Ask Madame Deals

I received this letter: Hey my name is Rhonda i am a sahm of 4. My husband is the only one working in this family so we have a very tight budget. I have been trying to coupon for awhile now but just find i am wasting my time and money. i follow you and alot of others on facebook, twitter, youtube trying to learn how to do this. This is my problem we cant live off of house hold products, personnal care products, etc. We life in south louisiana and they dont have anywheres that double their … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger

  There are three rules I follow when asking someone for something. 1) Think out your plan of action 2) Determine why you are the best choice 3) Create an impressive presentation If you really want to work with someone then you need to be the best. You have to lead by working hard and earning their trust. You have to win the job. Why? Well if you are going to run an event or contest or represent them at a conference they need to know they can trust you. They need to believe that you … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger

  Blogging is a 24/7, 365 day job. We don't get weekends, evenings or Holidays off. In fact, as I write this, it's 8:30pm on a Saturday night. Bloggers can be found posting, answering emails or interacting on social media while watching tv on the couch, in the car, at the park, during dinner, or anywhere else we can access the Internet. The deals and posts just keep coming & readers expect us to be "on" all the time. However, it's important to step away from the computer and take … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger: Screenshot and Screencast

  One of the handy tools in blogging to the ability to make a screenshot and a screencast. A screenshot is capturing something shown on your computer screen to a static image file. You are taking a snapshot (or picture) of your computer screen. A Screencast is capturing a recording of your computer screen accompanied by audio. The audio is a commentary of what is happening on the screen as it occurs. Once you have taken a Screenshot of your computer screen, you can crop the image (if … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger: Sponsor me

    We talk last week about how to make the most of the conference. We skipped a step how can you afford to go? We need to talk about how to get a sponsor.I actually budget for my conferences and I have set aside funds. I plan to pay my way unless I receive a sponsor. It is true in life that there isn't going to be an advertiser that asks you to take their money so you can grow your business. That is why you need to ask people. I know gulp. How do you ask someone to sponsor you? The first thing … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger

If you missed last weeks article we answered questions about moving your site. Amee wrote previously about Tips for a First Blogging Conference. But what do you do if your shy and worried you won't get enough out of the trip? While I've only attended 2 conferences, I have 3 tips that worked well for me (although people that don't know me may have no idea that I was actually quite talkative): 1. Room with someone you're comfortable with. If you will be sharing a room, make sure you are … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger: Cold Pitching

I was really nervous about cold pitching. Extremely nervous. Mainly because I did not want to just pitch a random company about a random product. I figured they would just turn me down. Why would they want to promote a product that has been successful for years? Then I read something somewhere about PRnewswire. I dug around the site (which is extremely confusing) and set myself up with daily emails for new and future products hitting the market. I also composed a standardized "pitch" template … [Read more...]

Ask a blogger: Share your secrets

       I have had been blogging since April 2009 at Madame Deals. I decided in December I was going to take my blog from a hobby to a business. I knew I had to make a business plan. I had to set goals. I had to come up with strategies to manage it all. I also know the website would be a part of my life but not my life. It is easy to get caught up in making sure everything you see gets posted and every deal appears on your site. If you a careful you will neglect your "real" life and family. The … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger

  I was recently asked how I created my Nav Bar to have Dropdown Menus and how I redirected my menu items to specific Categories and Tags on my website. I know there are better ways to accomplish a redirect, but with my limited knowledge of coding - I took the simple route. Watch the video below to learn How to Create a Dropdown Menu and How to Redirect a Page in Thesis. Having trouble viewing the video? Click here. **I timed out on my video, so make sure you hit "Save" after … [Read more...]

ASK A Blogger: Pitch Letter

  How do you write  a pitch letter? This question comes up often. Why? I have a lot of bloggers that want to know how did you get that? Why did they respond to you and not me? It is true I am not prettier or smarter nor do I have a better site then you do. What I do have is a little more Chutzpah. I also have a formula for success. I tried to simplify my letter so you could actually use the information right now and write a pitch letter that yields a result. I encourage you to link to work … [Read more...]