blogs http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/28/all en-US Don't Forget to Nominate Your Favorite Blogs for the 2013 Plutus Awards http://www.wisebread.com/dont-forget-to-nominate-your-favorite-blogs-for-the-2013-plutus-awards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-forget-to-nominate-your-favorite-blogs-for-the-2013-plutus-awards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/city-4715778-small.jpg" alt="St. Louis skyline" title="St. Louis skyline" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nominations for <a href="http://www.plutusawards.com/">The 4th Annual Plutus Awards</a> are officially underway! The amazing Luke Landes (aka Flexo) from <a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/">Consumerism Commentary</a> is bringing back the awards for a fourth time to recognize the best personal finance blogs from around the web!</p> <p>What makes being nominated for a Plutus Award (and just the awards in general) so awesome? Journalist Donna Freedman explains:</p> <blockquote><p>It really IS an honor to be nominated for a Plutus because it means other writers are not just reading you, they're remembering you. Your words have made an impact. That's why I was delighted to win the 2011 &quot;best blog contributor/freelance writer.&quot; Approximately six bajillion articles get published online every day. To be noticed, to be remembered -- well, it made me a little sniffly. In addition to the ego strokes, the annual competition is a great chance to help other writers. If you think the world should know about, say, <a href="http://ipickuppennies.net/">IPickUpPennies.net</a> -- just to pull a name out of thin air* -- because it's a &quot;Best Kept Secret&quot; kind of blog, then you can nominate that site and get other people over there to read it.</p> <p>Thanks, Flexo, for creating a showcase for our words. Plenty of people do this for love, not for money; relatively few can make a real living writing. That makes the awards even more important: You're getting noticed for something that you do for readers, week in and week out, in addition to your day job.</p> <p>*Okay, so I didn't exactly pull it out of thin air. But I still think you should vote for it.</p> </blockquote> <p>Nominations opened on August 11th and will end on September 23rd. You can make your nominations <a href="http://www.plutusawards.com/vote/">here</a>! Finalists will be revealed on October 1st, then a panel will vote for the winners in each category. Winners will be revealed at The Plutus Awards Ceremony at <a href="http://financialbloggerconference.com/">FinCon13</a>, hosted by the extremely talented and hilarious Kevin from <a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/">Thousandaire</a>! (Spoiler Alert: I will be performing in the opening musical number along with a few other personal finance bloggers, don't miss it!)</p> <p>You can make up to three nominations per category. The categories are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Best New Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Personal Finance Blog for Young Adults</li> <li>Best Personal Finance Blog for Retirement</li> <li>Best Designed Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Green/Sustainability Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Canadian Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best International Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Religious Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Investing-Focused Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Debt-Focused Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Frugality-Focused Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Tax-Focused Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best-Kept Secret Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Multimedia for a Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Personal&nbsp;Finance Micro-Blog</li> <li>Best Researched Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Collaborative Blogger Project</li> <li>Most Humerous Personal Finance Blog</li> <li>Best Blog Contributor or Freelance Writer</li> <li>LIfetime Achievement Award</li> <li>Blog of the Year</li> </ul> <p>Be sure to take some time to nominate your favorite blogs!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-forget-to-nominate-your-favorite-blogs-for-the-2013-plutus-awards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3rd-annual-plutus-awards">The 3rd Annual Plutus Awards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-on-thursday-35-12pm-pst-for-a-chance-to-win-300-in-prizes">Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 3/5, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $300 in Prizes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-on-thursday-25-12pm-pacific-for-a-chance-to-win-prizes">Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 2/5, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-at-400-cdt-for-a-chance-to-win-prizes">Join Our Tweetchat for a Chance to Win Prizes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-on-thursday-226-12pm-pst-for-a-chance-to-win-100-in-prizes">Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 2/26, 12pm PST for a Chance to Win $100 in Prizes!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Announcements blogs fincon fincon 13 Plutus Awards Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:24:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 986773 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About http://www.wisebread.com/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_working_in_park.jpg" alt="Man working in park" title="Man working in park" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are thousands of sites out there filled with career advice. From figuring out what you want to do and effectively networking to helping you get paid what you deserve, these sites can help you not only land a job you love, but do it better than everyone else. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a>)</p> <div> <h2>For Beginners</h2> <p>Don't know where to start? If you're straight out of college and feel like you need a place to grasp the basics, these sites are perfect places to begin.</p> <h4>Job Searching at About.com</h4> <p>There are lots of basics on <a href="http://jobsearch.about.com/">About.com's Job Searching Site</a>; it's a good place to start and get a little bit of everything nailed down. If you have no clue about writing a resume or what happens on an interview, this is a good primer.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Businessweek: Managing Your Career</h4> <p>Businessweek's <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/managing/career/">Managing Your Career</a> site has a variety of articles and really nice sections along the right-hand side, like articles from the Harvard Business Review. Overall, it&rsquo;s like the next step up from the About.com site with lots of general advice.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Brazen Careerist Blog</h4> <p>A great source of advice geared towards young professionals and college students. They&rsquo;ve got great insight on relatively new issues like social media and networking in a digital age. Sample Post: <a href="http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2011/10/17/how-to-take-that-dream-trip-and-boost-your-career/">How to Take That Dream Trip While Boosting Your Career</a></p> <h2>Salary Comparison Sites</h2> <p>Whether you're looking for a new job or want a raise at your current one, it's crucial that you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-the-most-out-of-salary-comparison-sites">know what the market is paying</a>. Otherwise you're guessing &mdash; and if you try to negotiate without any solid data, you aren't going to make a good case. These sites have the best salary information out there.</p> <h4>Salary.com</h4> <p><a href="http://www.salary.com">Salary.com</a> has a bunch of stuff on it, but the reason why it&rsquo;s great is that getting a salary estimate for a specific job is very fast. Type in the job name and your city, and you&rsquo;re done.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Glassdoor.com</h4> <p>This site is similar to Salary.com, only <a href="http://glassdoor.com">Glassdoor</a> has a job-search engine better integrated into their site. You can also read about each company, its interview process, and reviews by other candidates. It's Salary.com on steroids.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Payscale.com</h4> <p>Their content is a little better than Salary.com, but the reason you&rsquo;re here is to get another data point and an idea of what a position is being paid in your city. <a href="http://www.payscale.com">Payscale</a> asks you for more information before spitting out the number, but it's still worth it.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Indeed.com</h4> <p>They have some cool trending charts that are pretty interesting, but (again) the reason I like <a href="http://indeed.com">Indeed</a> is because it&rsquo;s very fast and easy to get a salary estimate by simply entering the position and the city &mdash; maybe the fastest of the bunch.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Networking</h2> <p>Some people think of networking as something sleazy &mdash; doing a favor in exchange for another favor. Networking is simply knowing people and being known in exchange. These sites are the best way to add new contacts and keep in touch with your current connections.</p> <h4>Facebook</h4> <p>People don&rsquo;t think of Facebook when they think of networking (they pair LinkedIn with work and Facebook with play). But that&rsquo;s the wrong mentality to have when it comes to networking. <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/networking-socializing/">Networking is about socializing</a>, and that&rsquo;s what <a href="http://www.facebook.com">Facebook</a> is all about.&nbsp;</p> <h4>LinkedIn.com</h4> <p>Until you clean up your Facebook profile, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com">LinkedIn</a> is a great way to expand your work contacts. From your former classmates to employees at the company you&rsquo;d like to work for, you&rsquo;ll likely find a way to add some valuable contacts to your network.