This summer #LatinaBloggers gave their recipes a kick of flavor with everyone’s favorite soy sauce, Kikkoman. For the third year in a row, Latina recipe developers and foodies worked with the brand to add a twist to their appetizer and side dish recipes using the Kikkoman’s savory Soy and Teriyaki sauces. This time around, there was an extra challenge and a prize for those participating in the campaign! Two lucky winners, who used only 9 ingredients for each of their recipes, won a trip to Blogalicious 2015! Check out some of the participating recipes below and scroll down to see the winners!
“We are used to eating mushrooms every way possible but one of our favorite is ‘Champiñones al ajillo,’ also known as garlic mushrooms. A light bulb came on in my head and I decided to give this traditional recipe a little twist by adding Kikkoman teriyaki sauce. “
“This recipe is easy and can be served with mashed potatoes and chicken or pork sausage or as accompaniment of a pot roast. I used Kikkoman® Teriyaki sauce to make sure I get a delicious taste and nice color.”
“Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Cream and Teriyaki Sauce is our ultimate summer creation… a make-ahead appetizer prepared using Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce. This is a dish with salty, sweet, and tangy notes as well as crisp and creamy textures.”
“Of course, we love to change things and make them our own, and so the ingredients for carne tártara vary from region to region. Some optional items include capers, olive oil, cucumbers and radishes. So, here you have a basic recipe for carne tártara that you can enjoy and change to your liking! My personal version includes Kikkoman soy sauce, because it is a flavor enhancer and a very versatile ingredient that can be used in many different cuisines (and Mexican food is not an exception)!”
“I have always loved the flavor of the Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce so I decided to create an appetizer recipe inspired in traditional “chalupas” from Mexico and the result were smoky full of flavor Teriyaki Chicken Chalupas, perfect appetizer to start any meal with a mouthwatering bite.”
Have your own workspace. Create a designated work area for yourself rather than moving your laptop from room to room. This will give your family a clear sign that you are in work mode and mean business.
Set office hours. In order to set yourself up for success, you need to give yourself a work schedule and (try to) keep your mom and businesswoman hats separate. This will allow you to maximize your productivity, and give you much needed quiet time to work smarter, not harder. Also, don’t forget getting into business mode also means dressing the part.
Be flexible. One important thing to know about working from home is that you will need to learn to adapt, take conference calls in the car or answer emails while your kids are at soccer practice. Do what works for you and your family. Plan for interruptions, sick days, school events, etc.
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#TangleTalk Bilingual Twitter Party
Date: Thursday, August 20th 2015 , 5pm PST / 8pm EST
Where: On Twitter with the hashtag #TangleTalk
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To be eligible to win, RSVP via the Rafflecopter below, follow @JohnsonsBaby, join the party and participate during the hour with an original tweet (RT’s not eligible) using the #TangleTalk hashtag. Winners will be chosen at random amongst those who participate and respond correctly to the giveaway questions during the announced timeframes. For full Terms and Conditions click HERE
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Monique Frausto is the founder of the online directory Blogs by Latinas and Curves and Chaos – an inspirational plus size style and beauty blog that grew out of Monique’s love of writing about fashion, beauty and her life. We were very excited to feature Monique on our Periscope series #LatinaScopes.
Would you like to work with your favorite fashion brand? Are you not sure how to pitch yourself? Here are three takeaways to note if you want to work with plus size brands (link to broadcast below).
Do not be afraid to reach out and pitch. If you are looking to make a name for yourself in this niche, you will need to throw your hat in the ring by doing your homework, and above all else being professional. Research the brands you would like to reach out to, find their contact information, and send them an introductory email. Keep it simple. Before you do any pitching, send your media kit if you have one and ask to be put on their email list. When pitching, be creative, and make your brand stand out. Know your stats. Be prepared to send links if asked. And don’t get discouraged or take it personal if you do not receive an immediate reply.
