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 “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

If you’ve been a blogging entrepreneur for any length of time, you’ll no doubt relate to some of what I’m about to share, but I really wish you wouldn’t. I really hope you’re not finding yourself buried under an avalanche of shit-to-do and nightmares of low share counts and empty paypal accounts. Thankfully, that’s behind me. But I do remember…

The 5 Necessities of Successfully Launching Anything Online


  Starting a blog and launching a blog…two different things. When I started my old blog, After Bedtime Blog, it was to connect to other moms. I had no plan in place… No Content Strategy. No Editorial Calendar. No Social Media Profile. Absolutely No Clue. The same can be said about the time I started a podcast…starting and launching are…

Free Stock Photos That Could Have Cost $1000


Over the past 3 years I can honestly say I’ve paid a couple hundred dollars for stock photos. So when I heard Getty Images was going to allow bloggers to use any of 35 million photos for free…well, you can bet your butt I started dreaming of a new pair of Steve Madden Renegaids. Never heard of Getty? Getty Images…

When Your Blog Design Angers Google+


  Who would have thunk it? Google is checking out your blog. And not for SEO purposes. Or a Mascarpone Espresso Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake recipe. mmm yum yum good. Instead, Google’s reviewing how you’re incorporating their branding into your blog design. Have custom social media icons? Oh-oh. I was pretty darn surprised when my girlfriend Vidya received an email from Google….

Why Bloggers Need To Be Like Spongebob

How To Blog

You read it right. Spongebob would kick ass at blogging. And yes, I’ve been watching too much Spongebob Squarepants lately. What can I say? I’ve got 4 kids in the house and they all bump heads and start screaming for mom. Followed by complaints. Complaints I can’t understand cause they’re all yelling at the same time. Damian stole my book. Sabrina…

Matt says fork it. Guest posting is done.


Are you panicking that your search engine ranking is about to tank because you’ve published guest posts on your blog? Have you got your emails ready? You know, the ones you plan to send out to every blog you’ve guest posted on, requesting they remove your guest post because it’s now a big No-No according to Google… STOP. Slow down…

Google Plus for Entrepreneurs: How To Reach Your Market


Traffic to your website is awesome, but, it means nothing if that traffic isn’t the traffic that you exist for. Well, not You, you, your Website you. Fame, fortune, both… whatever you purpose for being online is…it’s all good. But as you probably learned 6 months after your site went live, you need more than a kick ass website design…

Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers


Is there a difference between affiliate marketing in general and affiliate marketing specifically for bloggers? Technically, no. In my mind, yes. I’ll explain why. But first, so you know what you’re in for… In today’s post: I’m sharing a quick story about when I was a slimy affiliate-marketer-wanna-be What affiliate marketing is How to pick the right affiliate programs for…

Sponsored Advertising 102: What to charge for ad space


Welcome to Sponsored Advertising 102! Have you ever wondered why an advertiser didn’t follow up after you submitted your ad space rates? Why you’re not getting buyers at all? Why an advertiser says your rates are too high even though you’re charging what others in your niche charge? Why advertisers ARE jumping to buy ad space from you? You could…

Sponsored Advertising 101


Welcome to Sponsored Advertising 101! Please excuse me while I set my Blogger Hat aside to put on my Search Engine Marketer Hat. We’re heading straight to the meat and bones of how to entice your own advertisers and what to charge. But first an unexpected change of plans (I’m adding this in after writing 1000 words). Sponsored advertising is…