Monday, December 28, 2009

Trend Alert: Feathered Hair Accessories

Trend Alert: Feathered Hair Accessories

Keep up to date with the latest styles, trends and ideas with services like Hipster! These allow you to know what to expect from the market and be able to meet the needs of your customers. Check out some of the recent services I have used, share and blog about all of it!

Bath and Body

Bath and Body

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Sunday, December 27, 2009



Click the link! Go to the AJD spotlight contest! Vote for the Holiday themed winner this month! Share with your friends and family! Voting is at the bottom of the page!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Pricing Dilemma for Your Handmade Items...

Selling handmade items: the pricing dilemma

Selling handmade items: the pricing dilemma by Bobby Buys

For a craftsman, pricing is often the most difficult part of the process of preparing items for sale. The best way to find your way around is research. Check the price tags of similar products in local stores, craft markets and - most importantly - on the online marketplace where you intend to display your wares. If it is obvious that the items you make have a quality that makes them superior, do not shy away from pricing them in higher brackets.

When you sell via an online marketplace, your overheads are minimal. Since you will be working from home, you need not worry about the cost of renting office space and similar expenses. However, there are overheads that are often overlooked. Even a small cross stitch project, for example, may entail overhead expenses like a fraction of your electricity bill if you work at night. Nor should you forget to include a portion of your Internet bill for the time it takes you to upload the item online and to email your customers. Then, you must take into account the site's selling commission (usually about five percent of the selling price).

Overheads are only one of the elements that you need to bear in mind when pricing your items for selling online. Setting the price at the right level is vitally important. Set it too low - and you will be out of your pocket. Set it too high - and, as a result, you will find no takers.

Other than the overheads, which are marginal when selling through an online marketplace, there are several basic elements that you need to consider when working out the price for your sewing, knitting or needlework.

Materials: Note down exactly what you had to spend in order to start making your item. For example, if you are making a quilt to sell, you will add up the cost of the fabric, batting, and so on; if you are making purses then consider the cost of handles, bag frames, ornaments, etc.

Equipment: If you use a sewing machine or any other tool, be aware of maintenance and replacement costs and weave them into the price of your end product - over one year, or over five years, for example. If you rent any specialised equipment, you need to calculate the fee into the price of your products.

Labour: Include the cost of your time into the final product. The cost of your labour is the hourly wage you pay yourself, or your employees, if you hire them.

Market considerations: Take into consideration what the market is willing to pay for the items you make. Although they may be ready to splash out on really unique items, buyers at online marketplaces are usually looking for bargains. It is a good idea to at least offer several low priced items, and to always emphasise in the description why the more expensive ones deserve the price tag they bear. If your customer base values the style and uniqueness of your products, they will not be deterred by higher prices. In any case, keep an eye on what the competition is doing, especially price-wise.

Your goals: This is an important feature of working out your pricing. Have an idea about what you want to achieve from the sale of your work from the very start: just a few rands to help you fund your hobby, or a supplementary stream of income?

And, every now and then, it might be a good idea to place your artifacts on auction and let the play of market forces determine their final price. is South Africa's largest online marketplace. Buyers and sellers come to bidorbuy to buy and sell virtually anything in auction format or at fixed prices. Contact details: bidorbuy Marketing Department; email, web site

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Grow your followers by blogging |

Grow your followers by blogging |

Are you using twitter to promote your handmade? Are you making new friends, finding followers, sharing your links? If so, then you know Twitter can be a powerful tool to promote and advertise your items! But, it can also be a lot of work. You have to scour and search for the right kind of followers, make posts that use the keywords your potential customers can find, and you have to search for the right type of people to follow. I personally have done a broad search on a keyword like "women" or "fashion" attempting to find tweeters who have an interest in women's fashion. What did I get? PORN! So, it is a little more tricky than you might think... It took me two days to delete all the followers and DM's I had from "adult themed tweeters"! However Twitter Friends does a lot of the work for you... and you can sign up for the free service to check it out. If you really want to grow your Twitter Base, you can, for only pennies a day.... What could be easier? Check it out and see what they can offer you and your business, then come back here and share it with us!
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I found this fascinating quote today:

You can win one of my new butter bath bars  ... Choose from Honey almond, Sweet Pea or Lavender Butter bath bars! Here is all you have to do:Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Dec 2009

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Great Finds by Made for Me by Oaklie

Another Great Finds Holiday Contest is up and running! Once again, I took the plunge and entered! I have posted a red suede scarf/neckwarmer with tie closure and frill! I would be honored if you could take a moment and give me a vote. Get to the Great Finds contest by clicking below on the link, then simply look to the left- all of the entrants are listed!

Take a moment and check out all the fantastic items listed for the Holiday! Next week begins a New Years Bling contest! See the details on the page on how to enter your own item...