Create relationships. Don’t be afraid to create a professional relationship with brands. If you are unable to commit, communicate any issues, and be honest. If you signed a contract with a brand, it is pertinent to read it thoroughly. Do not get into a legal mess because you did not read the fine print. Be sure to stay in touch with brands throughout your giveaway or sponsored campaign process and after. Especially if you build a great rapport them. Also, inform them you are open to working with them again if the opportunity arises.
ALWAYS be yourself. Do not forget who you are in this space. And most importantly do not forget why you began your blogging journey in the first place. Your readers will always appreciate your honesty. And a brand worth working with will appreciate how your content relates to your unique personal style.
The following post originally appeared on sotospeak8.com and has been reposted with permission by the author.
Whether you’re a blogger, a company looking to partner with bloggers, or a reader, there are key markers to any blog post that you can expect–there’s a method to the madness! 8 key blog post components are outlined and discussed below so that you can 1) appropriately present yourself as a blogger, 2) expect certain deliverables from the blogger as a company, and 3) know what to expect as a reader. Follow along!
1. Headline Image
Every blog post needs to have an image, as humans process images 60,000 faster than they process words. Here’s a link to a list of over 53 image sources, and you can design your image to fit your blog post by adding your blog’s title and other design attributes by using Canva.
2. Headline + Link Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Your blog post headline should be keyword-inclusive and average 65 characters. You can find best keywords using the WordPress SEO Plug-in by Yoast, which helps to optimize your post and title with SEO keyword(s) (assuming the blog is hosted on WordPress.org), or by searching for best keywords using the Google AdWords Keyword Planner. When creating the blog post link, usually with keywords from the headline, use dashes between each word so that it’s SEO optimized.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlines how to appropriately disclose partnerships between digital influencers and brands. If you as the blogger are sponsored to write the blog post (both monetarily or just with product samples), include an FTC-abiding disclosure at the top by notifying readers the company you’ve partnered with to do so.
Bloggers usually state that they’ve been sponsored by x company, but all opinions are the bloggers’ own, all in a single sentence. Each blog theme varies, and some (like this one) have an option to incorporate an info box. It aesthetically differentiates the disclosure (or other information) from the post itself.
4. Body: Bottom line, always tell a story, but there are wye to make it an engaging story, regardless of content.
a. Consider Typography for Easy Readability
You should differentiate the font size, font of the letters (uniformly, of course), and spacing (throwing out grade-school rules about paragraph length may be advantageous) in order to ease the readability for the reader. If your paragraph starts to run a little long, even if it’s all associated content-wise, space out the sentences and break it up into different sections/paragraphs. That’s why “listicles” like this one are popular; they break down the topics in an easy to follow format for the reader. Visit Type Genius for font pairings that fit your website’s persona.
b. Word Length
Word length is one of the reasons why you should vary typography. To optimize your blog post for SEO, your post should statistically be over 1,500 words (among other considerations). This runs the risk of appearing wordy and, thus, losing reader attention, but with varied typography, it’s more digestible and doesn’t seem like so much. It’s important to note, however, if you’re writing a product review, the blog post will inevitably be shorter (300-500 words). In this case, the company will likely provide a list of keywords and/or phrases to incorporate within the post.
c. Images (optional, recommended)
Having additional images embedded within the post makes it infinitely easier for the reader to get to the bottom of the page, which is what you as a blogger and company want. Make sure, however, that the images are relevant to the post. Having unrelated photos within the post detracts from its readability. Some posts include advertisements within the post, but I prefer not to do so within the post to reduce clutter. If I include images within the post, they’re directly related to the content and assist with telling the story or showcase a different aspect of the product if it’s a product review. Also, use the images sparingly or specify image heights and widths, or else they can add to the time it takes for the page to load.
Most blog posts will have sharing buttons at the bottom/top/side/somewhere of the page, but the Click to Tweet button from CoSchedule easily allows a reader to directly tweet a specific sentence from the post. The Click to Tweet button will not only tweet a statement from within the blog post (as chosen by the blogger), but it will also include the blog post link. The blogger can include as many Click to Tweet buttons as they like, but should use it sparingly—think of readability. It may be useful to include a hashtag so that the tweet doesn’t just reach the reader’s followers but the community associated with a given hashtag, as well. Tagging the blogger in the tweet also helps, that way they are aware of the tweet and can retweet it!
