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Forum: Business Advice and Topics 05-28-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 312
Posted By AlisonMSmith
My advice: (1) Don't read a script. Follow...

My advice:

(1) Don't read a script. Follow an outline.
(2) Tell a story.
(3) Watch the audience. If they seem confused, explain. If they like something, go deeper on that topic. Watch what they...
Forum: Homeschool 05-28-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,553
Posted By AlisonMSmith
We formally homeschool ABOUT 4 hours. In addition...

We formally homeschool ABOUT 4 hours. In addition the kids read every day and do things like piano practice, bike riding, karate, whatever.
Forum: Homeschool 04-08-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By AlisonMSmith
In order to answer that question, I suppose I'd...

In order to answer that question, I suppose I'd need to know what you think school will look like that makes it NOT like the non-school "normal." Does that make sense?

I have six kids that are...
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 04-08-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 745
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I'm just going to throw out my advice, and then...

I'm just going to throw out my advice, and then move on. I would never, ever set up a business on a site that I do not OWN. That's just dangerously bad business. Creating a site YOU OWN does not have...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 04-08-2012, 08:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,877
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I use Host Gator for my blog network, FatCow for...

I use Host Gator for my blog network, FatCow for most of my clients' custom sites. But understand that "unlimited" isn't actually unlimited. (Can you really sell an unlimited commodity for a fixed...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 04-08-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 878
Posted By AlisonMSmith
A serious amen to those who recommend getting...

A serious amen to those who recommend getting your own domain and site. It does NOT have to be expensive at all! My clients have self-hosted wordpress for as little as $3 a month.

Start the right...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 04-08-2012, 08:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,026
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Absolutely. But there is a REASON for this that...

Absolutely. But there is a REASON for this that you don't address. If you use Blogger (blogspot) or Wordpress.COM, you don't own your blog.

I would never build a business on a platform that...
Forum: Network Marketing 04-08-2012, 08:20 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,860
Posted By AlisonMSmith
There is a difference between being an honest...

There is a difference between being an honest marketer and using the products you sell. There's nothing wrong with selling/representing an item you don't use. The MLM model shouldn't make unusual...
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-28-2012, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 686
Posted By AlisonMSmith
General Pinterest Pin It button on each blog post

I have a bar of social buttons installed just under every post title. The buttons I installed a few months ago no longer work. Clicking the button still pops a console with the pinterest info in it,...
Forum: Affiliate Marketing 03-27-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,172
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I've been using affiliate marketing for years...

I've been using affiliate marketing for years now. I'm not wealthy from the model, but use it as part of a "multiple streams of income" online method. Affiliate marketing is one of my stronger income...
Forum: Affiliate Marketing 03-27-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 767
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Personally, I only use nofollow when I...

Personally, I only use nofollow when I specifically dislike a company and/or do not want to promote their products/service. If I'm linking to a company I like or recommend, sharing the link juice is...
Forum: Homeschool 03-22-2012, 12:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By AlisonMSmith
We have homeschooled for over 18 years. Oldest in...

We have homeschooled for over 18 years. Oldest in grad school, next two college undergrads, then three ages 14, 11, and 8.

I'm unsure what you think you need her to get ready for. :) I assume...
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 03-22-2012, 12:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By AlisonMSmith
So, here's what I'm talking about. Not to pick on...

So, here's what I'm talking about. Not to pick on you, Wayne, but the model you're using is very suspect to me.

I went to your website -- and it's a replicated subdomain site with lots of very...
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 03-22-2012, 12:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 599
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I agree to buy them from different companies. NOT...

I agree to buy them from different companies. NOT for pricing reasons, but for security reasons.

You had said, however, that you wanted to "transfer" the domain to another company. I don't think...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-22-2012, 12:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 811
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I just came across this again and reread the OP....

I just came across this again and reread the OP. This made me pause.

You are "new to blogging"? Forget plugins! Other than, perhaps Akismet (or other spam stopper -- commentluv has a great, simply...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-22-2012, 12:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By AlisonMSmith
A client recently asked for a slide show on her...

A client recently asked for a slide show on her product blog. After testing a number of plugins, I went with "Portfolio Slideshow Pro." It's a premium plugin and I found the free version, while...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-22-2012, 12:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I've guest blogged a number of times. Each time I...