Great Finds by Made for Me by Oaklie

Orange Blossom and Mango Shampoo with essential oils by MommyTyme


New listing of luscious rich lather Orange Blossom and Mango shampoo! Super deal!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A little humor to lighten your day- Excuses for getting out of work....

Top 10 Excuses For Getting Out of Work

Top 10 Excuses For Getting Out of Work by Ben Welch

We've all been there: it's a beautiful day and you can't bear the thought of going into work. So you call in with the lame-old excuse about feeling ill even though you know your boss doesn't buy it. Besides, "feeling ill" is at best only a short-term solution that won't win you any fans at the office. That's why if you're going to play hooky, you need an excuse that will help you save face as well as your sanity. Here are some ideas.

1. (For women) "I have really bad cramps." Now before you dismiss this one, think about it: Who can argue? It's such an embarrassing topic that nobody will ever challenge you. It's one of those things that men honestly have no clue about and women can sympathize with.

2. (For men) "I have horrible diarrhea." Again, before you dismiss this one, remember that it's such an embarrassing topic - especially for a man - nobody will doubt your sincerity. Plus, it's simple. You don't need an elaborate back story because no one wants to hear the details. If anything, your boss and co-workers will admire you for your honesty.

3. "I'm having an allergic reaction to _______, and I need a day to recover." This excuse requires a few details about when and where it happened as well as the details of your food allergy, but Google should give you everything you need. The upside of this excuse is that you can use it more than once. The downside is that it requires a good memory and some vigilance: for instance, you can't claim a peanut allergy and then gorge yourself on Thai food at the next company junket.

4. "My grandmother's/grandfather's memorial service is today." This excuse works for two reasons: first, because elderly people die everyday no one is going to think your excuse is unlikely; second, no one is going to question (or resent) a death in your family for fear of offending you. If you play your cards right, this excuse is good for four free days - one for each grandparent - with each new job.

5. "My wife/husband is extremely ill and I need to stay home and take care of them." The excuse is a gem not only because you get a day off, but also because it makes you seem sensitive. The only drawback is that it requires an accomplice - namely, your spouse. As such, you may want to save this excuse for a special occasion when the two of you can organize a special three-day weekend.

6. "One of my children locked themselves in the basement. I couldn't get them out myself so we had to call the fire department." This is only one of a multitude of excuses you can use with mischievous children. Just recycle the same formula - child gets in trouble, child needs help, parent to the rescue. This works with children of all ages, from children traumatized by irresponsible day-care workers to playground fights to errant teenagers. (Hey, this is one of the perks of having kids - they torment us 364 days of the year and we get 1 day off. Fair trade.)

7. "I took some work home last night and will be going through it today from home." Whoever invented telecommuting should be sainted. Just remember that in order to sell the "working from home" excuse you need to email or call the office a couple times throughout the day to maintain the ruse that you're working. The best time to do this is at lunch - that way you get credit for the call but you don't have to answer too many questions.

8. "My next door neighbor's house caught on fire last night and damaged a small part of our roof. So I'll have to spend the day with the insurance company and the assessors." Again, this is a formula: something happened to a neighbor (fire, flood, nuclear fallout), and you are involved through no fault of your own. The important thing is to keep it small. Make it more of an annoyance than a disaster. The idea is to convince your boss and co-workers that you are the unlucky one. "Trust me," you say, "I would much rather be at work."

9. "I got pulled over for speeding on my way to work the other day and I have to go to traffic school." The idea here is that you had minor trouble with the law (emphasis on minor) and you have to pay your dues. A variation on this would be letting your license expire - or at least claiming it did - which means you had to go to the DMV and take a written test as well as a driving test, which could easily take a full day. After all, the DMV has its reputation for a reason.

And finally...

10. "My accountant made some clerical errors on my taxes and I'm being audited." In the wake of the Enron scandal and the demise of Arthur Andersen, this excuse is a sure-thing. The important thing is to make the accountant look like the bad guy - you just need to be there to make sure he doesn't do anything shady. Once again, the key to this excuse is to make everyone feel sorry for you, not envy you.

Benjamin Welch has been a college instructor in writing and composition for nearly six years. When he's not teaching or playing golf, he offers advice for students seeking information about online education and adult education.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009



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I found this fascinating quote today:

I am literally awestruck when I see their work- It is really a treat for a crafter like myself to come across someone's work and instead of saying to myself, "I think I can make that", I say, "Wow! I gotta have that!". I say this because there is no way I can begin to touch on the artistic expression they have compiled in their shop on etsy and at their blog! Truly, take a moment, grab a cup of coffee, and just browse. Really look at the pieces they have for sale.Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Dec 2009

You should read the whole article.

