My New Digs; My New Strategy

Carissa's GoodNCrazy Disclosure:
—First! What do you think of my new blog look??
It's still a work in progress so please be gentle...

Now for the disclosure stuff:
I have recently removed BlogHer ads from my site.
I believe they were useful, and helped to legitimize my site, but never really generated any money.
Ali Worthington of Blissfullydomestic said: "BlogHer ads are pennies ya'll pennies!"
And that's true. But when you are new to blogging and not sure how else to go about monetizing your blog, I believe BlogHer is a great way to get your foot in the door. When I see BlogHer ads on a site, I think —Hey, this blogger is serious!

But as of this week. I am Crazy serious about other venues and campaigns that will come into direct conflict with the BlogHer rules.

My Current Bloggy Strategy....

More Good Than Crazy

I love to write about events and charities and even giveaways that are closely paired in a giving manner. (Tomorrow's Post will be an example of this.) It may include information about what Mom It Forward is doing, or simply shout outs about the Good my friends in the blogging community are sharing. {I will receive no compensation for this unless stated.}
GoodNCrazy Mom Finds
I'm a mom, I like stuff. Mother's day is coming... and everyone has birthdays {whether we like it or not!} I simply plan to include presents and gifts I would be crazy happy to receive. {In this case I may not already own these items. And I will not be compensated for these suggestions.} If you sell or create something of your own, feel free to contact me for this series, but I reserve the right to include only the items I would actually buy.

GoodNCrazy Snarks a Poll, pretends to be a journalist.

I do not consider myself a journalist. {insert snorting here} But as a mom I definitely have Good questions and Crazy concerns about things that affect my kids and my world as a mom. For example we are currently trying to decide whether our 11yrold NEEDS a cell phone? I will be contacting cell phone companies and doing interviews and polls of my social media buddies in order to gauge the thoughts and motivations of others like myself on these various issues and decisions we all have as parents. {you can answer my cell phone poll if you'd like!} I will be 'snarking a poll from time to time, and using comments and discussion from these polls to create articles about these topics. {Unless noted I will receive no compensation for this.}

GoodNCrazy PR Strategy

My first GoodNCrazy campaign will begin this coming week! I have been working with a few companies to come up with a creative plan to shout out about products/brands/services I already own and love. In a way that includes readers and bloggers AND the company! (Angie from Seven Clown Circus and Jenna from Stop Drop and Blog have agreed to test this out with me! I hope you will join and help make it work!) Have you been wondering how to get in touch with the companies that want to 'talk' to mom bloggers? Each time I run a campaign will be the perfect time to do that! {If I do not already own and use their products or services I will make it clear.} You can read about my strategy in my About page, and even find out how to contact me if you are a blogger interested in participating.

I may have received some sort of product or in kind compensation for working on these product strategies. {I will state it clearly if I have been paid in cash for this sort of thing.} Often there will be giveaways associated with these campaigns. But with a twist. Hopefully you'll like the twist! Shhh I'm not telling yet.. you'll have to pay attention over the next 3 weeks to find out....

GoodNCrazy Ad Placement Policy
I have joined a few affiliate networks, but at this point it's clear they don't add up to the space they take up. I do sell ad space. Please contact me if interested in my rates.

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Anonymous said...

I LIKE the new look - also like the posting formats you're lining up - just enough diversity and yet all on "Mom topic" :)

Oh and what's next after 36? 37, honey, thirty seven. Reminds me of the young smarty pants guy who once approached George Burns who was nearing 100 years old and asked him how old he was. Burns said, "ninety eight." The young man said, Wow - that's really old. I don't think I'd want to live to be ninety eight."

To which George replied, "Well, young man, that's because you've never been ninety seven."

Kaye Butler said...

Lovin' the new look!

Lovin' the new blog topics...don't loose yourself. You is what we love best!

Unknown said...

The bloggy-lift is very nice!

We are on the same page/direction blog wise-I too tried out the amazon aff program...but am wanting to do product reviews with giveaways etc...
I know it will be very exciting around here in the coming weeks-so happy for you!

t said...

Love it!!!!!!

Kristina P. said...

I like the new look a lot! And honestly, I really do think that very few people make money with ads. That's been one of the reasons I haven't even bothered.

Melissa Ann Browning said...

I LOVE the new look - especially the new banner at the top and the colors you've chosen. I noticed the change a few days ago, but was waiting for a new post to comment on the new look! And I have a whole list of what's next at 36 - just around the corner for me too :)

Only change-request: new picture of you at the top. I enjoyed the current one - nice profile, nice expression, good earring - but now I think you need a new one. Awhile back you had posted a pic of yourself that I loved and I commented that it should be your blog-photo, but now I can't remember when that was.... Ring any bells?

And your new plan sounds great - very well-thought out and engaging - I'm looking forward! But I also agree with Kaye's comment - you is what we love best! So I hope you'll also continue with family updates, church chat, random thoughts and inquiries, and parenting how-to's :)

My best compliment: I always look forward to reading from you :)

xo, Melissa

Unknown said...

Ah - the new design is very fresh and fun - cool! I'm amazed at how much energy you have... your upcoming blog plans sound fab! :)

Becky said...

Love the new look. Your so talented!

Jocasta said...

Looks great - love the colours. Makes me feel like updating mine again. Nah - why tinker with perfection!

Joy said...

I like the new look

I am also interested in the whole product review thingy, I have been lucky to get chosen a few times on another mommy site I frequent and enjoyed the freebies and telling eveyone what I thought, because lets face it I like to speak my opinion:)

I would love to be able to give a shout out to other mommies who are creative mommies and are just trying to get their foot in the door with their fab products. Like your oh so cute stuff, also if I give them a shout out they may return the favor and give a shout out about my tutus and then we both win:)

Anonymous said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


TidyMom said...

LOVE the new look and strategy.

We're on the same wavelength - I'm working on a new look (hope to have it up next week) and I'm working on some PR pages - I'm just getting into reviews and would be interested in hearing about what you are doing!!


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