1. courtneyconover

    VERY informative post, Susan! (But, then, I’ve come to expect nothing less from you. 😉

    So which blogging sites can’t I live without? You’ve pretty much covered all of the bases — and I can’t even keep up with all of the ones you mentioned as it is! (The sheer commitment of updating one’s own blog can be taxing enough.)

    My challenge now is balance. I’m finding that, if I’m not careful, there’s a tendency to become a tad overwhelmed by it all…

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Thanks Courtney! It is overwhelming and there is no way to keep up with it all so I pick my favorites and ignore the rest unless I hear about something really good and then something gets bumped. I will DEFINITELY check out the link party you mentioned!

  2. Thank you for all of the awesome information, Susan! Your progress in the blogosphere amazes me–you’ve only been blogging for 5 or 6 months?!! I’ll be coming back to your list and checking out the sites. I’ve joined the Bloppy Bloggers Facebook group, and I find them to be a fun group with love to share ;). My first introduction to link-ups came from Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five-Minute Friday thing–I usually join the twitter party on Thursday nights (which is where the real relationships happen) at http://www.lisajobaker.com. I also link up with Kirsten Oliphant and her Not So (Small) Stories (which is on hiatus for a few weeks while she moves) at http://www.kirstenoliphant.com. Once again, thank you for ‘showing me yours’ ;).

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Do you know I have never joined a Twitter party!? I know, what is wrong with me. What blogger has not twitter partied? They scare me a little because I am not sure what I am doing – ha! I need to try that soon. Thanks for sharing your hang outs!

  3. themomcafe

    I cannot believe how much you have learned in such a short time!! AND how far you have come to be on Blogher and all the other amazing sites and platforms!! You are obviously doin’ something RIGHT girl!!

    I love all this information- thank you so much for sharing your tips. I am saving this post to refer back to, so I can make the MOST out of this blogging gig!

  4. Great list! you gave me some new ones to look into and I’ve been blogging for YEARS! 🙂 I would just add Mamalode is a great one to submit to also. They pay for your work, so you can’t beat that! 🙂

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Hey Meredith – thanks for reading. Mamalode is on my list of ones to check out. Here is a stupid question – are they just online or is it an actual magazine you can subscribe to (in the mail like the old days)? I struggle to come up with originals to submit that might not be accepted…mainly because I am lazy, but I am going to get to that in the next few weeks.

      • I think it’s online, but you can also get a print version after it’s published online. I want to buy the print versions from the two months that I’ve been published in just so I can see my own writing on paper!! That sounds really exciting! I don’t know how often the print versions are available though.

  5. Girl, you are on fire! This list is awesome!

    Thanks SO much for including us — we’re having so much fun talking to bloggers and meeting cool people like you.

  6. Very informative and helpful. I’m fairly oblivious to much of the blogging world, and severely limited as to time. But I’m going to check some of these out!

  7. I am part of Bloppy Bloggers (I believe that’s how you found me) and have a Blogher profile which I admit that I haven’t done much with. I love finding great groups and link-ups but, between work and kids, have such a hard time keeping up with too many of them. One that I really do like is at Mama Kat’s Losin’ It (http://www.mamakatslosinit.com). She does her Writer’s Workshop every Thursday. You can sign up for her weekly email giving you your choice of prompts and you choose the one that “speaks” to you.

  8. I Love the sits girls and enjoyed my feature this past Wednesday – its such a great network of women. 🙂 I hope to attend their conference next year. Great links will be checking some out later on, thanks Susan and have a great weekend! -Iva

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Thanks for visiting! I am a few days behind in my SITS feature visits, but I can’t wait to see you there (I always go back to where I left off). Cheers!

    • Susan Maccarelli

      So glad it helped! There are still times I feel totally clueless, but I figured I would share the few things I have figured out – ha!

  9. Oh my goodness!! Other than SITS, I have never used any of these! Thank you so much for sharing. I have my work and research cut out for me. Any recommendation for a good place to start?

    • Susan Maccarelli

      I would maybe try out Blogher so your posts get some visibility elsewhere from your site. They are huge, so lots to read and comment on. You can sign up for their daily newsletter so some of there popular featured posts get pushed out to you and you can see what types of things they feature. I would also at least sign up for the BonBon Break newsletter and the next time you post something you really like, think about submitting it to them. They are all good, but maybe start with these 2. Once you get familiar with them, you can always expand to some of the others. Cheers!