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I found this fascinating quote today:

Also, stay tuned this weekend! I will be announcing the last few chances to enter the great Butter bar giveaway and then it is back to our last few days of Pursuit of the Perfect Handmade Holiday! We have a few more links to explore- One is One A Day by Art 1st and Small Footprints! I cant wait to share the fantastic jewelry, and so interesting artwork! If you are looking to express yourself, these are the artisans to help you find the inner soul you want to explore... Really, I saved them for just before Xmas because I knew everyone would be scrambling for those last minute items- But, these are really items you want to spoil yourself with. I actually get lost when looking at their blog- just amazed! I really can't find the right adjective but I am so anxious to hear what you all think! So make sure you check back on Sunday! Then we have a few more great shops to explore next week! So keep checking us out here!Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Dec 2009

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Artisan Spotlight Contest

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Keep on the lookout for the next contest/slideshow that will be open for voting at

Congratulations to Jeannie on the Artisans Jewelry Designers Ltd. Ning Network.  Each month a fun contest is posted in the group, Artisan Spotlight, where contestants enter their artwork to be voted on by members of AJD and visitors to the Mommy Tyme Web site!  November's theme was, Let Them Eat Cake!  Wow, there were some fantastic entries!  Jeannie, however, pulled to the front with 80% of the votes with her gorgeous Victorian style Necklace above!  Congratulations!  Visit Jeannie at :  

See more of these exciting and beautiful works at the Artisan Jewelry Designers Ltd. Ning Site!
Click on the link below!

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Mommy Tyme Bath and Gifts

Mommy Tyme Bath and Gifts

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Friday, December 18, 2009

One Time Template Special

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I found this fascinating quote today:

After a LOT of technical difficulties, the new Mommy Tyme Web site is finally up! My site crashed 2 weeks ago (Hacker?!- what a nice present from someone I don't know just before the holidays, right?) But, it motivated me to change it up some! I would love to hear your comments, thoughts, ideas and more....http://www.mommytyme.orgMommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Dec 2009

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sellers Resources

Sellers Resources

Looking for ideas, tips, traffic rotators, links, articles on promoting and marketing? Look no further.... Check out the new Sellers Resources page on Mommy's Tyme website! I have added a collection of growing resources for handmade artisans, crafters, etc. to utilize in helping them share their craft with the world! We all know how tough it is to be "seen" on the marketplaces like Etsy! Here are some ideas to help you move to the front of the line! Share your thoughts, too! I have added a virtual chat where you can leave comments, your links, even post your shop URL for visitors to see! Come check it out.

More visitors? Few more ways to reel them in....

I found this great blog today that listed several traffic exchange services that have the highest rankings, best traffic exchange, ease of use, and are FREE. I joined a few and wanted to share them with you... Let's see how they go! Please come back here and share with everyone your experiences if you join any of these!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Squeezing A Call To Action In Your Description

Squeezing A Call To Action In Your Description

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Lets talk about setting up shop! How to actually make a profit! Do sales on Etsy work?

Ok, so you have a product and now you want to set up shop! where to go? We have talked about the cost of selling, and it is getting tougher and tougher. Over this past weekend, I held a 10% sale on some of my products. Well, if I sell a bar of soap for 1.50, then 10% off- then set the shipping at 1.45 (which it turned out the bar was 5 ounces and because it was being shipped to the other side of the country, shipping was 1.76) then etsy takes it's cut, pay pal takes it's cut, and don't forget the .20 listing fee at etsy... I ended up losing money! How many times has this happened to you? I literally paid someone to use my soap! That is crazy.

But, what are the choices? Everyone wants a cut, and you have to use pay pal unless you are going to hold products and wait for checks to clear (word of advice- Never send the product until you know the check has cleared! I have been down that road a time or two!).

I did not even factor in the time when I calculated all the above...and that is enourmous when you have a four year old, work full time, and go to school! For me, every second counts (and counts big!).

Well, I have to step back and look at this in a positivie way- It's not really a loss! The people I sold to this weekend will hopefully come back again and again. So, the first thing I did was add their email addresses and home addresses to my customer list for future flyers.

To adjust the shipping error, I went into my etsy shop and did a batch edit. I think to even it out the best way to handle the situation is to add .10 to all shipping orders. Then in the future if I have to pay a little for shipping it will even out with the shipping costs that I was over a little on estimating. Make sense?

Now, there is really nothing I can do about the cut that pay pal takes. I am stuck with that. But, I can utilize all the services they have to offer so as to make that cut not so bad. One of the greatest resources on pay pal is the shipping. You can print your shipping labels directly from pay pal. For me, this is great. I leave for work before the post office opens, and get off after they are closed. With the ability to pay and print from home, I can have my car loaded with my packages and ship at 5am if I need to. You can also schedule a pick up from your home. so, that is one benefit. A second benefit is you know your money is secure. Pay pal tracks all your transactions, and if there is anything funny on your account, they let you know. That is peace of mind for me.

