I wanted to get a quick post out to my readers and let everyone know that I’m still around. Some of you may know that I’ve been suffering from a bad case of carpal-tunnel. For those of you who are not familiar with what carpal tunnel is, then let me give you a quick definition.
According to one medical journal, “the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) : is the result of overworking your hands performing repetitive (motion) tasks all day long.”
“CTS is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve. Median nerve is a important nerve on the hand, it gives sensation to thumb, middle, ring and index finger. This nerve is protected by the carpal tunnel. Affects hand and wrists. “ In some cases pain will radiate up to the elbow and sometimes will involve the shoulders.
I think it’s rather ironic that a blogger who is trying to make extra money online, gets carpal tunnel. I’ve had several cortisone shots spread out over this past year in my wrists, which will result in one or two days of relief. After a couple of hours of working on the computer the pain returns, and I’m back to icing both wrists. I was advised to stay off of the computer for awhile, “give your hands a rest”. Haven’t been on the computer except to open email and then closed the lap top. A fellow blogger friend had emailed me and mentioned that “you’ve had a rough 2010 jj and I hope 2011 will be better for you and that you make lots of money.” From his lips to Gods ears. BTW friend… thank you for that email.
I had purchased this blog to help supplement my health insurance that has gone up every year. This year is the highest I’ve ever had to pay for health insurance. I’m sure there are probably many people who don’t even have any insurance, one can’t help but wonder what they worry about at the end of their day.
I was determined to have an e-store up and running for this years holidays, but for several reasons some beyond my control, it doesn’t look like that will happen. Although with that said, I am tenacious enough to get an MCB jj’s e-store up and selling product in the near future. If anyone out there can offer me some guidance or suggestions with an e-store, I’ll take whatever you have. I’ve wanted this for a long time and I’m not going to let carpal tunnel put me down now!
However I will check in once a week and open my email and checking my Entrecard dashboard. I also would just like to mention, no pressure… but if anyone would like to donate a“guest post” send it along and I’ll see it when I get my email.
I would also like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday, and once again just ask you all to be patient with me until I get this under control.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone, jj
“The United Nations have designated that October 4th – the 10th as World Habitat Day. Habitat for Humanity wants to raise awareness about the desperate need for affordable housing here in the United States and all over the world. In designating this date it is in hopes that we all do whatever we can to help eradicate poverty here and around the world. ”
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization and depends on volunteers and donations to help build homes, rebuild vacated buildings, and weatherize homes just to name a few of the many services that are given. Habitat for Humanity also lends their time and labor to many of the disasters here and around the world, hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, mudslides and floods around the world. Where ever the need for a roof over one’s head Habitat for Humanity will be there.
Housing does more than just give people a roof over their head, it helps give a sense of ownership, pride, especially because the families in need lend their labor and time to build their homes. The facts speak for themselves, children that have a roof over their head are more likely to stay in school, violence and crime rates are lowered, disease and health issues are also reduced. Children that live in poverty are more likely to develop asthma, and will have a increase in viral and bacteria infections. Around the world and here in the United States we have children that are living without proper housing or shelter. All of these situations speak volumes about what the whole world must do to help provide people with housing.
Habitat Day is to bring these issues to the forefront every year at this time, the first Monday in October. There are special events that are scheduled the 4th and goes through the 10th, for more information on all the World Habitat Day events that are planed please use this link worldhabitatdaynews.org. Habitat for Humanity needs all our help by contacting our government leaders, let them know that every person on this earth deserves adequate housing. Bring awareness to Washington that we care about the housing or non- housing issues in the world.
Publications such as your blog can also benefit from the use of an editorial calendar, especially when you have multiple authors writing for a site. By regarding your blog as an online magazine, you can enjoy the benefits of editorial planning that traditional publications enjoy. First, your writers will know what content they need to provide and when they need to have it ready to submit. This makes sure that you always have something to post when the time comes. Advertisers also benefit from the ability to purchase advertising to coincide with specific features and articles that are relevant to their products. Furthermore, the stability gained by having the content of your blog planned in advance takes a lot of the worry out of blogging and gives your site a more professional and consistent feel.
Below you will find seven essential tips for creating an editorial calendar for your online publication or blog.
1. Topic selection: An editorial calendar can help you select and schedule the topics that you will publish on your blog. By planning your topics, you can keep your niche targeted and your writers, advertisers, and readers on a routine.
2. Style selection: Some bloggers like to schedule a certain type of post for publication as well as its topic. By scheduling the type of articles you post, you make sure your blog has variety and you broaden its appeal. The editorial calendar helps you create balance: for example, you may want to have a balance between opinion posts, product reviews, and tips and tricks tutorials.
3. Plan unique features: Special features take more time to prepare, so make sure you give your writers enough time on the schedule to get their work done. Special features also may interest more people, so take some time to publicize them well in advance so interested readers and advertisers can get on board.
