Mark My Words

Writing, flying and yawning my way through motherhood

An Update on the “Lycos” Post December 17, 2008

Filed under: Blogging — H. M. @ 4:13 pm
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The “Lycos Users Must Be Gay” post must have just hit the search engines today… which proves my point.

The traffic through my blog today has SKYROCKETED, and you wanna know why? Everyone has used the search term “Holly Madison” to find their way here. Not one single search referral was from the term “Clay Aiken”.

So, what’s the deal with Lycos? Obviously Holly Madison is getting more hits than Clay Aiken. Are they simply unwilling to admit that a Playboy model is what people are searching the internet for? Well, duh.

Here, enjoy a video.


Link Love – I Will Erase Your Memory Before You Memorize It. Or Something. December 15, 2008

Laser Beams That Trigger Amnesia – MIB Tool Becomes Military Reality


TrendHunter Link Love! December 14, 2008

Limited Edition “Bailout Wine”

Price of Bailout Wine Fluctuates With the Markets



Happy Thanksgiving! November 26, 2008

Filed under: Blogging,Family — H. M. @ 10:25 am

To my friends and family, thanks for keeping up with my blog. It’s nice to be able to show you all the exciting stuff going on down here.

For those of you who I only know from the electronic world, thanks for visiting my websites, thanks for your feedback, and thanks for sharing your stories.

Now go grub. I’ll see you in a couple days! xoxo


New Page November 21, 2008

Look up and to the right. You’ll see I added a new page called “Make Some Money”. It might be crass, I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

However, pays VIP bloggers $1 per 100 word post per day, plus page view bonuses. I thought I’d put the link up there in case anyone wants to take advantage of making a few extra dollars on the side.

If you decide to do it, make sure to click on my links to take you there. I’ll get a little love from the company if I refer you.



Get Paid to Blog November 17, 2008

It’s not anything you can make a living from (I don’t think) but it will put a little extra dough in your pocket for Christmas.

Register to be a VIP blogger at and choose your topic. The pay rate is $1 per 100 word blog per day plus page view bonuses.

I use them for The Inkwell and Unsent Letters. I speak from experience, it’s simple to register and put your thoughts down each day.

Use my referral link to sign up for your own. Once your first blog is approved you can register a second one to double your income.


Trolling for Hits With StumbleUpon November 2, 2008

Being a successful blogger comes down to playing well with others. Anyone who has written for Associated Content, eHow,, and other sites that pay per page view know just how much social bookmarking can make or break your blog in terms of monetizing. StumbleUpon is one of my favorite monetizing tools.

StumbleUpon has been one of my favorite toys since I discovered it this summer. As a procrastination tool, nothing tops StumbleUpon. Web users download the StumbleUpon toolbar and view it at the top of their web browser. It looks a little something like this…

The StumbleUpon toolbar.

The StumbleUpon toolbar.

Whenever the user is bored and wants to visit a new website, he clicks the “Stumble” button and it takes him to a new site within the categories he is interested in. Not only is this a great way to procrastinate, it’s a really awesome way to generate writing ideas.

I first used StumbleUpon to promote my now defunct Trust Me, I’m a Flight Attendant blog. In order to create buzz, I paid StumbleUpon $5-10 and they would put my blog in heavy rotation under the Travel category until my funds ran out. I got to dictate which categories to run my posts on and I could start and stop the rotation at will. It would usually bring in over 100 hits in less than 15 minutes.

I’ve since been using StumbleUpon to promote my stories at The Inkwell and Unsent Letters. As a user of the StumbleUpon toolbar, all I have to do is load the page I want to promote and click “I Like It”. This too places the page into the StumbleUpon rotation, I just don’t have as much control over what category it appears under or how frequently it is run through the rotation.

In the last hour I’ve received about 115 hits on “Dear Florida Democrats” just by clicking the “I Like It” button.

This is great news when you’re trying to attract viewers who will come back over and over again. And it’s also a simple way to generate the page views you need to get paid.

So, go have some fun. Download the StumbleUpon toolbar at