FTC Disclosures: What Bloggers & Influencers Need to Know

FTC disclosures on social media can be confusing, and that’s putting it mildly. The FTC recently had a Twitter chat where they let users submit questions, which helped clarify things quite a bit. Below you’ll find some of the highlights of the FTC’s #Influencers101 chat. Back in 2011, I was invited to spend a day at the Consumer Reports campus in Yonkers, New York. It was honestly one of the coolest days I have spent as a blogger. In addition

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Why You Need to Stop Reading Blogging Income Reports

Over the past couple of years, a trend has emerged where bloggers have begun sharing blogging income reports. I’m going to be frank about this: I give this practice major side-eye and generally don’t recommend reading them at all. I DO believe it is beneficial for bloggers to track their income from month-to-month to see how and where their income is growing and what they can do better. It can be fun to look back at how your blog has

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7 Tips for Choosing a Perfect Blog Name

I haven’t taken a poll or anything, but I have to imagine that at least a few bloggers would change their blog names if given the opportunity. I know I did! I thought about changing my blog’s name for years before I finally gathered enough courage to take the leap. I originally started my blog on a whim in 2009 and didn’t take much time to think about a good name so I ended up using Fantabulously Frugal for four years.

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10 Things All Serious Bloggers Do

Is your blog not quite where you need it to be? Are you trying to figure out what you need to do to improve your blogging efforts? If so, today is your lucky day because I’m going to walk you through the 10 best practices that serious bloggers employ.  If you see one (or a few) things on this list that you need to improve, don’t let it get you down. Instead, celebrate the fact that you have recognized something

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The Ultimate Guide to Q4 for Bloggers: How to Make the Most Money During the Craziest Time of the Year

The summer months can suck for bloggers because people just don’t want to be on their computers. (Not that I can blame them!) The summer traffic slump is real and it’s a bummer. Thankfully, those days should be coming to an end as school begins and temperatures begin to drop, and people begin spending more time on their computers again. This is great news for bloggers utilizing affiliate marketing on their blogs, because the uptick in traffic comes right before the fourth

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