. I had so many other things to deal with today than pointless money transfers.
He almost begged me to let him handle it. He said that he would contact Greendot with the receipts and such. So they told him the number had been used (so he says) and then asked to confirm that I didn’t use it. I explained to him again what had happened and that YES I tried to put the number in and MoneyPak will not work with me.
Then suddenly, on July 4th, he stops posting to the bitcointalk forum and disappears. He isn’t answering his email. Am I using bitcoin again? Not for currency exchange. It’s too risky for me. I lost $100 that I will never see again and at least $400 in time and effort. It’s not worth it to me.
And people wonder why we need help regulating some of this stuff. You know I’m not big on regulation, but chasing down one guy over the Internet for $100 is not worth it. It doesn’t seem like much, but what if it happened 10 times? 100 times? What if every single person you dealt with was a crook? I’m not saying that all bitcoiners are, in fact I’ve met some pretty decent people through bitcoin, but for me to trade I just don’t have the time to worry about bad transactions.
Mom bloggers have greatly increased in popularity over the last few years. Because parents will often seek the advice of other parents, whether it has to do with raising children or simply making the best household decisions for your family, mom bloggers can touch on a variety of subjects that will interest other moms or parents in general.
If you’re new to the mom blogging experience, there are a few tips and tricks available that will help make your new endeavor more rewarding and successful.
Know what topics you want to discuss.
Before you start, it’s important that you decide what type of topics you want to discuss on your blog. Are you going to use your blog to talk about kid-friendly recipes, kid-friendly activities, or touch on a variety of these topics? Knowing what you want to use your blog for will help you create a schedule for your posts and allow you to stay on track.
Decide on a schedule.
Creating a schedule before launching your blog is a great idea. This way, you will have your topics and schedule assembled so that you are more organized. At first, it’s always a good idea to limit yourself to one or two posts per week. This way, you’re giving yourself ample time to write, proofread and post your work. If you try to generate one post per day right at the start, you’re going to find that it’s hard to stay on track, and you may end up failing.
Have a few posts written and published before going live.
Before you go live with your blog, it’s a good idea to write and post a few blogs. This way when your site goes live, you’ll have a variety of topics on your site that your readers can enjoy. This also allows them to get the feel for your writing and your blog’s topics to determine if this is a site that could benefit them.
Spread the word.
Once you decide to go live with your blog, you need to spread the word. Send an email to your friends and family with a link to the site. Post a link to your site on your social networks and ask your friends and family members to do the same. The more you can spread the word about your blog, the more readers and interest your blog will end up getting.
Don’t do it all at once.
There is no rule that says you have to tackle all the blogging perks right away. Starting off slow allows you to not only get your feet wet and establish yourself as a blogger, but it also allows you to determine what works and what doesn’t when it comes to your own schedule. Some mom bloggers are so determined to monetize their blog right away that they tackle the writing, posting, ad selling and affiliate programs right away. Then, they realize they don’t have time to manage it all and end up giving up on their blog altogether.
Instead of running this risk, make sure you start off slow. After you’ve generated a few blogs, start testing the waters of selling ad space. Once you’ve done that successfully, you can consider joining affiliate programs or becoming a guest blogger.
Lauren Williams is a freelance writer and dedicated mother who enjoys blogging. She is a grammar guru and always uses a grammar checker before publishing her work.
Just an FYI on bitcoin, I found out there is going to be a Bitcoin Conference in San Jose this month starting on May 17th. I have other obligations, but if you are going to be in the area the tickets are $300 USD or right now at 2.6 BTC. For more information, visit their website.
When my friend introduced me to bitcoin I was a bit apprehensive. I didn’t know what to expect. Back then it was cheap and I did some transactions and bought a few items from her. I believe at the time it was only $11.00 USD per 1 bitcoin. I’ve cashed in a little bit here and there using services like btcpak and another place, but never anything huge. A friend of mine just left and showed me her cash that she just received from doing some phone work.
O M G. She’s banking it! So, I snooped around for a bit on the bitcointalk.org forums and now I’m going to do a full review. If you use bitcoin as a business or a customer, I would love to hear from you. I’d like to know about your experiences doing Internet transactions and the safety of using bitcoin. Thanks.
I do accept advertising payments for bitcoin, although I haven’t figured out how to automate this process yet. Just another day in the life of being a geekmom.
I’ve been wondering which networking marketing system to use with my MLSP for some time and I finally picked out the It Works! . Now, I know I’ve told you that I signed up, but I hadn’t tried it yet. I did this because I felt like if it didn’t work that I would just be wasting my money trying one. Right now there is no one in the local tri-valley area of San Ramon, Livermore, Dublin, or Danville selling these items so I signed up as a distributor right away since I was going to get product anyway.
That was a good move. My kit arrived sooner than expected and I was excited to try it. I had to wait for a bit because I don’t really have any snug, tight fitting Spandex so I had to buy plastic wrap. I also wanted a measuring tape because my son decided to destroy my other one. Well, my other son bought the plastic wrap, but not the measuring tape. That was frustrating to say the least. Right now I don’t have accurate measurements yet, but I do know that I did lose some. I’ll explain that in a bit.
I took a cold shower, because it was 90 degrees here, and scrubbed the areas I was going to wrap. This is recommended because dead cells could block the applicator from working correctly. I then measured myself with some threaded copper wire (lol) in the three recommended places. I haven’t measured these yet, but I did this so I could measure them when the time came. Don’t laugh at me, okay?
