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by Kelly on November 12, 2008

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My guest this week is Carrie Lauth of Natural Moms Talk Radio and Carrie Lauth.com. Carrie has been blogging for several years now and earns a good income from her efforts in the Natural Mom market. Carrie has a lot of wisdom to share with other mommy bloggers. I’m positive that you’ll enjoy this interview :)

Carrie offers an affiliate program with products you could recommend on your blog.

Don’t forget to pick up Carrie’s Natural Mom Guide to Blogging too!

My Entrecard Results…

As I shared last week I opened my mind up to Entrecard and gave it a go this week on Profitable Mommy Blogging. I placed the widget on my sidebar and spent about twenty minutes a day exploring the Entrecard site, dropping my card and buying/selling ads in the Entrecard economy. [click to continue…]

 
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Holiday Shopping (Seasonal) Mom Blogger Position

by Kelly on November 10, 2008

If you love the holidays, love internet shopping for the family, love blogging and enjoy sniffing out a great deal - you’d be perfect for this short term blogging position.  You’ll post once per day, sharing fun holiday shopping deals, gift lists and ideas.

The project pays $5 per post for a total of $150 for one month.  You will be guaranteed one full month but it could extend a bit longer than that.

If you’re interested, please send an email to [email protected]  Include links to writing examples :)

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Glossary: Avatar

by Mary Lutz on November 8, 2008

An icon that represents you on message boards, chat rooms, IM programs, 3-D chat rooms and virtual worlds. Your avatar can be whatever you want it to be. There are graphic elements, animals, cartoons and pictures used as avatars on the Internet.

Earlier on Profitable Mommy Bloggers, Kelly introduced us to Gravatars, which is just one type of avatar. There are thousands of avatar web sites where you can make an avatar of your own and/or choose one of theirs. Twitter is a great example of the different types of avatars being used. There are personal photos, logos, icons, cartoons, etc.

If your blog has a specific brand, an image that sets it apart from others, you probably want to use that as your avatar, like IM Sweetie does here. When I see that cute little heart, I know whose website or blog that belongs too.

An avatar can be a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd, if you have one that is uniquely you. If you don’t have a brand yet, I highly suggest using your personal photo. I know some people don’t like pictures of themselves, but it really helps people identify with you, and they feel like they know you, which will hopefully bring them back to your blog over and over again.

After all, isn’t that our goal as mom bloggers; to get people to read our blogs and then come back? Using an avatar of yourself or your brand will help people recognize you and bring them back time and time again.

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Blogging Opportunity: Pays $6 for 150 Words

by Kelly on November 8, 2008

If you own an active (you post at least twice a week), well established (at least one year old) blog about family or crafting, I have a blogging opportunity that pays $6.00.

You will write 150 words and link to a resource on the web.

Send an email to [email protected] to show interest.  Include your blog link :)

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Give it away now!

by April on November 6, 2008

One of my favorite things in the world of blogging is giveaways. I like hosting them and I like entering them. (Of course, I like it even more when I win them.)

Hosting a giveaway is a great way to bring more traffic to your blog, especially if you submit it to directories such as Mom Giveaways or Prizey. Obviously most readers will enjoy having the opportunity to win something just for leaving a comment on your blog. Its also a good idea to encourage discussion by asking your readers to do more than just leave a comment. For example, if you’re giving away clothing, ask them to visit the sponsor’s site, find their favorite item and include that in their comment. Or ask them to leave a story or suggestion relating to the product, like a cooking tip or one their own kitchen disaster anecdotes for a food related giveaway.

Hosting giveaways are very popular and the added traffic may bring some more opportunities your way. But don’t forget about entering giveaways too. Not only will you be leaving a link to your blog when you enter, you might even win the giveaway and gain even more exposure. I had been blogging for a while before I started my VA business and I subscribed to several other blogs. [click to continue…]

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