Category Archives: Blogging ABCs Podcasts

Sonia Pressman Fuentes Interview About Feminism and Her Memoir

Author Sonia Pressman Fuentes joins BookGoodies hosts Deborah Carney and Karen Garcia to discuss writing, publishing and a lot of history.

What inspired you to write your memoir?
Several things inspired me to write my memoir. First, I was born in Berlin, Germany, of Polish Jewish parents, fled the Nazi regime with my parents, and came to the US, where I became a founder of the second wave of the women’s movement.  Second, I played a historic role at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in interpreting the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which, among other things, prohibited employment discrimination based on sex. Third, I was a founder of NOW (National Organization for Women). And, finally, my parents were born in Piltz, a village in Poland, and lived a lifestyle that was gone and I wanted to preserve the record of their lives and mine.

Eat First—You Don’t Know What They’ll Give You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter
Tell us about your book:
It is the story, told with humor, of my parents’ lives and my own.  The book begins with my parents’ marriage in Piltz, the village in Poland where they were both born, and goes on to their lives and my own in Germany, Belgium, and the US.  The book discusses my becoming a lawyer in 1957, when 3% of the law school graduates in this country were women, my career and marriage, and my becoming a founder of NOW.  It ends with my returning to Germany in 1978 as an “American specialist” on the women’s rights movement in the US for the then-US Information Agency.
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WAHM-WHAD Podcast With Blogger Aldo Mencaraglia

WAHMoms/WAHDads host Deborah Carney is joined by guest Aldo Mencaraglia.

My name is Aldo and I live in Melbourne, Australia.

Exactly one year ago I left my corporate job as a commercial analyst to dedicate myself full time to my blog, Italiansinfuga.com, an online resource dedicated to Italians wishing to live and work abroad.

I started the blog 3 and half years earlier and it got to the stage where I could see it growing to a serious business.

At the same time, my wife could then be able to concentrate more on her new profession of migration agent.

I have recently started another site, xlninja.com, dedicated to sharing my Excel knowledge.

Website
http://www.italiansinfuga.com
http://au.linkedin.com/in/aldomencaraglia

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Podcast With Author and Blogger Fanny Seto

WAHMoms/WAHDads host Deborah Carney is joined by guest Fanny Seto who is a blogger and author who works from home.

From Fanny:
I’ve been working from home for about 7 out of the past 12 years. I run a frugal living blog Living Richly on a Budget and recently wrote an ebook Eating Organic on a Budget. My daughter is 15 months old.

I’ve worked as a wedding videographer, in search engine optimization, and in online marketing. When I was laid off the 2nd time in a row, I found out that I was pregnant. And I knew that I wanted to stay at home with my child. So I worked at building up my blog to earn an income from it. I felt I had the skills and experience to make it happen. And although it’s challenging at times, there’s no other place I’d rather be than at home, raising my daughter.
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Here is a section of a transcript of the podcast:
Deborah: What’s the biggest challenge that you think you face as a work at home mom?

Fanny: Finding time to work. At this age she’s walking a lot and running and doing things and she won’t let me be on my computer. Every time I’m at my desk she’ll come over and start playing with my mouse and the keyboard and I really can’t get any work done while she’s awake.

It’s not like when she was crawling or when she couldn’t move and I could just work a couple hours during the day when she was awake. Now all my attention is taking care of her during the day while she’s awake and when she sleeps that’s when I work. The challenge is actually finding time to work and being more productive with my time.

Deborah: Yes, so time management is a big thing with you?

Fanny: Yes.

Deborah: That’s a challenge that probably every work at home mom and dad has even when their kids are older and off in middle school or high school. Then they don’t demand your attention by playing with your mouse and keyboard but all of a sudden they need to be driven here, there and everywhere. How are you balancing that? You said you work when she naps. Does she have a schedule that she keeps or do you just have to wait for her to get tired?

Fanny: She takes one nap during the day so sometimes I do some social media work during that time and I also take a nap. I work at night when she’s asleep. I get most of my work done when she’s asleep. She sleeps at about eight or nine and then I get a few hours of work done. I kind of work two to four hours a day on my blog.

Actually to get my book done it was challenging because I couldn’t do it on those time constraints. What I worked out with my husband is he would take her out during the weekend on a Saturday and I would get some writing done during that time.

Writing a book you can’t just do one hour or two hours. You have to do a big chunk of time to get something done. That’s how we worked it out. Otherwise I don’t think I would have been able to complete the book.

For the rest of the interview, listen to the podcast or download the pdf of our interview.

Website
https://www.facebook.com/livingrichlyonabudget

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Weebly Website Building Platform – Blogging ABCs #26

Blogging ABCs host Deborah Carney is joined by Karen Garcia of GTO Management to present an updated platform that bloggers and webmasters can use to easily create a new website.

Why do over 10 million people & businesses use Weebly? For the easiest, most powerful, and affordable website-building service! Building a website on Weebly is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Our drag & drop website builder makes it dead simple to create a powerful, professional website without any technical skills. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites, Weebly has helped many millions of people create a professional website, blog, or online store and is the leading innovator in the website creation space.