5. Giveaway (if applicable)
If the blogger hosts a giveaway through PromoSimple.com, Rafflecopter.com, or some other method, instructions and the platform will usually be at the bottom of the post. Oftentimes, there will be a plethora of ways to enter—following the blogger and/or company on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), tweeting to share the post/giveaway, and leaving a comment being the most common.
It’s important to check the rules, as some giveaways allow a certain number of entries per day, allocate a different number of points (and, thus, entries) depending on the entry, or require a specific entry to unlock additional entries. Each giveaway platform discloses different information, as well, where PromoSimple only shows you how many entries you have but Rafflecopter will show total entries for the giveaway from all prize hopefuls.
Hosted and promoted for a few days to a week, giveaways are great ways for companies and blogs to gain exposure and build an audience, as the blog and company reach the reader’s followers when they share a post. Further, giveaway winners often post their winnings on social media—who wouldn’t be excited to win a free prize? It’s to the company’s advantage to provide giveaway item(s). Companies should expect to ship the prize to the winner, as randomly selected by the blogger (either through the giveaway platform or other website, like random.org).
6. Conclusion: Call-to-Action
At the end of each blog post, you as a blogger want to encourage engagement from the reader. Ask a question for the reader to respond to in the comment box below the post.
Readers, commenting on blog posts is encouraged!
Even if you’re the first to comment, comment anyway! Contributing to the blog’s discussion ecosystem always helps.
Share buttons allow readers to share the blog post on various social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Reddit, StumbleUpon—and even allow readers to e-mail and/or print the blog post. You’ll usually see social media icons at the bottom of the post with some sort of directive like “Share this” so that you can share the post on your own social media platform.
If you were engaged enough to reached the bottom of the post, share it with someone!
Twitter is the easiest platform to share posts, as it’s expected for tweets to be continuous and for conversations and are not seen as spamming or cluttering someone’s feed. That’s what Twitter’s there for—sharing information!
8. Follow-up: Always respond to comments
A good blogger will always respond to comments. If the blogger is at a point where s/he’s received hundreds of comments, s/he gets a free pass, as it then becomes nearly impossible to keep up, but when a blogger’s building readership and learning more about a specific blog’s community of readers, it’s essential to engage with them. The readers are the ones who make or break the blog, so getting to know them is a must!
Readers, the bloggers want to know you, and a great way is by contributing to the discussion through the comments. Did I leave anything out? What else would you consider in the anatomy of a blog post? Comment below!
While this may outline the anatomy of a blog post, at the end of the day, content is key. Your content will dictate how well your blog post will perform, so make sure to focus first and foremost on delivering quality content.
Once you’ve crafted a quality blog, share it on all your social media platforms. How else will anyone know about the awesome content you delivered if you don’t actually deliver it?!
Just for kicks: Word count of this blog post? 1,538. Stay tuned for how to make sure you get the most out of each blog post component! Happy SEO-ing!
Did I leave anything out? What else would you consider in the anatomy of a blog post? Comment below!
The latest social media app, Persicope has been taking over the digital world like firestorm. This new video streaming platform is easy to use and doesn’t show signs of slowing down.
Bought by Twitter for a mere $100 million, it has only been live for just a few months. Over this short time, it has gained over 2 million users. What should you know about Persicope? Here’s the lowdown:
What does it do?
For your next event, there will be no need to hire a cameraman. Periscope lets you stream from anywhere. Yes, you can live stream from anywhere to your Twitter followers. Whoever is watching can easily leave a comment and ask questions which in turn is shown on your screen. Instant feedback. Wifi and editing not needed.
Can I watch it anytime?
You can rewatch any video from your followers for 24 hours after the live broadcast. Afterwards, your video disappears and no one can watch it. The ‘World Map’ displayed on the mobile app shows where all the live broadcasts are taking place. It serves as a grand opportunity for journalists reporting breaking news.
