Friday, May 28, 2010

Congrats to Tammy, our contest winner!

Tammy from Mandatory Blog Here is the winner of our contest for the custom canvas photo print! Congrats to Tammy and enjoy your print!! Be sure to visit her blog and congratulate her!!!


Now, a few other things about the contest. I was a bit disappointed at the low number of entrants in our contest. This blog had plenty of visitors but only a few took time to enter! Who doesn't want to try to win something FREE?? Ah well, I do hope to hold these contests more often, so keep an eye on the blog for chances to enter future contests!

I will be making stricter rules for the next one, for instance, if you don't leave any kind of contact information your entry will not be valid! Melissa was the original winner of the drawing, but since she left no contact information I had no way of getting in touch with her!

Again, congrats Tammy!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Suite101 for writers

Suite 101 is another website to write for when looking for a monthly residual income. Unlike eHow and Hubpages, you have to actually apply with suite101, supplying them with two sample articles that you have written. I got an approval letter from then within 24 hours of submitting my application. With suite101 you can choose to write about whatever you wish, however, they are a bit more strict about things. For instance, if you use a photo in your article you have to supply a photo credit. They also have a specific way they would like the articles to be written to improve key word optimization.

After you have submitted an article to suite101, an editor will read it within a few days (sometimes it may be a week, or so). They may give you suggestions for improving the article. These are only suggestions and do not have to be changed. I did have one article that I wrote and put in too much of my own opinion into it, therefore, they made the article inactive until I was able to re-write it better. As with demandstudios, most of the editors are helpful, but you may still come across one that comes off as being a bit rude or a “know it all”. Being a writer, you have to learn to just let things slide off of your back and not take them too personally.

Also, with suite101 you have to submit a minimum of 10 articles every 3 months. I thought this may be a bit difficult but it hasn’t been so far. I’ve even used some of my rejected demand articles for suite101 with no problems.

Now, I’m not quite sure how this happens, but my suite101 articles seem to get a lot more traffic than any of my articles on hubpages, or eHow. For instance, one of the first articles I wrote on suite was one for St. Patrick’s Day (it was about that time) and within a few days I had over a thousand hits. Last week I wrote one about Cedar Point (an amusement park in Ohio) and when I checked my status a few days ago, I had over 4,000 views!! In only a few days! Even though I’m not at payout yet, I have already accumulated more with suite101 than I have anywhere else, and I have less articles on suite. I’ve read the opposite on other blogs, where some writers earn more with hubpages or eHow than they do with suite. I can’t figure out why. Maybe it all depends on what subject you are writing on! Here are a few sample Suite101 articles that I have written so that you can see what sort of format they are looking for.

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

In my future posts, I’m going to talk about various ways for promoting your articles, and how to come up with subjects to write on, but don’t worry, even if you are not into writing, I have quite a few other money making tips to share, too.

If you have a facebook page, please do me a big favor and go to the new page I have made for this blog, “Like” it, and invite your friends! I can use all of the help I can get. Crazed Mama's Facebook Fan Page

Also, don’t forget to enter our contest in my previous post. Only 4 people have entered so far! What? Don’t you people like free stuff?? It’s free to enter, and you could win something that I think is really cool!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

My Very First Giveaway: A Custom Canvas Print!

I'm so excited to be hosting my very first contest/giveaway here! Here's the deal:

You can enter to win a custom canvas print for use in your home, office, or anywhere you like. This is a 16x20 Rolled Canvas Print with a photograph of your choice. The winner will receive instructions on how to upload the pic they wish to use, and it will be shipped right to their home free of charge.

HOW TO ENTER: Simply leave me a comment telling me what photograph you would have put onto canvas, along with your email information.
ENDING DATE: May 26, 2010
RULES: You must be a United States resident and be 18 years or older.

To pick a winner, I will literally put everyone's name on a piece of paper and draw from a hat, so that it will be completely fair. I will announce the winner here on May 27, 2010, and will email the winner myself to tell them the good news. Make sure to include a link to your blog because if you are a winner I just might include the link to your blog or website on the announcement post as well.

I do hope we get lots of entries as this is my first one, so help me out and spread the word about this giveaway contest.

Thanks to uprinting for sponsoring the blog and the wonderful printing services that they offer including beautiful custom canvas prints.