4. Build in quality: As you implement your editorial calendar, keep quality in mind. You want to allow your writers enough time to brainstorm and to generate well thought out content that visitors will find useful and enjoyable. Your calendar will avoid those embarrassing gaps where nothing new appears on your blog for days or weeks at a time as well as those hastily thrown together pieces that tell your audience that come across as useless filler.
5. Decide the number of posts per week: Most bloggers need to have at least three posts per week to keep their audience and advertisers engaged. You have already decided the content and style of your posts, now put it on your calendar so that you always have a steady stream of content coming out on your blog.
6. Schedule as far in advance as possible: By extending your planning calendar a week or more into the future, you give yourself the wiggle room you need should something go wrong. This can help you avoid the panic that otherwise may result from a writer quitting or going on vacation because you have time to make other arrangements.
7. Manage multiple blogs: When you put an editorial calendar in place, you will experience a new found peace of mind. You, your writers, your advertisers, and your readers will soon operate as a well-oiled machine. With all the new planning skills you have developed, you can expand your horizons and start another publication in the free time you now have. This gives you the chance to increase your online exposure and income without any significant strain on your workload.
An editorial schedule is a tool used by most magazines and newspapers. This technique ensures a high degree of stability for a publication and maximizes the utilization of writers and advertisers while creating a superior experience for readers. You can do the same thing for your blog or online publication. By getting your writers on a schedule, defining what to write, how to write, and when to write it, your blog will take on a more professional and structured feel, something that will increase its appeal to readers and advertisers while freeing up your time to launch new projects. Take these seven tips for creating an editorial calendar and get started on yours today.
James Adams is a full time writer. I would like to thank James for this guest post and if any of you would like to get in touch with him, please send an email and I will get his email off to you.
Momscashblog had a chance to be part of Lee Ka Hoong’s of MyBlog2Day.com blog’s contest last month. MCB was asked to donate a gift and I chose to donate a cash prize to the winner of his contest. MyBlog2Day.com holds contest quite frequently and he always draws a good crowd, this one was no different. If you love contest, then check out MyBlog2Day.com and see when Lee’s next contest is, you will want to enter.
The winner of MyBlog2Day.com contest was Onibalusi Bamidde of Youngprepro.com. I was given his email so I could send my portion of his prize via PayPal, which was just one part of his many prizes that he was to receive. I think you’ll find Onibalusi a very interesting young man, I did just from the short correspondence we had through the email about his winnings. I found his personality something that came through even though we were emailing back ‘n’ forth. He’s only 16 years old and from Nigeria. His father died at an early age and Onibalusi had a very understanding mother who evidently encouraged him in everything he did, especially his love of computers. He mentions that he received his first computer at the age of 13 and now at the age of 16 has his first blog. Onibalusi feels that he can and will change the blogging world. You know what ? I believe this young man will, and is on his way to bigger things and will achieve his status of an entrepreneur before we know it. I wish him all the luck and great success that I know will come his way.
When I went to check out YoungPrePro’s blog, I found a really informative and fun blog. His style of writing was easy to read and he writes about content that you won’t find in other make money blogs, which is refreshing in itself. It seems like he’s been blogging for 10 years or more. You’ll find yourself reading his or one of his many guest blog writers post and find yourself saying “I never thought of that technique”. He has great ideas for back-links, traffic that you can deliver to your blog & how the traffic you get can determine a lot about you the blogger. He has great posts about Social Networking that are intriguing and sure to make you think more about SocialNetworking and your blog while making money.
After reading Onibalusi’s blog (more…)
Well MomsCashBlog is finally back online and I couldn’t be happier, it has been a trying time for me and I’m sure that everyone is wondering what the heck happened this time. I’ll tell you it was the same as before, but with a longer length of time. It also was much more involved and that’s what took the time.
This really took a lot out of me and I will tell you honestly if it wasn’t for my new theme that has me really jazzed and all of the positive feedback from all of you, I think I would of thrown in the proverbial towel. I can’t say that this came at a good time (never a good time) with bills, & health concerns, but hey we are all dealing with something… I can’t complain or shouldn’t. Life must go on. I didn’t want this to be a long drawn out post, but I feel that the whole story must be told in order to let some people know what is going on and to calm the nerves of those that are worried about visiting my blog.
HostGator and MomsCashBlog’s Correspondence
I have been a loyal HostGator customer for several years now however, over the past couple of months, my website has been infected to no end that is making me reconsider my choice of choosing HostGator as my hosting co. I have always received prompt responses to emails and things of that nature, however the infections in my website are causing me to be offline for several days at a stretch and resulting in the loss of substantial amounts of income.