As for the Etsy fees, I really don't see how you can get those back without passing them on to the customer- which I do not want to do. However, I have to be positive and look at it like this: for the items like my soap, .20 is a cut- but for my bigger ticket items such as my jewelry, hats, scarves and more- it really is not that much of a cut. Materials for my bath and body line are costly, but for my other items, the materials are relatively low (they are just enormously time consuming)- so view it as yin and yang. One balances out the other.

However, there are a lot of other options out there besides etsy that you may not know about. So, lets spend some time over the next few weeks exploring these. I would like to introduce you to the Fuzz B next week, and the great marketplaces I have found there. But, before I get too far ahead of myself, I want to make sure I know where all the "bugs" are!

So, come back next week and lets start exploring the selling venues and marketplaces!

For more tips, ideas, etc on selling visit

Do you have an etsy story to share? Ideas how to increase your profits? Share them here! Post a link back to your blog, site, etc and increase your traffic, too!

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Traffic Rotator with follow up! See your stats and find out, "is it really working?"

You will hear it a lot when you start using the traffic
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you need to be branding yourself and you need to be
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Funny thing is, until today, you had to go to two or
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Promote your Biz

Promote your Biz

Find articles, advice, tips, resources and more! Free traffic exchange services, help with your blog, secrets from the experts and more... All free! Take advantage of these services and resources! Promote your biz, your blog, whatever! Make the most of your time on the net and get the most traffic you can for the amount you want to spend- Even free!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Promote your Biz

Promote your Biz Find tips, articles and more! Learn how to promote your blog, your shop, URL and so much more! Really great articles from various sources. Free resources, services and ideas on how to get the traffic you need! Stop by and sign up for one of the URL rotators or traffic exchange services! FREE!

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I found this fascinating quote today:

You can win one of my new butter bath bars  ... Choose from Honey almond, Sweet Pea or Lavender Butter bath bars! Here is all you have to do:Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Dec 2009

You should read the whole article.

When you are looking for ways to increase your traffic flow, the first thing you may try is paid services or paid exchanges. Those are fine, but if you are not getting the results you want, you may want to scour some of the free services first! If you like them, you can always upgrade to a paid program later that actually can double your traffic in a matter of days. A few I have tried lately are:

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

How to Start a Blog for Profit

An online presence is important these days for whatever enterprise you engage in. to connect with a wide variety of people there is no bigger forum than the Internet. If you are looking for a way to show off your expertise and also make a little money while doing it, consider starting a blog.

What is a Blog?

A blog is actually an online journal of sorts. With a blog you can upload daily posts about anything that you want. Some people create personal blogs as a way to keep in touch with family members. Pictures, videos and other information are uploaded so your loved ones are current with what is going on with you.

Here we are going to talk about business blogs. This is a blog that you begin to attract traffic in order to sell products or services. To be interesting to others, your blog will need to:

• Have updated content for visitors
• Be marketed to draw traffic
• Register with search engines so it can be found in the rankings

How to Start

If you are new to blogging, use a free blogging platform to get your feet wet. Sites like,, and others offer free blogs to users. Depending on the site you choose, the themes and plug-ins (added features) will vary. Most will walk you through the process step by step so that you can be up and running in no time.

Before you start posting, decide what will be the theme, or niche of your blog. A jack-of-all-trades type of blog doesn’t do as well as one that is geared towards a certain niche. If you like crafts, that can be your niche. Create posts that talk about how to craft, what to craft, how to make crafting profitable and so on. Once you have decided on a path, it is time to create that great content.

How to Make Money

In order to make money with your blog, you need to have people visiting it. That is where marketing comes in. to draw traffic you have to get the word out about your blog. Tell all of your friends and family members that you are online with your blog for a start.

Any money-making venture will take place once you have built your readership with interesting posts. Then you can put into play a number of profitable additions:

• Google AdSense
• Selling Advertising
• Affiliate Marketing
• EBook Marketing

The simplest one to pursue is Google AdSense. You are using targeted advertisements to create revenue for your blog. You are paid per clicks on the ads.

There are other options where you can get paid when someone makes a sale on that website. That is more likely to happen when you join an affiliate program. Join affiliate program that work well with your website niche.

EBooks are short downloadable electronic books that you can create yourself and sell on your website. They can be on a variety of subjects but in order for them to sell, you must be able to offer new information to your customers.

Blogs can be used to build revenue. Start with your chosen niche and market your blog to find the traffic you need. Then, utilize these ideas to turn a profit.

Remember, you have to get the readers TO the Blog to use it effectively...

