Elite Blog Academy – Limited Time Offer For An Exclusive Focus Group

I am so excited to share that the Elite Blog Academy is opening for sign ups again this week. This won’t happen again this year so you will want to JUMP on this while you ahve the chance!

You know that I only share things that we think will really help you, I’ve done the Elite Blog Academy in the past and was very impressed. This week I am partnering Paula Rollo and Becky Mansfield of Blogging on the Side to bring you something that the three of us think is a “can’t blog without”  and a “life-changing opportunity” type of thing.  It is the Elite Blogging Academy. We think that this will answer SO many of your questions and really take your blog to the next level (well – more like to your highest level!)

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 3.10.44 PM

What Is Elite Blog Academy?

Elite Blog Academy is a 12-unit training program that offers a methodical, step-by-step framework to bloggers and communicators who want to turn their blog into a sustainable business.

Whether you’ve only just started or are already established and ready to grow, Elite Blog Academy will give you all the tools you need to refine your message, grow your traffic, monetize your platform, and build your business. It’s designed to take the overwhelming amount of information currently available and break it down into an easy to follow, methodical process that works.

I’m so glad you are interested in signing up for Elite Blog Academy through Blogging on the Side & Business 2 Blogger.  We want you to have access to my special 2015 EBA bonuses, so follow these steps to make sure that your sale gets registered under my unique link.
We are going to make a small, intimate PRIVATE GROUP for the users of this Academy. Come join Paula, Holly and I in this group.  Ask questions, get your answers and grow your blog.  We’re sorry, but ONLY members of the Elite Blog Academy that bought through our link will be allowed into this group.   

 1.  Open your browser settings and remove all cookies.

2.  Click HERE to register for the EBA Course.  You MUST use this link to qualify for bonuses.

3. To gan access to the private group for B2B enrollers – forward a copy of your confirmation email to [email protected] along with a note that you signed up through us and your Facebook email address so that we can add you to the group!


Remember, this course includes a TON of information, which can easily become overwhelming.  Don’t try to take it in all at once, but digest it slowly, follow the steps, and take the time to complete each assignment.  While the information is helpful, it is not the information alone that will transform your blog.  This course only works if you actually DO the work, and no one can do it for you.  With that being said – I know that, as bloggers, we understand how work=pageviews.   We understand that time=money.  We understand that pageviews= helping to change the world one blog at a time!

This academy offers a free blog planner, along with so many other tools!  (Go ahead and get the planner now by clicking here!)

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 3.12.16 PM

For our 2015 session we will be working our way through the units as a class and as a FB group, one week at a time. If you feel like you’ve gone off track or lost your motivation, you may want to take this opportunity to start fresh.  We won’t be offering another class until 2016, so we highly encourage you to participate! You can find a detailed schedule for the 2015 course in the welcome section of the course! Or get it right here.

We will also be adding a few new features that I think you will all really like, including weekly “office hours” in the forum, monthly themed Q&A sessions that focus in-depth on one particular topic, such as publishing, list-building, and more, plus a few other little surprises that we are still working on. Details coming soon!

At Elite Blog Academy, bloggers will learn how to:

  • Overcome the destructive cycle of comparison & embrace what makes their own platform unique.
  • Eliminate blog confusion by creating an organized framework that sets the stage for everything they do.
  • Master the four essential strategies to creating blog content that gets noticed and shared.
  • Discover the secret to harnessing Pinterest, the most powerful free marketing tool in the world.
  • Understand with perfect clarity what is not working in their current monetization model and instead develop concrete goals and a solid plan for achieving them.
  • Dramatically increase their site’s passive income by mastering the four key strategies of optimizing ad network revenue.Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.45.41 PM
  • Take advantage of the critical—but often ignored—connection between SEO and ad revenue.
  • Stop spinning their wheels and instead develop new affiliate sales techniques that actually work.
  • Overcome fears of private advertising and instead learn to approach brands with confidence.Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.46.36 PM
  • Learn what it really takes to earn a six-figure income from their blog, then develop their own product along with a successful marketing plan to sell it.
  • Eliminate time wasters and instead uncover three simple but critically important strategies for working more efficiently.
  • Create a solid working business plan to take their blogging business to the next level.Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 2.47.11 PM

We’re excited to see you in the course and connect with you in our focus group!!!

How to Focus Your Camera

I have learned photography just like I have learned to blog...through trial and error.

It does seem like I like to make a lot of mistakes.

Focus B2B

My photography journey started before my blogging one.  It was born alongside my oldest son (now 14 years old) and I admit to getting a LOT of photographic practice during his first year.  I have a three foot high stack of scrapbooks to prove it.

Through the years of blogging, I have upgraded my equipment and taken some quick courses and classes.  My skills have improved dramatically, but recently I have been feeling more frustration than progress.

Attending Me Ra Koh’s Confidence Workshop this weekend was just the kick-in-the pants I needed.  Whoa!