Weebly.com

http://gtomanagement.com

http://twitter.com/karengarcia

Affiliate program: http://www.shareasale.com/shareasale.cfm?merchantID=37723&source=abcs

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Inbound Writer Blogging Tool – Blogging ABCs #25

Blogging ABCs host Deborah Carney is joined by Karen Garcia of GTO Management to present a cool tool that bloggers and webmasters can use to optimize their blog or page content.

InboundWriter is a content optimization app that helps you blend art and science to reach and engage your audience. It is available as both a web app and a WordPress plugin and makes it easy for content marketers and professional writers of all types to create more relevant and web-friendly content by integrating real-time search and social intelligence directly into the writing process.

http://inboundwriter.com

http://gtomanagement.com

http://twitter.com/karengarcia

Affiliate program: Join the Inbound Writer Affiliate Program

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How Bloggers Can Utilize Gift Guides – Blogging ABCs #24

Blogging ABCs hosts Tricia Meyer and Deborah Carney talk about how bloggers can use gift guides to build traffic and possibly test out affiliate marketing and see if it is right for them. Regardless of whether you choose to monetize your blog or not, gift guides throughout the year can give you a topic to write about that people search for and need help with.

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BloggingABCs #23 – Why Don’t Many Bloggers Want to Monetize Their Sites?

Rick Calvert and Karen Garcia join Blogging ABCs hosts Tricia Meyer and Deborah Carney to discuss the dilemmas faced by bloggers about whether or not they should monetize their blogs and if yes, how. It’s a candid discussion covering both sides of the issue.

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ABCs Plus – Being Prepared for Worst Case Scenario

Blogging ABCs and AffiliateABCs hosts Deborah Carney, Liz Fogg and Tricia Meyer discuss what bloggers and affiliates can learn from Tricia’s experience being unexpectedly dropped from two networks (described in her post The Ugly Side of Affiliate Marketing). The issues discussed apply when you have problems with the Affiliate Nexus Tax, Google AdSense, merchants closing, and many other aspects of affiliate marketing.

Our Four Main Tips:

1) Diversify. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Have different types of sites in different niches. Work with different merchants across different networks.

2) Separate Accounts. Use separate network accounts when you have multiple sites or especially different types of sites (incentives, coupons, gambling, etc). It will come in handy if one of your sites gets flagged or if you decide to sell a site.

3) Use link redirecting. Redirecting will help you change out links quickly if you need to. In addition, you can use shorteners so that your domain shows up instead of someone else’s when you post your links in other places.

4) Network. Meet in person with as many people as possible. Further, after you connect with them, follow up, reinforcing your connection. When you need help, those connections may be the difference between keeping and losing your business.  .

Some Resources we mention:

Pretty Link Lite

YourLS Open Source shortener that you can install on your own website

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Blogging ABCs #22 – Blogger Profile – Epilepsy Moms

Blogging ABCs hosts Deborah Carney, Liz Fogg and Trica Meyer are joined by Arlene Martell of Epilepsy Moms.

Arlene started her site over 3 years ago in order to pay forward the information that she has gained over the years.  Her son was diagnosed at 4 years old with both Epilepsy and Autism and has been drug and seizure free for over 10 years.

Arlene’s Free Ebook
Information on the Ketogenic Diet
Information on Neurotherapy

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Why Bloggers Should Pay Attention to Affiliate Nexus Tax (Amazon Tax)

This is an ABCs Plus Special edition podcast that is being posted to Affiliate ABCs, Blogging ABCs and Merchant ABCs because of the importance of the issue. Your hosts Vinny O’Hare and Deborah Carney are joined by Karen Garcia, Outsourced Affiliate Program Manager to try and explain the Affiliate Nexus sales tax laws that states are enacting to attempt to get more companies to collect their state sales tax even though the companies do not have a physical presence in their state. States are trying to establish that affiliates and affiliate marketing gives companies a physical presence in their state, making the merchants liable to collect sales taxes in states they shouldn’t have to.

Some Resources we mention:
Coffee Talk with James Martell, Karen Garcia and Jeannine Crooks

PMA List of States and their status and links to their bills.

NexusAware – a listing of what companies already have to collect sales taxes in what states

There is a lot of information out there and much confusion by affiliates, merchants, bloggers and even the legislators themselves. If you are in a state that hasn’t passed this tax yet, check and see if they have a law drafted or on the table. Basically states are treating this as an amendment to their state sales tax laws and not as new laws, so they pass easier and sometimes with no press about it at all.

Please feel free to contribute additional information in the comments. We are not lawyers, so you need to check with a local lawyer familiar with internet law if you are in an affected state.

What we also discuss in this podcast is how affiliates can find merchants that already collect sales tax in their state, what types of merchants that sell items that are exempt and how to talk to your merchants to find out how they are going to handle it if their state passes such a law.