Archives for December 2010

Can Article Marketing Lead To A Full Time Income?

I would like to thank Corrie from WAHM -Articles.com for inviting me to participate in this blog tour with my Grandmother blog. It is my first tour, and it provided a new learning curve for me. I appreciate the invite and new experience.

Since work at home jobs and opportunities is my industry, I chose the above question/title to answer in the best way I knew how.

First and foremost, yes…it is indeed possible to make a full time income by using the techniques of article marketing alone to get targeted traffic to your website where your services or products are offered.

#1 You need a website
#2 You need traffic to that website, and lots of it

I network with many work at home professionals on a daily basis that spend all their efforts on article marketing alone to sustain sufficient traffic to their websites in order to earn enough income online to support their families.

Is article marketing an easy set-and-forget promotion strategy? No!

Is article marketing profitable and rewarding? Yes!

Keep in mind however, that to be a success in article marketing, you have to be consistently committed to it. You DO have to like article writing enough to do it over and over again every single day. The written article will have to be an ever-growing, daily work in progress for you.

Each and every morning you will have either an empty word document, a partially completed document, or a completed one waiting to be freshly read and proofread, OR all the above, waiting for you in your home office.

Day in and day out, you will write articles. You can’t expect success with just a handful of submitted articles. Write an article, proofread it, submit it. Do it again, and again, and yes, again!

Now that you know the frequency of writing and submitting articles, you need to determine two important factors along the way to help you with being successful as an article writer.

Who are you writing articles for?

What is your niche? What is your target market? What is your website about? And more importantly, why do people visit YOUR site? Ask yourself these questions and write your articles based on your audience. Include the information that your visitors want and are desperately looking for. Use specific keywords in your written work that will keep your readers coming back for more and also will result with search-engine-friendly articles.

Where do you publish them?

For starters, you need to be submitting them to well established article directories where others can read them and possibly use them on their own websites with giving you full credit by including your resource box. You substantially reap the rewards tenfold with online directories. However, it doesn’t have to stop there. There are a few more excellent hot spots where you can display your written work for even more maximum exposure.

Below are 3 more ideas for exposure

1) Message Forums – There has been much controversy over forums and how traffic to them has slowly declined since the rave of Twitter and Facebook hit the social networking scene. However, I still believe there is potential in the boards that have a good flow of traffic. If you are a forum owner and you have a steady flow of traffic coming to it, you have worked hard at establishing your forum and making sure you consistently have fresh topics for your readers daily. That takes hard work, true motivation, and discipline.

Below is some feedback that I’ve received over today’s controversy of forums. These comments come from reputable online business professionals who I network with and trust, and I thank them for their cooperation, as I’ve contacted them to use their comments exclusively for this blog tour.

Here is what they had to say

Trent Brownrigg – gr1innovations.com/ – “Forums probably are losing value and interest because of social sites but I don’t think they will ever totally die out. I, for one, still like them.”

Chris Knight – blog.ezinearticles.com/ – I sent Chris a direct message on Twitter to find out what he had to say and this was his reply. “Forums are a big Yawn!”

So yes, there is definitely mixed reviews with marketing through forum boards with comparing views from just a few short years ago. So, what are YOUR thoughts?

2) Newsletters – Newsletters are excellent to have your article displayed. Join a few of the larger database ones and contact the owner for possible inclusion. You will find that most are willing and happy to accept fresh content.

3) Article Exchanging – This is a marketing technique that I believe in and practice every chance I get. It’s a win-win situation. Both parties benefit when you exchange articles with other website owners. As both participants are gaining fresh content for their readers and visitors and also establishing site exposure at the same time.

And finally, a full time income means various things to different homebased workers. Some may be comfortable making $400 per month, while others need a lot more than that. As for income, you get back according to your efforts…the harder you work, the more income you will generate.

Tammy thanks again for allowing WAHM-Articles to stop and visit your blog. We hope this post will help your readers get started with article marketing. We just came from Corrie’s blog, so make sure you click Here to read how we helped her readers. Also, make sure you click Here to visit Dee’s blog on Tuesday to see how we’re going to help her readers with article marketing.

Showing grand-kids the meaning of Giving this Holiday Season

This article was written by a friend of mine, Karlyn @ Another Baby Boomer. I thought it was a good fit for my blog…Excellent read, and just right for the holiday season!