Within the first three hours, I was looking at the settings on my camera in a completely different light.  And light is a really good word there since controlling light is really the name of the game, but it appears I might have been trying to make it more difficult than it needed to be!

My most recent camera upgrade was over a year ago and the auto-focus has been giving me issues.  In fact, sometimes it has a mind of its own and would just choose something random to focus on.  NOT COOL.  Pinterest likes crisp, focused pictures!

Me Ra explained the plane of focus.  It was something I was familiar with, but hadn’t really applied it to my pictures.  The plane of focus is like a glass wall.  If you were to focus on a spot on that wall, any other spot on that wall would also be in focus because it is the same distance from your lens.

What I had been doing was choosing my area of focus from the camera’s selection.  So, if I wanted to focus on the subject in the lower right corner, I would move the dial until the lit squares inside my view finder rotated down to the right lower corner.


I am not super coordinated and often by the time I did that, the moment had passed.

I was working too hard.

Brian showed me how to set my camera permanently on center focus.

But I like off-center subject photos!  I don’t want every picture I take to be completely symmetrical!

Nope!  Because of plane of focus, I can focus on my subject, keep the button held down a little bit, move the camera to put the now-focused subject into another part of the frame – as long as it is still on the same plane.

mom and baby - no editing 500

I took this picture today!  And I didn’t edit it!

My camera was on the center focus.  So, I focused the baby in the center, kept the button held down 1/2 way, moved the mom/baby to the right side of the photo and clicked.

My camera also has a button on the back that will hold the focus once determined.

Here is another one of my favorites from today:

baby picking up balls 500

OK, it is hard to choose.

There were a lot of awesome pictures.

Just one more cute baby picture, I promise…

baby sitting 500


Obviously we learned a ton more than just that one tip, but that simplified what I was doing to the point where I could concentrate on other things!

I am headed back to day two of this workshop tomorrow and can’t wait to learn even more.

If you do not know Me Ra Koh, you need to!  She is an amazing photographer and someone you just want to hang out with.  She and her husband, Brian, are leading a photography tour of Italy (affiliate link) this spring.  It is going to be crazy-amazing.

Italy with Me Ra Koh

If you can’t make Italy, then please check out her other workshops and events…I promise you will be glad!  The confidence workshop I did this weekend is being offered again in the fall.

Facebook Video: A Sure Thing?

In the ever-changing world of Facebook, it is nice to know that something you can post WILL get seen by at least a good portion of your followers!


FBs sure thing

And that something is natively-uploaded video.

It was a super-hot topic at Social Media Marketing World last week.

It is something we have been experimenting with on the Quirky Momma FB page on a daily basis for several months.

It appears from all signs that FB is ready to gain video share from YouTube.  What that means for page owners is that FB video is preferred and will be seen.

Whoo hoo!

Oh!  And in addition to that, FB video is now embeddable.

Let’s take a look at the the options using a video we posted on our page on Sunday night.  Here is an embedded video:

JUST IN CASE YOU HAVE A LEFT-OVER EGG CARTONhttp://kidsactivitiesblog.com/1374/caterpillar-craft

Posted by quirkymomma.com on Sunday, April 5, 2015

And here is the same video as an embedded post:

JUST IN CASE YOU HAVE A LEFT-OVER EGG CARTONhttp://kidsactivitiesblog.com/1374/caterpillar-craft

Posted by quirkymomma.com on Sunday, April 5, 2015

**This is still wonky! It is similar to the issues you have when embedding a FB post, but hopefully it will get better.**

And let’s look at what this did in just 1 1/2 hours on a Sunday evening:

FB native upload video post


As you can see, the post has already reached 130K.  My estimation of how many would have seen it if it was just a photo of the craft would be a fraction of that…likely closer to 10K.

Native FB video stats


And look how many VIEWS resulted!  There were over 8K people who saw it past 30 seconds.


Let’s compare that to an average YouTube channel – we have 800+ subscribers.  This video has been on our channel for 5 days:

Native FB video vs. YouTube


Yep, a whopping 42 views.

I know you are now saying, “But Holly, you have 1.2 million FB fans!  This will never work for my page!”

And I am saying, “Try this.  Today.  Because you will get reach beyond what you have seen in months…maybe even years…with this little hint.”

Oh and you can make playlists and feature a video ON your FB page.  Here is our FB video page on Quirky Momma.

FB page video playlist


Looks a bit familiar if you have a YouTube channel.  But it is an amazing resource for our readers and fans of all OUR videos.

Also, if you are looking for videos to share on your page, you might check out our page and find one that has a lot of interaction and fits your page.  Share karma on videos is completely genius.

Please let me know how it goes!

Can I Pick Your Brain?

One of the amazing things that happens when you figure something out is that you have the ability to teach others.

What a gift!

Can I Pick Your Brain

I adore teaching because it reinforces what I have learned with the bonus of encouraging others.  I mean, if I can do it…you can too!

