Interview with Mom Blog Header Contest Winner Barb

February 13, 2009 by Tishia · Leave a Comment 

First off let me say congratulations to Barb of Elementary Spirits, the winner of the best mom blog header contest! Her prize? $100 paypal cash. It touched my heart to find out that she wasn’t accepting the prize but instead donating it to a cause known as The Virtual Food Drive. I asked Barb a few questions for a quick interview.

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The Trouble With Mom Bloggers

February 12, 2009 by Kelly · 17 Comments 

This is a guest post by mom blogger, Carrie Lauth.trouble-ahead

Last weekend, I spent two days with 250 mom bloggers.

I had a blast. I made new friends. I shared pizza, beer, chocolate, a chick flick, a dance floor, handsome Greek opera singers, a painfully slow wi-fi connection, elevators and a hotel room with funny, intelligent, beautiful, artistic, nutty, gifted, amazing women.

Still, the experience left me wanting.

Why? Because there was something that bothered me about the mom bloggers. Not all of them, mind you, but a goodly portion. So I decided to write this article to name what it is that troubled me. Read more

New Wordpress Themes for Moms

February 12, 2009 by Kelly · 2 Comments 

It’s been awhile since I shared some of my favorite new Wordpress themes - and no, they are not made just for moms, I just think moms would like them ;)

I Can Watch Movies

This one is kinda strange and angular, but the 3d effect is fun and I think that a mom would have a lot of fun with it.

i-can-watch-movies

Sheep in a Field

This is a classic three column design that would be a breeze to customize for your own needs.  If you’re a classic blogger, you’ll love this theme.

sheep-in-a-field

Simple3

With a strong emphasis on social media, four ad spots up close and personal, this makes for a great affiliate blog theme :)

simple3

Why Wouldn’t You Want to Make Money?

February 11, 2009 by Kelly · 9 Comments 

If you write your blog for fun - have fun :)

But do you realize that you could be having fun and making money?

It’s true.

I’m having fun right now :)  Seriously!

And - I’m definitely making money.

I haven’t sold out - I don’t take one single penny from any advertiser or affiliate program that I don’t have full confidence in.

See, I have a rule - and it goes like this:

If I wouldn’t recommend it to my sister,
I won’t recommend it to you.
And I Love My Sister!

I’ve turned down tens of thousands of dollars in advertising over the years from companies and programs who offer products I don’t believe are good for my listeners.  I’ll sell no ad at all before I’ll sell one pixel on my website that would be an embarrassment to me.

It is possible to pursue an income with your interests and passions without compromising your message and values.

Glossary: Double Opt-In

February 10, 2009 by Mary Lutz · 2 Comments 

I’m sure most of you, as mom bloggers, have “opted-in” at one time or another when you requested materials from a website or other blog.

The basic process is as follows:

  • A potential customer requests information from a website and is asked to confirm that they want the information to come to their e-mail address.
  • The potential customer then receives a confirmation e-mail in their inbox. This e-mail requires them to click on a verification link to receive further information.

Once the verification is received, the potential customer will receive the future messages from the mailing list, e-course or autoresponder series.

If you are a mom blogger that sells informative eBooks, eCourses or other material, using the Double Opt-in technique ensures that a potential customer actually wants to receive the marketing materials you’re sending them. It is a way to prevent unwanted spam and your customers will appreciate it!

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