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Attention Bloggers: New Review Site Launches October 1

If you’re a blogger and you want to be one of the first ones to try out the new site you can register now. officially launches October 1 but they are taking registrations until then.  They are also looking for Amazon sellers that want to work with bloggers.

They want help in getting the words out.  They have a number of different prizes and drawings for those that help spread the word.  Just by glancing over the site it seems to be strictly for Amazon businesses.  I know not everyone is into the whole Amazon review thing but I’m putting this out there for those that are.


So if you want to register visit

The First Time I’ve Regretted Switching to WordPress Self-Hosting

I have to say, this post is more of a frustration post. I was on blogger for years. I finally worked up the courage to transfer to wordpress self-hosting so I could own my site. Keep in mind I have little to no technical knowledge when it comes to coding, design, etc. I was a bit intimidated at first. Definitely a different set up than blogger. One of the main reasons I was afraid to switch is because, on blogger, if something was messed up, Google fixed it. On WordPress, I’m on my own. I managed to go for about an year and a half with no issues. That streak ended the last month or so.

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It started with the new WordPress 4.2.2 update. Which by the way I still don’t have. I’ve never had an issue updating wordpress. I hit the little update button and bam, done. I’ve updated plugins, no problem. I tried to update WordPress 4.2.2 and my world came crashing down. Or at least my site is falling apart, my little online world.

I get this message: Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 268435456 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 261904 bytes) in D:\Hosting\11973378\html\wp-admin\includes\file.php on line 159 I had no idea what to even do with that info. So I’m thinking I’ll just call my hosting company. It’s obviously a hosting problem. I tried to read up on it and found that some of my plugins could be eating some of my memory. Went in to delete plug ins, couldn’t do it. Said I needed to connect to my server. When I tried it just booted me back to the homepage. Every time. First call to my hosting company, The lady was very nice. She tried several things for me. She had me on hold a short while. She got back on and apologized to me. Told me that there is a problem with my specific server. They were aware of it and were working on it.

2 days later still issues. Though, now I was at least able to get in to delete, update, and add plug ins. Thought great, it must be fixed. But I noticed a new problem. My visual editor won’t work. The tab is there but all the buttons are gone and I can’t type in the body field. So for this post I’m in the text editor which is a big pain in the tushy for someone like me. Since I could update plugins I tried the wordpress update again. I again got the memory error message. So I try to get on the chat help with my hosting company again. There is a horribly long wait. Said they are experiencing high volumes. Try to call. Well I just didn’t want to call. I waited. Told the guy about the message. He upgrades my server memory for me but tells me they are still working on my particular server issues. He has no time frame to give me of when it may be fixed.. Happy that he upgraded my memory but starting to worry what the problem is and when it will be fixed. So I happily go back to my site to try to update wordpress again. He upgraded my memory, I should be fine right? Wrong, still the same exact message, byte size and all.

By day 4 I still can’t use my visual editor. Still can’t update wordpress but now notice my side bar disappears when posts are clicked on. It’s present in the home page and other pages but not posts. I have no idea how to manually update wordpress. I’m afraid to even try. I’ve tried seeking help on wordpress forums but they may as well be speaking Japanese to me because I have little to no idea what they are saying. So today I make another desperate attempt to contact my hosting company. This time (first time ever in all my years of dealing with them) the customer service person on the other end is not helpful. In fact, he’s a bit condescending and tries to tell me I need something that I don’t actually need. He upgrades my memory yet again but tells me it’s at it’s max and that the hosting I have may not be a fit for my site and I may have to move to a vps server. He tells me I should contact my web developer for help. Dude, if I had a web developer I would not be talking to you. Again I seek help in the wordpress forums where they confirm the guy was trying to sell me something I don’t need. Here’s the thing, I get it if you can’t help me. If it’s not a hosting issue, just tell me that. Please don’t try to take advantage of my ignorance.

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I’ve watched youtube videos to try to, at the very least, get my visual editor working. I found a great understandable video. I was able to put in the line of code that they suggested. Nothing happened. Absolutely nothing happened.

So I try to back up my wordpress site with a SIMPLE back up plugin. I used one that several had suggested. I added the plug in, activated it. It’s supposed to be a simple …hit the button, it starts backing up. NOTHING. I’m at a point where I can’t decide if I need a beer, a baseball bat, or to hire someone to fix my site. Since I don’t make much money here I’m seriously contemplating the beer and I’m not one to reach for alcohol.