I've guest blogged a number of times. Each time I was approached by a blogger who had read my material and liked it.

So I would just follow that model. Look at bloggers in your niche (or closely...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-21-2012, 11:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Congratulations! My tip would be make your...

Congratulations!

My tip would be make your blog follow your WAH niche. Double up the benefit.

Had you asked earlier, I would also have suggested you use different companies to host and...
Forum: Affiliate Marketing 03-21-2012, 11:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,060
Posted By AlisonMSmith
manoora, 10-15 articles isn't like you to get you...

manoora, 10-15 articles isn't like you to get you anywhere. I make a good income blogging (using multiple blogging methods), but I have HUNDREDS of posts (real posts) on my various blogs.
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 03-13-2012, 01:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 599
Posted By AlisonMSmith
If you intend to transfer the domain to the host,...

If you intend to transfer the domain to the host, why not just buy it there in the first place?

Or did you mean you want to POINT it to the host?

I never buy hosting and registration with the...
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 03-13-2012, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 471
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I'd go with selling things you don't need,...

I'd go with selling things you don't need, starting out with either an affiliate or dropship model. Gift baskets, however, may be a tough area to bootstrap for a couple of reasons:

(1) it's wildly...
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 03-13-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I don't have any specifics, but here are some...

I don't have any specifics, but here are some pointers:

* absolutely go with SOMETHING that is easy to identify as related to chickens.

* don't use cutesy misspellings

* don't use names with...
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 03-13-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I'm not in MLM or any similar model. I own my own...

I'm not in MLM or any similar model. I own my own company and have since 1987. There is no "upline" but me. I've worked as a business coach (not as a business model, but when people approached me)...
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 03-13-2012, 12:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,267
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Our last two homes were custom builds and both...

Our last two homes were custom builds and both have home office space (separate) for my husband and me. (Yes, ME is correct grammar. If I get one more email…)

BUT, I started my first home business...
Forum: Telecommuting 03-13-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,478
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Spot on, writermomma. I'm not a professional...

Spot on, writermomma. I'm not a professional window washer, but I've had my windows washed by people who think they can just wash windows and do a LOUSY job.

Thanks for speaking up for...
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-13-2012, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,042
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I work almost exclusively with sites (blog or...

I work almost exclusively with sites (blog or not) using WordPress as the CMS with the Thesis theme. If you decide to go that route, I can help. :)

Best of luck.

P.S. Your site looks fine on my...
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-13-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 663
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I own over 100 domains. My best domain sale was a...

I own over 100 domains. My best domain sale was a few years ago. I sold warstorm.com for about $10k. Not bad for a $10 investment. I had not developed the site at all.
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-13-2012, 10:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,655
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I don't use GoDaddy for anything anymore. I used...

I don't use GoDaddy for anything anymore. I used to use them as a registrar, but moved all 100+ domains when they decided skanky advertising that is demeaning to women is THE advertising model they...
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-13-2012, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I love Vanilla, but have recently used...

I love Vanilla, but have recently used SimplePress more often, due to easy WP integration.
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-13-2012, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By AlisonMSmith
After hating life with X-Cart for a long time,...

After hating life with X-Cart for a long time, I've used ECWID for years. A fabulous plug and play solution.

I'm now converting my sites to MarketPress. Holy cow, I've never seen anything so...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-13-2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,737
Posted By AlisonMSmith
By all means, get a SELF-HOSTED WordPress blog....

By all means, get a SELF-HOSTED WordPress blog. Not a free WordPress.com site and definitely not a Blogger (blogspot) blog. Ack! (Sorry, but their core was written in 2006! Beyond ancient!)

You...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-13-2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,295
Posted By AlisonMSmith
My advice would be to create content. LOTS of...

My advice would be to create content. LOTS of content, GOOD content that focuses on your keywords (which have something to do with reading).

You have a blog that is 9 months old and only has 13...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-13-2012, 09:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By AlisonMSmith
P.S. One of my dear, old friends was working for...

P.S. One of my dear, old friends was working for a corporate magazine. But she loved scrapbooking. She loved doing it, she loved talking about it, she loved everything about it.