Teaching others is also an easy way to get to know someone and learn from them how they handle and react to different situations.

Teaching also increases your “expert” status in whatever you know.

Sounds great!  I am IN!

The drawback can be the time involved with the dreaded, “Can I pick your brain?”

3 Ways to Say YES to Can I Pick Your Brain

  1. Set up a free lunch/coffee schedule.  I have set aside one time slot a month for what I think of as a free lunch.  These are meetings that I expect will not benefit me in any way so that I am happily surprised if it turns out that they do!  This way when someone asks, I can say yes and lead them to one of the open dates on my calendar.  Often it is a month or so out, but that is fine.  If they wanted quicker information, they could hire me.
  2. Write a blog post or do a video about their question.  This is the best way to get content ideas because you already know that people are looking for the answer!  I have done several how-to videos based on questions that people emailed me and they are among my most searched videos on YouTube.  Also, people really appreciate that you took the time to answer their question in-depth and you get bonus content!
  3. Freely give step one.  One thing I often do is give someone step one of the process of the solution they are seeking and then ask them to return to me with their step one in place.  It is quicker than outlining the entire series of steps and I have found that only a small percentage actually follow-through.  This way you are generous with your information and even offering to give input on their finished step one.  Once THEY have invested their time in the outcome by completing what you ask, it is usually a simple and fun process to walk them through the rest.

Always Take the Meeting

I feel like one of the ways I have been successful is by always be willing to meet.  Sometimes I don’t know why, but have found years later that a contact becomes important – whether for me or someone I might meet.  The challenge is to fit all of those in a very busy schedule.

Be intentional.  Be generous.  Be careful.

Using Canned Responses in Gmail to Make Life Simpler & Richer

My email is overwhelming.

Does that sound familiar?

Turn Email Exhaustion into Time and Money - B2B

Sorting email is step one, but part of that challenge is that in that initial sort some things could be easily responded to in seconds when organized.

And then it is off your plate!

The way I do that is with canned responses in gmail.  I used to just have an electronic sticky on my MAC that had all these responses, but it is even quicker and easier {and move from device to device} to do it within gmail.

How to Set up Canned Responses in Gmail

The first thing you need to do is enable canned responses.  Go to your gmail settings:

gmail settings


You find these in the upper right hand corner of gmail under the little gear.

Click through to settings and then the tab called “labs”.

lab settings in gmail


Once inside Labs, then look for “canned responses” and click the “enable” circle.

Do not forget to scroll to the bottom of that page and save!

Now you are ready to set up some canned responses.

I noticed that about 60% of my email that needed responses could be responded to with 3 different emails {and the cool thing is that you can add a personal touch after you have the answer framework in place}.

The first step to a canned response is to write out the email you want to save.  When I know I am going to do this, I don’t add the person’s name or any identifying information – just make it general.  We can always add personality later.

Once you have your email written out, then go to the right bottom corner and click on the down arrow:

canned responses in gmail


The pull-up {get it?  It doesn’t pull down!} menu will now have Canned Responses as a choice.  Click on that.

set up canned responses


You will see the word “save” – and when you click on that, it will ask you to name it.  Name it something that YOU will remember – normally no one will see this!

Each time you save a canned response, you will see it in three sections:  insert, save and delete.

  • Canned Response Insert – click on this to add that canned response to your blank or partially written email.
  • Canned Response Save – if you want to update a canned response, then you can save OVER the last version by clicking on its title here.
  • Canned Response Delete – it deletes the canned response.

Whoo hoo!  You are now ready to save time when you are in the email trenches.

Using Canned Responses to Make Money

B2B has a little secret…things are changing for the better around here.  We can’t wait until you see everything we have in store.  It may seem a bit quiet at the moment, but give us a month or so.  And here is how you can get in on the ground floor.

Have you ever gotten a pitch for your blog that just doesn’t fit?  Then you can turn those mis-matched opportunities into CASH.

B2B has an affiliate program!  You can earn 30% of whatever that company spends at Business 2 Blogger finding fellow bloggers that actually FIT their campaign.

Set up a version of this email for your first canned response:

Thanks so much for contacting me!  This is not a good fit for my blog.  If you are looking for bloggers who would LOVE to be involved in your program, please check out Business 2 Blogger.  <—-YOUR B2B AFFILIATE LINK!!!!

Business 2 Blogger has a job board where you can post about this opportunity and bloggers who are interested will apply.  No more cold emailing bloggers!

I hope you will check it out.  Thanks so much for contacting me.


Yes, you just sent your AFFILIATE link to someone who is LOOKING for bloggers.  Kinda genius.

Steps to Make Money from Bad Email Pitches

  1. Become a B2B affiliate.
  2. Create a pitch back email that includes your B2B affiliate link – canned responses make it super easy!
  3. You will earn 30% of what that company spends at B2B.

So, join me.

Let’s take control over our email inbox.

And REJOICE when we get a poorly matched pitch!