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I found this fascinating quote today:

That really does not tell you ALL she has to offer! Wow! She has a gorgeous Retro apron that would make a great gift for anyone on your list! She has a "green theme" with eco scrubbies, bag savers, and a ton of other fantastic items! Again, these are all handcrafted, handmade, high quality products that you CAN NOT find at Walmart! Oh, don't forget the so cute jewelry items listed!  Look for the blue flower earrings (definitely my favorite!)Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Dec 2009

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Promote your Biz

Promote your Biz

Check out the new page for ideas, services, links, tips, tricks, articles and more to help you promote your handmade, your shop, your URL and more... Tons of services are available, for free, you just have to know where to look! I have searched the web, did research, and put together a pretty nice collection of places you can get help! Find some of the best resources, free services and more! Check it out!

Fool-Proof Way to Increase Your Twitter Followers

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Want to increase traffic to your blog? How about trying some niche marketing? Or using article submissions from other writers that have the content and material you want to share? Try this on for size... And it is free!

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

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Free Advertising- Header Ads, Pop ups, etc? How can I get these?

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The truth is, banner ads and link exchanges just don't work
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Google and other major companies that get the bulk of their
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Traffic! Traffic! Traffic!

Getting people to your site is the key, right? Once there, your product is great, so if they are truly interested, a sale is no problem! But getting them there is a problem! Take a minute and type in something like "jewelry" to the search box. What happens? Pages and pages and pages (and thena few more) of sites related to Jewelry are listed. Where is yours? Lost somewhere in that crowd? What are the chances someone is going to choose to click on yours? It's a tough system out there!

One of the best ways to get people to your site is through traffic building and exchange systems. These are typically free, but some do cost! One of the best that i have found is Traffic Swarm- Not only is it free, you can refer traffic to more than one link or URL. You have a lot of options as far as earning the credits it "costs" to post your site, too. You can browse other sites (and there are tons of great sites associated with this program, not just business and marketing sites- there are blogs, family sites, children, health, and so much more. There is even Handmade!) You can also refer others to the program to earn credits or add search box's, links, or pop up windows to your sites. All of these earn you credits which you then cash in for traffic. Sounds easy, right?

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

5 Powerful Mind Success Strategies 

Building a business is a fantastic and challenging experience. You can wake up exhilarated to begin your day and go to bed feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. The key to success is to maintain a positive, yes you can do it, mindset.

Easier said than done, right? Here are 5 keys to help you create and sustain a positive mindset so you attain the success you desire.

1. Surround yourself with successful and positive people. The influence people have over our own personal energy is amazing. Moods and attitudes are so easily spread – think about how much of a difference a simple smile from a stranger can make for your day and then magnify it 1000 times to demonstrate the power of positive and successful friends, family and associates. When you have people around you who inspire you, believe in you and want you to succeed, there’s no room for doubts and even when they creep up, they’re quickly swept away.

2. Create a mantra or an affirmation. Repeating positive affirmations has been shown to get people through tough times and to actually help them truly believe what they’re saying.

For example, “I am building a powerful and profitable business.” Many of the most esteemed business professionals have used the same affirmation strategy to attain their success. To find the right affirmations for you, consider writing a quick list of your doubts, insecurities and complaints. These can then be quickly turned into affirmations.

For example, if you write that you’re always feeling disorganized then your affirmation would be, “I am organized and in control.” Repeat your affirmations several times a day and feel the power of positive thinking.

3. Capture negative thoughts. We all have negative thoughts from time to time, however, negative thoughts and emotions can derail us and prevent us from achieving all we desire. Of course catching those negative thoughts takes practice and persistence. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts or having negative emotions, find a trigger to turn them around. The affirmations mentioned above are a great way to turn the negative into the positive. You can also find quick pick me ups like a favorite song, a walk outside in the fresh air, or some exercise to help improve your mood.

4. Set goals/intentions and then be willing to let it go. The law of attraction says that we attract what we focus on the most. However, desperation, needing your business to be a success, sends mixed messages and a lot of negativity into the universe. Set your goals and intentions and then let them go. A certain amount of faith in yourself and in the power of attraction is necessary. Give it a try.

5. Be grateful. Gratitude is perhaps the single most powerful and positive tool for success. When you’re grateful for all of the wonderful things and people in your life the challenges you face seem significantly less important and are more easily dealt with.

Consider keeping a gratitude journal and make a practice of entering into it daily. That way, when you’re facing challenges a quick peek at all the amazing things in your life will make you feel as if you can tackle anything. Additionally, an attitude of gratitude helps you maintain a positive perspective and to face challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles.

Success is within your reach and with the right attitude you can accomplish anything you set your sights on. Embrace these five powerful mind success strategies and you’ll build a better business and live a happier, more satisfying life.

