My New 7-Day Email Course – How to Create a Profitable Blog

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So, you are ready to take the plunge and start a blog? Great! I’ve created a free 7-Day course by email giving you insights on just how to do that. There is so much to starting and running a blog that you probably don’t realize. I’ve spent nearly 2 years learning every aspect I could about blogging, and am finally beginning to see income rise. I really wanted to share the wealth of knowledge and experience I’ve gained with you, my readers.

If you are at the verge of starting a blog, you’ll definitely want to subscribe to my free email course today. The topics I cover in the course include:

  • Deciding on your niche and creating your blog’s name
  • Securing your domain name
  • Blogging Platform
  • Write and promote your first post
  • Monetizing your blog
  • Email marketing
  • Plus…gain access to my list of favorite tools and resources I use on my own blog every day!

I look forward to having you join me on a 7 day crash course to building, maintaining, and monetizing your blog. Let’s get started!

My New 7-Day Email Course - How to Create a Profitable Blog

 

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Check Out These Great Deals for July!

Check Out These Great Deals for July!

Hey guys! I’m starting a brand new monthly series offering some of the best deals and coupons I’ve been given access to as a blogger and as an affiliate. Each month, I’ll bring you only the best deals and discounts available. Here is the first installment! These are all affiliate links. Enjoy!

The California Wine Club


The California Wine Club offers a selection of hand-selected, award-winning wines to suit all tastes. There are several great wine of the month clubs to choose from to fit any budgets.

Current Deals:


Cricut

The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain.
Cricut.com offers Cricut® machines, 50,000+ images to cut, and project supplies ranging from cardstock to iron-on film—plus inspiration, ideas, and a creative community! Cricut® makes the new Cricut Explore™ design-and-cut system! The Cricut Explore™ system blends an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space™, the free online design software, to help you make polished DIY projects. Create by using the hundreds of ready-to-make projects, the 50,000+ images from the Cricut® library or by uploading your own images. The Cricut Explore™ machine lets anyone create amazing DIY projects. With world-leading technology, Cricut makes it easy for novices and professionals alike to make something they can feel proud of.

Current Deals:


Stroller Depot

StrollerDepot.com has been providing high-quality strollers, stroller accessories, car seats and other baby gear since 1998

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Beau-coupgifts for grads

Beau-coup celebrates life one event at a time. They are the leading retailer of unique wedding favors, baby shower favors and party favors for all special occasions.

Their products have been featured in national publications including InStyle Weddings, Lucky Magazine, Bride’s Magazine and Martha Stewart.

Beau-coup provides an exclusive affiliate free shipping offer as well as free shipping to Canada on orders over $150. Excellent customer service, worldwide shipping and a low price guarantee are reasons why their customers are always satisfied.

Current Deals:


ComboInk

ComboInk is proud to offer customers high quality ink, toner cartridges, and printer accessories with deep discounts.

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Namecheap

Special discount 39% off EV SSL. Buy at $88.88!

Namecheap is the industry’s favorite domain registrar, web host and SSL provider. We back all our products with stellar support and a rock-solid guarantee.

Current Deals:


Popreal

Popreal.com is a online fashion boutique for Newborn, Toddler, Kids clothing & accessories. We are committed to provide customers with original, high quality, and exclusive products.

Current Deals:


A Gift Personalized

Summer Fun Gifts

Since 1992 A Gift Personalized, a Family owned Company, has been helping create memories through personalized special occasion gifts, accessories and personalized home decor.  They work hard every day to deliver quality personalized items to our customers on time.  A Gift Personalized has a great team of engravers, embroiderers, laser operators, screen printers, artists, framers, canvas stretchers, marketing and customer service.

Their line of personalized gifts include wedding gifts and accessories, baby’s birth, anniversaries and birthday’s, home décor, friendship, holidays and more. Recognized for their quality, service and selection, A Gift Personalized has become a leader in personalized gifts nationwide.

