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Six Tips for Getting Content Ideas for Your Blog

As a  blogger you sometimes struggle with being at a loss of words or ideas for blog posts. It's not unusual, especially if you've been blogging for years and you write for many sources. Some weeks I have so many blog posts ideas, not enough days to write them. In those few instances, I draft up some thoughts and save them for rainy days. But to keep your blog content fresh and keep your readers engaged, you want to make sure your content is not stale and that you have some sort of strategy to blog posts.   Six Tips for Generating Content Ideas for Your Blog Keep a content calendar. It doesn't have to be too complicated, to technical, or even thought out weeks in advance. Simply jotting down topics at a glance helps keep you accountable and makes the writing process … [Read more...]

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Taxes for Bloggers & Freelancers: What You Need to Know

Do bloggers have to pay taxes on the value of blogging trips? Is the SWAG you received at that blogging event or conference taxable? Taxes can be so confusing! This tax season will be more complicated than prior seasons due to recent tax legislation. The Niche Parent Network & Conference has invited a special tax expert to answer some of your most pressing blogging and taxes related questions right in time for tax season!  Join us February 5th, 8:30 PM EST,  along with special guest, Buffie The Tax Heiress, LLC for a specially designed webinar for bloggers, freelancers, and digital influencers. We'll also be chatting it up live on Twitter using the hashtag #NicheParentTaxTips. Buffie the Tax Heiress is the CFO of Buffie the Tax Heiress, LLC, a full service accounting and tax … [Read more...]

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Six Effective LinkedIn Strategies for Bloggers in 2014

This is the time of year when bloggers are laying out their strategy for getting new paid opportunities and growing their professional network.  What part of that strategy should include LinkedIn?  If you're a blogger looking to get in front of, or  form new relationships with brand or agency reps in decision making positions then LinkedIn should be at the forefront of  your plans to make 2014 a profitable one. LinkedIn was one of the fastest growing social networks in 2013 with  someone new joining LinkedIn every two seconds. If you're only passively involved on the network, it's time you step up your game.  Personally, I have landed two clients through LinkedIn. One that has been a repeat client. Angela Bickford, a blogger and Communications Specialist, used LinkedIn to get hired … [Read more...]

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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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