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Pep Talk for Beginner Bloggers

Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 by momscashblog | 14 Comments so far

One big lesson I’ve learned about blogging is that you can’t worry too much about what other’s think. It’s just like life, you have to row your own boat and not let anyone else get in your way. Blogging can be kind of scary at first because you could be talking to the whole world… but then again, you could be talking to no one but yourself. (and you will be in the beginning!) You have to just do your own thing. Remember, it’s YOUR blog and no one else has the right to tell you what to do with it.

Over the past 2 months, I’ve had some e-mails from many people who’ve used the Free Blog Tutorial and now have blogs. Some don’t quite dare to take that first step and go public with thier blogs… and some have stopped altogether. I know there’s a lot of pressure for beginner bloggers because I’m going thru it myself. All I can do is give you a sisterly “pep talk” and tell you don’t give up, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. (more…)

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Make Money With New Visitors to Your Blog

Posted Saturday, June 28, 2008 by momscashblog | 14 Comments so far

One thing you can do to bring in new visitors to your blog is make posts that are ”off topic”. Studies have proven that new visitors are the ones most likely to click on your ads and use them for all they are worth. When a person first visits a site his/her brain is stimulated and engaged in the process. Their minds are open and they become curious and they don’t mind pushing those buttons and checking out your ads to see what it’s all about. After a visitor has been on a site for a while and becomes a ”regular” he/she becomes desensitized and eventually stop using your ads. There’s a certain point where visitors only read your posts. 

By going off topic and bringing in someone new you not only benefit from their first time curiosity and clicking instincts… chances are very good that you can change their thought process and that can be good for both you and the visitors. (more…)

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MomsCashBlog’s Troubles are Over

Posted Thursday, June 26, 2008 by momscashblog | 12 Comments so far

Hi folks,

I found out that anything done during the transition period could get bumped, so that’s why my last 2 posts are gone. It was a time warp, and all of my usernames and passwords went back to before, but I’m in the present now! LOL I assume the transition period is over by now so this post should take.

 Here’s the skinny on what happened…. I was told that MomsCashBlog was pointing to another server that was not in my name. It was an honest mistake and I know it was not done intentionally. We had to get MCB onto a separate account of it’s own so that I would have clear ownership of it. I had lost all connection with Krysti and where I didn’t have much information to go on I made a post rather than take any legal action as I was advised to do. I had attempted to get in touch with her several times but got no reply. I tried the phone number I had 6 times that day before making the post, but come to find out that phone number wasn’t working.

I knew we would be able to clear it up if we had contact. I’m sorry if this caused any problems for Krysti. We both got bruised a little, but I’m sure her good reputation is still intact, and I hope mine is as well. As you can see, she took care of the problem right away after learning of it. She’s a good person and I wish her well in the future.


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Just a note…

Posted Monday, June 23, 2008 by momscashblog | 2 Comments so far

Hi all, just a note to tell you everything was settled last night and all ended well…. as we knew it would be!!! It was just an oversight of which no one was to blame…. I will put up a proper post a little later to explain.

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Trouble With Moms Cash Blog

Posted Friday, June 20, 2008 by | 24 Comments so far

Ok,  I’m having trouble with thunderstorms… trouble with my man, trouble with my car, and trouble with my cat.  I lost the post I worked on last night and now I have writer’s block. If that weren’t enough, I found out I have trouble with MomsCashBlog.

A very talented and successful designer/programmer/Director of a very large website — managing thousands of page – has looked into the workings of MomsCashBlog. She uses WordPress for some other sites and told me I’ve inherited trouble with MCB. Things are not where they should be… things are not as they should be. Those things can be fixed with a lot of time and investigative work.  But on another note, she advised me to get in contact with the former owner to make sure I have clear “title” to MCB (as of now it looks like I don’t). 

I’d love to get in touch with the previous owner, but  I don’t have her ”real” e-mail address.. (she used MCB e-mail so essentially I’ve been talking to myself! LOL) All contact stopped abruptly in mid-May before MY end of the bargain was finished. (I had to pay within 72 hours… she had a month to give me the information on MCB and transfer things). I was told she was busy with her new venture. I was patient and trusting… too patient, and waaay too trusting, it seems. I had her cell phone number (since we had to talk somehow to make the deal and get the money to her)… but since Mid-May she hasn’t answered the phone and now it seems to have been disconnected.  Legally, they might have to put a “freeze” on everything to do with MomsCashBlog until we find out more about the title and things get settled correctly.

 So, I guess that’s my post… It’s one I didn’t want to have to make because I didn’t want to go public.  I am frustrated because I have never made a deal with another person without honoring the agreement and I would not stop all contact without at least saying “good-bye!” and making sure everything was done right. 

On a more positive note…

For anyone wanting advice on Affiliate Marketing you can go to www.diariesofablogger.com. Anthony Dinh has a 13 Lesson Affiliate Marketing Program that will be very helpful to bloggers.  He’s a great instructor and I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from him.

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Your Brain Has The Best SEO Available to You

Posted Monday, June 16, 2008 by momscashblog | 8 Comments so far

I find working from home on a  computer makes it easy to spend too much time reading and searching. Every day we can find hundreds of posts telling us how to make money with our blogs. It’s wonderful to have this information but it can also eat up your whole day just reading things that don’t really matter.