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SEO's and Blog traffic! Ideas, tips and tricks

5 Quick Tips To Get Website Traffic Fast!

Online, one of the most significant keys to success is getting website traffic. The more visitors you have, the better your sales and profits. Presumably you have a niche and you know your keywords, and regularly conduct keyword research to stay on top of what’s popular. Based on those assumptions here are five quick and easy tips to get website traffic fast!

Tip #1 Make sure you’re actually tagging your keywords.

Do you spend a lot of time optimizing your content and then neglect to tag them on your webpage? Tags are where search engines look and if there are no tags they’ll pass right by your web pages. Here’s a quick brief on tags.

There are a number of tag types including,

* Title tags. Title tags are quite possibly the most important place to situate your keywords. Here’s what they look like - Primary keyword phrase here.

Your title tag is where you place your primary keyword or keyword phrase. The sentence will describe your business in less than 90 characters.

* Header Tags. Header tags are next in order of importance to search engines. They’re ranked in order of importance and look like this -

Primary and/or Secondary keywords here

The “1” designates this header as the most important header on the page.

* Meta Tags. Meta tags provide the small descriptive text found underneath the title tag on the search engine results page. Like title tags these should be kept brief, informative and up to date.

* Alt Tags. Alt tags are used to provide a text description of a graphic. Each graphic on your site should have a description and an alt tag.

Tip #2 Add content to your site daily

Content is essential for traffic and a top search engine ranking. Content is what search engine spiders look for and index - without it there’s nothing to index or rank. Give visitors and search engines a reason to visit and index your site. Make a commitment to provide daily, optimized content and your traffic will soar.

Tip #3 Procure valuable and relevant incoming links

The more websites which link to your webpages the more valuable search engines perceive you to be, though not all links are created equal. Search engines give more leverage to links from sites which are popular and credible and from sites which are relevant to your website topic.

There are different types of links.

- A direct link looks like a basic website address, for example,

- A text link occurs when the webpage address is embedded in the text. Readers simply click on the link and are redirected to a new website page.

- If the link is to an internal web page, for example an article published on a website, rather than the home page, it is called a “deep link.”

You can encourage linking to your website by:

* Adding content to your site.
* Submitting to article directories.
* Publishing press releases.
* Blogging and participating in social networking forums, chat rooms and social networking sites.

Tip #4 Be Social!

Now more than ever before, internet marketing is about building a community. Whether you offer a forum on your website or you participate in social networking sites, social networking is a valuable traffic generating tactic. Sites like Facebook and Twitter can be powerful tools for generating links and traffic to your site – create a profile and then post comments, links to your site and ideas which generate conversation.

Get involved - many chat rooms and forums are industry specific, find those which cater to your industry, and begin participating. Speak to and connect with a highly targeted audience.

Tip #5 Advertise for more exposure and traffic

Advertising, when handled strategically, can be used to promote your content and products or services. PPC advertising is often the tool of choice because you control the advertising budget on a daily basis and have the tools to test and track your advertising efforts. Once you’ve honed your PPC ads the return on investment can be phenomenal in terms of traffic and purchases.

For maximum results, create a traffic and SEO strategy. Outline your plan and your goals and then take the necessary action. Take advantage of these five traffic and search engine tips to boost your business.

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Comment on other's blogs. Not only is this polite and resourceful, but others read YOUR comments and click on YOUR icon which takes them back to your blog. That is FREE Publicity and advertising for your blog!

Occassionally type in the words Contest, Free Drawings Blogs, and similar search words. Enter contests on others blogs, and again, you are getting linkbacks to your blogs! Not to mention the fantastic prizes you may win!

Join Blog Roll programs, blogs groups, etc. on Ning sites. Often people will list their blog and you list yours! Take turns subscribing to the blogs that interest you and then post a little note that you are following these blogs in the Ning group. Usually blog owners will go back and follow you, too. If you have a banner you can put it in the group and this will get you those few people who may not normally visit your blog to take a second look. If you link others blogs to your site, make sure you get a linkback or that the content is something you really promote. This adds credibility to your site.

Anyone else have some ideas to add here? Feel free to comment and post your ideas!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

reBlog from Mommy Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:   Wow!  I absolutely adore this wind chime- and what a steal!  Under 7.00, are your kidding me?Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Nov 2009

You should read the whole article.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

reBlog from Mommy Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:

Do you have a Fuzz B shop? Zibbet? MIM? Where do you sell? List them here! Starting December 1st I am going to begin my reviews from my browsing!Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Nov 2009

You should read the whole article.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tips For Creating Powerful Headlines That Sell

You have mere seconds to capture a prospect’s attention. One of the single most powerful tools you have to accomplish this task is your headline. There are several keys to a compelling, and selling, headline and a few tips to help you get the job done.