Enjoy ~ 🙂

Christmas makes the grand-kids wide-eyed, with thoughts of a ton of presents under the Christmas tree. Some even like to count the amount of presents they receive. This holiday season, teach your grand-kids the true meaning of Christmas — giving to others.

Give to Others – One simple way to teach your grandchildren the value of giving is to have them donate to a local shelter. Have your grandchildren go through their toys and clothes ahead of time. Have them find at least one really nice toy that they don’t really need or play with. Place an emphasis on the fact that there are many children who have no home or parents. Then make time before the holiday to take your grandchild(ren) to the local shelter to donate.

Another way your grandchildren can learn about the gift of giving is to donate canned goods to a local food drive service. These services provide food to families in need. The holidays are often a difficult time for those in need. Take your grandchild(ren) to the grocery store and have them choose a nice variety of canned foods to donate.

One more way your grandchild(ren) can learn a lesson in giving is to buy gifts for others. Choose a needy family in your church or community. If you don’t know of anyone in need, ask around. Officials at your city’s municipal building, or local pastors will be able to make recommendations to you.

Take your grandchild(ren) shopping and help them pick out age-appropriate toys and gifts. Let them wrap the gifts, too. Finally, drive to your “adopted” family’s home and let your kids hand out their gifts. You can also give a gift to a local gift drive for children in need, most of these will advertise in stores and the local community during the holidays.

This focus on the giving, instead of the receiving, is rewarding to all and will create wonderful new memories for your grandkids. Happy Holidays to you! Stop by and visit Karlyn’s blog Here.

Love Your Baby Boomer

Holiday No Bake Cookies

I remember the taste of these gems so well when I was a little girl. My mom made them all the time, especially around Christmas time. 😉

They are so good! I added sprinkles to make them more festive for the holidays.

Makes 1 Dozen Cookies

Ingredients

1/4 cup cocoa (unsweetened)
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups quick oats

Directions

Combine sugar, milk, cocoa in small saucepan. Bring to boil for 1 minute.

Remove from heat, add remaining ingredients, mixing well.

Drop by teaspoon fulls onto waxed paper. (May need to refrigerate). I did mine for 2 hours and they turned out much better than my last batch I tried a few years ago.

I arranged them on a nice platter along with the timeless treasures of Ghirardelli chocolate and carmel squares. (I purchased those at the store of course) 😉

Enjoy! 😉

The Platter I Used For Display

OK, I Cheated With These…But They Sure Look Nice! (purchased at store) lol

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish my readers and also my guest bloggers a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year.

I sincerely hope you have a peaceful Christmas season, sharing it with all your friends and family. I hope all your dreams come true, and may you achieve all your business goals in 2011!!

For me, I will be taking the days between Christmas and New Years and enjoying some time off from my online work. I will be spending this time with my family and my grandson.

God Bless 🙂

Fine Motor Skills For 6 Month Old Babies – 4 Things You Can Do

My son walked when he was 9 months old, and he was ahead of everything concerning fine motor skills. Does this mean it will be the same with my grandson? I think my grandbaby is a whole lot like my son in so many ways. He has caught on to a lot of things really fast. For a nearly 6 month old baby, I’d say he’s already ahead of his game. Wow, I can’t believe he will soon be 6 months old! It literally seems like yesterday that he was born.

There are certain things you can do as a parent and grandparent to encourage motor skills. Things that can be done daily while watching your little ones grow. I know my son and daughter-in-law gave me “detailed instructions” when they left their baby boy in my hands. And I do try my best to follow them each day.

Below are 4 things you can do to encourage motor skills

1. – Place baby on floor on his back and gently bring his left foot and right hand (opposite of each other) together for 10 reps at a time. Then do the same with the other side. This helps with coordination.

2. – Tummy time is important for strengthening baby’s head, shoulders, and arms, and also fun to watch how he progresses day by day. Place baby on his tummy for 20 to 30 minutes each day. You can place one of his toys in front of him about 2 feet away to encourage crawling.

3. – Stand baby up on your lap or on the floor. This will strengthen his legs and feet. I know for my grandson, he gets extremely excited and bounces up and down when I do this. It’s a joy to watch him. This of course helps encourage the motor skills of walking.

4. – Sit baby in a cushiony boppy securely to encourage sitting on his own. It’s been a lot of fun watching my grandson while in this wonderful invention…the boppy. I have taken quite a few pictures while watching him sit and balance himself more and more each day.