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What Not to Do To Get Traffic to Your Blog #InfluencerMarketing

I remember when I started my blog about seven years ago. I wrote a few posts and then sent it to friends and family via email and Facebook. That got me a pop of traffic but then what? How do you get readers?! The kind of readers that come back day after day. It’s an addicting quest and I’ve made many mistakes on this journey of If You Build It, They Will Come. Let me share my most spectacular mistakes with you!

How To Get Traffic for Your Blog

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Permalink Nightmare

If you are like me and you set up your blog in ignorance, you might not even know what a permalink is. I didn’t. My WordPress blog template had a default permalink setting (that’s the link that is created for each post) that used numbers. I never really thought about my permalink. It was just there.

But then I took an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) class and I learned that the permalink IF IT HAS WORDS SUCH AS THE WORDS IN YOUR TITLE can generate traffic from search engine queries. But, of course, mine had numbers. So I just switched it on the back-end of my blog so that my permalink used the title of my post.

Disaster!

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Goosebumps Movie Book

Goosebumps Movie Activities from Scholastic!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Scholastic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Do you like scary movies? I get so scared that I can’t watch them, but my kids are braver than I am! I did see the trailer for Goosebumps at the last movie that I went to and I loved that it was about all the Goosebumps books! This big-screen adventure is based on the Goosebumps books written by R.L. Stine, with R.L. Stine played by none other than Jack Black.

Goosebumps Movie for Halloween

Of course, capturing the monsters from the Goosebumps books that come alive will take some know how. Reading the books will help!

I love that Scholastic has collaborated with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation on this movie. Families can celebrate Halloween by seeing the Goosebumps movie in theatres and checking out all kinds of movie tie-ins they’ve created! Read more…

Alcatraz Book List for Kids

Alcatraz Book List for Kids

My girls visited Alcatraz this past summer and it didn’t freak them out. I wondered if it would. PickyKidPix has been obsessed with psychics and mediums lately, and watches Lisa Williams a little too much.

Alcatraz Book List for KidsIt could be that we live in a old house which is NOT haunted but there are certainly stories of houses in our neighborhood that could very well be cohabited with ghosts.

Alcatraz prison cell with toilet

Still, it would be easy to get creeped out by seeing a jail cell in Alcatraz. Isn’t it exactly like a movie set of what a prison cell should look like? I guess it’s good that they visited in broad daylight!

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Raising a Rock-Star Reader: 75 Quick Tips to Help Your Child Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading

Raising A Rock-Star Reader

I’m so excited about a new book by two of my favorite bloggers: Alison McDonald of No Time for Flashcards and Amy Mascott of Teach Mama! If you follow me via social media, you might have noticed that I tend to tweet, pin and share pretty much everything these ladies create on their blogs. They are experts at making learning fun and they have been testing out their ideas for years and years on their blogs.

Raising A Rock-Star Reader

Now, their book brings the best of the best of their tried and true tips to get your child to love reading. It’s not just books and apps, but easy (and sneaky) ways to make literacy a fun game that slides into a lifelong love of books.

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Win Trip to THE GOOD DINOSAUR Movie Premier

Win Trip to THE GOOD DINOSAUR Movie Premier

You and Your Child Can Win a Prehistoric Adventure!

Sun-Maid is collaborating with Disney Pixar to celebrate their new film, The Good Dinosaur, in theaters November 25th and healthy snacking with Sun-Maid Raisins.

Sun Maid Raisins and The Good Dinosaur

Feed Your Little Dinosaur a Healthy Snack This Thanksgiving and Enter for a Chance to Win a Trip to the Premiere of The Good Dinosaur. Read more…

Allergy Friendly Frozen Treats: Perfectly Free® Desserts

Allergy Friendly Frozen Treats: Perfectly Free® Desserts

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Incredible Innovations®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Does your child have food allergies or do you know someone who does? I know moms who bake special cupcakes and treats to pack for their child when they go to birthday parties.

Perfectly Free frozen desserts

It takes some planning to have a treat tucked away when you need it so I was glad to learn about Perfectly Free® Desserts which are allergy friendly frozen treats.

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Tech the Halls: $4300 Classroom Technology GIVEAWAY!

Tech the Halls: $4300 Classroom Technology GIVEAWAY!

Do you not know what to give your teacher for this holiday season? Are you not allowed to give your teacher a gift like I am, except if it is for the classroom? I am excited about this great giveaway that you can win for your teacher!

griffin technology PowerDock 5 charging station Tech the Halls

It’s easy. Just have your kids kids write a short 3-5 sentence essay about why their teacher deserves to win a gift basket full of Griffin products for his or her classroom. Leave this as a comment below. I will choose the most moving essay to win this Tech the Halls package. Read more…

Caldecott and Newbery 2016 Predictions

Caldecott and Newbery 2016 Predictions

This is my third year judging for the Cybils and I don’t dare compare it to the Caldecott or Newbery awards but I wonder if there is the same dynamic that we have in deciding a winner. For the Cybils, we work off of a short list that is presented to us by first round judges so there is a set number of books to consider but only one winner. A few of the books in each category, I’ve noticed, get a strong reaction that’s either love or hate. Thus a compromise situation is necessary so there’s always a book that everyone likes though it might have also made everyone’s second tier. But  this book is the book that tends to win.

I can see how picture books that win a Caldecott honor or award need to appeal to a young audience of 4 and older. Picture books that a four-year-old can not grasp might be eliminated and I can understand that but that might be why a picture book as gorgeously illustrated as Bird by Beatriz Martin Vidal might not win or even find its audience. Read more…

This Duck Wears Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month #ThisDuckWearsPink

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWellDid you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? I got the best Christmas present last year. My mother, who was then 91-years-old was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer last fall. She went through a myriad of tests. Just when I was trying to figure out how to arrange a trip to California to help out, my mom called me. Her final tests showed that the growth was pre-cancerous and did not require surgery. Instead, they put her back on hormone treatment.

Healthy Living for Elders #AgingWell

October is a good time to learn more about breast cancer. Did you know … Read more…