#1 Tap into Your Prospects’ Emotions

According to psychologists our buying decisions are based first and foremost on our emotions. Use headlines which offer your readers a strong emotional benefit or reaction. Some possible emotions are:

For example, The 20-Minute Step that Will Make You a Business Genius taps into readers’ desires to feel smart and powerful.

Other emotions you can tap into are a desire to feel:

1. Attractive
2. Sexy
3. Assertive
4. Confident
5. Energetic
6. Pampered
7. A sense of belonging
8. In control of their own destiny
9. Wealthy
10. Proud
11. Respected
12. Safe

#2 Make it Active

To compel it’s important to use active language - language that shows movement and commands attention.

For example, “Stop Your Sugar Cravings Today With This Simple Step,” is a fine headline however it doesn’t command action nor does it really tap into any emotions. However, “Conquer Your Sugar Cravings With This Simple Step.” Conquer is an active and emotionally powerful word. Readers receive the benefit of feeling powerful and in control and it commands action.

#3 Let Your Reader Know They’re Important

The word YOU is a very powerful word. It let’s your reader’s feel as if you’re talking to them specifically and interested in solving their problems, issues and helping them achieve their desires. Instead of using I, Me or We in your headlines, use You. Using the headline example above compare the two options
“Conquer Your Sugar Cravings With This Simple Step.
“Conquer Sugar Cravings with Our System”

People want to know what’s in it for them and when they can assess that information in the headline, they’re going to be compelled to continue reading your copy and making a purchase.

Here are three more ideas for powerful headlines:

* Make a promise - Earn $1000 a day
* Make it newsworthy - New program guarantees you’ll earn $1000 a day.
* Ask a question – Do you want to ensure your financial future?

Three Simple Steps to Write Headlines That Sell

So now you have some ideas about what types of headlines sell, how do you begin to write those powerful headlines?

Step One – Get to know your audience intimately. What are their hopes, dreams, desires, and problems? Understanding your audience will help you create an emotional and powerful headline directed specifically at your audience.

Step Two – Determine how your products or services are going to make your prospects’ lives better or solve their problems. For example if you sell fitness equipment and your audience struggles with feeling attractive then you can create a headline that highlights a specific benefit your fitness equipment offers to solve that problem.

Step Three – Write ten to twenty, yes twenty, possible headlines. Not only will this give you practice writing compelling headlines, it’ll help you hone in on that perfect headline. And if you think you have a few winners you can always test them for conversion rates to find out which headline is more effective.

Marketing and copywriting experts consider your headline to be the most import element of any effective marketing piece. Take the time to craft a compelling, and selling, headline and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

reBlog from Mommy Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:

Well, as part of my Pursuit of the Perfect Handmade Holiday I am going to start posting finds on the web that you may not run across on your own... As I have said before, I truly believe in supporting the arts and craftsmanship of individual entrepenuers! so, in that spirit I am asking that you list your shop, URL, etc! Unlike some other blogs, I am not creating a directory (although feel free to use it that way), I am simply looking for some shops to browse, investigate, promote and talk about here on my blog! All you have to do is list your URL! I am going to approach your shop as any other shopper and then talk about the great deals, fun stuff and items I can't wait to find! I have not even begun my Xmas shopping, so sell me!Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Nov 2009

You should read the whole article.

reBlog from Mommy Tyme: Mom Has a Voice

I found this fascinating quote today:

I have heard some say fate is the key!  Destiny is the cause!  The one and only perfect true love is the answer.... but, truthfully, what are the odds you are going to find that one and only destined true love that is out there for you?  What if he lives in Europe and you in the US and you are scared to fly or cross the ocean?  How will that ever happen?Mommy Tyme, Mom Has a Voice, Nov 2009

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Traffic Ideas to get your Blog going....

Top 10 Traffic Ideas for your Blog

Blogs are popular ways to create an online presence for personal and business reasons. You can build a blog for free and begin posting content right away. But, what good is that content if no one is reading it. Here are ten ideas to bring in the traffic your blog needs to survive.

Of all the successful blogs on the Internet, hundreds more have failed. Running a blog is like running a business website. Unless you are willing to put the time in and treat it seriously, you won’t be blogging long.

That is not to say that the failed bloggers weren’t serious about blogging. Mostly, new bloggers aren’t prepared for the work that goes into creating a successful blog. Just building the blog doesn’t mean that people will necessary come to you. You pursue the audience and give them a reason to see what you have to say.

1. Fresh Content – no one wants to visit a blog day after day and see the same posts. Update your blog content at least twice a week. This will be easier if you write several posts ahead of time and upload them at the appropriate times.

2. Article Marketing – the niche you’ve chosen for your blog is one that interests you. If it is interesting you will spend more time doing it. Create content not only for your blog but also to be submitted to article directories. Use the resource box to advertise your blog so people can find you.