Current Deals:


GlassesShop.comBUY ONE GET ONE FREE- Use Coupon Code GSDAD At GlassesShop.com - Ends 12/31/2017

Since 2004, GlassesShop.com has delivered over a million pairs of eyeglasses while maintaining our standard of providing the highest quality at affordable prices. They are a group of eye doctors that understands your struggle with the high cost of eyeglasses. Being able to deliver superior eyeglasses at an unbeatably low price has allowed them to help people all over the world see clearly and, in turn, has provided their team with a more rewarding experience than they could have ever anticipated.

Current Deals:


Cellular Country

Save 40% & More On Your Favorite Cell Phones At CellularCountry.com! Click Here!

CellularCountry.com offers high-quality, fully tested, refurbished mobile / cell phones. They offer all brands including Apple, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. They also offer a wide range of unlocked, GSM and CDMA phones, or alternatively, their visitors can shop by US carrier.

Current Deals:


Deluxe Business

Since 1915, Deluxe has been an industry leader in providing everything from business checks and forms, to promotional products, enterprise services, and more. Deluxe has everything a business needs to grow and thrive!

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Enter the Camp Chef 18-Inch Smoker Giveaway!

Enter the Camp Chef 18-Inch Smoker Giveaway!

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JustFreeStuff.com is giving away a FREE Camp Chef 18-Inch Smoker on August 1st!

 

Lock the delicious smoked flavor of mesquite, hickory, cherry, and more into your meats with the Smoke Vault 18”. This simple smoker cooks your meat low and slow with a heavy-gauge steel wood chip try and water pan to infuse it with a delicious flavor you can’t get any other way. Use the Smoke Vault for a variety of foods from ribs to a whole turkey or even baked pies. Fully adjustable heat-control dials, three damper valves, and a door thermometer will help you control internal temperatures throughout the cooking process. Cooking temperatures can vary from 160° F to 400° F.

INCLUDES:

– Two adjustable smoking racks
– Three adjustable damper valves
– Easy to read door thermometer from 50 to 550 degrees
– Convenient matchless snap-ignition
– Cooking tips, ideas, and recipes included
– Stainless Steel Door

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Body Dimensions (w/out legs): 18″ W x 16″ D x 30″ H
  • Total Height (with legs): 44″
  • Door Dimensions: 16″ W x 28″ H
  • Cooking Racks Dimensions: 15″ W x 14″ D
  • Total Output: 18,000 BTU/hr
  • Maximum Temperature Reading: 400 degrees
  • Shipping Dimensions: 19″ x 17.5″ x 30.5″
  • Weight: 65 lbs.

ARV: $188.60

OR: You can choose a $175 Amazon Gift Card instead of the Smoker.

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

 

 

*One Time Entry. Expires July 31, 2017. U.S. and Canada Only.  You must enter and confirm your email address to enter the giveaway

How I Made $824.34 With My Blog in June 2017 [Income Report]

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June was an extremely productive, but busy month. Without further adieu, here is my June report:

Top 5 viewed blog posts of the month:


Site Stats

Total unique visitors: 1,491 (-33 from May)

Total page views: 2,537 (+69 from May)

Total likes: 2 (+1 from May)

Total comments: 9 (same as May)


Referral Stats

Facebook views: 441 (-141 from May)

Pinterest views: 217

StumbleUpon Stumbles: 149

Search Engines: 135 searches

Blogorama views: 95

Twitter views: 29

Instagram views: 11


Social Media Stats

Facebook likes: 1,629 (+1 from May)

Instagram followers: 1,693 (+9 from May)

Twitter followers: 2,166 (+182 from May)

Pinterest followers: 7,631 (+168 from May)

Google + followers: 36 (-1 from May)

Blogger Share and Promo Facebook Group Members: 313 (+161 from May)

Blogging Tools and Tips Pinterest Group Board Collaborators: 90 (+30 from May)


How I made $824.34 on my blog in June 2017

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How To Explode Blog Traffic With Pinterest

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I get it. You are frustrated at the lack of growth you are experiencing with your blog. I’m here to tell you I have experienced the same disappointing results as you, but have found a sure-fire way to change that for the good. Building traffic is more than just writing a post, adding in a few images and links, and sharing it a few times. Real growth comes from the proper utilization of your Pinterest account.