</p> <h4>Your Alumni Network</h4> <p>Google the school you graduated from (grad or undergrad, it doesn&rsquo;t matter) followed by &ldquo;alumni network.&rdquo; Now sign up and follow the instructions to verify you&rsquo;re an actual alum. Most schools will have a tool that allows you to search other alums and connect with them. Having a school in common is a great buffer to starting a mutually beneficial relationship.</p> <h2>Work Hacks</h2> <p>These are some great sites with fantastic career advice.</p> <h4>Lifehacker</h4> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com">Lifehacker</a> is all about finding ways to create shortcuts that make us all <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-efficient-ways-to-boost-productivity">more productive</a>, and their career section is filled with helpful tips. Sample post: <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5836507/how-to-use-linkedin-to-increase-your-hirability?tag=career">How to Use LinkedIn to Increase Your Hirability</a></p> <h4>Tim Ferris's Four Hour Workweek Blog</h4> <p><a href="http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog">Tim</a> doesn&rsquo;t update as frequently as other sites, but this is a great place to shake you out of the everyday. It's always good to be a little bit &ldquo;out there,&rdquo; and Tim does that well. Sample post: <a href="http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2011/09/29/8-steps-to-getting-what-you-want-without-formal-credentials/">8 Steps to Getting What You Want Without Formal Credentials</a></p> <h4>The Corner Office (From The New York Times)</h4> <p>One of my favorite features out there, the weekly <a href="http://projects.nytimes.com/corner-office">Corner Office column</a> interviews a high-level executive to find out what they&rsquo;ve learned and how they&rsquo;ve achieved success. It's incredibly insightful and the inspiration for my own <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/announcing-the-ninja-employee-newsletter/">Ninja Employee Newsletter</a>. Sample Post: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/business/david-sacks-of-yammer-on-fostering-dissent-corner-office.html">Fostering a Culture of Dissent</a></p> <h4>Workawesome</h4> <p>Like Lifehacker, <a href="http://workawesome.com">Workawesome</a> focuses on practical content &mdash; things you can do right now to make your job better and boost your career. From dealing with coworkers to saving time, they have something for everyone. Sample post: <a href="http://workawesome.com/communication/how-to-deal-with-difficult-people/">How to Deal with Difficult People</a></p> <h4>I&nbsp;Will Teach You To Be Rich</h4> <p><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog">Ramit</a> isn&rsquo;t shy about telling you what works and what&rsquo;s a big waste of time. His blunt style might not jibe with some, but his honesty and intense focus on results is refreshing. The site sounds like a scam, but he&rsquo;s anything but. Sample post: <a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-i-helped-a-friend-find-her-dream-job-twice/">How I Helped a Friend Find Her Dream Job...Twice</a></p> <p><em>Did I miss any good ones? Please mention your favorite career sites in the comments!</em></p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-tools-to-help-you-land-a-job">5 Online Tools to Help You Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sit-in-on-a-class-at-mit-for-free">Sit in on a Class at MIT for Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-women-dont-negotiate">Why Women Don&#039;t Negotiate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-go-to-college-to-learn">Don&#039;t Go to College to Learn</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Technology blogs career sites networking salary negotiating Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:48:56 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 773383 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Key Social Media Findings That Affect Your Business http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-key-social-media-findings-that-affect-your-business <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-key-social-media-findings-that-affect-your-business" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-key-social-media-findings-that-affect-your-b...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/5-key-social-media-findings-that-affect-your-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000015597389Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Nielsen group recently came out with a fantastic report on <a target="_blank" href="http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/social/">social media usage in 2011</a>, and the findings were a bit surprising. Sure, there were a few no-brainers like &ldquo;U.S. internet users spend more time on Facebook more than any other site,&rdquo; but buried in <a target="_blank" href="http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/social/">the report</a> were some interesting nuggets. That may have a major impact on your business. These are five of the most interesting facts the study uncovered about how we use social networks.</p> <p><strong>1. Americans spend most of their time online on social network and blogs.</strong></p> <p>We all knew that Americans spent a lot of time on Facebook, but to put this into perspective, we only spend about 7.6 percent of our time checking email. We spend almost three times (23 percent) more time on blogs and social networks than checking email.</p> <p>The report also shows that 4 out of 5 active American internet users visit social networks and blogs, and blogs and social networks are used by over three quarters of active internet users (across 10 major global markets).</p> <p>There are a couple key takeaways from this.</p> <ul> <li><b>If you're not building up profiles on social networks for your small business, you're already behind</b>. Your customers are already there, talking about you, waiting for you to respond. Go meet them!</li> <li><b>Blogs are still very important for small businesses</b>. I can't stress this enough. Successful online businesses or destinations have blogs. They're great for communication, evergreen content, and even search engine optimization. People haven't stopped reading blogs like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/technology/internet/21blog.html?_r=2">some might like you to believe</a>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>2. 70 percent of active online adult social networkers shop online.</strong></p> <p>If an adult is on a social network, odds are she is somewhat computer savvy. She'll spend more time online than the &quot;average intent user&quot;, doing things like checking email, reading news sites and blogs, chatting, and shopping.</p> <p>If I was marketing a product, I'd make certain that I was marketing it on social networks. You have to sell where your buyers are, and a lot of them are on social networks.</p> <p><strong>3. 53 percent of active adult social networkers follow a brand; only 32 percent follow a celebrity.</strong></p> <p>Most people still subscribe to the myth that Twitter and Facebook are only for teens to follow celebrities talking about the daily activities of their cats. Not true... The people who most likely will be buying your products, (or are at least old enough to have a credit card), are looking for your brand on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Adults have made it clear that they want to follow brands across social networks.</p> <p><strong>4. 60 percent of social media users create reviews of products or services.</strong></p> <p>Consumers on social media rely on the recommendations of their friends or peers. They're also more likely to write reviews of your product or service. Active social media users greatly influence the shopping habits of their friends. Example: If my buddy from work says your product stinks, I'm probably not going to buy it. It's not a question of <i>are</i> they talking about your brand. They're talking about you. The question is: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/marketing/article/pros-and-cons-of-online-customer-product-reviews-1">how are they talking about your products</a>? Are you listening? Are you communicating with them?</p> <p><strong>5. The number of mobile internet users is up 47 percent from last year.</strong></p> <p>Is your site optimized for mobile usage? Mobile usage is exploding across social networks. Here are a few more interesting facts from the study:</p> <ul> <li>Twice as many people aged 55+ visit social networking sites on their mobile phone than did last year;</li> <li>Mobile internet audience for social networking sites is up 62 percent since last year;</li> <li>2 in 5 social media users access these services from their mobile phones.</li> </ul> <p>Mobile usage is real, and it could greatly help or hurt your online business. Consider this: as people write reviews and discuss your product on social networking sites, their friends and followers read and click through to your product. From there, the mobile experience on your site could encourage people to buy your product, or quickly send them away.</p> <p><strong>Key Takeaways</strong></p> <p>What exactly does this mean for your business?</p> <ul> <li><b>If your business doesn't have a strong presence in social media or blogging, start today.</b> Don't wait. You're missing out on connections with customers, brand satisfaction, and more sales. People are talking about your brand. Make sure you're there to respond.</li> <li><b>Mobile usage across key age groups is exploding</b>. If you don't have a mobile site of some sort, you need to build one. Loading traditional webpages from the phone takes much longer, and those who want to buy on the phone want <i>instant gratification</i>. Create a fast and simple experience that allows mobile users to learn more about your product and buy right from their phones.</li> </ul> <p><i>Glen Stansberry is currently building </i><a target="_blank" href="http://www.appsourced.com/"><i><span>Appsourced</span></i></a><i>, an application that makes finding apps easier.