Internet Marketing for Smart People »

I just attended all three days of BlogWorld Expo. It was the first year I had the full access pass thanks to winning a 50% discount on the BlogWorld Expo Facebook page. I’m so glad I did, because I got to sit in on Internet Marketing for Smart People. This session featured Darren Rowse, Brian Clark and Chris Brogan and was moderated by the fabulous Sonia Simone.

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How to Get More Inbound Links to Your Blog: Blog Carnivals »

To rise in page rank and get more search engine traffic to your blog, you need more inbound links (links from other blogs and websites to your blog and posts). So how do you know how many inbound links you have? The easiest way is by going to Google.com and entering link: www.yourblog.com and seeing what the results are.

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Three Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Blog »

One of the best ways to market your blog is by being active in your community. If you’re a food blogger, you should visit, read and comment at other food blogs. If you’re a seasoned blogger, that should seem obvious as does promoting your posts on Twitter, creating a fan page on Facebook or using LinkedIn. (For the less experienced bloggers, I’ll touch on these subjects later here at Mom Central Blogger University.)

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Fighting the Advertising/Affiliate Program Tax in Your State »

I’ve had a couple of busy weeks emailing my state representatives about Colorado HB-1193, the advertising tax that affects bloggers and website owners who work with affiliate programs like Overstock.com or Amazon.

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Cool Tools: Blog Editing Software »

Have there been times when you’ve been writing online in your blogging platform of choice, and you hit save or post and all you get is a blank screen? Doesn't all the hard work you’ve just lost make you want to scream?

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Why Should You Use Feedburner? »

A blog feed is a way for bloggers to syndicate their content and deliver it straight to their readers. Most blog platforms (TypePad, Blogger, WordPress, etc.) come with a feed and you don’t have to do anything to turn it on – it’s part of the package.

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Search Me? 10 Reasons Why You Should Use a Lijit Search Box on Your Blog »

Aside from creating captivating content, you need to encourage your visitors to spend more time on your site. One way to do this is by adding a search box on your blog so they can look up other topics you may have posted about.


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Don’t Get Hacked! How to Prevent WordPress Blog Hijackings »

Recently I received an email about one of my fellow foodies about her site getting hacked by a blog terrorist. He has tried to blackmail her insisting that she let him host her site and keep his Adsense banners up. At one point, he completely took down her site, too, because she was trying to keep him out. Luckily, she had all her posts backed up and was able to restore her blog when he did that.

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Clean Up Your Online Presence and Brand »

This is where I bring out the big disclaimer that states, “do as I say and not as I do.” True confession time – my blogging brand is a mess. All my blogs look different from my Twitter background. I’m “readablefeast” at CafeMom and “mamacooks” at FoodBuzz. My business is The Write Spot, LLC, but I’m amnichols most places unless you know me as mamarant at BlogHer.com. Ugh!

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Keeping it Clean at Twitter »

We recently posted about about cleaning up your online presence and brand. Now that we’ve tackled that job, how about cleaning up your Twitter feed? (And you thought I was going to write about using profanity on Twitter, silly you! Go ahead and swear like a sailor on there if you want. Knock yourself out.)

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