The “Reported Attack Page” that Google has put up on my website displays servers that my website has been hosted on. One of them includes AS21844 – THE PLANET. Upon further research, it turns out that ThePlanet is actually HostGator but more importantly, the AS21844 server has several instances of infections. On the Google Webmaster Tools admin panel, it suggests that I refer to a guide on the Stop Badware blog that you may have heard of as well. On the same blog is this post that really worries me ( http://blog.stopbadware.org/2010/07/06/what-we-learned ). In that, it states that AS21844 (the server I am hosted on) actually is one of the Top 50 most infected networks.
Although there may be other factors affecting my website, it seems as though the biggest red flag is being hosted on that particular server. Furthermore, if you search for ThePlanet on StopBadware or even AS21844 (http://blog.stopbadware.org/live_search?q=AS21844) you will come up with several instances of this taking place. My webmaster has informed me that instead of switching hosts that I should request to be put on another server on HostGator. Furthermore, he informed me that HostGator should upgrade my SSL version from 2.0 to 3.0 because security does get compromised because of it as well. These are precautionary measures and I am attempting to give HostGator one more last chance before I look elsewhere.
I really hope that you can resolve these issues and get back with me while I attempt to clean my website of any issues that it is dealing with.
JJ from MomsCashBlog.com
Our servers host tens of thousands of websites each, and I think I’d be hard pressed to find one among our thousands of servers that Google doesn’t think there’s malware of some kind on. This is a very common issue, and it does not affect you directly. The problem isn’t with the malware on the server, but the fact that Google doesn’t remove sites from the malware database until the site owner asks them to. Some site owners don’t take a very active role in maintaining their sites, so it could take months for the sites to be removed, even if they’ve been clean all along.
We will not be able to move your sites between servers, as this will not solve these problems. Have you requested that your site be removed from the malware site database yet? (more…)
Well we are officially live today Saturday July 17th 2010. I hope everyone will enjoy the new theme as much as I do. I know it will take time to get use to the change, but I think change is good for all of us. It feels like a new beginning, and in a way it is. Changes are coming to MCB, don’t worry nothing that will rock any ones world, I don’t think. In fact some of the changes will be subtle changes, that might go unnoticed. I also think there will be changes that will help me make more money online, which will be a good thing. (more…)
Hey guys, JJ from MomsCashBlog is around here somewhere but in the mean time, I decided to stop by and give you a little preview of the new theme (before she notices, of course). I’m Enkay from the Blogosphere and i have put together this theme for JJ and I wanted to get your feedback. The new theme is coming soon and I figured that the best way to get the readers all revved up was to give you guys a sneak peak at the new theme. Do I think we’re giving too much away? Of course not, because we all know that until we see the real thing, we can’t enjoy the complete experience and that’s what these images are meant to do. I have two preview images here for you today and I want to start off by showing you the completely re-done top half of the blog. I will go into more details but for now, I’ll let you soak it in. Go on, soak it in!
Ahhh, that’s right. As you’ll notice quite a few things have changed. Although the true details of what is changed will be talked about once the new theme is live. I wanted to give you guys some idea of what the theme re-vamp involved. There are quite a few steps involved and maybe many of you aren’t familiar with how I actually design the blog. The idea is that on a limited time frame (usually a couple hours a day for a week), it sometimes becomes difficult to completely re-do a design from scratch so my steps are as follows:
1) Find a theme that suits my needs. That’s right! Starting off with the right theme means you have a backbone all ready for you. All you have to do is go in and add your creative genius!
2) Add critical components. What I mean by that is adding things such as the logo, the menu bar, the sidebar components and footer components. These can include anything from twitter, to recent comments to tag clouds, etc.
3) Add graphics. The most important part of a design is to make sure that your graphics flow with the blog. You’ll notice the new enhanced graphics used on the new theme. It still retains some of the old design charm but adds a whole new modern appeal to it.
4) Test the theme for inconsistencies. What I mean by this is that sometimes when you develop a theme, what you miss out on are the little things. The spacing may not be right and things of that nature. Although this doesn’t sound like a lot. There were quite a few issues on the new them that took about 40% of my time!
5) Add the money-makers. This includes your Kontera, InfoLinks, Adsense and advertising network type stuff. Generally, this isn’t a big deal so it doesn’t take much effort but adsense integration can take a while to be effective.
6) Test the theme again and correct errors. Testing the theme one last time is key to the process. I realize, as early as about 15 minutes ago, that I missed out on a few things and that I have to go back and edit them.
Alrighty then, time for the bottom half of the new theme! Have a look!
As you’ll notice everything has been streamlined and that’s the key to any new design out there. Simple, effective yet modern. I hope you guys like the theme. We’d love to hear your feedback. If you haven’t heard of me, I am Enkay from EnkayBlog.com and WhatISeenToday.com. I will start blogging soon again so stay tuned for that but in the mean time, if you need anything, do email me at enkayblog (at) gmail (dot) com! Thank you so much for stopping by and we hope you love the new theme!