From Wealth to Poverty and Back Again: The Story of Katrina Survivor Jason Lapene

Jason Lapene has made millions in the Atlanta real estate market over the past decade. When he's not selling luxury homes, he often spends his free time feeding the homeless and doing charity work in impoverished neighborhoods. For Jason, this isn't something he does to simply pass the time; it's a passion rooted from personal experience. Over a decade ago, Jason was a succesful realtor in another part of the world, New Orleans but he would soon … [Read more...]

5 Conference Must Haves for Bloggers

Which of these conference must-haves do you consider the most vital? Conferences can be a fantastic way to meet new friends and new business contacts. Relationships you develop may lead to future opportunities for your blog. Whether you see conferences as a great way to learn new information or a great place to have fun with friends, there are a few things that you won't want to leave home without. This post contains affiliate links, and I will … [Read more...]

5 Free Plugins Every Blogger Needs

I don't like to spend a lot of money on my blogs when I don't need to. Don't get me wrong, there are times a paid plugin is definitely worth it. But, when possible I turn to free plugins to give me the functionality that I need. Here are five free plugins that I feel are necessary for every blogger. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links 5 Free Plugins Every … [Read more...]

How to Write a Good Amazon Review

Learning how to write a good Amazon review will help your reviewer rank go up. For those that welcome review items, this can have an impact on what products you're offered. Like any other type of review, it's important to pay attention to detail. While an Amazon review may be similar to a blog review, it has a number of differences as well. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking … [Read more...]

How to Pitch Back So It’s Worth It

Do you know how to pitch back? When I first started blogging, I got so excited when I received an email offering me something. It was almost like Christmas every day. Now that I've been blogging for nine years, pitches and emails can become overwhelming very quickly. I certainly don't want to miss out on a good opportunity that fits my site, but I need to be efficient and effective with how I answer my emails. This post contains affiliate links, … [Read more...]

4 Expert Tips for Using a DSLR

I'm sharing a few expert tips for using a DSLR camera. Several years ago, I invested in a Canon Rebel T2i to improve my photography. At the time, I thought that having a better camera was all I really needed to improve my photos. Of course, I learned that there are a lot of other variables involved in the quality of your photos. Here are just a few. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Day With Lighting

Have you ever wondered what makes you have a bad day at work or how to improve your day? There are lots of things that affect how you feel about work. Maybe it’s as simple as someone bringing in donuts as a special treat one day. Or having the chance to enjoy lunch with a co-worker. That can turn a bad day into a good one quickly. But, there are other factors that might be affecting your workday world that are more subtle but impact you every … [Read more...]

What You Need to Recycle in Your Home Office

Do you know what you can and can't recycle in your home office? When I worked outside of the home, there were recycle buckets everywhere telling us what we should recycle. Now that I work at home, it's not quite that simple any longer. Of course, I know that junk mail and other paper products need to be recycling. But, what else should I recycle besides traditional household products? This post contains affiliate links. Recycle in Your Home … [Read more...]

Points, Referrals and Affiliate Links

My favorite type of payment for a blog post is cold, hard cash. It pays the bills. But, that's not the only way that you can earn money with your blog. I regularly use points, referrals and affiliate links to bring in extra money and perks. Depending on your blog, your size, your readership, etc. you may want to consider incorporating a few of these into your blog or social media schedule at least occasionally. This post contains affiliate links, … [Read more...]

How to Tell if Guest Posting is Worth It

How can you tell if guest posting is worth it? There isn't a day that goes by that I don't get an email from someone asking me for a guest post. While I would love to say yes, there just aren't enough hours in the day to write that many guest posts. I want to be able to say yes to the ones that are worth it, but it can be a challenge to figure out when I should say yes and when I should pass. Here are a few criteria I have been using when … [Read more...]