About Loretta

Transcriptionist, passionate cross stitcher, writer at heart, wife, mom, and finder of lost shoes...

Loretta Oliver, married to the comic book geek of her dreams and mother of four amazing young men, has been working from home full time since 2001. With a busy transcription service business, a few niche sites, and a handful of other internet marketing projects on the go, the computer is always fired up and the ideas are always flowing.

Oops! Lost a Domain Name

So I’ve been a little distracted by life lately. June was busy with the end of the school year, graduation and all the things that go along with that, then I had a minor medical procedure, a bunch of medical tests with a few more scheduled for July, and my husband is scheduled to have surgery in a few weeks.

Life. Distracting and full of stressful things. I didn’t notice the renewal emails from Namecheap when I skimmed my inbox. They were there, but I was so focused on client work and trying not to fall behind on those things, I completely missed them when I scrolled through.

Namecheap has a 30 day grace period when a domain name expires –
I missed it by one day.
If I had logged in yesterday to look for something like I did today, I would have caught it and still owned the domain.

remember to renew your domain names so you don't lose yours like I did

On the bright side, it wasn’t an active blog or an income property, so I guess it’s one less thing to manage on my project list. Right? It was actually a domain name that I registered for my husband to blog on and he hadn’t been active on it for awhile, so it’s not a huge loss.

Still, I had the domain name for several years and I really liked it 🙁
(it was the CookingwithZen.com blog)

Why am I even writing about this? Just to remind you to check your domain name renewal dates so this doesn’t happen to you. If you’re like me and have your domains set to manual renewal, pop into your account and double check the expiration dates. Set up a reminder on your calendar (which I actually had, but I set the date wrong), add it to your project management system, email yourself, or do whatever will get your attention at renewal time.

Testing Article Forge for Creating Content

First, I want to mention that I clicked on an ad while reading an article about content marketing to learn about this service. That’s something I usually don’t do, so props to the folks at Article Forge for good marketing efforts. I was actually expecting to find a writer for hire platform (like iWriter or HireWriters) when I clicked it, though, so maybe work on the messaging a little to clarify that it’s an automated service.

Here’s what it looked like when I got to the homepage:
screen capture of Article Forge homepage at time of review

Second, a quick overview of what Article Forge is. I’ll use their description; [Read more…]

80 Done-For-You Business & Success Quote Images to Use for Social Media

Take a peek at what you get:

It’s a dime sale!

80 Done-For-You Business & Success Quote Images to Use for Social Media
The price starts out at just $1.00 and increases with each package purchased until it caps at $17.

Package includes personal use rights:

  • Word document list of quotes (numbered)
  • Text document list of quotes (numbered)
  • Images of each quote (numbered to correspond to the text versions)

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Super Simple Coffee Affiliate Site Example

Sometimes simple is good. Oftentimes simple things are the most enjoyable things, the things we love. Affiliate sites don’t always have to be super complex deep sites. Sometimes you just like stuff and you simply share with other people that like it.

Coffee is simple. I like coffee. You might like coffee. It’s a niche that I’ve mentioned a few times here on the blog and one that I’ve often considered creating a site for. Still considering it, might make a nice summer project.

I came across this interesting one page affiliate site (for sale on Flippa) and I really just loved the simplicity of it and the fact that the tagline is right up front about being expensive stuff that you don’t really need. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Lifestyle PLR Articles

Written to cover both food and wellness subject matter, this package can help you get meaningful content added to your site while you focus on other important things that need doing.

Package includes these five articles:

[gluten free plr package cover photo]

  • 5 Sneaky Places Gluten Is Hiding In Your Life
    (1,064 words)
  • Cool Apps for Your Gluten Free Lifestyle
    (875 words)
  • 5 No-Fuss Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas
    (828 words)
  • Myths & Truths About a Gluten Free Diet
    (972 words)
  • Gluten Free Lifestyle Tips
    (618 words)

That’s a total of 4,357 words of content
Gluten Free Lifestyle PLR Articles(all articles are included in both docx and txt file types & were written by me personally)

But wait, there’s more!

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How Long Should Your Blog Content Be?

An often debated topic in the SEO world, a confusing sea of ever-changing answers for bloggers and content creators. How long does a piece of content on your website need to be to be successful?

There are a few problems with this and similar questions regarding content and length.

Every niche and audience is different.

What works for Audience A might not work for Audience B. Let’s think about BuzzFeed and HubSpot as an example. BuzzFeed content is short and funny, that works for them. HubSpot content is longer and more informative. That works for them. In each case they know the audience they’re serving and create content specifically for those people.

Many people are recommending that you not publish anything under 1,000 words on your blog these days. “Google wants long form content,” they say. I’m not going to argue about what Google does or doesn’t want, but I am going to suggest that you not plan your content around only that recommendation. Google changes their standards frequently and they don’t always tell us what they are. Write your content for the people you reach, not for Google. If the people like it, chances are Google will eventually like it too. [Read more…]