</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/glen-stansberry">Glen Stansberry</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-key-social-media-findings-that-affect-your-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-use-social-media-in-business">13 Ways to Use Social Media in Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/social-media-an-easy-source-of-coupons">Social Media: An Easy Source of Coupons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-facebook-updates-that-are-making-you-look-stupid">7 Facebook Updates That Are Making You Look Stupid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/social-media-and-identity-theft-in-2010">Social Media and Identity Theft in 2010</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center blogs business blogs Facebook google plus LinkedIn mobile marketing small business social media social media marketing Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:06:25 +0000 Glen Stansberry 713549 at http://www.wisebread.com Blogs are Not Second Class http://www.wisebread.com/blogs-are-not-second-class <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blogs-are-not-second-class" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/no blog hate logo copy.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="185" height="182" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Those of you who have come to know <a href="http://www.wisebread.com">Wise Bread</a> and <a href="http://www.parentingsquad.com">Parenting Squad</a> are probably aware that they are blogs – Killer Aces Media FairBlogs ™ to be exact.<span> </span>So what’s the big deal?<span> </span>Apparently, in some web circles, blogs are nothing to be impressed by. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">I was cruising the web, checking weather forecasts and local news, when I stumbled upon a website that had all the makings of a bookmarked favorite.<span> </span>There were daily updates with conversational style and links to many resources that I would find useful in my daily life.<span> </span>It was professional and had flair.<span> </span>It was, in fact, one of the best blogs I’ve ever taken the time to read. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">I did a quick check at the FAQ’s in hopes of learning more about the content creators, when I was startled by an answer that rang my bell.<span> </span>In answer to the question, “I like your blog, can I link to you?” the editor’s response was curt.<span> </span>The website, was “not a blog.” <span> </span>Then the reader was directed to the official “blog” of the editor, an online journal of trips to the grocery store and updates on well-baby checks.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Odd, isn’t it?<span> </span>In a time when blogs are becoming the most efficient method for keeping websites up-to-date, many self-made gurus of the old school web-template format feel the need to bristle at the mention of “blog.”<span> </span>Somewhere along the line, blogs have only become attributed to mommies, poets, and corporate marketing strategy.<span> </span>How is this possible? </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog">Wiki</a> defines “blog as “a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau" title="Portmanteau">portmanteau</a> of <span>web log”.<span> </span>So all I have to do to qualify as a blog is keep regular updates on my website?<span> </span>I don’t necessarily have to use Blogger or Typepad?<span> </span>I can omit mentions of my son’s soggy diaper or pictures of my latest family gathering?<span> </span>Blogs can be useful sources of information on all kinds of subjects? </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Apparently so. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>I understand that as bloggers, we have evolved from the earliest forms of online journaling.<span> </span>There was much excitement over a way to communicate both the mundane and odd bits of life with millions of potential readers.<span> </span>Since 2001, however, blogs have been used to enlighten the world with the intellect, emotion, and sincerity of thousands of experts and non-experts with more than just a tale to tell.<span> </span>They have been used to educate on topics ranging from politics, health, news, education, celebrity, and the details of nuclear physics. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Blogs have finally made it.<span> </span><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>So what do I say to those who wish to “poo-poo” away the merits of bloggers and the virtual homes where they live?<span> </span>You might want to consider joining us. <br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>With information changing quicker than the monthly newsletter or corporate website can keep up with, maybe blogging is the solution for you.<span> </span>With every quality post, you are helping to bring credibility to this new voice of the masses.<span> </span>Who knows?<span> </span>Your customers and readers may even like it.</span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blogs-are-not-second-class">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/weird-things-you-didnt-know-about-valentines-day">Weird Things You Didn&#039;t Know About Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fbi-considered-its-a-wonderful-life-communist-propaganda">FBI Considered &quot;It&#039;s A Wonderful Life&quot; Communist Propaganda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-larger-breasts">The Secret to Larger Breasts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-metaphors-you-wouldnt-punch-a-kitten-would-you">Money Metaphors (You wouldn&#039;t punch a kitten, would you?)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary blogs Mon, 14 Jan 2008 21:06:29 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1632 at http://www.wisebread.com Getting Rich Slowly: Interview with JD Roth http://www.wisebread.com/getting-rich-slowly-interview-with-jd-roth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/getting-rich-slowly-interview-with-jd-roth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fortune.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="248" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>JD Roth is a familiar face in the world of personal finance blogging. He started his site, Get Rich Slowly, in 2005, writing about his own experiences in trying to build personal wealth without gimmicks. He has since developed a loyal following readership, and has continued to build his site around personal finance. I asked JD to tell us a little about his personal transformation into a money-wise, financially-savvy blogger.</p> <p>------------------------------------------------------------------------------------&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>You write one of the most <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/">popular personal finance blogs</a> on the internet. What do you think it is about your content that people respond to so positively?</strong></p> <p>I think there are several things at work here. First, I'm just an average guy. I'm not some financial guru. I wasn't born to wealth. My family was poor, and I made things worse by making stupid mistakes when I was a young adult. I've been where a lot of my readers are now. People can relate to my journey.</p> <p>Also, I tend to write about a variety of subjects. If I were writing about the best credit card deals and high-interest savings accounts all day, it would bore me to tears. Don't get me wrong, there's a place for sites like that, but I couldn't write one. I think people like seeing personal finance covered from a variety of angles.</p> <p>Finally, I've been fortunate to pick up a large readership, one that includes some great folks with interesting financial experiences. I'm very open to sharing reader stories on my site. If somebody makes a great comment on a post, I will sometimes work with the author to turn it into an actual article. I field reader questions. I accept guest posts. I think all of these things help foster a community of like-minded people.</p> <p>Oh yeah -- I like to think that I write well. Maybe I'm fooling myself, but I work hard to be a clear, effective communicator. That helps.</p> <p><img height="64" width="64" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u14/happyjdbw.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><strong>Are you actually rich? Do you believe that you, personally, know what it takes to accumulate wealth? In other words, what makes you so special, finance-wise?</strong></p> <p>Ha!</p> <p>Okay, maybe that's not a funny question. My first reaction is, &quot;No way! I'm not rich!&quot; But when I think about it, maybe I am. Certainly I am when compared to most of the world. But to answer the question I think you're asking:</p> <p>Before starting Get Rich Slowly, I was an average middle-class guy struggling to make ends meet. I was living paycheck-to-paycheck. As I mentioned before, I was raised in a poor family. Through hard work and good fortune, I've managed to create a firmly middle-class life for myself. I was raised poor, have lived middle-class, and am working toward becoming rich.</p> <p>Do I know what it takes to accumulate wealth? I don't know. I'm *learning* what it takes to accumulate wealth. I can see positive results in my own life that have come from following the advice I preach. I think what makes me special finance-wise is that I'm an average guy struggling to reach the same destination that my readers are trying to reach. I'm experimenting with things as I go along. I'm sharing my results.</p> <p>By the way, one thing I feel that I don't convey strongly enough at GRS is that *entrepreneurship is awesome*. If you have a talent or skill, brainstorm ways that it can produce income for you. Start a side business. This is one of the best ways to pursue wealth, yet I'd guess 95% of people completely ignore the suggestion to look into entrepreneurship. They think it's not for them. That's too bad. I think it's for everyone...</p> <p><strong>OK, OK. So being &quot;rich&quot; isn't just about being wealthy, but everyone's definition of &quot;rich&quot; is a little different. How would you define it for yourself?</strong></p> <p>This is something I've been struggling with lately. Now that I'm nearly debt free, I'm preparing to set other financial goals. But what will they be? Do I really want to be &quot;rich&quot;? And what do I mean by that?