If you always read How to Make Money blogs it can mess with your head. Some posts are designed to make you feel like a failure if you don’t make $20,000 a day, while other more humble bloggers’s say be reasonable and don’t expect too much. You want to believe the $20,000 a day, but you know the humble blogger is probably the “real deal”. Reading conflicting reports like these can cause anxiety in your subconscious mind and keep you searching for the answer without knowing exactly why your stuck on that one topic. It’s your brain’s own little SEO at work and you don’t even know it!

Then there’s the technical stuff we’re all expected to keep up with. Every day there’s a new tech term some kid made up just to throw me off and I spend half the day trying to find the definition. Sometimes when I do find out what it means, I still don’t know what to do with it. More times than not, I end up on a scavenger hunt going from one blog to another and never learning what I needed to know. There goes a whole day sitting behind my laptop more frustrated than when I started. You may think it’s the classic case of “information overload” and it is, but it’s also your brain’s own SEO hard at work again.

The Zeigarnik Effect

There’s a good reason that we feel anxious and unsettled when we overload our brains with useless information. Ironically, the reason we feel that anxiety is the same reason that we continue to read that useless information in the first place! It’s a phenomenon called the Zeigarnik effect, named after the Gestalt theorist who studied the mind’s behavorial patterns. It explains the mental tension and unbalance a person feels when a task has not been completed. Our minds have a need for linear path thinking… which means “seeing one task all the way thru to the end”. It doesn’t matter what that information is, you asked yourself a question once and your mind will try to conduct a search until it finds the answer. Your brain has the best SEO available to you, but it needs guidance.

Most bloggers are stuck on the question: “How much money can I make with my blog?” That sends your subconsicous mind on a scavenger hunt for something that you have no conscious control over. If your brain had its own way, it would search day and night for little things it never got the answers to. So if you read useless information, the brain will seek the answers to useless information for as long as you let it. Your brain is doing it’s own computer search but YOU might have little control over the keyword search your mind is conducting.

Trick Your Brain’s SEO With a List of Your Own

You can trick this behavior pattern by becoming “aware” of the Z-effect and using it to your advantage. Make linear thinking work for you, not against you. Here’s a few ways to do this:

1. Make a list of what you want to know before your start reading blogs.  The mind loves lists. If you don’t make a list, it will make it’s own list and do it’s own searches on what it THINKS you want to know. Making a list gives your subconscious mind something useful to look for.

2. Search for the topics on your list one at a time.  Keep your mind on a ”linear path” of your choosing and finish the task. Your mind likes to finish tasks.

3. Write down a certain time to turn your computer off.  By doing this you give your mind another task to finish which takes it away from the task of searching useless information. The mind’s new task is to turn the computer off at a certain time. (Hey, it’s a lot better than searching useless info all day and night, isn’t it?)

4. Write a list of things to do in the real world.  This is very important. You need to remind your mind (and yourself) that you have a life other than your blog and the computer. Be specific with tasks  with lists like: “play with the kids, “go swimming today”, “take a walk”, “read your mail and do the bills”, etc.

Use the Z-effect In Your Blog

Knowing everyone experiences the Z-effect and has a need to finish a task to its end can work to your advantage on your blog. When a visitor is on your site you want them to feel the need to finish a task. One effective way to do this is by having “related topics” at the end of your posts. (It works for me every time I see it. I always feel the need to check out the other posts listed at the bottom.. the Z-effect in action!)

Many great online marketers who work with big companies know it is the Z-effect that compels people to buy a product. Try to craft your site, and/or your posts in a way that makes your visitors feel a need to finish a task on your site. (for most bloggers, the task is to click on your ads, of course!) Be careful though, because by doing this you are causing some conflict in the person’s mind by making them feel a little uncomfortable… like they are not done until they complete everything asked. If you create too much conflict or anxiety it can backfire on you and make them leave your site upset. So experiment a little with the Z-effect and see what happens.

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Cash Gifting On the Internet

Posted Thursday, June 12, 2008 by | 16 Comments so far

Cash Gifting is all over the internet. I’m sure it’s even up on my Google ads as you read this… (but that’s their doing. If I had control of it, I wouldn’t choose Cash Gifting as an ad for my site). On YouTube there’s loads of videos with someone opening FedEx mailers full of money. We’re supposed to take that as “proof positive” that Cash Gifting works??? NOT!

I could go to the bank and take out $1,500 or $3,500 in hundred dollar bills, put them in a FedEx mailer, seal it, and send it to myself from another city or state… or have a friend send it to me. Or just write stuff on it and say it came in the mail. A video of someone opening a FedEx mailer full of money is the same as showing bank statements online. It means nothing… it’s just a visual, but some people can be easily convinced by a visual on the internet.

Most people know it’s a pyramid scheme and aside from being illegal, someone always breaks the chain because they can’t come up with the money. There are never enough ”recruits” to sustain the pyramid. When that happens, it all falls apart. People lose money, and some go to jail. This scheme will last longer than most do because of the internet. (more…)

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