For the first time since I switched to self-hosting I’m regretting the switch. I know it’s opened up more doors for me, I know if I can get it working again I’ll be happy. But, I have no idea who to consult and if I can even afford to consult someone. Anyone else running into this issue? Any suggestions? I’m seriously at my wits end with this.

Tea Collection is Looking for Affiliates Here’s Why You Should Join

This post contains affiliate links. Regardless I only post legitimate offers from trusted sites

Are you a blogger or a website owner? Tea Collection is looking for affiliates to team up with to help promote their site and sales. I an affiliate with a number of companies but Tea Collection is one of my favorite. Not only do you earn money from sales you make through your affiliate links and banners but they also have lots of additional incentives throughout the year.

The often add extra incentives like set payments for posting about sales, payments for social shares, and more. In fact, the reason I’m writing this post is because they are offering their affiliate a specified cash amount for referring more affiliates. See I told you they were cool! Beside the fact that their affiliates are treated well you get to help promote beautiful quality children’s clothing. My kids own several pieces from their site. They are made well and hold up for a long time. When they have sales they let you know ahead of time so if you want to promote it you can plan ahead. Are you ready to sign up as an affiliate? It’s free and you’ll earn doing it! Just click my affiliate link below so sign up. The affiliate link just lets them know I referred you:

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Ways to Encourage More Entries Into Your Giveaways/Sweepstakes

This post is for any bloggers or website owners out there looking for some advice on getting more entries into your giveaways.  This is something I continually work on in terms of how to promote, what works for what kind of prize, etc. I’m certainly not telling you what to do.  Everyone runs their site the way they want to but through trial and error I’ve found ways to encourage more entries into my giveaways.  Also as someone who is an avid sweeper I tell you ways to make it easier for your entrants (and increase entries).

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Know the value and appeal of your prize

Of course if we could all choose whatever prizes we wanted to give to our readers we’d love to giveaway $500 gift cards, Dyson vacuums, and 2 week vacations.  That’s not to say the small prizes aren’t fun and appealing too.  What I’m saying is, there is going to be interest and appeal for someone to enter a $250 VISA gift card giveaway than for a bottle of hand soap. Whatever you’re giving away though, consider the value and appeal in what you’re having your readers do to enter.  As a rule of thumb, simple and quick entries encourage more entrants.  As a sweeper myself when I see there are three mandatory entries to win a bottle of laundry detergent, I’m just not going to do it especially when Joe Shmo’s blog over here is giving away the same prize and all you have to do is follow them on twitter. Also realize that some prizes are just going to have less entries because they have a narrower audience.  For instance, giving away a runners magazine subscription is only going to appeal to those that run, want to run, or know someone who runs where a $20 Walmart gift card can be useful to many more people.

Mandatory Entries

This is usually the first entry and often the only entry NEEDED, to be entered into the giveaway/sweepstakes.  I listen to my readers, I’ve heard other bloggers and sweepers voice their opinion. There is an overwhelming majority that say they really don’t like seeing giveaways with more than one mandatory entry.  I know I’ll pass a giveaway right up if I see it has 3 mandatory entries just to qualify. Don’t make me subscribe to your newsletter, like your on facebook, AND leave a comment just to qualify to win a flashlight.  I won’t do it and from what I’ve read, there are a lot more that won’t either. Honestly, I’d stay away from it even for big giveaways because you could always add those things to bonus entries and people are more likely to complete it and actually want to.

Bonus Entries

This is one I had to change myself.  I listened to my readers opinions and those of avid sweepers.  It’s tempting to throw every single social media follow into your bonus entries, sign up for this, subscribe to that, and vote for me here, type entries as well.  But I’ve cut down on those myself because the people say “we don’t like seeing lots of entries”  not sure why, I always felt bonus entries were bonus entries and they can do them if they want or not do them.  Honestly though, since reducing the amount of bonus entries in my giveaways I’ve seen more unique entries. Who knew?