</p> <p>In the past, I always thought that a person with a big house and a fancy car was rich. Now I understand that material wealth just means a person spends a lot. They may or may not be wealthy. Aside from a few things -- a MINI Cooper, for example -- I don't really covet material goods anymore. Instead, I value time, both alone and with friends. So, for me &quot;rich&quot; now means freedom to do what I want.</p> <p><strong>Do you still have a day job, or are you blogging full-time?</strong></p> <p>Ah, what a deep question. You probably thought it was innocuous, didn't you? :)</p> <p>The answer is yes and yes. That is, I do have a day job, and I do blog full time. You do the math. It's not a pretty picture. Actually, I do have a timeline to begin cutting back at the day job. Beginning 01 Jan 2008, I'm dropping to 29 hours a week. This is a scary move for me -- the day job is a Sure Thing, you know? But GRS is producing enough income now that I can cut back at the day job and not feel the pinch so sharply. And by cutting back, I'll be able to have large uninterrupted blocks of time to write. Large uninterrupted blocks of time are golden.</p> <p><strong>You mentioned being raised poor. How do you think your upbringing influenced your financial habits, if it did at all?</strong></p> <p>It had a *huge* impact. Because we didn't have much, I grew up as a hoarder. I wanted to keep everything I could get. When I got older and had access to credit, I felt like I had to buy anything I wanted. On some level, I guess I thought that if I *didn't* buy the things I wanted, I might not be able to later. Speaking with other folks who were raised poor, many have had similar reactions. Unfortunately, we don't realize we're doing this until it's too late, and we're up to our eyeballs in debt.</p> <p>Looking back, I can see that part of the reason we were poor is because my parents were spenders. It's true that my family had a low income, but my parents did nothing to keep what little money they earned. My father bought all sorts of toys -- boats, airplanes -- and then had to sell them when he couldn't afford payments.</p> <p>Being raised poor warped my concept of money, I think.</p> <p><strong>What was it that caused you to decide to make a change from the paycheck-to-paycheck existence?</strong></p> <p>The answer to this is complex.</p> <p>In 1998, it looked like my wife and I might move across the country so that she could go back to school. When I looked at my financial situation, though, I realized that this would put me in a terrible bind. I had too much debt. This prompted me to cut up my credit cards.</p> <p>I carried that debt for a long time, making minimum payments, etc. Eventually I converted the debt to a home equity loan. This reduced the payments and gave the debt a finite horizon -- in ten years it would be paid off. Though I no longer accumulated credit card debt, I still found ways to spend. I took out private loans. I spent everything in my paycheck (and sometimes more).</p> <p>Finally, about three years ago I read Your Money or Your Life, and then The Total Money Makeover. These two books were wake-up calls. I sat down and drew up a plan to get out of debt. For a year or so, I just fumbled around. I made some progress, but not as much as I'd hoped. Then, in the spring of 2006, I read a couple of other personal finance books. As PF books, they're not much, but at the time, they spurred me to action. Now, eighteen months later, I'm nearly debt free.</p> <p>So, there wasn't any one thing that made me change from a paycheck-to-paycheck existence.</p> <p><strong>What was the best financial move you made to transition from someone who was struggling to make ends meet to someone who is financially solvent?</strong></p> <p>This is a tough question. There are a couple of good answers.</p> <p>First, I began to educate myself. I read books about personal finance. I read magazines. Second, I implemented Dave Ramsey's &quot;debt snowball&quot;. Finally, I started Get Rich Slowly.</p> <p><strong>Regarding entrepreneurship, do you have a single piece of advice that you would offer people who are thinking of starting a business on the side?</strong></p> <p>Take the leap! Starting a side business is scary. You're not sure what to do. But you learn as you go. It's a risky thing, but risk brings reward. If you have something you're passionate about, begin making small steps toward turning it into a money-making venture. Do one thing every day to lead you toward that goal. Don't be scared. Ask questions. Have fun!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-rich-slowly-interview-with-jd-roth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-good-writing-skills-saves-and-earns-money">How good writing skills save and earn money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-linktastic">It&#039;s Linktastic!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrive-as-a-starving-writer-lessons-from-the-experts">Thrive as a Starving Writer--Lessons from the Experts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whos-linking-to-wise-bread">Who&#039;s Linking to Wise Bread?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-o-rama">Link-o-rama</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance blogger blogs frugal websites get rich slowly writer writing Thu, 25 Oct 2007 13:30:05 +0000 Andrea Karim 1320 at http://www.wisebread.com It's the linkster! The linkmeister! http://www.wisebread.com/its-the-linkster-the-linkmeister <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/linksbw_0.jpg" alt=" " width="193" height="173" /></p> <p>It&#39;s time for our weekly round-up of linky love. As always, if you feel you&#39;ve been unfairly left off the list, please let us know by emailing our editors at <a href="mailto:tips@wisebread.com">tips@wisebread.com</a>.</p> <p>Ivy at Home Ec 101 gave us some <a href="http://www.home-ec101.com/?p=306">serious love</a>. Thanks, Ivy!</p> <p>Jessica Okon&#39;s <a href="/free-stuff-for-one-and-all">free stuff</a> post got a mention in the Carnival of Personal Finance on <a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/index.php/2007/06/13/about-insurance-thrift-stores-and-free-stuff-my-carnival-picks/">The Digerati Life</a>, and another one on the Festival of Frugality, hosted by <a href="http://frugalupstate.blogspot.com/2007/06/festival-of-frugality.html">Frugal Upstate</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://fabulouslybrokeinthecity.blogspot.com/2007/06/via-andrea-dickson-wisebread-resisting.html">Fabulously Broke in the City</a> linked to my story about <a href="/resisting-the-impulse-beauty-buy">resisting impulse beauty buys</a>. </p> <p>The Digerati Life was sending us <a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/index.php/2007/06/10/stock-picking-tool-the-google-currency-converter-in-the-weekend-roundup/">SO much love</a> this week, also linking to Jessica Harp&#39;s story about <a href="/fine-dining-on-a-take-out-budget">fine dining on a budget</a>.</p> <p>Will gets what I believe is <a href="http://blog.dimok.ru/na-chto-myi-tratim-vremya-zrya">our first Russian blog mention</a>. Of course, we have no idea what they are saying, but I do believe that it&#39;s a translation of the following interview round-up from <a href="http://www.productivity501.com/interview-becoming-effective/259/">Productivity501</a>. Spaciba! We think!</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/06/12/the-simple-dollar-morning-roundup-toddler-stuffed-animal-attachment-edition/">The Simple Dollar</a> linked to our &quot;Worst Financial Mistakes&quot; post. Much obliged. </p> <p><a href="http://kclau.com/2007/06/09/frugal-do-it-with-dignity/">KC Lau</a>, a Malaysian-based PF blogger, didn&#39;t seem to think that our <a href="/frugal-or-just-plain-wrong">Frugal/Wrong</a> ideas were THAT wrong. </p> <p>Gretchen Rubin at <a href="http://www.happinessproject.typepad.com/">The Happiness Project</a> just seems to like us overall. That makes us happy, and in turn, makes Gretchen happy. Or something like that. </p> <p><a href="http://blogher.org/node/20582">Blogher</a> noticed my article on <a href="/free-food-in-your-yard-edible-weeds">edible weeds</a> - thanks for the linkage!</p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/superchic001/"><em>Alanna Ralph</em></a><em>.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-the-linkster-the-linkmeister">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-linktastic">It&#039;s Linktastic!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whos-linking-to-wise-bread">Who&#039;s Linking to Wise Bread?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-link-us-you-really-really-link-us">You link us! You really, really link us!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-love-makes-the-world-go-round">Link-Love Makes the World Go &#039;Round</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-o-rama">Link-o-rama</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance blogs links love Wed, 13 Jun 2007 17:25:33 +0000 Andrea Karim 731 at http://www.wisebread.com Using WordPress for Blogging and More http://www.wisebread.com/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Woman-on-beach-with-laptop.jpg" alt="At the beach on a laptop" title="At the beach on a laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="276" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article provides some instructions for anyone who would like to set up a basic website for themselves, but who does not have much experience with HTML, CSS, PHP, etc.</em></p> <p>Much to the chagrin of some designers and programmers, there’s a variety of easy-to-use software available that makes building and publishing a blog or website easy for anyone, regardless of experience, to do. With a few clicks, you can make your own attractive and easy-to-maintain website for personal or business use.</p> <h3>It’s a drag-&#39;n-drop, cut-&#39;n-paste WYSIWYG world, folks.</h3> <p>While everyone has a preference, this article will focus on <a href="http://wordpress.org/" target="_blank" title="WordPress">WordPress</a>.</p> <p>WordPress is one of many blogging platforms available and it’s free, easy to install, has an intuitive interface and has a lot of extensibility with a growing number of design themes and <a href="http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/" target="_blank" title="WordPress plugin directory">plugins</a> available. Many people use it for blogging, but it can be used to build a website that allows the site owner(s) a great deal of flexibility, as far as creating new sections, adding functionality and features (with the free plugins), and adding and editing content without having to update all the other pages in the site.