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It’s Time For May Madness!

Are you looking for some great deals on business resources & tools? Well, you’re in luck, because it is May Madness!

Each May, the members of the online mastermind group that I belong to ( Solo Masterminds)  join together to offer awesome prices on their products. The sale starts today – and lasts through the 15th!

Each deal is priced at $7. Click Here to see all of the deals. (I grabbed about 4 or 5 of the deals last year, and I can’t wait to see what’s being offered this year!)

By the way – my special deal for May Madness is a complete June Marketing plan for only $7.

It includes 30 pre-written social media updates, a pre-written newsletter, 10 blog post ideas and 5 promotion ideas.

Click Here to get the June Marketing Plan for only $7

How To Earn Money With Your Content

typewriterIf you have a blog, you have “content.” Your content is what you put on your blog – from the words to the pictures to the videos, etc. As a blogger, you are constantly providing content for your blog.

Did you know that you can earn money with your content?

The following is an excerpt that I wrote for my main blog. I wanted to share it here, since I’m sure you can use these tips, too!

“The top two ways to make money with your content are affiliate links and info products.

Affiliate Links – When you become an affiliate for someone, you will receive a unique link, which you can use to promote their products and services. When someone clicks on your link and buys that product or service, you get a commission.

Info Products – Information Products, or “info products,” as they are sometimes called, are my favorite way to earn money online. You can create an ebook, a small report, an audio, an online class, or anything that you can think of, and either give it away or sell it online.

Here are some examples of how to put these things into action:

Put Affiliate Links In Blog Posts – If you have a blog, you have lots of content ready and waiting for you! Start joining some affiliate programs, such as Amazon, and insert some affiliate links. For example, if you have a post about….”

Click Here To Read The Full Post

CraftBoom! Is Back

scissorsIt’s been a few years, but CraftBoom! is back! It’s a loooong story, and I won’t bore you with all the details, but CraftBoom!, and it’s parent blog, Sparkplugging, are under new ownership.

There is a lot of energy around here right now, and I think this is a new, fresh start of something great!

I’ve got a lot of ideas for upcoming blog posts, but I want to hear from you, too! Please leave a comment and tell me what you’d like to see at CaftBoom!

Friday Finds

Here are some ultra-cute business accessories to help you get into “work mode!”

File Folders – Definitely not your run-of-the-mill boring, manila folders. These folders from Staples’ M Line are bright and cheery! They make you want to actually file something away.

Business Card Holder – I found this super cute business card holder on Etsy (from Cassylaintotes) I love the orange fabric and retro print!

Altered Clipboards – If you’re looking for something to write on, try these clipboards. I love this lime green leafy one and this coutoure one, which looks like it could have been holding some dressmaker’s sketches!

Skull & Crossbone Push Pins – I like bulletin boards – and these pins from Mostly Magnets [on Etsy] make hanging stuff on them even more fun!

Friday Finds

This week’s edition of Friday Finds is all about books. I don’t know about you, but I love, love, love books. I am the type of person who can spend hours in a bookstore or library. Here are a few you may want to buy, or borrow, today!

Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How To by Jenny Hart: Jenny is well-known in the craft world, and there’s a reason for it. Well, there’s a few reasons. She’s talented, business-savvy, and has a great style! If you think embroidery is for old ladies, think again. Jenny’s designs are totally cool. Your friends will love to get some holiday gifts embroidered with these designs. So get crackin’!

The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girl’s Guide to Handmade Jewelry by Jennifer Perkins: Again, this woman is well known in the craft world (hey.. she has had a couple TV shows…). If you’re the kind of person who likes cute, unique jewelry, this book is for you. If you want to wear diamonds and look like you’re a soap opera star, don’t buy it.

Collage Discovery Workshop – Beyond the Unexpected: New Techniques Using Color, Personal Imagery and Creative Surfaces by Claudine Hellmuth: Claudine has a great style – it’s whimsical and really, really cute! Learn how to use your photographs to make some adorable art.

Sharing Your Story: Recording Life’s Details with Mini Books by Ali Edwards: If you’re a scrapbooker, you may be familiar with the author’s monthly column in Creating Keepsakes Magazine. She is a self-described “life artist” – and I must say, I love that term! It doesn’t matter what your art or craft is, you will find inspiration with this woman’s creations. I gaurantee it!

Martha Stewart’s Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share by Martha Stewart: If you’re going to be doing a lot of reading (or crafting), you will need snacks. I suggest cookies. They’re easy to eat, they’re tasty, and, in my opinion, they’re fun to make!

How To Start A Podcast (The Easy Version)

As promised, I am going to give you the lowdown on how to start a podcast. Remember – this is the easy version. You can get all technical if you want. But I’m going to tell you how to get started without a bunch of equipment and with just a little cash.

1. Make Some Decisions – You need to decide what the general topic of your show will be. Since you’re reading a craft site, I suspect that it will be somehow crafty… but will it be general? Or do you want to get specific and focus on a particular craft? Will it be a “how-to” type of podcast, or a podcast where you give industry-related news? Will you interview people or will you  just give your opinion?

2. Decide How To Record – You can record yourself for free with a computer microphone headset and the free software Audacity. If you want to record interviews, you can use Skype and the Pamela plugin. I also enjoy Audio Acrobat, because it will host your audio for you on their site. Audio takes up a lot of room and if you have a lot of downloads, you may exceed your bandwith,which means you’ll end up paying your website host extra money. The service also makes it very easy to put your podcast into iTunes.

3. Take Action! The above info is the “basics” – the stuff you need to know to get started. So go for it!

Here are some extra things you may want to take note of… but you don’t need them to get the ball rolling:

  • A Theme Song – Create one yourself with royalty free loop music (Google that term and you’ll find lots of websites to peruse), or hire someone to make one for you.
  • Custom Graphic – If you put your podcast in iTunes, you’ll probably want to create a custom graphic. This will be displayed along with your podcast and it will help your podcast look more professional. If you’re not gifted with graphics, hire someone to do it for you.
  • Flip Video Camera – If you want to venture into the world of video podcasts, I suggest getting a Flip Video Camera. They are easy to use, affordable, and uploading your videos is a snap!