Is it long-term?
It’s possible as you’re able to keep it private. Imagine having your closest friends watching a life-changing moment. Keep in mind, there is a warning. Like all social media viewing apps, you can easily be recorded without permission.
So the next time, you see a smartphone aimed in your direction, you might be shown live via Periscope.
We recently attended Altitude Summit’s 9th conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was everything we expected ALT to be – creative, inspirational, lively and fun! We love when a conference leaves no stone unturned when it comes to details. And ALT delivered on every front when it came to making everyone feel like they were part of something special and that includes the announcement of coLAB.
coLAB is collaborative project between three communities – Latina Bloggers Connect (that’s the L), Alt Summit (that’s the A) and Blogalicious, (that’s the B). We’re all teaming up to cross connect our communities and share ideas!
Alt Summer attendees, Latina Bloggers Connect and Blogalicious attendees can opt into this program and will be partnered with a member of the other community. Together, partners will come up with a fun, collaborative project (large or small) and share their creation across their platforms. Some of these great projects will be feature on Alt’s social channels as well!
Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? Need some inspiration? Here are a few ideas to kick start your brainstorming, as per Alt Summit’s list of suggestions:
Engaging in specific collaborative projects (perhaps 2 takes on the same DIY, or two essays on a related topic), that would be presented on both participant’s blogs and/or social media outlets.
Introducing and interviewing each other on corresponding sites or social media to highlight each partner and what they have accomplished in their own community.
Consulting with each other on how each of you have achieved brand growth, what has worked, what has not worked, sharing information about blogger-friendly brands and contacts, and engaging in a conversation about the future of blogging as a business.
Creating a project (artist/crafter) sold on another partner’s site (shop owner).
“Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try.” I came across this quote online, searched it via Pinterest and couldn’t get enough of the various designs which came along with the quote.
There comes a time where you might feel beaten. You try and try again and there is something or someone waiting for you to fall. The countdown begins 1,2,3. Do you get up or stay down for the count?
Challenging circumstances can hinder your creativity and harm your spirit. Are you going through a difficult time where your spirit is being tarnished? Where do you turn? I’m here to tell you to simply shake it off!
If your mind is set in letting others push you down, then they’ll win. The negativity will gain power and you’ll continue your downward spiral. Your inner spirit is fragile, but your mind is where you need to focus.
Changing your mindset might be hard, but it is the only way to swim out it. There is no other choice. Why would you want to stay in the abyss of someone else’s misery? If someone is continuously belittling you and believe in their insults, you lose.
The power within you is your hero. Once you make the conscious decision to rise above with grace, your environment will start to change. Your mindset will adjust to the positive. You will look in the mirror and say, “I am good enough!”
Pull your shoulders back, hold your head high and just be amazing
Pinterest is your vision board with endless inspiration. You are your brand and that brand needs to pop! So for your next board, keep these tips in mind for your B-R-A-N-D.
Be Mindful of Your Reader
When creating your boards, keep your reader in mind. Choose text wisely to catch your audience’s attention. Make sure to give clear descriptions to show what your boards are about.
Don’t be shy, engage. Pinning your content and re-pinning others is great. How about leaving a comment to other boards? Interact with your favorite pinners by leaving a mention. Review your notifications and see which influencers are repining your content. Locate online influencers who can be a future collaborator.
Approach Pinterest Like a Search Engine
Text plays just as important role as your visual content. Therefore, it would benefit your brand to think of Pinterest as a search engine. Pinterest gives suggestions based on words used in pin descriptions. Use keywords that represent your boards and will attract new readers.
Note Other Ways To Promote Content
Post different types of content. Utilize YouTube, Slideshare or audio from SoundCloud. As you write your blog, incorporate one of these ways for delivering your message. Your Pinterest board will show creativity.
Create a blog board that has all of your blog posts. After your posts are published, pin them to this board. This goes without saying, make sure your images are high quality and there is a link back to your original post on your site. A great alternative to using Photoshop is Canva or Picmonkey. For easy pinning for your readers, add a hover pin it button to all images on your website.