Now, I’m not a thin person. I’d like to claim I am, but I’m not. After having 3 kids and doing some yo-yo dieting for years I grew a little bit. I’m not going to put my pictures up here. I actually took a video of my sides and front. I didn’t bother with the back. Don’t go there. Let’s just say I have a gorgeous, curvy body for those who like BBW women.
Anyway, put on the wraps which were really cold and smelled a bit minty and herbal then I put the Saranwrap over my midsection just like it said to do. I then covered myself with my clothes and sat around for about an hour. They say to leave it on from 45 minutes to 8 hours and if it is your first time to try 45 minutes to test your skin reaction. I did an hour.
When I took off the wraps, I couldn’t see an noticeable difference, but when I measured again I had lost about an inch and a half. I’m supposed to keep losing over the next few days so I’ll look again. My pants are a little loser too. I see the pictures of all these people with less inches and it is usually the thinner people where you can actually see the results. I think this is pretty normal because it was difficult to see my loss yet it was definitely there according to the measurement so always measure and use the marker to make sure you get it in the same place.
So I have more applicators to use in 72 hours, but I want to order the Skinny Pack so I can get maximum results because it is supposed to curb the carb cravings. Whatever I do, I will keep you updated on my results.
For those serious online marketers, It Works! can work with your social networking business. I’m sure all of you blogging and social networking gurus can figure out how to fit this into your facebook, twitter, and other areas of marketing. I am. If you are in the Livermore or Tri Valley area then let’s setup an appointment to do a private wrap. I’ve got a $25.00 coupon so you can try one out or we can do an It Works! party where you can invite some friends. The products are $99.00 per 4 applications or if you can get a discount then become a loyal customer.
These are especially good for those on a diet because it can help tone and tighten the skin while you’re losing weight and the other products such as the Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors or the Ultimate ThermoFit can help you curb that appetite and boost your metabolism.
So if you’re in the area or looking for It Works in Livermore, hit me up for a party, otherwise order from the site and become a loyal customer or even a distributor to save money and have it shipped right to your doorstep.
Twitter is one of the most popular social networks online, and it matters to your business. A lot. If you want to understand your clients’ needs, Twitter can help you. Right now, you’re probably scouring online reviews and analyzing them to gain new insight into what your clients think about your business. While reviews are helpful, Twitter can be even more so.
Limitations of Reviews
There are many limitations to the information you get from online reviews. In most cases, people only write online reviews when they have strong opinions. This means that you’re learning about your clients’ needs mostly from people who either love your business or hate it, and you’re hearing much less from the people in the middle with less extreme and more average viewpoints. Many times those reviews also exist with fairly little information on who posted the review, such as their demographics, other interests, etc.
Benefits of Twitter
Twitter, on the other hand, can offer you a lot more information than individual reviews can. The most obvious example would be if any Twitter users “mention” your business or products. There are lots of programs that can help you track certain mentions, terms, etc. When you identify those mentions, you have the ability to see the commenter’s entire Twitter history. From there, you can learn more about their interests, opinions, location, etc., which will give you even greater insight into their needs as your customer.
The other big thing that Twitter can do is help you identify trends among your clients’ and the rest of the world, too. With #hashtags, you can find what’s popular, as well as track all the tweets that pertain to a certain #hashtag you’re interested in. Most importantly, you can look for trends among your own followers. Those trends can give you very important information about them and their needs, even when they’re not talking about your business in particular. Those trends can provide very valuable information for your business on how to connect with your clients, as well as how to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to trends and new ideas.
On Twitter, you can also jump in on the conversations or start them. While you can respond to client reviews, it’s much less efficient. You can mention clients or direct message them. You can tweet out questions that would provide interesting answers from your clients, and encourage responses, especially with the use of a catchy #hashtag. A good, thought-provoking tweet could generate a much bigger and more insightful response than any one review could provide. You will be hearing from the average clients in addition to the more outspoken ones on Twitter.
If you’re not tracking the trends on Twitter, you need to start. Reviews are old news. While reviews definitely still matter, trends on Twitter are more helpful for gathering ideas that will appeal to your clients and improve your business for them.
Julie Myers is a social media manager and expert reviews tracker. She is currently teaching others about tracking new review alerts.
You should always tag your images when building your pages. Google loves image tags and so do other search engines. This doesn’t mean watermarketing your images, although in many cases you should watermark them as well. Tagging is done by naming the image an appropriate name and by using ALT tags to describe your image.
Try it, do a search on google on anything that you images represent. Do your images show up? If not, then google probably isn’t even finding them. Just a few simple keywords in the ALT tag and in the image name will help the search engines find your image which ultimately will let them find your site.
Naming the image the right name helps as well because some sites actually use the real name when the image is uploaded. If the site changes or masks the name, then you should use the appropriate tags or keywords in the right areas of the form when uploading an image.
As a network marketer or an affiliate marketing professional it is so important that if someone posts on your facebook wall that you respond to the post. Even if it is just a “Like” then it is a response. I would personally recommend doing a reply, but if you’re on your cell, and I know how frustrating it is to type on some of those cells, Like the response then answer it later.
Doing this makes your posters feel good about what they’ve done. People like to feel good on social networking sites. They social network because they want to be noticed so notice them! If you ignore them then they won’t come back to visit your page. If they like your page then thank them for it. If they send your page out then thank them for sending it out. Let them know!