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How to Get Products to Review

Over the past few years since I started blogging I have had the opportunity to review so many amazing things like a mattress, vehicles, toys, clothing, electronics and even travel to some amazing places. Questions I get asked the most are how do you get products to review and can you get me something to review? […] Read more

Sep, 21, 2015

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Why I Started Blogging

My first blog, Giveaway Bandit, started in 2011. It was created as a fun outlet for my son to create a funny character to make a few videos on YouTube. Of course in the back of my mind I thought it would be great if the blog succeeded, but I would never have dreamed it would […] Read more

Sep, 21, 2015

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10 Tips on How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

In addition to product reviews and giveaways, I also post family friendly freebies, samples, daily deals, and a few coupons on my blogs. Some of the links I post are through affiliate marketing, which means every time a reader clicks on that offer it generates an income for me. Check out Affiliate Programs for Bloggers to learn more about affiliate marketing and how to drive traffic to your blog.

How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog:

1 - Giveaways. Giveaways are my specialty. They can create an excellent source for traffic and new followers. I prefer to use a specific product that attracts my demographic. By doing this I don't attract as many people that would just come to my site for a giveaway and not continue reading the great content we also offer. I'll teach you my secrets, tips and tricks on creating giveaways that generate a high volume of traffic and can increase your social media followers.

2 - Social Media. Social media is an excellent source for traffic. We will teach you ways on how to increase interaction and click-thru rates on your social media later on. Twitter is one of my favorite social media networks because of its simplicity. Pinterest is excellent for sharing recipes, crafts and other diy tips. (more…)

Feb, 26, 2015

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Blog Networking Tips

Blog Networking Tips

Blog Networking Tips

Networking, networking, networking! I can’t stress how important networking among other bloggers is for anyone starting a blog. Reach out to veteran bloggers. Let them know you are just starting out and are looking to increase your following. Many won’t respond, but if you keep trying one will offer their advice. It really is amazing how supportive other bloggers can be offering blog networking tips.

I was lucky enough to contact the right blogger that invited me to a private facebook group. It was a large group of bloggers that held a giveaway every week. The group administrators acquired the giveaway sponsor so it did not cost me a dime out of my own pocket. Along with the other members, I was responsible for promoting the weekly giveaways. The first week I joined I increased my Facebook fan page by over 2,000 fans. Amazing, right? (more…)

Content and SEO for Your Blog

Content and SEO

Content and SEO for Your Blog

I've seen and heard this so many times in the blogging world: Content is King. Is it? Well, it content definitely makes a difference and is what can set you apart from other bloggers. You absolutely must continue to focus on content that is related to your site or niche. For instance, if you are a family friendly blog you would not blog about adult products.

It is good for SEO to include relevant keywords. You can use the free Google AdWords tool to see if your product has high search volume and to find relevant keywords. By clicking on that link, you will get a page like this: (more…)

Feb, 26, 2015

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Domain, Hosting, and Software – How to Start a Blog

How to Start a Blog

Domain, Hosting, and Software - How to Start a Blog

You can start blogging without spending a dime and learn the basics of blogging by using wordpress.com or blogger.com. However, I highly recommend purchasing your own domain and hosting. These can be purchased for just a few dollars per month. You can install WordPress to your own server and the best part is that you will be your own boss.

If you do not run your blog on your own domain, such as blogger, you can risk losing it or being unable to earn as much income as you could if you were self-hosted (your own hosting). You gain a large amount of credibility when you host your own blog. You own it. You have all the control. You can also set up your own email associated with that domain. For instance, if you own yourdomain.com your email can be yourname@yourdomain.com. Companies are much more likely to respond to you if you have your own email address associated with your blog. It's just good business. (more…)

Free WordPress Installation Service

Free WordPress Installation Service

Free WordPress Installation Service

Nearly every day I have friends and family ask me how to start a blog or how to install WordPress. It can definitely seem foreign to someone that is not familiar with setting up websites but with a little help you will be a WordPress pro in no time! I am going to make it easy for you to start your blog today with our free WordPress installation service.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

What's included in the Free WordPress Installation Service?

I will install and set up your very own WordPress blog for free. I will also install the following plugins:

  • Akismet
  • Wordfence
  • All in One SEO
  • Google XML Sitemaps

Once your blog starts receiving comments you can get hit with spam so that's why I recommend Akismet. It is an advanced hosted anti-spam service that does all the work for you. Wordfence keeps your site secure and makes it up to 50 times faster. All in One SEO automatically optimizes your blog for top search engines such as Google. Google XML Sitemaps generates XML sitemaps so your blog can be indexed by search engines like Google. (more…)

Feb, 25, 2015

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