</p> <h3><span class="heading">Start Me Up</span></h3> <p><span class="sub-heading">To get started, you need to have a domain name on a server that supports PHP and MySQL. Before you sign up for a plan, ask your hosting company if you can install WordPress on their servers, just to make sure they can support it. Then choose a plan that specifies Linux (as opposed to Windows) for PHP support.</span></p> <p>Some hosts, like <a href="http://www.godaddy.com" target="_blank" title="GoDaddy">GoDaddy</a> , offer WordPress as part of a number of tools you can use with your account, and you can install with just a few steps right thru their site. If you plan on using WordPress as the ‘engine’ to run your site, you want to install it in the root (i.e. main) directory; if you plan on using it as a blog as an addition to your site which has its own separate HTML pages, you would install it into its own directory (e.g. <a href="http://www.yoursite.com/blog" title="www.yoursite.com/blog">www.yoursite.com/blog</a>, where ‘blog’ is the directory where you install WordPress).</p> <p>If you decide to install it on your own, but aren’t 100% sure if you’re doing it correctly, follow WordPress’s ‘<a href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install" target="_blank" title="Five-Minute Install Instructions">Famous 5-Minute Install</a>’ instructions and you should be up and running in… well, about 5 minutes. Or you could try and <a href="http://install4free.wordpress.net/" target="_blank" title="install4free.wordpress.net">have someone install it for you</a>.</p> <h3><span class="heading">Make It Look Cool</span></h3> <p><span class="sub-heading">Your new site looks like a generic blog, but now you can look for a <a href="http://themes.wordpress.net/theme-viewer.php" target="_blank" title="Design themes">new design theme</a>. You can choose from a variety of styles based on parameters you choose, like 1 column, 2 column, green, red, left sidebar, right sidebar, etc. You can even choose a few and download them if you want to change your theme after you’ve installed it.</span></p> <p>If you don&#39;t have one already, you’ll need an FTP client to install and apply your theme. Depending on your computer platform, you can search a site like <a href="http://www.versiontracker.com" target="_blank" title="VersionTracker">VersionTracker</a> for the software. Some are free, some are commercial or shareware; you can choose based on your needs, rating, cost, etc. If you are using a program like Dreamweaver, you just create a new site and you can use the interface and FTP function to manage your files and uploads. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/themes-small_0.jpg" alt="Themes" width="242" height="121" align="left" />Login to your server and upload your theme (in its folder) to the folder ‘<strong>themes</strong>’ located inside the ‘<strong>wp-content</strong>’ folder. When you login to your Dashboard thru your browser, go to “Presentation” and you’ll see the theme(s) you’ve installed. Choose one and you’re all set… for now.</p> <p>One of the keys to making the site more than just one page with entries on it is to create Pages. WordPress sums up pages best (of course!):</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Pages in a Nutshell</strong><br /><u>What Pages Are</u><br />• Pages are for content that is less time-dependent than Posts.<br />• Pages can be organized into pages and SubPages.<br />• Pages can use different Page Templates which can include Template Files, Template Tags and other PHP code. </p> <p><u>What Pages are Not</u><br />• Pages are not Posts nor are they excerpted from larger works of fiction. They do not cycle through your blog&#39;s main page, nor can they be associated with Categories.<br />• Pages are not files. They are stored in your database just like Posts are.<br />• Although you can put Template Tags and PHP code into a Page Template, you cannot put these into the content of a Page and expect them to run. (Note: You can achieve this by using a PHP evaluating Plugin such as RunPHP (<a href="http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP" title="http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP">http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/RunPHP</a>). See also the list of Posts Formatting Plugins.)</p></blockquote> <p>Basically, you create sections like “Who We Are” or “My Photography Portfolio” when you create pages. You add a post to a page that you’d like to be more static (as opposed to a page that will be constantly changing as new posts are added, like a news page).</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fron-page-displays.jpg" alt="Front page displays option" width="400" height="160" align="right" />If you want one of your pages (say, “What We Do”, for example) to always be your home page, but you’d like to add posts to another page (say, “News”) you set this up on the <strong>Dashboard &gt; Options &gt; Reading</strong> page in your admin area. Choose ‘Static Page’ where it says “Front Page Displays”, specify “What We Do” to be the front page and “News” to be the Posts page.</p> <p>You can explore more areas of the Dashboard to customize your site more, and even edit the theme under <strong>Presentation &gt; Theme Editor</strong>. Here you can change the color of the text, links, etc. A piece of advice, though: before you start messing with the code, copy and paste it to a text document so you have the original in case you need to start over.</p> <p>Whew! So, that’s about it for basic setup. I know, I know… “simple” should be less wordy, right? But once you set up your hosting account, install WordPress correctly and upload your theme, you’ll get the hang of fine-tuning the site to make it look like exactly what you want.<br /><strong><br /><em>Next time:</em></strong> some must-have plugins and adding your own search engine.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ed-oreilly">Ed O&#039;Reilly</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-by-no-means-definitive-list-of-some-cool-and-free-additions-for-your-blog-or-website">A (by no means definitive) list of some cool (and free!) additions for your blog or website</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dvd-player-region-free-in-seconds">Make Your DVD Player Region-Free in Seconds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Entrepreneurship blogs designer FTP GoDaddy HTML Linux MySQL PHP web site WordPress Tue, 29 May 2007 08:35:44 +0000 Ed O'Reilly 687 at http://www.wisebread.com Link-o-rama http://www.wisebread.com/link-o-rama <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/links521.jpg" alt=" " width="240" height="180" /></p> <p>Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who linked to our blog posts over the past week. We couldn&#39;t do it without you. And if we could, we wouldn&#39;t anyway. THAT&#39;S how strong our love is. </p> <p>Thanks to <a href="http://lifehacker.com/software/work/make-work-screw+ups-positive-261920.php" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">Lifehacker</font></a> for picking up Sarah&#39;s post, and for not jacking the entire post like SOME OTHER BLOGS I WON&#39;T MENTION.</p> <p>Our guest blogger Leo officially wins the Linked by a Foreign Language Website Contest of the week, having gotten a mention on <a href="http://16secrets.com/10-astuces-frugales-pour-gagner-le-million/">16secrets</a>. 16 Secrets <a href="http://16secrets.com/">purports to be about</a> &quot;Amour, argent, santé et sexe!&quot;, which I think is something we can all get behind. So to speak. Leo also graciously linked to the article from his own site, <a href="http://zenhabits.net/2007/05/10-frugalfying-ways-to-1-million-how-to-write-a-popular-post-cure-for-email-addiction/">Zen Habits</a>, thus assuring another round of ecstatic readers in the frugal mindset.</p> <p>A <strong>special thanks to <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/">The Simple Dollar</a></strong> for frequently mentioning us in his daily roundups (e.g. <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/05/14/the-simple-dollar-morning-roundup-pick-a-house-week-edition/" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">Jessica</font></a>, <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/05/09/the-simple-dollar-morning-roundup-preapproval-craziness-edition/" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">Maly</font></a>, and <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/05/04/the-simple-dollar-morning-roundup-great-giveaway-response-edition/" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">Andrea</font></a>). We freaking LOVE that site.</p> <p>Thanks to <a href="http://freelanceswitch.com/">FreelanceSwitch</a> for giving us such a <a href="http://freelanceswitch.com/blog-writing/15-must-read-blogs-for-blog-writers/#comment-2166">warm mention</a>! We&#39;re hoping to move beyond the &quot;best little-known&quot; category sometime soon!</p> <p>Paul&#39;s got some big mentions from <a href="http://clicked.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/05/17/194215.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">MSN&#39;s clicked blog</font></a>, which makes all of us swoon and call for the smelling salts.</p> <p>My baby carrots story got some good traffic, and we owe it to <a href="http://v.mercola.com/blogs/public_blog/Hidden-Story-Behind-Baby-Carrots-16023.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">Dr. Mercola</font></a>, <a href="http://cookthink.com/blog/?p=492">cookthink</a>, <a href="http://mattbites.typepad.com/mattbites/2007/05/from_wise_bread.html">Matt Bites</a> and <a href="http://www.megnut.com/2007/05/the-baby-carrot-is-a-product-of-frugality">megnut</a>, and the grandaddy of them all - <a href="http://dethroner.com/author/admin/">Joel</a> of <a href="http://dethroner.com/2007/05/14/no-such-thing-as-baby-carrot/">Dethroner</a>. We all experienced what could be described as a <strong>collective geekgasm</strong> over that one.