It’s time for another giveaway at Make Bracelets. The occasion? Make Bracelets Blog just passed 500 email subscribers today! I want to celebrate by sharing some goodies and tips with you.Warning: This is wordy. Generally I’m not. I value pictures and white space. You must read the entire post to get the details to win fabulous prizes! Time has flown by since I began writing Make Bracelets early last November. I started this blog 9.5 months ago for several reasons: Most importantly, I wanted to connect with other people who liked to make jewelry as much as I did. I have made jewelry for about 8 years as a hobby (some years more than others depending on the age of my kids, my commute, etc.). I knew there were lots of passionate jewelry makers out there but I had not had time or made the effort to connect with them. When I had time to really get back into making lots of jewelry, too many eyes were glazing over when I tried to share my excitement about beads and such. It’s been said: Hobbies are boring subjects to most unless they share the same hobby. I needed to connect with others that “Got It”.
Secondly, my blog was going to be an experiment in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to see how quickly I could be “discovered” and rank in Google for key words on the internet. Afterall, if I was going to take the time to write – I wanted people to read and respond to what I was taking the time to produce. Through my various careers, extracurricular classes, conferences and seminars, I knew what to do to market and optimize a blog. I just had not put it into action for myself. I had not had the time. My work was always for the benefit of others.
Thirdly, I wanted to inspire and teach others. I have had three successful and very different professional careers in my more than 40 years. I had discovered in all of my jobs I had always managed to create a teaching component or was placed in a position in each career that allowed me pass my knowledge on to others. That’s just me. My life is enriched when I can share “How To…” with others.
Lastly, I am not happy unless I am learning or perfecting a skill. There is a quote that sums this up for me.
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. ~John Cotton Dana
For me, teaching and passing it on is a way to never stop growing and learning myself. It’s an investment of time, money and effort I will never regret. This is why I do what I do. Now on the Giveaway…
Giveaway Details – 2 Opportunities!
#1: Leave a comment with your favorite kinds of beads to work with and favorite color palette for a chance to win a mystery bead and finding package. As always, wrapped up all nice and pretty! I can’t promise to get exactly your fav’s – but it helps me to get to know you and your taste. I have found my Mystery Packages to be well received and I have enjoyed seeing pictures of the amazing jewelry that has been made from my stash.
#2: I am going to do something I have never done before. It will not be for everyone. You have to have a blog or just starting to set one up. I am going to offer my time via phone or Skype (your choice) to a blog owner to share some of the easy and fast methods I have used to get traffic. How to rank for key words, how I research key words and how I have gained over 106,000 page views mostly in the last 7 months without being published in magazines, without visiting tons of blogs and commenting, without submitting to blog directories and only participating in maybe one blog hop. Don’t get me wrong. All of those methods work – but they are time consuming. I am lazy about my traffic and spend very little time working on it. I only post once a week – sometimes twice if I am lucky and have only tried to rank for a few words. I will show you a few things to keep in mind when you are writing or even naming your blog, maybe even how a little SEO over at YouTube can help. My three little tutorial videos have received about 26,000 views in the last few months and help bring new blog visitors all the time. You must leave your blog address and/or blog under construction info in the comment box so I can draw a random winner.
Update: To be entered for both drawings you must tell me your fav beads and colors and specify you want help with your blog & traffic. I can’t assume you want search engine and traffic help if you have a blog and don’t say you want help. Thanks!
All commenters are numbered and then entered into randomorg.com to choose a winner. This Giveaway will end Sunday the 21st of August. Winner will be drawn and announced early on Monday the 22nd. It does not matter where you live. We can coordinate time zones and I am happy to ship anywhere. You may enter a comment for each opportunity if it interests you or applies to you. You may only win one giveaway.
Ouch my fingers hurt! Thanks for sticking with me. For those of you that just want jewelry making eye candy. I will be back with more of that soon! Less words – more pictures!