Back to School Cash Giveaway Take 2

Gotta Love Chevy NEO (Northeast Ohio) was thrilled to see how excited everyone was about the DFW giveaway, so they thought they would offer up another $150 American Express gift card for the taking!

Enter to WIN a $150 American Express gift card from Gotta Love Chevy NEO.

Our giveaway is open to anyone who LIKES Gotta Love Chevy NEO on Facebook. Support our Business 2 Blogger bloggers who are participating in the Gotta Love Chevy program! By liking Gotta Love Chevy NEO, you will stay up to date on promotions, giveaways and sweepstakes as well! To be entered in the giveaway, make sure you come back to this post and let us know that you LIKE Gotta Love Chevy NEO!

Giveaway ENDS on Friday, August 27.

Giveaway Winner will be notified on Monday, August 30rd. Winner will be notified by email.

Have fun!

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Back to School Cash Giveaway

Gotta Love Chevy DFW knows how expensive going back to school can be. Backpacks, school supplies, lunch money…oh my!  With three kids starting in approximately 6.5 days (can you tell I am counting down?), I know, all to well, how the cash can flow right out the door.

Enter to WIN a $150 American Express gift card from Gotta Love Chevy DFW.

Our giveaway is open to anyone who LIKES Gotta Love Chevy DFW on Facebook.  Support our Business 2 Blogger bloggers who are participating in the Gotta Love Chevy program!  By liking Gotta Love Chevy DFW, you will stay up to date on promotions, giveaways and sweepstakes as well! To be entered in the giveaway, make sure you come back to this post and let us know that you LIKE Gotta Love Chevy DFW!

Giveaway ENDS on Wednesday, August 18.

Giveaway Winner will be notifiied on Monday, August 23rd. Winner will be notified by email.

Have fun!

Giveaway sponsored by Touchstone Marketing Group.

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Guest Blogging 101 Series – Purchasing Your URL

I suggest purchasing your URL.  If you use blogger you can use a free URL that contains blogspot.com however you do not own that URL until you purchase it.  It is very important to create a unique URL that is easy to remember and that is catchy.  If you chose a URL that no one knows what it means then you can create a tag line that explains your URL.  For example our URL is StockpilingMoms.com and our tag line is “A guide to frugal living”.

If you use blogger you can purchase your URL through blogger for $10.  This removes the blogspot.com out of your URL and changes it to a .com, .net or other choice available.  I suggest searching for available URL’s before you create your blog name.  You want your URL and blog name to match and you want to own the URL before you launch your site.  I also suggest purchasing variations of and mispellings of your name including a variety of .com, .net and other versions of the URL.  These can all be forwarded to your main URL.  You don’t want someone to purchase your URL and try to piggyback off of your success by pointing a variation of your URL to their site.

Melissa has been blogging since 2008. She taught Family and Consumer Science (Home Economics) on the high school level for 11 years before becoming a mom. In June 2005 after her son came home from Guatemala, she made the decision to leave her career and become a SAHM. In order to achieve this goal and live on one income, her family had to make some drastic changes in their lifestyle.  In 2009 she saved $3600.00 through stockpiling. Her hope is through Stockpiling Moms, she will be able to help others join her on the journey to frugal living.

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Guest Blogging 101 Series – Reviews

The B2B blogger pool is RICH with incredible blogging talent. We are tapping into that talent for some educational posts here on the B2B blog. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring a series of posts about the basics of blogging from Stockpiling Moms – a Blogging 101 course.

The first topic Melissa is going to tackle here at B2B is something very near and dear to what happens here everyday – A Product Review.

If you are going to write Reviews on your blog it is important to keep in mind that PR folks are looking for authentic reviews.  Do not copy and paste a press release that they provide you.  If you are going to include facts and statistics it is sometimes necessary to use those word for word so that they are legitimate however you should not copy and past an entire press release as a review that you wrote.  In addition to product reviews there are also recipe reviews, book reviews, restaurant reviews.  The sky is the limit when it comes to what you CAN review on your blog.  We choose to limit our product reviews to family focuses and frugal by nature reviews.

Reviews need to be authentic.  You should share you opinion of the product. In order to properly review a product you must use it.  In my opinion you can not properly review a product from a picture.  Without using the product you are not truly able to write a thorough and detailed review.  Writing reviews take time and if you find that you are good at it you may find that you become overwhelmed with product review offers.  Make a decision of what direction you want your blog to go in because if you are not careful you may find that you writing product reviews all day long.  When we started our blog we did not plan to include product reviews.  We found that not only do we like doing them that it brings interesting content to our readers.  However, we do limit how many reviews that we will do monthly and have guidelines for our reviews.

Reviews should be limited to no more than 400 words.  You are being too “wordy” if you use more than 400 words to write a review.  Remember your audience when you write a review.  It needs to be clear and concise.  A review is an honest opinion piece.  Even though I am giving an honest opinion I am still careful in how I write a review of a product as to not “hurt” feelings.  I can do this and still be honest.

Be sure to include key content and any specific information when it comes to reviews.  This is going back to SEO.  You want to include as many keywords as possible.  Remember that writing a review is NOT consulting and should not be included as such in your Media Kit.

Melissa has been blogging since 2008. She taught Family and Consumer Science (Home Economics) on the high school level for 11 years before becoming a mom. In June 2005 after her son came home from Guatemala, she made the decision to leave her career and become a SAHM. In order to achieve this goal and live on one income, her family had to make some drastic changes in their lifestyle.  In 2009 she saved $3600.00 through stockpiling. Her hope is through Stockpiling Moms, she will be able to help others join her on the journey to frugal living.

What advice would YOU give about doing reviews?

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Day 5 31DBBB – Interact with People who Comment

Today’s assignment on 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is to email a blog reader.

(Want to join me on this journey?  Here is the beginning.)

I am super excited about this assignment because it is something that I have fallen behind on at June Cleaver Nirvana

…and it shows.

A few years ago when I was hanging out in blogland commenting on everyone’s blogs, everyone was commenting on MY blog.

I LOVE comments!

I mean, who doesn’t?

It is so much fun to continue the conversation with all sorts of really interesting people.  I love those people.

I LOVE comments!

When I started another website it cut out my commenting time.  I still read quite a few blogs via reader, but since I wasn’t commenting it was like I dropped off the face of the earth.

I hate that.

As my online time got more and more directed toward tasks that needed to be completed, the FUN part of blogging, the interaction with other bloggers was the thing that suffered.

So, today and the rest of this month I am setting aside 10 minutes a day to email responses to comments.

Email responses or respond in your comments?  Check out this article for that discussion.

How do I get more comments? Check out this article for THAT discussion!

What do you do to keep the conversation with your readers going?

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