In May, a little idea turned into a big project – I wanted to learn more about Reddit, Squidoo, and several other marketing vehicles. But I didn’t really have the time to research all of them. So I asked the eMoms readers if they had their own ideas for research topics and suggested we pool our resources – thus, the first Group Research Project was born – and, by the way, it was a smashing success (participants report that they are STILL getting traffic from the first project a month and a half later!).
This time I wanted to do it a little more formally – to give everyone a bit more lead time to get ready and suggest topics, and also to gather together some prizes for the hardworking participants who make this project a success!
So, our wonderful, fabulous, and please-give-them-lots-of-attention sponsors are:
Prizes for Your Kids:
CuVid is a super-cool company (founded by a super-cool work at home dad) that creates educational videos with the familiar faces of parents and grandparents for children 4 and under. But to be honest, even my 7 year old boy watched our copy multiple times because he couldn’t seem to get over the fact that mommy was on TV!
Prize –  CuVid Gift Cards to create your own DVD with Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa.
Fox is releasing a brand-new DVD series this week (July 10th) called the Follow Along DVDs, using karaoke-style captioning to help kids learn to read. I have 5 copies of their 10 first wave of titles, including FernGully, Garfield, Ice Age, Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids and Robots.
Prize –  Fox Follow-Along DVDs
I am kicking in one of our favorite family games, the Cranium Family Fun Game. Although this game is labeled for kids 8+, we’ve been successful playing with both our 7 and 4 year old because we can easily modify the tasks (which are flipping hysterical sometimes!!).
Prize –  Cranium Family Fun Game
Prizes for Us
Grown Ups Bloggers!
Jennifer Laycock at Search Engine Guide is at it again – this time with a FREE Pass to her Search Marketing Bootcamp training, August 8th in Boston. This ticket usually costs $1,345 and the registration is limited to only 45 people – she offered it to me, but I can’t get to Boston next month. So we agreed that we would like to give it to you, you lucky, lucky readers. 😀
Prize –  Ticket to Search Engine Bootcamp on August 8th in Boston
eMoms reader Don Giannatti has launched a new product for creating a full blown online store with content management system called MyMuseSite. What’s cool is that you can run it hosted OR self-hosted (whereas most cart systems are provided by hosting companies and you pay monthly). Although the one-time cost is priced extremely reasonably (I paid more for 3 months of a cart I never used), Don has offered a copy to one of you for free.
Prize –  Copy of MyMuseSite Content Management System and Online Store
Last year, this yummy laptop bag from eBags caught my eye, and I’ve wanted it ever since. I am a firm advocate of getting out of the house and working at your local free wifi spot to avoid burnout – so I’ll be giving you a helping and balancing hand in style when I send you this adorable portable office mover.
Prize –  Scrumptious Laptop Bag
So How Do You Participate in this Educational Blogging Party and Win these Swanky Prizes?
All you have to do is jump in and join the Group Research Project!
- Pick a topic below
- Leave a comment with the # of your choice (so that we can avoid too much overlap)
- Write a How To post on your blog
- Send me a trackback or email me a link by Thursday 10:00am CDT (GMT -6)
- I will post a roundup of everyone’s links on Thursday afternoon
Here’s our Subject List:
- How to minimize or eliminate the SEO impact of moving a blog URL (Jordan)
- How to maximize the use of StatCounter (Joe)
- How to choose a free web analytics package (Randa)
- How to use Reddit to market and promote your posts
- How to set up a blog on WordPress.com (Shaz)
- How does site code affect SEO, and what can a non-techie person do to understand what needs to be changed (Susan)
- How to start and market yourself as a consultant online (I nominate Dawud for this one!)
- How to migrate a blog from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog (Todd)
- A quickstart guide to getting started with self-hosted WordPress (I have a series of posts planned for this)
- How to cross-market your blog and your business, promoting each to each other’s audience (Melissa)
- How to market and promote your business via Facebook
- How to get independent advertisers for a blog
- How to prepare for a Google Page Rank update (Court)
- How to set up a home business – as in the legal, bookkeeping, and business plan side of things (Stephanie)
- How can moms market their blogs and businesses via social networking, and which sites should they use (Char)
- The beginners guide to designing a WordPress theme for those who are graphically challenged (Shaz)
- The beginners guide to CSS (Lucy & Amy)
- How (and why) to get started Video Blogging (Stephen)
- How to leap from the security of a day job to a home business without collapsing under a punishing startup pace
- How to use Google Sitemaps (Jeri)
- How to balance work and home life for Dads (Ben)
- How to improve your copywriting skills (Roxy)
- How to write better headlines and hooks (Jo)
- How to market your business via MySpace (Aaron)
- Don’t see a good one? Add your own and leave it in a comment!
Obviously the topics have been claimed quickly – so please feel free to make up your own and let us know about it, or add your ideas below!
Happy learning everyone!