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Tips to Prevent Getting an Infectious Disease While on Vacation

Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.

Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases…

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I am horrible with WP coding and had some issues with a theme I purchased. No matter what I did, it wouldn't work correctly. Personally, I think there were some things they needed to fix. I ended up being able to give the creator access to my site to make the fixes for me. Not sure if that is an option for you? Emily

Can you share the link to the post and then we can give it a look. Thanks. 

Hi! I have just in the last month entered into blog world and it is overwhelming! SO much to learn in such little time. Your website is great so far and has already provided so much mommy support! My question is related to frequency of blog posts, how often do most successful bloggers post? I am trying to write excellent content at all times and each post tends to take upwards of five hours or more to write so currently have been writing once or twice a week. I am having pretty good success bringing readers in and having them share my article initially (500-1000 reads and 100-200 shares on good days) but my readers go down to almost zero the day after I post and do not go up until I post again. Also find that my second post of the week tends to not do as well as my first one. I primarily share on Facebook on my personal page as I am just starting out. Any tips? Search engines don't seem to be recognizing my blog yet... is there a timeframe on when I may get more traffic from search engines or any tips on enhancing this? I have read a little bit about SEO but it seems very complicated.

Thanks so much in advance!!

The Mama Nurse,

http://www.themamanurse.com

I've started getting spammed recently with "interest in collaborating". All the emails seem very legit because they take the time to put in specific details, though I'm sure they are not. I'm curious if you have any tips to share regarding how to evaluate the people reaching out or those you potentially collaborate or partner with. It would be beneficial as I'm sure I'm not the only one getting these types of inquiries. 

Thank you for your question, Emily. This happens a lot. One of the ways you can tell if the email is legit or not is by their email address and signature. If they don't have a signature in their email they probably are not worth your time. If they have a gmail account, be wary. Many people who simply want you to post their articles with links in them for free or want you to run a banner ad for free use gmail accounts because they are free and easy to create. Most of these people also do not have web sites. 

If someone is from a legitimate company you'll know by their email address, signature and web site. Everything else just delete.

Most successful bloggers write at least three times a week on a very consistent basis. Some start off writing five days a week, but if you have a busy schedule that might not be feasible. We suggest starting with three because that will at least give people a reason to return. 

Sharing on social media is great. It will always pull in more readers. Be up front with your readers. Tell them that you will write Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for example, so they know when to stop by. 

Hi Tori - We just checked out your blog. You have amazing content. You need to also tell your readers a little about yourself. Include a photo and a quick bio so your readers will get a sense of who you are and will continue to come back to connect with you and your writing. 

Thanks so much for your response. Good to know I will try to post three times a week. Seems like a lot to me but maybe it gets easier? Thank you for the feedback on my site. I do have an About section with a photo and bio... should I put more on than that? Any clue how long it normally takes mom blogs to get recognized by search engines?
Thanks again!
Tori
www.themamanurse.com
Hi Tori, We still didn't see your bio page. Perhaps you can link it on your top menu or on the sidebar. Hopefully we didn't completely miss it. Additionally you have such a great profile pic here on Mom Bloggers Club. Perhaps you can use the same photo on your sidebar. It will help your readers instantly connect with you.
Hey! It is on the top menu section beside the home button, its under the about button! Hopefully it's coming up like it should be! And I did use the same picture, lol. Thanks again!
Tori
themamanurse.com

Please help a newbie! I am brand new to blogging. I just launched my site last week and am still trying to work out the kinks before I promote it to others. I host it with Bluehost.com and have a WordPress account. I use the free theme called Accelerate (by ThemeGrill).

My question is about having readers share my post on social media such as Facebook. I installed a plugin called Social Media Feather, but not sure if that's the best one for me (I prefer something free if possible).

The sharing buttons are pretty big and look like this...

When I click on the FB tab and share it on my wall (with access only to me as a test), it is showing up with the text showing the title, categories, date, tags, photo credit etc rather than the first part of my blog or something catchy that prompts them to open & read it. How do I modify the text?

Also, sometimes the photo doesn't display as I want it to (it gets chopped off). I want it to show at the top of the post when they open it, but also on the list of posts when they display it from the menu, and nicely when they share it (I hope this is making sense).  Maybe I'm using the wrong size image and need to scale it or crop it? or I need a different plug in or something? (Two months ago I thought a plug in was something you did to your coffee maker if you wanted a hot drink, so please don't laugh at me... I've learned so much, but have so much more to discover.)

Here are a couple links and images to show you what I'm talking about.

http://lauriegivesacare.com/bill-10-in-a-nutshell/

On my FB page it looks like this when I share it...

A second example is http://lauriegivesacare.com/morning-madness-and-chaos-whats-a-mom-t...

The photo comes out great on this, but I still want different text. How do I adjust that?

So, any help on this specific question about sharing on FB (plugins or process of how) would be greatly appreciated. Or any other suggestions or advice or encouragement (feel free to point out any spelling/grammatical mistakes or technical things on my website - I appreciate it all). What should I change or do before I start to share on groups and ask my friends to spread the word? Or am I at the point I should be doing that now? Also any comments on my blog posts or signup for my newsletter would be great too (even though I don't know how to do that on Mailchimp yet, I'm sure I'll figure it all out soon). Thanks so much. From what I've seen so far, you ladies are wonderful! 

Hi there! :) I have amazon affiliate links. They haven't been there long but I've already made a few sales. Are there tips and tricks to using affiliate links that you recommend? I have them on a page on my blog instead of in posts. :)

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