Curious as to how exactly?

Read on to find out…

Create Quality Content

You’ve heard me preach on and on about quality content. It’s so important that I’m going to make it the first thing to focus on when using Pinterest to explode your blog’s traffic. No matter what tips or tricks you follow, nothing can screw you up more than by producing poor content.

Your content is the lifeline and blood of your site. After all, don’t you want readers converting to subscribers because of the value your blog topics give them?  For more specifics on how to create content your readers will love, read this post.

Join Group Boards

As time goes on, you’ll find out how great Pinterest group boards are for growing your blog. Group boards allow you to share your pins with thousands of people at once. Focus on those boards that relate to your niche. You’ll be surprised as to how many repins you can get with one pin.

Pingroupie.com is the best place to go to find group boards sorted by category. When you find a board you like, visit it on Pinterest to make sure the board is still accepting collaborators. There should also be instructions on how to join as a collaborator. Be sure to follow the board rules to keep from being banned or removed.

Make sure the pins you share on group boards have pinnable images and the description box is rich with keywords. To find out why this is so important, do a sample search on Pinterest looking for WordPress tips. Once you have your search results, take a look at the description boxes at some of the first pins that show up. Notice the keywords used and try to copy the same technique in your own pins.

If you need your first Pinterest group board to join, my Blogging Tools And Tips board is a great starting point.  I have over 80 collaborators and 4.5k pins.

Actively Share Other Pins

Pinterest works best when we are all sharing each other’s content and not just focusing on ourselves. I make it a habit of sharing new pins as soon as I log on to Pinterest for the first time each day.

Not only is sharing other pins important, but it shows that you are not just a one-sided blogger (looking for fast traffic without caring to share others’ content). I hope you are practicing this tip with all of your social media accounts.

Invest in Tailwind

Tailwind has seriously helped me grow my blog traffic. It’s so much easier to create a pin schedule and let Tailwind do the hard work than to spend hour after hour sharing pins to multiple boards.

Don’t forget that even if you don’t use Tailwind, you can still use Tailwind tribes. Tribes are groups you can join to share your content – kind of like Pinterest group boards.

Tailwind does require some investment, but it’s worth the return it brings. I currently use the monthly plan of 400 pins/month for $15. I decided to pin an even number of pins through Tailwind each day, so I took 400 pins, divided it by 30, and came up with a plan to schedule 12 pins each day. If you happen to pin more than 400 times in a month, Tailwind does offer an unlimited annual plan at $114/month.

Read how Tailwind has helped me grow my traffic.

Create Pinnable Images

Pinterest loves vertical pins. In fact, most group boards require pins be only vertical images. I personally work with Photoshop to create almost all of the graphics on my blog, but Canva is a great tool that can help you create your own Pinterest images.

High-quality images are also a must in converting pins to views. While there are several great free stock photo sites out there today, it might be time to invest in a subscription.

With every pin, make sure you fill in the image’s alt description with keywords tied to your pin. Alt image descriptions are searchable by search engines and can help your pin rank better.

Advertise Your Pinterest Account Everywhere

Making yourself visible on social media is very important in drawing in traffic. Take every opportunity possible to promote your Pinterest account.  Add social media icons on your blog’s home page, install a Pinterest board widget in your sidebar, add it as a social media icon in email signature, and install plugins that allow you to pin quickly to Pinterest.

What Now?

Now that I’ve given you some of my favorite tips that help me boost my blog traffic, how do you plan to implement these into your own strategy? Create goals for yourself in editing and measure your accomplishments regularly. You can even turn those measurements into really cool blog posts! The sky’s the limit! Good luck and happy pinning!