3. Social Networking – these sites are everywhere. Join Facebook, MySpace, Squidoo, Twitter or a dozen others and make connections. You can join groups of likeminded people who are also bloggers or entrepreneurs.

4. Viral Marketing – this is where you spread the word about your blog. Talk to friends, family and even strangers. Give out business cards that have your blog address on them.

5. Use RSS Feeds – RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication.” Readers can subscribe to your feed and get email updates when new content is posted. It is an easy way for them to keep up with your blog without spending all day online.

6. Submit Blog to Search Engines – doing this allows your blog to be ranked. Google and Yahoo! are two of the most popular search engines you want to crawl your blog pages. It doesn’t guarantee top ranking, though. You’ll have to do a little more work for that.

7. Joining Forums – as a blogger you are a budding entrepreneur. Right now you are marketing yourself to find traffic and then profit. Become a member of business forums, work at home forums and others to meet new people and share ideas. You can add a link to your blog in the signature line so others can find you.

8. Visit other blogs – show your appreciation to those who visit you by also posting comments on their blogs. It is a kindness that shows others you are not just out to advertise your blog alone. Add links to your blog in your comments.

9. SEO Marketing – whatever you write, use relevant keywords. Keyword density between three and ten percent is good for getting higher page rankings in search engines. Base your keywords on a research you do to find the most popular words used in search engines for your niche.

10. Social Bookmarking – submitting posts to social bookmarking sites allows others who are members of those sites to track you back to your blog.

Using any of these ideas will start the traffic moving in your direction. It takes time but you will build the readership you want.

PS don't forget... If you have a handmade item, a blog that pertains to handmade, artisan, or handcrafted items.. You can promote it by listing it at my blog Mommy's Reviews! Simply comment and add your shop, URL, and a little description of what you have- over the next few weeks I will be reviewing and posting these shops on my blog!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

reBlog from Mommy Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:

If you have a Zibbet shop- feel free to comment here and list your URL... I am trying to compile a list of Zibbet shops for our readers of the Handmade Holidays Series....Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Nov 2009

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Friday, November 13, 2009

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

I have entered another of the great contests held at Great Finds! you can check the entries out at:

voting is to the left of the page, and the competition is tough! I have a fringed, colorful neckwarmer entered, and if you like it, I would be honored if you would vote for Mommy Tyme on the ballot (to the left of the page!)

Thanks for checking everyone out!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Some Great Blogs! Promote yourself through your peers!

Today Mommy Tyme is being featured on : T.Rusk4u: Deal of the Day! That is such a nice way to get your name out there and have people see your stuff! Thanks, Teresa! You should really check out her blog because she has so many Great Finds she has found by scouring the shops and talking with the artisans! wow! I was amazed at all her finds!

Another advocate for the handmade movement is Tracy Cornell from Braggin Rights! If you have not checked out her blog, you should. She is promoting artisans and crafters by exploring not only their work, but getting you some of the personality behind the work! If you have not visited her blog, you should!

Finally, I want to invite you to follow me in my pursuit of the Perfect Handmade Christmas on Mommy's Reviews! I am going to find and explore great articles, artisans, and crafters on the web- show you their stuff, link you to their blogs, give you ideas you may not have thought of and hopefully persuade you to give handmade this holiday season and support your fellow crafters! Art comes in many forms- and expression of yourself can be achieved through so many modalities! Find the true you! So, follow and feel free to leave your link, your shop address, a comment about your wares, etc! Help people find you! It's all about us supporting one another!

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reBlog from Mommy Tyme: Mom Has a Voice

I found this fascinating quote today:

But, the reality is, this happens all the time to women.  This particular girl has three kids with the man, and this week one of his "girlfriends" will be giving birth to his child.  This poor girl has put up with this for 6 plus years.  I wanted to shake her and ask "What the hell are you thinking?"  But, I didn't. Mommy Tyme, Mom Has a Voice, Nov 2009

You should read the whole article.

reBlog from Mommy Tyme: Mommy's Reviews you can Use

I found this fascinating quote today:

So, from now until the holidays I am going to present you with artisans and finds that I come across in my attempt to give the great Handmade Christmas!Mommy Tyme, Mommy's Reviews you can Use, Nov 2009

You should read the whole article.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

reBlog from Artisans/ Jewelry Designers, Ltd.: Artisans/Jewelry Designers, Ltd.: October Artisan Spotlight Winners Announced!

I found this fascinating quote today:

Don't forget to stop by and vote for the next big contest!  On 11/15/09 the ISpy findings will be posted and ready for you to vote! Visit to vote!Artisans/ Jewelry Designers, Ltd., Artisans/Jewelry Designers, Ltd.: October Artisan Spotlight Winners Announced!, Nov 2009

You should read the whole article.

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