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2013 Best Moments in Social Media: Parent Blogger Edition!

This was a big year in social media especially in the parent blogger space. So many buzz worthy moments that got mom and dad bloggers posting, pinning, and tweeting on topics covering everything from being a working mom to Twerking. We laughed, we cried, cheered, got angry, and commented. Share your reactions or favorites in the comments below and let us know your favorite moments.   Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and former Google Vice President shocked and angered many working moms, work from home moms, and mompreneurs for discontinuing social giant Yahoo's policy to allow employees to telecommute. Later she did extend the maternity leave policy to a whopping 16 weeks for new moms and 8 weeks for dads. Miley Cyrus shocked moms and dads (and just about everyone) … [Read more...]

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Six Tips To Get More Pinterest Traffic & Repins in 2014

Many bloggers have seen an increase in traffic to their sites from Pinterest referrals.  Some have a strategy for getting the traffic, others are still trying to figure it out. If you feel like you have great Pins but no one is repining them or you aren't sure how to use Pinterest to get you traffic to your website, read on.  I will share a few tips to implement before the year ends that will help you start 2014 strong.  Then, take a look at your Pinterest boards and how you can approach them in 2014. Use these tips to make a plan of action to build more traffic in 2014. Keep current information pinned at the top. Take a peek at your current Pinterest Boards, do they reflect where you are right now with your website?  Can a viewer easily find the evergreen content you’ve created for … [Read more...]

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The Ultimate Gift Guide Resource!

Our Niche Parent Community members have been really busy these last few weeks testing, researching, and crowd sourcing ideas in preparation for  the best gift ideas for children, parents, techies, and more. We've collected guides  from our network to help those of us (myself included!) wanting to gift the best in toys, technology, electronics, beauty and more.  We're also featuring gift guides for some of our hard to shop for family friends like tweens and teens. Let's not forget the niche guides as well! Have a runner or a traveler in your family? There's a guide for them too! Grab some coffee, kick up your heals! Stop by there blogs and finish off your holiday shopping! A Collection of Gift Guides From Around the Blogging Community Holiday Gift Guide for Teens & … [Read more...]

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Top 5 Ways To Increase Comments On Your Blog

Most people want comments on their blog. There is the odd person who does not see the benefit of the engagement that comments show on a blog. On our blog, we largely do products reviews, brand ambassadorships and sponsored posts. Our partners want to see engagement with readers when we're talking about their brand. Thus, comments are a GREAT thing. Now that I have convinced you that you need them, how can you get them? These 5 steps will help: Make it easy. Am I the only one out there that can NEVER get the CAPTCHA lettering correct? It is also frustrating to have to take the time and sign up for an account on the page, just to make a comment. To be frank, I won’t do it. My time is precious and unless it is something that I am VERY passionate about, I will not take the time to do … [Read more...]

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Martha Stewart is not an Expert on Blogging

Just yesterday Martha Stewart stated during an on camera interview with Bloomberg News that she has "a minor gripe with [social media]" and that  "bloggers are not the experts."  Bloomberg: Is there an argument that social media is in poor taste?   Martha Stewart: Oh I do have a minor gripe about that too because who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue Magazine. I mean there are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested, that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. So bloggers uh.. create a kind of um.. um... popularity, but they are not the experts. And we have to understand that." In the same interview she says "Twitter is a good business tool" and she uses it for "departing instant news, … [Read more...]

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