Chococurb Mini Gift Box Giveaway + 10% Off Coupon

Chococurb Mini Gift Box Giveaway + 10% Off Coupon

Many thanks to Roger at Chococurb for working with Go Ask Your Daddy on this giveaway!

Hey guys!  You may recall that I had the opportunity to receive and review a free Chococurb Classic Subscription Box back in April. The super nice guys at Chococurb also gave me a 10% off coupon code to share with you all: GOASK.

I’m really happy to announce that Chococurb is partnering with me to giveaway one of their Chococurb Mini Gift Boxes to one lucky reader!

Chococurb Mini Gift Box Giveaway + 10% Off Coupon

To enter for a chance to win the Chococurb Mini Gift Box, complete the RaffleCopter form below.  Each task you complete from the list counts as one entry.  The only requirement to enter the giveaway is to subscribe to my mailing list. All other tasks are bonus entries and are not required.  The giveaway starts Sunday, June 25th at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on Saturday, July 1st at 12:00 a.m.  See official rules for more information.

 

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Chococurb Mini Gift Box Giveaway – OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. (READ MORE ABOUT NO PURCHASE NECESSARY)

1.  PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Chococurb Mini Gift Box Giveaway (\”Sweepstakes\”) begins on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EST and ends on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. EST (the \”Promotion Period\”).

The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is Chococurb (“Sponsor”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at support@chococurb.com during the Promotion Period.

2.  ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years old (the \”Entrant\”). Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (the \”Promotion Entities\”), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. “Household Members” shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. “Immediate Family Members” shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

3. PRIZES:
Grand Prize: One (1) winner will receive 1 Chococurb Mini Gift Box (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $20)

Only one prize per person and per household will be awarded. Gift cards and gift certificates are subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Sponsor’s good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Sponsor makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.

This Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States and Prize will only be awarded and/or delivered to addresses within said locations. All federal, state and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.

4. HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form, which can be found on the following website at http://www.goaskyourdaddy.com/chococurb-giveaway

Automated or robotic Entries submitted by individuals or organizations will be disqualified. Internet entry must be made by the Entrant. Any attempt by Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins or any other methods, including, but not limited to, commercial contest/sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will void Entrant’s Entries and that Entrant may be disqualified. Final eligibility for the award of any prize is subject to eligibility verification as set forth below. All Entries must be posted by the end of the Promotion Period in order to participate. Sponsor’s database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Sweepstakes.

5. WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted about 24 hours after the Promotion Period by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information approximately 24 hours after the random drawing. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Sponsor within 48 hours of notification. Sponsor is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively \”the Prize Claim Documents\”). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.

7. PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Sponsor posted at http://www.goaskyourdaddy.com/privacy-policy-2/. By entering the Sweepstakes, you grant Sponsor permission to share your email address and any other personally identifiable information with the other Sweepstakes Entities for the purpose of administration and prize fulfillment, including use in a publicly available Winners list.

8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, camera, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of any network or wireless service, the Internet or website or any combination thereof; (e) suspended or discontinued Internet, wireless or landline phone service; or (f) any injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer or mobile device which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download of any materials in the Sweepstakes.

If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In such event, Sponsor shall immediately suspend all drawings and prize awards, and Sponsor reserves the right to award any remaining prizes (up to the total ARV as set forth in these Official Rules) in a manner deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor. Sponsor and Released Parties shall not have any further liability to any participant in connection with the Sweepstakes.

9. SOCIAL NETWORK DISCLAIMER

A Facebook account may be required to enter. If you don’t already have a Facebook account, visit www.facebook.com to create one. It is free to create an account. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not to Facebook. By participating via the Facebook platform, participants are also subject to Facebook’s data policy and terms of use, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy and https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/update.

10. SPONSOR: Chococurb, 1101 N 199th St, Shoreline, WA 98133, support@chococurb.com