Jacking Up Your Entry Points

Ok this one might just be me but I’m looking at it as a blogger and a sweeper.  The blogger side of me doesn’t like seeing someone have 25+ entries for each and every action in the giveaway form.  Sure it might sound good to say hey I got 3000 entries for my $5 gift card giveaway but when you’re assigning “facebook like 25 entries” “twitter follow 25 entries”  All it’s doing is inflating number.  From a sweeper side, especially one that isn’t aware of this tactic, they may see that your giveaway for a bottle of body lotion has 1200 entries and it turns them off and they think “I won’t win it anyway” I prefer to provide one entry for each action.  If there is one I really want to encourage I might make it 2 or even 5 but the 5 is a rarity.  This also gives entrant a truer idea of odds.

Make It Easy

I already talked about the mandatory entry being easier but this is in reference to any entry whether mandatory or bonus.  Don’t make entrants search high and low for your twitter follow button or email subscription form.  Put the clickable link right in the entry form.  It’s easy, only take an extra second and in forms like rafflecopter and giveaways you can even reuse a form and it will be there until you delete it.  Don’t assume entrants are going to go over to your sidebar or homepage to find your social links because they may not.

Here is an example of how to do a clickable link in giveaway tools.  I wanted to be clickable.  I typed out the sentence as it would show up. Click and drag over “” so it’s highlighted, then click “add link” in the right above the text box. A box will pop up showing what you highlighted as being clickable then it asks you what url you want it to direct to and you paste the url in, that’s it. You just made the entry easier for your entrant.

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Let Entrants Help You Spread the Word

What I mean by this is, offer a daily tweet option or a social share option.  Some entrants like daily options to get more entries in especially for a great prize.  If you’re forming the tweet make it simple and to the point so if someone else sees it, they know exactly what is going on “Enter to #win a $20 gift code to ends 8/2 US”  and include the link. You just told them everything in that tweet: who it’s open to, when it ends, what it’s for, and where to enter.

DO NOT False Advertise or Over-exaggerate

I’m a fan of low entry giveaways. I like the odds, they are usually smaller prizes that will save me money on groceries like coupons for free juice or laundry detergent.  What I can’t stand is when someone is claiming low entries and you eagerly go over to the site and see that there are 8000 entries for one prize.  I feel duped and I feel like they were crying wolf to get page views. I won’t even enter at that point.  Don’t over-exaggerate. If your prize is a $20 off coupon don’t say it’s a gift card, there is a difference in some cases.  If the winner is going to have to pay shipping say that upfront, you don’t want a winner coming back at you upset that they had to pay shipping.  I realize there are times that the sponsor is not always upfront and honest and can put you in a bad position.  I learned a long time ago to ask all the pertinent questions when it comes to reviews and giveaways products for my readers.


Lastly, companies want bloggers to do reviews and giveaways to gain exposure.  Word of mouth is an age old an proven method of advertisement.  You shouldn’t promote a smaller giveaway any less than you promote a large giveaway.  Share on all your social media channels (where allowable), add to giveaway linkies, cross promote with blogger friends, tell your friends and family about it in person, etc.  Do audience specific promotion.  If you’re giveaway is open to Canadians add it to Canadian friendly linkies, If you’re in a couponing group and you have full value coupons to give out, tell that group about it (again, where allowable)


That being said, I want to know your opinions.  If you have something to add, if you have a suggestion for my giveaways, let’s hear it!



Problems with Feedburner

If you’re a blogger who uses feedburner for your email subscribers, you’ve probably noticed that your subscriber list has been functioning greatly.  My feedburner was giving me all kinds of crazy numbers. One day it was down 200, it was telling me I had so many subscribers when actually my number was double that, etc.  It has been the talk of the blogger community that feedburner is not the option to go with anymore for email subscriptions.  Another issues is that feedburner doesn’t really give you the options you might need to send out targeted emails or email blasts.

If you are an email subscriber you may have noticed that you aren’t receiving the emails you signed up for.

There are many email services out there, some paid some not.  I have moved my email list to mailchimp.  This service is free if you have under 2000 subscribers and the fee goes up with the number of email subscribers you have.  There are a number of plans available.  The free options allows you up to 2000 subscribers and 12,000 emails a month to send.  Keep in mind that if you send one email to all your subscribers each of those emails counts toward your 12,000 email limit.

They offer plan and prepay options for more subscribers.  They also have a referral plan.  Sign up through my mailchimp link and you and I both get $30 in mailchimp credits.

If you had signed up for emails previously then you don’t have to sign up again, all contact have been transferred and you should have received an update email today.  If you’d like to sign up you can sign up through the form in this post or the form on the right side bar:

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