  10. This is such a great post…I think I’ve heardof maybe 2 of the ones you’ve listed but I will definitely be heading over to check out the others! Thanks for sharing 😀

  11. Visiting from Sits Sharefest this morning!!! These are all great resources that i’d never heard of or never thought to use that way 🙂 Such a unique post, which is hard to find with topics like this because everyone talks about the same things. I didn’t realize that you could post your normal blog posts on Blog Her! Thanks for the info, I will look into that!

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Thanks for visiting! I’m glad you found this helpful. I feel like it has taken me a long time to find a lot of these and figured I could save someone else some time by sharing. This post is being featured on Blogher next week (on the 16th), which is funny since I talk about being featured on Blogher in it. I have definitely learned a lot by putting my best (or what I think are my best) posts on Blogher and seeing which ones get read and which don’t. I have also experimented with posting to various categories (SAHM, Family, Humor, Blogging & Social Media etc.). Definitely a cool site and it is fun to get involved. One thing I have noticed is that one you post to a category (I post to humor a lot for example), you can go to that category immediately after and your post will show at the top of the page right under the featured posts and it will sort of move down or up the page over time as more blogs come on unless it is getting a lot of reads and then it takes longer to get bumped down. It will also show in the sidebar if it gets a lot of reads in the 5 or so most popular posts until it gets bumped down.

  12. Hi Susan – coming over from Type A Parent. Love your blog – you are amazing! I’m a newborn blogger (as in 1 week old) so I really appreciate learning about new sites where I can start to grow my blog. I will be back to read more! Have a great weekend.

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Congrats to you…I love newborns — especially ones that don’t scream and cry, so I will head over ad check out your blog! Hope these links help you. Cheers!

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Although they do offer some paid things like their conferences, using Blogher like I do in this article is free! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Woman, you are everywhere! How the hell do you do it?! I can’t even religiously visit SITS and BlogHer which means submitting something elsewhere will mean I need to forgo sleeping. LMAO. You go girl!

  14. Stopping by from SITS, I have just recently started exploring such options by joining SITS girls first. I have a BlogHer profile but I found it a little confusing. Looks like I will have to go back and re-visit some of those sites! Thanks for the share. Your Craigslist features cracked me up. I once found an add in the paper that said: “I slaughter in your house.” (sort of lost in translation, guy was trying to say that he will come to your house and slaughter pigs/cows).

  15. mrssaver

    Thanks so much for the info! I love the Craigslist features! Way to be creative! Like Ana above I’ve started my Blogher profile, but have yet to get anywhere.

    When you create a BlogHer post doesn’t that content stay on their site? How does traffic find your blog?

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Good question! When you go into your Blogher settings, there is a section called ‘Signature’ that will go at the end of all your posts. Be sure to include a link to your blog there and you will get a trickle of traffic from people who read your stuff on Blogher and want to check out your site after. I definitely get less site traffic from Blogher than some of the others, but it is a great way to get your name out there. I also love that I can check in at Blogher any time to see how many views certain posts have had. When Blogher reaches out to feature one of your posts, you will notice a bit more traffic and LOTS of views on Blogher. You can also submit content for syndication, which is paid, or as they feature more of your work, they may reach out to you proactively to ask you to write something for syndication. I have one coming out that they contacted me for later this month. Some of the other sites (Bonbon Break for example) will just include a teaser and link back to your site for the full content, so that is a great one if traffic to your site is a bit focus. Cheers!

  16. Very informative, Susan. I only knew about SITs and Blogher so I will be checking the others out. I can’t believe you have only been blogging for 5 or 6 months. You post are funny, witty, and polished. Like someone who has been doing it forever! Kudos to you as you are going to go very far in the writing world!

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Oh my – what a nice compliment!! I think I will have t-shirts made with those words :o) Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Hi Susan, I’m stopping by from SITS and found this post to be FULL of great helpful information! I’m always looking for ways to grow my blog and improve it, and I hit the jackpot with this post! Thanks so much for sharing this! I also love the creative titles for your posts; they inspire me to get more creative with mine! Have a great SITS day!

    • Susan Maccarelli

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m glad the post was helpful. Titles are tough – Sometimes by the time I get to them, I just want to publish and throw something out fast and other times I mull it over longer and come up with something better.

  18. Happy SITS Day!!! I’m looking forward to checking out some of the blogs that I’ve never visited before. I need to make a habit of checking out Blogher daily. I love the SITS Girls because there is always useful info and I’ve found lots of great blogs there to.

  19. Wow! What a fabulous collection of blogging community goodness you have here! I haven’t heard of many of these… I should probably check a few out. I’ve heaard of Blogher but haven’t joined yet.

    Thanks for sharing… and Happy SITS Day Susan!

    • Susan Maccarelli

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! I’d love to hear about success you have with these or other sites. Cheers!

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