Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to Easily Start Blogging For Your Business

Business Blogging 101
As many a marketing guru will tell you, in today's world of online marketing, your website needs to be a hub of interaction.

Basically, you need a blog.

A place where you not only share that you're the bloody best in your industry, but where visitors can learn it for themselves, BS with you, share their insight and pick up a few tips from YOU too!
WAIT! We're talking about a blog for a business, right? Why would you want to build a spot on your company website to

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Who Pays For Google?

If you've been wondering why Google has been cracking down on affiliate marketers AND bloggers (who are just using all the tools available to them) then check out my take on it and why I agree with Google.

Google Doesn't Have A Sugar Daddy
Since the free Google services - from search to mail to apps - is something we all use online, many of us tend to forget that Google is a physical entity. It's an actual business, with employees and bills to pay, servers to buy and it has expenses.

In it's most basic form and at it's most highest priority is Google being a search engine.

Search engines are free to use but are maintained financially by ad placement. If

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

3 Most Important Rules I've Learned About Parenting Teens

This Mother's Day was an eye-opener for me.

Both my older girls made me Mother's Day cards and though the artwork was impressive, the thing that made me cry were the words written within. Words of appreciation and love.

It made me realized that my teens and I have come a long way since I wrote the post on why my children hate me.

Yes, my girls who are now 14 and almost 16 years old have done a lot of growing up this past 18 months. Not all the growing up that needs doing but enough to where we're at a point that they know they can talk to me and I can easily trust them.

Getting to this point was no easy feat. We had four months of family therapy. Not only to shrink their heads,

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How To Embrace the Google Penguin

The past few months I've been watching the Google updates create 3 types of reactions around the Web.

Happiness that the spammers and internet marketers are getting their asses handed to them.

Anger due to all the changes and the need to make changes to keep up.

Confusion of how to please the Panda/Penguin.

For those bloggers who have concerns about their blog's search engine ranking, this post is for you.
Google's #1 priority is being a search engine
Though some beg to differ. Some will say Google's priority is selling Ad space, but that's a story for another day.

Keeping in mind that Google is a search engine, their number one priority is serving up relevant, quality

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Weight Loss Scholarship Winner

Happy Monday!

I'm truly sorry for the lateness of this post.

This weekend, I needed to unplug.

It wasn't planned, there was no notice.

Two reasons why this was a bad weekend to unplug.
1. I was suppose to write this post yesterday.
2. I missed out on telling my fellow moms happy mothers day.
Two reasons why I had to unplug immediately.
1. It was Mother's Day and I owed it to my kids to give them my full attention.
2. Every time I focused my eyes to read ANYTHING, I literally became dizzy or nauseous.
A quick call to my doc with my symptoms and she suggested I "unplug" and just relax my brain. She was honestly shocked when I told her how many hours I've been spending at my

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Blogger Follow: International Style

Friday Blogger Follow
As my tweeps know, on #FollowFriday I like recommending bloggers. Those bloggers who I find are just awesome. But 140 characters is not enough to sing the praise those bloggers deserve. I'm changing up the format a bit though. I'm sharing the blog's url and not the twitter url, cause frankly, i've got way too many outbound links in these posts. I'm also focusing on one blogger per post. Why? Because this post has been written and waiting two weeks for me to finish it.
International Style
For the longest I had one friend who blogs from the other side of the planet. That's the extraordinary Maureen in Jakarta of Tatter Scoops. I think my second friend is Jan from the

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Protect Your Photos From Search Engines

If you've been wondering how to keep Google and the other SEs from indexing every bloody thing on your site, especially your images, this post is for you.

When one of my fav bloggers, Jessica, from MommyHoodNextRight, mentioned not wanting Google to index her images, I went to work searching for the perfect plugin.

It doesn't exist. Well, no free one as far as I can tell. i tried a few on one of my subdomains and they just slowed things down.
But there is still a semi-simple way to stop Google or any SE from indexing your images.
I use this tactic to keep search engines out of my plugins folders. Seriously. I hadn't originally realized SEs were indexing everything, I always thought

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Monday, May 07, 2012

6 Website Marketing Tips For Photographers

I was part of the photographic imaging industry for almost 15 years. I'm associated with quite a few photographers and designers. From fashion photographers to wedding photographers, they all have websites. A portfolio of work, accessible through a web address, that their clients and potential clients can easily access to review their work.

It's a great idea.

The whole portfolio isn't always promoted. A sampling, just enough to pique a potential client's interest, to seduce them into agreeing

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Stop Marketers From Pissing On Your Blog

Pssst...I've got a secret for you.
You may not know this, but marketers...they need us bloggers.
Yes, they need US.
Some WILL respect us enough to own up to it and either pay us
or supply us with something that we could genuinely benefit from
in return for our time and a link from our blog.
Some will respect us bloggers.

And some, the SLEAZEBALLS, will try to use and abuse us for their own gain. They will send us silly emails, pretending they've read our blogs, pretending they'd like to "partner" with us and in return, they'll give us free articles to post on our blogs, to ya' know, help us maximize our time. A new twist is, they'll give us free plugins for our blogs too. Plugins

Stop Marketers From Pissing On Your Blog

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Weight Loss and Pudding - Retrofit One Year Membership Giveaway!

I really can't stand pudding. Too sweet. Too thick. But weight loss? Weight loss I like. :-D

And they say the proof is in the pudding right?

So I wanted to share with you my Retrofit Dashboard so you can see how I've been doing these past 3 months. For those who hadn't visited the other blog before I merged it with this one, I want to share with you what Retrofit is.

Retrofit is a Godsend.

and besides that, Retroift is
Healthy Lifestyle Training and Guidance
Yes, it is a weight loss program, but it's not a diet. It's a means to change your life. It's small steps that lead to huge changes.

You can visit their site to get the whole shabang of what they do and how they do it.

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