</p> <p>Will would like to thank <a href="http://www.cynical-c.com/?p=7465" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">Cynical-C</font></a>, <a href="http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/05/12/mikes-blog-roundup-144/" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">Crooks and Liars</font></a>, and <a href="http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/05/happy_mothers_day.html" target="_blank"><font color="#22229c">Makezine blog</font></a> for including his Mother&#39;s Day post. Will also got a mention on the <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/movabletype/">SCOTUSblog</a>, for his story explaining the climactic scene in Trading Places. Frankly, we&#39;re all in awe that he got it all sorted out, but SCOTUSblog, people! Will claims that this is the closest that he will ever get to the Supreme Court, but we still have hope that he will sue or be sued all the way up the circuits - we pulling for you, Will! </p> <p>Will&#39;s article about <a href="/top-5-reasons-why-you-should-become-a-co-op-blogger">why co-op blogging is da bomb</a> also got mention on <a href="http://www.brainbasedbusiness.com/">Brain Based Business</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-o-rama">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-linktastic">It&#039;s Linktastic!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whos-linking-to-wise-bread">Who&#039;s Linking to Wise Bread?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/our-lovely-lady-links">Our Lovely Lady Links</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-love-makes-the-world-go-round">Link-Love Makes the World Go &#039;Round</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-the-linkster-the-linkmeister">It&#039;s the linkster! The linkmeister!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance blogs friends links traffic Wed, 23 May 2007 01:01:44 +0000 Andrea Karim 673 at http://www.wisebread.com It's Linktastic! http://www.wisebread.com/its-linktastic <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/bigchainlinks.jpg" alt=" " width="314" height="235" /></p> <p>Thanks to everyone who linked to Wise Bread recently. We appreciate your vote of confidence. </p> <p>The Carnival of Family Life, hosted by <a href="http://www.parentingtoddlers.net/the-carnival-of-family-life/">Parenting Toddlers</a>, included Jess&#39; post about <a href="/free-movies-at-summer-movie-camp">free movies at summer camp</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://debsquirkyweb.blogspot.com/2007/05/friday-morning-quickie.html">Deb&#39;s web</a> linked Troy&#39;s post about<a href="/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks"> job suckage</a>. Thanks, Deb!</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/2007/05/04/friday-finance-findings-for-may-4th/">Generation X Finance</a> linked Bill&#39;s blog post about the <a href="/the-forrest-gump-school-of-investing">Forrest Gump School of Investing</a>. Mama always said that links are like a box of chocolates - you never know what your going to get.</p> <p><a href="http://dogblog.dogbreedlove.com/general/tainted-dog-food-update/">Dog Breed Blog</a> barked our direction with their nod to <a href="/pet-food-safety-information-a-bone-not-to-be-buried">Jessica&#39;s post</a> about the dog food recall, which is being mercilessly and tracked by <a href="http://www.itchmo.com/">Itchmo</a>. Ya, Itchmo! And thanks, dog breed blog.</p> <p><a href="http://homemom3.blogspot.com/2007/05/may-contests_03.html">Home Mom</a> gave our Burt&#39;s Bees Essential Body Kit contest some publicity, as did </p> <p>Paul&#39;s <a href="/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">no-longer-secret law recipe</a> continues to bring in reader, with our latest link from <a href="http://tipnut.com/lawn-care-tip-secret-lawn-tonic-recipe/">Tip Nut.</a></p> <p><a href="http://anastaciaknits.blogspot.com/2007/05/craft-carnival-3-for-may-1-2007.html">Anastacia Knits</a> was kind enough to inlcude my DIY <a href="/diy-silk-flower-brooch">silk flower brooch</a> in her craft carnival.</p> <p><a href="http://aniia.blogspot.com/2007/04/im-male-blogger.html">Little corner of Ania</a> linked to Paul&#39;s post about <a href="/access-ebays-hidden-auctions">misspelled eBay listings</a> and the treasure trove of finds to be had therein. She also linked to us in general - thanks, Ania!</p> <p><a href="http://www.makeyougohmm.com/20070427/4432/">Make you go hmmm</a> liked Paul&#39;s <a href="/remove-car-dents-quickly-and-cheaply">dent-removal</a> techniques.</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/05/04/the-simple-dollar-morning-roundup-great-giveaway-response-edition/">The Simple Dollar</a> flattered the hell out of me by linking to my ways to<a href="/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar"> lower blood sugar</a> post, where I found out that thin doesn&#39;t always equal better blood sugar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/04/27/ask-the-readers-how-much-should-i-spend-on-an-engagement-ring/">Get Rich Slowly</a> set our hearts all aflutter by linking to Lynn&#39;s super-tastic, all-time freaking awesome post about <a href="/the-greatest-story-ever-sold-is-a-fantasy-covered-in-blood">blood diamonds</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theskilledinvestor.com/wp/archives/75">The Skilled Investor</a> linked to Paul&#39;s <a href="/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-consumerism-and-the-frugal-redemption">seven deadly sins</a> post.</p> <p><em>(Picture by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brook/"><em>Robert Brook</em></a><em>)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-linktastic">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whos-linking-to-wise-bread">Who&#039;s Linking to Wise Bread?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-o-rama">Link-o-rama</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/our-lovely-lady-links">Our Lovely Lady Links</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-the-linkster-the-linkmeister">It&#039;s the linkster! The linkmeister!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-types-of-friends-who-are-costing-you-money">10 Types of Friends Who Are Costing You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance blogs commentary friends links Mon, 07 May 2007 01:58:06 +0000 Andrea Karim 601 at http://www.wisebread.com Who's Linking to Wise Bread? http://www.wisebread.com/whos-linking-to-wise-bread <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/chain.jpg" alt=" " width="236" height="235" /></p> <p>Wise Bread relies on links to help us gain readership and reach a broader audience of friends and contributors. We really appreciate how our readers and fellow bloggers promote and sustain us, so we&#39;d just like to take a minute to say, &quot;Yay! Thanks a bunch!&quot; to some of the following linksters. We couldn&#39;t include everyone - these are just some of our more recent ones!</p> <p>Greg&#39;s months-old <a href="/ramen-miracle-food">ramen tribute</a> is still getting love (talk about longevity!) from the <a href="http://letthesunshinein.wordpress.com/2007/04/01/the-carnival-of-miracles-edition-4/">Carnival of Miracles</a>, hosted by Let the Sunshine In.</p> <p>Sarah caught the eye of <a href="http://krugergold.com/2007/03/31/links-310306/">Krugergold</a>, who liked her post on <a href="/8-fun-ways-to-make-money">8 ways to earn some extra dough</a>. Other blogs offered kudos for her post about <a href="/can-you-afford-to-follow-your-dreams-can-you-afford-not-to">following your dreams</a>, such as the folks at <a href="http://kimandjason.com/blog/2007-03-27/false-sense-of-security.html">Escape Adulthood</a>. She also gets a mention in a <a href="http://hon5.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!22D14F6CA05BE02B!655.entry">Chinese blog</a>, which we all agree is super bad-ass and proof that she has MADE it. Come to think of it, Sarah caught pretty much everyone&#39;s eye with that post.</p> <p>Jessica solves all kinds of problems (including the <a href="/microdermabrasion-for-the-price-of-a-pack-of-gum">pretty ones</a>) for <a href="http://fabulouslybrokeinthecity.blogspot.com/2007/03/at-home-microdermabrasion-for-free.html">Fabulously Broke in the City</a>, and <a href="http://burkemed.blogspot.com/2007/03/grand-rounds.html">Med Blog</a> was happy with her help on finding <a href="/breasts-beyond-budgeting">low-cost mammograms</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://recruitersdumpingground.blogspot.com/">Wireless Jobs</a> linked my story on <a href="/earn-more-money-by-demanding-it">making more money by asking for it</a>, and <a href="http://www.hometurfmedia.com/blog/">Home Turf Media</a> linked to my post about <a href="/life-without-toiletpaper-bum-deal">life without toilet paper</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://kreblog.com/">Kreblog</a> was impressed with all of the <a href="/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">uses for vinegar that Paul told us about</a>. Even foreign language blogs (like <a href="http://unfoolanuit.blogspot.com/2007/03/roule-la-boule_27.html">Un Foo La Nuit</a>) are delighted with Paul&#39;s blog about <a href="/carnival-of-scams-top-4-fairground-cons">carnival scams</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://rvincoletto.multiply.com/blog">A Geek Family</a> finds enjoyment in Will&#39;s <a href="/man-drives-suv-through-mall">SUV-through-the-mall posting</a>.</p> <p>Seth from <a href="http://silonius.blogspot.com/2007/03/they-wont-let-me-drive-late-at-night.html">Crazy Lawsuit Game</a> just generally likes what we say about food. Or maybe he doesn&#39;t. Hard to tell.</p> <p>This is but a handful of friendly links, and we&#39;d like to thank everyone who has linked to our blogs for doing so!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whos-linking-to-wise-bread">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-linktastic">It&#039;s Linktastic!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/link-o-rama">Link-o-rama</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/our-lovely-lady-links">Our Lovely Lady Links</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-the-linkster-the-linkmeister">It&#039;s the linkster! The linkmeister!