Finally she...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-13-2012, 09:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By AlisonMSmith
This thread sure gave me some great post ideas....

This thread sure gave me some great post ideas. ;)

I wanted to answer this one, though. I've been a pro blogger for nine years and I literally have long LISTS of things I can't find time to write...
Forum: Affiliate Marketing 03-13-2012, 09:21 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,647
Posted By AlisonMSmith
P.S. MNF only works on PCs.

P.S. MNF only works on PCs.
Forum: Affiliate Marketing 03-13-2012, 09:20 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,647
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I used to be a huge fan of Market Samurai, but...

I used to be a huge fan of Market Samurai, but they've had more and more problems over the past year and now the software almost never works. When it does, I tend to get bad data. Not to mention that...
Forum: Online Auctions & Wholesale 03-13-2012, 09:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 14,882
Posted By AlisonMSmith
FTR, I never worked with a dropshipper who had a...

FTR, I never worked with a dropshipper who had a minimum and only a few who had fees. (Very reasonable, such as $2 per order.)
Forum: Online Auctions & Wholesale 03-13-2012, 08:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,927
Posted By AlisonMSmith
P.S. If you can generate the traffic, do it on...

P.S. If you can generate the traffic, do it on your own site. The profit will be all yours. eBay takes a substantial cut.
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-12-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 811
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Since I use Thesis on all my blogs, I don't need...

Since I use Thesis on all my blogs, I don't need another SEO package. My favorite plugins are probably Pretty Link Pro and CommentLuv Premium. (I love them so much that I have included them in our...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-12-2012, 10:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,599
Posted By AlisonMSmith
(1) Make it easy. I won't comment on most Blogger...

(1) Make it easy. I won't comment on most Blogger blogs because the commenting mechanism is so archaic and annoying. Ach. Not worth the trouble.

(2) Ask a question of your readers that compels a...
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-05-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,737
Posted By AlisonMSmith
The best niche to monetize is the one that YOU...

The best niche to monetize is the one that YOU have both expertise and interest in. Period.
Forum: Writing: Blogging 03-05-2012, 06:39 PM
Replies: 2,058
Views: 121,521
Posted By AlisonMSmith
My newest blog is here: PopCred.net ~ Make...

My newest blog is here:

PopCred.net ~ Make Money With Your Blog (http://popcred.net/blog/)

Come over and check out our great blogging service!
Forum: Homeschool 03-05-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 798
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Our oldest daughter attended school for...

Our oldest daughter attended school for kindergarten and first grade. We've been homeschooling since.

We now have six kids. Our oldest is in graduate school. The next two are college undergrads....
Forum: Homeschool 03-05-2012, 06:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,008
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I actually used Hooked on Phonics -- just because...

I actually used Hooked on Phonics -- just because I bought it 18 years ago, before we started homeschooling. However, it's basic principles are sound. Consonant sounds, short vowel sound, long vowel...
Forum: Homeschool 03-05-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,553
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Completely depends on the day, the mood, and what...

Completely depends on the day, the mood, and what other cool things there are to do!
Forum: Affiliate Marketing 03-05-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Blog

I've had a CafePress store for years, and even though I haven't promoted or added to it in ages, it brings in a tidy sum every month. It's one of my favorite mmo methods and one I recommend to my...
Forum: Business Advice and Topics 07-16-2011, 04:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 538
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I'll actually give the opposite advice. Do NOT...

I'll actually give the opposite advice. Do NOT "just write"! I think it's better to think of blogging as a MEDIUM, not an end in itself. If you don't have something to write about, don't just start...
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-03-2011, 03:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 627
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Another vote for Thesis. Use it on all our sites...

Another vote for Thesis. Use it on all our sites and client sites. :) Love.
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-03-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 439
Posted By AlisonMSmith
Creative Mom, I also suggest Thesis Theme. I use...

Creative Mom, I also suggest Thesis Theme. I use that on all our sites now and all our client sites. It's easy to customize and upgrade (even after customization).
Forum: Web Design & Development 03-03-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 771
Posted By AlisonMSmith
I would also go with WordPress. It's not just...

I would also go with WordPress. It's not just blogging software, it as voted best overall CMS a year ago.

If you want a blog on the front page, that's the normal setup, but note that you can use a...
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