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-types-of-friends-who-are-costing-you-money">10 Types of Friends Who Are Costing You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance blogs carnivals friends links networking thanks! Wise Bread Sun, 01 Apr 2007 22:41:06 +0000 Andrea Karim 433 at http://www.wisebread.com I Feel Pretty: Beautiful Coupon Codes (and Free Shipping) http://www.wisebread.com/i-feel-pretty-beautiful-coupon-codes-and-free-shipping <p><img width="298" height="197" alt=" " src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/pretty_girl_sm.jpg" /></p> <p>One of my favorite scent blogs, <a href="http://nowsmellthis.blogharbor.com/">Now Smell This</a>, offers up some tempting online deals to be had. I have shamelessly cut and pasted the following four deals from their blog (do visit them sometime if you are a perfume addict like me):</p> <p>Deal at <a href="http://www.victoriassecret.com/">victoriassecret</a>: get a free beauty tote with 14 samples (Escada Sunset Heat seems to be the only fragrance) with any beauty order of $50 or more using coupon code BTYBAG, good through 4/3. New scents include Michael Kors Island Hawaii and Hampton Sun Privet Bloom.</p> <p>Deal from <a href="http://www.demeterfragrance.com/">demeter</a>: get a free 1 oz (full size) Mojito Pick Me Up Spray with any order of $25 or more, no coupon code needed, offer good while supplies last.</p> <p>Deal from <a href="http://www.kiehls.com/_us/_en/home/index.aspx">kiehls</a>: get free shipping on orders of $40 or more using coupon code IRISH, good through 3/19.</p> <p>Deal at <a href="http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/home/index.jsp">bathandbodyworks</a>: Signature Collection Body Sprays marked down to $5 each, and get free shipping on orders of $65 or more using coupon code FREESHIP, good through 4/1.</p> <p><strong>And a variety of other deals.</strong> Note that I'm not suggesting that you go out and spend a bundle on make-up and toner and pretty scented oils - just that if you were going to anyway (and it's spring, so you probably were going to), this might be the time to take advantage of free shipping and other discount offers.</p> <p>Body Shop: <a href="http://www.thebodyshop.com/bodyshop/browse/sub_category.jsp;jsessionid=DJKAGGUQCID0FULSIIWVAFOROJBC2UP4?categoryId=cat6130003">Buy two get one free</a> (rumored to end tonight - but who knows?)</p> <p>Great list of free-shipping from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Free-Gifts-Ideas-Beauty/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=13889001">companies that work through Amazon</a>; I assume that it is updated regularly.</p> <p>Buy 3 items from a selected list of make-up at <a href="http://shop.avon.com/shop/promotions_list.asp?promo_id=10025&amp;pf_id=10025">Avon.com for only $9.99</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.spalook.com/home.asp">Spa Look</a> has free shipping on orders (shipping starts at $5.99 - use code: FSForU2Day). Now I'm beginning to wonder if that code is real, because it's just too cheesy. But I love SpaLook - they carry some of my favorite brands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.perfumeemporium.com/index.cfm?source=9&amp;AID=1798599&amp;PID=1348619&amp;SID=pr_Yahoo_390_68688_2007-03-13_10">Perfume Emporium</a> seems to have coupons coming out the wazoo, but I can't figure out how to combine them.</p> <ul> <li> <div>Get $7.50 off any order Code: COUPONCABIN</div> </li> <li> <div>Get $5 off any order Code: KL1966</div> </li> <li> <div>Get $10 off orders of $40 or more Code: CD1972</div> </li> <li> <div>Free shipping on orders (Code: FS2000)</div> </li> <li> <div>Make sure to sign up on their site for<a href="http://www.perfumeemporium.com/beautybucks/index.cfm"> Beauty Bucks</a>, apparently a $10 value - you can add your beauty bucks to your order.</div> </li> </ul> <p>Beauty.com also has a variety of <a href="http://www.drugstore.com/templates/evgrncirc/default.asp?catid=46100">other free gifts for prettiness</a>, and you can get <a href="http://www.drugstore.com/templates/browse/default.asp?catid=94466">free shipping</a> on a total order of $25 or more (new customers only)</p> <p>Free <a href="http://www.lancome-usa.com/_us/_en/index.aspx">shipping on Lancome orders over $50</a>, which may or may not be considered a &quot;deal&quot;. No code appears to be necessary, although it's being published as POPMARCH at other deal-catching sites.</p> <p>Free <a href="http://www.sephora.com/checkout/samples.jhtml?searchString=free">samples at Sephora</a> with your order.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-feel-pretty-beautiful-coupon-codes-and-free-shipping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-savings-secrets-every-woman-should-know">7 Beauty Savings Secrets Every Woman Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/announcing-the-winner-of-the-burts-bees-essential-body-kit-drawing">Announcing the winner of the Burt&#039;s Bees Essential Body Kit drawing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-a-burts-bees-essential-body-kit">Win a Burt&#039;s Bees Essential Body Kit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budgeting-beauty-an-expert-tells-all">Budgeting Beauty - An Expert Tells All</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Coupons beauty blogs cosmetics Health make-up perfume Wed, 14 Mar 2007 00:36:09 +0000 Andrea Karim 348 at http://www.wisebread.com Queercents.com - Financial Tips from a Queer Perspective http://www.wisebread.com/queercents-com-financial-tips-from-a-queer-perspective <p><a href="http://www.queercents.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Nina_Smith_1.jpg" alt=" " width="113" height="150" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.queercents.com/" target="_blank">Queercents</a> is a great blog written by and for the queer community. Founded by Nina Smith, the Queercents site offers tips, anecdotes, and epiphanies about finance, taxes, investing, and more, all from a queer perspective. I particularly enjoy <a href="http://www.queercents.com/ten-money-questions/" target="_blank">Ten Money Questions</a>, an interview column in which Nina asks prominent members of the gay community about their own financial habits and insights.</p> <p>I asked Nina (alas, using only 7 questions) to give us some insights into the need for a blog site like Queercents, and she answered with more thought and wit than my questions deserved. Read on, and enjoy! And be sure to check out Queercents. </p> <p>-----------------------</p> <p><strong>How long have you been working on Queercents?</strong> </p> <p>Queercents launched in April 2006, but I have been <a href="http://sittingprettyachives.blogspot.com/">blogging</a> about personal finances for almost two years.</p> <p><strong>What qualities do you have that make you suited to provide financial tips to others?</strong></p> <p>Thank you for asking about qualities and not credentials. It’s worth noting that we don’t pretend to be licensed financial professionals. We are just ordinary people making sensible money choices and willing to share these thoughts and findings in a public forum.</p> <p>Prior to blogging, most of us had an epiphany at some point about finances. For me personally, it was at the age of thirty. I was recovering from a second attempt at self-employment and doing whatever I could to make ends meet. I worked my share of demoralizing service jobs and was broke.</p> <p>I finally established a career path and with success the money followed. However, I soon learned that the more money you make the more you spend and it still seemed like I didn’t have “enough” money. I read the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and it changed my perspective on finances. It taught me to buy assets (specifically, rental properties) with my income and forego liabilities. In less than a decade I changed my life and have a workable financial plan that provides passive income.</p> <p>Does this make me an expert on money in the Suze Orman sense? Probably not… but does the world really need another Suze barking orders? Instead, most people can identify with our peer-to-peer approach when it comes to money. We’re just telling our personal finance stories… stories that are probably similar to the day-to-day experiences of our readers.</p> <p><strong>Why provide a separate finance blog for the queer community? Don’t straight and gay people have similar money issues?</strong></p> <p>Adrants reported shortly after our launch that, “It seems queers need financial advice too.” You concluded correctly: gays and straight have similar money issues. But often times, the queer voice is missing in the messaging. For example, <a href="http://www.queercents.com/2006/11/22/adjust-your-attitude/">Paula mentioned</a> in a recent post that she’s never seen anyone resembling a queer person or queer couple profiled in the Fidelity newsletter called Stages.</p> <p>As a lesbian, I’m not represented, and this makes me feel excluded. The writings at Queercents are written from a queer perspective and I think the LGBT community appreciates the inclusion.</p> <p>That said, there are financial topics that are different for queers and this usually revolves around marriage (or lack thereof) and children. Incidentally, I had an unmarried woman with a male partner write a guest post on the topic of <a href="http://www.queercents.com/2006/09/26/straight-partnerships-saying-no-to-marriage/">unmarried partnerships</a>.</p> <p>In many ways, she found they are similar to a same sex unmarried relationship. They face many of the same challenges from a legal and financial perspective but she concluded that there are some differences. It’s a poignant article and you would never find this conversation on CNNMoney.com or a typical personal finance site.</p> <p><strong>Would you advise queer folks to invest their money differently than straight people? And what on Earth are bisexuals to do?</strong></p> <p>Rich is writing a <a href="http://www.queercents.com/2007/01/04/investing-101-living-below-your-means/">four-part series</a> right now on <a href="http://www.queercents.com/2007/01/05/investing-101-keeping-your-costs-low/">investing</a> and his findings are similar to the straight world. That said, I recently posted about the <a href="http://www.queercents.com/2006/12/13/out-and-aging-gay-and-lesbian-boomers/">Out and Aging Study</a> from MetLife and it clearly states that lesbians need to crank it into high gear when it comes to planning for retirement. Lesbians lag behind when compared to straights and gay men. Queercents is uniquely positioned to spur these women on!</p> <p>Re: Bisexuals. When Queercents interviewed <a href="http://www.queercents.com/2006/11/02/ten-money-questions-for-bob-witeck-wes-combs/">Bob Witeck &amp; Wes Combs</a>, the authors of Business Inside Out, we asked a similar question in the context of bi-sexual consumers. There tends to be two groups within this sub segment… those that identify with the gay and lesbian community and those that identify with the straight community. Confusing, isn’t it? Regardless, after their money is safe and growing, perhaps they should just sit back and enjoy the free drinks that both sexes are buying them.</p> <p><strong>Is blogging about finances, money, and frugality a viable way to make a living?</strong></p> <p>I love writing and wish it could be my job, but it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. It’s a hobby at this point and a way for me to contribute to the community.</p> <p><strong>Are there any financial web sites, besides blogs, that you read on a regular basis? How about financial magazines?</strong></p> <p>I mostly read magazines and it’s the usual suspects: Money, Fortune, SmartMoney, and Kiplinger’s. Typically, my choice is influenced by whichever cover grabs my attention at the airport newsstand. I only read financial web sites when I’m doing research for my posts, but nothing is bookmarked and read daily. I save that for destinations like <a href="http://www.lifehacker.com/">Lifehacker.com</a> and <a href="http://www.dumblittleman.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">DumbLittleMan.com</a>… any site with useful productivity tips is valuable. After all, time is money. </p> <p><strong>What are your plans for Queercents? Are you planning on expanding the site beyond financial topics?</strong></p> <p>We intend to keep it finance focused. My goal is to add additional contributing writers that expand the content of specific areas. Allison is a great example. She doesn’t post very often, but when she does it’s typically <a href="http://www.queercents.com/author/allison/">about taxes</a>… a topic that I rarely consider or cover. </p> <p>I also want to attract contributing writers that would broaden our diversity. As you might have noticed, we’re all white and I think that’s a shame because it’s not a true representation of the LGBT community. Also, we don’t have a transgender voice on the site. If you know anyone that’s interested in coming on board, then let us know. We would love to hear from them. Good luck with your writing efforts at Wise Bread!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/queercents-com-financial-tips-from-a-queer-perspective">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-economic-crisis-challenges-our-financial-beliefs">How The Economic Crisis Challenges Our Financial Beliefs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-porn-are-you-an-adult-investor">Money Porn: Are you an &quot;Adult&quot; Investor?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-rich-youd-be-if-youd-saved-the-money-you-earned-in-high-school">This Is How Rich You&#039;d Be If You&#039;d Saved the Money You Earned in High School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-things-that-young-adults-absolutely-need-to-know-about-money">21 Things That Young Adults Absolutely Need to Know About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-oil-is-hurting-these-people-will-it-hurt-you-too">Cheap Oil is Hurting These People -- Will It Hurt You, Too?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance bisexual blogs finance gay investing lesbian transgendered Mon, 08 Jan 2007 17:23:33 +0000 Andrea Karim 170 at http://www.wisebread.com 40+ interviews of personal finance bloggers http://www.wisebread.com/40-interviews-of-personal-finance-bloggers <p>Today I&#39;ve got a big helping of podcast goodness coming your way. With 40 episodes on the air and more on the way, Scott at <a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com">Money Blogger Podcast</a> is <em>the place </em>to get <strong>interviews of popular personal finance bloggers</strong>. You can listen to the interviews directly from the site or download them to your podcaster.</p> <p>There&#39;s gold in each interview. Here&#39;s a chance to hear from the bloggers you usually read.</p> <p>The one gripe I have is the blinding lime green redesign. (Sorry Scott.) </p> <p>For easy scanning and bookmarking, here&#39;s the complete list of podcasts. The links go to the post of the interview. In addition to the audio, there are liks to sites mentioned in the interview.</p> <ol> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/01/episode-1-interview-with-jonathan-of.html">Jonathan of My Money Blog</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/01/episode-2-released-interview-with-dawn.html">Dawn of Frugal for Life</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/01/episode-3-released-interview-with.html">Flexo of Consumerism Commentary</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/02/episode-4-released-interview-with-cap_06.html">Cap of Stop Buying Crap</a></li> <li><a href="/Jim%20of%20Blueprint%20for%20Financial%20Prosperity">Jim of Blueprint for Financial Prosperity</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/02/episode-6-released-interview-with-john.html">John of Mighty Bargain Hunter</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/02/episode-7-released-interview-with-ncn.html">NCN of No Credit Needed</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/03/episode-8-released-interview-with.html">Madame X of My Open Wallet</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/03/episode-9-interview-with-jlp-from.html">JLP of All Things Financial</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/03/episode-10-interview-with-jane-dough.html">Jane Dough of Boston Gal&#39;s Open Wallet</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/03/episode-11-interview-with-seattle.html">Seattle Simplicity</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/04/episode-12-interview-with-bluebird-of.html">Bluebird of Hedonic Adjustment</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/04/episode-13-interview-with-noah-of.html">Noah of OK Dork</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/04/episode-14-interview-with-john-and.html">John and Jane of Our Money Matters</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/04/episode-15-interview-with-claire-of_24.html">Claire of Tired but Happy</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/05/episode-16-interview-with-caitlin-of.html">Caitlin of Clutter2Cash</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/05/episode-17-interview-with-him-her-of.html">Him and Her of Make Love Not Debt</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/05/epispde-18-interview-with-finance.html">Finance Junkie of Plugged In Finance</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/05/episode-19-interview-with-cecilia-of.html">Cecilia of City Girl&#39;s Financial Blog</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/05/episode-20-interview-with-amanda-from.html">Amanda from Young &amp; Broke</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/06/episode-21-interview-with-that-ede-guy.html">That Ede Guy from A Penny Saved...</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/06/episode-22-fathers-day-interview.html">Father&#39;s Day Interview with Scott</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/06/episode-23-interview-with-tricia-from.html">Tricia from Blogging Away Debt</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/06/episode-24-interview-with-jeffrey-from.html">Jeffrey from SavingAdvice</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/07/episode-25-interview-with-lamoneyguy.html">LAMoneyGuy from It&#39;s Just Money</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/07/episode-26-interview-with-nina-from.html">Nina from QueerCents</a> </li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/07/episode-27-interview-with-ben-jones-of.html">Ben Jones of the Housing Bubble Blog</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/07/episode-28-interview-with-ramit-sethi.html">Ramit Sethi of IWillTeachYouToBeRich</a> </li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/07/episode-29-interview-with-nick-of.html">Nick of Punny Money</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/08/episode-30-interview-with-penny-nickel.html">Penny Nickel of Money and Values</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/08/episode-31-interview-with-kira-from.html">Kira from Penny Foolish</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/08/frank-financially-savvy-atheist-on-mbp.html">Frank the Financially Savvy Atheist</a> </li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/08/max-of-how-to-be-poor-interviewed-on.html">Max of How To Be Poor</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/09/financial-freedumb-interviewed-on.html">Financial Freedumb</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/09/jd-from-get-rich-slowly-on-money.html">JD from Get Rich Slowly</a> </li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/09/interview-with-judith-levine-author-of.html">Judith Levine, author of Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/09/interview-with-simplicity-in-kansas.html">Simplicity in Kansas</a> </li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/10/2million-interviewed-on-money-blogger.html">2Million of 2millionblog.com</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/10/mapgirl-interviewed-on-money-blogger.html">Mapgirl of Mapgirl&#39;s Fiscal Challege</a></li> <li><a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/11/sharon-of-frugal-duchess-interviewed.html">Sharon of Frugal Duchess</a></li> </ol> <p>Phew! That&#39;s some list!</p> <p>Who else do you guys listen to? Tell me your favorite personal finance podcasts.</p> <p>PS: Bookmark this post. We&#39;ll be updating this page whenever Scott does another podcast interview at <a href="http://moneybloggerpodcast.blogspot.com">Money Blogger Podcast</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/greg-go">Greg Go</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-interviews-of-personal-finance-bloggers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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